The Rarest Guitars in the World (Electric & Acoustic)
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most legendary guitars of all time. The legendary Fender Marauder is one of these, as it never made it past the prototype stage. The Type I variation of hidden pickups, and the technology itself, were prohibitively expensive to license and mass produce. As a result, the Marauder never saw the light of day, and only eight were ever produced. Four of those were modified to have a slanted fingerboard, and in 1966 Fender cancelled production of the Marauder.
Bob Marley Owned Only Seven Guitars
According to the Wikipedia article about Bob Marley’s guitar collection, the musician owned only seven guitars during his career. One of them was presented to a guitar technician named Gary Karlson. The other four were given away as lottery prizes. The Washburn guitar was considered Bob Marley’s favorite. Among these, the Les Paul Special was declared a national treasure by the Jamaican government. Besides the washburn guitar, Marley’s collection also includes a Gibson Les Paul rhythm guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a few other personal possessions.
The “Black Strat” sold for $3.975 million at an auction in London. The winning bidder was a media mogul named Jim Isray. Marley used this guitar to write songs on his Survival album. However, the guitar was so worn and damaged during the recording that Marley replaced it with another model of Ovation guitar. In January, the Washburn 22-Series Hawk guitar was the fifth-most-expensive guitar in the world. The Government of Jamaica deemed the guitar a national asset.
There is a myth that Marley had only one guitar. The truth is that Marley owned at least seven guitars, but it is unclear how many of these he owned. However, the legend surrounding Bob Marley’s guitar collection remains largely unexplored. The musician was buried in Jamaica with five instruments. During his lifetime, Marley played just seven guitars. And one of them, the Washburn 22, was his primary guitar.
Jimi Hendrix Owned a Studio Electric Guitar
It is unlikely that Jimi Hendrix owned a recording studio, but he did own a Flying V guitar. This guitar had a futuristic design that Hendrix used for selected tunes during live shows. This instrument is now an iconic piece of rock history and remains in existence. It is on display at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The guitar was once a collaboration between Hendrix and Lonnie Youngblood. The duo were reportedly planning to form a jazz-blues duo, but it never came to fruition.
It is unknown whether Jimi Hendrix owned a recording studio, but his first public appearance was in November 1968 on the Lulu Show. Although the show was recorded, the majority of the footage was deleted, only mild clips were recovered. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the guitar for his first and second appearances at the Madison Square Garden. He also played it for his 1970 appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and the Freedom festival in Atlanta.
Although he favored electric instruments, Jimi Hendrix also used a Vox AC30 studio guitar. His sound engineer, Phil Brown, helped him find the perfect tone on All Along the Watchtower. This instrument produces a much thicker sound than a Marshall and is best suited for redubs. Phil Brown placed the AC30 near the control window so Jimi Hendrix could hear the final results.
Roy Rogers Owned a Studio Guitar
Known as one of the most influential slide guitarists in the United States, Roy Rogers is also an acclaimed producer. He has collaborated with many artists including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and John Lee Hooker. He has also played on movie soundtracks and television shows. His latest CD, “Roy’s Guitar,” marks his first studio recording in seven years. This article will explore some of his most memorable recordings.
It is also no coincidence that Roy Rogers owned a studio guitar. The legend of the blues began playing the guitar when he was only 12 years old. His guitar playing is rhythmical and sophisticated, and his slide playing is so smooth that people often dance. He sings sparingly and feels primarily as a guitarist. But if there is one guitar he has played the most, it’s that of his favorite blues player, Robert Johnson.
The OM-45 Deluxe Roy Rogers owned is among 15 made by the Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based C.F. Martin company. Founded by a German immigrant in the 1830s, the company produced only fifteen of these guitars. The one owned by Roy Rogers is believed to be the first one of these. The Autry National Center has a video clip of the artist playing this guitar.
Gretsch 6120 was Used by John Lennon
The legendary Beatles’ guitarist, John Lennon, played the Gretsch 6120 on the 1967 hit song, ‘Paperback Writer’. This guitar is part of Lennon’s guitar collection and was given to his cousin, David Birch, by his mother, Harriet. The two lived near each other in Woolton, England, and Lennon played the Gretsch on ‘Paperback Writer’, which was included on the band’s album Revolver.
The legendary musician was photographed playing the Gretsch 6120 in 1965 at Abbey Road. He played this instrument in several interviews and was photographed holding it in the famous studio. The Gretsch 6120 has a serial number of 53940. The guitar was purchased by David Birch, the manager of the Indianapolis Colts. He had wanted to avoid an auction and bought it for $530,000. The guitar is a very rare piece and is believed to be one of only three Gretsch guitars ever owned by John Lennon.
The Beatles had no money to buy the best instruments, and they had to make do with what they had on hand. The original Beatles used a Gretsch 630. George Harrison used a Hofner President. John Lennon used a ’62 model’ with Walnut finish. It was fitted with fake f-holes and featured Bigsby vibrato. The original guitar was damaged during a live performance and was replaced with a Gretsch 6120.
1958 Gibson Explorer is the Most Expensive Guitar Ever Made
Among guitars, the 1958 Gibson Explorer is the most expensive. This guitar features three single-coil P-90 pickups, an alder body, and factory-painted graphics. The instrument was sold for $300,000 during a charity auction in Qatar. It was the most expensive guitar ever made. The price tag was more than twice the price of the average guitar. Today, the Explorer is still a highly sought-after instrument, and many collectors are eager to purchase this unique model.
In addition to the Explorer, a replica of this model is also rare. Famous players own an Explorer, including Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick and Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Guitar Center estimates that the Explorer sale is the most expensive of any single instrument. But if this record is broken, what will be the next one? And who will buy this instrument? Here are some reasons why the 1958 Explorer is so special.
The 1959 Les Paul is one of the most expensive guitars in the world today. This instrument has been valued at over $ 350,000 and is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Another guitar that is worth the same amount is owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and Gary Moore. Kirk Hammett bought a 1959 Les Paul from Richard Henry Guitars and paid $2 million for it, making it the most expensive Les Paul ever sold.