What is “Vintage”…really?
Is there such a thing? Well of course, but it is dependant upon the observer.
There is an old proverb that says: If a vintage guitar takes the stage in the forest and there is no one on the stage or in the audience to recognize its vintage-ness, is it still “Vintage?”
This question has been pondered by the greatest minds throughout time and has become a favorite koan for a very select group of Zen monks seeking total enlightenment.
Take a deep breath…higher realization of the sect says the answer is within you and dependant upon where you are standing. In other words, what you have experienced and how much joy the experience contained decides whether it is “Vintage” to you. It touches and revives that spot of joyful reminiscence. But there is one more ingredient. If the opinion/view has been agreed upon by enough people to have reached critical mass—a joining of joy, you might call it.
So there you have it, real “Vintage.” Share that one at the next party and see what happens. Have somewhere else to go, just in case.
So, if it is all in the mind of the observer and connected to good feeling from the past, we can began our journey in the mid 1950’s. It was then that the white pickguard emerged on a solid, double cut-away body. It wasn’t long before many guitar manufacturers all had their interpretation. Music was on the rise and players played them because they were the easiest playing guitars of the day—the new best thing.
For decades to come music blazed new trails and became the first means of total global connectedness—an absolutely spectacular upshot. Music can communicate both a message and a feeling within one medium—a remarkable capacity. The 1970’s were no exception and the deeper message of the sixties continued throughout in the works of substance from that era.
A new look entered the scene as black pickguards began to embellish the now ubiquitous double cut-away instruments. It was interesting how a mere accent change could create such a different demeanor—but it did, and it marked a change, or an addition for some, in what was to be considered “Vintage.”
Which look is the best look? Well, that all depends on the one that speaks to you the loudest. We offer ‘um all and put them together with the best playing guitars in history so you can have your look and play it too—with effortless fluidity—talk about an experience of joy, this is it!
A traditional 3 Color Burst paint scheme crowned with a satin Black Pickguard is a whole other kind of cool. Although this one has already gone to live with a newly-devoted Anderson Player, Gelb Music understands and appreciates the dark as well as the light and for a time has the best selection of black topped Andersons in the country
Which “Vintage” is your “Vintage,” or do you just love ‘em all?
• MODEL: – The Classic
• FINISH: – 3 Color Burst
• BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Natural Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Even Taper +.030
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Black
• NECK PICKUP: – SA1R
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – SA1
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull & Bridge Splitter
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California