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Johnny Cash's Prototype Grammer Guitar W/LOA

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Johnny Cash's Personally Owned Prototype Grammer Guitar Hand Made by J.W. Gower (Professionally Restored) W/Notarized Letter of Authenticity & Appraisal/Authentication - This stunning Grammer acoustic guitar was hand built by J.W. Gower and is a prototype made for Johnny Cash. Cash had several of these guitars and so did members of his family. According to the Appraisal and Authentication from Rod Norwood of Rod's Guitars in Memphis, this guitar is the only of these Cash family guitars with Rosewood back and sides. The guitar has a mother of pearl inlay which reads "Johnny Cash" on the neck, along with other features that only J.W. Gower could produce while working at Grammer according to the authentication. The guitar was originally acquired by collector Roger Binette, who rented a boat on Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee in the mid 1990s and motored over to Johnny Cash's house and private boat dock where he was greeted by a security guard with a gun and was told to leave. Binette tossed the guard a paper bag full of $25,000 cash, and told the guard to let Mr. Cash know that he wanted to buy some of his old guitars. The guard left and later returned with four guitars, some of which were broken. This guitar was one of those four, and was purchased by a collector from Binette in 1999. This guitar was one of the guitars which was broken, and the new owner had it restored with the help of former Gibson employee J.P Moats. This guitar will be accompanied by a notarized letter of authenticity from the owner who purchased it from Binette, along with an appraisal and authentication from Rod Norwood.

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Johnny Cash's Prototype Grammer Guitar W/LOA

Estimate $65,000 - $70,000Nov 3, 2018
5737 Kanan Road
#699
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
United States
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