Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Set to Go Public with $200 Million IPO

You can now not only own a Fender guitar, but a piece of Fender as well.

It was announced today that Fender Musical Instruments Corp. plans to go public with a $200 million IPO (Initial Public Offering), around $100 million of which will go toward paying off debt.

In a statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said, "The Fender brand in particular is closely associated with the birth of rock and roll and has a strong legacy in music and in popular culture."

The number/price of shares to be offered by the company has yet to be revealed, but it is known that the company plans to list "FNDR" on NASDAQ.

Aside from their iconic flagship brand, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. manufactures and sells instruments under other brands, including Squier, Jackson, Guild, Latin Percussion and Ovation.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.