ATB Guitars is one of the premier outlets for original vintage Fender and Gibson guitars in Europe.
Our company AVT UK LTD was formed in 1998 and its founder Mike Long has been buying, selling and trading vintage guitars since his University days in the 1980's.
Quality and an excellent reputation have assured many satisfied and repeat customers. We stand by everything we sell and the number of vintage instruments we have sold to satisfied customers is now close to 5,000.
We always carry a reasonable selection of vintage Fender and Gibson and all guitars are in stock at our premises in Gloucestershire, ready for immediate despatch, to virtually anywhere in the world by safe, trackable and insured courier. ATB Guitars has years of experience of safely packing delicate instruments and amplifiers, and has shipped without issue, drama or hassle, to every corner of the globe.
All instruments are available to view and play, by appointment only, in our showroom in Gloucestershire, UK where we have a good selection of vintage and modern guitar amps for you to try them through.
Mike - Founder & CEO
Mike has been buying and selling vintage guitars since his University days in the 80’s. After playing in a number of bands and as a solo guitarist around North Devon, he met Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick at a gig in the University halls and fell in love with his amazing collection of vintage pieces.
After leaving Uni Mike went on to work as a live sound engineer, recording engineer and producer working on studio albums, singles and live concert releases from the likes of PJ Harvey, Cocteau Twins, Blur, Spiritualized, James, Marillion, William Orbit and more.
Moving on into the 90's, Mike founded one of Europe’s leading vintage pro audio specialists, which then led to him creating the company that became ATB Guitars.
Mike’s favourite guitarists include Jimmy Page, Steve Howe, Martin Carthy and Eric Gales plus all the young up and coming blues based guitarists of the current era.
His favourite guitars are a 1957 Stratocaster and a 1958 ES-335. "I think with those two in your guitarsenal you could probably get nearly every tone you desire…"
When not running ATB Guitars Mike can often be found learning to play piano, learning to fly a fighter jet (DCS World) and collecting modern art, in a modest way.
Mike is pictured holding a one owner mint condition 1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC we recently bought from the original owner.
Dafydd - General Manager
A part of the ATB orbit since 2015, Dafydd became a fully fledged employee in 2018.
Following a dalliance with the violin from a young age, the real musical epiphany came in the form of six strings and adolescent hormones, derailing a promising career in motorsport engineering… Soon there followed long hair and the never ending search for Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix records whilst revising diligently to the Yes album on repeat, along with a realisation that the route to happiness passes through a room filled with like minded people making music.
“When you work with vintage guitars it's best not to get too attached. On the other hand, a 1935 Gibson Super 400 from a few years ago has left an indelible mark”
Guitars and music being the all encompassing things that are, Dafydd can often be found in the dark back rooms of the locality mixing bands, stood in the glare of the audience with his band Chameleon or at home fettling another poor guitar player’s favorite axe. Time makes fools of us all...
Dafydd is pictured holding two mint condition 1961 Gibson Les Paul /SG Standards we had here a while ago.
David - Content Manager
The newest member of the team, David joined ATB in January 2020.
Initially coming from a classical background on the Cello, he found the guitar when he was 14 and never looked back, drawing influences mainly from the likes of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Lukather and John Mayer.
With so many great vintage guitars coming through the shop its always difficult to pick out a favourite, but one sticks with him: "A while ago we had a a killer 1960 sunburst Stratocaster with the most awesomely beat up look to it... It had this really thick sound that doesn't usually get associated with Strats and it was just a joy to play!"
Outside of work you can find David posting the occasional bit of photography on his Instagram (@davidlibson) and gigging / releasing music with his band "Junomoon", and their 80's inspired brand of synth pop...
David is pictured playing a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard 'Burst' we had visiting for a short time in the shop. This one used to belong to Mick Taylor (ex-Rolling Stones).