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Marc Bolan
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Marc Bolan

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Marc Bolan
A circa 1968 Fender Custom Telecaster, serial number 188782, in sunburst finish, single cutaway bound alder body, maple neck, twenty two fret maple "cap" fingerboard with dot inlays, one replacement humbucker pickup, one single coil pickup, two rotary controls, selector switch, bridge baseplate with three adjustable saddles, 3 ply white pickguard, with and a black soft case; accompanied by a photographs of Marc Bolan playing a similar guitar [printed recently] and a letter concerning the provenance from the vendor and another from Nancy Howard (4)
Literature
PAYTRESS, Mark Twentieth Century Boy; The Marc Bolan Story London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1992
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It is believed that Marc Bolan used a Fender Telecaster guitar to record with as this was not his usual choice of Gibson guitar, which he used religiously when performing. This is evident in the two illustrated photographs of Bolan playing a Fender Telecaster, on separate occasions, the first being in 1972 in Denmark at Rosenburg Studios, photographed by Jorgen Angel, and later in 1974 (at an unknown studio) in an image by Rock photographer Keith Morris. It is clear from these photographs that specific modifications made to the guitar in this lot are visible. Detailed information of these modifications are available on request.
According to the vendor the guitar was given to him directly by Marc Bolan while visiting Bolan's manager, Tony Howard, at his home in Ifield Road Fulham circa July 1977, as substantiated in the letter from Tony's widow Nancy Howard. The vendor and Tony had been close friends for some time having met circa 1965. It was through this friendship that he got to know Marc by attending some of the early T.Rex gigs. Howard was brought in to manage the group after the disbanding of Tyrannosaurus Rex. A union which proved to be hugely successful, Mark Paytress comments on the longevity of this close working relationship ...was partly due to Howard's ability, in Bolan's eyes, to adopt the role of adviser as opposed to manager.

The vendor recalls on a visit to Tony's home in the summer of 1977, that Marc turned up with this Fender in hand. The vendor having never played an electric guitar before was intrigued, yet in awe of Bolan's playing and did not feel comfortable trying the instrument in front of his friend/world famous musician. On leaving Tony's house Bolan simply handed the guitar to the vendor and said that he could keep it. It was only a few months following this exchange that Bolan was in a fatal car crash on the 16 September. The guitar has been kept in the vendor's possession ever since.
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