Billy Grammer


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Grammer Guitars

Billy Grammer formed his own guitar company after years of playing country music in and around Nashville. Billy recorded several hit records on his own as well as playing behind some of the biggest names in country music. In 1958 he recorded “Done Laid Around” and the chart topper “Gotta Travel On.” Along the way, Billy was seeking to create a guitar that would combine the sounds of his two favorite instruments, Martin and Gibson. By 1964 he teamed with his fishing buddy, Clyde Reid, who operated a music store, and with J. W. Gower to create the Grammer Guitar Company. This country music favorite was produced for several years with the original founders of the company before it was sold to Ampeg in the late 1960s. Ampeg stopped production of the Grammer Guitar in 1971.