Concerned about buying a guitar online without playing it first? There's a Strat for just about every scenario. From 'classic' treatments at any price point to vintage replicas, signature models, hot-rodded modern instruments and understated metal monsters, our buyer's guide rounds up the best Fender Stratocaster electric guitars currently available. Now in its 60s, the Strat remains the world's most iconic guitar, and continues to be synonymous with the very concept of an electric guitar, regardless of genre. With each new generation, the instrument has been honed and retooled to do the work required of it, building on an ever-expanding legacy. The result?
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Every guitarist holds out hope when searching through a yard sale or helping out at an older relative's house that they'll stumble upon a closet find—an exceedingly rare vintage specimen that was bought in the '50s or '60s only to be stashed away, in near-perfect condition, for decades. Today, we present the closet finds to end all closet finds. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is selling five vintage Stratocasters—ranging from to —that have remained nearly untouched for more than half a century. These are the actual vintage instruments that were used to spec out not only our American Original and Vintera offerings, but also hundreds of Fender Custom Shop guitars," says Mike Lewis, vice president of product development at the Fender Custom Shop. You can hear the Stratocasters in action in our video above, and hear more from Lewis about what makes them so special.
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