Inside a Fender Jazzmaster. Inside a to Fender Telecaster video. Inside a to Fender Stratocaster video.
And Fender is definitely part of it. The year-old, California-based legend has been making Stratocasters and Telecasters since the s, so its iconic electric guitars are a cornerstone of the vintage market. But not everybody has ten or twenty grand or more to spend on an authentic axe.
There's a Strat for just about every scenario. From 'classic' treatments at any price point to vintage replicas, signature models, hot-rodded modern instruments and understated metal monsters, our buyer's guide rounds up the best Fender Stratocaster electric guitars currently available. Now in its 60s, the Strat remains the world's most iconic guitar, and continues to be synonymous with the very concept of an electric guitar, regardless of genre.
The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from to the present. It is a double- cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance like the Precision Bass guitar. Along with the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecasterit is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes. Guitars that duplicate the Stratocaster by other manufacturers are usually called S-Type or ST-type guitars.
You read the story of this particular guitar on p45, but the short version is that since rolling out of the Fender factory in Fullerton inthis Olympic White Strat has had just two owners — it took early retirement in and has remained with the same family ever since. We notice a hardened drop of something that has run down the side of the neck on the treble side of the neck pocket area and on close examination we think that the fingerboard has been varnished at some point. There are some minor divots in the usual playing areas, which is quite commonly seen on vintage guitars.
This sunburst example was clearly played long and hard, yet somebody loved and respected the thing. On this guitar, the neck starts out substantial and ends up as a full and deep C just before the body joint. Despite its worn appearance, this guitar is extremely clean and has never been subjected to tuner swaps or other dubious modifications.
What makes a vintage Stratocaster valuable? Gear marketplace, online publisher and straight-up guitar connoisseurs Reverb have dug deep on their sales data to find out. The Fender Stratocaster has been a mainstay of the guitar market since its launch in
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