A guitar once belonging to Keith Richards and now on display at a Halifax music store has become a musical mecca for local Rolling Stones fans.
The guitar was made for Richards by a renowned Nova Scotia craftsman
“The guitar is built all from wood in Nova Scotia and custom made. It would be called a parlour size,” said Bruce Richard, owner of Gig Street Music
According to the guitar’s maker, George Rizsanyi, it was presented to Richards in 2001, but returned for repairs two years later.
Rizsanyi was unable to make arrangements to get it back to Richards so he decided to sell it. He said it still has the same strings and the original sweat, drool and drinks spilled on certain parts.
“To some people it is like a little Holy Grail thing. It was when I got it, I was thrilled,” said Richard.
So are his customers who are invited to play it.
“I'm amazed,” said Alex Doucet. “I'm actually holding Keith Richards’s guitar. Wicked.”
His friend William was just as impressed.
“I’m at a loss of words about what to say about it. It seems so simple, it's a guitar, but he's a legend, an absolute legend. So I feel like a kid,” he said.
As far as Richard knows, the guitar never made it on stage. Instead it was used by the notorious musician at his home.
Richard, a self-confessed Stones fan, said he bought the guitar 10 years ago.
He said it would sell for between $3,000 to $5,000 brand new, but the fact that a Rolling Stone played it increases the value.
While he's attached to it, Richard is prepared to sell it.
“What's it worth to me ? I would like a nice, new car,” he said. “Or just barely used.”