I’m really into vintage American, European and Japanese copies of the big brands and that’s what I will be mostly stocking instore. We will have the odd Fender, Gibson or Greatch but we will mainly be searching for Silvertones, Kay’s, Harmony’s, Danelectro, Teisco’s, Kents, and all sorts of little manufacturers from the golden age of guitar building.
It’s the sound of these things. They sound different. They’ve got bags of character, style and a sound that – to me – is unsurpassable. These git’s don’t sound like a Strat or a Les Paul. They don’t sound like everything else. They have their own thing going on. You then also don’t sound like everyone else when you use them and that gives you an edge.
Jimi Hendrix’s first guitar was a Silvertone DC2. Jimmy Page used a Twin Twelve in the studio. Clapton recorded with Danos and Silvertones. These guitars and amps and the recording gear they went through, create that sound we love, and can’t be recreated in a piece of software.
It’s all about the look, the attitude and most importantly “The Sound!” And they have all that and bags of it. Once you have heard the stuff you won’t go back.
Photo: Jimi Hendrix with his first guitar – A Dano