In this video he perform the song "Stir It Up" with this guitar. more
In this video he perform the song "Stir It Up" with this guitar.
Bob Marley owned just a couple of guitars; some say five, some say seven He’... more
Bob Marley owned just a couple of guitars; some say five, some say seven He’s mostly known for playing his brown colored Les Paul Special. This is reported to be Bob’s favorite electric guitar, used extensively throughout his career. There’s even a rumor that Marley was buried with this exact guitar by his side, but the truth is that the guitar is safe and sound at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. Unfortunately very little is known about the guitar’s history. Bob probably acquired it around 1972/73 in London. At that time the guitar already had few mods done to it; the ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge was installed, and a white binding was added to the headstock.
The guitar remained in this state until 1979 when it was sent to Roger Mayer. Bob requested something unique done to it which will not influence the sound itself. Roger decided to install a custom made brushed hardened aluminium pickguard and replace the switch plate with the one that was shaped like a football. He also replaced the tuners with Schallers, and re-wired the guitar completely. The original P-90 pickups were not touched.
In this video, Marley is seen playing "Redemption Song" on Epiphone FT-165. more
In this video, Marley is seen playing "Redemption Song" on Epiphone FT-165.
In [this article from the Telegraph](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsb... more
In this article from the Telegraph, it is reported that Bob Marley's Washburn Hawk guitar is, "classified as a national asset by the Jamaican government and is one of the only seven guitars owned by the reggae icon."
Bob was presented this guitar by Yamaha whilst touring in Japan. After The Wa... more
Bob was presented this guitar by Yamaha whilst touring in Japan. After The Wailers' last tour in 1979, he gave it to the band's bassist, Aston Barrett. Barrett later lent the guitar to promoter Angus Reid. When he tried to retrieve it later, Reid refused to return the guitar, and later attempted to auction it. Barrett filed for a lawsuit, following which, the guitar was believed to have been returned to him.
The guitar which Marley was most often seen playing; there are several modifi... more
The guitar which Marley was most often seen playing; there are several modifications on the instrument, probably the most notable being that the original wraparound bridge was replaced with the more common Gibson setup of Tune-O-Matic and Stopbar. The switchwasher and pickguard on Marley's instrument were aluminium replacements, too. Headstock binding and Schaller machine heads are other modifications believed to have been made to the guitar.
In 2002, Gibson built a limited run of copies of this guitar closely mimicking both the hardware and wear on the original instrument, which is currently owned by the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica.
In this photo, judging by the inlays and pickups, Marley is playing 1970 Gibs... more
In this photo, judging by the inlays and pickups, Marley is playing 1970 Gibson SG.
This was the guitar Bob played prior to purchasing the Les Paul. The gu... more
This was the guitar Bob played prior to purchasing the Les Paul.
The guitar had a rosewood fingerboard, and the body was finished in sunburst. (see “Stir It Up“)
It was reportedly stolen off Bob’s tour bus.
The guitar best known from the acoustic recording of “Redemption Song” (se... more
The guitar best known from the acoustic recording of “Redemption Song” (see video here: “Redemption Song Acoustic“).
Bob Marley appeared in two photos holding an Ovation Balladeer. more
Bob Marley appeared in two photos holding an Ovation Balladeer.
It is important to note though that he used a couple of different amps, perha... more
It is important to note though that he used a couple of different amps, perhaps the most notably the Fender Silverface Twin which can be seen on many different photos. He also played on a couple of different Marshall and Ampeg amps.
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