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Burst Pic of the Week: Don't call me Bernice!

guitarbob123

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Has there been any update on the serial number being on both this guitar and Bernice simultaneously? 🤔

Surprising that no one could provide clarity either way!
 

BursTech

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Guitarbob,

Bernice is actually 9 0695 and it has a clean, clear black ink stamp that is easy to read, but the '6' could be mistaken for an '8' in a low-res picture. Unlike 9 0895, Bernice was no longer cherry on the back of the headstock (if it ever was) when I saw it up close about 25 years ago.

On a related note, Al Kooper showed me his original copy of the first Skynyrd recording contract and Bernice Rossington's signature is on it because Gary was still a minor.
 
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Guitarbob,

Bernice is actually 9 0695 and it has a clean, clear black ink stamp that is easy to read, but the '6' could be mistaken for an '8' in a low-res picture. Unlike 9 0895, Bernice was no longer cherry on the back of the headstock (if it ever was) when I saw it up close about 25 years ago.

On a related note, Al Kooper showed me his original copy of the first Skynyrd recording contract and Bernice Rossington's signature is on it because Gary was still a minor.
on my 56 goldtop the 6 can easily be mistaken for an 8
 

guitarbob123

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Guitarbob,

Bernice is actually 9 0695 and it has a clean, clear black ink stamp that is easy to read, but the '6' could be mistaken for an '8' in a low-res picture. Unlike 9 0895, Bernice was no longer cherry on the back of the headstock (if it ever was) when I saw it up close about 25 years ago.

On a related note, Al Kooper showed me his original copy of the first Skynyrd recording contract and Bernice Rossington's signature is on it because Gary was still a minor.

Thanks for satisfying my mind! I was surprised the mistake could be made as the pictures of 9 0895 are so clear and I would have thought Bernice would be perfectly documented by now with it's provenance.

The contract thing sounds pretty cool too, hell, just meeting/spending time around Al Kooper would be great even without the stuff he must have stored away.

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guitarbob123

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I miss TW.. I hope he's coming back soon
This is another point, more than anything I would love for Tom to be active again. The wealth of knowledge he provides is immense, I think he’s forgotten more about Les Paul’s than I’ll ever know!

Would be cool to see those gold top serials, I wonder how many have been misread over the years (I also wonder how many have turned up with the same serial number as another...)
 
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