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Any famous guitarists using 70s Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Thin Lizzy, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Strat-Talker

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    Hi All,
    I just wondered if there were any famous guitars that played mid to late 70s CBS Strats. Other than Blackmore and Malmsteen, I haven't heard of any, I understand most players in the 70s and 80s (like Knopfler), were using pre-CBS Strats.

    Anyone know of any?
     
  2. Molly

    Molly Strat-O-Master

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    Knopfler had Schecter too (I had a couple of Schecter myself - beautiful guitars).

    Can't think of any to answer your question though. The Edge maybe.
     
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  3. srvsayce78

    srvsayce78 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Walter Trout
    Howie Simon
     
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  4. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Silver Member

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  5. Tony Ounsworth

    Tony Ounsworth Strat-O-Master

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    Yes, the Edge's '73 springs to mind. I've recently built a very similar guitar which has a 70's Pawn Shop neck. It's the only way to get the full bullet headstock look on a Strat (which I love) with a modern 9.5" radius and 4 bolt heel.

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    I also noticed Squeeze using very similar guitars in one of their videos on a documentary at the weekend. 70's Strats seemed to be everywhere on telly in the late 70's and 80's, but not so much being used exclusively by big artists.

    Personally I love the 70's Strat look, but I appreciate that the quality is variable to poor, and I've never actually played a vintage example. I was born in '74 though, so I do harbour notions that I might get one from that year for my birthday.
     
  6. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hughie Thomasson .
     
  7. srvsayce78

    srvsayce78 Most Honored Senior Member

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    JJ Marsh (Glenn Hughes side man)
     
  8. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Doug Aldrich, Matthias Jabs, Joe Holmes, Ulrich Roth, Mick Mars.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  9. Moopha

    Moopha Strat-O-Master

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    Ritchie Blackmore! sorry for repeat, I cannot skip him


    Bonnie Raitt

    David Gilmour also played CBS Strats with large headstocks, even his actual Black Strat body is from CBS Strat
     
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  10. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 1, 2014
    Australia
    Lowell George & Paul Barrere of Little Feat. Paul still uses a 70's Stratocaster in Shoreline Gold to this day !

    I do recall Gerry Garcia playing a Stratocaster also, but I'm not sure if it was a 70's CBS model though, but it was certainly an all-natural finish ! He also played some with "flower-power" designs...

    Frank Zappa used one for a time also...

    Cheers,

    Rastus
     
  11. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bonnies guitar is a mid-late 60s example, not from the 70s
     
  12. TorzJohnson

    TorzJohnson Strat-O-Master

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    Glenn Tipton played a modded '78 w/humbuckers and mirror pickguard quite a bit, and Wolf Hoffman played his old 70's strat in the studio on every Accept album.

    In this vid, you can see both Glenn and KK playing big-headstock CBS strats.

    Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin' - YouTube
     
  13. Kryger

    Kryger Strat-Talker

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    Hillel Slovak of RHCP fame used a sunburst 70's Strat.
     
  14. Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Strat-Talker

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    Found some:

    Jeff Beck

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    Hank Marvin

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  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well Beck & Marvin only used 1970s Strats until Fender started making better Strats a few years later. Then they stopped.
     
  16. Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Strat-Talker

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    Jun 16, 2012
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    I was just interested in anyone that played them, then or now.

    Chris Rea

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    Joe Perry

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    Edge

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    Ritchie Blackmore

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  17. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    A lot of players in the '70's used them. ;)
     
  18. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah they werent really appreciated until 1970.
     
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  19. coltbuca

    coltbuca Strat-Talker

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  20. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But if that's the case couldn't you also argue Marvin used pre cbs strats until they started making better strats in the 70s ? :)
     
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