Guitars-Amps-Fretted

Larry Coryell enjoyed a long career as a jazz guitarist. In addition to touring and recording on his own, Larry worked with some of the greatest names in jazz. Over the years he developed his own method of playing, and wrote a series of teaching books and DVDs. His educational publications have...
Roger Cox was a pioneering product engineer with Fender Musical Instruments in the 1990s when he brought the Passport system to the market. The project capped a long career with Fender that included working on several landmark projects with many of the icons in the industry. Rodger enjoyed success...
Robert Cray walked into his local music store as a kid and dreamed of owning his own Fender Stratocaster. After years of playing the blues, his career took off to the point that Fender approached him to create a Robert Cray model Stratocaster, which thrilled him to no end.  He was also honored to...
Dolores Crooks remembered her husband working in the garage at all hours of the night on a new sound he was after.  He tooled his own guitar amplifier and took it down to country dances to show it off to the musicians.  Before long performers such as Chet Atkins and Speedy West were not only buying...
Jim Cruickshank had an eye for design! While a proud member of the Fender guitar team, Jim designed many of the most memorable trade show displays for the company, including the 14-foot neck and headstock. Jim also worked on many of the company’s best known marketing graphics and even redesigned...
Jimmy Cypher is a vanguard guitarist who is forging a career of guitar performance with live DJ's in their environment. Reversing the trend of incorporating DJ's into musical instrument ensemble performances, a la Incubus and Sugar Ray, Jimmy is turning this concept a full 180 and being the...
Jim D’Addario has worked long and hard within the research and development arm of D’Addario, along with his brother John Jr. Headed by Jim, the engineering department has accumulated many important manufacturing and product patents in the field of music strings and musical accessories. He also...
Tom Dale was the original business partner and long time friend of luthier Mervyn Davis. Mervyn began building guitars in the 1970s and as the demand for his unique instruments grew so did the need to have a business partner who could help navigate the operation while he focused on the instruments...
Herbert David is called upon when a guitar needs repair – even when the guitar is Eric Clapton’s. Still, guitar repair is only a part of his business. Herb enjoys making “odd ball instruments” as he calls them, and is often hired by the Smithsonian to create an ancient instrument they don’t have in...
Johnny Davis had several key roles within the music products industry, which made his Oral History interview particularly meaningful for the NAMM collection as we seek to preserve our industry’s great history.  For example, Johnny worked for the Barcus-Berry Company when both founders were still...

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