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B. Buie and J.R. Cobb, 1970: C. Rogers, courtesy of Rodney Mills. Bailey late '70s: George Steidel, courtesy of
Barry Bailey. Jeff Carlisi in Studio One courtesy of J. Carlisi. Bailey and Stone: by Terry Spackman.

about four years into 38 Special and it was first
used on the third album, Rockin' Into The Night,
which was the first we recorded at Studio One."
Carlisi was aware Bailey had a Deluxe, but
that didn't influence the purchase.
"It just had the tone I was looking for," he
said. "It wasn't a matter of 'I've got have one
of those.'"
The body of Carlisi's is the pancake laminate,
and it's unmodified except the strap-locks he
added and replacement tuners that were on it
when he bought it. Overall, it's quite clean. "I
never took it on the road because I had a Rhyne
Explorer copy for my concert guitar," he said.
Among the passages Carlisi recalled recording with the Deluxe were the solos for "Rockin'
Into The Night" and "Hold On Loosely," as

well as rhythm and leads for "Fantasy Girl,"
"Caught Up In You," and later hits like "Rough
Housin.'"
"It was my go-to in the studio," he said.
Asked about a favorite song, he said, "I'd
have to pick 'Fantasy Girl.' It was a lot of work
and caused a lot of frustration, but I'm very
proud of that. I had started to be influenced
by Brian May, not his playing style, but in the
way he layered guitars. We were recording on
a 24-track machine, and on that song Rodney
gave me 12 of them!"
His favorite lick on the Deluxe was the
triplet in the "Hold On Loosely" solo.
"I used to get asked about that a lot," he
chuckled. "I'd go into a music store and players
would say, 'How did you do that?'"

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(Top left) Producer Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb with
his Deluxe at Studio One in 1970. (Top right) Bailey
and his Deluxe onstage in the late '70s. Note the
"witch hat" knobs and Harley-Davidson sticker
that adorned the top until it began to crumble.
(Above) Bailey and the Deluxe onstage in the
late '90s with fellow ARS guitarist Steve Stone
(left), and Carlisi, circa 1980, with his Deluxe at
Studio One. "It looks as though this was taken
at about 3 a.m. and I was very tired," he said.

While he appreciates that he and Bailey
own similar instruments, he's quick to
point out, "Whether it's great players like
Barry Bailey or Larry Carlton or anybody
else, it's about what the player does with
his hands."


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