Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys turned an old ballad called “Darling Nelly Gray” into the country sensation “Faded Love.” Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price each had top-ten singles with it, and countless others have recorded it. Here, Dix Bruce goes back to the tune’s instrumental roots with a set of variations played on a 1974 S. L. Mossman Flint Hills Special, one of 27 instruments offered in the Acoustic Guitar Auction that begins May 13, 2021.
This is number 857 of about 7,500 S. L. Mossman guitars, built in 1974, one year before a factory fire destroyed Mossman's stock of Brazilian rosewood. The Flint Hills Special was the second of four models, all dreadnoughts, offered in the original Mossman line-up. It retailed for about $450 when purchased new. It has the powerful distinctive Mossman sound and response and represents a unique chapter in American lutherie.