First introduced in the early 1950s, the Fender Stratocaster has established itself as one of the world’s most instantly recognisable instruments. Spanning almost every decade and genre of music since its inauguration, the iconic Fender Strat has played a huge role in shaping the musical landscape we know and love today.
With some expert input from musicians Rex Gallion and Bill Carson who weren’t too keen on Fender’s Telecaster, the Fender Strat was designed by Leo Fender and Freddie Tavares in 1954 and the basic familiar shape has remained unchanged since.
The name ‘Stratocaster’ was coined by Fender’s business partner, Don Randall, and was intended to relate to aircraft technology to match the instrument’s innovative and ground-breaking design. With three single-coil pickups for additional tonal potential, the Fender Strat boasts a smooth contoured body and double cutaway for easy access to the upper registers – a truly timeless, pioneering design.
Having enjoyed unprecedented success since it was unleashed 60 years ago, the Fender Stratocaster is the most popular, most distinguishable and most influential electric guitar of all time and has paved the way for a plethora of guitar-wielding superstars. Check out the infographic below to see some of our favourite Strat players over the last six decades.