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Dating Late 1970's Fender Stratocasters:. Late 70's Strats will have a giant 'F' along with 'FENDER MICRO-NECK-ADJUST PAT. Fender (Information from this site.

An electric guitar is a fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals.

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The guitar and amp affect the tone in different ways. We’ve said earlier that the amp and the speakers are the most important for what you hear, and we stick with this. Still, the amp can not produce a signal that was never there from the beginning (except harmonic frequencies due to clipping/distortion). It is therefore important to know how the guitar works and how to improve and shape its tone. The guitar must be considered together with the amp and pedals. Some things you can change, some things you can’t.

At we believe that 250k tone and volume pots is a good choice of clear fendery tone with just the right amount of sparkle and low-end. Also a 250K tone pot makes your guitar less sensitive to “bad” or long guitar cables with high capacitance that kill some treble and clarity. We also believe that 0,047uF is a good starting point for the tone cap in Stratocasters and Telecasters. For very bright guitars (either pickups, neck or body) we sometimes use a 0,1uF tone cap.

You may have noticed that the tone gets a little darker when you back down the volume on your guitar, especially for stratocasters and telecasters. This is an effect of the original circuitry from Leo Fender. Some like it, some don’t. Those who like it tend to appreciate a mellow rythm playing tone when backing down the volume. On the other hand, there are a few scenarios where you might enjoy having full treble at lower volumes:

Popular music and rock groups often use the electric guitar in two roles: as a rhythm guitar , which plays the chord sequence or progression and riffs and sets the beat (as part of a rhythm section ), and as a lead guitar , which is used to perform instrumental melody lines, melodic instrumental fill passages , and solos. In a small group, such as a power trio , one guitarist switches between both roles. In larger rock and metal bands, there is often a rhythm guitarist and a lead guitarist.

The need for the amplified guitar became apparent during the big band era as orchestras increased in size, particularly when acoustic guitars had to compete with large, loud brass sections. The first electric guitars used in jazz were hollow archtop acoustic guitar bodies with electromagnetic transducers. Early electric guitar manufacturers include Rickenbacker in 1932; Dobro in 1933; National, AudioVox and Volu-tone in 1934; Vega , Epiphone (Electrophone and Electar), and Gibson in 1935 and many others by 1936.

Gibson's first production electric guitar, marketed in 1936, was the ES-150 model ("ES" for "Electric Spanish", and "150" reflecting the $150 price of the instrument, along with matching amplifier). The ES-150 guitar featured a single-coil, hexagonally shaped "bar" pickup, which was designed by Walt Fuller. It became known as the "Charlie Christian" pickup (named for the great jazz guitarist who was among the first to perform with the ES-150 guitar). The ES-150 achieved some popularity but suffered from unequal loudness across the six strings.