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Any famous guitarists using 70s Strat?

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

  1. bluesman1956

    bluesman1956 Strat-O-Master

    Dec 3, 2012
    Upstate NY

  2. gitlvr

    gitlvr Strat-O-Master

    Sep 1, 2008
    No. Va
    Gorgeous strat!
    I know it's a love or hate thing, but I have always loved the big 70s era headstock.

  3. Antman

    Antman Strat-Talker

    Dec 29, 2013
    Billy Corgan uses a 70s strat....

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  4. 59jackstrat

    59jackstrat Strat-Talk Member

    May 18, 2013

  5. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    Ted Turner (the one who used to be in Wishbone Ash)?
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  6. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    Walter Trout and Bob Marley.


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  7. thomo5150

    thomo5150 Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Perth / Australia
    Worked on 3 70’s Strats in the last few months, can’t believe the weight difference between them, some ok, one was a Les Paul weight..

  8. smithstrato

    smithstrato Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 25, 2013
    Para Para
    Big head stock = more sustain?:rolleyes:

    More wood/ more room for Logo?

    It seems big headstocks were used by alot companies in the 70"s

    My fav era were flares , platform shoes and puffy shirts. Too bad I was still wearing them in the 80's due to hand me downs from the Smith kids down the block.

  9. Dreadge

    Dreadge Strat-Talker

    Jul 27, 2012
    How can we not add Hendrix here!? Big headstock was introduced and he was well know for as the years came.
    But I would add Mick Mars

    Also, I would like to add a guitarist from the Balkans in Europe. He's not famous World Wide, but he's a hell of a guitar player - Zele Lipovaca
    Here's his 73 Strat that he modded personally and it is iconic IMHO

  10. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    Cold Chisel guitarist used one, but they were fairly new at the time.

    Mocha painted, probably the most terrible color from then (diaper brown IMO).


  11. 79 Strat

    79 Strat Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Ernie lsley
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  12. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Walter Trout has played a few million notes (probably more) on this 73.


  13. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Ryan-Ola Silver Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    Hendrix never played a 70s Strat (at least not with any regularity). He died in September 1970 and I think the latest model he played was a 68 or 69. Now of course he was known for running through Strats so he could have played a 70 in those months before he died, but who knows.
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  14. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 30, 2015
    Massachusetts USA
    I believe the original thinking was "more room for a larger logo that's visible on TV".
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  15. Pluckeverystring

    Pluckeverystring Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 13, 2018
    Not sure if anybody can provide insight, but doesn't Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy primarily use a couple of CBS stratocasters?

  16. raal

    raal New Member!

    Feb 9, 2014
    St Paul, MN
    Wayne Krantz in the 90's
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  17. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Ryan-Ola Silver Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    He still brings that one out on the road sometimes! Though I think he's mostly playing Suhrs now. Huge Wayne Krantz fan.

  18. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Most people gravitate towards the pre-CBS designs for good reasons, IMO. I know there are some good 70's ones out there, and Tab Benoit's '72 Thinline Teles sound GREAT. But I owned 3 different 70's Strats - in the 70's. They were all dogs. To me the 3-bolt neck led to several problems including unwanted neck movement. I also had two where the placement of the bridge was off to the point that it was just about impossible to adjust so that neither the high E or low E string would slip off the fret board when playing. I have never tried a 70's model since. To me it was "3 strikes and you're out". I was overjoyed when Fender finally started reissuing the pre-CBS Strats in the 80's. I have a Corona-made '62 RI that I bought new in 1986. It's seen well over 1,000 gigs and I still have, and love, that one.