Fender guitars changed the world!Leo Fender bore Rickenbacker and Gibson‘s concepts in mind when he built his solid body Broadcaster in the late 40s. A cheaper to build instrument than the Gibson models, and no bakelite as with the Rickenbacker.
A few years on and fender had developed the Broadcaster into a Telecaster, launched the Stratocaster and made a bass with frets that you could plug into an amp.
All this put together and the modern rock combo was possible, the electric guitar revolution was here.
The Stratocaster quickly achieved worldwide recognition and still remain the first choice of many guitar players the world over.
Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Yngwie Malmsteen, Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck. The list just goes on and on of legendary players who have put their trust in the Strat.
Few models have been so copied and modified like the Strat. Stacked humbuckers, Floyd Rose tremolo systems, lockable tuners, if it’s a gadget, it’s been on a Strat.
The main idea behind the Strat was to make a more flexible and comfortable guitar.
An extra pickup and 5-way switch took care of the tonal palettes expansion. The tremolo system gave you the ability to create sounds like pedal steel players would (early fenders had much thicker strings so not much bending going on in the 50s).
Finally, the contoured sleek body shape made the Strat very comfortable to have against your body, sitting down or standing up.
The Strat is much loved and these days fender even make “old ones”! The ‘Relics’ are built to look old, with all the original machines still producing the parts Fender really do make them like they used to.
Maybe not the first solid body electric guitar ever made, but certainly the first one with major success.
The Tele is still hugely popular. With its straight to the point design and unmistakable twang, it finds most fans in country and blues players.
A great invention added to many telecasters is the B-bender, a device that you attach to the b-strings saddle and the strap lock. Push the neck down and you’d raise the B string a semitone.
This is much closer to the sound the tremolo was first intended for, pedal steel guitar sounds.
The Precision bass was the first electric bass, it was called precision since it had frets (unlike double basses), so you could play with precision.
The Jazz and the Precision bass have both had huge success, often being the choice of the professional bass player they have been seen in pretty much every style of music.
These days the Precision and Jazz bass come in any kind of variation you could think of.
Passive or active, 24 frets, five or four strings. And of course, in any kind of finish, as a relic version or not, can be had.
Fender signature series
As Fender always has been developed with guitar players there is a huge range of signature series guitars available.
Clapton’s Blackie, The SRV model with its middle pickup out of phase, Hank Marvin’s red Strat. They’re all there in Fenders gigantic catalog.