Where to buy vintage & used guitars and basses in Rome / Italy?
Rome is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in world. But beauty isn´t enough when a vintage guitar aficionado travels abroad 🙂 On a recent trip we ended up asking ourselves exactly that question: Where to buy vintage guitars in Rome?
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
V&R just got back home from the Holy Grail Guitar Show which once again took place in the beautiful city of Berlin. As a bonus, this edition we had a stunning weather, which seemed to have made the overall vibe of the show even better! We shot a good amount of video interviews and demos in our hotel room, which we converted into a video studio for the occasion, keeping our team working almost 24/7.
What is HGGS?
For those who are not familiar with it, the Holy Grail Guitar Show is an event targeted to guitar enthusiasts focused on high quality handbuilt instruments, featuring builders from all around the world since it’s first edition in 2014. No matter what type of guitar player you are, or what type of guitar you like, you are guaranteed to find something for you at the Holy Grail Guitar Show. Acoustics, electrics, archtops, classicals, basses, just any type of guitar you can imagine all had one main thing in common: SUPERB QUALITY & INNOVATION
To be honest, this has probably been the best edition so far. One great thing about this show is the calm and peaceful atmosphere at all times. As opposed to many other shows around the world, electric guitars are only being played in dedicated booths, avoiding a big cluster of guitarists trying to play louder than their neighbours simultaneously, creating a cacophony that starts to become painful after just a few minutes of navigating around stands.
Throughout the show, many demo concerts took place on a welcoming and intimate stage, allowing attendants to focus on the quality and sound of these handmade instruments. This really does make for a more enjoyable and less exhausting show to attend, making it easier for builders, dealers and customers to focus on their deals. As you would expect from an event taking place in Germany, the organization was nothing but outstanding, making it probably the best organized guitar show in the EU. We simply cannot recommend this show enough! Shortly, we will upload footage of the show, including more photos, videos and interviews with some great luthiers! What do we think of the 2018 show? We think this was probably the best Holy Grail show so far. It feels like this has become one of the best (if not the best) organized guitar shows in EU and we are very proud to have supported and been with them on this amazing journey from the first show. We are happy to spend the time, resources and energy as Premium Sponsors for the show – for the second time. This is truly one of our favourite guitar shows in the world. This year had such a great atmosphere and vibe. And the fantastic sunny weather was the cherry on the cake. World’s finest instruments If you are musical instrument aficionado and fan of handmade guitars this is the must-go-to show in EU. V&R founder, SoMe & Marketing talk Our founder did a lecture on Social Media and Marketing for builders and music industry folks on the EGB Symposium before the show. Sharing our knowledge and helping out is an essential part of our involvement in the show. Check out our picture gallery below and feel free to let us know in the comment section below See you next time!
The Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin has been the highlight of the year for any guitar aficionado since 2012. On the 5.-6. May 2018, the show opens its doors to yet another fantastic show with an impressive line up of hand built instruments made by the most dedicated builders in the world.
Once again, Vintage & Rare is proud to be Official Premium Sponsor of the show. We will for sure be there to see, learn and talk about some of the world’s finest hand made instruments and of course, to meet the makers. Continue reading →
The new Dual Blue Delay from Mad Professor Amplification was recently launched. Last week it landed on our desk. We are big fans of dual delays and therefore we have been very excited to get our hands on one since it was announced. Well here it is. Check out the V&R demo below and please do not hesitate to let us know what you think in the comment section. The Dual Blue Delay can be purchased on V&R from Mad Professor here
Demo gear: Gibson Les Paul Standard CC#4 Sandy Twimble Overdrive Knas Ekdahl Moisturizer Reverb Strymon BigSky 1992 Marshall 6101LE 30th Anniversary Combo
On the 15th of oct. 2017 Vintage & Rare hosted the Boutique Showcase in Copenhagen. The event was held in Vibe Factory Recording Studios with unique and fine handmade instruments on display from Di Donato Guitars, Donovan Leah Guitars, Ergon Guitars, James Trussart Guitars, Kauer Guitars, Klein Community, Marleaux BassGuitars, McSwain Guitars, MOVGuitars, Sankey Guitars, Spalt Instruments, Tausch Electric Guitars, Teye Guitars, Wild Customs, Deimel Guitarworks, Diego Vila Guitarras y, Bajos Custom, Turnstone Guitar Company, AC Guitars, Leo Guitars.
Hope to see you again next year when we roll out a new guitarshow in Copenhagen with unique and handmade guitars.
Mickey “Guitar” Baker gave his 1959 Fender Stratocaster to Ivan Horn on one condition. To pass it on to another guitar player when his time came. Sadly, Ivan Horn, passed away earlier this year since cancer had taken over. Shortly before his death he called Rune Funch and met him in a cafe and told Rune that he was the one to now own the Stratocaster…on the same condition.
We heard this story through friends of V&R and thought this was such a beautiful and an inspirational story that we got in contact with Rune and asked if he would tell us the full story on camera. Rune agreed, which we are very thankful for, and below you can see and hear Rune lay it out in his own words. We full this story is important to tell and it´s something we could all learn a great lesson from.
Documented in dedication, deep respect and memory of Ivan Horn and Mickey “Guitar” Baker.
On Yeahman´s Guitar Fest in Burgdorf / Switzerland Sep 17th 2017 we came a fantastic vintage 1962 Fender Stratocaster in the highly collectible and sought after custom colour, Fiesta Red.
Our friend and swiss guitarplayer, Baptiste Bouli Amstutz, kindly took his time to take it for a spin on camera for us. In the video you can also hear Michael Marti from Yeahman´s Guitars talk a bit about it. Big thanks to The Silver Company for letting us use their fantastic trailer for this demo.
Hope you enjoy the video. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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