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Re: Baritone guitars

Unread post by parametric » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:12 am

The "James Bond Theme" was recorded on 21 June 1962, using five saxophones, nine brass instruments, a solo guitar and a rhythm section.
The guitar riff heard in the original recording of the theme was played by Vic Flick on a 1939 English Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitar plugged into a Fender Vibrolux amplifier.
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Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitars

Unread post by Buzzard » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:53 am

parametric wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:12 am
The "James Bond Theme" was recorded on 21 June 1962, using five saxophones, nine brass instruments, a solo guitar and a rhythm section.
The guitar riff heard in the original recording of the theme was played by Vic Flick on a 1939 English Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitar plugged into a Fender Vibrolux amplifier.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Nice find Chris. ((i))

Now I actually doubt that the guitar used is a baritone after all. :oops:
The deep, twangy sound told my ears that this had to be a baritone,
even though the tones are within reach of an standard tuned guitar.
I guess the Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe is just a standard scale Jazz Box …
But what a BEAUTIFUL and LEGENDARY Jazz Box it is. ((i))
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Here's some interesting reading I found online:

11 December, 2012
James Bond guitar and other memorabilia on auction

Vic Flick's world famous "James Bond" Guitar is being featured at Profiles in History on Saturday,
December 15th, 2012. It is part of the "Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction 53".
The auction also features many James Bond photographs, posters and memorabilia.
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Guitarist Vic Flick’s Clifford Essex Paragon electric/acoustic guitar (serial No. 1056), vintage ca. 1939,
used to record the original James Bond theme for 1962’s Dr. No.
The Paragon was one of two guitars Flick was using on the road in the early 1960s, the other being a Fender Stratocaster.
While being heckled and harassed while loading up his gear after a gig one night, he accidentally left the Strat behind,
so the Paragon was his only instrument when he got the call to record the Dr. No theme.
The rest is history.

As Flick himself said: “The Paragon’s sound was perfect for the riff.
The combination of the way I played, the type of strings I used, the Vox 15 amplifier,
the microphone and the studio set up all helped to give the guitar, on that particular session,
an identity that has maintained its popularity for 50 years.
Although no film was shown during the session there was a feeling of excitement at the music being for a spy film.

BTW, Vic Flick was born: May 14, 1937 (age 81 years), Worcester Park, United Kingdom, still with us. :D
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Clifford Essex History

Unread post by Buzzard » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:26 am

Here's a BRILLIANT link: CLIFFORD ESSEX HISTORY: https://www.cliffordessex.net/index.php ... oc&docId=1
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Re: Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitars

Unread post by EXer » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:13 am

parametric wrote:The "James Bond Theme" was recorded [...] on a 1939 English Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitar plugged into a Fender Vibrolux amplifier.
Buzzard wrote:Now I actually doubt that the guitar used is a baritone after all. :oops:
The deep, twangy sound told my ears that this had to be a baritone,
even though the tones are within reach of an standard tuned guitar.
I guess the Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe is just a standard scale Jazz Box …
But what a BEAUTIFUL and LEGENDARY Jazz Box it is.

Interesting.

I believe that with the right amp it should be possible to reproduce that (in)famous Bond tone on a modern Gretsch G6120 :


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Re: Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitars

Unread post by Buzzard » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:46 am

EXer wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:13 am
Interesting.

I believe that with the right amp it should be possible to reproduce that (in)famous Bond tone on a modern Gretsch G6120 :
That's a fair bid to get the sound. :D

The original had something that looks like a singlecoil add on:
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Vic's legendary guitar now resides at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, USA
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Notice that Vic used his guitar pickup seated approximately 2/5 from the bridge, but in the hall of fame, it's very close to the neck. 8O
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Re: Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitars

Unread post by EXer » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 am

Buzzard wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:46 am
Notice that Vic used his guitar pickup seated approximately 2/5 from the bridge, but in the hall of fame, it's very close to the neck. 8O
It seems the pickup can slide on the metal rod which bears it so the player can adjust its position.
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Re: Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitars

Unread post by Buzzard » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:02 am

EXer wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 am
Buzzard wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:46 am
Notice that Vic used his guitar pickup seated approximately 2/5 from the bridge, but in the hall of fame, it's very close to the neck. 8O
It seems the pickup can slide on the metal rod which bears it so the player can adjust its position.
Absolutely, it's fully adjustable to slide wherever needed under the strings. :D
If you look at any picture online where Vic handles the guitar, it's about 2/5 from the bridge.
It's a minor detail, but the museum dudes got it wrong,
it just caught my eye that the guitar wasn't set up as it was in active service.

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Re: Baritone guitars

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:11 pm

Eastwood guitars Baritone. ((i))

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Eastwood Tenorcaster

Unread post by Buzzard » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:15 pm

Here is a different take on how to get the deep tones. ((i))

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Re: Baritone guitars

Unread post by JohnV » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:58 pm

A month or so ago I came across an RGX420S-D6. I read what I could and this site was very helpful. I went ahead and bought it. When it arrived I found that It had been set up with regular-guitar light gauge strings and tuned only 1 step down to D-standard. The FR bridge was all out of balance, at an angle, and intonation was all over the place. I put D-Addario EXL-158's on it (13-62), tuned it down to C-standard (where I wanted to use a Bari) and rebalanced the bridge/springs, got the FR trem flat and happy, and got the intonation in order. Got it an SKB hard case that holds the neck so that the headstock has no pressure on it. Put straplocks and a wide strap on it. It's marvelous. Plays great, sounds huge and... I find it;s also NOT really the specific clean sound I was looking for. Anybody looking?
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