• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 137

    WAYLON JENNINGS

    FENDER ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY, A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, BROADCASTER, FULLERTON, CA, CIRCA 1950

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    WAYLON JENNINGS
    FENDER ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY, A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, BROADCASTER, FULLERTON, CA, CIRCA 1950
    The headstock bearing the logo Fender "BROADCASTER", length of body: 15¾ in. (40.1 cm) sold with matching hand tooled leather strap bearing the name Waylon. Accompanied by a photograph of Waylon Jennings with the guitar. (3)


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    Of the many guitars Waylon Jennings used in his career there are two that are iconic with his performances, a Fender Telecaster with a white pickguard that remains with the Jennings Family, and this 1950 Fender Broadcaster. The bodies of both instruments are sheathed in a custom made white and black, hand tooled leather cover. This guitar was always on stage with Jennings from the 1970's until in 1993 it came into the possession of guitarist Reggie Young.
    Young was a member of the infamous group of session players know as "The Memphis Boys" who included Bobby Emmons, Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Wood, Mike Leech and Gene Chrisman. Having recorded over 120 hits they played for the likes of Bobby Womack, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, The Box Tops and Elvis Presley before moving to Nashville. Since 1972 Young was doing session work for Waylon Jennings among other artists. From 1990 through 1995 he was the primary guitarist for the Highwaymen tour which included Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
    Following Willy Nelson's 60th birthday concert billed as The Big Six-O Jennings asked Young to visit him at his Nashville home. Young relates "Waylon said 'I have a guitar to give you.' When he returned to the room he handed it to me. I said 'Wow! Waylon, do you know what this is?' He said 'Yes. It is too heavy for me now. I want to give it to someone who can play it and you are a good friend.' I felt humbled!"
    The guitar has remained in the possession of Reggie Young and was on exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame from 2006 until June of 2009.