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Value of vintage guitars on the rise

People make noise with them in the basement and some even grow rich from travelling from town to town playing them. But guitars can be a good investment as well. What are now referred to as vintage guitars were simply old guitars back in the 1980s. The 42 Guitar Index – which tracks the cumulative […]

Guitars Worth Leaving Behind

Interesting article here by Jol Dantzig: An interesting yet disturbing trend of late in the vintage-guitar market is perfectly correct instruments being parted out to meet the demand for rare hardware. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of legacy we’ll leave behind. I’m not talking about big ideas […]

Don’t you wish this was you?

Mike Sharp knew he had something valuable. He just didn’t know exactly how valuable it was. His mother always told him, the old guitar in the closet that had belonged to his father was his. Just so happens that dirty old guitar was a 1953 Fender Esquire, a piece of music history. This little piece […]

Part of Rory Gallagher’s guitar collection for sale

New Kings Road Vintage Guitar Emporium are very proud to offer a selection of guitars and amplifiers for sale from the collection of Ireland’s legendary guitarist, Rory Gallagher. These instruments have never been offered for sale until now. There are some great pieces that have been used live and in the studio by Rory, and […]

GuitarTrader launches online gear marketplace

A new marketplace website, GuitarTrader.co.uk, aimed at helping shops and guitar buyers find second-hand, used and vintage items has launched. Pitching itself as the AutoTrader of the guitar world (though not in any way affiliated with that brand), GuitarTrader is essentially an online classified ad service, which hopes to provide a forum for anyone wishing […]

Richard Gere’s Guitar Collection Raises Nearly $1 Million at Auction

A collection of vintage guitars owned by the Hollywood actor Richard Gere has been sold at a Christie’s auction in New York. The sale featured 107 lots, including guitars and amplifiers, which Gere had amassed over a 20-year period. In all the sale raised $936,438, with all but 4% of the lots sold. The sale’s […]

Collectable Guitars 42 – Godin Acousticaster

Electric guitarists often own an acoustic or two as well, but many who are used to electrics find the transition between slim, ergonomic electrics and big, bulky acoustics to mean that playing acoustic is much more difficult, especially when combined with the heavier strings and increased tension of an acoustic guitar. However, a solution became […]

Jeff Buckley’s Telecaster For Sale

My friend Nicolai over at Vintage and Rare has alerted me to the sale of one of Jeff Buckley’s most used guitars through Chelsea Guitars, one of the dealers who advertise through his website. The 1983 Telecaster was used extensively for live work by Jeff and was given to a close female friend by his […]

1960 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst Tops $131,000 at Auction

A 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst electric guitar, one of the most sought-after modern stringed instrumented ever made, proved its worth at $131,450 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $1,682,831 Signature Music & Entertainment Auction, Feb. 20. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium. “The 1960 ‘burst is exceptional even by Les Paul’s standards,” said Jonas […]

Norm’s Rare Guitars Interview

Nice video interview with Norm Harris of Norm’s Rare Guitars;

Vintage Guitar magazine Lists 10 Most Valuable Guitars

Vintage Guitar magazine has released a list of the 10 most valuable production-model electric and acoustic guitars. Using data accumulated in the research for The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2011, the list includes only guitars that were originally offered in manufacturer product lines. It does not include custom-made and/or celebrity-owned instruments. “Guitars are an […]

Hendrix Fender Duo Sonic Sells for £164,000!

As posted the other day, the tan coloured Fender Duo Sonic, played by Hendrix before he was famous, fetched £164,675 at an auction today, over 400 times the price he originally paid. The star’s early guitar sparked a bidding frenzy at the Cameo Auctioneers Records’ Music and Memorabilia auction in Midgham, Berkshire. Hendrix had paid […]

Another Hendrix Guitar Auction

Another Hendrix guitar is up for auction next month, this time the it’s the Fender Duo-Sonic he owned and played before he was famous. Jimi played on this guitar on tour with the Isley Brothers and it is expected to fetch around $180,000. The blond Duo-Sonic is a 1959 or 1960 model, which the 21-year-old […]

Peter Frampton, Brad Paisley Donate Flood Guitars to Charity

Dozens of guitars, mandolins and other instruments – straight from the hands of artists including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney and Peter Frampton are headed for the online auction block through nonprofit organization NASH2O (Nash-H-2-0) to support flood relief efforts in Nashville. Proceeds go to three beneficiaries: MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund […]

Bobs Brownies 1970´s Fender Collection

Here’s a nice video by my buddy Nicolai from Vintage and Rare. This is probably the largest collection of brown 1970′s Fender guitars in the world, including a tasty brown Starcaster in the back row..not a colour I have ever seen before on the Starcaster, which is rare in any colour! The collection is for […]

The Holy Grail: I Buy A 1958 Sunburst Les Paul

Here’s a nice article by rock writer Binky Philips on the Huffington Post website. Lots of anecdotes about New York guitar buying and the stories of how old guitars get passed around. Just a taster; Anyway, one afternoon later that summer, Teddy Slatus, Edgar Winter’s road manager, came in with both of regular-customer Rick Derringer’s […]

Schon Guitars

It isn’t very well known that Journey guitarist Neal Schon had a “blink and you missed it” guitar company in the 1980′s. The most famous model is a single cutaway that was seen in the later Journey and Bad English era. Those models were made by the Jackson guitar company in 1986 and it’s estimated […]

Collectable Guitars pt 41 – Peavey T-60

The Peavey T-60 was the first electric guitar marketed by Peavey, who now sell a huge variety of guitars and amps, as well as PA equipment and more. It lasted 10 years, from 1977 to 1987. It was also the first guitar ever made with CNC machines, which now form an integral part of mass-production […]

Collectable Guitars pt 40 – Carvin V220T

Carvin is an American custom guitar brand. They are not particularly well-known but to those “in the know” they represent high quality and reasonable value for what they are. Many of Carvin’s designs in their 1980s heyday employed through-neck construction, which is now established and used often. When Carvin started using it, however, it was […]

Genuine Hendrix owned Strat for sale at Vintage and Rare!

My good friend Nicolai has a genuine Jimi Hendrix owned 1967 Fender Stratocaster for sale through one of his dealers (Rock Star Guitars) at his website, Vintage and Rare. This sunburst guitar was given as a gift by Jimi in late 1968 to James “Tappy” Wright, who was a member of his management team along […]

Collectable Guitars pt 39 – Fender Lead 1, 2 and 3 Models

The Fender Lead series electric guitars were manufactured from 1979-1982. They was produced in Fullerton, California factory under the direction of Greg Wilson and John Page. They resemble Fender Stratocasters in appearance, but have a unique set of features. Steve Morse was one endorsee of the Fender Lead, and the whole series were probably designed […]

Collectable Guitars pt 38 – Ibanez RBM Voyager Reb Beach Model

Reb Beach was the guitarist with hair metal band, Winger, who achieved a reasonable level of fame in the late 80′s and early 1990′s. More recently he has been a member of David Coverdale’s Whitesnake. This is signature guitar produced by Ibanez in the early 90′s is probably the guitar Reb is most closely identified […]

Kirk Hammett’s ESP Guitar for sale at $35,000

A ten year old guitar played by Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is on sale online for $35,000. Hammett used the ESP Flying V guitar live on stage prior to August 1998. Seller Neals Vintage Guitars is offering up the instrument on eBay.com for the fixed price. A statement from the seller reveals, “Kirk played this […]

Collectable Guitars pt 37 – Jackson Roswell Rhoads

The Jackson Roswell Rhoads was a very rare, limited edition guitar made in 1997. It was a limited run of 123 guitars, and was a twist on the classic Jackson Randy Rhoads shape, with a UFO theme running through it. The body, instead of being made from wood, was made of 6061-T6 aluminium, an aircraft-grade […]

Gary Moore’s 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard For Sale

A snip at $275,000! Here’s the specifications; This guitar is considered to be the Holy Grail to many guitar enthusiasts, collectors and musicians. Sunburst Les Pauls were and are played by the most iconic rock stars of any era. Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Duane Allman, Ace Frehley, Jeff Beck, Paul Kossoff, Joe Walsh, […]

Charvel Spectrum Epidemic!

I thought you may be interested to see this. A high end guitar collecting friend of mine has a guilty pleasure. Collecting Charvel Spectrums! His addiction has been satisfied for the time being, with the arrival of a black model from Australia, although he is making noises about the lack of maple necked models. He has […]

Collectable Guitars pt 36 – Fender Electric XII

The Fender Electric XII was a purpose-built 12-string electric guitar, designed for folk rockers. Instead of using a Stratocaster-body style, it used one with a Jaguar/Jazzmaster body style. It was also a departure from the typical “Stratocaster”-style headstock, instead featuring a long headstock nicknamed the “hockey-stick” headstock. The Electric XII used a unique split pickup […]

Collectable Guitars pt 35 – Fender Duosonic

The Fender DuoSonic guitar was first produced by in 1956. It was meant to be a student guitar. It featured a short, 22.5 inch, scale length that was considerably shorter than the 25.5 inch scale used on standard Fender guitars. The DuoSonic, which is sometimes spelled as Duo-Sonic or Duosonic, has two, single coil, pickups […]

Steve Lukather sells his surplus gear on Ebay

Ex Toto guitarist and all round session superstar Steve Lukather has listed a whole bunch of instruments and gear on Ebay through L.A. Vintage Gear. Included are a very cool looking Rickenbacker 6/12 string double neck and a unique 26 year old Ibanez prototype of a potential Lukather signature model that never made it into […]

Collectable Guitars pt 34 – Gibson Nighthawk

Gibson’s radical Hawk series was another shortlived attempt to modernise Gibson’s image in the 1990s. It lasted from 1993 to 1998 and the series comprised 5 models. In the mid 1980s Gibson released new models that were nothing like previous ones to try and compete with new companies in the market. The Corvus (radical new […]

Collectable Guitars pt 33 – Ibanez Musician

The Ibanez Musician was born out of the Japanese copy boom of the 1970s, which also helped spawn the Ibanez Destroyer and Iceman. After Ibanez were sued for copying Gibson designs they branched out into original designs. Their first original models were the aforementioned two guitars, as well as the Performer, a Les Paul-type with […]

Collectable Guitars pt 32 – Washburn A-20V Stage Series

The Washburn A10-A20V Stage series of guitars were produced between 1979 and 1985. Shaped like a truncated Gibson Explorer with a chunky slanted headstock, the high quality Stage series found homes with a fair number of rock guitarists in the early 1980′s. They were produced in Japan in the highly regarded Matsumoku factory, which also […]

Collectable Guitars pt 31 – Tokai Talbo

This guitar was originally made from 1982 to 1984 in Japan by Tokai, who at this point were looking to expand away from the copies they specialised in. It was very unusual in that the body was not made of wood, as you might expect, but aluminium instead. As such the name was actually an […]

Collectable Guitars pt 30 – Fender Elite Telecaster

Fender’s iconic Telecaster has many submodels to its name, which have their own distinct set of players. These include the Thinline semi-hollow model, the Custom with a humbucker at the neck and a different scratchplate, and the Deluxe, with two humbuckers and a wide headstock reminiscent of the 1970s Stratocasters. But that isn’t the full […]

Collectable Guitars pt 29 – Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass

The Dan Armstrong Plexiglass was a very odd guitar originally made from 1969 to 1971 as an effort by popular amplification company Ampeg to draw in some more sales than their then-ailing amp lines were. The guitars came about from legendary guitar builder and repairer Dan Armstrong posing Ampeg the question: “Since you make guitar […]

Collectable Guitars pt 28 – Daion Guitars

Now here’s one you might not have heard of. Daion were an old Japanese company operating from the famed Matsumoku factory for a short period in the early 1980s. The Daions were very high quality, and full of innovative features. They had a range of electrics, basses and acoustics which were often very different to […]

Collectable Guitars pt 27 – Fender Robben Ford Model

Blues/Jazz guitarist Robben Ford merges styles to redefine the term “fusion” music. His sound, delivery and conception are all his own – as unmistakable and personal as a fingerprint. He chose a deliberate reinterpretation of the unusual Fender Esprit Ultra as the basis for his signature instrument (the Fender Robben Ford Signature model), which reflects […]

Collectable Guitars pt 26 – Fender Starcaster

The Starcaster was a short lived semi-hollow guitar made in the mid-1970s and early 1980s as competition to Gibson’s ES335 model. It is uncertain whether it was made from 1976 to 1977 or 1980 to 1982. The guitar featured the Gibson traditional semi-hollow body and humbuckers, but with a new 6-on-1-side headstock and Fender’s trademark […]

Collectable Guitars pt 25 – Charvel Spectrum

The Charvel Spectrum was a Superstrat type guitar made from 1989 to 1991 in a variety of wild colours. The series was inspired by a custom model made for Jeff Beck. The model was a part of Charvel’s Contemporary Series, and was possibly named after the veritable rainbow of bright colours it came in – […]

Collectable Guitars pt 24 – Yamaha SG2000

Yamaha is now a huge corporation covering all aspects of musical instruments, and more products including motorbikes. However, in 1976, when the SG2000 was introduced they were very much still an upstart company trying to make a name for themselves. In 1973 they had introduced a range of Gibson inspired SG models- equal cutaway designs […]

Rare guitars found after 50 years

A collection of rare British-made electric guitars has been discovered in the basement of a house in Cheltenham. The Supersound instruments came out of a brief partnership between Jim Burns and Alan Wootton during 1958 and 1959. Guy Mackenzie from West Cornwall, who bought the guitars, described them as “the holy grail” of his collection. […]

Collectable Guitars pt 23 – Fender Coronado

The Coronado was a thinline hollow bodied guitar made by Fender from 1966 to 1972. It was designed by former Rickenbacker designer Roger Rossmeisl, who would later design other guitars for Fender. The Coronado came in three models- the Coronado I with only one pickup at the neck, the II with two pickups and the […]

Dwight Guitars

Dwight guitars were made by Epiphone as the house brand for Sonny Shields Music in East St Louis IL, which was owned by Mr Charles “Dwight” Shields. Sonny Shields Music was a pretty big music shop back in the 50′s and 60′s and they also had several Dwight guitars made by Supro (and built by […]

Neil Schon Signature Les Paul

After my post about the Gibson Les Paul Axcess, I thought I should follow up my mention of the Neal Schon Signature Les Paul. I believe only about 80 of these guitars were made by the Gibson Custom Shop, so they certainly fit under the collectable category. Here is a video of Neal discussing and […]

Collectable Guitars pt 22 – Shergold Guitars

Shergold was a little-known guitar company started in 1967 by Jack Golder and Norman Houlder, who had both previously worked for Burns. They were located in Harold Wood, East London for most of their professional career. Some models introduced by Shergold were the Masquerader, the Modulator (with active electronics), and the Custom Double, a twin […]

Own a piece of Clapton History!

Vintage Guitar Gems, an established Vintage/Used Guitar & Amp store in the Conejo Valley was contacted by Yvonne Elliman (EC’s backup singer for many years as well as a songwriter, recording artist and actor) to sell the guitar that was used to record ‘Let it Grow’ during the famous 461 Ocean Blvd recording sessions at […]

Collectable Guitars pt 21 – The Hamer Phantom

The Hamer Phantom is a very rare and collectable guitar, built in limited numbers in the 1980s. It started out as a prototype, called simply the Hamer Prototype. It was special in that it had a very unusual three-coil pickup at the bridge. Some also had one single-coil at the neck. It was based on […]

Collectable Guitars pt 20 – The Gibson MIII

The Gibson M-III was one of the company’s rare attempts to muscle in on the popular Superstrat movement of the late 1980s, led by Jackson and Ibanez. It was not as successful as other Gibsons and was withdrawn after only a few years in production. The guitar featured an updated Stratocaster shape with a reverse […]

Collectable Guitars pt 19 – The Ovation Breadwinner / Deacon

The Ovation company is best known for its acoustic guitars, although they had a very good crack at the solid electric market in the early 1970s (1972 to be precise) with the UKII, the Preacher, the Viper, and the subjects of this article, the Deacon and Breadwinner. While the former three were fairly normal in […]

Collectable Guitars pt 18 – The Gibson Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel was a very respected jazz guitarist in the 1950s and 60s, and gained his own Gibson signature model in 1961. The guitar was unusual in shape, with a 25 1/2″ scale length similar to an ES-335, but with much sharper double florentine cutaways, resembling an SG. However, the body was much wider than an SG, […]