10 Most Expensive Guitars Ever

How much is you guitar worth? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'll bet you'll be amazed once you see the price tags on these babies! Check out the video on the 10 most expensive guitar in the world, and start saving up...

The List of the Most Expensive Guitars

10. Leo Fender's Original Fender Telecaster Prototype

Leo Fender's original prototype shaped the fate of history in some sense, especially for the guitar Manufacturer Fender. The guitar was made in 1949, and was sold to a private collector in 1994 for $375,000, which was the highest amount for any guitar at the time.

I wonder how much it would be worth nowadays?!

9. Eric Clapton's Gold Leaf Stratocaster

Clapton is not necessarily known for his ego, but his 1996 order for this 23K plated gold strat says the contrary. It was sold at an auction one year later for $455,000.

8. George Harrison and John Lennon's Gibson

Both Beatles members used this guitar at one time or another, George for recording the album Rover, and John for The White Album. It sold at an auction in 2004 for $570,000.

7. SRV's Strat, a.k.a Lenny

Stevie got this guitar in 1980 from his wife, Lenny. He played it religiously until his death. It was sold at a charity auction in 2004 for $623,500.

6. Eric Clapton's 1939 C.F. Martin

As with most of Eric Clapton's guitars, this one eventually got sold, with the money donated to charity. This acoustic sold for $791,500.

5. Eric Clapton's 1964 Gibson ES0335

It is interesting to know, that Clapton used this guitar for exactly one year, and than very rarely afterwards. Apparently, he didn't like it much, but it still sold for $847,500 at a charity auction.

4. Eric Clapton's Blackie

The story behind this Stratocaster is very interesting.

Eric Clapton bought 6 vintage Strats at a guitar shop in Texas one day, all for $100 each. He gave 3 of them to his friends, and disassembled the remaining 3, and used the best parts of each to put Blackie together. He used this guitar from 1973 to 1985, eventually being sold at an auction for $959,000.

3. Bob Marley's Washburn

This guitar was given as a present from Marley to a guitar technician, Gary Carlsen, who later founded a charity in honor of the reggae icon. It now has an estimated worth of $1.2 million.

2. Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Strat

Jimi played this guitar at woodstock, after which it disappeared, only to reemerge in 1990. It has passed hands 2x since then, the last time to Paul Allen of Microsoft for $2 million

1. Tsunami Victim Auction Fender Strat

This guitar wasn't played by any stars, but it has the signature of 21 of them: 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.

It was bought in 2005 at a Tsunami relief auction, where it sold for $2.7 million, making it the most expensive guitar ever.

3 replies
  1. Slow Hand Wannabe
    Slow Hand Wannabe says:

    At the hand of their MASTER’S, it’s the voice of each of these guitars that was their TRUE Genius. Now they are forever silent but legend.

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  2. I Dare You To Bid
    I Dare You To Bid says:

    I wouldn’t give any more for those guitars that what the artists paid for them…I guess I’m a Scrooge when it comes to collector items.

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