B.B King at Hunt's

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B.B King at Hunt's

Postby SollyDad on Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:04 am

Hi Chris,

I finally found this clipping from the Burlington Free Press. I believe Alan had loaned the GS12 to Martin Grosswendt for the evening anticipating the arrival of BB King. That looks like Mark LaVoie in the background. Did he play harp for the Unknown Blues Band?


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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby ChrisClark on Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:02 pm

Hi SollyDad,

I was wondering when this photo would show up. Thanks! It was not a dream... I remember being shocked that B.B.King sounds just like B.B.King no matter what guitar he's playing.

That's either Mark or maybe Don Sydney in the background.

Rob Swanson still works at the Free Press. I wonder what the chances are that he has this original photo and maybe more?

Chris

SollyDad wrote:Hi Chris,

I finally found this clipping from the Burlington Free Press. I believe Alan had loaned the GS12 to Martin Grosswendt for the evening anticipating the arrival of BB King. That looks like Mark LaVoie in the background. Did he play harp for the Unknown Blues Band?


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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby JillD on Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:28 pm

I have a friend that is pretty confident he has this guitar. But he is not really computer literate. It is a GS-12 and the marking on it is DBL 00/1. A. stack. Could this be the guitar? He is interested in selling it but has no idea what it is worth? Thanks for any information you may have to offer.
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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby ChrisClark on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:42 am

Thanks for the pictures, JillD.
Here's a closeup of the headstock.
The distinctive inlay pattern and heartwood streak running through the ebony headstock veneer tell us everything.
This is the same guitar in the photo.

Chris

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BBKing & Time guitar headstock detail.
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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby ChrisClark on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:53 am

JillD,
If possible, can you give us some more history on this guitar?
Where has it been?
What changes were made and when?
Previous owners?
Anything is good. Thanks,
Chris

All,
Here's a couple of more pictures of this Time guitar that BBKing played @Hunts one night.

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The BBKing GS 12


The odd serial number and signature.
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BBKing serial number DBL 001 A.Stack


Detail of the body.
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BBKing Time Guitar GS12
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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby tlord on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:36 am

Hey Chris,

How much do you think this guitar would be worth?

Cheers!

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Re: B.B King at Hunt's

Postby ChrisClark on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:21 pm

Tracy,

I can't tell you how much this is worth as the market is still deciding.
But get out your wallet, this one has an interesting history and it's a GS-12 with special inlay by Alan Stack himself! [A nice variation of the Gibson Hearts & Flowers.]

From the pictures.
It's not in pristine condition. The pickguard has been altered, the tune-o-matic bridge and the tailpiece are not original.
The pickups are the rare, early hand-wounds from Waltham. Hopefully they both are in working condition.
I have not played or seen this guitar.

IIRC, this one was built by Alan & John in Darrell's basement and finished at the barn in the early days. I was there, but I was just starting out. I may have done some grunt work on this one.

Chris
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Re: B.B King at Hunt's on eBay

Postby ChrisClark on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:20 am

Now on eBay.
GS-12 on eBay.
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