Jazz legend Tal Farlow was unquestionably a pioneer of the fretboard (jump back to watch his take on “Misty” here), but it turns out he was also a visionary in terms of guitar design and modification. A new Guitar Aficionado profile takes a look at seven of Farlow’s instruments and their unique twists, including an otherworldly 1951 Gibson ES-140:
(The guitar has) been almost entirely painted bright red, including the fretboard, headstock overlay, pickguard, and single P-90 pickup cover. Farlow asked Gibson for this bizarre paint job when the Red Norvo Trio was hired to back up singer Mel Tormé on his new CBS TV show, which was the first to ever be broadcast in color.
See the piece and read much more at GA.