- Jul 6, 2017
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Even though this is all still conjecture, that's very well thought out lol!Tone, yeah, I knew that, I was just testing you!
brokentoeswalker said: "I think the tape was there to hide Joe's emergency bag of coke. You don't want the baggie bouncing around in there obviously."
That's demonstratably false... I submit that for any other human that would be possible, but Joe's bag wouldn't fit in the control cavity, even if the cavity was empty! (and I mean back in the day; these days he has no interest in coke)
I'd forgotten that you said the previous owner told you that Fred Kowalo at Boogie Street Guitars had done the neck repair; searching for 'Boogie Street Guitars', the only listing I could find was a place in Pittsburg that was a gbase dealer "founded by Eric McKenna in 1999... (412)254-3150... could there be another BSG somewhere, maybe gone out of business?
Do you know where / what city the previous owner that sold the guitar to you was from? Did he say the headstock had been repaired when he bought the guitar?
I've only been able to find one "Boogie Street Guitars" so far, and that one is in Pittsburg, founded by Eric McKenna in 1999...
I'd been assuming that the headstock was broke when Joe Walsh owned the guitar, and that would make sense with my theory about the writing on the control cavity cover, but Pittsburg is 115mi from Canton, and 109 mi from Akron, and 133 mi from Cleveland... while it's possible, it doesn't seem as likely that he'd drive that far to get the neck fixed, and even less likely that he owned that guitar in 1999, as he'd been playing with the Eagles for some time then, and was very well known, and it's almost certain that there would be video of him playing that guitar somewhere that would have surfaced on youtube by now. Or, there was another 'Boogie Street Guitars' that was open earlier than the one in Pittsburg that I haven't been able to find any info on.
As for the control cavity cover handwriting, and I believe it is that, handwriting, not a signature, both by it's script and because keys88's research turned up no signatures that look similar. The fact that it has the name and serial number leaves me with 3 possible explanations.
1- It was planted there purposely to falsely enhance it's value (I have to acknowledge this, even though at this point I don't believe it's true.
2- It was put there by Joe, or one of his crew in case the guitar got stolen, as a way of identifying it if recovered (I find this less likely as well, because a thief might run across it accidentally and remove the writing or replace the cover).
3- It was written there by someone who was working on the guitar in the control cavity, had it open for an extended period of time, possibly with a number of other guitars being worked upon on the same bench, and didn't wanted to be able to match the right cover with the right guitar. Currently I think this is the most plausible answer.
4- This is Joe's login, password and answer to his security question for his bank account.
5- There likely are other plausible answers I haven't thought of.
Someone else in the thread mentioned that Joe had another guitar he called 'Lucky 13', what about that? I don't know, however it wouldn't be unprecedented for someone to re-cycle the nickname of an older guitar to a new one- Eric Claption sold his most favored 'Blackie' for nearly 1 billion dollars (yes, that's 'billion' with a b!) and replaced it with one of the Eric Clapton Signature models that Fender built, because the neck was so worn out.
So, getting back to keys88's cavity (control cavity that is): keys88, since you've confessed to doing some less-than-optimal soldering (no judgement) in the control cavity, what further info can you provide about that? Looking at your photos, one of the pots has a piece of what looks like blue painter's tape with 'NV' written on it with what looks like a Sharpie Fine Tip marker; another has only a 'V' visible on it, also with blue Sharpie; a third has 'BT' written on the back of the pot and '535' on the side of the pot in a position that would be difficult to write on when the pot was installed in the control cavity because of the angle the Sharpie would have to be in and how the hand gripped it. What do you know about those markings and the tape? Were they there when you changed the neck pickup to a more appropriate one, or did you make those markings, and did you remove that pot (or all the pots) when you were working on it? Or were all of those things like that when you got the guitar?
Why am I asking? Because, if you received the guitar with the pots labeled the way they are, that would mean that someone had previously working on the guitar likely removed the pots, and possibly written the '535' on the side at that time, and it makes it a little more likely that scenario '3' above is true, that someone wrote Joes' name, the guitar serial and it's nickname on the control cavity cover plate to be certain that the original plate got back on it's guitar. That would be a sure-fire way to not mix up parts.
If it's option '4' above, I get 20%
I found the guitar in the Lima, OH area (northwest Ohio). The guy that I bought it off of didn’t know much about it, he was just relaying what the previous owner had told him. I don’t really know what the connection to Pennsylvania would be. It’s possible there is no connection at all and it was just miscommunication over the years. It’s also possible the guitar did some travelling. My research on Fred Kowalo tells me that he is a well-known tech who worked with Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Ozzy, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, and Shinedown. His LinkedIn page also lists Boogie Street Guitars in PA.
I agree that the writing seems like it would have been written by someone working on the guitar. I also think it could have been an “in case of stolen” policy. You’re right that a thief could just swap out the plate. But would they check? I would think they’d just try to flip it as fast as possible to get rid of it. The “Lucky 13” is weird, I’ll give you that. I don’t know enough about Joe to know whether he used that nickname for multiple guitars.
Also, it's worth pointing out that the guy never once mentioned anything about Joe Walsh when he sold me the guitar. I honestly don't think he knew that was written in the control plate. If this was an attempt to fake ownership, wouldn’t you lead with that? He talked about Fred Kowalo but nothing about Joe Walsh.
As far as the wiring goes, all I did was remove a Bareknuckle Nailbomb from the bridge and replace it with an authentic 1970’s t-top. The painters tape and sharpie marks were already there. I think it’s safe to say Joe Walsh didn’t put a Nailbomb in his guitar. It does seem like something Fred Kowalo would do though... if there’s any truth to that side of the story.