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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:49 PM

Peter Frampton's Dream Guitar (of Frampton Comes Alive fame) , Recovered 32 Years Later

The story begins in 1970, when Frampton and his old band Humble Pie scored a gig playing two sets a night at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Frampton says the first night was a rough go: The guitar he was using fed back at loud volumes and made soloing a chore. After the show, an audience member approached him and offered to help.

"He said, 'Well, look, I have a Les Paul that I've sort of modified myself a little. Would you like to try it tomorrow?'" Frampton tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "I said, 'Well, I've never really had much luck with Les Pauls, but you know what? At this point, I'll try anything.'"

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That guitar a shiny black number with an added pickup became Frampton's signature instrument. He continued to use it with Humble Pie, and in his solo material, played it almost exclusively for years. It even made the cover of his classic 1976 live album, Frampton Comes Alive!

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In 1980, while Frampton was on tour in South America, the guitar was put on a cargo plane in Venezuela, en route to Panama. The plane crashed right after takeoff.

"Basically I'm thinking, 'It's gone,'" Frampton recalls. "But the thing is, I'm also sitting in a restaurant where I can see the pilot's wife. She's waiting in the hotel for her husband, who, unfortunately, didn't make it. So we were all overcome, because people lost their lives as well as our complete stage of gear."

What Frampton didn't know is that the guitar had survived....

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/07/144799712/framptons-dream-guitar-recovered-decades-later
Or Listen: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=144799712&m=144840341

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Reply Peter Frampton's Dream Guitar (of Frampton Comes Alive fame) , Recovered 32 Years Later (Original post)
progressoid Jan 2012 OP
progressoid Jan 2012 #1
freshwest Jan 2012 #3
jonthebru Jan 2012 #4
GETPLANING Jan 2012 #2
90-percent Jan 2012 #5
CottonBear Jan 2012 #6
The Midway Rebel Jan 2012 #7
MGKrebs Jan 2012 #10
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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 11:22 PM

1. Peter and the guitar in action...

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Response to progressoid (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:51 AM

3. Aww, thanks I loved that song! Great days.

Got 'Frampton Comes Alive' with a gift card. Feels wonderful listening to him again after all these years.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:07 AM

4. I had hair like that at one time

But I could never sing a play guitar like that. I was a DJ during the time "Frampton Comes Alive" was a current album. (We played records then.) What an amazing record that was. Happy to see he got his guitar back.

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Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:13 AM

2. Thanks for that

What a great way to start the year. Hearing this music takes me back to days of pool halls, pitchers of beer, and a certain girl from Tyler, TX who had a 1973 Plymouth Fury with a back seat the size of a living room.

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Sun Jan 8, 2012, 08:54 AM

5. FCA

I'm pretty sure I was at the Long Island Arena portion of this album. Frampton opened for Alvin Lee and Ten Years After.

Frank Zappa wrote "I have been in you" as a response to Frampton's "I'm in you."

-90% Jimmy

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Sun Jan 8, 2012, 10:00 AM

6. What an amazing story! Peter looks so vey happy.

He's cradling that guitar like a baby!

My boyfriend, who's a bass player, has had his beloved Fender Precision bass stolen twice (from practice spaces) and has recovered it both times (by complete luck and kismit and karma, I'm sure!). So. I know, first hand, what it is like for a musician to find their special instrument after they thought it was gone forever.

I'm a child of the 1970s. I had the Frampton Comes Alive album. As a teenaged girl, I had a HUGE crush on Peter Frampton.
This DU posting brought a smile to my face on this rainy January morning.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:48 PM

7. As a gutarist, I know firsthand...

what it is like to lose a prized instrument. I am still looking for my '67 Gretsch Nashville serial number 47151.

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Response to The Midway Rebel (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 06:08 PM

10. Ouch!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 12:13 AM

8. So basically it was stolen.

Why wouldn't the things in the cargo hold have found it's way back to the owners that survived the crash?

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Mon Jan 9, 2012, 05:39 PM

9. Maybe Gatemouth's Firebird will show up someday.

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