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Lowdown on the Uproar: Leo's Electric Basses

When the Telecaster, Fender’s first solidbody electric, proved to be a success, Leo Fender turned his attention towards a fully electric bass guitar. He had the finished product—the Precision Bass―in hand in 1951. Music was never the same.

The Precision Bass rounded out what would soon be known as the rock ’n’ roll combo. It added a foundation for the electric guitars and drums. As Leo’s partner Don Randall once said: “When we got the bass where it could compete in volume with the guitars and drums, well, then we had something.” The stage was set literally for the music revolution of the 1950s and 1960s.  

The electric bass, perhaps Leo’s biggest coup, had an immeasurable impact on music. This exhibition will showcase the instruments he brought to the world, Fender, Music Man, and G&L basses. It will follow Leo’s inventions and refinements up to 1991.

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