Keith Richards-played 1957 Gibson Les Paul Mickey Baker Deluxe, traded to Gram Parsons, goes under the hammer

Keith Richards and Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images / Gotta Have Rock And Roll)

A 1957 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Mickey Baker electric guitar owned and played by Rolling Stone icon Keith Richards has gone up for auction at Gotta Have Rock And Roll.

Estimated to sell for $200,000, the axe was initially owned by Richards, who then traded it to fellow guitar legend Gram Parsons in return for a flame-top alternative Les Paul. Parsons, who held onto the six-string for many years, then passed it on to a childhood friend, Alan Knight.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.