Gibson Tal Farlow

On February 26 of 2002 the Gibson Cuitar Corp. presented Scotty with an Orville H. Gibson Award. The annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards are traditionally presented on the day before the Grammy Awards to recognize guitar players (and players of related fretted instruments) for their artistic accomplishments and to honor musicians who reflect the spirit of Orville H. Gibson (1856-1918) and his belief in quality, innovation and tradition. Nominees and winners are voted upon by members of the music media. Along with the award each winner was presented with a special instrument.  Scotty's was this Gibson Tal Farlow guitar.  He had been a long time fan of Tal's and finally got to meet him in 1996.

Tal Farlow rose to prominence as both a solo artist and sideman in the 1950's, and in 1960 Gibson--always focused on being associated with the leading artists of the day--approached Farlow about a signature model archtop. The resulting guitar had several notable features including reverse J-200 fingerboard inlays, a double crown headstock inlay, a custom shaped pickguard, and the Farlow-designed scroll cutaway.  (Scotty found the edges of his guard a little too sharp and has since had them slightly rounded)

Scotty had his Tal Farlow modified with Ray Butts custom built pickups. It was thought that he later had the removed but evidently not. Scotty gave this guitar to his friend Jacques Vroom sometime around 2013.

The Tal Farlow model guitar features: AAA flame maple top, back and sides; AAA flame maple rims; is 17" (W) X 21 " (L) X 3" (D); Multi-ply white/black Binding on top and back; Single-ply white binding on f-holes; AAA maple Neck; 20 fret rosewood Fingerboard; Pearl crown Inlays; Scale length/Nut width: 25 1/2"; 1 11/16";  '57 Classic humbuckers Pickups;  2 volume, 2 tone, Controls 3-way switch; Nickel color Hardware; ABR-1 Bridge/Tal Farlow Tailpiece; Schaller keystone Tuners; Finish Colors: Wine Red, Vintage Sunburst, Natural, Viceroy Brown

Info courtesy Gibson

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