Birmingham Vintage Guitar BuyerDo you have a classic guitar or amplifier for sale? I am always buying quality vintage guitars, amplifiers, effects, etc. Take some basic photos and fill out the form on this page where you can upload some photos if you have them. I buy vintage guitars from all over the United States. I’m happy to help you with questions like “what is my vintage Gibson guitar worth?” or “how much is my vintage Fender guitar worth?”


A good friend once said of vintage guitars, “Always buy what you love.” I love classic, American made guitars and amplifiers made up until 1978. I’m looking to buy guitars made by Fender Electric Instrument Company, Gibson, C. F. Martin and Co., and all other American made guitars.

I would love to talk to you about selling your vintage, American made guitar or amplifier. I promise to treat you with the utmost respect and be transparent throughout our dealing. I am happy to either purchase outright or consign your piece for you. I’m always out on the road buying so I may be able to come to you. If that isn’t possible then my insurance company can make shipping easy and stress free (no risk for you!). Together we can find the player or collector who will cherish your instrument as much as its original owner.

 How old is my Gibson guitar?

We can help with that. Here are a few quick tips that might help. Send pictures of your guitar for verification for best results. Look at the top of the guitar where the tuners are (that’s called the head stock). If there are 6 digits or less then it’s probably older than 1980. If there are no digits then skip to the next paragraph. If it says “Made In USA” and only has 6 digits then it was likely made between 1969 and 1980. If it doesn’t have made in USA and is 6 digits then it’s pre-1969. If the number is impressed in the wood with no made in USA stamp then it is likely 1961-1969. If the digits are ink stamped then it was likely made between 1952 and 1960. The first digit will likely be the last digit in the year it was made (4=1954).

Ink Stamp 0 = 1960
No “Made In USA”

Impressed 5 digits = 1963 or 1964
No Made In USA





















No digits on the back of the headstock?

If there are no digits on the back of your vintage Gibson guitar then look inside the body of the guitar for a label. If the label is white, the guitar was likely made before 1952. If it’s orange then it was made between 1952 and 1969. If there is no label then look inside the guitar towards the neck. There may be a vertical block with number or possibly a letter on it. This is called the Factory Order Number and is not exactly a serial number.

Is there a letter preceding the numbers? You’re in luck. The letter likely indicates the year your vintage Gibson was made. Here’s a list of letters and corresponding years:

1935    A
1936    B
1937    C
1938    D, DA
1939    Ex (E and any other letter)
1940    F, FA
1941    E (no other letter)
1941    G
1942    H


1952    Z
1953    Y
1954    X
1955    W
1956    V
1957    U
1958    T
1959    S
1960    R
1961    Q

846 F = 1940









529 C = 1937









Call an expert today.

We can help you nail down the model, year, and potential market value for your vintage Gibson guitar. Call the number at the top of the page to speak to me directly about your guitar. I’m looking to buy vintage Gibson guitars both acoustic and electric.