10 Famous Guitars


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Bonnie Raitt's 'Brownie'
Bonnie Raitt plays on "Brownie" during a concert to raise money after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in Austin, Texas. Gary Miller/Getty Images

Bonnie Raitt grew up in a musical family and when she was a kid, her grandfather, a Methodist minister, pulled out a Hawaiian lap-steel guitar and taught her a few hymns. But the godly path was not to be Raitt's. When she came across a legendary recording called "Blues At Newport," she fell instantly and hard for the blues. And it was on that recording that she first heard John Hammond playing "bottleneck guitar." Taking the name literally, she found a little cold medicine bottle, soaked off the label and put it on her finger. It was the beginning of her distinctive slide guitar sound [source: Piper].

At 3 a.m. in 1969, Raitt happened upon an unpainted Fender Stratocaster for $120. She bought it, raised the action and nicknamed it "Brownie." It became her favorite instrument — one she's played at every gig since [source: Piper].

As to where exactly Raitt was at 3 a.m. that morning in 1969, well the location remains mysterious. One thing's for sure — she has no plans to sell it. "Brownie's" value today? Immeasurable.

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