A guitar is a popular musical instrument classified as a string instrument. Usually guitars are used in a variety of musical genres around the world and are recognized as the main instruments in the music genre, such as: blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul, and various form of pop music. That’s why the guitar is really popular and becomes the core of the music.
The price range for guitars is around $ 100 – $ 100,000 or more, depending on categories (nylon, strings, electricity, etc.) and also brands. But there are guitars that have fantastic prices and are the most expensive guitars ever sold. The most expensive record, reaching more than one million dollars, a very fantastic amount for a guitar.
This is the reason why the guitar is the most expensive guitar. By studying history and previous owners.
Here is a list of the 10 most expensive guitars ever sold in the world. Most of these guitars belong to the world guitar legend Eric Clapton, while others are guitars that were once used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Harrison, and John Lennon. But what has the highest price is not anyone’s guitar, but a Fender Stratocaster guitar sold at a charity event.
- Fender Stratocaster (Reach Out to Asia)
This guitar sold for 2.7 million US dollars in a fundraising event for victims of the tsunami entitled “Reach Out to Asia” which coordinated Bryan Adams in Qatar in 2005. The guitar has an inflated price, because the guitar was signed by several world class musicians above such as: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams themselves. Originally bought by the royal family of Qatar $ 1 million and later donated to charity, after that it was sold again at a price of $ 2.7 million, which meant that the guitar had produced a total of $ 3.7 million for charity. Fantastic!
- Stratocaster 1968 (Jimi Hendrix)
The Olympic White color guitar with serial number 240981 is his favorite guitar. The guitar was a guitar that played Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Jimi Hendrix played various guitars throughout his career, but the instrument most attached to him was the Stratocaster Fender. This 1968 Stratocaster guitar, purchased by Paul Allen from Microsoft in 1998 for $ 2,000,000 and placed in the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix’s hometown. This museum is dedicated to highlighting the history of Jimi Hendrix and “rock and roll” in general.
- Washburn 22 Series Custom Hawk (Bob Marley)
The guitar was auctioned at a charity event called “Different Journeys, One Destination” founded by Gary “Sir Johan” Karlsen III who was the only person who had been given a guitar by Bob Marley. Besides family relations, Gary was also a former colleague band Bob.
This instrument is categorized as a national asset by the Jamaican government and is one of seven guitars owned by the reggae icon Bob Marley. However, there is no definite price for this guitar, it is estimated that the price will reach 1.2-2 million US dollars.
- “BLACKIE” Around 1956 and 1957, Composite Fender Stratocaster (Eric Clapton)
“Blackie” is a nickname given by Eric Clapton for his favorite guitar Fender Stratocaster, given that name because it is black.
The story begins when Eric wanted to replace Gibson’s guitar with Stratocaster in 1970.
Eric bought six Fender Stratocaster from Sho-bud guitar shop while on tour with Dominos in Nashville, Tennessee. He gave one to George Harrison, Steve Winwood, and Pete Townshend. Then from the three remaining guitars, Strat in 1956-1957, he took the best component parts from the guitar and with Luthier Nashville Ted Newman Jones assembled “Blackie”.
The “Blackie” Stratocaster was used as Eric Clapton’s sole solo guitar and recording in the studio for his 15-year career, starting from 1970 until the end of 1985.
On June 24, 2004, Clapton sold “Blackie” at Christie’s auction hall, New York, USA.
Auction winners are musical instrument retail stores, Guitar Centers. Now the guitar is on display at Guitar Center’s flagship store at 218 W. 44th Street in Times Square, New York the United States.
At that time “Blackie” broke the world record as a guitar with the most expensive bid in the world, selling for a fantastic price of $ 959,500. The auction results are used for the cost of treating drug and alcohol addicts at the Crossroads Center rehabilitation facility, his property.
- Gibson ES-335 TDC 1964 (Eric Clapton)
Purchased by Eric Clapton in 1964, and he has used ES-335 during his career from The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, and his entire solo career. Clapton used ES-335 extensively during recording sessions with Blind Faith at the Morgan & Olympic Studio, and also on stage during tours in Scandinavia and America.
Eric Clapton’s guitar was used frequently in 1964 but was very rarely touched in the following years. This guitar sells for 847,500 US dollars.