The Gotta Have Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction Winter 2021
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Elvis Presley's owned and heavily played Fender Wildwood II acoustic guitar that he also used in his publicity photographs for his MGM film "Double Trouble." Elvis gifted the guitar to Charlie Hodge and according to Charlie's letter, which accompanies the guitar, Elvis played it often at Graceland and at his home in California. It was a very similar guitar to one he had just finished using for his movie "Clambake" and Elvis had liked that guitar so much that he asked Charlie to go ut and buy him this one (usually Elvis would take a guitar used in a film or use his own, but this time Charlie hadn't requested it). According to Charlie, Elvis really like the greenish wood finish on the guitar and its looks. Shortly before filming began for "Double Trouble", MGM wanted Elvis to do some publicity photos for the film and he used this guitar in a number of the photographs. Elvis used the guitar for many years before he gifted it to Charlie. Charlie first met Elvis when Charlie was with the Foggy Mountain River boys, and they met again when Elvis was in the U.S. Army going to Germany. Elvis and Charlie were close friends and Charlie lived at Graceland in a basement apartment that Elvis had made for him, until Elvis passed away in 1977. Charlie was also Elvis' stage director and sang harmony on stage with him, and handed him his stage scarves. Charlie also helped Elvis with his set list for the shows and appeared as an extra in many of his films. Very good condition. The guitar comes with a letter from Charlie Hodge and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
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