Any musical instrument can be collectible, but none more so than vintage guitars. Country stars like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Porter Wagner first made guitars a desired collectible when fans and collectors alike began to want to own and play the favorite guitar of their favorite music legend.
The age of rock and roll skyrocketed the guitar to popularity as musicians like Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana amazed audiences with their guitar mastery. Musical creativity exploded on stage and made vintage guitars by Gibson, Fender and Martin, just to name a few, hot commodities in the collectibles market.
In order to be classified as a vintage guitar, the instrument must have been built between the mid-1920s and 1970. Guitars made during this time were typically made by hand, much more than those made today. Guitars dating before the mid-1920s were mostly too primitive in design and construction to be desired by collectors. Instruments made after the 1970s are more of a mass production item and many of the materials used prior to that time are no longer used. This is especially true of some imported woods, which can no longer be obtained legally.