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1946 Fender Princeton

March 1, 2020 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

In 1945 Leo Fender and Doc Kauffman founded the K&F Company producing lap steel guitars and amplifiers.

In 1946 Kauffman departed the business and the company, K&F, was renamed "Fender Electric Instrument Company."

1946 Fender Princeton

This lap steel guitar is one of the first electric guitars made by Leo Fender on his own.

1946 Fender Princeton

It has an asymmetrical control plate and fingerboard; Roman numeral fretboard markers; a lightning bolt on the peghead plate; an ash wood body; a box magnet pickup; and a non lacquer "wax like" finish. Before Leo made Telecasters and Strats, he made lap steels!

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2020
Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival Special Edition
February 7-9, 2020 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 – Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i   CANCELED
March 21, 2020 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 20, 2020 – Windward Mall, Kane‘ohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 13-18, 2020 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Monday-Thursday – Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday – Festival Open Stage and Ho‘olaule‘a Performances

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 17, 2020 – Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival — Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 15, 2020 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu

Maui Steel Guitar Festival   Date Change
October 16-17, 2020 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui
October 18, 2020 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui

Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
TBA – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island.

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