We take a look at some of the most iconic Stratocaster tones ever, and the gear used to produce them…
The Stratocaster is without question one of the most versatile electric guitars ever made. Over the course of six decades, it has been behind some of music’s most influential guitarists.
Here we take a look at some of the most iconic Stratocaster tones, and some of the other gear used to create them.
Could there be a discussion about Strat tone that didn’t begin with Hendrix? Jimi is possibly the most well known of all Stratocaster players. Through a combination of blues, jazz, rock, and incendiary (literally, at times) performance, he changed the musical landscape.
As one of the first players to truly embrace guitar effects, Hendrix’s tone encompassed a very broad palette. There are some common tools, however…
Though the Irish blues legend played a Tele and a Martin D-35, he is remembered as a Strat player, first and foremost. His soulful, rock edged blues ran the full gamut of Strat tones, from super clean, to heavily driven, all via his famously battered sunburst Stratocaster.
Aside from the Strat, Rory used a Vox AC30 amp, and occasionally a Fender Twin.
Jeff Beck’s musical CV is impressive to say the least. Cutting his teeth in the Yardbirds, he forged a uniquely dynamic and fluid style of blues, employing incredible, wailing bends and whammy technique.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan is another player who was seldom seen playing anything other than a Strat. The most famous of these was the sunburst ‘number one’ which featured the iconic SRV initials. His second choice guitar, Lenny, was equally distinctive, however, with a body carving behind the guitar bridge.
Aside from the guitars, Stevie used a Marshall major head (though was known to use Peavey amps in the studio), along with Fender amps, such as the Super Reverb. His pedal board was a fairly simple affair, and featuring a Vox Wah and an Ibanez Tube Screamer.
There’s quite a mix of gear in the list above, but the constant is a Fender Stratocaster. That, and a huge amount of talent 😉
Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.