Thursday, September 19, 2019


Classic Combinations: 1960 Fender Twin & Custom Telecaster

From a sleepy, picturesque corner of Lincolnshire, Norman Mitchell’s Old Hat Guitars has long been supplying players in the know with high-quality vintage gear.
Silvertone 1457

Vintage Bench Test: Silvertone 1457 – Two for One

Back in the 1960s, catalogue guitars were the backbone of the US guitar industry, and this Silvertone 1457 offered ultimate convenience with a guitar and amp combo.

Vintage Bench Test: 1960 Rickenbacker M-8 – Silver Service

We’re no strangers to retro Rickenbacker electrics and basses, but ancient Ricky amps are a great deal less common. We power up this small and affordable 1960 M-8 combo…

Vintage Time Machines: 1939 Gibson Super 400

A work of art from the jazz age, this premium priced archtop is a high-water mark of Gibson’s craft.

Vintage Bench Test: 1961 Epiphone E230TD Casino

Some of the biggest names in pop history have played Epiphone Casinos, but this is one of the rarest of them all.
vintage gretsch electric guitar

Vintage Time Machines: 1959 Gretsch 6130 Round-Up

With a pair of Filter’Trons onboard but no G brand, this 1959 Gretsch Round-Up is a rare bird indeed…

Vintage Bench Test: 1965 Fender Telecaster

With all of its original hardware in place and a sympathetic refinish by Clive Brown, Neil Ivison’s vintage Tele is a player’s grade gem.

Vintage Bench Test: 1964 Fender Stratocaster

If a played to death pre-CBS Strat is your fantasy guitar, this example from 1964 may be much as you have imagined it.

Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Les Paul TV Special

This played-in and wonderfully maintained Les Paul Special challenges some of the conventional wisdom on Gibson’s student rebels.

Vintage Time Machines: 1932 National Triolian Resonator

This iconic 1930s resonator bears a few battle scars and has been spared a refinish. It’s a prime specimen.

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