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Vintage Fender guitars

Fender, or the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, as it was properly known was started in 1946, in Fullerton, California, by Leo Fender.

Along with Gibson, Fender is probably the best known guitar manufacturer in the world. Both companies were right at the forefront of the guitar boom of the 1950s and 60s, and have managed to maintain leading positions ever since.

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However, these two companies were not always in as direct competition as might be assumed; yes they both made guitars, basses and amplifiers, but both tended to play to their strengths; Gibson's expertise was it's luthierie; they stuck to high end electric-acoustics, semi-acoustics and skillfully made solid bodies, whilst Fender excelled at electronics; they made amplifiers and easily built solid body basses and guitars.

Fender guitars

1953 Fender advertisement for the Telecaster guitar, Precision bass, Twin and Bassman amplifiers
1953 Fender advertisement for the Telecaster guitar, Precision bass, Twin and Bassman amplifiers. See more vintage Fender adverts
Gibson did not take Fender too seriously at first; Fender were just an amplifier company that made a few guitars. They didn't regard the solid-body Broadcaster launched in 1950 as a serious musical instrument, lacking the depth of tone of a Gibson electric-acoustic. But music was changing, guitarists wanted different sounds, and music was getting louder. Fenders instruments proved to be more appropriate for the emerging musical scenes. Over the next decade Fender created a number of solid-body guitars that defined genres. Guitars like the Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster and Fender Precision bass proved to be exceptionally popular and have stayed in production ever since.

You could argue that it was the Stratocaster weilding Jimi Hendrix that was the biggest advertisement for Fender guitars; legions of guitarists, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, suddenly got strats.

Fender bass guitars

Fender invented the solid body electric bass, and have made a variety of different models. Like the guitars they were exceptionally simple; typically an ash body, with a bolt-on maple neck and single coil pickups. Simple, but very well-done simple. Read more about Fender bass guitars here.

Fender amplifiers

Older Fender amplifiers still have a lot of users today. Vintage Fender valve amps like the Fender Bassman, Fender Deluxe and Fender Twin Reverb have great reputations as guitar amplifiers, offering rich vintage tones that modern amps can't easily replicate.



Vintage Fender guitars for sale


US ebay listings

Fender Precision Bass Body 1970s Reissue Three-Tone Sunburst Excellent!

Current price: $235.00
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Vintage Fender Black Face Amp FOOTSWITCH Vibrato/ Reverb 1964 1965 1966 1967 USA

Current price: $59.99
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Vintage 1960s 1966 67 68 1969 70 Fender Precision Jazz Telecaster Bass Case

Current price: $182.95
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1966 Vintage Fender Vibro Champ Amp NR

Current price: $579.00

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1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster Guitar Serial number 342943

Current price: $4999.99
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♬ Fender USA Hardtail Bridge for Telecaster Deluxe and Lead - Vintage 1970s part

Current price: $39.99
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Vintage Serviceman Jaguar Guitar 1966 Fender Era LPB free US S/H Price Drop!

Current price: $475.00
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1973 Fender Precision Bass

Current price: $2295.00
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UK ebay listings

1969 69 pickup set for 69 fender Stratocaster

Current price: £121.19
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STUNNING nr 100% original classic 1973 vintage Fender Stratocaster +OHSC NoResv!

Current price: £1850.00
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Fender Telecaster 1972 Custom Road Worn

Current price: £499.00
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RARE Vintage 1973 Fender Telecaster original blonde rocker Tele - NO RESERVE!

Current price: £653.85
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1972 Fender Musicmaster Bass

Current price: £414.59
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Time left: 2d 6h 13m
FENDER MUSICMASTER 1966

Current price: £800.00
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Time left: 26d 2h 47m
1970's Fender Bassman 100 Silverface + matching 4x12 Silverface Pyramid Cabinet

Current price: £650.00
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Time left: 1d 5h 37m
Fender Original Jazz Bass USA 1973 / 74 Black

Current price: £1450.00
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Time left: 5d 19h 54m
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