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ALL ABOUT… TADEO GOMEZ

Fender’s greatest-ever neck carver was an orphaned migrant worker who walked a thousand miles to get to America. Huw Price profiles the legendary Tadeo Gomez…

HISTORY

A Fender Strat pictured at Capsule Music in Toronto with neck initialled by Tadeo Gomez and dated October 1954
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Pick up any book on Fender history and check out the 1950s factory pictures for proof that Fender’s employees were a mixed group. Look at some of the signatures inside the tweed amps and you’ll encounter the names of Lydia Sanchez, Lupe Lopez and Maybelle Ortega. The staff also included Geraldine Herrera working on lap steels and Art Cordero on pickguard duty, among many others. Indeed, many of the most iconic Fender guitars and amps ever were crafted by members of the Latino community back in the 50s and 60s.

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