Most of the things you will buy in your life will only go down in value after the purchase: cars, phones, tablets, laptops... Guitars, however, can be a different story. Much like other high-value collectible items, there are some guitar models you can invest in and actually expect a significant monetary return.
(Yes, we’re giving you another excuse to go guitar shopping.)
Here are 5 amazing guitar models that actually appreciate over time the way property, gold, and fine art do:
1. Pre-war Martin Guitars
The earliest Martins date as far back as 1830. The real gems from this brand are the models that were made between 1925 and 1944, before the Second World War. Guitars from this era are characterized by Adirondack spruce and Brazilian rosewood that produce a clear, clean, crisp sound. Back then, the bark for these guitars would be dried for up to 10 years, which adds a level of stability that today’s woods and materials just can’t match. 2. Loar Gibsons
From 1923 to 1924, Lloyd Loar not only designed, but also hand-signed, each of his instruments. These include the F-5 mandolin, H-5 mandola, L-5 guitar and the K-5 mando-cello (this last one is the absolute rarest of the bunch). If you can get your hands on one of these, you’re going to want to seize the opportunity to add it to your collection. 3. Celebrity guitars
Have a favourite artist that hasn’t had his big break yet? Consider adding to your guitar gear by investing in one of his instruments that he’s owned (and ideally played in concert and/or signed). Instruments from John Lennon and Kurt Cobain, for example, have sold for thousands, and that artist you’ve had on repeat lately could be next. 4. Instruments crafted from Korina Wood
Korina wood has a brighter tone than mahogany and is impressively lightweight. The value also stems from its rarity as not many manufacturers use this wood. Korina only grows in Africa, in limited quantities, and is notoriously tricky to work with. If you can find a guitar or bass instrument crafted from this amazing material, don’t miss your chance.
5. Fenders crafted before 1965
Fender has always stood for affordable, quality guitars that are sold around the world to beginners and experts alike. What some don’t know, however, is that Leo Fender sold his company in 1965, and guitars that were created before the sale of the company have gained considerable value over time. Each of these older model Fenders was handmade and produces a more unique (and arguably better) sound.
When it comes to guitars and bass guitars, your collection doesn’t have to stop growing, especially if you get to watch your prized possessions gain value over your lifetime. While not every guitar you own will give you a consistent return, keeping an eye out for one of the models listed above might just bring you (and your bank account) a special kind of fulfillment!
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