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Every now and then, you will catch a Takamine 12 string in a picture that is taken inside Glen's home. Takamine describes their P6JC-12:
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Takamine’s P6JC-12 jumbo cutaway 12-string model is loud and forceful, with a resonant solid spruce top with “X” top bracing for maximum volume, a solid flame maple back and flame maple sides, a convenient Venetian cutaway for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard, and elegant ivory body binding with black and white purfling and mother-of-pearl rosette.
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Glen Campbell with a Dillion Eddie Bush Signature Guitar
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It appears that Dillion began production of this guitar in 2008, for Eddie Bush. Production may have ended in 2018. It is also known as the "Black Stallion" guitar.
Dillion Eddie Bush Signature Guitar
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Eddie shared this in an interview:
At the time, Glen Campbell had a TV show, Glen Campbell, of course, is an iconic I guess you would consider him a country music artist, but he was really a pop artist. As a matter of fact, in 1968, I think, he actually outsold The Beatles. He was super popular. He had a TV show called The Good Time Hour and it was my favorite show. I wanted to be Glen Campbell. He was my model because he was a singing guitar player. I wanted to do that...
I mentioned Glen Campbell being my first hero. So, a couple of years ago, one of my students went to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. I was on a break between students and I went on my Facebook page and here’s this picture of my guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I didn’t really understand it. Next thing I know sure enough it was in Glen Campbell’s display and Glen Campbell had gotten an Eddie Bush model Dillion guitar that he loved and in fact, they sent me a picture of Glen with this guitar. Talk about full circle. Sure enough, the guy that inspired me to play guitar owns an Eddie Bush model acoustic guitar. It’s now on the front row in the Glen Campbell display at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Isn’t that crazy? I never met him or anything, but before he got Alzheimer’s he knew my name. That’s kind of cool.
Eddie released his version of "Wichita Lineman" as a "tribute to Glen."
In an interview with "Journal Scene", Eddie shares:
... in 2010 Campbell was asked to appear in a movie in which he was to sing and play guitar — and that Campbell contacted Vinci (Jon Vinci, owner/designer of Dillion Guitars) asking if he could play one of those guitars in the movie. Vinci sent him two, Bush said.
That would explain the one Glen has signed and Glen's Black Stallion that will be on display in his museum in Nashville when it opens in February. It was featured at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum.
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Hamer Guitars (American made 1973-2013) became a sister company to Ovation in 1988, when the Kaman Music Corporation purchased the individually owned guitar company. Is it a coincidence that in the same year, Hamer designs and produces this custom Chaparral for Glen?
The Fender Stratocaster is an often copied guitar, due to its popularity. Hamer, not wanting to miss out on that popularity, designed the Chaparral to compete in the Stratocaster field in 1985. The Chaparrals had contoured offset double-cutaway mahogany bodies, very Strat-like, but with a slightly larger upper horn.
In 1988, soon after the KMC purchase, Hamer introduced the Chaparral Elite, which had an ebony board and boomerang inlays.
Hamer instrument SN 821628 was logged into Hamer finishing on January 13. 1989. Records indicate it is a Chaparral with a bolt-on neck finished in Blue Pearl and was slated to receive chrome hardware. Additional notes mention birdseye maple neck and 2 humbucking pickups( both were special order). Customer noted "G. Campbell" no other notations.
According to Ken Skaggs, who was with Glen from 1987 to 2010, Glen played this guitar at Harrah's, in Reno, a couple of times. He discarded it due to its appearance.
Ken Skaggs stated:
Glen played this guitar several times on stage at Harrah's in Reno, Nevada and though he loved the guitar's tone he did not like the visual distraction of the inlays overlapping the frets.
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Rock and Roll Relics dedicated a guitar to Glen. They named it the "Country Boy", although "Galveston" was etched into the back of the guitar. Here is their press release for the guitar:
This signature guitar is a limited run of 25. Each hand-signed by Glen along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Glen. This guitar was inspired by Glenʼs amazing guitar work throughout his career. Rock N Roll Relics owner and master builder Billy Rowe has been a long time fan of Glenʼs. Billy felt Glen should have a limited edition hand signed guitar in honor of his incredible work he has given our ears to enjoy. Glen is known for his amazing voice but many donʼt know that he was quite the guitar picker and shared the stage with some of the finest of his time. The model was named the ʻCountry Boy Modelʼ after one of his many top-charting hits.
These limited guitars will be available in October along with the release of the Glen Campbell documentary ‘I’ll Be Me’. The new documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows Glen Campbell’s three year battle with Alzheimer’s and is documented by award-winning filmmaker, James Keach. The documentary premiers October 24th.
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Glen never gave a public concert, that I am aware of, using this guitar, other than in 2012 at the Grammy Museum for a short set in 2012. Rock & Roll Relics list Glen and Shannon on their "Artists" web page.
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The Country Boy appears to be a knock off Strat, that is made to look used.
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It appears that R&R Relics got Shannon to plug the ones that were left (When you go to their web page and click Shannon's link, it comes up to a dead page)
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I believe the family did allow it to be used in the Country Music Hall of Fame and it is on the staircase photo in Malibu.
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Here is a photo Glen's family released showing Glen with the Country Boy guitar.
Around 1970, Glen showed up on Johnny Carson, Tom Jones and his own show playing a Baldwin Model 801CP. The instigating factor was when Jerry Reed joined the Goodtime Hour. He was playing a Baldwin 801CP, which had a Prismatone pickup that allowed Jerry to amp his classical guitar. The nylon guitar that Glen used at the time was an Ovation, as he was Ovation’s most visible and popular endorser. The problem was, the Ovation had to be mic’ed, because Ovation (as most companies at the time) did not have an acoustic that had a pickup and could be amplified.
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Glen was seen with Jerry Reed, both of them playing the Baldwin:
And on his own Goodtime Hour, during the Christmas Special:
But Glen’s appearances with the Baldwin were short-lived. Ovation would soon have the1624 Country Artistin Glen's hands and the Baldwin went back to Jerry for good.