Template: Infobox Guitar model The Fender Stratocaster is a model of electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares.
The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from 1954 to the present.
They also use stamped metal hardware and multiple pieces of wood in construction to reduce waste and to lower costs.
In some cases, the body is laminated, much like a plywood, rather than consisting of two or three solid pieces glued together.
and Robert Cray, can be obtained by using the pickup selector in positions 2 and 4.
In 1983, this was later changed to the current 1970s large headstock featuring "Squier" in larger script, followed by "by Fender" in smaller script.
These procedures lock the bridge in a fixed position.
Some Strats have a fixed bridge in place of the tremolo assembly; these are colloquially called "hard-tails".
Starting in 1954, the Stratocaster was offered with a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays, and Kluson tuning heads.
The color was originally a two color sunburst pattern, although custom color guitars were produced (most famously Eldon Shamblin's gold Stratocaster, dated 6/1954).