World’s Most Costly Guitars of All Times
Whenever its sound about the most expensive guitars in the world the only name comes to our lips is Blackie. It is Eric Clapton guitar which was bought by an archeologist for hard label price of $950,000 USD. But now it is no longer most valuable guitar of the world. Here we show you the top ten lists of most expensive guitars in the world.
1. Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster
This precious guitar retains the topmost place in the world’s most costly guitars list. This most valuable guitar was sold in an auction to raise funds for a charity known as Reach out to Asia to help tsunami victims in 2005. This unique guitar features signees of well-known guitarists like Bryan Adams, Mick Jaggar, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Def Leppard etc. This Most precious guitar initially belongs to Qatar imperial family for $1 million which was donated for charity by them later on. This guitar was sold once again for high price $2.7 million so in total this guitar yielded $3.7 million for charity.
Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster Image
2. Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Stratocaster
This extravagant guitar was played by famous American guitarist Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969. And for the time period of 1970 to 1990 this exclusive guitar was in hands of Mitch Mitchell a well-known English drummer. In that same year this valuable guitar was again sold for $198,000. After its sell rumors were spread in the market saying that co-founder of Microsoft Company Paul Allen had spent $2 million for this expensive guitar.
Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Stratocaster Pic
3. Bob Marley’s Custom made Washburn 22 Series Hawk
Government of Jamaica declared this most costly guitar as national belongings. This unique guitar is one from the collection of seven guitars of Reggae, a first developed music genre in Jamaica. This valuable guitar was handed to guitar technician Gary Carlsen by Bob Marley after a concert in Vancouver on November 21st, 1971. Astonishingly, this guitar was considered as world’s best gift by Gary Carlsen. This most expensive guitar actually helps him to found charitable trust like “Different Journeys, One destination” and at last offered this guitar as a grand prize for a lottery.
Bob Marley’s Custom made Washburn 22 Series Hawk Picture
4. Eric Clapton’s Blackie Stratocaster
This is the world’s famous guitar which is used by any guitarist. This guitar belongs to famous English guitarist, songwriter and vocalist called Eric Clapton due to persuade of other guitarist like Jimi Hendrix in 1970. Eric Clapton buys six vintage strats for $100 each from the guitar shop in Texas. Out of these six unique guitars he gifted three of them to George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Pete Townshend. The remaining three of them were used by him who were named as Blackie. Eric Clapton played these exclusive guitars continuously from January 1973 to 1985 until he got retired due to his neck injuries. This matchless guitar was sold in 2004 at an auction for $959,000 and became the most costly guitar of the world.
Eric Clapton’s Blackie Stratocaster Picture
5. Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson Guitar ES0335 TDC
This extravagant guitar was played by Eric Clapton at some stage in 1964 after it was just rarely played. The price of this distinctive guitar reached up to $847,500 when it was sold in an auction. This is the highest value guitar which was ever sold in an auction throughout the Gibson series history.
Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson Guitar ES0335 TDC Pic
6. Eric Clapton’s C.F. Martin & Co., Circa 1939
This is another valuable guitar from the Eric Clapton’s collection. This graceful guitar was sold by him to rise out funds for charity named as Crossroads Rehabilitation Center.
Eric Clapton’s C.F. Martin & Co., Circa 1939 Picture
7. “Lenny” – Steve Ray Vaughan’s 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster
This superlative guitar belongs to the great blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan as 26th birthday present by his wife Lenny in 1980. This beautiful guitar was one of most costly guitars and its favorite which was played consistently by him until his death in 1990. SRV tattoo on this guitar is a trademark for the many of the guitars of Stevie Ray Vaughan. In order to benefit crossroad center in Antigua it was sold in an auction for high-price of $623,500.
“Lenny”- Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster Pic
8. George and John’s 1964 Gibson SG
This special guitar was used by the Beatles throughout the period from 1966 to 1969. The thing which makes it even popular is that it is used by the two famous guitarists George Harrison and John Lennon. George Harrison used this guitar during the recordings of the album “Revolver” while John Lennon in the same period for the album “The White”. After that it was handed to George Peter Ham by the rock band Badfinger. This unique guitar was undiscovered after his death until 2002. This guitar was sold to an unspecified bidder at an auction for a preliminary value of $570,000 in 2004.
George and John’s 1964 Gibson SG Photo
9. Eric Clapton’s Gold Leaf Stratocaster
This guitar was made on a special order by Eric Clapton in 1996 on a 50th centenary of Fender. He wanted something which could be hang on the walls of Louvre museum. This precious guitar features a custom plated fender with 23-karats gold. After that it becomes the company first signature guitar. It was sold for an impressive price tag of $455,000 at Christie’s public sale in 1997.
Eric Clapton’s Gold Leaf Stratocaster Photo
10. 1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype
This impressive guitar is the Leo Fender’s first prototype which is known as Fender Telecaster. This meticulous model of Fender Broadcaster became the landmark for the world’s most flourishing electric guitar company. This guitar was sold to a private collector for a high price of $375,000 in 1994 which was the chief value ever spent for any guitar at that time.
1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype Photo