The Stratocaster model debuted from Fender in 1954 with many player inspired design breakthroughs like the Comfort Contour body, Synchronized Tremolo tailpiece, three single coil pickups, etc. Leo Fender’s team likely had no idea what kind of effect it would have on the entire world of music and style.
The Stratocaster model started life with a neck made of Maple bolted to a body made of Ash. By 1956, the Ash body was substituted for Alder, and by 1959 the Maple neck featured a slab of Rosewood on top for the fretboard. Other changes until 1965 were subtle and the Stratocaster model climbed in popularity.
This photograph shows the old “spaghetti” style logo that was in use on the Stratocaster until mid 1964 when it was updated to the gold transitional logo. This 1966 Fender Stratocaster shows the transitional headstock logo as well as another change that happened in 1965: the large headstock.
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