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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rjtwangs, Aug 15, 2019.
“And Leo had this saying: ‘If I have 100 dollars to make something, I’ll spend 99 making it work and one dollar making it pretty.’ ”
Here's the amazing thing: he ended up melding "making it work" and "making it pretty"!!
There's another article in this month's Guitarist about the design of the Stratocaster. Early Tele players complained about the flat edges of the Tele body being uncomfortable and also were concerned about how plain it looked. So Leo and his team came up with the rounded body and the belly cut contour. The Strat today still looks "sexy".
I love the look of a lightly figure Les Paul and think the Gibson semi-hollow and jazz guitars are stunningly beautiful but the Strat is a gorgeous design.
INB4: "..Leo just wanted to make an affordable guitar for working musicians." No, that is not the case. The Tele was not cheap. It was a professional instrument. In today's prices the 50s Tele cost more than an American Professional series and is closer in price to the American Original Series.