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Leo Fender could be called the father of the modern electric guitar for many reasons. Chief among them, he made the instrument popular and set up a system for mass production to build great instruments in large numbers.

Photo courtesy of Bob Perine and FMI

In honor of Fender's diamond jubilee, let's glimpse back into history to celebrate the man behind the company that started it all.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This year, Fender is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In honor of that, let's take a deeper look at some Fender history—exploring some myths and urban legends, all while celebrating the man behind the company that started it all: Mr. Clarence Leonidas Fender (or, as the world called him in short, "Leo").

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