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Autographed guitars of the Brennan Collection

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:

 

Stratocaster autographed by Eric Clapton Jeff Beck BB King Buddy Guy Bo Diddley John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Stratocaster autographed by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, and Bo Diddley.

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.

Stratocaster autographed by the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger Ron Wood Mick Taylor Charlie Watts Keith Richards Bill Wyman John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Stratocaster autographed by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman.

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.

Franciscan natural-finish acoustic guitar autograph Neil Young Stephen Stills Richie Furay Jim Messina John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Franciscan natural-finish acoustic guitar, autographed by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Offered in The John Brennan Collection by RR Auction.

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.

Autographed Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar Eric Clapton John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, signed on the body in black felt tip by Eric Clapton. Part of the John Brennan Collection offered by RR Auction.

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.

Stratocaster autographed by Eric Clapton Jeff Beck Jimmy Page John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Stratocaster autographed by the Yardbirds’ Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.

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.

Beatles autograph Carlo Robelli acoustic guitar red sunburst finish Paul McCartney John Brennan Collection RR Auction
Carlo Robelli acoustic guitar with red sunburst finish, signed by Paul McCartney. Part of the John Brennan Collection, offered by RR Auction.

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.”

See the results of the John Brennan Collection auction here.

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