Pros who use other peoples’ signature guitars

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by mbkri, Sep 6, 2021.

  1. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Chet pulled his endorsement from Gretsch. In a way, it was permanent as he died in 2001 and understand the name did not show up on a Gretsch again until 2007.

    I would say those non-Atkins guitars are probably valued less than the Atkins.
  2. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    in case you weren’t kidding - it was de-signature. LOL.
  3. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Ah! I get it. No, i wasnt kidding. I thought maybe Duane had cut ties for some reason. Hard to imagine.
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  4. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Gretschie

    Apr 27, 2020
    Jeff Tweedy from Wilco is known to play a Barney Kessel sig.
  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There are two examples that I can think of.

    Johnny Smith disavowed his signature Guild model because he felt they didn't't make it the right way. Years later he apologized. The model continued as the Guild Artist.

    More egregious is Barney Kessel and Kay. He likely never intended to regularly use the signature model he agreed to endorse, then did little to support . Hopefully he wasn't paid a lot. The smallest of the three models is one of my white whale models. Eastwood makes an excellent version of it, called the Tuxedo. There's a modern Kay reissue as well.
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  6. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I had a feeling I was onto something.
  7. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I have an old issue of Premier Guitar magazine with a photo of Annie Clark (St. Vincent) playing a Thurston Moore JM.
    I think she has a ton of different guitars.
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  8. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Lou Reed plays a Danny Gatton Tele

    SRV Played a Gibson Johnny Smith on things like Chitlins Con Carne

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  9. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Mark Knopfler and his Danelectro/Coral Vincent Bell model electric Sitar

  10. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Here is perhaps my favorite recorded musical concert. Lucinda Williams, Austin City Limits 1998. Kenny Vaughan (guitar right) plays an MusicMan Albert Lee and Gibson Chet Atkins. John Jackson (guitar left) plays a Gretsch but as it is 1998, may not be an official Chet Atkins.

    The guitar work is amazing.

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2021
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  11. aloner

    aloner Electromatic

    Aug 24, 2021
    Richard Hawley has a Duane Eddy & Eddie Cochran Gretsch, Willow Smith and quite a few others are playing the St Vincent Music Man, Ed O'Brien from Radiohead played a Johnny Marr Jag for a while, Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys had a Johnny Marr Jag and a Troy Van Leuween Jazzmaster
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  12. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Thats a great list!
  13. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    i mean, those de guilds are a thing…
  14. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    not anymore he doesn’t. rip, lou.
  15. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Gretschie

    Jan 22, 2019
    Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn plays a Merle Haggard signature Tele. Gotta say, it's one of my dream guitars. According this article, it's signed by Haggard.

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  16. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    P. Paul Fenech of the meteors has been using one of those Troy Van Leeuwen jazzmasters recently
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  17. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    George Harrison played a Clapton Strat. So did John Mayer.
    The Buddy Guy signature is a Clapton with polka dots, essentially...
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  18. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Glen Campbell's G&L Comanche was played by:

    no one

    They only made one like that special for him.

    I just watched "I'll be me" and had to look up info about that G&L he was playing in some of the concert footage and that is what I found out. A very touching documentary to anyone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer's.
  19. Ashley1983

    Ashley1983 Gretschie

    Aug 9, 2020
    I’m sure they are modified too. There is a video floating round YouTube with his guitar tech somewhere
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  20. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    Oct 21, 2012
    The modification is just the Fishman pickup and extra knob for it on the body.
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