Jimmy Vivino traded a Gibson Super 400 for this '57 Gretsch Duo Jet -- the same model and vintage as George Harrison's first Gretsch.

JV's first guitar was a Stella acoustic six-string.  The sunburst back, he said, reminded him of Ed Sullivan's curtain.  His favorite: His '59 sunburst Les Paul Standard.  Mike Bloomfield once said he thought his favorite guitar made him sound like Charlie Christian; the Les Paul is Jimmy's favorite because "I think it makes me sound like Mike Bloomfield."

Onward to Part 13