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[American Musical Instrument History] Electric Guitar: Fender Guitar

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Fender Guitar is a guitar and amplifier manufacturer founded by Leo Fender in the 1940s, and is also the company that developed the world’s first mass-produced electric guitar. As a company that manufactures electric guitars and electric basses, it is considered to be one of the top guitar makers in the world along with Gibson in the United States, and it is a very well-known company. This Fender guitar has a very good reputation and is used by many guitarists.

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Location

This instrument was born in Scottsdale, USA.

Development company

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

17600 North Perimeter Drive Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 United States

founder

Clarence Leonidas Fender August 10, 1909-March 21, 1991

Fender was born in Fullerton, California and was interested in electrical engineering. When he was in high school, he used to make and repair radios as a hobby. He graduated from high school in 1928 and went on to Fullerton Junior College. He majored in accounting there, and after graduating he worked in accounting at the Highway Department of California. After a few years of work, he started a radio repair company in 1938, but Fender, along with Clayton “Doctor” Kaufman, moved from the radio repair business to the production of electric steel guitars and amplifiers. did. In 1950, the first electric guitar manufactured by Fender was announced. In 1951, he announced the Precision Bass. In fact, Fender himself is famous for having never learned to play the guitar. On March 21, 1991, he died of a complication of Parkinson’s disease. In 1992 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

history

In 1945 Leo Fender founded “K & F Manufacturing” with Doc Kauffman. Started manufacturing steel guitars and amplifiers and changed the company name to Fender Electric Instrument Company in 1947. Fender completed a prototype of a solid-body electric guitar around 1948 and announced it as Esquire in 1949. The Broadcaster was announced in 1950 and renamed the Telecaster in 1951. Then, he announced the Precision Bass, the world’s first electric bass, and it has been used by many musicians. After that, he was at the forefront of the world with the announcement of the Jazz Master in 1958, the Jazz Bass in 1960, and the Jaguar, the highest-end model of the time, in 1962. However, it was sold to CBS in 1965 and “Fender” as a corporation disappeared. This was due to Leo Fender’s health reasons. Since then, the Fender guitar has entered the dark ages, and its popularity has declined due to the deterioration of the quality of Fender products. However, in 1985, with the withdrawal of CBS’s musical instrument division, Fender was revived with Bill Schultz, who was a member of Yamaha and others, as chief executive officer. In 2012, applied for an initial public offering IPO. Saabco Pacific has acquired management rights jointly with US investment company TDP Growth.

Features of fender guitar

Many Fender electric guitars have a solid body that is not hollow inside. A bold structure that overturns the conventional wisdom of making stringed instruments is incorporated, which joins the body and the net with bolts. One of the features of the Fender electric guitar is that it can be easily disassembled. It is easy to replace and modify parts, and there are many guitarists who modify it. It can be said that the greatest feature of Fender guitars is that they are easy to customize and maintain. A bold structure that overturns the conventional wisdom of making stringed instruments is incorporated, which joins the body and the net with bolts. One of the features of the Fender electric guitar is that it can be easily disassembled. It is easy to replace and modify parts, and there are many guitarists who modify it. It can be said that the greatest feature of Fender guitars is that they are easy to customize and maintain.

Popular model of fender guitar

Of the models currently in the lineup, perhaps the most popular from the user’s perspective is the Telecaster. Since it is a model with a very simple structure, it is very easy to modify and customize.

The Stratocaster was born as a model next to the Telecaster. The hardware part is significantly different from the Telecaster, and it is basically a single coil similar to the Telecaster, but it is equipped with 3 pickups with the addition of the one in the middle position.

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