Why are Fender instruments so popular


What instruments does Fender make?

The Fender company is best known for its Strat and Tele models, which have long since become cult. These classic fenders Guitars and Electric basses form the starting point for a wide range of instruments, Amplifiers and accessories, in which the more daring Jaguar, Jazzmaster and Mustang models also have a permanent place. The company's own product line is also supplemented by the Professional Audio series and the large range of the subsidiaries Guild, Benedetto and DeArmond.

Here you see Jose Rios with a Fender Jaguar of the American Original range:

The Stratocaster

The immensely extensive range Stratocasters In addition to the "modern" variants, it not only includes reissues from various years such as B. the American Vintage series, but even different, artificially generated aging levels. The production of these New Old Stock, Closet, Classic and Relic series is the sole responsibility of the Fender Custom Shop. Measured against this, the Mexico Classic models offer amazingly detailed reproductions of the 50s, 60s and 70s Strats at affordable prices, without foregoing their typical design features.

Michael Dommers

Here you can see Tyler Bryant with a Fender Strat from the American Original range:

What to say about the political dimension of the development of the Stratocaster, writes Thomas Kosche in his story "Leo Fenders Stratocaster as a child of the McCarthy era" - from us for free download!

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The Telecaster

1951 saw the "mother of all board guitars" after a few complications during childbirth under hers final name together with the deep-sounding brother Precision Bass the light of day and should prove to be a remarkable evergreen.

What happened after the successful infection of the up-and-coming generation of guitarists in the 1950s with the Tele virus is largely known. Starting from the American continent with his Country, rock 'n' roll, blues and soul the ubiquitous telephoto gradually conquers the world. Whether Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend or Keith Richards, to name just a few, they all use telephoto sound marks with unmistakable fingerprints.

Franz Holtmann

Strat or Tele? A tough question Marty is trying to answer here:

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Electric basses

50 years ago Leo Fender brought out the first fretted electric bass in series production and called it Precision Bass because the fretted fingerboard made precise intonation effortlessly possible. The “Preci” was a trend-setting innovation with unmistakable consequences for music.

Here is an overview of some of the Precision basses:

The series of jazz basses also had an impressive impact on music history and is enjoying steady popularity with customers.

Of course, the Telecaster, Mustang and Jaguar models are also produced in the 4-string version.

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The custom shop

The Fender Custom Shop divides its activities into three areas:

  1. "Stock Team Built": These include electric guitars such as the Showmasters etc., i.e. standardized small-series models that are manufactured by experienced guitar makers to the highest quality level, with each specializing in a certain area of ​​the production field and only doing this work.
  2. "Custom Team Built": At this level, really special models are created, and actually according to the motto "anything is possible", as long as the wishes fit into the Fender history. The production is still with the aforementioned team of experts.
  3. "Master Built": In coordination with a master builder working in the custom shop, you get the super special special electric guitars tailored to your body. However, you should already have a well-filled account or a credit-ready banker on hand, because such a desired instrument quickly comes to a five-digit price tag.

Ebo Wagner

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When we talk about Fender and Amps, the next word has to be “Bassman”: The invention of the Bassman coincides with the invention of the electric bass in 1951. Fender's electric woofer with the aptly named “Precision Bass” immediately began its triumphal march around the globe; the Bassman, on the other hand, or rather the circuit concept that Leo later offered under the name Bassman from 1958 to 1960, was to influence the beginning, amplified blues and later rock music like no other amplifier concept.

It reached its constructive climax in 1957, when the end tubes of the device, which now appears in the 5F6 design, were replaced by the more powerful industrial version of the 6L6G, the 5881. These produced 23 watts of power compared to the 19 watts of the 6L6G, were somewhat more voltage-resistant and, thanks to their more robust design, also better suited for combo operation. The 5U4 tube from previous years had become obsolete and was replaced by the mercury vapor rectifier 83. In addition, the capacity of the charging electrolytic capacitors, which act as energy stores, has been increased by a factor of 2.5.

To increase flexibility, each channel received two inputs, a high-impedance high gain and a medium-impedance low gain. After further experiments with rectifier tubes and the Bassman's presence control, the 5F6-A model was born in 1958. This version was built from 1958 to 1960, served the first amplifier from Marshall as a template and went down in history as the (!) Bassman.

B. C. Meiser

Of course, Fender also produces guitar AMPs like. You can find the most popular Fender combos here!

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The story of Fender

Here we present the history of the manufacturer in highlights:

1938Leo Fender's radio shop opens in Fullerton, California.
1943Leo Fender meets “Doc” Kauffman, with whom he builds the first prototype of a solid body guitar.
1945Lapsteel guitars and small amplifiers are produced under the name Kauffman & Fender (K ​​& F).
1946“Doc” Kauffmann separates from Fender, and K&F eventually becomes the Fender Electric Instrument Company.
Fender introduces the Dual Professional - the first tweed amplifier Radio & Television Equipment Co. is the exclusive distributor of Fender products.
1947The transistor is invented at Bell Labs.
1948Columbia Records produces the first long-playing record (LP).
1949The first prototype of the Fender Esquire, Broadcaster and Telecaster, is built.
1950Fender introduces the Esquire with one and two pickups.
1951Fender introduces the Broadcaster equipped with two pickups, which is renamed Telecaster in the same year.
Fender develops the first electric bass guitar - the Precision Bass.
1954Fender introduces the Stratocaster.
1955Fender introduces the 410 “Bassman amplifier.
1956Fender launches the Musicmaster and the Duo-Sonic.
1958Fender introduces the Jazzmaster as a new top-of-the-line guitar.
1960Fender introduces the Jazz Bass.
1962Fender introduces the intelligently designed Jaguar electric guitar.
1963The Fender Twin Reverb is launched.
1964The Fender Mustang comes on the market.
1965CBS buys Fender and pays $ 2,000,000 more than it bought for the New York Yankees.
The super reverb combo appears in stores.
1966With the semi-acoustic Coronado models, Fender tries in vain to compete with Gibson's ES-335.
The first Fender transistor amplifiers are produced.
1968Fender introduces the first version of the semi-acoustic thinline telecaster with two single coil pickups and an F-hole.
1971The first Stratocaster models with three-hole neck attachment are presented.
1972The Telecaster Custom with a humbucker in the neck position and three-hole neck mount is coming to stores.
1973The Tele series is complemented by the Telecaster Deluxe.
1982Squier is born. The "Squier Series" includes 50s and 60s Stratocaster and Telecaster models as well as P and J basses.
1984CBS announces downsizing its Musical Instrument Division and puts the Fender Company up for sale.
1985Fender management buys the company from CBS and hands it over to Bill Schultz.
The restructured Fender Company opens its first manufacturing facility in Corona, California.
1986American production of Fender amplifiers starts at the Fender / Sunn plant in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
1987The American Standard Stratocaster is presented.
The Fender Custom Shop opens in Corona, California.
Fender begins production of low-cost instruments in Mexico.
1988The American Standard Telecaster comes onto the market.
1991The first guitars “made in Mexico” Standard Strats and Teles are presented.
1992The “Squier” brand produces inexpensive models (Strat, Tele, J and P basses) in Korea.
1993Fender introduces the first custom shop amps.
1995Fender acquires the Guild Guitar Company.
1996Fender moves production to Corona, California.
2000Fender comes onto the market with the new American series of guitars and basses.
2001Fender parts with the Sunn brand, which ceases production the following year.

compiled by Heinz Rebellius

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What does Squier have to do with Fender?

The name "Squier" comes from the American string manufacturer V.C. Squier, who was taken over by Fender during the CBS days. Squier became the main brand for Fender's low-budget instruments from 1982 onwards. Since low-wage countries do not necessarily always remain cheap, the countries in which the Squier instruments were manufactured changed frequently in the past. The first Squiers came from Japan, then from Korea. Later they went to Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and - most recently - China.

All Bullet and Affinity models are currently manufactured in China, from the Standard Line upwards in Indonesia. The Squier range is a colorful mix of copies of Fender classics and modern rock guitars. In addition to many models, the standard series also includes a seven-string Strat and the well-known JagStang. A whole range of inexpensive practice amps and a small PA series with several types of speakers are also available under the name Squier.

Michael Dommers

Which musicians play Fender guitars?

Since the Fender guitars have enjoyed huge popularity since the 1950s and are valued around the world, a complete answer to this question would blow our servers up. Here are at least a few well-known examples for Fender enthusiasts:

StratocasterEric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Mark Knopfler, Eddie Van Halen
TelecasterSyd Barrett, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, John 5
OtherKurt Cobain (Jaguar), Walter Becker (Mustang), Thurston Moore (Jazzmaster)

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