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Turn On, Tune In and Rock Out! Vintage-style guitars at Dolphin

Published: Mon July 14, 2008  News Feed

Many rock'n'roll fans consider the 50's and the 60's as a golden era for rock music. No wonder...besides all the fantastic artists who were making music at the time, some of the finest guitars were made then.

Thankfully, some of the world's finest guitar manufacturers today still make fine reissue models, perfect for the guitarists who want to play vintage-like instruments but don't want to pay the vintage prices!



Danelectro has two superb models that will leave the retro-loving guitarists drooling on their amps: the Danelectro '63 Baritone and the Danelectro DC '59.

The Dano '63 replicates the 60’s era guitars with its Lipstick pickups that are hot and sweet and sonically accurate to the originals. The upgraded tuners and bridges make this guitar as fun to play as it is to listen to. Great for trash garage rock, but any pro player will also find much to like about it.

Even more exciting, is the reissue of the Classic Danelectro DC 59.

The Danelectro DC 59 certainly made it's mark in history, as it was a favourite amongst players as diverse as Syd Barret and Jimmy Page.


This is probably Danelectro's best known guitar, and it's as cool and delicious to play today as it was when Danelectro first introduced it.

Glossless finish paintwork, matt finish hardware and tinted shellac lacquer applied over the cream-coloured parts really underlines the vintage retro appeal of these excellent guitars. The semi-hollow Masonite body with adhesive tape edging (though there's no body 'seam' to hide under the tape nowadays), the giant 'seal' scratchplate, the cool revised styling of the famous 'coke bottle' headstock shape - arguably one of the best


The Fender Mustang was introduced by Fender in 1964, and slowly, but surely, it became a popular and very sought-after item. This guitar, with its unique, extremely direct tremolo arm and fast action, would turn out to be a cult guitar in the 1990s thanks to bands such as Sonic Youth, Blur and Nirvana - the Fender Mustang was Kurt Cobain's favourite guitar.

This is an edgier single coil guitar than a Stratocaster, a guitar that can instantly either ooze a 60's retro vibe, or alt-rock coolness. Dolphin Music has a great offer on the new, reissue Fender '65 Mustangs: only £499, a total saving of £200.99 off SRP!

And, if you want the real deal, get excited! We have an original 1969 Fender Mustang in red. It looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, plays fantastic and has the matching headstock. The body proudly displays a few scars not uncommon for a vintage guitar of this age.


Really friendly guitar and easily the best player of all the Mustangs we've encountered vintage or otherwise. Highly collectable year and finish, especially with the fantastic matching headstock as it's really RARE, not to mention cool as hell.

Guitarists looking for a great-sounding, great-looking and affordable Fender Stratocaster, need look no further than the Classic Player series.

Designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka, those guitars offer outstanding value for money. The 50's Shoreline Gold model reminded us of Dick Dale's trademark guitar, and is a must for surf music fans who want to have that biting and clean guitar sound.

At £419, the 60's Classic Player Strat is still a great value offer, for those who prefer Rosewood necks.

Also recommended:

Squier Classic Vibe Series. Coming soon to Dolphin, those guitars take Squier to another level, with the beautiful 50's Telecaster and the cool Duo-Sonic promising to become some of the best, and most popular, Squier guitars ever! Read More...

Vintage V100 ICON Series - Lemon Drop. This guitar, inspired by legendary Peter Green's "out of phase" '59 Les Paul, is getting increasingly popular, and not only because of it's price tag - this is simply one of the best Les Paul-style guitars available! Order Today

Vintage Style Amps. If you already have a vintage-style guitar, then you should get a vintage-style amp! Dolphin Music has a great range of practice amps that are affordable, have great tones and bring back that vintage vibe guitarists like so much! The Fender Champion 600 and Gretsch G5222 are 5W valve amps that offer all the warmth guitarists associate with tubes. Despite not being a valve amp, the Orange Crush 10 still delivers the great tone Orange has always been known for...and has an incredibly low price!


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