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Fender Stratocaster - The World's Most Popular Guitar

After his great success with the Fender Telecaster, Leo Fender wanted to create a guitar with both a wider range of sounds and a greater appeal to musicians of all genres. Though the Fender Telecaster was making inroads in various genres it was not appealing to the emerging popular market as much as he had hoped.

The New Design for Wider Appeal

In 1954, Fender teamed up with fellow electric guitar luthiers Bill Carson, George Fullerton and Fred Taveres and designed a new smoother contour body shape with triple pickups and an innovative rocking bridge-block vibrato system. [1]

In 1954 the Stratocaster featured a solid contoured ash body, a 21-fret lacquered maple-capped neck, three single-coil pickups, and Kluson tuning machines. Though originally only offered in a standard two-color sunburst, Fender produced many custom-ordered finished in a variety of guitars. In 1960 the colour options were increased to a much wider range based upon the DuPont automotive lacqueres used by General Motors. These are often referred to the “Cadillac Colours” and are a visual distinctive of the model.

Three Pickups, Multiple-Phases, and a Miriad of Tones

One key feature of the Fender Stratocaster is the intricate combination of waveforms produced from the three pickup system. WIth a five-way selector switch the Stratocaster can be played with any of the three pickups individually or alternatively, with a combination of bridge and middle or middle and neck pickup producing classic phased sounds. Combining these with deft hand-positioning, where the strings are struck, the guitarist of many years still discovers nuances that this superbly versatile guitar can produce.

Stratocaster adopted by Rock and Roll as The Guitar to have

Rock and Roll legend Buddy Holly drove the Fender Stratocaster to popular fame with his vintage sunburst model. Outside of the USA, Hank B Marvin of the Shadows, was becoming renowned as ‘the guitarist most wanted to imitate’ and popularised the Fender Stratocaster with his Fiesta Red coloured stratocaster - the first Fender Stratocaster to arrive in the United Kingdom imported by rock star Cliff Richard and given to Hank to produce the sound he desired. Many of the greatest guitarists of all-time have followed these pioneers including; Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, and Eric Clapton to name a few.

The Strat Whammy - Innovated for Variety and Style

The Strat’s vibrato (whammy bar) moved away from the more conventional bridge-mounted designs of Bigsby and the Gibson Vibrola, with a rocking block that both gave the guitar a distinctive control and allowed players to quickly play and release the altered pitch in a way not done before. The Stratocaster Block assembly could be fitted with up to 5 springs allowing the degree of tension and playability to be tailored to the' guitarists needs. Additionally, blocks and locking mechanisms could be fitted to the vibrato spring cavity to limit and control the degree to which the pitch could be altered by the whammy arm. Listening to the subtle smoothness of Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix will show the variety of ways this bridge-based vibrato system changed the way a vibrato could be used.

The Fender Stratocaster continues to be the World’s Most Popular electric guitar and outsells any other model. Whether you play rock, jazz, popular, country or any genre, the Fender Stratocaster can deliver the goods.

[1] Though often referred to as a Tremolo, a guitar bridge or string tension altering device alters the pitch, rather than volume and is therefore a Vibrato. Tremolo is an effect resulting from modulation of amplitude or volume where as Vibrato is an effect created by modulating frequency. The guitar Vibrato arm, often called a Whammy Bar, alters the pitch higher and lower.

 

FENDER STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITARS | Derringers Music Store | Adelaide Australia

Fender Stratocaster - The World's Most Popular Guitar

After his great success with the Fender Telecaster, Leo Fender wanted to create a guitar with both a wider range of sounds and a greater appeal to musicians of all genres. Though the Fender Telecaster was making inroads in various genres it was not appealing to the emerging popular market as much as he had hoped.

The New Design for Wider Appeal

In 1954, Fender teamed up with fellow electric guitar luthiers Bill Carson, George Fullerton and Fred Taveres and designed a new smoother contour body shape with triple pickups and an innovative rocking bridge-block vibrato system. [1]

In 1954 the Stratocaster featured a solid contoured ash body, a 21-fret lacquered maple-capped neck, three single-coil pickups, and Kluson tuning machines. Though originally only offered in a standard two-color sunburst, Fender produced many custom-ordered finished in a variety of guitars. In 1960 the colour options were increased to a much wider range based upon the DuPont automotive lacqueres used by General Motors. These are often referred to the “Cadillac Colours” and are a visual distinctive of the model.

Three Pickups, Multiple-Phases, and a Miriad of Tones

One key feature of the Fender Stratocaster is the intricate combination of waveforms produced from the three pickup system. WIth a five-way selector switch the Stratocaster can be played with any of the three pickups individually or alternatively, with a combination of bridge and middle or middle and neck pickup producing classic phased sounds. Combining these with deft hand-positioning, where the strings are struck, the guitarist of many years still discovers nuances that this superbly versatile guitar can produce.

Stratocaster adopted by Rock and Roll as The Guitar to have

Rock and Roll legend Buddy Holly drove the Fender Stratocaster to popular fame with his vintage sunburst model. Outside of the USA, Hank B Marvin of the Shadows, was becoming renowned as ‘the guitarist most wanted to imitate’ and popularised the Fender Stratocaster with his Fiesta Red coloured stratocaster - the first Fender Stratocaster to arrive in the United Kingdom imported by rock star Cliff Richard and given to Hank to produce the sound he desired. Many of the greatest guitarists of all-time have followed these pioneers including; Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, and Eric Clapton to name a few.

The Strat Whammy - Innovated for Variety and Style

The Strat’s vibrato (whammy bar) moved away from the more conventional bridge-mounted designs of Bigsby and the Gibson Vibrola, with a rocking block that both gave the guitar a distinctive control and allowed players to quickly play and release the altered pitch in a way not done before. The Stratocaster Block assembly could be fitted with up to 5 springs allowing the degree of tension and playability to be tailored to the' guitarists needs. Additionally, blocks and locking mechanisms could be fitted to the vibrato spring cavity to limit and control the degree to which the pitch could be altered by the whammy arm. Listening to the subtle smoothness of Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix will show the variety of ways this bridge-based vibrato system changed the way a vibrato could be used.

The Fender Stratocaster continues to be the World’s Most Popular electric guitar and outsells any other model. Whether you play rock, jazz, popular, country or any genre, the Fender Stratocaster can deliver the goods.

[1] Though often referred to as a Tremolo, a guitar bridge or string tension altering device alters the pitch, rather than volume and is therefore a Vibrato. Tremolo is an effect resulting from modulation of amplitude or volume where as Vibrato is an effect created by modulating frequency. The guitar Vibrato arm, often called a Whammy Bar, alters the pitch higher and lower.

 

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