Whats so special about the Strat?

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  1. SteveGangi

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    The sound is HUGE :laugh2::laugh2:
     
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    Yes, yes it does!
     
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    :shock::laugh2:
     
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    Now I know what color I want on my next guitar!
     
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    all of them? :laugh2:
     
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    planks Senior Member

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    1954 Stratocaster

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    Mind posting the pics again? This thread is HUGE! :laugh2:

    Thanks for the comments. Yes, it does sound brilliant out of my Marshall. :fingersx:
     
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    no porn is allowed to be posted :laugh2: :thumb:
     
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    Work of GENIUS . . simplicity, function, playability, modular construction, and tone out the a$$ ! :thumb:

    That's what's so special . . . :hmm:
     
  13. Solidasrock

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    I have about 30 fenders...and about half of those are Strats.

    Lots has been said about sound range, tone, etc.

    What I also really like is the flexibility of a Strat...take it apart, drop the pieces on the floor...break a few...put a few new bits in...all as simple to do as changing the washer in a tap. Put a new neck on in 5 minutes...swap out the bridge, no sweat

    A Strat is a real do-it-yourself-guitar. Ripe for experimentation by swapping out pieces. It's a guitar for tinkerers...someone who wants to experiment with new sounds, action, etc.

    In contrast my Gibson is more a finished product. A great axe but what you see and hear is what you get.

    Also, there is WAY more guitar 'culture' around Strats. Strat owners tend to be just about EVERYBODY...junior to Grandpa. A hundred stories. In contrast Gibsons solicit a 'huh?...what type of guitar is that? I can talk hours with buddies about modding a Strat ...but a Gibson?

    Here's a rack of some of my Strats....and another photo of some 'blue' Fenders, some Strats and some Stat-like Fenders
     

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    And Leo couldn't play - he was an accountant by training!
     
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    There must be a twelve step program somewhere for people like you ;)
     
  16. Solidasrock

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    Ha! Ha!

    Actually I got my first Fender 39 years ago...so if I get 8 more that's still only one a year...a 'controlled' addiction.
     
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    I guess we have Eddie to thank for this perception. I mean, other than a replaceable neck, the Strat is really no more modifiable than a Les Paul. I've modified Les Pauls in all the same ways I've modified Strats, except for the neck, which I've only swapped out once on a Strat anyway.

    If there is any hesitation towards hot-rodding a Les Paul it is because people are more squeamish about tearing into a $2000 guitar, whereas they have far fewer qualms ripping apart their $800 'casters. But there is nothing intrinsically more tweakable about Strats and Teles than Les Pauls or SGs (again, apart from the neck).
     
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    I just thought of the few times over the years when someone dropped their guitar during a gig. One time a guy had his Strat hit the stage, bounce off who knows what and skid across the hall floor. We stopped playing and there was that 'silence'. Some relief when we realized it was a Strat. He retuned it, and all was well...just another war wound.

    New scratch in a Fender and and it's $50 worth of added character value . I've seen guys drop their Gibson and be almost scared to look at it.
     
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    ?????
    The Strat has been all about being a do-it-yourself since it's beginning in 1954(before Eddie was born.) We were all in high school modding our Strats in ther early 70's . The Strat was made specifically by Leo Fender to be a partscaster... pieces swapped in and out for the guy who like to tinker with his car...or who fixed the washing machine instead of calling the repairman.
     
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    History has proven that leo was a genius. The Strat is not only iconic, but the most perfect piece of guitar design ever. Thanks to Roman for emphasising the debt rock music has to the perfect design of the Strat.
    Who wanted a les paul in 1960? Rock'n'Roll was king and so was the strat.
    By the way Ricks & Gretsch Country Gents deserve a mention.
     

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