Vintage Fender Guitars

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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.

Latest Fender Updates

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.
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....
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Fender guitars for sale

Fender 1960s-70s Stratocaster hard tail bridge orig Vintage part luthier project

RANCHOS DE TAOS, NEW MEXICO, 87557, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Original Fender vintage original hard tail bridge, correct for 1960s-81 USA non-trem stratocaster guitars. With original screws. Don't have saddles, sorry! Check out my other items for other vintage guitar and accessory items. Bid with confidence -- check out my 100% feedback on thousands of items over 20 years on Ebay! Please note I live in a rural area and may take 5 working days to ship.... more

Compatible with Fender Telecaster 50's Vintage Repro capacitor set

CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, 33990, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

HERE YOU HAVE A VINTAGE REPRODUCTION CAPACITOR SET COMPATIBLE WITH FENDER TELECASTER 1950's, 1 (ZYW1S5 .05 MFD 150 VDC C-D) CAPACITOR AND ONE CHICLETT STYLE (ZNW1P1 .1 MFD 150 VDC C-D) CAPACITOR. SHIPPING SHOWN TO USA LOWER 48 STATES, OTHER LOCATIONS OR COUNTRIES, PLEASE EMAIL FOR SHIPPING QUOTE. I ACCEPT PAYPAL ALL MY HARNESS'S AND CAPACITORS ARE MADE BY HAND AND INDIVIDUALLY AS THEY SELL, USUAL DELIVERY RUNS BETWEEN 5 TO 10 DAYS IF YOU ARE IN THE CONTINENTAL USA, FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS , ... more

Fender Telecaster NOS neck pickup cover 1970's

GREENWOOD, INDIANA, 46142, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Here is a NOS, never used, still in the factory plastic sleeve Telecaster neck pickup cover. I purchased this as well as many other old parts from a music store that once was a Fender regional service center from 1968-1982. I am pretty sure this was from the 70’s, as most parts they had were (they tapered off from doing that work around 78 and the other stuff was mostly early-mid 70’s). I believe this particular style cover first went into use in late 1962-early 1963. You can research it to ... more

Vintage Electric Guitar For Parts Fender / Gibson?

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA, 17543, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

This is an original, old, vintage, early 1970s or earlier electric guitar minus the pickup. I have absolutely no idea about this guitar. The neck is very old and you an even see where the strings have slightly made impressions in the wood frets of the neck. There are no markings but it looks like someone sanded the headstock and took off whatever logo was on there. The tuner keys are all original except for one that looks different. There are fret markers inlaid in the side of the neck besides ... more

Fender orig "The Strat" Stratocaster backplate + gold screws 1980 part 4 project

RANCHOS DE TAOS, NEW MEXICO, 87557, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Original Fender 1980 "The Strat" original backplate with original gold screws. See my other auctions for more "The Strat" parts. I reserve the right to cancel the auction as it's for sale elsewhere (I won't do this if you have a bid in place). But I reserve the right to cancel bids if I have any reason to distrust your feedback! No zero feedback bidders. Please check my other listings for more vintage guitar parts -- also our partner site, Madjazzman Bid with confidence -- check out my 100% ... more

Fender Telecaster 1960s-70s String Ferrules USA original part luthier project

RANCHOS DE TAOS, NEW MEXICO, 87557, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Not reissue! Original Fender 1960s-70s USA parts in very good vintage condition. Price is for the full set. Please check my other listings for more vintage guitar items -- also see our partner site, Madjazzman Bid with confidence -- check out my 100% feedback 2000 vintage guitar items over 18 years on Ebay! Please note I live in a rural area and may take 5 working days to deliver.... more

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