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Published: Friday, 3/9/2012

Guitar maker Fender to seek $200M IPO

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

NEW YORK — An instrumental piece of rock and roll history is going public.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the maker of legendary guitars strummed by the likes of Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, filed papers Thursday for a $200 million initial public offering.

Founded in 1946 by Leo Fender, the company created the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars in the 1950s.



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