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Bigsby solidbody guitar headlines Heritage guitar auction

The stunning 1949 Bigsby solidbody guitar may bring as much as $80,000.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

This 1949 Bigsby solidbody has an estimated value of $80,000.

This 1949 Bigsby solidbody has an estimated value of $80,000.

A stunning 1949 Bigsbysolidbody guitar, only the fourth ever made by famed luthier Paul Bigsby, may bring as much as $80,000 when it comes up for auction on April 21 at the Dallas Guitar Show as part of Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction.

“This not only a fantastic guitar, it’s a piece of musical history,” says Mike Gutierrez, consignment director at Heritage Auctions. “Simply put, you very rarely ever see these guitars show up on the market, especially not one as early and well-documented as this one. We expect hardcore collectors are going to go after this guitar with great energy.”

A pair of early Les Paul models--a 1957 Standard Les Paul goldtop (serial number 7 6188) and a 1955 Gibson Les Paul goldtop (serial number 56525), possibly the best example ever brought to auction--are estimated at $60,000 and $30,000, respectively.

The top acoustic model in the Heritage event is a 1938 Martin 000-28, which carries a pre-auction estimate of more than $40,000.

“Our consignor found this vintage gem in a garage sale years ago for $75,” Gutierrez says. “That keen eye and a little patience are now set to pay off big time. This is a great, highly sought-after guitar from the top maker in the acoustic business.”

Other top offerings in the auction include a 1968 D’Aquisto New Yorker archtop, a true jewel from one of the two greatest archtop makers of the jazz era, with an estimate of $34,000, a 1960 left-handed Fender Stratocaster, a true rarity of this vintage in superb condition, with a $20,000 pre-auction estimate and a gorgeous 1964 Rickenbacker 325, with a $10,000 estimate.

“This auction is certain to be our best outing of this year, so far, with many wonderful finds and the usual array of high-quality vintage manufacturers” says Gutierrez.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

1962 Fender Stratocaster Fiesta Red: Rare custom color in great condition. Estimate: $30,000.

1959 Gibson ES-335: Estimate: $22,000

1960 Fender Telecaster: Estimate: $22,000

1963 Fender Sonic Blue Stratocaster: Estimate: $20,000

The Dallas Guitar Show will be held at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway.