Yngwie Malmsteen wouldn’t release the rage on anything less; Stevie Ray Vaughan known as his struggling ’63 design ‘Number One’. In Wayne’s Globe, a white-colored ’64 Strat is John Campbell’s ‘Excalibur’. “It will be my own. Oh, yes!”
The Strat is Jimi Hendrix mangling The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969 and Stage Knopfler’s ’61 buzzing out on Sultans Of Move. Like the music says, ‘an old instrument is all he can afford’.
It’s Hank Marvin of The Dark areas enjoying the first UK-imported Stratocaster on echo-drenched oldies such as Amazing Area (1961) and Stage Beck’s harmful benefit management on Where Were You (on 1989’s Guitar Shop).
The Strat has been improved often over the years: a rosewood fingerboard in 1958; a big headstock in ’66; a five-way change in ’77 (after gamers started performing the three-way change to ‘in between positions’); securing vibratos and humbuckers, thanks to Eddie Van Halen’s influence; and more lately, a nine-and-a-half-inch or even 12-inch fingerboard distance for simpler chain flexing.
Pimping aside, whether it’s an entry-level Squier or a top-of-the-line Customized Store design, the DNA of all Strats can be tracked returning to Leo Fender’s illustrating panel in Fullerton, Florida.