Moseley completes latest book
By Michael Butler
Willie G. Moseley is the author of 16 books and countless articles. He is in his 35th year as a contributor for Vintage Guitar Magazine. His latest work, "A Luthier's Life: The Guitar Odyssey of Roger Fritz," is now available for the holidays.
Moseley's introduction to Fritz came in 1990 in Fritz' hometown of Mobile.
"The Fritz Bros. article that was printed in Vintage Guitar marked the first time I'd interviewed a guitar builder," said Moseley, "and it was also the first time I had toured a facility that built guitars."
Luthier, a term used in the book's title, is French for maker of stringed instruments.
"He is a guy who started building instruments and had a knack for it," Moseley added. "He's been employed by Gibson."
Moseley spoke about Fritz' affiliation with iconic guitarist Roy Buchanan.
"Roy Buchanan wanted Roger to build a guitar for George Harrison, an ex-Beatle. Harrison sent a thank-you letter to Roger dated Aug. 13, 1988. The next day, Ray Buchanan died. There's a bit of irony."
Instruments made by Fritz have been used by several other notable musicians in the industry including Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones.
Moseley's book is already receiving rave reviews.
"If you have ever given serious thought to designing and building electric guitars as a full-time profession, this book is capable of pushing you over the edge to get started," one reader noted. "Mr. Moseley's excellent effort will go a long way to shedding light on this (Fritz') hard-earned legacy."
Moseley's "Basses and Guitars - The Huckabee Collection," released last year, has become Moseley's best seller.
"He's got a built-in market - two and a half million followers on Facebook," Moseley said of the former Arkansas governor. "I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
Moseley is already working on book number 17.
"The next one is about a guitar brand that was made in Houston called Robin Guitars," he said. "They came up with a lot of great guitars that people identify with. It's called "Thunder Out of Texas."
"A Luthier's Life" from Acclaim Press is available now at: www.acclaimpress.com or wherever fine books are sold.