• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Elvis Presley’s Fender guitar is for sale. It was built in California

In 1968, the California-based Fender Musical Instrument Company built a series of six guitars that they lined up for some famous musicians. One of those six, a Fender Telecaster made entirely of rosewood from body to neck, is for sale at Reverb.com. But before you balk and wonder what makes this such a find… the instrument was built and shipped to the king of rock and roll himself – Elvis Presley. Presley used the guitar intermittently. According to seller SS Vintage of Chicago, Illinois, it “plays like butter” and lasts a very long time when played. However, according to a letter from then-Fender representative Eddie Miller, Elvis sent the guitar back to Fender, saying it was too heavy. However, you can judge for yourself whether you have the money. The Buy Now tab will set you back $295,000 on the site. It has the provenance to prove its background, including Elvis’ name scratched into the back of the guitar’s pickguard. Still, this is one of six. Two of the others – which, as far as we currently know, are not for sale – were in similarly famous hands. One went to Steve Cropper, guitarist and songwriter for the famous Stax Records crew. Cropper played with Booker T and the MG’s and wrote or co-wrote some of the label’s most celebrated songs, including Otis Redding’s posthumously released Dock of the Bay. George Harrison was the receiver of the Fender Rosewood Tele and used it during the famous rooftop concert that now concludes the Beatles documentary ‘Get Back’. The site says Elvis’ Telecaster is set to be sold soon.

In 1968, the California-based Fender Musical Instrument Company built a series of six guitars that they lined up for some famous musicians.

One of those six, a Fender Telecaster made entirely of rosewood from body to neck, is for sale on Reverb.com.

But before you balk and wonder what makes this such a find… the instrument was built and shipped to the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself – Elvis Presley.

Rosewood Telecaster

Presley used the guitar intermittently. According to seller SS Vintage of Chicago, Illinois, it “plays like butter” and lasts a very long time when played. However, according to a letter from then-Fender representative Eddie Miller, Elvis sent the guitar back to Fender, saying it was too heavy.

However, you can judge for yourself whether you have the money. The Buy Now tab will set you back $295,000 on the site. It has the provenance to prove its background, including Elvis’ name scratched into the back of the guitar’s pickguard.

Still, this is one in six. Two of the others – not for sale as far as we know – were in similarly famous hands.

One went to Steve Cropper, guitarist and writer for the famous Stax Records crew. Cropper played with Booker T and the MG’s and wrote or co-wrote some of the label’s most celebrated songs, including Otis Redding’s posthumously released Dock of the Bay.

The other Telecaster made a splash in a documentary released earlier this year. George Harrison was the receiver of the Fender Rosewood Tele and used it during the famous rooftop concert that now concludes the Beatles documentary ‘Get Back’.

The site says Elvis’ Telecaster is set to be sold soon.

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