Dave Grohl’s Gibson Elvis Presley Dove

This is the acoustic guitar that Dave uses most often in recent years. He started using it around 2005 (see video at the bottom) and continues using it to this day. He owns more than just one of these guitars, but it is unknown whether he has a favorite among them.

Dave with one of his Gibson Elvis Presley Dove guitars.


The Gibson Elvis Presley Dove is a model based on Elvis Presley’s 1969 Gibson Dove acoustic guitar that he used in the early 70s. The guitar was a gift from his father, Vernon Presley. In 1975, Elvis famously handed the guitar mid-performance to an astonished audience member at a concert in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dave’s guitar is definitely not from the most recent version of the model, since it doesn’t have the Pearloid inlays in the bridge “wings”. This detail seems to be something Gibson added only in the most recent version of the guitar introduced in 2022.

According to Gibson’s spec sheet, the guitar features a Sitka spruce top, with maple back and sides, and a neck with an Indian rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl parallelogram inlays.

As far as electronics, it is equipped with an L.R. Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle piezo pickup, and soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls.


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