A Brief History of Maple
It started with a Strat®. Hendrix. Clapton. Santana. Richards. Almost every rock and roll guitar legend made his name with a Fender Stratocaster®. Each Strat boasts a neck of white maple, known for creating a bright sound in stringed instruments, woodwinds, and drums. In 1950, maple took center stage in a new arena—thanks to a radio repairman with an inventor’s mind.
Rock was still young, but one thing was clear to Leo Fender: It was meant to be loud. Rock guitar required a faster neck and better intonation without feedback. By 1954, Fender had refined his solid-wood body design —and the Stratocaster was born. After that, as the song says, rock and roll was here to stay.