“Blending the timeless essence of history with the spirit of the modern musician”: Fender is starting the Stratocaster’s 70th anniversary celebrations early, with souped-up Player and American Professional II models and the return of a beloved finish

A group of 70th Anniversary Fender Stratocasters
(Image credit: Fender)

Next year will be a momentous year for Fender, which will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of its iconic Stratocaster electric guitar.

But, clearly keen to kick off the birthday celebrations as soon as possible, the Big F has given itself a head start, previewing 2024 by dropping what has been promised to be the first wave of many celebratory six-strings.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.