The answer to this isn’t that simple. For this, we will have to dive into the depths of the world of guitars. Do you have a guitar fetish for the collection of guitars? Or Are you just obsessed with guitars in general? Is it a turn-on for you?
There are many questions like this in your mind if you’re on this page. In today’s article, we will cover all these questions rising in your head and inform you about some of the most interesting facts about guitar collectors.
Collection of guitars
Today, not just every guitar player in the field wants to have an elegant vintage piece, but some collectors want to get their hands on these vintage masterpieces from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Some of the best guitars were produced in this period. This beautiful musical instrument went through a lot of innovations during this era.
Can a guitar be a good investment?
To answer this, Yes. Investing in guitars can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. But to an untrained eye, all of these guitars would look the same. Like only an expert sword smith can recognize a blade, and it’s Build. Or a proper gem smith can appreciate a real gem.
These days collectors invest in everything they find valuable, so if you’ve got a guitar fetish and are the owner of a collection of good vintage guitars from that particular era in excellent condition, I would say you’re already rich.
To support my statement, I will present several reasons why the collection of vintage guitars would be an excellent strategy. Let’s start with this:
⦁ They are a more tangible entity as compared to stocks and bonds.
⦁ They can be a beautiful collection in the display, and you’ll have fun collecting them.
⦁ They don’t lose their value as time passes. On the contrary old guitars keep getting more and more valuable if they are appropriately maintained in good condition.
⦁ A right guitar will fetch a very handsome price from a collector. Notably, the ones which have been owned by celebrities or rare and unusual pieces with a bit of history.
⦁ If you’re a musician, as well as someone with a bit of passion for the collection of vintage stuff, you’ll love the superior action and tone of a real vintage instrument.
Here is a list of the best prices fetched by some of the Vintage guitars in all time:
1. First on our list is 1969/1983 Fender Stratocaster or famously known as “Black Strat” of David Gilmour, which was sold for a whopping 3.975 Mil USD by Christie’s in 2019.Embed from Getty Images
2. 1962 Gibson J-160E, This beautiful masterpiece that John Lennon used in his initial collabs with Paul McCartney, got auctioned at 2.9 Mil USD by Julien’s in 2015.Embed from Getty Images
3. In our list, on the third position is another Fender Stratocaster sold for 2.7 Mil USD at a “Reach out to Asia” charity auction co-ordinated by Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams to raise funds for Tsunami charity on 16 November 2005. It was signed by some of the world’s greatest guitar exponents and rock stars. These signatures included Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams.
4. The fourth one is 1959 Les Paul Standard sold for a massive amount of 2 Mil USD at a private auction. This guitar has it’s own story. It was purchased by Peter Green second hand right before joining John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to replace Eric Clapton in 1967. It’s initial history before Peter Green is unknown. After being with Mayall for 12 months, Peter Green started Fleetwood Mac with his friend Mick Fleetwood. You can hear this guitar on Fleetwood Mac’s initial hits. The story doesn’t end here. Greenwood loans this guitar in 1970 to a young and unknown guitarist named Gary Moore and eventually sold it to him for 300$. Moore later became one of the world’s most respected guitar players and used it for 30 years.Embed from Getty Images
5. 1968 White Fender Stratocaster of Jimi Hendrix. This guitar was last sold publicly at an auction in April 1990 by Sotheby’s. It sold for £198,000 ($325,000), to become the world’s most expensive guitar at that time. Even though it sold for that price 30 years ago, it continues to hold 49th position on this list, based on that sale. It was sold again in 2008 for a reported 2 Mil USD to the Experience Music Project (a non-profit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture and founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen). It was later morphed into the EMP Museum and is now famously known as the Museum of Pop Culture.Embed from Getty Images
Enough talk about the world’s most expensive guitars sold in auctions worldwide, we are back on the topic of guitar fetish. Let’s not call it guitar fetish, instead of love for guitars because guitar fetish doesn’t sound very healthy, does it? Now, let’s analyze why would you or anyone prefer a guitar over any musical instrument? Well, I can tell you so many reasons for this particular thing called “guitar fetish.” I am just kidding, I mean let’s see why someone will love guitars preferably over other musical instruments:
- Have you ever been on a beach with your friends around a campfire and played trombone to entertain everyone?
- Did you ever carry a piano on a bike all the way to your girlfriend to perform a serenade?
- Did you ever play the drum kit so everyone could sing along?
I bet not. Guys, I am just messing around. In simple words, playing guitar would be a great way to:
- Enhance your creativity
- Entertain people or yourself
- If you’re stressed out, it can be a great distraction as well as a stress buster.
- Boost your self-confidence
- A great skillset to have
- You can be social and create a social life for others as well
- inspire others
- Make yourself heard
- Have a career. (becoming a multi-instrumentalist, producer, sound engineer, studio musician, etc.)
- To be productive
So do you think your love for guitars has turned into “guitar fetish“? Let us know in the comments below.