Looking for Photos of Leo's original equipment

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  1. Ronkirn

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    back in 2011 there was a vigorous discussion about the early days of Fender..

    Mike Eldred posted some photos of the equipment Leo used in this seriously edited thread.

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/fender.270113/

    the photos are no longer available .. I'm just wondering if anywone happened to retain copies of them,..

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    I suppose you saw this vid?
     
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    Ron you might send Preeb/Gil Yaron an email. I feel certain he will have what you are looking for.

    Now go see Mr. Mcallan, and say hi for me;)
     
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    I don't have a lot, but here's Leo around 1950-ish next to his Diamond Machine Tool Co. open throat Multi-Max punch press. I can't tell what part he's holding. I do have some images saved on my computer of some G&L tooling if you're interested.
     
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    Thanks TCA for posting that. . . Good God how I love those videos...

    and the photos I'm looking for are of some drill presses, some stamping machines, a photo of the file cabinet that Leo kept his personal notes in... and a few others.


    thanks,

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    I kept wondering about the lefty Tele in the background . Great combination .
     
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    Here's a link to a catalog for the punch press in the photo I posted. There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there about the Diamond Machine Tool Co., they were based in LA and they seemed to be pretty local.
    http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=16988
     
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    that press would just about squeeze me out of my shop.. :eek:

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    I recall being told G&L ended up with all the equipment when Fender moved to Corona....

    Probably just a piece or two but the story grew legs...

    Any truth to this?
     
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    that's what I was told.. and why I'm looking for the photos.. I just wanna be certain I'm right..

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    If I am not mistaken, Leo kept most of the stuff, but some stuff stayed with Fender. In a recent video touring the Corona CA factory they look at a bridgeport mill and a metalworking drill press table that they say was Leo's, bought new in 1950.
     
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    That press is a serious piece of kit, no doubt! I can't tell from the pics of it is the 30 or 50 ton model. Those things are dangerous too, I was reading in the book The Birth of Loud that in the very early 50s one of Fender's employee's guitar playing career was cut short when 4 of his fingers on his left hand got sheared off in one of the presses.
     
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    Yeah when I was a "Kid" I worked in a Bank's graphic department, next to the printing shop.. they has a monster paper cutter in there.. it would give me the creeps just watching is shear off a foot high stack of paper....
     
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    I have a friend who works in the paper industry .. i saw one of these monsters... 1,5 foot ( 50 cm ) of paper .. PLUCK .. that gave me the creeps for real...
     
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    yeah. I guess the manufacturers of such were afraid of the possibilities. it had several layers of "safety features" that involved using both hands, feet, and good intentions..

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    This thread got me looking through all of my saved images of Fender tooling on my computer! Here's another piece of equipment that stayed behind after the CBS sale. This is the original die for Stratocaster jack recesses that was made by the Race and Olmsted Tool & Die Co., they made most if not all of the Fender tooling, at least the 50s stuff. They were actually right next door to the Fullerton Factory (I don't recall if it was the first factory or the second one on Raymond St.), pretty convenient. They still use this die in the Corona factory, though I think they only use it for Pure Vintage parts, and the rest are made by replicas of the original.
    fender strat jack recess tooling.PNG
     
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    Ron there's some old G&L guys who have been posting on FB that have or appear to have access to similar pictures and maybe even the actual pieces you mentioned. I think it's CLF Research on FB
     
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    Fender still owns and uses a lot of original machinery and tooling.

    It's all here in this video tour:

     
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    The G&L guys seem to really love sharing Leo's legacy. I bet you could even email them and they'd get back to you about it. Honestly, Fender might, too. Their support department is beyond excellent in my experience.
     
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