The Fender Stratocaster is an electric guitar that was designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, Bill Carson and Freddie Tavares. It is one of the most copied electric guitar shapes and is still in production.
“Stratocaster” and “Strat” are terms trademarked by Fender and because of its versatility is used in many genres including reggae, rock, jazz, blues and heavy metal. The double cutaway allows for better access to the upper frets and the extended top “horn” for added balance when a strap is used.
The Stratocaster was the first Fender to have a contoured body and the first guitar to feature three pickups and vibrato system. The universally recognisable Stratocaster 3 coloraturas sunburst was used by none other than Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Holly.
The Stratocaster was a part of shaping early rock & roll and features regularly on the modern stage. It is safe to assume it will be around for some time.