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Collecting Vintage Guitars – A Beginner’s Guide

Collecting Vintage guitars is not only a great investment but also a unique piece of history that can be treasured for generations. We love seeing beautiful guitars made by Gibson and Fender at estate sales in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, or Olympia. If you are new to the world of vintage guitars and want to start your collection, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Here is a beginner's guide to collecting vintage guitars.

Determine your Budget

Before you start collecting vintage guitars, it's important to determine your budget. Vintage guitars can range from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars, so we recommend you set a realistic budget that you can comfortably afford and stick to it.

Do your Research

Once you have determined your budget, start researching the different types of vintage guitars that are available. Learn about the different brands, models, and years that are most sought after by collectors. Read books, watch videos, and attend events to get more knowledge about vintage guitars.

Decide Your Focus

There are many different types of vintage guitars, including acoustic, electric, archtop, and hollowbody guitars. Decide on the type of guitar you want to collect and focus on that. You can also narrow down your collection focus by brand, model, or year.

Player or Collector

You need to decide if you want to use the guitars you collect, or if you want them on display. If you want to collect, your priories will include finding a guitar that is as near to its original state as possible. If you want to play your guitar, the sound will be a priority.


The condition of the guitar is an important factor to consider when collecting vintage guitars. Look for guitars that are in good condition, with minimal wear and tear.

You should also be aware of any major modifications or repairs made to the guitar. Many players want to find a guitar that is practically the same as it was the day it left the factory. But you should prioritize finding a guitar that sounds great.


One of the biggest challenges when collecting vintage guitars is ensuring their authenticity. Be aware of counterfeit guitars and always buy from reputable dealers who can provide proof of authenticity. Check out this blog from Sam Ash How to Identify Fake Guitars. It provides a good overview of how to spot a fake.

A Rare Find

The rarity of the guitar can greatly impact its value. Look for guitars that were produced in limited quantities, or that were only produced for a short period of time. This can make them more valuable and sought after by collectors.


Proper storage is essential when collecting vintage guitars. Invest in a good storage solution that will protect the guitar from damage and deterioration. Avoid storing guitars in areas with high humidity, extreme temperatures, or direct sunlight.

Vintage guitars are a wonderful item to collect and enjoy. If you are looking to start your collection or add something new, check out our upcoming estate sales.


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