Fender, who had been ill when he marketed his organization to CBS in ’65, had retrieved and was nervous to come back to the guitarmaking company. To that end, in ’72 Fender installed with former Fender Musical technology Equipment professionals Forrest Bright and Tom Master, and established Songs Man.
Pursuing previously passions, Fender first converted his interest to developing instrument and bass sounds built-in amps already built in depending on his past styles. When he came back to instruments in ’76, it was to his stalwart Stratocaster that he converted. The first Songs Man instruments were the Pain Ray I and II and the Sabre I and II (the I and II representing different fingerboard radii). Both had curved balanced out double-cutaway systems just like a Strat, with two new trucks of Fender’s style and an optionally available on board preamp. Unfortunately, as excellent as these instruments were, they were never quite as effective as Songs Man built-in amps already built in or basses.
Not prepared to provide up, Leo remaining Songs Man, and in 1980 joined with another Fender expert, Henry Fullerton, to type G&L (George and Leo). G&L’s first instrument was the F-100, basically a modified twin-humbucker Songs Man with the popular Strat type and two humbucking trucks. Another Strat-inspired instrument, the S-500, came out in ’82, with three single-coil trucks and vibrato developed by Leo. G&L instruments did not really take off (if that is the appropriate description) until ’85, with the release of the Broadcaster, a Tele duplicate. Its name, by the way, was easily modified (déjà vu!) to the ASAT in ’86, and it would keep be G&L’s most effective style.