A 3,300-year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard playing a stringed instrument is the oldest iconographic representation showing people playing an instrument that has a strong resemblance to the guitar, indicating a possible Babylonian origin for the guitar.

At least two instruments called “guitars” were in use in Spain by 1200: the guitarra latina (Latin guitar) and the so-called guitarra morisca (Moorish guitar). The guitarra morisca had a rounded back, wide fingerboard, and several sound holes. The guitarra Latina had a single sound hole and a narrower neck.

The term “vintage guitar” is rather vague – as many of our members rightly point out. I would consider these early guitars as antiques rather than vintage pieces, although to some extent it’s just semantics.

That said, our database of 10,000 guitars also holds a number of models that pre-date the 20th Century, and as such, I would also consider to be antiques.

In this post, I take a look at the oldest guitars in our database and what they’re currently worth.

1830’s Martin Stauffer

1830's Martin Stauffer

  • Mint condition: $34,650
  • Very good condition: $28,575
  • Good condition: $22,500

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1850’s Martin 2-27

1850's Martin 2-27

  • Mint condition: $8,085
  • Very good condition: $6,698
  • Good condition: $5,310

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1850’s Martin 0-20

1850's Martin 0-20

  • Mint condition: $6,195
  • Very good condition: $5,123
  • Good condition: $4,050

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1850’s Martin 0-26

1850's Martin 0-26

  • Mint condition: $8,085
  • Very good condition: $6,698
  • Good condition: $5,310

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1850’s Tilton Parlor

1850's Tilton Parlor

  • Mint condition: $2,415
  • Very good condition: $2,018
  • Good condition: $1,620

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1850’s Martin 1-26

1850's Martin 1-26

  • Mint condition: $8,805
  • Very good condition: $6,698
  • Good condition: $5,310

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1850’s Martin 2-34

1850's Martin 2-34

  • Mint condition: $8,610
  • Very good condition: $7,140
  • Good condition: $5,670

See price history.

1850’s Martin 2-40

1850's Martin 2-40

  • Mint condition: $8,925
  • Very good condition: $7,388
  • Good condition: $5,850

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1850’s Ashborn Model 2

1850's Ashborn Model 2

  • Mint condition: $709
  • Very good condition: $579
  • Good condition: $450

See price history.

1850’s Ashborn Model 5

1850's Ashborn Model 5

  • Mint condition: $1,680
  • Very good condition: $1,369
  • Good condition: $1,058 See price history.

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