Great Player Guitars is about my beloved working tools based in my studio in Zurich, Switzerland. You want to buy sell or trade? Lets get in touch.
Through the years I turned towards Vintage gear, since the sound of the old guitars are unequaled. I focus on playergrade guitars that are still in financial reach because they lack the important collector attributes like original finishes, routing, etc. I care for the hardware that make these guitars so unique. It’s about Great Player Guitars that make you want to play and play. I am mainly a Stratocaster and Telecaster player. I am proud to own some of the best Strats and Teles around. When I buy I invest a lot of time and money to make these instruments sound the best they can. I buy from many respected shops. Often they arrive in an estate that I wouldn't dare to sell them. I have the privilege to care for my instruments because I don't have to sell professionally. These are my babies. The only time I hold back upgrading is when collector items will loose essential value with an upgrade I make.
The next best thing to Pre CBS guitars are Japanese Reissues from late 70ies to 84. Unfortunately there is a tendency also in this sector to hype originality over quality. A lot of vintage stuff comes in unplayable estate. I am a musician in the search of the best sounding guitar. I will not play guitars that have suffered through the decades and don't sound anymore and I won't sell what I wouldn't play. Especially with Japanese Vintage guitars that sell way under price it seems ridiculous to me that there is a collector scene that seeks for originality. For God's sake go and buy collectable stamps. I will not sell a guitar cheaper because I improved it's sound. I have a wonderful Tokai ST 80 which a client believed to be a ST 50. Looks like the neck (80 stamp) and perhaps the body is original. According to a Tokai expert the pickguard is not original and possibly the body. That would make it a partscaster. Of course I corrected the information immediately on my homepage. But then the client wanted me to drop the price and ask my money back from the original seller. I won't ask back my money nor will I drop the price. This is one of the best guitars I ever played! Try to find a guitar that sounds and plays like this for 1500 Euro!!! I keep the information as accurate as possible. But I am not in for these games. I will correspond to playing issues that were overlooked because I want you to be happy with the instrument you buy. This is more than you will get from most known serious sellers. But never complain about collector issues. These are all great-player-guitars. I won't sell any gear here that doesn't sound and play above what you usually get in shops or online. Or am I looking only for an excuse not to sell....lol
Dynamics and Resonance are the most important factors I care for in a guitar and the professional playing feel of the neck. Generally I look for Custom Shop quality in my instruments, since they have to fullfill professional standards live or in the studio. I am mainly into Fenders Stratocaster or Telecaster and do enjoy some Gibsons as well, as I need them for my studiowork. I also do like some smaller Guitarbuilders, building Strats and Teles.
My guitars are set up by a guitar tech for perfect functionality and playing feel.
All guitars are good to extraordinary "player" guitars, as described. Sometimes there are a few Collector items which I declare as such. But I only buy and sell them if they work as great players too.
I am a guitarplayer and therefore a private collector. These are my workingtools and I like changing, buying, selling or trading great playing top notch guitars, so the journey to find tonal nirvana can continue. If you are interested in buying, selling, swapping, get in touch.
The Instruments are accurately described with best intentions, fotos, (videos) and written descriptions. You will get what you see, no monkey
I am a guitar player and I prefer a non vintage correct instrument if it plays great. Sound is the ultimate premise. So I am not the right guy to buy expensive
collector stuff from. I can't tell you which screw is original and which one not. But I sure know if that guitar plays and sounds right.
Make an appointment to play and ask all the necessary question before buying the instrument. Since I am a private collector I do not take back instruments nor do I give garantee on them.