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Gene Fields spent his entire professional career involved in the playing, design, and production of musical instruments.
He is a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame (inducted 2015) and a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Association Hall of Fame (inducted 1998).
He spent 23 years working for Fender Musical Instruments, mainly in research and development. His designs at Fender included the PS 210 Keyless Pedal Steel Guitar and the Starcaster semi-
Later, Gene designed and oversaw production of the Sierra line of solid body guitars and basses. He was also general manager of MCI Intertek for 3 years, making design refinements to the EMCI pedal steel guitars.
Gene decided to go into business for himself and began with the GFI Student Model pedal steel guitar, the GFI Kari-
Gene passed away in November, 2014 at the age of 85.
General Manager Bob Diekmeier began working for Gene in 1992 and learned every aspect of producing GFI pedal steel guitars from the ground up. He is married to Gene’s daughter Tracy.
GFI Musical Products is based in Marshfield, Missouri USA.
Founded in 1989 by Gene Fields, GFI has grown steadily with an expanding range of products and distribution.
The GFI shop in Marshfield, Missouri
General Manager Bob Diekmeier and the Haas CNC Mill
The late Gene Fields and his D-
Gene and Norm Hamlet
Ralph Mooney performing at the 2002 International Steel Guitar Convention
The Story of GFI