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FENDER BASS HANDBOOK THE, How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot and Modify Your Bass. Paul Balmer

FENDER BASS HANDBOOK THE, How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot and Modify Your Bass. Paul Balmer

 

Description

In 1950 Leo Fender took on the challenge of making a string bass audible in 'Western Swing'. He also wanted to design a bass playable by guitarists - with 'Precision' fretting and a workable 'scale'. His audacious solution caused a revolution and today no aspect of popular music is untouched by his genius.

This easy-to-use manual offers advice on how to get the best from your Fender Bass, be it a budget Chinese Squier or a Classic Jazz. With step-by-step guidance and clear colour photographs, subjects include changing pickups, adjusting a truss rod, active EQ and a DIY fretless conversion on a budget Squier.

Seventeen case studies examine in detail everything from an ex-John Entwistle 1952-53 USA-made '51-type precision to Indonesian, Japanese, Mexican and Chinese Fender Bass variants, including Jazz, Telecaster Bass, Bass VI, Bronco, Mustang and Jaguar. Legendary Californian session bassist Carol Kaye supplies a foreword and there are 'Tech Tip' contributions from world-renowned Bass experts John and Andy Diggins.

Buying a Fender Bass
Know your Fender Precision
Know your '60s Fender Jazz
Setting up and tuning
Repairs, maintenance and adjustments
Case studies
Key Fender players and their basses
Author Paul Balmer played his first Fender Bass in 1961 and has recorded hundreds of Fender Basses in the recording studio as engineer and producer. With invaluable guidance from professional luthier John Diggins, Paul has enjoyed restoring his '51- and '57-type Precisions and upgrading a fretless Jazz.

 

The Fender Bass Handbook

How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot and Modify Your Bass
Series: Book
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Paul Balmer

Here's the first hands-on how-to manual devoted to the legendary Fender electric bass guitar. This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of selecting and buying basses; maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, and electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stageside fixes; and some basic “performance” enhancements like adding “hot rod” aftermarket pickups, and more. In glorious full color throughout, this deluxe hardcover features 600+ photos, and expert advice on choosing a bass, with detailed model histories.

Width: 8.25"
Length: 10.75"
202 pages

Price: €139,95
€139,95

FENDER TELECASTER HANDBOOK How to Buy-Maintain-Set Up-Troubleshoot-Modify Your Tele-Paul Balmer

FENDER TELECASTER THE HANDBOOK, How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Tele. Paul Balmer

The Fender Telecaster Handbook
How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Tele
Series: Book
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Paul Balmer

This is the first hands-on how-to manual devoted to the Telecaster. This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of selecting and buying Telecasters. It covers maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stageside fixes; and some basic performance enhancements like adding “hot rod” aftermarket pickups.

Width: 8.25"
Length: 10.75"
198 pages

 

 

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In series with the best-selling manuals on the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitars, this manual covers the Fender Telecaster in detail, explaining how to maintain it, set it up to get the best sound, and repair it when things go wrong or damage occurs.

Originally introduced in 1950 as the Broadcaster, the Telecaster was the first production Electric Guitar and remains one of the most popular. Superbly illustrated and designed, this manual includes case studies of key models - everything from a 1948 prototype to a 2008 'closet classic' - but also gives appropriate attention to today's affordable Squier versions.

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    Buying a Fender Telecaster, used and new options, pitfalls, authenticity issues, getting the right Guitar for the job.
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    Pre-gig checks, tuning, and stageside repairs.
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    Routine maintenance and servicing.
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    Set-ups and careful 'customising'.
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    Case studies of key Telecaster models, such as the '51 Nocaster, '52 Relic repro, '70s Thinline, Customer Elite, Jeff Beck Esquire reissue, Gerry Donahue model and Squier affordables.
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    'Under The Hood' with celebrity users - how the pros set up their Telecasters and related hardware, including Jeff Beck, Jerry Donahue, Keith Richards and Albert Lee.
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FENDER PRECISION BASSES 1951-1954 Detlef Schmidt LIBRO HAL LEONARD CENTERSTREAM-BASSO ELETTRICO

 

FENDER PRECISION BASSES 1951-1954. Detlef Schmidt

Series: Guitar

Publisher: Centerstream Publications
Format: Hardcover
Author: Detlef Schmidt

Introduced in 1951, the Fender Precision Bass is the precursor of all modern electric basses. This book takes a look at the history of the “slab body basses” and the most famous players. In addition to many historical photos, the full color book lists many basses with beautiful pictures, detail shots, and anecdotes. This book is a must-have for every bass player and enthusiast or collector.
162 pages

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FENDER 60 YEARS OF SIX DECADES OF THE GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITARS Tony Bacon STRATOCASTER-TELECASTER

60 Years of Fender Six Decades of the Greatest Electric Guitars. Tony Bacon

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

The latest addition to Tony Bacon's acclaimed series of guitar books, 60 Years of Fender gives a year-by-year history of the most successful electric guitar maker. In 1950, Leo Fender introduced to the world the solidbody electric guitar – the instrument known as the Telecaster. He soon added two more classics: the Precision Bass (1951) and the Stratocaster (1954). Fender's sleek, adaptable guitars have since fueled modern music – from country to rock – and have been heard in the hands of virtually every guitarist of note, from Buddy Holly to Kurt Cobain, from Eric Clapton to John Mayer. Illustrated with an unrivaled gallery of color photographs of instruments, players, and memorabilia, this revised and updated edition expands upon 50 Years of Fender (published in 2000), covering nine more years of the Fender story.

“A must-have for any Fender fan. Highly entertaining.”

– Guitar Player

Inventory #HL 00332861
ISBN: 9780879309664
UPC: 884088401597
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
144 pages

 

Leo Fender listened hard to players' comments about the
Telecaster and Esquire models, and during the early 1950s he and
Freddie Tavares began to devise the guitar that would become the
Stratocaster (seen in stylized form on the 1954 catalog cover,
right). At first other makers had merely mocked Fender's new
solid body guitars, but soon Gibson had joined in with its Les
Paul, Gretsch with the Duo Jet, Kay with its K-125. Competition
was looming - and Fender needed to up the stakes. This they
most certainly did.

The Stratocaster was launched during 1954. Samples
around May and June were followed by the first proper
production run in October. The new Fender guitar was
the first solidbody electric with three pickups, meaning
a range of fresh tones, and featured a new-design
vibrato unit that provided pitch-bending and
shimmering chordal effects.
The new vibrato - often called a "tremolo" by
Fender and many others since - was troublesome in
development. But the result was the first self-contained
vibrato unit: an adjustable bridge, a tailpiece, and a
vibrato system, all in one. It wasn't a simple mechanism
for the time, but a reasonably effective one. It followed
the Fender principle of taking an existing product (in
this case, the Bigsby vibrato) and improving it.
Fender's new vibrato had six bridge-pieces, one for
each string, adjustable for height and length, which
meant that the feel of the strings could be personalized
and the guitar made more in tune with itself. The
complete unit was typical of Fender's constant
consideration of musicians' requirements and his
application of a mass-producer's solution.
The Strat came with a radically sleek, solid body,
based on the outl ine of the 1951 Fender Precision Bass.
Some musicians had complained to Fender that the
sharp edge on the Telecaster's body was uncomfortable
- the dissenters included musician/entertainer Rex
Gallion and Western Swing guitarist Bill Carson - and
so the Strat's body was contoured for the player's

comfort. Also, it was finished in a yellow-to-black
sunburst finish.
Even the output-jack mounting was new, recessed in
a stylish plate on the body face. And the headstock?
Side by side with Paul Bigsby's guitar made for Merle
Travis in 1948 there is clearly influence from the earlier
instrument. But as a whole the Fender Stratocaster
looked like no other guitar around, especially the
flowing, sensual curves of that beautifully
proportioned, timeless body.
The Stratocaster's new-style pickguard
complemented the Jines perfectly, and the
overall impression was of a guitar where
all the components ideally suited
one another. The Fender
Stratocaster has since become
the most popular, the most
copied, the most desired, and
very probably the most played :
solid electric guitar ever.
On its 40th anniversary in
1994 an official estimate put
Strat sales at over a million
guitars. At its launch it wasn't such
a world-beater; later in the 1950s,
the Fender Stratocaster began to hint
at future glories, especially in the hands
of players such as Buddy Guy, Carl Perkins,
and Buddy Holly.

The amp Custom Shop offered the high-end, vintage-flavored Vibro-King and Tone-Master as its first products, while the existing guitar Custom Shop reflected on a 90th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Strat. Comings and goings among Fender players included a debut from Liz Phair (opposite) and the death at 61 of the great Texas bluesman Albert Collins (memorial ad, right). G-Vox (above) was Fender's ill-fated computer guitar-teaching system.

With the continuing success of the guitar Custom
Shop, this year saw the start at Scottsdale, Arizona, of
an amp equivalent, with ex-Matchless electronics
expert Bmce Zinky in charge. The intention was to
make limited quantities of expensive, high-quality
products. The amp Shop would not build far-out
made-to-order items, but generally would follow the
guitar outfit's increasingly important business in
defining a catalog of regular items.
Artists could collaborate on individually crafted
items, but broadly speaking the hand-built
line would be drawn from reinterpretations ofFender's
classic tube amps of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. The
first models to appear from the amp Custom Shop
were the Vibro-King 60-watt 3xlO combo and the
1one-Master 100-watt piggyback amp, with a choice of
2x 12 or 4x 12 cabinet, all finished in cream Tolex. In
the meantime at the guitar Custom Shop, over in
Corona, a link was being forged with motorcycle
manufacturer Harley-Davidson.
The result was the Fender Harley-Davidson 90th
Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster in a very
limited mn of 109 pieces. The stunning handengraved
aluminum body summoned up the shiny
exterior of a Harley, while the bird's-eye maple neck
and ebony fingerboard would please anyone who
actually got to play one of these creations.
The signature-guitar list continued to grow, this year
with the addition of two new models, for Clarence
White and Richie Sambora. The Clarence White
Telecaster was named for the brilliant Byrds and
Kentucky Colonels guitarist, tragically killed by a
dmnk driver in 1973. The White Tele was fitted with
his favored Scmggs banjo-style detuners for first and
sixth strings, and the B-bender string-pull device that
he developed with Byrds dmmmer Gene Parsons.
Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora helped devise a Strat to
respond to his fiery playing, with Floyd Rose double-locking vibrato,
a DiMarzio bridge humbucker plus
Texas Special single-coils, and a flatter, wider
fingerboard. A personal touch came with
the inlaid stars for position markers.
On a cultural note, the Fullerton
Museum Center - not far from
the site of Leo Fender's
original workshops
exhibited Five Decades Of
Feruler, organized by guitar
historian Richard Smith.
Included were instmments
and an array of special
memorabilia fi"omFender as
well as Music Man and G&L.
Remarkably, this was the very
first exhibition to feature Fender's
achievements. "Leo forever changed
the course of popular music," is how
Smith admirably summed it up .

 

CONTENTS
the fifties page
the sixties page
the seventies page
the eighties page
the nineties page
the new millennium page
chronology of models page
index page
acknowledgements page
 

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STRATOCASTER GUITAR BOOK A Complete History of Fender Stratocaster Guitars Tony Bacon

 

 

The Stratocaster Guitar Book
A Complete History of Fender Stratocaster Guitars
 

Series: Guitar Reference
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Leo Fender's company changed the course of popular music in 1954 when they introduced the Stratocaster. Since then, the Strat has been played by countless guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck. In this book, interviews with important Strat players from every decade illustrate the instrument's versatility, playability, and continuing importance. This is the complete story of the Stratocaster and the Fender company, from the struggles of the 1950s to the new models, retro reissues, and luscious collectibles of the 21st century. The Stratocaster Guitar Book is a glorious compendium of beautiful pictures, a gripping history, and a detailed guide to all Strat models. A must for all guitar lovers.

Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
160 pages

 

CONTENTS:
THE STRATOCASTER STORY
THE PRE-STRAT ERA
THE FIFTIES
THE SIXTIES
THE SEVENTIES
THE EIGHTIES
THE NINETIES
RECENT YEARS
ENDNOTES
THE REFERENCE LISTING
US-MADE STRATOCASTERS
MEXICO-MADE STRATOCASTERS
JAPAN-MADE STRATOCASTERS
KOREA-MADE STRATOCASTERS
DATING & SERIAL NUMBERS
MODEL CHRONOLOGY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

Leo began work as an accountant, at first in the accounts section of the state highway department and then at a tyre distribution company, but his hobby was always electronics. In his twenties, he built amplifiers and PA systems for public events: sports gatherings, dances, and so on. He took a few piano lessons before trying the saxophone, but he was never serious, and he never learned to play the guitar.
When he lost his accounts job in the Depression, Leo took a bold step and opened his own radio and record store in Fullerton, around 1938. He called the new retail and repair shop Fender Radio Service, and it seemed a natural move for the ambitious and newlymarried 30-year-old. He advertised his wares and services on his business card: "Electrical appliances, phonograph records, musical instruments & repairs, public address systems, sheet music."
His new store on South Spadra meant that Leo met many local musicians and characters in the music and electronics businesses. During the first few years he hooked up with several people who would prove important to his future success. First among these was a professional violinist and lap-steel guitarist, Clayton Orr Kauffman, known to all simply as Doc.
The story goes that some time around 1940, Doc brought an amplifier into Leo's shop for repair and the two got chatting. Doc had amplified his own guitars and made designs for an electric guitar and a vibrato system. By this time, Leo had started looking into the potential for electric guitars and was playing around with pickup designs. A crude solidbody guitar that Fender and Kauffman built in 1943 purely to test these early pickups - one design for which was patented in '44 - is today in the Roy Acuff Museum at Opryland, ashville.
Doc went to work for an aircraft company during World War II, but the two incorrigible tinkerers still found time to get together and come up with a design for a record-changer good enough to net them $5,000. They used some of this money to bolster their shortlived company, K&F (for Kauffman & Fender), and began production of electric lap-steel guitars and small amplifiers in November 1945.
In the 20s, many people in America had taken up the little lap-steel guitar, often called the Hawaiian guitar, and the instrument was still tremendously popular. The steel had been the first type of guitar to go electric in the 30s. Several innovative companies, with Rickenbacker in the lead, experimented with electro-magnetic pickups, fixing them to guitars and feeding their signal out to small amplifiers. The attraction of the steel was that it was an easy-to-play instrument, and thus one suitable for beginners, but the electric version also proved appealing to professional musicians, especially in Hawaiian music and among country-and-western bands.
The musician would play the steel guitar on his lap or would step up to an instrument mounted on legs. The name came not from its construction - Fender's steels were all wooden - but from the metal bar that the player held in his left hand to stop the raised strings, which were generally tuned to an open chord. During the 30s and later the term the stratocaster guitar book...

... quantity, naturally, is limited," announced Fender, and during 1979 and 1980 the firm proceeded to make thousands of 25th Anniversary Stratocasters ($800 including case, virtually the same price as a standard model). "They went fast in '54. They'll go fast now," ran the insistent ad. An official estimate of production mentioned 10,000 units.
Most people tend to refer to a Stratocaster as a Strat, and in 1980 Fender finally used the abbreviation officially on a new model. It was designed by Gregg Wilson, who had come up with the budget-price Fender Lead models introduced the previous year. The new Strat combined regular Stratocaster looks with updated circuitry, a 'hot' bridge pickup, and fashionable heavy-duty brass hardware. Fender also offered the hardware separately as an after-market accessory line, called Original Brass Works, following the lead of various companies that popularised a craze for retrofit replacement parts. Larry DiMarzio was a leader in this new business, introducing his Super Distortion replacement pickup in 1975, with Mighty Mite, Seymour Duncan, and others soon following.
Fender intended with the Strat to re-introduce the old-style narrow headstock of the original Stratocasters. The broader type of the time had been in use since 1965. However, Fender used old worn-out tooling, and the result was not an entirely accurate re-creation. Smaller, certainly; accurate, no. A reversion to the four-bolt neck fixing and body-end truss-rod adjustment and the removal of the neck-tilt for the new Strat model implied that CBS were already aware of criticisms of 70s Stratocasters. A few brighter colours were offered for the Strat, too, reviving Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, and Olympic White.
The model was significant as the first attempt at a modernised Strat. It retailed at $995, compared to $745 for the regular Stratocaster.
One further attempt in 1980 to provide something different for Strat fans was the Hendrix Stratocaster. It was something like a 25th Anniversary Strat in overall spec, but it had an inverted headstock and additional body contouring, and was only offered in white.
It's another significant guitar, as it was the first Fender marketed to highlight an association with a musician, a sales technique that would become very important to the company from the late 80s. Only 25 or so were produced, and most if not all were marked as prototypes.
Colour schemes were brightened and expanded a little during the 80s, with the shortlived International Colors in 1981 and then the Custom Colors and Stratobursts of '82. Some of the new hues were distinctly lurid - such as Capri Orange, Aztec Gold, or Bronze Stratoburst - and they were not much liked at the time. In 1983, there was a short run of Marble or 'bowling ball' finishes, designed by Darren Johansen, in swirling Red, Blue, or Gold.
With generally trimmed model lines and a massive output from the factories at Fender, it was hard to resist the feeling as the 80s dawned that the newly-important calculations of the balance sheet were firmly established and took precedence over the company's former creativity. At the start of the decade, CBSmanagement decided that they needed some new blood to help reverse a decline in Fender's image and finances. Income had the stratocaster guitar book ...

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FENDER: SOUND HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD Centennial Edition, R SMITH. Libro e DVD.

FENDER: SOUND HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD Centennial Edition, R SMITH. Libro e DVD.

Publisher: Hal Leonard
Medium: Softcover
Author: Richard R. Smith

No one changed the sound of guitar music more than Leo Fender. He so improved the clarity of the amplified vibrating string that he gave almost every style of music played on the guitar a means to sound better. For five decades, finicky musicians made pilgrimages to Leo's R&D labs to discuss their musical frustrations and seek better ways for guitars to function.

In the pages of Fender: The Sound Heard 'Round the World, you will watch this complex, dedicated man gain success as a true innovator of the new. You will also follow the team of energetic, creative people who steered Fender to fame, men like Don Randall of Fender Sales, Forrest White and George Fullerton of Fender Electric Instruments, and Dale Hyatt and Tommy Walker, two of Randall's growing cadre of savvy, high-powered salesmen spreading Leo's ideas worldwide.

This book is the largest collection of Fender historical photos, product shots, patent drawings and advertising materials ever published. Whether you are a musician, a lover of Fender lore, an instrument collector or curious history buff, your search ends here for the ultimate and definitive book presenting the complete, unedited Fender story.

"This is by far the best book about Leo Fender yet published.
Vintage Guitar magazine

"Sets new standards for books on guitar history."

Country Music magazine

"An astounding job of research, reportage, distillation and writing on a subject whose impact on music and society in general is inestimable."

Los Angeles Times

"Fender freaks will revel in the model-by-model, year-by-year detail in which Smith unfolds the company history."

Guitar Player magazine

FENDER: SOUND HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD
Centennial Edition

Medium: Hardcover with DVD
Author: Richard Smith

Leo Fender needs no introduction to people who love music; his work changed the way we all hear, play, and write it. His revolutionary guitars, basses, and keyboards helped create a soundtrack for the last 60 years. This book takes us back to Fender's beginnings with the most comprehensive collection of Fender historical photos, product shots, patent drawings, and advertising materials ever published. Whether you are a musician, a lover of Fender lore, an instrument collector, or a curious history buff, your search ends here for the ultimate and definitive book presenting the complete, unedited Fender story.

Highlights:

Rare footage of Leo Fender contained on bonus DVD

The largest collection of Fender historical photos, product shots, patent drawings, and advertising materials ever published. 320 pages.

REVIEWS:
"An astounding job of research, reportage, distillation and writing on a subject whose impact on music and society in general is inestimable." Los Angeles Times

"Fender freaks will revel in the model-by-model, year-by-year detail in which Smith unfolds the company history." Guitar Player magazine

Price: €39,99
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FENDER BASS THE, An Illustrated History. J.W. Black, Albert Molinaro

THE FENDER BASS, An Illustrated History.

Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Medium: Softcover
Author: Albert Molinaro
Author: J.W. Black
When Leo Fender added a bass to his growing family of instruments 50 years ago, he created a new world for musicians and revolutionized an industry in the process. Using hundreds of photographs, this exciting release chronicles the evolution of that instrument from 1951 to 2001, providing background, history and highly researched facts vital to understanding everything about this remarkable member of the Fender family. A must for all music fans! 128 pages.

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FENDER BASS THE, Klaus Blasquiz

THE FENDER BASS. mediapresse.

Series: Book
Publisher: Mediapresse
Medium: Softcover
Author: Klaus Blasquiz
The Fender Bass, created 40 years ago by the inventive genius of Leo Fender, still remains today as the definitive electric bass. Before Fender, there was simply no electric bass at all! Leo's design was so revolutionary that it rapidly became a 'classic,' an essential element which was responsible for defining the image of modern music. Every new bass is inspired (more or less) from his basic design. The Fender Bass tells the detailed story of the electric bass through the different models and their improvements, from their origins to the present form. Includes hundreds of black & white and color photos of the basses and their most famous players. 48 pages.

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FENDER STRATOCASTER THE foreword by Eric Clapton By A.R. Duchossoir LIBRO CHITARRA

THE FENDER STRATOCASTER. A.R. Duchossoir.

foreword by Eric Clapton
Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Medium: Softcover
Author: A.R. Duchossoir

This best-seller features everything about this American classic: its history, patents and schematics, pricing, and handy identification tips. Includes stunning new full-color photos, Custom Shop and Signature Series models, original ads, famous Strat artists, and much more. 72 pages.

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FENDER ELECTRIC THE GUITAR BOOK 3RD EDITION Tony Bacon A COMPLETE HISTORY CHITARRA ELETTRICA

 

THE FENDER ELECTRIC GUITAR BOOK 3RD EDITION. Tony Bacon

To mark the 60th anniversary of Fender, Backbeat's introduced a new, completely revised third edition of this bestseller. Fender guitars have long been the instruments of choice for artists such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. This book tells the complete story of Fender guitars, detailing classics such as the Telecaster, Stratocaster & Jazzmaster as well as lesser-known models. Dozens of photos reveal Fender's storied craftsmanship, while the text includes collector details for all models. The reference section lists all models and their statistics. This new edition has been refreshed and updated, with 56 extra pages and over 60 new photographs. The main text has added material and has been brought up to date to cover Fender's ever-changing history amid the fascinating developments for the company and its instruments during the eight years since the previous edition. 192 pages.

The Fender Electric Guitar Book - 3rd Edition

A Complete History of Fender Instruments
Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Inventory #HL 00331752
ISBN: 9780879308971
UPC: 884088151201
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
192 pages
 

THE FENDER ELECTRIC GUITAR BOOK

is the only volume to tell the full story of all Fender's electric
guitars - from Telecasters, Stratocasters, and
Jazzmasters to Mustangs, Jaguars, and Showmasters.

• This completely revised and updated third edition
includes a wealth of new and unseen information, along
with a host of extra photographs.

• The book explains how Fender's guitars have inspired
generations of musicians hungry for stylish and
responsive instruments. Key events, such as the
CBStakeover in 1965 and the formation of Fender
Japan in 1982, are related to contemporary guitars,
and unique interviews with Fender people past
and present shed new light on decades of
musical history.

• An unrivalled collection of colour
photographs showcases the skill and
versatility of Fender's designers, and
meticulous listings for the collector
detail all of the company's electric
guitar models from 1950 to the
present day.

• This book is a thorough,
entertaining examination of the
world's premier maker of
solidbody electric guitars - and a
book that every guitar nut and
music fan will want to own.
"Great for the coffee table or
the reference library."
GUITAR PLAYER
HL00331752


presents
the definitive story of Fender's electric guitars
in a revised and updated third edition.
leo Fender introduced the world to the
solid body electric guitar in 1950 with the
instrument now known as the Fender
Telecaster and soon added another classic,
the Stratocaster.
Fender s sleek, adaptable instruments
fuelled the pop music boom of the 1960s and
have since been heard in the hands of virtually
every guitarist of note, including Buddy Holly,
Jimi Hendrix. George Harrison, Keith Richards,
Kurt Cobain, and Eric Clapton.
The book documents the past and present of
Americas supreme maker of solid body electric
guitars. profiling fine as well as freaky Fenders
through a wealth of detailed research and an
unsurpassed collection of superb photographs.
As well as the full story, and a sparkling
gallery of photographs, the book includes
meticulous listings for the player and collector,
detailing every Fender electric guitar model
from 1950 to the present day.
With its unmatched set of features, The
Fender Electric Guitar Book is the only must-
have book on the subject.

 

CONTENTS
THE FENDER STORY
The complete history from the earliest
days in the 1940s right through to
Fender's current instruments and
players, plus an accompanying gallery of
full-colour pictures.

REFERENCE SECTION
Every Fender model spec'd and
explained, from 1950 to 2007, made in
the USA, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. Plus
a chronological inventory and systems
for dating, including serial number keys.
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


the fender story
mostly wooden - but from the metal bar used in the player's left hand to stop the
raised strings, which were generally tuned to an open chord. During the 1930s and
later the term 'Spanish' was used to identify the other type of guitar (less popular at
the time) which was played upright against the body. Leo would call this the 'standard'
guitar.
Doc Kauffman wrote later about the early days of K&F. "[Leo and IJwould go down
to the store, and at the rear was a metal building that housed the guitar department,
and we would work till midnight." This description of a guitar "department" is
certainly optimistic. Most people who saw the "metal building" remembered it as a tin
shack hastily and cheaply assembled behind Leo's radio store. Doc continued his
account: "I used to assemble all our instruments and string them up and playa few
steel licks, and Leo used to say he could tell how production was coming along by
counting the tunes I was playing." 3
Leo met another significant person at this early stage, one who would become a
key contributor to the later success of the Fender company. Don Randall was general
manager of Radio & Television Equipment Co (known as Radio-Tel),based in Santa Ana, just
15 miles south of Fullerton. One of Randall's customers was the Fender Radio Service.

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Leo had not served in World War II, because of a childhood illness that cost him his
right eye. Randall, who spent three years in the army, said that Leo was able to expand
his shop's trade in those war years. Randall recalled: "During that period there weren't
too many people about to do that kind of business. When I got out of the service I
came back and started doing business with Leo again, selling parts and equipment."
It was around this time that Leo and Doc Kauffman decided to split. "It seems Doc
was afraid to carryon with the business," said Randall.4
Leo was happy to work into the
middle of the night at the tin shack making the K&F lap-steel guitars and amps, but
Doc wasn't so keen to spend long hours locked away from the world.
Leo said later: "It costs a lot of money to get into large-scale production, and the
1930s depression was still fresh in Kauffman's mind, so he didn't want to get involved.
He had a ranch or farm ... and he was afraid [thatJ if we got over-extended on credit
he might lose it. He thought he'd better pullout while he had a full skin, so in February
of '46 he left it all with me."s
According to one colleague, Doc - who remained lifelong friends with Leo - was
asked later if he resented selling out, given the subsequent success of the Fender
business. "And Doc said no, he was never sore, because Leo would have killed him
before he got through with it anyway," referring to the exhausting hours. "Doc liked
to spend time with his family, he didn't like staying down the shack till 10 or 11 at
night, seven days a week. Anyone that worked with Leo had a hard time not over-
working, because Leo expected you to be on call all hours." 

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