Guitar Chords Bob Dylan is a living legend of the music industry. He has created songs that resonate with entire generations and have been heard all over the world. To celebrate such an accomplished musician Gibson have released 2 brand new Bob Dylan signature guitars one that will be part of a standard run the other will only be available in a collection of 175. Both of these guitars are available to order now at Andertons.
Dick Boak is a long-term employee of Martin Guitars. Over the years he has written and co-written several books about Martin Guitars, detailing their 175-year legacy as one of the world’s finest guitar makers. Most recently Boak has published a two-part book with Richard Johnston, Martin Guitars: A History and Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference of Guitar Chords Bob Dylan. The books cover the rich history about Martin guitars, their makers, and the people who play them, and also include pages upon pages of information about Martin guitar bodies, necks, headstocks, bridges, woods, models, the custom shop, and limited edition instruments.
We spoke with Boak recently to try and dig up a little history about Bob Dylan and his relationship with Martin Guitars.Well, to my knowledge, Dylan’s first guitar from his early days, when he showed up in New York City, was a 1949 00-17 – no doubt inspired by the small bodied 00 sized Martin guitars that Woody Guthrie played. Woody Guthrie often played the small 00-17s, 00-18s, 0-17s. Woody would often call [for a new Guitar Chords Bob Dylan guitar] and after a month or two he would give the guitar to a young musician and get another one. Dylan was no doubt aware of this and probably picked up the 1949 00-17 as a nod to Woody. We believe he got it in 1959 in Minneapolis. We got that from his book, Chronicles. He apparently traded in his electric guitar for the Martin acoustic.
We make a model called the ultimate guitar bob dylan, which is very, very similar. The finish is slightly different. The lacquer we’re using is a lacquer that is not self-polishing. The lacquer we used back then was a nitrous cellulose satin lacquer, that if you took a polishing cloth to it and rubbed it for a couple of days, you would actually break through the satin top coat into the gloss coats and be able to polish it up. Sometimes those guitars would polish up just plain. But the 00-15M is quite similar to the ‘17. There’s a slight difference from the bindings. [The] older style 17 Guitar Chords Bob Dylan guitars will be bound in wood or tortoise color nitrate – a slightly higher ultimate guitar bob dylan binding appointment level than the ’15, which is quite plain.