Vintage Guitars

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The Beatles’ Casinos

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:00am
Of all the guitars made famous by the Beatles, the only one that John, Paul, and George had in common was the Epiphone Casino. Each owned one and used it for countless recordings and performances.

Giveaway #164

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:13am
Enter to win a Lukas Nelson Epiphone Prize Package. A $400 value! One lucky winner will receive: • Epiphone Hummingbird Pro • Autographed vinyl LP of Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real • A pair of tickets for his upcoming tour • Gibson swag bag Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Nikki ...

California World Guitar Show

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:44pm

Winter Ohio Guitar Show

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 3:51pm
January 14, at the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St., Hilliard, OH. Show hours 11:30-5. For more info, contact Marc at (740) 797-3351.,

Bay Area World Guitar Show

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:53am
January 13 & 14, Marin Civic Exhibit Hall, San Rafael, CA. For more info, contact Larry at 918-288-2222, or visit

Giveaway #163

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:21am
What would you buy? Enter to win a $500 Sam Ash Gift Card! Complete the survey below to enter giveaway. One entry per customer, any double entries will be automatically disqualified. See previous winners!! *ELIGIBILITY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. One entry per customer. Winners will be drawn at random. ...

Product Review Submission

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:30pm

Guitar Show Submission

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:57am
If you have info regarding upcoming guitar shows or events simply submit this form. All submissions must be received by the 10th of each month, or they will appear in the next available issue. This listing is done as a service to our readers and we reserve final determination as to its contents. For help call Joan at (800) 844-1197 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:19am
Subscription Services What is my guitar worth? While we do not conduct valuations or appraisals, we may be able to help you determine the value of your instrument. The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide offers research-based values for vintage and newer instruments, amps, and effects. It also has a list of dealers nationwide, many of ...

D’Angelico New Yorker

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 4:22pm
Having earned its place in the VG Hall of Fame as one of the finest guitars in the history of the instrument, the New Yorker is significant primarily due to its superb quality and aesthetic artistic appeal, rather than being an innovative instrument.

National Dueco

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:39pm
Blues man Charlie Parr recently philosophized in VG that National resonator guitars are as much mechanical creation as musical instrument, which is why maintaining the function of vintage Nationals comes with a special set of worries and woes. Since its founding in 1989, National Reso-Phonic Guitar has re-created many great vintage models – and remedied ...

Soul Tramp Tweed 12

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:37pm
Soul Tramp Amps are builder Don Hill’s take on classic amp circuit designs… for instance, his Tweed 12 offers a spin on Fender’s Deluxe at the height of its form. The Tweed 12’s cab is made with dovetail-jointed pine and has a hardwood-ply soundboard with a pair of 10″ Weber speakers (British Alnico and Ferromax ...

Magnatone Panoramic Stereo

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:34pm
Magnatone amplifiers date back to the 1940s and ’50s – the era of Hawaiian-steel guitar – and boasted pearloid-covered casework befitting the silky, exotic post-war slide-vibrato sounds of the South Pacific. But they were truly set apart from the Fender-led pack with the introduction of their “true vibrato” circuitry (and proprietary “Varistor” control). Unlike tremolo ...

David Allen Fat ’59 Tele Pickups

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:33pm
At their best, Tele pickups deliver unparalleled twang – versatile and fat. Conversely, poor T-style pickups are flat and screechy or thin and brittle. Understanding these variables and knowing the bar is high for Tele users, California pickup/pedal maker David Allen set about making the Fat ’59 Tele set. For those into the science of ...

Collings OM1 T

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:31pm
To the hands, hearts, and minds of many an experienced guitarist, an OM-size body with a 25.5″ scale feels the perfect flat-top. Spend time with Collings’ OM1 T, and you’ll likely understand. How does the new OM1 T differ from previous Collings offerings? Part of the company’s Traditional Series, it represents a return to founder ...

Ibanez BWM1 Bob Weir Cowboy Fancy

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:25pm
The mid ’70s were a time for bold experimentation in guitar design, particularly with electronics. Guitarists were discovering replacement pickups, coil-tapping, onboard boosters, and active EQ circuits; some loaded their axes with buttons and switches. One such guitar was the custom “Cowboy Fancy” solidbody that Ibanez made for Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, circa ...

Crazy Tube Circuits SPT

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:21pm
The modal mellowness of Apollo’s lyre or the perky chirp of the bouzouki might come to mind when one thinks of Greek music. But Crazy Tube Circuits? From the Athens not found in Georgia, the CTC Spiral Turbulence (SPT) pedal combines a phase shifter and vibrato. An on/off stomp switch, single-throw mini switch, and four ...

Amptweaker’s TightDrive Jr

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:19pm
You may remember James Brown as the mastermind at Peavey Electronics and Kustom Amplification. In addition to being the brains behind Peavey’s 5150, Classic Series, and JSX, Brown is an award-winning pedal designer. Today, he practices his artistry at Amptweaker. One of Brown’s Amptweaker designs is the TightDrive Jr, a multipurpose overdrive that takes up ...

Andrews Spectraverb 16

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 1:54pm
Taking inspiration from Fender’s classic AB763 Deluxe Reverb, the hand-wired Andrews Spectraverb 16 uses a pair of JJ 6V6 power tubes (producing 16 watts), a GZ34 rectifier, two 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, a beefed-up output transformer with 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm outputs, glass-epoxy turret boards, and a tube-driven spring reverb with limiter circuit ...

Fender The Edge Strat, Edge Deluxe Amp

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 1:46pm
Leo Fender once famously said, “A guitar is just a hammer.” If you haven’t yet found a hammer that fits like it should, this may be it. After U2 guitarist The Edge signed on to Fender’s board of directors in 2014, everyone expected a signature guitar was forthcoming – and that it would likely be ...