Vintage Guitar Magazine - this is Vintage Guitar 101 and all neophytes are advised to start here. Of course, my favorite part is Michael Wright's "Different Strummer" column, which covers the history of all those wild, wacky off-brand instruments in elaborate detail. VG has also published several of my own articles over the years, some of which can be found on this site.

The Blue Book - if you're serious about buying and selling used guitars, the Blue Book provides the most detailed pricing, dating and identification info. Much of it is available online for free. Their information on Jolana and some other Eastern Bloc guitars are courtesy of yours truly.

GuitarHQ - a nice all-around mainstream vintage guitar site. All the standard Gibson and Fender type stuff, plus some other interesting odds and ends.

MIMF - the Musical Instrument Makers Forum is a goldmine of information about materials, construction and repair techniques, including a gallery of unique custom built guitars that range from inept to incredible. If you need professional advice about repairing your old guitar, this is the place to ask.

Ducks Deluxe - an excellent resource, lots of serial number info for many brands of guitars.

Jedi Star - Here's a site that tries to document every single guitar brand in existence, including at least one obscurity that I shared with them.



Cheesy Guitars - a true kindred spirit, Meatex has created a wonderful site dedicated to all those unplayable Russian and Eastern European guitars. He was also nice enough to give me credit for naming his site and helping him out with information initially. We were originally going to do this project together, but decided that two sites are better than one. Go visit Meatex and tell him Big Beat says "hi". - the number one resource for fans of Soviet era instruments. This is THE place to go for information about Eastern Bloc guitars. The forum is in Russian, but many of the regulars do speak English and there is an English language section. - an excellent site about some of the lesser known vintage guitars produced in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Lots of pictures and vintage catalog scans, including some of mine that I have shared with them.

My Rare Guitars - a nice collection of cheesy offbeat axes by a very hip collector and head of Eastwood guitars. Vintage Normas, Ekos and Dominos galore, plus some great modern reissues of cheesy classics. I have collaborated with Eastwood on their Ovation GP and Tonika re-issues.

Fetish Guitars - a fabulous site about Eko, Wandre, Galanti and other Italian guitars of the 60's. Both visually stunning and very informative, it is an absolute marvel.

Lordbizarre's Electric Guitar & Amp Museum - the name says it all. This collector and friend from Belgium has put some seriously weird axes on display for your viewing pleasure.

21 Frets - this site chronicles some really cool restoration projects, plus all about the JV Squiers.

Guitare Collection - A wacky French site that showcases some totally bizarre Euro junk guitars, including a couple of Soviet ones.

Schlaggitarren - a great source of info on vintage German guitar brands.

Jazzgitarren - all about vintage German archtops.

German Vintage Guitar - even more vintage German guitars.

Guitarz Blogspot - cool vintage guitar blog that has documented at least one of my guitars.

MIJ 60s Guitars - good info on various MIJs plus a great history of Teisco.

Japanese Manufacturers 1960 - 1980 - want to know who built your MIJ guitar?

Drowning In Guitars - Frank Meyers wrote the book on Japanese guitars. Literally.



Ampeg - Vintage Ampeg Scroll Basses
Aria - Guitar Gallery
Burns - Burns Guitar Museum
Carvin - Carvin Museum
Defil - Defil Vintage
Eko - Fetish Guitars
Galanti - Fetish Guitars
Goya - Goya Guitars
Hagstrom - Haskin's Hagstroms, Hagstrom UK, Official Hagstrom Site
Harmony - Hillman Guitars
Heartfield - Heartfield Central
Hofner - Guitar HQ, Vintage Hofner
Hopf - Hopf Guitars
Ibanez - Vintage Ibanez Museum, Ibanez Collector's World
Jolana - Jolana Info
Ovation - Ovation Fan Club, Ovation Tribute Page
Samick - Shergold Guitars
Teisco - Teisco Twangers, Teisco History
Tokai - Tokai Registry
Vantage - Guitar Gallery
Vermona - Vermona
Vox - Vox Showroom
Watkins - Watkins Guitars


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