Stevie Ray Vaughan swapped his Strat for this Guild 12-string acoustic in his virtuosic MTV Unplugged performance – now it’s up for auction

Stevie Ray Vaughan MTV Unplugged Guild 12-string auction
(Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns / Heritage Auctions)

Stevie Ray Vaughan is renowned as much for his excoriating electric tone as his formidable playing. However, in 1990 the Strat-toting blues icon sat down for an MTV Unplugged show and blew audiences away using a Guild 12-string acoustic guitar.

The instrument in question, a 1969 Guild F-412, is now going under the hammer via Heritage Auctions, and at the time of writing has a current leading bid of $57,500.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.