Yesterday I was boxing up a beautiful 1961 Fender Musicmaster, which is heading to our new friend David in France and I was inspired by a certain something the guitar had going on. It wasn’t the look, the tone, or the feel, although those features are all fantastic, it was the smell. Yes, the smell.
You see, some vintage guitars and cases have a certain scent to them. Not a nasty or musty smell, but rather just the smell of something that has aged well over 50 years. Most the smell comes from the case and I absolutely love it. I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking, “man, this guy’s nuts”, but those of you who know what I’m talking about can appreciate it. A friend of mine who works at another vintage shop in town and myself used to joke about huffing vintage guitar cases, and how the smell of a tweed Fender case or an old Gibson Lifton is like no other. I know this has to sound insane, but there really is something magical about the smell of these cases and instruments.
With all the relics and replicas that are out now it’s safe to say there are a few talents folks who can make a new guitar look, feel, and sound old. But in my time doing this I have yet to see someone replicate “that smell”.