Sunburst Les Paul, mint, $4500. Maple-neck Strats, $1000 and up. Flying V’s slashed to $3300; cash only. Will trade Explorer for late-model Oldsmobile.
One thing that all the old guitars in this hypothetical advertisement have in common is that they used to list for about $250. What’s going on? Why does someone trade in an armload of new guitars for a single old one? Why do some Les Pauls have virtually no pure “collector’s value” while others are worth 20 times their original price? Are old instruments really better? Which ones? Why, and why not? Is the dusty old guitar under your bed a potential gold mine, or just a dusty old guitar? This article will answer some of these questions, present opinions on others, and examine the interactions of buyers and sellers, instruments and prices, fads and trends…
Shown in the following pictures:
- Larry Henrikson brought hundreds of guitars to the Dallas show: here’s one corner of his exhibit.
- Sunburst Les Paul Standard; note tiger striping.
- 1934 Martin 000-45
- D’Angelico Excel arch-top acoustic
- Bart Wittrock (L) and Dave Wintz represented Houston’s Rockin’ Robin at the Dallas Guitar Show.
- Gene Witte’s Danelectro Longhorn bass features concentric tone and volume knobs
- SG / Les Paul Standard, circa 1960
- 1958 Gibson Flying V
- 1924 Gibson L-5 arch-top steel-string
- Gibson’s first Les Paul, the 1952 gold-top
- Ed Seelig’s Style 2 National tri-plate (with three resonating sound cones) from the early ’30s.
- 1955 Fender Precision Bass
1979 Vintage Guitar Market 16-Page Article available at www.GuitarPulp.com