Invest In Vintage Guitars

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Go to www.nocalguitars.com to buy your own Rick Turner/Renaissance guitar. A must for every serious guitar player and collector.

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Invest In Vintage Guitars

  1. 1. ==== ====No guitar collection is complete with a Rick Turner/Renaissance guitar. Premier Guitar magazinehas called Rick "The Father of Boutique Guitars". He has had a major influence on how guitars aremade.www.nocalguitars.com==== ====Collecting vintage guitars can be a very rewarding occupation - especially if one is a musician, orhas a love for the classic craftsmanship and engineering of the last decades. And vintage guitarscan be a great investment in financial terms, often out-performing traditional investments.Before leaping in and buying the first guitar you see, you have to know a little bit about what youare buying. Investors have made small fortunes from buying and selling the right guitars, butpeople can lose money too. There are very many guitar dealers attempting to sell guitars at abovetheir worth, and plenty of less scrupulous individuals passing off instruments as something thatthey are not.The idea is to buy a desirable guitar at a low price.Old does NOT mean vintage collectableAs a general rule, guitars that are collectable will have value to musicians. They will still work, andnot only that, they will sound fantastic. Many old guitars are pretty much junk. Made from lowquality woods, and with low quality components. The most sought after guitars tend to be qualityinstruments. 1950s Gibsons, for example, were made of very high quality woods. Trees that werehundreds of years old with very tight grains and superb tonal qualities the likes of which simply cannot be purchased today. For this reason, some old guitars have qualities that can NOT bereproduced - adding massively to their musical value as an instrument and their financial value asan investment. In general high-end instruments by the major American manufacturers will alwaysbe the best investments: Gibson, Gretsch, Fender, Martin, Rickenbacker.So what should I buy to make a fortune in 25 years time?Well thats the question isnt it? The general rule has to be quality at its lowest price. Almost anyguitars price (value) drops from the moment its bought... turning from just a used guitar, 10 yearslater, to an unfashionable used guitar 20 years later. After about 30 years, it becomes vintageand prices start to rise. So, from an investment point of view, it makes sense to buy the bestcondition, high-end guitars at their most undesirable point in time. Cheaper guitars tend not toincrease in value as much as expensive ones.At the current time, early 1980s guitars by the likes of Gibson, Guild and Fender are relativelycheap, and could offer some of the biggest proportional increases in value over, say, a thirty yearperiod. Older guitars by these maker are already more highly valued, and, if found at the rightprices can still make excellent investments. But finding them in good condition, and at the right
  2. 2. price is not always that easy.Originality is crucialVintage guitar collectors are looking for originality. Original parts, original finishes and with norepairs. That is not to say slightly modified guitars are never valuable, they can be, but pristineexamples will always attract a premium.So how do you know exactly what you are buying and what it should cost? Well, the only way toknow what you are buying is to study the instrument in question. Is it genuine? Is it in originalcondition? Is it complete and free of damage/repairs? This isnt always easy to do, and it reallydoes help if you know the guitar in question. For example; Gibson guitars with mahogany necks,are prone to breaks below the headstock. Has there been a repair? Hofner guitars are prone toneeding neck resets. Is the action un-playably high? Is that Fender Stratocaster body original, or arelicd repro?The best way to learn about a vintage guitar is to study books and online resources. Decide whatmodel you want to buy and learn all you can about it.Time to buyVintage guitar dealers prices are way above the typical prices paid for vintage gear sold privately.Though buying from a store does give you some guarantee as to the guitars provenance -assuming the store is knowledgeable and trustworthy. Better to know what you are looking for andfind the same item at auction, in a yard sale, classified listings etc.Dont just stash it awaySo youve got your vintage guitar. Most collectors are musicians too. But if you are consideringinvesting in vintage guitars, purely from a financial point of view... well, youre missing out... guitarsare made to be played. You might make yourself some money, but youve missed out on the bestpart of having a very special instrument.One of the best websites on the topic is Vintage Guitars which has massive amounts ofinformation, on many older guitars, and a Vintage Guitar forum, with many helpful membersArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mickey_Blibbage
  3. 3. ==== ====No guitar collection is complete with a Rick Turner/Renaissance guitar. Premier Guitar magazinehas called Rick "The Father of Boutique Guitars". He has had a major influence on how guitars aremade.www.nocalguitars.com==== ====

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