I’m currently repairing / restoring my Shaftesbury Barney Kessel guitar (model 3264) and I thought I’d post some before, during and after pictures of the work on this blog.
The guitar was originally bought on the 18th of July 1972 from a store in Leeds for £86 (I have the original receipt) and is almost all still entirely original – it’s only the bridge that I’m dubious about. It is also lacking the original serial number ‘badge’ that used to sit at the back of the headstock – like most of these models.
It was built in Japan probably at the Hoshino factory alongside similar Antoria, Greco and Ibanezguitars.
I’ll return and update this post over the next few weeks / months but first a picture of my first electric guitar which caused all of this fascination with the Shaftesbury and Gibson Barney Kessel guitars in general. A short time before I bought my first BK (I’ve owned 4 over the years) with paper round money, I saw one hanging in the window of Gamlin’s music store in Cardiff, Wales and i know that Welsh comedian Stan Stennet owned a Gibson original.