Muddy Waters' Family Reunited With Lost Guitars

Including An Iconic Fender Telecaster & A Gift From ZZ Top

Two vintage guitars belonging to legendary Chicago blues guitarist Muddy Waters have been returned to his family amidst ongoing estate battles.

One of the guitars is Waters' iconic burgundy red Fender Telecaster, which was prominently used throughout the latter half of his career. The heavily-worn 1960 model distinctively features Fender amp knobs instead of the standard chrome control knobs, and was celebrated in the 2000s when Fender recreated it as a Muddy Waters signature model.


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Waters' estate also received a custom made guitar commissioned by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, which was given to the late guitarist as a gift in 1977. The PRS–styled instrument prominently features Muddy Waters' name as an ornate inlay upon its fretboard, however it is unknown whether Waters ever played it live.


Photo courtesy of Cliff Ward/Chicago Tribune

The return of the guitars marks a development in the ongoing case against Waters’ former attorney Scott Cameron regarding the handling of the late bluesman’s royalties, with court proceedings resuming next month.