Black and Blacker

Black and Blacker

Vintage Guitars from the Blues Capital of the World

  • Consignment

While we do not operate a brick-and-mortar store, we do have over 40 years of experience in buying, selling and collecting vintage guitars, as well as selling other desired and collectible objects online. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to offer guitars from the collections of several of our former customers, current associates and working musicians. And while we consider ourselves "educated" about guitars, we are hardly "experts", so if you see or read something that doesn't quite seem right, please let us know. We will look into it and totally appreciate the feedback!

In December of 1980, I saw an ad in the Musical Instrument classified section of the Saturday Chicago Sun-Times. The whole listing read "Les Paul Goldtop. $400". I already had one Les Paul (69 Custom, paid $650, still have it), but if one is good, two is better. I had the cash, I checked it out, rectangular case, it looked decent, so it bought it. Later that afternoon, Jim Beach at Wooden Music offered me $1,200 for it. Turns out, it was a 69 Les Paul Deluxe in great condition with its original gold-lined rectangular case (still have it). Jim pointed to his wall; he had a 68 Deluxe hanging there for $1,500. (That was the day I learned something about 68-69 Gibson headstocks.) 1980 was ending, the serial number was 81 and four 7s, an omen! That day, I was bitten by the bug, and infected for a lifetime!

Check out what we have posted so far and enjoy! If you do have some immediate questions that just can't wait, or it you're an old friend and just want to say "hello", email us at

Black and Blacker
Leo Black / Eric Kister
Online Only
8:10 AM
Since we do not keep regular store hours, the best way to contact us is via email. We can setup a phone call or video session with an in-hand description of instrument.

Electronic payments, PayPal, direct transfers. Old-fashioned paper like bank checks and money orders OK after clearing. We'll work with you. Trades may be considered; we are currently not looking for anything specific. But you never know! (A nice jetglo Rick bass might be nice...)

Buyer pays all costs for shipping and insurance. All shipping is calculated based on weight of guitar in case. USPS is our preferred carrier for items of value less than $5,000; you can get a good idea of any shipping costs on the website. If you have a preferred carrier or your own shipping account, just let us know. Shipping is calculated from Chicago 60609.

All of our instruments are in the conditions as described. No attempt to deceive or misrepresent would ever be intended or tolerated. Many of these instruments have been previously disassembled to verify their vintage (please do not ask us to remove necks to check dates). Many have been purchased from reputable dealers who stand by their goods. Any modifications or damages have been noted and photographed. So, even considering all sales are final, all sales issues are on a case-by-case basis; any disputes about condition or vintage must be addressed within 48 hours of receipt. Buyer pays all return shipping and insurance costs.