Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues. Southern California inventor Leo Fender realized that he could improve on the amplified hollow-body instruments of the day by using an innovative solid-body electric guitar design. In 1951 Fender introduced a solid-body instrument called the Telecaster® guitar followed by the Stratocaster® model in 1954. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fender manufactures guitars in Corona, California.