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.

How Easy Is It To Install A Loaded Pickguard?

So you’ve got a Strat, and you want to upgrade the pickups and electronics, but hate the idea of having to solder all of the connections? The Seymour Duncan Loaded Pickguards for Strat® are exactly what you need. With the Liberator solderless pots installed on most models, the Loaded Pickguards make changing your pickups and electronics a breeze.

Catch The Fire: Gus G. FIRE Blackouts

Gus G. requires a huge range of tones to cover his gigs with Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind, and he needs something with organic warmth and detail, but with enough output for modern metal styles too. Enter the Gus G FIRE Blackouts System.

Choosing a Strat Pickguard

So you’ve got a Strat, and it’s nice, but sometimes you are just after something else from the guitar. A different tone, the ability to play completely different styles of music, or just the ability to just swap pickups with only the use of a few screw drivers. Seymour Duncan can make your life extremely easy with their collection of Liberator pickguards for Strat®.

Getting the most out of your guitar’s controls while playing

One of the things that sets a great guitarist apart from a good one is their seeming second-nature ability use the volume and tone controls on their guitar to impart more dynamics and subtlety into their playing. and in a band context, contribute to the overall band vibe and dynamic.  It’s not always the best…

So you want to experiment with pickups, but are afraid of soldering…

What if you could pay a tech a one-time fee to install a device that would mean you could swap out pickups to your heart’s content, at home without a soldering iron? Well, Seymour Duncan has you covered with the Liberator.

Seymour Duncan in Germany for Musik Messe 2011

Seymour Duncan will be at Europe’s largest musical instrument trade show, Musik Messe.  Similar to the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, Musik Messe in Frankfurt Germany is where the world’s manufacturers announce and show their new products. Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Johny Chow will be on hand all day, helping out with product demonstrations.

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