One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trademark for: a model of electric guitar manufactured by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, with a distinctively shaped contoured body featuring cutaway sections in the lower and upper parts near the neck, and a scratchplate which extends to the area of the pickups and volume and tone controls.
1950s; earliest use found in Purchaser's Guide to Music Industries. From strato- + -caster.
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