Welcome to Replay Acoustics. You will see temporary changes to the website that are explained in the following sentences. Very exciting indeed.
We are in the process of fully complying with current CITES legislation and will release stock when licenses are issued. We would like to remind clients that all instruments containing Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra)must be accompanied by a valid A10 sales license. We are working with the UK CITES MA and are processing licenses for any stock that we hold. With the new endangered species regulations on rosewood, ivory and many other natural species come some very specific changes to the way we do business. You will see a change to the site while we do this so don't become concerned........we are making very important movements to insure the future health and longevity of Replay Acoustics. So...........watch this space. Soon, we will hopefully be the only fully CITES certified guitar business in the U.K. meaning you can buy your guitar here with confidence.
In the meantime, enjoy what is here. There are some wonderful guitars on site and there will be more to come. Below you will find our usual blurb..........hope to see you along the trail.
Winter is hopefully giving us it's last blast so spring must be just around the corner. But......regardless of the weather we've some good things in store and a few rarities have turned our way in the last few months. For those of you looking to sell an American vintage acoustic(s), we are always actively looking for pre-1970 C.F. Martins and Gibsons and will reply promptly to any inquiries. We offer free shipping to all mainland U.K. destinations on sales and will arrange and pay for the pick up of any guitars you are looking to sell. Contact me (Tony) at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about how to go about selling or consigning your instrument.
You will notice a new category on our drop list: Electric Guitars. Mike Long from Audiotoyshop in Cheltenham and Replay Acoustics have cross referenced sites to give a higher level of exposure to each. Top end acoustics and top end electrics are a perfect marriage and Mike's stock is second to none. More importantly, Mike is a real gent and has a great reputation in the industry so we are very pleased to be recommending his business through our site. Have a look !!
I just spent a packet on upgrading the website so that it is phone compatable....... you can now get the site on your handhelds and pads........we've also upgraded the technicals so the pictures are crisper and clearer and the site works faster than it did. A new type style and some trimming here and there of excess copy and I hope you like it.
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.....not cheap (actually bloody expensive) but you get every bit of what you pay for with Elliott Capos. ~
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 Martin and Gibson guitars. We carry the largest selection 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 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.
If needed, we recommend restoration and repair services thru Dave King, approved warranty luthier for Martin Guitars, Graham Parker, Andy Crockett or David Crozier.... equally adept at the dark arts. 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 always interested in purchasing vintage acoustic and archtop guitars by Martin and Gibson as well as taking consignments for luthier built instruments like Santa Cruz, Froggy Bottom, Collings, etc, so if you have something to sell or you are thinning out the herd, 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.
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