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Any famous guitarists using 70s Strat?

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

  1. DHart

    DHart Banned

    Even if the neck pocket isn't virgin tight, they still play and sound great. Neck pocket tightness is waaay over-rated by some folks. Sure, it's nice if the neck pocket is tight. But even if it isn't squeaky tight, BFD, you won't hear it, nor feel it. Seventies Strats can be great to have and to play. Having one, and playing it, is quite informative.

    My '76 hard tail in see-thru Blonde ash. I've had it since new, in 1976.


    And, let's not forget... this guy named Jimi Hendrix (among a few other notables) somehow seemed to limp along ok with seventies Strats. :rolleyes:
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  2. Neil.C

    Neil.C Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England

    I love that.

  3. huxtable

    huxtable Strat-Talker

    Aug 6, 2013
    Dalton, AX
    The dude from The Strokes. I think it might actually be an '80 or something, but close enough:


  4. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Yeah....1978-1981 are considered late 70's CBS Strats........

  5. stretch

    stretch Strat-Talker

    Aug 17, 2011
    Blackie had a 74 pickup in it... Not sure that counts though. ;)

  6. evillouie

    evillouie Strat-Talker

    Jun 7, 2011
    Toledo, OH
    Adrian Belew played 70's strats, at least up through his first stint in King Crimson.

    Steve Hackett played a 70's sunburst with a black pickguard for a while.

    George Harrison briefly played a black 70's with a rosewood board. I saw a pic of him with it once - it looked like it was around the time of "All Things Must Pass".

    And even though Tommy Bolin is more known for the sunburst he played with Deep Purple, shortly before his death he started playing a black 70's strat with a mirror pickguard.

  7. Equus

    Equus Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 24, 2015
    Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded one of the most iconic songs in rock history with a '73 Sunburst Strat. Sweet Home Alabama. He is the soloist on this song. He also said this guitar was lousy.

  8. jaimac

    jaimac Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 26, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA

    Created a message on the wrong post
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  9. theconductor890

    theconductor890 Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 27, 2014
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    His Strat is a 1985 Japanese Reissue of an 1972.

    What about Iron Maiden? And isn't Malmsteen's Strats 70's CBS Strats? The guy from Blondie also uses a Strat with a bullet in the head stock.

  10. BALIstic

    BALIstic Strat-O-Master

    Jan 17, 2010
    Ian Moss. Cold Chisel. Enough said.,..,

  11. Craig Usselman

    Craig Usselman Strat-Talker

    Feb 4, 2018
    Calgary, Alberta,Canada

  12. Craig Usselman

    Craig Usselman Strat-Talker

    Feb 4, 2018
    Calgary, Alberta,Canada

  13. Kayden33

    Kayden33 Strat-Talker

    Apr 23, 2017
    Knoxville, TN

  14. Stratdejavu

    Stratdejavu Strat-Talker

    Dec 31, 2017
    John Norum

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  15. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Ryan-Ola Silver Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    I know this is a zombie thread, but it gives me an excuse to post a picture of Norman Harris, one of the most criminally underrated guitarists. He was a session player for MFSB, the house band at Philadelphia International Records. He played on pretty much every Philly Soul record from The O'Jays to Teddy Pendergrass.

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  16. BlkStrt

    BlkStrt Strat-Talker

    Nov 25, 2015
    Central Canada
    Keith Scott (Bryan Adams' guitarist)

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  17. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 3, 2015
    Belew's Strat was a late '60s model with '50s pickups that Seymour Duncan found for him. The guitars he played on the Three of a Perfect Pair tour, and later with the Bears, were actually heavily modded Fender Mustangs.

    To add to the list there's Robert Quine, Jody Harris and Pat Irwin of the Raybeats, Ric Ocasek of the Cars, David Byrne and Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, and Mike Rutherford of Genesis.
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  18. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    I know I saw UB40's original guitarist Ali Campbell played my exact S series natural. Never saw them in person, but saw them on TV for their cover of Neil Diamond's Red Red Wine.

    Also the guitarist for Harry Connick Jr's band on Harry looks like he's playing a large headstock Stratocaster. Might not be a true S series since it doesn't have a bullet truss rod.

  19. Davey77

    Davey77 Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 29, 2014
    Monroe WA
    All the others I immediately though of have been covered so I will add Roger Fisher founder of Heart