Cool Guitar Stuff
We have been actively collecting vintage guitars, amps, pedals and other oddities since the early 90’s. Here we have basically a labor of love periodically adding pictures and information for like-minded visitors. Back in the 80’s before I actually started “collecting” I inadvertently acquired and traded lots of old gear which I wished that I had been more knowledgeable about back then because some of it would be ultra sweet to have kept.
But most of us wind up selling or trading this stuff eventually anyway for various reasons. Still though, there is nothing quite like the hunt and the acquisition process. This is why we call it a guitar safari because there is still a lot of great stuff out there in the wild.
Tracking down the old gear gets tougher as time goes by but we highlight some cool opportunities available online. This provides quick access to some surprising deals that come and go periodically.
So travel through the evolution of the guitar and you will find an unparalleled diversity in sound potential. From exotic woods to flamed maple tops, acoustic guitars produce a crisp natural resonance. The appeal of custom color electric guitars is powerful, and the range between humbuckers and single coil pickups is vast. The tones which vintage effects pedals can produce are essentially an endless source of analog inspiration. Combine any of these elements with the tones that vintage tube amps can produce and you will understand why the guitar safari is more than just the hunt.
Focusing on guitars from the past as well as the present helps to tie the history of these musical instruments together. Some are collectible, rare and extremely valuable while others are simply cheap guitars. The differences have to do with many factors such as who made them, when they were made, how many there are and what the quality of materials they are built with are. Solid information is important to help decipher the identifying aspects of various guitar gear since it can be tricky on some of the old vintage stuff. Many used guitars for sale are easy to identify whether they are within the right price range based on some basic knowledge. Condition is always a huge factor in determining this though. Getting to know a bit more about any particular guitar is a huge part of this adventure.
This photo is a nice rare guitar and amp combination which includes a 1950 Silvertone 1344 model tube amp, and a vintage Danelectro Longhorn 6-string bass from the early 1960s. Read more about this Danelectro Longhorn guitar review here with several great photos.