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Olympia Model Epiphone Guitar – Auction

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1947 Olympia model Epiphone Guitar (1940s) Starting bid $2000

Item condition: Used

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This astounding instrument was my main guitar when I was touring for Escondida, Springtime Can Kill You, and The Living And The Dead. It was originally restored by my wonderful collaborator Keith Cary, the genius multi-instrumentalist and genre-melting design-builder of amazing instruments. He makes both incredibly beautiful traditional instruments as well as arcane experimental pieces. He played his aluminum upright bass on my song Old Fashioned Morphine, and his grandfather’s gut-stringed banjo from 1867 on my cover of Faded Coat of Blue.
It is a 1947 Olympia model Epiphone, back when they were made at the Gibson factory. Keith put a hum bucker pickup into it. Sounds excellent played acoustically, or through an amp.
It comes in an excellent, indestructible pale blue gray flight case with gold velvet lining.
I do not want to hear anyone lamenting me letting go of this guitar! I do not need a horde! Instruments are meant to change hands. If some lovely gazillionaire wants to lay out $8,000 to buy this now, let them do it with a clear conscience. Starting bid is $2,000, which is what I paid for it, case included.
The face of the guitar is matte black, and its sides and back are beautiful natural wood. Both Taj Mahal and Elvis Costello spoke glowingly of this guitar!
The late great blues artist T Model Ford signed the face of this guitar with a sharpie on its black face. The signature is practically invisible, but we know it’s there. He signed it right after he asked to marry me, even though I was 60 years younger than him, and we had just met backstage.

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Highest bidder was: markkscheffler

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid
markkscheffler December 30, 2023 5:22 pm $2,600.00
Marijn Nijssen December 30, 2023 6:09 am $2,500.00
andrew November 24, 2023 3:22 am $2,000.00
Auction started September 13, 2023 6:48 pm

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