Since the 1940s, musicians around the world have idolized the name Fender as the singular icon of the electric guitar — quite the accomplishment for an instrument initially cobbled together by inventor Leo Fender in his Southern California repair shop.

The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, producer of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars favored by greats from Jimi Hendrix to Bruce Springsteen, currently employs about 1,500 workers in its U.S. manufacturing facility in California and at its corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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