So, what's the single most valuable guitar?

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  1. Sirloin

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    I hate to say this, but I think the passing of the famous guitar player would drive the value way up.

    Having said that, I think EVH Frankenstein would be the one
     
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    To ME David Grissom's goldtop PRS 24 from his mid 80's stint with Joe Ely.

    To humanity..or at least current electric guitar aficionados…

    Les Paul's Log.
     
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    i have been thinking about value a bit. I have several guitars that have some re-sell value, A very early run of a Taylor Solidbody, the last year of Washburn Custom Shop Idol built in the USA, etc. These guitars while rare and interesting, weill never hold a candle to any guitar played by a major artist. This Stage-Played Artist provenance, and major influencer, will alway carry a very very high premium.

    I put this class of guitar into the same category as classic master painting, pop-art by famous people etc. Those that can want to hang this art and collectables on the wall. Take for example and on-screen props, same stuff. "I have that <item> right there on tv hanging on my wall! Alway more money!!!!!!

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    The Peter Green lp?
     
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  5. jerrycampbell

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    Nobody really cares about VH outside of the US, so I can't imagine EVH's guitar being worth more than guitars of more global interest.
     
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    hey I have a EVH Signature on a guitar. It's a black sharpie on the pick guard of a squire strat. I have the COA as well. Am I rich? The guitar is a Squire Strat. :) it was a present.
     
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  7. Sirloin

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    Which guitar(s) have global interest?
     
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    Classical and flamenco guitars are the first I think of, also antiques.
    Stradivari built several guitars, only five in existence, only one playable.
    http://www.sabionari.com/Home.html
    I mentioned earlier but repeat, a guitar played by Django Reinhardt or Charlie Christian, whose playing had much more influence than EVH, would have international interest.
    Gene Autry's D45 was mentioned, as well as Mark Twain's.
     
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    $9,500.00
    Well, I'm a little short on love this week. I'll need to pass. :D
     
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    Catch me next week.
     
  11. Sirloin

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    Reinhardt Selmer Maccafari not even in the ballpark of a non celebrity burst. So while there may be international interest, that doesn’t translate into international money.
     
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    Source?
     
  13. Sirloin

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    Highest sold price I could find online was $50k. What’s your source?
     
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    I see $80000 to $100000 estimated for a Levin archtop he used.
    A Maccaferri would bring a great deal more.
    They don't show up for sale, whereas bursts are available any time someone wants to buy one and has the money.
     
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    the greatest guitarist of all time, playing in the best rock band of all time...... AND it’s a ‘59 Lester..... cha-ching!
     
  16. Sirloin

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    Well, I don’t think you have a strong case here. A celebrity owned burst (jimmy page), EVH guitar, Brian May red special, etc would beat any of those once the artist is no longer with us. Regardless of international interest, $$$ is king.
     
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    Doesn't appear that Garcia's Wolf has been mentioned. It sold for $1.9M last year.
     
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  18. Sirloin

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    Non original tuners!!!
     
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    I'm having a hard time having a serious conversation while you are wearing that hat (avatar) :D.
    Did you see the link to the Stradivari, that's #1, IMO.
    Yeah, really hard to predict values until they are sold, I could see Brian May's attracting lots of attention.
    Interesting topic.
     

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