Gibson Starburst were these just for pickup use??
Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:47 PM
( BTW - Jorma used one for years - the liner notes on Land of Heroes specify Starburst & the Walker-built J-35 as the 2 guitars. The cover of Too Many Years has a drawing of him playing a Starburst - & I stand to be corrected by those in the know, but it sounds to me like the entire recording is Starburst.he had 3 - and currently retains one - the blue one is featured prominently on his Homespun 3-DVD set).
Here's my current one - due to the level of ornamentation, I have named it "der Blingle":
94 Starburst Custom
Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:17 PM
I made sure there was no fire burning at the time.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:36 AM
yeah - from left to right - Starburst, Smeck Radio Grande, Nick Lucas (mahogany b&s) & John Walker Clark Fork
I thought placing the copy of Quah in the background was a nice touch.
Too bad there'll never be a Gibson Jorma Sig ( a J-35 project planned a few years ago, then killed) to add to the grouping!
Over the time I've been buying Starbursts, I've seen prices in the 1200 - 3500 range.
I THINK the following is correct (but won't dispute any corrections):
Only made in 92 & 93.
I've heard it described as an all-maple Florentine cutaway J-185,original concept by Ren Ferguson.
There were 3 models - in 92, just the Starburst, but mine had the word "Flame" in the model designation as well.
In 93: the Studio (maybe only "Star" as opposed to "Starburst" inlays), the Standard & the Elite. The Elite had extra binding & a backstripe & fancier topwood generally - & mine has ebony fretboard - I think all Elites might have .
The Elite fetches the most - in 2007 $3k - 3.5k on eBay; now I'm not sure. I sold my Elite for $3200.
My current one was apparently commissioned in 1994, one of a pair - had to be Custom since by then the short-lived Starburst had been dropped as a model.
It's basically an Elite, but with added abalone purfling &rosette & abalone inlays.very flashy, hence the name "Der Blingle"
Added bonus of label sigs by both Ren & John Walker.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:01 AM
Woodrow WIlson Guthrie.
"Aint no easy job to sit down and play guitar!" Rev. Gary Davis