Learn the licks of 12 Stratocaster blues legends

John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan
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The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most famous and widely used electric guitars in the history of the instrument. Originally launched in 1954, it had a revolutionary design with its contoured body, three single-coil pickups, six adjustable bridge saddles and ‘synchronised tremolo’. 

It has remained largely unchanged ever since, and continues to be played and loved by countless guitarists of all musical walks due to its versatility, sounds and looks.

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Andy Saphir

Andy Saphir has been a professional guitar player and teacher for over 25 years. Graduating with distinction from London’s prestigious Guitar Institute in 1995, he has gone on to gain a reputation as one of the UK’s top country guitarists. Specialising in country and blues, Andy is a versatile, multi-genre player and has a successful international performing career, touring with numerous shows and bands, including the Blues Brothers Approved. Andy taught on the guitar faculty at London’s ICMP for many years, and is a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques Magazine, as well as being a Jam Track Central artist. Andy teaches in-person guitar lessons from Cambridgeshire UK, or remotely globally.