GFI Musical Products, based in Marshfield, Missouri, manufactures and wholesales pedal steel guitars. Founded in 1989 by Gene Fields, GFI has grown steadily with an expanding range of products and distribution.
Gene has spent his entire professional career involved in the playing, design, and production of musical instruments. 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-hollow bodied electric guitar. Gene co-designed (with Leo Fender) the Mustang Bass, Marauder and Bronco guitars, among other projects, before spending 7 years with Fender's string division. 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-All Storage Seat and cases for the steels. With encouragement and financial assistance from good friend, Blackie Taylor, Gene designed and produced the first GFI Professional Series pedal steel guitar. He continues to innovate in a number of ways, including the acclaimed Keyless Tuning System and the Ultra Model pedal steel guitars.
Gene and his D-812 Keyless with Candy Red Frame, Black mica on the front rail and Maple mica on top of the bodies. The 8 string neck is fretted.
(The Candy Red frame finish is currently discontinued).
More in depth articles on Gene's history can be found in the Articles page.
Click here to see some of photos of the shop in Missouri.
Click here to see a couple of photos of the shop Gene had built recently on his wife Pat's parents property in Michigan.