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Posted: April 10, 2018

Famous Musicians That Play Stratocaster

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)
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CBS Radio
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)

By Savannah Volzone

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.

Eric Clapton, 

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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)

Rock-alternative’s ‘Weezer’

and the ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’


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