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A Rare Vintage

Although it has been open only since June 2013, Carter Vintage Guitars has quickly become an essential port of call for guitarists passing through Music City. Lock up your credit cards and step inside...

Just under a mile’s stumble south from the likeable tourist trap bars on Broadway and a mere two minutes around the corner from Jack White’s Third Man Records stands Carter Vintage. The store’s 8th Avenue location marks the western boundary of a triangular slice of neighbourhood recently rebranded as Pie Town by its artsier inhabitants in an effort to shake off a somewhat unsavoury reputation. Huge exterior murals of Maybelle Carter and a sunburst Les Paul mean that you can’t miss it, and there’s much to savour when you grasp one half of the bisected Gibson SG body that functions as a pair of door handles and step into nearly 8,000 square feet of fretted instrument heaven.

Christie and Walter Carter bring a combined 50 years of experience of fretted instruments to Carter Vintage
Photography Eleanor Jane

Proprietors Christie and Walter Carter certainly know a thing or two about vintage guitars, mandolins and banjos. Christie worked at Gruhn Guitars for 25 years as both store manager and salesperson par excellence, while Walter’s career has included stints as a country songwriter and Gibson’s in-house historian and archivist. He also co-authored the indispensible reference title, Gruhn’s Guide To Vintage Guitars. Christie and Walter went out on their own in late 2012 and worked from their home for a short time before buying 625 8th Avenue South and renovating it in a contemporary urban style before opening their doors to the public in June 2013.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.