A Keith Richards signed and inscribed Custom Telecaster-Style Guitar Played on the Some Girls Recordings and Tour

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A Keith Richards signed and inscribed Custom Telecaster-Style Guitar Played on the Some Girls Recordings and Tour

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15 Jul 2020 ended at 10:00 PDT

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A Keith Richards signed and inscribed Custom Telecaster-Style Guitar Played on the Some Girls Recordings and Tour
Ted Newman Jones, 1977, mahogany body, reverse with small inset mother-of-pearl dot engraved with "N 77" (for Newman, 1977), maple neck with rosewood fretboard, "Fender" decal to headstock, Schecter bridge, O.E.M. tuners, wood pickguard, three-way selector switch, strap locks, housed in later case.

SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY KEITH RICHARDS: "To Doc, Love & Prescriptions / Keith Richards."

Ted Newman Jones III first met Keith Richards in 1969 and eventually made his way to France in 1971 with a solid body Rickenbacker he rebuilt that he had thought Richards would like. Richards bought the guitar and Newman stayed at Nellcote for a brief period during the time the Rolling Stones were recording Exile on Main Street. Richards brought Jones to Los Angeles during the final Exile show when a number of his guitars had been stolen and he needed replacements. Richards was pleased enough with Jones to hire him as his guitar tech for the 1972 tour. Newman produced several guitars for Richards throughout the '70s including the present which utilized a Jones-made Telecaster-style body with an actual Fender rosewood Telecaster neck and Telecaster bridge. Richards played the guitar throughout the Some Girls recording sessions and subsequent tour (as evidenced in the Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 concert video). Two Michael Lindsay-Hogg-directed music videos produced at the time, for the hit "Miss You" and "Far Away Eyes," feature Richards playing the Jones telecaster. "Miss You" would be the band's final No.1 hit.

Jones went on hiatus before the 1981 Tattoo You tour so Richards hired former Who guitar tech Alan Rogan. Rogan had Los Angeles luthier David Schecter build Richards a rosewood Telecaster for the tour using the Jones Telecaster neck and a custom Schecter-made rosewood body. The Jones body was left with Schecter who refitted it with a new Telecaster-style maple neck and a Schecter bridge. Shortly thereafter, the consignor was visiting a friend who worked at Schecter Guitar Research, noticed the guitar and made an offer that was accepted. Through a chance meeting scuba diving in the Bahamas, the consignor became fast friends with Rolling Stones co-founder/sometimes keyboardist/tour manager Ian Stewart. Stewart had even sent the consignor the rare Stones poster (Lot 22). The consignor had intended to send Stewart some photographs from the Bahamas trip before he passed away in late 1985. The consignor, who was working at a Dallas top 40 radio station was invited to a private party for the Rolling Stones around the time of their Steel Wheels concert and was able to meet Keith Richards. He asked Richards to give Stewart's son the pictures from the Bahamas and Keith offered to sign his old guitar.

Andy Babiuk and Greg Prevost in their book Rolling Stones Gear discuss the guitar in detail. A letter from Babiuk discussing the guitar's history and a letter from the consignor describing the circumstances of its purchase and the Richards inscription is included in the lot.

This is believed to be only the second Richards-owned guitar to ever appear at auction, much less one used so prominently during the beginning of the Rolling Stones' commercial peak. The only other auction record found is for a 1965 Framus acoustic guitar, sold in London in 1983.

Literature:
Babiuk, Andy & Greg Prevost. Rolling Stones Gear. [Milwaukee: 2013.] Pages 461-462, 468-469, 469 (pictured), 471 (pictured), 479 (pictured), 501-503.

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A Keith Richards signed and inscribed Custom Telecaster-Style Guitar Played on the Some Girls Recordings and Tour
A Keith Richards signed and inscribed Custom Telecaster-Style Guitar Played on the Some Girls Recordings and Tour
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