George Van Eps

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George Van Eps
Born (1913-08-07)August 7, 1913
Plainfield, New Jersey
United States
Died November 29, 1998(1998-11-29) (aged 85)
Newport Beach, California
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Seven-string guitar

George Van Eps (August 7, 1913 – November 29, 1998) (often called "the Father of the Seven String Guitar") was an American swing and mainstream jazz guitarist.


Noted for his recordings as a leader, and his work as a session musician, Van Eps was also the author of instructional books that explored his approach to guitar-based harmony. He was well known as a pioneer of the seven-string guitar (including a Gretsch signature model released in 1968), which allowed him to incorporate sophisticated bass lines into his improvisation. He was a strong influence on later seven-string players such as Howard Alden (with whom he recorded four CDs for Concord Records in the early 1990s), Bucky Pizzarelli, and John Pizzarelli (Bucky's son). His father was the legendary classic banjo player Fred Van Eps.[1]

Van Eps died of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California at the age of 85.[2]



  1. Ginell, Richard S. "George Van Eps Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Watrous, Peter (7 December 1998). "George Van Eps, 85, Musician Who Popularized 7-String Guitar". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>