True Vintage Giveaway!

True Vintage Giveaway!

It's here!  The True Vintage Giveaway is on.  Leave a comment and let me know, "what is your favorite vintage guitar?"  It could be one you already have or one you hope to just hold at least once.  Or just leave a comment.  Be sure to leave some way for me to get in contact with you.I will be giving this prewar Hohner Marine Band harmonica away for free.  I'll ship it right to your door.  I've been doing this blog for almost a year now (August 5th is the 1st anniversary).  I'm…Read more
Prewar Hohner Marine Band Harmonicas

Prewar Hohner Marine Band Harmonicas

I've been on a big harmonica kick lately.  A couple of years ago I happened upon an old Hohner Marine Band with a star in the circle on the back cover.  The ends of the covers were bent in and there were some funky graphics on the box.  After a bit of searching I came across this website: Pat Missin Prewar Hohner Marine Band Changes.  Take a minute to educate yourself on vintage Hohners.  While the star on the back is a cool piece of history that is long gone, the real deal on…Read more
1947 Gibson J-50

1947 Gibson J-50

The surge in quality Spruce and skilled craftsman that came when the boys returned home in 1946 prompted the reintroduction of the Gibson J-50.  This model was simply a natural finished version of a J-45 and had previously been in production in 1942.  Aesthetically pleasing Spruce became progressively more scarce during the war so it was discontinued in 1943 until late 1946. 1947 happened to be the first year of the new and still current block logo.  Few other changes were made from 1946.  The necks tend to be a bit smaller in both…Read more
1967 Gibson ES-330

1967 Gibson ES-330

No, this is not the little brother of your ES-335, although the general look at model designation might lead you to think so.  The ES-330 was the next step after the ES-225 and was not supposed to be a more accessible 335.  The 330 differs from the 335 in three main ways: fully hollow instead of semi, P-90 pickups instead of humbuckers, and the neck meets at the 16th fret instead of the 19th.This ES-330 came from a gentlemen in California who had bought it new in '68.  The serial started with a…Read more
Mahogany Topped Blues Guitar: 1930 Epiphone Model 0

Mahogany Topped Blues Guitar: 1930 Epiphone Model 0

Pre-Gibson Epiphones have weighed heavy on my mind lately.  I bought this one off the Craigslist in my parent's hometown of Galatin, TN from a bluegrasser.  He didn't have much use for a guitar like this.  I didn't even haggle!This is a C. 1930 Epiphone Model 0.  If it is the first one that you have seen then that makes two of us.  It is constructed of solid Mahogany throughout and features X-bracing with a single tone bar, 13 frets to the body and a deep V shaped neck.  It has a light…Read more

I Buy Vintage Guitars

I buy guitars and amps from all over the country but I love to buy local in the Alabama and Mississippi area. I have set up a few websites to reach out to people who are looking to sell their old guitars and amplifiers to a local cash buyer. I'm buying guitars all over Alabama including Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile. I am also buying guitars all over Mississippi.Read more
Question for Twitter: What is the best guitar?

Question for Twitter: What is the best guitar?

Maybe that wasn't the best way I could have worded that.  How about:1. What guitar have you not been able to get off of your mind?2. If any guitar could suddenly appear in your hands, what would it be?Both of those questions should be qualified with "right now."It may have looked like I was trying to start a twitter fight about brands, models, etc. but that was not my intent.  The question stemmed from a discussion I had with a friend over guitars a couple of weeks ago.  He recently started working at…Read more
“Buyout” Period Epiphone Texans: Parts Guitars?

“Buyout” Period Epiphone Texans: Parts Guitars?

By the dawn of the 1950s, the Epiphone company was struggling with problems in both the accounting and labor departments.  The company's product line hadn't kept up with the changing trends in guitars such as the new solid body electric (Gibson's Les Paul model?).  It had moved the production facilities from New York to Philadelphia in an attempt to avoid a problem with the labor union.  By 1957, the company's doom seemed imminent which forced its sale to their biggest competitor, Gibson, for the sum total of only $20,000.American made Epiphone guitars (both during and…Read more
A Banner Gibson J-45 Cloaked in Rare Flame Maple

A Banner Gibson J-45 Cloaked in Rare Flame Maple

The word "rare" gets tossed around a lot on Craigslist and eBay so I contemplated not using it in the title.  In my opinion, this one deserves it.  This is a 1943 Gibson J-45 made from a laminated flame Maple back, solid flame Maple rims and a bear claw Spruce top.  Well, at least one half of the top has some bear claw figure but it's mostly obscured by the sunburst.Quality wood was difficult to come by during the war, especially Adirondack Spruce planks wide enough for tops.  The Gibson company had slimmed…Read more
Artist Spotlight: Shovels and Rope and Old Gibson Guitars

Artist Spotlight: Shovels and Rope and Old Gibson Guitars

Shovels and RopeMy dad quoted a "statistic" the other day about how 1/3 of kids these days primarily get their news from Facebook.  "That's crazy" I said, not feeling convicted at all.  Then I thought to myself that isn't that bad, after all, Facebook is what brought on the musical- albeit one-sided love affair between myself Shovels and Rope.  Exhibit A:If you have just spent the past thirty minutes watching other S&R youtube videos then you are not alone.  Shovels and Rope are a husband and wife duo out of Charleston, SC.  "Rowdy"…Read more