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Tiny Timbrell

Hilmer J. ‘Tiny’ Timbrell was a Canadian-born session guitarist who recorded with numerous high profile artists including Doris Day, Harry James, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Gene Krupa, Ricky Nelson and Marty Robbins. Notably, he also played guitar on the soundtracks of several Elvis Presley films. Tiny was also a rep for Gibson in the West Coast area and was instrumental in getting Elvis' Presley’s guitarist, Scotty Moore an endorsement deal with Gibson.

1948 Tiny Timbrell ad copy

Here’s a picture of Tiny holding a Gibson ES-350. Images courtesy of Paul Fox (

Click here to see Tiny Timbrell's 1939 L-5.