George William Fullerton

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George Fullerton
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George William Fullerton in 2007 co-inventor of the Fender Stratocaster guitar shown here with the Fullerton 50th Anniversary Stratocaster guitar.
Born George William Fullerton
(1923-03-07)March 7, 1923
Hindsville, Arkansas, United States
Died July 4, 2009(2009-07-04) (aged 86)
Fullerton, California, United States
External video
Oral History, George Fullerton talks about collaborating with Leo Fender to design the electric bass, and having trouble finding strings to work on the long instrument. Interview date October 11, 2003, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

George William Fullerton (March 7, 1923 – July 4, 2009) was a longtime associate of Leo Fender and, along with Fender and Dale Hyatt, a co-founder of G&L Musical Instruments. He is credited with design contributions that led to the manufacture of the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar.

Biography[edit]

Born in Hindsville, Arkansas, George Fullerton moved to Southern California in 1940. He served in the United States Marine Corps and later worked part-time at Lockheed Aircraft as a machinist while attending night school to further his interest in electronics.[1][2]

Leo Fender invited Fullerton to join his company and Fullerton became a full-time Fender employee on February 28, 1948. He is credited with design innovations that allowed Fender to mass-produce its first solid body electric guitar, known today as the Telecaster, which the company introduced in 1949.[3] After leaving Fender in 1970, he continued to work with Leo Fender at Music Man and later co-founded G&L Musical Instruments along with Fender and longtime Fender salesman Dale Hyatt.[4][5] Fullerton returned to Fender as a consultant in the company's custom shop in 2007.[6] In November 2007, the company unveiled the limited edition George Fullerton 50th anniversary 1957 Stratocaster guitar and Pro Junior amplifier.[7][8]

Fullerton was inducted into the Fender Hall of Fame in 2010.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Fullerton Answers Monday Lunch Report Q's!" Retrieved 2010-11-22.
  2. ^ Chiu, Melody. "George Fullerton: artist, musician and technician dies at 86" Orange County Register. July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. ^ Owens, Jeff. "George Fullerton, 1923-2009" Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  4. ^ Lewis, Randy. "George Fullerton dies at 86; musician helped Leo Fender create his unique guitars" Los Angeles Times. July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ Moseley, Willie G. "George Fullerton Guitar Icon (1923-2009)" Vintage Guitar Magazine. November 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  6. ^ Owens, Jeff. "George Fullerton, 1923-2009" Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  7. ^ Moseley, Willie G. "George Fullerton Guitar Icon (1923-2009)" Vintage Guitar Magazine. November 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  8. ^ George Fullerton 50th Anniversary 1957 Stratocaster Guitar and Pro Junior Amp Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  9. ^ "Fender Hall of Fame 2010" Retrieved 2010-11-20
  10. ^ "Jimi Hendrix and George Fullerton to be Inducted Into Fender Hall of Fame" Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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