Lenny Breau with a 6120
i was watching 'the genius of lenny breau' a couple days ago and noticed some still photos of him and a 6120. i did a quick search and could only find these shots of him and his father's band, when he was 14 years old.
the documentary had better pictures and i'd like to track them down if anyone has them on file.
if my ears are right, you can hear him play the dyna-equipped hollowbody at about the 40 second mark of this vid. Link...
I have always enjoyed good guitar music and most always will stop and listen and try to learn something new from whoever is playing, but only a very few guitarists have kept me spellbound when they would play. Lenny Breau is in that very top echelon. Getting into discussions about who is the best, etc., always comes down ultimately to personal taste, but anyone who knows anything about guitar would have to appreciate the sheer genius of Lenny Breau.
In Randy Bachman's book 'Vinyl Tap Stories', he writes about going to Lenny Breau's house to get guitar tips. I'm sure he said Lenny had an orange 6120. I'd have to go back and check.
Lenny was a genius and was very much influenced in his early years by Chet Atkins. I'm pretty sure that was why he played Gretch guitars in his early career with his parents who were country players in Canada. Later in life he had the good fortune to know and become very close to Chet. Chet even stated Lenny was like a son to him. Unfortunately it seems Lenny had difficulty in coping with everyday life and everything kind of took a back seat to the guitar. One of my favorite stories of Lenny was one day he was walking down the street and tripped. Rather than breaking his fall with his hands and risking damage to them he decided to just fall flat on his face. If anyone is not familiar with Lenny Breau you have to listen to him or watch some Youtube videos. His harmonics were truly amazing.
That's some amazing guitar work for a 15-year old indeed NitroG. Lenny Breau, James Burton, Larry Collins...plenty of talented guitar-playing teenagers around in the 50's!