Most any guitarist is familiar with the name Les Paul. Although he was an excellent jazz and blues guitarist, his legacy was cemented by another one of his great skills: guitar-making. He made his first guitar in 1940 in the Epiphone guitar factory. This venture eventually led to the Epiphone Les Paul LP-100.
Designed back in 1954 by Leo Fender, the “stratocaster” has become ubiquitous among all electric guitar players across the world. Almost everybody is familiar with the look of the Fender Squier Stratocaster and it has been played by some of the best guitarist in the world.
Because the design of the Fender Squier Stratocaster is so popular, it has also become one of the most copied guitar looks over the past half a century. In my travels around the world I have seen strat look-a-likes in China, the Philippines and in Africa. The problem i