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Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 10, 2014
A David Bowie stage played Takamine 12-string dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar. Serial number 89031116, model FP 400SC, built circa 1989. Bowie used this guitar during his 1990 Sound + Vision tour. The tour included 108 concerts over seven months in more than 80 cities around the world. Bowie promoted the tour as a “greatest hits” tour and stated it was the last time he was going to play songs from his back catalog. The set list was determined by fan votes in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout Europe.
Bowie can be seen playing the same or similar guitar in numerous photographs and videos from the tour. Together with a typed, signed letter from Andy Spray who worked for Bowie from 1987 to 2000 as his guitar technician, and then production manager. Spray states that the guitar was used extensively on the 1990 Sound and Vision tour, the It’s My Life tour in 1991 and 1992, and also in several recordings including Outside. Bowie gave Spray the guitar after the Sound and Vision tour in Buenos Aires in September 1990. Also accompanied by a Sound and Vision tour itinerary.
Top solid spruce, rosewood back, sides and fingerboard, dot inlays, and Parametric electronics. The electronics have settings marked with gaffer tape. Also present are a small selection of guitar picks, some imprinted “Bowie Tin Machine,” and a package of D’Addario guitar strings. Accompanied by a hardshell case.
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