Vintage Fender Guitars

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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. The early designs effectively wrote the book on the solid body guitar manufacture; his approach of simple guitars using quality parts, easily assembled (most specifically the replaceable neck) proved an immediate sucess. Guitars like the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar and Precision bass have barely changed since their very first inception; Fender simply got it right first time round.

Along with Gibson, Fender was probably one of the best known guitar manufacturers in the world. They were right at the forefront of the guitar boom of the 1950s and 60s, and have managed to maintain aleading positions ever since.

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 Stratocaster, Telecaster and Precision and Jazz basses proved to be exceptionally popular and have stayed in production ever since.

Others came and went, but still very nice guitars: the Electric XII, Coronado and Starcaster for example.

But of course the biggest sellers would always be the lower priced models, the Mustang, Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster and Bronco

You could argue that it was the Stratocaster weilding Jimi Hendrix that was the biggest advertisement for Fender guitars; after seeing, and hearing one in the hands of Jimi, a lot of guitarists, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton swapped to a strat!

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 have a great reputation and still have a lot of users today. Vintage Fender valve amps like the Fender Bassman, Fender Deluxe and Fender Twin Reverb are really highly regarded guitar amplifiers, offering rich vintage tones that modern amps can't easily replicate, both for live and studio use.

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1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!
Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.
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 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.
Fender 1964 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.
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Fender guitars for sale

Fender Pure Vintage 1954 Stratocaster Acessory Kit - White

US, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$44

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Vintage Fender Stratocaster Gold Bridge Cover!

FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA, 30214, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$80

For you consideration, a vintage Fender Stratocaster gold bridge cover. Overall, this plate is clean and the gold plating is in good condition. The cover exhibits notable scratches, tarnish, rust and wear consistent with normal use. I have no way to know exactly what year instrument this came from, but I have had it for the last 30 years or so and they look now as they looked then. They are not reliced, the wear is honest. Free shipping via USPS Priority Mail in the continental US. International... more

Fender Telecaster Deluxe 1977

NILES, ILLINOIS, 60714, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3700

Up for sale is this original Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Serial #S7 06072 . Mid-seventies Telly and case are in perfect, mint condition. Rarely played, the guitar shows no signs of wear at all. The finish is flawless, the neck is straight, and the frets show no playing wear. All electronics are fully functional and the string action is low with no fretbuzz. Everything is completely original. No alterations made and all hardware (except strings) are factory installed. The original hard shell case ... more

Vintage Circa 1967 Fender Wildwood V Acoustic Dreadnought w / Original Hard Case

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

Vintage circa 1967 Wildwood V Acoustic. A killer playing and sounding example with a stunning original Wildwood finish. Just like the one Elvis plays in Clambake! The neck feels incredible. Feels like a late 60's Jag or Jazzmaster neck with a nice slim profile that has wide shoulders so it fills up your palm but is easy to get around on. Plays great all the way up and down with a tight, quick feel. Has a nice bright, resonant tone that sounds fantastic. Very percussive, woody attack and a ... more

1961 Fender Reverb Unit

FRANKLIN, OHIO, 45005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3289

1961 Fender Reverb Unit Excellent condition, Ultra rare and ultra cool, These older Fender tube Reverb sounds don't get any better, Absolutely the best original reverb sound. DAYTON VINTAGE GUITARS & AMPS SAFELY PACKED. WE CARE ABOUT OUR CUSTOMERS PLEASE CALL NOW World wide shipping available by requestAT DAYTON VINTAGE GUITARS AND AMPS WE CARE ABOUT OUR CUSTOMERS BROWES OUR OTHER AUCTIONS PLEASE BROWES OUR WEBSITE PLEASE CALL DAYTON VINTAGE GUITARS & AMPS Prior to purchase all international ... more

1972 Fender Jazz Bass 100% original w / OHSC

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS, 02445, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3750

For sale, one 1972 Fender Jazz Bass, 100% original w / OHSC in Exc condition. Custom color black. "Black block" inlays. Serial #3408XX. Both pickup covers included (not shown) Bass is in fantastic condition, with. Both pickups have strong output. Neck is straight and needs no adjustment nor is a refret necessary. Very faint buckle-worming on the back, as well as finish grazing one would expect on a 46 year old finish. Bass is undoubtedly a 9 0 or EXC by any reasonable standard. Truss rod ... more

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