10 Legendary Rock and Jazz Guitars You Can Own
On February 27, New York City-based Guernsey’s auction house will conduct an auction of some of the rarest guitars in history, including instruments played by and signed by some of the biggest names in rock and jazz. Presented from several private collections, the Guitar Auction includes 20 pieces from jazz guitarist George Benson and rare guitars and mandolins from the Henry Lowenstein Collection.
1. EDDIE VAN HALEN’S CUSTOM 1982 CHARVEL GUITAR
Charvel electric guitars were popular among 1980s rock gods, and Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen became known for playing ones that were made specifically for him by the company. The striped design of this piece has become iconic and has since been replicated, but this specific guitar, which Van Halen gave to Entertainment Tonight, has the original bill of sale to prove its provenance.
2. MARTIN BELLEZZA BIANCA PROTOTYPE FOR ERIC CLAPTON
The third of four prototypes built for Eric Clapton in 2004, this piece has a maker’s label inside signed by the musician, C.F. Martin IV (CEO of the company), Dick Boak, and designer Hiroshi Fujiwara.
3. TONY MOTTOLA’S GIBSON CUSTOM SUPER 400 CES 7-STRING
4. GUITAR PLAYED BY RINGO STARR
5. D’ANGELICO NEW YORKER
Named after the famed New Yorker Hotel, this D’Angelico (and every D’Angelico) was made by hand with quality woods and in limited quantities.
6. GUITAR PLAYED BY STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, the late—and legendary—guitarist is often cited as one of the greatest of all time. Fans of his music, or of rock music in general, will jump at the chance to own an instrument that his hands worked their magic on.
7. 1910-1920 ENRIQUE GARCIA GUITAR
8. 1970 RICKENBACKER MODEL 331LS “LIGHTSHOW” GUITAR
As the name suggests, this guitar is definitely a spectacle piece. It features colored lamps beneath a translucent top, which has wavy psychedelic patterns that would have fit in nicely on stage in the 1970s, or even today in the right hands.
9. IN COLD BLOOD GUITARS
10. IBANEZ GEORGE BENSON GB15 TEAM J CRAFT GUITAR