Leo Fender

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Leo Fender

American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or [GUI]Fender[GUI] for short add

Category: Sciences

Born in 1909.

Countries: United States (67%), California (17%), (17%)

Main connections: George William Fullerton, Les Paul, Adolph Rickenbacker

Linked to: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Fullerton Union High School, Music Man, CBS




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Leo Fender was born in 1909 add something


In the spring of 1928, Fender graduated from &Fullerton, California Union High School, and entered Fullerton, California Junior College that fall, as an accounting major add something


In 1933, Fender met Esther Klosky, and they were married in 1934 add something


Les Paul - Paul Tutmarc of Audiovox Manufacturing Co. built a solid body electric bass in 1935 and Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 1930s and Paul A. Bigsby had built one for Merle Travis in 1948 and Leo Fender independently created his own in 1948


In the late 1940s, solidbody electric guitars began to emerge in popularity, yet they were still considered novelty items with the Rickenbacker Spanish Electro guitar being the most commercially available solidbody, and Les Paul's one-off home-made "Log" and the Bigsby Travis guitar made by Paul Bigsby for Merle Travis being the most visible early examples add something


In 1944, Leo and Doc patented a lap steel guitar with an electric pickup already patented by Fender add something


In 1945, they began selling the guitar, in a kit with an amplifier designed by Fender add something


George William Fullerton - Leo Fender invited Fullerton, California to join his company and Fullerton, California became a full-time Fender employee on February 28, 1948


In 1949, he finished the prototype of a thin solid-body electric; it was first released in 1950 as the Fender Esquire , and renamed first Broadcaster and Telecaster the year after add something


In the 1950s, Leo Fender contracted a strep infection that impaired his health to the point where he decided to wind up his business affairs, selling the Fender company to CBS in 1965 add something


Fender, assisted by draftsman Freddie Tavares, began designing the Stratocaster in late 1953 add something


Fender Stratocaster - The "'Fender Stratocaster"' is a model of electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares


He left the company in the late 1960s, and later founded two other musical instrument companies, MusicMan and G&L Musical Instruments add something


In 1960, rosewood fingerboards, wider color selections and a three-ply pickguard became available for the P-Bass add something


CBS - In 1965, it acquired electric guitar maker Fender from Leo Fender, who agreed to sell his company due to health problems


George William Fullerton - After leaving Fender in 1970, he continued to work with Leo Fender at MusicMan and later co-founded G&L Musical Instruments along with Fender and longtime Fender salesman Dale Hyatt


In 1971 he returned to business and formed the Tri-Sonic company add something


In 1974, as the expiry date of the clause approached, the company's name changed to Music Man add something


In 1975, Leo Fender became its president add something


In 1979, Fender's wife Esther died of cancer add something


In 1979, Leo Fender and old friends George Fullerton and Dale Hyatt started a new company called G&L Musical Products add something


He remarried in 1980; Phyllis Fender is an Honorary Chairman of G&L add something

Leo Fender died in 1991 add something


On March 21, 1991, he died, having long suffered from Parkinson's disease add something


His accomplishments for "contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field" were acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009 add something