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Post by blenderbender on Dec 23, 2014 23:05:03 GMT
RE: "Its been on ebay for a long time - probably since the dopyeras collection sale (whenever that was)."
Not so....I owned the guitar since about 1975 or thereabouts. Me and my buddies were busking in a bar in the Alaska boonies and I got to talking to one of the patrons. I was playing a newer metal body dobro at the time. The guy I was chatting with remarked that he had an old wooden guitar with a resonator hanging in the shed. I had expressed an interest in a wood bodied dobro and the guy said if I wanted it I could have it. I accepted his generous offer and a few months later made the trip to his place in Anchorage to pick it up. I was hugely disappointed when he pulled the guitar from the shed wall. That was no wood bodied dobro by my standards. But I masked my true feelings and presented him with a case of Budweiser in exchange for his gift. Neither of us had a clue about the guitar at that point. It was probably a couple years later that I peeled the resonator off of it and peeked inside only to find scrawled in pencil the markings of John Dopyera himself. That did manage to catch my attention. It was several years later that I gleaned the little bit of information in Bev King's "The Dobroist Scrapbook" regarding it's rarity. I'd sure be interested to know how it came to Alaska. The fellow that gave it to me was getting on in age and he didn't recall how it came into the family other than he got it from his Dad if I remember correctly.