|The Weavers - A Folk Revival Group|
|Columbia Broadcasting System|
The sale included the companies existing stock, the brand name Fender it’s existing brands, which included Fender Sales, Fender Electric Instruments, Fender Acoustic Instruments, and Fender-Rhodes.
It also includied some acquistions that Leo Fender had made; Terrafin Incorporated, Clef-Tronix, Randall Publishing Company, V.C. Squier strings, Electro-Music, Rodgers Drums, Steinway Pianos, Gemeinhardt Flutes, Lyon & Healy Harps, Rogers Organs, Guilbransen Home Organs, and all the existing Fender facilities.
As one can imagine this was a huge gain for a company that had it’s root firmly planted in only radio and television broadcasting.
|1960 Stratocaster and |
|1979 Ibanez Roadster|
|The Fender Lead Series Guitars|
The bodies of the Lead Series guitar had horns that were more symmetrical than those on a Stratocaster.
|'79 Lead II neck|
|Fender Lead body|
The guitars bodies were made of either 3 piece Ash or Alder. These guitar had an adjustable hard-tailpiece that bolted to the body.
|Fender Lead II|
Strings attached through the body to string ferrules mounted on the guitars backside.
|Fender Lead I pickguard assembly|
|Fender Lead I|
The Lead I came with a single special designed Seth Lover split humbucking pickup in the bridge position.
|1981 Fender Lead I|
The pickup on the Lead I had a 3 position coil selector switch that enabled the front single coil, both coils, or the rear single coil, plus a series/parallel switch (which was effective when both coils were active). The guitar had a single volume and tone control.
|1980 Fender Lead II|
The Lead II came with twin single coil pickups called X-1’s. These were hotter than those on a Stratocaster. One was at the bridge position, while the other was in the neck position. Both were slanted.
|1980 Fender Lead II|
This guitar had a 3 position pickup selector, plus a 2 position phase switch that worked when both pickups were active. Once again it came with a single volume and a single tone control.
|1982 Lead III|
The Fender Lead III was only offered in 1982, at the end of the run, for one year. It came with twin specially designed humbucking pickups, that were larger than most units built at that time.
|1982 Fender Lead III|
The guitar had a 3 position pickup selector switch, and a 3 position coil selector switch that allowed for neck single coil, both coils neck and bridge in full humbucker mode, or bridge single coil. Of course it also had a single volume and tone control.
Fender had designed a Lead Bass guitar that apparently never went into production. A prototype was photographed of the instrument.
|Fender Lead Bass|
This bass guitar was built to have 2 single coil bass pickups, each with 8 poles, that slanted in the opposite direction of the Lead II guitar. The Lead Bass was designed to have a 3 position pickup selector switch, and a 2 position phase switch that acted when both pickups were engaged.
|Steve Morse with Lead II|
They also signed Ritchie Blackmore as an endorser. Later Eric Clapton played a Fender Lead II, and donated it to the London Hard Rock Cafe.
|Clapton's Lead II|
The Lead Series of guitar were in production until 1982. By 1981 Fender had implemented the Bullet Series that would replace them.