Jack Nitzsche was asked to play slide on this 1959 Kay guitar during Neil Young's Harvest sessions. The only issue? He'd never done it before

Jack Nitzsche, his 1959 Kay Sizzler and Neil Young
(Image credit: Evening Standard / Stringer / Getty / Bonhams / Gijsbert Hanekroot / Getty)

An electric guitar given to musician Jack Nitzsche by Neil Young to play during the 1971 Harvest sessions is going up for auction this month, via Bonhams.

The sale takes place March 21-31 and includes a late-'50s Kay Sizzler featuring a grey speckle finish, maple fingerboard and a single pickup, alongside two control knobs and a distinctive angular scratchplate. Also included in the lot is a 1936 Epiphone Electar Zephyr amplifier purchased at the same time. However, the story behind the two items is perhaps the best part.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.