A vintage guitar is an older guitar usually sought after and maintained by avid collectors or musicians. While any guitar of sufficient age can be considered a vintage instrument, the term is typically applied to guitars either known for their sound quality or rarity.
We define Japanese Vintage guitars as those from 20 to 36 years old. By limiting to 36 years old, we believe this vintage era began in the ‘70’s when many Japanese guitars manufacturers started producing replicas of Gibson, Fender and other famous brands.
These replica guitars were called “lawsuit guitars” in the United States. In most cases, the qualities of these guitars were better than the originals.
These guitars which are called Japanese Vintage or “lawsuit” guitars are highly sought after by collectors worldwide.