Price $3.7 millionThis guitar was sold at auction in Qatar in 2005, to raise funds for Reach out to Asia, a charity set up to help tsunami victims. Co-ordinated by Bryan Adams, it is signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams himself. It was initially by the Qatari Royal family for $1 million and then donated back to the charity, after which it was sold again for a price of $2.7 million, meaning that this guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million dollars for charity.
2. Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Stratocaster
Estimated Price $2 millionHendrix played this guitar at Woodstock in 1969.From 1970 until 1990 it was in the possession of his drummer Mitch Mitchell, before surfacing in 1990 at the opening of the new Fender Artist Centre complete with cigarette burns on the headstock, and Jimi's trademark upside down stringing. It sold at Sotheby's in the same year for $198,000. Rumour has it that Paul Allen (Bill Gates' right hand man at Microsoft) paid 2 million dollars for this guitar in 1998. There no telling what it could be worth now.
3. Bob Marley's Custom made Washburn 22 series Hawk
estimated Price $1.2 to 2 million
Classified as a national treasure by the Jamaican government, this guitar is one of only 7 guitars that the reggae icon owned in his lifetime. On the 21st of November, 1971, after a gig in Vancouver, Marley gave the guitar to his guitar tech Gary Carlsen with the words, "Take it because you'll understand later". Admirably, Carlsen took this as a sign that he should use the gift he had been given to better the world in some way, and so he set up the charity "Different Journeys, One Destination", offering the guitar as a prize in a lottery
4. Blackie - Stratocaster hybrid
Price $959,500In 1970, due to the influence of Jimi Hendrix among others, Eric Clapton decided to make the switch from Gibson guitars to Stratocasters. Clapton bought 6 vintage Strats from a guitar shop in Texas for a hundred dollars each. He gave three away (to George Harrison, Pete Townshend and Steve Winwood) and then assembled the best parts of the remaining three (c. 1956 and 1957) into a single strat, which he christened 'Blackie' due to its dark finish. Clapton played Blackie for the first time in January 1973, and continued to do so until it was retired in 1985 due to neck issues. A tribute model was made by Fender to Clapton's exact specifications.
Blackie was sold at auction in 2004, and became the world's most expensive guitar at $959,000.
5. Eric Clapton's 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC
Price $847,500This guitar was used by Clapton primarily during 1964, but only rarely after that. It fetched the highest price ever paid for a Gibson when auctioned.