The Inaugural Fender U. Program is in the Books

Corona, California -- (August 24, 2008) -  20 people from around the world can now call themselves graduates of Fender University. The program''s inaugural run wrapped Sunday night with a graduation ceremony featuring an address by Phyllis Fender, wife of the late Leo Fender, and a performance by Willy  Porter. As you''d expect, Premier Guitar was there to check things out and report on this new, intense version of guitar gear school. Keep an eye out for our coverage - we''ll be bringing you plenty of  information about the experience.

Fender''s Greg Koch conducting a workshop

Yngwie Shredding at Fender U.

Fender University is a three-day experience filled with Fender gear, artists, instructional clinics and musical performances. Highlights of the Fender University curriculum included a tour of the Fender production facility in Corona, CA and its Fender Custom shop; clinics from world-class artists such as Dweezil Zappa, Yngwie Malmsteen, John 5 and Frank Bello; and intimate instructional workshops with top-flight Fender clinicians.

As part of their experience, each student received a Fender American Standard instrument of their choice, with a special commemorative Fender University neck plate and custom engraved pickguard, among assorted other goodies.

Fender U. student Theseus Chan of Singapore hanging with John 5

The 20 attendees – 18 guitarists and two bassists – came from a broad geographic area:  One attendee came from Romania; one came from Singapore; two hailed from the UK; and two more arrived from Canada.

The Fender University program took place August 22-24.  It’s the first Fender event of its kind and the company says it looks forward to conducting more Fender University events in the future.

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