The Fender Stratocaster Handbook, 2nd Edition
by Paul Balmer
Voyageur Press, 2012
Whether you are looking to purchase a new or vintage Fender Stratocaster, or fix up that Squier axe you picked up at the pawn shop, this is the place to start. Author Paul Balmer breaks down the guitar, explaining each part and its importance to the integrity of the Stratocaster model. The subjects of adjusting the bridge and neck, aligning the tremolo, and replacing parts are all covered in this handy guide. Balmer examines several different types of Fender Stratocasters, from those made in Japan and China to the ones crafted here in the United States. He wraps up this useful book with a brief look at some of the most famous Strat players in history, from Buddy Holly to Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and back to Clapton again.
If you’re interested in the Strat, you’ll be interested in this book.