They don’t make ‘em like they used to. No, I’m not talking about rock stars, although now that I think of it – it goes for rock stars too.
This is a list of vintage guitars, but not just any ol’ axes. I’ve picked these guitars not just because they’re classic, but also because they’re ridiculously expensive. As in they have the kind of price tag where you seriously start considering if you’d rather buy a car or a house. We’re talking $200,000-$400,000. That is, if you find anyone willing to part with theirs. And boy would we love to tune one or all of those with a
Let’s start cheap, shall we? For just $200,000-$250,000, this classic Flying V can be yours. Like most trendy tools that have stood the test of time, the Flying V was actually ahead of its time. No one cared for the iconic design back in the 50’s. As a matter of fact, it didn’t even make it into the 60’s because
Another Gibson classic, only slightly more expensive than the Flying V (clocking in at $250,000-$310,000), the Explorer fared pretty much the same way as it’s V-shaped counterpart: no one cared, so few were sold. It had to wait around another decade for a guy named
Before Gibson found out that making really unpopular guitars could drive up the price further down the line,
The late 50’s were not kind to Gibson. A third model was their now household model Les Paul. This one had a fancy finish, but people still stuck their noses up at it. One man who didn’t stick his nose up was (you guessed it) Eric Clapton, who popularized it along with John Mayall and Michael Bloomfield in the late 60’s. These days, of course, everyone pretends that they liked it from the beginning, and how $225,000-$375,000 is a small price to pay for such a fine instrument.
Finally, we have the winner. A quarter mill is the least you get to part with for the steel-stringed acoustic Martin D-45. It was expensive back in the day, and boy is it even more expensive today. If you’ve got a spare $400,000 you can get yourself the cream of the crop – but if you have that kind of money you’ll probably be playing it on your luxury yacht cruising around your private island.