South Dakota judge weighing fate of Elvis Presley guitar

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fate of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated to the National Music Museum is in the hands of a federal judge in South Dakota.

Tennessee-based collector Larry Moss maintains that the blues guitarist and memorabilia broker who donated the guitar to the Vermillion museum in 2013 had no rights to the instrument. Moss claims to be the rightful owner and wants the museum to return the guitar.

Donor Robert Johnson hasn’t responded to Moss’s lawsuit, but he told the Argus Leader ( ) he rejects Moss’s claims.

A trial was held Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier didn’t immediately rule.

Presley played the guitar during his 1977 tour and gave it to a fan in St. Petersburg, Florida, when it was damaged. Presley died six months later.