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Vintage Guitars and Basses

Whether you’re just starting out as a budding musician or you’re a pro who’s been on the tour circuit for a while, there’s something to be said for owning vintage instruments and equipment. Most guitarists own several guitars and having a vintage electric guitar in their ensemble is always a crowd pleaser. As many top guitar manufacturers have been around since the early days of Elvis, there are many types of different vintage guitars and equipment. Consider adding an early Gibson sunburst to your collection or an early Fender.

Electric Guitars

Owning vintage electric guitars means you now own a piece of history. There are many different brands and models to choose from; vintage or early Fender Stratocasters or Telecasters are always a solid choice, as is the entire Gibson line including the early Les Paul models. Teisco is another vintage electric brand that some collectors find extraordinary. When you’re choosing a vintage guitar, looks aren’t everything; you still want to be able to shred on these models. Make sure you choose guitars that have been well-kept with pickups that are still shiny and free of rust and corrosion.

Acoustic Models

For the acoustic guitar player, there are many vintage choices as well but the popular brands may be slightly different. One of the most well-renowned acoustic guitar models would be a Martin or Martin 12-string. Gibson is also well-known for their acoustic guitar line with the Gibson Hummingbird being one of the most popular. When it comes to vintage acoustic models, you may also find some unbranded or homemade choices. These are also great additions to your wall, or for guitars in your playing lineup.

Vintage Basses

For the bass player, owning a vintage bass or two is a must. Imagine the feel of an Ibanez 4-string from back in the day, or choose a vintage Rickenbacker or Fender Musicmaster bass. A Fender jazz bass was also a very popular model during the 1960s and 70s. As with the electric guitar choices, in addition to how your vintage bass looks, you want to make sure it’s in playable and workable condition.

Retro Equipment

Along with acoustic instruments, some like to usevintage guitar amplifiers and vintage equipment as well. While it is quite possible to find a vintage working amp all in one piece, you can also find many old replacement parts for purchase, if you’re trying to rework or replace an old amplifier you already own. Look for various makes and models of old amps such as Vox or Marshall as well as their respective replacement parts. When it comes to old tubes, you’ll find plenty of NOS (new old stock) replacements to keep your amp running as good as new.

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