Presley’s stage-used 1976 NBN limited edition #0014 mahogany acoustic guitar, briefly played during his April 23, 1976, concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. He had received the guitar as a gift from two of the owners of NBN during a trip to Vail, Colorado, on January 8, 1976. The gorgeous six-string guitar has 21 frets, a dark pickguard, gold Grover tuners, and an intricate mother of pearl inlay decorating the frets, neck, base, and trim. There is some crazing to the guitar’s finish, a few trivial cracks to trim, and the high E string is broken. Elvis’s chipped off-white Fender guitar pick and the original hardshell case are also included.
Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from Al Strada, dated August 18, 1979, in part: “This Guitar was given to Elvis Presley, as a gift, in Vail, Colorado, while vacationing there in 1976. The Guitar was later used, by Elvis, at a Denver Concert in 1976,” as well as a letter of provenance from Joe Esposito, describing its history, in part: “Some of the people present when the guitar was presented was, Joe Esposito, Al Strada, Billy Smith, Marty Lacker, Jerry Schilling and Linda Thompson…These NBN guitars were handmade and the manufacturer made only five or six per year. This guitar was given to Elvis’ chief of security, Al Strada. The guitar was sold to a gentleman in Oklahoma who in turn sold it to Jimmy Velvet’s Elvis Presley Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in 1982.” Also accompanied by certificates of authenticity from the Elvis Presley Museum for the guitar and original hardshell case. Though the abundant provenance confirms the guitar was briefly played at the Denver concert, likely due to Elvis’s utilizing multiple instruments during the show, we were unable to locate an image of him with this particular instrument. Oversized. RR Auction COA.