When was the Fender Strat invented?
The first Stratocaster (Strat for short) was released in 1954 and was developed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares in close collaboration with some guitarists (Bill Carson, among others).
When did Fender make their first guitar?
This instrument is the first solid-body electric Spanish guitar prototype built by Leo Fender.
Are Fender guitars made in USA?
A common guitar question relates to the country of manufacture. So where are Fender guitars made? In short, Fender makes guitars in the USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and China. Performer, Professional, Original, and Ultra guitars are made in the United States.
What was the first electric guitar made by Fender?
Following its success, Fender created the first mass-produced electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass). In August, 1954, Fender unveiled the Stratocaster (“Strat”) guitar. With the Telecaster and Precision Bass having been on the market for some time, Leo Fender was able to incorporate input from working musicians into the Stratocaster’s design.
What was the original shape of the Fender Stratocaster?
The Stratocaster’s sleek, contoured body shape (officially referred to by Fender as the “Original Contour Body”) differed from the flat, squared edge design of the Telecaster. The Stratocaster’s double cutaways allowed players easier access to higher positions on the neck. The first model offered for sale was the 1954 Fender Stratocaster.
Who are the founders of Fender Guitar Company?
The same year, Leo Fender and George Fullerton (a long term employee at Fender) form G&L guitars (George and Leo). During the early 80’s CBS also recruited three top executives from Yamaha Musical Instruments. John McLaren, William Schultz and Dan Smith. In The Fender Book, Tony Bacon and Paul Day, quote Smith:
What kind of tuning machine does a Fender Stratocaster use?
The design featured a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays, and Kluson SafeTi String post tuning machines.