The Fender Musical Instrument Corporation
is one of the most popular and widely recognised manufacturers of guitars, basses and amplifiers
in the world. The invention of the first mass-produced electric guitar
, dubbed Telecaster
(originally named Broadcaster, a name which was already registered by the Gretsch company for a line of drums), and the first electric bass
guitar, the Precision Bass (or P-Bass) can be attributed to the Fender company. Leo Fender
can also be credited with the invention of the Stratocaster
(or Strat), an icon of modern rock music.