So I get this press release from Guitar Center that says they collaborated with Eric Clapton to come up with a 5-guitar series in partnership with Fender, Martin and Gibson called the “The Crossroads Guitar Collection” commemorating the Crossroads music festival. The Strat is a reproduction of “Brownie,” the Les Paul that of “Lucy,” and three Martin acoustics.
I thought to myself, “Pretty cool stuff…” until I saw the price tag of “Brownie” which is $14,999.
I know, it’s that whole issue of owning a piece of history bit with an exacting reproduction of a an iconic guitar, etc., etc., etc.. But that’s the issue for me: It’s a reproduction of a piece of history. Things like this are like those late-night commercials you see from the American Coin Company or some coin collectors outfit hawking authentic Buffalo nickels. “And you can have one of these rare pieces of blues history for only fourteen-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety-nine dollars. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express all welcome. Don’t wait! Only a few will be made available, so don’t miss YOUR chance!”
“Lucy” is the same price. The Martin 000-45 Brazilian though takes the cake at $49,999.
Look, if you’re a collector and have that kind of money to invest in one of these guitars, more power to you! Maybe I’m being naive like Tom Hanks in the movie, “Big,” but I don’t get it! 🙂