The Story of Paul Bigsby contains a wealth
of images of his guitars and steels—many
of them portrayed in glorious detail on multipage
fold outs. There are also photos of
Bigsby’s motorcycles, machinery, templates,
vibratos, correspondence, and drawings, as
well as black-and-white snapshots of live
gigs featuring prominent Bigsby players of
the time. There’s even a CD of recorded “letters”
that Bigsby made for his friend and
former bandmate Jack Parsons, where you
can hear him talking about his business dealings
with a variety of well-known guitar
companies. From reading this fantastic book
it’s clear that Paul Bigsby had no interest in
mass production, and that the only music
he cared about was country and western.
But in his messianic zeal to create the best
guitars possible for the players he adored,
he charted the course of solidbody evolution
for the benefit of us all. FG Publishing.
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