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Old 04-24-2011, 09:16 AM
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Default Hank Williams Sr. Martin D-28

I always heard Neil Young owned it. But the Martin website says it's in a museum. I suppose he could have owned more than one. Which do think is the most legit one?
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:22 AM
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Neil Young's is a 1941, the one referenced in Martin's info is a 1944. He is almost sure to have had more than one. Young said in a interview he got his from Tut Taylor and that might give me pause.
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Interesting. I hadn't heard of the Tut Taylor connection.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Taylor, let's just say that he's been often been a source of instruments with a "creative" provenance.


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Old 04-24-2011, 10:30 AM
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More Hank Sr. Martin's.
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I believe that is the same 1944 referenced earlier. It is owned by the family and loaned out to the Hall of Fame.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:48 AM
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I think this is the '44.
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I think that Hank sold it to a bunch of different people for $50 when he was drunk outside a bar in Texas one night. That's my conclusion from all the versions of the story I've heard. It explains why that guitar is in a lot of different places.
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Does it have "THANKS!" on the back? Or was that some other country great? Jimmie Rodgers maybe?
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Neil Young's is a 1941, the one referenced in Martin's info is a 1944. He is almost sure to have had more than one. Young said in a interview he got his from Tut Taylor and that might give me pause.
Neil's pretty sharp, I think he probably knows what he's got...
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So many stories. I read somewhere that Hank Jr. traded his dad's D-28 for shotguns and hunting gear, and the guitar wound up in Neil's hands sometime later.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:26 AM
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So many stories. I read somewhere that Hank Jr. traded his dad's D-28 for shotguns and hunting gear, and the guitar wound up in Neil's hands sometime later.
Heard the same story. And personally find it hard to believe.
1st. The guitars is represented as being THE guitar of Hank Sr. As in his favorite that he was most often seen playing. Much as we would assume anyone talking about "Willie Nelson's guitar" would be referring to "Trigger" (The old beast up Martin). It is called "Hank Sr.'s guitar" as opposed to "ONE OF Hanks Sr.'s guitars".
2nd. As devoted to his fathers memory as Hank Jr. appears to be, I find it hard to believe he would TRADE his fathers favorite guitar for some guns. Hank Jr. was a silver spoon baby. He was born into wealth, and has made a fortune on his own. I can't imagine what kind of shotguns were special enough that he could not afford to buy them outright. And was not only forced, but willing to trade his fathers supposed priceless guitar to get.
The Provenance story IMO just doesn't add up.
Of course if Hank Jr. says it was his dads guitar, who can dispute him. But I've got feeling someone, maybe more than a few people, got greened on that guitar deal. To someone like Hank Jr., an old Martin D-28 wouldn't be hard to acquire. Add a good story and it becomes much more valuable.
I'd personally have to see some proof of provenance, such as documents (Sales receipts/insurance policy w/serial # etc) to believe Neil's guitar is the actual Hank Sr. D-28.
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Does it have "THANKS!" on the back? Or was that some other country great? Jimmie Rodgers maybe?
I'm pretty sure the "Thanks" guitar belonged to Ernest Tubb.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:05 PM
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I heard that Hank jr. traded the guitar to Gene Autry for a set of his .45's.
Gene in turn traded the guitar to Tut for a reso guitar, who then traded it to Neil for drugs.
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In his Prairy Wind concert from Nashville DVD , Neil shows the guitar and says it was Hanks old guitar and that one of the guys in the band picked it up about 30 years prior to the concert. He also said it was the 2nd favourate next to Willies old guitar.

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I'm pretty sure the "Thanks" guitar belonged to Ernest Tubb.

...for awhile...heres the full story

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