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Brad Bechtel


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Post Posted 19 May 2017 3:26 pm     Reply with quote

As seen on Instagram:

I can now let the cat out of the bag--I'm excited to announce that I now own Speedy West's 1948 Bigsby steel guitar and will be getting it restored to its full former glory! Some of you may remember that a couple of months ago I turned up a rare, prototype Mosrite guitar that was used by Don Rich of Buck Owens' Buckaroos on the first episode of "Hee Haw" in 1969. I remembered that Buck Owens' Enterprises owned Speedy West's steel guitar and that it was on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. (It's a whole story in itself of how Buck Owens wound up with Speedy's steel--Buck fished it out of a trash pile in a storage lot in Bakersfield in the 1980's!)

I wrote the Buck Owens folks and suggested a trade--my Don Rich guitar for their Speedy West steel guitar. They happily accepted, I delivered the Mosrite to Bakersfield on Monday, and just picked up Speedy's Bigsby at the Hall of Fame an hour ago. The Buck Owens people are happy, I'm happy, and I'd like to think Speedy's looking down and is happy that his historic instrument will finally be restored!

A few facts about Speedy's steel: the serial number is #2748, which means it was finished on February 7, 1948. Speedy's guitar was originally fitted with four pedals, this was the first Bigsby steel made with pedals, and the way that Paul Bigsby designed the pedal rack and removable legs was the design that every pedal steel has used since this guitar was built--making this the first "modern" pedal steel guitar, the same way that Merle Travis' 1948 Bigsby guitar was the first "modern" solid body electric guitar.

The Speedy West guitar is every bit as innovative and historically important as Travis' guitar, in the world of pedal steel guitars this is a milestone instrument! It's an honor to have it now, and yes, I'm still reeling!!

#nashvilleboogie #nashvilleboogie2017 #pedalsteel #bigsby #steelguitar #speedywest #buckowens #donrich #bakersfield #countrymusichalloffame #cmhof
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Igor Fiksman


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Georgia, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2017 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

Congratulations! A truly rare and historic piece! I think I speak for most folks here, when I say this, please post some pics of your amazing find, as many as possible.
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Daniel McKee


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Post Posted 19 May 2017 8:57 pm     Reply with quote

That is awesome. I can't wait to see it after it is restored. It was hard to tel much about it from the Hall of fame photos but it was obvious that is had some pedals added that were not original and I'm sure other things were done. It is very good to hear that it went to someone that will care about it.
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Abe Levy


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Post Posted 20 May 2017 4:27 am     Reply with quote

It's headed to Todd Clinesmith for full restoration. Obviously there is no better place to go! So awesome that Deke has it now. Couldn't be in better hands.
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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 20 May 2017 4:38 am     Reply with quote

An important piece of steel guitar history went to the right person! congrats to Deke to everyone who values the contributions Speedy made.
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 20 May 2017 5:00 am     Reply with quote

I'm sure for many of us, that guitar is the holy grail and I'm glad it's in safe hands.
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 20 May 2017 5:25 am     Reply with quote

My favorite part of the story is the perfect symmetry of both parties being made whole. Outstanding.
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 20 May 2017 5:45 am     Reply with quote

Deke played a big part in getting the Speedy guitar authenticated. He had a big colour pic of Speedy playing it and they compared the grain pattern.
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Mel Bergman


From:
Camarillo, California, USA
Post Posted 20 May 2017 9:09 am     Reply with quote

Hi friends,

Deke sent me this photo this AM. It's clear from the rust on the leg screw. But it looks like the wiring you can see appears original. So neat to see this. My great uncle had Two Guitars Country Style, and I would stare at the cover intrigued. Another coup from my old pal Deke. BTW, just in case you think he is "lucky" to find this, I can tell you he has been on the trail of this kind of stuff since at least 1989 when we started hanging out. So great!
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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post Posted 20 May 2017 11:03 pm     Reply with quote

Congratulations Deke! Speedy West was an amazing steel guitarist and its great that you are helping to keep people aware of his immense talent and contributions to the steel guitar.
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Andy De Paule


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 7:10 am     Speedy gave me a photo of that.... Reply with quote

Congratulations Brad,
I'm so jealous I think I just turned green, and I'm not that kind of guy!

Speedy gave me a photo of that guitar with him sitting at it in 1948 when I visited with him.
That was back in 1980 at his home in Broken Arrow.

He told me it was the second Bigsby made with the first being a none pedal that went to Joaquin Murphey.

I gave the photo to Tom Bradshaw and he published it for the first time in Steel Guitarist magazine #4 on page 31.
I think I remember Speedy telling me that it was a publicity photo that was not used at the time.

As luck would have it, thats the same issue with the Tom Brumley interview.

I'd love to get a chance to see more photos of the guitar now and after a professional restoration.
Best wishes,
Andy
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 7:57 am     Reply with quote

If anyone isn't familiar with Deke, track down his books The Strat In The Attic volume 1 and 2. Apart from being a great read, you will see why, despite not being a steel player himself, he really should own this guitar.
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 8:52 am     Reply with quote

Eagerly awaiting as many pictures as possible.

I think Speedy paid $750 for that guitar in 1948.

As a point of reference, some 1948 prices:

new 1948 Ford coupe; 1154

new 1948 Cadillac; 2800 to 3000

average salary; about 300 a month

average house; around 14000

So it looks like Bigsby guitars may have been a bigger hit to the average working man's wallet at that time than current top of the line steel guitars are now.
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Andy De Paule


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 10:38 am     Photo Speedy gave me. Reply with quote

Photo Speedy gave me about 1979.
He said it was a publicity photo from 1948 never used.


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 10:39 am     Major restoration Job Reply with quote

Major restoration Job, just right for a guy like Todd.
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 11:13 am     Reply with quote

Does anyone know if Speedy went directly from the guitar shown below to the Bigsby?

This pic is from 1946 when he was with Ray Hahn and I think it's a home-built guitar.

You have to wonder if he had any pre-1950 experience on Gibsons, Rickenbackers, Nationals, etc.

As far as I know, he did not record before 1949.
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Andy De Paule


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 4:30 pm     He made that steel Reply with quote

I know He made that steel, but not if it was before the Bigsby or he has others in between?
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