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Will Ellis


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Post  Posted 17 May 2022 2:54 pm    
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Stopped in the American History museum in DC today before playing 9:30 club tonight and was delighted to see Bigsby on display with a little paragraph about Buddy Emmons. I figured I’d look up the lineage of the guitar on the forum, but after a little searching it seems maybe this hasn’t been discussed on here. Does anyone know more about this guitar? They also had Elizabeth Cotton’s Martin and Steve Cropper’s Esquire+Harvard on display.






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Colin Swinney


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Post  Posted 17 May 2022 4:05 pm    
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Did players have to get a roadie underneath to operate the pedals on that? Seriously, how did anyone reach those lol?
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David Ball


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Post  Posted 17 May 2022 4:28 pm    
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Interesting 8,10,8,10 neck setup.

The Smithsonian has so much great stuff that lives in storage areas and is rarely displayed to the public. I used to make appointments to study specific instruments in their "hidden" collection, and it was always such a treat to see what other treasures that had squirreled away.

Back in the 80's or 90's, I was in one of those special rooms measuring some instruments I had made an appointment to see, and the archivist who was with me asked me to extra careful not to step on "any of Ella's stuff." The folding tables taking up much of the room held the newly acquired Ella Fitzgerald's stuff. I was practically leaning on her Presidential Medal of Freedom. So very cool.

It would be interesting to know the history of that particular Bigsby--bet that dropping a line to the Musical Instruments Curator could get an answer.


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Kenny Davis


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Post  Posted 17 May 2022 7:24 pm    
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Wow - Complete with an ashtray!
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Robert B Murphy


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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 3:58 am    
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There you have it: The Smithsonian spells it Buddie!

Paul Bigsby did beautiful work.

The last time I was there Libba Cotton's 000-28(?) was in a display case to the left of the pendulum clock in the lobby. I'm glad to see this room is there.
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Kenny Davis


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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 6:21 am    
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I think the name spelling has been discussed in the past on the Forum. It was spelled incorrectly on the guitar. The information card within the display spells his name Buddy.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 7:42 am    
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No mistake. Buddy spelled his name "Buddie" for a while.




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Chris Lucker

 

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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 8:10 am    
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Doug is correct. In fact, the 1964 Emmons brochure still uses the Buddie spelling and his autographed photo even has Buddie. The new Emmons Resound materials use the same photo but changed the autograph to say Buddy.



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Lee Baucum


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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 10:20 am    
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Chris - Do you have any info on the Bigsby? I believe you have mentioned there were very few quads built.
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Chris Lucker

 

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Post  Posted 18 May 2022 11:11 am    
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There were six quads after November 1949. I don't know if any were built before November 1949.
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Tony Oresteen


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Post  Posted 19 May 2022 4:36 am    
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Very interesting. The two middle necks have the pedals. The 8 string has 2 pedals and the 10 string has 3. Anyone know the tunings and the copedent used by Buddie?
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Jerry Jones


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Post  Posted 19 May 2022 6:59 am    
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More info on that guitar HERE
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Lee Baucum


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Post  Posted 19 May 2022 9:27 am    
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Thanks, Jerry!

~Lee
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Will Ellis


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Post  Posted 19 May 2022 9:29 am    
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Jerry Jones wrote:
More info on that guitar HERE


Awesome, thanks!
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Chris Lucker

 

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Post  Posted 19 May 2022 12:01 pm    
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Paul Warnik had PeeWee Whitewing, this quad, Dick Waring and Vance Terry.
I got Vance from Warnik and he really wanted to sell me this quad, but it was too heavy and too deep to carry around in the case.
It was a bargain compared to Vance.
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