Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 18
CROPPER GEAR GOES TO SMITHSONIAN
Steve Cropper, guitarist for the famed Stax label, member of
Booker T. & The MGs, and inductee to the Rock and Hall of Fame
and Songwriters Hall of Fame, donated three Fender guitars and
an amp from his collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of
American History during a ceremony December 1. After a discussion with director John Gray and curator John Edward Hasse,
Cropper (VG, October '08 and October '11) performed using the '61
Esquire he calls "Doc," along with an early-'50s Tele, and a late-'50s
Harvard that were all used on various recording sessions, movie
soundtracks, and live performances throughout his career.
VINCE GILL ASSISTS
Vince Gill has been named an ambassador for the
Songbirds Guitar Museum, which is preparing to open
in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its collection has more
than 1,700 instruments and accessories, including a
prototype 1950 Fender Broadcaster, early Stratocasters,
a pre-war Martin D-45, 34 Gibson Les Paul Standards made
from 1958 to 1960, more than 300 custom-color Fenders,
75 custom-color Gibson Firebirds, and nearly 50 flat-tops.
"It's the most impressive collection of vintage guitars I
have seen," said Gill, who will perform at the facility's grand
opening ceremony March 9 and curate some of the exhibits.
GRUHN OFFERS CLAPTON GUITARS
Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, recently began offering
for sale nearly 30 instruments owned and used by Eric
Clapton, including two pre-war Martins, Custom Shop/
Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, Gretsches, Gibsons,
archtops including vintage and modern D'Angelicos,
and an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Les Paul.
The January feature on the 2016
Arlington Guitar Show failed to credit
longtime contributor Steven Stone as
author and photographer. VG apologizes
for any confusion created by the error.
assist/vocalist Greg Lake, a force in the advent
of progressive rock in the early 1970s with
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP), died December
7 following a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Lake was originally from Dorset, England, a seaside
Cropper Esquire: Hugh Talman, courtesy of
Greg Lake: Lee Millward.
STUDENT ANALYZING GUITAR HEROES
Affonso Celso de Miranda Neto, a PhD
candidate in the Communication Sciences
Postgraduate Program at the School of Communication and Arts at University of São
Paulo, is conducting a survey of guitar-music
fans from around the world in an
effort to analyze the culture and
aesthetics of guitar heroes. He has Cropper's
invited VG readers and followers to '61 Fender
take part by going to https://timerEsquire