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Top 10 Most Expensive Guitars

/ May 8, 2016

5. 1964 Gibson ES335, Eric Clapton-$847,500

Eric Clapton used this instrument while collaborating with different bands such as The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Blind Faith. By the time this guitar was auctioned in 2004, it was the third most expensive guitar in the world, with a price tag of 847,500 dollars. This guitar was sold off at Christie’s auction in 2004. This guitar is estimated to have cost about $80,000 and it was sold for $847,500.

Out of five guitars that have been listed above so far three of them were used and owned by Eric Clapton. This shows how valuable and influential Clapton and his band were.

4. Blackie Strat, Eric Clapton- $959,500

Eric Clapton is the owner of this exceptional and hybrid guitar. This instrument was created using the parts of three vintage Stratocasters that were purchased by Clapton from a guitar store in Texas. Clapton used this guitar from 1970 to 1985, approximately 15 years. This instrument also appeared on the cover of the 1977 Slowhand album, which featured the songs Wonderful Tonight and Cocaine. Like many of his legendary guitars, Clapton auctioned this guitar to raise money for the Crossroads Rehab Center.

3. Bob Marley’s Custom Made Washburn 22 Series Hawk-$1.2M

Bob Marley is the owner of this expensive instrument which as custom made for him. Bob was a singer and songwriter who hailed from Jamaica. He is popularly known for reggae music, although his band also played ska music. Because of Bob, Jamaican music and the entire Rastafari community became known all over the universe. Some of his hits include Jamming, I Shot the Sheriff and No Woman No Cry. Bob rarely played this guitar and therefore decide to give it to his guitar tech, Gary Carlsen. This instrument has been classified by the Jamaican government as a national treasure.

2. 1968 Fender Strat, Jimi Hendrix -$2M

Jimmi Hendrix is one of the renowned guitarists of all time. This guitar was used by Jimmi at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, where he was one of the headliners. It was later sold for two million dollars to Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder. Jimmi Hendrix died in 1970 due to drug use. During his 4 years in the limelight, Jimmi was able to achieve a lot more than most artists can ever dream of in their entire lifetime.

1. Reach Out To Asia Strat – $2.7M

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This guitar is considered to be one of the most expensive guitars in the world because it’s signed by several legendary artists. Back in 2004 a calamity struck several countries along the Indian Ocean when a tsunami hit the region. In relief efforts, Fender auctioned off a signed guitar. It featured the signs of the biggest string players including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian May, Ronnie Wood, Liam Gallagher, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Bryan Adams, members of Def Leppard, Tony Lommi, Jeff Beck, Peter Townshend, Angus Young, Mark Knopfler, Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Ritchie, Sting and Blackmore.
2, 700,000 million dollars were raised making it the most expensive guitar in the planet.