Dale Hyatt

If you do not have Flash installed/enabled in your Internet browser, you may experience problems viewing videos on namm.org. You can download Flash from Adobe's web site or use an HTML5 compatible browser (Safari, Chrome, IE9+).
Dale Hyatt
Interview Date: March 20, 2007
Job Title: Sales Manager
Company: Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Birthdate: December 10, 1925
Deceased: March 28, 2013

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.  

© NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants