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Thought you might find this interesting. This is an obscure chapter in the history of the Skylark lap steel that has intrigued me for a while, and there is very little good info out there on the subject:
If anyone still remains skeptical about the fact that Gibson reverted back to the original korina Skylark design, here is a great example from 1967 that proves it: witch hat knobs, pot codes, chrome plating, etc.:
I was fortunate enough to have some contact with Duchossoir himself, through a third person. Duchossoir’s current belief is that the cherry red mahogany Sklark was a limited run of about 30 guitars in 1965 only.
Great, novel, thread! I picked mine up for a great price on Reverb a few months ago. At the time, I wanted the logo for a Flying V replica project, and besides, I just wanted an authentic piece of Gibson Korina as a memento. Funny thing is, when I got it, the light shone down from the heavens, and I thought "there's no way I'm desecrating this thing by pinching the logo--this thing stays 100%!" So now I've got me a vintage Lap Steel for the collection! (and I found another logo to use...):dude:
I consider the 1966 - 1967 mini-humbucker-equipped Century (which was the very last lap steel design that Gibson ever did) to be a sort of “sister” model to the very short-lived 1965 cherry red mahogany Skylark (linked again below, only for convenience sake, since both of these videos were really intended to be viewed together as related stories):