“The sound of other guitars is leading the player. With the Stratocaster, the player leads the sound”: Tom Morello explains why the Fender Strat is unlike any other electric guitar

Tom Morello playing his Fender Soul Power Stratocaster
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Chris Cornell Estate)

2024 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster – a guitar that has helped shape, steer and inform the very course of popular and alternative music across its seven-decade lifespan.

Over the years, it’s been wielded by countless guitar heroes, including Tom Morello, whose Soul Power Strat is symbolic of some of the Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave titan’s most iconic feats of boundary-pushing guitar playing. 

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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.