Re: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JIM REEVES' LAST GUITAR IS SOLD
Posted by Larry Jordan on May 13, 2013, 3:14 pm, in reply to "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JIM REEVES' LAST GUITAR IS SOLD"
Edited by board administrator May 13, 2013, 3:24 pm
A lot of people have emailed to ask me what the buyer paid for the guitar. The answer is $8,500. It was purchased by a 93 year old man from Colorado who never met Jim but is a fan of his music. I am told that he expects that guitar to become a "family heirloom." Translated, that means fans are not likely to ever see it in person. |
This guy got a bargain. Jim's Baby Martin was priced at over $15,000 and has traded hands a couple of times at least.
The deal apparently was brokered by Brian Layson (current guitarist with Dierks Bentley and co-owner of lwvintage.) With all due respect, I don't think Mr. Layson has any real grasp of who Jim Reeves even was, because the price that guitar went for was a sacrifice by Leo's widow.
So much of Jim's legacy has been irretrievably lost and I blame Mary and some (but not all) members of the Reeves family. Many artists have their personal possessions donated to colleges or universities or libraries for preservation and display. That did not happen in the case of Jim Reeves.
For all the good that Mary did over the years, Jim's legacy was very badly mishandled. The latest sale is just more proof...