The Fender Startocaster is arguably the most popular electric guitar ever designed. In 1981, the American-made Stratocaster was renamed the Standard Stratocaster to avoid confusion with other models. In 1986, it was renamed the American Standard Stratocaster followed by American Series Stratocaster is 2000 and then the American Standard Series Stratocaster in 2008. The American HSS Stratocaster is a variation with a humbucker in the bridge position.
Years of Production: 1954 - present
Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody
Unique to this Era: In this era, HSS Strats sported a pearloid or tortoiseshell pickguard with different finishes.
Wood Composition: Ash body, Maple fingerboard, Maple neck
Design Elements: One humbucker and two single-coil pickups, five-way pickup selector, dot inlays, pearloid pickguard
Notable Stratocaster Players: Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton