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Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by Graffiti Yellow, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Graffiti Yellow

    Graffiti Yellow Member

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    I am in the market for a vintage Strat. Hoping 1965 or earlier depending what I find. I am going to need to travel to do some looking. Wondering what the best guitar city in North America is?
     
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    paulbearer Supporting Member

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    You won't find a strat, but, Paracho!
     
  3. Sloop John B

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    Travel???
    What happened to picking up the phone and checking websites.

    They're are plenty of places and I bet you'd find a nice one in no time.
     
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    It may not be what it used to be, but between Rivington, Southside, Rudy's, and the back room at the GC on 14th, I think NY still makes a good showing if you want vintage gear.
     
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  7. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    That’s my feeling as well.. find one you’re interested in then travel to see it in person.
     
  8. Graffiti Yellow

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    Can’t play play it, hold it or see it. Not a big fan of leaving a purchase like this in the hands of a courier as well.
     
  9. Sloop John B

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    In my experience, shops like Rivington and Southside mainly deal in stuff like mid-60s Offsets, 70s Les Pauls & Strats, Les Paul Jrs, etc., with the occasional pre-CBS Fender that’s been refinished and / or routed out. Not that that’s a bad thing, but by the OP’s tone, I got the impression that he was looking for a real deal no-nonsense pre-CBS Strat.

    With Mandolin Bros gone, if i we’re going to go anywhere in NYC for such an instrument, it’d probably be Retrofret or Rudy’s, but there’s certainly no guarantees that either would have that kind of thing in hand at any given time (there are definitely shops in the US that would).
     
  10. tealsixtysix

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    Yep, fair point. Retrofret might be worth a call.
     
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  11. 27sauce

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    Nashville.

    But...LA has been pretty good over the last couple of years. You might have to beat some bushes, though.

    In the same regard, Austin.
     
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  12. EricStratton

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    True. Austin or Nashville. Be patient or you'll pay a premium there, too.
     
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    Seemed to me that I saw a lot more vintage fender in California than I've seen in other cities. Amps and guitars. Made sense to me, as fender kinda catered to the west coast sounds for the first decade or three, plus that's where they've always built them. Haven't been to Nashville though, so I could be wrong.
     
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    Los Angeles. Norman's Rare Guitars in Reseda. You can talk to Norm or Mark on the phone about their inventory, and if you can afford the time and the money you might want to come to LA and hang out at the shop for a few hours trying and comparing guitars to decide on what you like. The price might be high and it might also be negotiable to a degree, but you will have a choice of fine vintage instruments and you will get what you want.
     
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    Nashville if your hankerin' for a nice trip.

    Wonderful town.

    Eddie
     
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    I was in Rudy's today. 4 or 5 very nice old (and very expensive) Strats.
     
  18. deytookerjaabs

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    Nashville is the most overpriced market in the country...bar none, even when it comes to premier vintage pieces.


    No thanks, then you've got 10% sales tax unless it's a back door style deal.


    Even gear in my category is a joke in terms of pricing.....used R7's and plain top R8's start at $4500 and R9's even higher. I've seen some prices on 70's stuff that'd make you **** your pants when compared to the market at large. Once in a while you find something priced at fair market but when you do you better buy it ASAP 'cause normal prices fly off the shelves here.


    You have to understand that when you look at the parking lot at Gruhn's/Carter's/RumbleSeat etc so many of those plates are out of state and many of those folks traveled here with change to spare fully intent on buying a guitar. This town is a guitar tourist trap if there ever was one.


    If I were you I'd hit guitar shows first and foremost then get to know a few vintage dealers around the country, lots of good guys out there which will hook you up with bonafide gear at fair value. When you save 5 grand on that '63 strat that amount of money could do a lot of good elsewhere while you still get to live the dream!
     
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    Dave Hinson at Killer Vintage in St.Louis is worth checking.
     
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    There are quite a few reputable dealers here in SoCal who have some nice ones, but you will have to shell out some serious ducats to take one home.
     

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