This post is in response to Jay's note about whether this guitar was cleaned up prior to its display at this year's Glen Campbell special exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. It didn't appear to have been cleaned up. I believe I read that this guitar along with the other items on display had been donated by the Campbells in January of 2014 to the museum. The exhibition opened about three months later and was only a temporary one, perhaps rushed to open to coincide with the premiere of "I'll Be Me" in Nashville in April. This short time period probably didn't give the museum sufficient time to clean up this guitar or the others on display (the Hamer Glen Campbell model 12-string electric guitar particularly had noticeable dust on it).
The Epi's condition appeared to be fragile in my opinion. I am posting a photo here of the headstock. You can see that the black coating (paint?) is peeling and lifting. The mother-of-pearl inlay (?), however, is in fairly decent condition. The tuners appear to be clean, what do you think?
(It didn't seem appropriate to display the red GC guitar pick on this guitar, in my opinion, but maybe Glen used it with this guitar.)
You know what I find interesting about this particular guitar? I have seen most of the photos posted here of Glen. However, I never realized that in addition to Glen, there was "a common thread" among all of these photos--that thread being the Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent -- with and without a leather jacket! As they say, if only this guitar could talk; the stories it could tell! Also, Jay, you made a great point about this guitar remaining special to Glen for over 50 years -- not only did the Epi remain in Glen's collection of guitars, as you pointed out, but it is in the forefront of the photo of Glen with his guitars (in Malibu) and Glen is also pictured with it for the I'll Be Me photo shoots. (When I see this latter photo now, it strikes me that Glen is wearing the leather jacket in the I'll Be Me photo--not the guitar.) [smile]
Regarding this topic, Individual Guitars Glen Has Played, it's been fascinating to read and view! Jay, thank you so much for all the work and time you have put into it. I am learning a lot of information that I never knew; learning about Glen's guitars is helping me to learn more about Glen, the musician.
Two questions: the buckle looking pieces on the front of the guitar's body: are these pieces what you call the pickups? Is the top one broken or perhaps loose? It is at an angle in comparison to the lower one.
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