Our DIY Kit is modelled on the Fender Stratocaster which is a solid body guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has manufactured the Stratocaster continuously from 1954 to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top “horn” shape for balance. The Stratocaster’s sleek, contoured body shape (officially referred to by Fender as the “Comfort Contour Body”) differed from the flat, slab-like design of the Telecaster. The Strat’s double cutaways allowed players easier access to higher positions on the neck. The body’s recessed “beer gut” curve on the upper back, and a gradual chamfer at the front, where the player’s right arm rests, aided player’s comfort. The strings are anchored on a through-body pivot bridge attached with springs to a ‘claw’ in the tremolo cavity on the back of the guitar. The Stratocaster is noted for its bright, clean and ‘twangy’ sounds. The neck pickup has a mellower, fuller and louder sound compared to the brighter and sharper tone of the bridge pickup. The middle pickup provides a sound somewhere between the two and is generally reverse wound. Suitable for almost any style of music the Stratocaster is widely acclaimed as arguably the most widely played electric guitar across all genres of popular music. Famous players include: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Mark Knofler.