Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 61
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it's reasonable to assume this instrument may have been a custom
order or experiment.
My dad was a professional guitarist, and I recently found a box
of unused guitar strings that belonged to him. They are at least
50 years old, and I'm curious whether they're worth anything. -
Because strings oxidize over time even if unused, they won't sound
good. But, old boxes and packaging material has artistic appeal;
I've seen string wrappers framed in decorative arrangements. Early
Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, and D'Angelico strings in original
packaging have a degree of collector's appeal, but there are no firmly
established market prices for them.
Early store display items such as company banners and string
displays also have decorative appeal such that some sell for hundreds
of dollars, but the market is speculative, with prices not nearly as
established as for vintage instruments.
This column addresses questions about features and model changes on stringed
instruments, information on manufacturers, driving forces in the marketplace, the
effects of technology on music, and any other related subject. Questions can be
sent to email@example.com with "Gruhn Q&A" in the subject line.
George Gruhn has been part of the Nashville music scene for more than 30
years. He moved to Nashville in 1969 after getting his Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Chicago and doing graduate work at Duke University and the University
of Tennessee in Knoxville. In 1970, he established Gruhn Guitars, Inc., one of the
largest dealers of vintage and used instruments in the world.
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