10th August 1909, Born on this day, Clarence Leonidas ‘Leo’ Fender, inventor and founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. The Fender Telecaster (1949) was the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass […]

Although it had been around since 1954, on April 10, 1956, Leo Fender patented his electric guitar he called a Stratocaster. The Stratocaster was a successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar. We thought long and hard about which picture to use with this story. We decided to use a picture of Jimi […]

21st March 1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson’s disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year. Read it here

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