Tommy Cogbill’s 1966 Fender P-Bass, reportedly used to record with Elvis, is going up for auction with an estimate of $100,000

The Memphis Boys with Elvis Presley
(Image credit: Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

A Fender Precision Bass that was once played by Elvis Presley is set to go under the hammer with an auction estimate of $100,000 – $150,000.

Offered as part of the latest Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction, the 1966 P-Bass belonged to top Memphis session player Tommy Cogbill, and comes with provenance from the family and a letter of authenticity. There are also photos of Elvis playing around with the bass at American Sound Studio, where he recorded with Cogbill in 1969.

As a member of the studio house band, informally known as The Memphis Boys, Cogbill went on to play bass on four albums with Elvis, closing with hits like Suspicious Minds, Don’t Cry Daddy, In The Ghetto and Kentucky Rain.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.