Above: Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, signed by BB King. Part of the John Brennan Collection, offered by RR Auction.
Why settle for a paper autograph, when you can have a signed Strat?
“I carried guitars with me for signing – either in a car or on my back on the train to the city. No concert signing for those; [autographed guitars] were all obtained waiting on the street. Some took years of lugging around – the [guitar greats Strat] one, the Rolling Stones one. The Stones-by-6 was all on the street in different instances. None of the [band members] were partial to who signed it [before them]; they did not care at the time, so I was able to get both Taylor and Wood on one.”
– autograph collector John Brennan
Our inaugural auction from The John Brennan Collection (May 10-17) will feature the lifelong autograph collector’s incredible selection of signed items from the legends of music history. In addition to autographs, photographs and posters, he’s also sharing a cache of autographed guitars. Here are six of our favorites:
Lot 7076: Five guitar greats on one Strat
Immensely desirable red-bodied Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, signed on the body in black felt tip by five guitar virtuosos – Jeff Beck, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Bo Diddley. An incredible union of some of history’s most influential guitarists.
Lot 7001: Rolling Stones signed Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar
Signed on the body in black felt tip by Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, and Charlie Watts, and on the pickguard by Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. A fantastic example of a fully-signed Stones electric guitar, being a rather unusual example as it boasts the autographs of both Mick Taylor and his replacement, Ronnie Wood.
Lot 7069: Buffalo Springfield band members signed acoustic
Handsome Franciscan natural-finish acoustic guitar, prominently signed on the body in felt tip by Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and on the pickguard by Jim Messina. “For What It’s Worth” (the group’s timeless protest anthem), this is a great collection of signatures.
Lot 7075: Eric Clapton signed Strat
Fantastic cream-bodied Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, signed on the body in black felt tip by Eric Clapton. An especially desirable example as it is signed on the body, rather than a more common pickguard autograph – a cream-colored guitar autographed by Cream guitarist Clapton.
Lot 7119: Yardbirds greats autographing one guitar
Beautiful red-bodied Affinity series Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, signed on the white pickguard in blue felt tip by Jimmy Page, and on the body in black felt tip by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. A rare assemblage of these three Yardbirds guitarists, all of whom went on to have prolific and profoundly influential careers after leaving the group.
Lot 7058: Paul McCartney signed Carlo Robelli acoustic guitar
With a red sunburst finish, signed nicely on the body in black felt tip by McCartney. A beautiful display piece signed by one of rock’s greatest songwriters, best known for his acoustic work on Beatles tracks like “Yesterday” and “Blackbird.”