One of blues music and rock’s most iconic guitars, the Fender Stratocaster is carved in music’s history. Designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, this model went on to shape the music of the ’60’s and ’70’s. Alongside the Gibson Les Paul, the Stratocaster is one of the world’s most popular instruments.
Guitarists of all experience levels can tell you that certain guitars produce a certain sound. A favourite for blues especially, the Stratocaster has been the main guitar for artists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Rory Gallagher, and the list goes on. Heavily influenced by blues music, the Strat is one of (if not my absolute) favourites to play.
My set up includes a Squire Classic Vibe Stratocaster and a Vox AC15 Custom amplifier. My Squire Strat is worth about $400, much lower than their parent brand Fender which can cost around $700 for a well made model. I bought this guitar mainly for shows and I absolutely love it. I was expecting to pick it up once every month and it soon became my every day guitar.
I play Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky 11 Gauge strings because I like the heavier feel of the strings compared to a lighter gauge. If you’re just learning or haven’t developed your hand strength, you’re better off using a set of 10 gauge while you learn. I use one effects pedal, an Ibanez Tube Screamer. This is a common but very effective set up. If you’re looking for a heavy sound with tons of volume potential, I highly recommend running your Stratocaster through a Vox.
I’ve taught you everything you need to know and I’ve given you a Christmas list so you can start playing like Henrix. The only thing I can’t teach you is how to play, so put down the computer and go practice!