The story behind Vintage Guitars Australia
Hi, i am a private collector and player of Fender and Gibson vintage guitars and amps located in Sydney Australia, I am collecting mostly pre 1970, i bought my first guitar a 1962 black Fender Stratocaster serial number 1521 in 1973 for $475 from barry farrells music, unfortunately it was stolen, I then bought a 1962 Fiesta red stratocaster for $650 which at the time seemed like a fortune, but as most serious vintage guitar collectors know vintage Fenders and Gibson guitars can reach 6 figure numbers and some very special Fender and Gibson guitars are in the hundreds of thousands
Since then i have played and collected many vintage guitars and amps, mostly from private collections, i have only ever owned and seeked the very best most original examples, being extreamly carefull and always had guitars inspected by well known vintage experts.
After collecting myself for around 40 years i know a few things and have learnt to look for all the tell tale signs about any modifications no matter how slight they may be, bottom line here i only collected factory original examples most at least 8/10 to mint condition.
I welcome any inspection by serious buyers, if a guitar is found to be not as described i offer a full refund, I have met and made friends with some of the leading most respected vintage guitar dealers and collectors in the world, i can supply references from some of the worlds leading vintage guitar experts, dealers, collectors to verify any of my guitars or to verify my years of collecting and my genuine love of my hobby collecting vintage guitars.
Some guitars listed here are my own, some are friends that i personally know the guitars history , i also over the years have met many collectors and know of various high end vintage guitars that are not actively advertized for sale but i can obtain if requested.
If your after something thats not listed here let me know i can probably find it for you, or if you have a nice vintage guitar you are looking to find a new home for give me a call.
I am also collecting 1980's vintage usa reissues, click on the 1980's reissue link on the menu at the top of the page for more info on these guitars.
All prices on guitars and amps on this site are in Australian dollars, Tony Sheedy
1954 GIBSON LES PAUL GOLDTOP 100% FACTORY, $42,000 AUD$42,000.00
1962 Fender stratocaster my 2nd guitar bought in the early 70’s
1964 Fender Vibroverb vintage amp, $7,500 AUD$7,500.00
1965 Fender Stratocaster Firemist Gold, 100% Factory original, $55,000 AUD$55,000.00
1975 FENDER TELECASTER FACTORY ORIGINAL$3,800.00
Lake placid blue factory original 1987 / 57 vintage reissue ( not for sale )
SOLD……1953 Fender Esquire blackguard untouched original beauty
1980’S AMERICAN VINTAGE RE-ISSUE
Some info on the 1980’s American vintage reissues AVRI
1980’S FENDER ….Vintage reissues , these reissues came about at a time when CBS were trying to save the Fender company , the Fullerton factory produced these vintage reissues from 82 -84 , they are known to collectors as the “Fullerton vintage reissues” they were a nice attempt at reproducing the highly sort after fenders from the pre-cbs era , these guitars are now sort after by collectors
But CBS ended up selling fender after lots of failed attempts to keep the company going , they eventually sold to private investors and employees of the fender company, this led to the new owners opening a new factory at Corona, and in late 85 early 86 production started this time there was no influence coming from CBS, as most know CBS made too many cost cutting mistakes and tarnished fenders name, the 70’s fenders are not regarded as anywhere near the quality of the original pre CBS guitars
1986 is the early production of what now is known by collectors as the ” Corona vintage reissues ” the early 86/87 issues were using left over bodies from the Fullerton factory, so these early coronas feel the same as the late fullertons, at first the production was very low at Corona, reports are that only a handful of guitars were made each day and the quality was very high, and collectors now are searching for the 86 to 89 Corona vintage reissues
These reissues feature various things that attempt to reproduce the pre cbs era, like small headstock, spaghetti logo, cloth covered wireing, and the paint is same as the originals using nitrocellulose Lacquer rather than the thick plastic feel of polyurethane, 3 way pickup switch although a 5 way switch is included separate as a extra if the owner wants to install, even the case is in the tweed covered style of the 50’s, and like the original series the custom colours are more sort after than the standard sunburst, reissues were either a 57 or 62 Stratocaster, with features of each similar to the pre cbs guitars, of course nothing will ever be as good as the original pre cbs guitar but these 1980’s reissues are a very nice guitar and are now around 30 years old, so are vintage in there own right, so if you cant afford the money being asked for a original pre cbs custom colour 1962 strat, have a look at one of the 1982 to 1989 vintage reissues they are going up in value and are becoming more collectable than ever
For interest you can see a factory original 1987/57 Lake placid blue reissue on the shop page, not for sale, only listed to show new collectors an example of a original 1980’s reissue , we are always interested in any nice examples of these reissues so if your selling give us a call