Dating a fender bass guitar circular reasoning of carbon dating
Thanks to one of our readers (thanks Wes) the guitar’s history before it came into Gary’s hands is now known.It previously belonged to Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower, who appeared with the Les Paul on numerous occasions until 1970.However, if you look at the footage from the Beat Club (link available in the first paragraph, skip to minute mark) you can see that there’s a rather large gap left around the P90 pickup that is now present on Gary’s guitar, which clearly shows that there was indeed a humbucker once in it’s place.
Gary used this guitar as his main in the early years, and almost exclusively until the late 70s.
Gary modified this guitar by replacing original neck pickup with a white Di Marzio Super Distortion pickup, while the rest seems to be pretty much all stock.
Gary was first seen using this guitar during the Thin Lizzy 1979 Black Rose Tour.
As can be seen on the photo above – the knobs, the trapeze tailpiece, and the color of the guitar all perfectly match Gary’s guitar.
The only difference is the humbucker pickup in the bridge position, which is missing from Gary’s guitar.