Bucky Pizzarelli remembers vividly the impact that George Van Eps had on guitarists in New York City. Van Eps, like Bucky a New Jersey native—he was born in Plainfield—had established himself in California.
“He was one of my heroes,” Bucky said. “I used to listen to him on the radio, but I didn’t meet him until 1969, when he came to New York demonstrating the seven-string Gretsch guitar. The next day about four of us, Barry Galbraith included, went down to Manny’s, which in those days was on West 48th Street, and bought seven-string Gretsches.”