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Django's Levin archtop?

Archtop EddyArchtop Eddy Manitou Springs, ColoradoModerator
edited October 2011 in History Posts: 589
Surfing around today I found this article on a 1938 Levin de Luxe archtop owned by Fred Guy. What'a ya think fellas--is this the one Django's playing in the famous WIlliam Gottlieb photo? Article posted Aug 8, 2011. AE


  • Svanis1337Svanis1337 ✭✭✭
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    Absolutely. The guitar was even put up for auction, and is still for sale: ... 0618990772

    Nobody won the auction.

    $125.000.00 and it's yours.

    It's a really beautiful and colourful guitar, something you wouldn't have guessed by seeing the B&W photos.
  • Archtop EddyArchtop Eddy Manitou Springs, ColoradoModerator
    Posts: 589
    Thanks for sharing the eBay listing. Down to just $105,000. An absolute steal!

    Love the pic there of Fred Guy playing the guitar ala Freddie Green style with it angled on his lap. People -- check out the listing and see the pics of this guitar while they can. AE
  • Svanis1337Svanis1337 ✭✭✭
    Posts: 444
    You're welcome. That pic was taken by William Gottlieb, same place and date as the Django photo you posted. All the black and white photos on the ebay listing are taken by Gottlieb at "The Aquarium" in New York on Django's very first day in the US. You can view them all here:

    Go here to browse photos: ... ndex1.html

    Or here for all Fred Guy photos: ... ,+Fred+?++))

    Don't forget to click "Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version".

    All the Gottlieb Jpegs are badly compressed. You will achieve a much greater result by downloading the TIFFs and coverting them to Jpegs yourself, making sure to convert them in HQ.
  • Archtop EddyArchtop Eddy Manitou Springs, ColoradoModerator
    Posts: 589
    Thanks again. About 15 years ago, our local historical museum brought William Gottlieb to town to exhibit and talk about his photos. My wife and I had a chance to speak with him after his presentation and my wife just reminded me we bought his book of photos which he autographed for us. AE
  • thickpickthickpick ✭✭✭
    Posts: 142
    This is at least its third time around on eBay. (And it was talked about here on the forums.) The good news it's on sale -- 50% off from the $250,000 they were asking previously.

    Just goes to show you, what's a guitar worth? What someone's willing to pay for it.
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