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Vintage Acoustic Guitars - Five Of The Best

Published: Thu May 09, 2013  News Feed

Vintage Acoustic Guitars - Five Of The Best

Gretsch Vintage Guitar Ad

Everyone loves classic gear, no matter if it's dented, scratched, splashed with acid or covered in stickers that came free with a copy of NME in 1992. In fact one might argue that even adds to the charm. While electric guitarists have long been able to do get near perfect recreations of classic gear it's only recently acoustic instruments have been given the same treatment. Interest in folkies like Mumford & Sons has certainly helped but there's some very good reasons that you should consider a vintage design guitar/banjo/uke as your main instrument.

No mere novelty, these olde world instruments are loved for very good reasons.

Five Vintage Reissues
Washburn R314K
Washburn R314K

The big brother to KT Tunstall's favoured Parlour guitar.
Nineboys Wedge
Nineboys Wedge

Nothing screams delta blues quite like a true vintage slide. Check out Jack White making his own to the right.
The original guitar amplifier. The aggressive, loud sound of great acoustic blues.
Gretsch Broadcaster Banjo
Gretsch Broadkaster Banjo

Quite simply a damn fine banjo.
Matrin D15M
Martin D15M

We're cheating a little on this one but at 135 years old they don't come much more classic than a Martin. Made much the same way they were a hundred years ago. The D15M features certain period accurate features.
Limitation can be the mother of invention - Jack White said musicians today should "cut three strings off their guitar." Indeed he plays with even less in the video below and it's true that keeping things simple can really help the inspiration flow. By all means keep your electric and pedals for playing out but you might find songs easier to write on a simple, old acoustic.

If you don't fancy making your own you can always get a Nineboys Wedge for the same early blues slide.

Individuality is crucial - Some instruments become popular due to certain artists using them, easier mass manufacture and genres falling in and out of fashion. That doesn't mean that the instruments of yesteryear can help you sound fresher than using the latest big name.

It's well worth revisiting your roots no matter what genre you play.

Speaking of which our first vintage reissues are from the Gretsch Roots collection. They've really gone to town and brought back some classic designs that can give you anything from gnarly Appalachian mountain man to sweet, smoky Chicago basement blues.

Here's Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Calexico) jamming with Gretsch's Mike Lewis to demonstrate.

It's not just country and folk artists that are getting in on the action. Recently KT Tunstall told Acoustic Magazine that she's been using a Washburn R314KK Vintage Parlour guitar on tour.

KT Tunstall On Tour Washburn
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