Originally Posted by bertzie
And they were never played again.
Sad but true.
I watched a program about the top ten most expensive works of art sold at auction recently and only one of them was actually displayed to the public after auction. A similar situation to alot of these guitars. Although who's to know maybe the guys who bought these instruments use them like any other guitar, we will probably never find out as we're (or at least I'm) not rich enough to hang out with the guys who bought em.
TBH though I think these artist owned instruments deserve a bit of reverence, its a double edged sword, never play the SRV strat again and everyone will think you are wasting the instrument, but scratch the lettering off and everyone would think you ruined it.
People always bought art by the masters and kept them all to themselves, but the admiring a guitar as a bit of social history would be a bit more of an everyman type of activity, something these uber rich guys have probably not realised, what I am trying to say is they are "new-money", if the queen or the rothschilds or something went round the qatar royal families house they would probably think the idea of hanging a signed guitar on the wall is vulgar, they'd say something along the lines of your doing it wrong
, probably why they gave it away, having a signed guitar does not make you culturally superior.
But what the hell do I know I'm ****ing poor. On a side note every other vintage les paul I see on sale in the UK seems to have been owned by some 60's or 70's popstar, they were the limeys buying those instruments up at the time on their US tours and shipping em back home.
EDIT - oh and I'd buy the woodstock strat if I had the cash.