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Title: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Bunker Hill on January 24, 2006, 12:09:24 PM
Don't all rush...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7584340630
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: markm on January 24, 2006, 12:13:16 PM
Steve James might be interested.  Furry was his good buddy.

Mark
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 25, 2006, 01:21:17 AM
I thought you didn't play, Alan.  Are you a closet guitar picker after all?

As suggested, I have tipped off Steve James.
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Bunker Hill on January 25, 2006, 10:31:05 AM
I thought you didn't play, Alan.  Are you a closet guitar picker after all?
I was performing a Google search on Lewis and one of the results was from eBay. I usually ignore those but thinking it might be a record in my possession, and eager to know what silly sums might be involved, I followed it through and that's what I found. Knowing there'd be more interest here than with me I did my civic duty and passed it on.:)
Only instrument I play is a good old fashioned turntable. :o
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: waxwing on January 25, 2006, 01:43:09 PM
Thanks, Bunk. Seems Andy Cohen showed a little interest on the PWBL, eh?
All for now.
John C.
Title: Furry Lewis' Gibson Guitar For Sale
Post by: M.Vidrine on January 25, 2006, 04:30:41 PM
Purchased from the Memphis Music Hall Of Fame -

Now on Ebay - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7584340630 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7584340630)

Happy Bidding!

Malcolm
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 26, 2006, 04:02:31 AM
I mentioned it to Steve James, who confirmed he spent some time with Furry.  However, he never saw him with a Gibson and is - to put it mildly - sceptical about this provenance.
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 26, 2006, 04:07:19 AM
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Only instrument I play is a good old fashioned turntable.


Ah,yes - sounds like my son.  He's a scratch DJ.  Guess you'll be into hip-hop and all that "gold chains, no brains and profanity" music as well as downhome blues then.

OK - don't dignify me with a response, Alan.

M.
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Yves on January 26, 2006, 06:27:15 AM
I remember the box... this is the one on the Mike Vernon's blue horizon LP issued in the 60' - 70'

I will check when I'll be back home
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: a2tom on January 26, 2006, 09:32:33 AM
just Google "Furry Lewis Gibson" and you'll see that he did in fact play one, according to various sources.  Although it is curious that the only picture I saw was of Bukka White playing Furry's Gibson!

http://www.arcolarecords.com/furrycd.html

'Course, that doesn't mean that this is actually that same guitar...

tom
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Bunker Hill on January 26, 2006, 10:24:12 AM
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Only instrument I play is a good old fashioned turntable.

Ah,yes - sounds like my son.  He's a scratch DJ.  Guess you'll be into hip-hop and all that "gold chains, no brains and profanity" music as well as downhome blues then.
Don't possess gold chains, but I'm told "no brains and profanity" are my forte. ::) But we digress...on to more serious matters, eh?
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Stefan Wirz on January 26, 2006, 10:47:05 AM
that guitar's also on Blue Thumb BTS 6000
(https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wirz.de%2Fmusic%2Flewis%2Fgrafik%2Fswamp4.jpg&hash=35a2087191dfe2e7902ca23e704d21d57322bdb3)

and on Ampex A-10140
(https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wirz.de%2Fmusic%2Flewis%2Fgrafik%2Fgasligh4.jpg&hash=49f5b48ea6c7d1cb33faa001332be2d87c1da7e9)

Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Rivers on January 26, 2006, 05:30:06 PM
Norlin era J50, could be good, could be a dog. I had one and wrecked it experimenting with heavy strings (otherwise known as the "let's see what this baby can really do" syndrome). Donated it to a luthier in exchange for some work on other instruments.
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Yves on January 27, 2006, 04:57:06 AM
Well done Stefan

thay's the LP in fact on Barclay 920 352 T I was thinking about
FL uses the same guitar on Stefan Grossman's Blues up the country video
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: GhostRider on January 27, 2006, 07:28:46 AM
Howdy:

The one one the album covers and the one on ebay is, I think, a Gibson B-25N or an LG-3 (I suspect the former). The waist appears narrower than a J-50.

Alex
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: MTJ3 on January 27, 2006, 03:03:01 PM
I have a vague recollection that this item was offered on eBay or elsewhere several years ago.  Whether an instrument is that owned or played by a particular musician need to be left completely to speculation.  There was an article in an issue of Vintage Guitarfrom about 3 years ago in which the author positively identified an instrument as Charlie Christian's based on a comparion of the grain of the wood as shown in photos of Charlie and an instrument that the author had acquired.
Title: Re: Furry Lewis guitar on eBay
Post by: Rivers on January 27, 2006, 07:32:54 PM

The one one the album covers and the one on ebay is, I think, a Gibson B-25N or and LG-3 (I suspect the former). The waist appears narrower than a J-50.


You're dead right Alex. I looked it up in Gibson fab. flattop guitars book and there's a pic on page 98 of Furry playing it, caption is "Memphis blues star Furry Lewis and his B-25".

The Gibson logo on Stefan's photos, which according to the book dates it as mid to late 60s, has disappeared from the pickguard in this photo. Further info from the book, the LG-2 became the B-25 in 1962 after 20 years in production, and the LG-3 became the B-25N in 1963. You learn something new every day.  ;)
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