After Mississippi John Hurt was rediscovered and started playing again he didn't own a guitar. In 1964, the Newport Foundation gave John Hurt funding to purchase a guitar he could call his own. He ended up buying a Guild F-30. Who now owns Mississippi John Hurt's Guild F-30?
Who Now Owns Mississippi John Hurt’s Guild F-30?
A.) John Oates
During the period of 1963-1966 Mississippi John Hurt played frequently in the Philadelphia area, while there, a guitarist by the name of Jerry Ricks helped John Hurt travel. After Mississippi John Hurt's death Jerry Ricks acquired the Guild F-30 and then, while working for the Denver Folklore Center, sold it to a man by the name of David Ferretta. David Ferretta unexpectedly passed away in 1994 and Harry Tuft of the Denver Folklore center then took ownership of the Guild F-30. In the year 2017 Harry Tuft received a call from John Oates asking about the guitar. John Oates had taken lessons from Jerry Ricks way back in the day and knew the F-30 very well. John Oates purchased the guitar, still owns it, and it can be heard on his newest album Arkansas, which started out as a tribute to Mississippi John Hurt.