Posts Tagged ‘vintage’
Walking through the Fender/Gretsch booth at NAMM this year, I noticed someone standing by wall full of beautiful Gretsch guitars. Wait- is that him? Would Fred Gretsch really be here? Hanging out at the booth? Yep. That was him. I asked Mr. Gretsch to show me the newest things Gretsch has been cooking up and he pointed me right to the new Roots Collection they were previewing at NAMM. Set to launch in May 2012, this lineup of instruments is being built to vintage specs. “We are making these guitars using the original recipes” Mr. Gretsch explained.
Richard Gere is selling of his collection of vintage guitars. Its an impressive collection featuring many early century Martin and Gibson models. I would love a small-body Martin from the 30′s, but I would settle for the ’53 Telecaster as well. Doesn’t someone owe me about $50k? I need it back. Which is your favorite? http://www.christies.com/features/auctions/1011/richard-gere/ Gere sat down with G.E. Smith (?) and the dude from Christies to discuss some of pieces of his collection
It helps that the guitar was made in 1835, and that it is almost 100% original. Oh, and also the former owner was Mark Twain. Twain was a prolific traveler, exploring the early Western territory, the Pacific Islands, and across the Atlantic. He reportedly brought this guitar along on many of his travels. More info can be seen at theMoMI.org, an online museum of musical instruments