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Johnny Winter Black Erlewine Lazer Guitar

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Johnny Winter's Custom Black Erlewine Lazer. This guitar was played live by Johnny and was on the song "Illustrated Man" on his album Let Me In.

Features neck-through-body construction, neck and body are both crafted from Honduras mahogany. The fingerboard is rosewood. Weighing under 6 pounds and measuring 31" long, this guitar is small with a big sound. Features a full-sized, 25 1/2" 24 fret neck and a humbucker. String-clamp at the end of the neck and multi-purpose Wineomatic bridge and tuning system, both with heavy-duty, industrial-strength chrome plating. Unlike other guitars without headstocks, regular guitar strings can be used on this Lazer.

As Winter himself said, the Lazer is the "closest thing I've found to sounding like a Strat and feeling like a Gibson." Winter often played Lazers and arguably made this kind of guitar as well known as it is. This guitar is lively and resonant, despite its small size. The sound of the bass strings is punchy and tight, almost like a 6-string baritone guitar.

Johnny Winter was a blues guitarist and musician well known for his covers of songs by the likes of Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan, as well as for his own work. He is on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. Winter came to the forefront of the electric blues scene in 1969 with the release of his major-label debut, Johnny Winter.

Dan Erlewine met Johnny Winter in the late 1970s when he went backstage after a show and brought Winter one of his Chiquita guitars. Winter liked it and bought it from Erlewine. A few years later, Erlewine had designed a black Lazer and after another show, brought back the guitar to Johnny. He bought that one as well.

Bullseye Management representing the Johnny Winter Estate.


Good condition.

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Johnny Winter Black Erlewine Lazer Guitar

Estimate $90,000 - $100,000Dec 2, 2017
65 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
United States
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