The Barney Kessel Custom was the most expensive guitar featured in the 1966 Selmer guitar catalog (at 310gns.), however it was not the only (or the most expensive) 'artist' electric acoustic in production by Gibson at the time; there were a number of other very fine models such as the Johnny Smith, Trini Lopez and Tal Farlow.
The Barney Kessel Regular was very similar to the Custom, only with nickel, rather than gold plated hardware. It also had a mahogany rather than five-piece maple neck.
A Gibson guitar designed by the great jazz guitarist himself with musical capability to match his tremendous technique and vital inventive playing. It offers the purest tone over the entire range with a special magnetic field in the bridge pick-up to emphasise the highs
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