Don McLean's Vincent Martin 00-21 acoustic guitar is going up for auction

Don McLean plays the 1969 Martin 00-21 on which he wrote the song Vincent
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

The acoustic guitar that singer/songwriter Don McLean used to write Vincent, one of his biggest hits, is set to go up for auction.

The guitar in question, a 1969 Martin 00-21, was also used to record a number of other songs (Til Tomorrow, Winterwood, Empty Chairs, Sister Fatima, and The Grave) for McLean's most successful album, 1971's chart-topping American Pie. It's set to go under the hammer via Julien's Auctions.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.