Re: A Leo Fender story..


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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 30, 2000 at 05:25:56:

In Reply to: A Leo Fender story.. 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

Pat,
Cool story!

I've always heard stories about his frugality, like telling people to pick dropped screws up off the floor, because if they didn't, the next one would cost twice as much!

But God bless him, the man was a genius at building guitars and basses!

Just curious, when you were working there, did you get to know him well?

-Bob



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