Monday, August 29, 2005

Fender Guitars: Tradition that Never Gets Old

By: Peter Lenkefi

Without a doubt, Fender guitars are the top-of-the-line in
guitars. Success in business is often measured according to the
amount of money and sales a company is able to secure. The
success of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation proves
there are two other elements to consider: dedication and
perseverance. From the beginning, it was company owner Leo
Fender's main goal to fender guitars the best as possible. The
first fruits of his labor would prove positive his dedication He
would reach his goal by designing the Telecaster, a solid-body
electric guitar with a Spanish design. This guitar, like many
Fender guitars that would follow, was the first of its kind.
Only a few years after gaining fame with the Telecaster, Fender
followed with the Precision Bass and Stratocaster. These Fender
guitars are now collector's items.

Shortly after the success of their pioneering guitars, the
company switched management gears and was sold to CBS due to Leo
Fender failing ill. For the decade that followed, the company
would reach the pinnacle of success by riding on the coattails
of their successful Fender guitars. Luckily, CBS returned to its
broadcasting ventures and sold the company to employees who
basically rebuilt the company from the ground up. Slowly and
with assurance the company rebuilt its reputation in the
amplifier and guitar industry. They also continued the company's
dedication to customize guitars.

The Fender guitars that put the manufacturer on the map were the
Telecaster and the Stratocaster. These two electric guitars
proved that the company knew how to make great sound. Anytime a
musician looks for a guitar, the quality they most often search
for is sound.

When Leo Fender first considered joining the guitar industry, he
was actually a designer of amplifiers. When people think of
Fender guitars they often think of electric guitars. The Fender
Musical Instruments Corporation also produces a good stock of
reputable acoustic guitars. To show their versatility, the
company also created a selection of acoustic-electric and bass

Reviewing Fender Guitars

The old saying that, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" probably
applies to how Eric Clapton became associated with the Fender
company. For many years the guitar legend Eric Clapton was a die
hard Gibson guitar fan. That was until the company discontinued
his favorite Gibson guitar. Clapton finally discovered love in
the land of Fender guitars. Out of his collaborations with the
company arose the introduction of the Clapton Signature Strat
guitars. Clapton has not turned back since. The following are
the unique features of this line of guitars:

* Noiseless Pickups that are trademarked * Tremolo bridge * Neck
shaped in the form of a "V"

Nowadays, there are very few things that last 50 years. However,
the American Telecaster has done just that. It was 50 years ago
that Fender introduced the American Telecaster into its line of
electric guitars. The Telecaster has managed to stand time
because it has adapted with it as opposed to standing still. The
following features exist on the most recent edition of the
American Telecaster:

* Signature S-1 switching system * Complementing pickups *
Traditional body radius

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