Ronnie Montrose Memorabilia To Be Auctioned
Luthier CJ Hutchins describes Ronnie's 1997 Baker B2 "The Beast" guitar which is offered in the auction as "a very special guitar." Hutchins tells the story of how for years Montrose's sound was produced by a Gibson Les Paul that sadly was stolen off stage. Since Ronnie was more comfortable with a 25.5 scale length and a 17/8" nut width, he pretty much quit playing Gibson Les Pauls and Gene Baker made him "The Beast" to bring back the power into Ronnie's arsenal. He added that "this was the go-to guitar for a Les Paul that's more Les Paul than a Les Paul." (Estimate: $5,500-$6.500)
"Flat Top Red — If ever there was a man's alter ego, Flat Top Red was it! If I had a dollar for every time I heard the opening riff from 'Rock Candy' played on a stage somewhere in the world, well, you get the idea," said Hutchins. "The Beast was much sweeter but Flat Top Red has more throat. He used it everywhere for nearly everything. He loved it so much; in fact, he had Gene make a clone of it, only in blue which he named 'Blue Dog.'" This very special guitar offered at auction is estimated at $5,000-$5,500. more on this story
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