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Paul Bechtoldt author of "G&L: Leo's Legacy" describes the situation: Leo had decided to market guitars under another name besides Music Man in 10/79 due to tension between CLF and Music Man.Production of bodies and necks for both Music Man and G&L were concurrent up to and including March 1981.
Tommy, Leo, Forrest and quite a few more are no longer with us.By 1976, it had built a manufacturing facility for musical instruments and was contracted to make Music Man products.In June 1976, production started on guitars and in August basses followed.A contract was given to Grover Jackson to build bass bodies and assemble the instruments with CLF necks and the remaining CLF hardware. It was called the Cutlass and the two pickup variant, the Cutlass II.Neither it, nor the new translucent finishes, were able to turn the financial tide and by 1984 the company was near bankruptcy.p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .
The Music Man story began in 1971 when Forrest White and Tom Walker formed a company they would call Tri-Sonix, Inc (often incorrectly referred to as "Tri-Sonic").
Tom Walker approached Leo Fender about financial help in forming Tri-Sonix.
White had worked with Leo in the very early days of Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company as the plant manager and stayed on after the company was sold to the CBS Corporation, but had grown unhappy with their management. Because of a 10-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to CBS, Leo Fender was a silent partner.
It was a hybrid of tube and solid state technology.
The preamps used the then burgeoning solid state "op-amp" integrated circuits embodying traditional Fender preamp time constants and architecture, while the power amps typically featured a Cathode Driven Tube power amp stage, much as were used in the radio broadcast industry in AM Transmitters.
The 1976 catalogue shows the first offerings; A two pickup guitar called the "Sting Ray 1" and the Sting Ray Bass.