I received these pictures from Ronnie’s sister Joyce. It was such a surprise that the guitar is still with us and in the hands of Ronnie’s family. I am very thankful to Joyce, that I am able to publish these pictures. (click on the thumbnails)
Ronnie’s guitar as can be seen on the pictures is peculiar mix of what seems to be a 16inch ES-150 with appointments from the illustrious ES-250.It is hard to say whether this was custom made for him or another customer.
These details might be forever lost, but the guitar is the most unique one I have ever seen, being a custom ES-150. Maybe this article can also provide some enlightenment about this instrument for guitar historians and collectors. As I said earlier the guitar is still in family possession and is not available for sale.
On one of the pictures we can see the outline of an EH-185 amplifier, of course we do not know what he used later, but to me it sounds like this classic combination of ES-150/EH-150 or EH-185, which is well know from recordings of Charlie Christian, Jimmy Raney, Rene Thomas and Jimmy Gourley