The First Fender Guitar
After Kaufman left, Leo Fender transitioned to building electric-solid-body guitars, and the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation was born. His first model, dubbed the Esquire, was conceived of as sort of an oversized, “Spanish”-styled Hawaiian lap-steel. It featured a single pickup in the bridge position and had no truss-rod. After receiving complaints about it’s stability and versatility, Fender released the double-pickup Broadcaster guitar, and was promptly sued by Gretsch for copyright infringement (they had a drumline named Boradkaster). During the brief period when Fender was trying to think up a new name for his creation, his employees simply abbreviated the headstock decal so that it just read “Fender”. These interim guitars became known as “nocasters” and are highly sought after by collectors. Eventually, Leo settled on the Telecaster name and it stuck.
The Invention of the Fender Electric Bass
The Birth of the Fender Stratocaster
Fender Amplifiers Complete the Rig
The secret behind the success of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is that they understood that the best innovations came from listening carefully to the players when they offered feedback (pun intended). For example, when the young surf guitarist Dick Dale approached Leo Fender with the complaint that his Fender amps kept blowing up, Leo went out to see Dale’s band live in an attempt to solve the mystery. What he observed was a massive throng of teens churning wildly to reverb-laden, oceanic riffs. Clearly, a new amp with unprecedented volume and clean headroom was necessary, so he set about designing the 100 watt Dual Showman.
More Guitars by Fender
We stock Fender Guitars priced low to high, including custom and limited edition instruments. We also know how to trouble-shoot common requests with the line. If you’re an acoustic player looking to transition to electric, take a thin-line tele, flip it to the neck pickup, roll the tone all the way down, then pull it back up slowly until the tone just barely pokes its head above water. Playing in a band with a keyboard? Jazz Bass. No keyboard? P-Bass. Looking to play some funky rhythm guitar? Strat, middle pickup position. No matter what flavor of Fender you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.