Press Release: March 25, 2003

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Rocks with New HP PC, Server Solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 25, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, the world's foremost manufacturer of electric guitars and amplifiers, is upgrading its technology systems with HP notebook and desktop PCs and industry-standard servers.

"HP delivers quality and very reliable technology solutions that will keep Fender strumming along for many years to come," said Kevin Pollock, data center and network services manager, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. "Like Fender, HP is known for delivering innovative products and solutions that provide solid investment protection and peace of mind."

Fender, an American icon in the music industry, has purchased HP Compaq D510 desktop PCs, Evo n800v notebook PCs and HP ProLiant ML350 and DL380 industry-standard servers. The installation project was designed to replace outdated technology systems to increase business efficiency and productivity among the company's operations in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Corona, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Ensenada, Mexico.

"We are very pleased that Fender selected HP's technology solutions to support their growing business," said Robyn West, vice president of small and medium business, HP Personal Systems Group. "Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, HP and our value-added solution partners offer customizable solutions that address the needs of our small and medium business customers."

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