Welcome to the Strat Collector News area of www.stratcollector.com. Here you will find valuable information about the history of Fender and the Fender Stratocaster. The many articles and guides should be useful to both the avid Strat collector and the general enthusiast. Please spend a few minutes on the information below that will help you take advantage of the resources available.
Over the years we have assembled a large number of informative articles about the Stratocaster and the Fender company, and the Archive presents a comprehensive list of those articles with links. The Archive's primary source is the Strat Collector News Desk where most of the articles were initially published.
Strats by Year
One of the most popular resources on Strat Collector News, Strats by Year takes you through the evolution of the Fender Stratocaster year-by-year from its 1954 debut through the end of the CBS era in 1984. Each year presents information on model changes and photographs.
Strats by Model
This section essentially takes over where Strats by Year left off (though with some overlap in the early '80s) with special attention to Stratocasters of the 1980s including early runs by the Fender Custom Shop. The '80s was a decade of great transition for Fender as the company moved from CBS to FMIC ownership and experimented with a number of Stratocaster variations such as The Strat, Elite, Plus, Artist Models and the then new Standard and American Standard.
Anatomy of a '55 Strat
A more than 100 page labor of love by Claude V. Lucas that documents with text and photos all the components of a 1955 Stratocaster - literally, every nut and bolt. This Stratocaser anatomy lesson is a valuable resource for the vintage fan.
Want to know even more about the history of the Stratocaster or the Fender company? This page is a convenient compilation of titles that range from Stratocaster-specific to vintage guitars in general.
Strat Records and DVDs
The Stratocaster is an iconic instrument today due in large part to the legendary players closely associated with the instrument, such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and many others. The timeless music made by these Strat Masters should be part of every Stratocaster enthusiast's library.
Share your thoughts, questions and opinions with fellow Stratocaster and Fender fans. This is an image-friendly forum where you can post photos in message threads or maintain your own image gallery (a separate forum feature).
Strats on eBay and New Gear
Whether you're in the market for a vintage or collectible Stratocaster or simply curious as to the state of the current market, pages such as Top 40 Stratocasters Currently on eBay in the United States are a great place to get a quick up to the minute snapshot. But, don't limit yourself to the U.S., rare gems can also be found in the United Kingdom, Canda, France, Australia and Italy. And, for those interested in new Fender gear, we have assembled easy-to-navigate presentations of the current Fender lineup that might help bring you up to speed.