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ALL ABOUT… JIMMIE WEBSTER

Much of the iconography of vintage Gretsch guitars came from the company’s greatest ‘travelling ambassador’. Huw Price taps into the Jimmie Webster story…

HISTORY

Webster was a product demonstrator for Gretsch before he got involved on the design side of things
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Gibson had Ted McCarty, Fender had Leo, and Gretsch had Jimmie Webster. They were all ideas guys, but Jimmie was that bit diff erent, because he was an accomplished guitarist, but no engineer. Over four decades with Gretsch, Jimmie came up with some of the company’s most iconic, weird and notorious innovations. Jimmie was born into a musical family on 11 August, 1908 in Van Wert, Ohio. He grew up playing piano but also developed a keen interest in guitar, and by the 1930s, he was a professional guitarist working with Woody Herman and Count Basie. He also ran a music shop and tuned pianos, and by all accounts was very good at it, because his services were in great demand.

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