played music in clubs in the Washington D.C. area. He could go from Country Tele licks to Jazz to Blues to slide guitar during the same song.
He was in Roger Miller’s back-up band. He also jammed with reknown steel player, Buddy Emmons.
Gatton was appreciated and envied. He appeared on-stage with some of these artists.
Buchanan and Gatton were frequent jamming partners. Both were Tele-masters, both underappreciated by the public and unfortunately both met an untimely end.
|Note the metal plate on the body|
Gatton idolized Les Paul and originally used the Dingus on a 3 pickup Les Paul guitar to control reverb, tremolo, a phase shifter and an Echoplex. I’m going to guess the Magic Dingus was Gatton’s version of The Paulveriser.
Echoplex or a Chandler digital echo unit.
‘50’s Twin amps, a blackface Super Reverb and three modified Fender Vibrolux amps.
|Custom Shop Tele/Slide with Bottle|
The guitar, which was numbered DG00001, featured early-model Joe Barden pickups, a .05 capacitor so Gatton could create wah effects. Stevens had applied a beautiful butterscotch finish to the instrument. But Gatton’s brother redid the finish by applying Ditzler Sunshine yellow over a gold base to recreate the look of Gatton’s ES-295.
On October 4, 1994, Gatton went to his garage, where he restored his cars. He locked the door and shot himself with a gun. He left no explanation.