Elvis Presley’s Alden Electric Guitar

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2015-06-26 10:56:23

Elvis Presley’s Alden Electric Guitar was owned by the singer during his military service, from 1958 until 1960.

Item Description

This Alden Solid body electric guitar is based on the Harmony H44 Stratatone model, and features a bronze-coloured finish along with an ‘A’ badge on the headstock.

The guitar is accompanied by a vintage valve amplifier and a guitar lead, both of which were also used by Presley during this period.

In addition, the lot includes a set of 11 unpublished black-and-white photographs of Elvis and a newspaper article which describes the singer’s visit to the house of his commanding officer Captain Betts. The photographs depict Elvis playing the piano, and helping to erect a war memorial in Germany where he was stationed.

The guitar is offered with a letter from Walt Disney Attractions Inc which states it has been examined and declared as authentic.

Background

At the peak of his early fame in 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted into military service. After completing his basic training at Fort Hood in Texas, he was stationed with the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany.

Throughout his service Elvis demanded to be treated as any other soldier, and was well-liked and respected by his colleagues in the division. He donated his Army pay to a number of charities, and purchased items for the base including television sets and extra fatigues for the men.

It was during this time he also met Priscilla Beaulieu, then a schoolgirl, who would later become his wife after a lengthy courtship.

Although he feared his service had ruined his career, Presley’s love of music continued throughout his time in the Army and he owned and played this electric guitar during this period.

He later gifted it to his commanding officer Captain Betts whilst visiting his home, an event which was recorded in a local newspaper article.

Auction sale

The guitar, amplifier, lead and photographs were placed up for sale in May 2012 through the auction company PFC Auctions.

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