Goldenarticles articles

Vintage guitar collectors can still find deals - music


If you're a hot vintage guitar collector, the stories you've heard are true. You once could step into pawn shops or flea markets and find vintage Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters for $50 to $100. True. These guitars now sell for thousands of dollars on Ebay and Gbase.

Those days are gone -- but there are still deals if you know what to look for.

The clear-cut thing to consider in vintage guitar collecting is . . . American guitars. Not to say Japanese or European luthiers haven't made fine guitars, but the vintage marketplace isn't looking that way. If you stay American-made, you'll have the best accidental of an instrument that will be conscious of in value.

Next, disregard about those who claim a selection of years of American guitars aren't desirable. It's true that folks once looked down on '70's Stratocasters -- but folks are now scrambling and paying top cash for 70's and 80's models! Same thing with '80's Gibson guitars -- once belief of as poor-quality examples, colonize now bid high amounts for them.

Why? Well, once the most advantageous pieces are gone, whatever's left is going to authority attention.

So -- to find the next "deal" -- look for American made guitars that collectors are at this time ignoring. Since -- soon enough, these will be at the top of the food chain.

How about specifics? Well, think "student" models. Some models are previously advantageous -- Fender Mustangs and Gibson Air Makers, for example; other models haven't gained announcement yet . . . but they will!

For instance, Fender Bullets, made in the early 1980's, are apprentice model guitars, but are American made and use parts found in Telecasters of the same cycle (pickups, etc). These are great-sounding, easy-playing, and nice looking instruments. You can still find Bullets for less than $300 . . . even though they're commencement to bring together attention. Note, we're not conversation the Squire Bullet Stratocaster-type model, but the American-made Fender model (looks like a Telecaster).

Fender also put out a Lead chain -- the Lead I, Lead II, and the Lead III. Again, these were an American made apprentice run -- but are great playing, stably made, and sound wonderful. You can still pick up Lead's for less than $300.

Gibson Piece of music Makers have previously been open by collectors -- but there's not a lot of battle with Gibson's Kalamazoo line . . . yet. These undergraduate models are akin in attribute to the Tune Makers and Fender Mustangs. I've found Kalamazoo models for less than $100!

I haven't mentioned other brands -- Epiphone, Gretsch, Guild, etc -- for the reason that any their scholar models have by now exploded in price or they actually don't have scholar models. Stick with Fender and Gibson, stick with American made, and keep your eyes on lesser-known apprentice models . . . and you'll find deals that will apt join other lines in appreciating over the appearance years.

Joey Robichaux operates the Free Sheet Music site at http://www. freesheetmusic. net and is an avid vintage guitar collector.


Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind  The New York Times

MSU breaks ground on new Music Building  Mississippi State Newsroom

Developed by:
home | site map © 2020