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NMM 6761.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967.
Style B-25 (14-1/4").  Serial number 093248.
Ex coll.:  Bill Anderson, Nashville.  Board of Trustees, 1999.

Bill Anderson's B-25 Guitar


 Bill Anderson

"Whispering" Bill Anderson, songwriter and Grand Ole Opry star, used this B-25 flat-top to write his songs, according to a 1999 letter (click on thumbnail view below to see a larger image).

NMM 6761.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967.

Anderson's letter about his guitar

Born James William Anderson III in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1937, Anderson is known for his #1 hits: Still, Mama Sang a Song, My Life, City Lights, Tips of My Fingers, Which Bridge to Cross, and Wish You Were Here. He also wrote for other singers, and covers of his songs by Conway Twitty and Mickey Gilley topped the charts. He was elected to the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1975 and to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2001. This B-25 Gibson can be seen with him in a photograph in the liner notes of his 1998 Reprise CD, Fine Wine.



Front, Side, and Back Views


NMM 6761.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967. Bass side of guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967. Treble side of guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967. Back of guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967.


Front and Bottom Views

Front of Gibson guitar
Model number

Soundhole

The model number (B-25) can be seen through the soundhole, stamped vertically on brace.

Bridge

Bridge (above) and Bottom Rib (below)


Bottom rib


Fretboard, Peghead, and Serial Number

Fretboard
Front of peghead
Serial number

Back of peghead


Neck Heel


Neck heel


Identification Labels Attached to Case


Label on case Neck heel


Literature:  Bill Anderson, Fine Wine, Warner Brothers 46695, 1998. Compact Disc.

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