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The 10 Most Expensive Guitars in the World



The world packs a large collection of guitars; where some are quite very expensive to purchase.

If you are a lover of the musical instrument, then you should probably know that its price is a product of various factors ranging from the adopted wood of production to its craftsmanship.

Moreover, these guitars are not readily available in local shop but can be ordered from an high end marketing brand.

Some of them are used by famous musicians who made it big in the entertainment industry.

So, the 10 most expensive Guitars in the World are:

10. Jerry Garcia’s Custom Doug Irwin “Tiger”

WORTH: $957,500

Starting off the list of the most expensive guitars in the world is Jerry Garcia’s Custom Doug Irwin “Tiger.”

The guitar is owned by Jerry Garcia who was a senior player for Grateful Dead.

The guitar has a custom tiger head painted on its body and was used for a complete decade by Jerry.

Custom Doug Irwin was auctioned in 2002 for $957,500, to Jim Irsay, who is the CEO of the Indianapolis Colts. 

The musical instrument high price comes as a result its exclusivity.

9. Eric Clapton’s “Blackie”

WORTH: $959,000

Coming in next, Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” is one of the most expensive guitars in history.

Blackie is owned by Eric Clapton, who created it through the combination of three (3) different seperate guitars.

The popular musician used the instrument to perform in so many live events and shows.

The guitar retired in 1985 after an incredible run of quality sound production with Eric.

Due to its popularity and craftsmanship, the guitar was auctioned for a huge $959,000.


8. Bob Dylan’s “Newport Folk Festival” 1964 Fender Stratocaster

WORTH: $965,000

Bob Dylan’s “Newport Folk Festival” 1964 Fender Stratocaster is the eighth (8th) most expensive guitar in the world.

It is owned by Bob Dylan, who used it at so many events and performance.

It is his (Dylan’s) first electric guitar but nevertheless, the idea of introducing the electrically wired instrument (as at that time) did not receive a welcoming reception by the fans.

However, Bob Dylan continued to show more interest in electric musical instruments and later became quite famous for it.

On account of the guitar’s story and ordeal, it sold for an incredible $965,000!

7. Keith Richards 1959 Les Paul

WORTH: $1 Million

Keith Richards 1959 Les Paul is the world’s seventh (7th) most expensive guitar.

The guitar had great history during the rock and roll era of music.

The instrument has no particular famous musician attached to hit and on its own, acquired the six figures value.

Despite being used in various events and live performance, it would be harsh to attribute its success to shows.

Rather, the $1 Million is a product of perfect tonne, build quality and craftsmanship.


6. 1958 Gibson Korina Explorer

WORTH: $1.1 Million

Coming in next, the 1958 Gibson Korina Explorer is one of the most expensive guitars in the world.

The guitar is associated with three (3) prominent guitarists: Kirk Hammett, Slash and Rick Nelson, who had played it during a point in their musical career.

Coupled with associating its self with historical guitarists, about ten (10) of the musical instrument were produced thus, it is very rare.

The unusual shaped guitar was auctioned for a huge $1.1 Million to an anonymous buyer.

5. Bob Marley’s Washburn 22-Series Hawk

WORTH: $1.2 Million

Breaking in among the top five (5) on the list, Bob Marley’s Washburn 22-Series Hawk is one of the most expensive guitars in the world.

Washburn 22-Series Hawk is among the seven (7) guitars that was owned by the famous reggae musician, Bob Marley.

Bob presented the guitar as a gift to his technician, Gary Clausen.

However, the Jamaican government declared the instrument a national treasure and (reportedly) bought it for $1.2 Million.

4. Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf”

WORTH: $1.9 Million

Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” is the fourth (4th) most expensive guitar in the world.

This is yet another Jerry Garcia’s guitar on the list but this time out, the instrument has an inscription of wolf on its body – which perfectly fit its name.

The guitar was auctioned at an amazing price of $1.9 Million.

However, experts have predicted that its price may increase in years to come.

Aside being expensive, wolf was also part of a fundraising scheme for poverty.


3. Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster

WORTH: $2 Million

Coming in among the top three, Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster is the third (3rd) most expensive guitar in the world.

The instrument got a hefty price tag as a result of its association to the 1969 Woodstock music festival – where it was played by Jimi Hendrix.

In 1998, the guitar was auctioned to Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for about $2 Million.


2. John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E Acoustic-Electric

WORTH: $2.4 Million

Missing the top spot, John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E Acoustic-Electric is the second (2nd) most expensive guitar in the world.

It is the first acoustic guitar on the list and rightly deserves the spot due to build its build material, tonne and craftsmanship.

The musical instrument was purchased by John Lennon and George Harrison in London in 1962. 

In 1962, the acoustic guitar was valued around £161 but in 2014, it was auctioned for an breathtaking $2.41 million.


1. “Reach Out To Asia” Fender Stratocaster

WORTH: $2.7 Million

“Reach Out To Asia” Fender Stratocaster is the most expensive guitar in the world.

The musical instrument was part of the project to help victims of the 2004 Indian earthquake through Bryan Adams “Reach Out To Asia.”

The guitar has a total signature of 19 artists including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Brian May, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Liam e.t.c.

In 2015, “Reach Out To Asia” Fender Stratocaster, was sold for a world record $2.7 million.



Those were the ten (10) most expensive guitar in history.

In the musical world, the grading of best guitars is more dependent on the player than any other factor.

At times, history might come in to blend the story but everyone who loves playing the instrument will attest that prominent guitarists did not settle for less when choosing their instruments.

However, before we round off the post, let’s take a quick look at the summary:

1.“Reach Out To Asia” Fender Stratocaster$2.7 Million
2.John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E Acoustic Electric$2.4 Million
3.Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster$2 Million
4.Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf”$1.9 Million
5.Bob Marley’s Washburn 22-Series Hawk$1.2 Million
6.1958 Gibson Korina Explorer$1.1 Million
7.Keith Richards 1959 Les Paul$1 Million
8.Bob Dylan’s “New Port Folk Festival” 1964 Fender Stratocaster$965,000
9.Eric Clapton’s “Blackie”$959,000
10.Jerry Garcia’s Custom Doug Irwin “Tiger”$957,500

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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