Robbie Robertson Selling Iconic Guitar
Canadian musician Robbie Robertson is selling a guitar with an impressive history.
The 1965 Fender Telecaster was played by both Robertson and other greats like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Levon Helm.
“This guitar has been on the front lines of so many phenomenal events, I gaze at it with amazement," said Robertson, in a release. "When I think about all the creativity this guitar has been a part of, I’m still blown away.”
Robertson, who was in Dylan’s band, said he recommended the guitar to the singer instead of his Fender Stratocaster that was heavy and prone to going out of tune. Dylan used the Telecaster on tour and on both his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde and 1967’s The Basement Tapes.
Robertson then used the guitar with The Band, including on 1968’s Music From Big Pink and 1969’s self titled album.
“I played it on everything, everywhere, all the time, I think,” Robertson recalled, in a video for Julien’s Auctions, “up until we did the next tour with Bob Dylan in 1974.”
The Telecaster will be auctioned in New York City on May 19 and is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000 U.S.
Watch Robertson talk about the guitar below: