A guitar is considered to be one of the most attractive and amusing playing instruments in the field of music. Nobody would have ever thought that the guitars would be of any use apart from recording and produce soothing and hard rock sounds from it. But they have been utilised in much more practical and imperative cause. Most of the famous guitarists and rock stars have named the guitars that they used to play. Those guitars are still referred by their same nicknames by music lovers.
Here is a list of top ten electric guitars that were sold at very expensive rates. Since we are dealing with electric guitars, they must have obviously been owned by some famous pop stars, rock stars or cult personalities of the music industry. Therefore, every electric guitar has a story related to it, like who was it serving to and why was it sold so expensive. Let’s take a look at the list of top ten most expensive electric guitars in the world in 2018.
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10. Fender Stratocaster
Stevie Ray Vaughan played this 1963’s Fender Stratocaster guitar from around 1970. He was referred to as ‘the first wife’, and ‘number one’ too. This guitar was one of the most attractive and stylish designed guitars of its time. He used the guitar with such a passion that he soon started facing slight problems while playing it. Utilised and played by Stevie Ray Vaughan, this Fender Stratocaster was sold at $623,500 after the usage of the guitar fall drastically.
9. Gibson 1964 ES335
Gibson 1964 ES335 was played by Eric Clapton. Back in 1960’s when Eric Clapton used to play Gibson, everyone wants to be music artists and music lover also desired a Gibson guitar for themselves. Before the auction, Clapton told for the record, that he bought this Gibson guitar with his initial savings when he used to play guitar for Yardbirds. This main guitar of Eric Clapton was amongst one of the highest selling guitars with a price of $847,500.
8. Doug Irwin ‘Tiger’
Jerry Garcia is a very dedicated artist, had only two guitars for his performances. Doug Irwin (brown wooden color) was one of his main guitars. He used this guitar for about ten years from 1979 to 1989. Moreover, the guitar had a picture of a tiger on its top, therefore, it was nicknamed as ‘Tiger’. When Jerry performed for the last time for the audience, he played music with this guitar only. Being such a vintage guitar, it was sold at $957,500.
7. Fender Stratocaster ‘Blackie’
As we all know, Eric Clapton is counted amongst one of the most legendary guitarists. He is well known for playing a fender and a Gibson at the same time. Clapton gave his fender a name ‘Blackie’, which suited its design and style. This is considered to be a legendary guitar due to the fact that Eric Clapton himself framed it from three different guitars. He took out best parts of his three favorite guitars and then assembled them to produce his favorite version of guitar i.e. ‘Guitar’. It was priced at $959,500.
6. 1964 Fender Stratocaster
Bob Dylan, the rock’s roll performer who saw huge fan base back in the 60’s. Bob Dylan first performed with his 1964 Fender Stratocaster at Newport Folk Festival. It was priced at $965,000. People were crazy for Bob Dylan’s live performances and therefore the rate of this played guitar was high too.
5. Gibson 1959 Les Paul
Keith Richards may be considered as one of the richest guitarists in terms of ownership of guitars. He had a gallery of 500 guitars which he owned, but Gibson 1959 Les Paul was one of the most valuable guitars that he owned. At the time when Keith used to play music with this guitar, his group Rolling Stones was not at their peak. Yet, when the guitar was auctioned in 2006, it easily fetched a massive amount of $1 Million.
4. Washburn 22-series ‘Hawk’
The iconic musician Bob Marley’s guitar Washburn 22-series a.k.a ‘Hawk’ was specially customized by Bob Marley. This guitar is currently owned by the Jamaican government and they have not yet disclosed the amount for which they bought it. They classify this guitar as an ‘asset’. According to some trustworthy sources, it was valued somewhere in between $1.2 to $2 Million. It is considered to be most iconic and legendary since it is one of the seven guitars which the iconic legend Bob Marley owned.
3. Doug Irwin ‘Wolf’
Yet again Jerry Gracia’s famous guitar, which he used from 1973. This guitar was named as ‘Wolf’. It was first auctioned in 2002, which was the first public auction for this guitar and it was sold at $700,000. Yet again in 2017, it was auctioned again and was sold at a massive amount of $1.9 Million. All the money gained from its auction was delivered directly to the southern poverty law center.
2. 1968 Fender Stratocaster
The influence and contribution of Jimi Hendrix to the field of guitar and music has been a gem for both fields. 1968 Fender Stratocaster is still remembered for Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s performance at Woodstock. When this guitar was auctioned it was purchased by Paul Allen, the co-founder of tech giant Microsoft. It was purchased by him at $2 Million. Jimi Hendrix was the core reason behind the publicity of Fender guitars back in the end of 60’s.
1. Fender Stratocaster ‘Reach Out to Asia’
An electric guitar autographed by some of the iconic and legendary personalities of the music industry is worth paying for, isn’t it! Fender Stratocaster ‘Reach Out to Asia’ is the guitar which was signed by Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Liam Gallagher, and David Gilmour. Bryan Adams was the person behind the idea of auctioning a guitar with signatures of all such music dignitaries to raise money for Tsunami victims that hit Asia in 2004. This autographed Fender Stratocaster was purchased by that time heir of Qatar at $2.7 Million.
Though all of these guitars are iconic in their own manner. But, just to be clear in a fact, Fender Stratocaster ‘Reach Out to Asia’ is surely the most expensive guitar to be auctioned but, 1968 Fender Stratocaster is the most expensive guitar ever used for any live performance. Fender Stratocaster was autographed by six music legends and then it was auctioned, it was never used at any live performance by anyone.