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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Who is known to have the largest guitar collection?

I'm wondering what famous guitarist is known to have the largest guitar collection and if anyone has any pictures they could share of that collection.

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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting question. This happened back in March:

"Eric Clapton’s collection of over 75 guitars and 55 amps was auctioned off at a Bonhams New York on Wednesday and brought in 2.15 million dollars.

According to AFP, Clapton’s 1948 Gibson hollow body guitar brought in $83,000. His signature Stratocaster sold for $51,000. The Associated Press reports a replica of Clapton’s prized “Blackie” Stratocaster sold for $35,000. The guitar is a duplicate of the original from the 1970s right down to the cigarette burns and belt buckle scratches.

The proceeds will benefit the drug and alcohol treatment center Clapton founded, Crossroads Centre. Clapton suffered with alcoholism and he founded the treatment center in 1998."
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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Billy Gibbons ZZ Top

Rick Neilson Cheap Trick

David Gilmore Pink Floyd

The Gentlmen above are known to have a big collection of guitars.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It makes me wonder, what about the TDPRI readers?
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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Billy Gibbons has around 450.
Tom Petty - 144 as of a year ago (per Tom on CBS Sunday Morning interview)
Keith has a bunch for sure, and Clapton too.
but it's anyone's guess as to who has the most.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would imagine that most artists have 100s of guitars.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Two off the top of my head

Marty Stuart

Joe Walsh
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think Jimmy Page is known to have quite a collection too.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not really famous, but nice stuff here :

http://www.guitarmotel.com/
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Rick Nielsen in July of 2000 interviewed:
[SIZE=2]K2K: How many guitars do you own?[/SIZE] [SIZE=2]RN: How many do you want? I've owned about 2,000. I own a couple hundred right now.[/SIZE]
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Billy Gibbons
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Why do they need to be famous? There's a guy named Mike Slubowski who frequents the Les Paul forum. His collection rivals any mentioned so far.

http://images.lilypix.com/thumbnails.php?album=2325
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It was said several years back that Billy Gibbons had over 450 several years ago. It's probably more by now.

Some people may think it's selfish and a waste of money, but it also means that over 450 good...probably vintage...guitars are going to be kept safe for the future.



(Mind you, that notion didn't help all those guitars stored in Nashville last year.)
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My wife thinks mine is.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Why do they need to be famous? There's a guy named Mike Slubowski who frequents the Les Paul forum. His collection rivals any mentioned so far.

http://images.lilypix.com/thumbnails.php?album=2325
They don't have to be famous, I figured someone famous would be more likely to have a very extensive collection.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Ole Fuzzy has quite a tele collection.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Jimmy Page has about 1500, read it in guitar world. The interview was with john paul jones too, and JPJ was like, "really? holy crap", and page was a little embarassed. Serves him right!




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Old August 12th, 2011, 02:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
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i've had over 100 at one time
think it was 107
thats when i began thinking i really dont need this many

..i'm keepin it under 50 now
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Old August 12th, 2011, 02:14 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Randy Bachman has a whole separate house for his guitars, though he recently sold a whack to a museum...
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For years, British Columbia rocker Randy Bachman searched in vain for his holy grail.

It’s a late-1950s orange Gretsch guitar, the Chet Atkins model. It was stolen in 1976 from a Toronto hotel room.

Bachman used the beloved instrument — “my first real professional guitar” — on the Guess Who hit Shakin’ All Over, and later for Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s Takin’ Care of Business. He has yet to find it.

Still, during 30 years of touring — scouring music stores, pawn shops and garage sales around the globe — Bachman did manage to amass the world’s largest and finest collection of Gretsch electric guitars. That treasure trove of roughly 375 instruments has now been purchased by the Gretsch company for its museum in Savannah, Ga.

“It’s worth several million dollars,” Bachman said yesterday. The collection includes Gretsch amplifiers, banjos, dobros, ukuleles and an organ.

It was mostly housed on Saltspring Island and in White Rock, B.C. The Gretsch collection includes such rarities as a 1957 White Penguin model. The White Penguin is considered by some the ultimate electric guitar collectible. There is also a mint condition 1958 prototype of the Country Gentleman model still in its original factory wrapping.

“When the museum curator saw that, he said, ‘I can’t believe it,’ ” Bachman said.

In the early ’90s, Fred Gretsch, grandson of the company’s founder, borrowed some of the Canadian rocker’s guitars to use as templates for reissues. The Gretsch factory — and the guitar designs within it — had been destroyed by fire. Bachman’s collection includes many rare and one-of-a-kind models. The relationship between Bachman and Fred Gretsch ultimately led to the sale of the collection, already sent to Savannah.

The guitars will be displayed at the museum as the Randy Bachman Collection.

Bachman said he will not miss his guitars, as he rarely saw most of them. He compared his collection to a library.

“You can’t read them all,” he said. “And you can’t play these guitars all the time.”

Some of the instruments, from the 1920s and ’30s, are unplayable in their present state. They were made in the age of horse-glue, which deteriorates over time. And some early models lack metal rods Gretsch later used to reinforce the necks of its instruments.

Bachman’s hero, Chet Atkins, sent him a similar guitar to the stolen one after hearing of his loss. Featuring an autographed pick-guard, it is one of only three. Atkins, who died in 2001, owned one, while Paul McCartney owns the other. This is the only Gretsch guitar Bachman has kept.

“That won’t go to the museum,” he said. “That is my personal gift from Chet Atkins.”

As for the lost instrument, Bachman continues his search. He believes it might be in the possession of a member of the Thompson Twins, a British pop group. Bachman once saw a Thompson Twins music video and thought he recognized it. The guitar is identifiable by a blemish on its body caused by a knothole in the natural grain.

When the Thompson Twins played GM Place in Vancouver years ago, Bachman convinced a friend working backstage to approach the group to see if they’d sell the guitar back to him. A guitar technician with the band said the Gretsch guitar hadn’t been taken on the tour.

“The guy said, ‘I’d never take it on the road. It’s too valuable.’ ”
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Old August 12th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Keith Richards has stated during interviews that he own over 1K guitars and really dosnt know the exact number. He also says that he intends to to open a guitar museum someday.

I sure wish he'd hurry up!
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