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Guitars of Fame and Legend.

Rusty Dobro 11 Nov 08 - 03:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 03:20 PM

I have a Martin D18 which I wittily refer to as 'the Martin D18'.

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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: eddie1
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 03:48 AM

Back in the 70s, a music shop in Bath St in Glasgow (McCormicks?) had a left-handed, electric, Martin tenor guitar in their window. It was apparently ordered, but never collected, by a member of a quasi-folk group of the time called The Settlers who were fairly well-known from TV.
Bearing in mind the relative scarcity of left-handed tenor guitar players wanting an electric and prepared to pay Martin prices, the price started at £750 and gradually dropped to £450!

I often wonder what eventually happened to it.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 09:51 PM

Tenors is fun!

Especially tuned in fifths.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 05:18 PM

I had occasion to see Nick, on occasion, over the past few years. I never bothered to ask why he chose the tenor guitar. This was, obviously, not a mainstream choice of instruments. Nick's father was a Navy captain who brought many songs home from his travels, and the family spent a lot of time hearing and playing music. When Nick was a teenager, he attended high school in Hawaii. I have a feeling that a tenor guitar probably grew from the ukeleles he was exposed to during that time. One day, I'll see if one of his sisters can shed some light on this.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 03:50 PM

BTW, I'm sure you've heard Nick Reynolds passed away last month.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 03:47 PM

There was also the quasi-famous tenor guitar of Nick Reynolds, here on the right, which caused a minor rsurgence in sales of tenors during the folk scare 50 years ago.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 03:28 PM

Travis Edmonson, half of Bud & Travis and, before that, The Gateway Singers, used a Goya G-30 for most of his career, I'm told. My G-20 was lost in a fire many years ago, but is still fondly remembered. For those who aren't aware of Travis and his work, he was involved in the San Francisco music scene before the Kingston Trio hit it big and was a big influence on many performers of the period. He also introduced a lot of traditional Mexican music, especially the beautiful bolero style, to American audiences.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 02:24 PM

ditto.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 02:19 PM

Or this.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 02:18 PM

or this one.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 02:16 PM

I believe JH was referring to Richard Thompson, Jayto.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 08:52 AM

I dunno Jayto .... did one of the Bay City Rollers have a Lowden ??

biLL


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Jayto
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 08:48 AM

I am still trying to figure out the Lowden with the tartan strap. I am clueless.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 11:32 PM

I haven't the foggiest, Rig. I was looking for info.

Play with your Ouija and ask him.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: bankley
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 10:21 PM

Marty Stuart has Clarence White's original b-string bender Telecaster

Picasso once sketched a picture on the top of a flamenco guitar owned by Manitas di Plata, after hearing his playing and yelling "This man is greater than me!"


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Riginslinger
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 09:04 PM

"What kind of guitar was Ricky Nelson playing in the jail singalong scene in the movie Rio Bravo?"



                      Okay, I'll bite. What is it?


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,PL
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 04:04 PM

Pic of Glen Hansard at the Oscars:

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00442/Glen_Hansard_Market_442082a.jpg


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Jayto
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 03:05 PM

I am still lost about the Lowden. I guess I am the 1 out of 10 American guitarists that doesn't know (even by pic) :) Who's guitar is it?


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 01:54 PM

no mention of (at least I see no mention of it) Neil Young's D-28 called Hank ... it was the inspiration for his song "This Old Guitar" ... previous owner was Hank Williams.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,stringsinger
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 01:49 PM

One guitar not mentioned was Freddie Greene's Stromberg acoustic
archtop which propelled the Count Basie band for years.

Also, Segovia's Hauser.

Django used a small round-holed Selmer Modele, not the Macaferri
D-hole with an interior wooden amplification unit built in.
The members of his band used these D-hole Macaferris. Django
preferred to have a drum rhythm section over the accompanying guitars, though.

Also, notable was Oscar Aleman's D-hole Maccaferri which he finger-picked with a thumb pick (acting also as a flat pick) and a metal
bodied National type guitar. Aleman was one of the greatest acoustic
jazz guitarists ever lived and the only one who Django would acknowledge as a competitor (allowing him to be the first guitarist
into his caravan wagon). Aleman had a friendly rivalry with Django
insisting that Django played using "Gypsy tricks". You can check
the liner notes from David Grissman's re-release of Aleman.

I recall that Woody Guthrie used an old Martin when I knew him.

Cisco Houston as I recall used a brown mohoghany Martin (maybe a Gibson).

I think that B.B. King may have used a Gibson 345 rather than the 335 mentioned above. I think it was wired for stereo and he used
Lab cabinets. Then Gibson came out with the B.B. model with newer pickups. I have an older 345 which looks more like B.B.'s guitar.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 12:53 PM

Wanna shirt?


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 12:26 AM

And another.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 12:25 AM

Guitars of Infamy.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:23 PM

Paul Simon often performed with a black Yamaha jumbo.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:21 PM

Waylon Jennings `53 Telecaster is more recognizable for its hand-tooled leather cover. Waylon spoke a bit about it in this interview:

"... You mean the Tele? It's a '53. Actually, I've got three of them.... Yeah, they're good guitars. I came up with most of the ideas on it. The guy who did the leather works name was Turner. If you would've seen that thing before the leather was put on it, it was something (laughing). '53s are my favorite. Two of mine are '53s. This one plays good, but I'm afraid to open it up. Afraid it'll disintegrate (laughs)! It's still got that pretty good pop..."


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:12 PM

And now, from the "Here's an obscure question" department:

What kind of guitar was Ricky Nelson playing in the jail singalong scene in the movie Rio Bravo?


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 12:06 AM

A young Macca with his Hofner "violin" bass.

And more info than you ever wanted to know on that one.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 11:51 PM

Tony Zemaitis

Tony Zemaitis was an English cabinet-maker-turned-luthier who built only about 6 to 10 guitars a year, both acoustic and electric. Most of them seemed to end up in the hands of well-known Brit players, but a few have made it across the pond. Zemaitis guitars were famous for their over-the-top inlays and design. Often the soundholes were in different shapes, like hearts and crescent moons. The soundhole and fretboard inlays were quite elaborate. Zemaitis acoustics found favour with English folk and rock artists like Ralph McTell, Donovan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Spencer Davis, etc. He built a huge acoustic bass guitar for Ronnie Lane of Small Faces long before anybody else was turning them out. Zemaitis retired in 200 and died 2 years later. His guitars are eagerly sought-after and there are a number of Zemaitis' owners' clubs internationally.

Some pics:

Donovan with "Blue Moon".

Donovan with his Zemaitis "green stag" acoustic.

Mike Oldfield with a Zemaitis acoustic bass.

Eric Clapton with "Ivan the Terrible".

George Harrison with a 12 string.

Crappy photo of Dylan with a 6 string Zemaitis.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 12:48 PM

Brian May's "Red Special".


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From: Cluin
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 02:45 PM

Joni Mitchell's Custom Klein


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 01:00 AM

Just had to have another look. Wow!


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 12:59 AM

I would definitely say that one qualifies, Curly Boy. Thanks for sharing.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Paul Mills
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 11:56 PM

I suppose one of the guitars I have in my possession might qualify. After Stan Rogers' death in 1983, his wife, Ariel gave me his Laskin 12-string guitar saying that he had wanted me to have it should anything happen to him. I think it's pretty special...this is the guitar that "The Mary Ellen Carter" was written with.

picture

Paul Mills


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 11:19 PM

Doc Watson plays a cutaway Gallagher he calls "Donald" after the maker/owner of Gallagher Guitars. As his main working machine, it replaced his older non-cutaway Gallagher he called "Old Hoss".


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 11:14 PM

I remember seeing Mason Williams performing "Classical Gas" on a transparent plexiglass guitar on TV when I was a kid. I think it had live goldfish in it, too.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 07:37 PM

I'd love to know what happened to Paul Brady's old Yamaha.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 07:34 PM

Ralph McTell tells this story about how he once had a guitar that someone had drilled a hole in the front, to fit a pickup (a pickup long since disappeared since Ralph took possession).

One of his fans drilled a similar hole in his guitar - to be like Ralph.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 04:35 PM

Nobody's mentioned, to my surprise, Singring and the Glass Guitar!


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 04:07 PM

You were right, deadfret. A nit. Anyone who purposely would do something like that to a fine instrument deserves a kick in the chode.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: deadfrett
Date: 23 Aug 07 - 09:59 AM

There was a guy here in Branson who owned a "show". He was a big fan of Willie, so went and bought a new Martin N-20. The fella then took a belt sander or some such and proceeded to adapt the guitar to look like Mr. Nelson's. I thought what a nit.
The Fretboard Journal magazine has some great pic's and stories of some of these wonderful guitars. The latest issue has B.B. King and the story behind the Martin OM. Cheers-Dave


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: jonm
Date: 23 Aug 07 - 03:16 AM

Albert King played his righty V strung right handed. Hendrix played a righty Strat strung left handed. He developed an interesting technique using his palm on the tremolo arm because it was upside down (i.e. mounted at the top of the bridge on the restrung guitar) and Stevie Ray fitted a lefty tremolo to his Number One Strat to enable him to do the same.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 05:35 PM

Well, this is just ree-god-dam-diculous!


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 12:50 AM

Eric Clapton's psychedelic SG
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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 12:41 AM

JJ Cale's guitar ... without accompanying information.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 12:22 AM

Jeff Beck's "Esquire"


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 12:08 AM

this one


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: pdq
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 09:28 PM

Here's a beaut...I saw him play it live...

                                                                   Wolf


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 08:52 PM

Good view of Trigger.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 08:44 PM

There was Jimmy Page's trademark custom double neck Gibson SG electric with a 12 string neck above a regular six string neck.

Renowned UK luthier Andrew Manson made Page a triple neck acoustic guitar in the mid-90s with a mandolin neck above the 12 string neck.

Page also had a black Gibson Les Paul he called "Black Beauty" but it was stolen during a Canadian tour in 1970. Still at large.


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Subject: RE: Guitars of Fame and Legend.
From: van lingle
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 08:03 PM

Right Willie, Roland White stated in the intro to a book of transcriptions of his brothers' guitar solos that the D-28's action was too high to play lead on at the time Clarence owned it.

I don't think Peter Green's Les Paul that he used with the old Fleetwood Mac with the reverse-wired neck pickup and the snarly tone was mentioned. One of the best electric sounds I've heard.


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