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Are You Kidding Me? Finally Jimmy McCarty Gets His Due With His Own Signature Model

class5lp

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I stopped into Huber Breese Music the other day and was totally blown away. I am showing my age here but who cares. Were talking about "The Man" here!!! A Detroit Gun Slinger! A real legend! One of if not my favorite all time gun slingers of all time finally gets his due with his own Jimmy McCarty Signature Reissue.

From Jimmy's very early days playing a 330 in 1964 playing with "The Detroit Wheels", then on to 1969 with the "The Buddy Miles Express", then 1970 with CACTUS, and my personal FAV era 1975 with "The Rockets" this dude is one of the legends and his weapon of choice-the Les Paul Custom! A real guitar players-guitar player and yet most never even heard of him except the die hard's of course. This is the guy that Ted Nugent was quoted as saying when ask who is the best, Ted replied "Jimmy McCarty is the greatest guitar players of all time. When I seen him playing with the Detroit Wheels as a young buck growing up in Detroit and I heard the feedback he was getting out of the 330 it was OVER! I knew I had to go out and get me a Gibson hollow body."

Jimmy was heavily involved with this project/specs of this guitar to makes sure they sounded and played like his Custom's from the 1970's. Check out the board inlays. A Cactus, a wheel, and a rocket to symbolize the different era's of Jimmys career. He didn't want any over 9 pounds and the boys at Gibson Custom made sure to pull the light tops and backs and they are weighing at 8.8-9 pounds even. There is a total maximum number of 50 in this run all hand signed by Jimmy. The first 15 guitars just came in late last week and there are only 6 left. The guitars arrive from Gibson unsigned and since Jimmy is local he comes in to the store to sign them and here is the best part. if you are local and pick yours up the day he signs it you can get a photo with Jimmy signing it. You wont find these on the Gibson web site and they are exclusive to this dealer only.

And here's the coolest thing. Besides being an incredible player Jimmy is the most super down to earth guys you would ever want to meet. The guy is a humble as they come and if you ran into him on the street you would never who he is. At Jimmy's request one of his main goals was to make sure that his fans could afford these. So Jimmy and the dealer worked closely with Gibson to keep the cost down as much as possible so that everyone that wanted one could afford them. :yah

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class5lp

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ROCKET ROLL=Reminds me of he days of Pine Knob and the Royal Oak Music Theatre. If you got to see him you know what I am talking about.

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Sparta

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Man, THANK YOU for posting this. I wondered off and on over the years about this great player, what he was doing, what bands etc. Fantastic good stuff here.
 

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Oh hell yeah, I saw him with the original Cactus and then the Rockets..... but he was playing a different LP with the Rockets when I saw him. Lawdy that man's playing STILL inspires me. One Way or Another......f***ing classic.
 

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I saw him with the "Buddy Miles Express" in late 1968! He just killed it! I was hooked instantly.
 

class5lp

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Here is couple that will make you feel old. An early 60's photo of McCarty, Badanjek, and Mitch & the boys. Look at those guys huh. To be 16-ish again. The photo makes them look Beatle-Esq but these guys were full of piss & vinegar and rebellious but yet had the discipline and ability to learn and create.

*Both photos Copyright 2005 johnny-bee.com

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