Guitar Porn

“Buy your child an electric guitar, and they’ll never have enough money to buy drugs!” Although this is great advice for any parent concerned about their child’s well being, be warned this this often turns into a far more expensive, loud and obsessive addiction. For those of us who are already hooked on the wooden mistress, here are a few to make you salivate.

1949 Fender Broadcaster Prototype

Fender Broadcaster 1949

It’s seems gobsmackingly cliche to use the word “iconic”, especially for the first guitar on the list. However the very first incarnation of the Fender Telecaster, the most popular guitar in the world, upon which the Fender empire was built can be described no other way.

To get your hands on an original will set you back $375,000, a trivial price for a piece of such musical influence. Amazingly this prototype is very close to the Telecasters of today, the classic shape has never changed, and the sideways bridge pickup that gives the guitar its signature sound is still the set piece of modern models. Who knows the real reach of this guitars influence, all I know is I want one!

Nile Rodgers “Hitmaker” Stratocaster

This guitar’s influence on the other hand can be attributed to over $1bn worth of record sales over the years. Sound far fetched? Just check out the list of hits that Nile Rodgers and his “Hitmaker” Fender Stratocaster have appeared on. From “Le Freak” to “Rappers Delight” and 2013’s “Get Lucky”, it is hard to think of someone who wouldn’t recognise one of the songs this guitar is responsible for making.

Although it’s not for sale (Nile is still using it to make platinum records) Fender Custom Shop has honoured its influence by releasing a signature model. So now you can pretend at least, to be the super producer responsible for countless number ones.

Amanda Dunbar’s Precious Rebel Guitar’s

Cultural influence and classic styling are all well and good, but many of us guitarists are innately attracted to shiny things. American artist Amanda Dunbar took full advantage of this and covered a series of classic guitars in Swarovski crystals.

Although they are essentially works of art, they are designed to be played. Buyers include Taylor Swift and The Black Eyed Peas, yet there are still some on sale should you want to indulge in some garish string bling, although diamond encrusted classic guitars don’t come cheap.

 

Stanley Clarke’s Alembic Custom Bass

Alembic Stanley Clarke Quilted Maple Bass

From the best looking to the best playing. The custom guitar maker Alembic are perhaps the most revered in the world of custom built guitars, modelled around specific musicians and handmade out of the finest materials. Of these the most iconic is Jazz legend Stanley Clarke’s signature bass guitar.

Aside from being renowned for its unrivaled playability, if it’s beauty doesn’t make you consider selling a kidney to buy one then I don’t know what will. (Although you’ll need a healthy one as they cost about $20,000)

 

1957 Gibson Les Paul

The holy grail for guitar collectors and for good reason, the Les Paul is renowned for its simple sexy styling and deep bluesy tones. The list of prominent guitarists who favour the guitar is almost as large as the price tag of a pre 1960 model ($120,000).

If that is a little steep, Gibson have released a custom “Clapton Harrison” model names “Lucy”, which is a painstaking reproduction of the Les Paul Eric Clapton gave to George Harrison, it seems they share more than their wife! If the story behind this guitar doesn’t make you want this just listen to how it sounds.

Eric Clapton’s Gold Leaf Stratocaster

Eric Clapton's Gold Leaf Stratocaster

It would have been more than easy to fill this list with various entries from Eric Clapton’s extensive collection. However this entry is certainly the most audacious. This Stratocaster is covered in 23 carat Gold and was ordered by the man in 1996 to celebrate Fender’s 50th anniversary.

Perhaps worth more than its actual weight in Gold, this eye watering instrument sold for $455,000.

Bob Marley’s Custom 22 Series Washburn Hawk

Bob Marley's Custom 22 Washburn

Most rock star’s guitar collections are reminiscent of Nigel’s guitar room in “Spinal Tap”, however as you might expect from the man’s outspoken philosophy, Bob Marley only had 7. That makes this model one of the most valuable guitars in the world, priced at roughly $1.5m.

Not only is it worth more than your house, it is classified as a national asset by the Jamaican government, you can’t get much cooler than owning a guitar classes as a national treasure.

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