In the early 1950's Leo Fender strove to design and make the perfect electric
solid-body guitar, and he and others achieved that in the Stratocaster.
George Fullerton, Leo's business partner and best friend, shares poignant
memories of those groundbreaking days as we trace the origins of this Rock n' Roll
Hank takes time out from the Shadow's Final Tour
to show and
talk about his famous red Strat.
Strat "Blackie" went under the hammer at
"Christies" in 2004. Lee Dickson (Clapton's guitar
technician) shows us up-close what makes this Strat so special.
Tony Bacon, leading author and electric guitar expert gives an
informed and witty overview of the Stratocaster's past.
At one of the UK's top guitar stores, Nevada Music in
Portsmouth, Cliff Pinwill shares and demonstrates his
professional knowledge amongst a feast of Fenders.
Fred Stuart, Master Guitar Builder details the history of Leo's
transition from lap steel guitars to the ultimate electric
The Fender Museum of Music and the Arts in Corona,
California has fascinating and priceless exhibits, from working
instruments like Steve Miller's dragon Strat, through a Custom
Shop Hendrix re-creation to bejewelled works of art. The future
of the Strat is assured as their "Kids Rock Free"
programme introduces music to California's young.
Grindelwald Productions Ltd. 2004
Legend DVD is an indispensable guide to the world's most popular
electric guitar. An offering of fascinating behind the scenes
insight mixed with renowned legends of the Strat paying homage
to Leo's masterpiece. Stratocaster Legend is an essential
purchase for fans of the Strat and fellow guitar enthusiasts
"Although this DVD is in no way affiliated with the
behemoth that is FMIC, it features unique interviews with two of
the biggest names ever to wield a Strat: Dick Dale and Sir Hank
of Marvin. We have a portion of this on this month's bonus
CD, and fascinating stuff it is too. Elsewhere the producers
have obtained interviews with George Fullerton, who fleshes out
Fender's earliest days as well as giving insight into the likes
of G&L Guitars, cajoled some well-informed background from
Tony Bacon, and received an affectionate overview of Clapton's 'Blackie'
by his tech Lee Dickson. Former Master Builder Fred Stuart
takes us around the lauded Fender Custom Shop and viewers will
certainly find their love for the humble Strat rekindled. Add an
unintentionally sultry voiceover into the mix and you have a
surprisingly fulfilling package." - Simon
If you're of an age when
the twang of an electric guitar sets your feet tapping, or even
prompts a quick jive, don't fret - the Stratocaster Legend
DVD will strike a chord or two. The Fender 'Strat' electric
guitar is 50, and its story is told by the people who were
there: Dick Dale with his '57 Strat and Leo Fender's friend and
collaborator, George Fullerton, tell the story; Hank Marvin of
the Shadows introduced us to his red and white Fender in
'59, and he pays tribute. More recent rock legends also feature.
There's rather more documentary and interviews than guitar-playing
- but an interesting story of a rock icon nevertheless. So go
on, closet rockers - grab yourselves a late Christmas present
and give that air guitar hell!
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