07-28-1986 by TOM KECKLER. (see neck pocket)

This guitar was built for Steve Snedegar from Jeff Stevens and the Bullets (see case , there is a video of him playing this guitar if you google the band)

Possibly some of the best guitars ever built were built in the 1980’s in Memphis, TN by the Strings and Things Custom Workshop. Their story is below.

But first, the ORIGINAL St. Blues guitar for sale here is a:


SN: 05565

Custom ordered with an EMG pickup assembly.

NOTE: All S&T bodies are made of the highest quality SWAMP ASH and necks are HARD ROCK MAPLE.

This guitar features a ROSEWOOD (traditional 1960’s) fretboard and Kluson tuners.

The finish on this guitar is their "Trans Cherry” with great wood grain showing through and features the famous “St. Blues binding” with a white pickguard.

This guitar is in GOOD++  operational and mechanical condition. Cosmetically it has been passed around and shows it in its nicks, dings, scratches, etc.... It is “naturally reliced”.  

Comes with original case.


S&T Custom Workshop Guitars, a/k/a

St. Blues Guitars

Their history:

The roots of Saint Blues started growing in the late 1960's, when Led Zeppelin's tour brought them to Memphis. Jimmy Page walked into Mike Ladd's guitar shop, known for some of the best customization work in the country, and asked Mike Ladd and Tom Keckler to overhaul one of his guitars. When Page saw Keckler's work he asked if Tom would refurbish all of his instruments. Many other entertainers followed over the years. The shop, located across the street from Graceland, ended up building a special guitar for Elvis that was a birthday present from his dad. This one-of-a-kind guitar can be seen being played by Elvis in his "Elvis, Live in Hawaii" video. Keckler moved his repair and custom shop to Strings & Things, the legendary Memphis music store founded by Charles Lawing. In 1978, Tom left Memphis to hook up with Tom Anderson and David Schecter to launch Schecter Guitar Research in Van Nuys. In 1983 he moved back to Memphis and rejoined Charlie to build custom guitars for Strings and Things. These first generation guitars were called S & T Custom Workshop Guitars ­ and dealers were wild for the guitars but not for the name. The name was changed to Saint Blues and the brand was born. The first original prototype design for Saint Blues was the Bluesmaster. It’s unique shape, vintage appearance and playability created a lot of interest from players and led to its first production in 1985. The list of people who played that Bluesmaster is impressive, and includes Bono on the Rattle and Hum album, Elliot Easton of the Cars, Eric Clapton, Marshall Crenshaw, Joe Walsh, Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto), Billy Squire, Martin Briley, Elvin Bishop, Joe Walsh and Glenn Grey of the Eagles, Dave Edmunds, Albert King, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many more. While the guitars were a critical success, the business was continually hampered by lack of capital. By 1989, with the dollar at an historic low against the Yen, Saint Blues was priced out of the market. Without the capital to keep going, they stopped production later that year. Interest in the line has never wavered, with sales of vintage St. Blues models on eBay going for record prices.

1983 called S & T Custom Workshop Guitars

1983/84 name changed to St. Blues

1985 Bluesmaster introduced.

1989 Closed. 2500 Guitars built.

PRESENT: Guitars now being built in Memphis again.

Listed4 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • BluesKing III
  • Trans Cherry
  • 1986
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  • United States

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