Fender Stratocaster’s history
begins with the man some people call the king of surf music. Dick Dale is the man who some believe invented surf music as early as the 1950s. No, it wasn’t the Beach Boys. It was Dick Dale.
He had the musical assistance of Leo Fender, inventor of the Fender Stratocaster. Part of early Fender Stratocaster history includes the story of Leo Fender’s gift to Dick Dale of a Fender Stratocaster to use in his live performances. He wanted Dick to try the Fender Stratocaster – and the rest is history, as the saying goes.
Did he try that guitar! The Fender Stratocaster history at that point was one of taking abuse and living through it, as Dale beat that guitar, hurling loud raucous music into the night, and destroying forty-nine different amps until one actually caught on fire. Stratocaster history that night including the entertaining Dick Dale using the right-handed guitar for left-handed play, playing upside down, and created all-new sounds.
Leo, Freddy Fender, and Dale
joined forces to find new, more tolerable speakers and this was the beginning of heavy metal Fender Stratocaster. They approached a company that made speakers and asked that they design a fifteen-inch Fender Stratocaster speaker. This made Fender Stratocaster speaker history.
Fender history included the fact that Dick Dale became the first person to take the quiet guitar player image and transform her or him into a loud heavy metal entertainer.
Included in this portion of Fender’s history
was Guitar Player Magazine, who as a result now referred to Dick Dale as the father of heavy metal. Stratocaster history, then, is about the transition from quiet soothing singalong surf music to the heavy metal sound of the sixties.