For the first time ever we can hear the first and last instruments built by Paul Bigsby together. Miraculously, our friends at Retrofret Vintage Guitars have these two historic instruments in their inventory right now: the Bigsby-built 1943 Lap Steel (the electric guitar pioneer’s instrument previously chronicled in FJ’s Electric Guitar Annual) and Paul’s last Instrument, a 1958 semi-hollowbody guitar, dubbed “Larry”.
Although both guitars are stock, Retrofret has paired up the outstanding musicians Jason Loughlin (guitar) and Raphael McGregor (lap steel) to play as a duo. They play “South” (originally by Bennie Moten) with Jen Hodge on bass and Matthew Avedon on rhythm guitar.
Unless an individual or museum miraculously buys both, we’ll likely never see or hear these two instruments together again, so we’re grateful that Reverb was able to capture them.
This video was produced and edited by Lea Jaffe and filmed by Brian Geltner at Retrofret Vintage Guitars.
For more information on these guitars, contact Retrofret.com.