Black Friday can go to hell. We’ve got a tasty little list of vintage gear deals available at Guitar Center right now (plus 2 new gift ideas) that don’t require long lines or gift wrap. All of these picks represent a good-to-great price, and a special piece of gear anyone would be thrilled to own. If you’re gifting for a guitarist, we got you covered!
Vintage Fender 1979 Stratocaster Solid Body Electric Guitar Natural:
$1599 & $1999
This ’79 Strat is a Niles Rodgers funk machine. It’s probably a pine body with this rosewood fretboard, making for an unusually light strat with sustain and snap. At under $2,000, this is a piece of economical vintage kit that is actually accessible to a working musician. There are two at GC right now, one for $1599 and another for $1999
Vintage Fender 1965 Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar 3 Color Sunburst
Jags. Their short scale, those dual single coils, the impossibly complicated switching system. that weird trem arm. They’re just…I dunno…cool. Classic jags are rare and special, and any good guitar collection needs one. If you’re going to grab one, you want the ’65. Here it is. Reach out and click “add to cart”.
Vintage Fender 1978 TELECASTER Solid Body Electric Guitar Sunburst
GC says this axe is in “Good” condition. We think it may actually be in excellent condition. Sunburst teles are always a classy look, but this particular ’78 looks like maybe it hasn’t been played?
Vintage Gibson 1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Solid Body Electric Guitar Sunburst
This is an amazing instrument. This bird’s growling, crunchy sound is driven through three vintage P-90’s that clean up nicely when you roll back the volume knob. But let’s be serious, this beauty is a blues and rock beast- skip your Pat Methany charts when this axe hits your hands and start ripping some Johnny Winter. Owning a ’65 Firebird is a special addition to a guitar collection, and it’s also a damn treat to play.
Gibson 1976 LS-6 Solid Body Electric
Pay attention. This is the most underrated Gibson guitar of all time. It was discontinued in 1979 but later reissued in 2011 as the LS6 (they just dropped the dash) with a tuneomatic bridge instead of the OG “harmonica bridge”, which was much heavier. Buy this. You catch that? I said buy this.
Vintage Fender 1975 Precision Bass Electric Bass Guitar Antique White
Fender’s precision bass sound is unmistakable, ubiquitous and wildly influential in modern music across all genres, from funk to hip hop, rock to motown. Thi antique white specimen rocks a maple fretboard, and at a penny under $2500, it’s priced right to end up in your collection.
Vintage Ampeg 1960s SVT 8 X 10 Cab Bass Cabinet
Most bassists have affection for Ampeg amps. This one is a 60’s era classic, and it looks to be in great condition. The grill cloth is pretty clean and the price is right at under $800. come on down and get some classic sound- maybe even pair it with a vintage p bass?
Vintage Vox 1980s AC30 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
Sparkling highs. That’s all anyone needs to know about this amp. Clean, clear, articulated, precise perfection pumps through Vox’s famed diamond stitch grill cloth. There’s no fancy tech here- just the sound of angelic strings being plucked. The 15W version is usually panned in favor of its 30W big brother, but why? If you’re miking the amp, the 15W version gives you the ability to crank the volume and pull in dirty tones without shaking your house. Sure, we love more power too, but realistically, when are you *actually* going to turn this thing all the way up?
Vintage Fender 1965 1965 Princeton Reverb 15W 1×10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
’65 Princeton Reverb? Yes please. This is one of the best sounding clean channel reverbs we’ve heard. Compared to the Vox, this amp is uniquely Fender-ish, and that’s a beautiful thing. Add some crunch and this amp will leave you grinning ear to ear, and owning a piece of rock legend for under $2500 is well worth the spend.
Maybe you can’t afford a million bucks worth of vintage pedals and amps. Maybe you don;t like lugging around a pedalboard? Maybe every pedalboard you ever saw was too big and clunky for you? Well, the Headrush Gigboard is your huckleberry. There are others, but the 7″ touchscreen on this multi-effects monster makes it a clear winner, in our opinion.
Line 6 HX Stomp:
OK. so let’s say you love the headrush, but would prefer to trade a 7″touchscreen for a much smaller form factor and save $50 to boot. Here ya go. The Hx Stomp has all the effects of its famed Line 6 Helix daddy, but without amp modeling, an expression pedal, and the floorspace swallowing form factor. At under $600, you can’t go wrong, and this guy fits in your gigbag better than any comparably equipped piece of kit on the market.