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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Leo Fender's Radio Service shop in Fullerton, California


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jul 29th, 2016 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am happy to report that the small building where Leo Fender operated his radio shop from 1945-51 was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The address, if you're in the area and want to pay homage, is 107 South Harbor Blvd. in downtown Fullerton. In Leo's day, the street went by the name of Spadra.

The building in question was, I think, the third location Leo used for his fledging business and historically the most significant.

I have included with this post a link to the NRHP application which students of Fender history will want to read. It is LOADED with details about the shop and what Mr. Fender did there to change the course of American popular music. This is information you cannot find anywhere else, which means that much of this was not known to Tom Wheeler, Richard Smith and others who have published significant books on the history of Fender musical instruments. Whoever wrote the application did a lot of research on the subject and it shows.


Fender's Radio Service NRHP application

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 06:30 AM, Jul 31st, 2016)

The Jester
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I didn't do it!!!
Jul 29th, 2016 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Way TOO cool, George!! Thank you for sharing this! Next time I'm in Fullerton, I will definitely visit!

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Jul 29th, 2016 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool stuff, thanks for sharing.

I was born in Fullerton in 1952 and lived there for the first 20 years of my life, so I am quite familiar with not only this building, but all the later facilities, as well, culminating with the huge complex that CBS built shortly after the takeover in 1965.

It was great growing up in Fullerton back then, having Fender right there the whole time.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jul 29th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  


You probably have Fender stories you collected when you were growing up. Would love for you to share them here on the forum sometime.


uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Jul 30th, 2016 03:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a remarkable find George.It makes really good sense of a lot of Fender stuff.


Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Jul 30th, 2016 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great find. I skimmed a bit of it, but it was well thought out & researched.

And we need some stories from BobbyMac!


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Aug 4th, 2016 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool. You can see the plaque on google street view

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Aug 16th, 2016 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I finally read the application, excellent piece of work. Although I did note a few discrepancies/mistakes, that does not take anything away from the in-depth research done, here.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 17th, 2016 03:21 AM   Edit   Profile  


Will you share with us what mistakes you found?


Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Aug 18th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

That means I have to read through it again!

One of them, that I do recall, is in Section 8 Page 1, where it is said that other than Richard Nixon, the only other person from Orange County to have a worldwide effect is CLF. I can think of at least one other person, Francis C. Hall. He most certainly had a profound effect on the music world and its offshoots, through The Beatles connection with Rickenbacker.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 18th, 2016 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Jeff.


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