“When that first one came off the line, I grabbed it… and it was terrible”: The first Fender Stratocaster builds had to be junked due to their horrendous tremolos

1954 Fender Stratocaster
(Image credit: Future / Paige Davidson)

2024 marks 70 years since the most iconic electric guitar of all time first entered production. Yes, we’re talking about the Fender Stratocaster

As we all know, following its launch, it quickly became the most popular electric guitar on the planet – a position the Strat or, at least derivatives of the Strat, have maintained pretty much ever since.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.