Fred Tinker

Fred Tinker and Rodgers Jenkins formed the Rodger Instrument Company in 1958. The partnership began when their church asked if they would join the team to help purchase an organ. Fred and Rodgers thought they could build one instead. Over the years the company introduced many innovative products, including being the first to use transistors in a musical instrument. Fred not only led the engineering department, he also hired many key engineers over the years, including George Kirkwood. Fred remarked during his NAMM interview that he felt lucky to have worked with such talented people!

Interview Date:
October 21, 2016
Date of Birth:
May 28, 1927
Deceased Date:
November 26, 2020
Job Title:
Co Founder
Rodgers Instrument Company

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