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The CEO of guitar icon Fender says the company was looking into an abyss when the coronavirus hit — but now the company expects record 2020 sales

Este Haim of the eponymous LA band Haim checks out an American Professional II bass. Fender The coronavirus pandemic and national lockdowns spurred a much-needed revival of the guitar business. Fender had been on track to post robust 2020 sales, but in March it had to idle its factories in the US and Mexico. Unexpectedly, demand for guitars skyrocketed, and now CEO Andy Mooney figures this year could set a record for sales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fender CEO And...
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Meet The Fender Stratocaster 1 & The Supercar That Inspired It

The ultra-sleek Fender Stratocaster 1 is inspired by and modeled after the Saleen S1.A gorgeous red, the guitar is the work of Fender Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. Decisions, decisions! We are not sure which one we like more: the car or the guitar! At first it might seem like an odd paring, a guitar company in collaboration with a boutique car outfit, but in the case of Fender and Saleen, it makes a certain amount of sense. During the recent National Association of Musical Merchants ...
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Autos, Fender, Thorn, Namm, Ron, Ronnie, Detroit Auto Show NAIAS, Jeff Beck, Steve Saleen, Fender Custom Shop, Saleen, Car Talk, Stratocaster, Leo Fender


Suhr Guitar Talk :: RE: Classic Pro HSS vs Xotic XSC-2

Author: DaeniusZ Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 3:54 pm (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 13 Yeah it's not always a deal breaker, but just super nice to have Deal breaker for me is the old style Fender 6 screw bridge though. Personally not a fan of how they feel and more importantly they're a tuning liability from what I've seen. Leo Fender himself moved away from that design when he went to G&L. What bothers me the most is the screw end of the arm can snap off fairly easily, and adjusting the tightness on t...
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Dick Dale, ‘King of the Surf Guitar,’ dead at 81

Richard Monsour may have grown up in snowy Massachusetts, but the guitarist known as Dick Dale brought the rock music of California’s surf culture to the nation. Known as the “King of Surf Guitar,” Dale, 81, died over the weekend, according to reports. While Dale’s music traveled around the world, his imprint on Southern California is strong. He led the surf music revolution from the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula in the late 1950s and early 1960s and over the years had residences i...
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Surf guitar legend Dick Dale returns to Riverside for Rhythm Collision Weekend No. 6

Dick Dale will bring “Miserlou” to the Marriott in downtown Riverside this weekend. The “King of the Surf Guitar” is among more than a dozen performers at Rhythm Collision Weekend No. 6, an annual celebration of rockabilly and vintage cars. According to organizer Alex Idzardi, the event harkens back to the heyday of surf music in the early ’60s, when Dick Dale & His Del-Tones frequently performed at weekend dances in the California National Guard armory in Riverside’s Fairmount Park. It takes pl...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Marriott, Pasadena, Auto Show, Dick Dale, Joey, Riverside, Dale, Marilyn, Fairmount Park, Desert Hot Springs, Chaka Khan, Wonder Valley, California National Guard


Fender is filling the biggest gap in its product lineup with a new range of effects pedals

Fender does some of the most iconic guitars and amps in the world, but the California-based company has never been big in effects pedals. Effects are an important market now for modern players. Fender has rolled out a lineup of six pedals that were carefully designed and feature several innovations. I got to try them out and was initially impressed. The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is perhaps the best-known guitar brand in the world. At some point or another, musicians will encount...
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Tech Talk :: RE: Gotoh 510 2p range question

Author: tWreCK Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:29 am (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 5 You basically have a couple of options you can try: 1. tilt the bridge (forward) like Jefff Beck does 2. instead of the steel block you could use the Gotoh FST block which is chamfered along the front edge. This will allow additional pull-up while keeping the bridge parallell to the body (if that's important to you). The FST block is a zinc alloy (as opposed to steel) and some people claim there is a tonal difference. ...
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Santa Clarita guitar builder ramps up for NAMM show

Lance Lerman never set out to launch a guitar company. But LsL Instruments, his Santa Clarita-based business that’s housed in a 5,000-square-foot space on Ruether Avenue, has emerged as a successful maker of custom electric guitars that are sold throughout the world and touted by some of the industry’s top players. The company’s products are being showcased at this week’s NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show at Anaheim Convention Center. The beginning It didn’t start out ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Berkeley, Namm, Anaheim, Santa Clarita, Lisa, Acton, Gibson


Book Review: Leo Fender, The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

Still looking for a holiday present or a good read? Here you go! Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. Leo Fender invented the electric guitar in 1944 and died in 1991. His wife, Phyllis Fender, has published a book about their life together. The book evolved out of conversations that Phyllis had with Randall Bell at Polly’s Pies, a Fullerton-based chain of diners. (Among other things, Phyllis’s father had built the ovens in the building where the restaurant is housed.) The result ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Music, Book Reviews, Leo, Esther, Phyllis, Fullerton, Glenn Campbell, Fullerton California, Polly, Leo Fender, Fender Guitars, Randall Bell, Fender Guitar, G&L Guitar


Ask Jack: A Fleet In Perfect Harmony?

They say Leo Fender never learned how to really play the instruments that bore his name. Ronnie Schreiber, itinerant TTAC contributor and respected scholar of Detroit’s historical culture, uses that excuse when he explains how he managed to invent and patent an electronic harmonica without ever achieving much more than an enthusiastic novice’s skill with […] The post Ask Jack: A Fleet In Perfect Harmony? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jack, Detroit, News Blog, Cadillac ELR, TTAC, Lotus Elise, Leo Fender, Ronnie Schreiber, Daily Drivers, Impulse Purchases


Aston Martin CEO Swaps Business Suit For Racing Suit This Weekend

( = || []).push({}); Never trust a businessman who doesn’t use his own product. Or, in this case, never trust a businessman who runs a car company who doesn’t go racing. For me, in general, I don’t trust car companies that don’t go racing. It’s just a personal quirk, and I know a lot of auto manufacturers are just in this business to make money. Fine for them, but for me, if your company doesn’t race, it gives me the heebee-jeebees. Different Cloth It w...
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14 Commonly Confused Terms In Music, Audio

As with any field so diverse and complex, the music industry is rife with terminology and vocabulary that can baffle those outside the recording industry and which are often confused or misused by those within it. Here we clear up some of the most commonly confused terms in music and audio. _______________________ Guest post by Brad Allen Williams of Soundfly's Flypaper Once upon a time, remixing a song meant actually redoing the mix. Many vintage consoles (some Neve 80-series, fo...
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G&L S500 (fairfield / vacaville) $775

Metallic Green G&L S-500 USA made Maple Fret board and neck amazing guitar one small ding on edge great guitar with case I won't respond to lowball offers Trades ok but must be good guitar or amp worth around $1000 Leo Fender started this [...]
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Fender Guitars launch their very first mobile app – Fender Tune

Fender, the notorious guitar manufacturers, are entering the world of mobile apps with their very first application ‘Fender Tune’. Fender are known the world over by musicians, particularly guitarists and bassists. From Jimi Hendrix to John Frusciante, Fender’s influence is everywhere in music and can claim responsibility for the guitar and/or amplification from many of the biggest tracks in the world. Fender are moving into a new market having already dominated guitars, amps, basses, even try...
Tags: Ios, Music, App, Software, Jimi Hendrix, Bass, Guitar, Application, Fender, Ethan Kaplan, Tuner, John Frusciante, Tuning, Leo Fender


Ten facts about the bass guitar

The bass guitar is an instrument whose presence and influence in music history are not to be underestimated. Here, we explore the structural design and performance aspects of this dynamic instrument to take a moment to appreciate all that the bass guitar has to offer. The instrument goes far beyond that one member of the local garage band. Be sure to listen through our playlist for a few noteworthy examples of its engaging sound. 1. With early versions appearing in the 1930s, the modern bass gui...
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1979 MusicMan Sabre fretless bass guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here we see a beautiful example of the rarely seen, and some would say more aesthetically pleasing, sibling of the Stingray bass guitar, the MusicMan Sabre. This fretless example features two of MusicMan's own now legendary design pickups as opposed to the Stingray's single unit and also boasts its own unique preamp design, with Bass and Treble EQ knobs for both boost and cut, as well as a bright switch and a phase reversal switch, making for an incredibly versatile instrum...
Tags: US, Stingray, Guitars, Bass, Sabre, Wilson, Ernie Ball, Cool Guitars, Fretless, Vintage Guitars, American guitars, Music Man, G L Wilson, Leo Fender


The 1955 Fender Tweed amp now lives in software

The art of modeling at a handful of the best software shops continues to progress. And so it is that Universal Audio say they’ve simulated every tiny detail, “from speaker paper and heat dissipation, to filter caps and transformers,” of one of the world’s best-known amplifiers – the Fender Tweed. It’s the cranked sound of Neil Young; it’s the clear lead of Larry Carlton. It’s a lot of other things. It’s now on a computer, too. Universal Audio this week added to their stable of hardware DSP pl...
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Behold the First Electric Guitar: The 1931 “Frying Pan”

The names Leo Fender and Les Paul will be forever associated with the explosion of the electric guitar into popular culture. And rightly so. Without engineer Fender and musician and studio wiz Paul’s timeless designs, it’s hard to imagine what the most iconic instruments of decades of popular music would look like. They just might look like frying pans. Though Fender and Paul (and the Gibson company) get all the glory, it’s two men named George who should rightly get much of the credit for inve...
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Ernie Ball Commemorate StingRay Bass’ 40th Anniversary With ‘Old Smoothie’

Ernie Ball’s StingRay Bass has become commonplace as one of the greatest classic basses that pushed electric bass design forward. Designed between Ernie Ball and Fender the bass is now celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than by releasing a new bass guitar. ‘Old Smoothie’ was named by Leo Fender and was the prototype that lost out to the StingRay, though Ernie’s son Sterling Ball loved and played Old Smoothie for years. The bass shares it’s iconic look with the St...
Tags: Equipment, Stingray, Bass, Guitar, Fender, Ernie Ball, Ernie, Leo Fender, Sterling Ball, Leo Fender You