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Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Appoints Ren Ferguson As Chief Acoustic Engineer

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 19, 2012) – Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) announces today that world-renowned master luthier Ren Ferguson has joined its Research & Development (R&D) team as Chief Acoustic Engineer. In that role, Ferguson will assist in the Fender®, Guild®, Ovation®/Adamas® and Takamine® acoustic product lines, through the creation of innovative new products, and refinement of existing products and related manufacturing practices.

Ferguson comes to FMIC with more than 50 years worth of instrument building experience, focusing on the crafting of acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos. In 1962, Ren set to pursue his lifelong passion for instrument building that soon expanded to include research and development, manufacturing and training.

"We are very pleased to welcome Ren to the R&D team,” said Keith Chapman, senior vice president, R&D for FMIC. “His experience and long history of innovation, high quality and expert craftsmanship will prove to be invaluable to our R&D and manufacturing departments.”

About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors. FMIC brands include Fender®, Squier®, Guild®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Charvel®, EVH®, SWR® and Groove Tubes®, among others.
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