Different people take different approaches to building collections of vintage guitars. For some people, it's all about getting as many instruments to display in their homes as possible. For others, it can be satisfactory to have a smaller collection but accomplish certain goals regarding the instruments. If you feel that you fit into the second category, it can be fun to brainstorm different ways that you'll approach building your collection. There's nothing wrong with being ambitious, and here are three goals that are highly ambitious.
Sequential Serial Numbers
One guitar-collecting goal that is highly ambitious, but that can also be a lot of fun to pursue, is to find instruments with sequential serial numbers. A pair of guitars with serial numbers that are sequential might have been made back-to-back in the same factory, which can be something neat for any collector to ponder. When you shop for vintage guitars online, the sellers will often reference the serial numbers; if you can't find this information in the item's description, you can always ask. If you're able to get two guitars with sequential serial numbers, you can try to find the next one in line.
Guitars On Album Covers
If you've got deep pockets, another ambitious collecting goal is to acquire guitars that have appeared on album covers of different musicians. This is a challenging goal because you're looking for specific guitars, not just a general make and model of a guitar. Occasionally, such guitars will come up at auction, and while you'll need to make considerable financial investments to get them — especially if the guitarist and the album are particularly iconic — this can be a fun collecting goal to pursue.
Another option for you to consider is to look for prototype guitars. These are models that weren't necessarily released to the public but that were made by different instrument manufacturers to test out whether they were viable. This is a challenging collecting goal because prototype guitars are always produced in small quantities. They, too, will occasionally come up at auction, and they will often command top dollar. If you're particularly keen on a certain type of guitar, getting a prototype of that model from before the design went into production can be a focal point of your collection. Finding one of these guitars may take years, but part of the fun of collecting is the pursuit.
For more information, contact a professional with knowledge about personal vintage guitar collections.