The ‘Bat Strat’ was inspired by the music and creative works of Jim Steinman, and pays homage to Bat Out of Hell – both the 1977 Meat Loaf album and the later stage musical of the same name. Imagery is inspired by the stage musical, with the strat itself being a reference to one of its two leading characters and also a reference to the Stratocaster mentioned in the monologue Love and Death and an American Guitar.
The Bat Strat is a classic Strat style basswood body with a 21-fret maple neck and maple fingerboard, single coil pickup arrangement and vintage Tremolo bridge. Assistance in visual design and finishing credited to my father and master carpenter Tim Cox, with further design and plate manufacture credited to Tim Allen of Gig.Ink. A blog detailing the build can be found Here.