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Repair Shops

At VintageandRare.com, we have been searching the net for other great vintage instrument sites that you could find useful.

Here are some of our online friends in the world of vintage and custom-built instruments:

Adams Music Repair
– Maurice Adams Guitar Repair specializes in repair and service for all acoustic, electric, bass and classical guitars. Handling all guitar repairs big and small. Visit Adams Music Repair.

Danby Piano Tuning
– Expert piano tuning and technical services in the North of England since 1987.

Dr. Tube
– The specialist in the repair and modification of guitar tube amps. Sale of tubes and components.

Guitar Hospital

Guitar Repairs UK
– Nick Marchant – luthier with 35 years experience – sympathetic repairs to vintage stringed instruments.

John A. Tuttle
– since 1972, John has been restoring and servicing player pianos, nickelodeons, pump organs, and reproducing instruments. He operates his business out of his home in Brick, NJ, where half of his home is dedicated to player piano rebuilding. John is very dedicated to his work with fixing pianos, but he also has a passion for passing his knowledge and experience to others. He is the author of several technical and service manuals, over fifty “How to” videos on YouTube dedicated to player pianos, and he is working on a book giving children a guide to understanding the operation of the player piano. Check out John’s business on his webpage Player-care.


Reuben Katz

Specialty Pianos

Straight Frets

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At VintageandRare.com, we have been searching the net for other great vintage instrument sites that you could find useful.

Here are some of our online friends in the world of vintage and custom-built instruments:

Arne’s Ibanez
– I am a collector of vintage Ibanez guitars, my specialty is Ibanez Ibanez artwood twins and custom agents. It all started when I bought my first Ibanez guitar in 1975. Has recently focused on expanding my collection to include Ibanez Artist series, especially AR series. I have from time to time, always some guitars and parts for sale.


– A german-language website with all you need to know about 4-string banjos. Visit Banjoist.de.


– Electric Basses, Bass Guitars, EUB’s & More Basses – Terri’s Bass-Aholic.com is the “Place for Bass” and one of the Internet’s premier websites for everything to do with basses and playing bass.  We have information, resources, links and photos to over 850 brands of basses.  Whether you are looking for new or vintage, mainstream or boutique, student or professional gear, you’ll find it here.  We also have links to dozens of forums and other bass resource websites and we can also help you find a place to purchase the bass guitar of your dreams.


Beefy Basses
– The beefiest vintage Basses you can find on the net.


Call & Play


Cooper’s Vintage Drums
– A website that specializes in fine vintage drums from ‘the golden age’ of drum-making (1923-1970). With their free ‘Guide to Vintage Drums’ they also offer a detailed look at the various components of vintage drums throughout the years, featuring many photographs and colorful vintage drum catalog images. Visit Cooper’s Vintage Drums.


– An online community for bass players


– Boetzkes mandolinshop – Specialized in new, vintage and used mandolins.


– Czechoslovak history electric guitar


Lefty Bass
– Arni´s Lefthand Bassplayer Community


Mando Island
– Web site about the mandolin, guitar and other plucked instruments, including great selection of free downloads for old mandolin methods and sheet music for mandolin, guitar or mandolin orchestra; huge link collection for the best free sheet music resources.


Ratliff Mandolins
– Started in 1982, in response to the lack of left-handed F-style mandolins on the market, Ratliff Mandolins has grown to be one of the most well respected luthier shops in the world.   They make all members of the mandolin family (left and right hand models), as well as a wide variety of custom instruments, such as guitars and banjos. At Ratliff Mandolins, they hand-craft instruments of beauty in the time-honored tradition of the South, choosing only the finest materials and building each instrument to the highest standards. Each instrument is built entirely by master luthier Audey Ratliff. Visit Ratliff Mandolins.


Rockbeare Guitars
– Rockbeare Guitars features a UK-based collection of guitars and associated kit accumulated over my 30-odd years of as a working guitarist.   Some vintage, some classic, some more recent, all excellent.   Also a few rants / words of wisdom. Visit Rockbeare Guitars.


Vintage Hawaiian steel guitar on Grass Skirt Records


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At VintageandRare.com, we have been searching the net for other great vintage instrument sites that you could find useful.

Here are some of our online friends in the world of vintage and custom-built instruments:



– Chatmusic is a resource group, established by and for working musicians and industry professionals, that encourages the business and creation of music in Chicago.



Cowtown Music

– Online source for local musicians in Central Ohio. Live music by local bands and where they are playing. Visit Cowtownmusic.com



Electric Blues Club



Guitar Websites



Islands Music



Live Music Capitol

– The highest quality of underground independent media content with cutting edge style and a classic chic design. Visit Live Music Capitol.




– Since 1998, Your Internet Portal for Blues and Indie Music Links, Musician’s Resources, Band Links, Club & Festival Listings, CD Reviews and Music Gifts. Mary4Music.com.



Musicians Gallery

– Profiles of musicians and related services worldwide. Visit  Musicians Gallery.




– NorCal BASSIX.com is a website devoted to providing bassists with links, product reviews, clinics and lessons.



Pyromarsch Rockmusic

– Pyromarsch rockmusic page with concert, cd , dvd, homepage reviews featuring music fair Frankfurt and Burg Herzberg Festival. Visit Pyromarsch Rockmusic.



Recorder Homepage

– A website with links to articles, lists, catalogues and databases concerning all aspects of the recorder worldwide. An ideal springboard for players, students, teachers, makers and researchers alike. Visit Recorder Homepage.




– Your forum for all things Status-Graphite



The Strat Monger

– The Strat Monger features links to manufacturers of electric guitars, amps and effects with an emphasis on do-it-yourself amp and effect construction.  The site includes a number of original tube-based amplifier and effect designs. Visit The Strat Monger.



TSP Guitar



Vintage Fender Jazz

– For a great overview of vintage fenders on the internet, go to Vintage Fender Jazz.



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At VintageandRare.com, we have been searching the net for other great vintage instrument sites that you could find useful.

Here are some of our online friends in the world of vintage and custom-built instruments:





Covered Grass
– Covered Grass was founded by banjo player Volker Fisher in 2006 in the area of Cologne/Germany. The musical roots of most band members does not lie in bluegrass – they’re mostly coming from jazz & pop. So the band performs with an untypical sound and attitude that is intentionally open to other styles and influences and therefore also for a wider audience. Covered Grass is:
Corina Aurin: vocals, mandolin
Ralph Bonfanti: guitar
Joon Laukamp: mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Carsten Manz: bass, vocals
Volker Fisher: banjo, dobro, vocals


– A band from Berlin with its unique sound. Three guys with their instruments, their songs and attitudes. ENRICHMENT is wooden, handmade, native, plain, simple, groovy, forcing. ENRICHMENT is pure rock.


– A seductively spellbinding band exploring the realms of psychedelia, space rock and experimentalism. Visit their website – Floorian.com.




Karl Stahl
– A Band from Wuppertal in Germany we plays cover songs from Aerosmith to ZZ Top in 100% power quality.


Klezmer Group Shtetl Band Amsterdam


Load Band
– Dutch Female Fronted Rockband


Limited Edition


Step Echo
– Step Echo is a Canadian rock group formed in Niagara Falls, Canada. It consists of four members, Joel Degonia hailing from the great state of Missouri and is the vocal assault you will not forget. The explosive sound of Brian Hamilton on drums, Aki Maris on bass and Les Izmore on guitar the bands sound is summed up with the likes of Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Three Days Grace and a hint of Alice in Chains. Step Echo has teamed up with producer Cory Mc Fayden to debut their new CD Jagged. With their video to launch their first single Just As Messed As You, Step Echo has put a lot of hard work and sleepless nights to make it what it is today. They have no plans on stopping as this is just the passage in the grand scheme of things. Watch out!!! Visit Step Echo.


Sweet Hollywaiians


The Alex Yellowlees Band
– Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli inspired gypsy jazz music from Scotland’s finest jazz violinist Alex Yellowlees & his electric violin sound.


The Fabulous Shadows
– The UK and Europe’s number one tribute show band. The Fabulous Shadows takes you back to the swinging sixties to a place of love, music and dancing! Visit The Fabulous Shadows.


The Wolfmen
– Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou formed The Wolfmen in 2005. Marco (guitars) enjoyed extraordinary success with ADAM & THE ANTS and later worked with Sinead O’Connor. Chris (bass, lead vocals) previously led JACKIEONASSID and has worked with Adam Ant, Annabella Lwin(Bow-Wow-Wow) and Sinead O’Connor also. Alongside their own work, the band is known for some surprising collaborations with artists ranging from Lou Reed to DALER MEHNDI, the biggest selling artist Indian in music history. They’ve also covered Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” with PRIMAL SCREAM for an ALEXANDER MCQUEEN catwalk show and co-written a few tracks on Sinead O’Connor’s new album. Visit The Wolfmen.


Three Quarter Stone
– ’Refined garage rock; the energy and balls of AC/DC, crisp and present vocals of Mick Jaggar, with todays big pop/rock production and socially relevant themes.’ Visit this great band’s website, and listen to their music. Go to threequarterstone.com.


Wedding Function Band


Marijke & Michiel Wiesenekker Mandolin & Guitar




Andreas David


Alan Horvath
-Alan shares all his passions in life on his web site, including cool tutorials about performing and playing guitar, autoharp and dulcimers, with tons of helpful web links for artists.


Alan James
– The Alan James Project is a well oiled, smooth, energetic, professional machine that you will enjoy watching, listening, laughing and dancing to at any event.


Conductor John Georgiadis
– The personal website of UK based international conductor John Georgiadis.


David Kampmann


David van Ooijen
– David van Ooijen – player of lutes, historical guitars and shamisen


Dirk Steinsträter
– Professional bass player from Düsseldorf, Germany


Djamel Laroussi


Downtown Freddy Brown


Enrico Galetta


– Frank Doris is a public relations and marketing communication professional specializing in consumer and pro audio/video, music and technology. He also plays guitar with the Long Island-based band Grand Folk Railroad. Visit Frankdoris.com.


Gary Rue Music
– Music, lyrics, and life stories from the heart. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Gary Rue. Visit his website – Gary Rue Music.




Kiko Gonzalez
– Noel “Kiko” Gonzalez is a New York City bass guitarist with over 30 years experience in the industry. Visit his website – www.kikogonzalez.com


Little Toby Walker
– Toby Walker is an award winning fingerstyle guitarist specializing in acoustic roots music whose music has been recognized worldwide. Walker also maintains an active touring and teaching schedule, performing in both the United States, the U.K. and Europe.


Marks Guitars
– Home of the left-handed guitar enthusiast. Visit Marksguitars.com.


Mark Gerber


Mike James Jazz
– A great website by lifelong drummer Mike James. His website offers a free, downloadable PDF copy of his book ”Drumming For Life™”, various material on music theory, arranging and composing, vintage drum articles and gallery, and a page with 22 previously-unheard live concert recordings of Buddy Rich, all annotated. There is also a podcast, featuring interviews with Cathy Rich (Buddy Rich’s daughter), Bev Getz (Stan Getz’s daughter) and Donny Osborne Jr. (Buddy Rich protege and Mel Torme’s drummer for 25 years). Visit Mike James Jazz.


Nick Bowley
– Nick is a 24 year old London based guitarist & composer with roots in instrumental guitar, jazz, blues & melodic rock. Composing ‘Jupiter’ in 2003 for Young Guitarist of the Year and ‘Fifteen Below Zero’ for The Riffathon in 2005; Nick performed in the finals of both competitions – the later one being judged by both Brian May and Jimmy Page! Nick was a long-time member of NYRO – during which time he performed live with many guests, including such luminaries as Paul Gilbert and Scott Henderson. As well as being an avid rock-guitarist Nick has also successfully player-managed a big band and fronted his own Jazz Quartet.
In 2009 recording sessions began for ‘As One’; as the culmination of Nick’s compositions to date it contains fifty minutes of intense instrumental rock. Featuring UK drummer extraordinaire Pete Riley and with Phil Hilborne’s amazing production; it’s well worth a listen.


Patsy Monteleone


Pete Noon
– Peter Noon has been playing music in the New York, Nothern Virginia, and Maryland areas for over 40 years. His guitar playing style is built on a combination of Rock, Jazz, Blues and Funk influences. Pete is currently recording songs for a new album. Visit Pete Noon’s website.


Pierre Bensusan
– Voted ‘best world music guitarist’ by the readers of Guitar Player magazine, and described as a ‘true genius’ by Melody Maker amongst others, Pierre Bensusan has been one of the leading composers and innovators of DADGAD guitar music for the past 35 years, taking his unique and beautiful music to all corners of the world. Please visit PierreBensusan.com for all the latest tour information, dadgad tabs, sheet music, CDs, videos and more.


Ry Cooder
– All about Ry Cooder, his instruments and Slide-gear in general.


Steev Cris
– Musician-Guitarist Steev Cris finds inspiration in Blues, Rock, Ethnic and Classical music as well as Jazz. As he continues to explore the sonority of his instruments, he leaves his unique compositions along the way. A student of tradition as well as innovation, he cites Pat Metheny, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, Jim Hall and Ry Cooder among his influences.
SC’s music is for imaginative ears, his compositions reflect his background..influences of jazz, world music and Blues seamlessy weave their way through the pieces without overpowering the listener. Jazz-Rock? World Fusion? Eclectic Electric? Zen Blues? regardless of a niche, everyone does agree that the man serves up a delicious blend of great music.


Tim Robinson Guitar
– The site is mainly dedicated to my love of the guitar style of Django Reinhardt and the entire genre he created, now called Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche.


Tim Spohn
– Tim Spohn is a session- and livemusician based in Hamburg/Germany. He has recorded and toured as guitarist with a number of european acts and is lately also getting involved in the production side of things.


The Southern Jazz Guitar Society
– The Southern Jazz Guitar Society was formed in the south of the UK several years ago with the objective of fostering the art and craft of jazz guitar. It currently has about 30 members and meets once a month near Southampton, England. These meetings enable members to share information and ideas about playing jazz on the guitar, particpate in workshops and, of course, play together. Once every 3 months a professional jazz guitarist is invited to perform a concert, either solo, or in a duo or trio context, The SJGS also maintains a library of jazz education media and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. Visit The Southern Jazz Guitar Society.


The Zemaitis Guitar Owners Club


Yiannis Guitar



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GuitarPoint Interview with Detlef Alder from GuitarPoint

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.

Famous Vinyls Covers: Guestblog by Vinylstall.com

Vinyl records have been popular during most of the 20th century. These recordings are played using a record player called phonograph. Vinyl recordings are once a favorite in the entertainment media. Over the years, the music industry has innovated and produced modern technology from cassette tapes to CDs and digital music players. Old types of music recorded on vinyl are now being revived with the integration of musical instruments. Audiophiles are into vinyl record collection because they love this vintage music format. Even the new generation musicians and music lovers are becoming interested in this old time disc recording.

Vinyl record enthusiasts have never ceased using and collecting this form of music medium. In fact, some artists and small label companies release their music using vinyl. DJs also play and spin these records in the clubs and bars because of the good sound quality. Vinyl has survived the innovation of technology and has influenced the music industry over the years. During the middle to the late years of the 20th century, there are a lot of famous vinyl covers that have been produced and distributed in the market. How can we forget the famous cover of the Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the legendary Beatles has been considered the best cover of all times. For decades, label companies have also integrated famous instruments on their vinyl record covers.

During the vinyl record era, covers are very significant to express the theme of the artist’s songs. Some use their personal profiles and pictures or musical instruments like guitars, piano and saxophones.

Instruments featured in Vinyl Record Covers:

a. One of the most acclaimed albums during the 50’s is the Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins. The award winning album was recorded and released in 1956 by Prestige Records and was considered the best albums issued by this recording company. The cover shows a man playing his saxophone in a blue background. It is a jazz album containing five tracks, three of which are Johnny Rollins’ compositions.

b. Another remarkable vinyl record cover is the album “Eric Clapton Slow hand” by Eric Clapton. This album includes lyrics of all songs and some art clips and photos. The front cover photo shows neck, turning keys and head of a guitar. A body of the guitar being strummed by a man is illustrated in the back cover. The album was produced in 1977 by Glyn Johns.

c. Jerry Lee Lewis also known as “The Killer” pioneered rock and roll music through a distinctive style in piano playing. His album “Who’s gonna play this old piano” released in 1972  contains eleven tracks including the hit songs “She’s Reachin For My Mind” and “Who’s gonna play this old piano”. The vinyl record cover shows an old grand piano with some lyric sheets on top of it.

Vinyl record covers were of great help to market and sell albums. The concept depends on the genre and the performer’s type of music. Most of the covers show profiles and pictures of the singer or bands. Covers for vinyl records also show musical instruments used by performers. Albums with famous musical instruments like guitars, pianos and saxophones are incorporated in the back or front cover of the musician’s album.

Vinyl is one of the greatest medium in the music industry. There is a need for us to protect and promote vinyl records to preserve the music of the past generation. You can find rare vinyl records for sale online, with the free vinyl search on http://www.vinylstall.com/

Peter Frampton and the doomed 1954 Gibson Les Paul

From time to time the unthinkable happens. We all know somebody who knows somebody it has happened to. And we all retell the story to friends and familiars with quacking voices, shivering hands and fear painted in our eyes. I’m talking about a musician’s ultimate nightmare: The losing of your favorite instrument. This was exactly what happened to guitar legend Peter Frampton in November 1980 when a cargo plane carrying his precious 1954 Gibson Les Paul crashed during takeoff in Caracas, Venezuela tragically killing the pilot and co-pilot.

The master piece seen on the picture to the left was presumed lost for 31 years until it finally reemerged last month having spent just over three decades on a little Dutch Caribbean Island called Curaçao. So what happened?
In 2010 (before the reemerging) Frampton gave an interview to rumerz.com as his Gibson signature model of the very same guitar hit the market. Frampton traces the history of how he came in possession of his ’54 Les Paul and it’s clear that he was still dealing with the loss at this point:


What is it about your black Gibson Les Paul that you love so much? How did it come about for you to release a signature model with Gibson?
[Frampton] “The original black Les Paul that I had was when I was playing with Humble Pie supporting the Grateful Dead in San Francisco back in ’70 or so. I had swapped a Gibson SG for a Gibson 335, a semi-acoustic. With the loud levels we used to play, when I turned it up for solos, the sound was just all over the place, whistling feedback, you know. There was someone at the concert that heard the problem, and he offered to let me borrow his Les Paul for the next show. I told him I’d never had luck with a Les Paul and that I preferred SG’s. He brought it ’round to the coffee shop the following day, and it was this 1954 Les Paul. I played it that night. He had re-routed it for three pickups instead of two and it was recently refinished by Gibson. It looked brand new. I don’t think my feet touched the ground the whole evening. It was just such an amazing guitar. I came off stage and told him thank you, and asked if he’d ever want to sell it, and thanks so much. He said he didn’t want to sell it to me, but he offered to give it to me. He gave it to me. Mark Mariana is his name. We keep in touch even today. Unfortunately in 1980, we had a disastrous plane crash with all our gear on it in Caracas, Venezuela. The pilot and co-pilot were lost, and their loss was very tough. Their lives meant so much more than that guitar. I’m not saying I don’t miss it, but it was a piece of wood compared to their lives.

Cut all the way forward. When I moved to Nashville about 13 years ago, I used to go hang out at Gibson. It was like my club, and I’d go hang out with the luthiers. I made a lot of friends at Gibson. Mike McGuire, the head of the custom shop, suggested one day that they should make a Peter Frampton model. We spent a year working together on trying to make it as much like the original as we could. I tried to give him as much information as I could from what it felt like, and they came so close. I love my guitar. It’s probably nothing like the other one, but I love what they did for me. We’re over 500 made now, and the PF Custom is out there and the collectors love it.

Little did Frampton know that while this interview was being made heavy negotiation was going on between the local Curaçao musician who had the instrument, Mr. Balentina – a local customs agent who spends his spare time repairing guitars, a hardcore Frampton fan from the Netherlands as well as the head of Curaçao’s tourist board Ghatim Kabbara. Confused?
Well apparently the guitar was saved from the burning wreckage of the plane and sold to a local musician from Curaçao. For the last 30 years the still unidentified musician has been using it playing hotels and bars on the Island totally unaware of the instruments history. Two years ago he handed the piece in to free time guitar repairman Donald Balentina. N.Y. Times’ James C. McKinley JR. tells the story:

Asked to repair the guitar, Mr. Balentina noticed the unusual third set of pickups and burn marks on the neck, Mr. Kabbara said. The customs agent began to suspect the guitar might be the one Mr. Frampton had played on the “Frampton Comes Alive!” album. He consulted with another Frampton fan in the Netherlands, who confirmed it had all the earmarks of the missing Gibson. Mr. Balentina also sent photos of the inner works of the guitar to Mr. Frampton. Mr. Frampton said he was stunned when he saw the photos; it looked like guitar, he said, but he could not be sure.

For two years Mr. Balentina tried to persuade the local guitarist to sell the instrument, and finally, in November, facing a financial problem, he finally agreed. But Mr. Balentina did not have money and, afraid another buyer might scoop up the guitar, he approached Mr. Kabbara at the tourist board.

Mr. Kabbara, an amateur guitarist who admires Mr. Frampton, agreed to put up the board’s funds to purchase the guitar, on one condition. He and Mr. Balentina would take the guitar to Mr. Frampton as a gesture of goodwill. “I thought the right thing to do was to give him back his guitar,” he said. “This guitar was him. The whole 1970s was this guitar.

Mr. Frampton, who is 61, said he hopes to play the guitar again when he appears at the Beacon Theater in New York in February. For now, he has left the instrument at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville to have some minor repairs made. The neck is still straight, he said, but he must replace old pickups with new ones, made to the same specifications as the original coils. But he said he will leave the burn marks and scrapes alone. “I want it to have its battle scars,” he said.

Ca. a month ago Mr. Kabbara managed to seal the deal via public funds and travelled to Nashville to hand over the guitar to Frampton. The moment he picked it up he knew it was the same ’54 Gibson Les Paul he almost exclusively had used throughout the 70’ies most notably perhaps on his 1976 breakthrough “Frampton Comes Alive!”. In a phone interview with N.Y. Times Frampton states: “For 30 years, it didn’t exist – it went up in a puff of smoke as far as I was concerned.”. As seen on the picture a clearly very happy Frampton is now reunited with his long lost love. To his webpage Frampton states:

I am still in a state of shock, first off, that the guitar even exists let alone, that it has been returned to me. I know I have my guitar back, but I will never forget the lives that were lost in this crash. I am so thankful for the efforts of those who made this possible…And, now that it is back I am going insure it for 2 million dollars and it’s never going out of my sight again! It was always my #1 guitar and it will be reinstated there as soon as possible — some minor repairs are needed. And, I just can’t wait to get Mark Mariana on the phone.

V&R like to congratulate Frampton for getting his prized possession back after all these years and also send a big thanks to Frank Gross from Thunder Road Guitars for making us aware of this story.

Jeff Buckley Fender Telecaster 1983 For Sale

We are very happy yet a little sad that we now have the honor and privilege of selling Jeff Buckley’s Fender Telecaster 1983.
This Fender Telecaster 1983 was one of Jeff Buckley’s main guitars and he used it throughout his short performing and recording life.
Jeff Buckley was voted the 43rd best singer of all time by the Rolling Stone Magazine.

Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) grew up in California and in 1997 he moved to Tennessee. In Memphis he sadly ended his life, way too soon (at age 30), in a tragic drowning accident while he was waiting for his band members to fly in from New York.
Buckley published his first album “Grace” in 1994 where he among other cover songs made Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” legendary. He toured both in The States, Europe, Asia and Australia with “Grace” and won several awards for the album.
After finishing his tour in 1996, his second album “My Sweetheart the Drunk” started to take form. In 1997 he moved to Memphis where he went back into the studio to start recording. A three week rehearsal was planned. On May the 29th 1997, while waiting for the band to arrive, Buckley went for a swim – fully dressed – in the Wolf River. He had gone swimming there many times before but this time he did not return from his swim. He was caught in the wake of a passing boat.

Despite of his short career many of his critics have called him the most remarkable musical artist of his generation and even today he is a great source of inspiration to musicians all over the world. We are very honored to have this legendary singer-songwriter’s guitar up for sale and exited about the huge interest the Telecaster has already received.

VintageandRare.com – sell instruments onlineWe are very happy yet a little sad that we now have the honor and privilege of selling Jeff Buckley’s Fender Telecaster 1983.
This Fender Telecaster 1983 was one of Jeff Buckley’s main guitars and he used it throughout his short performing and recording life.
Jeff Buckley was voted the 43rd best singer of all time by the Rolling Stone Magazine.

Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) grew up in California and in 1997 he moved to Tennessee. In Memphis he sadly ended his life, way too soon (at age 30), in a tragic drowning accident while he was waiting for his band members to fly in from New York.
Buckley published his first album “Grace” in 1994 where he among other cover songs made Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” legendary. He toured both in The States, Europe, Asia and Australia with “Grace” and won several awards for the album.
After finishing his tour in 1996, his second album “My Sweetheart the Drunk” started to take form. In 1997 he moved to Memphis where he went back into the studio to start recording. A three week rehearsal was planned. On May the 29th 1997, while waiting for the band to arrive, Buckley went for a swim – fully dressed – in the Wolf River. He had gone swimming there many times before but this time he did not return from his swim. He was caught in the wake of a passing boat.

Despite of his short career many of his critics have called him the most remarkable musical artist of his generation and even today he is a great source of inspiration to musicians all over the world. We are very honored to have this legendary singer-songwriter’s guitar up for sale and exited about the huge interest the Telecaster has already received.

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Interview with Dale Rabiner, principal and founder of DHR Music Experience

Hi V&R Friends
Thanks for tuning in on our blog here on VintageandRare and our interview with Dale Rabiner, the founder of DHR Music Experience. DHR Music is an unique company based in Cincinnati, USA, that specializes in retail and promotion of finest instruments from select American boutique custom shops, along with music related sculptures and photographs.

Dale Rabiner, principal and founder of DHR Music Experience. Photo by dhrmusic.com

1. Hello Dale, and thanks for talking to us!  Can you tell us about how you entered the business?
Like many guitar players of the ‘60s, I used to buy and sell guitars via local classified ads, music stores and pawn shops.While in college, I worked part-time for a local guitar dealer,player, and legend by the name of Glenn Hughes- what a character ! Glenn taught me the business from the inside out- he was generous to a fault and a true gentleman. Incidentally, when Glenn passed away, his heirs discovered a hidden cache of unopened boxes containing NOS Fender and Gibson guitars!

2. Can you tell us about what kind of guitars & brands you focus on having in your inventory?
We focus exclusively on what we consider to be the some of the finest makers including Collings Guitars, Benedetto Guitars, Grosh Guitars,and a few select other makers. In Amplifiers we carry Carr Amps, Genz Benz, Hendriksen Amps, 

Kendick amps, and several others. Keyboard brands we carry include Hammond/Suzuki organs, Kurzweil pianos and Moog synths.

3. Do you sell/ship a lot abroad?
Increasingly, international sales have become a large segment of our business. This is primarily due to the fact that while we are not the largest Left Hand dealer, we are considered to be the finest Left Hand dealer worldwide.In addition, many of our non-US clients tell us that we are easier to deal with than their local stores.

4. What makes the Benedetto-guitars so special to you?
Since Benedetto Guitars first began their Savannah Georgia shop, we have sold more Benedetto guitars than all other dealers combined.! No other jazz guitar maker has been able to offer their price/quality.More recently, we are finding a number of other makers that are strong competitors.

Benedetto Americana is just one of the few specialized brands, DHR Music is offering. Photo by dhrmusic.com

5. Your use of ‘music endorsers’ is a bit unusual. What were your thoughts concerning this way of advertising?
Our endorsers have been terrific spokespersons for DHR, especially our young lefthand players who serve as role models for other lefthand youngsters who are trying to cope with being forced to switch to righthand playing. In addition, we also have some terrific right hand players who are real comers in our opinion.

6. What are you looking for, when ‘recruiting’ music endorsers?
Energetic,talented, diverse players who share our passion for music ! We would love to find a talented female guitarist as well as a few select keyboardists.

7. How does this way of promoting your business help you as a dealer?
The use of endorsers is nothing new- it has  proven its marketing effectiveness for decades ! We simply have put a bit of a twist on the concept-most endorsers represent a specific brand, while DHR endorsers represent the brands we carry as a retailer.

Ruokangas Guitars – interview

Next one up in our series of interviews with luthiers is Juha Ruokangas, who for the last 16 years has been an increasingly inspiring player on the guitar building-scene. Vintageandrare.com had a chat with Juha about the qualities of their unique wood and Ruokangas way of advertising for themselves.

Juha Ruokangas – Photo by Ruokangas.com

1. Hello Juha, and thanks for wanting to talk to us!  What made you enter the business?
As a teen I was supposed to become a rockstar – what else! My musician career didn’t pick up the way I hoped so I was kind of drifting around for a couple of years. This was in the beginning of 1990′s – no internet or even cellphones yet invented. I had been repairing guitars a bit since I was a young guy but it just never occurred to me that this could be a profession – until I accidentally heard about this small school in Finland where you can learn to be a luthier / guitarmaker. I applied and got in – and I knew immediately that I had found my true calling. This is my labor of love, truly. And now more than ever I feel I’m on the right path, as the company has grown to a very comfortable size, we’re 5 persons all together and everyone of us enjoys what we’re doing.

2. How did you come up with the idea for your very clever online guitar builder?
I started making guitars for a living in 1995, and I noticed very soon that one of the biggest problems was how to communicate with the customer about all possible options we can offer – and once the option lists were presented, in many cases the result was that the customer was literally paralyzed – so many options, how can the customer be sure to pick the right combination when there’s no chance to even see how it will look like. So I did like everybody else, kept building guitars, and my early website photo galleries grew slowly bigger. And of course I noticed that players are ordering guitars many times on basis what they saw in the galleries – and this was bugging me, cause I knew they would order a wider variety of colors and other specs – if they just knew that they could! So I started a huge website project in 2002 with a great graphics designer and he built me the Mark I of the guitar builder. It was nowhere near as complex a system as what we have now, but it did give us a head start. Now we have the Mark II guitar builder online and it works beautifully. We even published a little iPhone app guitar builder sort of as a teaser of the fully blooded system on our website.

3. How was the first guitar you ever made?
I was told by my teachers that a good start in learning this profession is to learn building what’s already out there. That way you learn the basics, the existing techniques, constructions etc. So I started with a strat replica. I’ve built quite a few of various kinds of replicas in the early days of my career. Stratocasters, Telecasters, Les Pauls etc.

4. Which instrument has made you most proud?

There are so many. Every one of them still feels quite special to me, but of course every now and then there’s something that’s pops out. I’m very proud of the first Unicorn guitar I built. Not only the guitar, but the whole documentation of the design process in the YouTube videos we made. It enabled me to show in detail why my guitars are special. I hadn’t realized the power of videos before that really. Nowadays we do a lot of videos, it’s a great way to be transparent to the clientele.

Ruokangas HQ – Photo from Ruokangas.com

5. What has been your biggest challenge?
I would say that the whole process of starting the business and striving to be the best I ever can – now there’s a big challenge! I’m such a hopeless, romantic idealist that sometimes it drives everybody at the shop crazy. I love to finetune endlessly the whole concept of what ‘Ruokangas Guitars’ is about – and sometimes this happens at the expense of forgetting that we need to sell guitars all the time to survive financially!

6. What made you pick the Arctic Birch for some of your guitars? What is it’s features?
This was a coincidence. I got a piece of beautifully flamed birch from a friend and it was laying around at the shop for quite a while. Then I ended up using the piece on one of the Duke guitars 1999. I completely fell in love with the tone and the unique looks – flamed but not in the same way as maple. Since then I’ve come a long way. The birch we use is quite difficult to find since it’s not such an organized business as revolves around maple in the North America. I can’t call any wood broker for AAA flamed birch tops. I need to go to the sawmills, pick the trees standing up and so on – all totally from scratch. The use of Finnish Arctic Birch has become our most distinct trademark on the market, and I’m really proud of it. Structurally, Finnish Arctic birch is very close to maple. The weight and color are similar to maple as well. The flamed figuration is usually “wilder” than maple. I prefer the birch tone over maple, especially when used in a combination with our other trademark wood, the Spanish Cedar.

The raucous Ruokangas rockers – Photo by www.ruokangas.com

7. Do you feel it as an advantage having so vast amounts of beautiful timber close at hand, being Finnish?
I feel really proud of being able to offer some domestic wood species in my guitars. In some ways it’s an advantage, but also a challenge, knowing how conservative the business is. It’s not so easy to break through with a non-traditional material in this business. I’ve worked on it for nearly 16 years now and only during the last few years I feel the work has started to pay off, as the guitar enthusiasts have seen me around long enough doing what I do.

8. What is your favourite stage of manufacturing a guitar?
The devil is in the details. I love working on the intricate details and to make everything perfect. I don’t mean necessarily an inlay work or anything as striking as that. It could be just the fretboard edge, fret end, nut bone – or whatever detail. Building guitars can be a very “therapeutic” profession – you start building a guitar, and one day not in the too distant future you get it ready – it’s a very rewarding process mentally.

Juha and his work – Photo by www.ruokangas.com

9. What are your ambitions on behalf of Ruokangas?
It’s interesting that even though Emma (my wife) and I work together in the company, we also share our hobbies – so we’re basically never apart! 🙂 We’re both music enthusiasts – we have a rock band called Tadalang – I play the guitar and Emma sings. My brother plays the bass and we have also another guitarist and of course drums. We’re gigging locally and having fun. I love motorbikes too. Rest of the time is more or less family stuff, nice and cosy.