Randy Scruggs on His Gibson Guitar

by | 5 Mar, 2010

Gibson Contributing Editor Ellen Barnes talks to Randy Scruggs.

Randy Scruggs grew up watching wide-eyed as his dad – legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs – took part in jam sessions at the family’s Nashville home with artists like Johnny Cash, Ravi Shankar and Linda Ronstadt. Besides his enviable vantage point, Randy also received personal tutelage from Mother Maybelle Carter.

When Randy was six, it was Carter who taught Randy to play autoharp. She instilled in him a lifelong affinity for Gibson guitars. Her Gibson of choice was an L-5, while his ultimately would become the Advanced Jumbo, a model he turned to so long ago that he can’t recall when or where he first fell in love with it.

It didn’t take long for Randy to earn his reputation as an artist in his own right; he was barely out of his twenties before he became a first-call session player and producer for artists like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Alison Krauss. He’s since won a Grammy and has thrice been named Musician of the Year at the Country Music Awards, among other honors. But at the end of the day, Randy says he is grounded by the guitar and by the example of his famous father.

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