Bring it on home – before you bring that guitar home… (Part 1)

February 3, 2013

So, you’ve found a guitar that speaks to you. Musically and aesthetically that is. If it’s actually saying things to you, you might want to talk to someone about it… Before you drop your hard earned cash, there are a few things you should check, starting with the neck. Does it look relatively straight, and […]

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Shine a Light… Authenticating a Vintage Fender Guitar (Part 2)

October 19, 2012

A black light AKA UV light, ultraviolet light, or Wood’s lamp can be used to help identify an original finish on any vintage instrument that was painted with nitrocellulose lacquer (Nitro). Guitar makers used Nitro until the mid 1960s, with most Fender guitars finished with Nitro until around 1968, when Polyurethane was introduced. Polyurathane is […]

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I’ve got a feeling… This guitar looks weird!

August 28, 2012

Have you ever looked at an instrument and just had that feeling that something just wasn’t quite right? In my case, years of authenticating instruments has given me a pretty solid basis of things to look for but I always find that first instincts are not something to be ignored. Before digging in and opening […]

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Authenticating A Vintage Fender Guitar- Spotting a Refin (Part 1)

August 7, 2012

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that their instrument was all original and I had to break the sad news to them that it wasn’t. Refinishing a vintage Fender guitar can lower the value by as much as half, and when you’re talking about instruments that can sometimes sell in the […]

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Dating Guitars – Pot Codes

July 20, 2012

We’re not talking about dinner and a movie, of course… For my first blog post on dating instruments, I’d thought I’d talk about potentiometer or, “Pot” codes which can be used to help date almost all electric instruments, amplifiers, and effects pedals made in the U.S, as well as many in Europe, etc. The Pots […]

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June 25, 2012

I love Supros, they are a great way of owning a cool vintage American made instrument with a style of their own without breaking the bank! The brand was introduced in 1935 by the National Dobro Company and Valco as a budget line to exist alongside their newly unveiled electric guitar line. Some Supros were […]

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