INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Brian Bell (L) and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer perform onstage at 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2016 - Night 2 at The Forum on December 11, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CBS Radio)
Today in 1956, Leo Fender received a patent for the Stratocaster guitar. It’s become one of the most famous guitar bodies EVER. It’s used by players from blues to alternative to classic rock. Let’s take a look at a handful of the strat-masters.
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Pete Townshend of The Who,
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BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 23: Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who performs onstage at the Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile at Pimlico Race Course on September 23, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
And of course, Jimi Hendrix taking the right-handed guitars and restringing them for his lefty.
But besides the classic rock gods, this guitar is used all across music:
Alternative’s ‘The 1975’
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INDIO, CA - APRIL 24: Musician Matthew Healy of The 1975 performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)