When Leo Fender
sold his guitar company, he was made to sign an agreement stating that he would remain out of the guitar business for a period of 15 years. At the end of those 15 years, he teamed up with his friend George Fullerton to create a new company, this one called G & L
(George and Leo). The aim of this new venture was to use Leo Fender's current and actual specifications on everything from the factory conditions to the hardware used.
When compared to a current, say, american stratocaster
, a commanche
(the G & L version of the strat) goes way above and beyond. Better fretwork
, better craftsmanship, better finishes, and so on. In no way are current Fender
guitars or basses of a higher general quality than those of G & L
passed away in March of 1991. Before his passing, he wanted to be sure that the legacy of G&L
would continue, so he and his wife chose to have BBE Sound
take over the management and to expand. Today, the G&L
factory continues production as Leo would have wanted. His private workshop, the epicenter
of his creativity, remains untouched as it was on his last day and has been visited by music people from around the world. There are no computers or robots popping out guitars with uniformity but no soul
. The people of G&L
, his people, continue to hand craft the instruments with love, dedication and great skill.