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Gibson Everly Brothers

This group consists of a '63 blond, a '68 black, and a '69 blond with a "Marlo Thomas" pickguard.

Gibson Everly Brothers

In the rush of musical creativity that was the late 1950s, perhaps the most charming sound came from two lads from Tennessee — the Everly Brothers. Gibson Everly Brothers Gibson Everly Brothers Gibson Everly Brothers Sons of country entertainer Ike Everly, the boys were among the leading rock-and-roll heartthrobs of their age, from 1958 into the early Beatles era, the two harmonized sweetly on songs written by pop tunesmith Boudleaux Bryan, including "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Let It Be Me," and the uptempo "Wake Up, Little Susie."

Evoking a scrubbed-up image that paved the way for pop stars like Lennon and McCartney and the Beach Boys, part of the Everlys' persona was a unique Gibson acoustic. Produced from 1962 to '71, these jumbo flat-tops evolved from the J-200 and J-185, but stood out thanks to their oversized symmetrical pickguards, moustache bridges, and varied styles of fingerboard inlays.

The Everly Brothers model had the oversized pickguards (until in '69, when they were made smaller), a star-shaped pearl inlay on the headstock that replaced the typical Gibson crown inlay, and star inlays on the fingerboard. Interesting variations appeared in the finishes (including stained sides and back), the bridge, and other details that sometimes defy the reckoning of experts. However, certain early models differ from the catalog in minor details such as colors and types of wood or cloud inlays in place of star inlays on the fingerboard.

Such interesting wrinkles create the opportunity for traders to bring high-than-book prices for these unique, one-of-a-kind guitars. — James Parker


VG Hall of Fame 2012 - Call for Nominations

For nearly 20 years, the Vintage Guitar magazine Hall of Fame has been honoring the players, innovators, and instruments that have made a difference in the history of the guitar. Who and what goes into the Hall has always been determined by the readers of VG.

D'Addario prize packageSubmit names and/or instruments you think deserve recognition in any or all categories — Instrument, Player, Innovator and the new VG Hall of Fame Record of the Year. CLICK HERE and let us know who and what you think should be nominated.

Submitting a nomination makes you eligible to win one of five D'Addario prize packages with a 10-pack of Compression Spring Mono Cables strings, a Compression Spring Mono Cable, a headstock chromatic tuner, a guitar rest, and a string winder!

Deadline for nominations is August 13, 2012. Check the November issue of VG or this page September 4 to see which finalists make the ballot, then place your votes!


We're looking for photos to help dress up The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2013! Though we're always happy to bolster our archive with pictures of classic solidbody guitars, we're especially looking for shots of Martin acoustics and off-the-wall brands and models of electrics and acoustics. If you've got a cool guitar you think we might be able to use, prop it on a stand and shoot it, straight-on, full frontal. Any camera that can shoot files at least 1400 pixels tall will work. Maybe your guitar will become famous for appearing in The Guide! Oh, and when we've completed the new Guide, we'll randomly choose 10 names among those who've sent photos, and they'll each get a free copy! Click Here to send us your photo!

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Log on and register for a chance to win a set of TTS Music's '65 Haze pickups valued at $130!

Wound to re-create the sounds from '65 to the 70s. The tone is glassy with ringing highs that are perfectly complemented by the moderately present mids. A reverse vintage stagger pattern and a slightly hotter bridge pickup round out the specs to give these pickups a distinct Monterey Pop feel. Click Here for your chance to win.

Price Guide Now Available at the Amazon Kindle Store

Price Guide Now Available at the Amazon Kindle Store

In volatile economic times, it's good to know that guitars remain cool, unique collectibles — and a great many are still going up in value! The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2012 remains the industry's hands-down leading source of pricing information on thousands of vintage and recent-model guitars, amps, basses, effects pedals, mandolins, lap steels, ukuleles and banjos. Click Here to get The Guide from the Amazon Kindle Store.

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