Product dating fender stratocaster guitars
It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance like the Precision Bass guitar.
Along with the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes.
In the floating position, players can move the bridge-mounted vibrato tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played.
Hank Marvin, have used the Stratocaster's floating vibrato extensively in their playing.
The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
In 1977 Fender introduced a 5-way selector making such pickup combinations more stable.
As string gauges have changed, players have experimented with the number of springs (often four though Hendrix used five).
As the average gauge has decreased over the years, modern Stratocasters are equipped with three springs as a stock option in order to counteract the reduced string tension.
As the bridge floats, the instrument has a tendency to go out of tune during double-stop string bends.
Many Stratocaster players opt to tighten the springs (or even increase the number of springs used) so that the bridge is firmly anchored against the guitar body: in this configuration, the vibrato arm can still be used to slacken the strings and therefore lower the pitch, but it cannot be used to raise the pitch (a configuration sometimes referred to as "dive-only").