Fender Musical Instruments


Over the 41 years since his untimely death in 1970 at the age of 27, the music of Jimi Hendrix has inspired legions of budding guitarists around the world. Though known to have occasionally played other makes and models, Hendrix is most closely associated with the Fender Stratocaster and that indelible association has done much to ensure the Strat’s reigning position as the instrument of choice for both amateur and professional musicians. M17 is in active discussions to have Fender work closely with all parties in the cross promotion of 2019's Hendrix Unplugged album, The Acoustic Experience, which Spencer is executive producing along with Eddie Kramer for worldwide release.

In 2002, Spencer architected and oversaw FENDER RECORDS, a Joint Venture with Fender Musical Instruments, Time-Warner's Rhino Records and Proffer's Morling Manor Music Corporation {Meteor 17’s parent corporation}. The debut release on the Warner distributed label featured music by Eric Clapton, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Smashmouth, blink-182, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, amongst others.

During the run of Fender Records, for which Spencer served as off campus CEO, he also designed and negotiated was a Joint Venture between Fender and Irvine, California-based surf apparel maker Ocean Pacific to co-produce a CD and tour featuring emerging music acts and athlete-musicians affiliated with endorsements through OP. An online talent search was conducted through Fender's highly popular web site which receives over 100,000,000 hits per month and OP's retail outreach. Artists submitted MP3 music files to Fender.com for three months. The winners selected by Fender, Proffer and Meteor 17 longtime producer, Steve Plunkett.

Press releases to both of the recordings mentioned are: