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Martyn How is the Commercial Director or the British string company Rotosound. Martyn and his brother Jason carry on the traditions of their pioneering father who started the guitar and bass string company in 1958. Martyn oversees the sales and marketing for the company as well as performer endorsements and dealer relations. Martyn’s many stories of his life in the industry range in topic from Jimi Hendrix and John Entwistle to products such as their famed RS66LD swing bass string set to the company&rsq
Mac Wiseman joined the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1946, the same year the legendary bluegrass band was formed. The groups two founders, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, formed their own group after performing and recording with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. When the Foggy Mountain Boys began recording, Mac played guitar. In later years he also sang with the group, but it
William F Ludwig III, known within the industry as B3, sat next to his sister Brooke as the two reflected on the Ludwig Drum Company’s 100th anniversary for the NAMM Oral History program. He spoke of his father and grandfather, the company founder, and the impact they had on the music products industry. B3 also spoke of his own role within the company and his focus on marketi
Brooke Ludwig Crowden remembers her grandfather, William F. Ludwig, working around the factory inspecting drums and insisting on a quality product. She remembers the day her father, William F.
Harry Carter was already a school band director when he opened a music store in Ottumwa, Iowa. The year was 1948 when Harry and two partners set out to develop a store that would specialize in customer service for band directors. As the store grew, Harry hired college friends and several buddies from his army days over a dozen men in fact.
Seymour Duncan may very well be the most innovative rock and roll guitarist around. As a teen he formed a rock band but noticed the pick-ups in his guitar were not creating the sounds he thought the instrument could produce, so he sought to make hand-wound pick-ups. In fact as founder of Seymour Duncan Pickups he cornered the market on handcrafted products for the electric gu
Harvey Leach has an eye for art and skilled craftsman hands, which together has come to define a new era in guitar luthiery and in-lay artistry. Harvey’s work in guitar design has developed hand-in-hand with his passion of in-lay designs. Creative cowboy and western themed scenes have graced his work found on Martin Guitars and have pioneered a series of in-lay techniques su
Grit Laskin grew up in Toronto and as a teen had his mind set on playing the guitar during the folk boom of the 1960s. He performed, recorded and wrote music, some of which was recorded by the likes of Pete Seeger. Along the way he found a few ways to adjust the guitar to suit him better and thus arrived at the idea of becoming a guitar builder. He signed up as an apprentice
Renee Karnes recalls meeting her future mentor when she was just eight years old. Over the years she developed both a love of banjos and a friendship with Henry Lea, who taught her the craft of banjo making. With his skills as a builder and her artistic flare, she soon began creating her own banjos with elaborate scenes of animals, waterfalls and beautiful flowers. She also
Larry Robinson's career as a luthier began in 1972 as an unpaid apprentice for three years before working for Alembic, Turner Guitars and with Modulus Graphite, a San Francisco company making graphite-necked guitars and basses. In 1984 Larry went out on his own and focused his attention to the ornamental inlay work of lutherie. He has since written the well-respected book THE