Every guitarist has an opinion on what is the ‘best’ guitar. Some swear by the Les Paul or the SG or the beautiful 335 all made by the Gibson company.
For me there is one guitar that is more versatile and has been used by more legends than any other and that’s the Fender Stratocaster. The strat is so popular primarily because it is so versatile. Blues, rock, country and funk guitarists all love the strat.
Leo Fender designed the strat in 1954. Fitted with three single coil pickups ranging from the biting cut of the bridge to the smoother neck, with the middle pickup great for rhythm playing and two more options of bridge/middle and neck/middle the tonal possibilities are endless.
The strat is very comfortable to hold with a contoured body and is lightweight. Legends from Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Mark Knopfler have all played the strat.
Hendrix used the strat to its full potential. Check out the beautiful Little Wing and the blistering Voodoo Child both played on a strat but sounding worlds apart.
Todays modern strat has obviously evolved over the years with many different models available but the core of the guitar remains the same with the same shape and single coil pickups as standard.
The Fender Strat is a true classic. Plug one into a good valve amp and discover for yourself the sounds of this wonderful instrument.