Dale Hyatt

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Dale Hyatt was hired by Leo Fender while the iconic guitar building was still a radio repairman in Fullerton, CA. The year was 1948. Dale recalls all of the major landmarks that helped establish the development of the Stratocaster and the birth of rock and roll. Dale remained with Leo as he established The Music Man and with Fender when it was sold to CBS Musical Instruments. Dale worked with Leo and George Fullerton to create G&L Guitars. In fact, Dale retired from G&L, Leo’s last guitar company, six months after Leo’s passing in 1991.  

Interview Date: 
March 20, 2007
Date of Birth: 
December 10, 1925
Deceased Date: 
March 28, 2013
Job Title: 
Sales Manager
Fender Musical Instruments Corp.