Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday 55 & Da Count- Bella Sings

DA COUNT in FRIDAY 55

You have met Bella before. You know she's a beauty.
Sunday when Lisa came back to pick up Jacob she brought a very talented friend.
He played Bella and made her sing. He was quite taken with her.
I was just happy to hear her played beautifully and to see her being enjoyed and loved.



Lisa's friend told me some things I didn't know about both Bella and the other instrument I'll show you. They both asked for some pictures to share with a luthier pal who is very knowledgeable. Thought I'd share them with you too.

Guitarscape of Bella (Gibson ES 125 ca. 1950)



Grampop's double neck lap steel. This is also a Gibson. I learned why I've never been able to find this model on their website. Mom tells me her dad had it custom made. I know he had a Country/Western band and a Hawaiian band back in the late 30's early 40s.


I learned humbucker pickups are insanely valuable. This isn't a humbucker but I liked how the shot came out.


I already knew the Gibson logo here dated the lap steel as older than Bella.


I like the way the mechanisms are exposed here. On Bella they are boxed in.



I was surprised to find my reflection in the key on this shot when I downloaded the pictures. I giggled when I found it.

34 comments:

G-Man said...

EVERYTHING in these pictures are Tres Belle!!
Excellent 55, and a very cool story to go with it.
I hope you feel better Trini, and please have a Kick-Ass Week-End..
Galen

Ananda girl said...

Great photos. Wonderful story full of bits of family and information.
Very well blended and presented, lime. Much enjoyed.

Hootin' Anni said...

LOVE your 55. And really like all the photo shares. Your whole entire post is marvelous.

My 55 is posted here. Have a super weekend. See you next week, I hope.

Jazz said...

What great pics. And beautiful guitars.

~Dragonfly~* said...

Looks like you have some real treasures there... excellent photos as well.

Desmond Jones said...

Oh my goodness. . .

Sweet guitar pics (get it? *guitar PICS*. . . *picks*. . . get it?)

That double-neck laptop job is quite a unique piece. Did you ever get to see/hear yer Grampop play it?

snowelf said...

I've never seen anything like this.
She's beautiful!!

--snow

Dr.John said...

Bella is a beauty. Too bad we can't hear her.
Loved the pictures.

My 55 is posted
HERE.

Casdok said...

Great 55 as always. Love the photos, Bella certainly is a beauty!

Cat said...

Oh wow - Lovely 55!!! the photos pulled it all together for me!

Craver Vii said...

Nice angles. I like the one with your reflection best.

anthonynorth said...

You can't beat a Gibson. In my rock days I couldn't afford a Les Paul so had to content myself with a copy. It was not the same.

Jadey said...

Hi Lime,

I love the 55 and they are incredibly beautiful instruments well taken care of. I love the star on the guitar so beautiful. Have a great weekend. My 55 is up

lecram said...

Bella is bella! I am so going to share this link with Kien... who I'm sure will be beside himself. It is certainly a valuable instrument in more ways than one. Cheers! Wonderful count!

Cooper said...

Priceless instruments....guard them well...

A story of interest

Mama Zen said...

Oh, wow!

Mona said...

wow! she is indeed a beauty!

Great 55ve Lime!

BTExpress said...

Cool pictures and story. I was curious, so looked the dual guitar up on Google. It's a 1938 EH150D and less than 60 were ever made. Here's a link to a guy selling one on Craig's list.

http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/msg/1290961809.html

BTExpress said...

Google EH-150 and you'll find out a lot more about the guitar.

Suldog said...

I've always found the hardware on guitars to be artful. I think that goes back to the back cover for "Machinehead" by Deep Purple, the first rock album I ever bought. It featured the head of Roger Glover's Bass. I thought it was beautiful.

secret agent woman said...

WHat an interesting instrument. I remmeber my son's guitar teacher explaining the humbucker pickups on my son's new guitar and every time he said the word, I'd giggle.

jinksy said...

That last shot is magic! Loved the mini you...

Kien Lim said...

Lovely:)

Moannie said...

I know next to zero about guitars but those are truly spectacularly lovely, great shots too.

Hilary said...

Wonderful photos of a beautiful instrument. I especially like the second to last shot with the intermingling tuning keys. It looks elegant.

Moosekahl said...

A true treasure...thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

VE said...

When it comes to guitars...I have no snarky comment for ya. Nice!

misticblu said...

OMG this is gonna make Hubby's day!

Seamus said...

I think it is wonderful that you still have these instruments. The nostalgia value alone is worth way more than money can buy! :)

BBC said...

No, I didn't know about Bella, I pretty much don't know about music at all other than I like to sing some karaoke.

NYD said...

Wow, wow and double wow!
Please tell me you made a video.
I would love to hear bella. Scratch that. I would love to play bella! She's perfect for liming!!

~Dragonfly~* said...

Being new to your blog, I was not familiar with Bella... just now I clicked on the link and viewed the previous post on her... What a phenomenal photograph!!! You really are very artistic. I admire your talent.

Fortress Guinness said...

nice pics Lime...LOVE that custom built double header...!!! must take some pics of my grandpa's antique banjo for you to see...!!! ;) xx

Jocelyn said...

You've managed to turn photographing instruments into porn.

It's a gift.