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    Bob Dylan Personally-Owned Fender Electric XII Twelve-String Electric Guitar Played on The Blonde on Blonde Sessions (Serial Number L72261, 1965).




    Referred to as "Rock's first great double album" and featuring two songs included on Rolling Stone's prestigious "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list - "Just like a Woman" and "Visions of Johanna" - Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan's seventh LP, remains as critically acclaimed as it was a commercial success. The 1966 masterpiece achieved double-platinum status, and due to its combination of grand, driving music and poetic lyrics with a modernist literary slant, Blonde on Blonde is often cited as one of the greatest - and most important - albums in the history of popular music.

    The initial writing and recording sessions took place in New York during October 1965 after Dylan's first electric tour. As those sessions proved mostly fruitless, Dylan, guitarist Robbie Robertson, and keyboardist Al Kooper moved into the CBS studios in Nashville sometime in January 1966, where they enlisted the services of now-legendary Nashville session musicians Charlie McCoy, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, and several others. This proved to be just what they needed, as musical magic was made in the ensuing months.

    During those initial sessions in late 1965, Dylan played a host of Fenders, including a Stratocaster and a Fender Electric XII. While many of the guitars are recognized as production models, his Electric XII is an incredibly rare specimen. It features a combination of the sunburst finish with original pearloid guard and amplifier-style knobs. Only a handful of these specific instruments were ever produced due to the pickguard being quickly changed to the common tortoiseshell pickguard. As this guitar was designed in 1965 with Folk and Rock artists in mind, naturally one was given to Dylan. Well folks, offered here is that very same guitar.

    Aside from the aforementioned sunburst finish, pearloid guard, and amplifier-style knobs, the guitar features an alder body, rosewood fingerboard, no neck stamp, and includes the original black tolex case with a green paint stencil across the top reading "Property of Ashes & Sand Inc.", which is the name of Dylan's original touring company.

    This legendary guitar can be seen being held by Bob Dylan in several photos from the period, and includes a signed letter of authenticity Jody Carver, former Fender Liaison and employee in various roles from 1949 through the mid-1970s. Carver worked closely with Leo Fender and Don Randall, and worked in sales, product development, and public relations. It reads, in part: "Due to my knowledge of musicians and studios in the Northeast, I was Fender's first choice for supplying artists...I have inspected the 1965 Fender Electric XII...serial no L72261, and can confirm (Due to the unique wood grain figuring at the end of the fingerboard) that this was the instrument given to Bob Dylan by the Fender company, and is the one that can be seen on the Bob Dylan sessions in Columbia Studios attended by myself and my nephew Artie Martello in 1965."
    Included is a signed letter of provenance from Bob Dylan's management confirming this is the guitar he owned and used for the Blonde on Blonde sessions.

    Detailed condition report: The guitar is a 1965 Fender Electric XII, with the serial number, L77261. Sunburst color. In Very Good condition with minimal checking and a few minor digs and scuffs. There are no changed parts, repairs, or modifications. The first fret has a crown, but the rest of the frets are somewhat flat, as if light level and crown has been done. Does not appear to be refretted, though. There is an extra screw hole under the control plate near the electrical jack. The neck is straight and very playable.

    This piece could very well be the ultimate Dylan guitar, and is definitely one of the most important guitars of the 1960s (and popular music history, for that matter). Do not miss your chance to own an iconic, landmark piece of American culture!

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