• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 74

    HANK THOMPSON

    RICHARD C. ALLEN, AN ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR, IN THE STYLE OF A SUPER 400 CES, EL MONTE, CA, CIRCA 2001

    Price Realised  

    HANK THOMPSON
    RICHARD C. ALLEN, AN ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR, IN THE STYLE OF A SUPER 400 CES, EL MONTE, CA, CIRCA 2001
    The headstock inlaid R.C. Allen, labeled Richard C. Allen LUTHIER El Monte, California Model Hank Thompson Serial # H.T. 1925-1-01, the fingerboard inlaid HANK THOMPSON, length of body: 21 11/16 in. (55.1 cm) with case (2)


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    Southern California guitar maker and musician Richard C. Allen made his first guitar while in high school in 1951. Though an amateur attempt, he would go on to build a reputation as a gifted builder by studying the work of Paul A. Bigsby, Leo Fender and George Fullerton. No stranger to fine guitar making, he owned the second solid body guitar ever produced by P.A. Bigsby with whom he became a close friend.
    This guitar was custom built by Allen on the model of a Gibson Super 400 for Hank Thompson.