So, what's the single most valuable guitar?

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  1. monwobobbo

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    my black strat......... wait ... what? oh priceless and can't put a price on it cuz no one wants it aren't the same..... never mind :anon
     
  2. archey

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    I would think Brian May's handmade Red Special would fetch quite a bit.
     
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    Both of Lennon's 325s, McCartney's 500/1, Harrison's 360/12 are probably the top four. Others that are all very famous and very valuable too (including ones mentioned) would certainly bring millions, but I honestly don't believe there is a non-Beatle guitar out there that can exceed the hammer price of any of those four. The only guitars that could possibly achieve that feat on a good day are other Beatle guitars - the Casinos, the J-45s, etc. And even for those, it would still be very tough. If a collector could have either Paul's 500/1 or his 4001, but had to choose one, they'd probably take the 500/1. If they could have Lennon's first 325 or his Casino and had to choose only one, odds are great they'd take the 325. The historical significance of those is considerably higher.
     
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    Are any of Django's Maccaferris still around?
    Or Charlie Christian's ES-150?
    There are guitars in the classical realm with value that could outstrip rock legacy guitars.
     
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    Didn't he use an Ibanez Destroyer for much of that album?
     
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    yep .... nothing else comes close altho I doubt it'll go on the market any time soon

    today's estimate = north of $50M
     
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    If we're excluding celebrity guitars then it is down to the most collectable. The D'Angelico Teardrop that Scott Chinery's estate still owns would be near the top of the heap. After that you have the bursts.
     
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    It has to be Stratocaster #0001 that Leo Fender gave to David Gilmour.
     
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    When you really think about it. What makes any guitar worth more than another. At the player, recording level which is all I care about it's how well it plays and how well it records. Everything else is completely subjective leaving one mans expensive guitar being another mans POS. When you pay collector item prices for tools youre screwed unless you can find someone as kooky as you regarding collectibles. In the millennial age I'd say any guitars you think are worth anything now. Sell them now.
     
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    It's a toss-up between Eric's Beano Les Paul Burst and the original Moderne, neither of which has ever surfaced.
     
  13. 70' s Tone

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    A Bass Guitar. It qualifies. :);)
     
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    Agreed. :)

    The thing about those (Beatles) instruments, is they represent a crucial point in history - a ground-breaking and defining moment that is not likely to happen again in the world of music. So, I agree, if given the opportunity, a mega-wealthy individual would want to latch onto these, because there is nothing else like them.
     
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    It's interesting that no one has mentioned the acoustic Elvis played when he first started.
     
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    There may not be much left by the time Willy is finished with it. :D
     
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    Yes. And how about that Gibson SG Santana played at Woodstock?
     
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    My PRS SE Bernie Marsden, because I love it.
    You can have it for $9500.
    Love only goes so far.
     
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    JP #1 is probably the most valuable guitar in the world
     
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