Babe Simoni began working for the Fender Guitar Company in 1953. He was a teenager when George Fullerton hired him to work on the factory floor. Babe’s father had worked in the plant just the year before but had suffered a stroke and left the company. Babe worked on nearly every style of guitar the company produced in those early days and he remained on staff until several years after CBS purchased the company. He then followed Leo Fender, who by that time had already established Music Man, where Babe remained until his retirement from the industry in the early 1980s.
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