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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 ====I am an absolute Vintage Guitar enthusiast. Or specifically I collect the Vintage Electric Guitar, andyes a few Vintage Acoustic Guitars sneak their way into my collection as well!Overall I am very happy with my collection and the purchase experiences I have had. I havelearned the hard way here and there. And it is through my being a good student, learning offothers that new more than I did about collecting Vintage Guitars, that I now feel credible inteaching others some important factors in building your own Vintage Electric Guitar Collection.What is a Vintage Guitar?The answer is the same whether it be an acoustic or vintage electric guitar. And this is wherepeople can get caught out. As many think that the term vintage is anything over 30 years old.However in the Vintage Guitar market, a Vintage Guitar was made between the 1920s and 1970.Prior to 1920 they were thought to be too primitive. Post 1970 - the guitar manufacturing worldchanged. Up to 1970 many guitars were more of a hand made item. And then post 1970 it becamemore about production lines, computer controlled routers and cutters.Even if you are told that something is a small or rare run - it is not a Vintage Guitar if it was madeafter 1970.The materials used in making the guitars changed too. Like the Brazilian Rosewood, which wasrevered and then was no longer legal to import into the US. Also with guitars post 1970, they arevery easy to replicate because of the materials that were used. So that is the first thing to be clearon. And make sure you get clear information from someone wanting to sell it to you.How Much Is It Worth?Bluntly - as much as you are willing to pay for it!Other guides to help you assess its worth are:a) What demand is there for it?Do not be excited by the word "rare" as it means absolutely nothing if no one is looking for it. Thekey there is that it is one that is sought after. And just hanging out in the guitar community, readingmagazines, searching online, chatting to musicians...all of that will give you a good sense of what
  2. 2. is in demand and what isnt. Of course a lot of it may be personal opinion - its how collective thatperson opinion is. Is that an industry viewpoint, or the viewpoint of someone trying to sell thevintage electric guitar to you?b) What is the condition of the guitar?This one gets me going. Ive been told something is in "mint" condition and frankly its not. Mintmeans its in the same new condition as it you bought the item today (obviously since weretalking from 1920s to 1970s and were in the 21st century, there is no such thing as new). It ismore that it looks brand new.So be careful here, as descriptions can vary for those offering them. Also be aware that a beat uporiginal will always be worth more than a perfectly refinished Vintage Electric Guitar. As soon asthe original finish is gone, then it loses its value, as it is no longer an original.Also any repairs done to the guitar, not matter how necessary - will decrease the value of thevintage guitar..c) The most sought after Vintage Electric Guitars are the pre - World war II flat top guitars. As arethe 1950s and 1960s Fender, Gibson and Gretsch unique designs of that era. So these will oftenfetch the highest prices.d) At the risk of contradicting myself. Whilst condition is incredibly important when valuing aVintage Electric Guitar, its worth noting that there is absolute cache in owning a guitar by own ofthe recognized top guitarists of times gone by. Even modern day guitars played by thesemusicians fetch a high price - AND anything past 1970 is still not considered antique, and thevalue is more on the association with the previous (famous) owner.In SummaryCollecting Vintage Electric Guitars, or collecting any sort of guitar, is a very personal hobby. Itsabout what YOU like, what YOU want in your collection.The most important thing is to do your research. Do not take the vendors word for it. Check it outfrom alternative sources as well. And then follow your own instincts - as the end of the day, it doescome down to what you are prepared to pay for a guitar. All I can do is offer some tips so that youdo not blatantly get taken for a ride. And then if you know what you are getting, and are happy withit, thats all that matters!Ed DaleVintage Electric Guitar Collector
  3. 3. Article Source: ====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 ====