A Chips Moman Coral Sitar guitar, cased,
Lot 379
A Chips Moman Coral Sitar guitar, 1960s,
Sold for £600 (US$ 937) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Chips Moman Coral Sitar guitar,
1960s,
red with crackle finish, asymmetrical body with swept back cutaway and contour horn, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, three "lipstick tube" pick ups, six volume/tone controls, thirteen resonating strings set across two bridges with tuning pegs, wooden bridge and pickguard with black printed lettering, Vincent Bell Signature Design Electric Sitar, in case

Footnotes

  • This sitar was one of the first made commercially available. It was acquired by Chips Moman in the mid-1960s and was used on the Box Tops' 1968 hit record 'Cry Like A Baby' as well as many recordings by country music artist Waylon Jennings. In Chips' 'American Recordings' studio it was the used as the 'studio' sitar. In 1969 Elvis Presley recorded his legendary Memphis sessions there, and on two of the tracks a Coral Sitar is used. As Chips only had one Coral Sitar it is likely that this is the instrument used, however it was played by Reggie Young, Chips' regular session guitarist. It has also been suggested that this instrument was used on Duane Allman's 'Anthology', which was also recorded at Chips' studio.
    From the Chips Moman Collection, Christie's South Kensington, 27th April 2000.
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