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The Legacy of Leo Fender

Leo Fender, founder of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, is best known for developing some of the most iconic music instruments, including the Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars and the Precision and Jazz electric bass guitars, as well as numerous popular amplifiers and niche guitars. One of the unsung heroes of popular music, Leo Fender's musical innovations created the looks and the sounds of so many artists. Read More

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    Leo Fender, circa 1978 (Photo by K13)
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble perform at the Meadowlands Arena on May 20 1988 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
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    Country western singer and guitarist, Merle Haggard, performs at Anaheim Stadium in 1980. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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    Joe Strummer, of the British punk rock band "The Clash," performs onstage at a 1979 Monterey, California, concert dubbed "Monterey Pop Festival II." (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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    The Who's legendary guitarist, Pete Townshend, performs during the rock band's final 1982 East Rutherford, New Jersey, concert tour at Brendan Byrne Arena. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during the Vote For Change concert at the Continental Airlines Arena October 13, 2004 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
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    Jimi Hendrix performs at the Felt Forum on January 28, 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./Getty Images)
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    Inductee Buddy Guy appears onstage at the 20th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel March 14, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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    Vince Gill performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 18, 1993 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs during the opening night of their world tour, which promotes their latest studio album "A Bigger Bang" released on September 5, at Fenway Park on August 21, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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    Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in New York City, New York, circa 1994 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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    Musician and Co-Founder of The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers performs with The Silverlake Conservatory of Music ensemble at AEG's Season Of Giving Celebrates The Silverlake Conservatory Of Music at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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    Bonnie Raitt performs as part of the Healing the Sacred Hoop Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 11, 1992 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Musician Sheryl Crow kicks off the 2002 River to River Festival at Battery Park May 30, 2002 in New York City. The festival will feature over 500 events over the next several months as corporations that do business in lower Manhattan, non-profit organizations and government agencies unite to create the largest free arts festival. (Photo by Getty Images)
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    John Paul Jones joins Seasick Steve as he performs live on the Main Stage during day two of Reading Festival 2011 on August 27, 2011 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
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    Bob Weir of Ratdog (L) and Bonnie Raitt perform as part of the Further Festival 1997 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 2, 1997 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Musician Robert Cray performs onstage at The GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project at the Saban Theatre on February 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
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    Musician Sting performs at the Grand West Arena on March 27, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. His visit to South Africa forms part of his international Back to Bass tour which marks and celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career. (Photo by Foto24 / Gallo Images / Getty Images)
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    Ex-Police guitarist, Andy Summers (r) performs with popular Mexican band, Jaguares at The House Of Blues.
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    Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy performing at The Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 10/20/01. The show will benefit victims of the World Trade Center disaster. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect
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    Musician John Mayer performs on February 6, 2004 at the Musicares 2004 Person of the Year Tribute to Sting at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, Ca.(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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    Musician Pete Townshend of The Who performs during the first concert in the "Teenage Cancer Trust: The Who & Friends Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2004" series on March 29, 2004 at The Royal Albert Hall in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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    Singer/songwriter and former Beatles member, George Harrison performs on stage during their "North American Tour" at the Capitol Center December 13, 1974 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
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    Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (R) joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during the Vote For Change concert at the Continental Airlines Arena October 13, 2004 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
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    Eric Clapton performs on stage at the "Tsunami Disaster Fundraising Concert" at the Millennium Stadium on January 22, 2005 in Cardiff, Wales.The concert aims to raise funds for those affected by the Asian earthquake and tsunami, and hopes to total GBP1 million for the Disasters And Emergencies Committee. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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    Musician Jeff Beck performs onstage at the MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year Tribute to Brian Wilson at the Palladium on February 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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    Inductee The Edge of U2 performs onstage at the 20th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel March 14, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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    Bryan Adams performs on the "Wetten Dass...?" television entertainment show at the Velodrom on March 19, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
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    Joe Walsh performs on stage as part of "The Miller Strat Pack" concert, at Wembley Arena on September 24, 2004 in London. The event pays homage to the Fender Stratocaster, is in aid of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and celebrates 50 years of the iconic guitar. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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    Mark Knopfler performs at the Royal Albert Hall on May 30, 2005 in London. (Photo by Louise Wilson/Getty Images)
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    Musician Keith Urban performs at the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as FanFair), June 9, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
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    Brad Paisley performs in advance of his "Time Well Wasted" release at the Chronicle Pavilion on June 12, 2005 in Concord, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Dave Gilmour from the band Pink Floyd on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
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    Pink Floyd's Roger Waters performs on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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    Musicians David Gilmour (L) and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd perform on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Live 8 via Getty Images)
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    Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform during the opening night of their world tour, which promotes their latest studio album "A Bigger Bang" released on September 5, at Fenway Park on August 21, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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    U2 guitarist The Edge (L), singer Bono (C) and bassist Adam Clayton perform during the first of two sold-out shows of their "Vertigo" tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 4, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band is touring in support of the album "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb." (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Steve Miller performs at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on February 13, 2006 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
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    Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders perform as part of SxSw 2006 at Stubbs BBQ on March 18, 2006 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Guitarist and creative genius behind The Who, Pete Townshend, performs his signature leap during one of the legendary rock band's final 1982 concerts held at New York's Shea Stadium. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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    Glen Campbell performs at the Carling Apollo on July 21, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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    Eddie Vedder (L) and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam perform in support of the bands self titled release at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on July 15, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (L to R) Mike Campbell, Tom Petty, and Steve Ferrone perform as part of "Vegoose 2006" at Sam Boyd Stadium's Star Nursery Field on October 28, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Former lead singer of "The Band," turned solo artist, Robbie Robertson, poses with his guitar during a 1987 Santa Monica, California photo session to promote his first solo album "Robbie Roberston." (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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    Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn performs at the Las Vegas Hilton December 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The country music duo is touring in support of the album, "Hillbilly Deluxe." (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Guitarist Eric Johnson performs on stage at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Janyaury 10, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Chris Gordon/Getty Images)
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    Actor Johnny Depp performs with his old band The Kids as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on January 28, 2007 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Gordon/Getty Images)
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    Actor and musician Steven Seagal performs live with his band Thunderbox on March 18, 2007 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
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    Dick Dale "King of Surf Guitar" at the Westbeth Theater in New York City, New York, circa 1996 (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage)
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    Elvis Costello plays his signature model Fender Jazzmaster guitar, which will be released in spring of 2008, on November 7, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Costello signed the guitar and will donate it to charity auction. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images For Fender)
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    Musician Tom Petty (L) and guitarist Mike Campbell perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Mike Campbell (L) and Tom Leadon of Mudcrutch perform in support of the bands seld titled release at the Troubadour on May 1, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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    Mike Mills of R.E.M. performs at Madison Square Garden on June 19, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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    Guitarist Thurston Moore performs onstage at the Fender Jazzmaster 50th anniversary concert series at The Knitting Factory on September 12, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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    Music legend Don Henley performs at the Tiger Jam V benefit concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 20, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, put on by golfer Tiger Woods, is held to raise and distribute funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation and children's charities based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)