"1967 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom. The model debuted in 1961 in viceroy brown and changed over the years to the color you see here known as “clown burst.” It’s a huge guitar with a longer Super 400 style headstock. Gibson discontinued the model around 1972. I purchased this guitar from the #1 guitar shop in Hamburg, Germany (the same place as I bought the “Holy Flying V”). Interesting side fact – the guitar’s design has been resurrected in recent years with the Gibson Johnny A model which is in essence a shrunken Barney Kessel. It is also important to keep in mind that Barney was a fantastic guitarist that passed away in 2004," says Joe Bonamassa, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-27-1967-gibson-barney-kessel-custom/).more
GQ posted this excerpt from Nile Rodgers' autobiography, "Le Freak" in 2011. In it he describes the guitar that he traded to obtain one of the most important guitars in history. "One day, following a gig in Miami, Nard got me to trade in my prized jazz guitar, a hollow-bodied Gibson Barney Kessel, for a sleek solid-bodied Fender Stratocaster, the six-string equivalent of trading in a Range Rover for a Porsche."more
"I spent an hour and a half just playing it...I said 'what is the deal with this guitar'...it had this amazing sort of conversation quality...It's one of those guitars that talks back to you when you're playing it," says Blake Mills, about his Barney Kessel Custom, at around 30 minutes into this video.more
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