"Holley started making demo recordings in 1954 with friends including Sonny C... more
"Holley started making demo recordings in 1954 with friends including Sonny Curtis, Larry Welborn and future Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. A pivotal moment came on Feb. 13, 1955, when Buddy and Bob opened for Elvis Presley at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock. Another pivotal moment came a couple months later, on April 23, 1955, when Holley walked into Adair Music in Lubbock and traded his first electric guitar to salesman Clyde Hankins for a brand-new Fender Stratocaster (priced at $305)."
This photo shows Buddy Holly with a Gibson SJ 200 Acoustic Guitar. more
This photo shows Buddy Holly with a Gibson SJ 200 Acoustic Guitar.
Probably the most popular acoustic guitar that Buddy owned was the Gibson J-4... more
Probably the most popular acoustic guitar that Buddy owned was the Gibson J-45 that he hand-crafted his own leather cover for as decoration. This cover included his name on the face, the songs on from his first Decca single-- "Blue Days, Black Nights" and "Love Me" on opposing sides of the top of the body by the neck, as well as having TEXAS spelled out along the bottom portion of the guitar in white lettering.
The first documented electric guitar Buddy Holly owned was a Gibson Les Paul ... more
The first documented electric guitar Buddy Holly owned was a Gibson Les Paul with a gold top. Though Buddy might have had a more inexpensive model electric guitar prior to the Les Paul, Buddy probably used this guitar when he and Bob Montgomery were performing on the radio and around Lubbock in order to give them a more electric country sound, not to mention to compliment the R&B numbers they were throwing into their set by 1955.
Once Buddy started the larger package shows, he bought a Fender Bassman. 4 10... more
Once Buddy started the larger package shows, he bought a Fender Bassman. 4 10" [4-10 inch speakers]. At 50 watts, it was a powerful amp for that time. It was designed initially for electric bass, but it didn’t take long for guitarists to fancy it. This amp could handle the size of the venues the Crickets were playing by this time, not to mention being capable of overpowering the enthusiastic crowds that greeted them at their live performances. Particular amps seemed to have been used on specific tours.
ocals on tours usually consisted of one mic in the center of the stage. After... more
ocals on tours usually consisted of one mic in the center of the stage. After all, this wasn’t that long after dance band vocalists were all the rage. In many shots of Buddy, you can see the infamous Shure 55 microphone, like the one seen in Dick Cole’s picture of Buddy at the Hippodrome Auditorium in Waterloo, IA. Microphones and mic stands, as you can tell by photos, varied from place to place.
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