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The Top 20 Most Expensive Guitar Finishes

When it comes to guitars looks really do matter. We might pretend it’s all about the sound, playability and how it feels but the reality is the finish of a guitar and whether we like the look of it is important.

It also makes a difference to the price. Some finishes and colors are so desirable they are more expensive. Some are released as limited editions.

But which guitar finish is the most expensive?

Well there’s a handy bit of data to help us out from Reverb. A Reddit user compiled the most common finishes and how expensive they were. Check out the graph below:

Most Expensive Guitar Finishes

most expensive guitar finishes graph

So as we can see Blonde is by far and away the most expensive. More than likely blonde is popular in lots of Fender Custom Shops or the vintage blonde Telecasters. Which is making it so pricey.

It also looks like the brighter colors are generally cheaper. Whether that is because they look a little more toy-like and so the more affordable ranges and series use them. Maybe?

Sunburst and similar finishes are often more expensive than solid finishes, so that explains why they’re so high up.

But if you’re thinking about buying a new or used guitar and want to save some money then think about the color. You can find a cheaper version of the same guitar if you go for a less popular or expensive finish.

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I'm Andy and I've been crazy about music, and specifically the guitar, for longer than I can remember. As a former guitar teacher I've been immersed in the world of music for years. It's this passion and enthusiasm about all things guitar that drove me to start this website. A place where I could talk about the gear, techniques and general awesomeness that is the best instrument. I began playing somewhat late compared to a lot of people. I was 15 years old as it had taken me a while to find the confidence to believe in myself and take that step to learn to play an instrument. It started my lifelong love of music and playing in general. Since then like so many before me I've become an addict and gone through more guitars, amps and gear than I care to remember. I taught guitar for some time but unfortunately was forced to stop due to ill health. This lead to me starting this website so I could still share my love for and what I've learnt about the guitar. Guitar Inside Out is my way of sharing that love and passion with the music community and hopefully inspiring and helping others to enjoy it as much as I do. Learn more about Andy

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