Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’ Fender up for public sale | The Music Universe

Personally-owned Electric XII 12-String authenticated by Fender and singer/songwriter

Bob Dylan’s personally-owned 1965 Fender Electric XII twelve-string electrical guitar, which he performed throughout periods for his seventh LP album Blonde on Blonde, might rewrite music historical past when it crosses the public sale block this Saturday, March 16th at Heritage Auctions.

Aficionados contemplate Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde as “rock’s first nice double album” and two songs from the periods are included on Rolling Stone Magazine’s prestigious “500 Greatest Songs All Time.”

“During these preliminary periods in late 1965, Dylan performed a bunch Fenders, together with a Stratocaster and a Fender Electric XII,” states Garry Shrum, Director Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “While many the guitars are acknowledged as manufacturing fashions, his Electric XII is an extremely uncommon specimen.”

The 1966 masterpiece achieved double-platinum standing, and as a consequence of its mixture grand, driving music and poetic lyrics with a modernist literary slant, Blonde on Blonde is ten cited as one the best – and most vital – albums within the historical past well-liked music.

The traditionally vital Fender (serial quantity L72261) was used through the preliminary writing and recording periods that happened in New York throughout October 1965 after Dylan’s first electrical tour. As this specific guitar was designed in 1965 with people and rock artists in thoughts, naturally the Fender Company personally gave one to Dylan.

It includes a mixture the sunburst end with authentic pearloid guard and amplifier-style knobs. Only a handful these particular devices had been ever produced as a result of decide guard being rapidly modified to the widespread tortoiseshell decide guard. Featuring a pearloid guard and amplifier-style knobs, the guitar is made with an alder physique, rosewood fingerboard, no neck stamp and consists of the unique black tolex case with a inexperienced paint stencil throughout the highest studying “Property Ashes & Sand Inc.” – which is the identify Dylan’s authentic touring firm.

This legendary guitar may be seen being held by Bob Dylan in a number of pictures from the interval, and features a signed letter authenticity Jody Carver, former Fender Liaison and worker in varied roles from 1949 by way of the mid-1970s.

Carver labored intently with Leo Fender and labored in gross sales, product growth and public relations. The letter reads, partially, “Due to my data musicians and studios within the Northeast, I used to be Fender’s first selection for supplying artists … I’ve inspected the 1965 Fender Electric XII … serial no L72261, and might verify (Due to the distinctive wooden grain figuring on the finish the fingerboard) that this was the instrument given to Bob Dylan by the Fender firm, and is the one that may be seen on the Bob Dylan periods in Columbia Studios attended on my own and my nephew Artie Martello in 1965.”

In addition to the rock-solid provenance, a signed letter from Dylan’s administration confirming that is the precise guitar he owned and used for the Blonde on Blonde periods, accompanies the guitar.

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