Watch: Paul Bigsby’s First Guitar

December 2019


Raphael McGregor plays a 1942 Bigsby lap steel, the first instrument ever built by famed guitarmaker Paul Bigsby. After being lost for over 70 years, this instrument was recently rediscovered. The tune played here “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” which McGregor transcribed from a recording by Spade Cooley and his Orchestra featuring Joaquin Murphy.

Look for an in-depth look at this lap steel and its history in the Fretboard Journal‘s second Electric Guitar Annual, mailing in January, 2020.

Reserve your copy of the Electric Guitar Annual, Vol. 2 here.

Filmed at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn.