“The Strat, for me, is like an old friend. I can get a lot of personality and expression out of it. But had I been there when the guitar was designed…” Hank Marvin on what he loves about the Fender Stratocaster – and what he would he change

Hank B. Marvin
(Image credit: Jon Super/Redferns)

Hello Guitarist readers. I was honoured to be asked to contribute to celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary and the 70th birthday of the Fender Stratocaster. For my ‘editorial’, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about Strats and other guitars I’ve used over the years. 

Leo Fender got it so right with the Strat. The contoured body is so comfortable, and one volume knob controls the three pickups so there are no level discrepancies when switching between pickups.

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