Book/CD pack. Deluxe leather bound edition in a beautiful cloth-covered case, with gold trimmed pages and signed by Fred Gretsch! Limited to 800 copies. Most musicians are familiar with the famous Bigsby Vibrato, but not as many know about the wonderful guitars that Paul Bigsby built in the 1940's. Bigsby, who was responsible for developing and refining the pedal steel guitar, also built the first modern solid body electric guitar for Merle Travis in 1948, predating Leo Fender and Gibson's Les Paul by a number of years. This book tells how Bigsby influenced Fender and Gibson, as well as other guitar manufacturers, in building techniques and design. This deluxe illustrated coffee table book contains over 300 color and black & white photos, many of which are published here for the first time. Over 50 are actual Bigsby instrument photos taken by fine arts photographer Greg Morgan. The CD contains recordings of Paul Bigsby from the late 1950's, telling stories of his business. Hardcover. 196 pp.