Fender Stratocaster

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About the Fender Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster is the most famous electric guitar design in history. No other electric guitar can claim to have made, and changed, history as much as the Strat. Leo Fender hit the bullseye so directly with the Stratocaster back in 1954 that it remains essentially unchanged to this day.

Having said that, the Stratocaster's famous versatility has made it it a great base for modifications. There is a great deal of choice: humbuckers, locking tremolos, vintage finishes. Every variety you can think of is offered by Fender, their affordable Squier brand and their top end Custom Shop team.

The Fender Strat is available in many different forms. Favourites include the American Elite, American Professional and Artist Series models...to name but a few!

With three single coil pickups, a bolted-on neck and a tremolo arm, the Stratocaster allows you to perform almost any style of music. This instrument has been used by every influential guitar legend in existence. Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer are just a few famous fans.

We are not only one of the UK's biggest authorised Fender dealers. We are also one of the UK's top Fender Custom Shop dealers. We have the best selection of Stratocaster guitars available anywhere. Every price range is catered to and every style of Stratocaster model is available both online and in our showrooms up and down the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fender Stratocaster

Both of these iconic Fender models feature bolt-on neck construction and have single coil pickups. Aside from that, they are fairly different. The Telecaster has a 'slab' body with no contours and a single cutaway cut into its iconic body shape. It has two single coil pickups with a three way selector and a bridge that sits in a metal tray alongside the bridge position pickup. The Stratocaster has a double cutaway body shape with curves and contours. It has three single coil pickups with a 5 way selector switch and an extra tone control. Both guitars have Maple necks and share a similarity in tone up to a point. But it is generally accepted that the Telecaster has a stronger, more direct voice with lots of bite. The Stratocaster has a more 'bell like' tone. However, these are generalisations. Both guitars are capable of a huge variety of tones. Just listen to Jimi Hendrix and Radiohead to hear how creative Strats and Teles can sound in the hands of master players. Of course, our advice is the same as always: visit us and pick out one of each to try out. Who knows, you may end up taking both...
Every single one of our stores throughout the UK carries a huge selection of Fender guitars. This includes the newest, hottest models as well the enduring classics and a few unusual gems. Visit us in the following locations: Camden, Epsom, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
The company was founded in California. Today, their headquarters are in Scottsdale, Arizona. American Fender guitars are made in Corona, California. Fender's south of the border guitars come from Ensenada, Mexico. Other models are made in China.