Written on: 12/07/2006 by jtoomuch
Imitated and copied but not duplicated, there is nothing like a Strat. Let me just say that I am referring only to the American built Fenders, because in my mind, they are far and away the best. Two things should convince one of the Strat's value. First, look at how many players of vastly different styles choose the Strat. It's versatility is unquestioned. Secondly, notice how many players who could easily afford ANY guitar choose the Strat. There is a reason for this.
I have heard it said that tuning stability is an issue, but I have not seen this. I cannot honestly think of any "bad points". Leo Fender absolutely nailed it when he designed the Strat, and the multitude of imitators confirms this.
The Fender Stratocaster is comfortable to play and beautifully built. The Strat is a tone machine. The three single-coils offer a great many different sounds. Best of all might be the classic Fender clean sound. It is crystal clear with great lows and shimmering highs. I guess this sounds like a commercial, but I love my Strat. I play a 3-color sunburst American Std with a maple fingerboard.