The Evo­lu­tion Of The Stra­to­caster

Guitarist - - Classic Gear -

1954

Fen­der Stra­to­caster launched; of­fi­cial pro­duc­tion be­gan in Oc­to­ber

1956 Alder be­comes main body wood 1957

Gold hard­ware and blonde body Strat op­tion (the ‘Mary Kaye’) of­fered

1958

Sun­burst changes from two-tone to three-tone, adding red to the black and yel­low

1959

‘Slab’ rose­wood fret­boards; three-ply pick­guards

1962

Thin­ner rose­wood ‘ve­neer’ fret­boards

1964

New head­stock logo, pearloid in­lays

1965

Larger head­stock in­tro­duced

1968

Logo changes from gold to black and thicker polyurethane fin­ish added

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