Dylan's 'going electric' tour Telecaster is up for auction

It's fair to say that sections of Bob Dylan's fan base were less than enthralled when the folk star "went electric" in the mid 1960s. 

So tumultuous a turning point was the now-legendary Newport Folk Festival performance, in fact, that the Stratocaster played on that occasion sold for $965,000 in 2013.

Now, the 1965 Fender Telecaster that Dylan played on seminal album Blonde on Blonde and his first full electric tour the following year is up for sale as part of auction house Julien's latest "Music Icons" blowout, with an estimated final value of $400,000 to $600,000.

The highly desirable Tele also saw heavy service with Robbie Robertson on tracks like Up On Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Robertson was, of course, a member of Dylan's backing group The Hawks on his '66 roadshow, before that band became The Band.

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Robertson says "This guitar has been on the front lines of so many phenomenal events, I gaze at it with amazement." It was also played extensively by other music legends including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Levon Helm, defining the sound of some of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.

In 1970, Robertson stripped the original black finish back to bare wood, and he says that other modifications, most notably the Bigsby vibrato, "seemed to give it a new life, along with a different creative surge." 

For more details on this and several other starry lots, head over to Julien's Music Icons site now.

(Image: © Alice Ochs / Getty)
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