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Finding Charlie Christian’s Guitar: Lynn Wheelwright Interview

Charlie Christian’s ES-250. Click twice to supersize photo.

In 2002, Lynn Wheelwright was flipping through an issue of Vintage Guitar magazine, hoping to improve his database of descriptions and catalog numbers. He chanced upon an ad for a Gibson ES-250 archtop. For collectors and researchers of early electric guitars, this is a highly desirable model, since Gibson only manufactured them between 1938 and 1940. Gibson had published a catalog photo of the great Charlie Christian playing one with a natural finish. An astute researcher, Lynn quickly realized that the advertised guitar was none other than Charlie Christian’s actual guitar. It is, in fact, the only guitar that’s ever been proven to be directly connected to Charlie Christian. Continue reading