Archive for the 'Charlie Christian' Category

The New D’Angelico J.Geils/Gerry Beaudoin Signature Model

January 14, 2010

Nicolai Foss

The most popular posts on this humble blog are those that concern the Charlie Christian pickup. Apparently, there is a strong interest out there. Perhaps it is not so strange: Combine the CC pickup with a small, slightly over-driven tube amp and you’ve got a sound that cries Barney Kessel, early Tal, and, of course, Charlie Christian! Yes, the hum is unavoidable and probably worse than with any other pickup — but it is worth it! Not surprisingly, CC pickups have been applied to all sorts of archtops; I’ve even seen a Super 400 with a double (!) CC pickup.

J. Geils and Gerry Beaudoin, of New Guitar Summit fame, have placed a CC pickup on a D’Angelico to arrive at their own signature model. The first of them, the prototype if you like, is offered here at the very reasonable buy it now price of 1, 999 USD. Check out the text to the auction which gives a lot of interesting detail.

Your Favorite Posts

October 3, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Apparently, J&A readers are obsessed with Charlie Christian pickups: The absolutely most popular posts on this humble blog are those that deal with these pickups (here). The wordpress stat functions allow you see search words, how many looked at specific posts in a given, day, week, month, etc., and there are on average 10 daily searches for “Charlie Christian Pickups” that lead surfers to this site, and between 25-50 daily hits on the CC pickup posts alone. I find this a bit strange. Are we witnessing a pickup nostalgia wawe? When will see CC pickups on the players’ guitars? Will Pat Martino have a CC pickup installed?

Cromwell “ES-150”

October 1, 2007

Nicolai Foss

It is well-known that Gibson made numerous budget guitars for Sears, Montgomery Wards, etc. under non-Gibson brandnames. Among the best known of these names are arguably Kalamazoo and Cromwell. Here is the 1937 Cromwell equivalent to the ES-150 with what is clearly a variant of the Charlie Christian pickup, although placed in a way that is opposite to its normal positioning on the ES-150. This may be a very good buy if the pickup actually is a “normal” CC pickup with just a small variation.

Air Mail Special on Spanish Guitar

September 27, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Can Charlie Christian’s “Air Mail Special” be played on anything but electro-spanish guitars? Of course. It can be very nicely played on a Spanish/classical guitar. Here. Certainly pretty.

Tony Rizzi Tribute

September 20, 2007

Nicolai Foss has just published this excellent tribute by Jim LaDiana to one of the greatest of the California studio guitarists, Tony Rizzi, and his “wire choirs,” i.e., Rizzi’s emulation of the Super Sax concept. Here is the wire choir playing Charlie Christian’s solo on “I Found a New Baby.” And here is the album with all the Christian solos.

Heritage Eagle With CC Pickup Pics

September 17, 2007

Nicolai Foss

OK, here are some pics of my Eagle with the recently installed Charlie Christian pickup.



Here it is shoulder to shoulder with my Aria D’Aquisto Avantgarde.


John Lennon: Charlie Christian Fan

August 25, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Yes, according to the good folks at Gibson. Check Lennon’s Les Paul Junior with a CC pickup. BTW, Lennon also said nice things of Barney Kessel (who of course also used the CC pickup).