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It's like a Gary Larson creation come to life.

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People are fascinated with vintage instruments for a variety of reasons. Some want to capture the sound and authenticity of decades-old recordings. Some want to play like their favorite musicians, right down to the same gear. Some believe that older guitars have qualities that have not been (or cannot be) duplicated in modern ones. And, of course, some have lots of money and simply enjoy collecting.

Some people enjoy vintage instruments for their historical value; I fall into this group. I also seek out sounds that are different from the mainstream. Countless guitarists have achieved great sounds with a Stratocaster or a Les Paul, and I salute them, but I’d rather plot my own tonal course. I play many of my vintage instruments in live settings, and I want people to remember the unique sounds coming from the stage. (If only I could get them to remember the playing as well!) Of course, I could get unique sounds from new instruments (and sometimes I do play newer ones on stage), but I also like to remember that old instruments should be played and not left to rot in a display case. As a result, I’ve collected vintage instruments that don’t sound like anything available today. If I wanted a Strat, I’d buy a newer one; it’s easy to find a new Tele or Les Paul that embodies all the best qualities of a vintage specimen. However, nobody has made a tricone tenor guitar since 1928 or a Guild M-75G since 1972, so I’ve had to find original vintage specimens of each.

This site is a vehicle for me to show off my collection and also provide some historical background on the instruments. I’m an armchair historian, and I invariably find out everything I can about my latest acquisition – when was it made, how does it fit in the history of its maker, and what innovations did it introduce? Through relentless searching and good luck, I’ve accumulated a few specimens that are both obscure and of great historical importance to those interested in the development of musical instruments. I’ve attempted to present them in a way that explains why I find them so fascinating. I want to bring some obscure instruments into the light, and bust a few misconceptions at the same time.

That said, I’m still just some guy with cool guitars and access to a computer. I have limited information available on all my instruments, and I try to include all the interesting facts that I know about each one. If you have any information that you’d like to share – including corrections to something I wrote – please feel free to email me.

A few details about this site:

The instruments on this website are generally not for sale. I do buy and sell stuff pretty frequently, and may sometimes post something for sale on Reverb.com. If it's not listed there, then it's staying with me. When I sell an instrument, I leave its page up for informational purposes. I don't do appraisals, either (and even if I did, they wouldn't carry any weight in the real world). You are welcome to use any images from this site for your own personal use.

 

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