The vintage guitar market has really exploded in the last 10 years. In fact, Les Paul bursts from 1958 and 1959 have been sold at prices of $500K to collectors recently. Wow.
Vintage Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters from the early 60s are regularly listed on eBay and through vintage guitar stores at prices sometimes nearing $50K. Wow again.
It’s hard to justify bringing a valuable guitar out to a gig, or on tour. What would you do if your ’63 sunburst Strat suddenly went missing, or got damaged?
Enter some very capable guitar builders who have taken a love of vintage look and tone, and created a viable business around recreating these awesome guitars. And Fat Tone Guitars is a dealer for three of these makers.
A common thread that ties these 3 makers together is the look–and more importantly–the feel of a well played guitar. When you look at a relic’d T-Style guitar the first thing that hits you is the distressed look. But these guitars are sold and played based on FEEL, not look. The best relic is one that plays easily; one that instantly is familiar, like the best friend you haven’t seen in a couple years.
The best relics are guitars that invoke deja vu–you feel like you’ve played them before and your fingers know where to go.
Nash Guitars out of Seattle, K-Line Guitars out of St. Louis and RAM Guitars out of Illinois are three guitar makers you should get to know. Check them out–better yet, come in to Fat Tone Guitars and play one.