The most recognizable musical instrument on the planet – the Fender Stratocaster rocks.

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Most people see Elvis as the King of rock ’n’ roll. But when it comes to the rock royal family, Leo Fender would at least deserve an invite to the rock Prince’s low-key remarriage. 
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Not content with pioneering the rock band with his guitars and the first ever amplified bass guitar, Fender then went on the create one of the most iconic objects of the Twentieth Century – the Fender Stratocaster. 
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Following the success of the Broadcaster in 1951 (eventually renamed the Telecaster), The Stratocaster was released in 1954, and promptly secured its place at the centre of popular culture. 
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When Buddy Holly boarded his tragically doomed plane in February 1959, he was clutching a Strat. When Bob Dylan appalled folkies by going electric in 1965, he did it with a Strat. When Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar onstage in 1967, he set fire to a Strat. 
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