G is for Dylan's guitars
His electric guitars have been mostly Fenders - Stratocasters and Telecasters. As far as acoustics are concerned, he never fitted the image of the poor troubadour carrying a cheap, battered old guitar.
When he first reached New York, he carried a Martin, and over the years, his acoustic guitars have mainly been Gibsons and Martins, from a 1949 Martin 00-17, to an old Gibson J50, the one he is gripping on the cover of Bob Dylan that featured on the Freewheelin' sessions. That guitar went missing in 1963 and was replaced by his most famous - the 13-fret Gibson Nick Lucas Special with a Guild-type bridge and a Martin-type pickguard.
That served on Another Side Of Bob Dylan and Bringing It All Back Home. Commentators note that he flat picks from the elbow not the wrist, so is hard on guitars!
He also used a Fender acoustic, a Fender King, but stuck mainly to Gibsons in concert during the '60s, with a handful of exceptions, such as a Martin 0-18.The guitar on the cover of Nashville Skyline (1969) and the Isle Of Wight Festival is a Gibson J-200 jumbo, which he got from George Harrison.
At most of his 1970s appearances, he favoured Martins - Johnny Cash Show (000-1), Concert for Bangladesh (D-28), Chile Benefit, The Band tour and Blood On The Tracks (00-21 - the last slot-head 12-fret model, modified with a non-standard pickguard).
On the Rolling Thunder Revue he used vintage Martins and Gibsons and for the 1978 Budokan tour, he was given two Yamahas which alternated with Washburns - the sunburst seen on the cover of Real Live. In 1986 and 1987, Washburns alternated with Martins.
On the Never Ending Tour he used the Martin D-28, but since the mid-'90s it’s been Gibsons again, almost exclusively a Sunburst J-45.The autumn tour of 2001 was an exception when he appeared with a Martin 'Negative', a special HD-28 designed like a photographic negative and made for Dylan.