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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Blackmore Fan, Jun 2, 2021.
A mix of Gilmour/Knopfler/Smith/Murray
No one really. The first few years I was playing, it was a Les Paul (inspired by Jimmy Page). After I reached adulthood, was on my own, and had some money, I decided I should get a Strat. I fell in love with Strats.
If anybody had influenced me, it would have been Gilmour.
I saw Jimi Hendrix in 1968. At the time, I was a drummer who played a little guitar. I switched to guitar when I went into the Air Force in 1970. After trying a 335 and a Les Paul, I bought a 1966 Stratocaster and played it exclusively. I still have that Stratocaster.
this is a complicated question for me. i loved all the players who played strats, but being a 70's teen, the les paul was where it was at. but i didn't ever own one, except a walnut "the paul" that i never loved. from the early 80's until 1996, i didn't own an electric guitar.
in early 96, i was depressed, defeated and tired of my life. i went into a store and found a sunburst Am standard and brought it home. for better or worse, that guitar was more or less the center of my life for awhile.
since then, i've owned some les pauls and i'll probably own another one, but i find a certain potential for expression in strats that i don't find in other guitars.
or just skip all that: i play strats because of jimi hendrix.
I always wanted a Strat before I even knew what a Strat was but it was SRV, Jimi and EC that fed the obsession.
'89 Strat Plus with triple Gold Laces.
Jimi, Eric, later Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Ed King and so many others hey I just dig Strats!
No artist, more a happy accident:
My first electric guitar was a Gibson Les Paul Signature, bought in 1976 ( $250/new!), stolen in College, 1980.
I had just gotten married, new parents, working hard, but no $$ to get another electric for a few years.
In 1983, I got $239 together to buy my 2nd electric, a SLM (Japanese) Electra Phoenix, similar to the one below.
I had NO idea ( just did not know this stuff, care) that Except for the SG horns, hardtail bridge, and control layout ( all 5 Strat PU positions), that I basically had a nice ' Strat':
Maple neck, 25.5" scale, Ash body, nice single coils....
As the years went by I realized this, got a Peavey Predator ( Strat Copy), then a Fernandes Tele, and '94 my first Stratocaster
* but it was really the sound out the Electra that turned me on to a Strat-
It just sounded good!
Actually, probably none of them.
I really think the Strat is bigger than all of them and cuts such a with swath (because of them) that it is it's own entity.
Was that existentialism-ist enough?
Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Just about all the guitar gods from the 60's and 70's.
SRV and Jimi--I thought I wanted a Strat; Robert Cray--I knew I wanted a Strat.
There's a Cray signature Strat available locally--I'm really interested in trying it out. I've heard good things about the neck on those.
Maybe that's what I ought to try to do with my Am Std that has lost its luster; I've always wanted a hardtail. His old dark blue one with the rosewood board is sweet.
My first Strat fell into my lap really. A friend of mine acquired one in some sort of part payment for a bit of carpentry work. I think he held it as insurance for when someone didn't pay for a job or pleaded poor... expecting the guy to round up the cash and clear things up.. didn't happen..
I was over to watch some football at his place and saw the guitar leaning on the wall, not even sure if it was in a soft case.
checked it out and could tell it was a US Fender '91/ Fender Oz dealer sticker on the headstock...... he didn't play guitar, so I told him what he had and that I know some guitar chords, I'll teach you how to play it.
He wasn't interested, said he'd tried in the past.... you take it home and have a play on it if you like.... sure..
had it for a few years until one day he was short of cash and said he'd like to put it in the paper for 750.... I didn't want to let it go.. offered him 600 cash and he said OK....
top guitar.... found a little frontman15 in a second hand store and there it was.. that unmistakable strat through fender sound... strumming a D chord sounded just like Gilmour's on Lunatic....and all the others strats through the years...
quite a moment, to play such an iconic guitar and hold onto one....
That's a beautiful Strat!
So funny, I thought one of the tone knobs took a hit or something, there was a little notch halfway..... so I left it on 10... geez the bridge is a bit bright, need to take some tone off... the neck pu sounded much nicer...
no idea about TBX tone controls until much later..... got the bridge sorted now,
Bands don't do the "matching outfits" thing anymore. Pity.