As guitar hero or virtuoso, Buddy Holly was neither, but without him, the Stratocaster certainly would have struggled to be where it is today.
Holly, who played and sang his heart out on vinyl and TV, was one of the first artists to be linked and identified with the Strat, which by the way, was quite futuristic at the time.
Buddy’s constant live television appearances, and his non-stop touring, took this new fangled guitar to the masses. Without doubt, he contributed to the popularity of the Stratocaster.
Though Buddy Holly may not have had the soloing style and theatrics of his contemporaries, his rhythm and songwriting chops would play a huge part in the sound of early rock ‘n’ roll music, and most styles after it.
Holly owned and played a few different Strats, but his favorite and most revered stock ’58 model now resides at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas.