Vintage Gibson Les Paul Junior (Jr!)

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Junior (Jr!)

Gibson debuted an entry level solid body guitar in 1954 and called it the Les Paul Junior! It featured a solid Mahogany body with no Maple cap and a flat top as opposed to the typical Les Paul domed top. A single P-90 pickup positioned next to the bridge allowed for long sustained notes along with the classic Gibson set neck design. Here's a look at how the model changed throughout the years:   1954-early 1958:   1958-1960:   1961-1969:Read more
Vintage Shaded top Martin guitars

Vintage Shaded top Martin guitars

The CF Martin company finished most of their guitars in a clear natural finish but some of them received the coveted shaded top (or sunburst) finish. Martin did far fewer sunburst guitars than Gibson back in the golden era of acoustic guitars but they were equally as beautiful. They're also far more coveted by collectors than their natural finished counterparts and therefore more susceptible to wild price fluctuations and hidden surprises. We are always looking to buy orignal shade top or sunburst vintage Martin acoustic guitars. Do you want to sell a vintage Martin guitar?…Read more
1928 Martin 00-28 video!

1928 Martin 00-28 video!

I'm continually amazed by this little box. It's in lovely condition and ready for the studio, stage, or collection. Here's a small taste of what it sounds like. We hope you enjoy! Leave a comment and let us know.   This Martin 00-28 made in Martin's Nazareth, PA factory in 1928 has survived in excellent condition. It features an Adirondack Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and a Mahogany neck that meets the body at the 12th fret. Please enjoy the tone from this golden era vintage Martin guitar.Read more
Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Guitars – 1960 and 1961

Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Guitars – 1960 and 1961

We're always looking to buy vintage Fender guitars, especially Jazzmasters. Contact me here if you're looking for where to sell a vintage Fender guitar such as a Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Stratocaster, Telecaster, and many more. Here are a few that we've had in the past! Fender's Jazzmaster model debuted in 1958 with a radical offset waist body and gold anodized pickguard. The new design was aesthetically pleasing but the innovations didn't stop there. The Jazzmaster also featured a brand new bridge design that in some ways resembled the arched top guitars that were popular for…Read more
Seth Lover’s Humbucking pickups

Seth Lover’s Humbucking pickups

Seth Lover's love of electronics lead to along and very productive career at both Gibson and Fender. While at each company, Lover designed a pickup that change the sound of the electric guitar forever. His most revolutionary design, the Humbucking Pickup, was designed while at Gibson in 1955 but it wouldn't go into standard production until 1957. His patent for the Humbucker wasn't approved until a few years later so they affixed a "PATENT APPLIED FOR" sticker on the bottom. The initial run of the PAF pickup is likely the most collectible pickup ever made and…Read more
SG or Les Paul?

SG or Les Paul?

We posted this graphic on our Facebook page to highlight a little known fact about the transition from "Les Paul" to "SG". Gibson Special model was the first in the line of Junior, Special, Standard, and Custom to lose the Les Paul model name and signature on the headstock. It happened in mid-1959 and coincided with the neck pickup position shift to increase neck strength. The Standard model however didn't become the SG until 1963. https://www.facebook.com/truevintageguitar/posts/1857689250923325Read more
Vintage Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

Vintage Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

This 1966 Fender Jaguar in rare custom color Black with matching headstock is my current shop favorite. I spent a little time dialing in the setup and enjoying the tone through a 1984 Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer and 1960 Gibson GA-5 amp. The tube screamer was for a little compression and a tone knob since the GA-5 doesn't have one.     Black was a rather rare color for Fender in the 1960s; so rare that they never made a decal in reverse colors so that the model name would show on the…Read more
c. 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner

c. 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner

We made it through the move and now we're back up and running. This dusty banner Gibson J-45 has just landed here at the shop. The banner era Gibson guitars (1942-1945) are regarded as some of the finest ever ever made for their fine construction, materials, and player friendly specifications. I purchased this guitar from the son of the original owner. He said that his dad played the guitar all his life but passed decades ago. It sat in a closet unplayed since that time. I can't wait to get this one up and…Read more
Enjoying every minute with this 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

Enjoying every minute with this 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

  This is another one that I'm so tempted to keep! This 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr has just come out of retirement and is ready for another life in music. I'm amazed how these old gems were so well made back in 1957 that a simple cleaning and set up can bring them right back to being a coveted professional instrument. We're just waiting on some replacement tuners and a case to list it for sale. Enquire for details.   Do you have a vintage Gibson Les Paul Junior? We're always looking…Read more
Coming Soon: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

Coming Soon: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

This 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr has just emerged from a storage unit in the north west US after decades of neglect. It's possible that the broken jack plate and bent G tuner were the only things that led to its neglect. Those are common problems with Les Pauls and easily remedied today. This guitar shows plenty of wear from being stored without a case for so long but retains all the necessary components for a well playing vintage guitar. The neck is dead straight, the original P-90 pickup is strong, and even…Read more