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Elvis Presley's 1958 Isana Black Pearl Acoustic Guitar. This handsome jazz guitar with an arch top, mother of pearl headstoc...

2006 October Music/Entertainment Memorabilia Signature Auction #634

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 6, 2006
Item Activity: 9 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Dallas, TX
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Elvis Presley's 1958 Isana Black Pearl Acoustic Guitar. This handsome jazz guitar with an arch top, mother of pearl headstock, pick guard, inlays, and a rosewood fret board was hand-made by the German music company Framus in October, 1958, and purchased by Elvis while stationed in Bad Nauheim during his stint in the Army. One of only 100-150 made that year, it is believed to be the only guitar that Elvis used while in the service, which means it was used to serenade his future bride Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he was dating at the time.

Years later it passed into the hands of friends and was eventually used to pay for tutoring fees by one of Elvis' secretaries. For the past two years, it has been on display at the Rock N Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Isana guitars are quite rare these days to boot, and this beauty is in Excellent condition with only a few tiny dings to the back edges of the body and some mild pick scratches.

Also included is a non-original carrying case from the same period (Fine to Very Fine with mild to moderate wear), a b&w 8" x 10" photo of Elvis in uniform and strumming the guitar in his barracks, and a notarized letter of provenance from the current owner. A legendary instrument of the King of Rock and Roll!

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