Leonards guitars

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Sanverp
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Leonards guitars

Postby Sanverp » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:26 pm

Hey,

I was wondering what guitars Leonard is playing on.
As far as I know, he's favourite is 'Godin' - nylon string, but I can be wrong.

Any idea if he also plays other guitars?

Kind regards,
Sanverp
Kind Regards,
Peter
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Re: Leonards guitars

Postby LisaLCFan » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:13 pm

Hi Sanverp,

This is from an older post about Leonard's guitars (somebody else did the research, not me):

"From 1967 (See the pictures from Newport) to 1970 tours (included IOW) : a Ramirez flamenco guitar (this one was the most difficult to identify because nothing looks more like a flamenco guitar as another flamenco guitar)

In the 1972 and 1974 tours (see the pictures in the Concert Pictures section) : a Conde Hermanos flamenco guitar

In the 1976 and 1979 tours : an Ovation Classic model (the recent models are easier to find out because each brand is now very recognizable and there are more pictures on stage)

In 1985 and 1988 : the Gibson Chet Atkins model

In 1993 to present : the Godin Multiac ACS

I am quite sure the guitars used for studio albums are corresponding to the ones used in tours."

I will add that, on Old Ideas, Leonard plays an acoustic flamenco guitar (on Crazy to Love You), which may be his Conde Hermanos.

Cheers!
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Re: Leonards guitars

Postby Sanverp » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:20 pm

Hey Lisa,

Thank you so much for your answer.
Now I finally know what guitar to buy ;)


Kind regards,
Sanverp
Kind Regards,
Peter

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