There are few electric guitars with such an iconic connection to The King because the Hagstrom Viking II he used to open his legendary ’68 Comeback Particular with, and now it is going up for public sale.
Elvis Presley carried out with the guitar through the opening medley of Hassle / Guitar Man and later, Blue Suede Footwear, for NBC televised efficiency that marked his return to stay music after a number of years focussing on music.
Bids are actually open on the cherry-red semi-hollow electrical at Kruse GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction, with the hammer coming down on 27 March. Up to now the guitar has an opening bid of $25,000 – it is not us, in case you are questioning.
However regardless of performing with it throughout such an iconic efficiency, the guitar did not truly belong to Elvis…
GWS’s itemizing is as follows and explains its provenance:
“Elvis Presley 1968 Comeback Particular Hagstrom V-2 Guitar (Exhibited in Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame Museum W/Intensive Documentation) – This extremely vital artifact has not been supplied for public sale for the reason that Nineteen Nineties and is likely one of the most traditionally important and iconic devices of all time. This unimaginable piece of rock n’ roll historical past is the crimson Hagstrom Viking II present guitar that was performed by Elvis Presley in what was maybe one of the iconic performances by the famous person on nationwide tv so far, the 968 Comeback Particular… Elvis Presley performed this guitar in a number of segments of the present, and is pictured with it on the quilt of the RCA album, From Elvis in Memphis.
“This guitar belonged to Al Casey, an exquisite musician in his personal proper, who carried out within the backing band through the particular. In response to the accompanying letter from Casey, he was requested to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it will look stunning on digital camera and with the set. Elvis used the guitar for the opening phase in addition to throughout one of many stay ‘stand-up’ segments.
“The guitar comes with a notarised letter of authenticity from Al Casey, a second letter of authenticity from Casey, a notarised assertion from Hal Blaine who was the drummer on the ’68 Comeback Particular and a letter from legendary producer Bones Howe, who was the music producer on the particular. The lot may also embrace a number of pictures of Elvis through the filming of the particular, together with three negatives, and varied mortgage paperwork from the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame and Museum, at which this guitar was exhibited as a part of an Elvis Presley exhibit. This gorgeous piece of historical past has not been supplied to the general public for over 25 years, and is really a should have for any severe Elvis Presley assortment.”
The specs for the guitar aren’t said however we all know Viking II fashions from the identical period featured a maple high and neck with a laminated maple physique, rosewood fretboard and a lyre tailpiece.
Extra information at GWS Auctions.