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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Big influence on Leo Fender



Feb 16th, 2016 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some of you I'm sure already know this but I never realized Dick Dale had as much influence on Leo as he did. I stumbled across this YouTube video and Dick talks about his relation with Leo and how he distroyed all the amps Leo was building. If you have any interest in Fender History then this might be worth watching.

Dick Dale and Leo' s answer.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 01:50 PM, Feb 16th, 2016)

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 16th, 2016 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a lot of respect for Dick Dale however much of what he has to say has to be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, he had Leo's ear and because he played his amps dimed he was a great test bed for Leo in the late 50s and early 60s. There is no question he was an influence on Leo's quest for dependability and reliability. I have to question some of Dick's inventions however. That was Leo and Freddy among others at FEI.

I think Leo's generosity was probably a bigger influence on Dale that Dale was on Leo.


Way Out East

Feb 17th, 2016 02:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Blowing up 50 amps and catching the speakers on fire". It's a good story, but seriously... It would make a great episode on Mythbusters, though.

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 17th, 2016 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

That would make a cool Mythbuster episode. I'd watch. Where would we find 50 blonde Twins and Showmans that the owners would consent to having them "tested"? Not to mention the vintage Jensen and JBL speakers, Ouch!

The one thing that came out of Dick Dale's use or abuse depending on how you look at it was the "F" model JBL 120 and 130.


Way Out East

Feb 17th, 2016 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd be happy with just one amp if they can make the speakers catch fire by playing surf music on a Strat through it. They can afford it with their budget. Then they can proceed to blow it up with dynamite as usual, in case they don't manage it with the guitar ;)

(This message was last edited by Lynxtrap at 04:24 PM, Feb 17th, 2016)

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Feb 17th, 2016 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Crank up the Miserlou!



Feb 21st, 2016 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's easy to make a speaker catch fire, especially with a stomp box if someone is familiar with model rocketry.

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