Inspecting a historic guitar

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Issue 242 May 07, 2015

Dan Erlewine first saw this Tele back in the 1960s, before Mike Bloomfield recorded with it on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album. That was also before Bloomfield and Dylan were booed for going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. And before Bloomfield recorded the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album with this guitar. There’s a lot of history in this Telecaster!

About the guitar in this video: This is the 1963 Tele that Mike Bloomfield used to record iconic guitar solos with Bob Dylan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1965. It’s been chopped into a lefty configuration! Dan explains in this video…

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • The backstory on this famous guitar
  • Checking to see if the parts are still original
  • Removing the neck to test the truss rod
  • Fret buzz fixed by new strings

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