Vintage Fender Starcaster Guitars

Vintage Fender Starcaster Guitars

Fender debuted a totally new model for the 1976 production year: the Starcaster. Fender's brand was built upon the solid body electric guitar market but the Starcaster totally defied its previous market niche. The Starcaster featured a semi-hollow, double cutaway body with offset waist and their popular Seth Lover designed Wide Range humbuckers. The bridge was a fixed/raised Stratocaster inspired bridge with individually adjustable saddles. The headstock shape too was a modified Stratocaster shape with unique relief cut they used for an accent color. Standard colors included Sunburst, Natural and Walnut. Custom color Starcasters have…Read more
Vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

Vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

This vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster was apparently refinished at the factory in Olympic White sometime in the late 1960s or very early 1970s. The Schaller tuners were definitely added sometime later. The Jazzmaster was introduced in 1958 as Fender's top of the line electric guitar with all the innovation including proprietary single coil pickups, smooth tremolo design, offset waist body, Rosewood fretboard and rhythm channel switching. I'm always looking to buy vintage Fender guitars including the Jazzmaster. Do you have one for sale? Contact me here to send pictures and information on your…Read more
A Clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

A Clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

This 1961 Fender Jazzmaster was one of the cleanest vintage Fender guitars to ever come through the shop. The Jazzmaster was introduced in late 1958 and was intended to surpass the Stratocaster in popularity. While that never actually happened, the Jazzmaster is still an iconic design that was way beyond its time.   The Jazzmaster's proprietary offset style bridge requires a skilled technician to set dial it in correctly. Without a proper setup, Jazzmasters tend to be buzzy and don't play correctly. The pickups too were a new design that yielded a mellower tone…Read more
1966 Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

1966 Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

Here is a very exciting guitar that came through the shop this past weekend. Black is a very rare custom color for Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. Fender didn't make many black matching headstocks because the black text on the logo sticker isn't visible on a black headstock. Still, a few black matching headstocks left the factory with the Fender logo in gold and no model text. This guitar is in excellent original condition and retains all the original parts except the bridge cover. Fender manufactured these guitars with neck binding and dot fretboard markers…Read more
Coming Soon – 1970 Fender Mustang Competition Red

Coming Soon – 1970 Fender Mustang Competition Red

Coming Soon! 1970 Fender Mustang in Competition Red   This one is in excellent condition and plays like a dream. You can tell this one has been babied all its life! It comes with the original case in good condition too. I love when they come in looking like this.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
1952 Fender Telecaster – barn find, refinished

1952 Fender Telecaster – barn find, refinished

  This 1952 Fender Telecaster was found in the barn after the original owner passed away. He bought it new and played it all his life. He refinished the guitar a couple of times and lost the original pickguard along the way. The original bridge has two cutouts on either sides of the saddles but we are unable to determine why. It appears that two half washers were welded to support the cutouts. It's always fun to buy vintage guitars like this. Vintage Fender electric guitars are prized for their tone and aesthetic beauty.…Read more
Vintage Fender Jaguar – Custom Color Gold Hardware

Vintage Fender Jaguar – Custom Color Gold Hardware

1966 Fender Jaguar in factory black finish, matching headstock and gold hardware. This guitar was just posted on a vintage guitar Facebook group (not for sale!). Factory black offset vintage Fender guitars are in short supply. The gold hardware really sets this one apart from the rest. It even comes with a picture of the original owner with the guitar when it was new. We wish we had this one in the shop!Read more
Vintage Fender Guitar Custom Color Lake Placid Blue Metallic

Vintage Fender Guitar Custom Color Lake Placid Blue Metallic

This 1962 Fender Jazzmaster was finished at the factory in custom color Lake Placid Blue Metallic. Lake Placid Blue Metallic (or, LPB) falls in the mid range of collectibility for custom colors. A custom color Fender guitar is certainly an upgrade from a standard color like Sunburst but some are more desirable and more rare than others. LPB was fairly common but demand is high for this color. Shoreline Gold is both very rare and very desirable. LPB was usually shot with nitrocellulose lacquer but shot over with clear nitro. The clear coat…Read more
Vintage Guitar Effects Rig for today: Fender – Ibanez – Roland – Gibson

Vintage Guitar Effects Rig for today: Fender – Ibanez – Roland – Gibson

Here's my vintage effects rig from the other day: an original 1984 Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-9 into a 1974 Roland Space Echo RE-201. My 1965 Fender Jazzmaster was delivering the goods and my 1964 Gibson Scout was in charge of amplifying the signal.     The Space Echoes perform best with a clean boost or low gain drive pedal set clean in front of the instrument input. This helps boost the input signal and matches the input impedance for a strong clear echo. This is my favorite setup because it adds a little bit…Read more