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  • Vintage Guitars – A Buyer’s Guide

    1991-Gibson-ES-165-Herb-Ellis-12Here at JGG we are always looking for new or better ways to interact with our customers and as a result we’ve come up with a great plan. We are always being asked about what to look out for in a vintage guitar or whether this guitar or that is a better buy in the vintage market.

    Obviously it takes some experience and ‘know-how’ to spot real bargains in the vintage guitar world and indeed be able to spy an all-original instrument from one that has been customised or altered by previous owners.

    Because of this, we have been compiling a number of common questions that we are asked (often on a weekly basis) about the whole business of buying vintage guitars and with the expert help of Russ (the owner of JGG and vintage guitar guru) have put a buyer’s guide together.

    This guide will give you (the customer) the benefit of JGG’s vast expertise in the vintage guitar market and also guide you towards the guitar of your dreams, without breaking the bank balance.

    Shipment-1We’ve addressed a lot of common queries and hopefully provided you with a platform from which to make your own informed opinions about any instruments you might be considering.

    This free guide will be available very soon and will be going out first to our VIP mailing list members, so if you haven’t signed up as yet then please do so from the box at the top of the page or e-mail us and we’ll happily add you in.

    French Revolution to Cotton-Pickers USA via Jazz, folk and film!

    bastille day in france

    Russ (owner of JGG is on assignment in France and here’s a quick blog post from him..)

    It’s “Bastille day” in France. A public holiday commemorating, not so much the regicide that began the French Revolution, but more the Fête de la Fédération; the beginning of the Republic. The bunting is out in the village, and a military march has just struck-up outside my window. Being Southern France, there’s every chance this is a real band playing real instruments, however, a few weeks ago I noticed small speakers hanging from drainpipes and balconies up and down the tiny main street. So perhaps this is the day their purpose becomes clear.

    Since our offices are closed today, I was checking-out the website for the Jazz a Juan (les Pines) Festival (http://jazzajuan.com/) here on the French Riviera and came across Rhiannon Giddens (http://jazzajuan.com/fr-fr/programme2015/artiste.aspx?id=66) – a name I didn’t know at all. Following the link to her website (http://rhiannongiddens.com/) I watched the very beautiful and moving performance of Up in Arms with Bhi Bhiman.

    Rhiannon plays violin and when she sings the chorus harmony with Bhi it’s one of those “tingle” performances – it sends tingles down your spine and sets goosebumps on your arms. Bhi sings from the heart and his voice has a rawness that reminds me of Dylan and Guthrie and sits perfectly atop the sound of the big rosewood Larrivee acoustic. Do check-out the video here: https://youtu.be/4i4QDkMJpeM

    When he’s not fingerpicking the Larrivee, Bhiman plays Epiphone’s equivalent to our beloved Gibson ES-330 TD. His is the modern masterbilt version of the Epiphone Casino (vintage 1960s Casinos are seriously expensive thanks to their association with the Beatles). If you’ve seen the film Whiplash and if you have studied an instrument I encourage you to see it, you will love this pastiche: https://youtu.be/M-QAupdp4v8 I’m ashamed to say that I’ve adopted the J. K. Simmons “stop” hand signal – what does that say about me?

    Giddens is a multi-instrumentalist and interested in many styles. One of her groups is the deliciously-named Carolina Chocolate Drops https://youtu.be/1xOxHyTP91c who celebrate the folk music of the Carolinas with unbounded talent, confidence and fun!

    I hear the band starting-up again, so it’s time to wave something red, white and blue.
    Vive la Revolution!