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
1960 Fender Custom Telecaster

1960 Fender Custom Telecaster

Fender introduced a new version of their popular Telecaster model in the Summer of 1959: the Custom Telecaster. Not much had changed except for the addition of body binding and sunburst finish. This Custom Telecaster, owned by a friend, is from 1960.   This vintage Fender Telecaster has been wonderfully preserved and still retains its original case. The sunburst finish is ever so slightly imperfect which is evidence of its handmade nature. The neck is constructed of a slab of Rosewood over Maple with no need for a skunk stripe on the back. The…Read more
1965 Fender Jazzmaster – black refinish

1965 Fender Jazzmaster – black refinish

1965 Fender Jazzmaster - black refinish This 1965 Fender Jazzmaster came to me with an already refinished body in black. It looked similar to the Jazzmaster that Nels Cline from Wilco plays so I was immediately drawn to it. All parts are original to the guitar except for the case and the pickup selector switch tip. All the electronics were in good condition. It just needed a setup and new strings. 1965 Jazzmaster neck stamp:   Do you have a Jazzmaster for sale? Call me.Read more
Neko Case’s 1960 Fender Jazzmaster

Neko Case’s 1960 Fender Jazzmaster

NPR caught up with Neko Case recently to discuss her favorite piece of gear - a 1960 Fender Jazzmaster. She makes a couple of interesting comments about the guitar in the interview but the one that sticks out the most to me is how the guitar resonates. My recent main electric squeeze is an early 1965 Fender Jazzmaster. This was the first thing I noticed upon strumming the guitar for the first time. The pre-CBS Fenders have a lightness in the build that translates in to full body/neck resonance. She likes hers because of…Read more
Early 1965 Fender Jazzmaster

Early 1965 Fender Jazzmaster

While the Jazzmaster model never really appealed to the Jazz musician market, it seems to have a lasting appeal to just about all other types of guitar players. The offset body and endless tonal combinations were just what the burgeoning Surf scene musicians were looking for. The Jazzmaster model has been in production in some form since late 1958 with the exception of a short hiatus from 1982-1987. This pre-CBS Fender Jazzmaster is in solid original condition with natural occurring wear. The initial appearance of the guitar is unmistakably vintage Fender. It's in proper…Read more
1977 Fender Champ

1977 Fender Champ

The Fender Champ line began as a single ended, class A amp making just a couple of watts through a 8″ speaker in 1948 called the Champion 800. It underwent a few changes throughout the years but always retained the single 6V6 power tube delivering that smooth breakup and drive. The Champ platform became a recording guitarist’s essential companion that was portable but reliable. The only other necessities were a good guitar and some refined chops.     This Fender Champ has survived in wonderful original condition and performs just as it did…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