Fender Stratocaster

6th Apr 1996 | 10:52

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Fender Dave Murray Stratocaster
The chrome pickup surrounds add some rock 'n' roll bling
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Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW
Updates for this model include the white three-ply pickguard
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Fender Artist Series Billy Corgan Stratocaster
DiMarzio single-coil sized humbuckers provide plenty of juice for rocking riffs
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Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster
For fans of heavily-distressed six-strings...
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Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster
The pickups echo Johnson's love of vintage Strats
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Fender VG Stratocaster
Roland's 'VG pickup' is the key to the VG Strat's power
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Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster
The '60s Strat (right) alongside its '50s Strat and Tele siblings
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Fender American Standard Stratocaster
The American Standard Stratocaster alongside its similarly-updated siblings

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A brief history

Few electric guitars can boast the enduring versatility of the Fender Stratocaster, an iconic American design classic that has spanned genres and generations. From Buddy Holly and Hank Marvin through to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and contemporary players such as John Mayer, the Strat has been the guitar of choice for countless stars.

"The distinctive double-cutaway design featured an extended top horn to aid balance while playing."

Since its design in 1954 by Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavaress, the Strat has been in continuous production. The first model was offered in a two-colour sunburst with a deeply-contoured ash body, a five-spring vibrato system, three single-coil pickups and a one-piece maple neck with 21 frets, but by 1957 Fender started producing bodies from solid alder. The distinctive double-cutaway design featured an extended top horn to aid balance while playing. A range of custom colours was introduced in 1960.

More than five decades on and the Strat has undergone a vast array of refinements and variations but the essential design elements remain the same. The Stratocaster is also the most copied electric guitar design in history. USA Standard Stratocasters still fly out of guitar stores across the globe as do Deluxe, Custom Shop Relics and vintage reissue models. Lower production costs of Mexican, Japanese and Chinese Squier models have helped Fender to ensure that players on a budget can still gain access to the Stratocaster experience and sound.

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Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster £859

stars"Quite simply a great Strat. It looks and feels like it's already had a life and is ready for much more."

Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster £899

stars"This one has it all - feel and sound, a great neck and firm tonality. A Strat to love and cherish!"

Fender Dave Murray Stratocaster £1719

stars"Finally, an official USA-made version of the Murray Strat is with us, and it's worth the wait."

Fender VG Stratocaster £1539

stars"As a digital modelling guitar for the masses, Fender and Roland have got this pretty much spot on."

Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster £429

stars"The Mexican Standard Strat benefits from subtle refinements that make for better playing and a better sounding guitar."

Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster £499

stars"Even if you can afford the fully-fledged Custom Shop equivalent, we'd recommend trying out a Classic Player first."

Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster £499

stars"The '60s Classic Player Strat offers top-quality performance and it's pretty obvious that the magic touch of the Custom Shop masterbuilders has been efficiently transferred."

Fender Big Block Stratocaster £699

stars"A good electric guitar with a ballsy set of tones and a 'different' feel."

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster £1399

stars"Without doubt the Strat to buy if you won't compromise on vintage aesthetics and tone, but are crying out for those real-world playability traits."

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '57 Stratocaster £1399

stars"It's a super choice for high-octane classic rock!"

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster £1589

stars"Along with Fender, Eric Johnson he has created the perfect guitar for lovers of vintage Strats who want something extra."

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW £1909

stars"When a musician of EJ's calibre puts his stamp on the best electric guitar design of all time, every serious player needs to check it out!"

Fender American Standard Stratocaster £879

stars"A pro-standard modern, gigging Strat that's better than the previous model."

Fender American Special Stratocaster £870

stars"Aimed at the gap between the American Standard and Highway One ranges, this American Special succeeds with value and tone in abundance."

Fender Highway One Stratocaster £599

stars"At a mere £599 for what is a genuine American Fender, this has to be on your 'must-try' list!"

Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster £1799

stars"A stunning guitar that offers the kind of control that Beck's playing demands."

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster £1299

stars"This is a lovely guitar to play. It's a smooth player, but not a guitar that runs away with you; it urges you to work for your vibrato and feel everything a bit more."

Fender Artist Series Billy Corgan Stratocaster £839

stars"Distinct looks combine with great tone to offer a seriously versatile package for the price."

Fender Custom Deluxe Strat £1900

stars"The subtle 'player' improvements produce a top-notch classic that is subtly posh in appearance but awesomely endowed in the tone department."

Fender Rory Gallagher Stratocaster £2699

stars"A Custom Shop model paying tribute to one of the finest guitarists of his, or any, generation - straight out of the case, this guitar feels like you've been playing it for 40 years."

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Fender Stratocaster User Reviews

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Fender American Standard Stratocaster £879

stars"Fantastic guitar, a genuine improvement on the previous model, and new case... wow! Careful if you want one of the new transparent finishes though, I bought 'Sienna Sunburst' and I had to look at six guitars before I found one with a decent finish, some were awful."

stars"It's a great new spin on a classic. I prefer the thinner neck varnish on the 2003 models though."

Fender Highway One Stratocaster £599

stars"I bought this basicaly because I had always wanted a US Strat and this was the cheapest way to achieve my dream. Almost a year on I can only say that this was one of the best decisions I could have made."

Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster £859

stars"I'm not a huge strat fan simply because sonically, strats don't generally suit my type of music. I'm metal through and through (so I thought). I saw the road worn strat at my local music shop in all it's beaten and bruised glory. I have always been anal about taking care of my instruments, but I had to admit the battered look of the strat called out to me. Because of the steep price I avoided playing it for a week or two. I finally broke down and gave her a try, next thing I know, she's in the car with me headed back to my place!"

Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster £429

stars"Got mine second hand in Brighton for a little under 200 quid. Feels and sounds as good as the Strat Plus I used to use."

stars"Very good guitar sounds great for blues and clean stuff, feels nice and looks great in black."

stars"This Guitar is excellent and in my opinion is just as good, if not better than its more expensive USA-made equivalent. Sounds great, looks good, fantastic guitar!"

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