Fender / Stratocaster EX Bob Dylan / 1962 / Gold Sparkle / Guitar For Sale
Guitars that have belonged to Bob Dylan are a very rare sighting on the market. Not because Dylan hasn't had many guitars, since over the years he's used a large amount of instruments in many different styles, from pre-war Martins to Yamahas. That scarcity of Dylan-owned guitars is due to the artist's personality. Dylan has turned into a mysterious hermit that never gives interviews and never sells any of his personal belongings at auction. The rare exceptions to that rule are indeed very sought after by the Zimmerman fans.
This Strat is therefore a very special one with a great story to boot. It started life as a 1962 slabboard L series (a very early L series then), which Dylan sent to Fender in 1991 to have it refinished in silver sparkle. Bob then proceeded to play that guitar on stage between 1991 and 1994, before it was sold by Matt Umanov, the famous Greenwich Village New York store. The refinish work is second to none, which should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the man who did it, J.W. Black. Black was an early Custom Shop master builder who learned his craft with Sadowsky and worked on guitars for Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, back when the Custom Shop's mission mostly was to service this rock star clientele.
This Strat comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Cesar Diaz, another major character in the guitar world of the eighties and nineties. Diaz has worked as a tech with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton and the Stones, then he became a guitar tech for Dylan's band, and went on to play guitar in Dylan's band. It's not every day you get to play a Strat that belonged to a Nobel prize winner.
Matts Guitar Shop, France
In a milieu where desirable objects are generally locked away in a safe or behind glass, Matthieu Lucas’ collection is a refreshing exception to the rule.
He represents a new generation of guitar lovers, for whom music comes first and the sound is more important than the serial number. Like any fine collection, Matthieu Lucas’ one has a speciality: he tracks down instruments that have belonged to artists, from Jeff Buckley’s Telecaster to Tal Farlow’s Gibson, not to mention Spot - one of the few sunbursts to be found in France and which belonged to a certain Joe Bonamassa.
Through perseverance, Matthieu managed to open doors that are generally kept well shut and gained access to instruments that were not even supposed to be sold. And true to the principle that the love of music comes first, Matthieu is not the type to prevent a guitarist from enjoying his or her prized jewels.
Out of that desire to share, he finally created the Matt’s Guitar Shop showroom, a special place for selling and trading that gives Paris back its reputation for excellence in the area of beautiful guitars. Inspired and inspiring instruments, which continue to bring beautiful notes to the ears of music lovers.