Fretted Americana (vintage guitars)



2015-06-26 10:58:55

Fretted Americana buys and sells only the finest examples of American vintage electric guitars. They specialize in Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, and Rickenbacker. They are based in Calabasas in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California

Fretted Americana have many rarities in their inventory, and most importantly, condition has always been, and always will be paramount to them.

Who is Fretted Americana?

David Brass is an internationally renowned antiquarian bookseller who has been dealing in rare and collectable books and original artwork for the past 35 years. Over the years, David has built many great investment quality collections of rare books and original art for collectors worldwide, and feels that there is a marked correlation between these collecting and investment fields and that of American vintage guitars.


The staff at Fretted Americana are as follows:

  • President: David Brass
  • Vice President: Caroline Brass
  • Executive Director: Steve J. Gertz
  • Creative Director: Dustin S. Jack
  • Media Relations: Debra Brass

How they work

Fretted Americana fully catalogue and photograph all of their guitars and amplifiers. They realize that every instrument has unique characteristics, so their catalogue descriptions not only give a clear and precise explanation of condition, body style, history, years made, wood types, electronics, number produced, etc., but also individual measurements of weight, nut width, scale length, body size, pickup output, etc.

Their photographs are of the highest quality, and give the clearest idea of what the guitar or amplifier actually looks like.

Fretted Americana believe that this detailed information will instill a greater sense of confidence to the discerning collector considering a purchase. They are always looking to invest in fine vintage guitars and amplifiers.


Consignments are welcome. The company offer full security and insurance while they house an instrument.


They will ship worldwide by FedEx and UPS.

Return Policy

48 hours approval on all instruments that are purchased sight unseen. If not completely satisfied with the instrument, simply contact the company within this period, and return it in the same condition it was received in for a full refund, less freight charges, or any related costs including credit card transactions, taxes and duties levied. 48 hour approval does not apply to amplifiers.

Trade-up policy

If an instrument is purchased from Fretted Americana and the buyer decides to get a different one later, the company will apply the full purchase price towards any of their instruments that costs twice as much (or more) as the original instrument, if it is in the same condition as when originally purchased.


All prices are in US dollars. Overseas customers should e-mail the company for currency conversion. Shipping and Insurance will be charged at cost. They accept MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and wire transfers. Checks require at least ten days to clear.

Condition descriptions

9.50 MINT - As good as it gets
9.25 NEAR MINT - Fine with minimal lacquer checking
9.00 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE - In fine original condition with minimal wear
8.75 EXCELLENT PLUS - Minor scratches and small chips
8.50 EXCELLENT - Light playing wear
8.00 VERY GOOD PLUS - Moderate playing wear
7.50 VERY GOOD - Played, but totally original
7.00 GOOD - Has had some professional repair or replaced parts

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