- Buying, Selling & Trading Classic Vintage and Used
Selling vintage, used guitars and basses, Nicks Guitars offers
a wide variety of instruments at all price levels.
Digger talks to Nick about the background to the business and
about what's on offer.
Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and
the background to Nick’s Guitars?
Nick: I have been playing
guitar in bands off and on since 1965; the good old days! I
was initially involved with a show band in Southport where I
lived then. We were also incorporated into the local Musicians
Union orchestra/dance band and played many big functions
mainly at the Southport Floral Hall. Rock bands took over for
a while during the late 60’s-70’s before I settled down with
the occasional musical foray during the 80’s. Then I got back
into playing by joining a local Blues band
on Bass! And I have been doing that for the past 15 years or
As a guitarist, buying and
sometimes selling guitars to fund the next purchase, it was
inevitable that one day the Nicks Guitars business would be
born. The business is Internet-based through my website and
local guitar shows.
Please tell us more about your services and the vintage
guitars and other music equipment that people can find at
Nick: Selling vintage, used
guitars and basses, Nicks Guitars offers a wide variety of
instruments at all price levels. Business is conducted via the
Web site, (www.nicksguitars.com) through the 'Nicks Guitars
eBbay listings' and at local Guitar Shows. Callers are welcome
to try before they buy and collect instruments. We are located
near Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Only 5 minutes from the A1. As
players as well as dealers we understand the needs of both
collectors and musicians. Many local, national, and
international customers purchase from us with confidence. We
work hard to keep our customers happy and are proud of our
customer feedback record.
Why are these vintage guitars such a big thing in so many
people’s lives and why are they so iconic?
Nick: Young and old continue to
be fascinated with the past. I get stories almost every day
from people telling me about the instruments they had and
should never have sold (me included). Middle aged to teenagers,
they mostly want an old guitar. It’s the “Mojo” I guess.
Thinking of all the stories an old guitar could tell and
guessing who may have played it in the past all adds to the
magic of vintage guitars. A good quality used guitar will save
you hundreds of Pounds/Euros etc. over a new one and you will
not really lose any money if/when you come to sell it. In many
cases it would be worth more in a few years. During these
economic hard times I get many players who are buying used and
vintage guitars rather than leaving the money in the Bank
earning little interest.
What is the enduring fascination people have generally with
Retro and Vintage in all its forms?
Nick: If you look back over the
past 60 years to when guitar music was booming there have been
hundreds of iconic songs produced with what I call “classic
vintage guitars”. From Les Paul to Jimmy Hendrix and Eric
Clapton to Peter Green and many, many more, each have performed
with what are now considered to be awesome iconic guitars from
the “golden age”.
Who are your customers, where are they coming from and what
sort of feedback and comments are you getting from clients?
Nick: Customers come in all
shapes and sizes, bless them. I ship all over the world,
including Australia and the USA. Closer to home the majority
go to the UK and Europe including several instruments to
How hard is it to source these vintage guitars or parts for
them and the amps?
Nick: This is the tough part.
It is indeed difficult and time consuming. I continue to learn
every day at every twist and turn.
What are the biggest challenges running the business?
Nick: Keeping costs down and
making a margin. Not being afraid to say no and being cool
about holding on to guitars for a long time. Don’t panic!
And what do you most enjoy about running Nick’s Guitars?
Nick: An old cliché I guess but
meeting my customers is a real joy. I get to meet some great
musicians and many become repeat customers too which is nice.
Of the majority that are mail order it is always great to get
a thoughtful email letting me know how pleased they are with
the instrument and service. Most enjoyable is the buying trips
when I get to catch up with my dealer pals.
What are your own particular retro passions Nick?
Nick: Being mostly a bass
player these days I just love old Fender basses. Just wish I
could afford them.
What would you say makes Nick’s Guitars special?
Nick: Our aim is to seek out
not only vintage instruments but also the more affordable
player grade pieces. Particularly pro quality used guitars.
Most guitar shops are stocked with shiny new guitars and one
or two used instruments. Some will not even take a guitar in
part exchange so they never have any used ones! I also stock a
lot of pre-owned and vintage bass guitars. All the main lines
are generally in stock. Playing bass myself that is a natural
thing for me to do and makes me stand out from the crowd. Also
I will offer people time to pay for an instrument as long as
they have paid a reasonable deposit they can take up to 3
months to pay. Not many other Guitar stores will do that!
Gibson & Epiphone Solid Body, Gibson & Epiphone
Hollow, Ricky Gretsch Guild PRS Others, Acoustics,
Basses Fender Basses, Gibson Basses, Musicman Basses,
Other Basses, Other Guitars Acoustics, Ukes, Lap-steel
& Mandolins, New Eastwood Guitars, Amps & Cabs, New
Events and Music, Horns, Guitar Art
Selling vintage, used guitars and basses, Nicks
Guitars offers a wide variety of instruments at all
price levels. Our aim is to seek out not only vintage
instruments but also the more affordable player grade
pieces. Business is conducted via the Web Site,
through the 'Nicks eBay Shop' and at local Guitar
Shows. Callers are welcome to try before they buy and
collect instruments. We are located near Wetherby,
West Yorkshire. Only 5 minutes from the A1.
T. 01937 541 290
As players as well as dealers we understand the needs
of both collectors and musicians. Many local,
national, and international customers purchase from us
with confidence. We work hard to keep our customers
happy and are proud of our customer feedback record.
If you don't see what you're looking for on the site,
please get in touch. We'll try and help you find the
perfect vintage or used piece.
We hope to hear from you soon.
M. 07531 229 812