My Jimmy Bryant Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Leather Bound, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Leather Bound

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    Hey Everybody, A Guy Named Billy Prince Came Into The Club I Was Working At, And Gave Me This Guitar. He Told Me That The Legendary Jimmy Bryant Built This Guitar And Had One On The Stratoshpere Boogie. If Anybody Can Give Me Any Information, I'd Sure Appreciate It! Thanks.

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  2. Telemarkman

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    This is what I have on the guitar: Jimmy used it on "Stratosphere Boogie" and "Deep Water".

    According to the booklet included in the "Frettin' Fingers" CD box, "This was a bizzarre instrument produced in Springfield, Missoury that had one standard 6-string neck and one neck with 12 strings tuned in minor and major thirds utilizing a totally nonstandard tuning. This enabled guitarists to play twin guitar harmony with just one guitar; however the alternate tuning made it so difficult to play that it never caught on. Jimmy Bryant was one of only a couple guitarists that could master the unusual code of the Stratosphere Twin."

    It was also used by Chet Atkins on "Somebody Stole My Gal" and others.

    It was made by The Stratosphere Guitar Mfg. Co., 341 Boonville, Springfield, Missoury. They called it "The Guitar of Tomorrow ... Today!"
     
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  3. olewichita

    olewichita Friend of Leo's

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    not much to add to john's info... you should contact my buddy deke dickerson... PM me for his contact... he'll be able to tell you all there is to know about the stratosphere guitars... TK smith (formerly of big sandy and the fly-rite trio and one of my all time favorites guitar players) owns 2 as well... tj
     
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    Anyone else have the feeling of being reeled in on 90 lb. test line?
     
  5. jimmybusk

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    You should go to the jimmy Bryant page on Myspace ,and contact his son,John. He knows everything about his father.
     
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    Yup, the great TK with his Stratosphere:

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    There's a reference to these guitars (& TK) in this article 'bout multiple necks guitars by Deke Dickerson in Vintage Guitar Magazine:

    http://www.vintageguitar.com/features/brands/details.asp?AID=1234

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    I must admit that the thought has crossed my mind ...

    But then, who would want a guitar that can only be played by Jimmy Bryant and Chet Atkins? ;) ... Hee, hee!
     
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    What a remarkable mixture of unusual looking parts and applications.

    A designer could learn a whole lot just fiddlin' with this guitar.

    Question: I wonder why Mr. Bill Prince felt the need to cover the already "exciting" guitar design with even more ornamentation? Was he subconscious about the look of the Bryant guitar? Or just adhering to common behavior as applied to simpler looking guitars?
     
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    Billy Likes The Flashy Look, Ha Ha, And He Painted The Whole Thing Himself.
     
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    And in action ...

    Just a proof that someone can actually play this guitar today:

     
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    I don't think Jimmy had a hand in building the Stratospheres, but I do recall seeing an ad where he endorsed the instrument. Deke is your best bet for info. Tiesco Del Ray (Dan Forte) also wrote an article about Stratosphere for Guitar Player years ago.

    TK Brown rawks, BTW.

    I don't think there's any reason why the 12 string neck couldn't be tuned in octaves rather than thirds. However, the Stratosphere tuning is fun, albeit complicated. I tuned my Fender Electric XII up in Stratosphere tuning once. It sounded like instant Les Paul (the man, not the guitar). Had to change it back for a session I was doing, and didn't change it again.

    As a gift, it's junk. Give it to me instead! ;)
     
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    I think just common behavior. Even though this is 'holy grail' historical stuff to us, to those guys ,it was just another toy ,at a time that was the peak of electric guitars. To think that Jimmy let his kids play with his Tele' in the sandbox , or Roy didn't keep Nancy in a case or gigbag. Or how about those silly SVR stickers on Stevie's ' 59 strat ......etc. I have to show this thread to John Bryant. i'm pretty sure he was telling me that he has one of these guitars..., He tells you so much stuff,it's hard to take it all in. That sure is a great clip,the thing sounds beautiful.
     
  13. therhodeo

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    I've seen that ad as well.
     
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    so..... how to tune stratosphere ?

    .....and is it for sale ?????
     
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    Although I totally dig Jimmy Bryant, that is one ugly guitar. It sounds great, but man is it ugly!
     
  17. jimmybusk

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    From the looks and sound of those pick ups , I'm starting to wonder if those are Fender "Champion'' screamers ,retrofitted with handmade nickel plated copper or brass "Barberpoles"
     
  18. jimmybusk

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    Hey Matt ,can you give us more pics..,close ups of the bridge.., neckplates...anything ! What i wouldn't give to put the screwdriver to that sucker.
     
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    Hey John and TJ, Do you guys know who played the backround guitar music on the Beverly hillbillies ? { sorry 'bout the hijack]
     
  20. therhodeo

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    Flatts and Scruggs??
     
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