July 8, 2009
Fender guitar pioneer Fullerton dies
U.S. musician, artist and technician George Fullerton, who played a big role in the success of the electric guitar, has died at age 86, his son said.
Fullerton died Saturday of heart failure at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., his son Geoff told Wednesday's Los Angeles Times.
Leo's domain was the lab: innovation, getting ideas together on the conceptual level. George's domain was the shop, Richard Smith, curator of the Leo Fender Gallery at the Fullerton Museum Center, told the Times. Fullerton, he said,
made the machine that threaded the guitar necks. He came up with the neck shaper and all these unique tools they used. If Leo had problems, (Fullerton) needed to solve them.
The newspaper said that besides his son, Fullerton is survived by a daughter, Diane, and two grandchildren.