Top 10: Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold

Whether you are just starting out to learn to play the guitar or even a seasoned veteran who has played for decades, you should probably admire what the guitar has provided people all over the world with. Music changed culture, society, lifestyle and much more. The influence it has on us is incomprehensible. On a day to day, it influences are attitudes and affects our moods; it can be a total game changer.

Naturally speaking the arrival of the guitar deserves a round of applause, but, over the course of the existence of guitar, it makes you wonder ‘what’ guitar(s) were the most expensive. So we did some digging around and found our top 10. So without further ado here are the 10 most expensive guitars ever sold.


10. Jerry Garcia’s Wolf: $789,500Jerry Garcia Wolf - Most Expensive Guitars                      leftyguitars

Known most prominently for his work in The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia performed until his untimely demise in 1995. For his years of music came many custom guitars, and this was one of his most reputable (other than the ‘Tiger’).


9. Eric Clapton’s 1939 Martin Acoustic Guitar: $791,5001939 Martin Acoustic - 9th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                       guitaraficianado

In 1992, Clapton’s career reemerged when he released ‘Tears in Heaven’. After the songs release, he performed on MTV’s unplugged with this guitar, only to be auctioned off at a later date to raise money for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua.


Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson: $847,5001964 Gibson - 8th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                      musicradar

In June 1965, Clapton bought a second-hand, Cherry Sunburst 1960 Gibson Les Paul. Soon after he fell in love with Gibson guitars and purchased the 64 and performed it with the likes of the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.


Jerry Garcia’s Tiger: $950,000 Jerry Garcia Tiger - 7th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                         gdao

After the creation of his ‘Wolf’ guitar, Garcia told his guitar designer and maker Doug Irwin “don’t hold back”. As a result, Irwin did not hold back and 6 years later, Garcia was playing the guitar which will become his most-played guitar.


Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster: $959,000Eric Clapton Blackie - 6th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Soldneofundi

Another Clapton, but this was his favorite. He exclusively used this guitar on stage and in the studio for 12 odd years between 74 and 85. Whilst in that period he recorded some of his greatest including; Cocaine, I Shot The Sheriff, Wonderful Tonight, Further On Up The Road, Lay Down Sally and various live versions of Layla.


Bob Dylan’s Sunburst Fender Stratocaster: $965,000Bob Dylan Sunburst - 5th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                      marketwatch

This was Bob Dylan’s game changer. It was this guitar he used at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island which was a defining moment for him and more importantly for the music.

The controversy and the words of treachery Dylan copped during this time is a true testament to his work and is truly a piece of history.


Bob Marley’s Washburn: $1.2 millionBob Marley Washburn - 4th Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                       opishposh

This iconic 22 fret wing series hawk solid body with a double cutaway electric guitar was once Bob Marley’s and is considered as ‘one’ of the rarest guitars to be ever made. Fetching a whopping $1.2 million at auction, this guitar was one of the first guitars ever made by Washburn and is considered as a national treasure by the Jamaicans.


Peter Green and Gary Moore’s 59 Gibson Les Paul: $2 millionPeter Green - 3rd Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                       mylespaul

Paul Green had sold this legendary guitar to Gary Moore back in the 70’s for only a couple hundred bucks. Since then the demand for the 59 Les Paul has risen significantly and the guitar alone is worth upwards of $300,000. And that’s regardless to who had played with one of the greatest/most recognized guitars in music history.


Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Stratocaster: $2 millionJimi Hendrix Stratocaster - 2nd Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                      guitarinternational

There’s probably no explanation needed for this guitar, but here is it. This Jimi Hendrix guitar was played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 along with many other concerts including his last. His legendary music, showmanship and over the top nature puts this guitar rightfully into second spot!


Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster: $2.8 millionReach Out to Asia - Most Expensive Guitar Ever Sold                      theimperic

When the tsunami devastated Asia in 2005 Bryan Adams went out to make a difference by donating a piece which makes its place as number one.

This little number in addition to Adams himself, was autographed by Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Brian May, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Mark Knopfler, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney and Sting. Some of the greats in rock n roll history and a significant guitar for a significant cause.


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