Talk to any musician or equipment enthusiast and mention the name “Fender” and you may have started a fascinating conversation about one of the icons of the music industry. Leo Fender originally worked as an accountant in a completely different line, tires, but eventually left to follow his passion: electronics. He opened a business under the name Fender Radio Service nearly 80 years ago, initially offering records to be played on the phonograph and also selling sheet music.

Fortunately for the music world, he began building and repairing equipment, especially amplifiers, for area musicians and gradually moved into the construction of electric guitars. This small beginning blossomed into the Fender Electric Instrument Company as the founder began to investigate ways to amplify what was then called the Spanish guitar. He took this a step further with the idea of mass-producing guitars, much as another industry was doing with automobiles.

First Guitars

Fender’s first production guitars were electrified models with names such as Broadcaster and Telecaster (1950). The first electric bass was mass-produced a year later and was given the name the Precision Bass. Improvements in the original guitars followed quickly as the Stratocaster made its debut in 1954. With body designs and a headstock shape that are instantly recognisable, Fender is truly one of the few world-class icons in the music industry.

The company is now a recognised producer of Fender acoustic guitars as well. The company began producing non-electric models in 1964. When you browse the website of a provider of quality musical instruments, you’ll see an array of guitars in different body styles and designs. Some are of the dreadnought style with a slight cutaway to allow better access to upper frets. You can also choose from a natural finish or sunburst finish as well as mahogany and black.


The company even produces a fine acoustic-electric in the Telecaster body style. This can be a great choice for players of electric guitar who want an acoustic instrument that will perform well. The Telecoustic has onboard electronics and built-in tuner so it can be played in the acoustic or amplified mode. As you browse these quality acoustic instruments, you’ll find that some have the recognisable fender headstock shapes common to the Stratocaster and Telecaster electrics. This helps identify them immediately as Fender instruments.

Other acoustics have the traditional headstock with three tuning pegs on each side. You can choose from a wide range of models, some with onboard electronics to allow amplified playing and others manufactured as traditional acoustic guitars. The CF-140SCE, with its cutaway shape, might be a great choice for the flatpicking crowd. The full, rich sound belies its smaller size. Try a Fender acoustic and see how good you’ll sound.