In defense of Strats:

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

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    Naw, Strats don't even need to be defended
     
  3. DougM

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    I think that Jimi, Jeff, Eric, SRV, Joe Walsh, David Gilmour, and many others have long proven that Strats need no defense!
     
  4. Steve Holt

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    As a strat guy I'd just like to say I've found jazzmasters to be even better. But agreed, no defense necessary.
     
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    No need to defend Strats!! Most of us used to play them. Afterall, they are second best guitar ever made!
     
  6. Hatfield92

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    I don’t have a huge arsenal of guitars like many of the guys here. Just a tele, a strat and a Firebird. The strat, which is my newest acquisition, has been my number one most of the time since I picked it up early this summer. And I’ve been a tele guy most of my life.

    Maybe it’s my mid-life crisis axe. But neither of the other guitars sounds as... perfect as the strat does paired with my 6g2.
     
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    5:29 onward.

    I don't hear Strats as the best blues or rock tools. To me, their real greatness is the liquid bells, crying wisps, and gliding chimes they can make. Even when made to growl, the best of them, and the best players of them, make them ring.
     
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    What is there to defend? In the hands of a musician, a Strat is as formidable a tool as any other instrument.

    And it doesn't require a Bigsby to add that little something special, that ... that ...
    je ne sais quoi...!
     
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    I’ve been a strat guy for 40+ years. As much as I also love teles and P90s,I always spend the most time playing my strat. There’s no need to defend any of it. A great guitar is a great guitar but what’s greatEST to me may not be to you and vice versa. I had one electric, a strat, for a very very long time. If I ever go back to one electric again, it’ll be a strat.
     
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    They'll never catch on:confused::)
     
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    I would love them if they would just move the volume knob half an inch further away from the bridge so I don’t constantly turn it down by accident.
     
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    I was a Strat guy for 25 years before I played my first Tele. These days I'm still ~50/50.

    There are some things you can't beat a Strat for, they are so versatile.

    Funny thing though, there is a video on YT of SRV playing Tele... Sounding exactly like SRV.
     
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    For me, the only part of this iconic guitar model that needs defense is its exaggereated springiness in sound, due to tremolo system. It has started to annoy me especially in combination with a spring reverb as heard on Duke's video. Hardtail Strats are different animals. Bigsby tremolo too, but It would look like a monkeys ass on a Strat.
     
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    Now that is a different debate entirely! A Strat trem doesn’t do what a Bigsby does any better than a Bigsby does what a Strat trem does....
     
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    Oh my...
     
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    I wish people would stop calling it a trem! It's a frickin' vibrato! And the Strat VIBRATO works way better than a Bigsby, a Mustang one, or a Jag/JM one. Ask that guy named Jeff Beck, or just watch what he does with it. Let me see you do that with a Bigsby.
     
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    That's an abomination! There oughta be a law!
     
  19. Verne Bunsen

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    Next thing you’ll be saying my amp has tremolo and not vibrato! Sheesh.
     
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    I've owned strats, teles, Les Paul special, Les Paul junior, Ibanez electric guitars.
    Unfortunately...
    I still mostly just sound like me.
     
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