Investing in Vintage Electric Guitars

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 3:34 AM


In the current world of investing for the future, one sure way to beat inflation and devaluation of the bond market is to put your money in vintage electric guitars. The demand for original flying v or Paul McCartney left handed guitars continues to rise in spite of recessions.

Especially in demand are vintage Gibson hollow-body, Fender's vintage sunburst Stratocaster and vintage Fender guitar amplifiers. Nostalgia for early rock is only one reason for the high valuation of vintage guitars and accompanying guitar equipment. The main reason demand is so high for vintage guitars is the sound they produce is as unique as the instrument itself.

Decades ago, when vintage guitars were new, the technology to produce them was in its early stages and many of the electric pick-ups had to be hand-wound or if they were machine made, each was just a little different. A few less strands of wire in the pick-ups caused a little different sound. The bodies were not completely uniform either, making the sound-box on each just a little different from the next guitar being made. As a result, each guitar was just a little unique. Additionally, over time, the electronics degraded a little causing even more difference and variation from instrument to instrument.

Original Fender guitar amplifiers were made with tubes and not with current "solid-state" circuitry. Tubed amps, like Fender and Epiphone vintage amplifiers had unique sounds which cannot be made with the cleaner Marshall or Yamaha solid-state amplifiers on the market today. Those with good ears can tell a guitarist playing vintage guitars and on vintage amplifiers.

When buying a vintage guitar or vintage amplifier, look for low Fender serial numbers on the back of the body. Review serial number ranges from web-sites of Fender, Epiphone, Gibson, Jackson, and Yamaha to find when the vintage guitar you are considering was made. Knowing as much about your investment will assure its continued increase in value.

Vintage Guitars as an Investment

One sure way to beat inflation and present devaluation of the bond market to invest for the future is to put your money in vintage electric guitars. Paul McCartney left handed guitars and original flying v guitars will have demand in spite of recessions.

Vintage Gibson hollow-body, Fender's vintage sunburst Stratocaster and vintage Fender guitar amplifiers are especially in demand. The high valuation of vintage guitars and accompanying guitar equipment is not just driven by nostalgia for early rock. The unique sound produced by vintage guitars is the main reason demand is so high for older guitars.

Each guitar was just a little bit different when these vintage guitars were made decades ago and the technology to produce them was in its early stages. Many of the electric pick-ups were hand-wound, or if they were machine-made, just a little different from the next. If the pick-ups had a few less strands of wire, the sound would be just a little different. Sound boxes as part of the bodies were not made exactly uniform either, making the guitars sound just a little different from same product lines making each guitar just a little unique. Finally, the electronics degraded over time causing each instrument to be a little different from the next.

Marshall and Yamaha solid-state amplifiers on the market today are cleaner, unlike original Fender guitar amplifiers which were made with tubes. Fender and Epiphone tubed vintage amplifiers had tonal qualities that are prized because they are not "clean", but sound unique. Guitarists playing vintage guitars and vintage amplifiers can be identified by those with good ears.

Look for low Fender serial numbers on the back of the body when buying a vintage guitar or vintage amplifier. Web-sites of Fender, Epiphone, Gibson, Jackson Guitars and Yamaha vintage guitars will guide you to when a specific vintage serial number occurred which will help you in your purchase as to when it was made and possibly for whom. In order to be sure your investment will continue to increase in value, know as much as possible before making the decision to buy a vintage electric guitar.




In these uncertain times invest and have a ton of fun to boot. Vintage Gibson guitars are an excellent way to beat that hedge. Not only is it profitable but also fun to own commemorative and rare electric guitars.

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