Tuesday, February 21, 2006

An Anchor On The Ivanhoe Strip

In the ground floor commercial space of a mixed-use, corner building in the heart of the ever-improving Ivanhoe Avenue neighborhood business district (near I-44 and Arsenal), an independent music store, "Killer Vintage", is quietly becoming one of the midwest's leading suppliers of rare guitars and amplifiers.

With the right pedigree (pre-CBS ownership, through 1965), a Fender Statocaster like the one in the picture above could bring $10,000-$20,000 American, and as much as $75,000 in Japan as a high-demand Americana collectible.

Given the popularity of the road-worn look, some guitarists have been known to tie their late-model Stratocasters into burlap sacks, and drag them down the street for a block or two, just to mimick the appearance in the picture above.

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