A short while after making the last of those recordings, Farlow received a brand-new ES-350 directly from Gibson, initiating a relationship with the company that would last the rest of his life. At some point in the mid Fifties, Farlow replaced the ES-350’s P-90 neck pickup with a Charlie Christian pickup, as seen on the cover of his 1957 album, The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow. He retired the 250 from active service after acquiring the ES-350, giving it to his amateur-musician father Clarence. Apparently, the senior Mr. Farlow was also a tinkerer; at some point, he decided to bring the guitar back to its original specs. His efforts only succeeded in making it unplayable, and thus it languished for decades.more
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