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Prince's Early Gibson Guitar Going Up For Auction

10/22/2016
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(Gibson) A 1959 vintage Gibson L48 archtop belonging to Prince is set for auction on November 5. Although rarely seen in public before, it's a key artefact in Prince's career.

The Julien's Auctions catalog notes: "The guitar was used by Prince in the early 1970s as his preferred guitar to sketch out his early songs and to play on early demos. Prince was photographed with the guitar for his first professional photographs taken by Robert Whitman in 1977... In his Minneapolis photography studio, Whitman shot photographs of Prince with the guitar and at the home of Prince's first manager, Owen Husney.

"The guitar has a sunburst finish, two f-holes, all original hardware except for two tuning pegs, raised faux tortoiseshell pickguard and dot inlays. It is stamped with serial number S139094 on interior. Accompanied by a contemporary hardshell case." here.

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