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Reissue and Vintage Guitars for the True Collector

Updated on April 30, 2017

Buy Vintage Guitars from Gibson, Martin, Fender, Paul Reed Smith and More!

If you enjoy rare vintage guitars read on because a beautiful vintage guitar is a work of art with deep rich sounds and unique hand crafted designs, it doesn't get any better than the soulful sound of a rare vintage Gibson, Fender, or PRS guitar.

For that reason I showcase some of the best Golden Era vintage guitars for sale in town including Fender, Gibson, and the ever beautiful Paul Reed Smith. For the cash strapped guitar lovers among us I also list current reissue guitars for sale. Take for example the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino reissue. This spectacular guitar has a vintage feel yet loaded with modern technology at a reasonably affordable price.

For fun I list some of the rarest most unique seriously crazy expensive vintage guitars for sale on eBay. So if you have an extra $45K burning a hole in your pocket you may be able to pick up a vintage 1952 Gibson Gold Top electric guitar for your collection! Good Luck and happy shopping - and hey if you want to buy me a Martin D-45 Dreadnought for hooking you up - that's perfectly fine by me...

Gibson Custom '68 Les Paul Custom

Beautiful Flame Top Electric Guitar
Beautiful Flame Top Electric Guitar

The Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom Flame Top electric guitar is one of those instruments you dream about as a kid and thanks to Gibson's Custom Shop we can enjoy this beautiful vintage guitar without closing our eyes.

The guitar's '57 Classic humbuckers deliver such a rich tone you'd think you'd curled up in a jar of molasses and had your face licked clean by an angel - (I don't know what that means either but it sounded nice when it rolled off my fingers) The Gibson '68 Les Paul Custom reissue is available in several beautiful styles including the Antique Natural pictured at right, as well as a stunning Triburst and a rich golden Washed Cherry.

The Gibson Custom '68 Les Paul Custom will set you back a pretty penny but if you are serious about your guitars like I am it is well worth saving your pennies for.

When reading through reviews on this stellar guitar I found one that sounds just about right... the reviewer stated "it'll break your back and your bank, but so will a supermodel! This one will still be around long after she's gone!" Sounds like the making of a blues tune to me.

Vintage guitar poll: electric or acoustic? - Lay it on the line what's your style....

Me personally, I'm an acoustic lover, nothing like a crackling beach fire with the soft sounds of an acoustic guitar to warm the night. But then again there is the rip shredding massive attack of a great electric guitar riff.... hmmm touch choice. You make the call.

Vintage electric or Vintage acoustic?

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Beautiful Starburst Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino
Beautiful Starburst Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino

Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino

Elite '65 Casino true to the original made famous by The Beatles

The Epiphone Elitist Casino is gorgeous, but if you are a guitar player, and not a guitar collector, you want a guitar that sounds as beautiful as it looks, and this stunning starburst Epi fits the bill.

From my experience the P-90's give you that deep rich tone made famous by the Beatles and this Elite '65 Casino reissue certainly does justice to the original. Among serious guitar players the word has already spread about this classic inspired guitar because it is currently hard to get on Amazon (if you can't find a new one listed you can pick up a used one for a much more reasonable $1300-$1400)

Vintage Guitar Buying Guides

Some great info before buying a vintage guitar

If you are serious about buying a rare vintage guitar for playing or collecting (or just curious to learn more about vintage guitars) the Vintage Acoustic Guitars Buying Guide on eBay is a great resource of information. A must read if you are buying a vintage guitar as a gift for someone special (including yourself) - and as long as you are in the gift giving mood I know someone who'd love a vintage Gibson for his birthday...

Find information about vintage acoustic guitar sound, vintage guitar price guides, guitar body styles, sizes, and even the different types of wood used to make the best guitars, plus a whole heck of lot more.

Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top

Hand-carved AA maple top with matched chambered mahogany back
Hand-carved AA maple top with matched chambered mahogany back

I was just drooling over the 1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top guitar auction I saw on ebay for a mere $45,000.

The Les Paul Standard Guitar debuted in 1952 as Gibson's first solidbody guitar, and has evolved over the course of time to represent the benchmark for all electric guitars. And the Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top electric guitar particularly is another one of those instruments I would dream about as a kid. Its rich melted butter gold top shines like the bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the sound is equally rich in treasure.

I may not have the funds to pick up an original but modern renditions of the Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar can be enjoyed for a fraction of the price. Sure it is still a bit heavy in the pocket but for me it is well worth saving up for.

Real Musician's Favorite Guitars - The best of the best

Music aficionados and critics all have their own opinion about who makes the best guitar, whether you are diggin a rare Gibson Nighthawk, a PRS McCarty, or a wicked Fender Stratocaster you just can't go wrong.

But when you really start talkin' about the guitar legends you enter a whole new realm of vintage guitar nirvana. Which of these three famous pre-war vintage guitars would you most like to get your hands on?

What pre-war vintage guitar would you pick for your collection?

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Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar - Why settle for less when you can have a Les

Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar, Ebony - Gold Hardware
Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar, Ebony - Gold Hardware

Based on the extremely popular mid-1990s Les Paul Studio model, which featured full-sized trapezoid inlays, body and headstock. Features include a carved Maple top, Mahogany body, Alnico magnet humbuckers and more.

My most recent electric acquisition is my wine red Les Paul Studio, and I gotta say, it is the best playing and sounding electric I've ever owned. The thing totally shreds. I play mostly electric blues and blues rock, and I couldn't ask for a better ax. I've played the Classic and Standard models, too, but for the money, you can't do better.

 

Find a Vintage Guitar Shop

Searching for that special vintage guitar for your collection is like treasure hunting, sometimes you get lucky and find a great old guitar tucked away in the corner of a garage sale or flee market. But if you have a certain vintage guitar in mind you'll have to go to the pros.

Below you'll find vintage guitar shops to start your search. From small specialty shops to the well known big stores you'll hopefully find a shop that has that guitar you need to complete your collection. If you know of a small vintage guitar shop that could use some customers leave a comment and I'll add them too.

Fuller's Vintage Guitar is a little shop in Texas (116 North Loop Houston, TX. 77008) that specializes in vintage guitars. Big names in vintage collectible guitars like Gibson, Fender, Martin, and Taylor as well as the little guys that can be even more hard to find and collectible.

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      @Michelle Hogan: Sounds like a great idea for a lens to me. Make sure you include a video of you playing your favorite songs. :)

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      @PickupTrucksFan1: Very nice collection they are certainly a treasure!

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: I hear ya Stephan I'm hoping I find the same set under the Christmas tree someday. :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I would really like to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster, a vintage Gibson Les Paul and vintage Martin and Ramirez acoustics. Then I feel I would have a complete set. Anyone giving them away? LOL

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      PickupTrucksFan1 5 years ago

      Own a Gibson Melody Maker 1963 model and a Gibson J45 1971 model, both owned since new. What about that?

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      Michelle Hogan 5 years ago

      The greatest addition to my collection has been my Ibanez Ragtime Special. I must do a lens on this and the rest. Thank You for a fantastic lens.

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      gibsones335 5 years ago

      Interesting site, lots of good info, thanks

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Great lens, thank you. Currently playing a '77 Les Paul Custom and an '04 ('54) Reissue Strat.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Well done. Great guitars. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ever since I've been running "Swamp Music Players" band and event series I've had to learn lots more about instruments that's for sure ! Good idea for a lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I don;t know man - yeah vintage acoustic are pretty but vintage electric just rocks! (like that guy in the vid)

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Nice guitars. My son has an acoustic guitar that belonged to his grandfather...which makes it around 80 years old.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great vintage guitar videos - that guy playin the Gibson starburst can really rip. can't wait until I get my hands on one of those, although I still love a classic acoustic for most of my tinkering.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I Love the video of the '52 Gibson Goldtop in action - truly a beautiful sounding guitar.

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      dedolex 6 years ago

      I once borrowed a 1964 Gibson Les Paul Junior from a friend, Don W. to play at gigs (35 years ago). Even though the vibrola vibrato kept it going out of tune all of the time, it was an amazing guitar that I have always had in the back of my mind to own one day...maybe soon!

      Nice lens!

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago

      Hi,

      A sprinkling of Angel Dust for Christmas :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Loved the video of the '52 Gibson Goldtop in action - truly a beautiful sounding guitar.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great video on appraising vintage guitars he makes a good point about buying guitars that were made famous by well known bands. That sure can up the value. Love that Gibson Gold Top re-issue too - such a beautiful guitar.

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      jtaack 7 years ago

      What a great page! Very informative and some very beautiful guitars!

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      Ermejo 7 years ago

      Wow these are great guitar!

      Now I should learn acoustic guitar.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The 1956 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty Frt/W Guitar is amazing...feeling like a Jintropin running throught my veins..very nice...

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      TheInternetGuy  8 years ago

      great lense I wish I had my 62 Jazzmaster back

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      nice guitars collection and very useful information thanks you so much

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      nice atricle dude....you are also having anice collection.for more you can visit my blog Vintage Acoustic Guitar

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      squiduu 8 years ago

      Great blog. You've just taken an hour of my life but it was well worth it.

      I love tabs. Why make things complicated when all you want to do is bash out a tune.

      There are loads of acoustic guitars listed here Acoustic Guitars and it has some tabs to download.

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      paulsarcia 9 years ago

      This is awesome. You've got a comprehensive list of information here. Nice work. I also love guitars, though I prefer the acoustic guitars. Please have time and visit my Vintage Acoustic Guitar blog. I'd appreciate it, really.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very good page although some of the guitars are outside what I could pay for one, but would love to own the vintage 58 Fender, 'wishful thinking' If you get a moment check out my Vintage Electric Guitarsruqqa

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Goof article. I like this lens

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      flowski lm 9 years ago

      I love fender vintage electric guitars, excellent information.

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      Warner Carter 9 years ago

      PRS Fender and Gibson, nice set of great guitars.

      Nice use of ebay feeds.

      maybe you will like my Gibson

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the link to vintage books. Great idea to have the EBAY auctions tied in. The Dylan clip is great too.

      I just got back into guitars after digging up some of my old band pictures. I had a '69 Gibson EB-1 bass and '64 Thunderbird IV.

      Right now, I'm interested in Les Pauls and that's how I found your page. Please check out my Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar blog if you get a chance.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey man great vintage guitar page I love those auctions! My favorite was that '56 Fender Strat! A definite addition to my delicious bookmarks.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for your lens..because I got rare information about guitars through your lens..thanks a lot..

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      groovy 9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Great topic. I have lensrolled this lens on my Vintage Drum Lens.

      I have a vintage early 70's Yamaha accoustic. Vintage is the way to go!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hey Dude, I totally dig that vintage Gibson Hummingbird that you had featured - too bad I don't have the cashola, but it's fun to dream. Great info you got here on vintage guitars and minneapolis music by the way.