Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the
1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his
musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists.
In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their
playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson,
Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny
Smith high end models as a tribute to this master.
John Henry Smith, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in
1922 and was only five years old when he became
fascinated with the guitar. His father played five-string banjo
but guitar was John's first and lasting love