That person was Dudley Gimpel ernie ball musicman axis
The next thing I knew we got a telex (before fax and email) m-steel ernie ball for an order for 10,000 guitars from Japan. That was the good news. The bad news is that we were making about 4 guitars and basses a day. But we were off and running on a now thirty year journey.
I wanted to cover the early days of the set up of the team and factory for Ernie Ball making Music Man instruments. The original team was Dan Norton who had worked as my fathers right hand man and later mine for 40 years. Tommy Walker came on board and we needed a guitar maker/luthier/designer.
That person was Dudley Gimpel. Dudley had worked at a crazy ernie balls good and just plain crazy store in Minneapolis, Minnesota called Knut Koupee. He made a Telecaster for me and I loved it and showed it to my father and he made one for Ernie too. Very shortly thereafter Dudley moved to LA to work for Valley Arts guitars who at the time were making all the hip studio guitarists axes. Dudley wasn’t happy there and heard that I had bought Music Man..
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