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Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG): Fender

This guide will provide supporting information for the Gallery of Iconic Guitars, located on the first floor of Bunch Library.

About Fender

"Founded in the 1940s by southern California inventory Leo Fender, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues, and many others. Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, and legendary Fender instruments such as the Telecaster® and Stratocaster® guitars and Precision® and Jazz® bass guitars are universally acclaimed as design classics."

Among those musicians who play Fender guitars, you will find such names as Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, The Edge, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Ritchie Blackmore.

Sources: About Fender, List of Stratocaster Players

From the Collection

Additional Resources

In Bunch Library