David Gilmour’s heavily customized “black Strat” guitar recently sold at auction for $3.9 million dollars. I guess it is no different than any other valuable piece of history, but, really, we’re talking about a musical instrument.
This particular guitar spent some time on display in the 1990s at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, Texas. While it was there, various patrons stole pieces from it whenever possible because it wasn’t kept in a glass case. So, virtually all of the components have been swapped out—the fingerboards, the electronics, everything. Nothing on it is original anymore.
Here’s what a 1969 Fender Stratocaster would have cost you back in the day:
It’s pretty amazing to me that something anyone could have bought for a few hundred dollars would end up being worth so much, especially after being turned into Frankenstein’s monster, but oh well.
The scam that surrounds vintage guitars is alive an well.