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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ruger9, Sep 14, 2021.
I don't know Zac, but Jimmy Bryant is one of my favorites.
Zac left out some details about how Jimmy ended up playing Fender. Paul Bigsby was making Jimmy a custom solid body guitar, like he did for most of the hot SoCal players, when they had a disagreement. Jimmy went to Fender, and Bigsby removed Jimmy's name from the guitar and sold it to someone else.
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Very interesting - thanks for posting!
Zac mentioned Jimmy using Rickenbacker guitars for a period. Here he is (with Donna Douglas of the "Beverly Hillbillys"?) with a 360F - hmmm. Wonder if there are any recordings with the Rickenbacker.
Interestingly, I was reading just this week the other side of this story. Per Wikipedia, the guitar was sold to Billy Byrd, notably of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours and a partial namesake of the Gibson Byrdland guitar.
It was a great episode Zak. Thx
I wasn’t aware Jimmy was involved in the development of the stratocaster. Will have to dig out the Fender books I have and re read that part.
I think his only "involvement" was in testing prototypes; it (Ask Zac) is the only place I have ever heard or read that Bryant "helped develop" the Stratocaster. Just my humble guess, but from what I have learned over the years about Bryant's personality, I'll bet all he did was test prototypes, and then got mad when Leo didn't make it a Bryant signature model... that guy was an amazing player, but quite full of himself, and apparently a drunk to boot. I love his hillbilly jazz, but he wouldn't be the first great player who was arrogant and "hard to get along with"...