Tim Shaw


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Chief Engineer
Company Name
Fender Muscial Instruments Corp.

Tim Shaw is the Chief Engineer-Guitars for Fender Musical Instruments, helping the company create guitars, pickups and other products. Tim’s career began when Charlie Wicks hired him to repair guitars for his retail store. He found his way to R&D at Gibson in Kalamazoo in 1978 and worked with the founders of Heritage Guitars before relocating to Nashville. His friend Bruce Bolen hired Tim to work for Fender in 1996, where he worked in R&D for Guild with Bob Benedetto and Ren Ferguson. His current position has him designing new instruments, pickups and hardware for many of Fender’s brands.