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Founded in 1946 by Leonidas "Leo" Fender, the company boasted the Telecaster, which was the first mass-produced, solid-body, Spanish-style electric guitar. Although Fender did not invent the electric guitar, they were responsible for the first commercially successful model, as well as popularizing solid-body electric guitars (most electric guitars before then had been hollow-bodied).
Though not exclusively used for one genre, Fender guitars played a crucial part in the birth of rock 'n' roll, as well as it's various stages of evolution. Buddy Holly was known as "the first Strat hero," and Bob Dylan used a Telecaster to develop his controversial electric sound. Pete Townshend of the Who was famous for smashing Telecasters in the '60s, but spared his personal favorite, a '52 vintage Tele.
Flip through our gallery for photos of notable Fender guitars.
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