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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.

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1969 Fender Mustang bass, Competition Red finish
1969 Fender Mustang bass, Competition Red finish The Mustang bass debuted in 1966 as (along with the Coronado) Fender's first shortscale bass, however the Competition finishes were not seen until 1969. It was effectively the same instrument, with sports stripes, and initially a matching coloured headstock. The competition colours were Red, Orange and Blue (although blue was officially called Burgundy). Have a closer look at this 1969 Fender and check out the soundclips through various vintage amplifiers.
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass
1973 Fender Musicmaster bassPictures, description and soundclips from a 1973 Fender Musicmaster bass. The Musicmaster bass changed very little between it's introduction in 1970, and it's deletion in the early 1980s. Although often regarded as a student bass, the Musicmaster was of high enough quality, both in terms of components and build, to sell to student guitarists and more advanced players looking for an affordable shortscale bass.
1964 1965 Fender catalogue
Vox 1965 catalogueEntitled Fine Electric Instruments, the 1964 1965 Fender catalogue was circulated from mid 1964, and despite being just eight pages long, contained a large number of guitars, amplifiers and other instruments. This was the first catalogue to show the new Fender Mustang guitar, which was available in normal or 3/4 scale at that time. This catalogue was included in the 1964 annual guitar issue of Down Beat magazine (July), massively increasing the potential readership, both in America and worldwide.
Fender Coronado Thinline Semi-Acoustic Guitar
1966 Fender Coronado II semi-acoustic electric guitarThis was Fenders first go at a thinline - a guitar style that had been growing in popularity throughout the 60s. The Coronado was Fenders ES335....
Fender Quad Reverb
Fender Quad ReverbThe Quad Reverb: 100 watt guitar amplifier with four twelve inch speakers. These amplifers were available with different speaker cones fitted. Fender, JBL D110F or Fender PS, with price rising accordingly.

Vintage Fender guitars for sale

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1960's Fender Coronado Pickup Dearmond Rowe Vintage Electric Guitar

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Vintage 1960's Fender stringmaster with Case. new replacement legs

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Fender 62 RI Stratocaster PICKUPS POTS KNOBS & SWITCH Strat Guitar 1962

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1959 Fender Precision Bass

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$8.99!! Rare! 1965-69 Vintage Cream Fender Telecaster Dakaware Switch Tip!!

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Fender 1962 Reissue Jazz Bass with Harshell Case

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Vintage Fender Jaguar Body Guard 1960s

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1959 - 1964 Fender Stratocaster "Green" pickguard - Pre CBS

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Fender Bassman Amp 1965

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Fender 1960 Relic Surf Green Masterbuilt

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Crystal Clear Classic 1960's Hand Wound pickup set for Fender Strat Stratocaster

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Fender Stratocaster 1962 Reissue Made In Japan Body STD-62 Vintage 1980's-90's

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