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The 4 Most Expensive Guitars in History

In this article we take a look at the fascinating tales behind four incredibly expensive historic guitars.

Fender Stratocaster

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This Fender Stratocaster is the most expensive guitar ever in recorded history. It was sold in 2005 for a whopping 2.7 million dollars at an auction with the goal of raising money for Reach Out to Asia.

This was a non-profit entity specifically created to aid the victims of the 2005 tsunami that devastated various countries in Asia.

The person who claimed it not only helped the cause immensely but also took home one of the most epic instruments in history. Why? The Fender Stratocaster was signed by Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck and Bryan Adams. Wow!

Gibson J-160E – John Lennon

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This Gibson is undoubtedly one of the most relevant musical instruments in history. The circumstances surrounding the selling are quite curious. This was an acoustic guitar that Lennon had lost long before the year it was sold.

He used it to record tracks in the “Please, Please Me” and “With the Beatles” albums. In 2015, after being reported as missing for over 40 years, someone bought the Gibson J-160E for 2.4 million dollars at a live auction.

1968 Fender Stratocaster – Jimi Hendrix

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Who doesn’t know about the absolutely legendary Jimi Hendrix performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival? Well, this Fender Stratocaster was used in the set and is said to be one of Hendrix’s all-time favorite guitars.

Although the details of the selling are covered by a bit of secrecy, the guitar was reportedly bought by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for an unbelievable 2 million dollars.

Doug Irwin Tiger – Jerry Garcia

Known as “tiger”, this was Garcia’s main guitar during the 80s. The name comes from the fact that there was a tiger inlaid on the preamp cover on top. Business executive Brian Halligan acquired it for 1.9 million dollars during an auction organized to benefit the cause of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

History is filled with instances when, with only the touch of a finger, iconic guitarists astronomically increase the value of their instruments.

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