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So, what's the single most valuable guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 70' s Tone, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. 70' s Tone

    70' s Tone Member

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    Which guitar and why?
    How much do you think it might fetch?

    I think it would be Paul McCartney's Hofner Violin-shaped bass - the one he used most often, which is the most photographed instrument ever (according to several articles I've read over the years).
    If he or his estate were to sell it (unlikely) I think it would fetch $5 million. ;)
     
  2. Stratman Dan

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    MINE. Y'all just don't know it yet.....
     
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    FlyingVBlues Gold Supporting Member

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    Probably Billy Gibbons’ Pearly Gates or Jimmy Page’s 1959 Les Paul (No. 1) that he bought from Joe Walsh. Both of them are iconic guitars and would most likely sell for more than 2 million.
     
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    Guitar, or "memorabilia" guitar?
     
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    The Eden of Coronet of course.

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    SRV #1, Jimi Woodstock Strat ?
     
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    I'm starting to feel like you're planning a heist or something, friend. ;)
     
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    Hey man, I thought we had an agreement. :mad:
    LOL :D
     
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    I think the OP is probably correct.

    Lennon's J-160 acoustic has to be up there too, right?
     
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    Dont care.....im not going to buy it.
     
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    As well as Lennon's Epiphone Casino. It has a lot of history.
     
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    This?

    Perhaps the most famous of Jimi's guitars held by the museum is the Fender Stratocaster he played the "Star Spangled Banner" with at Woodstock. The “Woodstock Guitar” as it is commonly known, was purchased for the museum by Paul Allen for $1.3 million.

    http://voodoohendrix.com/jimi-hendrix-museum/
     
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    The big Beatles guitars are going to break all records if and when they find their way onto the market. McCartney's Shea Stadium violin bass, Lennon's Casino and the refinishished Hamburg Ric will be up there as well. George gave a lot of guitars away so a few of those have surfaced, but I believe his estate bought back the Rosewood Tele and I don't know the whereabouts of Lucy (stolen and recovered once, but did it disappear a second time?), the 12 string Ric or the Gretsches, so maybe those would be contenders as well. I'd say the Beatles are pretty much in a class of their own in terms of memorabilia and few of the famous guitars have come onto the market, so if one of the big ones did go up for sale I think it would be a very big deal.

    To be honest I'd be surprised if any of those guitars did go up for sale though - for the time being McCartney and Yoko have them, and it's hard to see either McCartney's or Lennon's estates wanting or needing to sell them in the event of McCartney and Yoko passing. $5 or even 10m might be a phenomenal amount of money to most of us, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to the likely estate value.
     
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    As with songwriting, you have to disqualify the Beatles right at the starting gate to have any kind of meaningful discussion on the topic. :)

    After that, there are a lot of guitars vying for status. SRV #1, EVH Franky, etc. Of those, I think I would peg Page's LP as the top earner.
     
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  15. Scary Uncle G.

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    But, that's a bass, not a guitar at all.
     
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    It’s got to be one of these:

    Lennon’s casino
    Lennon’s j-160
    McCartney’s Hofner
    Pages #1
    Pages #2
     
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    In some ways it's a more interesting conversation if you take the celebrity angle out of it, because the value of the celebrity stuff is not down to the guitar itself. Take away the McCartney ownership and a '63 or'64 Violin Bass is a £2k guitar, and a '65 Casino with a DIY refinish by anyone other than Lennon is going to be similar money.

    So, production guitars that have topped the $100k mark? From Gibson I can think of Bursts and original Explorers, maybe Goldtop '57s with PAFs, blonde dot neck 335s heading into the category. Martin there's the D45 and the OM45 Deluxe, and I've seen a Staufer type 1840s guitar with six figure asking price. A Paul Bigsby sold fairly recently for over $100k. Anything else?
     
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    To me or somebody else? Most of these guitars mentioned aren't worth near that kind of cash to me, because I don't care who played it before me.
     
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    If you could prove it, maybe a contender would be the burst Clapton used to record the Beano album. Not only is it a burst, and belonged to Clapton, but arguably started an entire genre of playing and tone.

    If EVH could have managed to keep the guitar as it was during the recording of VH1, the one that he used on Eruption and changed guitar playing forever, he could get a mint out of that perhaps.
     
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