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Tony Rankin's Sho-Bud LDG.

Here's Tony Rankin's recently restored Sho~Bud LDG, including one of Lloyd Green playing it.

The superb restoration was by Jeff Surratt, Duane Marrs, and AJ Nelson.

Nice license plate Tony!



 
 

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Lloyd Green at ISCG 2001 playing his 1973 Sho-Bud LDG.

This guitar was delivered to Lloyd on May 9, 1973 at his home by David Jackson and Duane Marrs of Sho-Bud. It was the 1st LDG model ever made and was designed by Lloyd himself. This was the fourth and last Sho-Bud guitar that Lloyd played on sessions.

He only had four guitars that he did his session work with: first was one that Shot made for him with the heart on the front, next was the double-neck guitar that was the previous Sho~Bud of the month and was played on the Panther Hall album. Following that was the prototype to the guitar pictured here, a Baldwin Sho-Bud that Lloyd used on Mel Street sessions like "Borrowed Angel".

Finally, the guitar pictured here, played by Lloyd on between 5000 and 6000 sessions between 1973 and 1988, including "Farewell Party" with Gene Watson. This is perhaps the most recorded instrument in history, and wow what sound when played by the master of the steel guitar, Mr. Lloyd Green.

Thanks to Red Kilby for photos and text.

 

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1966 Sho~Bud Fingertip Double 10. Fiddleback maple. 8 pedals and 4 knee levers.

Lloyd Green played this guitar on more than 2000 recording sessions and numerous movie tracks from 1966 to 1971.

Lloyd played this guitar on the infamous Charlie Pride Live At Panther Hall album. Four of Lloyd's major label instrumental albums were recorded with This Sho-Bud including Cool Steel Man, Mr. Nashville Sound, Moody River, and Green Country.

Lloyd played This Sho-Bud Fingertip Double 10 on gold and platinum records for hundreds of major artists such as Ann Margaret, Frank Sinatra, Lynn Anderson, George Jones, Ferlin Husky, Freddie Hart ('Easy Lovin'), Jimmy Dean, Dolly Parton, Faron Young, Johnny Paycheck, Roy Acuff, Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette Brenda Lee, Jerry Reed, Jerry Lee Lewis, Statler Bros., Jimmy Buffet, Peter Paul and Mary, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams, Jr.




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Here are a few photos of Herb Steiner's 67 Fingertip D-10, 9&5. Purpleheart and maple, that he got a few years ago from Johnny Cox. The tone is very similar to that which Big E got on his cut of "Rose City Chimes." (Buddy's guitar was not a "fingertip," though)..




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Here are a few photos of Sho~Bud #82472.

Mel Culbreath bought this guitar from Herby Wallace in 1995 and sold it to Larry Sasser in 1997.

It is a Fingertip tuning model with 8 floor pedals and 3 knee levers.

It had the Day setup. Instead of the regular Sho~Bud fretboard using suits of cards, it had something shaped like diamonds on it.

Larry Sasser is reconditioning this guitar for his collection.

 

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