Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Strat Man

While browsing notable deaths that occurred on today's date (I know, how macabre), one particular individual stood out -- Leo Fender. For those who don't know, Mr. Fender was the creator and master luthier (always wanted to use that word in a sentence) of the eponymous Fender brand guitar and amplifier. He went on to found the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company k/n/a The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, which became one of the most prominent and influential musical instrument companies in the world.

Here is a short list of some of the Fender faithfuls:
Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Robbie Robertson, Kurt Cobain, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Jerry Garica, George Harrison, and yours truly.

Just think, without the Fender guitar, we might not have Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner," Gilmour's "Time" solo or Stevie Ray's "Pride and Joy."

So, hats off to Leo Fender -- the music world wouldn't have been the same without him.

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