Have a look at the video clip below for some fantastic rare footage of the Fender guitar factory from the late 1950s.
Shot inside Fender’s original Fullerton, California home in 1959 according to the uploader, film restoration company CinePost. It’s a unique look into the early days of the iconic American guitar makers, and even features shots of Leo Fender, Freddie Taveres and Abigail Yabarra (who still wound pickups for the Custom Shop until 2013, and you can read more about here)
Although at this point, Fender had around one hundred employees and their guitars were in the hands of many of world’s most famous players, it was still a relatively small company compared to the massive corporation it is today.
The 8mm film also highlights the majority of work being carried out by hand and at times with some questionable health and safety measures.
Some say, “They don’t make them like this anymore”, well in Fender’s defence, they probably wouldn’t even be allowed too.