Gibson Barney Kessel Custom ( 1961-1973 )
Influenced by charlie christian , during the late 1950s barney kessell was one of the most popular jazz guitar players in america. The gibson Barney Kessel guitar was launched alongside the johnny smith guitar .
During the early 50s barney kessel played on the gibson es-350 , later on in the late 50s he endorsed 3 guitars from a company called Kay musical instrument Co.
During the same time gibson convinced barney kessel that they would match the deal he had with this company and build him a better guitar .
In late 1960 , gibson introduced a prototype guitar with a double florentine cutaway shape, very similar features of the gibson l-5 ( 17" wide ), it was cherry sunburst , laminated spruce top , laminated back and sides , and with an oversized peghead .
From this prototype in 1961 two versions of this guitar were produced , the barney kessel custom which featured fancy bow tie inlays on the fingerboard similar to their banjos , gold plated parts , maple neck ,bound f-holes , music note on peghead , and a tune o matic bridge .
The barney kessel regular ( see top pic ) had a crown inlay on the headstock , mahogany neck , unbound f-holes , parallelogram inlays on the fingerboard , kluson tuners unlike the barney kessel custom which had grover tuners , the two guitars were made in cherry sunburst finishes and were equipped with 2 humbuckers .
In 1961 the barney kessel custom was not as succesful as expected due to other quality guitars such as the gibson byrdland which listed at the same price $599 and were considered by many as better looking guitars and more appealing .
However the gibson barney kessel regular was more succesful and popular because of the price difference ( $399 ) . Bk customs were discontinued in late 1973 and bk regular models were dicontinued in early 1974 , some speculate that they were both discontinued in 1974 .
Vintage Price Value For 2008 :
1961 - 1964 > $4500 to $4900 ( barney kessel custom )
1965 - 1969 > $3800 to $4500
1970 - 1973 > $2900 to $3800
1961 - 1964 > $3300 to $4000 ( barney kessel regular )
1965 - 1969 > $2800 to $3600
1970 - 1973 > $2400 to $3200
Avg Upward Trend Of 9% a Year since 2000 ( for both )
Note : Early Models with P.A.F pick ups can be sold for more .
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