Basic Understanding of the Fender Stratocaster
By Nata Sanit
Fender Stratocaster first appeared in 1954 is the next generation of electric guitar after a Fender Telecaster. This electric guitar to be mass produced, which Leo fender worked with several musicians to guide the design of the instrument, so in this way Fender able to meet the needs of musicians on how to play, provide a product that is comfortable to play, and have good sound quality, and ease to perform repair and customization.
As with previous versions of the electric guitar is a Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster is also a kind of solid body electric guitar.
The difference is where the Fender Stratocaster has the components for the standard version, equipped with 3 single coil pickups that consist of, bridge pick, middle pickup and neck pickup. With 5-way switch settings, 1 volume control, 2 tone control, tremolo bridge, maple neck, and 21 or 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with dot position inlays.
Gain or Usefulness of the Fender Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster is perfect for you fans of the type of jazz music, because this guitar has a distinctive voice and very nuanced jazz when played with clean mode or by using additional overdrive effect.
The use of the neck pickup and middle pickup by using the clean mode, and use the additional effect of overdrive can produce good sound.
Also you can get a better quality when making a combination between the two pickups, among middle pickup and neck pickup.
My advice for a beginner should be doing more of a variety of experiments for a new guitar you buy, especially if you are new to this guitar for the first time.
Do the experiment for various combinations of the three pickups, because If when you play the melody and perform rhythm, use the right combination of pickups will be able to produce good sound, which not only be heard for you own good, but also make others feel comfortable while listening to your guitar playing.
For those of you who are not really like types of music like jazz or even not at all, you do not need to worry, you can still use the Fender Stratocaster on various type of other music, like pop, rock or hardrock, funk, country and blues, except for these types of loud music like metal, black metal, deadmetal and several other types of loud music, because the Fender Stratocaster is less suitable for this kind of loud music.
Various Variants of the Fender Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster in production with variations of this model and series, here are some models of Fender Stratocaster is in production and marketed throughout the world.
Squier Stratocaster :
- Artists Models
- Classic Vibe :
Why You Should Choose the Fender Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster sold in many variations of models and price s, in addition to the Fender Stratocaster produces various series of the allotment to various groups, both from the top or the middle class, the advanced and beginners.
All of that seen with versions of Squier guitars produced, which had long been present in the market besides the U.S. and Mexican versions, Fender Squier suitable for beginners to the age 7 to 10 years and above, where this version was provided for a wide variety of models and series similar to the American model as well as Mexico.
Design on the side of the body guitar is made very smooth by giving an obtuse angle, so that your arms and your body do not feel pain during prolonged contact with the sides of the guitar body.
In addition to having 5-way pickup selector switch, you can get a greater variety of tones in comparison with other electric guitar that uses 3-way pickup selector switch. Indeed, for a beginner this can not entirely be your full attention, but the longer you learn the skills you will increase and you will be required to learn this technique, the longer you eat you will learn more and understand the different in the sound that produced from the 3 pickup.