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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time. "I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls - it embodied all the excitement of modern living. "A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on," said the former member of the Yardbirds.
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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time. "I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls - it embodied all the excitement of modern living. "A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on," said the former member of the Yardbirds.
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January 5, 2012
MUSIC Living legends of early rock and roll are in short supply, but the surf guitar hero Dick Dale still shreds as hard as when he first cut "Misirlou. " His famously ornery stage presence is as winning as his Stratocaster fireworks. SLO Brew, 1119 Garden St., San Luis Obispo. 7 p.m. Thu. $25. Slobrewingco.com.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2012 | By David Colker
Fender Musical Instruments Corp., whose electric guitars helped define rock 'n' roll, has called off its planned initial public offering of stock. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., but makes some of its prized custom guitars at its manufacturing facility in Corona, blamed the scrubbed IPO on the economy here and abroad. “Current market conditions and concerns about economic conditions in Europe do not support completing an initial public offering at what we believe to be an appropriate valuation at this time,” Chief Executive Larry Thomas said in a statement Thursday.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2012 | By David Colker
Fender Musical Instruments Corp., whose electric guitars helped define rock 'n' roll, has called off its planned initial public offering of stock. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., but makes some of its prized custom guitars at its manufacturing facility in Corona, blamed the scrubbed IPO on the economy here and abroad. “Current market conditions and concerns about economic conditions in Europe do not support completing an initial public offering at what we believe to be an appropriate valuation at this time,” Chief Executive Larry Thomas said in a statement Thursday.
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July 29, 2007 | Randy Lewis
FOR Police fans observant enough to notice each scuff, scrape and scar of the battered brown 1961 Fender Telecaster that Andy Summers trots out at each concert on the trio's celebrated reunion tour, it's tantalizing to imagine every gig, every rehearsal, every musicianly quarrel it's been part of over the last three decades.
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May 23, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Fender guitars played an indispensable role in the birth of rock 'n' roll, even before Elvis Presley began shaking his hips in the mid-1950s. With its hard-edged sound--due to the then-radical solid body design--Fender's renowned Telecaster model essentially defined the modern rock 'n' roll guitar sound. At 75, Leo Fender is still active designing guitars at G&L Musical Products, the company he founded in 1980 with partner George Fullerton.
NEWS
March 22, 1991 | LILY ENG and MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Clarence Leo Fender, the electric guitar pioneer whose renowed Stratocaster models have been revered and played by such rock 'n' roll legends as Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, died here Thursday, apparently of natural causes. Fender, 81, was found unconscious in his home by his wife, Phyllis, and died en route to a hospital, police said. While Fender did not invent the electric guitar, he did revolutionize and perfect it.
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November 28, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Do you believe Leo Fender did more for rock 'n' roll than Elvis Presley? Does the Strat vs. Tele debate mean more to you than the budget crisis? If so, "Curves, Contours and Body Horns," the story of the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, is the documentary for you. To many acolytes, the Strat is rock 'n' roll: Arguably, the music didn't exist until Fender's Fullerton plant churned out the first ones in the early '50s.
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November 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Giant guitars designed by Yoko Ono, Keith Richards and Drew Carey took center stage at a charity auction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ten-foot-tall replicas of Fender Stratocasters had spent the summer on display throughout the city. The 90 guitars fetched about $800,000 Saturday night at an auction to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the United Way and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organizers said. Each bidder paid $75 or $150 to attend the catered gala at the rock hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012
MUSIC Living legends of early rock and roll are in short supply, but the surf guitar hero Dick Dale still shreds as hard as when he first cut "Misirlou. " His famously ornery stage presence is as winning as his Stratocaster fireworks. SLO Brew, 1119 Garden St., San Luis Obispo. 7 p.m. Thu. $25. Slobrewingco.com.
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July 8, 2009 | Randy Lewis
George Fullerton, a longtime associate of Leo Fender who played a crucial role in the electric-guitar innovator's extraordinary success through his broad-based skills as a musician, artist and technician, has died. He was 86. Fullerton died Saturday of congestive heart failure at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, said his son Geoff.
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May 2, 2009 | Michael Albo
Signature guitars of the rock 'n' roll era -- candy-colored Fender Stratocasters, slab-bodied Fender Telecasters, flame-topped Gibson Les Pauls and voluptuously shaped Gretsch hollow bodies -- are symbols of a uniquely American pop culture that continues to excite guitar enthusiasts. But aside from their nostalgia value, they've proved to be good investments.
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July 29, 2007 | Randy Lewis
FOR Police fans observant enough to notice each scuff, scrape and scar of the battered brown 1961 Fender Telecaster that Andy Summers trots out at each concert on the trio's celebrated reunion tour, it's tantalizing to imagine every gig, every rehearsal, every musicianly quarrel it's been part of over the last three decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Giant guitars designed by Yoko Ono, Keith Richards and Drew Carey took center stage at a charity auction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ten-foot-tall replicas of Fender Stratocasters had spent the summer on display throughout the city. The 90 guitars fetched about $800,000 Saturday night at an auction to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the United Way and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organizers said. Each bidder paid $75 or $150 to attend the catered gala at the rock hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To call Eric Heatherly "retro" is a compliment. Or is it? The singer-songwriter-guitarist with the green Stratocaster is rooted in traditional country and rockabilly. He sports flowing sideburns, two-tone shoes and drape pants--all circa 1950s. Female fans at his concerts have given Heatherly their husband's old bowling shirts and loafers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To call Eric Heatherly "retro" is a compliment. Or is it? The singer-songwriter-guitarist with the green Stratocaster is rooted in traditional country and rockabilly. He sports flowing sideburns, two-tone shoes and drape pants--all circa 1950s. Female fans at his concerts have given Heatherly their husband's old bowling shirts and loafers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2009 | Randy Lewis
George Fullerton, a longtime associate of Leo Fender who played a crucial role in the electric-guitar innovator's extraordinary success through his broad-based skills as a musician, artist and technician, has died. He was 86. Fullerton died Saturday of congestive heart failure at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, said his son Geoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Do you believe Leo Fender did more for rock 'n' roll than Elvis Presley? Does the Strat vs. Tele debate mean more to you than the budget crisis? If so, "Curves, Contours and Body Horns," the story of the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, is the documentary for you. To many acolytes, the Strat is rock 'n' roll: Arguably, the music didn't exist until Fender's Fullerton plant churned out the first ones in the early '50s.
NEWS
March 22, 1991 | LILY ENG and MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Clarence Leo Fender, the electric guitar pioneer whose renowed Stratocaster models have been revered and played by such rock 'n' roll legends as Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, died here Thursday, apparently of natural causes. Fender, 81, was found unconscious in his home by his wife, Phyllis, and died en route to a hospital, police said. While Fender did not invent the electric guitar, he did revolutionize and perfect it.
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