Fender changed the way we make music and established something much more than just a guitar manufacturer. Although Leo Fender couldn't play guitar himself it was his vision that created instruments to inspire generations of guitarists. From Hendrix and Clapton through to Gilmour and Frusciante it was the sound of the Stratocaster that helped define the sound of rock, although it makes a great guitar for metal, funk, soul, punk and gospel too. However it was the Telecaster that remains the true Fender original and for some it remains the epitome of electric guitar design, solid construction, resonant sustain and the famous twang. The Tele is used by another American original Bruce Springsteen and the sound of country music owes a great debt to this iconic instrument.
Not only did Leo have ideas about how guitars should look and feel but he also knew how they should sound. Plug a single coil pickup into a Tweed amplifier and you've got the early Fender sound, as popular now as it was back in the 50's. The evolution continued throughout the 60's to satisfy the changing demands of guitarists. Many of the original designs are still being followed to the letter, allowing guitarists an authentic vintage tone. While Fender pushes tonal flexibilty with it's Mustang modelling range and the Pawn Shop series offers incredible retro valve tone direct from the imagination of Fender's amp designers.
After Fender had turned up the volume on the guitar to compete with drum kits it was only natural that they would have to do the same for poor old double bassists. The Jazz Bass and Precision Bass remain the template that many other bass guitars aim to copy. With versions available for everyone from first timers to old timers who fancy an exact vintage replica.