Elite Vintage Guitars – About

Hi Y’all, my name is Jay and I have started this blog regarding my collection of vintage guitars, simply because I dig them and they are a joy to play. My guitar collection started about 40 years ago with my first Pearl SG Copy,  then a cherry sunburst Yamaha SG-700 guitar, and when I was into prog rock, metal and rock and roll. Many moons later, the collection has grown a bit and is scattered in various places, some are in UK and some are in my native Holland .

My collection is mainly Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean stuff like Yamaha, Ibanez, Aria although I dig some of the old USA stuff like Peavey, Guild, Musicman, Fender, too.

Collecting guitars needs  space, which isn’t much about, not good when suffering from GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) , so to make space for “new stuff” ,  I punt some geets off  so, if you are looking for something a bit different,  check it out. Most stuff stays in the collection but some are up for grabs and marked with prefix – FS.


Some noteworthy guitars from my collection  include the world famous early 1970s Yamaha SG-175, made by Yamaha for Carlos Santana and some other rare Yamaha or other Les Paul models from the 1970s, for example the beautifully crafted LP in honeyburst, made for Jimmy Page (see picture below).

Some of the  “excess stuff” is displayed and sold via Simon from “Ayr Guitar” and Brian  of “The Berwick Music Gallery” who  kindly offered me space in their music shops, and are keen to help you try out one of these.


cheers Jay

Yamaha SG's at Berwick Music Gallery

The Music Gallery Berwick

Yamaha SGs at Ayr Guitar

Ayr Guitar


11 comments on “Elite Vintage Guitars – About

  1. bought a lovely vintage guitar for my Son for Christmas, excellent transaction, Jay thank you so much for keeping us informed about delivery. It arrived in time for Christmas and my Son was able to open his present. He is over the moon with his guitar. It was well packaged and exactly as described, in mint condition, would recommend to anyone wishing to purchase a guitar from this gentleman, you can buy with confidence. With best wishes, Beverley McCreedy and Callum Henshaw, Telford, Shropshire.

  2. Just bought a Yamaha SG700 from Jay and must say ive never known anyone to be more helpful and patient.Guitar is fabulous to play and would advize anyone to buy one as they are a deadcert investment, the only trouble is i cant put it down. Packaging and after care is second to none and i will be back for another at some stage, cheers Jay.

  3. Had a great experience buying a beautiful Yamaha SX800b from Elite Vintage! I’ve never purchased a guitar over the internet, let alone from another country (I’m in Los Angeles, US) Heck, I thought Berwick Upon Tweed was a kind of amplifier! 😉 Really great communication, shipping and customs were a breeze. And now that I look through the whole web site, I’d better get to work and make some more guitar money! Thanks for the great guitar! I couldn’t be happier! – KK

  4. Was looking to replace an SG 1000 I rather stupidly part exchanged for a Bass amp some 30 years ago ….. had never purchased anything this big before online and must admit was more than a bit nervous about doing so

    I need not have worried ….. Jay was a pleasure to deal with and I got myself an excellent guitar, which looks good, plays really well and sounds great ….. what more can I say, I’m very happy with the result

  5. Vor wenigen Wochen habe ich von Jay eine Yamaha SG1500 (Jade Green) gekauft.
    Alles lief wie am Schnürchen. Super Service!
    Schneller Versand und kurze Lieferzeit.
    Top, ich kaufe gerne wieder bei ihm.

    Thanks for the guitar 🙂

  6. I was fortunate enough to have found Jay’s website here and to have purchased the 1991 Yamaha SG 25s (Sweeeeeeeeeeet!). I can’t say enough about how well the purchase agreement and transaction went, as Jay proved himself to be quite the stand up guy that you can trust if he gives you his word, it’s as good as gold. On a gentleman’s verbal agreement over the phone, I had my doubts as to whether I would be lucky enough to by this rare guitar from Jay. However, as Jay assured me the guitar was mine, Jay subsequently packaged it up and sent it on it’s way in the manner that I requested. The guitar was exactly as he described and in the mint condition that was depicted in Jay’s photos. Not only have I purchased one of the most amazing guitars ever made, I now consider Jay a friend in which I can call upon for advice or assistance in finding any other type of guitar out there. Thanks Jay for giving me the opportunity to purchase the guitar and for honoring your word based solely on a gentleman’s agreement. In this day and age, that is quite refreshing.



  7. Heute habe ich eine wundervolle ’82er SG 1500 in Persimmon Red von Jay gekauft. Erst sollte es “nur” eine SG 600 sein, dann eine 800, eine 1000 – und jetzt habe ich auf einmal schon etwas sehr Besonderes… – It’s because this very kind guy with his gorgeous guitars makes you addicted; but don’t worry, it won’t ruin you because the prices are so fair. I am very happy and will keep looking at Elite Vintage Guitars. Tausend Dank, Jay!

  8. Im so thankful to Jay! thanks so much for your help and kindness! the SG1000 guitar is so great and good condition just as Jay sayed! I didnt worry at all thru the whole process! the guitar arrived in 2 days to Hungary!!! I can absolutely recommend him to deal with, he is so patient and helpful! keep in touch!!! greetings from Hungary

  9. Just put down my lovely new (nearly 40 years old) SG2000 which arrived yesterday shipped by Fedex and excellently packed. Don’t worry about having things shipped, this guy knows how to pack things safely.
    The guitar is exactly what I expected from the photos and descriptions from Jay. If I need another one I’ll certainly buy from him again.
    Totally recommended.

  10. The yamaha sg700 was in better condition than in the photos, not a mark on it and for a 1979 guitar thats amazing, the guitar was hand delivered by Jay so got to meet the man him self, great knowledge on guitars and a great man to speak with.

  11. Jay, thank you for your time recently to allow me to try out numerous SG 2000s’ (and other guitars) from your very fine collection of rare and beautiful instruments. Your knowledge and guidance in helping me to choose the right guitar are all highly commendable and very much appreciated. The brown (tobacco) sunburst 1981 Yamaha SG 2000 settled on, looks and sounds tremendous (even before making any adjustments to match my playing style). Your pledge of aftersales support for spares, etc. (if needed) made it possible to buy with confidence. Thank you again Jay. It was a genuine pleasure making your acquaintance. Keep up the great work!

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