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10 Most Expensive Guitars in History

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by adamlovesgin, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Holic

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  2. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2005
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    All 10 were guitars that sold at auction - so valuable pieces still in the owners hands like May's Red Special, Page's #1 and #2 Les Pauls, and others like that aren't included.
     
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  3. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Holic

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    I wonder how much the Red Special is worth now??
     

  4. Stratandtele

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  5. NMore

    NMore Tele-Meister

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    Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Stratocaster Guitar by Fender – $959,500
     

  6. NJ Deadhead

    NJ Deadhead Tele-Meister

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  7. tonytrout

    tonytrout Friend of Leo's

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    I'd love to know how much "Clarence" is worth.....

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  8. Stratandtele

    Stratandtele Tele-Meister

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    I think the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, owns Garcia's "Tiger". He paid a pretty penny for that one, too.
     

  9. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    I never know how to take lists like this. As far as I know the most expensive guitar is a Gibson Explorer sold for around 600K. Then your usual suspects the 59 bursts and the Prewar Martin 45's.
    These lists venture into the memorabilia market and since a lot of the big numbers are at charity auctions you have to take tax deductions into account as well.

    If I had to venture a guess as to the most expensive that hasn't come on the market I would certainly include page's and brian may's guitars and add Paul's 59 left handed burst or his hofner bass. Then there's guitars like Hanks D28, Willie's trigger, and Keith's Micawber.
     

  10. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    Probably in the vicinity of what he spends on hair care products
     
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  11. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I am so jealous!
    Marty's a great writer, singer, player, performer, uh, archivist, AND he's got world class hair.
    No fair!
     
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  12. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    I think any of the significant Beatle guitars - the violin basses, Casinos, White Album D-28s, John's Ricks and George's Gretsches - would smash all records when it comes to celebrity guitars: the Beatles are still the band to beat when it comes to the memorabilia market and Beatles guitars so rarely come on the market. One of John's 160s sold for $2.4m, and the Rosewood Harrison Tele went for $475k (although that one was bought back by the Harrison estate) but the really well known stuff has never been on the market.

    When the Gibson L-1 posed with by Robert Johnson in the famous studio portrait was offered for $6m about a decade or so it had a lot of interested parties for whom $6m would have been pocket change - unfortunately the sale went a bit pear shaped when the provenance out to be basically the seller saying they really, really wanted it to be the RJ guitar.

    Agree with most of the other suggestions mentioned already, but there a couple of other huge ones: should the heavily modded Gibson Nick Lucas used by Dylan throughout the heavy touring of the mid 60s ever surface that could be a record breaker - Dylan already has a $1m guitar clocked up and the Nick Lucas must surely be his most recognisable guitar. The other really big one would be Neil Young's Old Black.

    I love the fact that both those guitars would normally be a train wreck to most collectors given the condition and mods!
     
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  13. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Bob Marley's Washburn?
     
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  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I could see his LP Special.
     
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  15. PBO Blues

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    And what about Trigger?

    (Oops. I see that warrent already pointed towards Willie's iconic companion. Good call.)
     

  16. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Holic

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    My God that is nice hair!
     

  17. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    toronto
    Best hair and playing in the business. ( I think they're related)
     
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  18. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Meister


    I didn't know Steve Bannon played a Tele....
     

  19. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
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  20. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    There's a long and colourful history to that guitar in between Gary Moore and Kirk Hammett... I can't remember the exact figures, butthe original sale by Moore was in the typical good condition Burst range (not bad for a guitar with two headstock breaks, but not superstar money) on the understanding the buyer kept the sale private, and the buyer immediately turned round and went for the mother of all pump and dumps, including getting it on the cover of a UK guitar magazine with a headline along the lines of 'Is this the first $2m Les Paul?', hence the 2m figure. The guitar did the rounds for quite a while after that until it ended up with reputable broker who did the deal with Kirk. I have an idea what it eventually went for and it was more than Gary Moore got for it, a lot less than $2m.

    You could write a book on that guitar - the LP forum thread on how the deal went down was a properly gripping page turner!
     
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