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    A Guitar Collector For Acoustic, Electric, Bass & More

    Are you looking to sell a guitar? Are you simply wondering what your guitar is worth? You’ve come to the right place! I have over 10 years of experience in buying, collecting, selling, and appraising guitars with thousands of guitars under my belt.

    More Than Just A Guitar

    I have a profound passion for these remarkable instruments, and my goal is to ensure they continue to be cherished. I either play them myself or make sure they find their way into the hands of individuals who will care for them just as I do. The stories that accompany these guitars are immensely precious to me. When I acquire a guitar, what I cherish most is often a photograph of its original owner or stories about their life. I take the time to type up these stories, print them out, neatly fold them, and place them into the guitar’s case. I want these incredible musicians from another era to live on through their instruments. One such story is that of Walter M, a cowboy from Belen, NM, whose son sold me a wonderful Gibson J-45. Over to the right, you’ll find photos of a 19-year-old Walter with his beloved guitar while recording at a local radio station in 1945.

    More Than Just A Guitar
    More Than Just A Guitar
    Vintage And Classic Martin, Fender, And Gibson Guitars

    A Journey Through Time

    I invite you to explore the rich history and evolution of iconic guitar brands and models. From the legendary craftsmanship of vintage Martin acoustics to the revolutionary designs of classic Fender and Gibson electric guitars, I appreciate the historical significance of every instrument I encounter.

    Discovering Hidden Gems In Forgotten Vintage Guitars

    Discovering Hidden Gems

    My mission is to uncover hidden gems and forgotten treasures. I tirelessly search for guitars with exceptional stories, whether it’s a rare model from the early 20th century or a custom-built masterpiece from a renowned luthier. I believe that every vintage guitar has a tale to tell.

    Preserving Musical Heritage By Acquiring Vintage And Collectible Guitars

    Preserving Musical Heritage

    By acquiring and preserving vintage and collectible guitars, I contribute to the preservation of musical heritage. These instruments not only carry the memories of the musicians who played them but also represent milestones in the world of music.

    Read Some Of My Clients’ Wonderful Stories

    HomerI purchased this beautiful Gibson L-3 from the grandson of the original owner. I was so happy that he was willing to provide a nicely written history of his grandfather and his guitar.

    My grandfather Homer grew up a working cowboy. He began preaching around 1910. Because he continued to do ranch work, he became known as the cowboy preacher. The name stuck and off they went. He would assist ranchers around the country on his travels while holding the meetings. As a kid, to me he seemed to know every person in the country, including a few celebrities of his era.

    The guitar was purchased new by my grandparents. I have been unable to find any evidence of where they bought it. My grandmother Pearl was the picker in the family, although she and my grandfather gave up playing by the early 50’s. The family business was travelling revivals and camp meetings, a very popular thing since the days of the circuit preacher who made the rounds marrying people and saving souls. Everyone in the family played at least one instrument well, and could make-do with others if needed. Local attendees to the tent revivals would bring their own instruments and turn the services into quite a raucous event sometimes. Any instrument was allowed, no matter your skill level or volume level! Music was extremely important to them. They used it very effectively.

    The term camp meeting generally referred to gatherings (revivals) of more than a couple of days. I know the larger ones would last a week or so, and people would bring tents and other accommodations to the site to attend. I’m including a few photos so you can get an idea of what it was all about.

    The Gibson is a true survivor, and deserves the respect I know you have for the history of guitars.

    Camp Gatherings - History Of Homer And His Gibson Guitar
    Each Family Member Played An Instrument - History Of Homer And His Gibson Guitar
    Homer And Pearl, Original Owners - History Of Homer And His Gibson Guitar
    Patti And Her Gibson Guitar - History Of Patty, Howard, And Their Gibson Guitars
    Howard And His Gibson Guitar - History Of Patty, Howard, And Their Gibson Guitars
    Patti, Howard, And Roy Clark - History Of Patty, Howard, And Their Gibson Guitars

    Patti & Howard

    I purchased two Gibson guitars from the daughter of this lovely couple. Patti & Howard both began playing music at a young age and played together their whole married life. They backed many incredible country artists in the 50s, 60s and 70s and were even in Ferlin Husky’s backing band for a while. Patti was an absolutely incredible guitarist who was good friends with Roy Clark (and could play as well as him too!) and Howard was a great singer and rhythm guitar player. I have been helping their daughter scan all of their photos and digitize all of their music from all of the old tapes and records she has.

    Linda Gayle

    I purchased this lovely Martin 0-18 from the niece of the original owner. Linda Gayle was a country western musician from Iowa who toured around the state and played regularly on several local radio stations from an early age. She continued to play and sing her whole life but stopped performing when she started her family.

    Linda Gayle - History Of Linda Gayle And Her Martin 0-18
    Linda Gayle's Granddaughter- History Of Linda Gayle And Her Martin 0-18

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    Are you looking to sell a guitar?
    Are you simply wondering what your guitar is worth?

    Lucky for you, I’ve been through the years of research and the trial & error associated with buying and selling Gibson, Fender, Martin, Epiphone, Guild, and others. It often only takes me a few minutes to determine an instrument’s current market value. For that reason, I offer free appraisals to anyone willing to email or text me photos of their instrument(s). All I ask in return is that you tell your friends about me and leave me a Google review online if your technological skills permit you to do so.

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    Buyer And A Collector Of Vintage And Relic Bass Guitars

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    Handmade Classical Guitars

    Buyer And A Collector Of High End Banjos, Ukuleles, And Mandolins

    High End Banjos, Ukuleles & Mandolins

    Buyer And A Collector Of Vintage Resonators And Twelve String Guitars

    Vintage Resonators & Twelve String Guitars

    Specialty Services For Private Guitar Collections & Brokers Of Stringed Musical Instruments

    Meet Vintage Guitar Expert Joe Dampt

    Veteran Guitar Broker & Appraiser

    I fell in love with the guitar as a youngster while listening to old music from the 50s and 60s. From then on, music has been my life, and I’ve sacrificed and worked hard to make music and musical instruments my livelihood. I love old guitars and musical instruments, but I love the MUSIC even more. I believe that guitars don’t do us any good if they just sit in a case. These beauties are meant to be played!

    I’ve performed in many local bands and my favorite styles to play are classic country/western music, swing & dance music, and classic rock & roll.

    Aside from music, I enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and exploring the backcountry wilderness of the West.

    I Buy Vintage Guitars, Ukeleles & Mandolins
    And I Am Always Looking For:

    Fender, Gibson, Martin, Guild, Rickenbacker, and other guitars, basses and amplifiers! I pay top dollar for vintage instruments and I make the process easy and risk-free for you. I hope to hear from you soon and can’t wait to see what treasures from days gone by you have for me to see!

    I Buy Vintage Fender Guitars

    Vintage Fender Guitars

    I Buy Vintage Gibson Guitars

    Vintage Gibson Guitars

    I Buy Martin Acoustic Guitars

    Martin Acoustic Guitars

    I Buy Vintage Guild Guitars

    Vintage Guild Guitars

    I Buy 50s, 60s, And 70s Rickenbacker Guitars

    50s, 60s & 70s
    Rickenbacker Guitars

    I Buy USA-Made Jackson Guitars

    USA-Made
    Jackson Guitars

    USA-Made Charvel Guitars

    USA-Made
    Charvel Guitars

    High-End Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars

    High-End Paul Reed
    Smith (PRS) Guitars

    National Resonator Guitars

    National Resonator Guitars

    Vintage Tube Amplifiers

    Vintage Tube Amplifiers

    Lap Steel Guitars

    Lap Steel Guitars

    Pedal Steel Guitars

    Pedal Steel Guitars

    Bass Guitars

    Bass Guitars

    Vintage Gretsch Guitars

    Vintage Gretsch Guitars

    Vintage Mandolins

    Vintage Mandolins

    Vintage Gibson Banjos, And More!

    Vintage Gibson Banjos & More!

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    Vintage Guitar Buyer With Better Pricing Than Pawn Shops, Auctions Or Consignments

    Better Pricing Than Pawn Shops, Auctions Or Consignments

    We pay more than pawn shops every time! And with the high fees charged by auction houses, we will almost always give you more than you would end up with by selling at auction! Our consignment fee is as low as 8% for premium vintage guitars, that’s the lowest fee around! Sell your guitar with Joe’s Vintage Guitars and get paid more!

    Preserving Musical Heritage Through Vintage And Collectible Guitar Acquisition

    Preserving Musical Heritage Through Vintage & Collectible Guitar Acquisition

    At Joe’s Vintage Guitars, my mission is to preserve musical heritage through the careful acquisition of vintage and collectible guitars. My deep passion lies in curating a one-of-a-kind collection of instruments that have left their mark on music history. By acquiring these timeless pieces, I am dedicated to ensuring that the legacy of music endures for generations to come.

    Purchasing Guitars Over The Internet With No In-Person Transaction Required

    Purchasing Guitars Over The Internet With No In-Person Transaction Required

    My streamlined process allows you to sell your guitar safely and quickly without having to be a local customer. Join hundreds of satisfied sellers who got paid the same day that they sent their guitar without the hassle of an in-person inspection or transaction. Contact me today to get started!

    Your Testimonials!

    Joe came to my home and helped me with an appraisal. Instead of just giving me a number, he helped me understand why my guitar had the value that it had. Super helpful. Thanks!

    Marge T. ★★★★★

    Joe was very kind to me and made sure I understood everything about my brother’s guitar collection. He paid me more than 4 other guitar shops offered. He surprised us by singing one of my brother’s favorite old songs while playing his old guitar.

    Nancy W. ★★★★★

    Friendly, responded quickly, prices seem to be best around. Best of all a set up means you get a setup, not just a big box guitar retail shop raising your action and saying the buzz is gone. Solved an immediate problem I had with a LP kit build where one PUP and the middle did not work. Solved on spot in 15 mins. Completed set up in two days. Now I have the weekend to play with my new creation. Will definitely be back again!!”

    Chirs T. ★★★★★

    FAQs About Our Guitar Buying Services

    When appraising a guitar, there are several things that you need to take into consideration in order to determine its value. This includes the make and model of the guitar, its age, condition, and any unique features or history that it might have. This can be rather tricky, so don’t hesitate to contact me for a FREE appraisal!

    I’m always happy to listen to your trade offers. We do offer consignment!

    I can often travel to you and pay cash in person for your guitar. I am always out and about buying guitars all over the U.S. If coming to you is not possible, I can pay via money order, Venmo, PayPal, Cashapp, Zelle, bank transfer, etc.

    If meeting to sell your guitar is not possible, I can arrange a professional, prepaid packing and shipping service.

    Estimating the value of a vintage guitar involves a meticulous assessment of multiple factors. First, I examine the brand, model, and production year, as these characteristics significantly influence worth. Condition is paramount, assessing wear, modifications, and originality, as pristine, all-original guitars tend to fetch higher prices. Historical significance, provenance, and documented authenticity can also elevate value. Market demand and recent comparable sales provide essential context, while consulting experienced appraisers and fellow collectors is crucial for a precise valuation that considers the unique attributes of each vintage guitar.
    As a vintage guitar collector, determining the age of a guitar is an exciting part of the hobby. There are several key techniques I rely on to establish a guitar’s age. Firstly, I scrutinize the serial number, a critical piece of information. For many vintage guitars, manufacturers have a serial number system that can be traced back to production dates. It’s essential to consult reliable resources and reference books specific to the brand or model to decode these serial numbers accurately. Secondly, I thoroughly examine the guitar’s features and hardware. Changes in design, materials, and logo styles over the years can provide valuable clues about its production era. Thirdly, I inspect the label inside the guitar, which often includes the date of manufacture. However, labels can sometimes be missing or misleading, so additional research is usually necessary. Finally, I rely on the collective knowledge of the vintage guitar community. Online forums, collector groups, and expert opinions can provide invaluable insights and help corroborate the guitar’s age. It’s a combination of these methods and a deep passion for vintage guitars that makes the pursuit of dating these instruments so rewarding for collectors like myself.
    Yes, as a guitar dealer, I sell instruments on Reverb. If you’re interested in purchasing a guitar or have any questions about our inventory, please feel free to ask, and I’ll be happy to assist you.
    I’m always on the lookout for a wide range of guitar brands to add to my collection. While I have a particular interest in renowned names like Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Rickenbacker, I’m also keen on discovering unique and rare pieces from various makers. If you have a guitar you’re considering selling, feel free to reach out to me directly at 602-900-6635. I’d love to hear about what you have and discuss whether it could be a great addition to my collection.

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