Guitar seen in Chocolat
guitar forum identified this archtop guitar as a Gretsch Model 35.
However, a Bluesbox Collection web page (see link below)
indicates that the Gretsch Model 35 was a direct competitor of the
Gibson L5 model. The inlays in the fretboard look more like
Gibson to me.
Collection - Gretsch model 35 (possibly refinished- the
description mentions that it would have originally been in a sunburst
finish, as in the case of the Chocolat
Gibson Master Museum Collection Pirates Of The Caribbean
This awesome guitar was custom
designed for Johnny by Gibson Master Builder Ren Ferguson in about
2006, around the time of Pirates Of
The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
filming. It was built at Gibson's Bozeman, Montana plant.
It is a J-200 body style, and is worth an estimated $100,000.
Ferguson was inspired by a line from Curse Of
The Black Pearl:
says, 'A ship is more than a keel, a hull, a deck and sails –
what it is is freedom.' The line struck a chord with Ferguson, who
believes that a guitar is more than just spruce, mahogany and some
lacquer; it is also freedom."
photos of this custom Gibson guitar can be found:
master guitar builder Ren Ferguson in Jan. 8, 2006 Bozeman Daily
2008 Premier Guitar article on Ren Ferguson (containing
Gibson L-O Guitar played at Voices For Justice Concert
played this guitar at the Voices For Justice concert in Little Rock,
AR, on August 28, 2010. He used the same guitar for all of
performances this night. Mike E. ID's this as a Gibson L-O
that was probably from the early 1930's. The color, wear, and
fret markings as
well as the logo on the headstock distinguish it from other acoustic
guitars on this page. I believe it is the same guitar that is
spotted on Johnny's yacht, the Vajoliroja, in a photo spread
that was published in Boats International USA in March of 2009, as well
as the yacht's official brochure.
L-O guitar headstock
(row 1: Voices For Justice
concert, August 28, 2010, with Eddie Vedder and Patti Smith)
(row 2: Vajoliroja
Boats International USA spread; brochure photo from vajoliroja.com)
Black Gibson Acoustic Guitar
one has a different neck than another unidentified black acoustic
guitar that Johnny played in the Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down
video. This one was spotted in
Johnny's private office during an interview with Larry King in October,
2011. A brief closeup shows a sticker identifying it as a
made in Kalamazoo, MI.
(row 1: photos and behind the
scenes; Larry King interview 2011)
(row 2: HQ caps by
For photos and info about Johnny's other guitars and miscellaneous
instruments, please return to the Guitars page!