What they say…


“The guys at VBG.com have a great talent for finding the vintage guitar you’re looking for at a nice price – the one that you might otherwise spend years looking for on your own. They know guitars, they know guitarists and they know the market. I’ve picked up three gems through vintagebluesguitars.com over the years and, each time, they truly exceeded my expectations.”
– Eric (J-45)


“Thanks a million for selling me the Gibson L-1. I thought the guitar was in fantastic shape. You guys did a great job on the description, and you know how it is, you read these details and start thinking “oh my, this thing must be in bad shape,” but quite the contrary. The L-1 was certainly well cared for and the previous owner took good care of the guitar. It plays great, sounds great – almost like I thought it would sound.”
– Rob (Gibson L1)

Hey Tom….got the guitar today….It is beautiful and sounds “KILLER”!!!.. …better than you described it!!
– Joe in Austin (Stella)


“Got the guitar today. Loving it already. Tuned down a couple of steps and it’s a dream! Thank you.”
– Casey (Stella)


“Hi Tom – Just wanted to drop a line to say I’m very pleased with the Oahu… and having a lot of fun with it!”
– Andrew (Oahu)


Hello Gents and thank you for the National Steel Tenor! I love it as does everyone who plays it or looks at it…When I am in the old folks home it will match my wheelchair. I thought I was over the ‘vintage bug” until I saw the National. Thanks for all the good work. What a cool thing you do! Best, Tom”
– Tom C. (National Tenor Style 1)


The guitar came yesterday. They beat up the box pretty good, but thanks to your expert packing the guitar and case came through fine. It looks great and sounds better than I thought it would.
– Mike in L.A. (Stella)


Hello Tom, Collegiate guitar arrived well in good case and condition. Don’t even care about the greedy Post office charge and Swedish VAT of 25% extra on the net amount. I bought it for life time and the CDGEm chords was definitely worth the financial surprises. Thanks !
– Tomas in Sweden (Collegiate)


“..the guitar has settled in perfectly. No rattle. Very comfy for fingerpicking, and it sounds sweet! I really love it, and appreciate your turning me on to this old Oscar Schmidt — I knew nothing about it until I stumbled upon your website.”
– David (UAC Stella)


“I received the guitar, everything is fine. Thank you, it’s was a pleasure to deal with you! Now I’m gonna play the guitar!”
– Geoffrey (000-18)


“She arrived safe and sound and I have to tell you I couldn’t be happier. What a wonderful sounding instrument!!! You did a fine job fixing it up and you even stuck on some new strings!! Can’t tell you how many times nobody even bothered to change them. I can tell that you deal in good quality instruments and your service is highly commendable. I’d be happy to link your site up with mine. And a T-shirt!! Fantastic. You’ve got a loyal customer here. “
– Little Toby Walker (coolest guitar on planet Earth!)


“I got my Triolian on Saturday and had it out at a gig on Sunday. I was only really able to use it for slide work, but I loved it and got several compliments. This is my first vintage National and it sounds great! I am super excited to finally have a vintage National! Thanks so much! “
– Michael (National Triolian Hawaiian)


Hello Tom! Today I reveived the Stella grand concert! I’m happy! It looks great and more important it sounds great! What a surprise….the small model with such a huge bass….Comparing to my rebuilded Stella Jumbo (“Leadbelly model”) from “fraulini guitars” there is no difference in volume and power….unbelievable….To me the Vintage guitar sounds warmer! The tone is deeper and fatter, you sure know what I mean! The neck is great and my first impression of the intonation is very (!!) good! You are right, it’s a great fingerpicking guitar….especially for ragtime and Blues and also latin styles (mexican music….) I never had the chance to play an old Stella Jumbo (it would be very interesting!) I would work with you again for sure! Great T-shirt…..I will wear it on stage!!!! Best regards from Blues-Germany!
– Edwin in Germany (Stella 12)


“The guitar came in yesterday and it is awesome… Thank you! You way undersold the instrument… It is great and I’m happy to give it a new home. Again thank you! PS – Thanks for the t Shirt too… “
– Aven (National Triolian Hawaiian)


“Bruce and Tom, just to let you know that Martin Style A is now in my hands adn survived the shipping with no problems. It is a beauty, light, ringing sweet and not too loud, exactly what I was hoping for. It was a pleasure dealing with you. The history of this particular instrument was a nice bonus.”
– Ari from Finland (Martin mandolin)


“Hi Tom, just to let you know that the guitar has arrived in great shape – and even the T-shirt fits! Thanks for everything, I am absolutely delighted! I am letting the temperature adjust before I’ll tune it up and reinstall the strap pin. 10 out of 10 for your service. I can recommend your site wholeheartedly, quote me on this if you’d like.”
– Len from Hong Kong (Kalamazoo KG11)


“Hi Tom, The Weymann arrived yesterday on time….great service…and well packed, many thanks! Super happy with the guitar, looks better than your photos! Many thanks for a great guitar and a simple transaction!”
– Charles in Hawaii (Weymann)

 What they play…

Pan plays ’30 Stella

Kenny Lee slides on a Regal

Waxwing John pick his Sterling ‘gitjo’

Ari picks his Stella Jumbo 12-string

Little Toby Walker works out on his Sterling!