What guitar is this (and who might be playing it?)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tjmicsak, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. tjmicsak

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    Blue offset style (or appears to be)...with what seems close to an Anderson headstock shape.
    Skip ahead to about 7:12
    I'm working on the "chinks" style and this guy and guitar nailed this perfectly!!!


     
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    The red one looks like a ES-335
    That Girls voice is so Patsy too!!
     
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    I've freeze-framed this several times, and I have no idea! Could well be a custom build. Whether the guitar has any bearing on that style of guitar playing is another question... I'd have thought you should be able to play the on most guitars.

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    Player is Jerry Kimbrough if that is of any help
     
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    Appears to be an offset style and the three knobs on the back bout of the body resemble a Godin, but I see no Godin models that are quite like that.
     
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    Samick once had S types w/ a similar head stock, they had a "pro" line when they owned the right to the "Valley Arts" name but those were not quite as sharp as this..from what I can tell.
     
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    I've just emailed him to ask what guitar he was playing. I found him here, and he's a lovely player: https://proguitartracks.com Thanks for the information. :)
     
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    Oh wow! Jerry Kimbrough, really is the nicest guy, and @tjmicsak correctly identified him as the player. Jerry sent me two emails, which I'll post separately here. When you see where he's performing, I hope you'll agree it was really kind of him to reply.

    Email 1:

    Hi Simon!

    Your inquiry is welcome! And thanks for the kind words.

    I have a busy couple of days on my hands because I am subbing in the Grand Ole Opry staff band which requires quite a bit of preparation before call time. I will write to you later with more details and information on the guitar, in the meantime here are a few photos to ogle.

    Best regards,

    Jerry

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    Wow. I want it. This one.
     
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    Email 2 reads:

    A couple of pre-show shots from backstage at the Grand
    Ol’ Opry House...

    The guitar in question is designed and built near Nashville by a man named Bob Zide who worked in the Jerry Jones shop for many years. Bob is quite creative and scientific. Notice the neck is half maple (to add clarity to the low strings) and half mahogany (to add warmth to the high strings). At the bridge, the low strings are extended for slightly increased tension, the high strings load directly into the saddle pieces for slightly decreased tension. The pickups are neodymium, 2 at the neck, 1 in the middle and 3 in the bridge. Two 3-position selector switches provide access to any combination of two pickups, the third knob lets you customize the blend between the two.

    That’s all I have time for at the moment...more later. Questions?

    Jerry

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    It’s almost shaped like the airline J.B. hutto guitar, what a sweet axe
     
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    Steinberger tuners. Nice.
     
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    An update from Jerry:

    Looks like I got backwards my description of the two tone woods in the neck! I should have checked my own photo but I was watching the clock so I just rolled with my faulty recollection. The fingerboard and high strings half of the neck is maple, with mahogany running below the maple fingerboard on the low-string side.
    I thought I'd also ask him if he plays this guitar much these days.
     
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    That is a very interesting guitar; thanks to both you for reaching out and to Jerry for responding.
     
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    Jerry's been really fantastic. This what he said about what the guitar means to him, and when he uses it:

    I was inspired to buy this guitar by noticing that most of my guitars were a re-issue this or a re-issue that. I was looking for something new and different, something perhaps with a more modern sound, whatever that might be. I went to Corner Music here in Nashville and told my contact there what I was looking for and he just pointed across the room to these guitars! I view most of my guitars as role players, but I have to say with this guitar I can find a great sound regardless of context. I use it as circumstances dictate or allow.​

    What a nice man!
     
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