At one time, this Fender Stratocaster was the most hated instrument in the world–among die-hard folkies, anyway.
It was at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965, when Dylan unexpectedly ditched his trademark acoustic guitar for this electric and went on stage with a fully-electrified rock band. The crowd was not amused. Listen for the boos.
It was a watershed moment for so many things: Dylan’s career, folk, rock. Now that very guitar is going up for auction today. Read about it here.