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Fender Stratocaster Leave a Legacy on Rock Music | Teach Yourself Guitar Now

Fender Stratocaster Leave a Legacy on Rock Music

May 15, 1954 was a day that forever altered music as we know it.

Leo Fender introduced the first, in what would become many, generations of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. Over the course of the next 55+ years, Stratocasters grew into the role as a go-to instrument for ax-wielders around the world. A sound that fits into any style of music, a comfortable feel, and that signature look make it easy to see why Fender Stratocasters are so popular among the world’s most popular guitarists.

The Fender Stratocaster was not the sole reason Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, and Billie Joe Armstrong became rock gods, but it was the Swiss Army knife that was vital to their trek up the monolith of rock greatness. The Strat aided these rock gods reach their musical peak, and continues to play that role for the next generation of rockers born to shred.

A Proven History Of Fender Success

Once the influential Stratocaster came to fruition, Leo Fender had already built and released the Fender Telecaster and Precision Bass. The Stratocaster was not the first instrument branded with the “Fender” name, but it’s assuredly the signature go-to for any Fender enthusiast. As much as the Strat is a part of rock music, it was actually created for Bill Carson, a popular country western musician.

The original Strat’s design makes up for the biggest flaws found in the Telecaster design. Some of these upgrades include comfort and balance (a contoured cutaway body with easy neck access), a third pickup (allowing for expanded tone experimentation), and a tremolo bridge (for easy string bends).

Naming The New Fender Guitar

Don Randall, Fender’s business partner, was a primary catalyst behind giving the Stratocaster its name. Recent aircraft technologies were a huge influence on Fender and Randall’s decision to name the guitar (who wouldn’t want a guitar named after the B-52 Stratofortress?).From that point on, the Fender Stratocaster began making its mark on musical genres spanning rock, country, blues, metal, punk, pop, jazz, and gospel.

There’s no limit to the musical influence of a Fender Stratocaster. Every day, guitarists old and new switch to Fender Stratocasters, hoping it will open the flood gates of creativity and catapult them up to a spot on rock and roll’s Mount Rushmore of guitarists.

There’s nothing that compares to the first strum of a Fender Stratocaster; it’s as close to “love at first play” as you can get playing a guitar. That may sound like an exaggeration, but any guitarist with a Strat on their back would be happy to tell you the same story.

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