By Michael Casamento
To most people, owning the “genuine article” is the only thing that will suffice. As a guitar player, and one who appreciates classic “vintage” instruments, I can fully understand this point of view.
I can’t think of a single guitarist who wouldn’t absolutely adore playing a real 50’s Les Paul or Stratocaster. However, becoming the proud owner of a true vintage instrument does have its drawbacks.
First of all, there’s the price of admission. The increasingly strong demand for vintage instruments has driven their prices through the roof and out of reach for most of us. Top quality, well taken care of original instruments from the 50’s and 60’s can approach the cost of a new car, or in some cases a small house!
Another problem facing vintage instruments is their questionable reliability. Although they were built to stand the test of time, a vintage instrument will almost always prove to be more delicate and fragile than a later, more modern version.Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Vintage vs. Reissue When Buying A Guitar
By Michael Casamento
Perhaps no other guitar maker has touched the hearts of so many players and collectors as Fender. By producing excellent guitars at reasonable prices, Fender has been the instrument of choice for many guitarists throughout the world.
Both the famous and not so famous have relied on Fender guitars to define their signature sounds.
The Fender company was founded by Leo Fender, and produced its first solid body electric guitar in 1951. This guitar was called the Telecaster, and was soon followed by the Precision Bass, and the legendary Stratocaster in 1954.
Over the years many changes would take place at Fender which had a great impact on the types and quality of instruments they produced.
The first “mile-stone” year for Fender came in 1965. During this year, Fender was bought by corporate giant CBS. Quality began to decline during CBS’s reign, and although Fender still remained popular among players, CBS lacked the commitment and understanding necessary to satisfy the needs of serious musicians.Continue reading A Brief History of Fender Guitars