• The ‘Most Expensive Guitar’ tag fight

    June 21, 2011 | Posted by

    While researching on guitars, I realised that we have never done a most expensive guitar article write-up before. That led to some interesting research. Apparently the most expensive tag when it comes to guitars is a much contested one. The earliest bearer of this tag is the Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed as Blackie. This guitar managed to raise a whopping $959,000 in New York when auctioned by Christie’s. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

    That record was briefly broken by a signed Fender standard series stratocaster was sold at an auction to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami disaster. Sold at a massive $2.8 million at an auction in Qatar, the price easily shattered the previous record held by Blackie. The idea for this guitar started when Fender Europe’s Jamie Crompton contacted Bryan Adams to see how people from the music industry could reach out to help the victims of such a devastating natural disaster. Bryan got his phone book out and rang nineteen of rock’s most treasured artists to sign a Standard Series Fender Stratocaster guitar, donated by Jamie and Fender Europe.

    Artists who signed:

  • Jimmy Page
  • Eric Clapton
  • Mick Jagger
  • Brian May
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Jeff Beck
  • Pete Townshend
  • Ray Davies
  • David Gilmour
  • Bryan Adams
  • Tony Iommi
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Angus Young
  • Malcolm Young
  • Keith Richards
  • Ronnie Wood
  • Paul McCartney
  • Sting
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Finally, we now have the Goldcaster – as with everything else the lovers of all things gold n bling finally managed to make their way to making a Gold Guitar. Priced at $1,000,000 and claimed to be the worlds first and only real gold guitar – the Goldcaster is made from 18 karat solid gold. Additionally another 33 parts are made of gold too -

  • Nut
  • Bridge
  • Saddles (6)
  • Tone knob
  • Volume knob
  • Switch knobs (2)
  • String tree
  • Ferrules (6)
  • Neck plate
  • Strap buttons (2)
  • Headstock logo
  • Headstock Lettering (10)
  • 101.9 Lite Fm

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