From the archives.
Stevens Slant basses are featured in Jim Roberts’ comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars: American Basses: An Illustrated History and Player’s Guide to the Bass Guitar.
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“A lot of Danny buzz going around so I thought this appropriate. Typical of Danny, he was tinkering with his LJ when he left us. Pictures unassembled are from George Gruhn’s shop where it was for sale for a really short time. The others are after I gave it a facelift for the new owner. Danny had Les Paul’s signature on one guitar and Willie Nelson’s on another, and he insisted I sign this one.” -MS.
This LJ (#30) was given to Danny by Fender and Michael Stevens and signed by Michael (under the top coat) before leaving the Custom Shop. As Danny was the consumate tinkerer it went through some changes. When Joe Barden got his double blade humbucking pickups finished they were added and Danny changed out a few other parts. After his death it ended up for sale at Gruhn’s in disrepair. It sold quickly and was cobbled back together and finally sent to Michael to upgrade it with current style parts, but otherwise still able to be returned to stock the way he received it if desired.
The folks at Video Culture, Inc. are working on a film about Danny Gatton. Danny has been called “The World’s Greatest Unknown Guitarist” because he never got the recognition he deserved in his short life.