Commonly referred to simply as Fender, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is famous for the manufacturing of stringed instruments and amplifiers. Currently headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fender was founded in Fullerton, California by Leo Fender in 1946. Fender produces two of the best known electric guitars in the world, the Fender Stratocaster, designed in 1954, and the Fender Telecaster, designed in 1950. Fender is also known for the production of the Fender Precision Bass in 1951, which was the first electric bass to earn wide-spread use, and the Fender Jazz Bass in 1960 which has been fundamental in developing signature sounds for various genres of music. Fender is based out of the United States but a few other countries, like Japan, have crafted these in the past and in the present.
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