Ted Newman Jones started building guitars for Keith Richards in 1971. Ted and Keith designed the first five string open "G" guitar during the 1972 Rolling Stones U.S. Tour for Exile on Mainstreet. Ted built guitars and worked for Keith Richards exclusively from 1972 to 1978. Keith gave Ted several thousand dollars to set up shop in Austin, TX after he left the Rolling Stones as Keith's guitar tech/builder.
At his Austin shop, he built guitars for Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, James Honeyman-Scott, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Lucinda Williams and a long list of others. He catered to the special needs of the artist and knew the importance of the musician to be inspired by his instrument. Teds' balanced body style and unique asymmetrical "V" neck carve have made Newman Guitars legendary. In recent years, Ted and Jeff Smith worked together to bring the company and Newman Guitars into modern times. Since Ted passed in on July 1st of 2016, Jeff Smith has continued with the Legacy of Ted Newman Jones and Newman Guitars. "He left a lot of work to do so we're doing it. That was the plan." Jeff Smith