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Rock N Roll Vintage is a Chicago vintage guitar dealer selling Vintage Amps from Marshall, vintage fender amps, fender guitars and vintage gibson guitars from the best Chicago vintage guitar dealer.  Our Chicago shop offers  Marshall amps, Ricknebacker vintage guitars, Feder stratocaster and telecaster as well as Gibson SG, Junior ( Jr.) and classics like the Fender Jazzmaster or Jazz Master and Gibson explorer and often fender relic and custom shop.  We also sell vintage Gretsch guitars from the 50's plus 60's, 70's and the 80's.  We are also a Snider Amp dealer featuring the Snider Chicago, California amps and vintage bass guitars plus D'Pergo, Divided by 13, THD amps and Fulltone and Keeley effect pedals.
Fender Stratocaster, A Brief History and Photos


RNR sells vintage Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster and Vintage Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars.


           Rock N Roll Vintage is a Vintage Fender Guitar Dealer in Chicago

Fender Stratocaster-  A brief history and popular models

Fender is an icon of the musical instrument industry and Fender Stratocasters or "strats" are highly collectable.  The Stratocaster was first introduced in spring 1954 and it's design is often copied. The ash body design was based on the precision bass and features an asymmetrical double cut body which is contoured on the back.  The pick guard followed the contours of the guitar creating a new look for Fender.  There are three single coil pickups and the jack is recessed and angled into guitar top.  It featured the first combined bridge-vibrato unit providing the strat tremolo.  There are 3 control knobs, Volume, Tone and Tone.   In 1959 a rosewood fingerboard was added.  Fender was purchased by CBS in 1965 (pre-CBS strats are more desirable) and 1966 brought several changes including a larger headstock and a large "F" logo on the neck/body joining plate.  In 1977 a 5 way selector was added to provide combinations of front and middle pickup and front and back pickup.  Early finishes tended to be sunburst however the 70's tended towards natural finishes.  Early 60's strats in Daphne Blue, Fiesta Red, Surf Green, Lake Placid blue and Burgundy Mist are unusual and desirable.  In 1985 CBS sold fender back to Fender employees.  The stratocaster is still in production with over 1 million guitars produced since introduction and remains the mainstay of the Fender product line.


55 stratocaster

The 1955 Stratocaster

The Stratocaster design featured double cut design, contoured pick guard, recessed jack and great looks !  There were a few minor changes made in 55 from the first year 1954 model strat including headstock edges being less rounded and the tremolo cover were changed to oblong holes.

1955 Stratocaster

1958 stratocaster

The 1958 Fender Stratocaster

The 1958 Fender Stratocaster demonstrated additional changes as this great guitar continued to evolve. 58 models featured a 3 color sunburst changing from the original 2-tone sunburst.  The neck shape was also changed from the  previous models to a thinner shape. 

A 1958 Stratocaster

The 1960 Fender Stratocaster

A nice 1960 strat.  Notice the change to the fingerboard with the move to Rosewood.


1960 Fender Stratocaster

1966 stratocaster

The 1966 Fender Stratocaster

A great vintage 1966 stratocaster.  Some strats seem to look better with age and this one is worn in all the right places.

This is a 1966 Fender Stratocaster
1973 stratocaster

The 1973 Fender Stratocaster

This Strat also has great wear. 

1973 Fender Stratocaster
1983 fender stratocaster

The 1983 Stratocaster Elite

1983 Stratocaster Elite model



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We serve the needs of the casual used or vintage stratocaster guitar buyer and the serious vintage guitar collector.

                  The best years were 1957, 1958, 1959.  Second best years were 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964.  The 60's were great but the 70's and 80's were only so-so.    We sell used strats in Chicago.    1957 was a great year as well as 1955 and 1956 for strats.   hard tail and soft tail models are desirable to collectors in new york, dallas, LA or Los Angeles.        Buy Cornford amps in Chicago          

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