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Which famous guitarist, if any, inspired you to buy your first Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by AfroBill, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. savofenno

    savofenno Strat-O-Master

    Feb 24, 2010

    You see? Beach Boys`songs have too advanced harmonies and guitar parts to reproduce well for all musicians. Your try there succeeded to only 0,000000000001%, but you maybe get it right in 4,5 billion years, then you can dub your playing and singing to original video!

    Don`t give up!
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  2. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    I really want inspired by anyone famous, per say, to get a strat. But my inspiration to play a strat was my cousin. He had this CAR MIJ strat with a maple board and a white pickguard that was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and he could make it sing beautifully. The irony is that he was a better player back in college than I probably ever will be and now he's given that guitar to his brother-in-law and can't play a I IV VI V progression in any key.
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  3. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Strat-Talker

    Oct 13, 2007
    UK norfolk

    Hank B Marvin of the Shadows.Probably the only guitarist ever to had had a whole cooked meats add devoted to him
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  4. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    .......on the assumption that Londoners say "I'm really Hank Marvin" when they are starvin(g). Unfortunately we don't.

    So pretty crap ad really.....
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  5. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Strat-Talker

    Oct 13, 2007
    UK norfolk
    I am a Londoner from the east end and never heard the phrase .I do know in the late 50's and early 60's a red FENDER strat was top of many budding guitarists most wanted list and few if any ever got one .Ifuggingconic or what ..... guv
  6. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    Ha! Ha! Ha! Nice turnaround there!
    I wish I knew how to do such clever tricks. But no, it wasn't me.
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  7. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    I second that!
  8. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    My only knowledge of Jeff Healy was as the frontman for the band in Patrick Swayze's "Road House." That clip you posted was simply freakin' incredible!
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  9. evangilder

    evangilder Strat-Talker

    Sep 18, 2018
    Ventura, California
    Clapton and Gary Moore. Hearing the solo on "Empty Rooms' by Gary Moore was so soulful, it sent chills down my spine.
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  10. Loudstrat

    Loudstrat Strat-Talker

    Ritchie Blackmore, seconded by Eddie Van Halen. You just couldn't get their sounds on anything else.
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  11. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Strat-O-Master

    Oct 17, 2013
    West Virginia
    There wasn't a famous Strat player that I looked at/listened to and said, "I've gotta get a Strat". For me, it was the intrinsic sound of the Strat that I gravitated towards. It's just beautiful, IMO.
  12. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

    Apr 7, 2014
    Reading, UK
    Its gonna be either Belly Corgan or Mike McCready. Both highly underrated artists. But there's hell of a lot more in every decade since late 50's.
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  13. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2016
    On a first hand basis locally , it was Trevor Rabin, I was a school boy then, but of course all the big ones at that time
  14. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster

    Clapton was one of my inspirations to pick up the guitar in first place and my first one was a Strat, a birthday present from my wife.

    I didn't play it for a long time, though, until my son Eric started getting into guitar, so HE inspired me and I've stuck with it ever since... So hats off to both Erics (my son Eric was not named after Clapton, but subconsciously, who knows...)
  15. dbolt

    dbolt Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 17, 2014
  16. Odysseus

    Odysseus Strat-O-Master

    Dec 16, 2012
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Jeff Beck.

    I loved Rory's guitar - still the best-looking one I've ever seen - and the tone he got out of it, and I was in awe of Jimi. But it was only when I saw the Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott's DVD that I realized just how many sounds can be wrung out of a single guitar, so I started looking for one the next day.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
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  17. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

    Mar 18, 2014
    Hendrix and Blackmore. That would have been in '73. I don't remember much about it... bought it used, it was a sunburst, and it had the small headstock and 3-way switch. Would that have made it pre-CBS?
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  18. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack Strat-Talk Supporter

  19. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    A pair of Daves

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  20. hapiper

    hapiper New Member!

    Jun 8, 2016
    Like so many others on here it was Eric Clapton. I couldn't afford one of the Fender signature models of his but I got one that matched his as close as I could as I thought (wrongly as it turns out) that the guitar had something to do withhow good he sounded.