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Nancy Wilson holds her 1978 Custom Paul Reed Smith
Letter from Nancy Wilson

For the past 37 years, Nancy Wilson (co-founder of the band Heart) has been the proud owner of one of the earliest documented Paul Reed Smith twelve string electric guitars.

She has used this instrument extensively on stage and in the recording studio throughout her musical career and regarded the instrument as one of the most elegant in her entire collection. It is with great pride that Gruhn Guitars has the privilege of representing this instrument for sale on behalf of Ms. Wilson.

When Paul Reed Smith presented the guitar to Heart at their concert at Capital Centre in Largo, MD in 1978, the guitar did not have the pearl dragon inlay on the body. Wilson agreed to purchase the guitar if Smith crafted a similar pearl dragon inlay to what he had used on his own personal guitar. The dragon inlay he created has a small heart tastefully placed on the beast’s chest. In doing so Smith fortified the dragon as part of his design feature set along with bird fingerboard inlays.

This beautiful instrument can be heard on many Heart recordings. Most notably in the introduction to “Rockin Heaven Down” from the album Bebe le Strange released in 1980. It has remained in continual service with Wilson since that time. Accompanied by numerous signed photographs and a handwritten letter from Wilson documenting ownership, history, and use of the guitar since purchase, this well-preserved and historically significant instrument is a part of Rock

Accompanied by numerous signed photographs and a handwritten letter from Wilson documenting ownership, history, and use of the guitar since purchase, this well-preserved and historically significant instrument is a part of Rock and Roll history.

 

 

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