In [this interview](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/noel-gallagher-talks-guitars-production-songwriting-and-chasing-yesterday-618083) with Music Radar, Noel says he bought a Stratocaster from Johnny Marr in the early nineties, and used it to record one of Oasis' biggest hits, 'Don't Look Back In Anger'.more
In [this article](http://www.vintageguitar.com/3477/steve-winwood/), by Vintage Guitar, Winwood talks about Stratocasters: "'When I finally got to make some money, in about 1966, I ordered a couple of Fenders – a Strat and a Tele,' explains Winwood. 'They were CBS, and they just started remaking the maple necks. Of course, I’d seen pictures of these old guys playing maple necks, and that was a big thing. I loved the kind of stuff that Curtis Mayfield was doing – that style – and Little Milton. It wasn’t so much a driven style of guitar; it was like a clean sound. I didn’t realize that I had convinced Eric to play the Strat until reading his book. In fact, I learned a lot of things about Eric’s and my relationship after I read his book.'”more
This guitar was used briefly during July 2002 for "Baba O' Riley" and "I Can't Explain". "For one song in each of two consecutive shows in July 2002 (Baba O’Riley at Tweeter Center For the Performing Arts, Mansfield, Massachusetts, 26 July, 2002; and I Can’t Explain at Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, N.J., 27 July, 2002), Pete Townshend used a black Fender Stratocaster guitar equipped with two P-90-style pickups, rather than the usual Gold Lace Sensor pickups found in the Eric Clapton model guitars. This guitar was also customised with the Fishman Powerbridge and additional blend control knob, although the traditional controls consisted of only two knobs (presumably volume and tone), rather than the traditional three, and a traditional Fender-style “blade” pickup selector."more
"Guitar-wise, everything came from PRS. I also played on a newly acquired Gibson Flying V, a ’79 — and a couple of Strats. I have a ’68 Custom Shop acrylic Strat that sounded great and a ’62 Strat I picked up and put the body and the pickups together myself. I left it to a guitar shop that has one of those plec machines, which gave it a really, really nice setup," says Mikael Akerfeldt, in [this interivew](http://www.guitarworld.com/node/20876), with Guitar World.more
In [this interview](http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/07/02/the-current-s-guitar-collection-benjamin-booker) with 'The Current,' Booker says, "I usually play an Epiphone Riviera. That's my main guitar; I guess it has been since February. Before then, I was playing the Strat."more
On Richard Thompson's official [website](http://archive.richardthompson-music.com/gearandtunings.asp), he lists a '59 Sunburst Stratocaster among his guitars and writes, "When I started playing Fenders in 1968, it was unfashionable because everyone in England was playing Gibsons and trying to get a big, fat sound like Eric Clapton had in Cream. I just wanted a little more bite. After ten years the first neck was literally worn out, and replaced with a 1955. The original bridge was another casualty."more
In this video, Frank Zappa's son shows off and talks about Frank's 1963 Tobacco Sunburst Stratocaster, given to him by Jimmy Hendrix. In [this interview](http://www.feelnumb.com/2009/11/24/the-famous-zappahendrix-guitar/#lightbox/1/), Zappa says, “Well, there was this guy named Howard Parker – they called him ‘H’ – who was Hendrix’s roadie, gofer and general assistant. He stayed at our house for a couple of months in the late ’60s, and he had this guitar which Hendrix had given to him – I thought it was from the Miami concert. He gave it to me and we had it hanging on the wall as a decoration for years and years, and then I met some guys who were capable of putting guitars back together, so I had it done.” “I’ve used it on a couple of tracks, although I can’t remember which ones off-hand. I haven’t played it all that often, because unless you’re in the right environment and you’re standing in exactly the right relationship to the amplifier, it likes to feed back all the time.”more
In midnight blue, his was US-made and had a maple fretboard. "We changed it to a black pickguard, with black Duncan JB in the bridge position and white covers on the stock neck and middle pickups—similar to Kurt's black 'Vandalism' Strat, but a blue/black color scheme." Earnest Bailey, Nirvana's long-time guitar tech, via [livenirvana.com](http://www.livenirvana.com/equipment/pat.php)more
In the image you can see Paul McCartney with a Fender Stratocaster Electric guitar. I know, the image is not very good, but if you are looking at the headstock of the guitar you can see the outline of a Fender-Logo. By looking at the pickguard you can see that it is a Stratocaster, not a Telecaster. Convinced?more
In [this live video from the 1981 Secret Policeman's Other Ball event](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEBbIq2atrw), we see Sting performing "Message in a Bottle" solo on a 1970s Fender Stratocaster. We can also see him practicing on it backstage in [this undated photo](http://imgur.com/p3bLOYL).more
In this picture Tom is seen using one of his many Fender Stratocasters. [Here](http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/gdgear/slideshow/White%20Strat) is another set of pictures showing his Strat, and in [this](http://i.imgur.com/frp9R96.png) one, you can actually see that has a white Dimarzio X2N humbucker.more
In this music video for Rush's song "Limelight," Alex can be seen playing a black Fender Stratocaster at 1:00. And in an [interview](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Interview_Alex_Lifeson) with Premier Guitar he says, "Yeah, I sort of went through a Fender period. In fact, we did a gig with Blue Oyster Cult at the Nassau Coliseum in the late seventies, and one of the horns had fallen off of the stack and then fell on my 335, as well as a double neck that I had. It sheared a headstock off the double neck, and it took a real big gouge out of the neck of the 335. So I decided, 'Okay, the 335’s going home, that’s not going to be on the road anymore.' I got a Strat as a backup, and I just wasn’t quite comfortable with it, you know, coming from the Gibson world. So I got a Schaller neck for it, and I put a humbucker in the bridge position—just fooling with it a little bit, trying to get something that was sort of a hybrid between a Gibson and a Fender."more
> “I got it from Bob Heil, who developed the Heil Talk Box,” Bachman says. “This is the guitar I played on ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’ and ‘Lookin Out for #1.’ People ask me if I played a Les Paul on those tracks, but it’s this Strat on the neck position. It used to have a Canadian flag sticker on it, and if you look at the back of the neck, you’ll see that I took off the finish and sanded the neck like a violin, because violin was the first instrument I played. I’ve done this to several of my Strats, because I do a lot of sliding and find the stock finishes to be a bit too tacky sometimes.”more
"Edmunds’ career gained steam soon after the band split, and he recently came full circle by recording the instrumental album On Guitar… Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, on which he played all instruments including a vintage Fender Stratocaster, Precision Bass, Taylor T5, and a Taylor 412 CE."more
This completely custom Fender Strat is mentioned on Greg's [official site](http://www.greglake.com/about_guitar.html). They write "on several recent recordings, Greg has used this custom made Fender-styled strat, made by former Fender guitar design and building master, John Suhr. The instrument is currently manufactured by the Pensa-Suhr custom guitar company and is one of a small number available in the world."more
"Your fabled Strat played a big role in the recording of Exile. What’s the story behind the two DeArmond pickups you have in it? Well, when I joined Brush Shiels’ band [in ’74], Brush was playing guitar at that point, and he was getting an electric guitar made for him by Gary Nelson—he’s an Irish guitar-maker who lives just outside Dublin. He hadn’t got any of these pickups that they have in America or England, but he did have DeArmond pickups. So he made the guitar, and Brush brought it down to soundcheck one night and asked if I wanted to try it out. I thought the tone was really nice, so Brush said, “Why don’t you try DeArmonds in your Strat? If you don’t like them, you can take them out.” So I went off to Gary Nelson and he put the two DeArmonds on, and they’ve been on there ever since. To this day I don’t know whether they’re single-coil or double-coil. They look like double-coil, but I think there’s a single-coil pickup underneath."more
From the Interview: "I play a lot of different guitars. I have a Gibson electric that I love, and live I play the same fender strap that I've had for a hundred years. .. it's just home, ya know. I also have some Babicz acoustic guitars that are just wonderful. " Neals Strat actually is yellow and from the 70s- see: http://musicplayers.com/features/bands_general/2011/images/NealMorseGtrKeys.jpg See also: http://www.radiantrecords.com/radiantstudios/gear-list.asp (This is the Studio gear List from Neals Studio)more
In this photo, Ray Toro is visible with Gerard Way. He is playing some kind of reddish Stratocaster. The CBS-era look-a-like Stratocaster was given to him by "Michael", who suppposedly works at Fender. This guitar also converts notes into MIDI, as said by Toro. [But that's whole lotta different guitar.](https://twitter.com/raytoro/status/636695766765977600)more
"Most famously used on Please Don't Touch plus Wind and Wuthering. Please Don't Touch featured deliberately excessive use of tremolo arm. I was thinking of the swirls that became prevalent in Van Gogh's later work as the madness really set in (his best stuff of course!)" says Steve Hackett's, on his [official site](http://www.hackettsongs.com/instrument.html), about his 1970s Black Stratocaster.more
In this video of 'I Constantly Thank God For Esteban', Ryan can be seen using a Stratocaster at 1:54. Another Stratocaster he's been seen with is now in Hard Rock memorabillia collection. He donated [the Stratocaster](http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/) for "Autism Speaks" charity. According to Hard Rock Cafe footnotes, this was used for the 2008 MTV Rock Band Live tour.more
[This photo-article from MusicRadar/*Guitarist* magazine](http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/manic-street-preachers-james-dean-bradfields-gear-280353) details all of the gear Bradfield used during the making of the Manic Street Preacher's 2010 album *Postcards From a Young Man.* A 1962 Stratocaster is depicted in James' guitar collection.more
Premier Guitar Interview: John Scofield - Uncle John’s Electro-Jam Band Jason Shadrick June 20, 2013 Re: Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Relic model Are they vintage Fenders or newer ones? No, they are fake vintage. [Laughs.] They’re from the Custom Shop. I told a friend of mine, Artie Smith, who is one of the great guitar guys in New York, that I wanted to get a Strat, but didn’t want to spend 15 grand on a vintage one. He said there was a good one at Sam Ash, so I went up there and played it for a while. I was totally embarrassed to buy it, because it has a fake cigarette burn in it and screws that have been rusted and two kinds of rubbed-off finish. [Laughs.] But you know, it sounds really good and it’s a great guitar.more
"Rodgers’ affectionately nicknamed Hitmaker is a 1960 Stratocaster with a 1959 neck. He got it for a trade-in long ago at a small shop in Miami Beach, Fla. Exceptionally light in weight, it has a maple fingerboard and bears a well-worn white finish. Rodgers says it doesn’t sound like any other Stratocaster in the world," reads [this article](http://www.nilerodgers.com/about/the-hitmaker).more
"An unusual sight was to see Buck sporting a Fender, but in 1978-79, his favorite guitar was indeed, a white '78 Stratocaster. Buck routed out the body and installed 2 EMG humbucking pickups. (Strats come stock with single coils). This guitar also featured one of the first 25 Floyd Rose Tremolos (without the fine tuners). This guitar still resides in Buck's collection." - Buck Dharma's website about his 1978 Fender Stratocaster.more
"With Motorhead, I used a Stratocaster because it gave me a little bit of edge." He also says in the same article: "Live, these days, I’ve been enjoying the Stratocaster. It’s got a little more versatility. My Stratocaster had a DiMarzio X2N in the bridge, a DiMarzio SDS-1 in the front, and a Fender pickup in the middle. I just added a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge. It gives me a tad more edge."more
According to [this](http://www.guitarplayer.com/artist-lessons/1026/play-like-marc-bolan/13350) Guitar Player article, "His go-to guitars included a Gibson Les Paul Custom refinished in translucent orange, a black, tremequipped Flying V, a late-’60s Olympic White Fender Stratocaster, a Veleno aluminum ax, and a Burns Flyte."more
"I also own a 94 Strat, a 68 Harmony Rocket which i write on a lot, a nylon/classical which i used to write on a lot, and Alvarez 6-string acoustic, an Alvarez 12-str acoustic, a Kay Old Kraftsman Thin-Twin (Jimmy Reed, Hubert Sumlin, & my dad) and an old Fernandes “elephant” battery-powered built-in speaker guitar."more
John Eatherly has used a red Fender Stratocaster almost exclusively while touring with Public Access T.V., especially after a fire destroyed many instruments in their apartment. He can be seen using it in their 2016 Bonaroo performance. He has made a few modifications to this guitar. It seems as if he has removed the volume knob and shortened the pickup selector. This may have been in order to reduce the chance of him accidentally hitting these controls while playing.more
This might be a photo from his earlier work, he using a strat Photos taken on July 25, 2010 at the Rythms Of The World festival in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK. Playing with the James Bay Band. Photos taken by James Boardman, who was the bass player in an earlier band James played guitar in, called RoadRunner https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboardmanphotography/4838401297/sizes/o/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboardmanphotography/4839007662/sizes/o/more
Blake used this borrowed left-handed Fender Stratocaster in Sunburst finish with black pickguard for a very limited amount of time on European leg of Hell Is On The Way tour in 1992. It appears to have a CBS-shaped headstock. "...because I broke my guitar in Oslo, in Norway, a few days ago, in half! So this is a kinda new guitar," Blake reflects on this incident at 12:56 mark in the video.more
Scott Lucas shows his modified Fender Stratocaster at around 2:40 into this video of his gear rundown. It appears to be a standard Fender Strat, black with white pickguard, with a rosewood neck. He says, “So, I do this to all of my guitars that I get. So I try not to get the greatest, nicest guitars ‘cause I’m just gonna have to destroy them. What you see here with this Strat that I have, I removed the middle pickup, took the bridge pickup and put an [SG](http://equipboard.com/items/gibson-sg-standard-electric-guitar) pickup in there, and then put the bass pickup there [points to low E and A strings]. The bass pickup only comes under the bottom two strings, and then a separate jack and that’s where the bass comes out. That goes into the [Ampeg bass amp](http://equipboard.com/items/ampeg-classic-series-8-x-10-cabinet).” He then goes on to say that with this setup, the root note of whatever chord he plays has to be on the bottom two strings, to have the intended bass sound.more
"On the album, I have an old Gretsch 6120 that I do a lot of the rhythm tracks with. I also have a ‘51 Esquire that’s on there a lot. Right before the record started, I went through a bit of a Strat phase, and picked up a ‘71 Strat that’s great. There’s also a lot of Les Paul Junior on the record."more
In this video GRYFFIN shows how he puts together a track. He says: > Some of you have asked about how I make my music, so I thought it'd be cool to give you guys a sneak peek at my creative process. Here's a look at how I made my Tove Lo Talking Body remix. At 1:07 of the video you can see the Fender Stratocaster guitar he's using with a sunburst finish, rosewood fingerboard, and white pickguard. The Fender logo can be seen on the headstock.more
> Say hello to my new best friend. I really didn`t need another guitar but I saw this beauty and all resolve not to "adopt" another guitar melted away...I`m looking forward to using it live on the gigs this month with the MGBand. The year is unknown, although it seems to be a 70's model.more
"I’ve got my ’64 reissue Strat and a ’57 reissue that’s on the cover of the album. I’ve had that guitar since my Belgrade days. I did a couple of takes with my old Marshall – the original 50-watt from back in the day. And I play a lot through my Mesa Boogie Mark IV." - Popovi? about her 2 Strats she plays.more
In this image, of Popa Chubby at The Ferry in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 21, 2012, he can be seen using a Stratocaster. On the blog of a different venue, The Green Parrot Bar, [close-up photos](http://www.greenparrot.com/popa-chubbys-axe/) show the same flame image and markings. Popa Chubby seems to have played that bar several times over the years as evidenced by [other](http://www.greenparrot.com/popa-chubby-live-at-the-green-parrot/) [posts](http://www.greenparrot.com/popa-chubby-june-5-6/) on the bar's site.more
"I had one electric guitar, a 1960 Fiesta Red Stratocaster. We were playing barrooms and it was hotter than hell—I would be soaking wet at the end of every gig. I remember watching the Fiesta Red just come off the guitar onto my white shirt. I didn’t realize how much the guitar would eventually be worth. When I think back, it is hilarious that I was literally wiping the paint off the guitar. "more
In this Radio 1 Live Lounge, frontman Kieran Shudall can be seen playing a Fender Stratocaster. The strat has significant wear but it does not look like any of the Roadworn models that fender make, giving the impression that this wear was not there when the guitar was first purchased.more
In this photo, we can see Depp playing a Fender Stratocaster in what looks to be a blonde finish. He can be seen playing this guitar in a performance with [Bill Carter](http://equipboard.com/pros/bill-carter) live on David Letterman's show, February 2013. See the video [here](https://youtu.be/PMbmDdNYmg0?t=2m12s). Depp's Strat looks to have a normal configuration, and has a maple neck.more
Steve used a modified Stratocaster as a backup to his main 'Black Sled' guitar in the days of Big Black and Rapeman. It was modified with an aluminum pickguard, had its middle pickup ripped out and had a locking input jack. It can also be seen [here] (http://www.benzilla.com/uploads/2011/08/bbfx2.jpg) and [here.] (http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lutpj8BbU01qffv5do1_1280.jpg)more
"Though a Gibson guy since his start, Geissman acquired this ’66 Strat in high school, “But, I didn’t know what to do with a Fender,” he said. In the early ’70s, he sold it, then in 2014 found it for sale online. “I noticed the Chiquita sticker on the bridge cover – put there by my stepbrother to cover his initials, and thought, ‘That’s gotta be the same guitar.’ It was, so I got it back.” "more
"I had a nanny who was in a rock band when I was about 8 or 9, and she would bring her guitar to my house and teach me her songs. She was so rad. She never cared about me doing homework as long as I learned a new song or a few new chords each night. I then saved up my money and when I was 11 bought my first guitar, a sunburst Fender Stratocaster. I then started writing my own songs and making up guitar riffs and recording them on an old four-track."more
Zach's main guitar is a Japanese made lefty Fender Stratocaster, handpainted by himself. He uses Ernie Ball strings (.010-.046) and Dunlop medium picks. Image from Premier Guitar's [Rig Rundown](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/23529-rig-rundown-awolnations-zach-irons) with Zach Irons.more
He can be seen playing a strat while shooting a music video. In an interview with Wonderingsound.com: "Before Michael Kiwanuka topped BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and earned himself a thousand comparisons to Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter wanted to sound like Jimi Hendrix or The Band. He pined for a Fender Stratocaster, instrument of choice for both Hendrix and Robbie Robertson."more
"This is '62 Strat and I have a lot of guitars that are like working man's vintage guitars. [...] It is a vintage guitar, it has all pickups, the wood is original, but some things have been done to it, that it made more affordable for a guy like me, just a working guy like me. And you can see that someone has put a Floyd Rose or a Kahler or something and they took it off and spray painted, and put the original bridge, but it just plays great, it's super light-weight, I played like a million solos on this guitar. So I'll do a lot of rhythm playing in a middle or neck position, and then I'll do my solos on the bridge position. And a lot of Stratocasters have bridge pickups that could be thin-sounding, but this one is just..fat. It's a fat, gnarly and noisy and great, so I've used this. Whoever had it before me, you can guess it was girlfriends' name, Helen. [someone carved this name into the guitar]. But this is a '62 and at some point I first got it, I put locking tuners on it, but it just plays great, stays in tune and you know, what I'm looking for in an instrument is something that stays in tune. It sounds great, but you know, staying in tune is really important. Especially when you're recording." - Greenberg about 1962 Fender Stratocaster.more
Fender strat with fender locking tuners, fender vintage style nut, Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, switchcraft input jack, strap locks, foam on springs and knobs, cts pots, braided pushback wire, pushback wire,vintage tremblock, Limited Production Callaham Narrow Strat Bridge Assemblies, string tree
After two decades of synths, I decided to try my hand at playing guitar. I bought this Fender Strat on Craigslist, and beyond it being Mexican-made and black, I have no real details about it. I'm a terrible guitarist but it's sure fun to play around.
The first "real" electric guitar I bought (& still have) is a Sunburst Standard Stratocaster, modified with Seymour Duncan Rails at the bridge, and with a full block tremolo system. Beautiful, classic guitar!
When I say basic b* guitar, I don't mean that in a mean or derogatory way. I just mean this is one of the most basic electric guitars you can get. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it, it is a great "cover-your-bases' / all styles guitar. However if you are a professional guitar player (unlike me, I am not a professional guitar player) you will most likely want something more expensive and exotic. With all that said, this is still a great guitar!
Classic guitar that's good for most lead or rhythm playing. It definitely falls short in terms of some heavier songs and levels of distortion with the three single coils. Still a great guitar.
A Mexican model, I call mine Rosa after one of the techs who built her. Great play-feel and even better tone. A very versatile guitar sound-wise, but I think she sounds best when applied to rock and blues. My favorite and most upscale guitar yet.
its good to play and is the right size. mine is a olympic white with white scratch plate and a maple neck from 2007. i changed the pickups to noiseless and a bone nut with locking tuners.
My first guitar is an American Strat with a sunburst finish. It has a cream colored pick guard and a neck with a finish that is slightly darker than in the picture shown. It plays fantastic and obviously has that classic strat sound.
This guitar was my first ever (my dad gave me it when I was 11). It has been a big part of my life ever since, and even if I do have better guitars nowadays I still play that old strat sometimes (I'm 17). Really good for all sorts of music, anything from blues to jazz to metal.
Whenever I buy a guitar, I ask myself how it compares to a fender stratocaster. The stratocaster is the definitive guitar for me - it does so many things and it does them all well. Everything about it is made with the player in mind - the shaped contours that snugly fit to your body, the wide choice of pickup - tone options, the way it stays in tune for days. I could talk for hours about how much I love the stratocaster, but you won't appreciate it in the same way until you hold one in your hands.
I bought the MIM as a first guitar and loved it from the very first day. The ceramic pickups sounds pretty good for ceramics, and most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.. The only thing that I noticed when I started getting more into setting up guitars and maintenance is that the neck pocket is horribly routed. It looks clean but the neck has been made a tad (maybe half a millimeter) too thin so you have about the thickness of a folded over paper you can put in the neck pocket. I had to make a shim to make it a snug fit.
This is my very firsts somewhat professional guitar, and I could not be happier. Mine's a 2013 Fender Strat made in Mexico. Probably not as perfect as the American made ones, but my goodness does it sound great. It's also very easy to play and tinker around with. This will be the guitar that brings me closer to playing live music on a consistent basis!
2000 Mexican Stratocaster. Callaham bridge assembly, Schaller locking tuners, custom Warmoth pickguard, Lace Sensor Gold (neck), Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound (bridge), 3-way switch, 1 volume, 1 tone.
It's definitely an instrument you can play all the time...which I do. The sound is spot on, and it's quite easy to play. I'd recommend, as the cost is not high and it's all around an amazing guitar.. I've owned mine for around 6 months and I've found no faults in this time. It's pretty great!