Jan 24 2011

fender factory tour – 1959

this film was made by Forrest White in 1959 and documents the original Fender factory in Fullerton, California. we all know that guitar production in highly automated at this point – but watching the stacks of drying wood and 2″ thick chunks being carefully cut on the band saws is just amazing. so glad people like this filmed the every day for us to see now…

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Jan 16 2011

namm music show

my childhood friend was in for the namm show in anaheim this past weekend. It’s a huge show of musical equipment manufacturer’s and representatives and dealers. the collection and juxtaposition of spinal tap-looking aged rock stars, horned instrument manufacturers, a floor of asian piano dealers, performers playing in real time throughout the convention center – make it a wild event to explore. some highlights included a reed company that makes flavored reeds, 100 or so people in line to get autographs by a bunch of heavy metal musicians I didn’t know – but who looked amazing and fitting the part. It was a surreal experience and the scale of attending an event which feels as large as disneyland becomes a musical blur after some time – but it was definitely memorable…

The NAMM Show
Annually held at Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

Dec 15 2010

fender musicmaster project

this is a project I did for my boys to play someday. I bought a 1963 musicmaster neck in 3/4 scale and reworked it into a fender squier body. the pickups are custom shop 1962 pickups from an old strat.

In 1956 Fender introduced the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic guitars as affordable “3/4-size” short-scale student models. As such, they aren’t considered as collectible and don’t have near the value of Strats and Teles from the same era. The Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic were essentially the same guitar, with the addition of another pickup (in the bridge position) and a toggle switch on the Duo-Sonic. Both models received a slight facelift in 1959, along with all other Fenders. In 1964 the “II” variants (essentially spinoffs of the then-new Mustang) were introduced, and both models were revised and offered in a 24″ scale length as well.