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Guitar that belonged to Prog Rock icon Greg Lake to be auctioned

20th September 2019.

A Fender Telecaster bass guitar, which formally belonged to Greg Lake of 70s Prog Rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, is coming up for auction in North Yorkshire. It will appear in the Scientific and Musical Instrument Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 4th October and is estimated to sell for between £4,000 and £6,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Greg Lake (1947-2016) was a founding member of first King Crimson and then from 1970 Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP were one of the most popular Prog Rock bands of the 70s and went on to sell an estimated 48 million records worldwide. Many of their hits were written by Lake, such as Lucky Man and From the Beginning. Lake embarked on a solo career in 1975, played in several groups in the 80s, and continued touring as part of an ELP revival and as a solo artist into the 21st Century.

The guitar itself is an unusual model, and sure to interest guitar enthusiasts. Fender only produced Telecaster basses for ten years making them much rarer than the more standard Precision model. It is likely that this example was custom built or customised for Greg Lake to his personal specification. The white and blonde wood Telecaster is sold with a letter stating that it belonged to Greg Lake which is signed by him and a receipt of sale for the guitar from December 2012.

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