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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.
The color was originally a two color sunburst pattern, although custom color guitars were produced (most famously Eldon Shamblin's gold Stratocaster, dated 6/1954).
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, have used the Stratocaster's floating vibrato extensively in their playing.
There is considerable debate about the effects on tone and sustain of the material used in the vibrato system's 'inertia bar' and many aftermarket versions are available.
The Stratocaster features three single coil pickups, with the output originally selected by a 3-way switch.