Certainly at the very start of it all, the idea that one day
Chuck Lindert would be handing a Lindert Guitar to legendaries
the likes of Chet Atkins, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), John Squire
(Stone Roses) or John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) would
have seemed ludicrous... but it happened!
Uncertain where to go in the early days, Lindert called
Leo Fender seeking advice. Leo referred him to one of his
designers. That’s how Chuck came to know historic
guitar designer Freddy Tavares. Freddy had been with Leo in
the early 50's when they were getting fledgling Fender
Guitar Company off-the-ground. The Fender Stratocaster was
designed by Tavares.
Through many conversations with Tavares, Lindert returned
to his guitar design... concentrating on the guitar's high quality.
He added his own unique, quirky touches like the headstock
shaped as a fist with an upraised thumb. All of his
models had a railway theme, inspired by Chuck's second
love. The Lindert Guitar line included names such as... Loco-Motive,
Diesel, and of course Conductor!
This 1996 "Conductor" is a very early prototype.
It touts a 25 1/2" scale length, 22 fret composite asymmetrical neck with 2 INCREDIBLY HOT Humbuckers
(Neck - 11.30K, Bridge - 15.33K). These Humbuckers "Were Not" included with
the commercially released 1997 "Conductor" models.
Chuck Lindert, along with guitar builder Larry Krupla,
hand-built this very early Conductor prototype and personally
signed the back of the headstock. Being very enthusiast with
this new Lindert model, they decided to announce the unveiling
of the Conductor guitar at the March 1996, NAMM Trade Show
in Anaheim, CA.