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Fender Stratocaster The Fender Stratocaster, often referred to as the Strat, is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares in 1954, and manufactured continuously to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top horn for balance while standing. The Stratocaster has been used by many leading guitarists, and thus can be heard on many historic recordings. Along with the Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, and the Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most common and enduring models of electric guitar in the world. The design of the Stratocaster has transcended the field of music to rank among the classic industrial designs of all time; examples have been exhibited at major museums around the world.

In its original form, the Stratocaster was offered initially in a 2-color sunburst finish, together with a solid deeply contoured ash body, a one-piece maple neck with 21 frets, black dot inlays and Kluson machine heads until 1957, when Fender started making bodies made from solid alder. There was also a set of available custom colors that wasn't standardized until 1960. These custom colors were mostly automobile lacquer colors made by Dupont and could be had for an extra 5% cost. The single-ply, 8-screw hole white pickguard was a unique concept that allowed all of the guitar's electronic components - except the recessed jack plate - to be mounted on one easy-to-remove surface. Subsequent Stratocaster designs (by both Fender and other imitating companies) have ostensibly improved upon the original in usability and sound, but vintage Fender models are still often worth large amounts of money and some prefer the timbre of older models.

The Stratocaster has been widely copied; as a result, the term "Strat," although a trademark of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation, is often used generically when referring to any guitar that has the same general features as the original, regardless of manufacturer.

From 1959 to 1967, the Stratocaster was refitted with a rosewood fretboard, as well as color choices other than sunburst, including a variety of colorful car-like paint jobs that appealed to the nascent surfer and hot-rod culture, pioneered by such bands as the Surfaris, the Ventures and the Beach Boys. Dick Dale is a prominent Stratocaster player who also collaborated with Leo Fender in developing the Fender Showman amplifier. In the early 1960's, the instrument was also championed by Hank Marvin - guitarist of the Shadows, a band which originally backed Cliff Richard and then produced instrumentals of its own. So distinctive was Hank Marvin's sound that many musicians - including the Beatles - initially deliberately avoided the Stratocaster and chose other marques. However, in 1965, George Harrison and John Lennon of the Beatles both acquired Stratocasters and used them for the Rubber Soul and later recording sessions.

After a peak in the 1970's, driven by the use of several high profile players, another lull occurred in the early 1980's. During that time, CBS-Fender cut costs by deleting features from the standard Stratocaster line, despite a blues revival that featured Strat players such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy in their choice of the Stratocaster as a primary blues-rock guitar. Yngwie Malmsteen is known for playing a Fender Strat in the Neo-Classical genre.

Stratocaster

Standard Stratocaster
American Standard Stratocaster
American Standard LE Stratocaster
American Series Stratocaster
American Standard Series Stratocaster
25th Anniversary Stratocaster
35th Anniversary Stratocaster
40th Anniversary Stratocaster
'50's Stratocaster Relic
'50's Stratocaster (import)
'50's Classic Series Stratocaster
'50's Vintage Hot Rod Stratocaster
50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster
50th Anniversary American Deluxe Strat
50th Anniversary American Series Stratocaster
50th Anniversary Stratocaster
50th Anniversary Stratocaster Relic
50th Anniversary Stratocaster (Mexico)
'54 American Vintage 'Thin Skin' Nitro Stratocaster
'54 Stratocaster reissue
'56 Stratocaster reissue
'56 Custom Relic Stratocaster
'57 Special Stratocaster
'57 Stratocaster reissue
'57 Vintage Stratocaster (Japan)
'58 Stratocaster reissue
'58 Stratocaster (Dakota Red)
'59 Heavy Relic Custom Shop
60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster
'60 Stratocaster Custom Shop
'60's Stratocaster Relic
'60's Stratocaster (import)
'62 Stratocaster reissue
'62 Stratocaster ST62US Reissue
'65 American Vintage Stratocaster
'65 Stratocaster
'66 Stratocaster
'68 Reverse Strat Special
'68 Stratocaster
'68 Stratocaster (Japan)
'69 Stratocaster
'70's Stratocaster (Mexico)
'72 Stratocaster (Japan)
Acoustasonic Stratocaster
Aerodyne Stratocaster
Aluminum Stratocaster
American Classic Holoflake Stratocaster
American Classic Stratocaster
American Deluxe Stratocaster
American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster
American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS
American Deluxe Stratocaster FMT HSS
American Series HSS/HH Stratocaster
American Standard Stratocaster HSS
American Standard Stratocaster Limited Edition
American Vintage '57 Commemorative Stratocaster
American Vintage '62 Commemorative Stratocaster
Big Apple Stratocaster
Big Block Stratocaster
Bill Carson Stratocaster
Billy Corgan Stratocaster
Blackie Stratocaster
Blackie Stratocaster (Custom Shop)
Blackie Stratocaster (Custom Shop '87)
Blacktop Stratocaster HH
Blue Flower Stratocaster
Bonnie Raitt Stratocaster
Bowling Ball/Marble Stratocaster
Buddy Guy Stratocaster (Signature)
Buddy Guy Stratocaster (Mexico)
California Fat Stratocaster
California Stratocaster
Classic Player Stratocaster
Classic Player '50's Stratocaster
Classic Player '60's Stratocaster
Collector's Edition Stratocaster ('62 Reissue)
Contemporary Stratocaster
Contemporary Stratocaster (import)
Crash Stratocaster
Custom 1960 Stratocaster
David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster
Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster
Deluxe Players Special Edition Stratocaster
Deluxe Players Stratocaster
Deluxe Strat Plus
Deluxe Vintage Player '62 Stratocaster
Dick Dale Stratocaster
Elite Stratocaster
Eric Clapton Gold Leaf Stratocaster
Eric Clapton Stratocaster
Eric Clapton Stratocaster (Custom Shop)
Eric Johnson Stratocaster
Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster
Floyd Rose Classic Relic Stratocaster
Ford Shelby GT Stratocaster
Foto Flame Stratocaster
Freddy Tavares Aloha Stratocaster
George Fullerton 50th Ann. '57 Strat
Gold Stratocaster
Gold Stratocaster (Custom Shop)
Gold Elite Stratocaster
Hank Marvin 49th Anniversary Stratocaster
Hank Marvin Stratocaster
Harley-Davidson 90th Anniversary Stratocaster
Hellecaster
Highway One Stratocaster
HM Stratocaster
Homer Haynes HLE Stratocaster
Hot Wheels Stratocaster
HRR Stratocaster
Ike Turner Tribute Stratocaster
Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Jerry Donahue Hellecaster Stratocaster
Jimi Hendrix Monterey Pop Stratocaster
Jimi Hendrix Tribute Stratocaster
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Stratocaster
Jimi Hendrix 29th Anniversary Stratocaster
Jimmmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster
John Jorgenson Hellecaster Stratocaster
John Mayer Stratocaster
Koa Stratocaster
Kon Tiki Stratocaster
Lone Star Stratocaster
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster
Milonga Deluxe Stratocaster
Moto Limited Ed. Stratocaster
Moto Set Stratocaster
Paisley Stratocaster
Playboy 40th Anniversary Stratocaster
Powerhouse Stratocaster
Proud Stratocaster
Richie Sambora Stratocaster
Roadhouse Stratocaster
Robert Cray Stratocaster
Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster
Roland Ready Stratocaster
Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster
Set-Neck Stratocaster
So-Cal Speed Shop LE Stratocaster
Special Edition Stratocaster
Splatter Stratocaster
Standard Fat Stratocaster
Standard HH Stratocaster
Standard HSS Stratocaster
Standard Stratocaster (Japan)
Standard Stratocaster (Mexico)
Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster
SRV Lenny Stratocaster
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute #1 Stratocaster
Strat Plus
Strat Pro Closet Classic
Stratocaster Junior
Stratocaster Special
Stratocaster XII
Strat-O-Sonic
Sub Sonic Stratocaster
Super/Deluxe Super Stratocaster
Tanqueray Tonic Stratocaster
Texas Special Stratocaster
The Strat
Tie-Dye Stratocaster
Tom Delonge Stratocaster
Tree of Life Stratocaster
Turquoise Sparkle Stratocaster
US Ultra Stratocaster
Ventures Limited Ed. Stratocaster
VG Stratocaster
Vintage Hot Rod Stratocaster
Walnute Elite Stratocaster
Walnut Stratocaster
Western Stratocaster
Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster