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Leo Fender
Original name: Clarence Leonidas Fender
Birth: Aug. 10, 1909
Santa Ana
Orange County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1991
Orange County
California, USA

Guitar maker and innovator. Born Clarence Leonidas Fender in Fullerton, California. As a boy, Fender became interested in electronics and began dismantling and repairing radios. In 1938, he opened Fender Radio Service in Fullerton. In 1946, he started the Fender Electric Instrument Company. Fender became the first to design and successfully market a solid body electric guitar with his Broadcaster in 1948. His design was renamed the Telecaster in 1950. The following year he introduced his Precision Bass guitar and bass amplifier. Released in 1954, Fender's iconic Stratocaster model has been in continuous production since. In 1965, Fender sold his business to CBS Musical Instruments. In the 1970s, Fender designed guitars, basses, and amplifiers for Music Man. By 1979 he, George Fullerton, and Dale Hyatt started G&L Musical Products with whom he took out new patents on magnetic pickups, vibrato systems, and neck construction among other innovations. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a 1992 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He never learned to play the guitar. (bio by: Iola) 
Fairhaven Memorial Park
Santa Ana
Orange County
California, USA
Plot: Lawn Section J
GPS (lat/lon): 33.7719, -117.84003
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 09, 1998
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