About Us:

We aim to please. Village Guitars is run by two enthusiasts who have shared an interest in guitars for many years. We have tried to create a comfortable environment in our interesting shop, where you can come and browse, try the guitars, or just have a friendly chat. We stock strings, picks, cables, straps and bags, tuners etc., and also offer setting up, hire, guitar and amp repairs and guitar tuition.How about a novel treat for your loved ones ? We can set up lessons for you in confidence and provide an introductory letter which you can give as a gift.

The shop is situated in the Kentish village of Wingham, lying between Canterbury and Sandwich, within a fascinating old building parts of which date back to medieval times. The character of the building serves only to enhance the presentation of the instruments, so you will find no glitzy High Street showroom gimmicks here, just a warm welcome in pleasant and interesting surroundings. Please keep checking the website as our stock is constantly changing. We always have more stock than is shown here, so why not pay us a visit and have a browse ? Don't forget to check out our latest news clip at the foot of the page. All descriptions and details of items offered are made 'without prejudice' and are to the best of our knowledge believed to be accurate. For any of our site visitors from North/North West Kent who are looking for guitar tuition, take a look at our associates website: www.g5guitar.co.uk

Finding us

On the A257: 97, High Street, Wingham, Kent CT3 1DE. Tel: 01227 721106 info@villageguitars.co.uk
Opening Hours: Tuesday/Saturday 10.30 - 4.00 : Closed Mondays

Breaking News


Ukuleles-r-Us .... Catch The Island Spirit !

We have a good selection of Uke's from basic inexpensive Uke's in many bright colours, to quality musical instruments for serious players. Built to a high standard - many using sustainable exotic woods from around the world. Models are available in soprano tenor and concert and also electro-acoustic versions. Join the growing 'band' of Ukulele players - Meetings of the Wingham Ukulele Club are held at The Anchor in Wingham (huge thanks to Kevin) on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm Please see below for membership application form......

Wingham Ukulele Club

Interested in joining the Wingham Ukulele Club ? Please right-click the above image and select 'save target as' or 'save image as' then save to your PC, print the form, complete it and drop off at the shop. Thanks - we look forward to seeing you !

Acoustic corner

A small peek into just a part of our shop. Please browse our current stock list below. Click in an image for an enhanced view.

Village Guitars are authorised Tanglewood dealers

We are delighted to stock these quality acoustic guitars, and have a good selection across the type and price range. We also have choice of Ukuleles with some special deals. Come along and try them !

Vintage Coletti acoustic (not currently available)

Early 1940's Coletti acoustic. Previously owned by Gordon Giltrap (with provenance) Beautiful tone and resonance. Shows it's age very nicely, and comes with a road-worn hard case with Gordon Giltrap stencil. A true collectors guitar

Warwick Thumb BO-4 Bass

2006 Limited (6/218) Edition Warwick Thumb BO 4 string Bass. Birdseye Poplar Front Swamp Ash Back. Flamed maple bolt-on neck, Tigerstripe Ebony fretboard with gull inlays. Active MEC P/TJ Pickups, 3-way electronics. Volume and balance stacked with P/P / Mid / Treble & Bass stacked. 34" scale 24 jumbo bronze frets. 2 Piece Warwick Bridge. Black hardware, satin finish. With Flight case. Signed by the builder. A stunning bass !

Hofner Senator Archtop Acoustic

1958 Hofner Senator acoustic. Series 5 Serial No 4544. Archtop acoustic..original scratchplate intact. Nice condition, with case.

1940's El.Acoustic Lap Steel

Believed to be mid 1940's USA built Electro acoustic Lap Steel. All original, even Bakelite knobs. Lovely old instrument. With case.

Hofner Western Acoustic

1960's Hofner Western Jumbo acoustic. Model No 5154 Serial No 1162. Jumbo acoustic with 'dagger' headstock emblem. Nicely crafted vintage guitar from Hofner.

Azahar Flamenco

Spanish built Azahar Flamenco 132 classical guitar. Top quality Flamenco style guitar from Azahar Spain. Very good condition. Hard case included.

Ibanez Artstar

1995 Korean built Ibanez AF120 Archtop. Black with gold hardware. Very nice condition, with Ibanez hard case included.

Heritage 535 semi

Built in Kalamazoo 2003 : Heritage 535 semi-acoustic. Antique burst finish. This lovely guitar is in excellent condition. Heritage hard case included.

Gibson LP Platinum

2003 Gibson Les Paul Platinum Limited edition Les Paul Platinum model. Very good condition With Gibson silver hard case.

Fender J5 Triple Telecaster (not currently available)

J5 Triple Telecaster in black with chrome pickguard and Tremolo. 3 Fender pick-ups, Locking machines, Maple neck. Quite a rare find. With hard case.

Ludwig snare, stand and bag

Ludwig 14 inch snare, Weather Master medium head..black galaxy sparkle. with stand and wheeled carry bag. Excellent quality and condition.

Washburn travel guitar

Very nice Washburn Rover travel guitar. Finished in matt black, complete with Washburn carry case and strap. This is the one to take along for that year out !

Roderich Paesold Cello

Paesold 602E 4/4 Cello, with Paesold 192C Bow and back-pack style carry bag.The 602E is an intermediate model with good sound and is not too heavy. Vintage finish, and in overall nice condition. We know it's not a guitar ! This is a slight departure from the norm for us but we are very pleased to offer this fine instrument.

Electra X935

X935 60th anniversary (St Louis Music) Electra No 22 of limited commemorative series. With numbered headstock brass plate. A rare find this one !

70's Univox Es335 copy

Japanese built, very good quality Univox ES335 copy. Produced in the 1970's. Really good condition, lovely finish. Hard to find.

Gibson Ripper Bass

The Ripper bass by Gibson.(This one we believe to be built 1974) Proper big bass, contoured body, all original hardware and in excellent condition. Complete with Hard case by Pepper. Got to see this one !

Fender Starcaster semi

1976 (Fullerton) Fender Starcaster semi-acoustic Finished in black, the Fender Starcaster..! Fully serviced and set-up complete with hard-case.

Eric Clapton Blackie Strat

1989 Fender Eric Clapton Blackie Stratocaster Classic black & white finish. Torres neck..usual 'blackie' fixtures and fittings. With gig bag.

Squier (Fender) Stratocaster

1991/92 Japanese built Squier 'Silver Series' Stratocaster. Alder body / Rosewood fretboard. All black finish. Nice condition. Japanese built Squiers are top quality.

Jaggard Lap Steel

Black crackle & chrome finish. Jaggard Lap Steel guitar. Neat 'Roman numeral' fret markers. With adjustable legs and carry bag. Very nice condition.

Rossli Dragonfly Telecaster style

Rossli guitars Dragonfly - built and signed by Thanet luthier Robin Day 11.08.08 No 7207 - Beautifully made instrument. Honduras Mahogany with 4A Quilted Maple top. 4A Flamed Sycamore neck with Ebony fretboard. Duncan P90 Custom neck pick up. Bridge P90 stacked wired series/par with push-pull tone pot. Nitro cellulose finish - gleaming, very good condition - with hard-case.

Aria 'lawsuit' copy L5 semi-acoustic

This is believed to be a 1970's Japan built Aria copy of the Gibson L5 semi-acoustic, known as a 'lawsuit model'. It is however a finely crafted instrument and a little research will show just how highly rated and valued these guitars are. Finished in antique sunburst with detailed inlays and binding, this guitar is in very good condition and is worth serious consideration. A fitted hard-case is included.

Fender USA Jazz Bass

1982 (S/No CB12492) Fender Jazz Bass. In Olympic White. Very good overall condition, with hard-case. Fully serviced, re-strung and set-up.

Revelation RBJ67 DLX5 bass

Professionally modified to full active, with master volume. As new condition...with hard case.

Rossli hand-built Electro Mandolin

Solid body electro Mandolin hand built. Antique burst in really nice condition. An unusual and rare instrument. Complete with case.

Charvel model 4

Charvel (Jackson) late 1980's model 4. Japanese built, dark cherry finish. Floyd rose bridge, Jackson pick-ups (HSS) and machines. Vol/Tone and 3 way switching.

Italian built EKO Ranger (reserved)

1970's EKO built in Recananti Italy. All original, bolt-on neck. Fitted with quality LR Baggs cross-soundhole pickup.Lovely mature guitar in good condition for a 40 plus year old !

Tanglewood TSB58 (LP)

Available in Cherry burst, Honey burst and Tobacco burst. Entwistle HV58 pickups, quality chrome hardware, detailed inlays. Great build quality playability and value.

Tanglewood TSB57 (Strat)

Ebony gloss and white available. Solid alder body, maple neck and fretboard. AS57 single coil Entwistle pickups (3)

Tanglewood TSB94

3 models from the TSB94 range.. Magna-Trem carved maple top Graphite. Magna-Trem AAA Solid flame maple carved top Honeyburst Double cut hardtail carved maple top Cherry burst. Very nice versatile solids.

Tanglewood T6 60 watt & T3 30 watt Acoustic combo amplifier

The T6 has first class reviews and represents fantastic value for money. Twin channels with instrument and microphone inputs. On board effects and a wealth of input/output options..Brilliant ! The T3 (30 watt) model also now in stock.....Also Sub-Woofer extension cab with pole mount. SPECIAL DEALS ARE AVAILABLE ON THESE AMPS WHEN PURCHASED WITH A TANGLEWOOD ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC !!

Rack Mount - Marshall EL34 50/50 & JMP1

EL34 50/50 professional all valve power amp, dual monobloc amp 50 watts per side stereo Switchable voicing on each channel. 4 x EL34 tubes. Marshall JMP1 valve midi pre-amp, 4 channel Clean 1 & 2 OD 1 & 2 - Volume Gain Mid Bass & Presence. Emulated outputs, Stereo FX loop with level and mix. Midi mapping In, Thru, Out. Both units are in good condition

Marshall 2554 Combo

1980's UK built Marshall 2554 combo..black finish. Switchable 25/50 watt 1 x 12" Celestion Vintage G12. With footswitch. Sough after combo.

Fender M80 head + cab

Custom re-built Fender M80 head, plus custom built cabinet with Eminence Delta 15". Very nicely rebuilt M80 head Fender 'Red Knob' design. Good sturdy cabinet with top rated speaker.

Groove Tubes Soul-O 45 combo

This is a rare one. Groove Tubes Soul-O 45. Class A hand wired tube combo Innovative design allows up to 11 combinations of tubes for emulation and power increase up to 65 watts. Limited built (in Sylmar California) quantity. Super solid cabinet with GT 12" speaker. Look 'em up and check out the features and options.

Ashbury 11" 5-string banjo

Mahogany resonator, gold hardware. Unusual model with highly detailed inlays on neck and headstock.

Gordon Smith GS2 DeLuxe

Built by Gordon Smith in Sept 2002, GS2 DeLuxe in Tobacco sunburst. Gloss front, satin back sides and neck. Wrapover bridge bar, 2 x GSG Humbucker pickups. With hard case.

Andy Crockett (Strat Style)

Built by local luthier Andy Crockett. Strat style solid in bold red, maple neck. Neck and Middle pickups - Seymour Duncan. Bridge pickup - DiMarzio virtual vintage stacked humbucker. Very nice overall condition & with hard case.

Lindo Dark Defender

Dark Defender by Lindo. Willow body, P90's, chrome hardware, tune-o-matic bridge. Finished in nice matt black with white binding to body and F-hole (similar look to Telecaster thinline). With gig bag.

Indonesia Squier model 51

2005 Squier model 51 Strat-Tele hybrid. Interesting model from Squier (Fender) Featuring a Telecaster neck with a thinner Strat body. Humbucker bridge and single-coil neck pickups. Volume control is coil tapped to split the humbucker. 3 position selector in place of tone control. Nice condition... Quite rare !

Dean Vendetta (not currently available)

Dean Vendetta 7-string. Trans Amber. Bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard. Dean open-coil humbuckers. 24 frets, string-thru body, die-cast tuners. Serviced and re-strung. Good condition.

10.5" 5-string banjo

Circa 1930's British built open back banjo with chrome fittings. Nice condition.

Martin DX1

Left-hand Martin DX1 acoustic, with hard case.

Guild GAD - Left-hand

GAD acoustic by Guild, fitted with LR Baggs pick-up. Guild hard case included

Alden 335

Alden 335 style semi-acoustic in Cherry Red. Maple body and neck, rosewood fretboard. Centre block, Entwistle design humbuckers. Nice semi.

Dean Edge Active L/H Bass

Dean Edge 5-string Active Bass - Left Handed. In exceptional condition Black Flame Maple Tiger-stripe.

Ovation Balladeer 1111

Ovation bowl-back electro acoustic. Built in Connecticut USA, Serial No: 104682. very good condition. Hard case included.

Crafter MD80-12N.

Korean built Crafter MD80-12N acoustic. Mahogany back sides and neck. Spruce top, chrome Crafter closed machines. Nice bright 12-string tones. Very good condition.

Fender La Brea

Korean built (early 90's) Fender La Brea 'Maple'- spruce top - electro acoustic cutaway. Based on the Fender California range. Very nice condition.

Recording King 'Rodeo'

Highly decorated Recording King IRG100RS 'Rodeo' Acoustic. Very clean condition.

Squier Bullet Stratocaster

Squier (Fender designed) Bullet Stratocaster. Black with white pickguard In very nice condition.

Dean - Dimebag - Razorback

Dimebag Razorback DB Floyd by Dean. Basswood top/body, bolt-on maple neck, dime razor inlays, Grover tuners, Floyd Rose special trem bridge, Dean DMT humbuckers, black/silver finish. Good overall condition and with original Dean hard-case. Very striking !

Schecter Hellraiser

Korean built Schecter Hellraiser in high-gloss black. EMG89R (neck) EMG81TW (bridge) Pickups Mahogany with 3-piece mahogany neck/rosewood fretboard. Detailed abalone inlays. Schecter locking machines. Nice condition, with gig bag.

Aria Pro TS400 Thor Sound

Walnut finish, twin humbuckers with multi-way switching. Very nice looking and playing guitar and comes with hard case.

Crafter D80-12N.

Crafter D80-12N acoustic 12 string. Mahogany back sides and neck. Spruce top, chrome Crafter closed machines. Nice condition, with gig-bag.

Pedals, accessories etc.

Various pedals & FX, drum machines, mixers, P/A's, monitors etc.

Rickenbacker Fireglo 12 string

A very well kept example of the iconic 'Ricky' 12 string. Original Rickenbacker case included. What can you say ? Hey Mr Tambourine Man !

Blueridge BR60 - 12 string.

Blueridge BR60 - 12 string Dreadnought. Sitka spruce top, Santos rosewood body Mahogany neck. Cross braced for strength, tone and volume. With hard case.

Fender Telecaster Bass

Built 1972, Fender Telecaster Bass. Off-white, white pickguard, maple neck. All original. Brilliant tone !

Levinson Blade (reserved)

Japanese built Texas series Gary Levinson designed Blade in black with hard case. Passive/Active switching, adjustable string-tree, 3 trim pots on the active circuit for fine tone setting. Super guitar with innovative improvements on the Strat concept.

Wayne Sargent - Telecaster

Hand crafted by luthier Wayne Sargent - Walnut front / Sapele back. Maple with Rosewood neck. Lace AGi pickups. Highly detailed neck and headstock inlays. Gold colour hardware with individual inlayed machines. Very striking guitar. Complete with tweed hard-case.

A selection of Overwater (Tanglewood) basses

Overwater basses represent top quality build and features in true Tanglewood tradition.

Tanglewood Electro acoustic basses - choice of 2

DBT AB. Super Jumbo Acoustic Bass. Spruce top. Mahogany back sides and neck. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Chrome die-cast machines. Tanglewood TEQ-4BT EQ.

Peavey Milestone Bass

Left-hand Milestone bass by Peavey. Finished in striking blue. Nice condition With gig bag.

PA equipment

A selection of Passive and active monitors, bass bins.

Ashdown EVOIII 500 Bass Combo

500 watts into 15" speaker. Passive/Active input switch. Tuner input, Line out, Line In, XLR D.I., FX Loop, Plus all the Ashdown features..Compression, Sub-harmonics, Valve Drive etc..etc.

Fender Rumble 350 Bass rig

Rumble 350 head with 112 and 2 x 8 cabs (covers with cabs) Excellent condition. Also available 112 and 2 x 8 cabs with covers.

Fender Blues DeLuxe

Fender Blues DeLuxe reissue combo in Tweed. 40 watts into 1 x 12" 2 inputs - Normal/Bright. Channel switch. FX loop. Volume, Drive, Master Volume. Reverb & Presence With footswitch and cover.

Peavey Windsor combo

15 watt Class A Tube combo. Features a variable power attenuator 'Power Sponge' Hi/Lo inputs FX Loop. Boost switch. Spring reverb. Variable impedance cab outputs. Rec out XLR. Peavey Blue Marvel speaker. V.good condition.

Line 6 Spider II combo

Spider II 112 - Line 6 combo. 75 watts into 12" Celestion Custom driver. Amp modeling plus on-board effects. Reverb, phones out, Including footswitch

Line 6 Spider III 30 combo

Spider III 30 watt Line 6 combo. 12" Celestion driver. On-board effects. CD/MP3 input, record/phones out, footswitch port.

Marshall 5205 Combo

1980's British built Marshall 5205 12 watt Reverb combo. Nice solid practice amp.

HH VS Musicman 212 Combo

Classic HH (Cambridge UK) VS Musicman combo 2 x 12 "

Orange Tiny Terror combo (not currently available)

Orange Tiny Terror combo switchable 15/7 watts into Celestion G12H. Rugged combo in nice condition.

Marshall AS50D acoustic combo

Twin channel with Microphone/Aux/Input in Ch 2. Phantom power to XLR mic input. Chorus and Digital Reverb, Anti-Feedback control. D.I.Out, Line Out, Effects Loop and Footswitch input. good condition.

AXL B60 bass combo

60 watts through 12" with switch-able tweeter. 2 Channels with XLR and Jack Inputs. 6 band EQ, FX Loop and Line-Out. Good for bass or keyboard.

'Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.(Reserved)

All tube 40 watt combo, Celestion Vintage 30-G12. 3 Channels, 2 Inputs, FX Loop Ext Speaker port. Blue Tolex with blue chickenhead knobs. Footswitch included. In very good condition.

'ValvePower 2 x 12 combo

Custom built, hand-wired 18 watt ValvePower combo. 2 Channel/4 Inputs. 1 x Tayden 'True Brit' 12" and 1 x Tayden 'Great Brit' 12". 4/8/16 ohm speaker outs. 2 x EL84 2 x ECC81 1 x ECC83S 1 x EZ81. Vol/Tone on Ch 1 Vol/Bass/Mid/Treble on Ch 2. Very clean and warm tones. Well built cabinet with Chicken head knobs.

Fender Acoustasonic 150

Neat function packed Acoustic combo. 2 x 75w into 2 x 8" + piezo horn. Separate channels for instrument and Mic (phantom power) or instrument. built-in voicing, amp modelling and effects. Stereo fx loop. XLR balanced line-out. Tilt back legs. Excellent condition.

Trace Elliot 7215 Bass combo (not currently available)

Trace Elliot 7215 GP7 300 watts through 15" speaker. Active/Passive inputs. 7-band EQ. Compressor.Input and Output gain. FX Loop. DI Out. Ext.Speaker out. Illuminated (green) panel. On castors.

Laney VC30 combo

Laney VC30 combo.Class A amp. 30 watts 2 inputs Hi/Lo 2 channel. Bright switch on clean. Reverb. FX Loop. 2 x 12" Celestion 70 Eighty's. Footswitch included. Mounted on castors.

Vintage Sound City SC30

Rave from the grave...Sound City SC30 amp, built in the DDR (behind the Berlin Wall) Nice touch of nostalgia.

HZ Bass Bins

Pair HZ SB600 Bass Bins. 18" drivers. 4 x Speakon sockets.600 watts.

Roland Bass RX

Roland Micro-Cube Bass RX portable combo Mains / Battery operated. With on-board effects, tuner... etc.etc.

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Many thanks for your interest - and we look forward to seeing you soon ! Our guitar tuition studio is well established, weekday evenings and Saturday morning slots are available - Please let us know if you are interested.

We are always keen to look at any interesting guitars or amps that you may wish to consider selling on a commission basis.