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The Lashley Chronicles - Letter 25

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.





Undated/ Late 1964

Hello Paul,

Just a few lines to say thanks for the article.  I sent your strings this morning via air mail.  

It is Chalker on the State Fair album.   Garrett can’t touch that playing.  Garrett has about dropped out of the scene.  He plays in a club in Texas and doesn’t travel.

Things are really moving around here.  We are setting up our assembly line to compete with Fender.  We don’t try to compare the guitars.  Any inside information which you can get us will be appreciated if possible.  We are really selling the strings.  It looks like we have an item there that everyone likes.

By the way, the hottest and best all round [sic] steel man in Nashville, beside Buddie, is Hal Rugg.  Something fine [sic].

Got to go,


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