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    Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the planet!

    I had the pleasure, along with my good buddies J.D. Simo and Elad Shapiro, of visiting with another good buddy, Ed King yesterday at his home outside of Nashville.
    As you would expect, with a bunch of guitar nerds like us, we sat around playing many of Ed's killer guitars, among them a recently acquired 65 Tele Custom that was to die for (and ashamedly I didn't photograph it).
    After playing around for awhile Ed broke out Redeye. WHAT A GUITAR! That guitar is among THE very best sounding bursts that I've ever had the joy of playing. It really is incredible. It was fun watching Elad (a fantastic bass player) finally "get it" with regard to what all the fuss is about with a phenomenal sounding original burst. He couldn't stop raving about it.
    After jamming around on it for awhile, Ed gave me the honor of photographing it. I was especially proud of this particular photo shoot, because I took all of these in about 3 minutes. It was a bright day, and we didn't want Redeye to fade at all.
    After all of that, we sat in his back yard and smoked some killer Cubans.
    All in all, a REALLY fun day!















































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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Wow! Thanks for the pics and story!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Fantastic!!

    Thanks CD and ED!
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Thanks for sharing !

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Love that Burst! Looks great with covers on

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Wow. Spectacular Burst!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    That was a superb job at capturing that absolutely beautiful guitar!!! Thanks!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Superb

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Killer, ! Ed
    Whats the consensus on the lack of fade by the switch , for Red Eye ?

    Hang tag ?


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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Holy crap CD!

    That is the DEFINITIVE Redeye photo shoot!

    Wow, just wow!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Quote Originally Posted by Unbound Dot Neck View Post
    Whats the consensus on the lack of fade by the switch , for Red Eye ?

    Hang tag ?

    This is the consensus on what happened:

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Word !


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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Stunning! Beautiful! And no surprise how great the Photos are , thanks Charlie!
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Here's a question for you burst experts. Obviously we know the deep cherry is from the hang tag. But the question is why is it still so deep color all of these years later? Is it simply because The guitar was just never given a chance to see sunlight since those first days hanging in the store window? Or is it because the aniline dye faded much more quickly when the guitar was new and is slower to fade now? Curious what you guys have experienced.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    The particular red fade pattern on Redeye after the tag was removed years ago is quite likely a chance occurrence of nature. Not sure you could offer up a solid explanation why the strong red remains around the switch after 58 years.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Has to be worth $7k of anybody's insurance money.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Outstanding CD . Such an iconic Burst with the pedigree .

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Stunningly beautiful. I can only imagine what it feels and plays like. Thank you.
    Renderit, You have an interesting perspective and your posts aren't boring...
    Ren, all in all, I'm giving you a C- today's posts...
    Most of what you write with regards to my posts is cryptic nonsensical gibberish like this. I would prefer if you actually added something to the conversation but hey, I haven't walked in your shoes. So being as nice as possible: I look at your posts as if I was dealing with an eccentric cousin who comes to visit unannounced.

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Killer Burst Ed and killer pics CD!!
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Killer Pics CD. Master, teach me your photography skills.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    In a word, stunning.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Easy on the eyes as well.....
    Lost in the middle of a Brazillian rosewood
    fingerboard......

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Simply stunning!
    Game on!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Can't say anything that hasn't been said already.

    Joe

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Fantastic photos, many thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Great story and pics,thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Awesome photos Charlie. I wonder who came up with the name of the guitar, hmmmm🤔😁
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Amazing guitar!

    Do we know if Ed used it on any Skynyrd sessions?

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    fantastic pix CD ...this patriotic one having amber waves of Flame is stunning

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Charlie, your pictures are amazing. You should consider doing a coffee table book of Bursts.

    I bought the electronic version of Beauty of the Burst and while there are a multitude of gorgeous Les Pauls, the resolution is pretty awful. Maybe the print version is better. Anyway, having hi res shoots of some of these beautiful guitars, yours, Ed's Tom's, Joe Bonamassa's and a few others on the forum, you'd have a pretty nice cross section of bursts.

    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    I had the pleasure, along with my good buddies J.D. Simo and Elad Shapiro, of visiting with another good buddy, Ed King yesterday at his home outside of Nashville.
    As you would expect, with a bunch of guitar nerds like us, we sat around playing many of Ed's killer guitars, among them a recently acquired 65 Tele Custom that was to die for (and ashamedly I didn't photograph it).
    After playing around for awhile Ed broke out Redeye. WHAT A GUITAR! That guitar is among THE very best sounding bursts that I've ever had the joy of playing. It really is incredible. It was fun watching Elad (a fantastic bass player) finally "get it" with regard to what all the fuss is about with a phenomenal sounding original burst. He couldn't stop raving about it.
    After jamming around on it for awhile, Ed gave me the honor of photographing it. I was especially proud of this particular photo shoot, because I took all of these in about 3 minutes. It was a bright day, and we didn't want Redeye to fade at all.
    After all of that, we sat in his back yard and smoked some killer Cubans.
    All in all, a REALLY fun day!















































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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Quote Originally Posted by JPP-1 View Post
    Charlie, your pictures are amazing. You should consider doing a coffee table book of Bursts.

    I bought the electronic version of Beauty of the Burst and while there are a multitude of gorgeous Les Pauls, the resolution is pretty awful. Maybe the print version is better. Anyway, having hi res shoots of some of these beautiful guitars, yours, Ed's Tom's, Joe Bonamassa's and a few others on the forum, you'd have a pretty nice cross section of bursts.
    You should check out the Burst Believers series of books [three so far] by Vic DaPra. Charlie has lots of contributions in all three.
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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Man, that top is breathtaking! The old flamey maple can be so wickedly distinctive on the Bursts. Never fail to be impressed by CDs photographic spreads either. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Are there any popular songs Ed used THIS guitar on ..or did this come years after LSkynyrd?

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Don't look for any fast playing. I don't know how.

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Thanks for sharing Ed & Charlie

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Mesmerizing. Intoxicating.

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Quote Originally Posted by EdKing View Post
    Don't look for any fast playing. I don't know how.

    https://www.facebook.com/ed.king.526...55471440949185

    That Carr Mercury V is sounding fantastic!

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Awesome guitar and pics.

    There also seems to be a bit of red left around the lower volume knob - I wonder why that is the case.

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    Re: Ed King's "Redeye." One of the most iconic (and best sounding!) bursts on the pla

    Quote Originally Posted by EdKing View Post
    Don't look for any fast playing. I don't know how.

    https://www.facebook.com/ed.king.526...55471440949185
    Just awesome Ed! Amazing tone in the hands of player that knows a thing or two. Towards the end, your string bends reminded me of Duane. Thanks for sharing guys! 🤘

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