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The World’s Most Expensive Guitar - by Fender

Could this new Fender Pine Cone Stratocaster be the most expensive guitar in the world? Showcased last month at NAMM Show, this very special strat is made of the finest materials available, plus 550 diamonds, silver and gold. It could be yours if you got a million dollars to spare - this price tag makes it the most expensive guitar in the world today.

Fender Pine Cone Strat - the world's most expensive guitar?

With an exclusive design by Yuriy Shishkov, it featurs a blue hand-stained “multi-composite” finish that was specially invented for this particular guitar to recreate the “egg-like” appearance.

The guitar’s hardware was hand engraved; the knobs and switch tip were custom designed at the Fender Custom Shop and crowned with diamonds.

In addition, the “Fender” logo on the headstock is made of 2mm gold plated solid silver; the fingerboard comes complete with inlaid diamonds and 10 feet of 18 karat gold ribbon wire inlay, and is finished with a gold-plated nut:

Details with diamonds, silver and gold

Diamonds, silver and gold

550 high-grade diamonds are hand-embedded into the body to make them level with its surface. Fingerboard inlays, side dots and a carved headstock “belt” are also crowned with the spectacular jewels.

Each Pine Cone “scale” is gilded with fine silver and 18-karat gold after being traced and hand carved from a 3-D original egg image projected onto the instrument.

Shishkov hand-inlaid 10 feet of 18-karat gold wire trellis into the fingerboard. The hand-engraved hardware is also gold-plated, including custom knobs milled from scratch and adorned with diamonds.

The guitar’s designer, Yuriy Shishkov, explained why he chose this particular, extravagant design: "I thought that the timeless, simple yet elegant pattern design of a Fabergé Pine Cone Easter egg would look beautiful on the Stratocaster body. The guitar’s curves and flowing shape perfectly fit the rounded profile of the Faberge masterpiece. The goal was to make a very clean and vibrant tribute to old-world craftsmanship."

Finely crafted details

The “old stock” pickups were hand-wound by legendary Fender Custom Shop pickup winder, Abigail Ybarra, and feature “encapsulated” pickup mounting, a never before seen technique that eliminates additional routing and leaves more “real estate” surface on the guitar’s body for additional artwork.

The “Pine Cone” Stratocaster will be accommodated with an authentic limited edition Fabergé Easter “Pine Cone Egg”.

Both the guitar and the egg have matching serial numbers (0074). Like the original antique egg, it has a surprise miniature “Elephant” inside. In addition, the egg has been signed by Maison Tatiana Fabergé.

The guitar comes complete with a custom carrying case, a hand-tooled blue leather matching design custom strap and lighted display case.

The world’s most expensive guitar?

The truth is… yes and no! This new Fender Pine Cone Stratocaster is indeed the most expensive brand new guitar for sale, today. But a few used guitars have been valued at higher prices:

Bob Marley’s Custom Made Washburn 22: Between $1.2m and $2m

Bob Marley's Washburn 22

This guitar is listed as a "National Asset" of the Jamaican government, and only one of a handful of guitars Bob Marley has ever owned.

Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Fender Stratocaster: $1.3 to $2m

Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Stratocaster

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is said to have paid up to 2-million dollars for the iconic white Fender Stratocaster played by Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock festival in 1969. It now rests at the Experience Music Project (EMP) museum in Seattle, founded by Allen. If sold today, many believe this guitar would be even more valuable…

Reach Out for Asia Fender Stratocaster: $2.7m - $3.7m

Reach out fro Asia Fender Stratocaster

The world’s most expensive guitar is still a Stratocaster, after the other strat, Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’. This guitar was sold at an auction in Doha, Qatar on November 16th, 2005, to raise funds for tsunami victims in Asia.

The guitar was signed by several rock musicians to benefit a tsunami charity, ‘Reach out to Asia’. Co-ordinated by Bryan Adams, it is signed by Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, 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 bought by Qatar’s royal family for $1 million and then donated back to the Asia Program, bringing in $2.7 million USD.

The guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million USD for charity, making it the most expensive guitar yet.The event was conducted by Sotheby’s Henry Wyndham, who said, "I have auctioned many items for charity in my life but never have I witnessed the levels we achieved tonight. This will stay in my memory for a very long time indeed." at the more recent auction, whose attendees included US Former President Bill Clinton.


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