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In addition to the 68 Special with Elvis Al also played on the soundtrack sessions at Western Recorders in 1968 that originally yielded Elvis' recently remastered hit "A Little Less Conversation".Years after the 68 TV Special Al sold the guitar for an undisclosed amount and it is now said to be owned by a casino corporation out of Illinois.Earlier this year I decided to disassemble it again and repair the pickup routs that had been cut up to accommodate the humbuckers.I decided to have it refinished, ala Elvis red, since the modifications had already ruined the vintage value of the guitar.
The guitar in fact belonged to Al Casey, who was one of the session players on that show.
He played on countless sessions with the likes of Dean Martin, Frank and Nancy Sinatra.
He played on "Mac Arthur Park," Sinatra's recording of "That's Life," and even on the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds".
I had been looking for one of these since before I added the original page years ago about the one Elvis used in 1968. Unfortunately someone had previously installed Humbuckers on it and cut up the pickup holes to fit them.
They weren't asking a whole lot of money for the guitar as it was so I decided to buy it and take my chances locating appropriate parts for it.
Playing since the mid 1950s he wrote Duane Eddy's hit "Ramrod".