ICONS ARE BETTER #26: FENDER STRATOCASTER
If you’ve seen the film Wayne’s World, then you’ll know that Wayne’s heart’s desire is not the gorgeous Cassandra, but rather, a guitar. More specifically, a ’64 Fender Stratocaster in classic white with a triple single chord pickups and a whammy bar.
If you conjure up an image of an electric guitar, you’re probably conjuring up an image of a Fender Stratocaster.
The body outline that makes it so distinctive has been copied and cloned. It’s become so common that it is often used as a symbol for a generic electric guitar.
And if you’ve ever picked up and played an electric guitar, the chances are you’ve picked up and played a Strat.
It’s probably the most widely-played guitar in the world.
Its versatility has led to it being strummed by most rock, blues, country, rock, metal, punk, jazz and pop guitarists.
The more famous Strat devotees have included Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, The Edge, Mark Knopfler, Hank Marvin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Frusciante, Jeff Beck…the list goes on.
All have helped to raise its status to that of a music icon in its own right.
While it’s been through a few iterations since it was first crafted by Leo Fender in 1954, and while aficionados will poo poo any model manufactured after 1964, it continues to be the go-to guitar for budding Buddy Hollys the world over.
Ellie Beecroft – Planning Director at mcgarrybowen
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