b. Billie Rae Carson, 28 July 1926, Meridian, Oklahoma, USA, d. 15 Feb 2007, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Elevated by his grandparents in Amarillo, Tx, Carson trained himself to try out mandolin, then acoustic guitar, and by his past due teenagers was playing in regional western swing rings. Relocating to Southern California, in 1951 Carson bought his 1st Fender Telecaster, starting a long-lasting romantic relationship with the maker where he reputedly recommended design adjustments that led Leo Fender and his group towards the best form of the cutaway Stratocaster. Carson proved helpful part-time on the Fender seed as an assembler and tester, in the meantime playing in rings led by performers such as for example Noel Boggs, Spade Cooley, Lefty Frizzell, Billy Grey and Hank Thompson. From 1957 Carson proved helpful full-time for Fender, increasing to seed manager, later getting deeply mixed up in company’s customer support centres. He was after that director of musician relationships in Nashville, Tennessee, and through the past due 70s he proved helpful in Fender’s advertising and product sales divisions until his pension in 1992. Among Carson’s nonmusical passions is at gardening, leading to his admittance in The Guinness Reserve Of World Information for developing the globe’s largest watermelon (1990-2006). In Oct 2006 Carson’s very own 1959 Fiesta Crimson Stratocaster was marketed by Christie’s in NY for $66, 000.