New guy Query on strange Gibson

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by thunderbyrd, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Strat-Talk Member

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    Hiya, Hiya! i know this is a strat forum: i own 2, a brand new SRV and and a MIM Robert Cray. and i've got plenty to say about strats, they are easily my favorite electric guitar (and as far as i'm concerned, my SRV model is the strat perfected). i also own a mighty fine Les Paul goldtop.

    but 1st, i want to put a query in front of all my fellow guitar-heads: in 1974 or 75, i went into a guitar store in Shelbyville ky. the young man working there showed me a brand-new es- type gibson. the unusual thing about this guitar was that it had these tiny plastic buttons on the neck, headstock, and i think around the neck joint. the boy there told me the buttons were to make the guitar play in stereo. I've been called nuts and accused of hallucinating this, but i swear i really saw it, has anybody here ever seena gibson like that, with tiny plastic buttons on the headstock, etc?
     
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    There was the Gibson ES 335 TDSV the "stereo" guitar.

    Here's a photo:
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  3. Deaf Eddie

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    Sounds more like this Epiphone - the Al Caiola signature model.

    Lotsa buttons...

    [​IMG]

    I new a guy that had one of these beasties back when I was in high school.
     
  4. AZMike

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    Actually, I think that is a picture of an Epiphone Professional. All the controls were on the guitar, but they came with an amp that had basically no controls.

    The Caiola had sharp cutaways, and the controls were all on the lower bout.

    Mike
     
  5. nvosmeier

    nvosmeier Strat-Talker

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    I saw a 63 Gibson SG with supposedly factory Stereo Output jacks.
     
  6. Deaf Eddie

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    Ooops, you're right, that IS the "Pro" model... with the goofy amp setup. My bad!

    Here's the Al Caiola siggie:


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    No sharp cutaways, but you had the dongles in the right spot.

    Dig the mini-humbuckers.

    This is sooooooooo much like the old Sheraton model, but check it out - the no-f-holes look, and the top-loaded control plate with funny sliders - they must have taken a tip from the Harmony Rebel on that one! ;) Hey, maybe that's where you got the sharp cutaways...? Or from Gibson's Tal Farlow model...
     
  7. AZMike

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    I was wrong, too. My mental picture had the controls right, but not the cutaways. The sharp cutaways thought probably came from the Gibson model that the guy in the Rascals played, come to think of it. Was that a Barney Kessel?

    Mike