The Metropolitan Music Mod – Stratocaster with Jaguar switches!

The Metropolitan Music Mod – Stratocaster with Jaguar switches!

This killer 1962 Fender Stratocaster walked into a Guitar Center in Wisconsin last year. It had a strange modification that I had never seen before: a Jaguar style switch plate with three on/off switches in the pickguard. Not only that, but the guitar was finished in a very nice Lake Placid Blue Metallic finish that was over the route underneath the switches! I filed this information away in the back of my mind. Fast forward to yesterday and I come across this 1963 Fender Stratocaster in original Sunburst finish with the same modification!…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
1964 Fender Jaguar Blond Ash

1964 Fender Jaguar Blond Ash

1964 Fender Jaguar Blond finish with Ash body This was one of my favorite vintage guitars to ever come through the shop! The Jaguar model was introduced by Fender in 1962 as their flagship, top of the heap new electric guitar model. It was offered in a standard Sunburst finish but the price list also offered a Blond finish with Ash body or a Custom Color available from a chart. So, Blond wasn't technically a "custom" color for this model but it was an upgraded finish. The vast majority of Fender guitars in…Read more
Vintage Guitar Library: Vintage Fender Book

Vintage Guitar Library: Vintage Fender Book

I received a question on Instagram last week asking "Where can we find out more about our guitars? Websites? Forums?" There are some great websites and forums about vintage guitars out there but I think that you are better off building your vintage guitar library! Here is one book recommendation for those interested in vintage Fender electric guitars, Fender electric bass guitars, and fender amplifiers! Check out Martin Kelly, Terry Foster, and Paul Kelly's Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970 . My copy offender: the golden age 1946-1970 The depth of the collection of…Read more
How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

Determining the year of manufacture for your vintage guitar is very important. It's one of the most fun parts of vintage guitars but it can also be the most frustrating. Fender used at least four different serializing schemes from 1950 to 1980. Gibson used countless schemes and also reused numbers at least three times within the span of 20 years! The best way to assign a year of manufacture to a guitar is to date each part individually then see how the guitar as a whole lines up to established dates. The potentiometers,…Read more
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
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
Weird and cool: the Gibson Les Paul Signature and Fender Starcaster

Weird and cool: the Gibson Les Paul Signature and Fender Starcaster

The 1970s were a decade of cool innovation but also declining quality for both the Gibson and Fender guitar companies. Large scale factory production took a toll on what once was instruments made by hand . Both brands were owned by investor companies more interested in great profits than great products. Still, there were some very cool things going on and some innovative new models sneaked out of Kalamazoo and Fullerton. Gibson and Fender both introduced a model each that we will lump together in a category we're calling "assymetrical thinline archtop" electric…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