Bill Lawrence (guitar maker)

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Bill Lawrence (born Willi Lorenz Stich; March 24, 1931 – November 2, 2013), was a pickup and guitar designer/maker[1] who crafted products for Framus,[2][3][4][5] Fender, Gibson, Peavey and other companies beginning in the 1950s.[6]

While at Gibson from 1968-1972, he helped design the super-humbucker pickup and was the designer behind the Gibson L6-S.[1] He helped redesign the electronics of the Gibson SG[1] and also worked on other models like the Gibson S-1 and Marauder.[6]

Lawrence co-founded Lawrence Sound Research in 1975, but parted ways with the company (and the "Bill Lawrence USA" brand) in 1984, going on to found Wilde Pickups (as "Wilde Bill") with wife Becky.

He was born in Wahn, Cologne, Germany and started his musical career as a jazz guitarist. He died in Southern California, United States.

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  1. ^ a b c Carter, Walter (September 1, 2007). The Gibson Electric Guitar Book: Seventy Years of Classic Guitars. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 84–. ISBN 978-0-87930-895-7. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "5/120 Billy Lorento". Framus Vintage Archive. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "07301 Billy Lorento". Framus Vintage Archive. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "07302 BL 10". Framus Vintage Archive. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "BL 10 Billy Lorento". Framus Vintage Archive. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Guitar And Pickup Designer Bill Lawrence Passes Away". .gibson.com. November 2, 2013. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2013.

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