Show Pro was a five year design of Jeff Surratt and Duane Marrs. With Duane's mechanical "know
how"; this was definitely a great pairing. These two were constantly compiling input from the top
players in the steel guitar industry, to make the best guitar available. Duane had 40+ years in the
Nashville area and had maintained and repaired practically every type of steel guitar made. From
this he drew information and ways to make service on your guitar easy. With the "Marrs" system
adjustments can be walked through over the phone or via e-mail; if you ever need assistance.
While growing up in Charlotte, NC, Jeff began playing the steel at age 14; and working in music
stores at age 15, learning about all types of instruments and repairs. Little did he know he would be
building his own steel guitar one day. While in Charlotte, Jeff recorded many sessions and played
with the Moody Brothers.
Since moving to Nashville, Jeff has been an active musician. Jeff was a member of the house band
at the well known Stockyard in 1996 and 1997. While there he backed such artists as Mark
Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others. He has also toured with several
artists including Deryl Dodd, Sherrie' Austin, Clay Davidson, The Wilkinsons, Tommy Shane
Steiner, Jeff Bates and most recently Josh Turner. Jeff and his Show Pro can be heard on the "Josh
Turner Live at the Ryman" CD, that is available through Cracker Barrel.
After several years of touring, Jeff is now off the road and dedicating his energies to this new guitar
A.J. left Sikeston, MO where he was supervisor in a toy factory, and followed his brother Doyle to
Nashville in July of 1965. A.J. has been repairing and finishing instruments since then. A.J. was the
repairman for Sho-Bud at 416 Broadway; while Margaret his wife, worked for Music City Mfg a
division of Sho-Bud under David Jackson. It is Shot Jackson that A.J. attributes his skill and
knowledge of this craft. So far, A.J. has done all of the Show Pro custom finishes. If you can
imagine a finish, A.J. can do it.
Duane was behind adding John to the Show Pro team. John is a masterful machinist and cabinet
builder; he makes everything very precise. In addition to building our Show Pro cabinets, John is
building pack-a- seats and speaker cabinets. John is also active in sound and audio with the
Nashville Cowboy Church and the Midnight Jamboree.