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The Most Famous Fender Stratocaster Guitars and Guitarist From 1970s

Wesman Todd Shaw started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. He loves nothing more than to pick one up and pluck some strings.

The Infamous and Ubiquitous Fender Stratocaster

Classic 3 single coil Strat with maple fretboard and the fat headstock.

Classic 3 single coil Strat with maple fretboard and the fat headstock.

The Stratocaster By Fender

Oh you've all seen it more times than you can remember. The body shape of these guitars is distinctive, and was surely eye candy from the start. The Fender Stratocaster is just tremendously cool looking, and that is all there is to it.

Probably some mad scientist was hired to design the shape and feel of the thing to make it the most appealing electric guitar ever conceived of. First built in 1954 and continuously built in more variations than probably any guitar in history to this very day, and surely beyond - this guitar is surely the prized possession for many a person the world over.

Though the Fender Stratocaster or Strat is a beautiful curvy instrument which was destined for massive success on looks alone, it surely wouldn't have become the most well known electric guitar in the world (along with the Gibson Les Paul) without some serious help. As for myself, I'm forever musically lost in the classic rock of the 1970s, and in those years there were many a fine six string electric gunslinger who walked on stage with a Fender Stratocaster, and made music that is still better than a lot of what we get fed today.

Hendrix at Woodstock.

Hendrix at Woodstock.

Jimi Hendrix

Now Hendrix just barely made it into the decade of the 1970s, and we all know how pretty often the Jimi Hendrix Experience was fatal for his right handed Fender Stratocasters that he'd play upside down due to him being left handed.

Always a showman that was a fringe element to the core, had he lived then he'd not have been remembered so well, I don't think. It's said that Jeff Beck, one of the greatest living guitarist on the planet, didn't play guitar at all for six straight months after hearing Hendrix for the first time. Jeff was already quite a flashy six string killer himself, but the gritty and absolutely authentic blues represented in the late 60's by Hendrix was too real for Jeff, and he'd surely realized that ONLY Jimi Hendrix could represent the blues so authentically, and bring it to the masses.

Hendrix succeeded! He also brought the poetry and poetic style lyrics of Bob Dylan into his Jimi Hendrix Experience, played one of the most legendary shows of the 60's at Woodstock, and died soon after returning to a more traditional route to the blues with The Band Of Gypsies.

From wah wah pedals, complex phrasing, lots of legato, studio stereophonic phasing, and a true blues heritage and delivery that nobody but nobody could deliver to a mostly white audience of hippies, Jimi Hendrix had it all, and delivered it to his fans from the stage, then ended his shows and the lives of his Fender Stratocaster guitars as he ended his life - burning out, instead of fading away.

What about Jimi's guitars? Well, one of the most famous of them to have survived was the white Stratocaster Hendrix played at Woodstock. While the details of the sale are not confirmed, Microsoft's Paul Allen is said to have paid more than $2 million dollars for it.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Clapton and Blackie, a Strat composed from parts of several different Strats.

Clapton and Blackie, a Strat composed from parts of several different Strats.

Eric Clapton and "Blackie"

Eric Clapton started his career with the Yardbirds, then John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and then on to Cream while playing Gibson Les Paul and SG guitars, but during the 1970s following in the footsteps of people like Jimi Hendrix, he started playing the Fender Stratocaster almost exclusively. Personally, I've seen Eric Clapton perform twice, and maybe I've seen "Blackie," his famous Fender Stratocaster. Blackie is officially retired from the music business, that guitar has been used pretty much up, and we've all got to enjoy it at some point or another if we've got the gift of hearing.

Both of the Eric Clapton concerts that I attended were at Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas, Texas. Reunion arena was imploded just like the world trade center tower number seven on 911. It's gone, but the two shows aren't forgotten, and neither will they be so long as I am living and sentient. The first show I saw was on Eric's Journeyman album tour, and the second was on his Unplugged tour

Obviously the first tour and show that I saw featured a lot more heavy blues rock, and a ton more Fender Stratocaster. I saw him playing his Martin signature series 000 28EC the second go round, but Eric Clapton doesn't do shows any more unless he's doing an exclusively acoustic show, or a show in which he does both acoustic and electric, and once Eric Clapton went Fender Stratocaster - he's never went back!

Eric Clapton has stayed with us, and I think that he'll be with us all for a long while still. He's thought through battles with heroin, booze, cocaine, and the tragic death of a child, and yet he's still here, still valid, still making new and unique music, and still playing the fire out of his Fender Stratocaster Guitars.

What about Blackie? Blackie is long since retired. Eric very literally played Blackie the Stratocaster until she was all played out. There wasn't much left there which could be played. Sometimes things get completely worn out. Blackie, however, still exists, and was purchased by Guitar Center for nearly one million dollars.

Jeff Beck With His 1954 Fender Stratocaster.

Jeff Beck With His 1954 Fender Stratocaster.

Jeff Beck - An Absolute "god" of Guitar, and The Fender Stratocaster

Jeff Beck got his first big job in music because Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame didn't want it, as he'd had other things to do, so Jeff Beck became a big name in The Yardbirds. Jeff Beck, however, is one of the single greatest guitarist of the past one hundred years. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, those persons can't hold a candle to Jeff Beck's shining star and expect anyone to see it - not when it comes to skill level and musical composition and inventiveness.

Jeff Beck has always had those things in spades, and enough to give away and still have more than he could ever use. Jeff Beck is seriously just one of the biggest studs in electric guitar history.

I'm seriously hoping that the reader here realizes that my personal opinion is that the music and guitar playing of one Jeff Beck - is vastly superior to that of either Jimi Hendrix or the great Eric Clapton!!!

If Jeff Beck is so great as I say that he is, then why is it more people don't know about him? That's simple! Jeff doesn't sing like Jimi or Eric, but he did discover and bring Rod Stewart to the world. I'm not actually sure that was a good thing, but in any case, most of Jeff Beck's music is instrumental jazz fusion, funk, and other forms of hybrid rock and blues - Jeff is one of the most versatile guitarist ever to walk the Earth.

Jeff is a musician's musician. He's not so much interested in being famous as he is in making music for music's sake, but for the record, here's some somewhat famous people that he's also recorded with: Mick Jagger, Kate Bush, Roger Waters,Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Zucchero, Cyndi Lauper, Brian May and ZZ Top

The Creative Genius Of Jeff Beck's Jazz Fusion - With A Fender Stratocaster

Heavy Metal Pioneer Ritchie Blackmore and His Fender Stratocaster.

Heavy Metal Pioneer Ritchie Blackmore and His Fender Stratocaster.

Ritchie Blackmore - One Of The Original Heavy Metal Guitarists

Ritchie Blackmore blazed through the seventies as the guitarist for Deep Purple where he helped to create heavy metal music. He did all of it then with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, and then he went on to form Rainbow with the late Ronnie James Dio, and you can't get any more heavy metal than that! The next two paragraphs of text are not mine, and I italicized them because of that, the following two are copy and pasted directly from Wikipedia concerning Blackmore's use of the Fender Stratocaster.

From 1970 to 1997, Blackmore almost exclusively played a Fender Stratocaster. He is also one of the first rock guitarists to have used a "scalloped" fretboard where the wood is filed and carved out into a shallow "U" shape between the frets. He often plays the riff without a pick, using two fingers to pluck the strings in fourths, but he's also using his thumb to pluck the bass notes of riff.

In the 1970s, Blackmore used a number of different Stratocasters; his main guitar (until the Long Live Rock 'n' Roll album) was a sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard that was scalloped. Blackmore added a strap lock to the headstock of this guitar as a conversation piece to annoy and confuse people.

These days Ritchie Blackmore is busy playing English Folk music with his Blackmore's Night and his pretty blond Lady singer, and we're happy to see him still making great music, and we'll all look for a possible Deep Purple and Fender Stratocaster reunion!

Blackmore's main Strat during the 1970s was a 1974 model of Olympic white with a rosewood fretboard which he'd had scalloped. He had a strap-lock added to the head-stock for the sole purpose of confusing or annoying people. Ritchie is an interesting guy.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow With Ronnie James Dio, "Man On The Silver Mountain"

Frank Zappa owned a Strat which was in part, one which had once beloned to Jimi Hendrix.

Frank Zappa owned a Strat which was in part, one which had once beloned to Jimi Hendrix.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was not just a musician, he was also really a composer, and a philosopher that worked with music as if it were a canvas and he a painter portraying life through his medium of choice, and included in all of that was so much more than mere music. He captured comedy, beauty, angst and anger. Frank Zappa was one of the finest minds the USA ever produced, and in time I do believe that more and more people will feel the way that I do about Frank.

Entirely self taught Frank Zappa the composer was so prolific that few could ever hope to own or become familiar with even the half of what all he'd composed, produced, and recorded. The man's mind was so full of ideas and melodies he's truly without comparison. To see Frank Zappa debate is to see greatness, a REAL John Galt, a man that did exactly what he wanted to do, and did so without thought of income, but he did make quite a lot of money - simply because his amazing mind and his enthusiasm were going to wind up with that regardless.

Frank Zappa was indomitable, incomparable, incomprehensible until he spoke, and then he'd state his case about things in a way that few, if any alive, would be able to debate against.

The following paragraph from Wikipedia:

His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

Frank's number one Stratocaster was given to him by Howard Parker, a man who had worked for Jimi Hendrix. The guitar is known as the Astoria Strat, and now belongs to Frank's son, Dweezil Zappa. The guitar, in fact, was one of the guitars Hendrix had burned, but it didn't burn so badly that Frank couldn't use the body, and construct a guitar he would then go on to use for many years. The guitar still exists today, and is playable.

Frank Zappa was possible one of the most underrated guitarists of all time

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher on stage with his famous Fender Stratocaster.

Rory Gallagher on stage with his famous Fender Stratocaster.

Rory Gallagher and the 1961 Stratocaster

Growing up in Texas, I learned about Rory Gallagher later on in life. He simply wasn't someone played on the radio here, and though there simply must be an explanation for this, I've never heard one.

Gallagher sold over thirty million albums worldwide, and that is a considerable amount of success. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Rory would still wind up being known primarily as an electric guitarist, and one associated almost entirely with one exact Fender Stratocaster.

Gallagher played a worn sunburst 1961 Stratocaster (Serial Number 64351), and once he acquired the instrument, he played it almost exclusively. He'd always dreamed of owning a guitar like the one Buddy Holly had played, and so he did.

Rory famously sweated all the finish off of the Strat. It was said Gallagher's rare blood type caused his sweat to be more acidic, and Rory himself even believed the guitar sounded better for not having paint and finish on top of the wood.

Rory would modify his guitar extensively. Though Gallagher's album sales were substantial, what truly brought him respect and love were his marathon live performances, where he'd play until he was entirely exhausted. It never mattered to Rory how dangerous parts of Ireland had become, he would tour those places yearly, and for this his home nation fans loved him dearly.

Rory Gallagher was a very pure sort of person with no pretense about him. He could have become a massive pop star, if only he'd have wanted to. He had no intentions of becoming a wretched political panderer like Bruce Springsteen, he had only wanted to perform music in an intimate way for his fans, and that's what he did with his life.

Raised in Ireland, and spending much time there, Rory was immersed in a culture of heavy alcohol consumption, and despite a liver transplant, he died too young, but he lived the life he had wanted to live, and today is revered among the persons who truly love the blues, rock, and the combination of the two played on a Fender Stratocaster.

Rory Gallagher - Bad Penny (Live At Montreux)

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David Gilmour and The Black Strat

David Gilmour is one of the wealthiest musicians and guitarists in the entire world. Probably he has tens of millions of casual fans who don't realize he was hired to replace the original guitarist of Pink Floyd, a man who went completely mad.

Mr. Gilmour is a guitar anti-hero. In the age of guitar gunslingers, David would have nothing to do with any of it. He makes a point of getting the very most milage one can possibly get out of each and every note he plays. He never attempts to play fast. He has no interest at all in impressing you with his technique.

What David Gilmour is all about is crushing your soul, or perhaps making you cry with as few notes as humanely possible. And he can do it too. David's soul searing soloing is the stuff of legend, and the most of it has come from exactly one guitar - his black Stratocaster.

The Black Strat is a famous enough guitar to have its own Wikipedia page. That's right, buddy, the guitar is more famous than just about everyone who's going to read this page, and it is most certainly more famous than me.

David had lost a guitar similar to his Black Strat, and so he went to Manny's Music in New York City to buy one as similar as he could. His parents had bought him the Strat he lost, and I bet that really stung him. The Black Strat has been modified more times than likely even David recalls, and famously has alternated between having a maple fingerboard, and a rosewood fingerboard.

Pickups, tuning machine heads, knobs and switches-virtually everything has been changed out on The Black Strat at some point or another, but after a while, Gilmour got the guitar to a place where he was mostly satisfied with what it was. Fender has, of course, produced rather expensive reproductions of The Black Strat, and Gilmour even has said some of the reproductions were better than his own guitar.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw

Comments

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 13, 2019:

I've known of Roy from a very young age. The reason I ever heard of Roy was entirely due to Jeff Beck, and his 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers,' which he had described as a tribute to Roy Buchanan. Roy was a Tele man. I'd feel sure he had other guitars, but I've never known of him to play anything but his one Tele.

Charley Duffy on May 13, 2019:

Certainly fair of you to allow for others to remark, "wheres my guy"; but this guy had to be on this list as he influenced almost all of the guys you mentioned (except Les). Nicknames the Greatest Guitars No One Ever Hear Of - Roy Buchanan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeBQZ8Aklc

Media Creeks on September 10, 2016:

Thank you for a very useful hub! voted up and useful!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 05, 2016:

Riolite, the Gilmore model is the single most expensive strat there is, at least it was, they forever make new versions though.

Boxer - I agree that no article about the strat is ever complete!

Hi Krista! It is a very utilitarian guitar! :)

Krista Maxine Barnish from Casper, Wy on June 13, 2015:

A great guitar and fantastic musicians that are drawn to it!

Boxer on October 22, 2014:

Any article about the startocaster is incomplete if Rory Gallagher's torn strat isn't mentioned...

harry on January 26, 2013:

great hub, I am working on http://www.buzzdogmusic.weebly.com

Riolite on November 24, 2012:

A great hub indeed ,

thanks for sharing . The whole article i was looking for one name "David Gilmour" :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 08, 2012:

vox vocis - Thanks Very Much!!! Stevie would have been listed at the very TOP of this article, but I decided to limit the scope to the 1970s, and I'm sure he could play like fire then, but I don't think any or many had heard of SRV until the 1980s.

Some future article will definitely feature Stevie, and no doubt he deserves an entire book dedicated to him....but for me, probably a hub page will have to suffice!

Jasmine on March 08, 2012:

Great hub, Wesman! Shared and voted up "all over!" I'm glad Steve Ray Vaughan found his place in this hub :) However, I'm a bit surprised no one mentioned Joe Satriani in the answers to your question on the topic, though :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 03, 2012:

KF Raizor - of course I understand every bit of what you are saying....tis why I play the keyboard...the kind that types things on the internet!!!!

Of course I play the guitar too...but not like those guys!

Thanks for the trivia!!

KF Raizor on March 03, 2012:

Here's some trivia for you: Fender Stratocaster #0001 was owned by Homer Haynes of Homer & Jethro. In 1988 they made a replica of that Strat and named it the HLE -- Homer Haynes Limited Edition.

Great hub. Wish all this knowledge about the history of the guitars would help me play better! LOL

Lary Wallace from Shirley, Massachusetts on March 02, 2012:

No biggie. Thanks, amigo.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

DOH!

I'll fix that promptly!

Lary Wallace from Shirley, Massachusetts on March 02, 2012:

No, your thing looks fine--except that, hey, man, my name has only one "r."

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

It's up there now. If you can think of a short synopsis that you'd like to see and that would fit in the link capsule, then I'll put that in the description.

I'm working on similar hubs to this one for the Les Paul and the Fender Telecaster.

Lary Wallace from Shirley, Massachusetts on March 02, 2012:

Oh, cool, Wesman, that'd be great.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

Tom I'd feel the same way! Or how about a compromise - save the rant for the end of the show?

Hell, there's journalist all over the country that want to do a story with someone like Carlos Santana ranting away about this and that....

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

Lorne Hemmerling - Thanks Very Much! That Carlos sure picks some strange people to open his shows, Carlos is a great guitarist, but who the hell puts Jeff Beck to open for them?

TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

Hey Thanks Lary Wallace - I should have thought of it already, but I'll grab your link to your Jimi Hendrix hub and put it in here.

justom from 41042 on March 02, 2012:

Good hub Todd, I've always stayed away from that numbers game of who's the best anything. Opinions are like..well you know, everybody's got one. You picked good one's though. Can't imagine someone picking the Clapton tunes they did, for me that was some of his worst stuff. I too saw the tour with Beck and Santana. Beck is always amazing, so is Carlos but the night I went he got into one of his rants and pissed off a lot of folks. We were there to see him play, save the rants fro other places. I will end saying for me it's Jimi and after that I can't pick!!

Evelyn Anne on March 02, 2012:

Great Article! Enjoyed the writing and especially the music!

Lorne Hemmerling from Oshawa on March 02, 2012:

These are all amazing players! I have to agree with you when it comes to Jeff Beck. His playing is so outside, so slippery. You have no idea what he is going to do next. Masterful phrasing, technique, and note choice. I had the pleasure to see him live with Carlos Santana quite a few years ago. He didn't say a word on stage until the last song when he introduced the band. His playing did the talking. You are so right about him being out of the mainstream. The crowd thought HE was Santana when he first came out. Truly a musician's musician. Don't get me wrong though, ALL these players are awesome.

Lary Wallace from Shirley, Massachusetts on March 02, 2012:

Hey, this is great. Voted Awesome.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 02, 2012:

alancaster149 Cool!!! I'm not familiar with the song about Florida, but I'm going to find it because you've got me interested.

Oh I like Keith Richards too!!! I'm going to do him in a top five guitarist to use the Fender Telecaster!!!

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on March 02, 2012:

I have a number of Clapton CD's (and Cassettes), but I can honestly say I only really like 'LAY DOWN SALLY','COCAINE' and 'MAINLINE FLORIDA' (the last being from 461 Ocean Boulevard). My elder daughter bought me the Pilgrim album on cassette a few years ago, the only track of which I like being 'MY FATHER's EYES', but only for sentimental reasons. I bought his autobiography some time ago, but haven't had much time for reading lately. I still prefer Keith Richardson, though. He takes you out of yourself!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

Deb Welch - Thanks very much!!!!

Clapton is the only one of those guys that I've seen, and I've seen him twice. I'd love to see Jeff Beck play, but I'm typically broke without wheels, or in jail or something.

I'm trying to beat both of those paradigms at present!

Deb Welch on March 01, 2012:

Wes - Excellent Hub. Clapton 100%. UP - Useful, Awesome, Beautiful - Interesting. Some great music.

swb64 from Addingham, UK. on March 01, 2012:

Yes iv read all that stuff, Lemmy has a lot to mention on the subject as he was his roadie at the time, all that happened was the 'woman' didn't place him on his side when she heard him gurgling, and eventually when the ambulance arrived it was still possible to help him, they placed him on his back.

The murder thing is a conspiracy as were all the other deaths of the time, folks say the governments thought it was bad for the generation.

Jimi was a very insecure nice guy, he didn't really burn out but was caught up in the circumstance of the day, as were the other 27 year olds, real shame. Elvis did burn out etc.

You want to have a look at Beck doing Becks Bolero live, its terrific, Page mentioned a little while ago how Beck just keeps on on improving, superb style...

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

swb64 - have you ever read the things about Hendrix being murdered? I read somewhere that one guy even admitted to killing him by forcing some more sleeping pills or something down his throat after he was already passed out.

I need to research that.

swb64 from Addingham, UK. on March 01, 2012:

Right handed on a left handed guitar it looked like! Eric bought Jimi his first ever tailor made lefthanded guitar, he was due to give him it on Sept 18th 1970...

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

Thanks Sue Swan!!!

I'm going to do some culinary experimentation here shortly - but that pretty much always comes out well enough for me to finish eating it all!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

swb64 - Thanks for pointing that out. I miss some amazing things sometime. I guess it's obvious that the picture was a "mirror" image, or whatever, but I changed it anyway - because you were right, it made it appear that Jimi was playing right handed!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

onthegrind - Thanks VERY Much, if I can entertain or make something that someone that isn't so into guitar - then that's a great compliment to me!

Sueswan on March 01, 2012:

Hi Wes

Your hub rocks. "Smoke on the Water"

Voted up and away.

Have a good evening. :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

Theeyeballkid - you know what you just did?

You inspired me to bump up Frostwire and find that album - I'm going to download that, like, right now!

swb64 from Addingham, UK. on March 01, 2012:

The first Hendrix photo is wrong, he was a lefty! good reading though yes.

onthegrind from Florida, United States on March 01, 2012:

Awesome hub. I don't know a whole lot about guitars and all that, but there are some outstanding guitarists and musicians on this list. Good read.

Theeyeballkid on March 01, 2012:

Great hub Wes, this is a real who's who of strat players, makes you wonder what has happened to all the great strat players, nobody today comes close to any of these.

I don't have a lot of Jeff Beck stuff but his playing on Roger Waters "Amused to death" is something else. Will have to revisit his backcatalog after reading this.

TheHeavyReview on March 01, 2012:

I'll definitely look out for both the Telecaster and the Les Paul hubs! Rhodes was definitely great!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

TheHeavyReview - Most definitely! For about ten thousand dollars you can get the Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul too!!!!

He only used a strat a little. Page played a Telecaster a LOT though.

I'm sure as hell already working on hubs about both of those guitars and the guitarist that use them.

You'll see some metal on the Les Paul hub - I might get that thing done tonight, but Randy Rhodes was the BEST metal guitarist in my book!!!! He played those Jacksons but I think he most often played that Les Paul of his.

TheHeavyReview on March 01, 2012:

I also love Jimmy Page, and now I must say that he's my favorite stratocaster user. I always thought he mainly used Les Pauls, though.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

Michael J Rapp - Thanks Very Much!

I did own a Japanese Squire Stratocaster (by Fender) at one point...I had a Marshall tube amp too!

I could make some crunchy noises, but what I wanted to do was turn into Randy Rhodes or something.

Oh well, I think I play this keyboard on my lap the best!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

QualityContent - Thanks very much!!!!

You can also get a million configurations on a strat, and get some of the used ones very very cheap sometimes.

I think the thing to avoid - are the strats made in either Korea or Mexico, but don't quote me on that, I'm an acoustic guitar "expert" myself, I just listen to a lot of electric jazz, rock, metal, etc.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

bethperry - Thank You!

I didn't put my favourite guitar playing Jimmy as one of the main five, but Jimmy Page is my fave from the 70's.

I think Jeff Beck is a better guitar player than the others, but I still like Jimmy Page the best.

Is that weird? Saying that I think one is "best," but the other is my favourite?

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

billybuc - Thanks! I'm going to do a whole lot more of it, as I rather enjoyed creating it.

It's not memory lane for me though - this is the stuff I've always and still listen to!

It's not all that I listen to, of course, but it's a huge part of my musical daily diet!

Michael J Rapp from United States on March 01, 2012:

I love Strats. Such a simple design but there is something so elegant about it. I have 2 and there's a couple I've owned I wish I had back. Nice Hub!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

Randy every guitar that I've sold is a sad story!!!! I'm never selling a guitar that I love again!!!

NEVER!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

TheHeavyReview - I was going to include Yngwie Malmsteen...but he was more an 80's guy.

QualityContent on March 01, 2012:

Awesome hub! I love the Strat such a simple guitar but it sounds so damn good.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on March 01, 2012:

Wonderful Hub!! Yeah, they are all awesome and Beck and Blackmore happen to be simply two of my favorite all-around performers. But Jimi, ah, he was beyond great.

I'll direct my 14-year old over to read this. He recently got his first Strat and I think he'll enjoy reading.

Voting up! It was a real pleasure to read.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 01, 2012:

It is pretty damn hard to argue with this list so I won't even try. Great hub my friend and thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on March 01, 2012:

My first electric guitar was a brand new 72 strat. It is now owned by a friend who I played with in a band way back then. I wish I had it back even though I have several more later models. I've also owned a silver anniversary Les Paul, again, I wish i still owned it. But hey, I'm guitar po0r already as my wife says I have too many as it is.

I also have an old Telecaster, another great old axe. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane, Wesman. Good article!

Randy SSSSS

TheHeavyReview on March 01, 2012:

I agree, David Gilmore is an important guitarist.

My personal favorite strat user... I don't know. From your list, I like Hendrix and Blackmore the best. They're both excellent. For some reason there don't seem to be many strats in heavy metal, which is my main genre.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

TheHeavyReview - Go used! There's so many dang models of Stratocaster that it boggles the mind!

Also, I just thought to include David Gilmore in the "special mention" section, and added a photo of him.

Who's your fave guitarist that plays a strat?

TheHeavyReview on March 01, 2012:

Well I can't speak for how easily they play (I've only owned an Epiphone guitar haha), but I've always loved SGs, Firebirds, and Flying Vs. And also those wacky BC Rich shapes. I'm considering getting a strat as an upgrade, because they don't look too expensive.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 01, 2012:

TheHeavyReview - thanks Very Much!!!!!!!!!

Oh I think that I prefer a Tele or a Les Paul, but I've owned a Strat before, and they play really easily!!!

TheHeavyReview on March 01, 2012:

Great hub! The stratocaster is always the guitar I think of when I think of electric guitars... even though it's not really my favorite shape. This was a very cool read!

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