Jeff Buckley’s 1967 Guild F-50
Jeff used this guitar quite often live for the acoustic bits, most notably during the Live in Chicago concert in 1995. During that gig, the guitar had black tape covering the soundhole, which is basically a cheap way and an alternative to using soundhole covers that serve the purpose of preventing feedback.
The guitar was also most likely used on the studio recording of Lover, You Should’ve Come Over, although that’s just a guess.
As far as how Buckley acquired the guitar in the first place, the recent issue of Guitar World Magazine (June 2016), notes that Steve Addabbo borrowed his own 1967 Guild F-50 to Jeff in 1993. According to the article, the two met at the Shelter Island Sound Studios in New York in February 1993 and recorded a few songs that became available to the public with the release of the compilation album ‘You and I’, released on March 11, 2016.
It is not known for sure whether the guitar Jeff used in his career is the same one that Steve let him use during those early sessions, but the chance is obviously pretty high.
Jeff’s Guild F-50 features a solid Sitka spruce top finished in a dark burst which was very faded at that point, and figured maple back and sides. It is a jumbo-sized guitar, meaning that it is more suited for strumming – when compared to Jeff’s other acoustic, the Gibson L-1, which is more of a finger-picker.
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