Gibson Guitar Luthier James 'Hutch' Hutchins Passes
January 26, 2010 at 2:27 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends condolences to the family of GIBSON GUITAR/NASHVILLE luthier JAMES "HUTCH" HUTCHINS, who passed away last night (1/25) from an undisclosed illness. He was 72.
HUTCH spent 45 years at GIBSON, beginning his career at the original KALAMAZOO, MI plant and then transferring to NASHVILLE in 1983. He was integral to designing the CHET ATKINS COUNTRY GENTLEMAN guitar and became good friends with ATKINS in the process.
Over the years he also worked with JAZZ greats HOWARD ROBERTS, JOHNNY SMITH, WES MONTGOMERY and HERB ELLIS.
HUTCH retired from GIBSON in MARCH, 2008. Funeral arrangements are not known at this time. Click here to read more about his life.