Re: Wildwood Flower
Posted by Larry Jordan on February 3, 2015, 12:26 pm, in reply to "Re: Wildwood Flower"
Jim's favorite guitar (that he acquired in early 1964, after sending Leo Jackson to a New York City guitar store to pick one out for him, while they were in town to do the Jimmy Dean network TV show), was a Martin D-28. He also carried a "baby Martin" on the bus with him so he could rehearse with that. |
When Jim did the Mountainside Park concert (and also Nashville Symphony that I released), he was using his Rickenbacker. As I tell in my book, that company had approached him and offered to make guitars for his band members for free as a promotional gesture. Jim took them up on their offer.
Leo, the lead guitarist, got a blue 360F, bass player James Kirkland was given a blue 4000 bass, and Jim got the acoustic, which was listed in the factory archives as a "Blue Boy Martin"! All the guitars initially had gold-backed Lucite pickguards.
When Jim made the movie "Kimberley Jim" in 1963, the color of the pickguard on his guitar was changed to blue, and his blue initials "JR" were removed from it.