Vintage Tours: Mecum Chicago 2019

VINTAGE TOURS: MECUM AUCTIONS CHICAGO 2019

We came, we saw, and we could barely believe it. 

We know power, and we know collectability. We know curves and colorways, and the crazed feeling that comes with putting the pedal to the metal. Still, MECUM Chicago was a whole new world that none of us were ready for, and yet a virtual mirror image of our own.

In our own backyard of Schaumburg, IL, the trip was easy enough. We set out for a familiar place, a happy place for almost all Chicagoans: IKEA, where MECUM had arranged for satellite parking. We ditched our daily drivers in the Fjürgen lot and shuffled over in the crisp fall air to the shuttle, intent on revving a few engines, our best pieces in tow.

When we arrived at the Schaumburg Convention Center, the air was supercharged with the feeling that anything could happen, fantasies of deals and steals, and the percolating energy of no reserve auctions mixing with the intoxicating aroma of oil and gasoline to form a heady brew of mystery and anticipation.

Behind the grandstand, we unloaded and lined up about 15 pieces, including a 1960 ES-335, a black 1960 Jazzmaster, one of perhaps seven or ten factory Black ES-355s still in existence, with, what we suspect to be, factory-installed Master Volume and 3-Way switching on the horns, as well as our 1960 Burst, otherwise known affectionately as “Scarface.” 

While we arranged our pieces on the grandstand like trophies, camera after camera was lining up, focusing on the other side, where, in just a few moments, there would be a parade of some of the most spectacular and rare vehicles that have ever existed. Start your engines—ready, set, go

Image of a Musicvox Space Ranger bass guitar
image of an Aquaburst Gibson Flying V
image of a Gibson Les Paul Custom that is all maple

Like two sides of the same coin, our guitars were back-to-back with the legendary machines that inspired so many of them. Jaguars and Jaguars. Racing stripes. Chrome. The same DuPont color codes. Contours and cuts flowing effortlessly in perfect parallel. And we weren’t the only ones to notice.

MECUM goers were eager to tell us about their collection of guitars, how they get the same feeling from playing a Fender that they do when they’re sitting in between them, and how their love for both blend together, like the center of a Venn diagram, or the colors in a finely mixed coat of custom paint. Like old family stories, the tales poured out; fond memories recollected by lovers of the craft, collecting, playing, driving… .

We’d heard the comparison before, many times, but at MECUM Chicago, we finally saw it, reflected in bright orange with glowing flecks of silver, and spelled out in letters like “S-H-E-L-B-Y.” It was impossible to ignore, and we knew there was something special at work in our combination of similar worlds. MECUM. CME. MECUM and CME.

It was then and there we decided to make our first steps into the center of the Venn diagram, and in January, we will.

Join CME in Kissimmee, FL, at Osceola Heritage Park, for MECUM Kissimmee 2020, where we’ll hold our first-ever auction of rare and exclusive guitars as part of MECUM’s Guitar Search. It’s the start of a relationship that, in reality, has been there all along, and we can’t wait to be there to hand you the keys.

SHOP VINTAGE GUITARS

Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966

Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966

$15,995.00
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s
Silvertone Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case  1960s

Silvertone Model 1448 Amp-In-Case 1960s

$660.00
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961
National Electric Guitars / Solid Body National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961

National Studio 66 Sand Buff 1961

$1,325.00
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958
National Electric Guitars / Hollow Body National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958

National Model 1111 Aristocrat Natural 1958

$1,131.00
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966

Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1966

$13,676.00
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s
Airline Electric Guitars / Solid Body Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s

Airline Town & Country Sunburst 1960s

$595.00
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968
Gretsch Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968

Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Walnut 1968

$2,433.00
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969

Gibson Byrdland Sunburst 1969

$6,995.00
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974

Gibson ES-150DC Walnut 1974

$2,845.00
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s

Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s

$403.00
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962

Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962

$9,995.00
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960

Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960

$77,500.00

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