Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. It was a pleasure dealing with you and in receiving such a glorious guitar (Phoenix by B3). The sound and feel of this guitar is everything you said and more – I love it, and I appreciate the honesty in your commentary regarding this guitar when compared with the many others available, mostly from the classic brands. The guitar arrived beautifully packaged and given some of past experiences with courier companies, I was very thankful. Thanks John – I look forward to returning to your shop in the very near future!

Regards, Jono – Perth


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Excellent! I purchased my Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster from John at Premier Guitars. The instrument was exactly as advertised, no nasty surprises – if anything it was better than I expected. John was a pleasure to deal with, professional and friendly. If you need a great instrument or amplifier, budget or hi-end vintage, look no further than Premier Guitars. Highly recommended.

Matt – satisfied customer – Sydney


Seller Testimonial –

Premier Guitars offers great advice and service when I want to sell. John is very knowledgeable and has helped me access buyers across Australia through his website. As a result, John has sold a few guitars for me at good prices and his service is always helpful and efficient.

Cheers, Paul – Brisbane


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The things that make dealing with John Spence a big plus and a breath of fresh air are appreciating that the guitars he has on consignment are mostly high end and properly described on the website with some of them played in videos. Then being able to inspect the ones of interest by playing them and getting good reliable information about them. Then, most importantly for me, being assisted to work out the right one to choose. It is such a pleasure to be in a room full of finely crafted instruments. The rest of the purchase process was also a breeze.

Thanks again, David – Darwin


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Hi John. Just wanted to say a quick thanks again for facilitating the Gibson sale – it’s a masterpiece of an instrument and after a few sessions and a couple of gigs I’ve quickly realised it’s as special as I thought – so thanks fella. 

Cheers, Glen – NSW

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Seller Testimonial –

I’m extremely happy with John Spence and Premier Guitars for selling my guitar. When I searched for possible dealers, the Premier Guitars website impressed me, and and it spelled out clearly how John operates.

I was apprehensive about shipping my valuable guitar to Sydney, but John’s arrangements were quick, effective and economical.

In all our dealings John has been professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The price realised was what I had hoped for, and the money was in my account two days after the sale.

Thank you again, John. Geoff – Brisbane


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Hey John – After a while now with my awesome Martin D28, I just wanted to thank you for the whole process. I came in looking at another guitar which was also great, but you encouraged me to find the right guitar, one that “fit” me. And I did. The shop is like a playground for guitar tragics! Your knowledge was really important in finding the the right axe for me. It was beyond my budget at the time but the lay-by facility sealed it. A few weeks of high anticipation later it was mine, all mine.  Me and the guitar are now ONE. I’ll be back for an electric that lights my fire before too long. All the best, Murray – Sydney


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Pleasant and easy purchase from John at Premier Guitars. Love the guitar. Will be back for another when the right one pops up.

Cheers, Justin – Sydney


Seller Testimonial –

I had a wonderful experience selling my guitar  (fast) through Premier Guitars. The process was handled with great care and attention to detail. I would recommend that anyone who wants to sell their guitar, sell it through Premier!

Thanks, Stu –  Sydney


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Hey John. The guitars arrived safely and promptly in Tassie, and they are exactly as expected. Fantastic instruments – so happy to have them in the collection. Thanks again for your help. It’s great having such detailed photos and descriptions and a pleasure to deal with you. Hopefully we can do it again soon!

Pete – Tasmania


Buyer & Seller Testimonial –

I have now experienced both sides of Premier Guitars, both buying and selling. I have been burnt in the past by unscrupulous guitar dealers and am extremely cautious, especially when it comes to more expensive items. I would thoroughly recommend John and his business – he is extremely knowledgeable and well researched. John will always answer an enquiry, return a call or send a message, you wont be left in the dark.

Cheers, Stu – NSW North Coast


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“Thanks John for your all expertise and support in selling my guitar. The prospect of preparing, advertising, pricing, fielding queries, negotiating and delivery was something I could not have done as professionally as you have. So kudos to you for your knowledge and skills.

Thanks again! – John,  Sydney


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Hi John. The magnificent 1962 Fender Bassman amp arrived in Brisbane precisely as promised. Whilst it is the same age as me, it is actually in better condition and sounds incredible. I’m always nervous making significant purchases sight unseen from afar, but this was a seamless snd very honest transaction and I’d not hesitate for a moment making a similar purchase from a Premier Guitars in the future. Thanks again.

Rick – Brisbane


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Well done John and Premier Guitars. The vintage Ibanez I bought from you was exactly as described, the transaction was easy and the delivery quick and efficient. Well done on all counts – a pleasure.

Regards, Ray – Tasmania


Seller Testimonial –

I can’t praise John and Premier Guitars highly enough.  John works with integrity, honesty and transparency.  He has been a delight to work with and he has been able to help me immensely in selling a number of instruments that he has now placed into good homes.  I will continue to work with John with confidence.  Having been involved in the music industry for many years in a past life, it is a breath of fresh air to meet someone of John’s calibre.  I can’t recommend John and the service he offers highly enough!

Cheers, Brad – NSW North Coast


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Hi John. Got my Mandocello today.  What a beautiful instrument!  It is just as you said it was, which I had no doubt about.  Thank you very very much.  It arrived in great shape.  I took it out of its case, looked it over, tuned it and it sounds great, quite the voice. And, it was a great price and the exchange rate helped offset the shipping costs for me. Thanks again and best to you and yours!

Regards, Lynn – Indiana USA


Buyer & Seller Testimonial –

I have both sold and bought guitars through John at Premier Guitars. From a buyer’s perspective, John went above and beyond to find the right instrument for me and was honest and helpful throughout the whole process. I have had the guitar for months now and every day I love it even more. Thanks so much John. From a seller’s perspective, John sourced a few buyers and priced the guitar correctly. It sold within a few weeks. John at Premier Guitars is a professional and you won’t be disappointed. Just saving the pennies and I’ll be back for sure!  Cheers, Chris – Sydney


Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. I trust all is going well. Just a short note to thank you for your assistance in allowing me to purchase the fantastic James Goodall RCJ through Lay By.

It was great that you had one of these (rare in Australia) Goodall guitars for sale. I have been searching for over a year to buy one in Australia and thankfully you had the model I was looking for.

Everything you described about the guitar including the excellent condition was accurate. It is an awesome guitar and I wanted to thank you in writing.

I’m sure I will be buying from you again when you next have a particular guitar I am looking for in stock. Thank you for your professional service.

Kind regards, Spiro – Perth


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Hi John.  Thank you for selling my Fender Deluxe Telecaster, loved the quick payment and clear communication. I’ll definitely be dropping to see the amazing collection of guitars and amps you have soon.

Regards, Bart – Sydney


Buyer Testimonial –

G’day John. The Guild Starfire safely arrived today and drop dead gorgeous is is too 🙂 Your photographs, as wonderful as they are, just don’t do it justice – it’s a seriously beautiful thing. As you know, this instrument was purchased as a gift but all of us here would be delighted to keep this instrument for ourselves – it plays so beautifully. Thank you once again for going above and beyond the call of duty taking those neck measurements and offering a precise description of the neck profile – it has all been greatly appreciated. Sincere regards & happy everything. Glenn – Melbourne


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Gday John. Just wanted to say thanks for the great service. I was in guitar heaven in your shop by the way. The Mesa Boogie cabinet I purchased  from you was exactly what I was after and it’s working an absolute treat. Couldn’t be happier. Thanks again.  Ian – Sydney


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For several years I have been half-heartedly searching the traps for a fine 12 string guitar – including many visits to guitar shops in Nth America on my occasional trips over there. Whilst I saw some nice instruments, the biggest question that always loomed was: “Do I really need a 12 string?” – and of course, the answer to that is NO …… you don’t “need” one.
When I eventually discovered john Spence’s Premier Guitars in Sydney, and his astounding collection of instruments, all that changed. When my eyes and ears feasted on a beautiful Martin D12-28, I was blown away by the quality and condition of this (8 yr old) instrument …… and “need” suddenly fell right out of the equation – I bought it straight away!
Do yourself a favour – visit Premier Guitars. There is nothing but quality in John’s shop. And while the old adage always holds true: “You Get What You Pay For” ……. I found John’s pricing methods very fair, and right on the mark. Thanks John, I haven’t stopped playing my new baby – and thanks as well, for the grand tour of your shop. Cheers, John P – Wollongong


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I would to say a few words about John Spence and PREMIER GUITARS. Firstly, John has a tremendous knowledge of guitars. But he is also a really genuine, nice guy and always has great advice for me. I have bought seven guitars from John and one more is coming. The guitars are always as John describes them – outstanding. I find his service second to none – QUALITY !! Regards, Paul – Newcastle


Buyer Testimonial

Finally ! 🙂

The prize has finally landed here and it rocks. I am really happy about this first deal we had. Thanks for all, and maybe next time such vintage pedals land on your desk, feel free to contact me. Cheers, Raphael – France


Buyer Testimonial

Hi John. A few lines to say a big thank you regarding my recent purchase from Premier Guitars. The instrument was everything you described and your service was polite and informed. I am very happy with the outcome of the deal and I will be back. Many thanks again.

Regards, Gary – Gold Coast QLD


Buyer Testimonial

Hi John. Just wanted to express how happy I am with my Greco Goldtop. Really spent some time playing her today. I’ll keep it short and just say that it’s a phenomenal guitar ! Thanks for making the whole buying experience such a pleasurable one. I’ll definitely take you up on your invite and drop by again to talk more guitar trivia over a cup of coffee.

I’ll be recommending to all my guitar buddies that they come and check out your great selection of guitars, realistic prices and experience the vibe of your “guitar haven”.

Many thanks, Chris – Sutherland


Buyer Testimonial

Hi John. I’m loving the vintage Carson J Robison guitar I bought from you, particularly given that it’s actually a 1930s Gibson, save the name on the headstock. Even if I hadn’t bought the guitar, the visit to your showroom was worth the trip.

Cheers, Tony – Sydney


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Hi John. Thank you for your great service! Love my 1973 Martin D35. It was as you described. She is a beast! The videos you post of the guitars are awesome too.

Kind Regards, Manny – VIC


Repair Testimonial –

Hi John. I’m happy for you to quote what I say below and to use my full name if you wish.

My old 1962 Fender Jazzmaster had been sitting in my garage for over 40 years, and showing serious signs of neglect. John did an amazing job of restoring it, including rewinding the pickups and replacing the bridge. It looks immaculate, plays well, sounds great and I am really enjoying playing it again. I could not be happier.

Kind regards, Tim – North Sydney


Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. The instruments that were delivered arrived quickly, very well packaged and as described. I have purchased 5 Instruments from John & couldn’t be happier with the instruments or the service. I’m a happy plucker!

Cheers, Nathan – Newcastle


Buyer Testimonial –

I recently bought a 2011 Gibson Les Paul Special from John, who was playing with his band aboard a cruise ship when I first enquired. He was terrific in spite of difficult communications (being at sea and all) and held the guitar for me until his return. I met him at his showroom in Warriewood and his passion for fabulous guitars was obvious and it was difficult not to walk out the door with several under my arms. We spent at least an hour together chatting, playing and mucking about with different amps and guitars. Felt like time spent with an old pal, which was lots of fun. I felt like I was in the company of a top salesman but never felt pressured or hassled…

I have a few old classic guitars, which I’m not playing enough and soon I will sell them. I considered Ebay but truly believe that at the end of the day John will get me at least as much money, if not more for them and with minimum effort on my part.
Need I say more?

George – Sydney


Buyer Testimonial –

Premier Guitars is quite an experience! A building containing numerous musical works of art with incredible historic value – all treasured and displayed as they should be. John Spence really knows his stuff and as a player has the same respect and passion for these instruments as the rest of us. A complete professional and incredibly nice guy – this is not your typical ‘guitar-store’ experience. Couldn’t recommend it more. The Custom Tele made its way onto 6 album tracks yesterday and it’s a big tone winner.

Cheers, Glen – Central Coast NSW

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Hi John. A quick note to say thanks for getting this Gibson acoustic into my hands. It is a little beauty and will get lots of use. Appreciate the negotiations and the service and look forward visiting the candy shop again soon to see if something else catches my eye.

All the best, Milton – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial –

I recently noticed a ’64 blackface deluxe reverb on the website & was immediately interested, and after speaking with John I found, not surprisingly, that I wasn’t the only party interested in this amp. John explained that it would be offered first to the other potential buyer who had seen & tried the amp before me, & was intending to purchase that week, which I found very honourable. When he contacted me with the news that the other buyer had to pull out, I organised to trip to Sydney to inspect the amp, which he then held from sale for two weeks to give me the same option to buy that he’d given the previous party, again, the honourable thing to do.

The amp was fantastic, and arrived safely & securely packaged at my house a few days later after John organised the freight. I have nothing but praise for John and his business and now find myself a regular visitor to his website, thinking about what to save for next!  

Dave – Byron Bay

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Buyer Testimonial –

Gday John. Received my Gibson SG today, absolutely amazing guitar. Put it through a Marshall tube amp, sounds incredible. Very impressed with the service I received from you & Premier Guitars, first class. I will keep a look out on your website to find other guitars that I’m looking for. 

Thanks, Wade – NSW

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Seller Testimonial –

I recently consigned a rare Fender Electric 12 string with Premier Guitars. It was sold at an agreeable price in very quick time & I have no hesitation in recommending Premier Guitars & Proprietor John Spence to all. John is one of nature’s gentlemen Honesty, efficiency, reliability are characteristic often missing from today’s world but all these characteristics & more where in abundance when dealing with John & I would recommend his service to all. I am a very satisfied customer.

Sincerely Warren – NSW

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Seller Testimonial –

Earlier this year for the first time I asked John Spence to help me sell what I suspect will be the first of many guitars. John’s enthusiasm for the project at hand was encouraging and when he listed the guitar on the Premier Guitars website it looked great. I really appreciated the effort he put into describing the instrument and the quality of the photos. A few months later and the deal was done. John was very quick to arrange payment to my bank account and the instrument found a new home. I’ll be back to do it again! Cheers mate, Tim – Sydney

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Preface: Richard in Melbourne purchased a fine older guitar sight unseen on our 48 hour return policy. It was for a considerable sum but we explained that he could return the guitar if was not what we said it was, or varied significantly from the description, that he could return it within 2 days as long as he paid shipping and insurance. He took this option rather than lose a day and return airfare to Sydney. However, it did have some variation in the detail (unknown to us at the time), so we honoured our policy – he returned the guitar in unchanged condition, and we refunded his significant amount within a day.

Hi John  – Just wanted to let you know I am really appreciative of how easy it was to get the return of the guitar back up to Sydney sorted out so quickly. The money is already back in my account so all good! It has been a pleasure dealing with you and I’m looking forward to doing so again. Please let me know when you get something similar in. Cheers, Richard -Melbourne

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. It was a great pleasure to meet you on Saturday. Thank you for the amazing experience of allowing me to play several of those incredibly beautiful guitars.Your service and professionalism was second to none and I felt very comfortable with the whole deal. The Deluxe Reverb is an awesome bit of gear and I am absolutely loving it!! My 335 sounds killer through it….clarity to burn. I will be looking at your web site regularly and aiming towards purchasing one of the many superb Strats you have in your Studio. Thanks again. Regards, Dave – Gunnedah

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Hi John. Thanks for sending my Custom shop Strat. She’s a beauty and in perfect condition. It arrived in good shape, on time, and as described and I love it thanks. It sounds great. I promise to play it till the fretboard is back to wood. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to discuss it and others, with me and helping me make the choice. Its much appreciated. Cheers, Craig – Brisbane

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John – Received my Gibson Les Paul Classic, great guitar exacting what I was looking for.  Thanks again John for your advice and exceptional service. Regards, Graham – Penrith

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Hi John. Just a quick note to let you know how pleased I am with the Gretsch & Gibson Mandolin I purchased a few weeks ago. Also thanks for the great service & the very interesting ‘boring guitar stories’!

Cheers, Nathan – Newcastle

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Seller Testimonial –

A delight to deal with someone so knowledgeable and such a gentleman.  Experience and courtesy count.  So does efficiency.  My first guitar I left for John to sell at Premier Guitars – an archtop – sold within a week and my money was in my bank account the next day.  I have left another guitar with him, and plan do do ongoing business with him. Steve – Sydney

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Hello John. Thank you for your willingness to help with my questions, and for the quick delivery of the Fender tweed Harvard amp. It sounds great, and I play it regularly. Mike – Brisbane

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Doing business with John from Premier Guitars was a pleasure. His professionalism and quality of service is great. I would definitely recommend Premier Guitars to anyone interested. Regards, Joe – Wollongong

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Dear John, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance with regards to my recent purchases. It was a great pleasure dealing with you with regards to my purchase of two vintage guitars and I appreciated your honest and sensitive approach to dealing with your clients and the fantastic instruments you have in your charge. I hope this is the first of many dealings in the future. Thanks again, Jim – Sydney

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Dear John. Just wanted to let you know we were very happy with the Gibson 1982 Mahogany Explorer we purchased from you last month. Thanks for making the transaction easy. The guitar checked out just as represented on line and has a lovely mellow sound. Nice to have the Explorer to complete our quirky trio of  Gibson Heritage Modernistic Reissues. Quite a talking point! Debrah and David – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial

Hi John. I have consigned several instruments with you and wanted to let you know how pleased I have been with the process. Your photos are excellent and the descriptions are informative, showing a level of care that I think builds trust for internet buyers. Your advice on price has helped get fair market prices and several sales have gotten away quickly. I am pleased that payments come through fast and your set up is very secure, well documented and professional.  I have happily recommended you to others to buy and sell. Michael – Potts Point, NSW

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Buyer Testimonial – Tokyo, 2016

Dear John, I am very pleased to inform you that I’ve duly received in Tokyo the Barker guitar today safe and sound. As you mentioned, the guitar is in excellent shape, and sounds really great !! I will enjoy playing the guitar for a long time.

Many thanks for your business this time. Kei – Tokyo, Japan

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Buyer Testimonial –

Thanks John – the 1960 Jag-Strat sounding great last night jamming at my studio! … raised the action a tiny bit etc … l have a gig on Friday so looking forward to playing it live. Very impressed with your Premier Guitars – will tell all my friends its the place to go! Cheers, Tommy – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Hi John. Just a small note of appreciation for your efforts to date on selling the 3 items for me. I am pleasantly surprised that one sold in the second week and another has sold in 5 weeks. I am sure this is due to your knowledge of the industry and pricing, your contacts within the industry and your ability to do an absolutely quality write-up of a product with great pics, and showcasing all the aspects of a product that a buyer needs to see.

I’d also like to thank you for being totally negotiable and down to earth with me as a seller, not to mention having the money in my account as soon as something is sold. For your expertise, knowledge, and informative advertising, yours is a great service well worth the commission that you charge. Many thanks, Kevin – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Hi John. Just a short note to thank you for making the sale of my ’74 Alvarez Yairi so easy and hassle free. I was very hesitant to advertise this beautiful guitar for sale and have prospective buyers come to my home.

I had a look at your set-up and was very impressed with the secure and climate controlled premises. It is literally a vault, fit for storing the Crown jewels!

I was very happy with the price I got and the money was in my account the next day. I was also very appreciative of how thoroughly John had researched this particular model including information such as which artists had been players and endorsees of Alvarez in the 70’s, eg Steven Stills.

I would have no hesitation in placing any instruments for sale with Premier Guitars in the future. Thanks again John for a totally stress-free experience. Cheers,  Patrick – Sydney.

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Seller Testimonial –

I wanted to thank you for the efficient and professional way in which you handled the sale of my Leo Kottke 12 string guitar. Your access to a high level guitar repair specialist was much appreciated at the outset, to fix the small varnish flaw.  The fact that you operate from such secure premises was also reassuring. Your website presentation of the instrument was excellent, and certainly achieved the desired sale result. 

Selling much loved collector-level guitars is a hard thing to do, but it is terrific that Premier Guitars is available to facilitate the process through a specialist channel like this.  And, of course,  there is always the temptation provided by your broad array of potential new acquisitions!  Kind regards, John – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hello John. Just a quick note to say that I am extremely pleased and happy with my purchase – thank you very much for selling the guitar to me.

I first saw the instrument in a post on Facebook,  the vintage Maton guitar appreciation society. I phoned John the next day to enquire, he was most helpful and took my word in good faith, that I was extremely interested in purchasing the guitar from him.

The photos supplied gave an accurate assumption as to what the guitar looked like, a small deposit was paid, and the guitar was reserved from sale for me. John invited me to his showroom where he demonstrated the instrument, and was keen to address any issues, concerns I had regarding my purchase.

I have no hesitation in recommending Premier Guitars and John Spence for a hassle free purchase, accompanied with professional expertise, and good old customer service. Regards, Darren – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Premier Guitars is a boon to the Sydney collector and player community. I’ve been playing, buying and selling for more years than I like to admit to and am thrilled that John has committed himself to this enterprise. One of the many things I like about it is that the prices are realistic, rather than speculative, providing both seller and buyer with a genuine market appraisal.

The inventory ranges from the incredibly funky (why oh why didn’t I hang on to my Teisco, Jason and Aria axes that today exude such a classic vibe?), to some of the finest vintage stuff around.

I’ve sold several pieces through PG and have always received prompt payment. The storage is affordable and secure, so I no longer have a nervous breakdown every time I leave the house and, to put it simply, some instruments are a lot better off in a temperature and humidity controlled environment than in Sydney’s ever changing weather conditions.

Long may Premier Guitars prosper! Sydney has lacked this kind of facility for too long but, finally, it’s here!!  Cheers, Damien – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Thank you John for your enthusiasm when you checked out my Gibson L5 last August and taking on the consignment to sell. The result was very satisfactory – I feel the instrument is in goods hands. Thanks again John. Regards, Frank – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John – It was really good to meet you and be surrounded by so many fabulous guitars … one of which now has a new home! We enjoyed your knowledgable, relaxed manner and we appreciated the length of our appointment with you. Being left quietly alone with the guitar to play acoustically and also through an amp without the usual noise in most music shops was a big plus. The 12-string is a mighty guitar and I’m looking forward to where it takes me. Good luck with Premier Guitars… I’m sure you will find us, or one of our boys, buying another guitar from you one day. You even make a good cup of tea! Cheers, Nigel – Blackheath

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Hi John. Just thought I would drop you an email to express my thanks and appreciation of my recent purchase. The guitar was exactly as you described. Your professionalism is second to none and we will be doing more business together. With best regards, Graham

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Seller & Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

John Spence was introduced to me through a friend who spoke highly of him. I had heard of John and had some guitars to “relocate” so I decided to pay him a visit at Premier Guitars.

He is a very friendly guy who knows the Australian Music Industry well. John’s passion for “all things guitar” was very obvious when I opened the cases and showed him the guitars I wanted to sell.

Immensely knowledgeable, he is not condescending or patronizing. He is also immediately ready to learn something new about any guitar that has undergone his “in hand experience”.   John meticulously researches all the guitars that come in for sale in order to find out the particular history of the model, and its world price. He also collates the seller’s particular connection with his instrument.  All this is documented with great accuracy and placed on the website for the interested prospective buyer……. a nice touch

Since my initial visit, John has sold four guitars for me. They were all sold at my asking price and I was paid for each of these instruments in full within 48 hours of sale. I have also purchased an amp from John as well, with which I am very happy.

John is an absolute pleasure to deal with and is “as honest as the day is long”. In these times of shonky / dodgy dealers in the musical instrument market, John Spence is a beacon of propriety.

The only other thing I would like to add is that Premier Guitars can be a very “dangerous” place to visit ………. so many beautiful and desirable guitars and amps there to tempt you.

Keep up the great work John. Best wishes – Alex – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

Hi John. Thank you for the smooth transaction for my bass speaker box. Your description regarding quality of condition, sound, and value for money was spot on.

Very reasonable freight to Melbourne, very well packed and arrived safely. Fantastic correspondence throughout the process, even down to the follow up after receiving my speaker – well done. I’m very happy to recommend you and your service to my friends.

Thanks, Joe – Melbourne

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Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

Hi John. Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks very much for the Badcat Amp Head that I bought through Premier Guitars.

It was fantastic to peruse all the other stuff in the showroom while I was there, and I played through two amplifiers you had in stock. You were fine with me bringing my own guitar and speaker stack so that I could test the amps with my own gear, which was appreciated. Allowing me to use your vintage TS9 Tubescreamer also helped me drive the amp towards my sound, which was great (I have since bought a TS9 of my own as it sounded so sweet with the amp)

Your obvious passion and personal service made this a very positive buying experience for me, and the amp is performing well. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Premier Guitars, and look forward to buying more gear from you in the future. Cheers, Jason – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial – November 2015

When I took my beloved axe to John at Premier Guitars I immediately got the sense that this man was as passionate about guitars and music as his clients. It was like the stock was his own personal collection 🙂

Premier Guitars helped me set a realistic price, find the right buyer and sold my guitar in a few weeks. A surprising result. John was professional with all communication and payment was made direct in less than 2 days after purchase.

Premier Guitars has terrific online presence and I reckon the detail and photography of each instrument on the website is a great showcase. Well done John. I’ll be back. Greg – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial – November 2015

Thank you Premier Guitars for an honest, straight-up much needed service within the used/vintage Australian music instrument trade market. I appreciated the swift remuneration after my item sold. Kind regards, Jon – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

Hi John. A quick note to thank you for the secure packaging and swift shipping for my Maton – very much appreciated! Thanks also for making the time on the phone on Saturday morning – it went a long way towards making me confidant in purchasing the guitar and made the online experience a good one. As far as the guitar itself – it has been in my hands almost constantly and I love its tone and feel.

My only problem now is finding myself in your online guitar store on a Friday night wondering what I’d like to buy next! Keep up the good work – it is fantastic having you out there collecting great pieces and bringing them together in the one place. Best regard, Matt – Toowoomba

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Seller Testimonial – November 2015

Premier Guitars have been awesome right from the start. John was very professional and incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of the sale and the payment was made almost straight away. I’ll be recommending you to friends and family.  Regards, Robert – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

Hi John. Just wanted to say a big thank you for making the purchase of the 1976 Gibson Thunderbird so easy. Having searched world wide for one of these basses, this one turns up only 17km from me!!! Excellent detailed description and truly top service made it a pleasure to deal with John. If you get another one in, please let me know! Cheers, Simon – Sydney (Payne)

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Buyer Testimonial – November 2015

Hi John. My Les Paul was received yesterday. Thanks for your assistance and patience with the purchase. It is always a bit nerve racking purchasing a guitar sight unseen and not personally played. True to your word the guitar arrived safe and sound with overnight delivery (to Melbourne),  and packed securely.  When I opened the case the guitar was exactly as described.

I finally have a LP to add to the collection, it looks awesome and plays even better! For those of you reading this, I’m just a regular bloke who loves music and guitars.

John is nothing but professional and calls it as he sees it. Regards, Tim – Melbourne

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. The Ampeg arrived safe and sound today. Tone is gorgeous. Only tried bass so far, but as you say, I’m sure it’s a gem for guitar as well. Has a few rattles when you dial it up a little for bass, but I guess it’s to be expected with an amp of this vintage. Will give all of the screws a good tightening when I get a chance. Very happy, thanks for sorting me out with this great amp. Did I say amazing tone? 

Regards, Dean – Victoria

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Hello John. I just wanted to put in writing how thrilled I am with my new (old) Gibson 330. Having been hunting for a natural one for some time, it was with great excitement that I saw one listed for sale on Premier Guitars. But I have always felt nervous about buying a guitar sight unseen – how do you know that you’re ‘getting a good one?’

Talking to you about the instrument, you were able to answer the questions that I had and gave me the reassurance that I needed to do the deal. The guitar arrived as promised, beautifully packed and just as described. Plays like a dream!

I couldn’t recommend highly enough your service and care. If I am again looking for a special instrument and find it here I won’t worry, it’ll be ‘a good one’. Thanks again for your help during the process. I’ve got some jealous band mates already.

Kind Regards – Michael, Melbourne

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Buyer Testimonial

Buying an expensive second hand product is always a difficult decision especially if you’ve never done it before and that’s definitely the dilemma I faced. I stumbled across Premier Guitars’ website by accident and saw this beautiful Taylor 614CE LTD I’ve been searching for ever since I’ve played one back in 2013 which I didn’t buy at the time and now the production has stopped. It was one of the biggest regrets I’ve had.

Never been a fan of online shopping, especially a non-believer of online testimony. However for the love of this particular guitar, I decided to give it a go. Before speaking to John, I was wondering if I should drive down to Sydney to test out the guitar. However after speaking to John it was a no brainer to buy the guitar. He is so into detail (explained every little detail of the guitar), so professional with his answer and very honest. I had a question that he didn’t know the answer to and he admitted that to me straight away and came back with the answer later on after doing research. With the great impression John made, I decided to take a leap of faith and bought it online without even testing the guitar. WOW that must be the best gamble I’ve ever taken! The guitar was basically brand new (even better than the photo/described condition), plays amazing and apparently it was a record, one day delivery. The package was very well protected with heaps of bubble wrap, took me awhile to unbox it! Being an impatient person, this definitely is heaven on earth.

All in all, my recommendation for buying at Premier Guitar? It’s a big YES! I’ll definitely come back when I need more gear. Thank you Premier Guitar and John for fulfilling my dream of owning this beautiful masterpiece! I have no regrets!!! – Shannon, Brisbane

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John, the ’67 Fender Blackface amp I purchased from you recently is the by far the best amp I have ever had. It is also my first vintage amp. Thank you again for affording me so much time to compare it to the other vintage amps you had in your show room. Thanks again, I will be back for sure. Regards, Marcus – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –  

Having known John for many years as a musician and a friend I knew that selling some of my beloved guitars through Premier Guitars would be in good hands. In particular the depth of research he went to in order to authenticate my Custom Shop Fender Telecaster was incredible and I am sure was a major factor in securing its sale to a new home. It was hard to part with such a beautiful instrument but I had enjoyed it for many years and after visiting his setup in Sydney I could see where the love of his product created the type of professional service he offers. The sincerity of his advice is reflected in the trust his clients give to him and as a very satisfied customer I look forward to doing further business in the future. Christopher – Gold Coast

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John,

Thanks for your advice and exceptional service when I bought the old Fender Bass that you recently shipped to Melbourne for me. I am very happy with my purchase, it is genuinely as you described on your website. Your transaction processing and shipping turnaround was impressive, and I really felt looked after. Best wishes, Andrew

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Buyer & Seller Testimonial –

Premier Guitar has single handedly rescued the Sydney vintage guitar and amplifier market. I have purchased two amplifiers recently from Premier Vintage Guitars, I use both live on stage. The vintage 59 Fender Tweed Harvard is the best amplifier I have ever used. Now I want a vintage Tweed Deluxe ! Had I not ventured to John’s guitar store ? Well, I would have never known and would have missed out. In both purchases Premier Guitars were the complete professionals. John also sold a great guitar of mine in order to finance the vintage amp purchase – happy all round. The store is like an Aladdin’s cave, dealing with John is a great experience. Now I need to convince my better half of at least two more “necessary purchases”. A customer for life ? The answer is YES. Kind regards, Peter Phillips-Vass (Deep South & Down – roots music the way it should be) – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Hi John. I want to thank you for not only providing a great avenue to sell my beloved Martin guitar but for the great service and professionalism as well. Not only did you find a buyer you also got the price I desired. Thanks again, Mark

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Hi John. Thanks for the great service you provided when I purchased my bass from Premier Guitars a few months back. The website really did tell the whole story, with an accurate and honest description of the instruments you have for sale. The instrument was in excellent condition, well set up, and your showroom was a pleasure to visit. Hope to do business again in the future. Cheers, Tony

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Hi John. Thanks so much for your fantastic service, I loved the hassle free way of working with Premier Guitars. Looking forward to making some future purchases through you and also listing some of my collection. Thanks again. Ryan – Sydney

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Seller Testimonial –

Hi John. Just wanted to say thanks for the utterly superb nature of recent transactions with Premier. It felt as though I had barely left your “Fort Knox like” maximum-security sanctuary when I received an email indicating that a sale had been made for one of the guitars I had consigned, with a nearly instantaneous transfer of the associated funds into my account. An absolute pleasure on every conceivable level; you have gained a loyal client for life. Roger – Sydney

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As a serious vintage guitar and amp enthusiast I was delighted to learn that John Spence has set up Premier Guitars in the North Shore. John’s historical knowledge of the vintage guitar market is world class and its great to see someone in this area who is not only so knowledgable but also a great and avid player…he really gets what we’re talking about and why we’re all so passionate about these beautiful instruments !. I have placed a number of my growing collection of amps and guitars with John earlier this year and I’m pleased to report the whole process works incredibly well ! The photos and gear descriptions John provides on his site are of high quality (I even learnt many things about my gear that I didn’t know) and have successfully sold three items already and had a deposit taken for a fourth !. Great communication from John on all interested sales and immediate funds transfer on sold items all make for a highly professional operation and one that I would strongly endorse. I will certainly be placing more items through Premier Guitars going forward. Peter Helson June, 2015

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Seller Testimonial –

Hi John, you legend. Just want to thank you for your professional and excellent manner in the way you transacted the sale of six of my guitars. Communication was spot on and the prices you achieved I was more than happy with. And of course as promised the funds were in my account the day any sale was completed. As you know I have recommended your service to some of my friends and I understand they have placed very valuable instruments with you. Well done John and I wish you the best with your enterprise and I will keep looking at my collection of too many instruments wondering which one is next. Cheers, Andrew R – Sydney

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Buyer Testimonial –

Hi John. Just letting you know I received the Epiphone Zephyr on Wednesday, you weren’t wrong when you said I’d love it! It’s really great so I wanted thank you for all the work you put into packing it and making sure it got here safely. I really appreciate it and if I ever need to find something vintage and unusual I’ll be sure to give you a call! Thanks mate, Lachlan – Brisbane

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In May this year I purchased a second hand PRS Custom 22 20th Anniversary Edition guitar through John at Premier Guitars. I initially found a Premier Guitars advertisement in an Australian Guitar magazine and checked out Premiers’ website out of curiosity. Amongst the many fine looking guitars for sale I noticed the PRS Custom 22. I’d been looking for a quality PRS for some time and this one looked pretty good in the ad. I made Premier Guitars an offer on line. John was quick to respond and gave me a very thorough run down on the guitars history and condition. John then negotiated with the owner of the guitar and a fair price agreed. The sale was conducted in a very friendly, professional manner and I ended up with a wonderful guitar as a result. I have passed on Premier Guitars details to a number of my friends who have a similar interest in quality guitars. I have no hesitation in recommending Premier Guitars to anyone interested in purchasing a good quality instrument at a very sensible, reasonable cost. Mick Nott – South Coast NSW

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Buyer Testimonial – Hi Premier Guitars, Love the website and a really good selection of quality instruments. John is a pleasure to deal with and delivery of my Music Man Amp and Gibson Chet Atkins was speedy efficient and all really well packed. I have a couple of guitars on Consignment also. John is diligent in his Research, knows his guitars and more importantly likes and respects them. Prices are realistic and not ridiculously expensive. A real pleasure to deal with. Steve – St Kilda (VIC)

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Facebook post by Paul Christie – Mondo Rock, Big Daddys, Rockhouse –

Speaking of The Big Daddys, (yes we’ll be back on the beaches with Simon Meli as soon as humanly possible) – guitarist and singer John Spence has a new business venture www.premierguitars.com.au/ I visited the place yesterday and was very impressed, particularly by the security & the storage vault. John consigns sells & stores all manner of instruments and is well & truly across what he does. He’s a guitar guy through & through & currently has a rosewood neck, blonde body 1959 Telecaster that is simply magic, check it out… give him a call if you have gear you wish to move on or store, John pays promptly & is very professional. Good luck with this JS, PC. Virtual tour click here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Jn9r9Qsiw

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I have known John Spence for over twenty years as a fellow musician, events manager and as a friend. He is trustworthy with a keen business sense, and will always do the right thing by you. His passion for guitars and knowledge of the business will make his new venture Premier Guitars the “go to” place for sound advice and honest service. John has a winning combination of hard work, ethics and personal integrity which will serve Premier Guitars well. I wish him great success.

Rex Goh – Guitarist / Producer

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I have been associated with John Spence for nearly thirty years. We have worked in bands and musical projects on and off for all that time. In all those years I have known John to be a hard working and honest business partner. John’s knowledge of the music industry is “legendary” to say the least. And he knows guitars like I know curries, and I know curries. John’s new project ‘Premier Guitars’ is something he will put his heart and soul into. The whole idea of connecting sellers with buyers is something that is really needed right now in the Oz music industry. Gotta keep those guitars moving around – being played, enjoyed, used, seen and heard. I wish John all the best with his new adventures at Premier Guitars.

Terry Murray – Guitarist/Songwriter/Fargone Beauty

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I am writing to wish John Spence all the best with his launch of Premier Guitars and endorse him unconditionally for those who don’t know John. We as guitar owners will welcome the arrival of Premier Guitars. Having been lucky enough to have seen John’s detailed planning leading up to the launch, I know just how carefully he has structured his range of services and the extraordinary premises he has acquired as his business base. I can’t think of many people in the music industry who have the resume, music and guitar knowledge and industry reputation of John Spence. John is a unique blend of great musician, excellent business man and outstanding event producer. Many of you may not know that John is the man behind the development and production of the Guitar Show television series. Critical in response to the business that John is launching is his unquestionable personal and business ethics. John understands the importance of honesty and transparency in business plus the need to deliver great customer service and I know these will be the cornerstones of his new business. I have happily entrusted a number of my valuable vintage instruments to Premier Guitars for consignment sale and know that they are in safe hands and that John’s advice on the sales strategy is sound and reliable. John, good luck with the launch of your new business. As people meet you and word of your success spreads, I know the business will prosper.

Miff James

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I’ve known John Spence for over 30 years during which time we’ve shared a passion for music, travel, guitars and coffee. I’ve always known John to be a straight shooter & totally trustworthy in both his personal and professional dealings. John’s passion for music, and guitars in particular, has meant his business interests have always been firmly rooted in the music industry. With John, what you see is what you get. He holds himself to a very high standard and believes that a business should provide a transparent, accountable service to its customers. John’s new venture Premier Guitars provides a much needed connection between sellers and buyers of quality stringed instruments. As a guitar repairer, I’m often asked by my customers to recommend a reliable business where they can consign guitars for sale or storage, particularly the vintage ones. This hasn’t been an easy thing to do of late. Fortunately, I’m now able to direct them to Premier Guitars, where I know they can be sure their treasured instruments will be offered to genuine buyers, at appropriate prices – and not only that – they will receive their money in full and on time.

Alan Rigg Alan Rigg Repairs Guitars – Glebe NSW

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John Spence knows guitars – inside and out. And he understands musicians, the need for integrity in business and honestly in dealing with people. Add to that a boundless enthusiasm for music and musical instruments and you have the perfect combination for Premiere Guitars to thrive as Australia’s definitive guitar business.

Keith Welsh Manager ICEHOUSE, Mat McHugh, The Beautiful Girls, Former Publisher – The Music Network