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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. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    52
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Oh! DUH!

    Man I need some coffee. Or a martini.
     
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  2. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talk Member

    34
    Apr 7, 2014
    Woodley, GB
    I used google search ;)
     
  3. dirocyn

    dirocyn Strat-O-Master

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    43
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    Jan 20, 2018
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I started making noise on my dad's guitar when I was a baby. Started really playing around 1990--including goofing around on my stepfather's acoustic and his Ibanez Iceman, but quickly switched to bass. I bought my first guitar (Yamaha classical) in 1996. Followed by a bunch of other guitars--I have 11 not, not counting the basses.

    I started looking for a Strat because 3 of my favorite guitarists play Strat, and I wanted to play more of their music. Jimi Hendrix, Dave Gilmour, and Mark Knopfler.
     
  4. Stratomike

    Stratomike New Member!

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    37
    5
    Mar 17, 2018
    Vienna
    Lots of great Strat players I always loved. However it was because of Frusciante that I bought my first Strat this year. Now I am a former Les Paul player :whistling:
     
  5. BlurgyWurgyWibble

    BlurgyWurgyWibble Strat-Talker

    126
    Feb 10, 2018
    Japan
    Rory for me too. First time I heard "Million Miles Away" I knew I was getting a strat.
    Had been and remain to this day a Les Paul guy (tbh) but there's something amazing about that initial Dsus2 hammer on that sends shivers through my guts every time. Its like calling the court to order or the calm before the storm: promises a lot. And he always gave it 110%.

    "My mood is really not in style.."

    Summed up his career. If he'd been English or American he'd have been massive. But Irish, Catholic and the kind that crosses the border to play to the Ulstermen? Nope. He never married. Fathered no children. Total waste and a premature death he didn't deserve. :(



    PS: 'Beano tone' was totally a dimed AC30 and NOT a JTM45 as everyone (including him) believes.
     
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  6. StratEdgy

    StratEdgy Strat-Talk Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    NW Coast USA
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    Little Steven Van Zandt

    Fuhgeddabowtit!
     
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  7. daza152

    daza152 Strat-Talker

    144
    Jul 7, 2012
    New Zealand
    for me it's Mark Knopfler and David Gilmour.
     
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  8. Shoegoo

    Shoegoo Strat-O-Master

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    Aug 16, 2010
    Louisiana
    I didn't start on electric. So for me it was Bob Dylan.
     
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  9. StratEdgy

    StratEdgy Strat-Talk Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    NW Coast USA
    This guy...:D
    [​IMG]
    MIK Jaguar :D He sings pretty well also.
     
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  10. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I did mention D. Gilmour earlier, but really, it was not him specifically. More like the world of what a Strat was, and was capable of.
     
  11. 4stratshere

    4stratshere Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 21, 2018
    Seafrank
    Well , I'm showing my age even more because Bob Dylan then Jimi Hendrix pictures made me want a Strat. Cheers
     
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  12. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    How do you know this?
     
  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Beano? & Rory? Are you getting confused with some local guitarist called Clapton? Wasn't he the one associated with the Beano album?
     
  14. Btyork

    Btyork New Member!

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    Nov 11, 2018
    Lawrence, KS
    My older brother (from playing his) and David Gilmour as an artist
     
  15. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    Jimi Hendrix
    Ritchie Blackmore
     
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  16. nsnate02

    nsnate02 Strat-Talker

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    Dec 28, 2016
    Nashville, TN
    This guy. Mine is exactly the same. images.jpeg
     
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  17. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    austin
    Buddy Guy in 1973.
     
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  18. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    I've loved Jimi since 1968, because Are You Experienced and Smash Hits, were available. But I never thought about his choice of guitars, until I saw the cover of the Band of Gypys, with it's multicolored image of Jimi on the cover, with the reversed large headstock, I realized it was a Fender Stratocaster. This is why I still like the large headstock that is on my 1970 Strat.

    George Harrison also influenced me greatly as the Beatles were popular. I really felt his mastery of the Strat was exhibited on the All Things Must Pass album. To this day I don't understand the sounds he got out of the 'Rocky' Strat. My Strat is finished in Oly White a tribute to both Jimi and George, my biggest influences to buy the 1970 Strat.

    But after the 'conversions' of both EC and Jeff Beck to Strats, both after Jimi's death, really impressed me to buy another Strat, especially since I loved the Yardbirds hits on the radio, and all their big hits had Jeff Beck on a Tele. So in the 80's Jeff was playing a few Superstrats and Fender offered him his signature model, I was hooked. I wanted a 1989 signature Jeff Beck Strat, but chose a Strat Ultra, that shared the same components as the Beck Strat, e.g., Lace Sensors and locking tuners, but with an added Ebony fingerboard. EC's version of the Strat sounded like a 'Gibsonian' Strat. If I wanted that sound, I'd buy a Gibson LP with P90's, which after years of waiting for a cheap version, I bought a LP Tribute '60's model, and it is awesome.

    I credit Jimi for saving the Strat. Sales numbers were low in '66-'67, and the new CBS/Fender, with Leo still on the board, did consider discontinuing the Strat. But after Jimi caught on, sales improved a lot.
     
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  19. Dixon333

    Dixon333 New Member!

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    Nov 11, 2018
    Indiana
    Carlos Santana, Deer Creek, with Jeff Beck closing it out