In late Oct. 2018 V&R headed north to Stockholm / Sweden for the annual “The Great Scandinavian Guitar Show” at Fryshuset.
The Great Scandinavian Guitar Show is by far the oldest guitar show in Scandinavia. Well organized and a very friendly crew. Hotels are located in walking distance from the show = great!
Again this year a great crowd showed up and had a great time in the presence of worldclass vintage and boutique guitars from the retailers and private sellers.
Tip Top Food & Drinks
We really like that it is possible to get proper food and coffee at the show instead of the usual sandwich and hotdogs offerings at the most shows we have gone too. It makes such a difference.
Below you see pics and video interviews from the show. Feel free to share this post and tell us what you think in the comment section.
Only for vintage stuff?
No certainly not. You will find lots of cool vintage guitars, bass, effects and amps for sale at the show. But there is also a good amount of boutique builders offering their products to the public. More of that please!
Gentleman with vintage Fender Stratocaster
Groovin´ at the stage
Fretless bass played by a guest of the show
Vintage Fender basses on display from V&R seller and show co-organiser Anders Anderson.
Vintage and Custom Shop goodies on display from V&R seller, Akustikken
SG and Crestwood
Vintage guitars for sale from private seller
This gentleman makes picks out of stone.
Handmade stone picks
Clement from GunCotton Guitars and Anders Anderson
Vintage Fender Basses for sale from Anders Anderson
Handmade dreadnought from Fredholm Guitars
Handmade jumbo from Fredholm Guitars
The Baby Ditson and a mandolin. Handmade by V&R seller Fredholm Guitars
A pair of cool Fender Custom Shop Stratocasters.
Which one to buy? Gentlemen going over stuff at the booth of V&R seller, Jam Guitars
Vintage Guitars at V&R seller, Jam Guitars
Need a new pedal board?
The teams of Soulman Boards & Sonnemo Guitars
V&R seller, Halkan´s Rockhouse
Clement from Guncotton Guitars and Jan from Halkan´s Rockhouse.
Cool vintage pieces from V&R seller, Halkan´s Rockhouse
More cool vintage pieces from V&R seller, Halkan´s Rockhouse
1960 Fender Mandocaster from V&R seller, Anders Anderson
V&R seller, Anders Anderson with unknown gentleman
Picture gallery from our visit to The Great Scandinavian Guitar Show in Fryshuset / Stockholm. This was the 21nd edition of the show. We had a splendid time and are already looking forward to go next year again.
Yeahman´s Guitar Fest is a guitar show located in beautiful Burgdorf in Switzerland, not far from Zürich. We had an invitation to come and visit the show by founder Michael Marti and his brother. So we jumped on a plane and a train and arrived for the show to be there for the opening, sunday sep 17th. This is not a review of the show, but we must say we had a super great time and was welcomed by a very friendly and passionate team of people from the swiss music community running the show. Below you can see some of the pics we shot on the show. We recommend you go visit in 2018.
Awesome food and great service from the guys at the The Lunch Box food truck. (www.lunchbox.ch)
Photo gallery from our trip The Great Scandinavian Guitar Show in Stockholm. 20 years anniversary. We had a splendid weekend at the show. Lots of fine vintage guitars and basses along side with luthiers and boutique gear builders. Here is our some of staff favourites that caught our eye over the weekend.
Vintage Epiphone Crestwood from Halkan´s Rock House
Vintage & Rare team went to the annual Fuzz Guitar Show in Gothenburg / Sweden. Fuzz Guitar Show is one of the biggest guitarshows in Northern Europe and is a mix of retailers, vintage guitar stores, big manufactures, luthiers, boutique effects makers. Has been held annually since 2007.
All in all in a really great show with great atmosphere and very well put together.
Below you can see a gallery of exclusive pics we did from the show this year. We highly recommend you to visit this show if you interested in vintage, new, used electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, effects and parts.
John Lowery, more commonly known as John 5, famous for his work as guitarist for Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth Band and Rob Zombie is not only a blessed guitar player, but also an avid guitar collector, with an obsession for Fender guitars, and especially Telecasters.
Already falling in love with guitars at the tender age of 7, John 5’s career began in earnest when he was 17 years, when he became member of the band Alligator Soup, and not long after that he joined the group Sun King, recruited by Rudy Sarzo of Whitesnake fame. A few years later on John 5 began his real breakthrough when he became the next guitarist to join the David Lee Roth Band. Like most other guitarists that have been part of David Lee Roth Band, John 5 experiences great publicity and fame, earning a reputation as a true guitar virtuoso. During the same period of time John 5 also played with Marilyn Manson. During the mid 2000s John 5 left Marilyn Manson on good terms and put a temporary hold on his collaborations with David Lee Roth, and began a more focused work on his solo career as well as forming the group Loser all the while he also joined as guitarist for Rob Zombie. Though Loser quickly disbanded John 5 have had quite some success with his solo career and even more as part of Rob Zombies line-up. Known for his mixture of country picking and wild guitar shredding, his solo albums features a variety of styles, yet all show his talent in equal measure.
When it comes to guitars John 5 have been collecting them for many years, beginning as early as in his teens, and made his first real venture into collecting guitars when he sold his large collection of KISS posters in order to fund his guitar shopping-needs. Having always been a fan of the Fender Telecasters, his collection soon became a reflection of this fascination, and most of his collection is now composed by various Fender models. Though for most people the collection might seem abnormally large while at the same time quite narrow, it seems it is John 5’s dream to have a copy of every Fender model ever released. Though it might be an almost be a bit too much it appears that John 5 is well on the way to reach that goal. Though he for a period of time he played Ibanez models instead when turing with Marilyn Manson, the Fender guitars have always been his favourite and as shown in the video above most of the time his touring rig consists almost exclusively of Fenders. While for some it seems strange when musicians play their own signature guitars, for a fan as John 5 it makes a lot of sense that the most used guitars on his tour are all signature models from is own series, even the custom made double-neck guitar is a version of his signature series guitars. Sadly though last year John 5 was burglarized and lost 5 very precious guitars from his collection, and as far as we can tell the perpetrators and the guitars have yet to be found. We here at Vintage & Rare hope that this will not stop John 5’s collection adventure, and we are happy that it didn’t put a stop to the production of his newest album Careful With That Axe, which was released last month.
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There are few people in the world of guitar lovers, collectors, fanatics and players that haven’t heard the name Jeff Beck before. Though he may never have reached the same levels of commercial success as many of his contemporary guitar-masters, there are few people who can claim the same level on influence on how we view and uses guitars to this day. In many areas Beck have single handedly revolutionised the way people thought about and played guitars, and with such a legacy it comes to no surprise that most fans and guitar lovers have a keen interest in the instruments he uses, why he uses them and to what ends. In the following video, taken from the DVD “Jeff Beck’s Rock’n’roll Party”, Beck talks about some of his most beloved guitars, why he owns them and how he got to possess them.
What is perhaps doubly interesting is the fact that most of his prize guitars, as well as those he bring with him on tour these days (and have for the greater part of his career) is simple, unadorned and mostly unmodified Telecasters and Stratocasters. In fact, as shown in the video to follow, on his last tour he only brought four guitars, all of them Stratocasters! The reason to this seems to be manyfold. As shown in the video above, he is well aware of the nuiances that can come from using different kind of guitars, and how when reaching for something very specific, sometimes you just got to have an equally specific instrument to reach that sound. However as Beck also point out, what the reason behind having rack upon rack of guitars on stage on every tour when you don’t play half of them, nor utilise them to their full potential?
To Jeff Beck that is exactly why he for so many years have almost exclusively gone for the Telecasters and Stratocasters when it comes to recording and touring, more often than not only using the more “exotic” guitars at home or when special occasions called for it. As he puts it in many interviews, his favorite Stratocaster feels more like an extension of his body than an instrument. So while the Gretsch Rancher from The Blue Caps might have a special place in his heart and the Gibson L5, Gretsch all have a fantastic and very specific sound, and though it might feel perfectly fine to use a wonderful Maccaferri from Jimmi Page, how can one say no to the Stratocaster after so many years of near perfect symbiosis – and when you on top of that own one that used to belong to John McLaughlin – it really can surprise no one that Beck sticks to what he knows. What is almost even more impressive than his loyalty to such a well worn guitar is the things he have done with it in his hands. The list of musical genres he have helped inspire and create is truly incredible, and when one with such talents have played for more than 60 years, it is no wonder that his influence reaches as far and as wide as it does. From being an ambitious rock’n’roll guitarist himself, inspired by the creators of the genre, to being one of those people that others emulate and whose talent surpasses almost any other living guitar player (named the 5th best guitar player of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine), all we can hope for is that he continues to influence guitarist around the world as he always have, and that his playing style will continue to influence the music business to create even greater instruments.
“Let’s take everything we think we know about solid body electrifying guitars and throw it out the window. Let’s start over.”
– Leo Fender on the invention of the Telecaster.
Our world would have sounded different if it wasn’t for the Telecaster. Arguably less interesting.
Originally released in 1950 as the Broadcaster, Fender was forced to change the name to Nocaster in early 1951 after a copyright dispute from the Gretsch company who had the name “Broadkaster” registered for a line of drums. The Nocaster name only stuck for a couple of months and in the summer of ’51 the Telecaster name came to stay. It became the world’s first successful solid body electric guitar, and although it is not as widespread and popularly known as the Stratocaster, its legacy is not to be overlooked.
At its introduction the Telecaster was met with both awe and scepticism. Former Fender manager Don Randall recalls taking the Telecaster to a 1950 music trade show:
” … it was, ‘What’s that thing?’ We got all kinds of comments. ‘Do you paddle your canoe with that thing? Swat flies?’ They all laughed.”
Some people made jokes, but former Gibson president Ted McCarty recognized the Telecaster:
“We had to buck this competition from the west coast”, he said and started work on the Les Paul. Competition was in motion and the solid bodies were taking over.
The Telecaster is perhaps most known as a southern country twang and blues type guitar with a sound made famous by the likes of Albert Collins and Redd Volkaert.
But the legacy reaches far beyond that. In doubt? Just listen to Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin’s first album. Pete Townshend’s favorite guitar is a ’52 Telecaster and Keith Richards uses a variety of Telecasters (one of which he used to club a renegade fan on stage) but he prefers his ’53 Tele named Micawber. Jeff Buckley, interestingly, used an ’83 Telecaster. This post-CBS guitar is not really considered collectible or of the pre-CBS-era quality but Buckley made it his own.
Bob Dylan was also a Tele man.
The Telecaster is the father (or mother if you will) of rock n’ roll. It is still only around 63 years old, but its legacy and influence is profound and ubiquitous. Don’t underestimate the power…
As Jeff Beck puts it:
“It’s so honest and straight forward. It challenges you.”
In nov. 2010 I took a roundtrip to guitarstores in New York City.
I landed in JFK and went directly to Chelsea Hotel.
One of the guitar stores I visited is Chelsea Guitars – located something like 2 meters from the hotel. And I didn´t know it was so close
Me and Dan had some very good conversations about collecting guitars and life around them, the international guitar market in generel.
During one of these conversations – Dan, the owner, showed me a very rare and unique vintage guitar.
It is a prototype Telecaster made somewhere in between 1948-1951, before we knew them as Telecasters (later name). And as I am sure you know the first models were called Broadcasters and Nocasters and then changed name to the Telecaster and Esquire (depending on pickup configuration)
When Dan opened the case all I could see was a red telecaster model in a newer case. I really didn´t think much of it in those few seconds until Dan started to reveil this amazing story.
I had no idea that this very guitar was one very first prototypes and furthermore that they were made in custom colours, as Dan explains. So I was very surpriced to know that I was looking at a very important piece of guitar history.
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