Leo Fender began modestly building small amplifiers and electric lap steels with his partner, Clayton Orr Doc Kaufman.
Exceptionally fine conditions for a 40 year-old instrument, really "near mint".
Clarence Leonidas Fender was born in 1909, and was raised in Fullerton, California.
As a teenager, he developed an interest in electronics, and soon was building and repairing radios for fellow classmates.
Only visible sign of time: light "stress" finish cracks in the neck-joint area, which by the way is perfectly stable and structurally solid with no issues at all. Laminated maple body, rosewood bridge and pearl-block inlaid fingerboard, original Grover Sta-Tites, chesterfield headstock inlay.