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The Fender Stratocaster was developed with input from players dissatisfied with Leo Fender’s first electric guitar, the Telecaster. Their ideas, which included a more comfortable body shape, an adjustable bridge allowing intonation for each individual string, and a vibrato system, were duly adopted, and Fender introduced the legendary Strat in 1954. But Leo didn’t consider his second great design “perfected,” according to the company’s website, until 1957.
Fender’s use of parts already in inventory gave this guitar its Bakelite-style pickup covers and dials. Note the slight fractures in the pickup covers, due to the material’s brittle nature.
The instrument began to see substantial alterations a year earlier. The body wood, which had been ash, was changed to alder starting after the middle of 1956, due to its better consistency for finishing. The neck profile, which was originally round and clubby, evolved into a distinct V shape. Also by mid-’56, the original round guide for the high E and B strings was changed to a rectangular design known as a butterfly clip. And the control knobs and pickup covers, which were a brittle Bakelite-type material, began receiving more durable plastic, although some production models still sported Bakelite-style dials in early ’57.