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Does any one know which guitar he used for the collection of videos and recordings for "devils and dust"???

 

Sound amazing..

 

Primarily an incredible sounding late 40s-early 50's Gibson j-45. Bruce almost always records acoustic songs on Gibson guitars. The way he plays I can't say I blame him for leaving them at home. His Taks take quite a beating on the road.

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Primarily an incredible sounding late 40s-early 50's Gibson j-45. Bruce almost always records acoustic songs on Gibson guitars. The way he plays I can't say I blame him for leaving them at home. His Taks take quite a beating on the road.

Thanks,MIB! I knew someone here had my back!

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I have the expanded (or deluxe or whatever it was called) version of D&D. The J-45 in question can be seen in several of the bonus performance videos for these songs. If memory serves Bruce definitely picked this one for tone over pristine condition. (I might even recall a chunk of the headstock missing. I could be wrong about that. I haven't watched it in years). The Seeger Session booklet and press at the time showed him with a nice custom j-200 in addition to the aforementioned J-45.

 

Bruce likes Fender electrics and Gibson acoustics. My kind of guy.

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... Bruce likes Fender electrics and Gibson acoustics. My kind of guy.

 

Kind of a hijack here, but the original question has been answered, and this kinda fits under "Bruce Springsteens gutter collection". Springsteen fans might find it interesting B)

 

I made a mod to my '52 AVS Tele which consisted of a customized finished vintage neck (blank headstock, which I modded), as well as a pickguard. If you've ever seen a color pic of Springsteen with his Tele/Esquire from the mid 70s, this mod is pretty close. I can swap the mod on/off anytime I like (one good thing about bolt-on necks).

 

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Custom tooled and painted leather pickguard - "Man under the street lamp" -

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Esquire logo and button string guide -

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Sig (decal) -

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Here it is shopped in for comparison to its inspiration - The Tele/Esquire's appearance in mid 70s

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I also saw him play that really cool looking and what had to be pretty old SJ-200

 

A year or so ago there was a big article about him in rolling stone magazine and i happened to scan a couple of the pictures from it.

 

Here's bruce in his writing room - i think his collection of hotel keys is somewhere in there - I think that J45 in the background may be the one maninblack mentioned. who knows he's probably got a bunch

 

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And here's another of him outside with a Guild:

 

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Any ideas if that would be the same one he used on Nebraska?

 

I'm a big Bruce fan and, although I love the "BIG" numbers like Born To Run, Thunder Road, Rosalita, etc, I also really enjoy listening to the paired-down stuff like Nebraska. When I first heard Devils & Dust I really wasn't convinced, but I stuck with it and now I think I "get" it - and I really like it now.

 

I got The Promise for Christmas - the big set with the 3 DVDs - brilliant!!

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