Switch of SG guitar to blue PRS (Mercedes)

And what happened to Leslie Paul SG? While living in Brazil in 1996, I suddenly received an email from Aaron, a man who I had met there in 1976, when he was but seventeen years old and to whom I had taught the rudiments of slide guitar, although I had forgotten the occasion. He was now working for a travel agent and because he spoke English well, would head guided tour buses of Brazilians visiting the States -- most often to Memphis, Tennessee, where the groups would visit Graceland, Beale Street and other places of musical interest.

Whilst on one of the tours, he stopped by a vintage guitar shop and played some slide guitar, catching the interest of the shop owner, Ron Norwood, who asked, "Where did you learn to play slide guitar like that?" Aaron told him "20 years ago from Jeremy Spencer"!

This flipped out Ron, who asked Aaron if he was still in touch with me, because through my 60's recordings, he had become an Elmore James fan.

Aaron said he hadn't, but would look into it. He eventually found out that I was living in Brazil and we renewed contact. To cut a long story short, Ron offered to swap a PRS guitar (according to my specifications, and which he found at a Chicago guitar fair) for my Leslie Paul SG, who he put in his Rock and Soul museum.

The PRS guitar (which I have since named Mercedes) turned out to be perfect for my need at the time, as I had been interested in finding a guitar that could span the bridge between a Strat and a Gibson. I had sworn never to buy a Les Paul standard, and had never really liked Leslie SG's shape (something about her horns), but I found Mercedes aesthetically pleasing in shape along with the variety of tones coaxed from her five-way switches!


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