A Leo Fender story..


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Posted by Pat Harrington on November 30, 2000 at 00:38:28:

Hey All..

Just a quick story about Leo Fender...

In 1979 or so, I had a summer job working for MusicMan
close to where I live here in Fullerton, Calif. My job
was gluing and sanding guitar and bass bodies in the
woodshop with a couple of buddies from high school.
Leo was a peculiar fellow, and acutally couldn't even
play guitar..I remember walking by a room full of HD
combo amps, he would just be playing all the open strings on a guitar
K-RRRANNGGGGG......K-RRRRRANNNNGGGGG....louder than shit,
with his ear cocked, listening to *something*...this was
around the time that the "SABRE" guitar was in development.
We didn't see much of Leo in the woodshop, Fred and Rick
were the main guys there....Once in a while Leo would walk
through with George Fullerton, on their way out to lunch..
Well, one day, I had some body blanks I was gluing together,
Leo came up to me with a shocked look on his face...
"SONNY, LOOK AT ALL THAT GLUE YOU'RE WASTING!!! It seemed
the glue was oozing out of the joints, into a trash can
I was using to catch it..."YOU CAN'T JUST WASTE THAT GLUE,
YOU CAN RE-USE THAT STUFF!!!.......Leo went out to lunch,
when he returned, he had a shiny new putty knife and a little
pail...."SEE, YOU CAN SCRAPE THAT OFF IN TO THE PAIL AND USE IT
AGAIN!!".....Heheh....my first lesson in guitar building!!!!
I'll always remember the old guy with his horn rim glasses,
pocket protector and card dealer visor.......It was a fun time...

Cheers,
Pat H





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