'67 Telecaster Given to Mary Kay by Jone Johnson
(Corona del Mar)
I have a 67 tele white blond w/maple neck. All original. Some dings. But the catch is when I bought this guitar in 71-73 at Sightsinger in Ca. I was told it was owned by Mary Kaye,of the Mary Kaye Trio. At that time I shrugged my shoulders and gave a blank stare with a SO on my face. I paid $163.00 dollars after haggling, and a phone call. I think it was to Mary, she had to give the OK.
My friends that played professional after playing this tele they would always offer to buy it. After many years of playing, I was changing the strings out. I had decided to remove the pick guard to see the true color. It was white. But the biggest surprise was the broken pick with the name Mary Kaye. The internet was just happening with more info. So my quest began. I was able to speak to a few of Mary's relatives by phone or email. They were in Vegas at the time when this quest began. I was told a lot about a that tele, and if it became public it would be in conflict with the MK Strat that is out on a limited run.
I found an article with a band Mary tried to run with and it mentioned a tele that a member gave to her. I am still trying to find that person. Here is the article:
Quote from the story: "From '69 to '71 I worked with Dave Sullivan on guitar, Paul Delacato on guitar, and Larry Ahuna on guitar and vocals. I played with Jimmy Caravan on keyboards, and Jone Johnson - who gave me the Telecaster - on drums, from '71 to '73."
So I am looking for a Jone Johnson if they are still around.
This the best pic of the pick and it is reversed. But you can make it out. Well maybe. Even talked to Ed Roman of Las Vegas about it. He said on the phone he was aware of this guitar. So something is up.
Can you help me in this maze. I am not looking to sell or anything just verify.
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