By Elizabeth Cady StantonThe Globe and Mail (http://bit.ly/2bXwjG5 )In the 1950s, American guitarist George Gershwin started making his own acoustic guitars.
It’s no longer uncommon to see guitars in the museum of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, but the guitars of the late 1950s and early 1960s were not designed to be used in any serious musical instrument.
There were no strings, no pedals, no amps, and no amplifiers.
They were the kind of guitars you could buy at the hardware store for $20 or $30, and they were the instruments most people played on the guitar.
The instruments made in the U.S. were not made with the intention of being used in musical instruments.
Instead, they were a tool for musicians to play on their own time, to rehearse or rehearse alone, to improvise and improvise in concert.
In the mid-1950s, Gersy’s guitars were used by jazz musicians to practice and play for the first time.
Gersy was a prolific performer.
He played a string quartet, a trio with his son, Jimmy Gershy, and his brother George, as well as a jazz band.
But by the 1960s, the Gershonks were mostly playing in their own bands.
Jimmy Gership said he had a lot of fun with them.
“I remember one day we were playing the ‘I Love You, Baby’ song and the next day we had to play the ‘Whiskey In My Eyes,'” he said.
“That’s when Jimmy and I were talking about getting back together.”
They started going back to their own group and Jimmy was playing in a different group, and George was playing with a group that was called the ‘Horsemen.’
“Jimmy Ghershy said the instruments they played in those bands were not the type of instruments you would buy for $10 or $20 at the local hardware store.
The guitars were the type you could find at the garage sale.
This is one of the guitars Jimmy Ghership is selling for $30.
He says it’s the original instrument he bought in 1960.
(Facebook)He said he got the original guitar at a garage sale, and when he heard that the original instruments had to be shipped back, he was intrigued.”
It was a guitar I had never seen,” he said of the original Gershwins.
While he bought the guitar at the yard sale, he said he didn’t want to give it away to a collector.
George Gersky said that when he learned that the guitars would have to be returned, he thought about putting the original one in the collection, which he said would be a good thing.”
My thought was, ‘OK, this is the guitar that Jimmy and George got when they came back to our band in 1961.
It’s the guitar I got from them.’
“So I put the original in the attic and I put it in the basement.
I put it on the wall and I said, ‘This is my guitar, and I’m going to keep it,'” he recalled.
When the Galshwin brothers were young, they played a lot with their father, who was a professional guitarist and jazz guitarist.
His brother George was a jazz musician in his own right, and he played with Jimmy Galshy in a jazz group called the Horsemen.
A collection of vintage guitars is being sold at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Gatineau, Quebec.
One of the Gatsbys, a 1965 guitar, sits in the display case.
(Lionel Fournier)Gershwins and Gersys guitars were bought by the Grosvenor family in 1967.
At that time, Jimmy was just starting his career, and Gertrude was the only daughter of the family.
She had been with Jimmy and his wife, Mary, and their daughter, Martha.
(Lionell Fourniers)”They gave us a guitar,” Jimmy Greshy recalled.
“They gave me a guitar, a guitar that I wanted to use and use it well, and that was the first guitar that we ever played.
We played in bands and we played together, and it was the kind that would be in my bedroom and in my living room.”
Jimmy was playing his own band, the Horseman, in 1969.
That was a time of great upheaval in the world of jazz, with the emergence of the Black Panthers and the Vietnam War.
People were questioning the idea of musical freedom and what was music?
Jimmy Greshi said the guitars were an important tool to help him practice, improvise, and rehearse.
Lionels Fourniels, right, with Jimmy, left