Sunday, August 3, 2008

Guitar Center Reissues Elvis Presley's "Covered" Guitar

Posted By on Sun, Aug 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Most people think of Elvis Presley as more of a singer than a guitarist, but many fans remember his stage appearances with a Martin D-28 acoustic, sporting a distinctive tooled-leather cover with his name inscribed in it. He purchased the guitar in 1955 and used it throughout his career. The original is now on display at Graceland.

But here's your chance to own an exact copy. The folks at Guitar Center have worked with C.F. Martin & Company to produce a limited-edition version of this iconic guitar. According to Guitar Center, "The Martin D-28M Elvis Presley Commemorative Limited Edition features an exact reproduction of the leather cover originally crafted by Charles Underwood, and a TCB lightning bolt inlay on the heel cap."

The guitar features Elvis' signature inlaid into the neck at the 12th fret, and a mother-of-pearl image of the performer set into the headstock.

Production will be limited to just 175 guitars, and the price is fit for a King, too: $9,199. For more info, check out the Guitar Center website.

And remember, nothing improves the sound of a guitar more than covering it in leather.

--Michael Finger

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