Leo Fender

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 1992

Inducted by: Keith Richards

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1992 (ranked #6 in the Non-Performers - Industry category) .

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I would be curious to know how many people who offer "comments" on this site actually know why Leo Fender was inducted...not many, I would guess!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 18:25pm

Fender founded the electric musical instrument company which bears his name.

Next we need to induct Robert Moog.

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 05.22.08 @ 23:47pm

RIP George Fullerton the man that came up with the Strat,,

G&L is a guitar design and production company founded by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Dale Hyatt in the late 1970s. Fender sold his company named Fender in 1965. He designed and produced instruments for Music Man in the 1970s through his company CLF Research. When relations with Music Man soured, G&L was created to continue operations outside of Music Man. The G&L name comes from the initials of George (Fullerton) and Leo (Fender).

G&L instruments are similar to the classic Fenders, but with some modern innovations. They are built at the same facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California that produced the early Music Man instruments. G&L instruments are not widely distributed but are highly regarded by many musicians and collectors. The relatively small scale of production further allows for more custom options than are possible on larger production lines.

After the death of Leo Fender in 1991, Fender's wife, Phyllis Fender, passed the management of

G&L to John C. McLaren of BBE Sound. George Fullerton remained a permanent consultant until his death on July 4 2009,[1] and Leo's wife Phyllis remains as Honorary Chairman of G&L.

In a print advertisement for G&L, Leo Fender claimed the G&L line of instruments were "the best instruments I have ever made".

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 07.16.09 @ 10:52am

Speaking of Fender and surf guitars The Dual Showman or dual Showman is almost the same as the fender twin. So How Dick Dale thinks he came up with something really big a new is alwaves been strange to me .. The twin came out 1952
Surfs UP!

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A later (circa 1995) Blackface Fender Twin (Evil)The Fender Twin is a guitar amplifier made by Fender. It was introduced in 1952, about the same time as the Stratocaster (1954). As the Stratocaster's sales partner, its success was a large part of the increase in popularity of the electric guitar in music.[citation needed] To this day, these amplifiers continue to be sought after by guitarists for their characteristic clean tone. The Twin's circuit has been copied and modified by many other manufacturers.

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The Fender Showman was a guitar amplifier produced by the Fender company. It was introduced in 1960 and was discontinued in 1993. Blackface and Silverface models such as the Showman and Showman Reverb employed the same "piggyback head" design as the Bandmaster and the Bassman. Dual Showman and Dual Showman Reverb used the Fender Twin Reverb chassis and came in non-master and master volume versions with "pull boost" circuitry, mid-seventies "tailless" amp decal and a slightly larger head. [1] The Fender Showman is often associated with surf guitarist Dick Dale, while the Dual Showman and Dual Showman Reverb were synonymous with rock & roll and blues-rock artists such as Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix.

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 07.16.09 @ 11:06am

Have you had a chance to play G&L ? Some say they are the best Leo ever made.. Their made Usa line are as good or better than most of the Fender Custom shop stuff.. I think their ASAT cuts better than most Teles...! The George Fullerton Strat is pretty nice also!Leo had said it was the best stuff he ever
made I also really like the Comanche it has more sounds than you can imagine !

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 08:43am

mrxyz...I've played a Comanche before, and it played like a vintage Strat (not like the "reissues" and foreign made ones Fender's pawning off on people now)...great guitar! I bought a stock Strat about 6 years ago (G & L's are harder to find in the Denver area for some reason), and it took a lot of tweaking for me to get it to play like one of those (mine even has a double coil pick-up in the bridge for when I need that big, fat "Les Paul tone"...it also saved tearing it up to put a coil tap on it). I had a 74' Les Paul Deluxe back in the day, and while it was nice to look at, it didn't play very well...but I just HAD to have a Paul (that was when Norlin bought out Gibson and tried to mass-produce them...UGH!!!).

G & L has made a pledge to not deviate from what Leo accomplished, and they seem to be holding true to that. The next time I decide to buy one I'll probably seriously consider one!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 09:42am

Paul Reed Smith guitars play great too...but they don't exactly give them away, do they...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 09:45am

Sometimes You can Pick Up a great almost mint used "Real Last of the Leos" G&L on Ebay "1992 or before" for about $6-700 buck$..in near mint condition.. Sometimes... $$! The Comanche .. are more pricey an most are newer,It really has hundreds of sounds. It has a 7 switch positions. If you're into Teles the ASAT with the big soap bars ,cuts like no other Tele in the world..Even their "classic Asat" Has a far better feel and SOUND than most Fenders Tele's ..!LOL

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 10:05am

The Legacy USA is G&L answer to the Strat.. It was in the Leo "Works" They came out right after Leo death...The are the best Strat, bang for bucks other than a custom shop Fender or G&L.I like the George Fullerton model but that's just me.....All of them are great!

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 10:31am

I guess they are a 5 way with a toggle That is What I was thinking LOL any Who just a endless sound guitar..

3 G&L Magnetic Field Design Z-coil pickups
Alder on Standard and all solid finishes, Swamp Ash on all Premier finishes
Hard Rock Maple with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, Graph-Tech nut
12" (304.8mm)
1 5/8" (41.3mm)
12:1 ratio, sealed lubrication, adjustable knob tension
G&L Dual Fulcrum vibrato with chrome-plated brass saddles
5 position pickup selector plus mini-toggle switch enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all 3 pickups together, volume, PTB system
Standard finishes included
Chrome Hardware; 3-ply White pickguard; Deluxe Hardshell Tolex Case w/Fitted Interior

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 10:49am

I had a friend back in the day who had a Music Man (another Leo Fender project) Stingray Bass, which, even though it was kind of ugly because of that big face plate, he thought it played better and was more versatile than a Precision Bass. It's too bad their internal conflicts caused Leo to bolt...but then we wouldn't have G&L. I know of another guy (Curt Mitchell, who made all of those "Guitar Method in the style of...(pick an artist) who made his own "Frankenstien" (which has Fender and G&L parts) and it has MONSTER tone...it also looks amazingly like Jerry Cantrell's new G&L signature model (I can't remember what it's called)...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.25.10 @ 11:06am

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