Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:57 am Posts: 62 Location: Columbus,OH
Just watched a DVD of the Grand Ole Opry. There was a segment of Jim Reeves doing a medley of his hits. He played a great looking acoustic Ric. The DVD was in black & white, so I couldn't tell, but it looked mapleglo. I'll see if I can upload to share with all. Ricman
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:14 pm Posts: 25 Location: Northern California
That was custom-built for Reeves--it's light blue, not unlike Fender's Sonic Blue. In the early '60's, Rickenbacker built a set of blue instruments for Reeves and his band, the Blue Boys, named for his hit "Blue Boy". The lead guitarist got a blue 360F, the bass player got a blue 4000 bass, and Jim got the acoustic, which, according to Richard Smith's Rickenbacker book, was listed on the factory invoice as a "Blue Boy Martin"! There's a good pic of the band with their blue guitars in the book--looks like all the guitars had gold-backed Lucite pickguards too. The one in the Rickenbacker gallery photo might be the same guitar--color photos from that time can age in strange ways...but it's also possible that they built Reeves a white acoustic with blue pickguard and nameplate, but the ones in the pic in the book are definitely blue.
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