Famous Fender Faces Meet!

Two Famous Fender Faces Meet

Two famous Fender faces met on Tuesday, Aug. 16, when Fender Musical Instruments Corporation CEO Bill Mendello, during a tour of the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, Calif., paused to be photographed with legendary Fender veteran Abigail Ybarra.

Mendello was in Corona for management meetings. The photo op occurred while Mendello was being given a tour of the Custom Shop by Steve Grom, vice president of quality assurance.

Soft spoken though she is, Ybarra has been responsible for some truly mighty sounds during her long tenure with the company, winding pickups for Fender since she was hired in 1956. For many years since, her hand-wound pickups have been highly regarded and much sought after by the world’s greatest guitarists and guitar collectors.

“Pickup” artists: Fender’s Bill Mendello and Abigail Ybarra

Photo by Dave Maddux


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