MUSIC MAN was founded in 1972 by Leo Fender, who introduced the legendary Stringray bass in 1976. MUSIC MAN was taken over by ERNIE BALL in 1984. Since then, many other guitars and basses have been developed by MUSIC MAN and MUSIC MAN has since become one of the most innovative instrument manufacturers worldwide.
However, despite its success MUSIC MAN continues to focus on high quality and diligence rather than mass-produced instruments: the company motto is ‘quality not quantity’.
The MUSIC MAN factory in San Luis Obispo / California isn't a huge company as one might expect. Instead, the company premises resemble far more a large custom shop than an actual factory. Everything is built and checked here using the highest quality wood and expert craftsmanship, all under the ‘MUSIC MAN’ label.