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Vintage Gibson 1951 ES-140 TF

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Vintage Gibson 1951 ES-140 TF

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Vintage Gibson 1951 ES-140 TF

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The Red Norvo Trio was hired to play on the Mel Torme Show on CBS-TV which was to be the one of the country’s first color TV broadcasts. The producer felt the brightest colors were needed for the broadcast and wanted the musicians to paint their instruments red. Tal explained that the instruments were delicate and you couldn’t just paint them. The producer said this was so important for CBS (which had a competing color system with NBC) that he would try to get them colored instruments. Tal, being associated with Gibson, knew that Gibson would not be happy with his appearing on TV with anything but a Gibson guitar. Gibson agreed to make something special for the occasion. It is a standard ES-140 3/4 size laminated maple top. the whole guitar was painted a bright, almost day-glow red.
This instrument can be heard on Howard McGhee (Sextet)

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