Abigail Ybarra Passes The Torch

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It’s the end of an era. It’s amazing to think that for the entire history of rock music, pickups by Fender’s Abigail Ybarra have been there. Abigail was personally hired by Leo Fender in the 50s, and her hand-wound pickups are legendary. Abigail has just retired, passing the torch to the very capable Josefina Campos. Josefina has been with Fender since 1991 and has been apprenticing with Abigail for the last three years. Abigail, it was a pleasure to meet you on my visit to Fender and again when you stopped by the Seymour Duncan booth at NAMM this year. And Josefina, I can’t wait for the day when I own your pickups! Read More …

Today I met a legend!

Today I went to the Fender factory and Visitor Center at Corona, California. Had a great time checking out the Custom Shop and all the cool stuff at the Visitor Center (did you know you can design a guitar there at the Fender American Design section, with whatever finish you like, and probably get it much sooner than a Custom Shop instrument?). I’ll post a full factory tour article soon, but in the meantime, here’s a highlight: I met Abigail Ybarra, who was hired by Fender in 1956, and she still winds pickups in the Custom Shop today. Awesome. Abigail is living Fender history and many players proudly proclaim that they play pickups wound by her.