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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 […]

*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 […]

Tony Bacon Interview

Any guitarist who has walked the aisles of the nearest Barnes & Noble or roamed the guitar related entries at Amazon.com has seen the name Tony Bacon. For the past couple of decades Tony has been linked to well-researched tomes on Gibsons, Fenders, Gretsch’s and thousands of pages about cool, historic, unique and downright weird […]

Guitar traders admit handling stolen vintage guitars

A well-known Yorkshire father and son business partnership have been given suspended prison sentences for handling stolen guitars. Richard and Justin Harrison, dealing in rare and old musical instruments, admitted to handling stolen vintage guitars worth over £40,000. Dad Richard, 63, of The Old Rectory, High Street, Campsall, Doncaster, admitted one charge of handling stolen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oh No!!! Van crashes into guitar repair shop

Doc Pittillo described the Saturday morning crash that has left him physically unharmed but financially devastated as something akin to a psychedelic experience. “I turned around and actually saw the van come through the window of the store,” Pittillo said. “It was slow motion.” Pittillo, owner of The Guitar Doctor, 18171 Euclid St., said he […]

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 […]

Vintage Fender Colours

Just a quickie..I found Curtis Novak’s  great site with a wonderful pictorial view of vintage Fender colours. Even if you aren’t interested in the colours, it’s worth having a look for the lovely photography. In Curtis’ own words… These are pictures of my sample blocks of Fender 60’s colors. I attempted to create as accurate […]

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 11 – The Gibson Moderne

Gibson Moderne The Gibson Moderne is one of Gibson’s most infamous instruments, and due to its limited production and the story surrounding it, it has acquired semi-mythical status. It was first announced in 1958. The Moderne was slated to be part of a very modernistic three-guitar series including the Flying V and Explorer, now two […]

Collectable Guitars pt 9 – The Fender Performer

Fender’s Katana was a flop, selling barely any units in its 1986 one-year, lifespan, even when a cheaper and more basic Squier brand version was launched. Another model was also launched to be made exclusively in Fender’s new Japanese factory, which also departed from Fender’s traditions- the Performer. This guitar resembled a Fender Stratocaster mixed […]