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The Lashley Chronicles - Letter 19

This letter is one of many letters written detailing the development of the pedal guitar, and the birth of the Emmons Guitar. It also includes standardization of the tuning and copedent, as well as historical commentary. 

The letters were written from Ron Lashely Sr. to Mr. Paul J. Graupp, the editor for "Pushin Pedals", the pedal guitar section of Fretts magazine, which was published by Fender Sales.


Scroll down for the complete transcription of this letter. The spelling and grammar shown below is exaclty how it was written by Ron Lashley Sr.





April 18, 64

Hi Paul,

How is everything in Germany [sic].   Thanks alot for the ideas on the amp.  I’m glad to get any ideas on amps or guitars.  The set-up looks good on the amp except for one thing??  Cost.  If all the material could be bought at factory cost then maybe it would be more practical.  I’m anxious to know how it turns out when you are finished with it.

Buddie is in now for 2 weeks.  I probably won’t get to see him this time.  I’m behind on some Stereos.  So far everyone has been well pleased with them.  I talked with him on the phone yesterday and he was very pleased with the article.  We are both anxious for a copy of Fretts.  When is it due.  Buddy would like a copy.  Could you have them to send [sic] him a complimentary copy.  Of course I am a subscriber.

Thanks again for the writing.  I’ll have the information soon needed for Country Song Roundup.

Buddy made a change yesterday.  Sent his horn on the bus for knee pedal change.

Right knee now raises E on E9th to F.

C on C6 is now activated by 7th pedal.

I must go now.  See you.

Your friend,


We will soon be packaging strings any [sic] gauge.  We have a sonometer now and are testing 70 samples to choose from.  We will be able to gauge C6 & E9 or any tuning close to perfect with our sonometer.

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