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The First: Usually only one can be the first, but Carter Vintage has three important firsts... the first Gibson L-5 (signed by Lloyd Loar), the first Fender Twin Reverb (signed by original owner Walter Haynes) and the first G&L ASAT bass (with Leo Fender's pencil marks).
icedearthyoutube Jon Schaffer serves up a sample of what Iced Earth fans have been enjoying since 1985, using an Ice Sparkle Les Paul from the selection of Jon Schaffer guitars at Carter Vintage. Also check out out guitar videos from Daniel Donato, J.D. Simo, Jonathan Brown and Guthrie Trapp, mandolin videos from Tyler Andal, David Benedict, and Chris Thile, and banjo videos from Charlie Cushman, plus our favorite duo - Mr. and Mrs. Dawg. Also check video listings by artist and instrument.

janis Janis Ian stopped in for one last visit with instruments from the Janis Ian collection offered by Carter Vintage. The two-time Grammy winner is lightening her arsenal to help fund future artistic projects, and our offering of instruments is as eclectic as her career, with acoustic and electric guitars, plus a bass.

setIced Earth's Something Wicked inspired the custom graphics on this Explorer, part of the Jon Schaffer Collection - now being offered at 10 percent off. Start your own collection with cool electrics from the CVG ELECTRIC PAGE., like a BC Rich Ironbird or a metallic blue-green Epiphone Emperor or a Guild Johnny Smith Award.

We have a full-line repair department. And we do appraisals.

This Flatiron bouzouki has sold, but we have many more instruments from the Steve Earle collection, all with a signed letter from Steve.
smartFive Loars and a 1926 Fern are joined on the CVG MANDOLIN PAGE by a rare Gilchrist octave mandolin, a Newson F5, and a Forster Irish bouzouki.

acousticsA prewar D-45 and a museum-quality 1917 0-42 have just arrived on our MARTIN PAGE. And check out the first Loar L-5, the petite-bouche Django-style Monteleone, the pre-Norlin J-200s, and a Kurt Gisclair, all  on the CVG ACOUSTIC PAGE...

fuzzAn original Klon Centaur, and pedals by Jetter, J. Rockett, Mythos. Wampler, and more, all on the  CVG EFFECTS PAGE. And don't miss the Ludwig Phase II Synthesizer and the 1966 Maestro Fuzztone.

purpPurple is our theme color - at least when it comes to Marshalls. Check out the original purple stack on our page for Marshalls, not to mention the Fenders, Voxes and more on our Amps page.
ralph Openbacks from Pisgah, Chuck Lee and Enoch, plus a pristine prewar TB-18, a pair of top-tension conversions, an original RB-2 and more on the CVG BANJO PAGE.
bluesmanCool relic'd basses from Bluesman Vintage, along with a Fender Bass VI in Candy Apple Red and a simulated-marble finish on a Roscoe Fretless, new on the CVG BASS PAGE.

miscA Michael Lowe lute (sold), a bass viola da gamba (find another in a guitar store), a couple of dulcimers, a giant guitar book, and a stray violin, all on the CVG page for more stuff.
willisSigned and numbered prints of Allen Messer's iconic SRV photo, plus Messer's photos of Johnny Cash;  James A. Willis's guitars; and Lamar Sorrento's portraits. All on the CVG GuitarArt page.
 custom logo We've got 'em. Please call or email. memphis
gilchrist STEVE GILCHRIST's 2015 creations posed in front of our new wall mural of Bill Monroe (based on Jim McGuire's iconic photo). This batch included a pair of guitars, an octave and seven mandolin. One 5 (F-style) is still available. For pricing info and a place in the next batch, please call 615 915-1851 or email.
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