Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Type Music Company
Founded 1946
Founder(s) Clarence Leonidas Fender
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Area served Global
Key people Chairman and CEO William (Bill) Mendello
CFO Richard Kerley
Industry Musical instruments
Operating income
Subsidiaries Squier
Jackson Guitars
Guild Guitar Company
SWR Sound Corporation
Brand X

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation of Scottsdale, Arizona is a manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. The company, previously named the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, was founded in Fullerton, California, by Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender in 1946. Leo Fender also designed one of the first commercially successful solid-body electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass), which has become known in rock, jazz, country, funk and other types of music.

The company is a privately held corporation, with the controlling majority of its stock owned by a group of its own company officers and managers. William (Bill) Mendello is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and Richard Kerley is Chief Financial Officer.

Fender's headquarters are in Scottsdale, Arizona with manufacturing facilities in Corona, California (USA) and Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico).

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