• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    HANK THOMPSON

    HERITAGE GUITAR INCORPORATED, AN ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR, IN THE STYLE OF A SUPER 400 CES, KALAMAZOO, MI., 1990

    Price Realised  

    HANK THOMPSON
    HERITAGE GUITAR INCORPORATED, AN ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR, IN THE STYLE OF A SUPER 400 CES, KALAMAZOO, MI., 1990
    The headstock inlaid The Heritage, stamped on the reverse G14401 MADE IN KALAMAZOO, MI. USA, labeled HERITAGE GUITAR INC. 225 PARSONS ST. KALAMAZOO, MI. 49007 616-385-5721, inscribed G-14401 HANK THOMPSON MODEL and bearing the signatures of the the employees in the Heritage workshop, the trussrod cover engraved 1989 HALL OF FAME, the fingerboard inlaid HANK THOMPSON, length of back: 20 15/16 in. (53.2 cm) with a Mark Leaf travel case and a vinyl zippered deposit envelope from The Hondo National Bank, Hondo, Texas inscribed with a felt marker DESSERTS, that includes various tools for a professional guitarist including a corkscrew and bottle opener (2)


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    After damage to his 1957 Gibson Super 400 Hank Thompson approached The Heritage Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan to undertake the restoration of the neck. Declining to work on another manufacture's guitar the craftsmen at the Heritage shop offered to make Thompson a guitar using his specifications on a gratis basis. The ensuing instrument, based on the outline of a Super 400, became a prominent guitar Thompson would use while performing at the end of his career.