In memory of:

Leo Fender

born Aug. 10, 1909, Anaheim, Calif., U.S.
died March 21, 1991, Fullerton, Calif.
buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Lawn Section J, Santa Ana, Calif.

in full CLARENCE LEO FENDER American inventor and manufacturer of electronic musical instruments.


Together with George Fullerton, Fender developed the first mass-produced solid-body
electric guitar, in 1948. Called the Fender Broadcaster (renamed the Telecaster in
1950), it was produced under the auspices of the Fender Electric Instruments
Company, which Fender had formed in 1946. In 1951 the Fender Precision Bass, the
world's first electric bass guitar, was unveiled, and in 1954 the Fender Stratocaster
was put on the market. More stylish and technically improved than the Telecaster, the
Stratocaster was the first guitar to feature three electric pickups (instead of two) and
the tremolo arm used for vibrato effects. Its clean, sharp sound earned it a loyal
following among guitarists, rivaled only by that of Gibson's eponymous Les Paul, and it
became the signature instrument of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix,  and others.

Fender, who never learned to play the instrument he revolutionized, sold his
manufacturing and distribution companies to CBS Corporation in 1965, a concession to
his failing health. When his physical condition improved a few years later, he returned
to the company as a design consultant and continued to indulge his inventive and
entrepreneurial inclinations well into the 1980s.

 


He influenced ***SO*** many people!

Last updated 16 October 2000
by Uncle Spot