In Autumn 1980, I spent a wonderful 6-week holiday in the US, doing a round trip from San Francisco through Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley Nat’l Parks, on to San Diego, Los Angeles, Monterey and back to SF. In LA, I (at the time a 25-year-old electronics and acoustics student with nothing much to show) had the guts to simply call up the Fender company and ask them for a visit of the factory. They must have been so surprised that they agreed, and I spent great and informative day at the (of course then CBS-owned) Fullerton Plant. I got to meet Ed Jahns who was quite proud of the Fender 75 and 30 amps that had come out a bit earlier, and he discussed tubes with me! What an honor! The visit also gave me the idea to rip the Tolles covering off my Princeton Reverb amp at home – the yet-uncovered cabinets I saw at the plant made me realize that there was potentially very good-looking hardwood underneath that Tolles that would make my amp look quite a bit Boogie-ish (the circuitry had long been dramatically modified, anyway).
The visit concluded with a trip to the Fender administration where i was given a collection of schematics and service documents of all the products manufactured at the time.
I had forgotten about these documents until I came across them recently, and I decided to scan them and post them here – maybe they are of interest to somebody.
Guitars and Basses: