12 Guitars on eBay That Cost As Much As a Car

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Being a guitar nerd is kind of like being in a club -  a weird club where you speak in hyphenated, alphanumerical axe model codes. And talk about obscure deep-cut guitar solos from live Phish records. But when you cut through all of the cutting edge gear, there are a few guitars that rise to the top of the pack year in and year out. And thanks to the magic of “I found this in my attic and am an eBay member” you can actually get your hands on a few of these things… that is, if you have a disposable income and don’t need to buy a car.
Here are 12 of the craziest guitar specimens we could hunt down.
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1. 2004 Gibson Custom Les Paul Jimmy Page - $79,995

There are a lot of reproduction-style makes of Jimmy Page’s red-and-yellow burst guitar, but this is one of only 25 reproductions Gibson made in a promotional run in 2014. This one is #21, and it was inspected, signed, and numbered by Page himself. Just do not, for the love of all that is holy, play “Stairway.”
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2. 1924 Gibson L5, Signed by Lloyd Loar - $50,000

Most guitar brands are named after people, and Gibson is no exception. But few people outside folk and guitars circles know about Lloyd Loar. And that’s a shame, because this guy was one of the most prolific Gibson crafters in the 19th century. The L5 is so rare that some experts put their total pre-1924 production numbers at a measly one-dozen. This Loar-signed specimen was played by Barney Kessel, and according to the listing, was played in the actual opening of The Andy Griffith Show. Get your whistling chops ready. 
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3. 1966 MG Vintage Rickenbacker - $7,192

Rickenbacker's scream the Sixties. And, while many people associate the brand exclusively with basses, the super-rare 1966 325 guitar’s vibrato tailpiece, single F-hole, and jazzy look make it a great addition to any shredder’s collection.
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4. 2002 Taylor Liberty Tree Limited Edition - $14,750.00

As far as stories go, the Taylor Liberty Tree has a real doozy in its background. First, a history lesson: during the American Revolution many of the colonies planted Liberty Trees to mark their people’s pride (and hatred of tea). Maryland’s tree lasted 400 years until Hurricane Floyd rolled through Annapolis in 1999. After it was damaged, it had to be chopped down, and thankfully Taylor Guitars got their hands on some choice wood from the tree and repurposed it for a production run of only 400 special edition axes. And here’s your chance to buy one. Think of it as a literal piece of history.
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5. Made-to-Order Blueberry Fierro Double Neck Acoustic - $6,500

Stepping outside the mainstream names, Blueberry Fierro guitars are single, made-to-order pieces that contain hundreds of hand-carved grooves and Balinese white Angel Wood inlays -- just to name just a couple details. If you ask for one like  this, you’ll get a double-necked acoustic complete with a guitar and a bass neck. Can anyone say one-man band?
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6. 1970 Fender Stratocaster, Original Matching Headstock - $110,000

Finding a ’ 70s strat with an original matching head is kind of like finding the end of a roll of half-used packing tape (really. Effing. Hard.). Thankfully we found it for you… and this one costs $110,000 because the maple cap neck adds an extra level of rareness.
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7. Paul Reed Smith Private Stock Doubleneck - $14,929

If you play a PRS guitar, you’re already a discerning shredder… who probably had an affinity for nu metal in the '90s.  This extremely limited-run double neck offers you six  and 12 strings of Stain'd cover abilities, and adds style to monetary value with a curly maple “magma” finish.
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8. 1963 Epiphone Casino - $8,995

Most people assume Epiphone is only the workingman’s version of Gibson. But there were a few older models that find themselves on lists with Gibson’s finest guitar. That category includes    the Casino. The ’63 model was what inspired Paul, George, and John to all buy the same model in the mid-sixties. So buy three and you’ll pretty much be the Beatles.
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9. 1960 Gibson Les Paul Jr - $12,500

Les Paul Juniors and Melody Makers, in their mid-century heyday, were entry-level instruments, and for good reason: they offered simple, easy-to-produce design while not sacrificing on playability. Now, the originals are so rare they’ve caught the eye of collectors worldwide, and their deep, edgy sound still holds up.
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10. 1976 Kramer Guitar - $100,000

Kramer guitars feature the least known name on the list, and with their weird metal, split-fork headstocks, they’re almost the weirdest looking (stay tuned for number 12). The listing for this ’76 guitar claims that it’s the very first Kramer model ever made. No, seriously, it’s the first one to leave the production line, and the seller promises to put you on the phone with Kramer founder Peter LaPlaca to prove it once you buy. Way better than one of those lame authenticity certificates.
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11. 1957 Fender Precision Bass - $16,500

We had to track down a bass for the list, and not many four-strings say “bass face” like a ’57 Precision. This particular one is in such good shape for its age because the owner only played it for 10 years, before it was passed on to an heir, then stored under a bed until it was unearthed for eBay eyes. Get ready to rock like a late Fifties session player (probably named Chip).
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12. The Headless Gittler Guitar - $4,995.00

With all the mainstays -- your Fenders, your Gibsons -- taken care of, we thought we’d go way outside the box with the headless Gittler guitar. It may be the cheapest on the list, but made with 6AL-4V aircraft grade Titanium, and weighing in at only 3lbs, it’s still ingeniously crafted. Plus, it tracks MIDI so you can plug it into a computer to run synths using strings (take that keyboard players). But no amount of description can describe the absurdity of this thing anywhere near as well as just looking at the freakin’ photo. Play on robot-picker, play on.
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