Fender had an electronics repair shop called Fender’s Radio Service where he first repaired, then designed, amplifiers and electromagnetic pickups for musicians—chiefly players of electric semi-acoustic guitars, electric Hawaiian (lap steel) guitars, and mandolins. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin was born in 1796 in Markneukirchen, Germany and came from a long line of cabinet makers and woodworkers. Martin was supposedly apprenticed to Johann Georg Stauffer, a well-known guitar maker in Vienna, Austria.Players had been ‘wiring up’ their instruments in search of greater volume and projection since the late 1920s, and electric semi-acoustics (such as the Gibson ES-150) had long been widely available. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures. His father, Johann Georg Martin, also built guitars. Martin returned to his hometown after completing training and opened his own guitar-making shop.Tone had never, until then, been the primary reason for a guitarist to go electric, but in 1943, when Fender and his partner, Clayton Orr “Doc” Kauffman, built a crude wooden guitar as a pickup test rig, local country players started asking to borrow it for gigs. Fender was intrigued, and in 1949, when it was long understood that solid construction offered great advantages in electric instruments, but before any commercial solidbody Spanish guitars had caught on (then small Audiovox company apparently offered a modern, solidbody electric guitar as early as the mid-1930s), he built a better prototype. However, he soon became embroiled in a controversy between two guilds.
The guitar (in its modern form) was a relatively new instrument, and most guitar makers were members of the Cabinet Makers’ Guild.
The Violin Makers’ Guild claimed exclusive rights to manufacture musical instruments.
The Violin Makers’ Guild filed appeals on three occasions – the first in 1806 – to prevent cabinet makers from producing guitars.
The Fender Telecaster, colloquially known as the Tele, is the world’s first commercial solid-body, single-cutaway electric guitar made by Fender, typically dual-pickup in configuration.
Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music.
Introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster in the autumn of 1950, it was the first guitar of its kind produced on a substantial scale.
Its commercial production can be traced as far back as March 1950, when the single- and dual-pickup Esquire models were first sold.
The Telecaster has been in continuous production in one form or another since its first incarnation.
The Fender Telecaster was developed by Leo Fender in Fullerton, California in 1950.
In the period roughly between 19, several craftsmen and companies experimented with solid-body electric guitars, but none had made a significant impact on the market.
Leo Fender’s Telecaster was the design that finally put the solid-body guitar on the map. guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin.