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Howard’s toy replica of the famous guitar model
Stratocaster, created by the legendary instrument manufacturer Fender. Rock stars like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton used to play the same white model, making the brand and model iconic.
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) also plays the same
Strat wireless toy e-guitar, but with a brown body, in the episode,
The Maternal Capacitance (S02E15) when Sheldon, Raj and Howard perform the Red Hot Chili Peppers Song
Under the Bridge in his living room.
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Nevertheless, back to Howard who owns it and the reason why it is so meaningful to him.
In fact, the fake e-guitar and the references to the iconic rock stars are a great symbol for Howard who always tries to simulate manhood and stardom with his showy outfits and macho attitude.
Another interesting detail is that the e-guitar is often seen as a phallic symbol that boosts a guy’s ego and attracts women – as Bourdage, Monique Mignon Bourdage explained in her book
From Tinkerers to Gods : The Electric Guitar and The Social Construction of Gender (2007).
Howard probably knows all these associations – which are particular attached to the
cock rock music genre – and the appeal that a guitar has on girls as opposed to other instruments like the bass, drums and keyboard.
Stratocaster is the perfect gadget for Howard who knows that he will never be a rock star in real life but can mimic having fame and virility digitally.
Sure, this might be a total over interpretation because Howard owns also the keyboard and drums for the EA Rock Star game and it’s not documented that the TBBT producers really had these associations in mind – and maybe it’s just a product placement.
Nevertheless, it sounds like interesting theory and a reasonable assumption.
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