May 10, 2013 in Blog

Fender CS Employee Abigail Ybarras Retires, New Apprentice, Los Lobos Performs

Abigail YbarraWhat does the name Abigail Ybarras have in common with guitar giants such as; Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Holly, Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan?  They all earned their living with a Fender guitar not too far from their side.

Abigail worked at Fender since since 1956 and in 1958 started her legendary job of handwinding Fender pickups.  Next time you pop off the pickguard of your Stratocaster look for the initials AY as builders often initialed the necks, bodies and pickups of Fenders.  After over 50 years of making pickups Abigail Ybarras retired and passed the torch to her apprentice Josefina Campos.  Campos has been working with Abigail closely for the past 3 years and with Fender since 1991.  Keep an eye out for Campos-wound pickups featured in upcoming Custom Shop, Master-Built and Limited Edition guitars.

Josefina Campos_Abig

But have no fear Abigail didn’t go quietly, Fender threw her a private party with her co-workers and Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos. Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop Marketing Director commented,  ““Abby is one of the many individuals, like George Fullerton, Freddie Tavares and Forrest White, who have set our course as a company and leader in our industry.

Abigail Ybarra_Los Lobos

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