Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Roy Buchanan at the Lone Star Cafe, NYC 1982

Photo © by John Peden

John shot this at the gig Roy did after we taped him for the Guitar Galaxy video "Roy Buchanan Telly Talk" (, but the guitar he's playing is actually a Telecaster from John's collection, since "Nancy" was back at the shack for the photo session.

And, stay tuned for this …
Richard Smith, author of "Fender - the sound heard around the world" now works for the Fullerton Museum Center 301 N. Pomona Ave, Fullerton Ca. 92832 (714) 738-6545. He always has an exhibit on Fender but for 2008 there will be a new exhibit on the Telecaster. The gala opening of the exhibit, entitled “Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster” is scheduled for March 22, 2008 7-10 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Fall, 2010 (

From the exhibit catalog: “In early 1949 Leo Fender started seriously designing a standard guitar model for his Fine Line of Fender Electric Instruments. At first the guitar was called the Esquire, then the Broadcaster and finally the Telecaster. Sixty years later it is one of the most popular guitars in the world, an instrument built for working men and women musicians who defined the blues, country and pop styles.

“’Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster’ will showcase this instrument, the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar, an instrument that changed music history. Numerous examples from the early years will be on display. There will also be a noticeable celebrity component in the images and presentation, including Telecasters once owned by stars. The exhibit points to players such as George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Roy Buchanan, James Burton, Don Rich and Mike Bloomfield. These musicians—Tele players all—created some of the most potent music imaginable.”

Among the Roy B. artifacts will be his guitar called “Nancy,” which we immortalized in a special Collector’s Choice centerfold of Guitar World magazine. In a spotlight area of the exhibit will be some of the Roy Buchanan “Telly Talk” footage and there will be copies of the DVD in the bookstore gift shop. Guitar Galaxy is planning a special “Director’s Cut” documentary edition of the DVD, which will have more photos like the one at left and photographic details (not footage, ’cause that’s all he wrote) about Nancy and the photo spread we shot for Guitar World on that occasion, as well as personal testimony from some Tele players such as Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, Seymour Duncan and others who were touched by or intimate with Roy.

Keep on rockin’,

Noë the G