Vintage Guitar - July 2018 - open - 108
omewhere along that lost highway,
Stromberg, Sho-Bud, Dobro and Regal,
Mossman, and Paul Bigsby (such as Hank
country music got all gussied up with
Thompson's Bigsby-necked 1948 SJ-200).
rhinestone suits and fancy guitars. Mac
And the crown for the most outrageous
Yasuda may hail from Jaguitar here? That must
pan, but he understands
go to the dazzling '50s
the music and culture
flat-top built by Edmonbetter than many, and
ton, Alberta's Frank
his collection of classic
Gay for Ferlin Husky.
country duds and vintage
So with all this sixguitars chronicles that
stringed glory, who cares
about the Nudie suits
Yasuda and co-author
and jeweled ten-gallon
Jim Washburn need little
hats, huh? Yet the
introduction. The former
fancy duds and star
has authored several
guitars go hand in
landmark books on other
hand in telling the
corners of his far-reachtale of country hising collection, while
tory. A stellar book.
the latter has penned
- Michael Dregni
two essential Martin
Mac Yasuda and
histories. That should
be enough to inspire you
to pick up this volume
and Sound of
without further ado.
The oversize, 256-page
book is divided into 35
chapters with 100s of photos focused on
A 1941 Martin
D-28 believed to
classic country stars, from the Sons of
have belonged to
the Pioneers to Hank Snow, Thompson,
and Williams to Buck Owens and more.
as played on
And Yasuda is the current custodian of
these guitars that they all once played.
In large, gorgeous staged photos of
the instruments backed by detail shots,
the duo tell not only of the music and the
stars, but also about the greater history of country and its show culture.
The story runs from working-man guitars
like Red Foley's well-traveled 1930 Martin
OM-18 and Sons of the Pioneers' Karl Farr's
'51 Fender Broadcaster to Hank Snow's
bedazzled early '60s Gibson J-200 custom
with its classic inlaid neck signature.
And then it all circles back again to Ricky
Skaggs' basic '49 D-28, battle scars and all.
The collection of guitars is downright,
jaw-dropping incredible. As you'd expect,
they're mostly Martins and Gibsons
from the 1930s-1950s - and top-ofthe-line D-45s and SJ-200s at that.
But there are also instruments from
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