Tuesday, 1 February 2011

What is Nokie's guitar?


Jim writes:
I was looking at listverse.com today where they have the top ten instrumental songs from the 60s. Because I am in the US, I couldn’t watch the youtube video of The Ventures playing "Walk, Don’t Run". I decided I wanted to check it out so I went to YouTube and clicked the first Ventures video clip.

There is guy wearing a cowboy hat playing lead on a very strange looking little guitar. Any ideas what that is? Kinda cool looking with a massive tremolo bar.

Grace and Peace,
Jim Hevesy
Hey Jim, thanks for writing. Of course, The Ventures have over the years been associated closely with the guitars of Fender, Mosrite, Aria, Wilson Brothers and very likely a few others. However, this guitar appears to be none of those.

The "guy wearing a cowboy hat" is Nokie Edwards, but I can't say what the guitar is. It looks a little like one of Washburn's Idol series guitars with a Tele-like, probably bolt-on, neck. I suspect it may be custom-made guitar, possibly a one-off, but do any readers have a better idea as to its identity, who made it, etc?

G L Wilson

Edit: It's a Hunt Guitar built by Tony Hunt - see the comments. Thanks guys!

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1 comment:

  1. My guess would be that it's one of Semie Moseley's later one-offs. That upper cuttaway is distinctive and very similar to the rare Mosrite Blues Bender https://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=AwrB8ppOUkJVeCwA.lCJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTIzbWx2MHM2BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANjMDhhZGRiZmNjNjUxODRiYjM1Y2RjNGY2MDA4YzYyYwRncG9zAzQxBGl0A2Jpbmc-?.origin=&back=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dmosrite%2Bblues%2Bbender%26n%3D60%26ei%3DUTF-8%26y%3DSearch%26fr%3Dyfp-t-901%26fr2%3Dsb-top-images.search.yahoo.com%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D41&w=427&h=640&imgurl=www.guitar-museum.com%2Fuploads%2Fguitar%2F999%2F87974-1.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guitar-museum.com%2Fguitar-87974-Bluesbender-Made-in-USA-original-parts&size=160.9KB&name=Everythings+checks%2C+great+tone+with+nice+neck.&p=mosrite+blues+bender&oid=c08addbfcc65184bb35cdc4f6008c62c&fr2=sb-top-images.search.yahoo.com&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=Everythings+checks%2C+great+tone+with+nice+neck.&b=0&ni=96&no=41&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=12gr8ejqa&sigb=14tijal8o&sigi=11kibi118&sigt=11edh41fa&sign=11edh41fa&.crumb=C9UfkGS34Wc&fr=yfp-t-901&fr2=sb-top-images.search.yahoo.com

    The whammy is a Bigsby Palm Pedal, designed to emulate pedal steel sounds.



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