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This site is dedicated to vintage bargain brand guitars, tube and transistor amps, effects, and other analog jewels of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Airline, Alamo, Danelectro, Harmony, Kalamazoo, Kay, Magnatone, Silvertone, Teisco, Truetone, Univox and Valco just to name a few. Sometimes a later or brand new piece of gear will sneak in, as long as it’s a classic analog design. No digital!

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Welcome to Tone Gems! All things early Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This site is all about vintage guitars, amplifiers (tube amps!), effects (transistor fuzz boxes, analog pedals) and accessories (microphones, cables, capos, cases, straps, stands, etc.) all from the pre-digital analog era, and the artists who created rock ‘n’ roll with these instruments and devices. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and more.

From Alamo guitars to Zenon, and everything in between. Airline, Danelectro, Decca, Domino, Harmony, Hondo, Kay, Kent, Kingston, Holiday, Lyle, Magnatone, National, Norma, Sears Silvertone, Supro, Regal, Teisco, Truetone by Western Auto, Univox, they’re all here! Maestro, Acetone, BOSS, DOD, Arion, there here!

Our quest is to bring to light the most bizarre and unique vintage value guitars you could buy on a budget, and the amplifiers and effects of non-repute. We search for, restore, play and write about these unexpected tone treasures. Not the mainstream stuff that everyone already knows, but mostly electric guitars and analog gear from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Sometimes we’ll find a later or current piece built with retro vibe, and we like those too. Simple, built-on-a-budget, acoustic and electric guitars, tube and transistor amps, and analog pedals. No digital found here


The Day Buddy Holly, Crickets Played Portland

PORTLAND, OREGON – OCTOBER 22, 1957 Buddy Holly and The Crickets arrived in Portland, Oregon to appear live on High Time, a local TV teen dance show, and performed that night at the Paramount Theater along with an all-star cast as part of the Biggest Show of Stars ’57, which included Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lyman, The Drifters. Read more about that day the Biggest …


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