The legendary Stratocaster lives on

Here is a classic electric guitar that hasn't undergone any major change in more than fifty years, and remained one of the most cherished guitars even among the young hard-rocking musicians of today.

When Leo Fender first thought of a guitar that would be a fitting successor to the "old fashioned" Telecaster, he envisioned one with a futuristic touch that is perfect in many ways.

As its principal designer, Leo Fender produced the first Stratocaster in 1954. Here at last was a brand new electric guitar with innovative and futuristic design that came in a myriad of colors.

Yngwie Malmsteen playing his famous scalloped-neck Stratocaster.
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However, to Leo's disappointment, most Telecaster and Esquire players at the time didn't catch on, and preferred their old trusty axes over the new and flashy Stratocaster.

Indeed, Leo Fender produced an electric guitar with features and qualities that made it way ahead of its time. It has taken quite a while before some serious musician declared: "Hey! This is a pretty cool piece of equipment!"

Ultimately, the Stratocaster became Leo Fender's most successful design. Some of the evolutionary features of this guitar include:
  • a plastic pickup cover that eliminates feedback,
  • a higher cutaway that makes playing high notes easier,
  • a body contour that makes this electric guitar comfortable to hold and play, and
  • a revolutionary whammy bar design.
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Clear Stratocaster
To date, no one has yet come up with a better design for the Stratocaster than what has been laid down by Leo Fender way back in the fifties. The Stratocaster has remained the instrument of choice for many guitarists today, and will undoubtedly continue to be so for many years to come.

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Tall cool one

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He was easily the most popular member of the band: the outspoken guy, the guy with the blond hair, the frontman, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin.

Known for his powerful style and wide vocal range, Robert Plant embodied folk and blues passion to the fullest.
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Growing up in the area west of Birmingham, Robert plant as a young boy attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stourbridge.

His father who was hopeful that someday Robert would pursue an accounting career never saw that day, because Robert, instead, took the path to becoming a musician.

Robert Plant's early influences were mainly rooted in blues. Traditional blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson were among his favorites.

Robert Plant's life took a big change in 1968 when he met guitarist Jimmy Page who was in search of a lead singer for his new band.

Robert Plant brought his childhood friend John Bonham as drummer. Now with John Paul Jones, who was already working with Jimmy Page in the studio, Led Zeppelin was complete.

Probably the most influential rock singer in his time, Robert Plant's voice reached the four corners of the Earth. His unmistakable high-pitched primeval wail inspired a countless number of painfully inferior imitators.

But nobody, and nobody can sing like Robert Plant.

Still waters run deep

John Paul Jones tuning his bass guitar (photo credit: xillbill)

He was the most underrated member of Led Zeppelin, yet he had a solid musical foundation, musical versatility and the desire to experiment.

After all, he was an arranger, song writer, keyboard player, guitar player, and above all, a helluva bass player.

John Paul Jones has mastered both the bass guitar and the keyboard, a unique combination of talents that earned him the reputation of being the most versatile member of Led Zeppelin.

In the studio, playing the keyboard and the bass guitar was easy, since he can always overdubb the bass parts later on. However, doing these arrangements onstage proved a difficult task, even for one as talented as John Paul Jones.

John would often, during these live performances, play the keyboard with both hands, and then play the bass parts simultaneously with his feet on the bass pedals.

Fender bass pedals (photo credit theresadobbs)

One of John Paul Jones' most popular Keyboard pieces was "No Quarter." Sometimes, when he feels like it, he would introduce lines from classical pieces in the middle of the song.

Always the quiet one in the group, John Paul Jones' professionalism has always ensured that whatever exorbitance he encountered on the road would never interfere with his performance.

It's not like he wasn't having fun when the rest of Led Zeppelin were, let's just say that he was more discreet about it.

Truly, still waters run deep.

God of thunder

One of the distinguishing attributes of what we know as the Led Zeppelin sound comes from the heavy and explosive drumming style of John Bonham, a mixture of creativity and thunderous energy that often left the audience in awe and on the edge of their seats.

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John Bonham's drumming style, unmatched even today, is still the most imitated and sampled by musicians the world over.

If it weren't for John Bonham, Led Zeppelin "wouldn't have been half as good," as surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones would repeatedly say.

One of John Bonham's best performances was his half-hour-long drum solo "Moby Dick" that really showcased his talents as a drummer. This made imitators and fans alike wonder: how the heck did he make it sound so easy?

To this day, John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham, after his tragic passing on September 25, 1980, remains in the hearts and minds of countless Led Zeppelin and hard rock fans.

Surely, there can be only one... god of thunder!

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