Albums Featuring Fender Stratocasters

When Fender first introduced the Stratocaster in 1954, its sleek body and bold design captured the imaginations of the first rock ‘n’ rollers. From Buddy Holly and Ike Turner, to Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, musicians from all corners of rock, blues, funk, and soul would turn the Stratocaster into an icon of modern music in the decades that followed, and there’s still no end in sight. Hear the incredible range and versatility of the instrument in these classic albums.

A Strat Riff From Every Decade

Buddy Holly — Peggy Sue [1958]

Recorded in '57 and released in '58 on his eponymous album, Peggy Sue was recorded with a 1955 Fender Stratocaster. His performance on Ed Sullivan—again with the '55 Stratocaster in hand—is often cited alongside the Beatles and Elvis' performances as the most influential for many famous players.

Jimi Hendrix — Fire [1967]

Really any Hendrix recording can fit into this spot, but this hit single from his debut album with the Experience is our pick. The song was the inspiration for the first time Jimi set his '65 Strat on fire at a show Finsbury Park, London. He would later do the same act at his infamous Monterey Pop Festival performance.

Big Star — O, My Soul [1974]

Glossing over the hundred of funk classics from the '70s, the lead track from cult darling Big Star's second album Radio City titled O, My Soul shows that signature quacky Strat tone you achieve by combining the bridge and middle pickups. It's not unique to Alex Chilton, though—Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, and dozens more guitars have built their careers on that tone.

Stevie Ray Vaughan — Scuttle Buttin' [1983]

Speaking of quacky Strat tones, the fiery riffs in the 12-bar blues that open SRV's Couldn't Stand The Weather album serve as the high water mark for Strat lovers far and wide.

Smashing Pumpkins — Cherub Rock [1993]

10 years after SRV seems like light years when listening to Siamese Dream. Here, Billy Corgan employed a beat-to-hell AVRI Stratocaster to produce one of the greatest guitar solos of the alternative era (or any era for that matter).

John Mayer — Something's Missing [2004]

Mayer has cemented himself as the guitar god of present day thanks in no small part to tracks like Something's Missing from his 2004 album Heavier Things. Here you can hear that quacky Stratocaster tone with a touch of delay and modulation.

Daft Punk (Nile Rodgers) — Get Lucky [2013]

Nile Rodgers is a hit machine, and his Stratcaster has been aptly nicknamed the Hitmaker for it's inclusion on dozens of hit singles including Get Happy from Daft Punk's chart-topping Random Access Memories album. That 1960 Stratocaster (with a neck pulled from a '59 Stratocaster) is probably the most heard guitar in recorded music history.

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