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    Fender to shut New Haven Acoustic Factory

    DSC00209Fender will close its New Hartford, Connecticut acoustic guitar factory in June due to “market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” Kaman Music corporation opened the factory in 1968 as a place to manufacture its Ovation Guitars. Fender bought Kaman in 2007. In 2008, Fender moved Guild...

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    Mr. Stratocaser UK, Hank Marvin is Back

    hankmarvin_narrowweb__300x334,0It started as a mistake. Hank Marvin loved the twangy sound of James Burton’s guitar on sides with Ricky Nelson. All Marvin knew, though, was that Burton played a Fender. When Marvin spotted a red guitar with gold hardware in a 1959 fender catalog, he...

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    Fender’s Larry Thomas to Retire as CEO

    ce42ccea-c8d0-47d0-95bb-7803bd132d23Larry Thomas has announced his retirement from Fender effective May 31st, 2014. Interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of interim CEO while the company finds a successor. During his three plus years as CEO, Thomas presided over the release of the Fender Select series,...

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    The Nuvibe Captures the Sound of ’69

    514_400x400_NoPeelHe was supposed to close the festival at 11pm, Sunday night. But when the guitarist arrived, he found out that everything was behind schedule. By the time he hit hit the stage at 8:30 the next morning, half the crowd had already split. Those who...

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    Fender: New Artisan/Master Series Strats

    6c33d22d769f94f3a8be4d1b5d47c76d-7With 68-years under its belt, Fender has certainly earned the right to rest on its laurels. Fortunately for us, they continue to look forward. There's always something new cooking, particularly when it comes to the Custom Shop. And, they have just released two new series...

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    Go to bat with a MLB Strat!

    Fender New York Mets and New York Yankees LifestyleBaseball, hot dogs, apple pie...and Stratocasters? Yes sireee, Bob Euecker. Just in time for baseball season, Fender is releasing official MLB Stratocasters. Each features a team logo and "custom designed landmark imagery," which is just a fancy way of saying "you can practically smell the...

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    [Your Name Here] Artist Model Strat: $1499

    Better Design Experience StratClapton has his own signature Strat. So does Jeff Beck, Richie Sambora, and John Mayer. Isn't it time you got your own model? For the first time, Fender is selling direct to you—no dealers involved. It's all part of the Fender American Design Experience—a program that...

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