Definition of vintage from www.dictionary.reference.com:
9. representing the high quality of a past time.
Vintage Guitars are really self explanatory. They are?? Guitars that represent the high quality of a past time.
And what would that be? That would be guitars from the past that were so close to perfection that they would still be used today.
Most vintage guitars are from famous musicians ( mostly rock, blues, and jazz musicians) back from the 50's up until the 80's guitars because that was the era of popular rock and when rock was getting its way up in the music market ( which before had lots of jazz, blues, and R&B also...).
Some vintage guitars offer a rustic sound, others offer a classic rock sound. These guitars are from interest of guitar lovers who seek the good old days sound.
Ok, we know now that the guitars offer a very rustic or classic sound (which is perfect [in my opinion]) but also the guitar's appreance captivates every guitarist.
Gibson 59' Les Paul:
Fender 52' Telecaster
tell me... they are attractive.
My dream guitar is a 59' Les Paul, just take a look at it without knowing the sound or anything its just beautiful.