G&L Electric Guitars
After a lifetime of creating some of the world's most beloved electric guitar designs Leo Fender had nothing left to prove; his relentless need to evolve and invent drove him back into the business after a short period of retirement in the mid-seventies.
Leo Fender started G&L Guitars with his long-time business partner and friend George Fullerton in 1980 with one purpose: to improve on the designs and technologies put forth during the Fender years prior to the buyout by CBS in 1965 and subsequent commercialization of the Fender brand. Fortunately, when Leo sold Fender to CBS, he kept all of the original Jigs, Templates and Set-Up Tables that were used to build the original instruments. This includes the original Stratocasters for Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well as basses for James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius.
Today, G&L's small team of builders still create every guitar and bass using the tried and proven method of having people, - not machines - do all of the intricate and important stages of shaping and completing the instruments. One modern innovation that G&L does now embrace however, is the German engineered "PLEK" computerized Fret Dressing and Leveling device, ensuring the optimum playability of every G&L guitar and bass.
G&L recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary and continues to build all of its instruments on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California. Every instruments ships with a Certificate of Authenticity, hand signed by Phyllis Fender, wife of Leo Fender.