С двенадцатистрункой GUILD STARFIRE XII, подаренной производителем Марком Дронжем в 66 году.
GUILD STARFIRE XII CUSTOM 12-STRING, 1966
Presented to John Lennon by Mark Dronge (son of @guildguitars founder Alfred Dronge) at the Warwick Hotel, New York on 23 August 1966
Mark Dronge: ‘At Guild we had heard that the Beatles were going to conduct a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York. The decision that my father, myself, and Carlo Greco came to was to build one guitar for John.
We had just started making double-cutaway electric guitars and we weren't too familiar about electric guitars anyway, but we had a reputation already for our acoustic 12-strings. So we figured we should make an electric 12. We only made one because we wanted to make it special - to really pour our hearts into it. It was an absolutely spectacular guitar for the time.
We thought the guitar should be an electric, double cutaway. We would make it with the best flamed maple we could find, and the best pickups we could buy, which I believe were single-coil DeArmond 2000s. We thought the brown stain the most interesting color we produced. I do not remember if the fingerboard was ebony or dark rosewood.’
GUILD STARFIRE XII CUSTOM 12-STRING
Built for John Lennon, 1966
24 ¾" scale
Electric, double cutaway
Semi-hollow body: laminated maple top and back, laminated mahogany sides
Single bound top and back
Finish: Brown/dark amber, flamed maple, nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: 3-piece, set-in mahogany & maple, black plastic headstock overlay with pearloid logo and Chesterfield inlay
Fingerboard: Indian rosewood, 22 frets
Pick Guard: Black backed Lucite with gold trim
Bridge: Carved Rosewood on Rosewood base
Tailpiece: Guild harp style
Tuners: Waverly, open back
Pickups: Non-standard 1950's DeArmond 2000s with white covers
Controls: 2 Tone and 2 Volume controls for each pickup, Master volume control and 3-way pickup selector
Hardware: gold plated.
The guitar can now be seen at the Hard Rock Café, 280 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA.
Mark Dronge is the founder of @drstrings.