[NAMM] Gretsch: The Story of Paul Bigsby
Fred Gretsch Enterprises will release a new book entitled The Story of Paul Bigsby: Father of the Modern Electric Solidbody Guitar at the NAMM show 2009.
The book is written by Andy Babiuk, author of the book Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments, From Stage to Studio.
In this book, the author re-writes guitar history and intends to prove factually that Paul Bigsby was truly the father of the modern solidbody electric guitar. Bigsby, who was responsible for developing and refining the pedal steel guitar, also built the first modern solidbody electric guitar for Merle Travis in 1948, predating Leo Fender and Gibson's Les Paul by a number of years.
The book also comes with an audio CD of Paul Bigsby, recorded in the late 1950s, telling stories of his business.
The Story of Paul Bigsby is the first title published by Fred Gretsch Enterprises under the FG Publishing imprint.
Availability & Pricing
The hardcover trade edition of the book will be distributed worldwide by Hal Leonard Corporation and retails for $50 US. A deluxe edition of the book with a special embossed leather-bound cover, gilded gold edges, cloth-woven bookmark, autographed by Fred Gretsch, and packaged in a special clothbound commemorative Bigsby clamshell box will be available in a limited edition direct from the Gretsch webstore and will retail for $100 US.
For more information, visit their web site at www.gretschstore.com.
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