Guitar Gallery

19: The Chris Hammond “Butterfly” guitar (1995)

The guitar that prompted the PRS letter.

Constructed from a single piece of Honduras mahogany, it had striped ebony fret board and butterfly inlays in mother of pearl. Pickups were Seymour Duncan “Pearly Gates” at the bridge and a “The Jazz” in the neck position, supplied by the customer.

Not long after this guitar was constructed, I received a very important looking letter addressed to “The President, Richards Guitars” from Paul Reed Smith and signed by Mr Smith himself. It seems he was concerned that I may have been encroaching on some of his registered designs and requested that I not indulge in unfair competition!

Of course, I wrote back reassuring him that that was not at all my intention and heard nothing further on the matter. The letter is now framed and hangs on the wall of my office.

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