John Fogerty Reunited with Long Lost Rickenbacker

John Fogerty has been reunited with the Rickenbacker 325 he played at Woodstock and on the Ed Sullivan Show. According to a report by Rolling Stone, Fogerty's wife gave him the recovered guitar as a Christmas gift this past year.

Photo by Lee Cherry, via Rolling Stone

"I started playing the solo in 'Green River' and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck," he told Rolling Stone. "It was exactly that sound, 100 percent. I dare say I haven't heard that sound since those days when I had the guitar."

Fogerty bought the guitar new in 1969 at a Rickenbacker showroom, opting for a custom Bigsby tremolo and Gibson humbucker install. With these modifications in place, Fogerty painted the word ACME on the truss rod cover.

According to Fogerty, the guitar was given away around 1973 following the dissolution of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was around this time Fogerty learned of his now infamously bad publishing deal with Fantasy Records, spelling the end of a musical and personal era.

"I think I gave it away to sort of end that chapter of my life," he recalled.

Years later, Fogerty was shown with the guitar at Norman's Rare Guitars in Tarzana, CA, but was uninterested in paying the $40,000 it was then commanding. Eventually, the guitar landed in the hands of Gary Dick of Gary's Classic Guitars, who sold it to Fogerty's wife, Julie, last year.

Forgerty will bring the guitar back on stage in Las Vegas next month as part of his residency at the Wynn Hotel. For more on this Rickenbacker reunion, see the original article on Rolling Stone's website.


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