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Glen Campbells Custom Red Rhodes Telecaster w/ Ovation Neck

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Re: Glen Campbells Custom Red Rhodes Telecaster w/ Ovation Neck

Post by LeonardMcCoy » Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:48 pm

The body seems to be more of a Strat-Telecaster hybrid given the shape, blockiness, and "upper horn."


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Re: Glen Campbells Custom Red Rhodes Telecaster w/ Ovation Neck

Post by Bluebird » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:44 pm

If you want to hear what this guitar sounds like, check out this great video from a 1977 guest appearance from Glen on the Carol Burnett Show. Glen plays this guitar as well as a number of other instruments from his collection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsBW8mbq00



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Glen Campbells Custom Red Rhodes Telecaster w/ Ovation Neck

Post by jay » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:37 am

Red Rhodes was a pedal steel guitarist. He played pedal steel on many country-rock, pop, and rock albums with The Monkees, Michael Nesmith, James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Seals and Crofts, The Byrds, The Carpenters, Spanky and Our Gang, and many other groups, as part of the Wrecking Crew studio musicians. In the late '70s, he focused on being a luthier and specialized in creating his custom Velvet Hammer pickup, which was used by James Burton and other great guitarists.

At some point in the 70's, Red created a custom guitar for Glen, using a Telecaster body and Ovation neck. Glen used it for a while and then handed it over to Carl Jackson (who may still have it). This combination may have been due to Glen's love for both guitars or possibly a way to honor his commitment to Ovation while playing a Fender (which he always seemed to come back to).

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Glen Campbell Playing Red Rhodes Tele in 1974
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