Clarence Leo Fender, was born in Anaheim, California on this date in 1909. Together with George Fullerton, Fender developed the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar in 1948. It was called the Fender Broadcaster. Two years later it was renamed the Telecaster and became one of Fenders iconic designs, and a favorite of Bruce Springsteen’s and many many more. In 1951 the Fender Precision Bass, the world’s first electric bass guitar, was unveiled. A short 3 years later another iconic model, the Fender Stratocaster was put on the market. More stylish and technically improved than the Telecaster. The Stratocaster -or Strat- was the first guitar to feature three electric pickups (instead of two) and the tremolo arm used for vibrato effects. Its clean, sharp sound earned it a loyal following among guitarists such as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others. Fender, who never learned to play the instrument he revolutionized, sold his companies to CBS in 1965, due to his failing health. When his physical condition improved a few years later, he returned to the company as a design consultant and continued to indulge his inventive and entrepreneurial inclinations well into the 1980s.