Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Strats

The Fender Stratocaster is a pretty unique instrument. I mean, just think: when it came out, natural finishes were all the rage, and other than its cousin the Telecaster, electric guitars contained their acoustic roots in the shapes, colors, and sounds. But the Strat changed everything. Leo Fender heard the music of the 1950s changing. He tapped into the Southern California hot rod culture for his color palette and refined his 'easy to assemble with a versatile sound' design in the Strat. While they were still available in natural and sunburst, he later added those colors we now call '50s colors' like Shoreline Gold, Seafoam Green, Shell Pink, and Daphne Blue. It is hard to imagine what they must have looked like on the walls of a late 1950s music store. With all the custom finishes available today, we have to give our thanks where it all began. This article is about the top five things I love about a Strat. Now, I'm using a pretty broad brush here, and including Strat-a-likes (I have a Warmoth, as well as an '82 'The Strat'), as well as some shredsticks too, which wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Leo and his design team. Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Restores John Oates Original Fender Stratocaster

Seymour Duncan recently took on a project to restore John Oates (Hall & Oates) original Fender Stratocaster to all its ’80s glory. After taking detailed measurements, pictures, and studying old photos of the guitar, Seymour took to bringing the tone, look and feel back to where it was when John Oates was jamming out “Maneater”, “Private Eyes” or “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Check out […] Continue Reading

Spin Includes Yngwie in 30 Greatest Instrumentals

Congratulations to Yngwie Malmsteen for being included in Spin magazine’s list of the 30 Greatest Instrumental Songs Ever. It was Malmsteen’s “Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4″ from 1984 that made the list, alongside works from Eddie Van Halen, Frank Zappa and Miles Davis. About “Icarus Dream Suite,” Spin wrote, “On this majestic track from his debut album, the onomatopoeically-named Swede defines the art of heavy guitar […] Continue Reading