There can only be "One of Nick's tenor guitars."
Of the four guys, before 1967, Nick had more different instruments than anyone else.
That's because he beat the crap out of them.
He started out with one of the small body tenors. He converted it to an 8-string. Then, back to 4 strings. This was the guitar he played at camp.
After the small bodied one, I think he had at least 4 of the larger bodied ones.
I read a story by one of the guys in We Five, who told Frank Werber that he wanted to use a tenor on some of their songs. Werber said, "Sure ... go to some place (Maybe their office) and pick out one of Nick's old guitars. The We Five guy said there were several to choose from, and and he got one. This guy is dead... all of the guys in We Five are dead now. So, there's one more of Nick's tenors that is no longer accounted for.
What you have to remember is that some of these guitars were company assets that they depreciated on their taxes.
Shane once said that Nick was the cheapest guy he ever knew. I'm not talking out of school by telling this. It was generally known. Because of this, I doubt if he ever paid for any of his tenors. I'm sure he got the company to pay for them.
There is a tenor at the Rock Café in Hawaii. It's supposed to be one of Nick's. George Grove once wrote something about it. I think they were there, and Nick couldn't figure out if it one of his or not.
The last time I saw Nick after he came back from retirement was about a year before he retired again from the Trio. He was playing a sunburst Tenor then. It looked to be brand new. I'd like to know what happened to it.
Also, the bass player in Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit has a tenor that Nick gave him.
They're EVERYWHERE !!!!
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