Stephen Stern


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Senior Master Builder
Company Name
Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

Stephen Stern was born a wood craftsman. In fact, growing up his two passions became building furniture and playing the guitar. When he had an opportunity to put both together in the early 1980s, he jumped at the chance and went to work for Charvel Guitars. After returning to cabinet making he saw an ad for a job at the newly created custom guitar division at Fender and applied for the job. John Page hired him back in 1993 and gave Stephen the task of over-seeing the building of the D’Aquisto arch top guitars at Fender. During that time Stephen had the unique opportunity to work for Jimmy D’Aquisto who once served as an apprentice to John D’Angelico.