The fender stratocaster is an electric guitar. designed by leo fender, george fullerton, and freddie tavares in 1954, it has been manufactured continuously by the fender musical instruments corporation to the present. it is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top horn for balance. along with the gibson les paul, it is one of the most popularly copied electric guitar shapes. "stratocaster" and "strat" are trademark terms belonging to fender.