Books on Fender?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lankytwang, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. Lankytwang

    Lankytwang Strat-Talker

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    I've had the Duchossoir books on the Strat and Tele for many years now.but they only cover up to 88/90 respectively.Since then Fender have introduced many models under different names and I want to get myself up to date .Looking online there appear to be many books available..question is which to buy?Any suggestions guys....Thanks in advance.
     
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    If you can get by without photos, do a search for the multitude of model history lessons posted here by @John C

    Very informative.
     
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    A good book that is an "oral history" of the development of the Strat is "The Stratocaster Chronicles" by Tom Wheeler. It's also outdated now - it was released in 2004 for the 50th anniversary of the Strat - but the stories are great.

    Another one is "Fender - The Sound Heard 'Round The World" by Richard Smith. It's also outdated, from 1996 - but a lot of info about all the Fender models up to that time, and the amps as well.

    For a somewhat different perspective George Fullerton wrote 2 books that detail Leo's activities after Fender (mostly G&L but some on Music Man - George left Leo for a few years during the MM time period). The first was "Guitar Legends: The Evolution of the Guitar from Fender to G&L"; the second (written shortly before George died) was "Guitars from George & Leo: How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars". For the flip side of how Music Man unwound there is also Forrest White's book "Fender: The Inside Story" - White was Leo's factory manager at Fender, and he went on to be one of the 3 partners in Music Man (Leo, Forrest and Tom Walker were the owners of Music Man).