A good guy and co-worker at Corus named Darin dropped by with something very cool yesterday.
It’s a “Billy Bo” guitar and it’s a beauty. Here is the backstory according to Wikipedia…
In 1959 Bo Diddley approached a former Gretsch employee known only as “Juliano” to build him some guitars from his own designs using Gretsch necks and hardware. The resulting three guitars (Jupiter Thunderbird, Cadillac and Cigar Box), two of which were named after popular automobiles became synonymous with Diddley and his ’60s stage partner “The Duchess” Norma-Jean Wofford.
The Jupiter was later donated as a gift to ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons who used it on some ZZ Top recordings. Since Gibbons did not want to risk subjecting the rare guitar to touring and live performances, Gibbons approached Gretsch with the idea of reproducing the Jupiter Thunderbird. The end result was the G6199 “Billy-Bo” Jupiter Thunderbird which Gretsch launched in 2005.
“Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that ‘certain-something’ guitar and there it was! We didn’t risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road so this new, reproduction model was recreated with some BFG Mojo thrown in for good measure. It’s now the main stage guitar with a groove.” -Billy F Gibbons
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