The overused and exaggerated act of shredding on a Stratocaster, much in the vein of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn but far less tasteful. This act causes the player to appear at a much higher skill level than they actually are and may inevitably lead to a rendition of Little Wing, The Star Spangled Banner, Crossfire or Redhouse. This is not limited to only these songs and these artists; some other notable songs that are often victims of public staterbation include Yellow Ledbetter, Cliffs of Dover Pride and Joy, Superstitious and Under the Bridge. Straterbators inhabit bar bands and cover acts across the world; they are easy to spot but hard to get rid of.
Tell tale signs that someone maybe about to straterbate would be:
1. Suddenly appearing to smell something during a guitar solo (which should occur twice in every song)
2. Lighting up a cigarette moments before beginning a song
3. Laughing at an inaudible joke about the audience while looking directly at the audience
Self-gratification via Stratocaster causes an inflated sense of ego and leads to bar star syndrome. The best thing to do when being held captive by an over excited Strat-enthusiast is to just let them finish and by tomorrow no one will know who it was or even care.
"That dude with the red Strat just pulled out a black one and light up a cigarette... Looks like he is about do some straterbation"
"Can you blame him for wanting to straterbate? his band just played 3 Sheryl Crow tunes in a row!"