The Fender Guitar History in Summary
Back in 1951 a man named Leo Fender invented his vision of a solid body electric guitar which
he named the Broadcaster. The Broadcaster was later renamed to the Fender Telecaster, nick named the Tele. Leo
Fender also made another great invention during this time, the Fender Precision Bass. Finally,
bass players could amplify their bass guitars.
In 1954, Leo Fender released one of the most revolutionary and influential guitars, the Fender Stratocaster. This guitar introduced everyone to the addition of a third pickup and a body designed that's still being copied by other guitar manufacturers today. The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most popular guitars of all time and a guitar choice for many legendary musicians.
In 1965, Leo Fender's health had been declining for years, so he decided to sell his company to CBS. Twenty years later, CBS decided Fender guitars were not their line of business to be in so they sold it to small group of investors. This group had to start all over, they purchased the brand name, patents and leftover parts. They had to build their own factory which wound up in Corona California. Since their purchase they have rebuilt Fender guitars to become one of today's top guitars and most popular brand in the world.
Although it was originally known as the Broadcaster, the Fender Telecaster is the original solid body electric guitar for the Fender guitars line. Today the Fender Telecaster still features it's classic design with the angled single coil pickup in the bridge and a chrome plated neck pickup. Most Telecasters have a maple neck with a rosewood or maple fretboard and the body is usually either ash or alder wood. The American Fender Telecaster is one of Fender's finest guitars.
The Fender Stratocaster was released in 1954 and has been one the most popular, influential and revolutionary guitars of all time.
The Stratocaster was the first solid body electric to feature three pickups, it also featured a double cutaway body designed that dramatically
improved the playability of a guitar. The Fender Stratocaster body design was so revolutionary and so popular, it has become one of
the most replicated designs you can find.
An intersting fact about the Fender Stratocaster is that it was originally designed with a three way pickup switch. However, guitarists discovered they could balance the switch in between two positions to create a new sound. Fender took notice and incorporated the five way switch into Stratocasters. Similar to the Telecaster the Fender Stratocaster has a maple neck with either rosewood or maple fretboard, and the body is typically made of either Alder or Ash wood.