Fender Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 6:14 am. PTWritten by Jim Dalrymple The NYT has a story about Fender and its struggles. SSteve It would be heartbreaking (and almost unimaginable) if Fender went out of business. At least I can say I helped do my part. I bought a Japanese-made Jaguar bass in 2009. I love it.