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left An SRV Stratocaster The Fender Stratocaster is perhaps the most popular and most emulated solid electric guitar ever. Launched in early 1954, it was designed by Leo Fender together with his colleague Freddie Tavares. Leo and Freddie were also helped by the contributions of country musician Bill Carson.

Fender had already pioneered the solid electric with their Telecaster. The stylish Strat, epitome of 1950s tallfin-flash design, built upon Fender's idea of a guitar engineered for mass-production rather than hand-crafted for individual players.

It had three pickups where most electrics only had one or two, there was a vibrato arm to bend the pitch of the strings and return them more or less to accurate tuning. The strings could also be adjusted at the bridge. The guitar featured a contoured body for player comfort, and a jack-plug socket recessed into the front of the body. Fender Strats continue to be a very popular guitar today. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many other famous players have used the Stratocaster during their careers. And surely in the coming years, there will be more Stratocaster lovers around the world.

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