1978 Hamer Check Explorer
At the top of the neck, the tuning board is cracked all the way down across the keys. This was just some of the damage suffered when many of Rick's guitars were almost destroyed (among everything else up on the stage) when a tragic stage collapse occurred at the Ottawa Blues Fest in 2011 while the band was playing. There is YouTube video of this happening if you search for it. Several people were injured, but there were no deaths.
Rick NielsonCheap TrickDavid Watts PhotographyGlen Ellyn PhotographerRicks PicksBurpee Natural History MuseumRockford Illinois