CULT SOUNDS                                                                                   

The 'clean' Stratocaster sound

This diagram shows an overview of the different guitar sounds being used in the billboard charts

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The clean electric guitar sound is one of the most used sounds, among them the cult-sound of a non-distorted stratocaster

Sound Examples


These examples show the use of the Strat Sound from the beginning in the 1960s, the 1980s and today

1966 - Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"

1970- Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominoes "Layla"

1985 - The Commmodores "Nightshift"

1983 - Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"

early examples

typical sounds of the 1980s

the disco era

1979 - Sister Sledge "We Are Family", Nile Rodgers g.

1979 - Chic "Good Times", Nile Rodgers g.

1979 - Chic "Le Freak", Nile Rodgers g.

1982 - George Benson "Turn Your Love Around", Jay Graydon g.

1982 - Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"

1986 - Whitney Houston "How Will I Know"

1987 - Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

1985 - Madonna "Like A Virgin", Nile Rodgers g.

1986 - Madonna "Like A Prayer"

1986 - Madonna "Live To Tell"

1985 - Teena Marie "Loverboy"

1987 - Duran Duran "Notorious", Nile Rogders g.

1985 - Dire Straits "Money For Nothing", Mark Knopfler g.

the 1990s

the clean strat sound was not very popular during this decade

1991 - Jane Child "Don't Wanna Fall In Love"

1989 - Bobby Brown "On Our Own"

1991 - Mariah Carey "Someday"

today

2013 Daft Punk "Lucky", Nile Rodgers g.