The Basses of Clarence Leonidas (Leo) Fender

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BigDrew, May 17, 2022.

  1. BigDrew

    BigDrew

    Jun 1, 2016
    LI-NY
    I couldn't find a definitive list of the basses that Leo Fender created or was "instrumental" in creating (see what I did there?). Please feel free to edit, add or correct anything and everything you see here. I am aware that there were other "first" electric basses, but Fender really had the first widely used instrument.

    Fender Electric Instrument Company - 1946
    • 1951 - Precision Bass - single coil pickup - first production electric bass
    • 1957 - Precision Bass - split coil pickup
    • 1960 - Jazz Bass - Stack Knob
    • 1961 - Jazz Bass - VVT
    Fender sold to CBS - 1965

    Music Man - 1974 (produced by CLF Research for Music Man)
    • 1976 - Stingray - first active bass production
    • 1978 - Sabre
    G&L - 1980
    • 1980 - L-1000 - Magnetic Field Design pickups
    • 1981 - L-2000
    • What other models did Leo have a hand in creating? L-1500, Climax Bass?
    Leo Fender passes away - 1991
     
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  2. TDR1138

    TDR1138

    Apr 11, 2007
    SoCal
    G&L basses during Leo’s tenure included:
    SB-1 (1st generation)
    SB-2 (1st generation)
    El Toro
    Interceptor
    Lynx Bass
    SB-1 (2nd generation)
    SB-2 (2nd generation)
    L-5000
    and I think the ASAT bass came out in 1990.
     
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  3. Curious as to what parts of each bass can be directly attributed to Mr. Fender. For instance, did he develop the pickups for each, the bridges or everything?
     
  4. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    I always heard he designed the Mustang prior to the sale to CBS.
     
  5. BigDrew

    BigDrew

    Jun 1, 2016
    LI-NY
    Updated.
    I couldn't find a definitive list of the basses that Leo Fender created or was "instrumental" in creating (see what I did there?). Please feel free to edit, add or correct anything and everything you see here. I am aware that there were other "first" electric basses, but Fender really had the first widely used instrument.

    Fender Electric Instrument Company - 1946
    • 1951 - Precision Bass - single coil pickup - first production electric bass
    • 1957 - Precision Bass - split coil pickup
    • 1960 - Jazz Bass - Stack Knob
    • 1961 - Jazz Bass - VVT
    Fender sold to CBS - 1965

    Music Man - 1974 (produced by CLF Research for Music Man)
    • 1976 - Stingray - first active bass production
    • 1978 - Sabre
    G&L - 1980
    • 1980 - L-1000 - Magnetic Field Design pickups
    • 1981 - L-2000
    • SB-1 (1st generation)
      SB-2 (1st generation)
      El Toro
      Interceptor
      Lynx Bass
      SB-1 (2nd generation)
      SB-2 (2nd generation)
      L-5000
    Leo Fender passes away - 1991
     
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  6. Elmarito

    Elmarito

    Dec 5, 2006
    I have an L1500 they also had a L1505 I think.
     
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