Eldon Shamblin: Faded Love + '54 Strat content

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  1. buster poser

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    Don't think these have been posted before, though Eldon has for sure been mentioned here.

    Anyway, flat genius:



    Love the story behind that Strat too (2:04, though it's worth watching the first two minutes).

     
  2. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I visited Eldon's gold strat @ the Musical Instrument Museum in PHX

    what a guy!

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Nice. I’ve never heard of him. I like that tone.
     
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    Someone once called him the greatest rhythm guitarist ever. :cool:
     
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    In the old days, if you didn't play rhythm, you didn't gig ...
     
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    What a great Stratocaster hero! Bob Wills had a swinging' band and Eldon was a big part of that sound.
     
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    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Me too! ...it happened!...pics:

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    A delightful guy and a wonderful guitarist. ......The perfect human being? :D:)


    It was hard not to touch anything at that exhibit... I really wanted to just touch that guitar.
     
  8. 2 Headed Goat

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    Here's a vid clip sans the annoying credits blocking his hands plus slow mo & bit of a lesson -

     
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    Does anyone know to story of why his strat is gold?
    Was it painted like that at fender?

    Certainly looks like it’s been that color for a long time

    Is that some sort of body guard on the back?
     
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    The rhythm/passing chord genius!
     
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    He was Bob Wills’ guitarist before and after WWII.
    He was a brilliant all around player, but a rhythm/passing chord genius, IMO.

    I’d join that chorus!
    It was painted gold at the factory, and was gifted to Eldon by Leo Fender himself.
    The “bodyguard” was offered by Fender on higher end Fenders in the 60s.
    They were not common.
    I only saw them on 60s Strats and Jazzmasters.
     
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    That’s a pretty sweet color
    I knew about body guards but wasn’t sure if that was one as like you said most the ones I’ve seen have been for jazzmasters And jaguars
    as long as that ones been on I bet there’s a black stripe around the whole side of the guitar from the rubber they put on the guards

    Thanks for the info
     
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    I had a friend with a 64 Jaguar with the bodyguard. I sold a 65 Jag with a bodyguard a few years back, and the foam lining had stuck to the paint, ruining the sides of the body.
     
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    I have a huge amount of admiration for Eldon Shamblin, who in his prime was considered the guitarist in western swing notwithstanding his generally shying away from solos. He was a genius of moving harmonies and there’s so much to learn from him as a jazz guitarist.

    As for the strat, for me it’s one of the all-time iconic ones alongside Brownie and very few others. Plus Eldon is representative of just the type of guitarist that Leo designed guitars for (him, and Jimmy Bryant at the “virtuoso” end of the spectrum). Reportedly, Fender approached Shamblin to persuade him to abandon his big archtop for a tele, but Shamblin turned him down saying he did not want that “two-by-four” thing. Apparently the golden strat (one of the very first custom color strats) conquered him!

    To be fair, I’ve struggled to find Eldon’s strat on significant records – much of his best output was cut on big-bodied archtops before and right after the war. Still, that strat is magic…
     
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    THANKS for providing!!
     
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    That gold F-100 above in the slo mo vid ain't no slouch either ;) Seems history repeated itself with him and Leo...
     
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