1928 Martin 00-28 video!

1928 Martin 00-28 video!

I'm continually amazed by this little box. It's in lovely condition and ready for the studio, stage, or collection. Here's a small taste of what it sounds like. We hope you enjoy! Leave a comment and let us know.   This Martin 00-28 made in Martin's Nazareth, PA factory in 1928 has survived in excellent condition. It features an Adirondack Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and a Mahogany neck that meets the body at the 12th fret. Please enjoy the tone from this golden era vintage Martin guitar.Read more
1950 Martin 000-28

1950 Martin 000-28

This player ready workhorse came in to the shop via trade: a 1950 Martin 000-28. I've long considered Mahogany my tonewood of choice but the Brazilian Rosewood on this one was both aesthetically pleasing and resonant. Martin's 000 size body features an auditorium shape with a lower bout width of about 15 1/2". This guitar featured a Sitka Spruce top with that quintessential cross skiing figure that defines the species to guitar players. While this Martin had seen a lot of playing time and repairs that put it outside the normal realm of collectibility, the…Read more
Vintage Guitar Restoration in Florida – Teigen Guitars

Vintage Guitar Restoration in Florida – Teigen Guitars

Ross Teigen has worked on a number of vintage guitars for True Vintage Guitar. I trust Ross with some of my most important guitars. He has done many neck resets, refrets, repaired cracks, reglued loose braces, glued bridges back on,  and loads of other jobs for me. He worked on a 1934 Gibson L-00, a 1956 Gibson Country Western, a Martin 000-42, Gibson electrics, Fender Jazzmasters, Telecasters and the list goes on. Teigen Guitars has moved to a new shop location in Hawthorne, Florida. Ross also has a new website called Florida Luthier.…Read more
Vintage Guitars from 2015

Vintage Guitars from 2015

2015 has been a great year here at True Vintage Guitar. We've seen some truly rare guitars and growth in the market that indicates a promising future for guitar collectors and players. Here are some of the pieces that stick out in my mind as truly fine.     1958 Fender Bassman 5F6-A: This version is the most desirable of the Bassman circuits. Tweed Fender Bassman amps have been tough to track down for some time but especially difficult to find are the ones that haven't been ravaged from decades of use.      …Read more
1937 Martin 0-18 Shade Top

1937 Martin 0-18 Shade Top

Martin began offering a sunburst finish on some flat-top guitars in 1931. Sunburst refers to a dark outer edge with a gradual fade to light in the center of the guitar. Martin aficionados usually refer to this as a "shade top." Shade top Martin guitars from the 1930s are highly collectible because of their rarity and aesthetic beauty. Full production numbers aren't available since not all shade top finishes are recorded as such in the Martin production archives. Records exist of only 12 0-18 models with shaded finish from 1937, but we know…Read more
Vintage Oliver Ditson Ukuleles by Martin

Vintage Oliver Ditson Ukuleles by Martin

Nearly 100 years ago this year, Martin began making ukuleles for one of their customers, the Oliver Ditson Company. These ukuleles were labeled with a stamp that reads "Oliver Ditson Co Boston New York" and some of them had a special wide-waisted body shape. Ditson ukuleles were sold in New York City at Chas. H. Ditson and also in Boston at the Oliver Ditson store. There is a new website dedicated to the history of the Ditson Ukulele. Visit ditson-ukulele.com for gorgeous images and information on these instruments. Do you have an Oliver…Read more
One easy way to distinguish Brazilian Rosewood from Indian Rosewood

One easy way to distinguish Brazilian Rosewood from Indian Rosewood

Brazilian Rosewood has long been considered the pinnacle of back and sides construction materials since the dawn of steel string acoustic guitars in the early 1930s. However, Brazilian Rosewood was used for much more than guitar construction which caused over-forestation. Brazil placed an embargo on that particular variety of Rosewood in the 1960s in an attempt to curb the steady decline of the species. Martin's supply of Rosewood began to run low so phased out its use in favor of Indian Rosewood in 1969. Gibson's use of Brazilian fretboard blanks appears to have been…Read more
Vintage Guitar Appraiser

Vintage Guitar Appraiser

Are you wondering what your vintage acoustic guitar, vintage electric guitar, or vintage amplifier might be worth? If your cherished heirloom was stolen or damaged, how would you prove to the insurance company what it might be worth? I'd like to help put your mind at ease. My affordable appraisal service can provide you and your insurer with a properly researched document that will determine the make, model, year of manufacture, originality and condition estimate. Furthermore, this document will provide valuable insight into the value of your guitar in the open market. My…Read more
Consign your vintage guitar or amplifier with True Vintage Guitar

Consign your vintage guitar or amplifier with True Vintage Guitar

True Vintage Guitar offers consignment service for those who want to sell their guitar or amplifier at a professional level without the years of infrastructure building and hassle that it requires. A consignment option puts years of experience in your hands and safe guards you from the pitfalls of selling outside your area of expertise. These are some of the benefits you'll receive when you consign your piece with True Vintage Guitar: Professional pricing that combines real industry knowledge with current published values Diversified inventory that draws in buyers and allows them to shop…Read more
1967 Martin D-28

1967 Martin D-28

The D-28 has been Martin's flagship model almost since it received a 14 fret neck in 1934. The Rosewood back and sides and long scale length make this a powerful, loud and bass heavy guitar that's perfect for cutting through the mix of a live band situation. Martin used Brazilian Rosewood for the backs and sides of their guitars until 1969 when they changed to a more prevalent variety from India. This D-28 has been played throughout its life and has the all the tone needed to back up that claim.   Martin's construction techniques…Read more