Bill Lawrence

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Bill Lawrence
Interview Date: February 24, 2005
Job Title: Founder
Company: Bill Lawrence Products
Birthdate: March 24, 1931
Deceased: November 2, 2013

Bill Lawrence was known for his pick-up design and his long career as a German based guitarist. In fact, when visiting the Framus Museum in Markneukirchen Germany, you can learn of his influential musical career when he was known as Billy Lorento. Always interested in electronic, he applied his two interests and soon developed his own pick-up for the guitar. For over forty years, Bill published numerous articles on the subject of guitar design.  He was granted numerous patents, and worked with some of the most respected companies in the guitar industry, including Framus, Gibson, and Fender.  He passed away on November 2, 2013.  

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