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Guitars

Guitars have their roots in the stringed instruments of the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians as well as the ancient central Asian instruments that ranged from three to five strings. The four-course string guitar with four pairs of strings, or eight strings total, became popular in most of Europe by the Renaissance. The five-course string chitarra and the first music written for guitar appeared in Spain in the 1500s. Six courses of strings appeared on the guitarra battente of Italy in the 1600s, and this instrument was subsequently altered to use six single strings.

The modern classical guitar was developed by Spanish guitarmaker Antonio Torres around 1850. Guitar size and shape has not changed since Torres' innovations. The arch-top guitar was introduced by Orville Gibson in 1894. Steel strings for guitars became available to the public around 1900. The electric guitar was introduced in the '20s in response to the popularity of Hawaiian music. The solid-body electric guitar was developed in the late '30s and '40s.

The value of a vintage guitar is determined by several factors. Condition dictates value, with guitars in excellent condition commanding the highest prices. Value drops off steeply for guitars in good or fair condition. Rarity also factors into value, as does age. For some guitar models, however, the year they were made can reduce the value. Provenance also factors in to the value of vintage guitars. A guitar played by a famous musician or one that has historical importance will sell for a much higher price than a guitar of the same model without provenance.


Quick Facts

  • Kent was an importer of guitars in the United States during the '60s. Collectors find Kent guitars to be an affordable way to acquire classic '60s instruments
  • A man in Missouri currently owns a personal collection of over 3,000 guitars, banjos, ukuleles, zithers, and other similar instruments. The man's collection was featured on an episode of "Billy Connolly's Route 66"
  • Guitars owned or played by famed guitar player Eric Clapton are highly desired by collectors. Clapton's Fender Stratocaster Blackie guitar is currently valued at $959,500

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Hofner- President brun. E2 electric guitar, No 5852. Comes with hard case. 105cm L, 42cm W
Jul 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Vintage Hofner- President brun. E2 electric guitar, No 5852. Comes with hard case. 105cm L, 42cm W
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD40017 Bids
Vintage Hofner guitar, model 455, comes with hard case. 105cm L, 42cm W.
Jul 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Vintage Hofner guitar, model 455, comes with hard case. 105cm L, 42cm W.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD28014 Bids
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American Legacy Acoustic Guitar Set W/Esteban Amp, Instructional DVD & LED Tuner
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
American Legacy Acoustic Guitar Set W/Esteban Amp, Instructional DVD & LED Tuner
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3714 Bids
Vintage Fender 8 String Pedal Steel Guitar
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Fender 8 String Pedal Steel Guitar
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$22510 Bids
Acoustic Guitar, Gibson, Sunburst Southern Jumbo
Jul 27, 4:00 PM EDT
Acoustic Guitar, Gibson, Sunburst Southern Jumbo
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$2,7007 Bids
1962 D28 Acoustic Guitar, C.F. Martin & Co
Jul 27, 4:00 PM EDT
1962 D28 Acoustic Guitar, C.F. Martin & Co
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$3,2006 Bids
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Charvel 425SLX
Jun 23, 11:00 AM CDT
Charvel 425SLX
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$3503 Bids
GOLD FLECKED GUITAR CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
GOLD FLECKED GUITAR CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$73 Bids
Hopalong Cassidy & Topper Guitar, Hoppy 1895-1972
Jul 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Hopalong Cassidy & Topper Guitar, Hoppy 1895-1972
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
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Asheville Classical Child's Guitar - Handcrafted Perfection For Budding Musicians
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Asheville Classical Child's Guitar - Handcrafted Perfection For Budding Musicians
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
1971 18 Tenor Acoustic Guitar, C.F. Martin & Co
Jul 27, 4:00 PM EDT
1971 18 Tenor Acoustic Guitar, C.F. Martin & Co
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $700- $1,400
$3501 Bid
GOLD FLECKED GUITAR CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
GOLD FLECKED GUITAR CABOCHON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
CRESTLINE Vintage flying V black electric guitar CR550BL with Sky Plug receiver and transmitter
Jul 23, 7:00 PM EDT
CRESTLINE Vintage flying V black electric guitar CR550BL with Sky Plug receiver and transmitter
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $1,250- $1,500
$5000 Bids
A Fernandes bass guitar, F.G.I. Technology pickups, Gotoh tuners; a Trace Elliot Boxer 15 amp (2)
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Fernandes bass guitar, F.G.I. Technology pickups, Gotoh tuners; a Trace Elliot Boxer 15 amp (2)
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £0- £0
£200 Bids
A Dean left handed bass guitar and a Harley Benton bass guitar; A Eastcoast 20 watt Bass amp. (3)
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Dean left handed bass guitar and a Harley Benton bass guitar; A Eastcoast 20 watt Bass amp. (3)
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £60- £100
£600 Bids
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Fender X Loog Telecaster 3-String Children's Guitar, Green
Jul 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Fender X Loog Telecaster 3-String Children's Guitar, Green
by Activity Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$2500 Bids
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Fender Classic Series, Strat/Tele, Wavy Checkerboard Electric Guitar Case
Jul 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Fender Classic Series, Strat/Tele, Wavy Checkerboard Electric Guitar Case
by Activity Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
WOODEN JOHNSON JG 610 N ACOUSTIC GUITAR W CASE
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
WOODEN JOHNSON JG 610 N ACOUSTIC GUITAR W CASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
Roy Rogers Guitar
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Roy Rogers Guitar
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $300
$200 Bids
A Fender FR-50 resonator guitar, sunburst finish, serial number S/N KL 00080970
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Fender FR-50 resonator guitar, sunburst finish, serial number S/N KL 00080970
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £50- £100
£500 Bids
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GIBSON & MORE LEATHER & NYLON GUITAR STRAPS - (18)
Aug 10, 1:00 PM EDT
GIBSON & MORE LEATHER & NYLON GUITAR STRAPS - (18)
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $300- $10,000
$100 Bids
Epiphone Acoustic Guitar 40.75”H x 14.5”W
Jul 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Epiphone Acoustic Guitar 40.75”H x 14.5”W
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Classic Acoustic Guitar
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Classic Acoustic Guitar
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Guitars


Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers

J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers

Florida Estate Sales Inc.

Florida Estate Sales Inc.