The Lead Guitars were manufactured between 19 by the Fender Musical Equipment Co.
under the direction of Gregg Wilson and Freddie Tavares.
This series featured a double cutaway body similar to the Fender Stratocaster without body contouring.
Headstocks retained the version one (Telecaster) profile.
The Deluxe, originally conceived as the top-of-the-line model in the Telecaster series, was the last of these to be released, in late 1972.The "humbucker" Telecasters failed to draw potential customers away from competition like Gibson's Les Paul model, and the Telecaster Deluxe was discontinued in 1981.However, in 2004 Fender decided to re-issue the Deluxe, probably in response to the belated popularity of the original 1970s version.Gregg Wilson was succeeded by John Page, who eventually headed the Fender Custom Shop.The Lead Series have elements of the Stratocaster and Telecaster in their design with a body that is slightly smaller and with a slightly different shape than the Stratocaster, a Stratocaster-like neck (and headstock), and hardtail bridge with Telecaster-like string ferrules on the back of the body.The smaller headstock and the neck were both patterned after earlier Fender necks.