Stratocaster, best guitar name ever, period.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by StratSounds, May 31, 2019.

  1. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    The “Stratocaster”. Will there ever be a better name given to an electric guitar? Coined in the 50’s, can’t do it again, it’s a one-off, and it has stood the test of time. The name is credited to Don Randall in the Fender marketing department in 1953, he was a pilot and aviation enthusiast. I think it’s pure genius. When I plug in my electric guitar and turn up the volume, what do I want to do? Well...I wanna cast the sound straight up into the damn stratosphere, that’s what I wanna do!!! I’m gonna go plug one in and try to get there now. Happy Friday!
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    You actually think that's better than "Springy Sound"?
     
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    Gobo Fraggle Strat-Talker

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    I agree. Plus, when you shorten it to Strat, it sounds like Strad, as in Stradivarius. Seems like that too stood the test of time.
     
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    I happen to like "Electric Spanish". I think Gibson was stupid to shorten it.
     
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    Telecaster is pretty good.
    So is the Explorer.
    Strats are great guitars. Like Beck says, there's nothing that a Strat can't do. Nothing. Except what a Tele with a wiggle stick can do. :D
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I...am rather fond of Lester.
     
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    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    I prefer telecaster name over Strat.
     
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    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Telecaster is a great name too, if only a tele looked half as cool as a strat.:D
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    What, no love for the BC Rich Bich?
     
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    To me the Telecaster is a classic, simple, straight-forward tool. And it doesn't have that useless middle pickup. LOL
     
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    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Fair enough, and each to his own of course, but I enjoy the “quack” positions and even play the middle pickup by itself at times when I want a bright cutting lead sound.

    The only strat position I almost never use is the bridge by itself. From a purely aesthetic point of view, for my tastes, the tele is a Studebaker and the strat is a Corvette.
     
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    Firebird is stronger, but I think clunky and heavy.
    When I think strat, it's 100% ergonomics. Not the sounds, the quack. I enjoy those things too, but the design rules all others, just crazy good.
    Not designed by man, IMO. It was a gift...

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    To my ears Quack is a gimmicky ubiquitous sound. No personality. All plink and no thunk.

    Part of it is that I was a Tele player before the Strat. I got my first Tele in '71. My first Strat in '79. My first keeper Strat in '83.

    I've got four Strats and love them...one I'll never get rid of. But best guitar name period? Switchmaster is pretty damn cool. So is Broadcaster. Or Esquire. Or Firebird. :D
     
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    TomH8 Senior Stratmaster

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    At least they were more creative than Gibson. Let’s name this model after this dude and then when he doesn’t want his name on it anymore, yeah let’s go with “Solid Guitar” that sounds good
     
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    lineboat Senior Stratmaster

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    My first guitar was a Strat. I think maybe we tend to lean toward what we learned on. When I need some grunt though, it’s a Tele. Tele straight into an amp, or Strat with a couple pedals. It’s easier to leave the pedalboard at home.
     
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    Teles can be so beautiful clean.

    This is my wiggle stick Tele:





    Bridge pickup on both tracks. :)

    I learned on a 64 Teisco. In 1964. Getting that Tele seven years later was like...perfection.
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Mustang, Jaguar and Jazzmaster, Country Gentleman. White Penguin, Falcon, Jet...

    but Rickenbacker - that is just a cool name, period. Don't need to play the numbers game - otherwise we'd be saying 335, 355, 325, 360/12....
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Eh.. steady on Fezz.. my whole image is based on a 'quack'.. :D
     
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    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    TBH, I never thought about it, but now you mention it, yes, Stratocaster is undoubtedly the coolest guitar name ever, for a model of guitar. For an individual guitar, the best name is Lucille because of the story behind it.

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    ChrisD Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I've always been a fan of the Epiphone names. Casino, Riviera, Sheraton etc.
     
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