The Fender Stratocaster is a model of electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares.The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from 1954 to the present.
In the floating position, players can move the bridge-mounted tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played.
Hank Marvin, used the Strat's floating tremolo extensively in their playing.
In 1956, Fender began using alder for sunburst and most custom color Stratocaster bodies; ash was still used on translucent blonde instruments.
In 1960, the available custom colors were standardized, many of which were automobile lacquer colors from Du Pont available at an additional 5% cost.
"Stratocaster" and "Strat" are trademark terms belonging to Fender.