Brief details of previously sold Archtop, Hollow & Big-body Electric Jazz/Blues Guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Electric Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
I tend to bang on about Vintage Acoustics, so you might get the impression that those are all I'm interested in, but that is not the case....I do appreciate the simplicity of Acoustic Guitars, and Wood and Wooden-made instruments are the things I am comfortable working on....but no "baby-boomer", born in the late '40s, and growing up through the '60s can say anything other than that a large number of the musical highlights of their life have been created on the Electric Guitar! Need I say more!

As with Acoustics, and despite the lower numbers, you may detect a certain trend of my likings for quality affordable guitars, in the field of Electric Guitars as well as Acoustics. Hence, together with the other VTG Archive page simply titled "Electic Guitars", we have the Japanese versions of the iconic Fender & Gibson models, particularly those imported by Mr. Marshall, and the more recent Jazz based offerings of Washburn & Tanglewood, which I offer when I can.

Similar models may be available to "pre-order" - please see "In the Workshop" section, or enquire.
Here are some, not all, of the Electric Archtop & Jazz Guitars I have sold in recent times - in some cases similar models may be available or coming along shortly. Please check current listing, "In the Workshop" sections or enquire for current availability, prices and further details.


*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J5 SUNBURST L-5 TYPE TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - Superb Condition, Sound & Playing, Deep-Bodied, Superb Sunburst Finish - Photo #6.


*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J6 BLOND L-5 TYPE 17" MAPLE TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - Deep-Bodied, Superb Condition, Great Playing Sound & Vibe - VTG1117 - Photo #8.


*** SOLD *** GODIN 5TH AVENUE KINGPIN 1950s STYLE ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR - Canadian Wild Cherry Body Single P90 Pickup Vintage Tone Excellent Condition - Sold to customer in Lancashire on commissioned search - VTG1122 - Photo #7.


*** SOLD *** TANGLEWOOD TSB49 MAPLE ARCHTOP JAZZ/BLUES/ROCKABILLY ELECTRIC GUITAR - Entwistle Vintage Alnico Pickups Grover Style Black Buttons Machineheads - VTG1106 - Photo #5.


*** SOLD *** TANGLEWOOD AS36 "ORLEANS" ARCHTOP ES-175 TYPE JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - Deep, but more compact 14.75" Bodied, All Maple, Flatwounds, Great Play/Sound/Vibe - VTG1206 - Photo #3.


*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J3/TS SPRUCE/MAPLE DEEP-BODIED ES175 TYPE ARCHTOP ELECTRIC JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Low Action, Fully Bound 17" Body, Florentine Cutaway, Grover Tuners - VTG1237 - Photo #2.

2013 SALES:

*** SOLD *** TANGLEWOOD AS39 BLONDE MAPLE ARCHTOP L-5 TYPE 17" DEEP-BODIED ELECTRIC JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - Superb Looking and Playing, Fully Bound Body, Neck and Headstock Full Professional Checkover Great Sounding Pickups - Sold to buyer in Switzerland - 130801 - VTG1413 - Photo #4.

2014 SALES:

*** SOLD *** HONDO HL5FBB "FAT BOY" EARLY 1980s ALL MAPLE L-5 TYPE 17" GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Playability & Sound, Professionally Overhaul including trussrod adjustment, stoning/re-profiling frets, and electrical overhaul/repair - Sold to Nick Armstrong - co-founder & Guitarist - Guisborough Big Band & Guitarist Gene Jarrad Big Band...."there's no way I'm parting with this guitar!" - 140802 - VTGC1014 - Photo #9.

2015 SALES:

*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J-6TS SUNBURST 1993 L-5 TYPE 17" BLUES & JAZZ TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR - Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-bodied Jazzer, Excellent Condition, Playability, Sound & Vibe, Professionally Overhauled & Electrics Checked - Sold to Norwich buyer - 150802 - VTG1481 - Photo #1.

2016 SALES:

*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J-6 MONTGOMERY SPRUCE & MAPLE c.2000 BLUES, JAZZ & SWING TRADITIONAL L-5 TYPE 17" ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR - Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-bodied Blond Jazzer. Excellent Professionally Overhauled Condition, Playability, Sound & Vibe. Sold to buyer in Hampshire!....AND THE FEEDBACK! - "Guitar arrived safe and sound. Plays and sounds great. Many thanks for your help. - VTG1529. -

All guitars are restored/overhauled to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage & modern guitars, which I have restored and sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, and in the case of electric guitars, checking in conjunction with the luthier I work with that these are fully operational, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For availability and individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
I set out to achieve an electric guitar 12th. fret action of around 1.75mm. to 2.5mm. on these guitars.

Rather than fit a standard type of string, as I tend do on the Acoustics, I try to obtain and fit a suitable string set to each guitar & have used a variety of Tapewound, Flatwound & Electric strings...happy to discuss other string types/gauges to buyer's requirements.

The guitars sometimes do not come with cases, although some do have older type but sturdy cases. Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Case options for the big-bodied Jazzers are limited. Additional case prices available on request.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses usually £15.00 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses £30.00 to £50.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.


In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


In addition to the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars".


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** YOUTUBE ****

You can find numerous clips of the Washburn J6 on YouTube, including the one I have embedded here by de1955.

For the Harmony Hollywood, again a number of clips including the link #1 below to demo of 1962 H39 by daveb2575, and another of a 1967 Hollywood by Joe V.

Again for the Godin there are many clips of the 5th Avenue Kingpin, including the one on link #2. by Llacrobat.
Useful links
YouTube Clip of 1961 Harmony Hollywood H39 by daveb2575
YouTube Clip of Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin by Llacrobat
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