Looks like a Guild or a Gretsch, or maybe some kind of weird National, I'm
really not sure. I do remember reading an article about it somewhere once,
possibly by his guitar tech from those days, but everyday my memory grows
dimmer, and I'd like to read about it again.
check out Dylan's band Medicine Sunday
> Has anyone got any decent information on the white guitar Bobby plays in
> 'Hard Rain' film? He uses it for one song only - Shelter From The Storm -
> and plays slide on it.
> Looks like a Guild or a Gretsch, or maybe some kind of weird National, I'm
> really not sure. I do remember reading an article about it somewhere once,
> possibly by his guitar tech from those days, but everyday my memory grows
> dimmer, and I'd like to read about it again.
A weird National would be the one. He called it "Rimbaud".
The white guitar has been mentioned in a number of books, etc., but perhaps
most notably, Joel Bernstein (RTR guitar tech, spring '76) was interviewd by
John Bauldie in The Telegraph #35. That guitar and other "Bob"
eccentricities were covered.
From 'All Across the Telegraph; A Bob Dylan Handbook':
1970s : Bob Dylan's Favourite Guitars
Most Dylan watchers were surprised when, in the middle of the 1976 Fort
Collins Colorado concert, as seen in the Hard Rain TV film, Dylan strapped
on an outrageous white guitar and played a slide riff for 'Shelter From The
Storm'. For Dylan to play slide guitar in concert was unheard of - and where
on earth did he get that guitar anyway?
It was sold to him in the spring of 1976 - Don Vargas, of Woodland Hills,
California. The guitar is a National, made in the early 50s. Vargas sold
Dylan three Nationals,, the other 2 being a lap-slide and a jazz model.
The whire one is a Glenwood 98 model, and it seems likely that it was its
looks which attracted Dylan. Norman Harris, a specialist dealer in rare
guitars in Reseda, California, from whom Dylan has bought many of his
favourite instruments, once commented in Guitar Player Magazine : 'Dylan
has a lot of strange things - though he's not really into guitars - just
because of what they look like.'
Dylan carried the white National Glenwood 98 with him throughout his 1978
world tour, but although it was sometimes brought onstage, it seems never to
have been played in concert since that 1976 Rolling Thunder tour.
He can be seen playing it on the back sleeve photograph of the Hard Rain LP.
More prominently, he is pictured posing proudly with the guitar backstage at
Madison Square Garden, 29 Sept 1978.
Hope that helps!
i think there was a white one of dylan's hanging in the Hard Rock Cafe
in DC maybe 10 years ago - some one maybe.