Looking for the Perfect, One-of-a-Kind Guitar?

I think I mentioned, once, that I’m no visionary. I may forever kick my own behind for passing up online auctions and VOIP as products for an online company I once worked for. But in the early 1990s, I just couldn’t see the speed and quality being much better or more reliable than two tin cans and a string. Things have changed. eBay is all the rage. Everybody uses Skype. But if I were going to participate in an online auction, I’d want to do it in style.

If you are a serious musician, or love one like I do, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Guitars at Auction on Invaluable. (You may want to smack me, if you’re into cars – I missed Ryan’s first email asking if I’d share that one with my readers, but I asked him to let me know next time there was something that might tickle your fancy.) This auction will be on February 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST and will feature a selection of 379 noteworthy auction lots. Here are a few lots for example:

Lot 439: Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel Guitar

Estimated Price: $55,000 – $75,000

Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel, made for, owned by, and played by Mr. Van Halen himself, with 1982 video and other full documentation. Eddie Van Halen’s iconic original black & white striped “Frankenstein” guitar (which he later modified in the late 1979 with an additional layer of red paint) was built from a body and neck he bought from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth in the mid 1970s. Van Halen continued to purchase various parts from Charvel during the late 70s that he used to build guitars, and he even played a guitar built by Charvel based on the single-pickup design of his Frankenstein.

Lot 284: Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender

Estimated Price: $250,000 – $500,000

Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster. Serial#: 191460. Stevie Ray Vaughan owned and signed 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster in a three-tone Sunburst finish. The signature is broad and in gold ink, dated ” ’90,” and also present on this guitar are some worn stickers; one group of stickers reads “SRV” and the other, located on the pickguard, is rather worn and faded but the word “Cobras” is visible. Vaughan played with Paul Ray and the Cobras in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 1977. This Fender’s silver neck plate is etched in block letters “STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN DALLAS, TX.” Paperwork inside the case with more of Vaughan’s handwriting.

Lot 312: 1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars

Estimated Price: $125,000 – $175,000

1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars, In Cold Blood. 1966 Gibson LG-1 Sunburst finish. This guitar was used in the movie In Cold Blood. They put a substance on the finish to keep it from reflecting on camera. Robert Blake gave the consignor this guitar in 2001. In 2002, the consignor produced a vintage guitar show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and this guitar was featured at this show. The newspaper article from Las Vegas in 2002 is a companying the guitar. Comes with modern case.

Check out other collectibles up for auction as well as more details about the event here:


Dearest Daughter, if you’re reading this, I love you – but I am not taking out a second mortgage to buy your birthday present. I’m holding out for the Stradivarius. (And no, Ryan, if you’re reading this, I’m really not. But I would if I could. She deserves it.)



Disclaimer: None. This is neither an endorsement – as I’ve never bought anything at auction in my life – nor is it a paid ad. Ryan simply asked if I’d be interested in sharing this with my readers, and I thought you might enjoy perusing the catalogue. These guitars are gorgeous. (You have to send me a picture if you buy one  – I love playing matchmaker, and I would be delighted if you found your match here!) 


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