Speaking of Joe Walsh, things like Life in the Fast Lane, or Life's Been Good. Those riffs just wouldn't sound the same on a Les Paul.Google James Gang "Funk #49" on the Howard Stern show, 2006 I think. Typically that was played with an LP, but Joe makes it sound thick with a strat.
I've seen a few people here say that a Strat is "bland". I must argue that Strats are the opposite of bland. They absolutely have a strong characteristic, and you can get a wide variety of sounds out of them.
Personally I love everything about Strats. Sound wise I love the brightness of the Bridge pickup. The snotty sound you get on the in-between settings, the warmth of the neck pickup. Having all those tonal choices is just fantastic. I love using the bar to add vibrato to chords. Shape wise, I think they look awesome and the contours make them comfortable to play.
For people that really "don't get along with Strats", I would suspect these as being some of the possible reasons....
- You play gigs where you cover a wide variety of music and the characteristic of the sss Strat doesn't work for all of it.
( too "thin" for the riffs that were original played on humbucker guitars)
- You've only played on cheap Strats (no offense intended), and judge Strats in general based on that experience.
- You don't listen to / like / want to play classic rock such as Clapton, Beck, The Eagles, Skynryd, Trower, Hendrix...
* basically none of you're role models play Strats.
- You're expecting a Strat to sound like a Les Paul (or any guitar that isn't a Strat)... and are disappointed to find out that it sounds like a Strat.
- You're a Gibson guy and thats that. (or whatever you're thing is)
There are so many different model guitars, I really love most of them... especially the classic ones like Strat, Tele, Les Paul....ect. They have different characteristics and I love that.