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5 Big-Money Guitars

"I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces." Whatever that means, Ted Nugent. Now to the world's most valuable guitars and other Great White guitar-playing Buffalos. Here's a top five:


  1. Eric Clapton's "Brownie" Fender 1956 Stratocaster: The old gal was with Clapton in his Cream days and helped give birth to "Layla." Those two reasons alone were enough to command $497,500 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1999.


  1. George Harrison & John Lennon's 1964 Gibson SG: Played by the Beatles from 1966-69, this piece of storied music history sold in 2004 for $570,000 in 2015. Wanna hear it? Listen close to both Revolver and the band's so-called White album.


  1. Jerry Garcia's "Tiger" by Doug Irwin: Irwin designed the guitar by layering exotic woods with maple, the "hippie sandwich" approach to guitar making as it's often called. Since the instrument topped the scales at a whopping 13.5 pounds and sold at auction in 2002 for $957,500, that's almost $71,000 per pound!


  1. Bob Marley's custom Washburn 22 Series Hawk: This storied beauty lives somewhere deep inside a museum run by the Jamaican government. The reggae king apparently gave it to guitar tech Gary Carlsen and from there it's history is a little fuzzy. In any case, a value of $1.2 million has been placed on the instrument and Jamiacans consider it a national treasure.


  1. Jimi Hendrix's Fender 1968 Stratocaster: This is the pearl-white screamer Hendrix captivated Woodstock with in 1969 and that also sold to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1993 for $1.3 million. Experts say it's worth more than $2 million today.


Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.