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Bid on a one-off piece of art painted by John Illsley on the soundboard of one of the most iconic acoustic guitars ever created, the legendary Gibson J45.

This unique artwork was inspired by the song "Brothers in Arms," a true masterpiece in its own right.

The artwork was created for NO STRINGS ATTACHED, an artistic project featuring over fifteen famous musicians and performers.

John Illsley

John Illsley is a founding member of Dire Straits. The bass guitarist has had a remarkable journey since 1977, selling over 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammys on the way, as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for “Outstanding contribution to British Music”. John has also released eight solo studio albums and two live albums. His latest studio album, V111, was released in 2022. 

John took a temporary break from music in 1993 and since then has involved himself in his other great passion, painting. Now established as a professional painter, he has gone on to have five solo shows in London, one in New York and one in Sydney.

Additional Details:

  • Original artwork by John Illsley on the wooden soundboard (faceplate) of a Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar
  • This item is framed alongside a Gibson J-45 scratchplate, hand-signed by John Illsley.

Note: the item includes the framed soundboard and scratchplate only, not the entire guitar.

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  • In condition as donated.
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