Rare Guitars: Brian Ray’s Happy Days ’58 Gibson TV Junior

This gorgeous single-pickup guitar made an appearance on the TV show, Happy Days.

Brian Ray Happy Days TV Junior hero

This is another gem from Brian Ray’s fantastic guitar collection. It is one part of a pair of his Gibsons that made an appearance on the popular television show, Happy Days. The other, a ’65 SG Junior in Pelham Blue, is no less beautiful. If you’re noticing a trend, it’s certainly true that the Paul McCartney guitarist has a penchant for single pickup guitars.

In fact, he’d go so far as to say: “I find that for me, there is no better, cleaner, simpler design in electric guitar than a single-pickup guitar with the pickup in the bridge position”. He shares that in the case of Gibsons with without a neck pup, you get a longer neck-to body contact, resulting in a lot more play in terms of resonance, from the fingerboard down into the body.

Check out this ’58 Gibson TV Junior:

Also check out Brian Ray’s weirdly wonderful Teisco Spectrum 5 here.


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