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The Six Rarest and Most Expensive Acoustic Guitars

6 Acoustic Guitars that fetch a pretty penny

They’re just wood and strings, right? Perhaps not. Check out these six acoustic guitars that cost more than your car (or house)!

#1 Eric Clapton’s 1939 Martin OOO-42

This was the guitar Eric Clapton used on his now-legendary “MTV Unplugged” appearance. The resulting “Unplugged” album contained his hits “Tears in Heaven” and “Running on Faith,” as well as a completely revamped version of “Layla.” It is one of the best-selling albums of all time and garnered Clapton 3 Grammy awards. The guitar fetched $791,500 at Christie’s in 2004.

#2 Paul McCartney's first guitar — Rex acoustic

This was the very first acoustic guitar used by the Beatle Paul. He bought it from a schoolmate who taught him his first few chords. Not long after that, he used it to convince John Lennon to invite him to join The Quarrymen. This acoustic was auctioned for over $613,000.

#3 Roy Rogers’ 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe

Roy Rogers was one of the most successful entertainers in history with multiple films, recordings, and popular radio and TV shows to his credit. This Martin was the guitar used by the legendary “King of the Cowboys” in over a hundred films and 1,000 recording sessions between 1933 and his death in 1998. These guitars were rare to begin with — only 14 of them were produced. It sold for over half a million dollars at auction.

#4 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe

This is another OM-45, not associated with any one musician. This model of guitar was extremely rare, as mentioned earlier. Only 14 of them were made, and only 10 of them are known to still exist. This is renowned as one of the most beautiful looking and sounding acoustics in history. This particular specimen was in pristine condition when it sold at an auction in 2014 for $366,000.

#5 Martin/Bigsby Dreadnought D–28

This one-of-a-kind acoustic guitar was used by country musician Merle Travis through most of his career. He was so impressed with the neck of an electric guitar he purchased from pioneering luthier Paul Bigsby that he asked Bigsby to replace the neck on his Martin D2 Dreadnought with something similar. This unique and beautiful guitar was auctioned at Christie’s for $264,000 in 2007.

#6 Eric Clapton’s 1977 Juan Alvarez Classical

This guitar was purchased in Madrid by Clapton in the 1970s. Upon his son Conor’s tragic death at the age of four, Clapton played this classical guitar for up to 18 hours a day in the time that followed. It is the guitar with which Clapton wrote “Tears in Heaven,” and he used it to perform that song on the promo video and his MTV Unplugged special and album. It sold for $253,900, making it the most expensive classical guitar sold at auction.

How much is it worth?

These guitars are more than just signature artist guitars. They are among the best guitars ever made to begin with. While value is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll find that these guitars offer much more than perceived value. They are classics for a reason.

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