Vintage

How to buy a vintage Gretsch guitar

Buying vintage Gretsch guitars is not without risks. There’s non-originality and outright forgery to consider, as well as structural issues that can compromise looks and playability. After reading this guide, you’ll know a good one when you see it.

The Collection: Eddie Tatton’s road-worn vintage guitars

From international festivals to orchestra pits and sharing stages with blues legends, English guitarist Eddie Tatton’s career in guitar has been more varied than most.

Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson ES-330TDC

Not all ES-330s were created equal and, during its lengthy first run in Gibson’s catalogue, there were some notable changes – the most significant coming in 1968 when the neck join was shifted from the 16th to the 19th fret.

Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Fender Rosewood Telecaster

Late-1960s Telecasters are not especially rare – unless they happen to have a rosewood body and neck like the guitar George Harrison played on the roof of the Apple building in 1969.

Vintage Bench Test: 1961 Jazzmaster vs 1966 Jaguar shootout

Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar might look similar, but when we put a pair of vintage custom-colour offsets through their paces, they prove to be very different animals.
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