The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology

The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology

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Guitar sleuth and music-history detective Deke Dickerson tells the true tales of 50 thrilling rare guitar finds that will make guitarists green with envy. A golden Fender Stratocaster hidden away in an attic for 30 years. A sunburst Gibson Les Paul worth $100,000. Jimi Hendrix’s Strat burned by the guitarist during a concert—and then mysteriously lost for decades. The mint Fender Broadcaster forgotten under a bed in a neighbor’s house. The 1960s Rickenbacker bought for $50 at a garage sale!These days, classic vintage guitars can bring Ferrari and Porsche prices. Baby boomers who wish they’d been rock ’n’ roll stars have shot the market into the stratosphere for classic models. As with automobiles, finding that classic guitar stashed away beneath a bed, in a closet, hidden away in an attic, or in the dusty corner of a guitar shop is the Holy Grail.

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ISBN-13: 9781610588041
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 689,988
File size: 51 MB
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About the Author

Deke Dickerson (Los Angeles, CA) is a music historian who writes for Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player, and The Fretboard Journal. He is the leader of the renowned rockabilly and country band The Ecco-Fonics.


Table of Contents

Foreword Jonathan Kellerman 6

Introduction: Guitarchaeology 8

Hubert and the Tele Under the Bed 14

It Had an Aura Around It! 18

Don't Do This to Your Guitar 20

Guitarchaeology at Work: The Chicago Store, Tucson, Arizona 24

The Gibson-Made Grinnell Acoustic 29

Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster 33

"I Smell a Tweed Deluxe!" 39

Tough Old Men and Bird's-Eye Maple 41

The 12-string Gibson SG and the Mythical 12-String 'Burst 62

Boyd Heath and the Hillbilly D'Angelico 63

The 1864 Antonio de Torres Guitar 67

A Gypsy Guitar (and a Tele) in Wisconsin 71

Unwanted in Wichita 74

Duane Eddy's Howard Doubleneck: The Luckiest Guitar Alive 76

A Tweed Bassman Story 81

Terry McArthur and the TNM Custom Doubleneck 83

Gretsch White Falcon 89

586 Guitars and a Trailer Full of Parts 91

Broadcaster #0213 93

Rick Vito and the Del Vecchio 95

Finding Gold 100

Knowledge Is Power 102

Finding Charlie Christian's Guitar 105

The First Cherry ES-335 Dot-Neck 109

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure 111

Billy F Gibbons' Mistress, Pearly Gates 114

Silvertone in a Gretsch Case 116

Johnny Paycheck's Bunker Guitar and the Near-Death Experience 118

Right Place at the Right Time 126

Gage Brewer's Estate Sale 130

The 1956 Gold Stratocaster Known as Louise 136

Pirates of the Weissenborn 137

The Joe Maphis Model Mosrite 139

Jimi Hendrix and the Left-Handed Coral Sitar 141

Espionage and Intrigue and a Blonde J-200 144

Scotty Moore's EchoSonic Amp 145

The Amazing Discovery of the Vibro Brand 151

Gino King 160

You Got Anything Else? 164

Curly Boyd and the Author's Tale of Madness 165

Hallmark Swept-Wing on a Bicycle 173

The Weird World of Joe Barrick 176

Les Paul and the Les Paul 184

Letritia Kandle and the Grand Letar 187

Where Do You Find These Guitars? 196

Link Wray's Danelectro 198

On the Trail of the Moderne 217

Bigsby Hunting 228

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"This marvelous book [is] a perfect amalgam of precisely the kind of juicy details and vivid descriptions of rare and idiosyncratic instruments that guitar freaks crave and the compelling stories of the people whose lives have become enmeshed with these six- (and four- and eight- and twelve-) string masterpieces. On top of that, it’s a great read. Deke Dickerson’s love for guitars and his genius for finding some of the rarest birds in the musical aviary is matched by his not inconsiderable writing chops. The man knows how to tell a great story." — from the foreword by Jonathan Kellerman

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The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I often bore people with the stories of vintage guitars I have collected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my husband as a gift. What a fun book! The writer is very good at describing his search for classic, rare and desirable guitars. Even a non-musician such as myself could enjoy it.