Merle Travis - Musical Giant & Architect of the Solid Body Guitar

April 17, 2020

Many know Merle Travis simply as the name behind "Travis Picking," yet are unaware of his influence as a performer and songwriter. Perhaps even less known, is how in the late 40s he was one of the architects of the solid body guitar. It seems almost a deep dark secret that his Bigsby-made guitar was borrowed by Leo Fender in 1948, and it set the course for the Telecaster and Stratocaster. Today, we seek to spotlight this overlooked contribution by Merle and Paul Bigsby and to spotlight the incredible musical works of the great Merle Travis.

Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story - By Merle Travis & Deke Dickerson

To buy a copy autographed by Deke

The Merle Travis Guitar Album