Fender et Cie: all the guitars they love

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Two beautiful books review the history of Fender and other leading guitar brands.

When we talk about blues, rock, country, jazz or pop and… electric guitars, there is bound to be one name that comes up very often: that of Fender. The American brand, founded 75 years ago in California by Léo Fender, has become a staple in popular music. Amps, “solid body” guitars: Léo Fender and his associates have revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar through their research and their innovations. Thus, the names of Telecaster, Stratocaster, Mustang, Jaguar speak to all guitar lovers, without forgetting the Jazz Bass and Jazzmaster, famous “four strings”. This formidable Fender saga is told in a book by connoisseur Dave Hunter, “Fender, 75 years old” (29.95 €, basic), the official 75th anniversary book of the American brand. A chronology of the instruments very well illustrated with many photos of artists, advertisements of the time, others more unpublished taken within the company.

Another work, “Guitar, an art of living” (45 €, EPA), by Michaël Levivier and Yud Pourdieu Le Coz, offers a magnificent book of 240 pages. Fifteen guitarists testify to the intimate links that they can weave with such or such instrument during a career. Thus, Louis Bertignac, Nono, Boris Jardel, Yarol Poupaud, Mademoiselle K and many others express themselves at length, with passion, on the guitars that they love, that they pamper, that they fiercely keep despite the weight of years for some. Professional or amateur guitarists, collectors or virtuosos, they are all united by this love of beautiful instruments, of those who have made them click, by the sound, by the look …