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Leo Fender, the founder of G&L Guitars passed away on a rainy day in March of 1991, an event which shook the Music World: The father of modern music was gone. It was on that very day that Fender had completed his last prototype instrument, after which he declared to his wife Phyllis that he had given all he can to the musicians of the world.

Before his passing, Leo Fender wanted to be sure that his legacy of G&L Guitars (G&L = George & Leo) would continue to shine even brighter in the future. Fender knew that he must look after the people of G&L, his family, so that they would remain secure and free to continue building the finest guitars and basses in the world. His wife Phyllis shared his dream, and she chose BBE Sound, under the leadership of Chairman John C. McLaren, to take over the management of G&L and to expand and develop it in the way Leo would have wanted. Leo had begun discussions several years before with John, who Leo respected.

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Today the G&L factory continues production as Leo would have wanted. His private workshop, the center of his creativity, remains untouched as it was on his last day and has been visited by music people from around the world. The ASAT, Legacy, L-2000, and JB are the culmination of Leo’s legendary evolution as an unparalleled electric guitar builder.

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