Vintage Guitar Price 50 Index Graph

The VGP50 index saw no growth between 2016 and 2017. However, the VGP50 only covers the most collectable guitars in existance. Looking at our entire guitar price database - which also covers thousands of common models - 1937 guitars (in very good sale condition) have fallen in price since 2012.

In the table below you’ll find 20 guitars in very good condition that have seen some of the largest decreases in market price since 2012. See the full price data and trends on Vintage Guitar Price.

Worst performing guitars for investment

Investment RankManufacturerModelFeaturesYear2012 (very good cond.)2017 (very good cond.)2012-2017 % changeFull price history
5397YamahaSA SeriesLower-end1966-1994$885.00$518.00-41.47%View price history
5398GibsonLes Paul Model1/2" knobs, early-'53 trapeze tailpiece1953$19,650.00$11,483.00-41.56%View price history
5399YamahaSA SeriesMid-level1966-1994$1,185.00$690.00-41.77%View price history
5400Paul Reed SmithSinglecut2nd issue Artist2005-2008$2,948.00$1,699.00-42.37%View price history
5401FenderBroadcasterClipped decal, No Caster1951$54,075.00$31,050.00-42.58%View price history
5402FenderTelecasterRare colors1962$39,750.00$22,650.00-43.02%View price history
5403DobroModel 37Round neck1933-1937$2,550.00$1,365.00-46.47%View price history
5404MartinC-1PRound hole1931-1933$4,425.00$2,265.00-48.81%View price history
5405GibsonFirebird IIISunburst, reverse, mini humbuckers1965$9,825.00$4,830.00-50.84%View price history
5406FenderStratocasterNatural1973$5,505.00$2,610.00-52.59%View price history
5407GibsonMelody MakerReintroduced assingle-cut1986-1993$688.00$326.00-52.62%View price history
5408GibsonSG CustomBrown, dark cherry1976-1979$4,425.00$2,070.00-53.22%View price history
5409Taylor815 Series815c-BR (Brazilian)1997$5,700.00$2,610.00-54.21%View price history
5410NationalStyle 0Square, 12-fret, common1933-1942$2,948.00$1,305.00-55.73%View price history
5411GibsonFirebird VII (Reissued)Candy Apple Red2002-2007$4,665.00$1,823.00-60.92%View price history
5412AlvarezFlat-TopMid-to-Higher-End1970s-1990s$761.00$254.00-66.62%View price history
5413YamahaFG SeriesLower-end1970-2015$398.00$124.00-68.84%View price history
5414YamahaFG SeriesMid-level1970-2015$829.00$225.00-72.86%View price history
5415AlvarezFlat-TopMid-Level1970s-1990s$675.00$111.00-83.56%View price history
5416AlvarezFlat-TopLower-End1970s-1990s$651.00$81.00-87.56%View price history

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