Thursday, February 24, 2011
Jack Penewell and his Twin Six Guitar
Jack Penewell in his prime with his double six Stella guitar. Jack was a multi-neck instrumentalist - he played a twin 6 string guitar and a twin 6 steel guitar. He also designed the world's first double neck steel guitar (an acoustic model built by Gibson in 1932). Jack was born in Stoughton and lived most of his life in Madison. He recorded sides for Paramount, Wisconsin's legendary blues label. His career hit it's stride in the 1920's and early 30's when he became a featured attraction on the vaudeville circuit. He would continue to hit the stage, cut records and do radio show appearances well into the 60's. Below is an article from a Davenport, Iowa newspaper hyping a Jack Penewell show date. "Ever see a twin six guitar?" it asks.
"You will be allowed that pleasure at the first Tri-City radio-electric show and exposition." And you will too if you click here. Look for more detailed info on the music and life of Jack Penewell in future posts.