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Leo Fender
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    (August 10, 1909-March 21, 1991)
    Birth name was Clarence Leonidas Fender
    Founder of Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company (now Fender Musical Instruments Corp.)
    Co-founder G&L Musical Products
    Invented the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars and the Precision Bass bass guitar
    Died of Parkinson's disease at age 81
    He was born in a barn on his parent's farm.
    He studied to be an accountant in college, never taking any electrical engineering courses.
    Before making guitars, he had jobs as an ice delivery man, a bookkeeper, an accountant for the California Highway Patrol and with a tire manufacturer, then borrowed money to open a radio repair shop.
    He was a workaholic, sometimes putting in 7 day weeks even after a series of small stokes slowed his pace.
    He never stopped to enjoy the fruits of his labor and with advanced Parkinson's still went to work the day before he died.
    He never learned to play the guitar.
    He was a self-taught radio repairman and electric guitar maker.
    He was married to the same woman for 56 years until his death.
    His method of building the guitar's neck and body separately, then bolting them together made his product easier to repair and more affordable.
    The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is one of the most popular models ever created.
    Ill health caused him to sell his first company to CBS in 1965.
    Rock stars known for using Fender guitars include Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, Bryan Adams, Ritchie Blackmore, Richie Sambora and Bonnie Raitt.
    When asked why he worked continuously, he replied: 'I owe it to musicians to make better instruments.'
    Even in old age he enjoyed the loud music his product could put out and is a pioneer of today's rock & roll sound.

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