CULT SOUNDS                                                                                   

The 'clean' Stratocaster sound

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


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"


2013 Daft Punk "Lucky", Nile Rodgers g.