I'm thrilled to have just returned from the trip to purchase a vintage guitar collection with a Gibson Les Paul and a few Fender guitars in Denver, Colorado. I can tell that the previous owner of this collection and I have similar taste in great vintage guitars. Selling vintage guitars involves work and risk, so I was happy to be able to meet this seller and purchase the guitars in person. She inherited this guitar collection after her husband unfortunately passed away from complications from surgery. I can tell that he cherished these guitars by how clean each on has remained after all these years. 

If you've inherited a collection of vintage guitars and are curious about selling then I'd be happy to take a look. I don't waste time with low offers or difficult terms. I'm looking for the nicest examples of Fender and Gibson guitars from the 1950s and 1960. You can contact me here: Sell a Guitar Collection.

Guitar collection in Colorado

The original owner of this collection of Fender and Gibson guitars owned a music store in the 1970s. He amassed this collection of guitars by trading new guitars for old guitars. He was very passionate about guitars from the 1950s and 1960s, but the new retail music business wasn't for him so he sold the shop. He held on to this amazing guitar collection and played them sparingly throughout the years. 

My favorite guitar of this collection is the 1954 Gibson Les Paul Model goldtop. Gibson's Les Paul Model (Goldtop being the nickname from collectors) debuted in 1952 with a low pitch neck angle and a strange trapeze tailpiece which wrapped the strings underneath. By 1954, both the neck angle and the bridge design was corrected to allow for excellent playability and tone. This '54 Goldtop has survived in excellent condition and is a fantastic player. 

Guitar collection with 1954 Gibson Les Paul goldtop

In chronological order, the next guitar in the collection I purchased is the 1964 Fender Jazzmaster in original Sunburst finish. The Jazzmaster debuted in 1958 with a Sunburst finish and a gold anodized pickguard. Not much changed in the design through the 1960s except that the gold pickguard was updated to the red celluloid pickguard. 1964 was the last year for the classic spaghetti style Fender logo on the Jazzmaster. This 1964 Jazzmaster is in very clean condition and still has its original instruction manual / hang tag. 

1964 Fender Jazzmaster in guitar collection in Colorado

The next guitar in this collection which really blew me away is the 1966 Fender Precision Bass. Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in January of 1965, but the changes that post-CBS guitars are known for didn't take effect for a while after. This early 1966 Fender Precision Bass is a nice example of mid 1960s Fender craftsmanship. It's in fantastic condition with no fading or checking. It not only looks great, but it's a great playing example as well. 

1966 Fender Precision Bass in a guitar collection

My second favorite vintage guitar in this collection is the 1968 Fender Telecaster with Bigsby and double binding. This might also be called a Telecaster Custom, but since Fender didn't make a Telecaster Custom model name sticker after 1967, the headstock reads simply, "Telecaster". Fender's Telecaster debuted in 1950 as the Broadcaster and only became the Telecaster in 1952. The Custom Telecaster came out in 1959 with a Sunburst finish and white plastic binding on the top and bottom of the body (ie "double bound"). The model lasted only until late 1971 when it was updated to the version II Telecaster Custom which no longer featured the double bound body. This 1968 Fender Telecaster Custom with factory Bigsby tailpiece is a spectacular example of the model. 

1968 Fender Telecaster Custom in guitar collection in Colorado

The last guitar in this collection is the 1972 Fender Mustang in original Competition Red finish with all the case candy. The Mustang debuted in 1964 as an upgraded version of the student level Duo Sonic model. The new syncronized tremolo tailpiece added a little extra usability to students. The plain finish colors were upgraded in 1968 to the Competition Colors which included contrasting racing stripes in the forearm area of the body. 

1972 Fender Mustang with case candy in guitar collection in Colorado

Sell a guitar collection

Contact me if you've inherited a guitar collection and are looking for an in person deal with a qualified buyer. I've spent the last decade building capital to allow me to buy the vintage Fender and Gibson guitars I've always dreamed of. You can contact me here: Sell a guitar collection.

John Shults
Tagged: 1950s 1960s Fender

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