Welcome to Replay Acoustics
Welcome to the stock and musings of Replay Acoustics. You will find possibly the best stock of vintage Gibsons and Martins in the country within these pages.....happy hunting !!
The spring equinox has come and I can smell the dirt again, although I'm keeping the fires burning. But may the Sun king descend upon us all so we can get out in the grass and bask in some music and Vitamin C !!
We are busy restocking for the spring and a few rarities have turned our way in the last few weeks. We are just in receipt of the first ever recorded 1942 Gibson Southern Jumbo with silkscreen Gibson script logo. Possibly the rarest of all Gibsons with skunk stripe and brazilian rosewood body. AMAZING !! seeing as how I didn't even know this existed. Also just in is an amazing private collection of 5 absolutely mint early Gibsons, which will find their way onto our stock pages very soon. All being unplayed in condition and with great musical abilities. Already in stock is a very, very rare first year 1956 C.F. Martin D-21 in exceptional condition and a 1927 C.F. Martin 000-18 with long scale and 12 frets.....totally scarce. Along with these are a superb 1943 Martin 000-18 and a 1959 Martin D-28 E. With dim weather, it is difficult to get pictures for our site but the first sunny day will bring along those. In the Gibson line, we have two new to stock banner J-45's and a '51 J-45 that is knocking on the door soon. A sweet banner LG-2 is at the luthiers for it's neck set and we are also negotiating for a very rare 1968 Martin D-28 Slothead. More to come !! In stock and hanging we have some other fine and rare offerings.
As a new product to us that we have fallen head over heals for, we are encouraging interest in Elliott Capos. Custom stainless steel handmade capos from a tiny Mom and Pop operation in America that are as sleek as a racehorse...beautifully crafted push button mechanisms and supple lines. Keep an eye for them.....not cheap (actually bloody expensive) but you get every bit of what you pay for with Elliott Capos.
We have also just stocked a line of strings that I am highly satisfied with: Newtone Strings, hand made in England by a small operation in Heanor, Derbyshire. Really nice quality and in sizes and styles that you won't find elsewhere. They even make an acoustic nickel wound, which I have only found as case candy when a guitar comes in with it's old bits onboard. They are also making a great, low tension string that has the suppleness of an electric string but the tonal quality of an acoustic. Great stuff !! We have a sample in the gallery to have a go with.
To quote the book: "Gibson's Fabulous Flattop Guitars", "C.F. Martin's are the Mercedes of the guitar world !" From build quality and sound refinement to tonewoods, innovation and industry leadership, Martins are the finest and most consistent mass produced guitars in the world. Beautiful quality and exceptional tone dominate the brand. And the Gibson's ??? "Gibson's are the Fords and the Chevys !" Being an American, I know what that means...the heart and the soul....the workingmans music and some of the warmest, most tactile guitars on the planet. Vintage Gibson guitars are....well, how do I put it?.......like a favoured pair of old jeans or cowboy boots !! Thuddy, quirky, soft and incredibly beautiful with their painted sunset tones on old spruce planks !! By no means second best.....just different in a very vintage acoustic sort of way !!
So our concept behind Replay Acoustics, which is a web based business located near Sevenoaks in Kent, is to be a consistent and prominent source of good quality vintage and used Martin and Gibson guitars. We carry one of the largest selections of vintage Gibson and Martin acoustic guitars in the country.
Since acoustic guitars are constructed of wood, a moving, breathing organic material, they have a character and a feel that is unique to each instrument. The wood breathes throughout it's existence, influencing tonal quality, sustain, projection and condition.
Although Replay Acoustics handles predominately vintage and used Gibson and Martin guitars with little or no restoration, a deep understanding of woods and their properties creates a level of appreciation for and understanding of the typical problems associated with acoustic instruments as well as the sometime need for impeccable restoration particularly in rare or fabulous sounding instruments. We prefer instruments that have been played a lot.....they have character and have matured and opened up over time, taking on a richer, mellower tone. After all, it is all about sound and playability for the player of good vintage acoustic guitars and Replay Acoustics strives to provide just that. Instruments with great tone and excellent playability.
We will endeavour not to comment unless asked about the sound or tone of our instruments as this tends to be a personal perception. Everyone hears differently and sound is very subjective, so we have decided not to try and describe it to you. We will however mention sustain, balance, projection and ease of play along with condition. Replay Acoustics will provide every buyer with a receipt documenting what we know about each guitar we sell. Any repairs or restoration that we are aware of or have had done will be duly noted. All of our guitars will come needing little or nothing to be playable for the foreseeable future.
If needed, we recommend restoration and repair services thru Graham Parker, one of the finest luthiers in England. (he does Steve Earles guitars) or Andy Crockett, equally adept at the dark arts. Locally, we also use Tom's Guitars in Seal, Kent for set ups and quick repairs. We will expedite repairs on your own guitars as a matter of courtesy and free service and/or put you in touch with them. We will take no fee for this.
We are also interested in purchasing or consigning quality acoustic and archtop guitars especially Martin and Gibson guitars as well as bespoke luthier built instruments like Santa Cruz, Froggy Bottom, Collings, etc, so if you have something to sell, please send us an email and we will reply as quickly as possible.
But at the end of the day, Replay Acoustics is about bringing together quality vintage guitars and guitar players of all levels. We hope you will find our collection interesting and above average. And remember: If you don't know where you're goin, any road will get you there !!
Tony Werneke proprietor
The alternative in Rare and Vintage Acoustic Guitars !!
Graham Parker - Luthier
At Replay Acoustics we are proud to be associated with people as passionate about their art as we are. Finding a skilled luthier can be a tough job so we are delighted to promote Graham Parker, a highly respected luthier and long time member of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology.
To view his website click here.