The Jim Mills Banjo Showroom is over 1,000 square feet dedicated solely to Prewar Gibson Banjos and related memorabilia. Where else can you sit down, relax and enjoy 5 completely original, Prewar Flathead, 5-String Gibson Mastertones in one place at one time in peace and quiet and with a good cup of coffee?
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Bernardo Chavez Rico was born in Los Angeles in 1941, actually in East Los Angeles, home to the city’s largely Hispanic population. Eventually, as Bernie joined his dad, it became known as Bernardo’s Guitar Shop. Rico began playing guitar at an early age, as primarily a flamenco and classical guitarist. A., which he did a lot because he liked to go to down to Mexico to see the bullfights. One of these was bassist Bill Bodine, who was playing with Olivia Newton John’s band at the time. Rico set about redesigning the Seagull, giving it two cutaways and no point on the upper horn. Bernie Rico chose this name so as to distinguish these imports from the guitars being made in the U. These were excellent copies with neck-through construction. Ricos ran into legal problems right out of the gate. Since Rico was Bernie’s last name, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that B. Rich would have the right to use the name, which it did.
His father, Bernardo Mason Rico, was a guitar-maker, with a shop where he built guitars, vihuelos, requintos, bajo sextos and other instruments for the Mexican-oriented musicians in L. playing in local Latin conjuntos and mariachi orchestras. The Rico shop was originally known as the Valencian Guitar Shop in around 1947, and later as Casa Rico. Fly Like An Eagle The Seagull did well, however, players began complaining about the upper point jabbing them in the chest. Rich over the use of the Rico brand name, and the first shipment of B. Rico guitars was impounded by customs awaiting a decision.
Removed from an early 1923 Lloyd Loar Master Model F-5 Mandolin, is a Virzi Tone-Amplifier. The original owner whom I got this, obtained it from a gentleman who worked for the original Kalamazoo, Gibson Company. Although Lloyd Loar did not invent this, with Gibson having exclusive rights, Loar installed these into his signed Master Models.
The first Gibson I ever bought was a 1952 ES125 (the first guitar I ever owned was an Antares acoustic.
In 1991, I begged my mom for it after coming home the night before from a rock concert).
I can travel anywhere and I pay good prices promptly! Please call or e-mail today for an appointment to see, play or discuss the larg est selection of guaranteed original, 1930’s Prewar Gibson Conversion Banjos as well as fully original Prewar Flathead Mastertones.
I strive to keep the largest selection on hand at all times.
1920's, when Gibson's Lloyd Loar designed the first f-hole guitar, his Master Model L5.