However, the fact that the guitar with the later neck has both a fixed-handle Bigsby and what appears to be the 1954-era pickguard lends weight to the idea that his original guitar was re-necked, as many of them were due to defective necks. The holes for the laces are really starting to stretch out because they're not reinforced at all. This is a story for another day, but guitar dealer Steve Soest once approached Duke Kramer, who was a former Gretsch employee that later in life sold Gretsch parts at Vintage Guitar shows. Overall a great shoe and I've enjoyed owning them. I don't feel the need to hang out with Eskimos because I'm reasonably sure that I don't want to live in an igloo or eat frozen fish, that sort of thing. Have worn to office work for 2 weeks at a standing desk; like wearing slippers. He won't even handle this for his customers when they spend hundreds on a pair of boots.
Back then people were whipping slaves too. Been wearing for over 4 years and with basic leather care look great. Great vocal harmony is a centerpiece of every Muleskinner rendering, as is solid instrumental backing and soloing. Since the other was only starting to separate, she couldn't promise they'd repair it. Near as I could figure it was a '65-'67 model. I have never stopped wondering about this man. Ed concluded that there were many features of this guitar that placed its manufacture to October 1954, a month before Cliff bought his guitar in Virginia.
Subsequently, any option like this not offered in the catalog would be incredibly rare in implementation--probably just a few at most. If we can't, we sure as hell know how to work a calculator : Anywho. But the one thing I can't get past is the loan document. One interesting thing about Gretsch guitars, and especially Duo Jets from those early years Duo Jets were introduced in 1953 and were a pretty low-selling item in their catalog compared to the popular Chet Atkins model hollowbodies, especially after George Harrison of the Beatles began playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman is that they are not particularly well documented. Muleskinner could be a metaphor for that. It was a nice one, very light, and it played like a dream. Great job with all your research.
His guitar was out there somewhere. I pored over all the known photos of Cliff playing the guitar. An evening with the Muleskinners will certainly lead one to the conclusion that none are willing to abandon their musical heritages. So after complaining heavily about having to do something I was paying good money to have him do - he uses black sandpaper on my steamed moist buckskin hat - permanently staining it. Once inside the building at Gruhn's, another vintage Gretsch Duo Jet hanging on the wall caught my eye. That was it—after October 1956 Cliff was done with the road. They blog about helping people, interesting history and a lot of other great stuff.
The 3 of us got to chit chatting and I learned quiet a bit about the industry. The unpublished photo Joe Carducci has shows this guitar in full--there are not really any other surprises to see in this photo. Rated 5 out of 5 by Jbobay from Great Build Quality About 1. Wish I still had it, of course! But the camels came alone, without experienced camel handlers. I will never go back.
They fit snug but not tight. What if the person in the music store selling the guitar to Cliff Gallup on November 8, 1954, had the same problem that I did reading the small serial number scratched into the plastic on the cavity plate? There was nothing on the original Loan Document about an upcharge for the Bigsby Vibrato. Sometimes, when greatness is followed by a disappearing act and a puff of smoke, it should be left that way. Hope the 15694 comes up and you can eliminate it as another possibility. This guy was the greatest guitar player I had ever heard! All in all, my visit to The Mule Skinner was a fun experience! Cliff Gallup was a guitar god to all of us Rockabilly types, no mere mortal. To think that Cliff was probably near by. Then he would have 2 mules not pulling.
I pulled it off the wall and was about to ask the guy what the serial number was, when I remembered an important detail about these guitars that I must have known at one time, but had forgotten. The Loan Document served only to document whatever it was that the bank was loaning the money for. Once you break them in after a few days they feel so comfortable. I thought to myself, this is fantastic. . The man has a steamer to block hats, but gets whiny and cranky when asked to actually do it - he literally complained about having to turn it on! It is not a huge stretch of the imagination to say that only one guitar had all those features.
A great place to visit! If only I could write like this. Although very comfortable and stylish, this is one redwing heritage product that isn't worth it's hefty pricetag. The guitar had DeArmond Dynasonic pickups and an aluminum Bigsby compensated bridge with shiny Bigsby aluminum bridge base, and a fixed-handle early patent number Bigsby B-3 vibrato unit. They spent a considerable amount of time after my purchase on an inquiry I had for a difficult boot size for my brother. Well it's a local shop and I expected it to be a painless experience.