A Telecaster built for Elvis. Truly? Could you/Should you?

stevo

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A guitar that was built for Elvis that he ultimately sent back. How cool is this? Apparently the kind of cool that $295k will get you. I mean clearly a Tele that was built for Elvis should be worthe something. But...

Postings like this make me realize that there is a whole other dimension to guitar buying that I will never care about or even aspire to and that's "pure collector".

Things are worth what people will pay. But I'm fairly certain that one can have a better playing, better sounding, higher quality build for a fraction of this price.

This being said, how certain can one be? Is it really and truly what it says? What if I get the urge to buy it? How can I assure myself that it's the real deal?


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Londoner

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Dec 18, 2020
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How can something only "built for Elvis" be worth anything?
Any photos of Elvis holding it? I can't find any.
I could make something and say it was built for Elvis.
 

Ricochet

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Too heavy at 9lbs? Was that the real reason? That’s not anywhere near a Norlin pancake LP which were often 11 and over, I think heaviest I’ve seen posted is 15Lbs!
 

Back in Black

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A guitar that was built for Elvis that he ultimately sent back. How cool is this? Apparently the kind of cool that $295k will get you. I mean clearly a Tele that was built for Elvis should be worthe something. But...

Postings like this make me realize that there is a whole other dimension to guitar buying that I will never care about or even aspire to and that's "pure collector".

Things are worth what people will pay. But I'm fairly certain that one can have a better playing, better sounding, higher quality build for a fraction of this price.

This being said, how certain can one be? Is it really and truly what is says? What if I get the urge to buy it? How can I assure myself that it's the real deal?


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Stevo,

This guitar looks to me like the second of two Rosewood Teles that were built for George Harrison.

The second was documented as being a ''spare'', which George never received.

I'm guessing this is that same guitar.

Fender probably figured if it was good enough for George, then it was good enough for Elvis.

This looks like a Reverb ad, so it's anybody's guess.

And...I certainly think that 1/3 of a million dollars could be better spent elsewhere.

Nice story though, which does include George Harrison, just incase the George subject was brought up.

And...after all these years...why now...Lisa Marie's passing????

Sorry, not buying one word.

Just me,

BIB.
 
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Emergence

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May 25, 2022
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A Telecaster is a piece of plank screwed to a stick. CS gets you a better stick and plank than MIM but it’s still a stick and a plank. Pickups are easy enough to change that they’re repeatedly “upgraded” on many Telecasters. Want one like the one Elvis sent back, it’ll make a fun DIY project.
 

wabash slim

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Feb 10, 2010
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Didn't George Harrison have one of these?
Robbie Robertson of The Band had a bronzed Tele (or Strat maybe).
The only person I could think of that could want this---and afford it---is Jim Irsay.
 

radd

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If Elvis came back to life and delivered it personally in a pink 56 cadillac and stayed to jam and have cheeseburgers with Scotty and Bill along for the ride it still wouldn't be worth $295,000

Oh yes it would……Even if he took the guitar with him when he left.
 

Seamus

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Feb 25, 2011
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Yeah, well -- my grandma had a '63 Delta 88 in her front yard. She got it from a friend, and guess who gave her friend that car? (Look, she lived an hour from Memphis, so maybe.) Actually, the car is still there, 12 years after her departure, so I'm not saying anymore! :)

I also knew a supply sergeant who fielded requests from Elvis in the Army when he wanted a slightly more impressive green for the jeep he drove. I think it's like pieces of "the true cross." Or, to quote Mojo Nixon, "Elvis is everywhere."
 


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