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Emmons, Buddylocked

  • Tim Miller


(b Mishawaka, IN, Jan 27, 1937). American pedal steel guitarist and instrument innovator. By the age of 20 he was established as one of the skillful and creative players in Nashville. In 1957 he and the veteran guitarist Harold “Shot” Jackson formed the Sho-Bud Guitar Company, seeking to capitalize on the increasing demand for pedal steel guitars. Over the subsequent two decades, Emmons contributed greatly to the expansion and refinement of the pedal steel’s mechanisms and musical vocabulary. He is credited with solidifying the most common configuration of the pitch-altering pedals and knee levers, and popularizing the use of re-entrant strings for melodic playing. In ...

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