Oral History Information
Sharon Sagar is the daughter of Paul Barth, the founder of Bartell Guitars. Paul started his guitar and bass manufacturing factory in Riverside, California, in 1964. As a teenager, Sharon worked in the factory in the summers and enjoyed getting to know the other dedicated employees who impressed her with their dedication to the quality of the instruments. Sharon recalled the relationship her father had with electric guitar pioneer George Beauchamp (1899-1941), and the time they spent together. The Bartell company produced some 2,000 instruments before closing in 1969. Paul’s instruments have since been greatly sought after by collectors and are the theme of Paul Brett’s 2021 book Finding Fretless: The Story of George Harrison’s Mad Guitar.