The History of the Fender Stratocaster

1954 Fender Stratocaster - Maine Guitars

This is the insider’s story of the early days of the Stratocaster, Fender’s solidbody electric guitar that, in 1954, followed the earlier Broadcaster/Telecaster and Esquire into the Californian company’s catalogue. It was a stunning new instrument, sleek and refined where the Telecaster was plain and workmanlike: a beautiful three-pickup solidbody with a clever vibrato system and a curvaceous look. The Strat would, of course, become an industry standard and in its first few decades, stirred up the music of players as diverse as Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix.

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