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
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