Can Anyone I. D. a Drive-By Truckers' guitar?

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  1. urizen

    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    Saw an ad/pic for Brighter Than Creation's Dark, the upcoming new CD (on the back of the latest issue of No Depression) that showed one of the players on something that LOOKS cool, like sort of a cross 'twixt a Tele and a Koll Glide., but I can't see the headstock clearly or get any clue as to what/who the maker is. Anybody know of whence I query, query I?

    It's a b.& w. foto showing a plank that looks like it's Tele-thin in depth w/ a humber at the neck, but the player's hand is obscuring what's at the bridge. It's sunburst, bound, lower horn looks vaguely Explorer-ish in shape, and the blackguard follows the contour of the horn, but is otherwise Tele-ish. It has the standard Tele 2 controls switch plate and jack location, 6 in-line tuners (from what I can see), and the logo on the headstock APPEARS to begin w/ a Z.

    Knowledge, notions, clues, idees y'all?
     
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    Hmmmm. I'm curious too.
    Both times I've seen them,
    it was Les Paul's all the way.

    Really amazing shows. They played 3+ hours
    & went through at least 5 bottles of Jack. :dude
     
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    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    There it is (!), far right, although still not a good, clear pic:
    http://www.baxendaleguitars.com/guitars/complete/dbt/img/7.jpg

    If you scroll down at the Baxendale site, in the "Drive-By Truckers Guitars" section of the "Instruments" category, there's a video of Cooley playing THAT Baxendale electric in performance on "Where the Devil Don't Stay". Wish I could hear/see more. Perhaps at the band's website.

    Thank you very much. This is a maker of whom I was totally unaware, and, as I said earlier, from what I can see, it looks like a cool design (and I like the Trucker's sound, so...).

    Thanx again, much appreciated.
     
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    My current fav for a few years now. I highly recommend their live shows, they'll wear you out. I'm just sorry Isbell left.
     
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    Glad to help! I talked to Scott a few years back and he's a heck of a nice guy.

     
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    That makes two of us. I'm interested to see how the new album turns out since I have mostly preferred the Isbell songs on the last few.
     
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    I haven't heard anything from the new CD yet, but I wanna. I came late to their party, but got hooked and bought up all the catalogue (up to thus far).
     
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    If you godown a little there a heading for the "Johnny Depp Guitar" Which looks to be exactly the same as the truckers guitar:

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    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the Depp needs the blackguard on it (or it shows, to me, that the design's appearance is balanced/improved by the addition of the blackguard, especially over the top of the lower horn)... and a maple neck.
     
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    There's at least one classic Cooley track ("Self-Destructive Zones"), and Shonna contributes a few, the best of which is like nothing I'd ever go to the Truckers for, but wonderful ("The Purgatory Line").
     
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    I preordered it. I prefer Cooley's stuff myself, but the three of them live (with Isbell) were awesome. Glad I saw the New Year's 2007 show in ATL for one last time when Isbell was still in.
     
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    I didn't realize there was so much DBT love around here. My buddy Adam used to be a sort of 'go-to' photo guy for them and we've got some amazing shots in our house. I don't mean to hi-jack the thread here, but there's some awesome shots on his site here:
    http://adamsmithphotography.com/flash_site/adamsmith.html
    click the 'live rock' tab
    There's quite a few shots of Cooley playing that guitar.
    Cheers.
     
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    My favorite band, hoping to catch them in Salt Lake soon! The best combination of song-writing, tones, and live shows out there. Carrying on the Rock-n-Roll torch for sure!
     
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    Yep, in the "albums that are good all the way through" I pretty much listed every DBT album from Southern Rock Opera on.

    I've photo shot DBT a few times, once in Columbia, SC, once in Asheville, NC, and once in Atlanta. I'll try to upload a few.
     
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    Most recent asheville show? I was definately there, too bad it was at the orange peel...
     
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    Ever since I quit smoking I love the peel. Dont know if it was the most recent one, it was in Feb 2006; my then-pregnant wife got the tix and drove that night as a Val Day present. You might have saw me there, I was the guy drinking lots of beer.

    You know, the one on the left.


    Listening to the new Brighter than Creations Dark right now as I babysit on the wife's night out. Mike just sang, re: the death of hair metal, "Til the pawnshops were packed like a backstage party hanging full of pointy ugly guitars"
     

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