The location of a famous used guitar is being argued. The instrument in question is the Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan played - and was booed off stage for using - during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Until then, Dylan had only played an acoustic guitar.
The daughter of Dylan's tour pilot at the time claims that the famous guitar was left on board and kept in the family's attic for years. The pilot, who has since died, told his family that he contacted Dylan's representatives to return the guitar to no avail.
However, the musician says he has the instrument.
"Bob has possession of the electric guitar he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965," Dylan's lawyer, Orin Snyder, told the New York Times. "He did own several other Stratocaster guitars that were stolen from him around that time."
The family is so sure the instrument they have is the famous Stratocaster that they took it to historians from the PBS show History Detectives, who confirmed their belief. The Times Reports that the show's producers say the wood grain on the guitar brought to them appears to match the grain on the guitar used at the concert.
"The more I looked, the more they matched," vintage instrument expert Andy Babiuk, who examined the guitar, told ContactMusic.com. "The rosewood fingerboard has distinct lighter strips. Wood grain is like a fingerprint. I'm 99.9 percent sure it's the guitar - my credibility is on the line here."
In addition, handwriting experts say that lyric sheets discovered inside the guitar case match Dylan's writing.
While the two sides continue to disagree about the whereabouts of the guitar, experts say whoever does have it is likely to make a lot of money if they sell it. Experts estimate its value at about a half a million dollars.