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    I hadn't considered a Tal Farlow before when I was looking for an L-5, but a local friend decided to sell his and being a Tal fan as well I had to make it happen.

    As a standalone instrument it's a special guitar, but even more so as it was the very last guitar Gibson delivered to Tal in early '98 before he went to play some gigs in the Sky.










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    If you actually are danish and ever get tired of it .. hit me up

    It's been my dream guitar ever since I tried one in Aage Jensen back in 1998, but I couldn't afford it, so ended with a Howard Roberts Fusion instead

    Big congrats from me!!

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    Tusen takk, Lobomov!

    I'm not actually Danish though I lived in Aarhus for a time. I recall visiting Woodstock guitars and know that all I could afford as a student then was a simple guitar strap for a Washburn Eagle I picked up at a genbrug shop in Skagen!

    All the best


    Quote Originally Posted by Lobomov
    If you actually are danish and ever get tired of it .. hit me up

    It's been my dream guitar ever since I tried one in Aage Jensen back in 1998, but I couldn't afford it, so ended with a Howard Roberts Fusion instead

    Big congrats from me!!

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    Now that's a beauty and a very special instrument to boot! HNGD and play her in good health!

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    All you need now are gigantic hands and you are set!

    May that beauty of a guitar inspire your playing for many years to come.

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    An excellent and historic example of one of Gibson's finest (IMHO) designs. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Wow, that's a beauty. Enjoy, and make great music on it.

    John

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    It is indeed a fine design, a bit slimmer than the L-5 and the overall aesthetics are quite beautiful.

    Here is the custom shop packing slip indicating Tal would receive two guitars per year (presumably from the year they reintroduced the Tal model?).


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    That burst shade is to die for.

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    Oh boy..
    That is really, really beautiful.
    Enjoy it. You have a special guitar there, with some history.
    Joe D

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    What a historical purchase - wishing you many years of enjoyment .


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    Wow! Uh, ... , wow! Goosebumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound
    That burst shade is to die for.
    Ps - That's got to be one of the most beautiful colors Gibson ever came up with. Interesting that they don't call it a burst.

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    Congrats. I have practically the same Tal. Same finish, same year. Great guitar.

    DB

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    According to the invoice Tal didn’t get to enjoy it very long. He died 3 months later in July. A big Congrats !

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    According to the invoice Tal didn’t get to enjoy it very long. He died 3 months later in July. A big Congrats !
    That’s right Vinny, and during the time he would have been in New York City as it was closer to the hospital for his treatment with weekend visits to New Jersey. From an old interview with his wife and Lorenzo on NPR some 10 years ago, she mentioned that he played all guitars until is final days so I like to think he may have had a cursory strum. Irrespective, it’s a beautiful instrument and a joy to play

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    Welcome to the Tal club. One of the best Gibson’s ever ! Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-aa400b56-b637-40b6-a451-fa00f3b70f72-jpeg

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    Oh my God..

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    That has to be the most beautiful Gibson Burst I have seen. Wow. Enjoy!

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    Gulp. It's getting a little hard to breathe... and my mouth is suddenly really dry...

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    That is a stunner, congrats and piigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchbopper
    Congrats. I have practically the same Tal. Same finish, same year. Great guitar.

    DB
    I had seen yours before, DB. Beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Welcome to the Tal club. One of the best Gibson’s ever ! Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-aa400b56-b637-40b6-a451-fa00f3b70f72-jpeg
    Thank you Vinny. That looks beautiful as well, even more flames than mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by danishbacon
    I had seen yours before, DB. Beautiful
    Here's the Blog entry I wrote on mine years ago:

    Dutchbopper's Jazz Guitar Blog: The Gibson Tal Farlow

    DB

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    It seems inconceivable that Gibson ceased production of the Tal Farlow, it has become
    a very desirable guitar, especially since Dutchbopper has demonstrated his own model
    alongside his ES 350, my own Custom Crimson shop , is the doppelganger of Vinny!K "s
    and a superb guitar, he and I have no plans to sell ours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    It seems inconceivable that Gibson ceased production of the Tal Farlow, it has become
    a very desirable guitar, especially since Dutchbopper has demonstrated his own model
    alongside his ES 350, my own Custom Crimson shop , is the doppelganger of Vinny!K "s
    and a superb guitar, he and I have no plans to sell ours.

    Yeah remember looking at Thomann and seening stuff like the Tal Farlow's or the Lee Ritenour's at around €4200-4500 some 8-10 years ago and thinking meh

    These days there is practically nothing on offer and it's expensive as hell .. Should have picked up that Tal

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    It seems inconceivable that Gibson ceased production of the Tal Farlow, it has become
    a very desirable guitar, especially since Dutchbopper has demonstrated his own model
    alongside his ES 350, my own Custom Crimson shop , is the doppelganger of Vinny!K "s
    and a superb guitar, he and I have no plans to sell ours.
    I suppose their focus is on Les Pauls and other higher margin instruments. I’d expect a crimson level archtop to take more time to build than a solid body, thus likely at a higher cost price. When you consider what they are shifting today at high price brackets in that group of instruments, I can see how they might favour those instead.

    Is the crimson shop still operating? I can see L-5s for sale at Thomann but all look to be on an order basis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danishbacon
    Is the crimson shop still operating? I can see L-5s for sale at Thomann but all look to be on an order basis?
    I think it's mostly operating on a order basis these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    it has become
    a very desirable guitar, especially since Dutchbopper has demonstrated his own model.
    It’s all DB’s fault, I knew it.

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    I love Tal Farlow threads.

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    I scooped the last Tal Farlow made in 2018.Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-0e0e074d-ef75-4e19-8182-0f02a5647e9b-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-81e7a530-9bd8-4faf-8632-009ffc4537c9-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-37740098-a324-45ee-9ebe-e5ab8b5eeb20-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-99765ba7-2f86-41a7-af27-7a3938a43a0f-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-915fa603-f52e-4da9-bd40-8f531ecc56b4-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-25c4fe3f-b4b8-40a2-89d4-7823a87d8ec7-jpeg

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    Rumor has it that Tal showed the filter of a viceroy cigarette to Gibson for the color he wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Rumor has it that Tal showed the filter of a viceroy cigarette to Gibson for the color he wanted.
    That's a cool story.

    Whether it's true or not, Viceroy brown has got to be one of the most attractive finishes on any guitar on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I scooped the last Tal Farlow made in 2018.Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-0e0e074d-ef75-4e19-8182-0f02a5647e9b-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-81e7a530-9bd8-4faf-8632-009ffc4537c9-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-37740098-a324-45ee-9ebe-e5ab8b5eeb20-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-99765ba7-2f86-41a7-af27-7a3938a43a0f-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-915fa603-f52e-4da9-bd40-8f531ecc56b4-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-25c4fe3f-b4b8-40a2-89d4-7823a87d8ec7-jpeg
    Gibson should hire you to photograph all their archtops, Vinny. You've got a great Eye, there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I love Tal Farlow threads.
    You need a 350 too Vinny. Really no doubt a bout it!

    DB


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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I scooped the last Tal Farlow made in 2018.Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-0e0e074d-ef75-4e19-8182-0f02a5647e9b-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-81e7a530-9bd8-4faf-8632-009ffc4537c9-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-37740098-a324-45ee-9ebe-e5ab8b5eeb20-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-99765ba7-2f86-41a7-af27-7a3938a43a0f-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-915fa603-f52e-4da9-bd40-8f531ecc56b4-jpegVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-25c4fe3f-b4b8-40a2-89d4-7823a87d8ec7-jpeg
    beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchbopper
    You need a 350 too Vinny. Really no doubt a bout it!

    DB


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    Agree 100% Dick ! In fact you are a major reason I love the TF model so much.
    Trust me I am trolling the waters. Your sound is my sound my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    All you need now are gigantic hands and you are set!

    May that beauty of a guitar inspire your playing for many years to come.

    Since the point was raised...




    From the Jean-Luc book, still available at amazon France for those who might be interested. It's well worth the price of admission. https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/295...QGPIJFNZ&psc=1

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    Tal Farlow and Pasquale Grasso were born to play guitar. Octopus fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danishbacon
    Since the point was raised...




    From the Jean-Luc book, still available at amazon France for those who might be interested. It's well worth the price of admission. Amazon.fr - TAL FARLOW - Un Accord Parfait - Biographie / A Life in Jazz Guitar - Biography - Jean-Luc KATCHOURA / Michele FARLOW - Livres
    I got to see Tal live in London in the eighties Lucky Me on that one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I love Tal Farlow threads.
    I do not wish to fan the flames on TFs here but ... here's my 1998 that I have had for 15 years now ...

    DB

    Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-1-jpgVery special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-2-jpg

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    Obviously 1998 was a great year for the TF model but sadly our hero left us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Obviously 1998 was a great year for the TF model but sadly our hero left us.
    Did you notice one silver cap on the pots is missing?

    DB


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    Since we post our Tal, here is my 1996

    Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-tal-daylight-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchbopper
    I do not wish to fan the flames on TFs here but ... here's my 1998 that I have had for 15 years now ...

    DB
    Beautiful! Would you say that the Viceroy has faded a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danishbacon
    Beautiful! Would you say that the Viceroy has faded a bit?
    No, I don't have that impression at all. Do you?

    DB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchbopper
    No, I don't have that impression at all. Do you?

    DB
    Perhaps it’s just the light in the photos that gave me the impression!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchbopper
    Did you notice one silver cap on the pots is missing?

    DB


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    As well as the other ones are a bit worn. Clearly, it's gotten a lot of love and play time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danishbacon
    Perhaps it’s just the light in the photos that gave me the impression!
    The modern Viceroy Brown color is very sensitive to light and camera flash when taking picture and very often doesn't reflect the real color.
    Its a bit lighter than the original color, as it tends to vary from Ice Tea Burst to Caramel burst even if in picture it tends to look more orange.
    Here is the original color of the prototype before it faded to natural:
    Very special NGD: One of Tal's - Tal Farlow-tal_dad_with_prototype-jpg

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    How cool is that? One of Tal's Tal.