Archive for September, 2009

Bar Pickup Guitars on Ebay

September 5, 2009

Nicolai Foss

The Charlie Christian bar pickup quickly attracted imitators.
Here is a 1940s Orpheum, and here is a–much nicer–1939 Cromwell. And here is the real deal.

Those Missing Lang L5s

September 2, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Nick Alexander sends this:

Photos verify that Eddie did have two L-5 guitars; one was a dot inlay and the other was a block inlay. The following is unverified info: A story that I was told by a friend who spoke with Kitty Lang in the 1970’s was that Eddie took both L-5’s to a recording gig and left one of them in the car. The one in the car was subsequently stolen. At the time my friend spoke to her (1970’s) she was selling the L-5 along with a Gibson Banjo of his. I’ve also heard that currently that guitar is somewhere in Northern California.