What's the most expensive guitar brand that you know of?

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  1. frisco kid

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    Top end Teyes at $25k plus seem downright affordable compared to the prices listed on this post!
     
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  2. HomeInMyShoes

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    Martin Limited Edition D-200

    For the more price conscious: Martin D-45S Authentic 1936 Acoustic Guitar
     
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  4. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    What’s amusing is finding a builder I’ve never heard of, thinking their guitars look cool and I could support an “up and coming” luthier, then learning their guitars are $15,000 to $20,000.
     
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    Not Jackson.. they have some cheap models but Jackson USA starts at $2500...
     
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    There's such a gulf between production guitars and custom guitars, that is hard to nail down what we're asking.

    Is it the most expensive generally produced guitar brand coming off a factory line?
    Are we including hand-built models?
    Are we including single-luthier builders that in essence create custom guitars?

    Side note - I have loved some of these smaller arch top builders being shared. Awesome work!
     
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    Toss in Manzer, Ribbecke, and Pagelli, also.

    Those are going to be in the $40-$50k range depending on appointments.
     
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    My thought was Parker Archtops
     
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    Uli Jon Roth started his own company selling a variety of versions of his Sky Guitar. The budget Silver range start at £6.3, the "real" ones at around £12-20k and some double necks and like higher still.

    Given the asking price of many custom shop offerings that are essentially "really nice" examples of well established designs, the silver series particularly don't seem outrageously expensive to me. If someone wanted a pro instrument with extended upper range and high gain/headroom active electronics with 3 band EQ on board I'm not sure there are too many other options, other than a custom-built one off. But a custom build might easily be similarly priced and arguably lacks the tried and tested pedigree of the Sky instruments.

    It's easy to underestimate how developing something new for a likely limited market needs to cost as a viable product for the builder.
     
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    Jim Triggs archtop start at $20,000, as I remember.
     
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    Yeah, I'm excluding "art" guitars and vintage collectables that have appreciated in value, and the archtops and acoustics that are really much more like violins and cellos. As far as expensive guitars that I've actually seen people play the hell out of, I'd go with the Electrical Guitar Company.
     
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    Those Olson acoustics that James Taylor plays are pretty pricey at the bottom of their range, starting at $15k.
    Ol’ Jim makes them sound pretty good though.
     
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  13. Bryan T

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    Jeff Traugott’s guitars were pretty pricey last I checked. They currently start at $30.5K.

    If I remember right, he offered buyers the option to sell it back to him, controlling the used market.

    Ervin Somogyi’s guitars start at $40K.
     
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    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    My dad (R.I.P.) played Candelas Flamenco and Requintos. I got a quote for a Classical style guitar for 10k....walked out with my tail between my legs....
     
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    Collings. The cheapest guitar of theirs available on Reverb is over three grand!

    Alembic. A new bass or guitar from them usually averages about 8-10 grand starting out.

    Oh yeah, and there is a solid brass Ibanez Artist on Reverb that is listed for 20,000 grande right now after a few major price drops. Its from the late seventies, but I still have to mention it because it cracks me up. It apparently weighs seven times as much as a Les Paul!
     
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    one of the most expensive one has to be Somogyi guitars..
    They start from about 40K
     
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    For a bit of a different flavor... Hauser, Smallman, Romanillos, and Redgate classicals command a pretty penny if you can even get on their waitlist which I believe most are completely closed out.
     
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    See my post #45. :beer
     
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    If OP is looking to buy, I will make a production run of tinverse specials. I don't claim they're good, I claim they're expensive.
     
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    After my Parker NiteFly bridge started wobbling around, making intonation impossible, and the Parker customer service being absolutely useless, I have no inclination to mess with another Parker...
     
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