Top 10 Most Expensive Guitars in the World

Sunday, August 14th 2011. | Most Expensive


Guitar is one of most famous musical instrument and most widely used in the world. Someone would want to have a guitar with the best quality. Some guitars have a very expensive price, because the quality is very good or because it has historical value. This is a list of most expensive guitar in the world.

1.1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype Price: $ 375,000

1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype Price

1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype Price

Leo Fender’s first solid object prototype became the template for one of the most popular guitar ever made (later dubbed as the Fender Telecaster – sound familiar?). Though Les Paul quicker off the mark in making a solid first guitar, this particular model is the key to the fate of the world’s most successful electric guitar company, and thus history is very important. Sold to a private collector in 1994, for $ 375,000, the highest price ever paid for a guitar at that time.

2. Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster Gold Leaf Price: $ 455.550

Eric Clapton's Stratocaster Gold Leaf

Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster Gold Leaf

Commanded by Eric Clapton in 1996, around the time Fender’s 50th anniversary. Clapton reportedly wanted something that could hang in a museum like the Louvre, and delivered with a Custom Fender Start, plated with 23k gold. Then go into production, the company’s first signature guitar. The original sold at auction by Christie’s for an impressive $ 455,000 in 1997.

3. George and John’s 1964 Gibson SG Price: $ 570,000

 George and John's 1964 Gibson SG

George and John’s 1964 Gibson SG

This guitar is used by The Beatles between 1966 and 1969. George Harrison used it when recording and touring the album Revolver, while John Lennon used during the sessions for the album White. It was given by George Peter Ham of Badfinger rock band, and after his death lay undiscovered until 2002. It was sold to an anonymous bidder at auction in 2004, for a staggering $ 570,000.

4. “Lenny” – Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1965 Fender Stratocaster Composite Price $ 623.500

"Lenny" - Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1965 Fender Stratocaster Composite

“Lenny” – Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1965 Fender Stratocaster Composite

received a great blues guitarist Lenny from his wife in 1980 as a birthday present 26, and named it after him. This is one of his favorite guitars, and he used it extensively until his death in 1990. The SRV stickers on the body of this guitar is a trademark of the majority of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar, a habit he picked up from brother Jimmie who started this trend in his presence. In 2004 it became the first and only one guitar ever released for sale by the estate, to raise money for charity.
It raised $ 623,500 at auction to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua.

5. Eric Clapton’s C.F. Martin & Co., Circa 1939 Price: $ 791.500

Eric Clapton's C.F. Martin & Co.

Eric Clapton’s C.F. Martin & Co.

One of Clapton’s guitar makes ten. The reason for this is that he is one of the few famous guitarists who do not actually sell the guitar – usually to raise money for Crossroads Rehabilitation Centre. Surely there are guitars out there (owned by Jimmy Page, Van Halen and so on) that can take more if they were sold, but they have not put up for sale yet. It is used by Clapton’s guitar particularly during 1964, but only rarely after that. It took the highest price ever paid for a Gibson when auctioned.

6. Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC Price $ 847.500

Eric Clapton's 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC

Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC

It is used by Clapton’s guitar particularly during 1964, but only rarely after that. It took the highest price ever paid for a Gibson when auctioned.

7. Blackie – hybrid Stratocaster Price $ 959.500

Blackie - hybrid Stratocaster Price

Blackie – hybrid Stratocaster Price

In 1970, due to the influence of, among others, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton decided to switch from Gibson to the Stratocaster guitar. 6 vintage Strats Clapton bought from a guitar shop in Texas for a hundred dollars each. He gave three to go (for George Harrison, Pete Townshend and Steve Winwood) and then collect the best parts of the remaining three (approximately 1956 and 1957) into one start, which he named ‘Blackie’ as a dark finish. Clapton Blackie played for the first time in January 1973, and continues to do so until his retirement in 1985 because of neck problems. A model made by Fender tribute to Clapton’s exact specifications.
Blackie sold at auction in 2004, and became the world’s most expensive guitar $ 959,000.

8. Bob Marley’s Washburn Custom made 22 series Hawk Price: $ 1.2 to 2 million

Bob Marley's Washburn Custom made 22 series Hawk

Bob Marley’s Washburn Custom made 22 series Hawk

Classified as national treasures by the government of Jamaica, this guitar is one of only seven iconic reggae guitars belonged in her life. On 21 November 1971, after a gig in Vancouver, Marley gave the guitar to a guitar technician Gary Carlsen with the words, “Take it as you will understand later.” Awesome, Carlsen took this as a sign that he should use the gifts he has given to a better world in some way, and so he founded the charity “Different Journeys, One Destination”, offers guitar as a prize in the lottery.

9. Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Stratocaster Price $ 2 million

Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Stratocaster

Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Stratocaster

This guitar Hendrix played at Woodstock in 1969.
From 1970 to 1990 was in charge of drummer Mitch Mitchell, before surfacing in 1990 at the opening of the new Fender Artist Centre complete with cigarette burns on the headstock, and trademarks Jimi reverse stringing. It sold at Sotheby’s in the same year for $ 198,000. Rumors say that Paul Allen (Bill Gates’ right hand at Microsoft) is paid two million dollars for the guitar in 1998. There’s no telling what could be worth now.

10. Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster Price: $ 3.7 million

Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster

Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster

This guitar sold at auction in Qatar in 2005, to raise funds for Reach out to Asia, a charity formed to help the tsunami victims. Coordinated by Bryan Adams, was signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams himself. Initially by the Qatar royal family for $ 1 million and later donated to charity, after it sold again for the price of $ 2.7 million, which means that the guitar has generated a total of $ 3.7 million dollars for charity. This guitar was ranked first in the list of most expensive guitars.


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