Showroom Tour for Vintage and Rare (.com)

Here’s a little showroom tour video we shot for fans and customers of Vintage and Rare. Vintage and Rare is a network of retailers of vintage and rare musical instruments – like us!…


Ampeg B-15 Portaflex – Amp Town Funk

As a vintage bass specialist, Andy’s showroom is host to some of the most incredible and highly collectable basses ever made, including Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man basses, Pre-CBS Fenders and 60s Hofners. It’s safe to say that Andy knows a thing or two about vintage basses, but if there’s one thing that Andy truly specialises…


CITES Permits and Certificates for Guitars made with Rosewood

What is CITES? ‘CITES’ is short for the ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ of Wild Fauna (Like Elephant Ivory) and Flora (Like Brazilian Rosewood). CITES is an international agreement between governments that came into force in 1975 and set out the law that the commercial import and export of certain species of materials…


Harmony H22 Bass

When you think of vintage and rare basses, it’s only natural for the more popular brands to pop in to your head. Pre-CBS Fender, Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man and Rickenbacker. Bring hollow-body basses in to the mix and some may look to the Hofner 500/1 ‘Beatles Bass’ or the Gibson EB2. While in fact, Harmony…


60 years of the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Image courtesy of www.hofner.com The Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass is undoubtedly one of the most distinguishable and significant instruments in bass guitar history. Designed by Walter Höfner in 1955, its public debut was at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1956. 2016 marked the bass’ 60-year anniversary. The Violin Bass’ hollow…


Fender Tele Bass

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Introduced in 1968, the Fender Telecaster (or Tele) Bass was largely a reissue of the original 1951 Precision Bass before it took on its more recognised, contemporary design in 1957. With its thin, Telecaster style headstock, single pickup and large pickguard with separate chrome control plate, this essentially…


1973: Introducing The Gibson Grabber and Ripper Basses

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Back in 1973 Gibson introduced not one, but two new and distinctive basses to the market, The Ripper and The Grabber. Both basses may have been modest options in terms ok looks – available in limited colour options with no decorative inlays and controls and pickups mounted on…


0% Finance Now Available

At Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars Ltd, there’s no need to pay for anything upfront – making your dream instrument easier to purchase. Andy Baxter is happy to have partnered with Divido and now offers 0% finance for UK customers on 6, 12 or 24 month payment plans. Divido is a UK finance provider that allows…


Music Man Stingray First Production Model

Fans and customers of Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars will know that Andy offers a diverse variety of vintage bass brands, including Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Music Man and Hofner. In his time, Andy has come across some extremely rare and highly admired basses… but for the Music Man fans out there – this is perhaps…


1973 Fender Jazz Bass

Original Article Written for Bass Guitar Magazine Famous for it’s distinguishable offset body, bright tone and rich midrange frequency, the Fender Jazz Bass is an obvious choice amongst bass players across the world. Whilst browsing Andy Baxter’s Showroom in Hoxton, there was a particular Jazz Bass that really caught our eye. A black 1973 Fender Jazz…