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Ricky Chuck

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About Ricky Chuck

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  • Birthday January 19

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    Yukon, Oklahoma
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    Fishing, motorcycle riding, four-wheel-drive vacations, diverse music styles, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, bringing back the X Files.
  1. Morning! I started that last night ;). I am going through Reverb and finding likely stores that deal with vintage guitars and am inquiring if they have run across this guitar. Have had several already write back saying they will keep an eye out and some have even suggested a couple of places to ask. Thanks again for your resources, they are providing paths forward! I will check your Seattle link to make sure I haven't yet inquired.
  2. Wintermoon, thanks for your sharp eyes. After you mentioned it I went back to the original pics and did some re-scanning and you seem to be right. The guitar still had the original neck (at least the script without the dropped G) until sometime after the 1952-53 pic because it was different in the one where I was little. Not sure what it bodes but info I never considered before :). I may be able to talk to his surviving sister and brother and see if they recall something about that time.
  3. Hey Jim and all, greatly appreciated for the help so far. I just Messaged with the owner of Meteor Guitar Gallery and he opined that Dave Crocker probably sold the guitar to a dealer since it was at the Chicago Guitar Show several years ago. A slim lead but possibly I can find a list of dealers or something. With regard to the value of the guitar my dad said he always regretted having to have the neck repaired in such a way but back then they were traveling all the time and he didn't have time for the guitar to be out of his possession for very long, although he never gave me specific details on the repair process, etc. For me it is a matter of finding it for personal reasons. My son was born around the time he had to sell it and they were very close and if I could keep it in the family that would be my goal. I can say that while not rare, that guitar has probably survived more miles on the road than any other Super 400...my parents estimate they drove over a hundred fifty thousand miles while singing and even after I was born they traveled for several more years on their own and I slept on a feather mattress in the back of a big Buick with the guitar snug underneath a wooden frame, so we both had a lot of miles together, too :). It also went to Hawaii back in the early 50s where they helped build churches for several months. Would you know if any dealers frequent this forum? I need to start trying to figure out if there is even a way to track down dealers at a particular show years ago. I will definitely be looking at the resources you suggested, Jim.
  4. I am still trying to find some better pics from family members but I was able to get a close-up of the head of the guitar and a couple of others.
  5. Hey Jim, great info, thanks! I am searching for any other pics of the guitar that might give more clues for the headpiece, will post as soon as I find something. I have some video from which I will try to get some screencaps.
  6. Greetings to all, This is my second post on this forum although hopefully it won't be my last. What I want to share will hopefully help me locate a guitar that had been in my family since around 1947 when it was purchased by my father until the early 1990s. I may not be able to ultimately purchase it but it has become important to me to determine its welfare, if that makes sense, especially after my parents died in the last few years. My parents were part of a family of professional Gospel singers and musicians called The Rushing Family Singers (brothers, sisters and eventually spouses) beginning in the mid 1940s. My father began teaching himself guitar while growing up in the hills of Alabama. He was very good and as the family's singing career developed he was able to buy a Gibson Super 400 in the mid-late 1940s, I don't have the exact date...I didn't listen as I should have when growing up I am sorry to say. In any case the guitar was an integral part of my family's performances as they traveled all over the country although my father, Charles Rushing, was first and foremost a tremendous singer. The guitar became a trademark instrument while the Rushing Family toured and even when the group finally disbanded and went separate ways as children came along, the Super 400 was prominent in all the actions of my parents as they continued touring and singing Gospel music in the Church of the Nazarene and other venues including radio and television. I actually played his Super 400 many times left-handed as I became old enough to appreciate it as a finely crafted instrument although I was farmed out to piano teachers, lol. I even learned to play the soulful low guitar melody that was famous during the Star Trek Original Series episode Amok Time when Spock "killed his captain" :). I also received a few attitude adjustments from the leather strap which he used to support the guitar when I was doing stupid things so I suppose I didn't feel too close to it all the time :), in any case I did not embrace my dad's love for the guitar and this guitar in particular until it was too late. After my parents retired and I went away to college and an adult life it became gradually clear to me they had health problems, etc, and so I tried to pay closer attention to what was happening as my parents got older, however they were not very forthcoming with their situations, lol...I imagine this is not unique to my situation, either, so suffice it to say dad decided to sell the guitar and didn't tell me. My mother said later it was a painful decision with which she didn't agree, to have to sell the guitar but he decided it needed to be done so sometime after 1990, I believe maybe mid 90s, while in Missouri seeing his brother, he went to Neosho, Missouri to a guitar store called "Fly by Nite" owned by Dave Crocker and ended up trading it for a J100 and cash. I still have the J100, although it never really had the emotional attachment as the Super 400. I didn't hear of this for several months and by that time it was all done. My dad said he thought I didn't care for the guitar (yes extreme guilt showed up, lol) and besides it wasn't the original neck...it had to be replaced somewhere between 1953 and 1961 due to some type of malfunction such as a slight bow, I don't recall exactly. I was actually stunned about it being gone because, too late I realized that my dad was getting old and I suddenly knew his guitar was his oldest possession. Typical story :), wisdom came too late. So... Dad died a few years ago and it has been building in me to find the guitar and try to get it back or at least find out it is in a good place. Recently I decided to give it a shot so after my uncle confirmed it was Fly by Nite and it had been hanging on display for ten years or more I tried to track the store down and learned it had gone out of business. THEN I found a guitar forum comment that Crocker had sold all his inventory to Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, Arkansas. I contacted the owner of Meteor and inquired about it. He got back soon and after speaking with Dave Crocker he told me that Mr. Crocker had indeed had it displayed for 10+ years but ended up selling it at the Chicago Guitar Show five or six years ago when he started shutting down the store. I don't have any more exact date than that. I haven't had much luck finding a trail from the Chicago Guitar Show so I decided to come here and cast my net on the waters, so to speak. I don't know the exact serial number but it was made in the mid-1940s, possibly earlier since my did had it by 1947. It doesn't have the original neck. It even had the original case as far as I recall, not sure it stayed with the guitar. It looks like others I have seen online but I will post pics below of its travel through time. If anyone has ANY lead or idea on how I can go forward trying to find this guitar I would be grateful. Apologies for the word count but I thought an instrument like this one deserved a richer explanation than a couple of "in search of" lines. Thank you for this resource, hopefully this is the correct forum in which to do this search. Rick Rushing Yukon, Oklahoma Picture of guitar and family circa 1947 Picture of guitar and family 1953 Picture of guitar and me :) 1962
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