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Clarence Leonidas Fender
August 10, 1909
Anaheim, California, United States
March 21, 1991 (aged 81)
Fullerton, California, United States
Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991) was an Americaninventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or "Fender" for short. In January 1965, he sold the company to CBS and later founded two other musical instrument companies, Music Man and G&L Musical Instruments.
The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still relevant: theFender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid body electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars; the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars, and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular enough in its own right, became the basis for later amplifiers (notably by Marshall andMesa Boogie) that dominated rock and roll music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.