Fender Jazzmasters! 1960, 1962, 1966, 1971

Fender Jazzmasters! 1960, 1962, 1966, 1971

This clean but lightly faded 1960 Fender Jazzmaster guitar came in and went out of the shop a few years back. I was thrilled to have it! It's one of the ones that "got away" I suppose. I remember it being a superbly comfortable weight, having a delightful playing neck and fretboard, as well as having warm but articulate Jazzmaster pickups. The lightly faded faux tortoiseshell pickguard really complimented the faded sunburst.   I'm always looking for Jazzmaster guitars from the late 1950s up until production tailed off in the late 1970s. I…Read more
Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

I was contacted by a gentleman in Tuscaloosa a few months ago about purchasing his vintage 1963 Gibson Hummingbird guitar. I told him I'd love to take a look at it. A few days later he was standing in my living room with an old black case with a metal badge that read "Gibson." The Hummingbird he brought me was a lovely example with rare Maple back and sides. I inspected the guitar and found it to be in nice condition. I asked him how he came to own the guitar and its…Read more
1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

The Fender Electric Instrument Co was established in 1946 immediately after Doc Kaufman left the K&F brand. The first run of amplifiers for this new company consisted of three models: the Princeton, the Model 26 "Deluxe", and the Professional. Their lacquered wood cabinets and combination metal strip and cloth grills made them easy targets for the collector nick name of "Woodies".   This Model 26 Deluxe amplifier bears the speaker manufacturing date of the 22nd week of 1946 and serial number 395. Somehow it made it through life without losing its original canvas…Read more
Rare paperwork: The Martin D-45 Card – 1941

Rare paperwork: The Martin D-45 Card – 1941

A kind friend recently gave me the opportunity to buy some rare CF Martin & Co catalogs and paperwork! I've begun the process of scanning in the pages in order to share it with all of you. Some you may have seen before but some maybe not. This particular piece caught my eye when I first thumbed through the pages. It was a little card wedged in the pages of a July 1941 CF Martin & Co catalog advertising their finest model: the Martin "Dreadnaught" StyleΒ D-45 De LuxeΒ  $250.00.     More to…Read more
Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

1964 was a transitional year for the entire Fender amplifier line. All amplifiers were now covered in a new black material that was striking in appearance and extremely sturdy: black Tolex! Much of the line was already utilizing brown or white Tolex material but the Champ was still dressed in the cool looking but very fragile tweed covering. Not only that, but effects were starting to become standards in guitar tone. Fender's Reverb unit was a hot seller but required hauling around and servicing an additional piece of gear. Fender's research and development…Read more
Stephen Kellogg’s 1948 Gibson Southerner Jumbo

Stephen Kellogg’s 1948 Gibson Southerner Jumbo

  Stephen's beloved "Forty-Eight" rolled through the shop a few weeks ago for a little maintenance before going back to work fleshing out songs. It's a rare bird with that cool belly down bridge. I took a little time to enjoy it myself before shipping it back up north. The best Southerner Jumbos come out of the South. Safe travels, friend.  Read more
The BEST hard shell case for Gibson LG-1, LG-2, LG-3, LG-0, & B-25!

The BEST hard shell case for Gibson LG-1, LG-2, LG-3, LG-0, & B-25!

I get this question a lot: What is the best replacement hard shell case for my vintage Gibson LG-2, B-25, LG-1, LG-3, or LG-0? There are a lot of good replacement hard shell cases out there but my favorite for small body Gibson guitars is the Silver Creek Classical size case. While it may say "classical", it seems to be taylor made for the Gibson LG body and neck shape. It has a great fit, offers excellent neck support, and is light weight. I don't even feel the need to add extra padding…Read more
“Should I buy a tweed Fender Champ if I already have a blackface Champ?”

“Should I buy a tweed Fender Champ if I already have a blackface Champ?”

I recently received this question from a friend: "Hey John, As my most trusted source on music equipment, can you help me understand if I should purchase a tweed fender champ?Β  I already have a 1965 blackface champ.Β  Am I incorrect in thinking the tones will be worlds apart? --Friend" I'm flattered! I've narrowed my focus for vintage amps largely on clean examples from Fender recently because of the intersection of their prevalence here in the US and desirability. Champs are some of the most fun because they are simple, affordable, and can…Read more
The 2018 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

The 2018 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

We've just received Vintage Guitar Magazine's Price Guide for 2018 and have been pouring over the data. We've used the Price Guide for the past 6 years or so to add another data point to our pricing calculation when we're preparing a listing for any vintage guitar. Do you have one? Maybe one from a few years back? It's time to update your guide: Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2018 on Amazon. If you buy through that link then you'll pay Amazon's lowest price and I'll get a little kickback for directing you there.…Read more
True Vintage Guitar on The Fire Escape Podcast!

True Vintage Guitar on The Fire Escape Podcast!

Want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at True Vintage Guitar? Check out the latest episode from The Fire Escape podcast wherein we discuss early mistakes like getting shocked by unserviced two prong amplifiers in my dorm room in college but also recent triumphs like booking a one way ticket to Reno, NV to buy a rare 1959 Fender Twin (painted brown of course) from a sweet songwriter lady in the middle of the desert. You can find more information on The Fire Escape at fireescapepod.com! https://soundcloud.com/fireescapepod/13-john-shults-true-vintage-guitarRead more