1965 Fender Stratocaster

1965 Fender Stratocaster

This 1965 Fender Stratocaster in custom color Olympic White was the Stratocaster that made me fall in love with Stratocasters! I was so tired of seeing all the people playing Stratocasters and couldn't figure out why it was so ubiquitous. I knew as soon as I saw this one that I had to have it, mostly because of the color. It didn't take long after owning and playing it to see why every guitar player I saw was playing one! Imagine seeing a guitar like this for the first time during its debut…Read more
Guitar Safari stop 2: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard in Silverthorne, Colorado

Guitar Safari stop 2: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard in Silverthorne, Colorado

1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard The Guitar Safari to Missoula, Montana for the 1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 100 had me connecting in Denver, Colorado. I had been working towards a deal with the daughter of the original owner of this 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard for about 10 months and remembered it was only a few hours outside of Denver. I reached out to see if she was interested in meeting half way and she agreed. 1966 Gibson catalog entry for the Trini Lopez Standard Gibson's Trini Lopez Standard model is an ES-335…Read more
1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 100 outside of Missoula, Montana

1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 100 outside of Missoula, Montana

This clean 1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 100 has just emerged from the family of the original owner out of Missoula, Montana. I've been looking for a clean example of the model for a while now so I was happy to find one of the original 138 ever made. The sellers were not interested in shipping so I had no choice but to hop on a plane to Big Sky Country. What a beautiful place! Gibson's Super Jumbo body style debuted in the catalog with two new models: the Super Jumbo 200 and the…Read more
1960 Gibson ES-355TDSV

1960 Gibson ES-355TDSV

1960 Gibson ES-355tdsv Feast your eyes upon Gibson's top of the line thinline, semi-hollow arcthop electric guitar, the ES-355td Stereo+Vartione! Gibson offered three versions of the thinline electric arcthop guitar with solid center block: the ES-335 debuting in 1958, then the ES-345 and ES-355 which both debuted a year later in 1959. The ES-355 exhibited similar features to the Gibson Les Paul Custom model including a large pearl headstock inlay, ebony fretboard with large pearl inlays, thick binding and gold plated hardware. 1960 Gibson ES-355tdsv headstock This clean vintage example of Gibson's ES-355tdsv…Read more
1957 Gibson Les Paul Special

1957 Gibson Les Paul Special

1957 Gibson Les Paul Special Gibson's solid body electric guitar line endorsed by popular guitarist Les Paul was in full swing with five models by 1955. The most affordable Les Paul was the Junior, then the Special, then the "Model" which was later called the Standard, and the Custom at the top of the line. A fifth Les Paul was available that Gibson called the TV Model but it was essentially a Junior with a unique finish that Gibson called Limed Mahogany. The Special also featured this unique color option that appeared to…Read more
1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Gibson's Les Paul Junior model debuted in 1954 as an affordable, stripped down alternative to the Les Paul Model or the Les Paul Custom. The beautiful gold finished Les Paul Model, Gibson's first solid body electric guitar, was introduced only two years before with two pickups, trapezoid shaped pearloid fretboard inlays, and a carved Maple cap over the Mahogany body. The humble Les Paul Junior model had only one pickup, Sunburst finish, and a solid Mahogany body with no cap and no carve. I'm always looking to buy…Read more
The Gibson Hummingbird – 1963

The Gibson Hummingbird – 1963

1963 Gibson Hummingbird Maple Gibson's iconic Hummingbird model debuted in 1960 but it doesn't trace its roots from other Gibson guitars. Do I have your attention? Let's dive into some sacrilege: the Gibson Hummingbird has more roots with Martin and Epiphone than it does with Gibson. Ok, let me back that up. The CF Martin & Co guitar company has an incredible history of making world class flat-top acoustic guitars but that's not all they're known for. Martin's ukuleles are also known for being some of the finest ever made. They're wildly collectible…Read more
The Fender custom color chart from 1964 and 1965

The Fender custom color chart from 1964 and 1965

Fender Color Chart 1964 The Fender color chart! This one is from 1964. I received this rare bit of Fender paper with a 1964 Fender Jaguar that was factory finished in super rare Black! Custom color Fender guitars are often misidentified as the wrong color. The difference in shades can be very subtle which can make it difficult to determine. Not only that, but different colors received different amounts of clear coat over the color which yellows over time. This can drastically change the hue of the color! Lake Placid Blue Metallic especially…Read more
1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

Here's one from the archives: a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Custom made in 1969! The story I have is that it was purchased new by a professional player in Jasper, Alabama. He played it a few years, replaced the tuners, bought other guitars, and eventually forgot about the Gibson Les Paul Custom. He had a niece at the time who wanted to learn to play the electric guitar. Instead of having the poor thing sit unplayed in the closet, he gave it away to his niece to learn to play on. What an…Read more
Vintage Fender Telecaster – 1952!

Vintage Fender Telecaster – 1952!

Here's a neat story about two ladies that ended up with a special guitar - a Fender Telecaster from 1952. It's a common enough thing in the vintage guitar world. Someone purchases a vintage Fender or Gibson or Martin guitar in the 1950s or 1960s and cherishes it their entire life until they pass. The family finds the instrument and realizes the value has increased spectacularly since their relative bought it. Some decide to keep since it's not hurting anyone just sitting there. Some decide to sell since it's not helping anyone while…Read more