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Collection of Electric Guitars Valued at £15,000 Hit the Right Note


A large private collection of electric guitars value atover £15,000 were sold at auction at Anderson & Garland on the 8th December 2016. The collection included a Guild limited edition 45th Anniversary acoustic guitar valued at £1,800.00. Guild are the iconic American guitar maker with over 60 years of building handcrafted instruments in the United States. Guild guitars have been played by Brian May from Queen and Duane Eddy and David Byrne.

Closer to home there is a guitar made in Byker by Newcastle maker Kevin Parsons valued at £500.The collection belongs to 66 year old, Robert Oxley, who has for the last 15 years run The Music Shop in Durham’s covered market. He began collecting guitars 40 years ago. Mr Oxley said “I have loved music all my life, but I realised a lot of the guitars had not been out of their boxes for a number of years and I decided that the time had come to let them go to new owners who will have the time to appreciate them.” 

Mr Oxley bought his first guitar a CF Martin & Co. electro-acoustic thirty years ago, it is now valued at £1200. Martin guitars have been made for over 175 years and Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and John Mayer regularly use them.The oldest dates from the 1930’s the Regal le Domino 1930's tenor parlour guitar which is valued at £400.00.

Fred Wyrley-Birch Specialist at Anderson & Garland said “This is an incredible collection, there is something for everyone. Many of these guitars are of the highest quality and are in mint condition.”

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The Durham Advertiser



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