Top 5 Most Expensive Guitars

A guitar has always been a musician’s delight. Whether one is into soft music or metal, he has to strum a guitar. That’s how we have always imagined musicians to be. Books or films, a guitar is a musician’s best friend. With lots of films being made on musicians, directors never fail to include this wonder instrument in the budget. We, the common men, and women too for that matter, at times blindly follow that league and get admitted to guitar classes. Only the ones, who are really passionate about the instrument, take it to another level. Leaving those handful people, do we know how insanely expensive some guitars are? Not to worry. This list answers it all. Here’s listing the top five most expensive guitars in the world.

Most Expensive Guitars

5. Gibson


This Gibson used by the Beatles’ in the 1966 album Revolver and in 1968 album White. First, George Harrison used it for the former album, which included songs like Taxman and Got to Get You Into My Life and later John Lennon took it and used it for Back in the USSR, Revolution and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It was sold for an overwhelming $570,000.

4. Hybrid Fender Stratocaster – ‘Blackie’

eric clapton's blackie

‘Guitar God’ Eric Clapton gave the name ‘Blackie’ to his Fender Stratocaster Hybrid. This guitar is the result of three vintage Strats that Clapton had brought from a guitar shop in Texas. After disassembling the three guitars, he took out the best parts of them and made his own customized guitar. He used this one from 1970 to 1985, and it appeared on the cover of the 1977 album, Showhand. One of the most famous guitars in history, this one was sold for $959,500 at an auction.

3. Washburn 22 Series Hawk

washburn 22 series hawk

Bob Marley, the famous Jamaican musician needs no introduction, does he? He was the sole reason behind the popularity of reggae music worldwide. He once gave away a Washburn 22 Series Hawk guitar to a technician named Gary Carlsen. This guitar was custom made for Bob Marley, the estimated value of it being around $1.2 million. It is now a national asset of the country of Jamaica.

2. 1968 Fender Stratocaster

jimmy hendrix 1968 stratocaster                                                                                              

Jimmy Hendrix, the American musician and songwriter, who is considered to be the greatest man to ever play the guitar and one of the most important musicians in history, used this Strat in Wood stock that was sold off to Paul Allen, co founder of Microsoft for $2 million. Jimmy Hendrix or James Marshall Hendrix passed away in 1970 due to drug use.

1. Fender Strato caster at the Tsunami Fund raiser

Fender Stratocaster at the Tsunami fund raiser

Well, it does not fall into the category of legendary guitars used by famous artists, but it was sold for a whopping $2.7 million in 2005 at an auction in Doha, Qatar on November 16th, 2005 to raise funds for the Tsunami affected victims. It was bought one year go by Qatar’s royal family for a million dollars and was donated back to the Asia Program, for the fund raiser. Legendary musicians like Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Angus Young, Ritchie Blackmore, Bryan Adams, Tony Iommi, Sting, Brian May, Liam Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Malcolm Young, Def Leppard, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Paul Mc Cartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and many others autographed this Fender Stratocaster guitar, which till date remains the most expensive guitar sold. Technically speaking, this guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million.

So readers, did you ever know how expensive that stringed instrument, which we all yearn to learn, could be so expensive? I am sure this article on the top five most expensive guitars will change the outlook we all have towards the ever melodious guitar.

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