Jeff Buckley’s Series 10 Professional “Flower” Telecaster
According to a post made over at JBCommunity forums, Jeff got this guitar as a gift after a gig played in Lyon, France in October 1994, from a guy called Jean-Marc who worked at the avenue. For the full story please refer to The Story of the “Flower” Guitar.
The guitar was apparently a cheap Korean knock-off that didn’t play too well, but it attracted Jeff’s attention anyways, mostly because of the groovy flower finish on the body. He used the guitar a few times at least, most notably during a gig played at MTV London on March 3, 1995.
The Mystery Behind the Brand
Based on the photos, it is clear that the guitar that Jeff himself used had a Series 10 brand on the headstock. However, there seem to be many different versions of this guitar, perhaps not all made by the same manufacturer.
The best info that the internet has to offer about the Series 10 brand is that it was owned by a company called Bently (sometimes also labeled Bentley – with an “e”). The company operated from Korea and was supposedly owned by an American company called St. Louis Music. It’s also not exactly clear whether Series 10 was a model name or the company rebranded from Bently to Series 10 at some point.
Next to that, occasionally one can stumble upon Flower Telecasters with the brand “Saturday Night Special Professional Guitars” printed on the headstock. These seem to be identical to Series 10 models, aside from the headstock shape. This raises the possibility of the original company rebranding a number of times, or there were simply multiple companies producing the same model.
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I happen to come across one of those flower teles years ago. Still have it and love it.
I have one of these for sale now. Has been professionally set up with new strings, low action, and a nice thick padded gig bag for $300
Do you still have this guitar for sale?
No, sold it a month ago. I have a different one now for sale. A Memphis Les Paul in mint condition with original hard case. Asking $600, and won’t take less than $500 for it
Would love one of these. Looks so cool.
I have one of these. I love it. It plays awesome. I think its a warmouth neck. I had a hummer put in the middle . Use it all the time. Is there somewhere on these guitars that has an identifying mark.? I am trying to att. a pic send a pic if that would help.
If you ever want to sell it, please let me know!
Hi Gordon. Is there a way to carry on this conversation in private instead of a public forum?
this is fine
Ok. Can you take 500 dollars?
Thanks I actually love this axe it is sweet. It is featured in my video Follow You and it would take a ridiculous offer to get me to sell. I was just wondering about a little more info on it.
I have an earlier version that’s blue with tropical fruit. Awesome Telecaster with a great neck and after upgrading the pots, I could ask for more. This model is very hard to find these days!
Just found one at a local music store. Clean, and plays great!