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Vinnie Martell / Vanilla Fudge had a 3 hb strat, I think Elliot Randall had a humbuckered strat also.
Just curious if his cobbled together guitar brought about a massive change that resulted in several companies releasing Super Strat guitars.
Elliott Randall did a neck humbucker w ss midldle and bridge pickups. I think Robbie Robertson’s Strat which basically moved the middle pickup next to the bridge pickup qualifies as a early Super Strat. I think Jim Messina also played a modified Strat too. IMO EVH launched the availability of single pickup/ Floyd equipped Strat production guitars which you never really saw before he did it.Vinnie Martell / Vanilla Fudge had a 3 hb strat, I think Elliot Randall had a humbuckered strat also.
My actual Strat became a super-Strat long before I ever bought one and all the things you mentioned are things I tried to do to mine'sA super strat is more than just a humbucker though. Not sure what else would be considered a necessary ingredient, but I think a locking whammy is a major one and maybe a flatter fretboard radius counts too, idk. Others might say it needs 24 frets and points as well, but I'm not so sure about those.
You're actually asking two seperate questions.
1) Did he invent the super strat?
No. There are endless historical precedents by other players prior to Ed doing what he did, modifying their strats or other guitars.
2) Did his cobbled together guitar bring about a massive change that resulted in several companies releasing Super Strat guitars?
Absolutely without question, yes. Virtually every company scrambled to make guitars similar to Ed's and attempted to make a form of the locking FR bridges on his guitars.
IMO it's pointless to argue otherwise.
Are you thinking of Wayne Kramer's strat maybe?There was a guy in the Woodstock Movie playing a red white and blue strat with a PAF(s) in it. I don't remember the band or who it was bu t I remember thinking, wow a humbucker in a Strat in 1969. I guess Eddie got the idea from him?