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
1965 Fender Jaguar in Olympic White

1965 Fender Jaguar in Olympic White

And I don't!  Want to part with mine, that is.  I will certainly not take it surfing, although I don't have to worry about that here in Birmingham, AL.  My 1965 Fender Jaguar will not be cruising the waves anytime soon.The Jaguar was introduced in 1962 as Fender's new top-of-the line model.  It's shiny chrome plates, clawed single coils and abundance of switches were supposed to make it more desirable than the Telecaster, Stratocaster and Jazzmaster.  The public didn't quite see it that way and went on buying the strats and teles like it was…Read more
Black Diamond Strings

Black Diamond Strings

Supposedly, in the old days, Black Diamond Strings were just about the only brand you could get.  I don't have any experience with them but I've been told that these things were really "stiff."  I don't have a date for this box but the price was $2.10.  Maybe 60s?Vintage guitars are fantastic but vintage strings, well, I don't think they peaked in the 1930s or 40s.  I did a quick google search and came up with this little ditty:TVGRead more
New Vintage: Gibson’s 2013 J-35

New Vintage: Gibson’s 2013 J-35

The Gibson J-35 was the precursor to the J-45 from 1936 to 1942.  It had a couple of variations in bracing patterns but was cosmetically a 14 fret jumbo, sunburst or natural with a firestripe pickguard.  This combination made for an absolutely gorgeous instrument.  Gibson has reintroduced the instrument for their 2013 line of Gibson Acoustics from Bozeman, MT.Then (1939)Now (2013)The J-35 has was discontinued in 1942 but was reintroduced in this configuration sometime in the 2000s by Gibson through Fullers Guitar in sunburst.  It closer resembled the Gibson Jumbo (1934) because of…Read more
1931 Gibson L-1 with the original plush green case… Gorgeous

1931 Gibson L-1 with the original plush green case… Gorgeous

I hear a lot of folks talk about how it isn't like "the good ole days" anymore in the vintage guitar world.  They are referring to when you could run across great guitars that were undiscovered.  I was too busy soiling myself and eating creamed broccoli and carrots during the good ol' days but I have a feeling that they were somewhat similar to now.  Great guitars are everywhere and here is one of them.The owner lives in California and was kind enough to send me some pictures.  She was wondering what it was, when…Read more
1934 Gibson L-00 from Instagram

1934 Gibson L-00 from Instagram

I like to post pictures of guitars on Instagram and sometimes I will search hash tags for other old guitars.  Today I found this one, a 1934 Gibson L-00.  Neither the guitar or the pictures belong to me (unfortunately!).This guitar, bearing the batch number 1212 - 31 was manufactured in 1934 according to Spann's Guide to Gibson: 1902-1941.  It features the smaller sunburst typical of the early 30s.  Supposedly the sunburst was small because wood supplies were not very good during the depression.  The black part of the sunburst served to cover up…Read more