RC Allen built guitars for and with Merle Travis, Paul Bigsby, and Joe Maphis in the early days of solid body guitars. This particular instrument looks like a more modern iteration of the double necks that Joe Maphis played in the early to mid-50's.Originally posted by rjlaero1
I've never heard of him.....anybody care to expand?
Actually, I completely agree. I've had occasion to to do a pickup installation on one of my Dad's and was very surprised to find the pickup cavities (on a hollow guitar) to have been cut by hand (no router - may have not even been a power saw!) Dick Allen's a real old-timer and while his creations are fine so far as function and general appearance (well, maybe not on close inspection), they're definitely not objects of extremely fine craftsmanship. My Dad played mostly G-branded guitars during his professional career (Gibson, Gretsch, Guild) but he's known Dick Allen forever and has had him build a few customs which Dad designed. But you're right, even though he used premium materials, the fit and finish of the average asian-made guitar would blow them away.Originally posted by Dave Paetow
I've seen a handful, and they all have been pretty crude in build quality. So that must mean they have a lot of 'soul' and 'vibe'.