Anything an icon of music like Bob Dylan uses, it’s sure to score top dollar for music enthusiasts or collectors. In December, Dylan’s Fender Stratocaster, which he used at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, sold for almost a million dollars at an auction. That sale broke the previous record for another Fender Stratocaster, which was owned by Eric Clapton. It sold for roughly the same amount in 2004.
“On Friday, the Fender Stratocaster that Dylan plugged in at the festival sold for nearly $1 million — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. A buyer identified only as a private individual agreed to pay $965,000 at Christie’s, including the auction house’s fees, for the sunburst-finish electric guitar. The previous record for a guitar sold at auction was held by Eric Clapton’s Fender, nicknamed “Blackie,” which sold at Christie’s for $959,500 in 2004.”
Prior to his rise to fame Dylan began with a Martin 1949 00-17, a mahogany acoustic guitar that he bought in 1959. He then started playing a Gibson J-50, another acoustic guitar he only had from 1961 to 1963 because it went missing. Prior to the switch to electric, he held onto his most famous acoustic guitar, the Gibson Nick Lucas Special, for three years.
Considering Dylan’s path to fame, it’s clear that lessons for acoustic guitar can serve as the foundation for a musician’s career. It is a good idea for aspiring musicians to take up acoustic guitar lessons if they want to hasten their path to success.
Dylan’s idea of using an electric guitar to play folk music stirred up the purists’ beehive during the Newport Folk Festival. Some didn’t like the idea, going as far as to call Dylan a traitor to folk music. However, in an interview with New York Daily News, the festival’s founder George Wein said Dylan succeeded at one thing.
The raucous, three-song electric set was booed by some in the crowd, and folk purists saw Dylan as a traitor and a sellout. But “his going electric changed the structure of folk music,” said Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein, 88. “The minute Dylan went electric, all these young people said, ‘Bobby’s going electric. We’re going electric, too.”’
As a result, the distinction between acoustic and electric guitars for beginners has grown more remote. Today, music experts say it no longer matters where you want your guitar-playing path to success to start. Basic guitar lessons in Orange County can get anyone on the right track, be it folk music or heavy metal.
(Article information from “Bob Dylan’s famed electric guitar sells for nearly $1 million at Christie’s auction,” New York Daily News, December 6, 2013)