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Rocking Out Inside Fender's Office

At its new Hollywood headquarters, guitars line the walls and employees are encouraged to play any time of day.

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This story appears in the March 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

How's this for a midday stress release? Leave your desk, pick up a guitar and just jam. It's a workplace feature that's core to Fender, the 71-year-old company that has crafted instruments for musical icons from Bruce Springsteen to Jimi Hendrix. In its new Hollywood headquarters, designed by Rapt Studio, guitars line the walls -- acoustic, electric, one-of-a-kind -- and employees are encouraged to play any time of day. (Talent is not required, but we suspect it's greatly preferred.) The historic company is currently focused on investing in new technology and talent, helping Fender keep up in an increasingly competitive music world. Fender's staff is looking to the future.

Adam Friedberg

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