Guitars by Fender
Fender is famous for electric guitars such as the Stratocaster and Telecaster. Originally these guitars used primarily single-coil pickups which produced the "twang" in early rock and roll and country music. The Telecaster was the favorite throughout the sixties until Jimi Hendrix plugged his Stratocaster into an overdriven Marshall amp which opened up a new world of possibilities. The Stratocaster, with three single coil pickups and a five position toggle switch had five basic tones to work with. A lot of top guitarists featured the strat as their main instrument. In the seventies the two best selling guitars were the strat and the Gibson Les Paul.
In the late seventies, Eddie Van Halen built a modified strat which featured a humbucking pickup in the bridge position. This introduced another new sound to the Fender line. Today's Fender guitars come in all kinds of different configurations. You can find a guitar with just the right sound and hardware you want.