A closer look at collecting and playing vintage guitars



Where's the fun in perfect? If you buy a mint or even near mint vintage guitar, what can you do with it? Unless you can afford a roadie to protect your instrument, you can’t risk taking it out and playing it because it might get damaged.  If you hang it on the wall and draw attention to it, it might get stolen.  

All you can do is take it out of the case from time to time to play it gently or show it to your friends or just to look at it.  Or you could leave it locked away in some vault while you wait for it to go up in value. That’s the sensible way to collect, it can be financially rewarding but the fun is in the finding and owning, not the playing.


If you want a vintage guitar to play, your choice is a lot broader.  

An all-original, popular but well-worn guitar from a top maker can be enjoyed as a player and still be a good investment.

An old guitar that is not fashionable can still be a good guitar and fun to play.  

A refinished, repaired or modified instrument can be half the price of one that is clean and all original, sometimes less.  It can still sound and look and feel as good and you can take it to gigs, play it and enjoy it. It should still appreciate, but not as spectacularly as the all-original classic.