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What type of guitar is this?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by thirstypirate, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. thirstypirate

    thirstypirate Member

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    I was watching the Warren Haynes Christmas jam DVD and wondered what guitar Taj Mahal is playing during his set. It also appeared that he was using a Mesa Mk IV but it was hard to tell.

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  2. benjammin420

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    any closer-up shots of headstock?
     
  3. thirstypirate

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    There's nothing on it...

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    i would guess some sort of boutique/custom. id expect a mainstream manufacturer to push their name. but i have no idea
     
  5. thirstypirate

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    I just went to his website (which I should have done first, but I always look for answers at TGP) and it has his gear listed as an Epiphone Emperor and a D'Angelico New Yorker. The pictures I've found of an Emperor all have F holes just like a New Yorker does.
     
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    Looks a bit like one of the older Epiphone Howard Roberts, perhaps with a few modifications: tailpiece and speed knob:

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    It probably is an Epiphone Emperor that probably had a headstock repair.
     
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    It's not an Emperor, as the OP said, they have F-holes. I'm guessing it's a custom build.

    I saw Taj at an outdoor show a couple years back. He started off playing the Emperor, but it wouldn't stay in tune. He switched to the guitar in the pictures and played it for the rest of the show.
     
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    Thanks for the first hand account.

    His site list his Mesa amp as being custom (it looked like a Mk IV on the DVD) but there is no mention of this particular guitar.
     
  10. brain21

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    Could be a modded '70s Starfield or Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion model? Ibanez also made copies. Could also be a modded Guild F-45ce. Although the guilds are flattopped whereas it looks like Tajs is pressed like a 335, etc.

    I'd lay my money on a 70's Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion model (although the closer I look, the less the hole looks oval, so that may rule out the HRF):

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