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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 6:57 am     Reply with quote

This is my first topic submission after years of lurking.....so hello all. I've gone through many sho bud threads here and I'm not seeing many pro 2's from '73-'74 (barrels/two hole pullers, round front, etc.) in a factory natural finish. Insights anyone? Was it that most players were ordering stained guitars at the time? I saw the one that went to Germany. Thanks, a.
( there ya go james)
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chas smith


From:
Encino, CA, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 12:34 pm     Reply with quote

I got this Professional as a basket case, around 1993, and over the years, I did some mods to it.
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Ricky Davis


From:
Austin, Texas USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 3:02 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a pic of me and Tommy Detamore side by side and I'm supporting a knock-down gorgeous Blonde pro-II that I borrowed from my good friend James Morehead.

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Ron Bryson


From:
Bonifay, Florida, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

I like blonde guitars. Still have this Pro-II, played it Saturday nite at the Panhandle Opry.
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Cliff Kane


From:
the late great golden state
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 4:40 pm     Reply with quote

Chas,
what kind of changer housings are on your Pro II? Are those your creations? They look pretty formidable.
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Jake Hoffman


From:
Idaho, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 4:46 pm     Reply with quote

Link to my two Pro II's, me behind a 1974, the other down the neck of a "71.

http://oakleyphoto.com/jake/
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chas smith


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Encino, CA, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 8:28 pm     Reply with quote

Cliff, all the purists just blew lunch. I couldn't leave well enough alone and felt that if 4 screws holding the changer housing was ok, then wrapping it around the end of the guitar was better. I also wanted 11 strings on the C neck, because my tuning is, C E G A C E G A C E G and the 10th string drops to D on the 5 pedal. The bridge pups are Danny Sheilds Bigsby copies and the neck pups are 705's. This guitar has a lot of mileage on it.


Oh, and I modified the underneath, which explains the plastic tuners sticking out the back and needing the protection of the "wraparound". I kept the birdcage changers.


Above, being in the room when Ricky Davis and Tommy Detamore were playing side by side, would have been like getting religion.
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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 7 Nov 2011 11:49 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the replys. Ricky, is that the original finish on that guitar? Jake, that looks like what I'm talking about....pro ii...not pro ii custom. Round front, '73-'74 era.. I just received one in tobacco. Model 6155, serial #5692, barrels behind two hole pullers, coil tap pick ups, rope inlay, round front...just a real sweet guitar. How many originally blonde ones of this particular vintage are out there?
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Adam Sorber


From:
Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2011 6:07 am     Reply with quote

Here's my Pro II thanks to Skip Ellis:


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Kevin Mincke


From:
Farmington, MN (Twin Cities-South Metro) USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2011 3:37 pm     Reply with quote

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James Morehead


From:
Prague, Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2011 4:44 pm     Reply with quote

Alan Berdoulay wrote:
Thanks for the replys. Ricky, is that the original finish on that guitar?


That guitar was a brown tobacco Professional, and we pulled the stain out of it. ditched the racks and made it a "Pro II", our version. It is double raise double lower with 5 knees. It now lives in L.A. One of those"I should have kept it" guitars! Smile
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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 8 Nov 2011 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

Lovely guitars all and thanks for posting. James, I believe I've seen that one in previous posts of yours....maybe with tassels hangin off it? Over the top workmanship. Now about these pro ii's... you know the era I'm talking about, eh? After the professional and before the pro ii custom. You've told me there aren't many blonde ones out there.....
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James Morehead


From:
Prague, Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2011 8:16 pm     Reply with quote

Alan Berdoulay wrote:
You've told me there aren't many blonde ones out there.....


And there aren't. Most were tobacco brown, some were cherry red, some were green. And a few were natural blonde. And you know that the Professional is nothing more than a Pro II except it has racks?---meaning they make a great conversion to barrels/two-hole puller system. And of course, those old Professionals are sporting tremendous birdseye maple that can be refinished into blondes.

Guido Hausman from Germany has a great blonde Pro II barrels behind two-hole pullers. I went through it and set it up for him, then sent it. Maybe he will see this and post a couple pics.
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Guido Hausmann


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Gütersloh, NRW Germany
Post Posted 9 Nov 2011 6:07 am     Reply with quote

first one thing must be said:
if it comes to turn a great sho bud into a unique pice of art mr morehead has the hands, the skills and all the knowledge needed!! the guitar he went through could'nt be any better for me and though i can't play it very good, yet it's the nicest guitar i can imagine!!
and besides that he's also a nice guy and one of the last real cowboys!! Winking
enough said - here's the pics of my awesome blone toy:














i'll see if i can take some pics from the undercarriage the next days - as beautifuly as the top! Winking
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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 9 Nov 2011 7:20 am     Reply with quote

•••NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT••• ......original natural finish pro ii round front rope inlay (and gone over by James Morehead to top it all off)....nice.
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Frank Freniere


From:
Chicago, IL
Post Posted 9 Nov 2011 8:14 am     Reply with quote

Oofah - these are beautiful guitars - works of art (or James Wink )!
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Jake Hoffman


From:
Idaho, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2011 5:02 pm     Reply with quote

This is a Pro II SN 5336, built in March of 1974. I bought from the "factory". It has the sweetest sound of any steel I have played.
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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 14 Nov 2011 6:17 am     Reply with quote

Guido, great pictures. I was hoping you'd get some of them up here. Thanks. .....Jake, thanks for that pic. You bought that guitar new? Nice. Could you tell us about buying it? Did you order it in that finish?

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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 14 Nov 2011 6:23 am     Reply with quote

Two guitars. Any of you sho bud aficionados want to weigh in on the reasons for the appearrent scarcity of blonde pro 2's?
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Per Berner


From:
Skövde, Sweden
Post Posted 14 Nov 2011 6:53 am     Reply with quote

Not a wood neck, and not originally an SD-10, but it's nice and blonde!

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Jake Hoffman


From:
Idaho, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2011 5:08 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Alan. Yes, I had to special order it in a natural finish. I have to say that this guitar is special to me. I play about twice a week somewhere and it stays in tune, even after packing and unpacking. I rarely have to make any adjustments. I shipped it via airfreight to Nashville for a session a few years back and it was almost exactly in tune when I set it up. How lucky is that?
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Alan Berdoulay


Post Posted 22 Nov 2011 6:18 am     Reply with quote

Jake, thanks for your input on this post. So when you were shopping for your sho bud in 1974, did you find that there were plenty of pro2's in other finishes to choose from?
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