Bob Dylan's first Strat in dispute

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    "Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, quite possibly the most historic single instrument in rock 'n' roll."

    Really? The most historic single instrument in rock 'n' roll? More so than, oh, I don't know... the first strat Hendrix set on fire? Bo Diddley's homemade rectangular guitar? Micawber? Scotty Moore's ES-295? Paul McCartney's violin bass? Um... help me out here, guys...
     
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    I agree tpaul. Maybe not the best statement to make, but you have to admit it is an iconic guitar.
     
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    I think he went on stage with a harmonica too - where's the love for that?
     
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    I would say, you know Bob is right he must still have the guitar, therefore this is mine, and there is no ownership dispute. If it is Bob's, I don't see how the lady is entitled to keep the guitar.

    As far as the history of the guitar, its pretty huge. It might not seem so now, but in the mid 60's Dylan was god.
     
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    "The guitar remains in a safe place," she wrote, "away from my home."

    Good idea.
     
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    Oh, I agree about the enormity of Dylan's influence, and about the importance of the "going electric" moment. I'm just saying, there are probably more historic instruments. The importance of that moment wasn't that particular Strat... it was Dylan's choice to make the leap from acoustic folk music to something new. He could've grabbed any electric guitar for that purpose. A Tele, an LP, or a Gretsch hollowbody would have served the purpose equally well.

    By contrast, there are instruments that are of greater importance because of what they are. Bo's guitar... one of a kind. Hendrix... his choice of the strat was integral to the music he was making; he could not have made the same sounds on any other guitar, and he probably can be credited with the incredible popularity of the strat over the past 40 years. You see what I mean?
     
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    But,,,, Dylan says he still has that Strat , and he should know. Argument over.
     
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    There just HAD to be a New Jersey connection.
     
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    But the point is that the guitar is significant because Dylan played it at that moment. It doesn't matter what kind of guitar it was. It's like a historic baseball. No-one cares what brand of baseball Hank Aaron hit. The baseball is important because Hank Aaron hit it at that moment.
    Specific guitars might be important to guitarists, but Dylan's guitar is important to music lovers.
     
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    I think the harmonica love is over on the Harmonica Re-issue site.
    :)
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    Of course, it's not his first electric guitar. His first guitar was an electric (a Silvertone, I believe), not an acoustic.
     
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    After close to 50 yrs gone by I'd say the person that possesses the guitar owns it. It's not like there's ever been a a reward offered for its return or even an interview with Dylan in which he mentions losing the guitar.
     
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    He says it's not the guitar, but he refuses to waive a claim on it?
     
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    Ok, I'll start the bidding at ten bucks.
     
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    I agree, the other Strat was just left on the plane. No evidence that it was actually played at the time quoted.

    The lady's claim is speculative that it is the one played. The burdon of proof is on her to prove it, but she can't. Her father the pilot is dead & I doubt he was at the gig in any case to see it played, then carried & left on the plane.

    His bobblyness was at the gig, still has the Strat, he should know.

    Nice guitar with a history in any case.

    All just my opinion.:D
     
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    I hope I'll be able to sleep tonight, oh the agony. Bob Dylan is SUCH a player.
     
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