Bob Wiley

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Music Industries Corp.

Bob Wiley’s father opened a small music store in Kansas in the mid 1930s and specialized in steel guitars. When the sales rep, Charlie Hayes, came into the store with electric guitars from a new company called Fender, Bob’s father was thrilled. In 1947, the store was one of the country’s first Fender dealers. Throughout his childhood Bob played music, he played steel guitar before there were pedal steel guitars. Bob has come to design his own guitars over the years and has remained a well-respected leader in the industry.