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Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2019-01-08
April Wine Frontman Reunites With Guitar 46 Years Later

Fifty years ago, Myles Goodwyn was a broke musician with big dreams when he saw a Gibson Melody Maker gleaming in Inverness, N.S.

He traded his old guitar for this new one. He modified it, added his name to the guitar head and promptly recorded monster hits for April Wine.

He used the Gibson on 1971's April Wine and 1972's On Record. Songs like You Could Have Been a Lady and Bad Side of the Moon made the Nova Scotia band one of the biggest in the world.

"I only had one guitar — this was my main guitar," he says.

But a truck carrying the band's gear crashed in Montreal. Goodwyn was told his Gibson suffered a broken neck. He wasn't able to see the remains.

But Goodwyn never forgot the Gibson Melody Maker that launched his career. He posted about the guitar online once in a while, hoping it had survived the crash.

Last year, he moved back home to Nova Scotia. A few months later, he got a cryptic note.

"The day before Christmas I got a message on Facebook saying, 'I know where your guitar is, your Melody Maker.' "

"I know," Goodywn replied. "In heaven!"

" 'No. It's in Victoria, B.C.' "

Goodwyn bought his guitar back and just a few days ago, it arrived safely at his home outside Halifax. He plugged it in and played right away — everything sounded just as it should.

The Gibson has a few scuffs and sweat marks, but they're all his. He sees no sign anyone played it for four decades. He's had a hard time taking his hands off it since it came back.

Goodwyn is the last original member of April Wine, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.


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