I confess that I had not heard of the luthier Gilbert Lee Stiles before I saw the above-pictured guitar for sale on eBay. Apparently he built a series of one-off guitars from his workshop in Florida throughout the 1960s and 70s. I do like this Bigsby B5-equipped guitar which has several interesting features such as the scrolled body horns and the intricately-shaped headstock. The fingerboard inlays too are quite individually distinctive. The guitar also features a pair of DeArmond pickups and Kluson tuners.
I wonder how this little-known American guitar ended up in Cheshire, England?
G L Wilson
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