Fender is a manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. The company was founded in California, USA by Leo Fender in 1946. Leo Fender also designed one of the first solid-body electric basses, the Precision Bass (P-Bass), which has become known in rock, jazz, country, Motown, funk, and other types of music. Fender's Precision and Jazz Bass models are now widely considered to be the standard to which most other electric bass guitars are measured.
Many bands use Fender guitars today. Some notable Fender players, both past and present, include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Robin Trower, Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck, Kurt Cobain, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, John Mayer, and many others.