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Old 01-15-2013, 04:21 PM
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He has several old Gibsons and especially likes the Roy Smeck models from the 30's. He has his own model that he designed w/ Gibson based on the old Roy Smeck Gibsons and it has Walnut back and sides w/ Adirondak top with a sunburst.
I'm not sure what model this is, but there is additional writing on the headstock. Maybe some of the Gibson experts can chime in.
If you've ever seen him play live he has a rack of about 20 guitars that he keeps on stage and uses most of them for different tunings on certain songs.
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He has several old Gibsons and especially likes the Roy Smeck models from the 30's. He has his own model that he designed w/ Gibson based on the old Roy Smeck Gibsons and it has Walnut back and sides w/ Adirondak top with a sunburst.
I'm not sure what model this is, but there is additional writing on the headstock. Maybe some of the Gibson experts can chime in.
If you've ever seen him play live he has a rack of about 20 guitars that he keeps on stage and uses most of them for different tunings on certain songs.
Yeah, I've seen him and am amazed at his guitar stable. Between Jackson and David Lindley, it looks like an instrument store on stage. I first saw him live at a place called the Quiet Knight in Chicago in the early '70s when he was promoting "Saturate Before Using" solo with just guitar and piano. Blew me away. He was playing a Gurian back then and I liked it so much, I bought one the next day at the Chicago Guitar Gallery. My biggest regret regarding guitars is ever selling that Gurian. Jackson Browne has been one of the biggest influences in my music career.

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I just saw him this past Fall w/ Sarah Watkins opening. Excellent show.

I saw him years ago, (1980?), w/ the band that he used on all of his early albums, David Lindley, Lee Sklar, Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and Rosemary Butler It was a great show. I memorized all the words to all of his albums through Running on Empty...College got in the way after that.

I think he is one of the best songwriters of the 20th century and also an underrated guitar player.
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That's his 1990s Gibson Roy Smeck reissue.

For my summer 2011 Fretboard Journal cover story I went on the road with Jackson for several weeks and was able to play through his guitar collection. He's a stunningly talented guy with an equally stunning guitar collection.

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For my summer 2011 Fretboard Journal cover story I went on the road with Jackson for several weeks and was able to play through his guitar collection. He's a stunningly talented guy with an equally stunning guitar collection.
There are very few things you could have said that would have made me more envious than that! What an experience that must have been....
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I like JB's music and guitar playing, but on that song, not crazy about the tone. It may not be the guitar at all, but the equalization. The high-end is rolled off a little too much for my tastes.

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I like JB's music and guitar playing, but on that song, not crazy about the tone. It may not be the guitar at all, but the equalization. The high-end is rolled off a little too much for my tastes.

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It looks to me like a Roy Smeck Radio Grande

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That's his 1990s Gibson Roy Smeck reissue.

For my summer 2011 Fretboard Journal cover story I went on the road with Jackson for several weeks and was able to play through his guitar collection. He's a stunningly talented guy with an equally stunning guitar collection.
I couldn't be more envious!

Mainly, I was just curious about the woods on that guitar in the video.

Other than Gibson, what acoustic guitars is he playing? Does he still have/play Gurian at all?
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:39 PM
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I couldn't be more envious!

Mainly, I was just curious about the woods on that guitar in the video.

Other than Gibson, what acoustic guitars is he playing? Does he still have/play Gurian at all?
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The "Smeckalister" that Tony "Mycroft" Weber is referring to is a design based on the Roy Smeck model that Jackson Browne had luthier Roy McAlister develop. Jackson has had Roy build at least two standard six string guitars in that shape, and also got a baritone guitar with the same body style (a photo of which is featured in that article in the Fretboard Journal that John wrote, even though the caption doesn't identify it as such.)

As for other contemporary guitar builders who've built guitars for Jackson, it's quite a long list, and includes Danny Ferrington among others. But I don't know how many of those other modern handbuilt guitars are getting stage time with him these days.

He owns SCADS of guitars, let's leave it at that.


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I curious as to what his main guitars were back in the day. Did he always lean towards Gibson? It's been so long but I thought I remember him playing some handmade guitars
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There are very few things you could have said that would have made me more envious than that! What an experience that must have been....
It really was an extraordinary experience. My day job (law prof) allows for a lot of flexibility. On the fall tour of 2010 I joined Jackson and the band every Friday through Sunday for about 5 or 6 weeks. I've actually got recordings of me sitting around trading guitars back and forth with Jackson and David Lindley.

Jackson is a really thoughtful guy and a wonderful guitar player. I really hadn't appreciated his playing, probably because I was so impressed with his songwriting, until sitting with him and playing tunes. He also really knows and loves guitars and travels with a couple of dozen. I knew that it was going to be a special gig when the first day I joined the tour Jackson said, "John, you've got to play these guitars" and walked me over to racks of vintage guitars.

Then there was the afternoon when Mr. Dave gave me an oud lesson.

The guitar in the video is a reissue Roy Smeck Radio Grande, which I played. A nice guitar but not nearly as nice, imho, as his two favorite vintage Smecks.
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It really was an extraordinary experience. My day job (law prof) allows for a lot of flexibility. On the fall tour of 2010 I joined Jackson and the band every Friday through Sunday for about 5 or 6 weeks. I've actually got recordings of me sitting around trading guitars back and forth with Jackson and David Lindley.

Jackson is a really thoughtful guy and a wonderful guitar player. I really hadn't appreciated his playing, probably because I was so impressed with his songwriting, until sitting with him and playing tunes. He also really knows and loves guitars and travels with a couple of dozen. I knew that it was going to be a special gig when the first day I joined the tour Jackson said, "John, you've got to play these guitars" and walked me over to racks of vintage guitars.

Then there was the afternoon when Mr. Dave gave me an oud lesson.

The guitar in the video is a reissue Roy Smeck Radio Grande, which I played. A nice guitar but not nearly as nice, imho, as his two favorite vintage Smecks.
JB is my favorite singer/songwriter and Mr Dave is easily one of my favorite guitar players. Add me to the extremely jealous list
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