A quality made vintage guitar can be considered to be a one the ultimate forms of collectible art. While a painting or sculpture can be put on display, vintage guitars can be visually enjoyed but can also be touched, handled and played for the musical pleasure of all.
Every vintage guitar has a personality uniquely its own. Due to how often it was handled and played, the environment where it was stored and the natural aging of the wood determines how each instrument will sound. Plus the fact that a more experienced or gifted guitarist can produce a somewhat different tones and harmonics makes a good guitar seem to come alive with a soul of its own.
High quality vintage Van Halen guitars for example are often sought out by collectors, fans and guitarists in the US, Europe and Asia to such a degree that the vintage guitar market has quickly become worldwide. In this fast paced age of overnight shipping or rapid overseas air freight and instant money transfers the prices for instruments like Wolfgang vintage guitars are set by buyers in every corner of the globe.
The golden time for vintage guitars, especially electrics were set in the beginnings of the rock and roll 50s and 60s. Vintage electric guitars from Fender, Gibson and Gretsch are considered superior collectors’ items and are frequently sought after.
In the during the 70s and 80s the guitar industry produced instruments of inferior workmanship and sound quality and many thought that the guitar would fade into a ocean of shoddy knockoffs. But during the 90s and the beginning of the new century, many guitar makers returned to their roots.
Master guitar builders such as the one at Martin, Gibson, Peavey and Fender are producing guitars that are clearly superior to what they were creating 20-30 years ago. In fact with the creation of such instruments like the Peavey Wolfgang vintage guitar, some people have said that we are in the middle of another golden era of instrument manufacturing here in the US.
In fact with so many high grade hand made instruments, vintage Van Halen guitar buyers have never had so many options available to them before.
But there are several things you need to take into consideration when attempting to amass a EVH vintage guitar collection.
The first thing to consider when purchasing any Wolfgang vintage guitars is the condition of the instrument. You can judge a vintage Van Halen guitar by the state of the body, neck and fretboard. The more worn the condition, the less value it has.
Another item to check for when looking at a vintage guitar is the originality of the piece. The more replaced or repaired parts it has the less value it will have over the long run, no matter how good the repair job is.
The demand for a certain collectible in the end, determines a great deal of its value. Demand for a particular type of vintage guitar is kind of like the “Ugly Duckling” fairy tale. In the story the ugly duckling was ignored by the other ducks until it matured and turned into a beautiful and graceful swan.
So as a collector you must keep your eyes open looking for the valuable but overlooked swans among the Wolfgang vintage guitars and any other vintage Van Halen guitars you may run across.