Guest Comments

Dec 30 at 7:44 PM From: Ed Lazzarin (
Hello Jim 59 Les Paul came in today. UNBELIEVABLE, what a GEM! I have been buying LPs forever. I mean since I was young and I am now 62. Bought 5 this year. Have been lucky to have owned a 52/58 conversion with original PAFs, an original 58 goldtop with PAFs. You unquestionably steered me right. I was attracted to this guitar because of the aesthetics. You told me how 2014 LPs sounded much more acoustic because of the hyde glue neck and body joints. You were not kidding. This guitar sings unplugged. I like a well balanced, strong articulate sound. I plugged it into my favorite amp set up. I have an original blackface twin reverb standing in front of an original blackface super reverb. Play both together. That set up usually sounds good. With this LP, it was awesome, awesome, awesome. I don't think of it as a pretty face any more: It is my best sounding guitar ever. I play all styles and it made everything sound incredible. This guitar I bought from you far exceeded my expectations by miles.
Thank you again, And HAPPY NEW YEARS.
PPS: I usually make all kinds of adjustments to pickup heights, etc. haven't touched anything and I won't. This is like marrying Marilyn Monroe and finding out she is an excellent cook and housewife. Doesn't get better.
Ed Lazzarin
PS: those custom burstbuckers are killer. Every bit as good as original PAF pickups.

December 6 at 8:11 AM From: Mattias Olofsson (
Hi Jim and Janine
Thank you for great services of my purchase of my 'Route 66-Big Tex Telecaster! I got the guitar last day and used it last night on a Christmas show. I just have to say thank you and a big "WOW", this guitar is amazing!! Very very great sounding and the mojo is there alright! Great player and the pickups are outstanding! Very twangy guitar and I'm certain that this guitar will be with me for a long time.
Thank's again
Mattias Olofsson, Sweden

Sept 10 at 7:28 PM From:Terrance Devlin (
Just want to let anyone who wants to know what a pleasure it was to purchase my 1976 Telecaster from Route66. This whole experience was exceptional. Dealing with Jim and Janine was easy and fun, and you really get the feeling that they truly are trying to find a "good home" for the vintage instruments with someone who will appreciate and care for them, and preserve a part of America's past. Price was very fair, and the quality of the instrument - the best. They know these instrument very well, and all was exactly as advertised. The guitar arrived quickly and was expertly packed for shipping. I would highly recommend Route66 to anyone looking to buy a quality vintage instrument. Terry

Mar 12 at 5:51 PM From: Michael DeVillo (
My experience with Route66 Classic Guitars was the best guitar buying experience I have ever had. I have several (15+) Les Paul's, vintage Fenders, PRS, etc.. etc.... and have many purchasing experiences. If I could save anyone the disappointments and high costs I have learned from buying, - I recommend anyone - anywhere - "BUY your quality instruments from Route66".
Route66 will provide you a QUALITY instrument, at a great price, and will follow up with prompt knowledgeable helpful service AFTER the sale. You will not find a better grade dealer than Route66.
Michael DeVillo
Washington DC

March 7 at 7:13 PM From: Ronald Richards (
Dear Jim and Janine, My new Gibson arrived today at my home in the U/K, and true to your word Jim it's awesome. Gibson is turning out some lovely guitars now and this one is no exception. The all round finish is so nice and the lemon flame top certainly strikes you when the case lid is opened. This is the third guitar I've purchased from you and all three have been a testimony to the care and consideration you take when supplying people like myself with a fine musical instrument. I just want to say thank you both and wish you all the best for the future and please Both keep Rockin! Ron Didcot United Kingdom.

Dec 28 at 11:19 AM From: Nicos (
I Just bought a 2013 59 Les Paul in Lemonburst, and I must tell that this Guitar is amazing! So is Jim and Janine at Route 66 Classic Guitars. The best people I have dealt with in my years of purchasing guitars. They are great people and they have great guitars and that combination is outstanding! What more can I say, except THANK YOU!!!!
Nicos Vox

Mon, May 6, 2013 at 5:25 AM From: Keith Vance (
Jim and Janine,
What can I say about my experience of dealing with such fine folks as the both of you. The guitar arrived and was packed perfectly, I opened the box to meet my new baby, and WOW was I amazed, this guitar looks and sound better than I expected. I can only say that I will be a repeat customer as this was a Great Experience.
Thanks again,
Brian Keith Vance

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM From: ronrich (
Hi Jim and Janine, the Gibson ES335 arrived today,only five days from its departure and what a beautiful guitar it is. When I opened the case its beauty just struck me in the face,no different I suspect if it had been 1963.I remember that year well as I was getting near to leaving school. Of course in those days my parents could never have afforded such a fine instrument. I'm going to call her JJ after both of you. This is now my second guitar from Route 66 and I want to thank Yourself and Janine for all the care and attention you have afforded me on both occasions. The guitar was so well packed for her journey to the U/K. You are two very honest people with guitars very much in your hearts. In this day and age that is so nice and I want others to know that also. Take care for now,Godless, Ron.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:53 PM FROM: John G. Rorke (
Hi Jim,
Thanks for all you help with my Big Tex Guitar purchase I am really happy. Route 66 guitars is by far the best music store I have ever dealt with in over 20 years of dealings. You guys are extremely helpful and go above and beyond to ensure we musicians get what we are truly after. Your communication and follow up is also impressive, super efficient and fast, will definitely be doing business in the future. Cheers, John Rorke "Highly Recommend"

Friday, June 8, 2012 3:31 PM FROM: Wally Norcross Sr. (
I just happened across Jim and Janine's ROUTE 66 CLASSIC GUITARS, while looking for a nice Jazz box for my grandson. I found a Special Edition Dean Palomino that was perfect for him. I emailed Jim and he worked with me for about 2 weeks so we could get this guitar. He didn't even know me?? He just took the time to help me and got the job done as if we had been friends for 20 years. There is NO ONE, these days, who would take the time and energy, not to mention the kindness, that these folks took, in order for me to get this BEAUTIFUL es175 Palomino Guitar. Its' too bad that there aren't more Jims and Janines around !!!! The world would be a better place !!! There is no other place to do business with now. Not as long as Jim and Janines' ROUTE 66 CLASSIC GUITARS is around !!! Which, with how I've been treated as a customer, I'll put my money on....FOREVER. ROCK ON ROUTE 66 CLASSIC GUITARS.
Thank you very much, Wally Norcross Sr. South Dartmouth, Mass.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:27 AM FROM: Mark (
You've tried the rest - now try the best - contact Janine and Jim at Route 66 Classic Guitars!!!
You will find the best guitar website on the planet. The website is designed for real enthusiasts with all the technical detail clearly set out and plenty of sharp photos.
Janine and Jim are clearly guitar experts and enthusiasts - just take a look at the stock list - if you like guitars you'll be like a kid in a toy store.
You will never find swifter e-mail responses from any business - I'm sure these folks don't sleep!!
My guitar was posted on Monday (UPS trackable) and was delivered to me in UK on Friday, just as predicted. I can't believe that the entire transaction was completed in a week.
I can also say that I have never seen anything like the 'Route 66' parcel - the guitar was packed like a Russian doll and arrived in perfect condition.
Nothing prepared me for the sight of this guitar when I opened the case. The matched maple top is stunningly beautiful - we never see tops like this on Gibsons in Britain.
I could not be more pleased with the transaction from start to finish.
After making initial contact the friendly and helpful communications made the transaction go like clockwork.
The speed of delivery and quality of packaging resulted in a transaction that cannot be bettered.
I strongly recommend 'Route 66' to anyone looking for a quality guitar.
There is certainly only one place to look for my next guitar!
Best wishes and thank you Janine and Jim for delivering the guitar I have dreampt of ever since I heard the early Eric Clapton of the 1960s.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:01 AM FROM: C.J. Martin (
I have owned more than 20 Les Pauls since I bought my first in 1974, a 20th anniversary custom. I have been searching for this tone that has been in my head for many years. Thank you Jim and Janine for helping me find my dream guitar, an R9. I had narrowed my choice to three of your Les Pauls, but when I saw and heard 1821, I fell in love.
Thank you both so very much and continued success.
I am sure we will meet again.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Chris Martin
Randolph County, Illinois

Saturday, March 31, 2012 9:43 AM FROM: Rob Fair (
Just played a gig last night with my new 57 Fender Reissue relic Stratocaster and loved it to death!!! Jim has the best guitars in the world!!! I bought a Les Paul last month and i thought it would be hard to top that guitar. Well,, It's still my #1 however, the relic 57 kicks butt !!! Love it!!! Thanks again you guys I will always be loving these guitars!! I have told all my people about you and I hope they hit you up a get this amazing experience like I did.. All the best, Robby..

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:38 PM From: Paul Koulbanis (
Thank you to Janine and Jim. I just received my Gibson ES 335 1960 50th Anniversary Sunburst and it is more than expected. Top quality from Gibson, I must say. This is how it should be and a great price from Jim. As I read that Janine is the master packer of guitars, I would like to add that this is true. I have never seen any packaging quite like the way this came! There was time and care taken to achieve this process . Thanks Janine! As far as communication, they were always quick to respond by email, easy to work with and the"mom and pop" business is key in who you are dealing with. Again, obvious care and service orientation are seemingly very important to them. I look forward to future communication as I already feel like family. Thanks again!.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:23 PM FROM: Joaquin Figueroa (
Hi Janine and Jim,
I purchased an insane '59 reissue from Route66 Classic Guitars and my experience was phenomenal. Janine took good care of me answering my questions and concerns. They really know their guitars. The packaging, as others have mentioned, is impeccable. It's a true work of art. My "monster" is unique (aren't all Gibsons?) and it doesn't growl. It roars!! I'm serious, the neck is flipping fat and thick, just like a '59 should be!! Unlike the chain stores, it is obvious that these folks offer the very best in tops and quality. I live near a "chain" store, and I wouldn't spend my money on the '59s they have. I mean, some folks like all kinds of wood types, but if you're looking for top notch (no pun intended) and playability, look no further. I am so grateful to have found out about this dealer and they made A DREAM COME TRUE for me. I am not a materialistic person, but I feel I have been blessed. My guitars are about the only things I can call my own (my wife owns me, but that's a different issue...) Seriously, if you can afford to get your hands on what you like here, do what you can and take care of business. I just love coming to this site and looking at the goodies. It's my "fix" when I want to stare at beautiful guitars. Now I have another I can do that with at home! God bless you all, and keep being honest and caring. That's what I believe brings you guys the business. Sincerely, Joaquin Figueroa.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 10:48 AM FROM: Rob Fair (
Just want to take the time to thank Jim & Janine for there outstanding one on one service. We did a trade deal for a 59 VOS Les Paul and I must have spent two hrs watching the same three videos before I knew that the one guitar we did our deal on was "THE ONE"!!!
Jim was very helpful and we worked out our trade deal in just a few minuets... Jim was very fair on my trade as he had the perfect guitar for me! Furthermore Janine took some extra photo's for me and that sealed the deal.. I also wanted to add that Jim is a "Master" @ packing !!! Amazing pack job... >>> : ^ ) It took me over a half hr. to unpack the guitar. Then it took 10 more minuets to get the guitar out of the case.. "Master" of raping as-well!! So with all that said Jim & Janine were there for every phone call and every Email like no other dealer i've ever dealt with and I've been buying and selling guitars for over 40 years!!! I highly recommend "Route 66 Guitars" to anyone one that wants only the best in guitars and service! Never in my 40 years of guitar playing have I been so pleased with a Dealer... Thanks again you guys!!!! Rockin Robby from Santa Barbara California .

Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:30 PM FROM: Todd L. Dowell (
I purchased a 59' Les Paul Reissue from the folks at Route 66 over the phone. Unlike the big box music store, you get great service and a selection of only the finest guitars handpicked for their beauty and collectability. Janine and Jim are very knowledgeable and answered all my questions before I made my final purchase. The guitar arrived in perfect condition. They took time to properly wrap the guitar and box it up with ample protection. This is a top notch professional guitar shop. I couldn't be more satisfied and will definitely be doing business with Route 66 again. Thanks, Todd Dowell Port Orchard, WA

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:34 PM FROM: joakim kristiansson (
Absolutely excellent service. I live in Stockholm, Sweden and my Les Paul arrived in perfect condition after 4 days. Very fast and friendly communications, guitar packed for shipment better than I could have imagined! It was a pleasure doing business with both of you, highly recommend buying from Route 66 Classic Guitars and I will do business with Jim and Janine again soon. / Jocke Bacon (

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:14 PM From: Nono Nono (
Hello ! This is the second guitar I bought from Jim & Janine. As before, Jim provides fast, accurate answers. It is a pleasure to talk with someone as professional. The guitar (a great Gibson LP 1959 Reissue Tom Murphy Aged) was shipped the same day I bought it. Perfect. The guitar was well packed and protected. A real professional job! I am very pleased with my purchase. Excuse me for my English approximation, I'm French. Happy holidays to all. Arnaud.

Friday, November 25, 2011 5:27 PM From: Jay Lee (
After weeks of searching for the CC#2 Les Paul I came across Jim and Janine's Route66 website. I'm usually very cautious when it comes to ordering online but Jim and Janine's helpfulness and very prompt replies kept me going. During the purchasing process they really exceeded my expectations. The patience and taking the time to answer any questions had put me at ease. Believe me I asked A LOT of questions. It took some time for processing but they held onto the guitar for me until it was time. Shipping was also a very big concern, especially with an instrument like this, but again they exceeded my expectations. The packaging was superb. Unpacking it was the hardest part, and I could tell there was no way it could be damaged. As for the guitar, there were no negative surprises. The only surprise for me was it looked even more amazing in person. The action was perfect (no setup issues to worry about). Now that they've gained my trust, I would definitely buy from them again no questions asked.
Thanks again.

Monday, November 14, 2011 11:54 AM From: Markus Mikael Elgland (
My second guitar I was buying from Jim. (september) Excellent an fast service. Jim really knows about guitars. Again very great Gibson ES175. AAA+++. Recommended. Thanks Jim and Janine.
Markus Mikael Elgland

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:49 AM From: Paolo Massari (
The guitar is Gorgeous, with a professional packaging to keep safe the baby, and only 6 work days for the ship!!
Grazie mille Ciao!
Paolo Kibb, Rome Italy

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:43 AM From: Duncan Sykora (
I can't describe the anticipation, watching the tracking record of the package as it moved closer to the UK...In less than a week it was on my doorstep. The best packing job I have ever seen, in fact so good it took me about 5 minutes to get close to the contents! There it was, the black shiny "Gibson Custom Shop" emblazoned case...the moment of truth...I clicked each latch open and slowly raised the lid. Wow...more packing ;) After removing the tissue around the stings, and extra head and neck packing support, there she was. The most Amazing Tom Murphy aged 1960 reissue, light and resonant in a beautiful vintage iced tea. A friend of mine who deals in guitars came round, I told him I had something interesting to look at. He asked me "what year is it"...I smiled ...He cottoned on "It's a Tom"'s that good ! "It's so light...It's lighter than my Jimmy Page Les Paul...where did you get it ?" ...and you all know the answer to that. Anyone in the UK thinking of buying from The States, this is the place to do it.
Thanks Jim and Janine told me she was the one for me !....she's just as you described. Many thanks Duncan Sykora, Lancashire, UK

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:10 PM From: Joseph Farinacci (
I recently purchased my first Les Paul reissue from Jim & Janine. I purchased a 2010 figured Lemondrop R8 gloss. This guitar has to be one of the finest guitars I have ever played! Jim & Janine are the most helpful and kind people that you will come across. They answered every question that I had and made this purchase the most enjoyable sales experience that I have had in over 20 years!
I will always get my kicks from Route 66. Thanks Jim & Janine!

Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:34 AM FROM: Markus Mikael Elgland (
Thanks Jim and Janine! I find a great Gibson L-5 Wes Montgomery in J&J route 66 guitars. Even I live in Finland service was great and fast. Honest and good. 100% recommended.
Thanks again Jim and Janine

Friday, May 6, 2011 12:42 PM From: dimitris mantsio (
I just received my 59 vos les paul gibson from route66 guitars and there are no words for me to express how much pleased i am with the guitar.First of all i want to thank Jim and Janine for being so kind and patient. They answered all my questions on the guitar and were very happy to help me choose the right instrument. The site as any visitor can see is amazing with high quality pictures on the guitars and even videos which are extremely helpful on helping you choose the guitar you want. You actually listen to it!!!!! How many dealers do that?? The packing was perfect and they sent the guitar the next half an hour after they received my payment. I had the guitar one week later and i live on the other side of the planet. Undamaged, without scratch, exactly as described. Totally, 100% recommended and trusted seller, will definitely buy something again in the future!!, once again thank you route66!!!!!!!

Sat, March 19, 2011 5:38:09 AM From: Edward Sousa (
Thank you for the sweet Les Paul!
Jim and Janine are a real asset to all lovers of high quality classic guitars. Anyways, I had my eye on a couple of very nice new and unplayed Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus guitars on their fine website. Janine was lightning fast and enthusiastic in responding to my emails, while Jim gave thorough and detailed descriptions of each guitar by phone, while also being very patient and generous with his time. The love, knowledge and passion that they both have for quality guitars is rather evident in both the email and phone responses.
Well, I ended up with a gorgeous 9.4 lbs 2010 Les Paul Traditional Plus in desert burst and I could not be any more satisfied. The packing job was top notch and the special added attention to the headstock area was most appreciated. Not only was the price very good [free shipping], but knowing that Jim and Janine hand pick each guitar gave me added peace of mind. I highly recommend buying through Route 66 Classic Guitars, and I myself will be doing business with Jim and Janine again sometime down the road. Jim and Janine, thanks again for the beautiful Les Paul and a most positive and stress free guitar buying experience.
Sincerely, Edward Sousa of La Mesa, CA.

Sat, September 18, 2010 5:17:52 AM From: Carol & Chris Dawkins (
Jim and Janine are an absolute delight to deal with. They offered by far the best deal on my dream guitar, answered all my questions promptly and courteously and made the whole experience a pleasure. Even when my credit card company zealously blocked the transaction initially, Jim was never less than a gentlemen throughout the entire process. UPS kept me informed throughout, albeit with a few confusing tracking messages, and delivered the guitar on the appointed date. One note of caution for UK buyers - UPS required cash or cheque at the door before they'd hand over the package, but that's out of Jim and Janine's control. The packaging was superbly cushioned with foam and Expanded polystyrene, proof against all but determined mishandling.
The guitar, a 2010 Les Paul '58 Historic Reissue (Gloss), is the one in their excellent photographs and will be a joy and inspiration for ever. If you've ever considered buying a guitar from an overseas dealer but were afraid it would prove too problematic, think again. Jim and Janine do all the work and will quote you the best deal, including shipping via a renowned carrier. They have an ethic for service, customer care and honest good value which puts traders here to shame. If ever I have sufficient funds available again, I'll be back. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone, you won't regret it. They put you in touch with your dreams.
Wishing you every success for the future.
Chris Dawkins - Fair Oak, Eastleigh, UK.

Mon, August 23, 2010 1:21:17 AM From: David Cassar Torreggiani (
I bought a second Les Paul on line from Jim at Route 66 classic guitars. The guitars were perfectly presented with some great photos to chose from. He gave a perfect, problem free service, as one usually prays for when dealing on line. Jim was a gentleman, and kept me informed when payment was received, and had it shipped out the same day. The guitar was perfectly packed with no chance of damage, unless the plane crashed.
So Jim, cheers to you mate.

Tue, June 29, 2010 8:57:30 AM From: Brian Higham (
Hi, I never did buy anything from these folks but they are delightful people to deal with. As soon as I have enough $$$$$$$$$$ I'll be back.
Kindest regards Brian Higham U.K.

Wed, June 23, 2010 9:33:21 PM From: Steve Perry (
Thank You for such a good deal and a Great Guitar. Route 66 Guitars is the nicest and very best place I have ever bought any Guitar from, and I will do business with Route 66 Guitars again. This 1959 Gibson Custom Les Paul that I bought is so sweet and the transaction with Route 66 was the smoothest I ever experienced.
Thank You Route 66
Steve Perry

Fri, May 28, 2010 6:32:56 PM From: Arnaud Nolds (
"Jim and Janine are very kind and courteous. Particularly serious and reactive, they always answer quickly mails and demands. It took just a few days to receive my guitar in France. The instrument was very well packed and protected, a real professional job! The instrument by itself (a Gibson Les Paul CC) is great quality and 100% conform to the description. Everything is just perfect.
Route 66 Classic Guitars is in my list of favorites now and will be very pleased to do business with Jim an Janine again."
(photos on les paul forum : )
Thanks again.

Thu, April 22, 2010 6:20:55 PM From: BRAD DIBBLE (
My experience with Jim and Route 66 Classic Guitars was nothing short of amazing. I had my eye on a few different guitars when I started looking. Jim was very quick to get back to me with answers to any questions I had. He also had some very helpful suggestions once he knew what I was looking for, and I ended up buying one of his recommendations that I hadn't found myself. Although I thought I knew a thing or two about Gibson Les Paul 1959 reissues, Jim taught me so much more that I immediately had total confidence and that I was dealing with someone who knew his stuff. When I finally got to the point where I was ready to buy, I made my purchase online on a Monday night. Even though I'm in Canada, the guitar was in my hands three days later! Jim was super helpful in dealing with customs and getting everything ready so the whole transaction couldn't have been smoother. It has been an awesome addition to my collection, and my friends can't believe I got such a gorgeous instrument. I can't give higher praise to these guys, and I'm seriously tempted to add a few more guitars to the collection now that I have a place where I know I'll get amazing service. Great job guys!

Sat, April 10, 2010 5:01:16 PM From: Joe (
Hi Jim and Janine,
Sorry about the delay in sending this note of appreciation but I wanted to say thank you for making my buying experience such a pleasure. I first saw my guitar during an ebay search and mulled over the purchase for too long, the auction ended and the guitar of my dreams wasn't posted again. Luckily I searched Route 66 Classic Guitars and there it was still for sale. To make a long story short, my whole purchasing experience was amazing, I have purchased a lot of guitars on the internet over the last couple of years but have never felt so confident dealing with a seller. We are not lucky enough here in Ireland to have the selection of guitars available to you guys in the U.S. so to find high quality guitars as reasonable prices with excellent customer service is Nirvana.
The communication, advice, packaging of the guitar and pleasure at knowing what was described was what I received has convinced me that any further purchases will be made through Route 66. I bought my Strat in September 09 and from the day it arrived it's been my Nr 1.
Thanks for the experience, you'll be hearing from me again soon !
All the very best from Ireland

Fri, February 26, 2010 11:45:04 AM From: Rusty Bishop (
Jim & Janine
Very fast and friendly communicaitions, guitar packed for shipment better than I could have imagined! It was a pleasure doing business with both of you, highly recommend buying from Route66Classicguitars....

Tue, February 9, 2010 3:19:54 AM From: (
Hi Jim & Janine, Just a note to say my fabulous Gibson Les Paul Historic ' 58 VOS was collected from the Couriers yesterday. It arrived in perfect condition having had the best packing job I' ve seen. The guitar is just pure magic and just as described. For a fair deal I would recommend this Seller above all others I have dealt with. Many, many thanks from one very satisfied customer. Kind regards Martin (UK)

Fri, January 22, 2010 3:20:15 PM From: Clive Blackman (
I purchased a (Yamano) Gibson Les Paul R-0 from Route 66 Classic Guitars and I must say I was a little nervous about spending so much money on a guitar I'd only seen in photographs from a web site I'd never used before, representing a company over 4,000 miles away. But the guitar just looked so gorgeous...
I am pleased to say that my nervousness was completely unfounded. Once the e-cheque process had gone through and the money was in Route 66 Classic Guitars' bank account, the instrument was here, in England, in just 4 days. The service from UPS was perfect and the customs clearance was all sorted before it left the US. I enjoyed tracking the progress on the UPS web site.
The guitar was packed by Jim personally and it was absolutely first class! I recall someone in one of the feedback letters saying that his guitar was probably packed better than it ever had been by Gibson and, believe me, he's absolutely right.
I think I shall be living with this guitar for many years. It really is beautiful.
I thank Jim very much for making it possible and for his excellent service. I recommend Route 66 Classic Guitars most highly to anyone looking for a serious classic guitar.
Best Regards,
Clive Blackman

Fri, November 27, 2009 6:36:51 AM From: "Scott, Roger SELEX GALILEO, UK" (roger.scott@selexgalileo)
As a recent international buyer from Scotland, I took a big risk purchasing a high value Gibson R9 on the internet. You simply can't find a guitar in the UK with this quality of tiger stripe without searching for years or by having extraordinary luck. I had never heard of Route 66 Classic Guitars before I initially saw the guitar on Ebay and immediately fell in love with it. As soon as I started my correspondence with Jim at Route 66, I quickly sensed that I was dealing with a man of honesty and integrity, and who obviously had a love for guitars. We enjoyed good humored and factual correspondence, where all my questions and requests for information were addressed immediately. The UPS expedited courier service was excellent with the guitar arriving safely within a week. The guitar arrived beautifully packed with the headstock skilfully protected and supported with foam rubber. The guitar itself was in perfect condition and was exactly as described and shown in the photographs, with no undisclosed dings or non-conformance. In conclusion, if you see the guitar of your dreams on the Route 66 Classic Guitars website - purchase it with complete confidence. Go for it !! You won't regret it. I hope potential buyers find this information helpful. My experience has proved that you can trust Route 66 Classic Guitars to deliver both honesty and unrivaled customer service. Jim, it was an honour and pleasure to do business with you. Kind regards, Roger

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 6:11:34 AM from robby h (
Jim and Janine,
Thank you very much for providing me with my Custom Shop Fender. I have no hesitation in recommending your services and confirming the authenticity of your products to anyone who is interested in purchasing high quality guitars at a competitive price. I was very impressed by your timely responses to my many questions via email and even more impressed with your customer service and honesty. I will definitely be purchasing from you Route66 again.
Robby h

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:34:39 AM from Paul (
I would like to express my great appreciation to Jim and Janine for helping me to select and buy 2 fantastic guitars over the last 12 months. Buying guitars online and sight unseen is risky at any time, and after having done my research and been directed to Route66, I have full confidence that I will get a guitar that is of the highest standard and quality. Both Jim and Janine have been amazingly patient and dealt with my many questions and requests promptly and effectively. Their willingness to assist and provide meaningful and useful information sets them apart from many online and retail stores. I have no hesitation to recommend Route66 to any potential guitar buyer. The packaging of guitars is first class, and the shipment process is as fast and painless as possible. There's no doubt that I will remain a repeat customer for years to come. Many thanks, PRJ (Australia)

Sunday, July 26, 2009 2:08:56 PM (
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++++++++ for Jim and Janine, abolutely excellent service. I live in the UK and my Les Paul '58 VOS arrived in perfect condition (including the case) and bang on time. Please do not have any doubts if you're thinking about buying from Route '66 because you live away from the States! Jim and Janine were very helpful with my questions, and gave me a good price. Would love to do business again. Thanks again and best regards from ol' Blighty!! Paul

Monday, June 8, 2009 1:28:27 AM (
-It was a pleasure to purchase my latest Gibson through Route 66 Classic Guitars. I dealt with Jim and he was incredibly helpful with my list of questions, honest about the inventory and what I was getting into and reliable in terms of getting the guitar to me in an extremely timely manner - regardless of me being across the country. I made an impulse buy of my dream Gibson and Route66 helped it become a reality. I would absolutely deal with them in the future.-
Best, Eric

Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:34:00 AM (
Dear Jim and Janine!
After spending hours on the route 66 homepage checking out all these beautiful guitars i deceided to write an email asking for a guitar and thats how the story began. the story of me searching the holy grail and the guitar store you are know looking at when you watch this homepage. and i regret nothing after purchasing a GIBSON LES PAUL 1959 V.O.S form these nice folks at route 66. Everything from the progress of writing many many emails asking Jim about the guitar i wanted to buy to the exellent shipping and packing job until to the first time i played my instrument was absolutly amazing. i am quite picky regarding guitars, especially Les Pauls and i was afraid of buying such a expensive guitar in the net without playing the guitar first and make my own impression and opinion but after my first email with route 66 i thought "lets try it and give them a chance". i am so happy that i made this decision. FOLKS AND PEOPLE OUT THERE LISTEN: when you are searching for a guitar which can satisfy you in any ways and when you are on the search for the very very special guitar than belive me ROUTE 66 CLASSIC GUITARS is the right place to find it, i did it and others before me. forget the big super guitar stores the independent dealers are the right place to search.
I will never forget the experience i made with you ROUTE 66 and so: GIVE ME THE KICKS ROUTE 66 GUITARS

Monday, December 1, 2008 2:56:46 PM (
Dear Janine - Thank you so much for everything, especially thanks for your onesty and fast respondings during the whole process of bying the guitar. I've bought a gibson sg v.o.s.custom in oxblood, and what a beauty, more beautiful than i expected actually! Exelent packing and fast shipping - VERY recommendable!!!!!
I'll see you on route66 again soon - Michael, Denmark

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:35:15 AM (
Dear Jim and Janine,
I can' tell you how much I truly Love this guitar in a million ways. First let me say how appreciative I am of the First Class packing job of the guitar. So much attention to detail to make sure that this fine instrument would arrive in the most deserving condition. When I finally waited some hours to actually unpack the Guitar, which were instructions from Jim to avoid any checking and so forth.. I just could not believe the "Beauty" of my new Gibson 1959 VOS Les Paul. The Flame top of this instrument is one created by the Gods. Unbelievable out of this world 3-dimensional heavy tiger flame and the right amount of flecking going on. I was floored beyond words. The warm rich burst finish is to die for as the feel of the neck, gorgeous fretboard and weight of this Les Paul fits my personality perfectly. Well then, what else could be better to add to this instrument. TONE, TONE AND EVEN MORE TONE. This is by far the best 59 reissue of I have ever played. I have tried many many reissues and I am indeed very picky of choosing one. This 59' Reissue is # 1 for me. I am so happy I pulled the trigger working with you guys. This has been truly emotional, especially about how right my gut feeling was to deal with such fine people as you are. I am grateful eternal.
Thank you so much!

Monday, November 10, 2008 7:43:10 PM (
Dear Janine & Jim,
I can't begin to thank you enough for the wonderful buying experience I had with Route 66 Classic Guitars. My ES 335 arrived today and she is truly a magnificient instrument.
I make my living in sales and customer service. I also work at a guitar shop on a part-time basis. With that, I must commend the honesty and integrity I witnessed in dealing with both of you. Your professionalism and passion for your business is unbelievable. Route 66 Classic Guitars should serve as a template for the guitar sales industry.
Never have I seen such professional packing. I'm truly amazed at the time and effort that went into making certain that my guitar reached me in perfect condition.
Again, THANK YOU so much. I will not hesitate to reccomend you.
Best Regards,

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 1:13:31 PM Erik Nielsen (
Many greetings and thanks from Denmark
All the way through, it has been fantastic to be in contact with Jim. My ES-335 arrived on time. He really knows how to package a guitar Fantastic packing job. Beautiful guitar at a very reasonable price. Route 66 Classic Guitars will have my best recommendations.
Erik Nielsen, Denmark

Apr 18, 2008 at 04:54:18 Carl S. Bodin (
Hi, I am overwhelmed with gratitude towards Jim and Janine. First class guitar received just in time as promised and well packed. Lovely advice and service! I look forward to the next time I buy from these good guys! Highly recommended. Best regards from Norway, Carl

Mar 1, 2008 at 11:54:46 Gregg Elliot (
Fabulous instrument, intelligent and timely support, and quick/safe shipping make me a very satified customer of Route 66.

Feb 7, 2008 at 13:58:07 jean michel (
::First, I was very surprised by the prices compared to other french us .... and then I cracked and I started and I do not regret anything .... the benefit is the top .. ... ... quality packaging speed of the guitar and especially not to mention the sympathy and listened to Jim .... ::I again this purchase without hesitation ....::Ps: it is truly beautiful relic my stratocaster 60 .. a marvel...thank again::J.michel from france

Jan 11, 2008 at 15:41:49 Ben O'Brien (
Thank you Jim and Janine for a great job on sending my Gibson ES-335 all the way to Australia. A first-rate packaging job ensured the guitar arrived safe and sound after a long journey. You were a pleasure to deal with, approaching the transaction with professionalism and with a real understanding of the concerns and fears that most guitarists have when buying an instrument sight-unseen off the internet. I would recommend you to any other guitarists out there, especially those outside the US who worry that their guitar won't survive the overseas journey. With Route 66, your guitar will make it - they do the best packing job I have ever seen. All the best,::::Ben

Dec 6, 2007 at 13:01:19 Dave (
Jim & Janine are just the best. Not only great people but also excellent industry professionals with only the best instruments.::::I have never seen anyone in this business take as much pride in their presentation down to their packing, which is just out of this world, THE BEST!! Shipping is lightning FAST also. With fair pricing, you actually find value when buying from them.::::Thank you so much guys ... until next time.::::::Best Wishes::::Dave

Dec 1, 2007 at 10:21:03 raul (
Thanks for the ship to Spain!::you are the best!

Sep 10, 2007 at 19:26:24 Blair (
I want to thank Route 66 Classic Guitars for the very professional and compassionate manor in which you handled our trade. You guys really know the business and truly know the meaning of customer service. I will certainly be recommending you to anyone who is looking to acquire a high quality instrument from a straight shooting, fair minded, knowledgeable source. I look forward to doing business with you guys again!

Jul 18, 2007 at 16:00:01 Chris Poston (
Thanks to Route 66 from a first time customer - Les Paul to be proud of and no doubt more to follow !!! C.P.

Jun 22, 2007 at 13:03:25 bob (
my new 335 fat neck just arrived and i couldn't be more surprised and happy with it. its everything jim described and more. the pictures on the web site were quality and accurate. jims "in hand" description to me over the phone was honest and astute. he conveyed the "feel" over the phone to me, which most dealers are incapable of. jim told me he doesn't just sell any guitars and this one proves it...I've owned and played my share of 335's and this one is special. the packing was way better than what the factory would do. the packing INSIDE the case was meticulous and obviously done with thought and care. jim worked with me on price and shipping to my satisfaction...the whole process was "clean" and seamless. I'm glad to have done business with you folks and will recommend you every time. thank you for selling high quality instruments at better than "street" prices.

May 24, 2007 at 13:26:17 Louis Ranellucci (
My name is Louis and the guitar I purchased from route 66 is amazing ,it is exactly what Jim described to me and was very well packed and delivered fast.I would buy again and recommend to anyone who is interested in buying an instrument, Thanks, Louis

May 19, 2007 at 08:04:33 Robert Williams (
Greetings J&J, The '53 custom Tele is amazing. One of the best Tele's I have ever played... really. I check your site often for new beauties and also recommend to all who ask for the best web guitar dealers. Truly a great experience. I don't think I will ever buy an axe from a retail store again. Thanks Again! Robert Williams

Apr 7, 2007 at 16:32:04 Joel Sewell (
Thanks for the new Les Paul

Apr 2, 2007 at 10:32:26 Frank Deiters (
Hi Janine, thanks a lot for your excellent Job,your Flexibility, and your helping Hand. Best wishes from the South of Germany. Frank

Mar 8, 2007 at 09:09:19 PRINCE STASH (
The superb guitar was extremely well described and is an aabsolute dream to play! The wonderful quality of the service provided cannot be praised highly enough. The packaging was a masterpiece in its own right and it arrived early!::Well done Jim and Janine you have made me a true believer in your labour of love! I shall return.

Mar 6, 2007 at 21:34:47 David.E Ashton-Lewis (
Now this is going to be a long one because people who do business in the way that Jim and Janine do business need to be publicly thanked.::Sometimes in life really pleasant surprises happen that leave a lasting, and often lifetime impression.::Recently I experienced one of those pleasant surprises. The surprise was Jim and Janine at Route 66 clasic guitars. What courteous,considerate,decent and honest people they are. The real traditional American gentleman and gentlewoman. Genuine people offering a genuine product at a price that is fair and appropriate to both sides of the relationship.::Why am I going on like this? Because that is what I experienced at Route66.::I recently purchased a magnificent and rare Gibson Les Paul Supreme at nearly half the price that I would pay for it in Australia, and for a few hundred dollars less than what I would pay for it in U.S. outlets.::Now anyone would be happy with something as beautiful as a Les Paul at a great price, but that is not the point. Jim and Janine are the point of this comment. It is they who have moved me to write this comment.::I rang them a number of times from Australia and everytime we spoke, whether it was late at night, during the day or early in the morning(the trouble with living on the other side of the planet)they took the time to make time for me, and for me to gain a sense of comfort and confidence in dealing from so far away over the telephone with people I had never met.::CONSIDERATE! Let me tell you. Anyone who knows their product like they do and who willingly and helpfully share that knowledge with you are consummate professionals.::DECENT! If you experience the way they sell their guitars to you, the way they pack and care for them, the way they ensure that they are delivered to you in perfect condition then I think the word is appropriate to describe them. ::HONEST! Well you simply wouldn't behave like they behave with a customer if you weren't honest. Everything they said they would do they did, and the manner and way in which they did it speaks clearly about their integrity.::I think that one of the reasons why they are so good at what they do is because they love what they do. They simply love fine guitars and love helping others to own and enjoy these magnificent instruments, and above all (I'm being a bit forward here) they appear to love each other. Now you can't get better than that. ::I wish them well and every success. They provided me with a magnificent musical instrument and they did it in such a lovely and professional manner. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. Jim and Janine thank you for your graciousness and service.

Jan 9, 2007 at 16:48:16 Larry Reshes (
Thanks for the Jimmy Page Custom Authentic. I love it!!! It was an easy transaction from across the states. I see you sold my Prs Santana 1. Hope you came out as happy as I did. Cheers, Larry

Dec 21, 2006 at 01:51:26 Joe Nourigat (
I just purchased and received a 59 Les Paul VOS Cherry Flametop with some unique wide tiger striping. A beauty, which I JUST CAN'T STOP PLAYING. Thanks for the great speedy service and dream guitar. All my buddies want to play it!!! Thanks again.

Nov 12, 2006 at 17:14:47 Allister Forndran (
a very dangerous [ for anyone who loves quality guitars ] site. I had been looking for a , 60 RI Les Paul for a long time & to get one with an insane top AND in Tobacco s/b makes me a very happy man, I could quite happily spend weeks in your shop

Sep 26, 2006 at 04:22:46 Mojo Stu (
Thanks, great doing biz with ya!:)

Sep 18, 2006 at 20:39:54 Marko (
Hey Folks,::::I have a beautiful Near Mint emerald green Peavey EVH Wolfgang for sale. Contact me for pix and pricing.

Sep 16, 2006 at 21:02:59 Bruce McNally (
Wonderful Guitar (GIBSON 335 #574) and Communication~!~I am extremely happy and Janine and Jim are unique people intent on getting the right guitars to the right people at the right price~ love and peace Bruce

Aug 18, 2006 at 07:00:49 Chris Cottone (
I won the Jimmy on EBAY, looking forward to getting it, it looks beautiful, especially the top, WOW!!

Aug 7, 2006 at 00:26:45 Chris Jones (
Great Site, Great service, Excellent guitars!!

Jul 27, 2006 at 15:50:13 Curt ( )
Thanks for your super customer friendly attitudes and realistic prices on the two Les Pauls,the 335 and the Firebird V that I've purchased from you.I can't remember dealing with such genuinely cool and caring folks such as yourselves-I highly recommend you to anyone interested in buying high quality player and investment grade guitars.Superb attention to your customers from start to finish.Ya'll are the best.Thanks,Curt Baker-Macon,GA.::::::::::::

Jul 14, 2006 at 10:38:55 billy bling (
I love puppies! Down with the fishingline!

Jun 16, 2006 at 07:39:42 kenny (
got gibsons holla at me

Jun 16, 2006 at 07:39:42 kenny (
got gibsons holla at me

May 31, 2006 at 06:53:45 Larry Finn (
G'day Mate

May 15, 2006 at 19:08:28 Marko (
Jim and Janine have provided me with what is probably the best Customer Service that I've ever received when purchasing a guitar!! And I've been buying and playing for over 20 years. Route 66 Rocks! I highly recommend that you buy your next dream guitar from them. Long live the Power of the Paul!!!!!!

Apr 10, 2006 at 09:48:06 Alan (
Hi Jim. Well, I've gotta say, this guitar was everything you said and more! Physically beautiful, but the tone and vibe is off the charts. As you said...really well balanced with lots of soul, with just the right levels of highs and lows. Great neck, build quality, etc. I'm very pleased. Better than my old '01 that I was trying to replace. So thanks again, and I'll be sure to keep watching your site for other goodies.

Mar 24, 2006 at 07:58:12 Mark Normand (
Hi Jim,::It was great to finally have the opportunity to speak with you yesterday. I have to say that both you and your incredibly sweet Mrs., Janine, have been extremely kind to me regarding my many questions and curiosities regarding one of your awesome instruments. Thus, I just wanted to say thanks so very much for your assistance! ::::All the best!::::Mark

Mar 23, 2006 at 01:35:43 Jacob LInd (
Hi Janine and Jim::Thanks for a great experience with buying my Strat. It is the best sounding Strat I've ever heard. Visit my band, Fairlane, ::Thanks Jacob

Feb 17, 2006 at 15:07:07 Ben Vonderhaar (
Great service. Friendly folks that know and love guitars. A great model for the music business. Thanks for the experience.::Rock on!!!

Feb 11, 2006 at 22:15:57 Dominic (
Jim and Janine::I would like to thank you guys for the way you did business and suplying me my black 62 reissue Strat. It was so refreshing to talk to you both. Having received my guitar it was every bit of how you described it and right through the whole process i felt lik I was dealing with a friend which gave me all the reassurance. You're both champions and I will certainly be doing more business with you in the future. No worries about that Mate.::::Regards, Dominic::Australi::

Jan 12, 2006 at 03:20:14 Dominic Ciconte (
G'day there Mate!::Just found your site, and love some of your guitars. ::Dominic Ciconte::Melbourne Australia

Jan 7, 2006 at 19:48:43 Van (
hey, we'll talk again soon Jim ~ you all take good care and have fun, Van

Jan 1, 2006 at 10:20:44 john martell (
just got my brand new 05 57 goldtop RI yesterday(12/31/05) great transaction,wonderful people to deal with,very patient and courteous,the guitar is mint and a player,thank you janine and jim for starting off my new year's gonna be a good year!!!!

Nov 10, 2005 at 18:59:00 Steve Roberts (
I just bought the most beautiful 1959 Reissue Les Paul from Route 66 and had it delivered across the globe to Australia. Throughout the whole process Jim and Janine answered every question i had with amazing courtesy, friendliness and patience and helped me choose and buy the guitar of my dreams. Ive never had a more pleasant purchasing experience in my life...for anything. The guitar arrived in perfect condition (thanks to Jims totally professional packing job) and it looks and sounds better than i would have imagined...Jims descriptions are spot on! Anyway i just wanted to say Gday and recommend that anybody thinking of buying a special guitar to just go ahead and do it here.::::Cheers::Steve Roberts::Toowoomba, Queensland Australia

Sep 16, 2005 at 16:33:32 Matt Pinder (
nice guitars, best wishes to your family and I'll keep looking. I also love vintage guitars, and I admire your family's mission statement. My family is looking for guitars for the upcoming recording projects. EB-0, 12 st. Rickie, Gretch, anything beautifully setup and plays with character. thanks for your time.

Sep 2, 2005 at 07:55:11 Tyler Palmer (
Just purchased a '62 reissue from Route66. Janine and Jim are great to deal with. Instantly responded to all my emails and questions, which there were a lot of! Janine even threw in some brand new parts that I requested. The guitar arrived in mint condition just as described. If they have something your looking for (who couldnt find something they cant live without here?)dont hesitate to buy from Route66. ::Excellent service...great guitars. Highly recommended.

Jul 17, 2005 at 13:11:43 Christopher Merchant (
hi jim well done on the new web site very nicely laid out I shipped 2 strats over the last few weeks for the first time great service no problems both the guitars were 100% fantastic will look to ship from jim many more .regards christopher

Jun 16, 2005 at 19:32:14 Dean Underwood (
Very cool guitars!!! I found another place to indulge my passion for fine guitars.

May 18, 2005 at 07:12:37 richard Ford (
good folks, its a pleasure to make your acquaintance

May 2, 2005 at 14:07:01 Myron Prunka (
Real quality guitars,keep up the good work.

Apr 13, 2005 at 08:24:13 Peter Ball
What great people.A fantastic service,always quick to respond to emails.The guitar was a KILLER! :-)

Feb 7, 2005 at 18:00:14 Rob Lopez (
I want it all! I'm just shy of too many, and just shy of not enough!!

Feb 4, 2005 at 18:14:40 Lisa (
Love ya guys! You have the best guitars! Route 66 Rocks With A Kick!

Jan 8, 2005 at 05:50:21 Robert Schelhause (
These guys ae the greatest!!!

Dec 20, 2004 at 15:30:35 joe far (
a very proud owner of a1968 mint fretless wonder

Dec 1, 2004 at 13:48:18 GENET (
I'm a French collector,::Love your web site...and your guitars !::Michel of France.

Oct 4, 2004 at 14:42:38 AL ADAMS (
Love your website...and your guitars!!! Keep up the Great work!!! AL

Sep 26, 2004 at 07:12:16 Brian Tedlock (
You guys have nice stuff. Great doing business with you. Thanks much!

Sep 25, 2004 at 17:27:10 Kelly Lenihan (
You guys are great...we love our Quilt Top! We'll check your site regularly for new treasures. Thanks!::Kelly and Padraic

Sep 14, 2004 at 22:15:07 Alessandro Astori (
Friendly people::professional service, great guitars

Sep 6, 2004 at 13:52:28 Terry Kilburn
Thanks so much for the Les Paul, great doing business with y'all!

Aug 31, 2004 at 21:13:51 Christopher Clarke (
Dear Janine and Family, Thanks so much for my Les Paul Heritage 80. Happy Hunting!

Aug 30, 2004 at 10:39:14 Ric (
Two of my favorite Gibson's came from these fine folks. Jim & Janine are the best. Great guitars & Great people. Does not get any better. Many thanks....

May 13, 2004 at 18:33:56 jim beeny (
Jim and Janine are great to deal with. Very Honest and Accurate descriptions. Sweet heritage 575 Custom. Warp Speed Shipping. Highly Recommended.

Feb 27, 2004 at 06:37:11 KC (
great packaging! good communication! A+++++

Feb 25, 2004 at 06:34:02 ken (
From coast to coast this wild dog's the most.

Feb 23, 2004 at 06:31:57 P (
Fantastic transaction! Seller was pleasant, professional and prompt

Feb 21, 2004 at 06:29:23 VB (

Feb 20, 2004 at 06:27:43 JD (
Great....amazingly quick...great packaging...A+++

Feb 19, 2004 at 06:25:26 EB (
The best seller I've ever worked with. Excellent and fast service.

Feb 17, 2004 at 06:20:11 Dan (
FANTASTIC Guitar, friendly, cooperative, communicative AAAAA+++++ the BEST

Feb 16, 2004 at 06:18:12 Sean (
you will not get better service and delivery a++++++ fantastic

Feb 15, 2004 at 06:12:09 MC (
guitar arrived perfectly, very quickly, and as listed. Great guitar, many thanks. ::

Feb 14, 2004 at 06:06:41 Ben (
Great seller!! Great service and even greater contact!! thanks very much!!

Feb 12, 2004 at 09:15:31 scott (
Super fast delivery from USA to UK. Excellent guitar. Good comms. AAAAA ++++++

Feb 12, 2004 at 09:11:58 Terry ( )
Fabulous Guitar!Condition as stated,Mint,Fast Ship! Will do Business Again!!!!!

Jan 28, 2004 at 09:03:42 Buddy ( )
Hi Janine,::Thank you for your honest and fair handling of my recent '62 Strat purchase. I will gladly recommend Route 66 to anyone shopping for a guitar online! Please feel free to share this message with any of your potential customers.::Sincerely, ::Buddy ::

Jan 10, 2004 at 11:41:23 Christian (
Nice guitars!!!!!!