At Vintage & Rare we have assembled the finest vintage and rare guitar dealers from Spain. We have carefully selected which dealers to include in our network and we specialize in representing only the best vintage guitar dealers. If you are on the hunt for a rare Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul or any other vintage guitar, Vintage & Rare is the place to look. Browse our website to find a variety of collectible vintage Guitars for sale in Spain. Among the top Spanish vintage guitar dealers are the following:
At Vintage & Rare we have assembled the finest vintage and rare guitar dealers from France. We have carefully selected which dealers to include in our network and we specialize in representing only the best vintage guitar dealers. If you are on the hunt for a rare Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul or any other vintage guitar, Vintage & Rare is the place to look. Browse our website to find a variety of collectible vintage Guitars for sale in France. Among the top French vintage guitar dealers are the following:
At Vintage & Rare we have assembled the finest vintage and rare guitar dealers from the Netherlands. We have carefully selected which dealers to include in our network and we specialize in representing only the best vintage guitar dealers. If you are on the hunt for a rare Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul or any other vintage guitar, Vintage & Rare is the place to look. Browse our website to find a variety of collectible vintage Guitars for sale in the Netherlands. Among the top Dutch vintage guitar dealers are the following:
At Vintage & Rare we have assembled the finest vintage and rare guitar dealers in Germany. We have carefully selected which dealers to include in our network and we specialize in representing only the best vintage guitar dealers. If you are on the hunt for a rare Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul or any other vintage guitar, Vintage & Rare is the place to look. Browse our website to find a variety of collectible vintage Guitars for sale in Germany. Among the top German vintage guitar dealers are the following:
Below you can see pictures of some fine vintage guitars for sale from German dealers. For more information, please click on the pictures and you will be redirected to the sales listing.
At Frankfurt Messe 2011 Vintage & Rare interviewed German vintage guitar dealer GuitarPoint presenting a range of fine guitars for sale. We also did an interview with Matthias Jabs from MJ Guitars. Please watch the interviews below. Enjoy.
At Vintage & Rare we have assembled the finest vintage and rare guitar dealers in the UK on one website. We have carefully selected which dealers to include in our network and we specialize in representing only the best vintage guitar dealers. If you are on the hunt for a rare Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul or any other vintage guitar, Vintage & Rare is the place to look. Browse our website to discover a variety of collectible vintage Guitars for sale in the UK. Among the top UK vintage guitar dealers are the following:
Fender Stratocaster 1962 / Gibson Less Paul 1959 / Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennesean 1960 / For Sale / Click on the pictures to view details
Detlef Alder talks about the challenges of being a vintage guitar dealer, the oddest vintage guitars he`s had in his shop, his favorite guitars and his advice for players looking to purchase a vintage guitar.
Hi Detlef, thank you for taking your time to speak to us. Could you please tell as a little bit about GuitarPoint? Where are you located?
We are located in the little town called Maintal near Frankfurt. I opened GuitarPoint about 10 years ago, GuitarPoint has quickly become a good address for guitar players, enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world. From the beginning we specialized in Highend-, Customshop and Vintage Guitars, from this year on we strictly deal with Vintage Guitars only!
What initially motivated you to set up a vintage music shop, and when was that?
We´ve always been dealing with vintage guitars, even though the High End & Custom Shop gear was our main business. My plan was to concentrate on the Vintage Business only, the last years before my retirement. As I decided this year not to sign any contracts with major brands anymore, it was close and the decision was easy for me to reopen GuitarPoint as a “Vintage-Only” store. We´ve already had the gear and we already had the knowledge.
What do you consider the biggest challenge for dealers of vintage music instruments today?
It is very hard to keep your Shop inventory always on a high level with instruments of excellent and mint quality. It was much easier in the past to call the distributer and order another dozen of Custom Shop instruments when you´ve sold them.
It’s also a challenge to make customers feel comfortable to buy vintage instruments. A lot of customers would like to buy a vintage instruments, but are afraid of fakes, as they don´t have the knowledge to proof the authentic.
Do you play music yourself? If so, what do you play, for how long have you been doing it?
I´ve been playing music all of my life, I started playing clarinet in a marching band at the age of 6. Later I learned keyboard and finally I got stuck playing the guitar.
How do you choose what vintage guitars to carry?
I personally choose the vintage instruments for my store. There is a certain demand from our customers, which I have to serve, mostly for the classic Vintage Instruments such as Strats, Teles, Les Paul etc. But I’m always interested to stock some not so famous, but rare instruments nobody else carries. Sometimes if a not so desired vintage instrument is extremely clean (mint) and comes with an interesting story and complete documentation makes me buy it.
What is the oddest vintage guitar you’ve ever sold?
A ´70s Blond Rickenbacker doubleneck ? Maybe a ´60s Hofner Violinbass-doubleneck? We´ve sold a lot of odd stuff already …
Do you have any personal favorite vintage guitars in your shop? If so, why is said guitar your favorite?
Actually I´m a Les Paul guy, but the guitar for the lonely island would definitely be a Telecaster. There is a ´59 mint 6120 I could go crazy for at the moment, and that gold ´52 ES-295 I just bought as well …
Given that this is for a blog, what role has technology (the internet, your website, etc.) played in the success of your business?
Especially nowadays it is very important to show your gear to an audience worldwide. Many people don´t mind driving far to check a nice variety of Instruments, but they need to know it´s worth it. The WWW helps bringing your showcase out to the world.
Is there a general trend to the people who purchase from you, in terms of how skilled or experienced they are?
No, not really. There is the collector, there is the skilled player, there is the “normal” family guy who just fulfills a dream he couldn´t afford when he started playing. There is also the investor as well, most of them play pretty damn good by the way!
What advice would you give to somebody looking to purchase a vintage guitar?
It’s important to buy from a well-known source. Checkout the people who are selling the guitars, if you´re not experienced in vintage guitars, definitely have some expert help you checking the instrument of desire for authentic. Our company sells all instruments with a COA and a checklist of all parts. Furthermore we include a DVD with up to 50 detailed pictures of the instrument.
Guestblog by Russel Grooms
I am what you might consider a newcomer to the vintage guitar scene, but I’m a fast learner. In the time it has taken me to amass a collection of books and to strike up friendships with various dealers, different guitars have passed through my hands and back out again. Very few have stayed.
For those that do still have a home, I have some criteria that I can`t overlook. Out with anything with a crack in it, out with anything with non-original parts and out with anything built after 1969. This might seem harsh but I did not get into the vintage guitar world to own masses and masses of guitars.
I got into this world because I don’t trust banks and I don’t have a pension. What I do have at the ripe old age of 37 is the money to invest in something that brings me happiness, is of historical interest, has unsurpassed design quality and will hopefully never depreciate. Of course, all markets are fickle but with the rising interest in the sub-culture of anything ”vintage”, I think it’s a safe bet to say that I won’t lose money in the long term.
I’m not fooled into thinking that I ‘own’ these guitars. I’m a caretaker, content to have them in my possession and play them, nurture them and keep them from harm until I can no longer do so, at which point they will be passed onto the next person. If this was not the way of the world then I would not have the guitars I have now and someone else would not be playing a great Banner L-48 or the ’73 D-28 I had heard a few weeks ago. They will be sitting on a porch somewhere playing their hearts out to the moonlight, not bothered by the cracks and living for the sound and the feeling that those old boxes bring. I may be fussy but I still miss them and hear their tones in my head but I console myself that I can always tune into the memory.
I am always on the hunt for something new, but as my ear develops and my eyes become keener to the finer points of cosmetic damage, I find it harder and harder to find something that ticks all the boxes. With prices rising fast, it’s no good for me to put my money in a ’58 Country and Western if it’s a bad player because I’ll never pick it up. It’s the same as buying a Ferrari and then putting it in the garage. You might as well wrap your cash in a brown envelope and bury it in the garden. Those guitars are out there but with each investment come higher price tags and a harder search.
The day I first played my 61’ Hummingbird was a jaw-dropping moment and I had to beg the dealer not to sell it until I could raise the money. In the end, it took 6 months to secure it and I know he held a lot of people back in that time but he saw the look on my face… love at first strum. The question is now can I be a master to more than one mistress? It’s going to take one hell of a guitar to even come close. I know now within seconds, much to the amusement of dealers as I plow through their collections like a locust through a cornfield.
Visits to vintage guitar shops are no longer for casual browsing and I have to be in the mood, focused, well fed and wide awake, like an athlete on the block. First and foremost it’s the tone and the playability I’m looking for, after that it’s the tick list. What happens when I find an awesome sounding guitar with cracks or non-original tuners, or changed bridge? I put it back. I remember the tone like a photograph and I put it back because no matter how good it sounds or plays, there will be a better one out there and I can’t risk the dread of knowing that I let the part of my brain that is ruled by sound over-ride the part that governs my strict rulings. It’s like walking a tightrope with myself and I don’t intend to trip at this stage. I’m off to view a collection of slope shoulders Gibsons tomorrow. Wish me luck and let’s hope the stars are aligned for that magic moment when time stops and I know I’m holding the Holy Grail.
By Russell Grooms
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We are currently offering Jeff Buckleys Fender Telecaster 1983 Butterscotch in collaboration with Chelsea Guitars, NY.
This is the Telecaster he used throughout his short performing and recording life.
The guitar is owned by a close friend of Jeff’s who sadly needs to sell it. With all proof and paperwork.
You can see Jeff using this guitar live from the concert DVD “Live In Chicago 1995″
Please contact us if you are interested in this guitar. Full story and more pics available from VintageandRare.com.
Jeff´s Fender Telecaster guitar for sale on Vintage and Rare here
Jeff Buckley Fender Telecaster 1983 Butterscotch, Original Mystery White Boy
On Winter NAMM 2011 we had the pleasure of meeting Gábor Goldschmidt from renowned Hungarian guitar company, Fibenare Guitars.
Gábor tells us about the Fibenare company and shows us their new beautiful line of guitars.
Fibenare Guitars was founded by the Benedek Brothers, Attila, Csaba and Árpád
All of the Benedek familily are musicians and have all studied classical music throughout the years in their hometown, Kecskemét.
Thanks to its musical tradition, Kecskemét is well-known all over the world for its musical education and Zoltán KODÁLY. His approach and methods are used today in more than 50 countries world wide.!
Around 1990, The Benedek Brothers was encouraged by their father, József Benedek, to start building their own guitars. From early on the three brothers were very interested in rock, blues, jazz and ofcourse electric guitars – because of the iron curtain Gibson and Fender guitars were very expensive and good ones were very hard to find around this time.
At VintageandRare we are proud to be working with Fibenare Guitars and hope this video will inspire you.
All the best,
Nicolai & team.