The guitar seen here was one of several, including a 7-string, built by Tom Holmes specifically for Lenny Breau. Tom Holmes had been chief repairman at George Gruhn’s shop in Nashville and was building THC – ‘Tom Holmes Company’ custom instruments and were sold through the Ax-In-Hand guitar shop in Dekalb, Illinois. Part of the reason for building these guitars was to showcase a pickup design by Holmes, which featured three coils. Later, Holmes developed what is arguably one of the best ‘PAF’ re-creations and these are still available directly from THC.
Many of the unusually shaped and high quality instruments from the 1970′s to early 1980′s played by Billy Gibbons, Bo Diddley and others came from Tom Holmes.
In addition to these custom instruments, THC did offer a ‘standard’ DC or Double Cut design, and this is what this original THC Lenny Breau model is based on. The THC DC model was given a single THC pickup at the neck, and the fingerboard is a full two inch classical width, with 650mm or 25.6 inch scale length, based on Lenny Breau’s specifications. A Leo Quann Baddass bridge and Grover Roto-Matic tuners, and a single volume and tone control complete the hardware.
In keeping with the values of the time where weight leads to sustain and clarity, the ash and maple used for the body and neck are dense and heavy.
This guitar was used by Lenny Breau on many performances and recordings, and appears in the Tal Farlow video sections in the linked post on our site. Note that this video contains much preliminary footage that wasn’t used in the final version of the Tal Farlow movie.
Offers for this historic instrument are being considered by the owner’s family through the Twelfth Fret. If you have an interest, please use the contact form below and we will gladly convey it to them.
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