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Old March 2nd, 2013, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Country Club- caddy green- pics!

I thought you might enjoy these pics. The guitar has a bit of history; the owner is a mate of mine and used to tour the UK with a Buddy Holly tribute, Bootleg Buddy. It's got a little mojo, but it still plays really well, as my neighbours will attest to!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It was purchased privately in London in the late 70's for the princely sum of 350, and has paid for itself many times over, and now languishes in retirement. We found a sellers sticker under the backpad, but I couldn't find out much about the business.

You'll notice the signed scratchguard. Jerry Allison, Joe Maudlin, apparently one time members of a popular beat combo!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 07:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Plus the original case. The binding is still fine, and the action a little high but still very playable.
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Very nice and thanks for sharing . A real beauty .
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Too bad it can't talk. I bet it could tell some stories.
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So is the back-pad black or green? Do you think the Bigsby is factory original or are there holes that might indicate another bridge was once on there?

This guitar is a survivor, and just oozes character!
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Oh man, that is a great looking instrument! Thanks for the pics!
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So is the back-pad black or green? Do you think the Bigsby is factory original or are there holes that might indicate another bridge was once on there?

This guitar is a survivor, and just oozes character!
The back pad is a pale green, with gold piping round the edge, which isn't too clear in the photo. I especially like the triple binding, not seen that before. The Bigsby seems factory fitted, I'll take a close look when I get the chance.

The tone of the guitar sounds not unlike my pre-Fender 6120, with ceramic Filtertrons, warm and rich, with the usual caveats regarding the mud switch. The standby switch is three-way, but only one position is "on".

The width of the neck is wider than anything else I've played, and the profile is a soft C, which felt nice, but the bare wood felt quite grippy. No shredder, this one! It's had at least two re-frets in living memory, and could do with another really, but she still plays well.
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What a beauty Daddy. Congrats.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 12:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice......
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It was purchased privately in London in the late 70's for the princely sum of 350, and has paid for itself many times over, and now languishes in retirement. We found a sellers sticker under the backpad, but I couldn't find out much about the business.

You'll notice the signed scratchguard. Jerry Allison, Joe Maudlin, apparently one time members of a popular beat combo!
That seller's sticker is from my neck of the woods, Napa County in northern California...I'm in Lake County, just to the north of Napa...wine country.

Nice axe!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 02:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a spectacular guitar.
Love those thin CC's.
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Love guitars that have been well played.
So is it for sale?
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 05:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Lovely!

I pretty sure i've seen this guitar when they toured here back in the 90's,if it wasn't ,then there is another tribute Holly act out there with Caddy green thin line club!
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