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Becon wrote at 2006-08-15 18:39:05
Bob had played on many guitars, in early career he played on Fender Stratocaster which we can see on a stir it up video clip, in late career he used Les Paul with a little modfications. Bob Marley also played on many acoustic guitars like Hohner

SteppinRazor wrote at 2007-03-26 00:27:22
Marley often used either an Adamas or Ovation acoustic guitar for recording and live.

Jack Grimes wrote at 2008-02-11 22:08:44
I know it's almost two years later but I found this...

guitar guy wrote at 2010-07-07 03:41:27
they are made by the guitar company Ovation. i am pretty sure that it is still in production, but is upwards of 4,000$.  here is teh link:

Axemaster wrote at 2011-04-25 16:41:23
Bob played a Gibson Les Paul JR Special, this guitar in particular has P100s which are a stacked Pickup.  So Basically a P90 in Humbucker form.  I have one, and I love it to death.  I used to hate it when i was younger and into crappy tones, and metal distortion, but this is one of the best deal gibsons you can find on ebay for the sound.  

Mike wrote at 2011-05-16 16:24:28
He used an Ovation accoustic but I am not sure what model.

stuartguitarworx wrote at 2013-01-02 12:10:13
In the early days with Island Records,Marley played an early 70's strat which got stolen off their tour bus.He's next guitar then was the early 70's Gibson Les Paul Special we all know,i think it was brown,some say red but i have a '73 SG Custom the same colour.Gibson put out this great colour at that time also John McLaughlin had a similar colour Les Paul from around this time period,(I saw in 70's Guitar Player mag).

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I can answer a broad range of questions on reggae music, its history, and the religious and social factors that have influenced its development in Jamaica and elsewhere. I also have a similarly broad knowledge base for old school Punk Rock (circa 1976-1982).


A performing musician for 20 years, I have traveled extensively in Jamaica and England as well as the USA, always with an eye and an ear for music.

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American Academy of Poetry Award (1984)

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