Best Stratocasters 2024: The best Strats for every budget and playing style

Fender Vintera Stratocaster on a concrete floor
(Image credit: Future)

Probably the most iconic guitar ever made, the legendary Strat wasn’t the first solid-body guitar ever made, but it’s still Fender’s best-selling instrument. There are countless different variations of this legendary guitar, so picking the best Stratocaster can be a tough task considering the wealth of options available. If you’re struggling to make a decision, we’re here to help you find your most suitable Strat.

No matter what your budget is, there’s a Strat within reach of any guitarist whether you’re playing your first chords or looking for a professional level instrument. Part of the appeal of the Stratocaster is its versatility and different configuration options, which means there’s an option to suit any style whether you play rock, blues, funk, or jazz.

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).

With contributions from