Doc Watson's…. Gold Top!

itchybro

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Heard him speak repeatedly of playing rockabilly on a Gold Top Les Paul in Johnson City (TN). Always wondered what it looked liked. Now my mystery is solved.

(Now wondering what the over/under is on high dollar replica will cost... :naughty: )




Some lovely sounds:


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what?
a guitar topic on this forum?
isn't that a bannable offense?

did Doc like cats?
do you have any photos of him with guns?
 

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Wow, I never would have expected that in 100 years - very cool . . . thanks for posting!
 

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Wonder how old that pic is.
Never saw Doc so thin. (or young for that matter)
One of the best in his business.
 

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I miss the good Dr. he really was fun to catch live and along with his phenomenal guitar playing, he had one of the strongest voices I ever heard, and that was after he was already an old man.
 

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Wonder how old that pic is.
Never saw Doc so thin. (or young for that matter)
One of the best in his business.
Well - he played her, alongside Jack Williams on piano, from '53 to around the mid to late fifties, when he traded her for a Fender Telecaster. By 1960 he had gone back to acoustics to keep the folkies "on side".....



"Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson" by Kent Gustavson, Chapter Six:
Kent says it was a "1952 Les Paul Gold Top Standard" (others say 1953...). He goes on to say Doc told how he had to change the bridge..... putting in "a regular bridge and a regular tailpiece". A few year later he traded the Les Paul in for a Fender Telecaster - aparently in the mid-fifties.
 

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For those who have no idea who Doc is, sorry (sadly) was.....
This is a guy who went blind at a very early age, wielding a hammer and guitar.
:thumb: He does stuff with a hammer that gets me bruised fingers, n' I can see :D

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itBzdesHzDU]Doc & Merle - An Intimate Documentary - YouTube[/ame]
 

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One of my favorites. No Les Paul involved but when ever I think of Doc I think of DRB. When I was turned on to him I went out and bought a tutorial that had Pete Seeger in it and the first thing I wanted to do was learn how to play DRB just like Doc:)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VAbrnjdtYw"]Doc Watson-Deep River Blues - YouTube[/ame]
 

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One of my favorites. No Les Paul evolved but when ever I think of Doc I think of DRB. When I was turned on to him I went out and bought a tutorial that had Pete Seeger in it and the first thing I wanted to do was learn how to play DRB just like Doc:)
Doc Watson-Deep River Blues - YouTube

Isn't that just superb.....thanks for posting spoony....Doc was a treasure
for sure.
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SIdyomArLY]Doc Watson, Tony Rice & Sean Watkins, "Salt Creek" - YouTube[/ame]
 

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For those who have no idea who Doc is, ...
Y'know, until you said this it honestly, and I mean bottom of my heart honestly NEVER entered my mind that someone might not know who Doc Watson was!!!!!
Being 50 & in the south I can't think of a time I didn't know who he was. Just realizing it but my parents must have taken me to see him when I was a baby! I saw him at a fair (with Merle) was I was around...seven(?) And I knew I had seen him before.
Wow! Cool thread!
 


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