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Fender Custom Shop 1965 Stratocaster Closet Classic MOD Faded 3-Tone Sunburst http://goo.gl/XVhJhi #Fender #stratocaster

'55, '54 and '55 goldtops from Drew Berlin

Good things come in fours! Not the catchiest (or most-heard!) phrase, but it’s certainly true in this shot of a ’57 Stratocaster in Dakota Red with anodized pickguard perched next to a ’62 Strat in Olympic White and leaning on a “brownface” Concert Amp that also “supports” a vintage Shure 55-series microphone. Have a great photo of a guitar or a shot of your collection and would like to share with us? Email your photo to doug@vintageguitar.com subject: VG Facebook and it could appear as one of our daily Facebook post. Photos are submitted with the understanding that they may be used in any VG, Inc. project.

In their time, Gibson’s Les Paul Junior, Melody Maker, and single-pickup ES-330 models were designed for the budget-conscious. Same with Fender’s amps, like this “TV-front.” Today, though, players and collectors alike are especially fond of them. Go to http://www.vintageguitar.com/hall-of-fame/ to Vote for your favorite artists in this year's Vintage Guitar Hall of Fame and you will have a chance to win a Dr Z. Z Wreck combo worth $2,999!

In the December issue (distributed in October) we profile a ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard that, on special order, was factory-finished in black over a gorgeous flamey top. It's a great bit of history, and makes us wonder: What is your favorite ‘oddball’ collectible guitar, and why?

In full Western dress, Gretsch’s 6130 Roundup was top gun of the company's solidbody Jet line and rather than fancy sparkle or black finish, it carried over certain trademark elements from the company's best-selling 6120 series of hollowbody guitars. Read the whole story at http://www.vintageguitar.com/15809/the-gretsch-round-up/ SAVE $5.00 AND GET FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S. WHEN PRE-ORDERING THE 2015 PRICE GUIDE BEFORE OCT. 14th http://www.vintageguitar.com/price-guide/

Gibson Flying Vs, in formation: a ’71 Medallion, a ’78, another ’71 Medallion, and a ’76. Go to http://www.vintageguitar.com/freeDigital/ and get a FREE digital version of the current issue of Vintage Guitar and an AWSOME subscription offer!

In the late ’50s, Fender began offering custom colors. What’s your favorite? Go to http://www.vintageguitar.com/freeDigital/ and get a FREE digital version of the current issue of Vintage Guitar and a AMAZING subscription offer!

It can be argued that Leo Fender’s greatest innovation was the electric bass. When the Precision Bass was introduced, the term “Fender bass” became the common reference to any electric bass, regardless of builder. It revolutionized the way the bass was played and sounded. This Precision is from 1954. GET YOUR FREE ENHANCED DIGITAL EDITION OF THE CURRENT VINTAGE GUITAR NOW! The whole thing! No catches, no strings attached, just plain free. TELL YOUR FRIENDS, they can also get it free! Simply go here http://www.vintageguitar.com/freedigital/

Gibson introduced the “futuristic” Explorer in 1958. Its bizarre shape and African limba (in the lumber trade it was called “Korina”) body were intended to add an “ahead of its time” vibe to the company’s product line. But, customers shied away and only 19 were shipped that first year (this is one of them), followed by a mere three in ’59. Gibson reintroduced the Explorer in ’75 with a mahogany body. GET YOUR FREE ENHANCED DIGITAL EDITION OF THE CURRENT VINTAGE GUITAR NOW! The whole thing! No catches, no strings attached, just plain FREE. TELL YOUR FRIENDS, they can also get it FREE! Simply go here http://www.vintageguitar.com/freedigital/

In 1959, Fender introduced a dressed-up version of the Telecaster. The Telecaster Custom had a bound body, a sunburst (or custom-color) finish, and a three-ply pickguard. This is from the first year of production. Check out the great gear of our readers, in the FREE ENHANCED DIGITAL EDITION OF VINTAGE GUITAR! TELL YOUR FRIENDS, they can also get it free! Simply go here http://www.vintageguitar.com/freedigital/

Buckcherry’s Keith Nelson calls this ’59 Les Paul Standard “Louis,” and he discusses it in the free digital issue of Vintage Guitar available here http://www.vintageguitar.com/freedigital/

When introduced in 1950, the CF-100 was Gibson’s first cutaway flat-top. A year later, the CF-100 E, with a P-90 pickup, became Gibson’s first acoustic/electric. Both versions have a bound spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. The CF-100 E shown here is from 1958, the last year both models were offered. $9.95 DIGITAL OR $19.95 PRINT SUBSCRIPTION TO VINTAGE GUITAR! Facebook friends save $5.00 off a regular subscription. Go here: https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribe.aspx?guid=033f28ee-c4f5-4678-841a-74a18034cdc9

Gibson’s Les Paul Junior was designed and built as an affordable alternative to the company's high-end Les Paul solidbodies. Introduced in 1954 as a basic one-pickup single-cut, it was offered in sunburst and this “limed mahogany,” which has always been more commonly known as TV Yellow. In ’56, Gibson began offering the TV Model, separating it from Juniors with other finishes. This one is from ’57. 3 ISSUES FREE!! The free Vintage Guitar magazine app on iTunes gives you 3 recent digital issues of the mag free and is a great way to buy single issues and subscriptions! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vintage-guitar-magazine/id703168127?mt=8&uo=4

In the current issue of Vintage Guitar mag, Joe Bonamassa gives us a “tour” of his collection, which includes “Spot,” one of his vintage Gibson Les Paul Standards. “There’s an obvious sonic difference between it and any other guitar I own. It’s the only ’Burst I have that has its [pickup] covers popped off, and when people hear it, it’s game over. A great guitar and a true road dog. Never been broken, just lovingly played for a long time.” Learn more about the issue here http://www.vintageguitar.com/current-issue/

In the current issue of Vintage Guitar mag, we get a look at the guitars and amps of Anson Funderburgh, including this, his trademark ’57 Fender Strat. When he bought the guitar for “top dollar ” from its original owner in 1975, his father tried to dissuade him, saying, “I think that one there’s about wore out.” Check out the July issue with Anson’s collection and much more at http://www.vintageguitar.com/current-issue/

Beginning in the early 1950s, Fender accepted orders for guitars with custom finishes, but the concept of “standardized” custom colors was put forth in ’57 by George Fullterton, the company’s Production Manager, who had a paint store mix a few samples until they came up with one he envisioned. Fender was developing the Jazzmaster model at the time, and Fullerton applied the paint (which he called “Fullerton Red” but was later dubbed Fiesta Red) to one of them. “The sales staff laughed when it was introduced, but I had the last laugh,” Fullerton said in a 1990 interview with Vintage Guitar. “The best example of the success of the custom-color instruments was in Great Britain, where Fiesta Red instruments were enormously popular.” Tim Page sent this photo of Fullerton’s historic Jazzmaster. “[It’s] one of the coolest guitars I ever had the pleasure to hold,” he said. “It was part of George’s collection and there’s a lot of history in it, from the neck with prototype vulcanized fiber fretboard – which looks like ebony and was fitted in 1961 – to the body color. And it sounds like no other Jazzmaster. It was played at George’s memorial in 2009.” Values Are Up! The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2014 is now available! $29.95 with Free Shipping in the U.S. http://www.vintageguitar.com/price-guide/

Gibson’s first line of post-World-War-II amps, introduced in 1946, included the lower-end BR-6. It originally used a twin-triode 6SL7 in the preamp, 5Y3 rectifier, and two 6V6 tubes in the power section, but this second-generation example, from 1953, used a 6SJ7 preamp tube. Log on at http://www.vintageguitar.com/giveaway-i/ and register for your chance to win a DiPinto Belvedere Jr. which retails for $802 and don't forget to sign up for our FREE VG Overdrive, Signal Chain, and Acoustic e-mail newsletters!

The White Falcon is the classiest of the Gretsch line and has been played by everyone from jazzer Jimmie Webster to rockers like the Cult’s Billy Duffy and the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain. Pictured here is a ’58. $9.95 DIGITAL OR $19.95 PRINT SUBSCRIPTION TO VINTAGE GUITAR! Facebook friends save $5.00 off a regular subscription. Go here: https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribe.aspx?guid=033f28ee-c4f5-4678-841a-74a18034cdc9

Early Fender “woody” amps like this ’46 Professional have a vibe that hints at the great amps to follow. Plus, the Volume knob goes to 12! The Kindle edition of The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide - Guitars and Basses 2014 is now available for $19.95 http://www.vintageguitar.com/price-guide/

Many players argue that single-pickup guitars like this ’59 Fender Esquire are the ultimate hotrod solidbodies. What it lacks in tonal versatility versus the two-pickup Tele, it makes up for in pizazz; with the selector in the lead/bridge position, the Tone control is bypassed, giving a loud, snarly tone. In the rhythm/neck position, the circuit engages a treble-roll-off cap, which darkens the tone and decreases output. This one weighs six pounds, three ounces. Log on at http://www.vintageguitar.com/giveaway-i/ and register for your chance to win a DiPinto Belvedere Jr. which retails for $802 and don't forget to sign up for our FREE VG Overdrive, Signal Chain, and Acoustic e-mail newsletters!

Gibson launched its thinline guitars in 1955, when it introduced the Byrdland, ES-350T, and ES-225T. All are wonderful instruments, but three years later, Gibson added what would arguably prove to be the most popular thinline – the ES-335TD. This ’58 has the factory-option Bigsby. Facebook friends, you can get a Digital subscription to Vintage Guitar magazine ANYWHERE on the planet for only $9.95! https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribe.aspx?guid=033f28ee-c4f5-4678-841a-74a18034cdc9

How about ending the work week with a 1961 Shell Pink Fender Stratocaster? DIFFERENT ARTICLES EVERY DAY on Vintage Guitar magazine’s website homepage! Vintage guitars and amps, artist interviews, new product reviews and the best in new guitar music – EVERY DAY! http://www.vintageguitar.com/

Another single-pickup kicker! From 1957, a Gibson Les Paul Junior. SAVE $5.00 AND GET FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S. WHEN PRE-ORDERING THE 2015 PRICE GUIDE BEFORE OCT. 14th http://www.vintageguitar.com/price-guide/

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One of the true classics; from 1957, a Gibson Les Paul goldtop. SAVE $5.00 AND GET FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S. WHEN PRE-ORDERING THE 2015 PRICE GUIDE BEFORE OCT. 14th http://www.vintageguitar.com/price-guide/