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    Janis Joplin Owned and Played 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar, Serial # 849 604. An incredibly rare opportunity to own a guitar that once belonged to, and was played by, one of the most influential, revered, and missed figures in the history of popular music: Janis Joplin. Here Heritage Auctions is offering her 1969 Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish, which was used by Joplin on the recording of the classic "Me and Bobby McGee" on her posthumous album Pearl, released just over three months after her tragic passing. Subsequently, the guitar was given to founding member of both Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band, Sam Andrew.

    This Gibson Hummingbird has a clean finish with some nicks, dings and normal checking, shows considerable strum/play wear at the soundhole and bridge, with some of the etching on the pickguard worn away. Features a sticker on the face of the guitar of renowned Country music suit maker Nudie Cohn. Non-original Schaller made tuners in correct screw holes of the original Grover tuners. The frets are original and show considerable wear and grooving from play. Neck angle is decent but would benefit from a re-setting. Minor dents in binding but nothing severe. No evidence of cracking, repairs, or modifications with the exception of the tuners.

    A truly one-of-a-kind treasure for any fan or collector of memorabilia relating to the eternal queen of Psychedelic Blues, this guitar's importance is monumental, and truly cannot be overstated. Previously the guitar had been on display at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2011. Includes the original beige doily used by Joplin herself to clean the guitar, a letter of provenance from Joplin's road manager, and the original hard case, which shows extensive wear.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    12th Saturday
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