If you’ve ever decided that it is time to update your first guitar after it has served you well for that beginning phase of your learning, you will be well aware of the multitude of instruments that are out there on the market.

There are so many questions that need to be considered. Do you purchase a classical guitar or an acoustic guitar? Perhaps you are seduced by the idea of an electric guitar? If it is an electric, is it a Fender, a Gibson or a Gretsch, or perhaps it’s a lesser known brand that will be both reliable and offer a more price friendly alternative?

John Holland Guitar Teacher, Sydney Inner West, John Holland, Strings and Wood, Guitars for sale

I have found that most people begin with the notion that they will only ever own one guitar but this instrument has an unexplainable seductive power and most long-term players will inevitably own more than one instrument.

This section showcases some of the guitars that have found their way into my collection. All are of a higher quality and while most, apart from my personal instruments are for sale they all offer some insight into what you may be looking for when you are making the decision to upgrade. I hope you enjoy checking them out half as much as I have enjoyed finding them.


In 2008, Washburn Guitars decided to celebrate 125 years as one of America’s premier guitar builders by initially offering for sale 250 individually numbered guitars from various iconic models they had built since their humble beginnings in 1883.

To authenticate the instruments even further they were artificially “aged” to look like they were in fact 125 years old. These original 250 instruments are different from the later mass produced options in that the tops are solid, not laminate, and the build qualities are substantially better.

From the very beginning, the Parlor guitar was a staple for the Washburn company. The Parlor was a smaller bodied instrument that, as the name suggests, could be played in the small front parlor rooms of well-to-do homes. For me, though, the vision of a thousand old blues players singing away their troubles on these lovely little guitars is a far more appealing image. These guitars have such a great acoustic blues tone!

Smaller than a concert guitar, the Parlor guitar has had a major revival in the last decades and original pre-1900 instruments now fetch substantial dollars, depending on their quality and condition. [See Conversations: “To restore or not restore? That is the question”.]