Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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The Fender Stratocaster shaped the face of early rock & roll and still molds modern sound today.
CONTOURS AND CUTAWAYS
Fender expanded on the Tele’s “slab” body by shaping the body of the Stratocaster with sleekly comfortable foream and body contours that help make the instrument feel like one with the player.
THREE SINGLE-COIL PICKUPS
New playing styles surfaced as rock “n” roll evolved. Fender added a third single-coil pickup between the neck and bridge, so players can scream, sparkle and soar while unlocking a wider range of tones.
SYNCHRONIZED TREMOLO BRIDGE
The integrated bridge and saddles were originally devised to help emulate the vibrato-like tones of a lap steel guitar. When the tremolo arm is pressed, the bridge pivots with it, letting players alter their pitch and string tension to create expressive new effects.
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1976 American Standard Strat
It was my first guitar and it's still going strong. When I bought it from a local pawn shop I was just a pre-teen, and I must admit I lucked out on this guitar. Of course, it wasn't in a good cosmetic condition. Its finish was scuffed near the arm contour but it's pretty much expected from an old guitar. The most disgusting aspect however was the sheer amount of nicotine stains on it. It was an Olympic white Strat but it was stained almost brown due to the nicotine stains. Its maple fretboard had nicotine stains, there were nicotine stains on the back of the neck, the white pickguard was stained too, and even the control knobs had nicotine stains. Not to forget its middle pickup was missing. Whoever was the previous owner must be a total nutjob (other than being a heavy smoker) because under the pickguard this Strat was wired like the bastard child of a Strat and Tele. The weirdest thing was the bridge pickup, for some unfathomable reason it had a metal plate attached to its back (do comment if you have any idea about this oddball mod). Nevertheless, it played like butter, the fretwork was perfect, and the store owner offered me a darn low price, so I bought it and rewired it myself with new pickups. With the due course of time, I have made multiple modifications to this Strat. As of now, it has the new Kluson Supreme tuners, Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Plus pickup set, and the Tremmory trem stabilization system. Cosmetically this guitar looks disgusting like a pig, but good Lord it's one hell of a pig and my main guitar for all gigs.
The classic electric guitar
The guitar that Hendrix and Buddy Holly made famous. This guitar just fits right and is functional and reliable, it's well balanced, and there are so many refinements to the Stratocaster that people mostly either ignore or don't know about, and they look at it and think that it is too plain, then you have people like Yngwie Malmsteen totally blow that overgeneralized stereotypical thought away. My only complaint is most Strats could use some upgraded pickups, maybe a better bridge and tuners but on most Mexican and American Strats the tuners and bridge are good.
I still play now and then
Most of the work I do these days done in the box with no actual wood and metal involved ... However I collaborate online and get requests to play on trax ... The guitar bores me at times and I find it limiting I do use it for creating ANALOG 2 DIGITAL MIDI Triggers and stuff ... My other schitso half disagrees and cranks out a riff or two ha ha . Sentimentally I still love my 76 Strat ...... Beaten and abused by myself and one particular ex wife it still plays just fine :)
Not just a mexican standard - an industry standard.
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.
A Solid Gold Classic
I have a 2016 American Standard model in Bordeaux Metallic. I took a lot of time hunting down this particular colour and model because one caught my eye in a shop in Cambridgeshire but it was dinked, and then I discovered they were being phased out. So needless to say, I love the look of this guitar.
There's little I can add to what's already been said over the years about Strats. Any Fender or Squire model will give you those Hendrix, Gilmour or Knopfler tones you're after. Pretty much all of them are lovely to play. The American Standard is, for me, the sweet spot in the range, with a lovely, quality feel but still extremely good value for money. Everything is so much easier to play on this guitar, it just seems to want to work with you, not against you.
Excellant Beginning Guitar
My first ever guitar. Excellent colour and design. Te reviews said the frets were to sharp and made you bleed, but I've owned this for years and never experienced this. However, the jacksocket broke after a year and a half. But other then that there wasn't any problems
One of my treasures.
My '54 Strat is the 84th production guitar, it was one of the first 100 units made for sales. It definitely has an interesting feel to it. In the early 70's it was refinished from its original 2 tone to Steinway Black by a piano buider in Tulsa. besides the paint, the only other thing that was changed on it was the pickguard. instead of an 8 hole, it has an 11 hole sadly... but it's still worth quite a chunk of change even in its current condition, not to mention the prolific sentimental value of it. It will never be sold.