Leo Kottke: Tilt Billings and the Student Prince


The Student Prince being a guitar, of course. This slidefest is from Leo’s 1974 LP Ice Water.


One Reply to “Leo Kottke: Tilt Billings and the Student Prince”

  1. Fab. I hadn’t heard of a Student Prince guitar, but I looked it up and it turns out to be a Vox; a stylish maker of guitars and amps from the 60s.

    1960s guitars were often works of art, particularly those from Vox, Gretsch, Rickenbacker and Burns.

    I watched one of those “Made In Britain” TV progs the other day – it featured a British guitar maker called Atkins. They make acoustic guitars that replicate old patterns and use old materials. The founder of the company is a fan of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash; all of that US late-60s acoustic stuff. He said that those artists used guitars that were made before WW2 and that these guitars had a much different sound than anything more modern. Enthusiasts now pay five-figure sums for original examples of these guitars. The Atkins replicas cost £2,000 or more.

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