Bkind Lemon Jefferson Stella guitar: Like many other country blues and old time music enthusiasts, I have spent a good many hours studying rare, often out of focus black & white photos of musicians with their instruments in hand. I am sure most, if not all of us have wondered at the guitar that Blind Lemon Jefferson has in his lap in the one existing photograph of him. Is it a Stella? Is it a Washburn? We may never know the answer. Even if we could discern the maker of that instrument, it may have been just one of several instruments that Jefferson owned and played during his career. Or...the guitar in that photo may not have been Jefferson's own guitar! http://www.stellaguitars.com/about/what-did-they-play/more
Blind Blake Stella guitar: Blind Blake’s “guitar” has been the subject of much speculation. Only one retouched photo of Blake is known to exist. The guitar in the photo looks to have a dark top, leading some to speculate that it is either a mahogany or koa wood instrument. But the lighting could account for the dark appearance. At any rate, who is to say that this was Blake's one and only guitar? After all, Mr. Blake was a professional musician. Blake recorded many solo performances. He was also a sought after session guitarist, often hired by recording companies to back up a variety of performers. It is possible that Blind Blake had numerous instruments, not just the one axe shown in that picture of him! http://www.stellaguitars.com/about/what-did-they-play/more
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