Reverb Madness Strat Week, Day Three: Rosewood

I’ve talked a bit about the all-rosewood Telecaster; here’s its not-as-popular sibling, the all-rosewood Stratocaster.

This axe would weigh a ton unless they chambered [hollowed out] the body. They might, and that would explain why the body is a three-layer plywood — see the stripe running the length of the body’s side; rosewood is too oily a wood to glue it to itself, so they glue the two rosewood sides to a thin sheet of maple.

I don’t understand why they finished the body. I would think that the novelty/pleasure of playing an electric guitar made of raw, unfinished wood would be one of its unique values. Even with just a clear coat of lacquer, it looks like nothing more than a brown Strat.

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