The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Leo Fender

Induction category: Non-Performer

Biography

It’s safe to say there would be no such thing as rock and roll without its distinctive instrumentation. To put it another way, rock and roll as we know it could not exist without Leo Fender, inventor of the first solid-body electric guitar to be mass-produced: the Fender Broadcaster. Fender’s instruments – which also include the Stratocaster, the Precision bass (the first electric bass) and some of the music world’s most coveted amplifiers – revolutionized popular music in general and rock and roll in particular. Leo Fender was born on August 10, 1909, near Anaheim, California, not far from the ...

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