It just goes to show that there are a few historic guitars that are yet to be discovered, and there are still many stories left to tell.
One of those beautiful stories has just happened to Matt’s Guitar Shop, who has just made the guitar safari of the year, if not the decade. It has been lost since 1970, here is T-Bone Walker’s Gibson ES-5! This beauty made in 1949 has been used by the master on many historic recordings that have influenced B.B. King, Hendrix, Frank Zappa and many others. It was supposedly stolen in 1970 - but with a bluesman’s life it’s hard to tell how the story really goes - and it has been through several owners who had no idea of the treasure they had.
And then along came Matt, who found this second-hand ES-5 with a flamed maple top that was not completely unknown to him… Maple top are like snowflakes, no two are alike and even decades later, even on a black and white picture, it is the best and safest way to identify a guitar. Welcome the new jewel in the collection, this ES-5 is finally going to get the respect it has always deserved.