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The Unwound Third => Gitfiddles, Harps, Washboards & Kazoos => Topic started by: phhawk on December 29, 2007, 07:31:59 AM

Title: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: phhawk on December 29, 2007, 07:31:59 AM
Hello folks, If all goes well I will post a few pictures of a guitar that was given to a friend of mine, collector Ken Swerilas, by Sam Chatman. Sam stated that this was a guitar owned by Bo Carter, his brother. Ken was a good friend of Sam's and Sam had stayed at his house in California.
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: dj on December 29, 2007, 08:55:33 AM
Wow!  That's been played a bit.  Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: Bunker Hill on December 29, 2007, 11:07:15 AM
I wonder what happened to the one he owned when Paul Oliver interviewed him in 1960 which he described Bo as initially being "too weak to hold down the strings of his heavy steel guitar with its worn finger board". Here's a scan of the photo Oliver took as on page 84 of Conversation With The Blues.

(may need to click image to enlarge)
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: uncle bud on December 29, 2007, 11:13:34 AM
Weenie member Chezztone tells a great story of tracking down Bo's National. I don't think he's shared it with us here, though he has written an article about it.

Thanks for the pictures, phhawk. That's one worn fretboard.
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: Cooljack on December 29, 2007, 11:23:29 AM
wow thats great, its really nice to see country blues relics like this :)
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: Stuart on December 29, 2007, 02:06:44 PM
Weenie member Chezztone tells a great story of tracking down Bo's National. I don't think he's shared it with us here, though he has written an article about it.

From the AG website:

From Mississippi by Steve Cheseborough.
Steve Cheseborough tracks down the guitar played by his musical hero, bluesman Bo Carter. August 2002.

Now all I have to do is dig up that particular back issue. :P
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: phhawk on December 29, 2007, 08:37:11 PM
Thought I'd add one more photo. This is the label that Sam taped to the side of the guitar case, in the case it got lost in transit. I screwed up the exposure so it might be hard to see. Anyway...
Title: Re: Bo Carter Guitar
Post by: mtzionmemorialfund on June 26, 2017, 01:40:13 AM
Weenie member Chezztone tells a great story of tracking down Bo's National.

Thanks to my friend at the archives; here it is with some additional research on the man who bought it from Bo. More to come after the 29th

Thank the Blues Gods for Preston Alvin Stone

http://www.mtzionmemorialfund.org/2017/06/thank-blues-gods-for-preston-alvin.html (http://www.mtzionmemorialfund.org/2017/06/thank-blues-gods-for-preston-alvin.html)