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    Buddy Holly/Everly Brothers 1951 Gibson J-185 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar, Serial # A8883
    From Graham Nash's personal collection, this guitar was passed around and played on the tour bus on the second-to-last tour that Buddy Holly did before his passing. Not only has Graham owned this, he has also played it. This guitar has been oversprayed and the tuners appear to be good quality replacements. The holes from the previous tuners have been filled. FON # 9110 28. In Very Good condition with nicks and wear on the body. Comes with white case.

    Graham was told this either belonged to Buddy Holly or the Everly Brothers. It was passed around on the tour bus when they toured in the late 1950s with Sam Cooke and Dion.

    "I don't know whose guitar this was, but it had to be one of them, because it wasn't the bus driver's."

    LOAs from Fred Walecki and Bernard Levine. COAs from Graham Nash and Heritage Auctions.

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