The Stratocaster, Hendrix and SRV

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 years old and always dreamed of having a Stratocaster. It was the one used by the Italian guitar player Dodi Battaglia and I wanted one too. I couldn’t afford it, so my parents bought me a reproduction, which was the best gift I ever received. Some time later I was able to buy a PRS Strat at cost price and then I almost stopped playing. I picked it up again much later and decided to make the dream come true. I sold the PRS and bought a Fender Stratocaster. Even though it’s a Made in Mexico, I think I achieved my goal. It is a vintage reproduction of 56, one of the first models created by Leo Fender, who was named the same as my son and had his birthday on the same day as me.
Playing the electric guitar it is inevitable to get sooner or later to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, especially if you love the Stratocaster; or better, if you love those guitarists you end up dreaming of a Stratocaster.
For me the dream was triggered with an Italian guitarist, then the usual David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler pushed me back to Jimi Hendrix and his guitar heir SRV.

Continue reading