1964 Gibson ES-335tdc!

1964 Gibson ES-335tdc!

1964 Gibson ES-335tdc This golden era vintage Gibson guitar cruised through the shop a few years ago: a 1964 Gibson ES-335tdc with Bigsby tailpiece. Gibson introduced the ES-335 in 1958 with a revolutionary design: the thinline, semi-hollow archtop electric guitar body. It felt like a traditional guitar at the time but was comfortable to play standing up with its thin body depth. It also avoided feedback with the solid center block but still had that hollowbody warmth from the hollow wings of the body. Gibson quickly recognized the potential for this design and…Read more
1964 Fender Jaguar Blond Ash

1964 Fender Jaguar Blond Ash

1964 Fender Jaguar Blond finish with Ash body This was one of my favorite vintage guitars to ever come through the shop! The Jaguar model was introduced by Fender in 1962 as their flagship, top of the heap new electric guitar model. It was offered in a standard Sunburst finish but the price list also offered a Blond finish with Ash body or a Custom Color available from a chart. So, Blond wasn't technically a "custom" color for this model but it was an upgraded finish. The vast majority of Fender guitars in…Read more
Vintage Guitar Library: Vintage Fender Book

Vintage Guitar Library: Vintage Fender Book

I received a question on Instagram last week asking "Where can we find out more about our guitars? Websites? Forums?" There are some great websites and forums about vintage guitars out there but I think that you are better off building your vintage guitar library! Here is one book recommendation for those interested in vintage Fender electric guitars, Fender electric bass guitars, and fender amplifiers! Check out Martin Kelly, Terry Foster, and Paul Kelly's Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970 . My copy offender: the golden age 1946-1970 The depth of the collection of…Read more
How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

Determining the year of manufacture for your vintage guitar is very important. It's one of the most fun parts of vintage guitars but it can also be the most frustrating. Fender used at least four different serializing schemes from 1950 to 1980. Gibson used countless schemes and also reused numbers at least three times within the span of 20 years! The best way to assign a year of manufacture to a guitar is to date each part individually then see how the guitar as a whole lines up to established dates. The potentiometers,…Read more
1965 Gibson SJ Southerner Jumbo

1965 Gibson SJ Southerner Jumbo

Look what just breezed through the shop: a near mint 1965 Gibson SJ or Southerner Jumbo. It seems likely nearly every single one of these got hammered pretty hard during the folk boom of the 1960s. Somehow, this one escaped that fate. I suppose that nice hard shell case helped preserve it as well. Gibson's SJ model, or Southerner Jumbo, debuted in 1943 with only about 74 examples made that year according to the Gibson shipping ledger records published in John Thomas' Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Woman And Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII. The model initially received Rosewood backs and sides until it was…Read more
1965 Silvertone 1457

1965 Silvertone 1457

This clean package just breezed through the shop: a 1965 Silvertone 1457 commonly referred to as the amp in case guitar. These were manufactured and finished by Danelectro, in Neptune, NJ and are uniquely constructed and wired. Nathan Daniel's design wonderfully combined a classic electric guitar layout (two single coil pickups with a bolt on neck) with totally unique styling cues and construction techniques. Most players wouldn't consider these "better" than electric guitars by Fender or Gibson but I would bet that every player out there has room in their stable for a…Read more
True Vintage Guitar in Iron & Air’s Issue #034

True Vintage Guitar in Iron & Air’s Issue #034

I'm really honored to be included in Issue 34 of Iron & Air focusing on resilience. My good friend Peter Corn wrote beautifully about the early days of True Vintage Guitar and how my wife gave me the freedom to succeed or fail! Lucky for us, it did not fail. I'm coming up on 5 years full time pursuing this wild ride. This quarterly magazine is full of killer stories, images, and inspiration to get out there and make stuff happen. You can subscribe at Ironandair.com or pick up up the latest issue…Read more
2018 top 5 vintage guitars

2018 top 5 vintage guitars

~Truevintageguitar.com~ The vintage guitar haul from 2018 was one for the record books! I love every guitar that comes through the shop, which is why I bought them in the first place, but there are a few pieces that stick out above the rest. When I think back on them all I'm reminded of something that a guitar seller back in 2012 said to me on the phone, "You know, all the good stuff has already been picked out. The party is over for vintage guitars." I think this list will prove that…Read more
1952 Martin 000-21

1952 Martin 000-21

~Truevintageguitar.com~ This little gem recently breezed through the shop in unrepaired condition. The 000 sized Style 21 model is a 15 1/2" wide auditorium shaped body with Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides (Brazilian in '52), and Rosewood fretboard and bridge. It's a more simply adorned version of the 000-28. This example has had a few unfortunate modifications including tuner holes enlarged for Grover style tuners, an improperly replaced nut, and non-professionally executed refret. The rest of the guitar appears to be in very nice shape which will likely result in a fine…Read more
Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

~Truevintageguitar.com~ The Fender Telecaster model is one of- if not THE- most beloved solid body electric guitar styles amongst guitarist since its introduction in 1952. Well, ok, it was initially introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950 but ran into a little trouble with Gretsch and their Broadkaster name. So, in 1952 it became the Telecaster. The Telecaster remained largely unchanged and the only variation offered was the Custom Telecaster model introduced in 1959. The folks at Fender head their eye on a talented engineer working for Gibson named Seth Lover who was largely…Read more