Both American Specials did require significant setup work upon arrival, but both yielded gracefully to the undertaking.They are as accommodating and playable as any of their like, and the modern C-shaped neck is comfy and familiar.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 tremolo springs (or even increase the number of springs used) so that the bridge is firmly anchored against the guitar body: in this configuration, the tremolo 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").Starting in 1954, the Stratocaster was offered with a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays, and Kluson tuning machines.The color was originally a two color sunburst pattern, although custom color guitars were produced (most famously Eldon Shamblin's gold Stratocaster, dated 6/1954).
Original Stratocasters were manufactured with five tremolo springs, allowing the bridge set up to "float".
It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance.
Along with the Gibson Les Paul, it is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes.
In the floating position, players can move the bridge-mounted tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played.
Hank Marvin, used the Strat's floating tremolo extensively in their playing.