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July 24, 2014


In the picture below, I'm in a very nice house near Sun Valley, Idaho, holding a Gibson guitar. This guitar currently belongs to a friend of the fellow on the right, my old friend Josh Kelly, a wonderful guy and terrific musician who, out of the goodness of his heart, routinely risks his reputation by serving as drummer for the Rock Bottom Remainders.

The previous owner of the guitar was...

OK, I'll tell you after you look at the picture:


This guitar used to belong to John Lennon.

By the way, the red-white-and-blue guitar on the stand behind me used to belong to Buck Owens.

I don't know what these guitars are worth. Probably less, now that I have touched them. But still.


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I've played a Buck Owens model guitar before - the action was good and it had a nice crisp sound.


Beauteous! And so cool. I'm saving up for a Hoot Gibson, myself.

A Dinosaur Victrola
List'ning to Buck Owens.
Doo, doo, doo,
Lookin' out my back door...

Nigel Tufnel: Look... still has the old tag on, never even played it.
Marty DiBergi: [points his finger] You've never played...?
Nigel Tufnel: Don't touch it!
Marty DiBergi: We'll I wasn't going to touch it, I was just pointing at it.
Nigel Tufnel: Well... don't point! It can't be played.
Marty DiBergi: Don't point, okay. Can I look at it?
Nigel Tufnel: No. no. That's it, you've seen enough of that one.

Sure it wasn't Vladimir Lenin?

Cool. Can you play "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" on it?

Is that the Idaho version of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame?

What is that? The tattoo on Josh's forearm...Yoko was here?

Josh's friend (not pictured) kind of resembles George Benson.

Dave, you really should have your hands bronzed.

Whoa. I've met an author who has touched a guitar that was touched by John Lennon. *faints*

To play Lennon's guitar, do you have to pull a few strings?

*Faints next to Guin*

I wouldn't know Buck Owens if I tripped over him, and the more I know about Lennon, the less I like him. Now if it were a guitar Andres Segovia owned or something like that, then I'd need my smelling salts.

Oh, and nice blue shirt.

The Gibson isn't worth anything without an amplifier. At least on the Buck Owens version you can hear "Gloria."

Was it just like you'd Imagined?

(The other guitar looks much smaller, so it must be for playing junior samples.)

Also Dave? You cannot die. Ever.

I bet John Lennon's son Julian would buy that guitar. That's awesome

The ES is my favorite sounding guitar. I don't think John played it much as time marched on.

Very Cool!

Dave, wipe your prints off it in case it gets stolen.

John who?

Beautiful instrument!

I own a kazoo once played by Stephen King at a legendary concert by the Rock Bottom Remainders. Thankfully, it has not come to life and strangled me or played haunting Manilow songs outside my window.

*snork* at Meanie

I second that *snork* at MtB.

Wow Dave, wow! Nice shirt.

But I'm also fainting next to G and C.... He might have had his dark side, but he was John blinkin Lennon!

I own a guitar pick given to me by Weird Al........

Thank you for posting the photo - how cool, to see guitars belonging to great entertainers, I love it!

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