George Gobel was known for wearing his hair in a crew cut.
Army Air Force and served as a flight instructor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later in his career, he would joke that none of them enemy ever made it through to Tulsa.
Spooky Ol’ Alice. He referred to himself as Lonesome George. He had several catch phrases that brought laughs, such as "Well I'll be a dirty bird" and "You can't hardly get those any more." Gobel was featured in several movies.
Gibson L-5CT George Gobel Model. The prototype of the guitar was presented to George by fellow comedian Tennessee Ernie Ford on Gobel’s TV show.
The fact the guitar is a double cutaway is factored in to the 335 designation. Another little known fact is the numerals at one time indicated the instruments price. A Gibson ES-335T, sold for $335. A Gibson ES-175, sold for $175. Those were the days!
|From Guitar Center $25,000|
This is it, the "one-off" custom-built especially for Gobel by Gibson, with Serial Number 27318, which the Gibson archive dates to March 20, 1958 and hand-notes "Lonesome George Gobel Spec." The Gibson label inside this guitar notes the serial number and "L5 C- Special" as model.
Gobel's L-5C "Special" has a 17 inch wide body, weighs just 4.90 lbs and has a nut width of 1 11/16 inches.
The pickguard is feaux tortoiseshell with a five ply binding. The saddle is made of rosewood and compensated. The guitar's distal end features a distinctive L-5 trapeze tailpiece. All the hardware is gold-plated. The factory number on the orange label is A 27318.
Despite the shallow depth, the guitar has a remarkable tone.