on 27 June 2004
This book is a must for any Fender or electric guitar fans. It plots the history of the Stratocaster from it's origins in the Telecaster through to modern day. From Leo Fender's small outfit in California through the black periods of CBS ownership (in a very frank manner) to present day. The rise of the Custom Shop and foreign imports is given appropriate discussion and the included CD is an excellent addition to the text. The colour images throughout are well reproduced in excellent detail and quality and the book bindings exude class.
The only fault I can draw is the overly thorough CD holder. It took me 5 minutes, a pocket knife and a pair of scissors to get to the CD. After all that, the plastic holder was a bit of a mess. I understand trying to stop CD theft in stores, but there must be an easier way?
Don't let that deter you from this excellent book- thoroughly recommended!!!
on 18 May 2004
Just finished reading the book , I have all the other fender books but this is the best by far.
Buy this book now and like old Fender guitars it will go up in value it will look good on any coffee table.
The book tells the story of the Fender Strat from the drawing board to 2004 in a interesting way with a free CD to play along to as you read.
It has a foreward by Eric Clapton and inside is lots more about him and Hendrix,Beck and all the over top players.
It takes you into the custom shop and shows lots of good photos.
At last i found out why the front of my 70s Strat peg board had gone a deep yellow but the rest of the neck had stopped the same.
The only bad point is it stopped me playing my strat a few days while i read the book.
on 28 January 2010
For those interested in the Fender Strat this is a must to read. Tom Wheeler has done an excellent job in the compilation of this book but if you want to know more about Fender generally then this book cannot be taken in isolation. Suggest you also look at: "Fender: The Sound Heard Round the World" by Richard Smith and "The Fender Electric Guitar Book, Complete History of Fender Guitars" by Tony Bacon. Both are very good and give different insights into the Fender company, and not just the Strat.
on 1 May 2011
Great book about the Fender Stratocaster through from the Leo Fender years of the 50's and 60's all the way through CBS taking over the company to the present day. This book covers a wide range of topics such as artists, technical specs, builders such as George Fullerton, etc and changes to the Strat over the decades. If you love the Fender Strat like many of us do including those who don't play guitar and would like to know about its history and details then this is the book. Comes with great photos too!