Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

~Truevintageguitar.com~ The Fender Telecaster model is one of- if not THE- most beloved solid body electric guitar styles amongst guitarist since its introduction in 1952. Well, ok, it was initially introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950 but ran into a little trouble with Gretsch and their Broadkaster name. So, in 1952 it became the Telecaster. The Telecaster remained largely unchanged and the only variation offered was the Custom Telecaster model introduced in 1959. The folks at Fender head their eye on a talented engineer working for Gibson named Seth Lover who was largely…Read more
2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

It's October in the vintage guitar world which means there's a new price guide. You can pick one up for yourself here: 2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide. The Vintage Guitar Price Guide attempts to aggregate pricing data from guitar dealers to assign a value to different used and vintage guitars. It's fun to look up your guitar in The Guide and see how what you paid years ago compares to what's listed in the guide. It's tempting to think that your guitar would be worth that price range, and it's possible that it…Read more
1963 Gibson Hummingbird – Sound Clips

1963 Gibson Hummingbird – Sound Clips

        We are quite smitten with this clean 1963 Gibson Hummingbird! Would you like to hear how this guitar sounds? Here are two quickly made sound clips of this vintage Gibson.     Gibson's Hummingbird model debuted in 1960 as the first Gibson branded acoustic guitar with the new square shoulder design. Advertising from its introduction suggests that the shape of the body - large square shoulders and a slightly less wide lower bout - was intended to produce a tone that complimented vocals well. Gibson described it as "big, and…Read more
Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb: replacement speakers

Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb: replacement speakers

The Fender Princeton Reverb might be the most versatile Fender amp ever made- it can growl like Tweed era Fender or sing sweet cleans like Silverface Fender. Dress the rest of it up in a little spring reverb and thick tremolo and a guitarist has just about all that is necessary. We love when they still have the original speaker but see so many with torn cones, out of shape voice coils, or even improperly replaced speakers. Sometimes a player may even throw in a replacement speaker to protect the original for later.…Read more
1964 Fender Stratocaster!

1964 Fender Stratocaster!

This vintage Stratocaster stands out as one of my favorite guitars to ever grace the pages of Truevintageguitar.com: An original 1964 Fender Stratocaster, one family owned since '64. The Stratocaster model debuted from Fender in 1954 with many player inspired design breakthroughs like the Comfort Contour body, Synchronized Tremolo tailpiece, three single coil pickups, etc. Leo Fender's team likely had no idea what kind of effect it would have on the entire world of music and style. The Stratocaster model started life with a neck made of Maple bolted to a body made…Read more
1952 Fender Telecaster – Barn Find

1952 Fender Telecaster – Barn Find

This content copyright Truevintageguitar.com!   Leo Fender's Broadcaster, later renamed the Telecaster, wasn't the first solid body/Spanish style electric guitar. It was the first commercially successful solid body electric Spanish guitar. Its design was so perfect that it's been in continuous production in basically the same style since its introduction in 1950. This example from the 1952 production year has been ridden hard - for decades! The entire guitar has been refinished probably a few times. Still, it retains a lot of its original parts. The new owner has it up and running…Read more
Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

I was contacted by a gentleman in Tuscaloosa a few months ago about purchasing his vintage 1963 Gibson Hummingbird guitar. I told him I'd love to take a look at it. A few days later he was standing in my living room with an old black case with a metal badge that read "Gibson." The Hummingbird he brought me was a lovely example with rare Maple back and sides. I inspected the guitar and found it to be in nice condition. I asked him how he came to own the guitar and its…Read more
1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

The Fender Electric Instrument Co was established in 1946 immediately after Doc Kaufman left the K&F brand. The first run of amplifiers for this new company consisted of three models: the Princeton, the Model 26 "Deluxe", and the Professional. Their lacquered wood cabinets and combination metal strip and cloth grills made them easy targets for the collector nick name of "Woodies".   This Model 26 Deluxe amplifier bears the speaker manufacturing date of the 22nd week of 1946 and serial number 395. Somehow it made it through life without losing its original canvas…Read more
Rare paperwork: The Martin D-45 Card – 1941

Rare paperwork: The Martin D-45 Card – 1941

A kind friend recently gave me the opportunity to buy some rare CF Martin & Co catalogs and paperwork! I've begun the process of scanning in the pages in order to share it with all of you. Some you may have seen before but some maybe not. This particular piece caught my eye when I first thumbed through the pages. It was a little card wedged in the pages of a July 1941 CF Martin & Co catalog advertising their finest model: the Martin "Dreadnaught" Style D-45 De Luxe  $250.00.     More to…Read more
Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

1964 was a transitional year for the entire Fender amplifier line. All amplifiers were now covered in a new black material that was striking in appearance and extremely sturdy: black Tolex! Much of the line was already utilizing brown or white Tolex material but the Champ was still dressed in the cool looking but very fragile tweed covering. Not only that, but effects were starting to become standards in guitar tone. Fender's Reverb unit was a hot seller but required hauling around and servicing an additional piece of gear. Fender's research and development…Read more