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
1963 Gibson Hummingbird – Sound Clips

1963 Gibson Hummingbird – Sound Clips

        We are quite smitten with this clean 1963 Gibson Hummingbird! Would you like to hear how this guitar sounds? Here are two quickly made sound clips of this vintage Gibson.     Gibson's Hummingbird model debuted in 1960 as the first Gibson branded acoustic guitar with the new square shoulder design. Advertising from its introduction suggests that the shape of the body - large square shoulders and a slightly less wide lower bout - was intended to produce a tone that complimented vocals well. Gibson described it as "big, and…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
Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

Vintage Guitar Library: Kalamazoo Gals

I was contacted by a gentleman in Tuscaloosa a few months ago about purchasing his vintage 1963 Gibson Hummingbird guitar. I told him I'd love to take a look at it. A few days later he was standing in my living room with an old black case with a metal badge that read "Gibson." The Hummingbird he brought me was a lovely example with rare Maple back and sides. I inspected the guitar and found it to be in nice condition. I asked him how he came to own the guitar and its…Read more
Stephen Kellogg’s 1948 Gibson Southerner Jumbo

Stephen Kellogg’s 1948 Gibson Southerner Jumbo

  Stephen's beloved "Forty-Eight" rolled through the shop a few weeks ago for a little maintenance before going back to work fleshing out songs. It's a rare bird with that cool belly down bridge. I took a little time to enjoy it myself before shipping it back up north. The best Southerner Jumbos come out of the South. Safe travels, friend.  Read more
The BEST hard shell case for Gibson LG-1, LG-2, LG-3, LG-0, & B-25!

The BEST hard shell case for Gibson LG-1, LG-2, LG-3, LG-0, & B-25!

I get this question a lot: What is the best replacement hard shell case for my vintage Gibson LG-2, B-25, LG-1, LG-3, or LG-0? There are a lot of good replacement hard shell cases out there but my favorite for small body Gibson guitars is the Silver Creek Classical size case. While it may say "classical", it seems to be taylor made for the Gibson LG body and neck shape. It has a great fit, offers excellent neck support, and is light weight. I don't even feel the need to add extra padding…Read more
Gibson’s ES-335 from 1958 to 1968

Gibson’s ES-335 from 1958 to 1968

The folks at Gibson didn't think very highly of Leo Fender's Esquire solid body electric guitar introduced at the 1950 National Association of Music Merchants show. It looked rather crude compared to the nicely appointed archtop electric guitars made by Gibson and Epiphone that were popular with the Jazz and Big Band guitar players of the time. The almost instant commercial success of the guitar changed Gibson's mind and enter the market for solid body electric guitars with the Les Paul Model in 1952. The 1950s saw many innovations in the Les Paul…Read more
Gibson’s ES-330 from 1959 to 1969

Gibson’s ES-330 from 1959 to 1969

The 1950s ushered in an entirely new music scene in the United States - the war was over, production was growing, and prosperity followed suit. The big bands of the 1940s gave way to smaller three or four piece outfits whose amplifier technology allowed them to fill dance halls that new sound - rock and roll. Gibson took notice of Fender's growing success with the 1950 Broadcaster then Telecaster guitar debuted their own solid body in 1952. But Gibson was the king of arch top guitars after winning the battle and eventually buying…Read more
Gibson Firebird III non-Reverse in rare Frost Blue!

Gibson Firebird III non-Reverse in rare Frost Blue!

Gibson's Firebird range of guitars consisted of four trim levels and one major body style change in 1965. The trim levels mirrored that of the Les Paul line where the I = Junior, II = Special, V = Standard, and VII = Custom. The initial Firebird run utilized a revolutionary neck through body design but the entire line was updated in 1965 to an easier to manufacture standard neck joint similar to the joint on an SG. The body shape was also changed to what was essentially the mirror image of the original.…Read more
Vintage Guitar Library: Book suggestion for Gibson acoustic guitar enthusiasts

Vintage Guitar Library: Book suggestion for Gibson acoustic guitar enthusiasts

Dating a vintage Gibson acoustic guitar can be a difficult process but most of the time it can be done. Many Gibson acoustic guitars made from June of 1942 until late 1945 or early 1946 bear a golden banner on the headstock that reads, "Only a Gibson is good enough." The banner era Gibson guitars are especially difficult to date since the factory order numbers jumped around and the shipping ledgers are largely undocumented. We don't know when the last banner applied guitar left the factory but it seems to die out around…Read more