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
Video: 1940 Gibson L-00

Video: 1940 Gibson L-00

This lovely 1940 Gibson L-00 has just recently landed in the shop and its our current favorite. It's true pleasure to play with proper action/saddle height/neck relief. We hope this clip can give a little hint at what it really sounds like in the room: loud/raw/loads of bass but articulate highs. It's ready for the studio, stage, or collection.    Read more
Chris plays a 1971 Fender Jazzmaster

Chris plays a 1971 Fender Jazzmaster

Chris came over to check out a couple guitars in the shop. The first one he chose was a 1971 Fender Jazzmaster in factory original custom color Black. He plugged it into a 1981 Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer then to a 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb-Amp. Nice playing Chris!Read more
Vintage Gibson L-00

Vintage Gibson L-00

This is my great uncle Clellan with what appears to be a 1933 or 1934 Gibson L-00 or L-0. We don't know where the guitar is but we're thrilled to have this picture. Do you have an old picture of a guitar? I'd love to see it. Leave a comment with contact information so you can send me a digital copy.Read more
Vintage Silvertone 1382L / Kay Thin Twin

Vintage Silvertone 1382L / Kay Thin Twin

We're thrilled to have had this mint 1956 Silvertone 1382L in the shop. The 1382 was manufactured by Kay in Chicago but rebranded for distribution through the Sears catalog in 1953. The Thin Twin name came from the look of the two thin blade single coil pickups.     Many of these guitars suffer from poorly fit neck joints and warped/non-adjustable necks. This one, however, was in excellent condition with a proper original neck joint, straight neck and factory fret height. The huge neck was really fun to play and the pickups were…Read more
Gibson’s golden banner “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”

Gibson’s golden banner “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”

Gibson acoustic guitars manufactured during World War II exhibited an odd feature: a golden banner reading "Only A Gibson is Good Enough." Current records indicate that the banner was applied to low to middle range guitar headstocks from mid 1942 until early 1946. These guitars have become known in the industry as "banner Gibsons" and can command collectible prices compared to the non-banner applied guitars. Gibson's manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan came under wartime materials and production restrictions that reduced the number of guitars made and changed the materials they used. Not only that, but…Read more
Custom Color Fender Guitars

Custom Color Fender Guitars

The Fender Electric Instrument Company's catalogs offered standard finishes only at no additional cost until 1957. Until then, only popular artists and people with friends at the Fullerton factory were able to get a Telecaster in anything other than Blonde/Blond and a Stratocaster in Sunburst. The 1957 catalog added a new phrase that wasn't offered before, "TELECASTER AND ESQUIRE GUITARS ARE AVAILABLE IN CUSTOM COLOR FINISHES AT AN ADDITIONAL 5% COST." The catalogs didn't feature a standardized color chart until the 1961. "Black" as a custom color was always listed on the charts…Read more
1965/66 Fender Stratocaster: Fiesta Red

1965/66 Fender Stratocaster: Fiesta Red

Fender's custom color Fiesta Red was available as a catalog option from about 1960 until 1969. The color is better described as a Salmon Pink which often leads to confusion when identifying it. This Stratocaster is factory finished in Fiesta Red with a proper paint stick mark in the neck pocket. It's worn and chipped revealing a white primer coat underneath.   We are always looking for custom color vintage Fender guitars. Do you have a vintage Stratocaster you're looking to sell? I'm interested in finding one. Visit my buying page to send…Read more