December 2016

Vintage Vault

1959 Fender Custom Telecaster #40771

October 13, 2008
In mid-1959, Fender introduced lavishly appointed new versions of its original solidbodies — the Telecaster and Esquire. The models were named “Custom Telecaster” and “Custom Esquire” (perhaps influenced by
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1965 Candy Apple Red Fender Jazz Bass

September 9, 2008
This 1965 Candy Apple Red Fender Jazz Pass still looks good after all these years.
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1958 Gibson ES-350T

August 15, 2008
A rare natural finish 1958 ES-350T with PAFs and a Bigsby
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1937 Martin 00-18 and 000-18

June 10, 2008
The 1930s are known in most history books as the Great Depression, a time of great economic hardship and poverty. Ironically, this same period is also known as the
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1964 Gibson J-45 Serial Number 215778

May 12, 2008
Some of the world''s finest artists have recorded on this classic acoustic from Gibson. It features some of the first renditions of guitar production found in today''s market.
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1965 Gibson ES-355 Mono Sparkling Burgundy

April 9, 2008
The Gibson ES-355 has been a favorite of blues, rock and jazz musicians since its introduction in the late 1950s. B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Freddy King and Keith Richards
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1953 Gibson ES-295 #A15572

March 11, 2008
“Let’s get real, real gone for a change,” Elvis said in the introduction of “Milk Cow Blues Boogie” before Scotty Moore ripped into a wild blues/hillbilly guitar riff that
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1965 Rickenbacker Model 1993

February 8, 2008
Nothing says “the sixties” like a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar. After late 1963, when George Harrison of the Beatles received his first, rock n’ roll would never be the
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1959 Gibson Flying V

January 9, 2008
Competition from other companies always pressed Gibson into coming up with some of its most innovative designs. The rivalry with Epiphone in the twenties and thirties spurred both companies
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1971 Fender Rosewood Telecaster #346098

December 11, 2007
It is widely accepted that the quality of Fender instruments suffered a gradual decline after the CBS buyout of 1965. While this is true, the early CBS period of
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1959 Fender Jazzmaster #38876

November 9, 2007
In late 1958 the Fender Jazzmaster was unveiled to the public. With a price tag of $329, the Jazzmaster’s early ad copy read like that era’s car commercials: “America’s
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1961 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster #A36092

October 10, 2007
This rare Gibson archtop was one of eleven natural ES-5 Switchmasters made in 1961. The ES-5 (ES standing for “Electric Spanish”) was renamed the ES-5 Switchmaster in 1956 with
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1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Serial #9 1942

September 10, 2007
Imagine answering the telephone and the person on the other end says, “We have an old guitar we would like to sell.” When asked to describe the guitar, they
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Fender 1957 Stratocaster #20869

August 8, 2007
Dave''s fave from Dave''s Guitar Shop''s great collection.
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Gibson 1954, 1956 & 1957 Les Paul Goldtops

July 11, 2007
Three Classic Goldtops: What Makes Them Special
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1952 Gibson Les Paul No Serial vs.1953 Gibson Les Paul Serial No. 3 0602

June 12, 2007
By 1951, Lester William Polfus from Waukesha, Wisconsin – the man known as Les Paul – was considered to be one of the most famous guitarists in America
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1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122

May 14, 2007
The Gretsch Country Gentleman debuted in 1958 as the top model of the Chet Atkins line, which included the economy Tennessean 6119, as well as the Chet Atkins Hollowbody
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Bountiful Booty of Blackguard Beauties

April 12, 2007
Players and collectors have long considered early ‘50s Blackguard Fender Telecasters and Esquires to be the ultimate “Teles” of all time.
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1960 Fender Telecaster Serial # 60312

March 19, 2007
Why did so many great players choose this type of guitar?
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Rickenbacker 331 Light Show Ser. No. KJ662

March 19, 2007
The Rickenbacker Company has created interesting, innovative instruments since the time it was founded in the first half of the twentieth century.
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