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Bill Lawrence
Bill Lawrence

Bill Lawrence (born Willi Lorenz Stich on March 24, 1931 in Wahn-Heide (near Cologne), Germany) is a recording musician and an electric guitar pickup designer/maker and guitar designer/maker in the musical instrument industry, designing pickups and guitars for Fender, Gibson, Peavey and other guitar companies from the late 1960s to the present, with many patents (see below). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1071x975, 521 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1071x975, 521 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Cologne (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Three magnetic pickups on an electric guitar. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Peavey may refer to: peavey tool, A logging tool used to move timber Hartley Peavey, the founder of the Peavey Electronics Corportation. ... A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time (normally maximum 20 years from the filing date, depending on extension). ...

His birth name was anglicized to "Bill Lawrence" and claims under oath at the USPTO to have used "BILL LAWRENCE" since 1962. In the early 50's, he also used Billy Lorento as a stage name and had his own guitar and string line with the German guitar manufacturer, Framus. However, since the 1960s he has performed and recorded under the name Bill Lawrence (see 'external links' below). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO or USPTO) is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that provides patent and trademark protection to inventors and businesses for their inventions and corporate and product identification. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The name Bill Lawrence may refer to: Bill Lawrence (producer) Bill Lawrence (guitar maker) Bill Lawrence (trademark) Category: ... Framus is a German guitar, bass, and banjo manufacturing company, that existed from 1946 until going bankrupt in 1975. ... ... Methods and media for sound recording are varied and have undergone significant changes between the first time sound was actually recorded for later playback until now. ...

Later, in the 1970s, Bill designed guitars for Framus Nashville. Hans Peter Wilfer, who owns Framus today, is writing a book about Framus' history and has interviewed Bill about him and his extensive knowledge of the company's history. (http://www.framus.de/modules/frameset/frameset.php?lang=en),

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bill started winding and offering replacement pickups in the U.S. and working on professional guitarist's instruments at his Greenwich Village, New York custom guitar shop with Dan Armstrong. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NY redirects here. ... Dan Armstrong was an expert guitar luthier and recording session musician. ...

Players like Jeff Baxter with the Doobie Brothers and Joe Walsh with the Eagles, and many, many others in the music scene were regulars there. Larry DiMarzio joined the team and when Lawrence left to work with Gibson Guitars, Dimarzio continued with Lawrence's direction and started the first replacement pickup company in the 1970s, DiMarzio Pickups. Jeff Skunk Baxter (born December 13, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is an American guitarist best known for his stints in the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers during the 1970s. ... The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band, best known for hit singles like Black Water. They were popular throughout the 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... DiMarzio (full name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc. ...

Bill was the guitar consultant for the band Aerosmith for a time, and is mentioned in the liner notes of their album Pump, released in 1989. This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Pump is the tenth studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ...



On May 10 2007 5:52 p.m. the United State District Court Of Southern California Case No. 05CV1200-LAB(CAB) entered a judgment: "Jzchak Wajcman is the sole owner of the common law trademark Bill Lawrence for use on Musical products in all 50 states and judgment is entered accodingly.

  • Wilde USA®
  • Keystone™


On Tursday May 10, 2007 5:52 p.m. a settlement has been reached in the United States District Court Southern District Of California Western Region case No. 05CV1200-LAB (CAB)

Jzchak Wajcman dba Bill Lawrence Products, versus Willi Lorenz Stich. The parties have been very diligent and working in good faith to achieve this settlement, and it's taken a long time but ultimateley it is a settlement that both sides can live with and progress and go on with life.

To avoid confusion. * Bill Lawrence® is not a registered trademark. for products It is only a registered service mark for consulting services. Jzchak Wajcman owns the common law trademark "Bill Lawrence" and has the sole right to enforce that trademark with respect to products."


  • US patents:
  • 3,711,619 (1973)
  • 3,902,394 (1975)
  • 3,915,048 (1975)
  • 3,916,751 (1975)
  • 4,151,776 (1979)
  • 4,364,295 (1982)
  • D279,380 (1985)
  • 5,376,754 (1994)
  • 5,789,691 (1998)

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to a patentee for a fixed period of time in exchange for a disclosure of an invention. ...

External links

  • A picture of one of Bill's record sleeves Bill is holding a guitar with the original "Lawrence electro sound" pickups made by Jachak Wajcman and William Stich in 1965. Bill did not record and has nothing to do with this record. He happened to demonstrate a waw waw pedal and was asked if his demo can be used on that record.



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