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 classes 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 take into account Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde as “rock’s first nice double album” and two songs from the classes are included on Rolling Stone Magazine’s prestigious “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

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

The 1966 masterpiece achieved double-platinum standing, and resulting from its mixture of grand, driving music and poetic lyrics with a modernist literary slant, Blonde on Blonde is usually cited as one of many biggest – and most necessary – albums within the historical past of widespread music.

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

It encompasses a mixture of the sunburst end with unique pearloid guard and amplifier-style knobs. Only a handful of those particular devices had been ever produced as a result of decide guard being shortly modified to the frequent 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 contains the unique black tolex case with a inexperienced paint stencil throughout the highest studying “Property of Ashes & Sand Inc.” – which is the identify of Dylan’s unique touring firm.

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

Carver labored carefully with Leo Fender and labored in gross sales, product growth and public relations. The letter reads, partially, “Due to my data of musicians and studios within the Northeast, I used to be Fender’s first alternative for supplying artists … I've inspected the 1965 Fender Electric XII … serial no L72261, and may verify (Due to the distinctive wooden grain figuring on the finish of 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 classes 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 classes, accompanies the guitar.

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