Bigsby, Paul

The Story Of Paul A. Bigsby

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 1947-1965 ? to present Paul Adelburt Bigsby (1899–1968)[1][2] was the designer of the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece (also known as a tremolo arm) and proprietor of Bigsby Guitars. He built an early steel guitar for Southern California steel guitarist Earl “Joaquin” Murphy of Spade Cooley’s band, then built an electric guitar conceptualized by Merle Travis to have the same level of sustain as a steel guitar by anchoring the strings in the body instead of on a tailpiece. [Source: Wikipedia]

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Paul Bigsby reference books

The Story of Paul Bigsby – Limited Edition: The Father of the Modern Electric Solid Body Guitar – Special Collector’s Edition

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