Freddie King's guitars...

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  1. Ulug

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    Freddie King has been one of my favorite guitar players for a long long time, and I just keep wondering what happened to his guitars after he passed.



    Lots of well known and admired players of the past and present, alive or not, have at least a few of their well played and heavily gigged instruments in private collections and/or on exhibit somewhere (I was lucky enough to check out one of Chuck Berry's guitars closely once) but where are Freddie's?



    Just curious... Anyone in the know?
     
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  2. Bluesdaddy

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    I for one would really be interested in knowing what happened to his 50's Gold top.
     
  3. Ulug

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    Yeah! Likewise.
     
  4. Kelly

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    Is that the guitar that his kids broke the headstock off of?
     
  5. Bob Pollock

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    His ES-355 (one of them anyway) was on the market a couple of years ago. His family has most of the rest I believe. Mark Pollock (no relation) was his guitarist on the tour with Clapton ('74 I think), and I've corresponded with him regarding Freddie's guitars. He might know where the goldtop went. http://transpecosguitars.com/mainpage.html Marks shop.
     
  6. HeyMrTeleMan

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    Maybe ask Steve Segall?
     
  7. slider

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    ^Sounds like a joke but true. He has Muddy's, BB's, Albert's, etc.
     
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    One of his 355s used to be in the Dallas Hard Rock Cafe - back when the instruments were still from the actual users
     
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    It's a 345 and yes I saw it there as well.
     
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    Yes, his daughter, Wanda, acknowledged that she broke it by accident while playing in the house. Who knows what happened to it after that! You can hear that it was doing the wraparound sitar thing on some of those cuts.
     
  11. Bluesdaddy

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    Probably thrown away for scrap after that unfortunately .
     
  12. straycat113

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    One of my favorite players of all time as well as arguably Clapton's biggest influence when it came to Slow Hand really letting it rip. (Really great question) as I have never heard of what happened to his gear after his tragic early death. Searched pretty long on the net and really can't find any definitive answers.
     
  13. Bobbyb

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    Interesting that this would come up. I know a guy locally that has one of his cherry 345s. I say "one of," I like King's music but know next to nothing about him or his instruments, he may have only had one, or a hundred for all I know. It was really cool though, he showed me this old video of Freddie King playing and could point out the little quirks in the guitar. The fellow that owns it is a professional player, and not a collector. He played many years for Leon Russel who owned the guitar before him.
     
  14. Defendant

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    Cool! were you allowed to play it?
     
  15. IPLAYLOUD

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    Funny...I was on 3 different FB pages today about this one.
    I think a Marvel by Premier (Multivox, Sorkin Music NYC) although it has a little Kay in it? Definately not a Danelectro, which a few guys thought it was.
    We were even wondering if it was even his. Bolt-on with Maple is far from what he used. Notice the spelling of his first name. This was 1961.
    Does anyone have other pictures of him with this guitar??

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    Cool pic, thanks for posting that!
     
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    I wanted to start this thread about 7 months ago. Love Freddie and his 345 blues.
    Always wondering where his guitars ended up & wishing Gibson would release a Freddie King 345 model, but not now with the recent price hike
     
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    I love Freddie's playing but I always thought the TONE on this song was a terrible trebly fuzzy mess.

    The perfect example of a great player, with great gear, but (for me) bad tone.

     
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    An old '77 Guitar Player interview mentioned his plain strings as .010 .011 .012. Regular wound Gibson for the lower strings.
    ES 335, 345, 355, Les Paul and a couple of Thunderbirds.
     
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    He probably would have let me but I didn't ask. I get kinda nervous just thinking about messing with old stuff like that and falling over on it or accidentally dropping it.


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