The Story of the Bo Diddley "Jupiter Thunderbird, Cadillac &
Cigar Box Guitars."
If someone or somebody knows something I don't
please contact me ASAP so that I might make any corrections.
Sometime back in the 60's or early 70's, I don't have an exact date or
even a point of reference. Elias McDaniel AKA Bo Diddley who was a real innovator, decided to design himself some cool,
distinctive looking, futuristic guitars.
He felt that playing the same guitar that everyone else played was
counterproductive to his career. As a former band manager & concert
promoter I concur whole heartedly with what Bo was thinking.
Bo approached a guitar builder in White Plains, New York, known only as
Giulliano (Pronounced Juliano) . Bo knew him from when he was the
production manager of Gretsch Guitars 60 Broadway NYC NY.
Giulliano constructed the three now famous guitars & Bo named them after
automobiles that he liked. These were never Gretsch guitars, These were custom
made creations that employed the use of Gretsch necks. Bo was seen using
the Jupiter Thunderbird, quite a bit however the Cadillac he used more in the
Bo's Girlfriend "The Duchess" used the Cadillac quite often and it became
synonymous with her.
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