The late Mr. Burns was known primarily as half of the musical comedy duo Homer and Jethro, with whom he appears here. Jethro was also a killer jazz and swing player—the first artist to use the instrument to its full potential in the jazz idiom. Famous for his wild improvisations and three-note chord solos, Burns recorded as a bandleader, solo artist, and sideman in addition to his work with Homer. Although Burns' primary instrument was a Gibson 2-point acoustic A5—now known as the "Jethro Burns model"—he sometimes played the Fender electric pictured above, and reportedly recorded two albums with it.
Burns was also a highly respected teacher, and his influence can be heard in the playing of Sam Bush, David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Don Julin, and many others.