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James Trussart Telecaster Ex Robin Le Mesurier - "Keith"


Over the years, Robin Le Mesurier has built up an impressive collection of guitars used during Johnny Hallyday's concerts. As a great lover of Fender, he has also approached the work of other luthiers on several occasions, but without straying too far from the Fender universe.

This Steelcaster Tele James Trussart guitar is a great example. James Trussart is a French luthier based in the United States, who quickly became a pioneer in the making of his guitars. He was the first to use steel for the soundboard and he aged the plates to give them a unique patina. These bold and highly crafted instruments were quickly adopted by the greats, starting with Billy Gibbons who appreciated their rusty and authentic feel.

This James Trussart guitar is a 2009 Steelcaster Tele with a beautiful paisley pattern, with a nod to the great Telecaster paisley finishes of the 1960s and 1970s. The pickguard, control plate and headstock have the same pattern etched into the steel. The guitar has slight scratches on the back, the result of years of intensive playing by Robin Le Mesurier, which show the wood under the steel.

Robin Le Mesurier affectionately renamed each of his guitars. This one has the nickname "Keith" on the headstock below the James Trussart logo. No doubt there is an allusion to the most fervent representative of the Telecaster, Keith Richards!

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Robin Le Muserier

With his legendary English discretion and elegance, Robin Le Mesurier firmly established himself as the rhythmic pillar of Johnny Hallyday and Rod Stewart. Talented musician in the shadow of illustrious names, he built unifying anthems and he sporadically took the spotlight when he was presented on stage by his companions.

In 2000, he was the one who started the unleashed notes of Allumez le feu at the Champ de Mars in front of more than 500,000 people. All over these years, he was also the one who initiated the first notes of the ballads during the Taulier's concerts on his acoustic guitar - like a welcome break between a few riffs of pure rock and roll.

Robin Le Mesurier was Johnny Hallyday's most faithful sidekick. He became the right-hand man and the sincere friend of the singer in 1994. During all these years, it is more than 20 years of passionate collaboration which let millions of people enjoy the touch of the guitarist all over Europe.

Recognized and solicited for his British phlegm and for his precise and applied touch, Robin Le Mesurier was appreciated by his peers. Friend of the greatest, he had played with Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and with Rod Stewart with whom he worked for a long time in the mid-1980s. It is not less than four albums they created together. Through this collaboration, his compositions made him known throughout the world and made him a guitarist in great demand.

In 1994, his fruitful partnership with Johnny Hallyday began on the album Rough Town, for which he composed two tracks. From then on, Le Mesurier became the official musician of the famous singer. For twenty-three years, he was on all his tours and shows. He accompanied him until his death, playing in the Madeleine Church in Paris in December 2017 for his funeral. Their complicity and unfailing friendship was palpable every night on stage, especially when the time was come for Johnny Hallyday to introduce his musicians, including his "fidèle ami" Robin loyally placed at his right.

Robin Le Mesurier shared the same dreams of America Johnny Hallyday had. A few weeks before his death, he was still promoting the documentary on the last American tour of the Taulier at his home, in Los Angeles, where he died peacefully in December 2021.

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