Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question.
Indeed Elvis Presley could, and did, play the guitar. On his early
recordings of ?That?s Alright? and ?Blue Moon of Kentucky? Elvis
Presley accompanied himself on guitar with his 1942 Martin D-18
acoustic guitar (Serial #80221), that recently sold at auction in
Atlanta, Georgia for $18,000.
The historical research on this musical instrument comes from the
manufacturer, Martin & Company
http://www.martinguitar.com/artists/famous.php?id=14. Even though the
owner of the guitar was once a very significant figure in early rock
and roll history it is highly unlikely that such a guitar would have
sold at this unusually high price if it had not had a famous and
verifiable provenance of having been actually ?played? on a historical
In addition there are many other known recordings over the years of
Elvis Presley playing guitar:
?This was a song that Elvis liked, another private recording of it
(with Elvis playing guitar) was released in 1983 on volume 4 of the
LEGENDARY PERFORMER series.?
ELVIS IN NORWAY
??Like A Baby? Tk1&4. A magnificent first take with Elvis playing
guitar remarking, "I can?t think of two things at once".
?His singing is so soulful and committed on these sessions, his first
in Memphis since 1955, it's a thrill and an honor to be privy to this
material. "After Loving You" rolls along for eight plus minutes, Elvis
playing guitar along with the house band on this one.?
Did he feign playing now and then on stage? Perhaps; some performers
do. Was his playing backed up or overdubbed by instrumentalists who
played much better? That may be true to some extent do. This technique
has taken on many albums. He was certainly no Eric Clapton or John Bon
Jovi when it came to the magic axe, but Elvis did occasionally play
his own guitar.
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