Legendary Guitarist and Pickup Designer Bill Lawrence Dead at 82

Posted on November 4, 2013 | by Amber von Nagel

Bill Lawrence

Bill Lawrence, legendary German guitarist and pickup designer, died on November 2 at the age of 82. A memorial service will occur later this week in Southern California, date and time yet to be announced.

His wife, Becky, said in a press release this week, "Bill was a strong and courageous man. Even in his last few days, Bill fought to live . . . and we, at his company, were still working because this is what Bill Lawrence wanted to know—that his company and legacy is carrying on as usual."

Originally from Cologne, Germany, Bill Lawrence began playing guitar when he was a teenager in the late '40s. By 1948, he designed his first pickup. Since then, he enjoyed a long career as both a musician and a pickup designer. He began working alongside his wife in the 90s to create innovative pickups, and continued to work with her up until his death. Their acoustic pickups have been used by the Edge, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, and many others.

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