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My Traveling Wilbury Guitar

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This is the TW500 model. This and the TW600 were top of the Wilbury line, the only difference was the 600 had a tremolo arm. George Harrison used a TW500 in the video for "Handle With Care" The Wilbury line of guitars were commissioned by George Harrison by calling Fred Gretsch III, I met Fred in Kansas City and we talked about it and then took pictures and he even signed a Gretsch Silver Falcon for my brother. Fred did a day long event with presentations and films about Gretsch guitars and even introduced a limited edition all white model made only for this store he was appearing at called "The Funky Monkey". Only 30 of the limited edition were made for that store only. He explained to me that George called him and explained what he wanted for his new band, so he made the guitars for him. He said to hang on to them because there weren't many made. Models were the TW100, TW200, TW300, TW400, TW500 & TW600. The cheapest TW100's were on sale for $79.99 at Montgomery Wards or even Sears. I ran into a guy from the Carolina's that found pallets of them in the basement of a warehouse he just bought. The guitars were brand new still sealed in cases of 6. So I had to buy the case of 6 for $1200. Glad I did now! Here are a few pix of the 1 I kept after selling the other 5.

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Nice!  I bet the TW500 is more of an actual guitar that can be played.  Here is my TW100, which I sold a while back.  It was not playable and I didn't consider it much of a collectable.  The guitars that I do play take up enough space, so it needed to go.

 

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