Oral History Information
John McLaren Jr. grew up in the music business as his father, John McLaren Sr., served as a strong leader for CBS Musical Instruments, which owned such brands as Steinway pianos and Fender guitars. His father was also the Senior Vice President for Yamaha Corporation. John Sr.'s involvement in Fender guitars allowed John Jr. to meet and get to know many of the woodworkers and craftsmen that Leo Fender had hired for his original factory in the 1950s and 60s. When his father purchased Leo’s last company, G&L Guitars, John and his brother, David, vowed to continue the legacy Leo and those early luthiers had established. Today, John serves as the Vice President of G&L Guitars, which is a division of BBE Sound.