60th Strat Trivia


As we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster in 2014, we’ll be posting weekly trivia questions to see how well you know your Strats. Post your answers in the comments below or on social media with the hashtag #Strat60, and keep checking back for the latest trivia.

1990s Strat Trivia 

A custom Stratocaster model introduced in 1992 featured for the first time what kind of floral-named high-performance vibrato system?

Although he is frequently associated more closely with other Fender guitar models, Kurt Cobain recorded much of what mega-successful 1991 album using a Stratocaster?

1980s Strat Trivia  (Answers Below)

Fender’s first two signature-model Stratocasters appeared in 1988, honoring what two artists?

U2 achieved worldwide superstar status with fifth studio album The Joshua Tree, a cinematic-sounding Stratocaster tour de force released in 1987. What are the four songs from it that charted in the United States, including the band’s first two U.S. number-one singles?

What debut album by Swedish Stratocaster virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen was released in March 1984, quickly becoming a quintessential neo-classical metal magnum opus?

1983 introduced millions of listeners to two new Stratocaster aces on two chart-topping comeback albums—David Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Yes’s 90125. Who were they?

A new version of the Stratocaster with an abbreviated name appeared in 1980 and featured updated circuitry, a hotter bridge pickup, brass hardware and a return to a smaller (but not period-correct) headstock size. What was this model called?


1970s Strat Trivia (Answers Below) 

Fender finally gets around in 1977 to adopting a new Stratocaster circuitry component long sought by players who for years been delicately setting the guitar’s three-position pickup switch to two unintended and precariously balanced “in between” positions. What was the circuitry new component?


Pink Floyd’s greatest work of the 1970s—including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall—all feature highly acclaimed Stratocaster work by David Gilmour, who played much of it on a continually modified instrument affectionately nicknamed what?


The Stratocaster guitar’s body-end truss rod adjustment was changed to a headstock-end adjustment, and its neck plate changed from a four-bolt design to a three-bolt design with a built-in neck-tilt mechanism in what year?


On the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva, the members of Deep Purple watch from their hotel on Dec. 4, 1971, as what nearby building is destroyed by fire started during a concert by what artist, thus inspiring 1972 proto-metal classic “Smoke on the Water” and the world’s most imitated Stratocaster riff?


Eric Clapton’s long devotion to the Stratocaster began in earnest in 1970 when he launched his solo career using a 1956 model nicknamed “Brownie” to record not one but two albums. What are their titles?

1960s Strat Trivia (Answers Below)

Jimi Hendrix ended his famously incendiary first major U.S. appearance, at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif., by dousing his Strat with lighter fluid, setting it aflame and smashing it at the conclusion of what Chip Taylor-penned 1966 garage-rock classic?

To accommodate a larger logo decal, Fender enlarged what part of the Stratocaster  in late 1965?


A droning low-A note marks the first appearance of a Stratocaster on a Beatles track when the group records what song on Feb. 15, 1965?

Eric Clapton eventually got around to buying a Stratocaster in 1967. He was moved to do so by three seminal Stratocaster guitar-wielding figures—one a boyhood idol, one a personal friend and the other a flamboyantly influential electric blues pioneer. Who are they?

In 1962 in particular, the Stratocaster rode the huge vocal and instrumental surf music wave, exemplified that year by what Beach Boys debut album, and the exotic instrumental fury of what classic Dick Dale single? 


1950s Strat Trivia (Answers below) 

In the mid and late 1950s, what noted R&B artist’s inventively screaming Stratocaster work made dramatically full use of swooping, diving tremolo arm technique that pre-dated Jimi Hendrix by a full decade?


One of the most enduringly acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly outfits of the 1950s featured a revolving-door lineup of guitarists including Cliff Gallup, Willie Williams, Johnny Meeks, Russell Willaford, Howard Reed and the band’s own leader, several of whom often wielded Stratocasters. What band is it?


The Stratocaster had already been around for three years before millions of U.S. television viewers got their first good look at one on Sunday, Dec. 1, 1957, when what artist played one on The Ed Sullivan Show?


When it was introduced in 1954, the Stratocaster had an especially elegant feature not seen on any previous Fender instrument, included at the insistence of Fender sales chief Don Randall, who wanted the guitar to have a more high-end appearance that would appeal to more “serious” guitarists. What was it?


The prototype Stratocaster guitars of 1953-’54 featured an ingenious new bridge design that Fender referred to—in something of a misnomer—as a “tremolo” bridge. It actually enabled what different shimmering effect?


1950s Strat Trivia Answers:  Ike Turner/ Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps/Buddy Holly/A sunburst finish/Vibrato 

1960s Strat Trivia Answers:  ”Wild Thing”/ The headstock/ “Ticket to Ride” /Buddy Holly,Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy/ Surfin’ Safari,“Miserlou”

1970s Strat Trivia Answers: A five-position pickup selector switch/ The “Black Strat”/ 1971/  Montreux Casino (or Casino de Montreux), Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention/ Eric Clapton, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 

1980s Strat Trivia Answers: Eric Clapton, Yngwie Malmsteen/“With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “In God’s Country”/Rising Force/Stevie Ray Vaughan, Trevor Rabin/The Strat 



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