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The Elusive CW

Postby (rshatz) » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:30 pm

A little esoteria or is it esoterica?
I think this is the Model CW that eventually became the Jerry Byrd Model. I've never seen a CW before. Not that there are many differences in the postwar consoles. Enjoy.

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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (rshatz) » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:42 pm

Sometimes the disinterest in this forum is more interesting than the subjects that evoke interest. At least one other BB is interested.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jps) » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:52 pm

I looked at the auction, and wondered about this comment:

this guitar may date back as far as the 1930's, but again I don't know for sure.

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If the price stays reasonable, this could be fun to have and learn to play steel (this comment comes after just reading the VG article on Bob Black!). 8)
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (rshatz) » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:04 pm

I'm pretty sure Rick didn't make any console models until the mid 50s. This might be their earliest.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (ajish4) » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:27 pm

Some pics for future reference....
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (cjj) » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:57 pm

rshatz wrote:I'm pretty sure Rick didn't make any console models until the mid 50s. This might be their earliest.

I dunno. It looks to me like it has a serial number on the jack plate. I know a lot of the console steels from the '50s had the serial number stamped into the wood instead of the plate. My '58 has it stamped in wood, my '60 has it on the plate...
I have NO idea what to do with those skinny stringed things... I'm just a bass player...
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jps) » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:46 pm

I asked the seller about the legs; those and the mounting hardware for them are AWOL.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (cjj) » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:15 pm

I talked with the seller about the serial number on the jack plate. He's updated the listing to show that is has a 1963 manufacturing date...
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (rshatz) » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:28 pm

My Info leads me to believe that the CW was the first Rick console.
The 22.5" eventually became the Jerry Byrd model.

The JB and the CW were produced until 1971.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:21 pm

rshatz wrote:Sometimes the disinterest in this forum is more interesting than the subjects that evoke interest. At least one other BB is interested.



I think RIC selling horseshoes again has something to do with that. This never would have gone for as cheap as $200 a year or three ago.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:57 pm

Absolutely. Wish I'd seen this earlier...open yer eyes, PW!
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (cjj) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:54 pm

Yeah, I almost went for it, to get the horseshoe, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy something just to pull parts off of it...
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:41 pm

It's too pretty and unique to strip.
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jps) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:24 pm

cjj wrote:Yeah, I almost went for it, to get the horseshoe, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy something just to pull parts off of it...
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I was going to go for it to see if I could actually learn to play it. :wink:
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Re: The Elusive CW

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:40 pm

I love my steels, but the lap steel is too hard to fret--the action is really high, and the double-neck is too much work. I only have two hands...
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