Friday, October 18, 2019

Vintage

Gary Richrath 1959 Gibson Les Paul top shot wooden floor

Gary Richrath’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul is a raw, rock-oriented Burst

With its spectacular faded flametop and double-cream pickups, this 1959 Les Paul is a fire-breathing rock monster with a storied past. Time to meet the Richrath Burst.
Epiphone 1967 Pelham Blue landscape

This 1967 Epiphone Casino comes in an ultra-rare Pelham Blue finish

We have The Beatles to thank for the popularity of the sunburst Casino, but this custom-colour model from the psychedelic era is a collectible delight.

This 1961 Gretsch 6156 Playboy is the bargain vintage amp you’ve been looking for

Its name may have unsavoury connotations, but don’t let that put you off – this might just be the bargain vintage amplifier you’ve been looking for.
1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster

This 1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster is a blues and country machine

The Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster is regarded as the first commercially available electric guitar with three pickups, and this example from 1957 is loaded with original PAFs.
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Gibson’s ES-295 kickstarted rock ’n’ roll, and this 1953 specimen is a heartbreaker

The ES-295 is one of the most iconic Gibson models of the 1950s. It probably would have earned that accolade on looks alone, but when a Tennessee picker used one to lay down some tracks with a Tupelo truck driver, the result was rock ’n’ roll history. Check out this stellar example from way back in ’53…
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Vintage Bench Test: 1966 Fender Jazzmaster

A close encounter with an original Ocean Turquoise Fender offset is a rare event indeed, and this ’66 Jazzmaster even has case candy. We take a deep dive…
Gibson Skylark back panel

Vintage Bench Test: Gibson GA-5 Skylark

The Gibson Skylark is an underrated small amp from the late 50s and early 60s that many vintage collectors are focusing on as a viable alternative to pricier Fender equivalents. Read on to discover that great things really do come in small packages…
1964-gibson-firebird-vii

Vintage Bench Test: 1964 Gibson Firebird VII

Like the V and Explorer before it, Gibson’s 60s Firebird range was a radical rethink of the possibilities of guitar design. Of the many Firebirds over the years, the VII is regarded as the pinnacle.

Vintage Bench Test: 1957 Fender Stratocaster ‘Mary Kaye’

Forget your ’54s and custom colours, the most collectable Stratocaster of them all is the blonde and gold ‘Mary Kaye’.
Gibson ES225

Vintage Bench Test: 1957 Gibson ES225TDN

The ES-225 was Gibson’s first thinline hollowbody, and yet it doesn’t get the same attention as its golden-era Kalamazoo siblings. But with original P-90s and a fabulous neck profile, it’s one of the few remaining 50s Gibsons that doesn’t cost rockstar money.
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