GREAT pics Stephen!!! Love the old Gibson amp pic! Any idea where that amp is now?
I did ask Sean's stepdad about the Gibson Rhythm King today. They have that amp and 8-9 others that Sean owned. They also have Sean's guitars including the '53 GT, the '90 reissue GT he used, his Gibson ES-175 he played early on for quite a few years, the old blonde Epiphone F-hole Sean recorded "Good Advice" with,...
Sean and his step Dad got that goldtop from Frank Moats at Atlanta Vintage Guitars. Frank said it was the best goldtop he ever touched and thought of Sean. I think late 1999 is about right. Sean had it for awhile when he started playing with my Sunday Night thing at Northside Tavern in early 2000.
Here's a photo I took in '05 of the Goldtop in Sean's backyard. It was pretty clean when he first got it, so here's 5-6 years of use from the most corrosive hands I've ever seen. (Which is more like 30 years use from a normally ph balanced person).
When I saw Sean one time at a small bar here in Sanford, FL the band had gotten caught up in a bunch of traffic and ended up showing up about 20 minutes late for the gig. He didn't have time to change his strings ahead of time and as was mentioned before he sweated a lot and tended to really rust out strings. After busting a string, the club manager handed him the guitar they have on hand as a spare for blues jam night - one of those cheapo $99 Squier Affinity Strats. And you know what, Sean absolutely killed on that thing, and it sounded just like Sean. So, '53 Gibson, Lollars, Fralins, Goodsells, blackfaces, Magnatones, whatever - the gear was definitely only a small fraction of that equation. That guy just had "it" going on.
BTW,.. that Deluxe Reverb had 6L6(s) and a Naylor speaker. It had a bit more juice than a stock BFDR.
Was that DR a 66 and did he get it from Midtown Music?
I bought a DR from Midtown Music years ago and I put a Naylor Speaker in it. After the original reverb tank broke and was replaced it didn't sound the same so I gave up on it and traded it back in for something else.
Unless Naylor speakers were common in our parts in amps it could have been my old amp.
The recordings Sean did in NY before "We Can Get Together", "You Wear It Well" was one of those tunes. It was shopped, no one bit. The idea was to record a variety of material and see who might be interested, the shotgun approach. There are some great songs but Sean lost interest after awhile and was focusing on newer material with the trio. Sean was really proud of "We Can Get Together", felt it represented where he was at the time and pointed to a new direction. he also thought it was some of his better recorded guitar work.
I suspect all of that stuff will be released at some point.