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Gibson Firebird III 1964 Eddie Willis Motown Guitar #154487 (Used)

1964 Gibson Firebird III owned and played by Motown session guitarist Eddie “Chank” Willis - the sound of the Motor City heard on "Shotgun," "Bernadette," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," and more - truly a one-of-a-kind piece of history!

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This is a one-of-a-kind piece of history. This 1964 Gibson Firebird III was owned and played by Motown session guitarist Eddie “Chank” Willis. He used this guitar to cut tracks for “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow,” “Second That Emotion,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Jimmy Mack,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and so many others.

The Legacy of Eddie “Chank” Willis

When you start researching the musicians that helped cement Motown’s legacy, you see a lot of the same names over and over again. This collection of session musicians acting as Motown’s in-house band would become known as the Funk Brothers. This illustrious group of players included the likes of James Jamerson, Joe Messina, Robert White, Dennis Coffey and Eddie Willis.

Born in Grenada, Mississippi in 1936, Eddie learned to play guitar in the styles of Chet