The Fender Stratocaster guitar turns 60 this year, and it wears it well. You see the instrument everywhere, and hardly a day goes by when you don’t hear its signature sound. It was so essentially and remarkably right from the very start in 1954 that it has shaped popular music for 60 years virtually unchanged. A great deal of the music you love – the very soundtrack of your life – was and is made with a Stratocaster. It is the guitar behind the sound of That’ll Be The Day (The Crickets, 1957), Purple Haze (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967), Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple, 1972), Pride And Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, 1983), Even Flow (Pearl Jam, 1992), Dani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2006), Get Lucky (Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, 2013) and countless other hits.
Now upgraded with aged plastic parts and Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups, this latest iteration of Fender’s time-honoured classic, the American Standard Stratocaster®, is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear and feel.
This month’s caption challenge
Here’s Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker preparing for a game of football back in the ’90s. Send your entry – the funnier the better – including your address, to captioncomp@Qthemusic.com or on a postcard to the usual Q address. Closing date 20 June 2014.
Q334 - The winning caption
“Shall I be motherfucker?”
Russell from Helensburgh came up with this beauty and wins a Fender Squier guitar and amp set. Runners-up: P. Williams (Kidderminster), C.York (Ossett), D.Murray (Johnstone), S.Perry (Hove) and R.Turton (Gravesend). Many congratulations!