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Value in Old Guitars

Recently, Barron’s online investment magazine ‘PENTA’ posted an article entitled ‘Value in Old Guitars’.  As any regular visitor to this website knows, the Bigsby company is steeped in vintage guitar legend and we attend a number of vintage guitar-based events each year. As we all put our hearts and souls into creating music and finding the perfect gear to achieve the tones in our head, it can difficult to see the business side of the equation.  Peeking into this side of the business, the Barron’s article sheds light on why the vintage guitar market is as strong as it is.  And what instrument did they use to demonstrate their point? Lefty Frizzell’s Gibson SJ-200 modified by Paul Bigsby!

Lefty Frizzell's Sj-200

Lefty Frizzell’s Paul Bigsby modified Gibson SJ-200


While certainly a volatile industry, there is a reason vintage guitar show events pop up all around the country (and world!) and  people are willing to shell out big bucks.  Whether it is speculation that the instruments will be worth more in the future, or something as personal as trying to recapture that moment and feeling from yesteryear’s teenage self, we may never know exactly why these guitars command the prices they do.  In any case, we find it interesting and are certainly happy to be part.  Check out the Barron’s article featuring Lefty Frizzell’s Gibson/Bigsby SJ-200 HERE.

Speaking of…..We’ll see YOU at GuitArlington October 18-19!

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Summer NAMM 2014 Wrap Up!

The race to Anaheim is on propelled by a great Summer NAMM Show! Back for a second year at Nashville’s incredible new Music City Center, the 2014 event held July 17-19 really raised the bar. The 2014 show was the largest in six years and featured more exhibitors, live performances, and both domestic and international visitors. Almost 450 exhibitors showcased more that 1,500 brands to an energetic crowd. Seminars, Retail Boot-Camps, live product demonstrations, and the opportunity for face-to-face meetings, its no wonder at all why the show was a success. In the past two years, attendance has jumped 13% for this event; 2014 saw a total of 12,442 registered attendees.

Not to be outdone, 2014 Summer NAMM also provided a unique opportunity for the general public to get a taste of the action.  Saturday July was Music Industry Day.  For a small fee, anyone interested was able to walk aisle after aisle and check out world-class gear.  Needless to say, many many folks took advantage of this awe inspiring opportunity!

For more photos from around the show, click HERE.

Always one of our favorite events of the year, the 2014 Summer NAMM Show at Nashville’s Music City Center was a great experience! Thanks to all who were able to join us this year; see you in 2015!

To read NAMM’s report, click HERE.

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Summer Philly Show Wrap-Up!

Perfect summer weather and a plethora of fine gear made the 2014 Summer Philly Guitar Show a spectacle to behold! Our first time at the summer event, and you welcomed us as old friends-thanks! Energetic and eager to check out the wide range of offerings, visitors crowded the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center the weekend of June 21-22. Here is a glimpse of some of fine guitars offered:

We had a great time chatting with visitors and providing Free installations and Pit-Stops for their Bigsby equipped guitars! Many thanks to the folks who brought in their guitars; such great gear! Be sure to check out additional photos from the show HERE.  If you weren’t able to get a chance to visit us in Philly, make sure to get in on your calendar for 2015! Otherwise, you can visit us next month at Summer NAMM or in Arlington, TX in October!


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Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention 2014

Chet Atkins dedication to music garnered much attention. Fans showcasing much gratitude created the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) to share their common interest.  For the past 30 years, fans have gathered in Nashville to celebrate the life and achievements of Mister Guitar!   We are honored that Chet used our products throughout his career, and we can’t wait for this event.  Check out the post below from and you’ll see why…

Chet Atkins Convention & 60th Anniversary Celebration

In the city that “music calls home”, Nashville, Tennessee, the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) is busily preparing for its annual Convention which will run from July 9 through 12.  To be held at the Sheraton Music City hotel, this year’s convention will be an extra special affair for two very notable reasons.  First, this is the 30th anniversary of the CAAS Convention, and second, Gretsch will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chet Atkins and Gretsch endorsement agreement signed by Chet and past Gretsch company president, Fred Gretsch Jr., in July of 1954.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we celebrate this important milestone in Gretsch history with the premier of a Chet tribute video hosted by Steve Wariner, C.G.P., recently filmed in historic RCA Studio B at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.  Several of Chet’s close friends and colleagues will share their memories of Chet as well as how this musician, producer, and executive influenced not only music in general but also country, rock, and jazz guitarists with his unique playing style.  And during his long association with Gretsch, Chet was instrumental in the creation of the popular Nashville, Country Gentleman, and Tennessean signature guitars.

So don’t delay…REGISTER today!

The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society is a group of people who have a sincere interest in the music and career of Chet Atkins.  LEARN MORE about them and become a member.

See you in Nashville!!

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Summer Philly Guitar Show!

Summer is in full swing and to celebrate, we are going to be at the Philadelphia Guitar Show! Although we’ve attended the Fall event in November for the previous few years (and will this year too), this will be our first time exhibiting at the Summer event! We are very excited for this event as the Bee3Vintage folks always produce great events.  Be sure to check out details of the show which will be held on June 21-22 on their website HERE. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is sure to be filled with great new and vintage treasure to add to your collection.  What would make the choice of whether or not to attend this event even easier? How about your favorite guitar getting a Bigsby vibrato installed for FREE ? You read that right; just stop by the booth with your favorite guitar, purchase a vibrato, and we’ll install it on the spot for FREE!* If your guitar already has a Bigsby, bring it by for a Pit-Stop, and we’ll make sure its performing in tip-top shape–for FREE! Check out the flyer HERE.

See you June 21-22!


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Dallas Guitar Show Wrap-up

The sun was blazing for the 2014 International Dallas Guitar Festival.  With temperatures near 100F, the cool air conditioning of the Fair Park in Dallas was just the cure.  With the finest in vintage and new gear, live music from such legends as Johnny Winter, visitors had the best of all things guitar on May 2-4.  Moving from the Market Hall, which has been the location for the previous few years, the return to Fair Park allowed spacious surroundings for this incredible event.  Teaming up with our pals at TV Jones, visitors to our booth got to check out and experience the full range of Bigsby and TV Jones products.  Check out our photo gallery from the event HERE as there was tons of killer gear sporting Bigsbys! Many thanks to all who joined us during this amazing event! We’ll see you down the road next month in Philly!

Your next chance for a FREE Installation or Pit-Stop is coming up during the Summer Philly Show June 21-22!

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