New Book Documents Fender’s Diamond Anniversary

Fender 75 YearsFender is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a few limited edition basses, but the iconic brand’s three-quarters of a century will also be documented in a new book written by Dave Hunter. Fender 75 Years is the officially licensed anniversary celebration of the company whose instruments changed the way music is made.

“From Fender’s first instrument—a lap steel guitar produced in 1946 — to founder Leo Fender’s groundbreaking early six-string Spanish-style guitar designs like the Esquire that set the standard for the electric guitar explosion to follow, author Dave Hunter traces Fender’s entire history to the present,” a press release explains. “All the innovations and landmark models are here, as well as legendary players who became synonymous with Fender instruments across musical genres.”

Of course, those landmark innovations include the Precision Bass, Jazz Bass, and many of Fender’s other low-frequency endeavors. Hunter shows the influence of the models with “in-depth scoops” on the artists that use their instruments. The book will include rare images from the company’s archives with “behind-the-scenes views of the shop floor throughout the years, as well as studio imagery of the guitars, rare period advertising and brochures, and performance images of Fender players.“

Fender 75 Years will be 224 pages long in a hardcover with a slip case. It will be published May 18th. Pre-orders are open now for $50.

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