Don McLean’s Vincent Martin 00-21 Acoustic Guitar Goes Up For Auction

The acoustic guitar that singer-songwriter Don McLean wrote vincentone of his greatest hits, is about to be auctioned.

The guitar in question, a 1969 Martin 00-21, was also used to record a number of other songs (Until tomorrow, winter wood, empty chairs, Sister Fatimaand The falllisten)) for McLean’s most successful chart-topping album of 1971 American pie. He is ready to go under the hammer via Julien’s Auctions (opens in a new tab).

To answer the next question you’re probably wondering, no, that’s not the guitar McLean used on the song. American pie. According to Julian (opens in a new tab)that distinction belongs to one of the artist’s equally beloved Martin D-28s.

McLean, Julien’s reports (opens in a new tab)bought a pair of Martin 00-21s in 1969. He retrofitted the one up for auction with Schaller tuners, and ended up selling the other soon after.

Said to be in “good condition with scuffs and scratches and signs of a re-glued bridge”, the guitar features a solid spruce top and rosewood back, sides and bridge. It also sports a 12-fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard sporting dot inlays and a split headstock with the aforementioned Schaller tape tuners.

The 00-21 will be sold with its original faux snakeskin hard case, and with pages of American troubadour (McLean’s Autobiography 2012) depicting him with the instrument.

Notably, McLean’s handwritten and annotated work lyrics for vincent are also auctioned on At Julien’s (opens in a new tab) at a time.

The current high bid, at the time of printing, for Don McLean’s vincent Martin 00-21 is $90,000. The estimated value of the guitar, meanwhile, is $200,000 to $400,000. It will go on sale – along with a wide variety of other items from McLean’s personal collection – from November 11-13 online and at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe.

Part of the proceeds of funds raised from the sale of the guitar – and other items from McLean’s collection – will go to (opens in a new tab) the Don McLean Foundation, which provides funds to underserved students, homeless shelters and food banks in the state of Maine and across the country, and Kicking The Stigma, the national initiative of the CEO of the Colts d ‘Indianapolis, Jim Irsay, aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and removing the stigma that surrounds them.

For more information on the guitar, visit At Julien’s (opens in a new tab).

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