Joaquin Murphys last guitar, S-9, 4&3, and this is the guitar Joaquin used for his last recording.
Back in 1995 Joaquin wanted to play again and Mike Johnstone, who was working with him, contacted me to get a guitar built to his specs.
9 strings evenly spaced 3/8 apart changer to nut, fret markers on the frets, volume and tone controls (he didnt use a volume pedal), pedals for both feet including 3 knee levers and a very particular guitar sound.
Danny Shields wound a Bigsby copy 9 string pickup.
Because the tone of the guitar was so important to Joaquin, the neck is not separate from the top plate of the body, they are machined from the same piece of maple.
The end plates are not cast or welded (welds add stress which can damp the vibrations), theyre machined from 6061-T6 billet, as are the changer and keyhead, which also extend and are bolted into the end plates.
The idea was to build the guitar as a solid unit.
The fingers in the changer are
Sho-Bud birdcage fingers.
Im selling this guitar for $7500. The guitar is at Steel Guitars of North Country.
Please contact Jim Palenscar:
Steel Guitars of North County
3375 Mission Ave. Suite D
Oceanside, California 92058
Hours: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM