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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 […]

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 […]

*ALERT* Guitar Collection Stolen in Sweden

I’m posting this on behalf of the Owner, please be aware of these instruments in case they start showing up for sale.. Hello, Unfortunately half of my collection of guitars, which I have collected and hand picked for more than 25 years, has been stolen in Ystad, very south in Sweden. Most of the 15 […]

The Gibson Moderne Returns!

Gibson’s Moderne is back in production. Here’s the story in the company’s own words… A musical chimera, shrouded in the silvered mists of myth and legend, the Gibson Moderne has long been known as the enigmatic “guitar that never was”… or, was it? Designed as the third member of a trio of guitars in the […]

Nice George Gruhn interview..

A nice interview has recently been posted with George Gruhn. The world of guitars has a select few gurus who have reached a place where they offer a foundation of expertise. In the world of vintage guitars, the name that always comes to mind is George Gruhn. Certainly, there are others with vintage guitar expertise […]

Long Lost George Harrison Vox UL730 Amp to Be Sold at Auction

A rare amp once belonging to the late George Harrison — and used for several Beatles recording sessions — will be sold at auction on December 15 at Bonhams in London, England. The amp, a Vox UL730, was used during recording sessions for Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. Its connection to the […]

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 […]

Vintage Guitar Effects Announces Website for Guitar Effects Aficionados

Aficionados of guitars and guitar effects have a new source of information in a website made available from Vintage Guitar Effects. The site is devoted to vintage and boutique guitar pedals and effects. On the site, visitors will find tons of information including in-depth articles, reviews, and videos. It is a blog-based site which encourages […]

Richard Gere To Auction His Guitar Collection at Christies New York On October 11

Actor Richard Gere has decided to sell his guitar collection at Christies New York in October. The sale will offer approximately 110 lots, which will include a range of vintage American guitars, including models by Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Epiphone models, and a selection of amplifiers, as well as iconic guitars that belonged to […]

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 […]

Nova Scotia swap meet could turn up some treasures

A Halifax, NS businessman is hoping musicians from all over New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will dig through their closets for old guitars, amplifiers and other gear and bring it all to Moncton for a unique swap meet. The swap meet is set for Saturday, May 7 at the Moncton Lions Centre on St. […]

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 […]

Clapton’s Guitar Auction Raises £1.3 Million

Eric Clapton’s recent guitar and amplifier auction has raised £1.3 million to continue funding his “Crossroads” rehab clinic in Antigua. More than 130 lots were auctioned from his archive including a number of guitars he played live and on record, plus a vast collection of amps, speakers and even suits. Highlights of the sale at […]

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 […]

Slash to Auction His Guitar Collection

Slash will sell 14 of his prized guitars at auction next month. The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist – who estimates he owns at least 100 of the musical instruments -will sell a Guild acoustic which he used to record the single ‘Patience’ along with various other custom guitars. Slash decided to hold the sale […]

Norm’s Rare Guitars Interview

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

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils “Game Changer” Guitar

Coachella, CA (January 12th, 2011) — Ernie Ball Music Man today announced that it will unveil The Game Changer, a ground-breaking, all analog pickup switching system that unlocks an extensive library of natural guitar tones previously unavailable in traditional pickup technology. Available in select Reflex guitar and bass models in 2011, this progressive innovation leads […]

Inside the Fender Custom Shop..

A tour around the Fender Custom Shop..

Father And Son Accused Of Handling £170K Of Stolen Guitars

A well known Yorkshire father and son business partnership dealing in rare and old musical instruments and equipment have been accused of handling stolen guitars worth £170,000 (c.$260,000). At the time of the alleged offences Richard and Justin Harrison owned a well known company called Music Ground. They had shops in Leeds, Manchester and London […]

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 […]

Eric Clapton to sell off guitars for Crossroads Centre

Eric Clapton is to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his rehab clinic. Highlights of the sale will include a guitar the musician played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. More than 150 lots will be auctioned in the New York […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paul Smith And Vintage Collaborate on Designer Guitar

Not Paul Reed Smith! Paul Smith, the well known British clothing designer, has collaborated with Vintage Guitars in order to produce the Paul Smith acoustic guitar. It’s a 3/4-sized acoustic that Paul Smith is refers to in most of his marketing as a ‘children’s guitar’ but could really serve as a travel guitar for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Legendary Guitars Going on Tour

Guitar Center will take its iconic “Legends Collection” on the road beginning May 23 for a 4-city tour that will make weekend stops in Fountain Valley, La Mesa, San Francisco and Hollywood.

Daddy Mojo Cigar Box Guitars

These are so cool.. Daddy Mojo builds handcrafted guitars from cedar and mahogany cigar boxes. The instruments, which are smaller and lighter than standard guitars, sell for between $265 and $735 and have found a following among blues aficionados who can’t get enough of the warm sound they provide. “It has a very unique tone […]

New Epiphone Roy Orbison Signature 12-string acoustic

The Epiphone Guitar Company of Nashville, Tennessee announces the release of the new limited edition Oh, Pretty Woman 12-string acoustic guitar. Produced in cooperation with the legendary singer/songwriter Roy Orbison’s estate, this signature guitar is based upon Roy’s own 1962 Epiphone ‘Bard’ 12-string acoustic guitar. Orbison used his original Epiphone acoustic guitar to write and […]

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 […]

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 […]

RKS Guitars

RKS Guitars are an American-based company who make very unusual guitars to bespoke specifications for a high cost. The only vaguely conventional feature of these astounding guitars is the silhouette. My first encounter with an RKS was in the High Wycombe shop called BBZ Guitars. The shape commonly used by the company is an equal cutaway style, […]

Ovation Breadwinners for sale

After my post about the Ovation Breadwinner guitar, I found a couple for sale in London last week. Both were in the Music Ground shop, and both priced at £899.  Here is a photo of one of them; it seems to be in pretty good condition and original, but I can’t vouch for that. The […]