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

Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979
Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979

Gibson ES-347 Sunburst 1979

$3,195.00
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968
Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968

Gibson ES-330TD Sparkling Burgundy 1968

$2,995.00
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965
Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965

Mosrite Mark I Ventures Model Dark Metallic Blue 1965

$5,795.00
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979
Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979

Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Porsche Silver 1979

$1,595.00
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s
Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s

Framus Sorento Sunburst 1960s

$446.00
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973
Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973

Hagstrom Viking II Cherry 1973

$1,365.00
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967
Guild Starfire IV Green 1967

Guild Starfire IV Green 1967

$2,995.00
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962
Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962

Fender Fender Bass VI Sunburst 1962

$9,995.00
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960
Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960

Gibson ES-335 Natural 1960

$77,500.00
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s
Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s

Miscellaneous Super Solid 7 Sunburst 1960s

$750.00
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968

Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean Dark Cherry Walnut 1968

$2,516.00
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s
Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s

Kay K672 Swingmaster Sunburst 1960s

$1,166.00

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