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Updated: TGIF., Mar 7th, 2014
NAVIGATING THIS SITE: If you're not familiar with my site, it's simple, and you'll love it or hate it: (1) This page has gear that has recently arrived; (2) Links at the bottom of this page take you to most of our gear, logically arranged by manufacturer or type, e.g. Fender, Gibson Effects, Parts, Amps, PRS, etc. (3) Lastly, my "Semi-Just In" Page (click here), contains a lot of gear that hasn't made it back to the proper pages yet and is sort of in limbo until I move it. It's not a fancy site but it remains unchanged since '98 and I firmly believe, "if it ain't broke - don't fix it." All guitars and other gear have pictures. Just click on any underlined text and it should open a picture; if you move your cursor over the pic and there's a magnifying glass displayed instead of your cursor, click the pic and it will expand it to larger size.
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Fender N3 Stratocaster Loaded Pickguard. Latest in the evolution of Fender's Noiseless pickup design, following the original Vintage Noiseless and SCN. Formvar magnet wire adds brightness and glassiness while staggered hand-beveled pole pieces create smoother, more balanced tone. Alnico 2, 3 and 5 magnets produce harmonically complex tonal versatility. These pickups are quiet, yet retain the vintage tone very well. Pickups alone are $199/set but get this whole loaded pickguard, including two no-load tone pots and CRL 5-way, for just $195. Knobs and tip included for free, just let me know what color you want.
Fender Deluxe Drive Telecaster Pickups. Fender's hottest single coil pickups at 11.3K (neck) and 14.4K (bridge). Their overwound design makes them great for high-gain amp settings while retaining the classic Telecaster snap on clean settings. Alnico 3 magnets give you excellent dynamics. Nice upgrade for your Standard or any Telecaster that doesn't have the punch you need. $70/set(SOLD-Dennis K 3/7).
Fender Atomic Humbucker. High output bridge pickup for your American Deluxe or other HSS/HH Strat. $45.
Gibson Acoustic Case, vintage, semi-hard but thicker and more plush than your average chipboard. Fits D-size and probably AJ, $65.
2001 Ibanez RG-470TI - Titanium Ice, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck joint). Killer Japan-made shred machine, finished in Titanium Ice, which is sort of a metallic violet. The RG series is Ibanez' most successful rock/metal guitar and the RG-470 dates back to '92-'94 with the original Japan manufacture, followed by Korean (Cort) manufacture from '94 to '99, ending in the 2nd series Japan, like this one, built from '98 to '04. Stock features of this era include Wizard II neck with 24 jumbo frets, Basswood body, Lo TRS tremolo that's recessed for maximum up-pull, all-access neck joint, and black headstock with chrome logo. Pickups are the stock HSH configuration with an Ibanez V7 (Vintage 7), S1 (Single 1), and V8, controlled by a 5-way selector for an excellent choice of single coil and humbucker tones as shown here. The V7 is a ceramic humbucker, that's tight, but bright for a neck humbucker and very dynamic for chording and rhythm; V8 is an Alnico humbucker that's a warm yet articulate lead pickup with enhanced overtones and good harmonics without excessive brightness; the S1 is a traditional sounding, yet high output single coil with Alnico 5 pole pieces for even string output. It's designed to work with humbuckers in the split position. It has an extremely thin and wide neck - shredder's delight - made for tapping, sweeping arpeggios, and very fast play. For more great info check out info at Ibanez Rules, the best Ibanez site on the web. This is an absolutely killer playing guitar that exhibits no player's wear but there are two very minor chips on the back edge, and a small dent on the side (shown here). No fret wear or buckle wear or scratches, with plastic still on the control cover. This model listed at $699 13 years ago and is an excellent value on a Japanese RG at $375. (Note: I also have an '00 model with a pair of Duncans (pic) for $450).
2007 Taylor SB1-S Solidbody Electric - Dual Hums with Quilt Top, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (case). Yet another fine Taylor Solidbody! I've been impressed with these Taylor Solidbody guitars since I got my first Taylor T3/B a year ago. Like the T3/B, these SB1-S's are impressive guitars with a beautifully figured maple top over a chambered mahogany body, finished in Cherry Sunburst. I've also had plenty of the T5's and while the T5 is an excellent guitar, its tone wasn't conducive to playing as many styles as an electric player would want. The SB-series takes Taylor further into the world of electrics and can be evaluated as a true electric. Speaking of electrics, this one has a pair of Taylor-designed direct-mount humbuckers, with 5-way switch, for a useful palette of tones. Other features include tropical mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, ebony headstock overlay with inlaid logo, chrome Taylor tuners, gloss finish throughout, bone nut, and Taylor's own aluminum bridge. This bridge is the most ergonomic bridge I've felt, with individual saddles, each smoothly contoured for comfort, wherever your hand may rest. You'll note the single bolt neck attachment, which uses Taylor’s T-Lock design, which makes it easy to adjust the neck angle and eliminates the heel, plus electric frets instead of the acoustic-style frets used on the T5. The tone control features a unique mid boost circuit that allows the control to function normally over the first two-thirds of its rotation, while over the last third it kicks in a midrange peak that sounds similar to a “half-cocked” wah pedal. Taylor made its name based largely on their superb playability and this guitar will not disappoint fans of low action. For full specs on this model, click here for Taylor's site. The SB1-SP lists at $2698 and sells new for $1999. This one is in perfect condition and has one of the best looking quilted maple tops you'll find on a Taylor. It's a super nice deal at $1199. Includes original Taylor case, warranty card, and spare parts. (Note: I also have one with switchable pickups, outfitted with 3 Mini-Hums, shown here).
Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (close-up), (panel), (back). Nice price unit that's great for stage or studio and now includes 20-second looper! The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get practically any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. It's also a great practice tool with 60 built-in drum patterns. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models including genuine Lexicon reverbs, plus Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. For a complete list of effect, amps, and cab models on this unit click here for Digitech's site. Click here for a demo on Looping/Drum Machine and here for doing multiple layers on the looper. This is a new unit taken out of the box for pics only. At $75, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes power supply, manual, and other docs. (Note: I have several in stock, including the bass unit).
2000 Gibson '57 Historic Les Paul Junior, (front), (headstock), (back), (controls), (faded finish), (fretboard), (case). This is a cool guitar. Historic Juniors are excellent guitars, period, but the finish on this one is aged in a way that I've only seen original 50s Juniors age. Cherry finishes on old Juniors and SGs nearly always fade to a brown, frequently more on the top than the back. This one has been faded on all sides, with barely a hint of its original cherry color except under the pickguard, under the bridge, and around the control cavity. The Junior is my favorite model Historic, virtually unchanged from the mid-50's Juniors that started it all. To me this is the ultimate - an all-mahogany guitar, wraparound tailpiece, single P90, and volume/tone. The single-cutaway Junior, which debuted in '54, was changed to a double-cutaway body shape in '58 and the stock finish changed from Vintage Sunburst to a Vintage Cherry finish, eventually changing body shapes one more time in '62 and renamed the SG Junior. For me the Junior is perhaps the ultimate rock guitar. People have asked if P90's are good for rock music and my reply? Just listed to Leslie West on his old "Mountain" albums for one of the definitive rock guitar tones of all time...done on a 50's Les Paul Junior. Mick Jones of the Clash, Frampton, and Bob Marley are a few others who chose these as a main axe but nearly every top artist has used one on their recordings. This guitar is overall in beautiful shape, with perfect frets and barely a hint of playing time. The set up is low and the chunky neck feels great. New model are running $2499 in TV or sunburst but I don't know where you can get another faded cherry. The serial number indicates that this is either a '00 or a '10 but I think they were using bumblebee caps in '10 and this one came with the brown disk cap, which we changed to an Orange Drop, the only mod to the guitar. Also, Gibson didn't offer certificates in 2000 which lends more credence to that theory. If you're looking for a great "old" junior that has the look of a faded 50's model, this one's just $1499 and includes custom shop case.
Mesa-Boogie 2X12 Cab, (back). 1X12 Ext Wide Body housing a single 90W C90 Celestion speaker, rated at 8 ohms. It's the Three-Quarter Back Cab, recently discontinued. The only comparables today are the open back or closed back. It uses the finest void-free, Marine Grade Baltic Birch with super strong rabbet corners that are glued and nailed and all backs are gasket sealed to ensure an air-tight seal. Baffle is fitted with superior dado joint construction and braced; grille is wrapped around a separate grilleboard, not the baffle board, with a grille material of strong twisted jute dipped in a special coating that filters top end for a sweeter response. Boogie heads like the 5:50 are the same width as the cab for mounting on its side (shown here), which puts controls closer to eye level. Never roaded, excellent condition, and just $329.
2011 Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (pickups/trem), (ex. of wear). I'm a big fan of factory aged guitars, especially the Mex Road Worn series which offer a similar vibe of the custom shop relics at 1/3 the price. The Road Worn Player took it a step higher by offering these with a gloss finish, which looks much more like a vintage guitar than a satin finish, plus Texas Special pickups, once reserved for custom shop guitars. They use similar wear found on the earlier Road Worn including body wear along the edges, fretboard and back of neck sanded down, and light aging of the pickups and hardware. It also has the features that player love including a modern, flatter radius, and medium jumbo frets. Features include alder body with 2-tone sunburst finish, modern "C" shape maple neck, distressed urethane neck finish, 9.5" fretboard radius, 21 medium jumbo frets, synthetic bone nut, 3 Texas Special single coil pickups, Road Worn cast/sealed tuners, vintage style Synchronized tremolo, and 3-ply black pickguard. Click here for full specs on the Road Worn series. The set up on this guitar is spectacular - none better in this price range - and it has excellent sustain, easily noticeable when played acoustically. With a list price of $1199, this is a good deal on a "worn mint" example (no non-factory flaws) with Texas Specials at $639 including Fender deluxe gigbag.
2004 Gibson Flying V with Burstbuckers, (front), (headstock), (back), (Burstbuckers), (case). A real classic in the Gibson tradition, all the way down to the glossy Nitrocellulose premium finish. A fantastic metal guitar, or equally at home in rock as found by Hendrix and Kravitz. Features include solid mahogany body with premium nitrocellulose finish for optimum tone and vibe, extended neck joint for stability and solid sustain, tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and rosewood fingerboard with premium chrome hardware. Original ceramic pickups (496R and 500T without covers) have been replaced by much better sounding Alnico V Burstbucker 1 and 2 set with nickel covers. This V is in near perfect condition, with no scratches or fret wear, other than a few clear coat dings around the knobs. It has a wonderful low setup with a very rich tone and good sustain. Case pictured is one of the nicer Epi cases, with leather-look covering and plush gray interior. Offered with the case at $899, or with Gibson gigbag, $850(HOLD-Laszlo 3/6).
1997 Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Top Gloss Finish, (front), (back), (side), (headstock/neck), (case). Exceptionally nice flamed maple on this one! Top and back are matches perfectly, with consistent flame side to side, looks great from all angles. It's also an outstanding sounding Dot with excellent volume and, acoustically, the biggest test of all, it has a nice singing quality. When introduced in 1958, the ES-335 was the perfect marriage of the traditional hollowbody, and modern solidbody. It underwent some changes, both cosmetic (block inlays) and design (the trapeze tailpiece) but in 1981 Gibson got it "right" with the first official "Dot" Reissue. Using specs from the original '58 model, the guitar featured Dot inlays on a bound neck, with a stopbar/Tuneomatic bridge, and the specs have remained pretty much identical since then, with the reissues running near 30 years - and 50 years since the guitar was first released. Features include semi-hollowbody design with center block for increased sustain and reduced feedback, dual PAF humbuckers, thin tapered 60's neck, body and neck binding, and Grover tuners. In addition to having a very low set up, this guitar is in beautiful condition with no noteworthy flaws anywhere, and no player's wear. It is also one of the nicer looking ones when you compare it to some other figured 335's on the web (shown here lower right). Gibson has produced several models the past few years but the figured top with gloss finish is at the top of the price list. Current list on these is $5292, discounted to $3299, but these are the newer Memphis models, while the Nashville guitars are now called Custom Shop and sell for around $2K more. This one was made in Nashville and, like the LP Custom below, from a very good era for Gibson, and can be yours for $2299(HOLD-Mike W 2/27). Includes original brown case with pink lining.
1990 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Heritage Cherry Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). An excellent era for Gibson was the late 80's and early 90's when there was plenty of quality, well-seasoned tonewoods, and production numbers were significantly lower than later years. While I think there were certainly some good guitars built during the Norlin era (ca. '74-'86) it was hit and miss, and overall it wasn't one of Gibson's finest periods. By the time this guitar was built in 1990, Gibson had been privately owned for 4 years and they were quickly regaining their fine reputation. The Les Paul Custom has been around since 1957, with a reputation as the Cadillac of the Gibson solidbody line. It's noted for high-end features like ebony fretboard, multi-ply body binding, bound neck, multi-ply headstock binding, gold hardware, inlaid logo and split diamond on headstock, and pearl block inlays. With it's maple top and mahogany body, the Custom has the classic LP tone that has defined the history of rock music and this one was built before Gibson hollowed out their bodies so it's not as light as today's Customs, but not a boat anchor. It's in excellent condition with little to no player's wear, frets are perfect, gold wear is minimal. It is a lively body with very good acoustic volume and commendable sustain when plugged in. With the price of Customs now at $4K, many players are looking to used ones as an alternative, especially ones that are 24 years old and built in a period where production was a fraction of today's production. Excellent Custom for nearly 1/2 the price of a new one at $2250(HOLD-Rob C 2/27). Includes newer case in excellent condition.
Korg PME-40X Modular Effects. To collectors who have been waiting on some of these, I just got in 3 of the harder to find pedals that have been out of stock for a while: KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay, KDW-301 Distortion Wah, and KNG-101 Noise Gate. All models currently in stock include: KGE-201 Graphic EQ $69; KAD-301 Stereo Analog Delay $119; KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay $79; KCO-101 Compressor $49; KNG-101 Noise Gate (fairly rare) $99; KDW-301 Distortion Wah (very rare effect) $149; KFL-401 Stereo Flanger $59; KPH-401 Phaser $75, KCH-301 Stereo Analog Chorus $75; KDC-601 Stereo Digital Chorus $69; KGE-201 Graphic EQ $59; KDI-101 Distortion $45; KOD-101 Overdrive $65. Buy any 4 effects and get the base unit for free! Korg only made 14 effects so you can have a complete collection rather easily and start off with something like: Distortion, EQ, Delay and Chorus, for well under $250, including the base unit.
1997 PRS Custom 24 - Vintage Sunburst with all the Options, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup option), (strap locks), (p/u cavities), (case). Striking looking Custom with all the options: "10" top, bird inlays, even gold hardware. You might have noticed the cream humbuckers, which are an excellent pair of 36th Anniversary DiMarzio PAF's (DP223SP and DP103SP) with gold pole pieces, which are impossible to find and, at least in this guitar, are as nice as any DiMarzio I've ever heard. Switching was changed to a standard 3-way. Upon request, we can add a push/pull tone pot for regular McCarty switching and/or change back to the stock PRS HFS and Vintage Bass pickups with either a 3-way or the stock 5-way rotary. The Custom 24, especially with the tremolo bridge, has a looser feel than a Custom 22, plus a "longer" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup set further forward in the body which means it has the same 25" scale as the Custom 22, but the neck extends slightly further from the body. It's not as much a Les Paul feel, but a PRS feel. This guitar plays beautifully, typical for a PRS, with excellent sustain. It has typical player's wear including some scratches on the headstock on the body and headstock, but just in the clearcoat, nothing through to the wood, and moderate fret wear. This was an expensive guitar when it was new. In options alone you would be looking at $420 for gold hardware, plus $320 for bird inlays, and $585 for the 10-top. For a Custom that's fully tricked out, it's nicely priced at $1799(HOLD-Jack B 3/3). Includes original PRS case. I got this without a trem arm but I will include a chrome arm from another USA model.
2005 Epiphone Sheraton II - Black - With Upgrades, (front), (front2), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Beautiful condition, plays fantastic, sounds great, and upgraded with a pair of GFS humbuckers, Tusq nut, and custom 5-ply black pickguard from Jeannie's Pickguards. Epiphone started building the Sheratons in China in 2006 so this is either the last year Korean, or perhaps they made them in both countries. The Sheraton's proud history goes back to '59, when, owned by Gibson, Epi started producing the Sheraton, which a model that's remained unique to that company, rather than many current models which are Gibson copies. Models that are unique to the Epiphone line, including the Sheraton, Zephyr, Riviera and Emperor, are built to higher quality standards than their Gibson copy line (Les Paul, SG, Dot, Hummingbird, etc.). The Sheraton does share design features with the Gibson ES-335, but the cosmetic appointments are much higher on the Sheraton. Originally outfitted with a Frequensator tailpiece, the model was much better received when they changed to a stop bar and Tuneomatic bridge, i.e. the Sheraton II. The Sheraton combines great looks, quality tone, versatility, and excellent playability. The Sheraton has a laminated maple body with 5-piece maple neck and rosewood fretboard. High-end cosmetics include gold hardware, multi-layer binding on body, fretboard, neck, and headstock; Abalone block & triangle fretboard inlays, headstock overlay with inlaid logo and vine inlay, 6-layer pickguard. Players as diverse as Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher and blues legend John Lee Hooker both have signature model Sheratons, which is testimony to the versatility of these guitars. Like the ES-335 and especially with these pickups, it's capable of high gain without feedback, but sounds equally good on more mellow jazz or blues settings. Cosmetically it's in nice shape with no major flaws, no buckle scratches, excellent frets, etc. Martin did a great setup on this beauty and even hand-polished the frets so it plays and sounds much better than stock. Also, the custom black pickguard looks right on this guitar, unlike the stock tortoise shell. Epiphone rightly dropped the price on guitars when production moved to China and the current lower list price on a new one is $1042, selling discounted to $599. With upgrades and pro setup work - plus a nice archtop Epi case - this is an excellent value on a Korean Sheraton II at $499(HOLD). I also have this model in Natural (pic), and maybe sunburst.
1997 Dobro DM-33H Hawaiian Round-neck Resonator Guitar, (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (case). Like referring any cola as a "Coke", Dobro has long been used as a generic term for a resonator guitar. The fact is, only a Dobro is a Dobro, and they're excellent quality guitars that have been around since the late '20's. Gibson acquired Dobro in '93 and moved production of inverted cone models to Nashville. They also made biscuit style resonators in other locations, but not under the Dobro name, instead labeling them "Hound Dog", Epiphone, and others. Resonator guitars (and huge archtops) came on the scene when builders were looking for ways to make guitars louder in orchestra settings, in the days before pickups and guitar amps. Specs include 14" lower bout, 3-1/4in body depth, rolled and segmented f-holes, round sunburst finished 14-fret maple neck with solid headstock, 19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, 1-11/16in nut width, 24-7/8in scale, 10-1/2in resonator cone with spider bridge and fan cover plate, and Gotoh mini tuners. Not a lot of this series were made and the original price was north of $2K. Click here for a demo of this model. It's in beautiful shape both cosmetically and structurally, with action current set medium to slightly high, so it can be played both Spanish style and slide. Martin did some quality fret work to allow a nice low set up so we can set it high or low upon request. Comes with original hard shell case. Really nice Dobro for $1150(HOLD-Ray C 2/24).
2009 Marshall Class 5 All Tube Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back2). I've had around a half dozen of these and they're classic Marshall tube tone, at a great price. With the Class 5 Marshall has produced a another classic, with simple controls, classic looks - like a baby Bluesbreaker, and that classic all-tube Marshall tone. And to really set them apart from the plethora of low-powered amps which have become de rigueur, this amp is actually made in England, rather than China, Korean, or Vietnam. With "just" 5 watts through a single EL84 power tube, with two 12AX7's in the preamp, the Class 5 delivers what every Marshall enthusiasts wants, crunchy fat tones, at a power level that lets you run the power tube hot without getting an eviction notice. With quality features like finger-jointed birch ply cabinet rather than pressed board, and a great sounding Celestion G10F-15 made specifically for this amp, gives excellent low end response and a very punchy mid-range. I need to take a moment and thank the ProGuitarShop for their excellent online reviews, which I share with customers frequently. Click here for their review on the Class 5; click here for all the info from Marshall. If you're a Marshall fan but need something a little more studio/home friendly, the Class 5 has a truly authentic 70's Marshall tone. Don't be fooled though, 5 watts is very loud and it's actually enough for some band situations. This amp is in mint condition and a great little Marshall for just $315(Tent. Hold - Scott T 2/24), very reasonable or a UK-made amp of this quality.
2005 Gibson Les Paul Special Faded, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). This is one killer player! The Special Faded LP is an excellent value on a set-neck American guitar and a modern take on the classic 50's Special with its slab mahogany body with mahogany neck but with PAF humbuckers instead of the 50's P90's. Features include worn black finish, single cutaway mahogany body, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, dual volume and tone with a 3-way switch, 490R and 498T Alnico magnet humbucking pickups, chrome hardware, Gibson Deluxe tuners, Nashville tune-o-matic bridge, stop bar tailpiece, 24 3/4" scale, and 1.6875" nut width. The thin nitro satin finish contributes to a lively body with increased sustain. Gibson has recently come out with a similar guitar that has a slimmer body - a disappointment compared to this model. If you like low action, this is the guitar for you, with perfect low action all the way up the neck, without buzzing or fretting out on bends. It's also a very good sounding guitar that should appeal to no-frills players or pro's who value tone and playability above fancy inlays and flamed maple. $550(HOLD-"Geronimo" 3/6) includes Gibson gigbag.
2010 Fender Squier Strat - Lefty - With Noiseless Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock). This is an exceptional Affinity Series Squier for several reasons and one that was definitely worthy of a fairly pricey upgrade, namely a new set of Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups. To begin with it's a beautiful brown sunburst body that shines like glass but this isn't your average Squier body. As you can see in the close-up of the back and front, and shown here, it's a maple body rather than the usual agathis or alder, with some beautiful tight flame. It's also a fairly lively body with nice sustain, not the lifeless wood you sometimes find on Strats. Lastly, it has a good neck that sets up very well. For these reasons it would be a shame to have budget pickups in a guitar that looked and sounded so good, thus a new set of Vintage Noiseless pickups has been installed. These were the choice for high end Fenders such as the Custom Shop Clapton and American Deluxe and are noted for having a true vintage tone in a pickup that doesn't produce the hum of regular vintage pickups. One other upgrade are the knobs and tip, which were switched to the aged color rather than stark white - to match the aged pickup covers. Cosmetically this guitar is as clean as they come with no scratches or flaws of any kind. It could be sold as new. If you're looking for a great looking, playing, and sounding left-handed Strat without paying a fortune, here you go. A new set of Vintage Noiseless runs $199, or around $245 installed. You can get this whole guitar for less than having yours upgraded, plus have one of the most beautiful bodies you'll ever see on this model. $215 takes it. Add a Fender deluxe gigbag and Fender tweed strap for $29 more.
Fender Style 358 Picks - 72 Picks. Medium ga. small mandolin picks, 72 pieces. $10 includes shipping.
1980 Peavey T-60 - Sienna Burst - Rosewood Board, (front), (headstock), (back), (controls), (case). Rare Rosewood Fretboard plus Sienna Sunburst finish! I've said for years that these early Peavey T-series are great buys on the used/vintage market. While they've shown an upward trend in recent years, there's so much room for growth that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any collectors pick up one of these. Investment aside, they're fantastic guitars. Every one I've ever had set up with very low action and Peavey was one of the first companies to use very thin profile necks, which have since become the norm with many manufacturers. Peavey virtually revolutionized guitar manufacture, with techniques that were soon copied by virtually every major manufacturer. The T-60 was Peavey's first model which utilized computer numerical control (CNC) routing machines and also featured pre-stressed necks (carved with the truss rods in them). Their use of CNC's was soon copied by other companies and guitar-manufacturing has been forever changed. The T-60 (and T-40 bass) was Peavey's first guitar. One of the coolest features of the T-60 was their patented single/dual coil circuit found on the models with blade pickups. With the turn of a knob you can dial your pickup from a single coil, to a humbucker, or any mix in between. The coil knob is a single coil turned all the way up, graduating into a humbucker at 1/2 way, and from 1/2 way back it's a tone control. Add to this a phase switch and you have a seeming endless combination of tones. One of the tone settings I used has an effect that was almost like a built in Sustainer circuit - right after the attack the note opened up and go louder with no decay for several second. I had to double check to make sure there wasn't a 9V battery compartment somewhere on this guitar. It also features excellent quality hardware, fully adjustable bridge, and strings-thru-body design. Solid swamp ash body and a very nice weight in the low 8's. This guitar is a fabulous player that sounds great. If you're a player, you'll find such a wide variety of tone selections that it'll be useful on any type of music. For a collector, the entire T-series are still very affordable for vintage USA guitars and they come in a variety of models and colors. This one's in nice shape, set up to perfection and a totally gigable guitar for $499(HOLD-Anthony VE 2/19). Includes original molded case.
Louis Electric KR12, (back), (top). AKA Keith Richards Signature Model - and one of the early ones when Louis was using a small supply of 100-year-old pine for their cabinets. I can't believe I've had two KR-12's in a month. One of the best boutique amps I've had and definitely lower production numbers than most other makers that are referred to as boutique. This one is unlike anything I've had. In addition to some of the most serious tone I've ever heard out of a combo, it's much more versatile than most, and although the panel has a vintage Fender look, the tone is much, much more. This amp is a gain monster - if you want it to be - but also is capable of more traditional crystal clean tones depending on how you plug in. The key to the gain structure is via the 4 inputs, each voiced with different amounts of gain. Combine this with the footswitch (or simply a dummy plug), and you can increase the gain to a moderate high gain setting - up to total shred by merely plugging your guitar into a different input and/or selecting a different 2nd input for the footswitch (or dummy plug). I'm not going to go into the full rundown here, especially with so much info on Louis' Site (click here), complete with sound samples, a review by Guitar Player mag (PDF link here) where it won an Editor's Pick award., and even some pics of Keef himself, good looking chap that he is. Around 4 years ago it was sent it back to Louis to be brought up to current specs (as in the GP Mag review), primarily a larger transformer which increased the output from 30 to 40 watts, and adding a Negative Feedback adjustment pot, easily accessible via the back panel, see arrow in this pic, (also shows dovetail corners and speaker). The amp also has a Bias Adjust pot located on the chassis which makes it a easy to switch power tubes - from KT66 to 6L6 to EL34, the latter being the ones currently installed. This amp is a beast, and I say that with great compliment, when you want it to be - or it can be the sweetest tone you'd ever want, replete with loads of clean headroom. It is, of course, hand-wired, but Louis also takes pride in the fact that they hand-build their own components such as circuits and transformers. The current model sells for $2600, but that's with tolex covering - these ancient pine boxes are long gone. In many ways this is the best amp I've used, and certainly the most versatile good-sounding amp - for $1899.
Strat-style Case - Brown - Contour Style. Brown with plush gold interior, contoured to the shape of the guitar. Nice looking case with a very comfortable Gibson-style handle. Covering and lining remind me of G&G but it's much cheaper at $69(HOLD-Brian C 2/19).
1981 Fender Stratocaster - Dimarzios, (front), (headstock/neck), (neck/cavity), (back), (body), (electronics), (trem/saddles), (case). Excellent vintage Strat with a few mods. This is one of the "S9xxxxxx" serial numbers which, as we know, is more often an '80 or '81, than a '79. Body is original finish in beautiful condition with no additional or enlarged routes. Neck appears original to the body but has had a pro refret and when that was done the thick poly coat was removed from the fretboard, an amber tinted clear finish was sprayed over the original finish. Retains the original logo and serial number. Two of the pots are original as is the 5-way switch. Pickups have been changed to DiMarzio's with a DP-117 HS-3's (Yngwie's choice) in the middle and neck, and an FS-1 in the bridge. It's not your vintage Strat tone but if they're honest, most players aren't looking for that. The FS-1 is louder and fatter than vintage, with more bass and mids, with none of the high end harshness. The HS-3's are 4-conductor and are quiet, with more warmth than vintage and around the same output. The plastic is from an 80's USA Strat and the "pre-76" look is cooler than the all-black appearance this guitar had when stock. Knobs have a nice green patina (pic). Body is dated 11/6/81. Tremolo block is original, but it's been upgraded with bent steel Fender saddles. As is typical of this era, it's not a light weight guitar, but at around 9 1/2 lbs., it's in the average range. Still has the 7.25" vintage radius and frets are low jumbo's, which I like a lot more than the tall jumbo's. Set up is excellent with low action and clear bends. All in all, a nice Strat for the player and at 33 years has a definite vintage vibe. $1199 includes Fender tolex case with orange lining.
Monster Cable S-100 Speaker Cable 1/4" - Banana. Magnetic Flux Tube construction and special cable windings for natural music reproduction. Improved clarity, bass response and dynamic range. Durable and extra-flexible Duraflex outer jacket for superior reliability and cut resistance for stage and studio use. You can also use to wire the speaker in your combo - simply cut off the banana and solder the wires to your speaker prongs. I probably have 6-8 of these in stock and they're a good buy on a higher quality cable at $14.99/ea.
George L's .155 VR Cable Kit. Includes 10 straight connectors and 10' of George L's quality cable, enough to build 5 patch cords to your desired length. No soldering required, just cut cable to desired length and insert in jack. If you're getting budget $10 connecting cables you're losing a lot of signal. Sells at George L's for $99 or get this factory sealed set for just $59(SOLD-Tom H).
George L's .155 VR Cable Kit w/5' cable. Same kit as above but cable pack has had 5' removed (jacks and caps are factory sealed). 5' is plenty to do 5 patch cords. Get this kit for just $49.
DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal with Case, (close-up), (panel), (back). This is around the 13th RP500 I've had and they've proven to be my hottest selling floor multi-effect around here. The RP500 was the latest and greatest from Digitech's RP series. More than just an extremely powerful modeler and multi-effect, the RP500 has an exclusive "pedalboard mode" which changes it into 5 individual stomp boxes and effects. Your first impression will be that this thing is built for years of use and road abuse with metal housing and steel parts, plus it has a simple layout that allows it to be used as a simple pedalboard if desired. Features include: Amp/Cabinet Bypass defeats internal amp and cabinet effects in all presets, 40 Tone and 40 Effects Libraries, 200 presets (100 factory, 100 user), Over 125 effects including stompboxes, choruses, delays, amps and cabinets, 5 seconds of delay time, 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate, Heavy-duty metal switches for stompbox response, Bright LEDs display program status and effect on/off, Large 10 character LED display for preset name-bank name-tuner, Built-in chromatic Tuner, Independent XLR Left and Right Outputs with ground lift Independent 1/4" Left and Right Outputs, Amp/Mixer switch to engage speaker cabinet, Stereo 1/8" headphone output, Stereo 1/8" CD/MP3 Input, Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500’s internal wahs, volume, Whammy and other parameters, All metal construction, 2 x 2 USB audio streaming. This is a great unit for live playing, but you can also run it on Cubase LE (software included) and use the USB output in the studio. For full specs and samples, click here for Digitech or click here for some YouTube demo's. Includes power supply, software, unit manual, and software manual. These sold new in stores for $299 without case. Get this one for just $199(HOLD-John R, local) *including* heavy Cordura gigbag (pic), which sells online for $39. Also includes original power supply, software, and manuals for software and the RP.
2011 Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Camo Bullseye, (front), (headstock), (maple board), (back), (battery door). Zakk Wylde has been one of the top rock/metal guitarists for over 25 years, including a long stint in the coveted gig as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist. For years his trademark axe has been his Les Paul Customs with custom “Bullseye” and “Camo” paint jobs. The Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Electric Guitar features a solid, unchambered mahogany body and a satin finished Hard Maple neck, and maple fingerboard. Most integral to his tone are the Zakk Wylde EMG-81/85 active high-output humbucking pickups. Gibson wisely introduced a more affordable Epiphone version of his axe with all the features that make this guitar so special. Features include: mahogany body with hard maple neck, gloss finish body, satin finish neck, glue-in set neck, maple fretboard with pearloid block inlays, cream neck binding, multi-ply body and headstock binding, 60's dome knobs, inlaid Epi logo and split diamond inlay on headstock, 12" fretboard radius, 24 3/4" scale, active EMG Zakk Wylde 81/85 pickups, gold hardware, 9V batter door located on hinged compartment in back, 16:1 Grover tuners, Epi locktone tuneomatic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The neck is called a "Slip Taper C Profile", but most of you will find it slightly chunky compared to most Epi Les Pauls. It's closer to Gibson's 50's shape than the 60's. Like most Customs, this guitar sets up with extremely low action which allows you to play for hours without fatigue. Cosmetically it's near immaculate, cleaner than most new floor models. New price on these was $799 but if you missed them before they were recently discontinued, own this one for $499. Include a new quality Gibson wedge gigbag ($99 retail) (shown here) for $39.
1998 Guild D-25 "Bluegrass", (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (case). Made at the Westerly RI factory; offered in near pristine condition. Guild's D-25, nicknamed "Bluegrass", was Guild's version of the D-18, with it's nitro finish, dreadnought body, spruce top and mahogany body. Like this D-18 it is a great hard strumming guitar with rich tone and excellent volume. In Guild's line since '68, through it's demise in the '00's, it was Guild's biggest seller and many of the early ones have stood the test of time. Features include: Dreadnought body with solid spruce top, high-gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Standard X bracing, Guild's signature arched mahogany back, multi-ply B+W body binding, mahogany sides, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, dot inlays, inlaid headstock logo, tortoise shell pickguard, Guild sealed tuners, 1 11/16" nut, 15 3/4" lower bout, 25 5/8" scale. By '98 Guild had changed to a very low profile neck (shown here) on the D-25, a product, I'm guessing, was a result of Taylor's success with an "electric" neck on their acoustics. Combined with comfortable action, this guitar is easy to play with minimal fatigue. I don't have a price list for '98, but in '88 this model listed for $955 with case, which was around $300 more than a USA Strat at the time. After Guild's buyout by FMIC manufacture of Guilds moved to Corona CA, and then to Tacoma WA, but it's these Westerly models that have earned a great reputation as quality American acoustics. Own this beauty for $750(HOLD-Kirk H 2/13), including original case.
2011 Gibson Melody Maker - Black - Duncan Full Shred, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). Another fun-packed Melody Maker with upgraded electronics. This one originally had the stock MM single coil, which has been professionally replaced with a Seymour Duncan Full Shred. While that might seem like an odd pickup for this model, keep in mind that the Kramer Nightswan which, like the Melody Maker has a mahogany body, was originally called "The Shredder" and featured a Full Shred pickup. The true test is by ear and to me this pickup sounds great. Even on clean passages it is clear and articulate, especially if you roll off the volume to 8 or 9, and is capable of playing a wide variety of music style. The mod was done before it arrived here but it's a pro job that's done perfectly. One thing we would have done would have been adding a push-pull or mini-toggle to access the single coil option which would double the tonal choices. Specs include mahogany body with mahogany neck, '59 rounded neck profile that's not at all chunky, standard 24 3/4" scale, Kluson Deluxe tuners with butter bean buttons, 1.695" nut width, 22 frets, and '59 authentic single-ply black pickguard. This is a very lightweight guitar (under 6 lbs.) due to the body size, which is slightly thinner than a Junior/Special. The tone is anything but "light - it's big and fat, with excellent sustain and very lively overall, thanks in part to the very thin satin nitro finish which lets the guitar vibrate better than a thicker, softer finish. Especially with a quality pickup installed, this is a versatile guitar that's fun to play all night and definitely good enough for pro use. Nice axe for $299 which includes the deluxe Gibson gigbag. If desired, we can add a switch or push/pull pot for $22.
Kawai ES1 88-Note Piano/Synth, (back), (controls), (main section). Excellent performance keyboard with excellent sounds, great feel, and built-in speakers. Like a real grand piano the ES1 has a full 7 octaves (88 notes) and real piano action, rather than the stiff synth action of most keyboards. Because of this it makes a good midi controller for other synths in your collection, e.g. a Korg M1 with 5 octaves of synth action. Just hook a midi cable from the ES1 to your other board(s) and you'll get the benefits of the ES1 feel and range - with your small keyboards sounds, sequencer, etc. I have one of these boards and although it spends most of the time in the closet, when I want to play I just pull it out, turn it on, and I'm playing in a few sections with no external amps required. With 14 watts of output (7 watts per side), it's plenty loud for home use and the built in speakers sound pretty good. Features include 88 weighted keys with advanced hammer action, 4 touch types (normal, light, heavy, constant), 32 note max poly, built in effects (Chorus, Room Reverb, Stage Reverb, Hall Reverb, EQ1 and EQ2), built in recorder with 3 songs (2 parts, up to 1800 notes), Transpose feature, Tuning, Midi functions, 8 demo songs, dual headphone jacks, stereo line in, dual line out (L/Mono and R), PC Interface, and DC jack in. The built in sounds include Classic Grand, Modern Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, Strings, Choir/Voice Pad, and with the "Variation" button, there are two unit voices for each sound for 16 sounds total. Also, you can play two of them simultaneously, like piano and strings, for some really nice, lush tones. Here are a few reviews from SonicState.com. Performance-wise it works perfectly, with each key having proper travel and equal resistance. Cosmetically it's in very nice shape, other than two repaired keys (shown here). These cost over $1K new but this one works perfectly and is a sweet board for just $350, plus hefty shipping if you're not local. Included but not shown is the music stand that mounts to top of the keyboard, a sustain pedal, plus power supply unit.
Price Lowered - now 1/2 the price of a 50th Anniv. Dove: 1995 Gibson Dove, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (binding/inlays), (case). Obtained from the estate of the original owner, one of my early favorite customers from the Maryland days and an esteemed collector of fine guitars. The Dove is one of the true classics from Gibson, with its roots going back to 1962 and the Kalamazoo, Michigan plant. Along with its sister, the Hummingbird, also released in '62, Gibson changed their body style to the square-shouldered dreadnought, perhaps to capture some of the market owned by Martin, king of the dreadnoughts. While both guitars feature similar high end cosmetic appointments, and all solid woods, the Dove, with its high grade curly maple body, is much more of a stunner than the plain mahogany body of the Hummingbird. The Dove also has a longer scale length, using the longer 25.5" "Fender" scale, which combine with its maple body to be a bright guitar which makes it stand out in an acoustic jam. Other features of the Dove include double parallelogram fingerboard inlays, two mother of pearl (MOP) doves on the bridge, a MOP dove on the pick-guard, 3-pc flamed maple neck, checkerboard marquetry, 6-ply top binding, 4-ply back binding, 1.725" nut, rosewood neck with binding, and gold Gibson/Schaller tuners with Keystone buttons. The Dove went through a few structural changes during the years including an ill-conceived tuneomatic bridge and heavier bracing. Gibson refined the guitar to its current specs and in '92 production was moved to the Bozeman, Montana plant, beginning a very good era for Gibson acoustics. This guitar is in true collector's condition with zero player's wear, with a perfect set up and crisp tone that's great for bluegrass leads and also compliments the voice well for solo singer/players. Gibson now produces the 50th Anniversary Dove, which appears to be the same specs except with plain maple rather than the highly figured maple on this one. One of those plain maple 50ths will set you back $3999 but I think this one is nicer and at 18 years the tone has opened up fully and, again, it looks more like a '13 model rather than a '95. The flame is as nice as I've seen on a Gibson acoustic and looks perfect from any angle, with consistent figuring side to side, top to bottom. This would be a nice buy at $2800 but at the request of the owner it's now lowered to $1999(HOLD-Mike W 2/12), an incredible deal for this model, era, condition, and beauty. Includes original Gibson Montana case, one of the best Gibson has made, with Lifton style brown covering, purple lining, protective shroud, combination lock, plus all paperwork.
1970 Guild F20 "Troubadour" Orchestra Size Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Lovely sounding old Guild that plays well and is surprisingly balanced, with commendable bass projection. Although a full scale, it's the smallest regular flattop that Guild ever produced. Its dimensions are nearly identical to the Martin 000 with the exception of the upper bout, where the F20 is 1/2" wider. This model had been around for quite a while, first appearing in the catalog in 1956. Specifications changed over the years but it was one of Guild's bestsellers during the folk boom of the sixties. In 1959 it changed to the Mahogany back and sides you see on this one. It also features a solid Spruce top, Mahogany neck with Rosewood fretboard and bridge, 24 3/4" scale, dot inlay, open-gear strip tuners, screened Gold logo, tortoise pickguard, shaded headstock, and multi-ply body binding. Most guitars that have been enjoyed for over 40 years have a few cracks and this one is no exception. Martin repaired 4 non-problematic top cracks (shown here) which haven't affected the tone and, in fact, the original owner played it with the cracks for many years not even aware of them. Cosmetically, it looks like a guitar that hasn't spent its life in the case. In addition to the repaired cracks it has miscellaneous scratches and light wear, very minor finish checking and finish suck on the back, where the grain looks raised but is very common with nitrocellulose finishes. As long as you have realistic expectations of a 44-year-old flattop, you won't be disappointed. Most players believe that old stringed instruments sound better with age and when I play a guitar like this, I have to agree. It has a much more complex tone than greener woods, as well as its own personality. Includes an old semi-hard plush-lined case that looks like a Victoria and I suspect is original to the guitar. A nice value on a quality American vintage at $599(HOLD-Al T 1/9).
2004 Guild GAD-40C with Fishman AG Series Pickup, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (inlays/binding), (Fishman), (case). Guild's GAD line offers a real quality guitar, for a very reasonable cost and, remarkably, all solid woods. The few GAD's we've had were all top-notch in quality, tone, and playability and this one is no exception. What immediately grabbed me was the remarkable projection this guitar has and it's one of the loudest acoustics I have in stock. If you need a good stage guitar, we've got you covered. This one has a new Fishman AG 94 passive saddle transducer and endpin jack installed. The GAD-40C has a dreadnought body size with a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, mahogany neck, classic pearl fretboard inlays, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, scalloped bracing, high-gloss poly finish, Grover tuners, dovetail neck joint, abalone side dots, mother of pearl logo and chesterfield emblem, clear pickguard, and attractive maple binding with white/black strip on either side of the binding. Cosmetically there are a few dings in the top, but no cracks anywhere on the guitar, so consider it more of a player than a pristine collectable. List price on this model was $1399, selling heavily discounted for $799 - over $900 with a Fishman installed. If you don't mind a few non-problematic finish flaws, this is an excellent buy in a solid-wood acoustic at just $499. Original case is in well used condition and missing part of two latches but is still serviceable.
60's Silvertone/Danelectro 2-button Footswitch. For those great vintage amps made by Dano for Silvertone 1484 and other tremolo/reverb equipped tube amps. Nice shape. $29. Note: I also have one in the silver covering listed elsewhere on the site.
2012 Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Doublecut Les Paul Junior, (front), (back), (headstock), (case stuff), (gigbag). Unplayed, dead mint condition - plastic is still on the unsigned BJ guard that was installed from the factory. Gibson shipped a limited number of these with an extra pickguard in the gigbag that was hand-signed by Billie Joe. I also have the WD vintage tortoise guard shown in the pics. Take you choice of any two guards. We're big Junior fans, believing that the design has stood the test of time for good reason. There's something wonderfully simple about a single soapbar pickup, with just a volume and tone, and wraparound tailpiece. The simple stud tailpiece transfers energy very well and is extremely comfortable and effective for string muting or playing staccato passages. As they have since the 50's, the Junior features all-mahogany construction which produces is a very warm, rich tone which occupies all of the frequency spectrum. Billie Joe has been playing Juniors for years, initially with an old Singlecut model in sunburst. His new signature model comes in TV finish and features the new H-90 pickup, which is a stacked P-90 so you get the cutting tone, without the hum associated with the old soapbars. Features include mahogany body with high-gloss nitrocellulose TV Yellow finish (front/back/neck/headstock), slim 60's profile mahogany neck, granadillo fretboard, 12" radius, wraparound tailpiece, white button tuners, Corian nut, and H-90 Alnico bridge pickup. This guitar is virtually unplayed and is offered without any flaws of any kind. The original black pickguard still has the plastic on it. Most Juniors set up with excellent action and this one's no exception as it's one of the nicest playing Juniors I've had in years. With a list price of $1899 you're getting an essentially new guitar for just $899(HOLD-Robert N 2/12). Includes a very good quality gigbag with cool faux leopard skin lining, as well as an extra pickguard, inspection tag, and manual.
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, (top), (panel), (back), (inside.). Fender's modern take on their classic vintage designs with the look of a 50's combo but a circuit and features that make it a much more modern amp. Blues Deluxe's are perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck all-tube 1X12 combo's made and, along with the Hot Rod Deluxe, are the world's best selling tube amps. This version has a much cooler vibe than the standard black cover with silver and black grill cloth, with its 50's vintage tweed covering, wheat grill cloth, and vintage chrome panel with chicken-beak control knobs. Released in 1993, the Blues series was an immediate hit, covering the demand for a versatile, all-tube combo, at a reasonable price. It's hard to imagine reissue of a '93 model but after its initial release, sales trailed the similar "Hot Rod Deluxe" it was dropped from the catalog to keep in step with current trends. Later in the 00's, the public was again looking for a more traditional tone, rather than screaming high gain; the Blues Deluxe is reborn. It's basic description is a reinterpretation of original 50's tweed Deluxe, and it does a good job of covering that ground, but with modern features such as channel switching and reverb (footswitchable by the way), and a master volume to allow breakup at lower volume. Features include 40 watts via a pair of 6L6's with 3 12AX7's in the preamp, special design 12" Eminence speaker, selectable Normal and Drive channels, independent gain and master volume controls on the Drive channel, Bright switch for the Normal channel, effects loop, tube-driven reverb, and lightweight construction as just 45 lbs. This amp has seen very little use and never roaded. With a new one going for $769 it's a sweet buy on a barely broken in model at just $529. I think I have a Fender footswitch for it that I can throw in.
2001 Hamer Artist Korina (ARTK), (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (neck joint), (case). Fantastic Artist in immaculate condition, built with all solid white Korina (Limba), top, body, and neck, with gloss finish. Compared to a mahogany body/maple top, Korina has a warmer sound that I find much more fulfilling for jamming by myself, but it also fills a lot more space in a band setting. Hamer made their name building classic Gibson styles...but better. They soon started incorporating some unique characteristics such as their Artist model with semi-hollow design and single F-hole. Although it's roughly a Les Paul double-cut in appearance, this model competes with Gibson ES-330's, Guild Starfire P90, etc., and with Seymour Duncan P90 pickups and thinline chambered body with F-hole, the tone lends itself to many different styles, from rock to jazz to blues. Other features include labor-intensive hand-carved 5/8" maple top, precision routed semi-solid Korina body, vintage round neck carve (.900), wide oval frets, bone nut 1.65", 23 3/4" scale, flat 14.5" radius, 14 coats of hand-buffed lacquer, Dunlop locking strap pins, and Schaller hardware. Hamer guitars are among the best American guitars in their price range. Like PRS, I can't ever remember getting a bad one, which I definitely couldn't say about Fender or Gibson. Their woods are properly seasoned, so all the shrinkage occurs before the guitar is built. If you've never tried a Hamer, I highly recommend you give one a try. For more info, click here for Hamer Guitars. While not cheap, considering the labor-intensive cost of a carved top and expense of Korina woods, it carried a reasonable list price of $3800, discounted to around $2600. This one is barely played, with a superb set-up and less than 1/2 the price of a new one at just $1199.
2012 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster WITH case, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Dead mint Kenny Wayne; very cool guitar for players who like a chunkier neck. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd model is based on his vintage '61 Strat, with vintage styling combined with some modern features such as Graph Tech bridge saddles, jumbo frets, flat 12" fretboard, tone control for bridge pickup, and custom-voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd pickups with reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup. Other features include Kenny's custom neck shape which is a beefy D-shape with large shoulders, alder body with Poly gloss finish, vintage style synchronized bridge, Schaller locking strap pins, aged white plastic parts, gloss headstock face with '61 logo, and synthetic bone nut. Fender calls this a 3-tone sunburst but there's little to no red band so I would call it a 2-tone, and a very dark 2-tone at that. Immaculate and plays as good as it looks with low action and a very aggressive Strat tone. If you're looking for a great KWS model I can easily recommend this one for tone and excellent action. We've paired this with a quality Canadian TKL case with vintage silver logo instead of the stock gigbag these come with. The KWS sells new for $899 with gigbag but this one's mint and just $779 with the case. Don't need the case? How about $679 with gigbag (pic). Includes with trem arm, manual, tags, etc.
G&L ASAT Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (circuit), (case). First one of these I've had in 10 years and now I remember loving the last one I had in, almost enough to keep it for my personal bass. The Asat is essentially an L-2000 packed into an ASAT body shape, with a narrower 1 1/2" nut width to help balance the instrument. Tonally, the Asat has it all (more on that below), but what really attracts me to this model is the vintage vibe, comparing to the original '54 P-bass and 70's Tele bass. If you look closer though you'll see this is a much more refined version than the old slab body Fenders. The edges all have a nice round-over rather than the sharp corners on a vintage model, plus it has a comfortable belly cut in back. The circuit is where this baby really shines, allowing more tonal options than almost anything on the market. It starts with a pair of G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) humbucking pickups which are capable of emulating the fat neck humbucker tone of an old P-bass, the cutting bridge tone of a Jazz, and countless other settings. Electronics are comprised of G&L's Tri-Tone active/passive system with a 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, 2-way series/parallel mini-toggle, and 3-way preamp mini-toggle (off - on - on with high EQ boost). It has an innovative Leo Fender-designed Saddle-Lock bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for incredibly resonance. The body is lightweight swamp ash, some of the nicest grain you'll find on these attached to a comfortable, C-shaped maple neck with a modern 12" radius and 21 medium-jumbo nickel frets. It's in very clean condition with a nice low set up. With a new one running $1499 ($2K list), here's a nice buy on a lightly used one. $950 includes original case.
COMPLETED RESTORATION: 1953 Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop, (front-1 front-2), (label), (back), (headstock/neck), (side), (pickup). Nice old jazz box and the more desirable cutaway (Regent) Zephyr model. The Zephyr Regent was a mid-line model featuring a single New York pickup, large 17 3/8" lower bout, laminated maple top, back, and sides, trapeze tailpiece (Frequensator style on early models), bound body and neck, and notched block fretboard inlays. As nice as it looks now, this one was quite a project, coming to us in rough shape (before-1, before-2), with loads of dirt and grime - appeared to have never seen a polishing cloth - and the binding chipped and/or pulled away over most of the top and back. Martin reshaped the binding and reattached original binding where possible, and installed a few new sections where it had deteriorated. Around 1/3 of the body binding was affected, which Martin repaired nicely (a new section shown in back cutaway here). Although the binding patina is a little lighter than the original, in years to come it will blend in and will look original. Electronics were nearly useless until the pots were removed and cleaned. Likewise, the tuners were frozen or hard to turn until they were all lubricated. What we discovered was an extremely clean guitar underneath all the grime as Martin hand-buffed the entire body and the nitro finish shines like a new guitar. Please note that there is no overspray on the body, simply an intensive cleaning. Although this guitar is in very nice shape for a '53, there are a few detractors that need pointing out. It's missing the "E" from the tortoise pickguard; one knob is replaced but we substituted another 50's knob of the same color and patina; logo plate on the headstock is from a reissue although the same shape and style as the original. Martin buffed out the finish beautifully, but there are check lines over much of the front and back (as shown here) as well as the headstock veneer, which is expected on a nitro finish that's 60 years old. Shown here, the only cracks were two hairline cracks at the base of the headstock, with the before appearance in the pic on the right. This was little more than a cosmetic issue which we've made better as shown in the pic on the left. It is also missing one of the tuner ferrules which I don't seem to have among my spares. Shown here, you can see the tight neck joint (neck has never been removed) which has a perfect angle, allowing very low action. Neck is a soft V-shape, not overly large, with small vintage frets which exhibit some wear but the set up has low action with only slight string rattle in places. Although it doesn't require a refret, if you want the same low action with no fret buzz whatsoever Martin can do a complete refret with your choice of frets for additional cost - or we can raise the action to medium at no cost of course. Epiphone and Gibson were the premier builders of archtops during this era and they're highly regarded by players as being truly fine instruments. 60 years after it was built, this one still plays and sounds wonderfully, testament to the craftsman ship of the skilled post-war luthiers. If you check vintage sites like gbase.com, you'll usually see Zephyr Regents in the $3K-$4K range, including some with modifications. This one may not appeal to the collector of museum guitars, but for the player looking for value in a 50's archtop, it's a sweet deal at just $1499. (Note: We have a '41 Epi archtop, student model hollowbody with 13" bout, from the restoration shop coming soon).
2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro - Black, (front-1 front-2), (headstock), (back), (case). New for 2010, the Traditional Pro has the look of the vintage 50's Les Paul you know and love, with modern enhancements in the electronics and hardware. The Traditional Pro features a non-chambered mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the classic blend of warm mahogany and snappiness and clarity of the maple top. It does have the traditional 9-hole relief that Gibson has been using for decades. The top is finished in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a very sleek satin nitro finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. Something I just learned is that a satin finish is applied the same as a gloss finish, but some "dust" is mixed in the finish to give it a less glossy look. This is why if it's buffed out it will develop a high gloss, which you may have noticed on satin finished fronts which develop glossy spots where your shirt rubs against the top and develops glossy spots. For pickups Gibson chose a Zebra '57 classic in the neck with a Zebra Burstbucker 3 in the bridge, each wired for coil splitting via push/pull volume pots. Other features include the thin 60's Neck Profile; angled headstock, bound rosewood fretboard, 1.69" nut width, trapezoid inlays, antique binding, Tuneomatic bridge with stop bar tailpiece, locking chrome-plated Grover tuners with Keystone buttons, Top Hat knobs, and period correct cream pickguard. Another major aspect, which Gibson did briefly in their mid-line Les Pauls, is the fret job, which is leveled perfectly via a Plek machine. The Plek machine allows for minute differences in fret height or slight inconsistencies to the neck to ensure frets that are perfectly level and allows for the lowest possible setup without any buzz or fretting out. After a year or so Gibson discontinued the Plek process on these guitars, although the nut is still cut by Plek. These days only the high end models such as the Historics have the benefit of a Plek job. The difference is quite noticeable and this guitar plays superb, clearly better than your average excellent set up. Cosmetically, the top is perfect but the back shows lots of buckle wear but the frets are perfect so it's more a case of careless, rather than extensive, use. For loads of information on this guitar, click here for Gibson's site. With a $3399 list, this model sold nicely discounted at $1999. A sweet deal for the player at $1299.
Jackson USA Select Kelly KE-2 - Trans Black Flametop, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd/Blackouts), (case). Beautiful USA Kelly finished in transparent black with flamed maple top. For players who like the vibe of an Explorer, but find it somewhat ungainly to play, the Kelly could be just what you're looking for. The Kelly was designed in the mid-80's as a sleeker version of an Explorer. It was initially a custom order for Bradford Kelly of the Australian metal band "Heaven", who designed the guitar with the help of Mike Shannon from the Custom Shop. It was, however, Marty Friedman (Megadeath) and his signature model KE-1 who brought this model to prominence as his main stage and studio guitar. The KE-2 has much the same features as the Rhoads including higher end appointments like real mother of pearl sharktooth inlays, inlaid pearloid logo, bound neck and headstock. Other features include maple neck-thru construction with poplar wings, top of the line Floyd Rose tremolo, sleek ebony fingerboard, modified Explorer style body, and quarter-sawn maple neck with a compound neck radius that gets flatter as you go up the neck. Pickups have been changed to a new set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts (link), which are an improved EMG type active pickup. Read more at Jacksonguitars.com. I'm usually ambivalent about a trans black finish but with nice flame, on an Explorer-ish body with chrome hardware, I find this rather striking and "right" looking. Note pics were shot with a flash and the flame isn't as pronounced in lower light. Collector owned and in perfect condition, with no buckle rash or pick scratches, perfect frets; and a super nice Kelly. We have found USA Jacksons without exception, great playing guitars and this one's no exception, with low action, made to shred. This model lists at $4166 in premium finish like trans black and sells discounted at $2999. If you're into saving money you can get this beauty for almost 1/2 the price of a new one, just $1599. Includes original case with some scuffs on the outside - not as clean as the guitar.
2008 Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature JS1600PSL - Premium Silver, (front), (push/pull pots), (headstock), (flamed neck), (back), (contoured heel), (case). Top quality Japanese Ibanez and unlike most Satch signature models, this one's a hardtail. I've spoken many times of the advantage of a non-tremolo bridge and if you're a player who doesn't use the trem you'll get better performance and stability from a hardtail. What I really love about this guitar is the "Premium Silver" finish, sort of the poor man's Chromeboy, which lets anyone know from across the room whose guitar this is. The finish looks very close to the JS2000, more of a pearl rather than metallic, but still looks "textured." The heart of the 1600's meaty tone is the DiMarzio pickups with a PAF Pro in the neck and a Fred in the bridge, both of which can be switched to single coil by the push/pull tone and volume pots, which also act as high-pass filters. Other features include JS Prestige quartersawn 1-pc maple neck with rosewood fretboard, multi-radius neck (20mm at first fret to 22mm at the 12th), 42mm 1 21/32) nut width, mahogany body, locking tuners, 22 medium jumbo (6105) frets, Gotoh fixed bridge, abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo, and chrome hardware. This model is spec'd with a quartersawn neck, a nice high-end feature but due to the luck of the draw this one also is also beautifully flamed - both neck and headstock - with flame side to side, all the way up the neck. It's in super clean shape and with perfect frets and a great neck, set up is low and fast. With a list price of $2266, here's a sweet deal on a Japanese-made Satch at just $1099. Includes J-Craft/Prestige case.
2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus - Heritage Cherry Burst, (front), (headstock), (back), (hardware/jack), (neck profile), (case.). As clean as new with a very attractive AA flamed top that, to many players, is more desirable than the maple on steroids look of a Class 5 or Historic '59. This one is finished in Heritage Cherry Sunburst, is nicely bookmatched, and has flame that remains consistent into the upper bout. This version of the Standard continues to refine the guitar that was born 60 years ago, and features an asymmetrical neck, for the ultimate in comfort, plus final fret work done on a Plek machine to ensure the ultimate in superb action. Its hard-carved maple top with matched chambered mahogany back features a lacquer finish and chambering to cut down on weight plus add tonal complexity to the tone. Gibson chose BurstBucker Pro humbuckers with Alnico V magnets for this model, with slightly mismatched windings for a more authentic 50's PAF tone; more crunch and clarity. Gibson now uses a Plek machine to ensure a guitar that will set up perfectly. The Plek uses a computer-controlled robot arm that takes precise measurements of each fret's height, the fingerboard radius, and bow in the neck. Using that data, the Plek adjusts the truss rod, cuts the nut slots for optimal spacing and height for each string, files each fret to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy, and then polishes the frets. The Plek is much faster, and more precise, than even the most skilled luthier. This model comes from the factory without a pickguard installed, realizing that many players will want to show off the figured top. It is included in the case in the event you wish to install it. Other features include one-piece mahogany neck, figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, 1.695" nut width, 12" fretboard radius, TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic, Locking TonePros stopbar tailpiece, 2 volume and 2 tone controls with gold-plated Bourns-designed pots, Locking Grover keystone tuners, Neutrik locking output jack, Antique cream top and neck binding. Although Gibson now has their list price at $3899, when this one was built they listed at $4299 and sold new for $2999. I don't know why they dropped the list price but I'd be willing to bet it wasn't because started building them better. This one was only played several times and is in brand new condition - for just $1999(HOLD-Capt. Rob 2/5).
2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional - Honey Burst, (front), (headstock), (back), (acc/parts), (case). Mint condition and an excellent value in an all-gloss finish with figured maple top. Released in 2010, the Traditional has the look of the vintage 50's Les Paul you know and love, with just a few modern enhancements. The Traditional Pro features a non-chambered mahogany back for a thick, meaty tone with a thick maple cap for the classic blend of warm mahogany and snappiness and clarity of the maple top. The entire body (front/back) and neck are finished in high-gloss nitro lacquer, different from others I've had with a gloss top and satin back. For pickups Gibson chose a '57 classic (neck) and '57 Classic Plus, which is slightly overwound, for the bridge position. Other features include a slightly chunky 50's Neck Profile; angled headstock, bound rosewood fretboard, 1.69" nut width, 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, antique binding, Tuneomatic bridge with stop bar tailpiece, Orange Drop caps, Tonepros tuners with Keystone buttons, amber speed knobs with metal pointers, and period correct cream binding, as well as cream pickguard, pickup rings, selector ring, and tip. For loads of information on this guitar, click here for Gibson's site. This guitar was built under 5 months ago, offered in mint condition, and a killer playing Paul that's more "traditional" than 90% of the Pauls sold these days. With a $3599 list, this model sold nicely discounted at $2299 in a Burst finish. This one's in "as new" unplayed condition with a very nice top and just $1699. Includes Gibson case with manual and inspection sheet plus an extra set of dome knobs and extra blank truss rod cover for the '59 'Burst look.
2005 Martin 000-15M, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (label), (case). A lot of vintage appeal in an affordable, traditional Martin. The 000-15M features all mahogany construction, which is a great wood for just sitting around playing by yourself. It's a warm, cozy tone that covers lows-mids-highs without discrimination; very well balanced and an excellent strumming guitar. While the attack of mahogany isn't usually recommended for fingerstyle work, the smaller body seems to contribute to better note definition than a mahogany in a dreadnought size. Other features include bone nut & saddle, sealed Martin tuners, a thin inlaid rosette, gold foil headstock logo, neck meets body at 14th fret, 1-11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale, tortoise pickguard, modified low oval neck shape, rosewood fretboard, and Martin #345 flattop hardshell case. This guitar is in excellent condition with a setup that's very comfortable anywhere on the neck. The 000-15M sells in stores for $1199 but here's a clean used one that's nicely priced at $839. Includes original black case with plush green interior.
2007 PRS Singlecut (SC-245) - Dark Cherry Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (tag), (case). Mint SC245 finished in a very attractive Dark Cherry Sunburst with thin ribbon flame and although not a "10", it' very nice flame that goes all the way up into the upper bouts (pic here). Let's face it, despite the results of the lawsuit, the Singlecut is basically a Les Paul, although imminently more playable in the upper register. Personally, I've never been able to play any high leads on a Paul but the Singlecut, with its deeper cutaway makes it much easier. With the classic mahogany body/maple top, dual humbuckers, and 25.5" scale mahogany neck, you're talking LP all the way. Considering the fact that PRS quality control is top-notch and not hit or miss, and I think PRS is simply a better value...period. Different from the original "pre-lawsuit" Singlecut model, the SC245 got it's name from the scale length, 24.5", which is the shorter length Gibson uses, so if you like the feel of a LP, this guitar will feel very familiar and with the wide-fat neck, the profile will feel just slightly thicker than a '60 Classic, but smaller than the chunky '58/'59 Historic. Specs of the SC-245 include single cutaway body, thick mahogany back, carved maple top, 22 fret mahogany neck w/rosewood fingerboard, 24-1/2" scale, moon inlays, wide-fat neck carve, PRS stoptail, vintage style tuners, PRS 245 pickups, nickel hardware, 3-way toggle switch with dual volume and tone controls. If you're a LP fan and you haven't tried one of these yet, you owe it to yourself to stop down at our local store and pick one up today. You might just find your perfect guitar. List price on a new SC-245 is $4105 but it's just $1599(HOLD-Rob C 1/30) for this beauty in flawless condition. Includes similarly clean PRS case, unsigned warranty, etc.
Sabine Zip700 Tuner. Plug in or use built-in mic for acoustic. Automatically senses the note you pluck for hands-free operation. Green LED for "in tune" with red LED's for note. In addition to input, has an "amp" output to leave connected at all times if desired. Very accurate and easy to use. $9.99.
Fender AX-12 Tuner. Chromatic tuner with features similar to the Sabine Zip700. $9.99.
PRS Stoptail Bridge and Studs. Polished aluminum. The best non-adjustable stop tail made according to me. It's intonated well and impervious to warping problems found on Gibson and others. If you're looking to dress up an old discolored bridge, this one's perfect. A $260 part from PRS, get this mint used one for just $130.
Schroeder Top Adjustable Locking Studs. For use with wrap-around stoptails. A quality locking stud that's adjustable from the top! Nickel-plated brass, Made in USA. For details check 'em out here. New in pack for $29.
1980's Schaller Roller Bridge. Excellent quality German-made Schaller top-loading hardtail bridge. Incredibly adjustable and super clean shape. Cam screw can be used to attach to base plate if used, or just mount direct to body. $80 new, this one's perfect and just $48.
Gibson Mini Humbucker. Mint condition. Perfect for your Les Paul Deluxe restoration. $89.
Samick Thinline Archtop Case. Black tolex covering with plush black interior, 5 latches, storage compartment. I don't know what model this is made for but internal dimensions are: Length-42", lower bout-15", upper bout-11", waist-10". Nice shape. $65.
Tom Anderson Crowdster, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (maple cap), (spec/price sheet), (case). Anderson set a new standard for acoustic stage guitars with the introduction of the Crowdster. It got its name from the ability to play before huge crowds, thus huge volume levels, without any feedback problems or need for massive EQ'ing. Although most of us are more likely to play in a 500-seat club than a 10,000 arena, it's good to know that you have a guitar that can take you all the way, and without constantly messing with it all night to maintain a decent tone. In addition to sounding great, it's one of the best looking stage guitars you'll find, with some of the nicest flamed maple, finished in Light Desert Sunset with Binding. In addition to structural design elements, it derives its excellent acoustic voice via an LR Baggs Element piezo pickup with custom EQ'ing made specifically for this guitar (volume, and cut/boost for Bass, Middle, and Treble). Features include flamed maple top with unstained edge for PRS style "binding, mahogany back, satin-finish Mahogany neck, African Rosewood fretboard, headstock painted to match body, 1.73" nut, 24.75" scale, exclusive Anderson small stainless steel frets, acoustic bridge and saddle, and Buzz Feiten tuning system. Plays with ease with low action and a deep cutaway that makes playing high notes a breeze. With a retail price of $3819, this is an excellent value on a dead mint used one. $1999 includes original case that hugs the body on all sides.
Peavey Ecoustic E20 1x8" 20-Watt Acoustic Guitar Amp, (panel), (back). Good sounding and compact, capable of handling your guitar and vocal mic at the same time. Peavey's Ecoustic line is engineered from the ground up as an acoustic amp. It's very basic with just dual channels, vol-treb-bass on each channel, and headphone out, with a 20 watt output. I tested this out with an old high-Z Realistic mic and a new Sennheiser E-Series low-z with hi-z transformer, along with a Godin A6 acoustic/electric guitar. With either mic it delivered a crystal clear tone with surprising volume and no feedback problems, even when cranked up. I think it has enough punch for small bar gigs, as well as a number of other applications such as practice PA or even a powered stage monitor. These are $139 new but this one appears "as new" and is just $79, plus around $15 shipping. Ships in original box with manual.
1998 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Crimson Red Transparent, (front1 front2), (grain), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Incredibly clean early model American Deluxe in a classic Crimson Red Transparent, basically the same finish as the 70's "Wine". Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat. Pickups are Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era and still preferred over many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, polished chrome tremolo with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, aged plastic parts, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, and raised chrome logo. For players who like a traditional nut, the '98 models only used the LSR on deluxe locking tremolo and HSS models, so this one has the same performance as a vintage model. This guitar is in lovely condition with no noteworthy scratches and extremely comfortable set-up, with no fret wear and the "Noiseless" lettering near perfect on the pickups. You don't see very many of these in transparent red and this is definitely one of the nicer ones you'll find. Just $999 and includes the upgraded Fender/G&G case, in similarly beautiful shape, and pop-in tremolo arm.
Carr Bloke 1X12 Combo with Effects Loop, (stock pic), (panel pic2), (top), (back), (accessories), (tubes). There are a lot of good sounding boutique amps made these days, Carr is clearly among the best. Most of them I've had focused on versatility, going from a Fendery clean to a Marshall Crunch, but the Bloke is an amp made to be overdriven and doesn't try to fool anybody into thinking it can cut it as a jazz, country, or blues combo. The Class AB2 two-channel design with separate Master Volume knobs for Lead and Normal has foot switchable Lead mode which increases sustain and odd order harmonic drive. Many players won't even need the Lead channel since you can get tons of gain from the Normal channel, enough for most 70's/80's rock tones. This amp features the Bloke's optional series effects loop, which is a little different in that it comes in a separate Loop Interface pedal that it has separate controls to match in/out levels to buffer the inputs and outputs and is powered by a 9V power supply (included). It also includes a channel select footswitch, referred to as "High Gain" and "Higher Gain". Features include huge power supply filter capacitors for thick, strong low end; ;Normal and Lead modes with separate loudness controls - footswitchable; six tubes including 12AT7 direct driver preamp-to-power amp interface for complete preamp dominance over the power tubes (Class AB2) and EL34 power tubes (48 watts) or optional 6V6's (23 watts); unique Bass control circuit delivers plenty of bass without getting flabby; optional effects loop; 100% point-to-point hand wired; Solid pine dovetailed cabinet with integral baffle and floating grill screen; measures around 24"X18"X9"; 48 lbs. Controls include Drive, Loudness (Normal), Loudness (Lead), Treble, Middle, Bass; Switches: Normal Gain: Medium/High, Normal/Lead toggle; Footswitch: Normal/Lead. Here's a link to 9 YouTube videos beginning with Carr introducing it at the '12 NAMM Show (link) or click here for Carr's site with reviews to 5 publications, sound clips, and detailed info (link). This amp looks very cool with neo-classic, mid-century styling that looks sort of like a 50's hi-fi. If you're looking for an amp that can nail the classic rock tones - all the way to Metallica territory - I can't imagine anything better. It's also loud enough to play virtually any venue, short of an arena show. With the $400 effects loop this model sells new for $2850. While that may be a bit pricey for many players, how about this mint one, rarely played and never used out of the home, for $1000 less. $1850 take it.
Casio WK-210 76-Note Keyboard, (back), (stock pic). Immaculate condition - used less than an hour. I bought this to give keyboard lessons to a family member (blind leading the blind). It's not a pro model but for the price I though it had better than average samples and a 6-octave board is definitely preferable to a 61 note. Another advantage to a home board is the built in speakers, whereas on a pro board you have to plug into a separate preamp, amp, or mixer. Far from a base model, it features touch-sensitive keys, digital effects, harmonizer, arpeggiator, built-in lesson plans, and band accompaniment. It has a built-in sampler with mic and aux inputs to make your own samples, USB port for connecting to your computer, phone/out for headphones or running through a bigger amplifier or PA, and sustain pedal jack. To list all the features would use up around 3 screens of info but click here for all the info. For demo's on YouTube click here and here. I don't think you can touch a 76-note Casio for under $199 but this one is like new, in original box, and just $135(HOLD-Ken, local) INCLUDING shipping.
1989 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone, (front), (back), (headstock). I don't think anybody sells more HM's (and Strat Plus's) than we do. Many of us in business tend to gravitate to the guitars we personally enjoy. For me, a guitar that can go from a 50's vintage Strat tone - to an 80's hair metal tone is a cool guitar. When you add in the playing comfort and low action/flat radius, you've got a great guitar. In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's. Please click this link for more info. This one's finished in Blackstone, which is black finish with gold and/or white lines (depending on how the painter felt the day he finished it), emulating the look of granite. Cosmetically it's in very presentable condition with the worst aspect being wear to the bridge/fine tuners which has a bit of pitting and the brass is showing on the fine tuners. We can touch this up at no charge but some guys like the "vintage" look when the black top coat wears through. It also has some minor scratches in the clear coat but judging by the lack of fret wear it hasn't been played excessively. The finish wear on the neckplate is inevitable on these and I've had ones that were near mint that didn't escape the neckplate wear. Frets are in excellent condition which, along with a nice straight neck, allows for a low, fast set up. We've buffed the finish out nicely which gives it a high luster appearance. Includes original rectangular molded case in so-so condition or I'll substitute a more intact case in better shape at no extra charge. Great HM for $679.
2009 Fender American Standard Telecaster - 3-Tone Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (bridge), (case), (accessories). Classic 3-tone sunburst with maple board, beautiful condition, and one of the best playing Tele's you'll find. The set up on this one is very low, cut low at the nut, and it has superb playability all the way up the neck. Getting a great neck that sets up low is only half of the picture. When you get low action that doesn't fret out during bends, then you've got a truly great player. Features include alder body, maple neck with Modern “C” Shape (Gloss Headstock Face with Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck), 9.5” Radius, 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, 1.685” nut, Fender Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines, new American Standard Bent Steel Saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit. Other features include New Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots, highly finished frets, detailed nut work, rolled fretboard edges, and new Molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks, Glass Reinforced Nylon Trigger Latches, and Form Fitted Plush Interior. A new American Standard in 3-tone sunburst will run you $1199, and it will probably be a good player. For $350 less, you can have this barely played example that's guaranteed to be an exceptional player and there's even some nice flame in the neck, which is rare on an American Standard. $849. Includes all accessories and paperwork, including hang-tags that aren't pictured.
2004 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS LT, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (case/etc.). Fairly rare model from Fender with its defining features being a Floyd Rose "Locking Tremolo" or "LT", along with some finishes that weren't found on other models like this Amber with 4-ply Brown Shell pickguard. 2004 was the first year for the HSS LT, although the locking trem was available as a $100 option on earlier years. Features include: Select alder body, modern "C" shaped neck, rosewood fretboard with abalone dot inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, Hot Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Strat pickups in neck and middle, Fender Enforcer bridge humbucker, master volume with S-1 switch, tone (neck pickup), tone (neck/middle/bridge depending on setting), deluxe Fender/Floyd Rose locking bridge with pop-in trem arm, Fender staggered/locking tuners, 4-ply shell pickguard and trem cover, LSR roller nut, highly detailed fret work, aged knobs and switch tip, standard molded case. For details on switching options of the S-1 switch, click here. With the locking tuners, roller nut, and locking tremolo, this guitar is especially recommended for players who use a lot of tremolo. It stays in tune very well. Overall in stunning, immaculate condition, other than a small finish issue on the side (pic) that Martin spot finished so it's barely noticeable. Otherwise, it looks like a new floor model, rarely played. It has an excellent set up and the HSS configuration, along with the S-1 switch, makes this as versatile a Strat as you'll ever find. The Amber finish is reminiscent to the Natural finish popularized in the 70's. A great guitar in all regards and with a new Deluxe HSS running $1699, get the added benefit of a locking trem for just $999(Tent HOLD - Geoff CA 1/7). Includes original molded case, Fender leather strap, all paperwork including serialized hang tag.
Boss RC-2 Loop Station, (pic2), (pic3). Since the release of the DSD-2 in 1985, Boss has been working on a sampler in compact pedal format. The DSD-2 offered only 800ms of sampling time, the DD-5 extended this to 2 seconds while the DD-6 pushed the sampling time to 5.2 seconds. Due to this rather limited sampling time none of the earlier pedals gained much popularity when it came to sampling. The RC-2 changes all that by offering as much as 16 minutes of sampling time. Features include: storage of up to 11 loops with as much as 16 minutes total mono sampling time, Undo/Redo functionality, Built-in guide-tone drum patterns, Tap tempo, and Loop Quantize. You can even use the AUX input to store your own backing tracks, click track, or favorite drum loops right to the RC-2. The circuitry is very similar to the RC-20XL and the technical specifications are practically identical. This is a very useful player for the soloist, or rock guitarist who are into "The Edge" style of playing, and need a pedal to create and play back loops "on the fly". An amazing pedal, in perfect condition in original box, for $115.
2010 Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster - White Blonde "light relic", (front), (back), (headstock), (relic features), (case/etc.). Original owner wanted a more natural feel and removed the lacquer from the front/back of the neck. Although it looks rather stark right now, unfinished maple discolors quickly and it will soon have the look of a well-aged vintage neck. He put some wear around the forearm and there's also some fine finish checking, minor scratches, and a pickguard chip missing. Overall, everything is within bounds of a vintage guitar and it all looks pretty cool. The Eric Johnson is our best selling Strat and they're impossible to keep in stock. As I've mentioned many times, it's my opinion that Eric Johnson Strats are the best signature models Fender has ever made, including their custom shop models. Each one I've had exhibited commendable acoustic tone, excellent sustain, and more of the bell tone you want in a Strat. Eric is notorious for his painstaking attention to detail with his tone, and development of his signature model was, similarly, slow and exact. The guitar was in R&D for years. One example is the pickups, where 19 prototypes were evaluated before Eric was satisfied. Specs of this model include thin skin Nitro finish over '57 2-piece Alder body, body cavities exact to '57 specs, very chunky one-piece quartersawn maple neck with vintage tint, thinner vintage style headstock, flat 12" fretboard radius with larger American Series frets, thin neck cap, bone nut, master volume - neck tone - bridge tone controls, vintage trem with silver painted block, '57 style string recess, back not drilled for tremolo cover. This is an excellent Strat with a sweet resonant body and an excellent setup. If you're contemplating buying a new one for $1899 ($2599 list) here's one with a little accelerated mojo, set up to perfection, for much less. $1099 includes blonde EJ case with various case candy.
Goodsell Super 17 Mark IV Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (speaker), (footswitch), (chassis), (tubes). New in the box and the latest and greatest from Richard Goodsell in the evolution of his successful Super 17 amp. The Mark IV uses the same basic circuit as the very first unit, now boasting standard spring reverb, award-winning bias-vary tremolo, and a cathode-follower powered tone stack that retains the original's sparkly character. Now with separate bass and treble controls and a 3-way midrange switch, the Mark IV is as effective with humbuckers as it is single coils. Richard dropped the low/high power switch as he's not a fan of pentode operation and I think it was only added to appease players who just want the most features possible, regardless of effect on overall tone. Tubes are dual EL84 power tubes, GZ34 rectifier, three 12AX7s and a 12AU7. I have upgraded the stock EH power tubes with a pair of 40-year-old Sylvania JAN (6BQ5). Standard speaker is the Goodsell RGH by WGS, and is strikingly similar to the Celestion G12H. Constructed of solid-finger-joined pine, the cabinet are light and resonant, with tweed-era floating baffle board. Measuring just 16"h x 20"w x 9.5"d, weighing 27 lbs., it's portability, versatility of tones, and onboard effects make it the best grab-and-go amp I can think of. It's perfect for small gigs, practice, or the studio. Although designed to sound much like a Vox AC-15, its special 3-way tone clipping switch offers a choice of Blackface, Mid Normal or Top Boost vibe. Goodsell's acclaimed Reverb and Trem circuits are as fine as you'll hear. Tonequest Report just reviewed the MK IV in the current issue and they kind of sum it up: "For our money (or yours) there simply isn't a better sounding, more versatile or toneful 1x12 amp being built by anyone today... Among all the smaller combo amps we have reviewed, the Mark IV qualifies as a true desert island amp.” You can read the entire comprehensive review at this link. Although frequently accompanied by a few month wait time, these are available online for $2099, or you can have this one, new in the box with $100+ power tube upgrade, for just $1750.
2007 Gretsch G100CE Synchromatic Hollowbody, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (inlays), (strap), (floating bridge), (case). Fantastic jazz box at an amazing price. The G100CE is another example of the fine craftsmanship coming from Gretsch's Korean factory. Fit and finish are top-notch and it's designed to be an excellent player with excellent projection. You get a vintage vibe as soon as you pick it up and it's resemblance to the art-deco inspired 40's Synchromatics is unmistakable. Features include 16" hollow body cutaway with laminated spruce top, laminated maple body, 2.75" depth, 1940's Synchromatic headstock with black overlay and vintage pearloid logo, 25.5" scale, parallel tone bar braces, 3-pc maple neck, floating pickup with Gretsch single coil and volume/tone mounted on tortoise pickguard, 1 11/16" nut width, rosewood fretboard with wide vintage pearloid block inlays, rosewood art deco Synchromatic bridge, Chromatic tailpiece with Gretsch logo, matte urethane finish, 20 extra broad frets, chrome plated vintage style tuners, multiple body binding, bound neck, dual F-hole, and knurled strap retainers. A perfect neck angle, properly dressed frets, and straight neck allow for a perfect low set up. It sounds very loud acoustically and plugged in it has the jazzy tone you've heard on 100's of old 78 RPM records. With a $1050 retail, this model sells new for $749 without case. This one is in excellent condition, set up to perfection, and including a $200 Taylor case it's just $649.
2008 Gibson SG Special Ltd Ed "Blue Mist", (front), (back), (headstock), (ebony board), (gigbag). Very cool limited edition color with a slick ebony fretboard makes this a pretty cool SG. Finished in Blue Mist, which is a satin nitrocellulose finish very similar to Pelham Blue of yesteryear. Other unique features are fretboard inlays, where it sports dots at only the 5th and 12th frets (all side markers though), and 60's chrome dome knobs. Other features are the same as other Specials of the era including lightweight solid mahogany body with a nitrocellulose finish, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, Gibson Deluxe tuners with aged Keystone buttons, and 50's rounded neck profile. The neck isn't as huge as some of the R7 Les Paul Juniors I've had but it's well rounded and much more substantial than their thin taper 60's. Pickups are Gibson 490R and 490T in the neck and bridge positions respectively, with Alnico II bar magnets and wax potting to reduce microphonic feedback. Cosmetically it's in excellent condition with a low, comfortable set up. Cool SG in a cool color for $675 which includes Gibson deluxe gigbag. If you prefer, substitute a new TKL case (pic) for $79 ($190 list, sells for $115 on Amazon).
2009 Martin 000-15M, (front), (back), (headstock), (optional pickup), (case/etc.). If you're considering a nice OM-size Martin but don't like the look of the 15-series satin finish, here you go. Martin buffed out the top and the headstock to give it more the look of a classic Martin. He didn't do any sanding, which is needed for a full gloss finish, but spent a few hours buffing it to what I'd call a semi-gloss. You can see the difference in this comparison pic. Now you can have the tonal advantage of a satin finish, with more of a classic look and a vibe that'll make you forget you're playing a modern 15-series. The 000-15M features all mahogany construction, which is a great wood for just sitting around playing by yourself. It's a warm, cozy tone that covers lows-mids-highs without discrimination; very well balanced and an excellent strumming guitar. While the attack of mahogany isn't usually recommended for fingerstyle work, the smaller body seems to contribute to better note definition than a mahogany in a dreadnought size. Other features include bone nut & saddle, open gear vintage-style butterbean tuners, a thin inlaid rosette, old-style headstock decal, neck meets body at 12th fret, 1-11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale, tortoise pickguard, modified low oval neck shape, rosewood fretboard, and Martin #345 flattop hardshell case. This guitar has seen very little playing time and has no scratches or player's wear. Setup is very comfortable anywhere on the neck. For the player who plays plugged in sometimes, we're offering a special deal on an L.R. Baggs M1 Active soundhole pickup with endpin jack. The M1's dual-coil design employs L.R. Baggs' exclusive TriAxial Dynamic Technology to produce clear, rich tones that are resistant to feedback, noise and hum, with string and body sound all in one. A primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil and the pickup now features a volume control. The M1 Active sells for $169 plus installation. Buy it with this guitar for just $125/installed. The 000-15M sells in stores for $1199 but here's one with a nicer look, that won't get those "shiny spots" common to satin finishes, for less. For just $999, you can have the upgraded 000 INCLUDING the Baggs M1 system.
2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster V-Neck 2-Tone Sunburst with Jumbo Frets, (front), (back), (headstock), (deluxe features), (trem), (case). Mint condition - in nicely figured 2-tone Sunburst and for players who like more meat on their frets than the stock a Fender there's slightly larger fret wire (106X47). When we got this in it was in immaculate condition, but the original owner liked the feel of a Gibson fretless wonder Les Paul and had the frets filed down considerably. Since we couldn't get our typically superb setup with the frets that low Martin just went ahead and refretted the entire neck. It now plays fantastic and will appeal to more players. This is only the second of the new American Deluxes I've had, now with the new SCN N3 pickups, and I'm impressed. The V-Neck has less shoulders than the regular C-shape, much more like mid-late 50's model. In addition to the N3's, other deluxe appointments include Fender locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo, rounded heel for easy access to the top frets, polished chrome bridge with "pop-in" trem arm, and S-1 switch (switching options). Another new feature is the compound radius fretboard which goes from 9.5" at the first fret to a flatter 14" at the top fret, which lets you form chords easily on the steeper curve of the lower frets, while the flatter upper frets are perfect for shredding, bending, and or soloing in general. The Deluxe comes equipped with SCN N3 pickups are the latest and greatest from Fender for creating warm tone and responsive bite, a genuine vintage tone, but without the noise. Other than the original owner's odd choice on the frets it looks like he never played this guitar and the factory plastic is even on the pickguard. With a list of $2199, this is a smoking deal on a flawless example at just $1159(HOLD-Chris M 2/7). Includes Fender case with ATA latches, trem bar, Fender strap, and Fender cable.
1996 Fender Richie Sambora Standard Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (tremolo). These are excellent guitars that don't along very often. Basically you get all the classic Strat tones plus a fat DiMarzio PAF tone in the bridge position and a Floyd Rose tremolo for some delightful whamming. On this Standard version they opted to use the Floyd Rose II, but it's the good one with locking saddle blocks, not the single locking system where the strings don't clamp down at the bridge. It stays in tune as good as an OFR but made with cheaper metals. Features include contoured poplar body, one-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 9.5" radius, Fender Ping tuners, 21 medium jumbo frets, 2 standard stag pole pickups in middle and neck, DiMarzio PAF humbucker in bridge, 5-way switch, neck tone, middle tone, tilt-adjust neck/neckplate, 3-ply pickguard, Richie Sambora signature on headstock. Overall this guitar appears to have seen little use in 18 years with the exception of a small gash on the back edge (shown here). Other than that it's exceptionally clean all over, played very little. There aren't any of the common stress cracks behind the nut (pic). All original other than a pick holder added behind the headstock which can be easily removed. Players who buy Floyd Strats generally want a fast playing guitar and this one won't disappoint. Action is low without buzz. It nails a vintage Strat tone when needed, or some heavy rock/metal tones with the DiMarzio. For the Sambora fan or Strat player who wants something a little heavier, this is an excellent guitar for the money. $429.
2005 Taylor 314 Grand Auditorium with Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (Baggs Element), (case). Taylor's most popular grand auditorium - where quality tonewoods and fine craftsmanship combine with a modest price, at least for a Taylor. Taylor's 100- and 200-series are good guitar for the money but the 300-series is really in a different class and in my opinion, the best value in their line. We've installed a quality L.R. Baggs Element under-saddle pickup (pic), with a volume control inside the soundhole, and endpin jack which houses the preamp. The 9V battery is mounted in a canvas bag on the neck block. It sounds very natural and needs little to no EQ'ing to sound right. The 314 features all solid woods including solid Spruce top with a gloss top and satin-finished Sapele back and sides. Sapele is an excellent tone wood with characteristics similar to mahogany, very warm and cozy sounding which, although slightly smaller than a dreadnought, fills the room with sound. Other features include 5-ply B-W-B-W-B binding,14-fret mahogany neck, black-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, 1-3/4" nut width, 25-1/2" scale, ebony bridge, tortoise plastic pickguard, and chrome Taylor tuners. A great choice for fingerstyle work but it projects enough to hold its own for loud strumming. Offered in lovely condition with typically superb Taylor action. If you're looking for a quality Auditorium size, this one's an easy recommendation at just slightly more than a 200-series. $950, including the professionally installed Element. Includes a nice hardshell case in a brown leatherette that feels almost like suede.
2011 Fender Wildwood "10" Dealer Select '57 Stratocaster Relic, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (1/4 sawn), (cert), (case/etc.). One of the first runs of special order Strats from Wildwood Guitars, the world's premier custom Shop dealer, especially famous for their Select 10 series. The name comes from their custom 10" radius, which when combined with medium jumbo 6105 frets, gives them modern feel and playability, with the look, vibe, and tone of a 55-year-old Strat. The relic process is moderate, just some minor rubs, small finish chips, and discolored hardware, but the finish is totally checked throughout. Specs include Black Nitrocellulose Finish, Alder Body, Rosewood Fingerboard on a Quarter Sawn Maple Neck, mid-60's "C" Neck Shape, Exclusive Wildwood Custom 10" Radius, Clay Dot Inlays, 25.5" Scale Length, 1.650" Width Bone Nut, 6105 Fret Wire, Nickel Hardware, Vintage Tremolo, John Cruz Master Design Pickups, 5 Way Switch, Volume, Tone, Tone, Single Ply Aged White Pickguard, Aged Vintage Style Tuners with Nickel Buttons, Includes COA and Limited Edition Hardshell Case with Embroidered Custom Shop Logo. This is an extremely resonant Strat with superb action and a very realistic vintage vibe. These are great guitars, clearly a cut above the average custom shop in my opinion. If you want a new one be prepared to pony up $3800...or buy this one, in "as new" "relic mint" condition, for just $2500. Includes all the goodies such as ash tray, 3-way switch kit, polishing cloth, serialized hang tag and other paperwork, plus leather strap and certificate. This Strat is as nice as they come, short of a Master Built.
Carl Martin Red Repeat Analog Delay, (pic2). Affordable but great sounding Carl Martin analog that's based on their acclaimed Delayla pedal and I think it's a great alternative to a beat up DM-2 or AD9 pedal. It offers 600 milliseconds of delay, twice the delay of the vintage stomp boxes, and a simply controlled echo. You can add a touch of delay to thicken your sound, or push the repeat circuit past 12o'clock where the unit begins to self-oscillate, just like an old-school analog delay. Has a cool retro vibe style in a heavy diecast casing, with heavy duty bypass switching. Here's a video demo on the square box version (same circuit). Mint in the box for $84(HOLD-Kerry H 12/30).
Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience, (pic2), (tones). "Seven Tones That Changed the World". Incorporates a collection of classic tones including Fuzz Face, 100W Marshall Super Lead, Octavia, rotary speaker, Clyde McCoy wah, brownface Fender Bassman, and EMT plate reverb. Includes 7 preset tones plus knobs for tweaking including Gain, Level, High EQ, Low EQ, Reverb Amount, and Reverb Decay. It also features stereo inputs and outputs. For full specs check out Digitech's Site here. There are a bunch of YouTube demo's like these: (link1) (link2). If you can still find these, they sell for $199 new but this one's mint in the box for just $139(HOLD-Jim S 12/30). Includes signature guitar pick, power supply, cloth bag, manual, etc.
Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere MK II, (closeup), (back), (lit up). One of the best Leslie simulators. If you're not capable of lifting 200 lbs. and/or don't have enough room in the van for a real Leslie, the Rotosphere Mk II very closely nails the Leslie tone at a fraction of the size and weight of the real thing. Very highly regarded by guitarists and keyboardists, this unit features a warm and natural sounding stereo rotary cabinet with tube saturation in one pedal. It features two rotation speeds and authentic sounding deceleration & acceleration effects with a spectrum ranging from clean to sizzling rock scream when you burn in the 12AX7 tube. It's stereo mode isn't required but when used it really shines, emulating the dynamics of a real Leslie. Effects are simply Rotary and Drive, with Bypass (true bypass), Breaker (locks the pedal in "stop" mode, always returning to the same "spot"), Slow-Fast Mode, and switch for guitar/keys. Click here for a guitar sound demo, and here for an organ demo. Includes original box, power supply and manual. The MK II sells at discount for $559 but this one's mint in the box and $200 cheaper at $359.
Rick Kelly Bowery Pine Tele, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (bridge), (aged case). These are pretty rare guitars but somehow I've managed to get a hold three of them in the past 2 years. Rick is famous for building his Bowery Pine Series, made from 150-year-old pine found in old buildings in NYC. Click here to read the story on Rick's Bowery wood and here to read about the molecular changes that make ancient wood sound so much better than more recent, kiln dried wood. The body on this guitar is around 200 years old; the figured neck, around 100. Although the bodies are somewhat crude, that's because the methods are totally old school, much like Leo Fender before he used Dupli-carvers to build his bodies. Check out this link to see a body being built from start to finish - it's 100% had done, on table/band saws. You'll notice the body has some knot holes, which are not filled and simply finished in their uniquely simple beauty. They are not sanded down with 0000 grit like most guitars prepped for final finish but instead are left more porous, with more wood surface exposed. For a finish process Rick uses shellac, followed by nitrocellulose final coats. While this is somewhat unorthodox, it is undeniably a lively guitar and I'm sure some of that is attributed to his finish process. This is a great sounding Tele, no question, and to my ears the pine doesn't sound unlike some choice alder. Remember, Leo's prototype Tele's were made of pine and, in fact, I had one of Rick's Snakehead Tele's a few years ago which was a copy of Leo's original design. The body on this guitar came from Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's loft in NYC which was built in 1850, from wood harvested in the early 1800's. This guitar has superb playability with an absolutely killer neck that's super straight and sets up very low if that's your choice. As you can see in the pics it's beautifully flamed, even from side to side, and finished in a gloss lacquer. It's not a baseball bat like other Kelly necks, but closer to a current model Fender. Pickups are Seymour Duncan Antiquities. The Kelly vintage style bridge plate houses three compensated brass saddles. This guitar is full of Tele quack with a vibe like no other. The waiting list for Rick's guitars is now 3 years, at a price of over $3000 for his shop guitars, while custom orders can go higher. If you want one NOW, here you go, dead mint condition and a very unique, excellent Tele for just $1799(HOLD-Stephen K 1/10). Includes original tweed case, relic'ed for a cool vintage vibe, as well as a new Rick Kelly Carmine Street Guitars leather strap, polishing cloth, and paperwork.
2000 Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster - Pewter, (front), (headstock), (back), (tweed case). Wouldn't this look great under the tree (pic)? How about a great "after Christmas" gift for yourself? This beauty is in under-the-bed condition, pretty much unplayed by appearance, and the last year for Fender Lace Sensors in this model. The Clapton was Fender's first ever signature model, becoming available to the public 1988, although prototypes were used by Eric beginning in 1986, most finished in the same Pewter. This model is based loosely on Clapton's original "mutt" nicknamed "Blackie" that he assembled from three mid-50's Strats. This model appears much the same as Clapton's prototype guitars. The guitar uses a lightweight alder body with a polyurethane finish and single-ply white pickguard, plus a soft-V shaped 22-fret maple neck. Other distinct features include a "blocked" American vintage synchronized tremolo, and special electronics circuit that features Fender's TBX pot (middle knob) and an active 25dB midrange boost (bottom knob), which are wired to work on all pickup settings. 25dB is an amazing amount of boost an makes these Noiseless pickups sound so fat, they're very must like humbuckers in their sound and performance. With the mid-boost turned down to "1", it's virtually out of the circuit and sounds like a regular Strat, as you turn it up the pickup gets fatter and fatter, with hotter output. The TBX knob is detented at "5", working like a regular tone control from 1-5, and from 5-10 acts like a treble booster, adding additional sparkle and clarity. Other features include vintage style frets, modern 9.5" radius, black dot inlays, satin urethane neck finish, 1 5/8" nut, Clapton signature on headstock, 4-Bolt neck with Micro-Tilt adjustment, chrome hardware, synthetic bone nut, American Vintage synchronized tremolo, and American Vintage Kluson-style tuners with metal buttons. This guitar is in beautiful shape and appears to have seen little to no playing time, evidenced by perfect frets (pic) and writing unworn on the pickups (pic). It has a great set up with low action and non-problematic string bends. This is as fine a Clapton you'll find and in one of the all-time cool colors, for just $1099. Includes Fender/G&G tweed case and trem arm.
VHT Special 6 Ultra 1X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (footswitch), (accessories). "As New" in the box! A handwired combo that's perfect for the studio and designed with amp tweakers in mind. It has an eyelet-type board that's perfect for doing circuit mods, and it can be powered with various types of power tubes such as 6L6 and EL34. Currently has the stock 6V6 output tube for sweet clean and rich overdrive but you can change that quickly and easily. Don't confuse this with VHT's non-ultra model, which has a 10" speaker and just volume/tone knobs, this amp has enough tone tweaking controls to nail a wide variety of tones and practically any music style. Features include: Overdrive and Normal Gain Inputs, High/Low Power Switch, Volume and Tone Controls, Overdrive Gain Control, Variable Watts Control, Depth Control, 3-position Texture Switch, Tube-Driven Effects Loop, Boost Mode via Push/Pull Knob or Footswitch (included), Line Out Jack, 6 Watts output via a single 6V6 Power Tube and Two 12AX7 Preamp Tubes, High/Low Power Switch, 4, 8, and 16 Ohm Speaker Jacks, Handwired Circuit, Mod-Friendly Eyelet-type Board, and 12" VHT ChromeBack 16 ohm Speaker. For complete description, audio samples, and reviews, click here for VHT's site. This amp sells new for $399 but this one is "as new" in the box and has never played outside the home and is a fantastic little amp for $259. For that chimey British tone, add a VHT "6V6 to EL84" adapter for just $15 (pic).
Mesa-Boogie Express Plus 5:25 Combo, (panel panel-detail), (top), (back), (back panel), (footswitch), (accessories). "As New" in the box! All the features you expect on a Boogie head at an amazing price. Still made in the USA and all the famous Boogie tones from the 70's to the 00's; high-gain cascading preamp, fully independent channel switching and Duo-Class power. The Express 5:25 line is a 25-watt, EL-84 powered amp which provides “British” voicing. One thing I like about these amps are the fully independent and individually voiced channels, each with its own set of gain, treble, mid, bass, contour, reverb level and master controls. Both channels have a mode switch that allows you to tailor the distortion and response characteristics to your preference, with Channel 1 providing a selection of Clean/Crunch tones and Channel 2 offering Blues/Burn choices. The patented Duo-Class feature offers the option of powering the amp with just one tube to produce five watts of Class A single-ended power (which emphasizes the sweet second harmonic, an octave above the note played). Five 12AX7 tubes are used for producing Mesa/Boogie’s signature cascaded high-gain tones and for the reverb and effect loop circuits. Includes a heavy-duty footswitch for controlling channel select, contour on/off and reverb on/off functions but for you MIDI users, Boogie smartly include 1/4" jacks for program change commands (channel switching, reverb on/off, contour on/ off). If you ever forget the footswitch, all functions are accessible via front panel switches. An effects loop has mono send and return jacks and a nonvariable level designed for use with everything from stomp boxes to studio-quality rack processors. Outputs includes choice of 8 ohm or a pair of 4 ohm. If you're looking for an amp that gets sparkling clean, to crunch rhythm, to the heaviest metal you could want, this is a great choice. For more details, check out Boogie here. This amp sells new for $1349 but this one is "as new" in the box and has never played outside the home, and is still covered by the 5 year warranty. Killer little Boogie for, $899. Includes factory-sealed amp cover, sealed manual, floorboard, long stage cable for floorboard, and hang tags. If you need more dispersion, I have the matching Boogie 1X12 Three-Quarter Back Cab also in stock for $339, as well as the Express 5:25 in head format.
1997 Robin Medley Exotic Top - USA - LEFTY, (front front2), (pickups), (back), (headstock), (fretboard inlays), (neck), (trem), (case). Another great lefty acquisition and this one's as nice as it gets...Robin Custom Shop model with all the bells and whistles. With the Medley Standard IV as the starting point, this model features high end upgrades all around starting with a beautifully quilted maple top (over swamp ash) that's as fine as they come. Next, add some body binding to really set it off, plus white pearl pickup covers/bobbins, custom pickup design with a slanted neck single, middle single, and bridge humbucker, with no pickguard to obscure the top, and you've got a true work of art. Upgrades on the neck include killer flamed maple with a rosewood board, neck binding, and Robin's popular Dolphin inlays. Other features include recessed Gotoh licensed Floyd Rose with Kahler Floyd nut, 24 medium jumbo frets, wide body sculpt on back to allow access to the upper frets, and Rio Grande pickups with 5-way switching. Robins are hand-made in Houston TX where, since 1982, they have been synonymous with high-end SuperStrats, and more recently a wider variety of electrics. This guitar plays spectacularly with low action and a fast feeling neck. Overall in very clean shape with only a few minor flaws in the clear coat. I'm not sure what trems Robin was using in '97 but this Gotoh looks original, although I can't find any info to verify one way or another. It has some trem paperwork in the case with a patina the same age as the guitar which makes me favor the believe it's original. No Robins are cheap, with base models priced around a USA Jackson, but when you custom order a guitar with these options I would guess this would have priced out at nearly $3K in '97. A few features are really unique for a Medley, especially the bound neck, and the odds are astronomical that you'll find another guitar with the exact same specs. If you know a lefty rock/metal player, be sure to tell them about this one, which is the lefty deal of the year at $799(HOLD-Darren W 1/14), including original Robin case and some paperwork.
Correction - this is NOT a 1995, it's a... 2011 Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass, (front-1 front-2), (back), (headstock), (pickup/bridge), (gigbag). Steve Harris is arguably the most notable bassist in the history of metal. His signature model pays homage to his Precision that he has played on every Iron Maiden album since the first one. Steve's bass has been refinished 3 times, starting out white, then black, then Blue Sparkle (like his signature model), and finally white with claret and blue pinstriping. Features include Royal Blue Metallic finish over an alder body, Seymour Duncan Basslines SPB-1 P-bass pickup, Leo Quan Badass II bridge, vintage style tuners, 1-piece chrome pickguard, 1-piece maple neck, 7.25" fretboard radius, 20 medium jumbo frets, 34" scale, 1.75" nut width, Steve Harris Signature on Back of Headstock, Fender Deluxe gigbag. The set up on this bass is fantastic and it's a great sounding P with excellent sustain. It appear this bass hasn't been played. Even the mirror pickguard doesn't have any scratches. Sells new for $1299 ($1699 list) but this one's mint and just $850. If you're looking for a quality Precision, regardless of your musical style, you can't go wrong with this one. Includes original Fender deluxe gigbag and hangtag.
2001 Fender American Fat Strat Texas Special, (front), (saddles), (back), (headstock), (case). Fairly rare model, toward the end of the "Hot Rodded American" series, with the most notable features being a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates bridge humbucker, with custom shop Texas Specials in the middle and neck. It also featured some finishes that weren't available in the regular American Standard, in this case Sienna Sunburst, and fancier plastic, with a white pearl pickguard and trem cover. Sienna Sunburst always comes with an ash body and this one is pretty special: 2-piece ash, which is much more rare than the more common 3-piece. Along with the American Fat Strat Texas Special, Fender also produced the American Double Fat Strat, and American Strat Texas Specials - basically the same guitars which were known as the Lonestar, Big Apple, and Roadhouse, respectively, in the 90's, when the series was called "American Standard" (1st ver.). This guitar is in beautiful shape and features one mod, with a set of Graph Tech graphite saddles. It's also interesting to note that it was originally factory finished in transparent green (shown in the trem cavity), which was an American Deluxe finish. In getting this one ready for sale Martin polished all the frets (pic here), so bends are smooth as glass. It's currently set up for no up-pull on the tremolo, with the bridge flush on the body, but we can change that upon request. For one of the best colors, with a killer set up, nice deal on a Hot Rod series at $829. Includes original case and trem arm.
1988 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Pewter, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck date), (case). Near pristine condition in a classic 80's finish, Pewter. The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987, making this a second-year model. The Plus had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, when the "American Deluxe" replaced the Strat Plus as Fender's premium production model. The Strat Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware. It featured a trio of the "new" Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups - and no magnetic string pull to kill the sustain of the strings. Early models like this '88 featured only "Gold" Laces (later "Plus Deluxe" models featured different combinations using Red, Blue, Silver, and Gold, depending on the era). The Golds were designed to emulate the 50's Strat tone, and are the same pickups used on the original Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models. We have a lot of players, myself among them, who favor these Laces as the best for zero hum while retaining that vintage Strat tone. Unlike the early American Standard Strats, the Plus models featured a new TBX (Treble Bass Expander) control in place of the bottom tone pot. The TBX controls the bridge and middle pickup and is a detented, stacked 250K / 1-Meg Pot control that, from "0" to "5" is a standard tone control, but once you pass "5" you start to decrease the resistance which allows more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp. The effect is subtle to some players but to a trained ear it's like having a complete new palette of tones. Other features of the Plus include Sperzel locking tuners and Wilkinson cam nut (LSR roller nut came on later models), enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo extensively. This one's in stunning condition with no noteworthy flaws anywhere. Even the fretboard and edges, the first part to exhibit wear on a maple board Strat in this era, is clean as shown here. Another part that wears easily is the writing on the pickups and these are in nice shape, as shown here. As lovely as this guitar is, it's also a fantastic player with a nice neck and low action all the way up the neck, and a tone that won't disappoint. For a Plus in desirable Pewter in this condition, a nice find at $1350(HOLD-Jim S 1/30) AND that includes an original case that, remarkably, is in nice shape as well.
2006 Eastman AR810ce 17" 5th Anniversary Uptown, (front), (headstock), (back back2), (side), (label), (appointments), (controls), (case). A true high end archtop, with all solid woods, for a fraction of the price of a USA maker. Eastman has building truly fine guitars for around 12 years and more than any other Asian company, has blurred the line between USA and Chinese quality. While I know some of you may find that hard to swallow, trust me, these things are special. At a fraction of the cost of a Benedetto, you can have a traditional archtop that's easily good enough for the studio or solo live gigs. Eastman isn't just another Asian builder. They operate in precisely the same manner as late 19th century European workshops with virtually no power tools aside from the band saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs of instruments. Chisels, knives, gouges, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments, using centuries-old methods. Thanks to Eastman, jazz players have access to true quality instruments that simply weren't available a decade or more ago. This guitar is #9 of what I'm told were 100 5th Anniversary archtops built. Appointments are upgraded to 900-series specs on these guitars including all wood binding on body and neck, as well as a blond body rather than the sunburst or violin finishes, and ebony tuner buttons. The wood binding lends and elegance well above the 7-ply ivoroid found on regular 810's. Other features include 17” fully appointed carved F hole archtop with cutaway, hand-carved aged spruce top that's accurately graduated, beautifully carved solid flamed maple sides and back, gold Gotoh tuners, gold-plated adjustable pole Kent Armstrong pickup, ebony-covered brass tailpiece, 1 3/4" nut, 25'' scale, 17'' X 3 1/2" body (actually measures 17 1/2"), ebony/flamed maple pickguard with volume and tone controls hidden at the edge. One magazine reviewer commented, ''probably the most lively acoustic archtop to hit the market in the last 50 years'' while my tech, Martin simply said, "that's a nice guitar!". He also gave it the highest praise by stating he would buy it if it were not for his own brand of guitars which are going to be launching within a few months. The projection on this guitar is amazing and to my ears it sounds as good as a $8500 European made archtop I sold a few months back. At 5.5 lbs. it's the right weight for a fine archtop and with a perfect neck angle it plays incredibly easy. Cosmetically it has some minor dings and scratches but certainly no cracks or serious issues. There is also some light finish checking (pic) which is visible only from an angle - from the front it's invisible since the unplasticised nitro lacquer cracks, while the softer shellac finish underneath expands. Serious players will appreciate the fact that this guitar has been played regularly for 7 years. A solid wood archtop takes time to "open up" and achieve its full sonic voice and it simply sounds better than a stiff, new guitar. For more info click here for specs on the current AR810CE. While some Eastman guitars are available in the USA, they're generally in short supply here and if you look around the web, you'll see a lot of "on order" descriptions. This one is available and one fine guitar for $1499. (Note: I also have in stock an Eastman El Rey ER3 for $1150).
2006 ESP Ltd Viper 400 - LEFTY, (front), (headstock), (back). Another nice guitar for my wrong-handed friends. This killer lefty Viper has high-end features with top notch craftsmanship at ESP's Korea factory. The 400 was the top of the line in the Ltd Viper series, with top quality features and quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are being built in Korea these days. The Ltd line was originally conceived to be a less expensive alternative to ESP's Japan-made guitars. It's been my opinion that they're every bit as good as their ESP counterparts and I actually have found them to be better built the Japan ESP's in many instances. Most imports have shortcomings in the way of electronic...but Viper 400 is an exception. With a set up active EMG-81/85 pickups, this guitar sounds as good as many that cost 3X the price. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like an SG, except slightly thicker and the upper horn is slightly longer, rather than symmetrical like the SG. It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with a dark cherry glossy finish, with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, Grover tuners, black hardware, and beveled body edges. ESP left off the pickguard and used black hardware which give it a more elegant look. Phased out in '09, the Viper 400 sold for $599 (for the righty at least) but this one's in immaculate shape and just $350.
Ovation Elite LEFTY - Model L718, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (sound holes), (preamp), (label), (case). Quality American Ovation for the lefty player. The L718 features Ovation's 22-soundhole "epaulettes" made of a variety of exotic woods, as well as a solid Sitka spruce top, a 5-piece mahogany/maple neck, Lyrachord body, rosewood fretboard with wooden triangle inlays, rosewood bridge, 22 frets, gold Schaller tuners, 25-1/4" scale, and 1-11/16" nut width. Preamp is Ovations OP-24 which features battery test switch and LED, volume knob, and sliders for bass/mid/treb. Other than a minor ding on the top of the headstock it's in lovely condition and it plays exceptionally nice. List price back in '90 was $1499, which makes it an excellent buy today at just $499. Includes form fit SKB case.
2007 ESP Ltd EC-1000 Deluxe - White, (front), (headstock), (back), (detail). A few finish chips on this one but for the player, it's just what you're looking for. The EC-1000 is one of the Cadillac's of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars made. Colorful abalone adorns the top edge of the body, fretboard edges, headstock, and fretboard inlays, giving it incredible visual pop. Looking around the web, it appears that the new ones don't have all of this abalone trim. Not just looks alone, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as ESP locking tuners, active EMG-85 and EMG-60 humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, Earvana graphite compensated nut, Ebony fretboard, set-neck construction, thin/wide U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets. It has an ultra comfortable body that's thinner than a regular LP style and nicely contoured in all the right places, very reminiscent of the 1980's Les Paul "Lite". With its all-mahogany construction, this is a very warm and fat sounding guitar that's a much more cozy tone than most LP style guitars. Set up is impeccable. As I mentioned, there are some cosmetic flaws, but none are visible from the audience and none are structural (click here). The headstock has a finish chip and a short crack in the finish only, and the back edge has two areas where the finish is flaked off. We will stabilize the areas so it doesn't spread, but to do a complete cosmetic repair would drive the price up $100 so we're putting it out player priced. There is no actual player's wear such as pick or buckle scratches, fret wear, or hardware discoloration and pickups look new (pic). At $450(HOLD-Hodari 2/19), it's less than 1/2 the original new price of $949 ($1349 list) and it's a well-made Korean model with the full cosmetic features.
2009 Gibson Les Paul Junior - Satin Vintage Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). For a Junior fan this is an especially cool guitar. Wonderfully simple - an all-mahogany guitar, wraparound tailpiece, single P90, and volume/tone. For hand-damping technique, there's nothing more effective, and comfortable, than this stud tailpiece. The single-cutaway Junior debuted in '54 and by '58 it was replaced by a double cutaway version that no longer retained the Les Paul body shape. Many players, me among them, consider the Junior the ultimate rock guitar. People have asked if P90's are good for rock music and my reply? Just listed to Leslie West on his old "Mountain" albums for one of the definitive rock guitar tones of all time...done on a 50's Les Paul Junior. Mick Jones of the Clash, Frampton, and Bob Marley are a few others who chose these as a main axe but nearly every top artist has used one on their recordings. Features include mahogany body with 50's rounded mahogany neck, vintage intonated wraparound tailpiece, dot inlays, angled headstock, 22 silver alloy frets, nitrocellulose finish, and a rosewood fretboard rather than the baked maple that followed in '11. One very minor mod has been done - knobs have been changed to 50's speed knobs with metal pointers (shown here) for aesthetic appeal. Set up is better than factory with the action set low and the fret ends, which inevitably have burrs on them, have each been hand-dressed. The slightly chunky neck feels fast, especially with this satin finish. Offered in beautiful condition with no player's wear evident. Compare this with the Billy Joe Armstrong signature Junior and this one's around 1/3 the price at $550. Includes Gibson gigbag.
Egnator Rebel 20 Head, (panel), (top), (back), (case). Immaculate condition...probably the most amp you can get in this price range, with features you might expect only an expensive boutique amp, and/or not found on any amp that I'm aware of. At 20-watts, it's a good all around amp, be it studio, backstage, or small clubs, but with the output wattage knob, you can go from 1 to 20 watts, which makes it controllable for guys playing in a condo with thin walls. Using the watt selection you can adjust the headroom - at "1" you will get output distortion (you know, the "sweet" distortion - not buzzy preamp distortion) and natural tube compression more easily. At the full "20", the amp will have considerable more output with a clean tone, unless of course you crank the gain up in which case you have that singing sustain that you'll want in a club setting. The only other amp I've had with this feature was a Maven Peal Tuscadero 1-50, which was over $2K. Along with the wattage selector, the other extremely unique feature is the power amp section, with a knob that dials in a pair of EL84s, a pair of 6V6's, or any blend in between. Talk about innovation! I'm sure it's been done before, but in an amp that lists for $750?! The choice of power tubes gives this baby the ability to completely change its character, and truly versatile for virtually any type of music, from Jazz to Blues, to Hard Rock, or Country. The font panel features: Tube Selector, Wattage Selector, Master Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Gain, Bright Switch, and Tight Switch. The rear of the amp features an effects loop at the back, outputs for 4, 8, or 16 ohm loads. The amp comes stock with all Groove Tubes with two 6V6s, two EL84s, and threes12AX7s. The Tight Switch tightens up the bottom end for better note definition and is especially useful at higher gain settings. For a good demo by Guitar World, click here. For full specs and clips, click here for Egnator's site. Sold new for $549-$599 but this one's barely used, flawless, and just $375. Includes padded carrying case/shoulder bag.
1965 Gibson EB-0, (front), (headstock), (neck/fretboard), (back), (checking and pickup), (cavity), (case). Desirable mid-60's era EB-0 in all original condition. Gibson has always chased Fender in bass guitars, never gaining the popularity of the P or J basses, but they have a cool tone and these EB-0's with their short scale and narrow neck width are great for guitarists making the change to bass. When I was a youngster an EB was my dream bass, probably because Jack Bruce (Cream) was never seen without one and he showed what a mahogany bass could sound like. This bass is 100% original with no touch-ups or overspray on the finish, all original solder joints, and pots both dated to mid-'65, which agrees with the serial number. It has the complete original bridge, including string mute. Please note that the bridge can be lowered if the mute is removed but it's still a decent player in stock condition. Other than finish checking this bass is in remarkably nice shape and hasn't seen a lot of playing time. The only real wear is a spot on the back where the finish is missing, but frets are perfect so I'm guessing it's seen little playing time. Heritage Cherry frequently fades to black or a weak red but this finish is as strong as you'll find. Pickguard (pic) is missing a small corner and is cracked on another (we will be fixed for free). It has a nice set up and like the SG, the kind of tone that is sweeter by virtue of 50 year old wood. At $1399 it's a great price for a '65 in this condition and around the same price as a recent reissue. And when it comes down to it, I can't imagine buying a new instrument when you can get a comparable vintage model at a comparable price. Includes original semi-hard case with plush red lining, with one hasp missing but otherwise in nice shape.
Pickup Day - more will be added during the day:
Schaller Golden 50's Humbuckers. I've had these for many years and they're all early 80's. Designed for the vintage tone of a 50's 'Burst. Four available: Zebra bridge, Zebra neck, Nickel bridge, Cream neck. These are OEM for early 80's Kramers, among others. $60 for pickup alone, $65 with pickup ring and screws.
Van Zandt Strat. Excellent quality aftermarket and stock pickup on Robin guitars. New cost is $80, this one's $40.
Duncan Designed Tele Set. Fine quality import by Seymour Duncan. They use the same construction as their USA counterparts including cloth wires, cloth wire wrapped bridge coil, brass bottom bridge, black fiber bottom neck. This set sounds excellent and is an inexpensive upgrade over most imports at just $39/set.
EMG SA Set. Old set and perfect for restoring high dollar 80's guitars like Steinberger, Valley Arts, etc., or just a great EMG sound on your project guitar. Factory wired to volume pot, output jack, and 9V battery clip. Not wired to a tone control but we can do that for $10 if desired. $125 takes the set.
GFS Humbucker. GFS makes good quality, inexpensive pickups. Get this one for $15 or inquire and we probably have an HH or HSS set if needed.
Tele Bridge Pickup. This is a higher end pickup but the label fell off so I don't remember what brand it is. 5.84K for the classic 50's lower output. $45.
Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB" - Nickel and SH-2N "Jazz" - Nickel. This is Seymour's personal favorite pickup combination, which says a lot, coming from a true pickup connoisseur who has built over 100 models and 1000's of combinations. With nickel covers for your Les Paul plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. A killer upgrade for just $99(SOLD-Albert), including Pri Mail shipping.
Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB" - Black and SH-2N "Jazz" - Black. This is Seymour's personal favorite pickup combination, which says a lot, coming from a true pickup connoisseur who has built over 100 models and 1000's of combinations. Double black bobbins plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. A killer upgrade for just $99, including Pri Mail shipping.
Gibson Burstbucker 3 Nickel. Type 3, overwound, for bridge position. Gibson's original PAF design without wax potting and 2-conductor braided wire. These are $129-$149 online but this one's "as new" in the box for $79.
DiMarzio FS-1 DP110 Strat Pickup. For players who find the standard Strat bridge pickup painfully bright, the FS-1 is for you. It’s louder (about 25% more power), smoother, and fatter-sounding all-round. $35
2011 Fender Eric Clapton Signature "Blackie" Stratocaster - Plek and DiMarzios, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups), (Plek invoice), (case/acc.). If a Plek job means anything to you, you're going to love this one. A Plek machine makes minute adjustments to each individual fret, filing as little as necessary to obtain a perfectly even set up, with the lowest possible action. The machine costs $100K, so you're local repair shop probably doesn't have one. In addition, the stock Clapton circuit has been replaced with a trio of DiMarzio pickups, and vintage Strat wiring, including a Duncan YJM volume pot and Orange Drop cap. The Clapton is Fender's earliest signature model, debuting in 1988, and loosely on Clapton's original "mutt" nicknamed "Blackie" that he assembled from three mid-50's Strats. The guitar uses a lightweight alder body with a polyurethane finish and single-ply white pickguard, plus a soft-V shaped 22-fret maple neck. Pickups have been replaced with DiMarzios including a DP420 Virtual Solo in the bridge, DP415 Area '58 in the middle, and a DP419 Area '67 in the neck, all of which were designed to capure the vintage tone of a Strat, in a hum-cancelling design. Other features of the Clapton include vintage style frets, modern 9.5" radius, black dot inlays, satin urethane neck finish, 1 5/8" nut, Clapton signature on headstock, 4-Bolt neck with Micro-Tilt adjustment, chrome hardware, synthetic bone nut, American Vintage synchronized tremolo, and American Vintage Kluson-style tuners with metal buttons. This guitar is in beautiful shape and appears to have seen zero playing time. It plays better than virtually any stock Strat with the assistance of the Plek job. If you're looking for the nicest playing Blackie available, this one's way less than a new stock one at just $1099. Includes standard molded Fender case, hang tags, and paperwork. Note, I also have a Clapton in Pewter which will be listed soon.
L.R. Baggs M1 Active Acoustic Soundhole Pickup, (pic2), (pic3). The simplest dual-element system made and a quick and easy soundhole pickup with endpen jack. The M1's dual-coil design employs L.R. Baggs' exclusive TriAxial Dynamic Technology to produce clear, rich tones that are resistant to feedback, noise and hum, with string and body sound all in one. A primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil and the pickup now features a volume control. Easy to install: Just replace your endpin with the endpin output jack, clamp down the pickup, and you're ready to go. Missing the battery cover but we'll fit it with a piece of duct tape that will work just fine. The M1 Active sells new for $169. Get this one for just $99.
No-Contract LG Extravert Cell Phone, pic2, pic3. Earlier this year I was at war with AT&T and I went with Verizon for a month. Not wanting anything like a 2-year marriage, I elected to go the "no contract" route and picked up this LG at Wal-Mart for $99. I used it for around a month, just a few calls and texts, and it's in mint condition. It features a 2 mega pixel camera, touch screen, easy access to your Twitter, Facebook, internet, etc., and Bluetooth 3.0. Includes LG charger and USB cable which charges off the charger or a USB port on your computer. Sign up is easy. Just dial the Verizon number that's already in the address book, give them your card number, and you're up and running in a minute or two. You can reactivate each month, or set it up for auto-renewal from your credit card. $45 includes Priority Mail shipping. If you need two phones, add this LG flip phone for another $25 ($70/shipped for the pair) which I used for only 3 days prior to getting the Extravert.
2013 Godin LGX-SA with Synth Access, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (Hex bridge/output jacks), (electronics), (deluxe gigbag). The LGX-SA provides incredible power in a finely made solidbody guitar. Referred to as a "three-voice" guitar as it features electric and acoustic guitar sounds, plus the infinite possibilities provided by synth access. The output from the bridge transducer system produces six separate signals—one for each string. This divided signal is called hexaphonic and is used to drive guitar synths. The LGX-SA is perhaps the best synth driver made as in addition to the electronic modifications, the guitar itself was altered in order to achieve the best possible synth performance. A visible difference between the a standard guitar like the LGX and the LGX-SA is in the ebony fingerboard, which greatly improves synth tracking. Some of you are only familiar with guitar synths which were technically complicated and required radical changes in playing technique. The LGX-SA/Roland GR-synth combination represents a new standard in user friendliness and performance. This is truly a 'plug in and play' system. Without cracking a manual, I hooked this guitar up to a GR30 and was playing guitar/synth patches in 30 seconds. Controls are simple, with the acoustic controls on the upper bout, consisting of sliders for volume, bass, mid, and treb. The magnetic pickups, Seymour Duncans, feature a 5-way switch for single coil and humbucker tones, a master volume, and master tone. There is a separate volume for the synth sound. A 3-way mini switch (engaged only when using 13-pin connection) selects acoustic/electric, acoustic/electric+synth, or synth only. The other mini-switch is a momentary which can be preset to do a number of functions, but most will use it for patch changes (up or down) to the synth. The three output jacks include separate magnetic and acoustic outputs (to run your signal into your Marshall stack and your SWR acoustic amp), or use only output 3 for both magnetic and acoustic outputs going to the same amp, plus a 13-pin RMC jack which carries all three (acoustic, magnetic, and synth) voices to a GR series synth or other RMC equipped unit. Features of this fine guitar include: solid mahogany body with highly figured maple top, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 16" fretboard radius, 25.5" scale, 1 11/16" nut width, GraphTech Tusq nut, high-ratio front-loaded Godin Locking Tuners, double-action truss rod, Schaller locking type strap pins, Seymour Duncan Custom Humbuckers with a SH III Jazz neck and Custom III bridge, 5-Way switch, guitar volume and tone, synth volume, program up/down, 3-mini switch, separate outputs for magnetic - acoustic - synth sounds, RMC transducer saddles. custom pre-Amp EQ for: Acoustic Volume, Treble, Mid-Range and Bass controls, and trans blue finish. This is an excellent sounding guitar with a perfect low set up. A new one will set you back $1750 but get this one, in "as new" condition, PLUS a Roland GR-30 (see below), for just $1450.
Roland GR-30 Guitar Synth, (patch bay), (manual). I've had around 6 different Roland guitar synths and for me this is the best. The sounds are superb, the tracking fast and accurate, and most of all, it's simple to get around on. Simple one-cable hook-up from the Godin LGX-SA and you have all your acoustic, electric, and synth tones working, going through a single amp. There are a bunch of YouTube demo's to check out, here's one. I will include a 20' RMC cable, plus manual and power supply.
2012 Ron Kirn Barnbuster - 1838 Loblolly, (front) (front-2), (side), (back) (back-2), (headstock), (hangtag), (case). Some of you inquired about an Ron Kirn "Ancient" Tele I had a few months ago. That one was from a building from the late 1400's, with growth rings dating to 700 AD. While this one isn't as old, it's ancient wood in guitar terms, made from a piece of Yellow Loblolly Pine dating to 1838, 175 years ago. If you're one of the many players who believe that old wood is the best tone wood, what could be better than this, a Tele built in the same fashion as Leo Fender's first Pine Telecaster. Like Leo, Ron doesn't use any CNC machines and uses more of a hand-made process than just about any builder today. He hand-applies genuine Nitrocellulose lacquer, free of the additives most companies use in their nitro finishes today. Although he outsources guitar necks, they are finished in the same nitro that he uses on the body. He also levels, crowns, and polishes the frets on every guitar to ensure maximum playing comfort and the best action. A fret level and dress alone runs around $175; it's standard on all of Ron's guitars. The back of the neck is hand burnished to give it a vintage feel in the same manner as Fender's original guitars. Other makers use a satin finish which is a different chemistry to the nitro and not Leo's style. Specs on this guitar include: Pine body shaped to 1950 Broadcaster specs, Genuine Nitrocellulose Reticulated Satin Lacquer with natural amber tint, one piece Maple neck with "Skunk Stripe" and Vintage Tinted Nitrocellulose lacquer, 9.5" fretboard radius, 21 Medium Jumbo Frets, Vintage Fat Back Neck Carve with hand lapped back and fully polished headstock, 1 5/8" nut width, Natural Bone Nut, Vintage Style Gotoh Tuners with 16:1 ratio, Wilkinson Vintage Bridge with style 3 compensated saddles, Ron Kirn hand wound vintage style pickups, 4-way pickup selector, around 8.2 lbs. For full info click here for Ron Kirn's site and here for a lively discussion on TheGearPage. Ron has Barnbusters on sale right now for $1650 but this one is virtually unplayed and I can state without reservation that it's one of the good ones. $1199 includes original MBT Ultralight case in likewise mint condition, plus manual.
2008 Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet w/upgraded pickups, (front) (front-2), (back), (headstock), (pickups). Fantastic playing Jet in beautiful shape, with a noteworthy pickup upgrade. The stock mini-humbuckers have been swapped out with a pair of Gibson custom shop P90's. Combined with the mahogany/maple construction of the Jet, the tone is very much like a mid-50's Les Paul, which is much more appealing than the non-descript tone of the stock mini-hums. No body modification was required. Features of the Pro Jet include: Mahogany Body with Arched Maple Top, Bound top, Jet Body Shape, Neo Classic Thumbnail Inlay Position Markers, Pearloid Gretsch and Electromatic Headstock Inlays; White Pearloid Pickguard with Gretsch Logo, Gold Hardware, G-Arrow Knobs, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Anchored Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece, Synthetic Bone Nut, Vintage Style Tuning Machines, Rosewood fretboard, Mahogany Neck, 1 11/16" nut, 24.6" scale. You don't see many of these with the Gretsch tailpiece and virtually none with the gold hardware so I'm guessing this was a somewhat rare guitar, perhaps a factory special run. The Jet has a history that goes back to the 50's when it was Gretsch's answer to the Les Paul. The Electromatic Pro Jet does its lineage proud as it's an outstanding playing guitar that's well built, nicely finished, and with the P90's delivers a classic tone that's immediately familiar. New ones will run you around $499 but this one is barely played and with these P90's, is a better guitar for just $399(HOLD-Walt A 12/16).
Fender Telecaster Thinline Neck, (headstock). If you have a thinline body and need a neck, this '72 Classic Series neck is hard to come by and this one's pretty much mint. Features of the '72 include F-tuners, bullet truss rod, single string tree, 3-screw attachment with tilt-adjust plate, and skunk stripe. It's perfectly straight which will allow for an excellent set up. $259 with tuners or $229 for neck alone.
2008 Ibanez Prestige RG-1550M-PBL w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (Tremol-No), (acc.), (case/etc.). Superb Japan-made Ibanez and a shredder's dream guitar. An RG with a maple board is one of the hottest rock/metal guitars ever made and the fretboards only get cooler with age, when they get broken in nicely. When Ibanez came out with the Prestige series, many were updated designs of an older model. The RG-1550, for example, is an improved version of the old RG-550, but with high tech hardware and other upgrades, primarily the Wizard Prestige neck, with 5-piece maple/walnut, and the new Edge-Pro tremolo system. There are a few important upgrades to this guitar starting with pickups, where a DiMarzio PAF Pro has been installed in the neck, with a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge, in place of the stock Ibanez V7 and V8. For security, it has a set of DiMarzio strap locks and strap installed, with the color matching the guitar perfectly. Lastly, the trem is fitted with a Tremol-no which has three positions: Standard (performs as a normal tremolo); Hardtail (performs as a hardtail with the bridge fixed in place); and Drop-Only (allows only downward de-tuning. An advantage in the Standard mode is your other strings don't go out of tune when doing pedal-steel licks and double stops. In the Drop-only mode, it functions like a vintage tremolo with downward pressure only but up-pull is locked out, which allows you, for instance, to drop your low string to a "D", and the rest of your strings will stay in tune, which is a major time saver. Other specs are Basswood body; maple neck with maple fingerboard; 24 jumbo frets; pearl dot inlays; pickups direct mounted to body; Cosmo black hardware; HSH pickup configuration with 5-way switch, master volume, master tone; pearl logo inlay, finished in Phantom Blue. This guitar sounds superb, due in large part to the DiMarzio's, and the set up is so low it made me laugh while playing it the first time. Although the finish is nearly pristine, without any scratches or player's wear, there are 3 finish chips on the edge (pic) which we can touch up if desired, for a small fee. The upgrades on this guitar cost $140 (pickups), $50 (Tremol-no), and $20 (strap/locks), which total $210, not including labor. This model last listed at $1479 and with well over $200 in pro upgrades, is a fantastic deal for the serious shredder at $650(HOLD-Richard 2/1). Includes form fit J-Craft Prestige case, tags, trem arm, pouch, tools, and DiMarzio locking strap.
Another look - I recently mistakenly told a customer that this was sold: 2004 Fischer Model 3H, (front-1) (front-2), (back/neck joint), (headstock), (recessed knobs), (formfit case). The very first--and very best--Fischer guitar! I've had this in stock for quite a while before listing it. It's a fantastic guitar, beautiful, unique, and an exceptional playing instrument. The only info I could find on the web was a mention on Moses Graphite's site timeline page: "2004 - Fischer Guitars introduces elegant, inlaid guitars featuring Moses Graphite necks and bodies with gorgeous hardwood tops". When I finally had the time to do some research I found "Fischer Fine Instruments" listed on a business locator web site. Armed with a phone number I had the distinct pleasure of speaking, at great length, to the man himself. Ken Fischer Kraft (he chose his middle family name for his company) made a batch of 28 guitars in 2004, with the unique feature of all graphite construction, with a highly figured maple top on the higher end model. He supplied Moses graphite with a wooden body and neck, and from that they made a mold in which to pour the graphite. The molds were only good for 28 units, at which time a new mold would have to be made. For reasons I won't go into, unfortunately, this first batch of 28 were the only guitars that Ken made and as he stated he still had some body/neck units in stock, the actual finished product would probably number closer to 20. This particular guitar is the very first one (serial 001) he made, and he stated that it was probably the best of the lot. In order to get some buzz going about his brand he gave it to Kenny Olsen, guitarist for Kid Rock for over a decade, as part of an endorsement deal. Unfortunately for Ken, Kenny also had a deal with Gibson, didn't play the guitar on stage, but never returned it. It went from Kenny Olsen, to one of our regular customers, to me. While Olsen owned the guitar his tech, who thought it was a wooden body, ran a bead of black glue around the neck joint (shown here), thinking it wouldn't hurt to reinforce the area. He didn't know that the chemical process of graphite manufacture actually bonds the neck to the body while in the liquid form, essentially making it one piece, making it virtually impossible for the neck to shift. One of the unique aspects of the Fischer guitar is the chambered graphite body - a solid piece of graphite running down the center with tone chambers on both the bass and treble sides. One obvious effect was keeping the weight down (8.2 lbs.) which is important considering the inherent heaviness of graphite. Ken used these "sonic chambers", to actually improve the tone and sustain of the guitar. Each curve has a radius that's conducive to a chromatic scale with bad overtones cancelled out to bring out more vibration. He was in the progress of applying for a patent for this innovation but dropped the idea when he discontinued manufacture. After Moses completed the neck/body composites, Ken added the wooden cap, which is full piece of maple that's around the same thickness as Les Paul. He then had the back clear coated by an auto body shop to give the guitar the luster of wood rather than the matte look of graphite. Ken compared his guitars to PRS but, whereas he though PRS were a modern take on a Gibson, his guitars were a modern take on a Fender, with a body that's sort of a cross between a Strat and Tele, 3 single coil pickups, with the bridge pickup reverse slanted for the Jimi effect, and the standard Strat 5-way selector, volume, neck tone, and middle tone. You can also see a PRS influence with edge of the maple unstained to create a top "binding" and recessed knobs. The top is even more carved than a PRS, with the upper bouts having a gentile German carve. Other features include 22-fret neck with stunning abalone Dolphin inlays, Lace Sensor pickups with the bridge being a hotter wound model, gold hardware, Gotoh 510 tuners, and Hipshot hardtail bridge with strings thru body. The neck is a compound radius, 9.5" to 12", with a V-shaped profile, although not overly deep. Ken said his guitars sold for as low as $2200 for his base model, to $3200 for this model with the nicest appointments and wood. He mentioned that these were virtually all sold to collector types which probably explains why I've never seen one on the used market before. It's in excellent condition with very low action and a tone that's close to a Strat but with more "snap" and a faster attack. If you're looking for a guitar that's impervious to climate change and breakage, or the collector of extremely rare, well made American guitars, this one's a stunner with a cool history, and considering it's unique heritage, a nice buy at less than 1/2 the new cost at $1499. Includes Canadian hardshell case that hugs the body all around, like a PRS case.
Jet City JCA2212 1X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (acc.). If you're a rock guitarist looking for a killer lower powered combo, this baby was designed by Soldano and has the massive thick sustain you would expect from Soldano. It's a dual-channel amp, advertised as a clean and high-gain but it's more like a tube Marshall, with a semi-clean channel and an overdrive channel. The Crunch (clean) channel does have some chime thanks to the EL84's but it's far from the sparkling clean like a Fender. It cranks 20 watts (conservative rating) through a single Jet City Eminence Custom driver, with outputs in back to add additional cabinets. The back panel also has an effects loop and footswitch input. The footswitch (included) selects the "clean" or overdrive channel. The circuit is all tube with five 12AX7 preamp and a pair of EL84 power. On the front panel each channel has it's own Preamp and Master Volume control, and they share the EQ section of Bass, Middle, Treble, and Presence. Unlike a lot of budget tube amps this one actually has a real wood cabinet with multi-ply, void-free hardwood, which is lighter and has better acoustic properties than the particleboard used on many amps. Because of this the amp weighs in at just 38 lbs. The chassis is made of 16 gauge cold-rolled steel and the power transformer uses worldwide current with tapes at 100v/120v/220v/240v. If you're looking for an amp that's perfect for classic rock and modern rock, with excellent variations within that genre, this could be the perfect amp. I even like the cleaner tones but, again, it's more like a EVH or Whitesnake clean. This amp has seen only 30 min. use and was out of the box only long enough to shoot pics and do a quick demo. It is in flawless condition. This is a very well engineered amp for the rock player and with the build quality a cut above others in this price range, it's an excellent buy at $399, or guitar trades of course. Includes original box, manual, and footswitch which changes from Crunch and Overdrive channels.
Pic Fixed: 2005 ESP Ltd Viper 301 w/Upgrades, (back), (headstock), (pickups). Killer Viper with in super clean condition, upgraded with a killer pair of DiMarzio humbuckers. Installed are a DP207 Drop Sonic in the neck and a DP100 Super Distortion in the bridge, an excellent combination. Although common practice is to use the 207 in the bridge position, it has an excellent treble response which keeps it from getting muddy like a lot of pickups in the neck position. With the super high output of the 100, you need a powerful pickup in the neck and the 207 matches it well. In addition, it is capable of a multitude of wiring schemes, with a total of 5 combinations for the neck pickup alone. The Viper 301 is built with quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are coming out of Korea these days. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like a Gibson SG, except slightly thicker, and the upper horn is slightly longer, with an offset waist, rather than symmetrical like the SG. It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, bound neck with 24 3/4" scale, and beveled body edges. Other features include 24 medium jumbo frets, set-neck design with 3-piece mahogany neck for increased stability and strength, rosewood fretboard with "flag" pearloid inlays, pearloid model name inlay at 12th fret, Eclipse headstock, bound headstock, and black hardware. The all-black look, without a pickguard, is both elegant, and very much rock and roll. It received 4.5 out of 5 stars at Audiofanzine (link). Phased out a few years ago, the Viper 301 sold for $450-$539 ($769 list) with the stock passive EMG-Hz pickups, but this one's in beautiful shape and, with a much better set of pickups, is a sweet deal at just $350, with gigbag, or $25 more for hardshell case.
Vintage Tubes. I have 100's of vintage tubes, hoarded throughout the years. If you haven't tried any quality tubes, especially vintage USA and European, chances are you don't know how good your amp can really sound. Some of these are nearly impossible to find and the price for the lot may be around the price of a single tube you might see elsewhere. All but the Genalex and Groove Tube are vintage. Most of these are '50's and several 1957, coincidentally, the same date as the tweed Champ I got them with. Choose from:
6V6 Power Tubes - Includes Tung Sol (USA) 6V6GT rare black glass with silver base, Motorola (USA) 6V6, GE (USA) 6V6GT, AnM (UK) British military 6V6G, and Bendix 5992/6V6. The military spec Bendix is extremely rare and probably the most highly regarded (and expensive) 6V6 ever made. $135 takes all 5.
Preamp Tubes - Includes Mullard (England) 6AU6/EF94, Philco (USA) 6AU6, Genalex Gold Lion from New Sensor ECC81/12AT7 with gold tips, Genalex Gold Lion from New Sensor ECC83/12AX7 with gold tips, Ei 12AX7 very old Yugoslavian made with Telefunken tooling, Groove Tubes 12AX7. The Genalex's sell new for $66/pair but $60(HOLD-Nelson V 11/29) takes all 6 of these.
Tom Holmes Humbucker Set - NOS, (boxes). Hand wound by Tom himself. New, old stock, never installed and only out of the box to shoot a pic. My customer bought these quite a while ago and never found the "perfect" guitar to install them in. Tom's pickups are legendary and fetch a premium on the secondary market. An identical pair (and without covers) just sold for $750 (link) so these are quite fairly priced at $600(HOLD-Jeff 11/26).
1980 Fender Stratocaster "The Strat" - Candy Apple Red, (front), (headstock), (back), (gold hardware). Somewhat of an oddity to see one of these which have been played a lot. A lot of these are dogs and as a result, never received much playing time. This one as you can see has been played a whole lot, because it's an excellent sounding Strat. "The Strat" was made from '80 to early '83 and was Fender's high-end Strat during that period. Features of this model include custom colors (Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White) all with matching headstock, a hotter bridge pickup named the "X-1", gold-plated hardware, re-designed extra massive bridge and vibrato block, tuners, and volume/tone knobs that were officially dubbed the "Brassmaster Series". The hardware was actually plated with a 100 micron gold coat and for that reason it's rumored that the company lost money on every unit sold. The neck came in 3 sizes, a C, a D, and a U, of which this one has the C. It also featured a new wiring scheme which incorporated the bottom knob as a 2-position rotary switch which allowed 9 pickup combination (including n/m in series, m/b in series, n/b in parallel, and n/b in parallel - WITH the middle in series), This unique wiring give you tones not usually associated with a Strat and makes this the most versatile of any era Stratocaster, until the recently introduced S-1 switching system. List price back in 1980 was $995, up to $1150 in 1982, which was a whole lot of money 30+ years ago. As you can see in the pics there's heavy relic wear around the edges, down to the gold undercoat, or to the wood in spots (pic 1 2 3). Other than the Relic appearance, it's all original, including original frets which obviously have plenty of wear on them but the guitar is quite playable right now, although it would definitely benefit from a refret, especially if you like low action. It's a great neck and despite the fret wear bends don't choke out on 2-fret bends and the only excessive string buzz is limited to the 3rd string, lower register. Parts on this guitar go for a lot of money. The bridge, neckplate, and knobs were made for this model only and go for a premium on Ebay. If you're not turned off by a heavily played Strat or, like me, prefer it, this is an excellent sounding guitar that has the real character than Fender's Relic Series tries to emulate. I debated having Martin do a refret on it but I would have had to raise the price and I wanted to keep it player's priced...at $1050(HOLD-Erhart in GE 11/25). I got it without a case but will include some sort of hardshell case.
1997 Gibson Explorer - Ebony Fretboard, (front), (headstock), (back), (case), (fretboard). AKA '67 Reissue in Wine finish with rare ebony fretboard. Ebony boards was hit or miss during this era, and rare on an Explorer, and some guitars that weren't spec'd for ebony would somehow end up with an ebony board. Gibson made another Explorer in this era but unlike the '67, it had the knobs in a triangle pattern, and no pickguard. The Explorer became a true classic from Gibson ...eventually. It was one of the failed futuristic guitars that Gibson unveiled in the late 50's, which were discontinued until the timing was right, and they reissued them briefly in ca. '67. It reappeared in '76-'80, and then again in the '90's, which is the era for this one, and has remained in the catalog since that time. Like the Flying V, and ill-fated Moderne, the Explorer features set-neck construction, with a mahogany neck set in to a mahogany body, with dual humbuckers (496-R and 500-T) and unbound body and neck. It has an exaggerated "Z" shaped body, vol-vol-tone knobs in line, with a 3-way selector on the upper treble bout, and the original "hockey stick" headstock with 6/line Grover tuners. Interestingly, the headstock on the original '58 was the first appearance of the hockey stick, aka "banana" headstock, which was used by Kramer and others in the early to mid 80's on their rock/metal axes. It's especially unique for a Gibson in that it's pitched and angled, with a 6/side tuners configuration. This is a cool guitar for the Metallica/Skynard/etc. fan, or anybody who wants to delve into one of the original metal axes, designed 30 years before metal was even invented. For players who do a lot of lead work on the low strings in the upper register, no guitar provides easier access. Set up with low action with a fat, warm tone that will fit any type of music. Cosmetically it has normal dings and scratches for a guitar that's been used on and off for 15+ years but no structural issues and the frets are in excellent condition. Today's Explorer with weight-relived body and "fretboard of the week" woods don't compare to the quality of older models. If you're looking for an Explorer built in the traditional way, this one's an excellent player that sounds superb, priced at $899. Includes original brown case with pink lining and shroud. Replacement leather handle and missing 1/2 of middle latch but structurally 100%.
2006 Fender Mark Hoppus Bass - Surf Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (DiMarzio Straplocks), (case). Signature bass for the low-slinging bassman from Blink 182, Mark Hoppus. His signature bass is basically a marriage of a Jazz body with a Precision neck. Features include top-notch pickups with a set of Duncan Basslines Quarter-Pounders, Alder body with Surf Green or Olympic White finish, stripped down controls with simply a volume control, signature neckplate, and 3-ply white pearl pickguard. Excellent player and these Duncan Basslines are some of the best bass pickups made so it sounds as nice as it plays. Also features a cool bridge that works as a top loader or string-thru-body. It's in beautiful shape and has an excellent setup. One modification has been done: DiMarzio straplock system has been installed (strap included). This model sells new for $799 with gigbag but save big time in this beauty, with hardshell case, for $569.
60's Danelectro DS100 All Tube Head - Project, (back), (top), (panel), (power tubes). "As is" special and a rare Dano tube amp. We have so many amps at the shop right now I'm not even going to mess with any more repairs for the near future. The benefit to you is you can get a great vintage amp that probably needs little more than troubleshooting the circuit. The guy I originally got this from never worked on it but he believed that the problem was with the rewiring of the output jacks, which is the only mod I'm aware of. Specifically, the original multi-pin speaker jack has been bypassed in favor of dual 1/4" jacks (shown in this pic shown with this amp on left, stock configuration on right). To help you on your way here's a schematic (pic here), but there are others in numerous places on the web. Rare you ask, why are there so many schematics online? Answer: Because this amp is the same circuit as the Silvertone 1485, made by Danelectro for Sears/Silvertone. The Silvertone's panel layout is different, with all the knobs on a straight line, but the circuit is identical. The DS100 is spec'd at 100W, although I've never heard one that approaches anything close to a Twin or Marshall Super Lead. They're still good utility amps and we can thank Jack Black for making them sought after. It comes loaded with all tubes including 5 preamp and two pairs (Svetlana and Groove Tubes pairs) 6L6 power tubes. The open back design is stock - Dano didn't use back panels on these amps. The stock speaker cabinet had a "hide-away" spot to store the head for transporting. If you're good with circuits, hopefully you can have this up and running with just a few hours of testing. Could be a bargain and it's yours for $150, which is around the price of a vintage transformer, assuming some of these are same spec as Fender, etc.
Korg GT-3 Chromatic Tuner, (pic2). Very good quality compact tuner, accurate and compact, which saves space on your pedalboard. The GT-3 is a fully automatic tuner which means you just have to pluck any note and the tuner will recognize the note and tell you if you're sharp or flat. It has an illuminated display that shows the note you're on, and a red LED ladder that shows if you're sharp or flat, with a yellow arrow indicating perfect tune. Features 1/4" input and output and built-in mic for acoustic tuning. This tuner was a $39.95 list price and an excellent value on this "as new" one for $19.99, including Priority Mail shipping. Includes box, manual, and paperwork.
2008 Gibson Elvis Costello Limited "Century of
Gibson's "Century of Progress" came about in 1933, timed with the World's Fair, and was so named to commemorate the 100 years since Gibson began building in 1833. The original COP guitar was built in very limited numbers from 1933 to 1939. Likewise, this reissue was very limited, to 300 pieces, with this one being number 50. Back in the '30's, in addition to the L-00 guitar, Gibson produced a similarly appointed A-series mandolin. Elvis Costello had one such guitar he obtained from George Gruhn, tragically lost in a flood shortly after he got it. Using photos of Costello's original guitar and the blueprints from the 1930s, Gibson's team of master luthiers were able to successfully reproduce every attribute of Costello's guitar, exactly, with immaculate attention to detail. The most striking aspect of the guitar is the pearloid fretboard, accented with rosewood and pearl inlays, plus it has some very nicely flamed maple. Features include L-00 Small Body, Adirondack spruce top, Adirondack bracing, hard rock eastern maple back and sides, single ply binding on top and back, Honduran mahogany neck hand-sanded to a correct 1936 style V-neck, period correct custom pearloid fretboard, Madagascar rosewood inlays and bridge, mother of pearl bridge pin dots, exact repro Waverly tuners, 1936 style celluloid tiger pickguard, soundhole label personally autographed by Elvis, and commemorative case. Click here for a YouTube demo (playing starts 1/2 way through) and click here with an interview with Elvis. This is an excellent sounding guitar with that vintage blues tone and also nails ragtime, or other old music from the era. It has a very comfortable set up and the small body makes it very comfortable for stage use or unobtrusive as a piece of living room decoration (that you can use during commercials). This guitar sold for $4000 new but this clean used one is in perfect condition and nicely priced at $2750. Includes original commemorative case that's nicer than your average Gibson case.
THD Hot Plate 2 Ohms Attenuator, (pic2). A "must have" for a Bassman if you want any break up due to the massive clean headroom the amp has and you really have to drive it to painfully loud levels for power tube saturation. This model is made for 2 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2 ohms such as the Fender 4X10 Bassman. Offers Bright and Deep switches for tailoring your sound - Bright switch gives you two different high frequency levels to compensate for an overly bright, or dull speaker cabinet while the Deep switch offers two distinct bass settings to help you fill out the bottom end, or reduce the bass in a cabinet with too much low end. Has built in noise reduction up to 10dB, line out, and a fan to keep it cool. Brand new condition with original box and manual. With new ones going for $349, a sweet deal for $229, or $199 with the Bassman above, and if you buy it with the Bassman, I'll include two custom made cables to connect to the 4 output jacks of the Bassman. For full specs click here for THD's site.
2007 Fender American Vintage '70s Stratocaster - Olympic White, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Some of you may not be aware, but for a brief period in the mid decade, Fender added a new model to the American Vintage (AV) Series, joining the '57 and '62 Strat which had been around since '82. The American Vintage '70's, is a hybrid that's described as a "best of the '70s" Stratocaster and features all of the best elements of the classic models from that decade, including alder body, U-shaped maple neck with improved three-bolt neck and Micro-Tilt neck adjustment, vintage-style bridge, "F" tuners, specially voiced pickups, large headstock with '70s-style decal, and bullet truss rod adjustment nut. The single string tree and stamped steel saddles are features found on early 70's Strats so I'm not quite sure why the model name was ambiguous, i.e. why they didn't just call this a V72 model? Regardless, it's a quality made American Vintage that conjures up images of Yngwie, Mick Mars, and Judas Priest, all of whom played white 70's Strats. At least one dealer has ordered a run of FSR (factory special run) '70s Strats ($1599 street) but I don't know if the specs are the same as this, the original AV model. Fender's latest AV Strat selection includes the '56, '59, and '65, which all sell for $2199. If you're nostalgic about the 70's, this guitar is in superb condition with a great set up and quality tone, for $1250(HOLD-Rob C 10/6). Includes '70s style G&G/Fender case with strap and unopened goodie bag including paperwork, polishing cloth, bridge cover, 5-way switch, etc.
2000 Fender American Deluxe Telecaster - Blonde Ash, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). A few customers asked about this...I told them it was sold...just found it in stock... Lovely Deluxe in nicely figured Blonde (transparent white) ash finish. All of the Deluxe features and appointments - plus craftsmanship which always seems to me to be a cut above the regular American Series. Just a refresher on the Deluxe appointments, most noticeably the bound body like the Tele Custom in the old days - but this model has a comfortable belly cut and nicely contoured edges. Other features include Vintage Noiseless pickups, a select ash body, 1-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, chrome hardware, 3-way toggle, and a 3-ply tortoise shell pickguard. Includes clean Fender molded case and straplock set. Back when this was made ash was a $150 list upcharge over alder but today it's just $50, selling new today for $1749. This clean used one has a great setup, has a nice lively sustain, and is just $1150.
2007 Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-1962HT, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Just got in another one of these... Beatles fans will note that this one will take you back to 60's Shea Stadium, one of the most recognizable icons of '60s Pop. With its vintage Hilo'Tron single coil pickups, "Rocking" bar bridge, Bigsby B6C Vibrato tailpiece, and simulated F holes, this quality thinline has all the features of the original 60's model. Other specs include single cutaway hollow body with burgundy stain finish, 16" lower bout, 2" body depth, arched laminated maple top with multiple binding, laminated maple back and sides, 3-piece maple neck, black headstock overlay, rosewood fingerboard, neo-classic "Thumbnail" inlays, 22 frets, 12" radius, 25.5" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width, zero nut, 2 Hi Lo 'Tron pickups, 3-way pickup selector switch, stand-by switch, neck volume - bridge volume - master volume knobs, 3-position master tone switch, chrome hardware, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, silver plexi pickguard with embossed "Chet Atkins" signature. In fact, all the cool features and all the vibe of the 60's model, but none of the problems - these are, quite simply, better guitars than the originals. For full specs click here for Gretsch. A new one will set you back $2199 but this '07 model is barely played and $700 cheaper at $1499. Includes original Gretsch case and paperwork. (Note: Also have a 2012 model in stock)
Fender Deluxe Vintage Modified - Blonde, (top), (panel), (back), (speaker/label), (acc.). A modern day take on a 60's classic, the Fender Deluxe, complete with dual 6L6 power tubes, with a 12AX7 and 12AT7 in the preamp - plus a modern day digital effects section with digital reverb, delay, and chorus - all housed in ca. '60 blonde cabinet with wheat grill cloth. The Deluxe VM offers a much wider selection of tones than your daddy's amp but can deliver the Blackface Deluxe when you want it to, but also gets much more aggressive, with its higher gain and post-gain EQ, to deliver heavy tones not possible with a standard blackface. It's a 2-channel amp with Clean and Drive channels. The Clean Channel features Volume, Treble, Bass, and Drive Switch, with the Drive Channel featuring Drive Switch, Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Effects Adjust Switch (Chorus/Delay), Time/Rate, Delay On/Off Switch, Mix, Chorus On/Off Switch, and Depth. Included is the 4-button footswitch than turns on/off the Drive, Reverb, Delay, and Chorus. It also features Celestion 12" speaker, effects loop, dual speaker outs, and a standby switch. It's around the size of a vintage Deluxe at 24X17.5X10 and 40 lbs., making it a very versatile grab and go combo. From what I read the blonde/wheat version was a Ltd Ed model and is no longer available. You can get the black one new for $799, or get this even cooler blonde, in immaculate condition, for $599. Includes cover and footswitch.
2005 Fender Standard Stratocaster with Duncan JB Jr - Blue Agave - with Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Excellent quality Strat and as I've said before, probably the best price/quality value that Fender has to offer. Fender's Standard Strat is made from USA parts, but finished and assembled in Encino Mexico, while retaining the look and tone that has made this model the most popular electric guitar since 1954. The result is a guitar that's nearly identical to the Highway or Special series, both made in USA, at nearly 1/2 the cost...and this Standard features a gloss finish where those have a satin finish. The one has one very useful upgrade: a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucker (was $75 part + labor) in the bridge position which gives you the fat smooth tones of a PAF humbucker in position 5, while retaining the traditional Strat tones in positions 1-4. The finish is called Blue Agave, which was a relatively brief run in the mid 00's and looks sort of like a lighter colored Lake Placid Blue. Features include quality hardware with stamped steel saddles, Fender/Ping tuners, as well as 3 ceramic single coil pickups, 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss finished alder body, 3-ply pickguard and backplate, and maple neck with rosewood fretboard carved in a modern C shape. It's in beautiful condition and, both acoustically and plugged in, is one of the better sounding Standards you'll hear. A new Standard is running $499 with a gigbag, which would be over $650 with a JB Jr. installed and a hardshell case. Why not get this excellent sounding one, in a cool discontinued color, for just $429.
Victoria Regal II 1X15 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (chassis), (label). Mark Baier builds some of the finest point-to-point hand-wired amps in the business. I've had around a dozen of them over the years but this is the first non-Fender clone, although comparisons are inevitable. The Regal II is a Single-ended Class A with adaptive tube technology, which allow you to use virtually any power tube combination, in fact, you can even mix and match them. Right now it has a 5880 and KT66 installed for instance. You can even opt to use just one of the tube sockets, for more break-up at a lower volume. A single 6V6, for instance, and it's a 5-watt amp; a pair of EL34's and it's 35 watts. Likewise, you can use any rectifier tube. If you want to read an intelligent discussion about this amp, including discussions about tube options, click here for a long thread on thegearpage, and some video clips here, here, and here (with surprisingly poor mic'ing by Victoria). I'll add more info later but for now, a new one is $2600, this one's mint and just $1650(Tent. Hold - Dave, local).
Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 HH, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case). Super clean - barely touched - fantastic player. A list of Stingray players is a virtual who's-who of the best bassists on the scene over the past 20 years. It's hard to picture "Flea" without seeing him slinging a Stingray. By virtue of it's utter simplicity, comfort, ease of play, and most of all tone, the Stingray became an immediate classic when first introduced in the 70's. With its characteristic large pickguard and oversize pickups, the Stingray is immediately recognizable as a veritable funk/rock machine. Although simple in looks, it's deceptively versatile by virtue of its dual humbucker design, combined with a 5-way selector and 3-band active EQ (bass-mid-treb), each with a center-detented cut/boost knob. With the 5-way selector you can get the classic Stingray humbucker sound, two single coils together (like a Jazz bass), both humbuckers together or individual neck or bridge pickups. This bass is super clean all around, as nice as a new one hanging in your local super store, with some of the nicest figured ash you'll find. The set up is fantastic and it has one of the most comfortable necks you'll find on a 5-string with sufficient string spacing that even large hands can get around easily. For full specs, click here for Musicman's site. A new one in sunburst lists at $2500 but this one is a real beauty for just $1250. Includes original Musicman case.
1998 Takamine Limited Edition "Phases of the Moon", (front), (back), (headstock), (soundhole), (preamp), (case). Each year since 1987 Takamine builds a yearly "LTD", built in low numbers with unique cosmetic features that appear for that year only. When they're gone...they're gone. From what I've read online, 850 of this model were built, out of a projected run of 2000. They are always pricey guitars, which is one of the reasons for the lower numbers. 1998 was a great year for the LTD. Tak started with their famed NEX cutaway body style, with select solid spruce top and Rio Grande Palisandro (Rosewood family) sides and back, in a high gloss poly finish. Cosmetic features are stunning, starting with the "sun & moon" rosette made of abalone, pearl, and rare woods intricately inlaid into the top. The bass side of the rosette features a bright colorful abalone "sun" with flames built of various pieces of colorful woods, which is phased into the treble side with a nighttime background and pearl moon and star. The rosewood fretboard features "lunar eclipse" mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays starting with a full moon at the 3rd fret, phased out to corner crescent at the 19th. Other features include dovetail neck joint; Bone nut; 2-piece compensated bone saddle; Ivory, CAB, and Wood binding front & back; rosewood bridge; wood strip black-red-black purfling on back; two-way truss rod; chrome endpin jack; Rio Grande Palisandro headstock face with abalone logo inlay; gold H.A.P. tuners with brown pearl buttons; ivory/CAB heel cap; 11 1/4" upper bout; 15 3/4" lower bout; 1-11/16" nut width; 25-3/8" scale; body depth 3 3/4" upper bout to 4 5/16" lower bout. The preamp is Tak's Accuracoustic with a Tak Palathetic pickup. The preamp features LED lights on the controls for ease of use on dark stages and features a hide-away rotary volume control, battery check switch, EQ bypass switch, semi-parametric mid control adjustable from 80Hz to 10KHz, bass, and treble, all with +/- 16dB. Battery compartment is easily accessible for a battery change in around 10 seconds. If you read these pages often you know that I'm very high on Japanese Takamine, which are built to last, passed down through generations. This guitar is in excellent condition with a low set up that makes it a pleasure to play. It can hold its own in an acoustic jam and really shines as a stage guitar. Although Tak has had a number of preamps since '98, this Accuracoustic is an excellent sounding system and it needs very little EQ'ing to get a quality stage sound. Original case had some black marker on the lid and side which we've partially removed but it's still visible, but otherwise in great shape. If you're a collector of LTD's, or simply someone looking for a beautiful, high quality acoustic-electric, this one's hard to beat at $899.
2007 Fender Custom Artist Series Robert Cray Signature Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (case/acc. & acc. bag). Fairly rare custom shop model and just the second one I've had in the 21 years they've been produced. Robert Cray, a famed blues guitarist, is a touring legend, initially 2nd gun in Albert Collins Band, in the early 70's, he went on to fame fronting the Robert Cray Band. His guitar of choice was a vintage hardtail which Fender emulated when they started producing these in 1992, with a Mexican model following 10 years later. His Custom Artist model features 2-piece select Alder body, lightly figured maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 21 frets with Cray's signature on the headstock, clay dot inlays, gold vintage hardware, synthetic bone nut, non-tremolo hardtail bridge and custom vintage pickups. The neck profile is patterned after a '61 Strat with C profile, although with a 12" radius, which is much flatter than the vintage 7.25" and even the "modern" 9.5". If you don't like larger necks you might want to pass on this model. Fender calls this a C-shape, but to me it feels much more like a D, with plenty of shoulders which make it feel very substantial. Specs call for a "lightly" figured maple neck, this one is perhaps the best figuring I've seen on a guitar spec'd as "lightly". As you would expect in a Custom Shop model, this guitar plays spectacularly with excellent sustain and a great vintage tone. For players who don't use a tremolo, I would always recommend buying a hardtail model. The bridge is mounted directly to the body, rather than pivoting on wood screws and, equally important, it stays in tune better, including perfect accuracy during string bends. If you bend a string on a trem model it increases the pull on the strings via the bridge, and other strings will go sharp. For more info on this model, check out Fender Custom Shop here. With a list price of $5800, this model sells new for $4640, which I believe is the most expensive Custom Artist model. This one is barely played with no discernable flaws or wear and is nearly 1/2 the price of a new one. Own this beauty for just $2600. Includes original brown case, certificate, serialized hang tag, and all accessories including factory-sealed accessory bag.
2013 Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom - Walnut Stain, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag/etc.). Unplayed, straight out of the box. This is the first one I've had in this finish, is one of the most common among genuine 70's Customs, although it's generally referred to as "Mocha" in the vintage world. Keith Richards has known for years that the design of a Tele Custom, with a stock Tele bridge and a humbucker in the neck opens up a whole new world for Tele fans. With the bridge pickup you can get the normal Tele quack you know and love, while the neck humbucker gives you some very un-Tele tones that work for many other styles of music and is especially suited for rhythm parts and works well for neck-position Les Paul licks. Features include a classic alder body, C-shape maple neck, bullet truss rod, vintage string-thru Tele bridge, 3-bolt neckplate with tilt-adjustment, 3-ply black pickguard, Fender "Wide Range" humbucking neck pickup, traditional single coil bridge pickup, dual volume and tone controls with "amp" knobs, and 3-way pickup selector. Click here for a YouTube demo covering the neck, neck/bridge, and bridge settings. This guitar is untouched other than removing it to shoot pics and for Martin to do a killer set up. With a list price of $1071, these sell online and in stores for $799-$819. Why not go for this one, properly adjusted, for just $579. Includes Fender deluxe gigbag, tags, and paperwork.
2005 Gibson Faded Flying V, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Enjoy the vibe and tone of the famed '67 model in a more affordable faded finish. This cherry nitro finish has the look and feel of a well-worn guitar and is actually a sonically superior since the finish actually contributes to increased resonance. The Faded V features an all-mahogany body and neck, with a sleek ebony fretboard with dot inlays, Gibson Deluxe tuners, tuneomatic bridge/stopbar tailpiece, plus 496R and 500T humbuckers controlled by individual volume controls, with a master tone. It is the best value in a USA Gibson V with a minimum of fanciness while retaining the look, playability, and tone. This one's very near mint with no noteworthy flaws and immaculate frets. With a killer in-house setup, this is an excellent value at $599, including original Gibson gigbag.
Goodsell Overdrive Pedals. New with warranty. Quality and versatility in a hand-wired OD, with interactive guitars, much like Goodsell amps. Can give you a nice clean drive, or plenty of type-type overdrive, especially useful on amps without a master volume or ones that need the front end driven harder to reach their full sweetness. Richard knows about tone, and the same "magic" he delivers through his amps, has been used on these great OD's. Richard builds every one personally, usually with a wait of just a month or so. Don't wait for yours. These were built last week and have zero playing time, for just $125/ea.
Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner. One of the best, with a single stomp you can shift to bypass mode for silent tuning, 11-point LED meter makes it easy to see when you're in tune (the movement of the meter slows the closer you get to pitch), 7 different modes provide options for both bass and guitar and a seven-segment LED makes string and note names readily visible on dark stages, footswitchable Tuner Off mode preserves battery. If that's not enough, this baby can power up to 8 other pedals with optional PCS-20A power cord. Lists for $160.50 but this clean one's just $69(HOLD-John B).
Boss ST-2 Power Stack. Boss's new "stack in a box" and a good choice for players who aren't thrilled with their amp tone. With the ST-2 you can get fat crunch - or ultra high-gain distortion - by tweaking the Sound, which blends in the gain amount and sound character. Tweak the distortion by dialing in the 2-band EQ. Has a cool textured black finish and is in perfect condition with box. Don't plunk down $99 for a new one when you can have this nice used one for just $65. Don't need a box - I also have a clean one without box for $59 near the bottom of this page.
Vintage Electro Harmonix Black Finger - As Is, (circuit). Here's one for the DIY/Tech guys. 1974 model by pot codes, with no output when engaged. When working properly it's a compressor/sustainer with overdrive, not really anything like the new tube model. It's a very rare pedal from my experience. We have too many projects stacked up so I'm just going to blow it out. $30, and worth the price in vintage pots alone. Again, this pedal does not work so be prepared to troubleshoot and repair, but schematics are available online.
Vintage Victoria Dreadnought Case. 1960's yellow-lined Victoria. These are most commonly found with Gibsons, but could also be OEM for Guild, Martin, Fender, and others. Appears all original except for replaced handle. Overall in good vintage condition other than a piece of tape on the inside that may be covering up a flaw in the lining or might just be for extra protection from rubs. If you've got a $3K vintage guitar like a J-45, it deserves a good home. Move it in here for just $139.
DiMarzio D Activator (Bridge) Humbucker. New, factory sealed. Designed to have the characteristic of an active pickup, like an EMG, with strong, focused attack, hitting the amp very hard, making it ‘feel’ more powerful. The D Activator, however, is a passive pickup, just like any regular PAF style. It's not wound hot, at around 11.5K, and has 4-conductor wiring for various wiring options. Sells online for $69.99 but save big time and get this one for just $49.99.
2012 Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-1962HT, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Beatles fans will note that this one will take you back to 60's Shea Stadium, one of the most recognizable icons of '60s Pop. With its vintage Hilo'Tron single coil pickups, "Rocking" bar bridge, Gretsch by Bigsby B6C Vibrato tailpiece, and simulated F holes, this quality thinline has all the features of the original 60's model. Other specs include single cutaway hollow body with burgundy stain finish, 16" lower bout, 2" body depth, arched laminated maple top with multiple binding, laminated maple back and sides, 3-piece maple neck, black headstock overlay, rosewood fingerboard, neo-classic "Thumbnail" inlays, 22 frets, 12" radius, 25.5" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width, zero nut, 2 Hi Lo 'Tron pickups, 3-way pickup selector switch, stand-by switch, neck volume - bridge volume - master volume knobs, 3-position master tone switch, chrome hardware, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, silver plexi pickguard with embossed "Chet Atkins" signature. In fact, all the cool features and all the vibe of the 60's model, but none of the problems - these are, quite simply, better guitars than the originals. For full specs click here for Gretsch. A new one will set you back $2199. This beauty is in true mint condition, plus a killer set up and Gretsch vibe thrown in for free. $1550 includes original Gretsch case and all paperwork.
Monte Allums Mods - All are new and include all parts supplied by Monte as well as instructions. These would be $64 from his site but get all 3 of these for just $39.99, including shipping.
Monte Allums Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Mod. For you DIY guys and gals. Take your BD-2, install these components, and you've got a high-end boutique pedal for around 1/2 price. Monte says It's different than a Tube Screamer in that it is much more transparent and truly represents a driven tube amp. Straight from the factory the Boss Blues Driver tends to have a very harsh and buzz saw type gain. My BD-2 Mod transforms this pedal into a truly great sounding pedal pushing it into Boutique territory. When used at moderate to loud levels with an amp it is reminiscent of a Vintage Plexi Marshall with smooth round yet biting overdrive. More details at Allum's site here.
Monte Allums Boss SD-1 GT Mod, (completed pedal). The most transparent of the three Allums SD mods, using a few switches which are added to your pedal. One switch adds presence and gain while the other switch toggles between Asymmetrical (Boss) and Symmetrical (Ibanez) Clipping. There are a ton of tonal options available here: clean boost or note articulation and clarity or smooth creamy overdrive, or a combination of them all. You got it. Very versatile Mod that offers a wide pallet of tonal colors. For icing on the cake he includes the extremely popular and quiet OPA2134PA Burr Brown op-amp. So, you thought the SD-808 was a great mod? Wait till you hear the GT. More details at Allum's site here.
Monte Allums Boss SD-1 Mod. Monte says the SD-1 is one of the best kept secrets on the planet and is a steal at half of what a used TS9 sells for on eBay. A stock SD-1 from the factory sounds rather bland and not very transparent. Install this mod and transform it into what he believes is one of the best overdrives at any rice. The PCB is almost exactly the same as a Tube Screamer. More details at Allum's site here.
Long Shaft Dynamic Mic. Don't know what brand this is. The band next to the windscreen which would have the brand and model, is missing thus I'm selling it as a mystery mic. Low impedance of course. If it looks familiar to you then you probably know that $20 may be a killer deal on it.
Audio-Technica ATM33A Condenser Mic, (stock pic), (1987 ad). From AT's Artist Series, this is one nice condenser. With all the budget Chinese mics on the market a good quality condenser can get lost in the shuffle but if you do an A/B comparison with MXL's, CAD, etc., the difference is clear: The Japan-made ATM33a is more accurate, with no audible distortion, and less handling noise. Recommended for acoustic guitar, percussion, overheads, and vocals, and equally at home in both studio and stage applications. It has outstanding linearity both on- and off-axis and handles high sound pressure levels superbly for mics in its class. It operates on both phantom power or via internal AA battery (no searching around for a whacko $8 battery from the photo store). Appears to have seen very little use with no scratches or wear and ships in original box with windscreen and manual. This sold new for $199 and is an excellent value, barely used, at $99.
Vintage Gibson Flying V Case. From an '82 Limited Edition Korina Flying V and made with the looks of an original 50's Lifton with the same brown covering - not the brown elephant hide used on the brown "Gibson USA" logo cases - plus purple lining with storage compartment inside the "V" area. Some wear around the edges but all latches and hinges are there and it's structurally intact. Handle is a replacement but used the same mounting holes so it looks good. This is a hard to find case for the rare Korina models and would also be a cool enough substitute for other vintage Vs. $139(HOLD-10/24).
1987 Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer, (front/back), (sides/serial). If you missed the one I listed last week, here's another, only much cleaner condition. The Japanese CS-2 is considered by many players to be the best stomp box compressor ever made. Like all Boss pedals from this era, built for decades of hassle free use and this pedal will likely be in use many decades from now. Cosmetically, it's in beautiful shape with only some minuscule finish chips here and there, visible in the pics. CS-2's are rarely in this condition as most have been working pedals by working guitarists who use them for 200 gigs a year, but every now and then I get one that's never been roaded. These are great pedals and they go quickly (the one I posted 5 days ago is gone. Includes original 87-page Pocket Dictionary and other box candy (no manual). Ones in comparable condition are going for $219 (link) without box - get this one, much cheaper, at $159. (Possible hold for MXR CC customer).
2012 Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH, (front), (back), (headstock/neck). I think this is the first one of these we've had but, regardless, I'm impressed. Other than the pickguard assembly, it's a vintage style Strat with a nice gloss finish on body and neck and an impressive sounding guitar. The main feature on this model is the Vintage Hot Alnico high-gain humbuckers and, visually, the skirted black amp knobs. Other features include gloss finish alder body; gloss finished maple neck; rosewood fretboard; 22 medium jumbo frets; black dot inlays; 9.5" radius; 1 5/8" synthetic bone nut; nickel/chrome hardware; vintage synchronized tremolo; Fender standard sealed tuners; custom switching; and black skirted amp knobs. The pickup switching yields a cool combination of humbucker and along with two traditional Strat type tones: 1.Full Bridge Pickup, 2.Two Inside Single Coils, 3.Both Full Humbucking Pickups, 4.Outer Neck Single Coil, 5.Full Neck Pickup. If preferred, we can swap out the pickguard with a 2011 Fender Highway One HSS guard (shown here) which features the Fender Atomic humbucker and two American vintage style single coils with 5-way switch and "no-load" tone pot. Set up is fantastic and these pickups sound surprisingly awesome. I actually think it's a good enough guitar that any pickups would sound good. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy flaws. Just a really nice Strat for the money at $365, or a little more if you want the Highway HSS mod done.
Grover Rotomatics - Brushed Aluminum. Aka Chrome Satin. 18:1 ratio, kidney bean buttons. New condition out of the box. Includes all hardware. $45.
Don Mare '54 Tele Neck Pickup. Among the best pickups being made. "The '54" is designed to sound just like a '54 to '64 era Tele with a vintage 6.6K output. It's Mare's most popular neck pickup with Alnico 5 magnets and nickel silver cover for clear bell tones. Read about Mare pu's here. These are $119.50 new but get this one, no waiting, and just $79.
Harmonic Design Chromotone Tele Neck Pickup. HD's newest pickup that replaced their old standard, the '54 Special. It retains some of the 'veiled' highs of old Tele pickups but with a higher output that's cleaner and brighter, and a wide dynamic response that's much more punchy and touch sensitive. For more info check out Harmonic Design here. Sells new for $100; get this one for $69.
1980's Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer, (serial). Made in Japan and, get this, serial number 000003! The CS-2 is considered by many players to be the best stomp box compressor ever made. Like all Boss pedals from this era, built for decades of hassle free use and this pedal will likely be in use many decades from now. Cosmetically, its in average condition but you'll rarely find one of these in collector's grade. The CS-2 has always been a workman's pedal for players who know what they need, unlike a DD-3 where everybody just has to have one, just to be fashionable if nothing else. In addition to finish chips here and there, it has Velcro on the bottom, but it does have the label under the Velcro. These are great pedals and don't last long. $75(HOLD-Ian 10/21).
RGW Dirty Dan. I don't know much about RGW, other than the Dirty Dan looks just like the RGW Bad Bob, which is now being made by Analogman (link). The Dirty Dan is a great Way Huge Red Llama clone with added gain for even more kick, and to its credit isn't another Tubescreamer clone. It blurs the lines between overdrive and distortion and adds considerable grit even at the lowest settings - crank it up and it screams. It's especially good for it preserving your guitar's tone and maintaining nuances in picking. Click here for a few in-depth reviews on Harmony-Central. Clean shape and just $105.
1999 Epiphone Sheraton II - MIK - Natural, (front), (back), (inlay), (headstock), (appointments). Looks great, sounds great, plays great - a quality Korean-made Sheraton that has become sought out by players in the know. The Sheraton's proud history goes back to '59, when, owned by Gibson, Epi started producing the Sheraton, which was a model unique to that company, rather than an Epi version of a Gibson, which was the fashion in the early Gibson days Today, models that are unique to the Epiphone line, including the Sheraton, Zephyr, Riviera and Emperor, are built to higher quality standards than their Gibson copy line (Les Paul, SG, Dot, Hummingbird, etc.). The Sheraton does share design features with the Gibson ES-335, but the cosmetic appointments are much higher on the Sheraton. The original Sheraton was outfitted with a Frequensator tailpiece but didn't gain much popularity until Epi changed to a stop bar and Tuneomatic bridge, i.e. the Sheraton II. Like the Gibson ES-335, the Sheraton has a laminated maple body, top, back, sides, which, with it's bright tone, works well with the darker tone of PAF humbuckers. Unlike the Dot's mahogany neck, the Sheraton features a 5-piece maple neck, for maximum stability, capped with a rosewood fretboard. High-end cosmetics include gold hardware, multi-layer binding on all edges including body, fretboard, neck, and headstock; abalone block & triangle fretboard inlays, headstock overlay with inlaid logo and vine inlay, and 6-layer tortoise pickguard. Players as diverse as Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher and blues legend John Lee Hooker both have signature model Sheratons, which is testimony to the versatility of these guitars. It's capable of high gain without feedback, which makes it attractive to rock players, but sounds equally good on more mellow jazz or blues. Cosmetically it's in nice shape with no major flaws. It has a fantastic setup with low action; 2-fret bends ring true all over the neck. These were more expensive years ago, but Epiphone rightly dropped the price when production moved to China, thus the list price was lowered to $1042, selling discounted for $599, not including a case or gigbag. I'll hold the quality of this MIK model to any archtop import on the market today, and it should be in use for decades to come. If you appreciate the quality difference on these older Sheratons, you know this is a better value, especially at $100 cheaper than a new Chinese model. Get this one for $499, or $50 more for proper Epiphone case (pic).
Custom Mod 2012 Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag/etc.). Call me crazy, but I just had to do a custom mod to this guitar. The "Pawn Shop" series are supposed to be guitars that were modified by players or in this case, prototypes that somehow inadvertently made it out of the factory. That premise is cool enough, but I found it very off-putting that they would use a goofy "Mustang Special" logo, which of course was never used until this model was release last year. It just so happens that I had a quality 1994 Fender Japan '65 Reissue Mustang neck among my spares and I couldn't resist the temptation to make it "right". Other than the neck this guitar is 100% stock which for this model includes alder body finished in Candy Apple Red, dual "Enforcer" humbuckers with 3-way coil selector slide switches for 18 tonal options, 3-way selector, 24" short scale, vintage style tuners and strap pins, 70's Strat hardtail bridge, traditional Mustang pickguard, control plate, and knobs. These Enforcer pickups were designed to look like the 70's "Wide Range" humbuckers used on the Tele Thinline, Tele Deluxe, Tele Custom, etc. With the 3-way coil switches you can select any coil, or both, to dial in your perfect tone, from fat humbucking to snappy single-coil. A stock model lists at $1079 and sells for $799. If you want something a little cooler, you can have this one that's more like a real modified Mustang for $650. If you want the original "Mustang Special" neck, no problem, we'll swap it back for no charge. Includes original deluxe gigbag an sealed goodie bag.
2007 Taylor SB1-SP Solidbody Electric - 3 Mini Hums - Flamed Top, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (chambered body and quick connect wires), (case). Rare model with 3 mini-humbuckers. Shortly after getting my first Taylor T3/B, I get this one, only the second solidbody I've had. Like the T3/B, it's an impressive guitar with a beautifully flamed maple top over a chambered mahogany body, finished in Cherry Sunburst, but this one's a more traditional solidbody, without the F-holes and Bigsby tailpiece. I've had plenty of Taylor electrics since they first came out with the T5 in 2005. While the T5 is an excellent guitar its tone wasn't conducive to playing as many styles as an electric player would want. The SB-series takes Taylor further into the world of electrics and can be evaluated as a true electric. Speaking of electrics, this one has a trio of Taylor's Hi-Fi mini-humbuckers, the only one I've seen with this configuration, but Taylor designed these pickguard to be easily interchangeable so if you want to go from this set up to, say, a pair of PAFs or three single coils, you can do it in 10 minutes or so. The area under the pickguard is chambered and will accept any pickup type plus the pots have quick-disconnect connections which means no soldering. Both the PAF's and Mini-hums are offered in a High Gain and HiFi design, with this HiFi set having outputs of 4K in the neck, and 5K in middle and bridge. Other features include tropical mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, ebony headstock overlay with inlaid logo, chrome Taylor tuners, 3-ply black pickguard, gloss finish throughout, bone nut, and Taylor's own aluminum bridge. This bridge is the most ergonomic bridge I've felt, with individual saddles, each smoothly contoured for comfort, wherever your hand may rest. You'll note the single bolt neck attachment, which uses Taylor’s T-Lock design, which makes it easy to adjust the neck angle and eliminates the heel, plus electric frets instead of the acoustic-style frets used on the T5. Electronics are basically like a Strat (bridge, bridge+middle, middle, middle+neck, neck) The tone control also features a unique mid boost circuit that allows the control to function normally over the first two-thirds of its rotation, while over the last third it kicks in a midrange peak that sounds similar to a “half-cocked” wah pedal. Taylor made its name based largely on their superb playability and this guitar will not disappoint fans of low action. For full specs on this model, click here for Taylor's site. The SB1-SP lists at $2698 and sells new for $1999. This one is in "as new" condition and a nice deal for $1350. Includes original Taylor case.
Ernie Ball Musicman John Petrucci JP6 Dargie Delight with Piezo Limited Edition, (color shift), (front), (back edge), (headstock), (back), (piezo preamp), (figured neck), (case). Very rare model, the fully-loaded, Limited Edition JP6 Dargie Delight. I was told by the original owner that there were only 10 made in righty with piezo, but feel to let me know if you have other evidence. Regardless, there aren't many of them. This has possibly the coolest finish ever made, with a two tone iridescent green called "Apple Carmel Delight" that looks green or bronze in natural lighting, but under lights can also appear gold, orange, red, and amber. I put several side-by-side pics above to show you the color change but here's a great YouTube video to show you the full range (click here). It's loaded with high-end features such as ebony fingerboard, inlays with custom oval white mother of pearl with paua abalone inserts, Piezo bridge, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend neck made with a beautiful piece of birdseye maple, ebony fretboard, headstock painted to match body, and Limited Edition neckplate. It features a super flat 15" radius fretboard, DiMarzio Crunch Lab and Liquifier pickups, controlled by a 3-way, volume and tone - with a separate volume for the piezo plus a 3-way to select piezo alone - piezo+magnetic - magnetic alone. If you want to get a better look at this color, for more detailed pics, click here for an identical one on Ebay (that sold for $2395 by the way...). This guitar is dead mint and an excellent choice for the Petrucci collector, Dargie Delight collector, or anyone looking for an absolutely killer playing axe in the coolest finish imaginable. Just $2099 for this "as new" beauty.
Gibson Mini-Humbucker. Recent model with patent engraved bottom, vintage style cloth wires with braided exterior, and "slick" top. Good upgrade for your import Epi etc., or add versatility to your dual P90 guitar by substituting a humbucker. Immaculate condition with mounting hardware. $65.
Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Texas Special Set. Texas Specials are built to produce increased output, presence and midrange. The nickel/silver cover on the neck pickup produces a clear warm tone that only a true Custom Shop Tele pickup can do. These over wound pickups use Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnetic wire. The bridge pickup features height-staggered magnets and a copper plated steel bottom plate. Includes mounting hardware. Sells new for $159 but this set was only installed briefly, and has full-length lead wires, for just $99, or $119/installed for any Tele we have in stock.
Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Neck Pickup. Very popular recent model, used in many custom shop models, as well as the Baja Tele. Fender's highest output Tele pickup, they used taller magnets and heavier wire to achieve a tone that's similar to the Strat neck position, thus the "twisted" name. Although it has 3 wires, it's still a single coil pickup and the 3rd wire is used for additional shielding. Clean shape and a cool mod for your Tele for $45.
Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Bridge STL-1B. If you're looking for the relic vibe for your well worn Tele, check this one out. Pole pieces have that perfect rusty/corroded patina. With Alnico V magnets and wax covered cloth wires, this pickup as the exceptional twangy, "nasal" sound and tremendous sustain found on a '48 "pre-Tele". Compared with the '54, it has more output and more snarl in the midrange. Full length lead wires. $45 for this genuine relic.
Illusion '59 Esquire Pickup. Wound slightly hotter than his '51 pickups, the '59 Esquire features period correct construction with a slightly hot output of 9.8K. These have received favorable reviews on TPDRI, the Tele discussion forum (link). They used to sell via an Ebay store but have since used a web and Facebook presence instead. Good quality pickup for $39(HOLD-Zeke 10/15).
1950's Fender Tele/PBass Cap. For anyone restoring a vintage Tele or Fender bass, this is the Cornell-Dubiller ZSW15S paper and wax .05 MFD cap used from the 50's to the early 60's. Full length wires, nice shape. You can get a repro of this model but for the real thing, $45 is a cheap price.
1997 Guild JF30 Jumbo - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (optional pickup), (case). Desirable Westerly RI model, built well before the Fender buyout. Very lush and crisp tone, superb action, and a very big tone from this jumbo acoustic. For the player who plays plugged in sometimes, we're offering a special deal on an L.R. Baggs M1 Active soundhole pickup with endpin jack. The M1's dual-coil design employs L.R. Baggs' exclusive TriAxial Dynamic Technology to produce clear, rich tones that are resistant to feedback, noise and hum, with string and body sound all in one. A primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil and the pickup now features a volume control. The M1 Active sells for $169 plus installation. We're offering it with this guitar for just $70/installed. Features include 17" jumbo body, black finish, solid spruce top, solid maple sides, figured arched laminated maple back, 2-piece maple neck with mahogany center strip, 20-fret rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, rosewood bridge, black plastic pickguard, gold Grover mini Rotomatic tuners, white-bound body, 4-ply top purfling, pearloid Chesterfield headstock inlay and logo, 1-11/16" nut width, 25.5" scale, body depth runs 4" to 5". Tone is very bright and articulate and really cuts through in a jam session, plus the added size of the body lends itself to a fuller tone on the bottom end. This guitar has seen very little playing time so frets are in great shape and with a perfect neck angle the action is fantastic, like a Taylor in that regard. Under Fender's leadership, Guild discontinued this model in favor of their Chinese line, model GAD-JF30, which were good guitars for the money (around $899), but why pay that for a quality Chinese model when you can get a quality USA model for less. $899 and will include the Baggs system, installed, or $829 for just the guitar. Includes standard Guild wood/tolex case.
1998 Fender Standard Stratocaster - Black w/Rosewood Board, (front), (back), (headstock). Excellent quality Strat that's possibly the best quality/price ratio of the plethora of American and imported Strats. Finished in gloss black, which is actually the most popular color for electric guitars, the Standard Strat has the look and tone that has made this model the most popular electric guitar since 1954. Fender's Standard Strat is made from USA parts, but finished and assembled in Encino Mexico. The result is a guitar that's nearly identical to the Highway or Special series, both made in USA, at nearly 1/2 the cost...and this Standard features a gloss finish where those have a satin finish. It features quality hardware including stamped steel saddles, Fender/Ping tuners, as well as 3 ceramic single coil pickups, 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss finished alder body, 3-ply pickguard and backplate, and maple neck with rosewood fretboard carved in a modern C shape. Overall excellent condition with no buckle rash or glaring flaws anywhere with a very comfortable set up and one of the better sounding Standards in recent memory. One of the coolest tones I discovered is in the middle/bridge position, turning the middle tone all the way back and it gets a mid-range honk that cuts through the mix without sounding at all dull. I attribute this to a very lively body, which I don't often notice on these. With a new one running $499, here's an excellent sounding one that doesn't look like a 15-year-old Strat, for $325, including Fender gigbag.
Hartman BC-108 Silicone Fuzz.
A very musical sounding and faithful recreation of the original silicon Fuzz
Face circuit with modern enhancements like true-bypass, LED indicator, and 9V jack.
It has an external bias control, allowing fuzz to be set ultra-smooth, or lowered for
a rougher texture. The lowest bias settings evoke the trademark crackle, spit and grind of
a "starved" Silicon transistors. External bias control is standard on all units, allowing fuzz to be set ultra-smooth, or lowered for
rougher texture. The lowest bias settings evoke the trademark crackle, spit and grind of "starved"
Silicon transistor. The BC108 transistors are specially selected to ensure each fuzz is voiced to respond to changes in guitar volume and player dynamics, decay smoothly, and have enough gain for creating controlled feedback. Great sounding fuzz, in mint condition, for $95.
Malekko Spring Chicken Reverb Limited, (pic2), (inside label). Original Limited Edition model with Dwell Control on the side which varies the length of reverb vary from "regular", to a very long decay, or full-on oscillation to infinity. Malekko later added the Dwell control to their standard model after a modest bump in price. The Cluck knob controls level of reverb, Dwell controls bounce, decay and wetness of reverb, and true bypass circuit maintains your guitar's tone when the pedal is bypassed. Using an expression pedal via the ES input, you can create reverb swells and hands free self-oscillation for maximum control. Included is the original Malekko "don't take any wooden nickels" wooden coin. Mint in the box, $145.
ZVex Wooly Mammoth Fuzz - Hand-Painted, (pic2). Specifically engineered to work great with bass, it's also a very popular guitar fuzz. Sensitive and touchy bass fuzz with tremendous bottom end and a beautiful harmonic structure that sounds blistering with a guitar. The harmonic structure can be radically altered using the "Pinch" knob, which adjusts the pulse width of the waveform, going from a creamy sound to a sweet intermodulation distortion. Turning clockwise narrows the wave shape which makes it reedier and brassier, while also causing a smooth 'gating' action, and complete silence between notes. Its frequency is several octaves below the human audibility and these sub-harmonic notes will shake the floor, windows, and your pant legs. Click here for more info from Zvex. The newer hand-pained Wooly's are all yellow graphics over a green box and sell for $359. This earlier model is mint, except for velcro strips, and in a more rare purple/maroon/yellow graphics, and is $100 cheaper at $259.
Ross 10-Band EQ. I get a lot of the MXR 10-bands, but Ross are much more rare from my experience. Like the MXR, it features built-in power supply and hard wired power cable, the same frequencies (31, 62, 125, 250, 500, 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16KHz), with a 12dB cut/boost. It's also built like a tank and should work for decades to come. With the low bands, 31Hz and 62Hz, having no effect on the guitar spectrum, these were obviously built for use by both bassists and guitarists. Rubber tip was missing on the low band so we just improvised one. Works perfectly and a good value on a lifetime pedal at $49. You'll save enough on batteries that it will pay for itself in just a few years.
Jax Fuzz Box FY-2, (top/back), (circuit). One of the legendary Japanese Fuzz Boxes of the 60's, manufactured under a bunch of different brand names, like Avora, Shin-ei Companion, Kimbara, Tele-Star, Tempo, Zenta and Thomas, all of which shared the "FY-2 Fuzz Box" model name. It's noted for a raw, gated fuzz, basically the classic chainsaw tone that defined the 60's fuzz tone. Its tone is best described as a violent splutter, with a somewhat scooped midrange rather than a long, sustained overdrive output. Controls are Volume and Fuzz, which controls the tone, rather than the amount of distortion. Noted users include names like Radiohead, Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Black Keys. There are a number of YouTube demo's; I put up a brief one here. The FY-2 is quite sought after today and fairly rare, considering all the different brands which were originally made. This is the first one I've had since the late 90's. It can be yours for $225.
Boss DD20 Gigadelay, (close-up), (back panel). So much power - up to 23 seconds of delay with 11 delay modes including classic tape delay and sound-on-sound recording, smooth and Twist modes for subtle or radical delay effects, Memory function for changing delay modes seamlessly, push-button knob for setting delay time in fine or coarse adjustments. Click here for a good video demo by Proguitarshop. Sells for $219 new - this clean used one with original box, batteries, manual, and paperwork, and is just $165.
Boss RT20 Rotary Sound Processor, (stock pic), (back panel). I think these are the best rotary speaker simulators on the market - as good as Hughes and Kettner's Rotosphere, but more versatile. Sounds equally good on guitar or keyboards where, like a Leslie, you can go from a slow rotary to fast at the touch of a button. You can adjust the mix between bass rotor and horn rotor, set the speed for both fast and slow settings, adjust the speed in which the rotary rises, add some natural sounding Leslie overdrive, with 4 types of sounds including standard rotary speaker effects, rock-oriented tones, UNI-V, and more. Has the coolest multi-color visual display you'll ever see on a stomp box and once you get used to it, actually helps in dialing in your settings. For full specs click here for Boss' site. For YouTube demo's click here for keyboard - or click here for a great guitar demo by the Boss demo guy. Operates on 6 AA batteries or optional power supply. $219 on a new one but this one's in excellent condition in original box with manual and paperwork for $155(HOLD-Greg in Md. 10/16). (Note: I also have the Boss Phrase Recorder ($199) with free shipping if you buy two or three Boss Twin Pedals).
Vox V412BN 4X12 Cabinet, (stock pic). New in sealed box. Originally offered as a companion to the AC30CCH, Vox AC50CPH, and AC100CPH amp heads, but it's a good choice for anyone looking for vintage styling in a good sounding 4X12 that will handle 120 watts. Equipped with VOX/Wharfdale original vintage style GSH 12-30 12" speakers and swivel casters are included. These have been discontinued but they sold new for $549-$679. This one's just $350 plus shipping (97 lbs.).
Line 6 Pod Plus Floor Multi-Effect, (close-up), (controls), (patch bay). Get all the great sounds of the POD 2.0 plus some extra essential effects in a more gig-friendly floor pedal with real time foot controls. The Pod Plus has 32 amp models that you can mix and match with 16 cab models, 6 delay models, full-time compressor, and 20 other effects (including choruses, flangers, reverbs, sub-octave, synth, etc.). Equally at home on stage or in the studio. It's easy to tweak all the settings for your amp and effect models and save them to a user bank, and then instantly recall them instantly via 7 onboard footswitches plus the built in wah/volume pedal. Features include 120 presets, onboard tuner, stereo 1/4" outs, Tap Tempo, CD/MP3 input, headphone out, MIDI in/out, and much more. You also get access to Line 6's Custom Tone online patch library, which includes literally thousands of tones matched to some of the greatest guitarists and songs of all time. Here's a very good, in-depth review at Music Radar (UK) (link). Here's a good overview of some of the presets (link), and a more in-depth demo on setting up individual patches here. Perhaps most remarkably, this unit which combines a POD 2.0, expression pedal, and FV floor unit into one unit, sells for less than the original POD 2.0. Recently discontinued, these sold new for $299 but this used one is perfect in the box with manual for just $125.
1999 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster, (front), (headstock), (back), (upgraded saddles), (case/acc.), (date). Yet another nice AV52 Tele, fourth one in the past 6 weeks. At 7.8 lbs., it's nice light weight swamp ash body, with a nice acoustic tone and all the Tele quack you expect when plugged in. Set up is lower than factory specs, most players will probably want us to raise it which isn't a problem. In production since ca. '82, the USA V52 Tele has remained one of the most desirable Teles to collectors and players alike and is definitely a "workhorse" Tele, one to be played at gigs and not sit in a glass case like many of the Custom Shop models seem to do. Basic spec's include a thin nitrocellulose lacquer over premium ash body, nitro-finished one piece U-shaped maple neck, bone nut, 7.25" radius with 21 vintage frets, vintage hardware, brass 3-barrel bridge (includes optional 6-saddle), USA V52 single coils w/cloth wires, 3 way switch, volume and tone, single-ply black pickguard, and butterscotch blonde finish. This guitar is all original except modern wiring kit has been installed along with a better "orange drop" cap instead of the disc type, and quality compensated brass saddles in place of the straight ones. Also includes optional 6-saddle bridge if you prefer that style. Don't shell out $1999 for a new one when this one's in excellent condition for almost 1/2 price; just $1099. Includes original tweed case in nice shape except for some tweed snagging, plus '52 Tele strap, optional 6-saddle bridge, polishing cloth, bridge cover, wrench kit, and paperwork.
1999 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Black & Chrome, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). These pre-chambered body Studios have become more desirable models as we have customers specifically seeking out pre-'06 models. They have a crisper attack and more punch in the bass, more sparkle in the highs. Gibson generally saves all of their lighter woods for their expensive Historic series so if you buy a Studio from this era you're not going to find a light one but then I don't feel that light weight guitars are necessarily more resonant. This one is quite lively sounding in fact. Since the early 80's the Studio has remained the best value in the "real" Les Paul line, i.e. carved maple cap over mahogany body, gloss finish, trapezoid inlays, 490R and 498T Alnico humbucker, and Gibson Deluxe tuners. This one has the rare small trapezoid inlays, used only for a year or two in the late 90's. Cosmetically this guitar is in decent shape although there are buckle scratches in the finish on back, but nothing through to the wood; top is in nice shape and there is no fret wear to speak of. Set up is low and the neck profile is medium, falling somewhere between the 60's thin taper and chunky 50's - and well rounded in the back. Gloss finish Studio's are now running $1399 new. This '99 model hasn't seen much actual playing time, judging by the frets, and is an inexpensive way to move up to a Gibson Les Paul - just $750(HOLD-Jason 1/31) with clean Gibson gigbag.
Kramer Truss Rod Covers. The real deal 80s parts, from the company auction. Following available at $10/each: Baretta, Pacer Imperial, and "Blank" (no writing). Others are $20/each.
Sennheiser MD 421 II, (close-up), (stock pic). A true classic microphone with the stature of famous mics like the Shure SM57/58, AKG C414, Neumann U87/U47 FET, Royer R121, and EV RE20. Often described as a studio mic and while it shines in studio work, it's just as capable as a performance mic on a live stage. I've seen countless concerts and TV shows with the MD421 prominently used. The large diaphragm, dynamic element handles exceptionally high sound pressure levels, making it well-suited for guitars and drums. Its full-bodied cardioid pattern and five-position bass control make it an excellent choice for most instruments, as well as group vocals or radio broadcast announcers. Features include rugged glass composite housing and hardened stainless steel basket, five position bass roll-off switch at bass, superb feedback rejection, clear sound reproduction with excellent gain before feedback, Frequency response 30Hz-17kHz. These run $379 new but this used one's in excellent condition and just $259.
AKG Perception 200 (pic2) (pic3), with shock mount and case. I know a lot of you have home studios and you want the best sound for the money. One "must-have" is a quality large diaphragm condenser mic and this one's hard to beat for the price. It has excellent reviews and blows away virtually everything in the under $400 list price range. Has Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass cut filter. Features: Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser; Polar Pattern: Cardioid; Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz; Sensitivity:18 mA; Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB; Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz; Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB); Impedance: <200 ohms; Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms; Powering: 48 V phantom power; Current Consumption: < 2 mA; Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type; Finish: Metallic blue. Click here for details from AKG's site. This mic's in perfect condition and can allow you to move up a notch on the quality of your studio recordings - for $119.
2012 Fender American Special Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). New for 2010, offering the best value in a gloss finish American Tele. Fender chose some great pickups for this model, the custom shop Texas Special, formerly reserved for only the high end models. Controls are 3-way switch with master volume and "greasebucket" tone circuit which allows roll-off of the tone control without adding bass,. Other features include alder body with Gloss urethane finish, maple neck with modern C-shape profile and CBS-era logo, vintage style Tele bridge with 3 brass saddles, modern 9.5" radius, 25.5" scale, 22 jumbo frets, Fender staggered height sealed tuners, 3-ply black pickguard. This is an impressive guitar for the money. The finish is impeccable, quality tone, and a great neck that sets up with great action. New ones are going for $899 which is an unprecedented price point for a gloss finish USA Tele. This one is in new condition, set up to perfection and at $638(HOLD-Tom A 2/14), it's just $139 more than a new Mex Standard. Includes original deluxe gigbag and sealed accessory bag.
Weber Classic British C1225 Speaker Quad for 4X12. Weber's take no the classic 25W Greenback and this set of 16 Ohm 12's will let you nail the tone of a vintage 100W Marshall cab. As many of you know, part of the "magic" of guitar tone involves overdriving not just the amp, but the speakers as well. With a 100 watt cab you'll be able to achieve this overdrive, something not possible with a 280W or 300W cab. These use 30oz ceramic magnets with a 1-3/4" voice coil, with a British Kurt-Mueller aged and treated ribbed cone. It's tone is aggressive, yet has a smoother overdrive distortion characteristic with good detail and midrange complexity. It has more headroom and sounds less compressed than the AlNiCo 1225. These will run you $112/each direct from Weber (link), but this set of 4 have seen just a few hours of bedroom use and are in mint condition. These are boxed and ready to ship at just $300 for the quad.
1986 Kramer Paul Dean, (front), (back), (headstock), (flip/flop finish), (Floyd), (case). Top of the line for the Kramer American line back in the 80's and a rare model due to its short production run ('86-'88) and hefty price tag. This one has the Block 3D logo, which was used on the early model Paul Dean's, along with Paul's signature on the tip of the headstock. Later models had "American" as part of the block logo, with the model name on the truss rod cover only. The last version had the Pyramid logo, again, with model name on truss rod cover. Obviously there is no neckplate on this model and as mentioned at Vintage Kramer, "on earlier neck-throughs, there simply is no serial number." Kramer had a number of hot players with signature (later called "Artist") models including the Richie Sambora, Elliott Easton, Steve Ripley, Floyd Rose, as well as the Baretta (Eddie Van Halen), and Nightswan (Vivian Campbell). New for 1986 the Paul Dean was designed for the lead guitarist in the Canadian band Loverboy. Loverboy was huge in the mid-80's with their own style of dance rock, always with a tasty guitar hook. The PD signature was one of Kramer's early neck-through models with a dual-cutaway Honduras mahogany body. The horns were slightly more jagged or "squareish" (jigsaw puzzle) shaped than conventional with the bass bouts being more rounded than the typical Strat shape. The neck is as shallow as I've felt on a Kramer, almost like an Ibanez Wizard neck, with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with pearl dots, 25.5" scale. Pickup configuration was hum/single/single all by Seymour Duncan, the bridge being a JB model, the singles Vintage Staggered Single Coils. Controls included master volume, master tone and 3 on/off switches for the pickups. The bridge humbucker was slanted, like a Baretta. Like most Kramer Americans, it also featured black hardware including Schaller straplocks, Schaller tuners, wrench holder on back of headstock, string bar, and non-recessed Original Floyd Rose with wood screws into the body without inserts. Headstock was the pointy/droopy style. I've read that a few were built with a hockey stick headstock but I've never seen one and I tend to think that these were made for Paul and a few factory reps, but none were built as regular production. While most of these feature a signature truss rod cover, I believe some of the early models with the signature on the headstock sport a blank cover as shown on this one. Cosmetically it's in very nice shape for 27 years with just slight finish wear on the Floyd, a few finish impressions in the clear coat but no large pattern of buckle or pick scratches, nothing through the finish other than one tiny spot on the tip of the headstock with a fleck of finish missing (pic). Set up is low and it has excellent sustain with an excellent tonal pallet. The neck and the middle pickups are a dead-on vintage Strat tone, plus the JB by itself is the perfect tone for shredding rock music. The mahogany body is a very warm sounding tone that lends itself to clean tones, or overdriven rock. This one's finished in "flip flop red", which appears to change color, depending on viewing angle and lighting, and can appear red, purple, blue, or pink. At $1624 ($1399 plus case), the Paul Dean was the most expensive of the Kramer American line, $200 higher than the Nightswan (price list). In all fairness, it was a more expensive guitar to manufacture, being a neck-through model, the only neck-through in the Kramer American line. Although not quite a museum piece, it's very presentable and for a neck-through signature model it's an excellent value at just $899. Includes proper Kramer case with leather ends and white piping.
1965 Stratocaster Relic Official 50th Anniversary Model, (front), (back), (headstock), (sample of relic wear), (case & accessories). 2005 production year but it's actually new, old stock! Aztec Gold (nitro lacquer) and gold hardware, with medium relicing including checked finish and aged hardware with misc finish chips here and there, with the '65. Of the set of three ('56, '60, '65), this '65 had the most relic wear. I confirmed with Fender that only 100 of each piece - WORLDWIDE - was produced, which makes this a very rare guitar for an Anniversary model. These listed at $4677-$4690 with discount pricing at $3500. I bought all three of them NOS and it's time to find their new owner. One of these could easily be the centerpiece in many Anniversary model collections, to go along with your 25th, 35th, various 40th's, and production model 50th's. Features include Aztec Gold finish with gold hardware, "matching" headstock - Aztec gold, C-shaped neck with curved fretboard and pearloid dot inlays, finish checking and misc dings as well as "player's wear" in the belly contour, bold trans logo, aged hardware, and 50th Anniversary neckplate. Nice lightweight Strat at 7.6 lbs. New and unplayed condition with era-correct black Tolex case w/o logo, opened accessory bag, strap, tags, and certificate. Again, you could have bought this in a store in 2005 for $3500 (would definitely be higher today), but this one's never retailed and perfect, and just $2599. (Note: I also have the '56 (pic) in stock, all-gold, including gold anodized pickguard).
1965 Supro Thunderbolt 1X15 Combo, (back), (top), (speaker/chassis). Beautiful shape for this model - second cleanest one I've seen. Very highly sought after amp both for the cool tone and the Jimi Hendrix association, who played one on his days on the chitlin' circuit. Jimmy Page also used one on early Zep records. The Thunderbolt, built by Valco for Supro, was introduced in 1964, originally designed to be a bass amp, thus the 15" speaker and minimal controls, but like the Fender Bassman, it was much more well received as a guitar amp. The original Hendrix amp was raffled off by Guitar World magazine (advertisement) in 1992, back when such memorabilia hadn't yet reached astronomical prices. The features were very simple: 15" Jensen speaker, volume and tone, driven by a pair 6L6CG power tubes putting out around 50 watts, a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes in the preamp, and a 5U4 rectifier tube. All the tubes in this amp are quite likely the original RCA's, which were stock for these amps. It is covered in Supros traditional blue ‘rhino hide’ tolex with horizontally striped gray grill cloth. In '67 they changed to black tolex to be more competitive with Fender. Bassists complained about the distorted tone when it was cranked up so in attempt to make them happy they also changed to a solid state rectifier and added wooden bracing across the speaker hole and another on the baffle board back. The thing that bassists hated, made it an excellent guitar amp. At 50 watts it has a bit of clean headroom, but a really nice breakup when cranked plus the 15" Jensen made it sound huge. Appears to be all original other than perhaps the speaker which is, correctly, a Jensen 15" but it's a '62 speaker. It's possible they had some older speakers in stock when the built the amp. It still has the two-prong cord; covering is in nice shape on all sides, panel has minimal corrosion and intact lettering, no snags in grill, etc. Even the tubes are quite possibly original. It has no snap-crackle-pop, is well tuned, and needs nothing. If you follow these, you probably know most of these are in player's grade and rarely are found below $1300, even in well used condition. While this isn't quite the cheapest one on the market, I'm sure it's the cheapest clean one around at $1300(Tent. Hold - Texas 9/27).
Wampler Paisley Drive - Brad Paisley Overdrive Pedal. Brad Paisley is my favorite guitarist and while his chops are impeccable, his tone is equally impressive. The folks at Wampler found out that he had been using several of their pedals for years and was currently looking for the perfect overdrive pedal. His requirements? "it needs to be clean but get crunchy with some “beef” to it. It needs to have a fluid tone when soloing. I needs to add a little hair to the tone but then but then has to be able to give flat out ball busting gain, oh… but please do not wreck the tonality. It needs to have everything, in a pedal format, but do not make it sound like a pedal...!" Although Brad plays Teles, almost exclusively, this thing sounded good with Strats and humbuckers as well as you can see in this demo. You can get a new one for $219.97, or get this "as new" one for $159.
Schaller Deluxe - Kluson style for Gibson. Vintage style with aged double-ring Keystone buttons. Great replacement for your worn Gibson or PRS McCarty, or upgrade for Epi or other import style. Nice shape, original box. $45(HOLD-Wayne P 9/30).
1988 Ibanez 540PTC aka 540P-TCFA- Five Alarm Red, (front-1 front-2), (back-1 back-2), (headstock), (Edge trem), (pickup/route), (neck/body markings), (features), ("Backstop"), (case). Very rare model and a color that screams 80's rock. Ibanez calls this finish "Five Alarm Red", although anyone who lived in the 60's would call it "Day-Glo orange" or fluorescent orange. It is much more vibrant than any of the pics. Ibanez did a "Carotine Orange" in '88 but it was only offered on the HSS model called the "540P". If you want to read more about the color discussion, click here. Okay, let's move on... Made exclusively for rock guitar, the Power series used an alder body, rather than basswood, which is thought of as the "normal" Ibanez body wood. Distinctively styled, the Power body's beveled sides and cutaways add playing comfort as well as visual appeal. Here's a catalog pic showing the intricate bevels and edges (link). The feature that immediately strikes you is the pickup configuration. As far as I know, this is also the only Ibanez that features the IBZ/USA triple-coil pickup, a combination of a humbucker, wired to a single coil. With two mini-toggles you can choose (1) humbucker, (2) single coil, (3) triple coil, or off. Other features include select alder body, "tilt" neck joint (cut on an angle), 22-fret rosewood fretboard, super-thin Wizard neck that measures 17mm/20mm depth at the 1st/12th frets, Ibanez Edge tremolo with Stud Lock, Top Lok III nut, recessed tremolo cavity, recessed control and tremolo covers, Cosmo Black hardware, one IBZ/USA triple coil pickup, 1 volume with 2 mini switches, available in White and Five Alarm Red. Another thing I haven't seen in another Ibanez, it features the "Backstop", which is a 2-spring device located in trem cavity that acts like a Hipshot to stabilize strings during bends and improve tuning stability. Ibanez was prolific with their rock/metal guitars in the late 80's, featuring no less than 4 bodies (RG plus 3 shown here), which catered to this market exclusively. I've had a bunch of Sabers and a few Radius, but this is the only Power body, at least the 3-coil Power body, that I've ever seen. This is one of the thinnest necks I've felt, measuring just .679" deep at the first fret, with a slightly wide 1 11/16" nut width. Overall this guitar is very clean with no real player's wear other than the usual corrosion on the neckplate and small finish cracks in the cutaway, although there are a few finish dings in the clearcoat only (shown here). As thin as this neck is, it's very stable and maintains an excellent setup with low action and no excessive buzz or dead spots. For cool looks, playability, tone, and rarity, this one's hard to beat at $999. Includes original Ibanez Professional case.
2000 Godin LGX “Two-Voice”, (close-up), (headstock/neck), (controls), (bridge/block), (back), (case). The LGX, predecessor to the current LGX-T and LGX-SA, is a distinctive guitar that combines comfort, tone, and versatility in one finely crafted guitar. Most Godin guitars, whether their acoustic line or hybrids such as the LGX, are made in USA from quality Canadian parts. The LGX combines a quality electric guitar, with a fairly authentic sounding acoustic guitar. For its electric tones the LGX uses a pair of Seymour Duncans (Custom-Custom Bridge and Jazz neck) with 5-way switching for a good selection of fat humbucker - or articulate single coil - tones. For its acoustic tones the LGX employs quality L.R. Baggs transducer saddles with a custom preamp located on the upper bout with EQ for acoustic volume, treble, mid-range, and bass controls. The LGX is designed to instantly switch to—or blend in—crystal clear acoustic sounds with your electric tone, and you have not just two but three or four instruments combined in one remarkable guitar. It also features very comfortable body contours, plus very easy access to the upper frets in an attractive Dark Red transparent AA maple cap w/maple binding attached to a mahogany body, matching quilted maple headstock, locking tuners with ebony buttons, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, very flat 16" fretboard radius, 25.5" scale, 1 11/16" nut, and controls for guitar volume, acoustic/electric blend pot, tone, and 3-way selector for acoustic-electric-both. It features three separate 1/4"outputs for acoustic, electric, and blend. For the ultimate in flexibility, use separate outputs to go to separate channels on your amp - or better yet a separate acoustic and electric amp. For ease of use though, the blended output sounds fine and you can still enjoy the great flexibility of this fine guitar. It can cover anything from country to jazz to rock to fusion and isn't any more prone to feedback than a Les Paul. Lastly, this guitar records very well and sounds great on stage, making it one of the most flexible guitars you can own. For around 50 reviews, where it scored a 9.2 overall, click here for Harmony-Central or go to YouTube for a number of demo's (here's a Santana song). These sold new in '00 for $1200 with case but this one is pretty much flawless and just $750.
Custom Made Neck-Thru Strat Project, (front), (back), (headstock), (brass parts), (heel), (cavity/Bournes pots). For the DIY guitarist who wants a fairly easy project, and one that will be a truly unique guitar when finished. I got this without any history, from Make 'N Music, but whoever built this knew what they were doing. It's not easy to build a neck through guitar and this one was done right. As far as dating it, to Martin and me it has the vibe of an 80's guitar so that's our guess. You'll notice the "all wood" appearance of the maple body with natural finish and zebrawood pickguard area, plus a zebrawood fretboard. The "pickguard" isn't actually a pickguard but, rather, a 2 pieces of walnut, inlaid into the body with the precision that's only possible with a CNC machine (shown here). I've seen these as raised guards, or a thin veneer, but this is a around 1/4" thick (see arrows here). The guitar is all maple, with a center section/neck that's 6" across, with maple wings. The body is precision routed for 3 humbuckers, with shielding tape in each of the pickup routes and a thin brass plating in the control cavity. Grounding wires are soldered in place from the pickup routes to the control cavity plate. It has had several tailpieces and appears that the latest looks like it will allow for installation of either a Kahler Pro or even a Floyd. It was previously fitted for a vintage Strat style tremolo. The 6 screws for the vintage trem have been plugged with deep brass dowels, 1/2" deep. It may have also had a wraparound tailpiece, as there are two larger brass dowels. The zebrawood fretboard has brass dot inlays with black side markers. It also has brass string trees, a brass nut, and there are screws that fit the pattern of a Kahler nut on the headstock. Headstock shape is a modified Strat style that looks very much like the first Bigsby solidbody which actually preceded the Strat. You'll notice some extraneous holes in the "pickguard" area which likely were various locations for mini-toggle switches for pickups. Three of them have been capped with brass plugs, easily removable if desired. It is currently outfitted with top of the line Bournes 500K pots ($18/each) and gold Schaller tuners. The heel area is cut to allow easy access to the top frets, forming an offset rounded point on the bass side. Sighting down the neck, it appears to be perfectly straight and once electronics and hardware are installed, it should prove to be an excellent playing guitar. It is missing the back plate. For a neck-through of this quality, this is a great deal for the tech-inclined player at $375 with everything pictured, or if you want just the hulk (i.e. no hardware or pots), just $299.
1960 Kay Swing Master Electric Archtop Mod. K6970, (front), (back/side), (headstock/neck), (pickups/knobs), (case). Kay is a little tricky with dating and figuring out model names, but I was able to identify the model by the body stamp ("L4287 6970") and it appears identical to the Swing Master K6970 in the 1960 catalog shown in "Guitar Stories Part II" (pg. 131) by Michael Wright. It's a medium depth hollowbody archtop, measuring 15 3/8" at the lower bout. Features include laminated spruce top with laminated maple body, flamed maple back, set neck construction, bound neck with 19-frets on a rosewood board, 14 frets clear of the body, Venetian cutaway, double-bound body multi-ply binding on top, dual "speed bump" single coil pickups, 3-leg trapeze tailpiece with cross bar, rosewood bridge, dual volume and tone controls with white Bakelite radio-style knobs. These came in 1, 2, and 3 pickup models with the 2-pickup K6970 selling for $139.50, with the finished described as "shaded walnut finish with golden highlights", a term we now refer to as tobacco sunburst. The flamed maple back on this is unusual for a budget line guitar and from the comparable models I've seen on the web, as nice as you'll find on this model. Many cheaper models had fake painted flames but this one is the real deal. Kay's history goes back to the 1890's and in in 1928, Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer bought the company, and by 1934 the company was officially known as the "Kay Musical Instrument Company". Their factory was located in Chicago IL, the Mecca of guitar building, before adding another plant in Elk Grove IL in '64. Among their accomplishments, perhaps most notably they were the first maker of electric guitars, a disputable but, quite likely, true assertion. Kay was the largest USA guitar builder during the golden era. In addition to the Kay brand, they were the builders for many other brands including Airline (Montgomery Wards), Silvertone and Supertone (Sears&Roebuck), Old Kraftsmen (Spiegel), and Truetone (Western Auto), to name just a few. Department stores or catalogs were the largest sellers of guitars when I was a kid and if you bought one during the 60's, chances are it was made by Kay. This guitar plays good for an old Kay with typical medium action, getting higher as you go up the neck. Currently set up with a fresh set of flat wound strings, in the jazz box tradition. The pickups are lower output and have a unique tone of their own. It's all original, with the exception of tuners and in extremely nice shape for 50 years with the worst flaw being a worn spot on the back, typical with a thin nitro finish, but it has obviously seen very little playing time with near perfect frets and minimal extraneous wear. For a vintage American archtop, especially with a real flamed maple back, a nice buy at $650. Includes a quality form fit SKB Freedom case.
Metallica "Pinstripe" 4X12 Cabinet. No, sorry I don't have this for sale, but it was a cool gift from Metallica to Mo Rivera at his farewell ceremony at Yankee Stadium yesterday. "Enter Sandman" had been Mo's walk-out song for over a decade whenever Mo came in to close out a Yankee game. I was already excited to have Legends Suite seats before the game, but when we get there and I see a makeshift stage set up in centerfield I started to really get excited. I looked closer and noticed that the white/blue pinstripe grill cloth was emblazoned with a "Metallica" logo. Sure enough, just prior to Mo's walk out from the bull pen to the ceremony at home plate, the band jumped up on stage and broke into a live version of the song Yankee fans have loved for years. At just over 4 minutes, it was probably the shortest concert the band had ever played, but it made a very poignant day even more special.
ca. '64 Diamond Wildcat 4V, (front), (back), (pickups/controls), (headstock), (finish checking). During the guitar boom of the mid-60's Italian companies like Diamond were cranking out beaucoup guitars, under various banners. Diamond was primarily a making of quality accordions but, face it, the Beatles weren't an accordion band and many companies followed the money. As you can see in the pics, the years have been very kind to this guitar and other than some finish check lines, it's in genuine "under the bed" condition. The Diamond Wildcat 4V (i.e. 4 pickups) is an dual-cutaway, offset waist solidbody with 6/side tuners, which like most guitars in this era were based on a Fender. Diamond also built a similar model called "Ranger" with identical appointments, but with a more elongated body style with more pointy horns. Click this link to read more. I haven't found a model identical to this one that's branded as a Diamond Wildcat, although there are various other brands which are identical in all regards including body and neck, tuners, bridge, tremolo, volume/tone knobs, and strap pins. Having said that, this is the only one I've seen with the rotary pickup selector. All others I've seen have "veg-a-matic" style pushbuttons, like this similar 4-pickup aka "4V" (pic) or this "3V" model (pic). This is a good sounding guitar, with a unique tone that's probably as close to a Rick as anything else. Pickups are rather mellow with low-medium output, and a good selection of tones. Even on high gain amp settings, it is very quiet compared to, say, a Strat or Tele. Neck isn't at all large, very easy to get around on, and the set up is fantastic. Just check out the very low action (pic at 12th fret). If you're one of those guitarists looking for your own signature tone and look, or just anyone looking for unique addition to your collection, I highly recommend this one. For a 50-year-old, well-made Italian guitar in this condition, I think this is a sweet buy at $529.
DJ Hero for Wii, (pic2). I got this for Christmas a few years ago and used it twice. It's a fun game with tutorials that make it easy to progress quickly, but I just never had the time to get into it. Mint in the box, with software and instructions. Would make a nice gift or just something to waste a lot of time on. $20.
2009 Fender Road Worn 50's Telecaster - Black Guard, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (example of wear), (bridge), (gigbag). This is the most realistic wear I've seen on this model, and much heavier edge wear than the average Road Worn, which is usually just a light bead right on the front and back corners, but since these are hand-worn, each one is different, like a snowflake. This has wider bands of wear, with the white undercoat emulating the Fullerplast of the original 50's models. Two mods have been done: Wilkinson compensated brass saddles (intonates better; sounds better) replace the straight stainless steel ones, and pickguard has been replaced with a black one. A white guard was stock in '09 but who wants a white guard on a blonde 50s?!!. This one is a excellent sounding, great playing Tele and it weighs in at just 6.6 lbs. This 50's Road Worn has a transparent butterscotch blonde ash body finished in nitrocellulose lacquer which shows heavy body wear, primarily around the edges, buckle area, and neck, with various dings on the top and back, as well as oxidized pickup cover and pole pieces, rusty screws, and the dull patina of an old guitar. I've had plenty of these as well as the custom shop models and in my opinion the wear on this one is 90% as authentic as the custom shop Teles costing 3 times the price. Other features include vintage U-shaped maple neck with heavily worn urethane finish, maple fretboard with 7 1/4" radius and 6105 medium-jumbo frets, 3-saddle bridge with strings-thru-body, Tex-Mex Tele single-coil pickups, 3-way switching, aged knurled knobs, synthetic Bone nut, Fender vintage-style tuners, and deluxe gig bag. This is a very cool looking guitar indeed, but more importantly, it sounds great and has the low action you would expect on an American Deluxe or Custom Shop model. With new ones selling for $899, why not consider this one with a much cooler black pickguard, tone-enhancing brass saddles, and super lightweight, with excellent frets, for just $639(HOLD-Bill G 10/30). Includes original thick padded gigbag.
1988 ESP M-I Custom w/Graphic Finish, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd/Push-Pull), (binding/inlays), (comic book), (case). Real (non-Ltd) ESP's are getting very hard to find, and with the cost of a new bolt-on M-II Standard now at around $1700, none of them are cheap and even clean, original 80's/90's models are fetching $1K. It's been so long since I've had a Custom (neck-through) that I can't remember the last one I had - plus a cool color and custom shop graphic, make it a very rare and desirable model. This guitar is of interest to both guitar collectors, and comic book collectors, as it has a graphic based on the Nov. '86 issue of the DC Comic "Watchmen" (No. 3/12) entitled "Fallout shelter" aka "allout helter". An original copy of the comic book is included with the guitar. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no actual player's wear, but we did touch up a few cosmetic flaws (shown here), including a small finish chip around the jack and on the tip of the headstock, an 1/8" chip under the "T" graphic, and a small finish flake in the logo. Color match is near perfect and the areas were clear coated after the touch up. Features of the M-I Custom include alder body with through body maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fretboard with offset pearl block inlays, logo block at 12th fret, headstock painted to match body, chrome hardware, 6/side ESP tuners, bound neck, bound headstock, double-locking tremolo with locking nut, single humbucker with coil tap. A few thoughtful mods were done which include a Floyd Rose replaces the ESP tremolo, Duncan humbucker replaces the ESP pickup, and a push-pull tone pot replaces the coil tap switch. For the player, it's a fantastic playing guitar with low action and a fast feel all over the neck. The cutaway is beveled in a way that allows easy access to the upper frets. It's in beautiful shape and presents itself very nicely, with no pick or buckle scratches, and the only flaws noted above. For less money than a new bolt-on M-II Standard in a standard finish, you can get this neck-thru model in a very cool graphic which at 25 years is officially vintage. $1599 includes a quality Canadian TKL Tolex case and trem arm, as well as the original Watchman "allout helter" issue.
2010 Fender FSR American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with TBX and Active Mid Boost, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (case). Own a Clapton Strat for way less! This FSR (Factory Special Run) Strat has the exact same electronics as the current Clapton Strat, with a trio of Vintage Noiseless pickups, active Mid-Boost preamp, and TBX (treble bass expander). The essential difference will appeal to most players: a modern C-shaped neck instead of the V-neck. There is one mod that makes it even more like the Clapton - it came stock with the Fender/Ping tuners but they have been replaced with a set of Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners as found on the Clapton. Like the Clapton it has the American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with heavy steel block and steel stamped saddles. Other features include a lightweight alder body; C-shaped maple neck; 22-fret maple fingerboard with hand-rolled edges for smooth and comfortable playability; neck finished with a gloss headstock face and satin urethane finish on back for a natural feel. If you like the hum-free fat tone of a Clapton, you'll like this guitar. The Vintage Noiseless have the chime of a vintage pickup, but without the hum. The powerful active mid boost (+25dB) and TBX circuits give it even greater tonal versatility. The TBX (Treble Bass Expander) is a detented, stacked 250K / 1-Meg Pot control that From "0" to "5" is a standard tone control, but once you pass "5" you start to decrease the resistance which allows more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp. The Active Mid-Boost preamp circuit makes that great Strat sound jump right out at low settings and gets fatter—like an overdriven humbucking pickup—as the gain level is raised yet still retain more of a single-coil Strat tone and transparency. I find myself using the mid-boost pegged all the way to "10" and the guitar just sounds empty with it rolled off. A smarter player will probably use it more sparingly. Other than a few pickguard scratches this guitar is 100% mint, other than a ding on the top edge, shown here, which was color matched very well. The dinged area is around 1/2" wide, but the finish touch up was just a small strip, around the width of a piece of spaghetti. The setup is very low and bends ring long and clear. Frets are perfect and this guitar has seen almost zero actual playing time. On the Fender price list this model fell between an American Standard and a Clapton, selling new for $1399 ($1879 list). If you're looking for a Clapton, this is an excellent alternative for way less cash. $850 includes the new style Fender case w/ATA latches and misc. case candy.
Jon Kammerer Scorpius, (front), (back), (side), (fretboard), (headstock), (neck/pocket), (recessed plates), (label), (pickups), (case). Kammerer, made in his shop in Iowa, builds very unique, high quality guitars. According to his site, he has "built over 350 guitars...and hundreds of necks for other companies that don't want to be mentioned as they "Hand Build" their instruments. These are unique guitars, primarily with his patented neck attachment system, and with a body that's very thin at the edge, beveled to a regular thickness at the center, sort of like an Ibanez Sabre body. His patented neck attachment system maximizes transfer of energy between the neck and body. What looks like a 2-screw attachment is actually just 2 screws that hold the neckplate in place - the actual attachment uses 4 machine screws, with brass inserts in the neck. Two additional pins in the body prevent any shifting of the neck. With this system you don't need a lot of wood around the neck for strength, which allows is a very narrow heel that's very rounded, allowing for the utmost comfort playing in the upper register. It's an ingenious system, much more expensive to manufacture than a Strat style with 4 wood screws, but the results are worth it. The neck and headstock are the same piece of maple (i.e. no scarf joint), with the headstock being on a different plane to obtain the angle over the nut. Again, more expensive but an effective and sturdy design. Feel the headstock while you strum a chord and you can feel just how lively the neck vibrates. His bodies are also unique in that parts are all recessed - back plate, output jack, and neckplate are all recessed into the body, precisely, for a perfect fit. Just as precise is the fret work, with perfectly pressed frets, cut to exact fit, with no tang visible at the end of the fret (shown here). Other features include maple body with gloss finish, abalone bow-tie fretboard inlays, 24-fret rosewood fretboard, Duncan pickups with a Duncan Custom neck and a Pearly Gates bridge, black hardware. The body is two-piece but not the usual bookmatched variety: it's a one-piece top, sandwiched to a one-piece back, and chambered inside. Unlike some other boutique builders, Kammerer proudly uses a CNC machine in manufacturing his guitars, just like PRS or any other large company. If you insist on a body and neck cut with a band saw, that's fine, but those guitars are usually around twice the $1750 base price of a Kammerer. He builds guitars to order, but the Scorpius seems to be the starting point. Although this guitar has been played and there's some moderate player's wear, there aren't any major flaws and the frets are perfect. It has superb action, excellent tone, and is quite lightweight. Own this one for 1/2 the price of a new one at just $875. Includes the original case. Note: I also have a mint "Iris Special", one of only two made, for $1399.
1989 Fender HM Strat - Bright White, (front), (back), (trem), (headstock). Okay, you know me...I love these guitars, which is why I'm always looking for them and buying every one I can find. Great feeling unfinished necks with a flat fretboard, inevitable low setup, and able to sound like a vintage Strat with American Standard Strat pickups - or an 80's metal shredder via the DiMarzio Super 3. In fact, the DiMarzio has a coil splitter so you can still get the classic position 2 Strat tone with the middle pickup and 1/2 of the humbucker. In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's. Please click this link for more info. There's conflicting info on the whole HM line as to which models were USA, which were Japan, and which were a collaboration of the two, but I have found no difference in quality on any of these first version HM's so it's sort of a moot point. Cosmetically it's in very nice shape, especially for 24 years, with just some light scratches behind the tremolo and the typical black plating fading from the neckplate; frets in excellent condition and the set up is low and fast. Bright White is one of the more popular finishes for HM's, perhaps because it's pictured in a lot of the old Guitar Player mag ads. These guitars were more expensive than American Standard Strats back in '89 and are an excellent value today at $679. Includes hardshell case and trem arm.
Correction - model year is a 2003: 2003 Fender FSR American Butterscotch Custom Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/acc.). One of a small run of only 100 guitars built for Fender's North East region, introduced in May 2005. The FSR American Butterscotch Custom Telecaster (Model No. 017-0007-(850)) is blend of the old and new, with the look of an American Vintage '52, with modern features such as flatter fretboard radius, larger frets, modern American bridge with steel saddles - plus a vintage "Custom Telecaster" logo. It's 2-piece swamp ash body is highly figured and lightweight, 7.8 lbs. Features include swamp Ash body (Vintage Butterscotch only) with Modern “C” Shape maple neck with a silky satin polyurethane finish, modern fretboard radius (9.5"), 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, 1.6875” nut, Fender/Schaller Deluxe staggered height tuners, American Tele bridge with 6 Stainless Steel Saddles, single-ply black pickguard, Custom Shop Nocaster “Clean” single coil pickups, Master Volume, Master “No-Load” Tone control, rolled fingerboard edges, sharper ‘52 Style body radius, spaghetti logo with “Custom Telecaster”, Deluxe Black Hardshell Case with Orange Lining and Amp Logo. If you want the look of a AV52 Tele, but with a modern feel and classic Nocaster tone, here's your guitar. Collector-owned condition, flawless, and just $999(HOLD-Ed, local 1/24). Includes original vintage-style Fender/G&G case with Fender strap-cable-polishing cloth, Allen wrenches, Schaller strap locks, hang tags, and manual.
Catalinbread Perseus Sub-Octave Fuzz. The Perseus isn't a one-trick pony like most fuzz or octave fuzz pedals, with a wider variety of radical tones than others on the market. The Perseus is named after the Perseus cluster, where the lowest note in the universe emanates from a black hole. What’s happening out there is that intergalactic gas has concentrated around a cluster of galaxies, forming a cloud. A massive black hole is sending out jets of particles that crash into the cloud, causing pressure waves to ripple outward. Some astronomers interpret these as sound waves. Of course, even if you call it sound, it’s too low for anyone to hear. They estimate the note to be a “B flat,” about fifty-seven octaves lower than middle C. While the Perseus won’t give you 57 octaves below, it is the coolest analog octave-down fuzz available. It allows you to select either one or two octaves down mixed with a fuzz sound that you can blend to any mix of the two you want, including just the fuzz or just the sub-octave. The Perseus can track the sub-octave note accurately no matter where on the neck you are playing! It's a cool unit for bass players looking for a radical tone as well. Click here for full specs and a video demo at their site, and there are others on YouTube (link). Sells new for $159; this one's mint for $115.
This was put on hold right after I posted it a few months ago but apparently the buyer changed his mind: ca. 1985 Carruthers Strat aka S6, (front), (back), (cutaway), (headstock), (neck), (cavity), (pickups), (case). Fantastic early model boutique guitar from John Carruthers, whose bio reads like a who's-who of modern guitar manufacture. He has built and/or designed guitars for Yamaha, Fender, Taylor, Musicman, G&L, and Ibanez, and countless big name players, as well as writing columns for Guitar Player mag. He maintained his Venice Beach, CA factory for 30 years, before moving to a larger place in Camarrilo, CA. Not knowing a lot about Carruthers' guitars, I sent John some pics and called him to pick his brain. He said this was typical of the guitars he was building in the mid-80's and that it was probably around an '85 model. He said it appeared to be original other than the pickups, and that it would have sold for around $1800, which equates to nearly $4K in 2012 dollars. This isn't your cookie cutter maple-necked alder body Strat. It features a one-piece solid mahogany body and one-piece solid rosewood neck with a 25 1/2 scale and 24 medium jumbo frets. The body features a deeply sculpted cutaway on the treble side to make it easier to reach the high notes. I've seen this type of sculpt on a number of other boutique guitars from the 90's and on, but this is the earliest use I've seen. Hardware is Gotoh, all black, with a vintage tremolo with bent steel saddles, and locking tuners with a low profile that doesn't require use of a string tree. John couldn't be sure what original pickups were, although he did say that the HSH was proper, but I'm guessing EMG's since you can see two small holes in the back cover which have the same spacing as a 9V battery clip mount. I have some old EMG's we can install but the guitar sounds so sweet as outfitted, I'd be reluctant to mess with something that sounds so good. It currently has a Gibson PAF (probably a 490R) in the neck, Kent Armstrong Hot Single Coil Strat in the middle, and a DiMarzio DP155 Tone Zone in the bridge. If desired, we can swap out to an HSH set of Duncans for a small upcharge. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age with the only real flaws being a few small areas of the thin Nitro finish have flaked off, but we are going to touch them up prior to shipping and the guitar will ship in excellent condition. When you pick this guitar up you know you're holding a quality instrument, almost before you even strum the first chord. It just has that vibe. Set up is superb with low action, no dead spots, and excellent sustain. It has a very warm sound, typical of mahogany, with a faster attack, thanks to the rosewood neck. For a guitar that would cost $4K new today, it's a sweet deal on a quality guitar at $1099. Includes a wood/tolex case from the era, probably original to the guitar.
1982 Gibson The "V", (front-1 front-2), (headstock) (flamed neck), (back), (Dirty Fingers PU's), (case). "The" V is somewhat of a misnomer for this model. Beginning in ca. '78, Gibson made some scaled-down "The" models, namely "The Paul", "The SG", plus a solidbody ES-335 called the "335S", which were called The "SG Firebrand", etc., late in the run, around '82. The V, however, was not a Firebrand, rather it's an upscale model, featuring a curly maple top, body binding, flamed maple neck, and Ebony fretboard. Not surprisingly, it's a sought after model whereas The SG, The Paul, and 335S are simply decent utility guitars which are inexpensive despite their vintage status. The "V" was produced in this tobacco sunburst, plus cherry sunburst and antique natural, and featured a pair of Gibson "Dirty Fingers" humbuckers, and the standard Flying V control layout (3-way, volume, volume, tone). Other features include mahogany body with bound curly maple top, 3-piece flamed maple neck, 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side Schaller tuners, and chrome hardware. Although most books say "produced in '83 only", there are a number of '82's such as this one, and, supposedly, a few made in '81. I believe this model was released as competition for the Dean V, which was gaining a significant portion of the market with their flametop bound body V. Gibson also made some other V's during the era including the Flying V '83, Designer Series, XPL, and CMT, but The "V" is the only model with these specific features. Cosmetically, it's in decent condition with no heavy player's wear and, in fact, the frets are perfect, thanks to a pro refret done by the Gibson Valley Arts Repair Shop (repair order). While it was there they also did cosmetic work to a gouge on the face of the headstock, NOT a headstock crack, which after 8 years had the finish "sucked" in so Martin re-did the area and you likely wouldn't notice it now (before and after - after#2 pic). While at the Gibson shop they also installed a new nut. It has the typical crack at the output jack (shown here), but compared to most this one is barely worth mentioning. It is not a problem. Includes original case in fair condition cosmetically, but structurally, all 6 latches are intact, as well as hinges, handle, and interior straps. At 31 years this is a vintage V, and a fairly rare and desirable model, with new frets that should last another 20 years for the average player. It has a lovely top and one of the nicest flamed necks you'll find on this model, especially considering all 3 pieces are flamed. For the player or collector, a nice value at $1499.
2011 Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute - White, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). We sell a lot of these SG's and Juniors and they're excellent values. The 60's Tribute is an affordable version of an all time classic, the 60's SG Special, with it's all-mahogany construction and a pair of searing P90 single coils. There's nothing goofy about this model and it's an authentic reproduction, other than the "worn" finish. Finished in Worn White, which in the vintage world is referred to as TV White, which has always commanded a premium over the usual cherry finish. This guitar's thin solid mahogany body offers a very lightweight package with a tone that's both subtle and aggressive, depending on your playing style. It has a rich resonance with lots of harmonic depth and sparkle. The solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast Slim Taper profile similar to SGs from the '60s, with a glued in deep-set, long-tenon neck/body joint and 17-degree back angled headstock, combine for a superior transfer of resonance from the neck to the body. Two Gibson P-90 single-coil pickups with Alnico V magnets are among the finest reproductions of vintage P-90s currently available producing warm, vocal neck tones to loads of snarl from the bridge position, with rounder, funkier tones in between. Gibson uses a PLEK-cut Corian nut to ensure maximum resonance and sustain. This guitar is finished in a thin nitrocellulose satin finish, which protects the wood while contributing to a more lively response. It has a nice smooth feel, rather than the porous rough feel of Gibson's "worn" finishes. This white finish will "age" rather fast and soon develop the look of a well-played vintage guitar, which is way cool in my book. It's set up with low action and the ease of play, combined with the light weight, make this a great guitar to play, set after set. In beautiful condition with no noteworthy flaws or playing wear and a nice deal for $599.
Mesa-Boogie Express Plus 5:50 Head, (panel closeup-1 closeup-2), (top), (back and panel), (accessories), (floorboard). If 25 watts isn't enough for you, here's the 5:50 head, with 50 watts of 6L6 power for the classic "American" tone. Has all the same features as the 5:25 above plus graphic EQ, selectable on front panel or footswitch button. Includes head cover, floorboard cover, long stage cable for floorboard, and manual and has 4 years left on the 5-year warranty. Sells new for $1299 for the head alone, but you can get this "as new" head for just $909 (HOLD-Joe C 11/15) or $1249 includes the 2X12 cab.
Highway One Loaded HSS Strat Pickguard. Drop in ready and an excellent upgrade for your import or project guitar. Includes Fender Atomic humbucker and two American vintage style single coils wired to tone pots and 5-way switch. Features "no-load" tone pot that's detented at "10" and virtually takes the tone pot out of the circuit when turned up all the way for the purest of tones. $85.
Hartman BC108 Silicone Fuzz. For players looking for a more musical sounding fuzz, the BC108 is a faithful recreation of the original silicon Fuzz Face circuit, updated with true-bypass, on/off LED, and 9VDC-in jack. It also features an external bias control, allowing the fuzz to be set ultra-smooth, or lowered for a rougher texture, with the lowest setting producing the Face's signature crackle, spit and grind of "starved" Silicon. With hand-selected BC108 transistors, it's voiced to respond to changes in guitar volume and player dynamics, decay smoothly, and have enough gain on tap for creating controlled feedback. Clean shape and nicely priced at $90.
Vox V847 Wah Reissue, exact specification of the original pedal used by the most influential guitarists of the late 60's and 70's. Features the same chrome top and familiar growl that you love. Nice shape and just $49.
Vintage MXR 10-band EQ, pretty nice vintage condition and works great with an added mod that I like - and LED on/off light - plus a power switch. I believe this was the first stomp box EQ, designed specifically for guitar or bass (its 31.2K and 62.5K bands are specifically for bass players). Built-in AC power. A lot of players love these. $65(HOLD-Jose L 9/21).
Boss PH-2 Super Phaser, (pic2). Classic Boss Phaser that was produced from '84 to '01, making it one of the longest runs in Boss history. Creates subtle effects like a pseudo rotary speaker tone to more radical such as a jet plane taking off. With the Mode switch you can select Mode I, a more mellow broad sounding tone; or Mode II, an in-your-face phase attack. Super duper clean in original box. This is a real classic from Boss, preferred by many players over the PH-3, and just $69.
Lace Chrome Dome Set. Featuring a reverse-wound middle pickup, the Chrome Dome set delivers "sweet, rounded tones" while simultaneously described as "a Strat on steroids." This was accomplished by modifying one of my favorite pickups of all time, the original Gold Lace Sensor, known for its bell-like tone. These are super quiet, without the magnetic string pull of conventional pickups - you'll immediately notice better sustain when the strings are allowed to vibrate longer. Neck and middle are a vintage output of 6K; bridge is hotter, putting out 13.4K. These cost $308 at All-Parts but get this clean barely used set in the box for just $199.
Seymour Duncan Antiquity Soapbar P90 Set, Black covers, bridge and neck set. Duncan's Antiquity pickups have the aged look and tone of classics from yesteryear. Imagine the pickups out of 50's Gibson. Look under the cover and you'll find the same hand-fabricated bobbins, wire and "flatback" tape that was used on the originals. Two specially calibrated aged Alnico II magnets are attached to a precision metal spacer transfers the magnetic field to the strings via six fillister head pole pieces. The "soapbar" version comes with an aged thermoformed cream cover that won't look out of place on a vintage guitar. Each pickup is signed by Seymour Duncan, made and "aged" in the USA, and are direct replacement, requiring no modification. Sells for $98/each online but get this set for just $125.
DiMarzio PAF-7 7-String DP796. Designed for 7-string guitars, the PAF-7 delivers clear lows and warm, rounded highs, with the classic PAF tone specially made for a 7-string. 4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications. Sells new for $70; this clean one is just $45.
Jet City PicoValve Head, (panel), (back), (side). For you amp tweakers out there, the Picovalve is a real winner, especially considering the cost of most tweaker amps, and at 5W/2.5W selectable, you can get full power tube saturation while keeping the neighbors happy. Jet City has smartly partnered with various companies, in this case, THD and their unique topology, which you to easily swap out the power tube, (nearly any octal-based tube) without the need to re-bias, and an assortment of preamp tubes. Features include a full-tone stack with treble, middle, and bass controls. Preamp and Master Volume controls, plus a 5W/2.5W switch. Back panel features European/USA current switch and outputs for 4, 8, and 16 ohms, to allow virtually any cabinet. It's housed in THD's signature steel cage design, which is sturdy and functional. Power amp tubes options include: EL34, 6V6, 6L6, KT66, KT77, KT88, and 6550. Preamp tube choices include various 9-pin tubes: 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AU7, 12AY7, 5751. The first preamp tube governs the gain and tone of the preamp, while the second preamp tube directly drives the power tube, so mess around with these and you'll find it changes both the tone and "feel" of the amp. I uploaded short YouTube demo (link) mostly Brian shredding on an Ibanez Prestige, but this amp does have a good clean tone that I figured out how to dial in after I shot the demo. While you're on YouTube, you can click on any number of demo's plus a good 2-part interview with Andy Marshall, discussing these amps at length. One of his topics is something I've been pushing for many years: the need to get a good stage sound with less volume, which is why low-powered amps have really taken off. How many times has your soundman told you, "I don't have any control over the guitar sound, because it's already as loud as the FOH (front of house) sound." You only need your stage sound for monitoring. The FOH sound should come from a well-mic'd cabinet, giving your sound tech full control over your band's sound. This amp is especially good for home studio's, where full output at low volume is important. 1000s of these have sold for $299. I have a number of them new in the box for $175, which will total less than $200/shipped. If you're into tweaking, it's worth it for the fun factor alone.
Kahler 2760 Steeler Tremolo, (pic2). Perhaps the most hyped of the Floyd Rose bridges, the Steeler is Kahler's version of the classic Floyd Rose Original. Manufactured in the 1990's under license and patents from Floyd Rose, Gary Kahler made several changes that were substantial improvements to the original Floyd design. Among these changes were improved hardness levels of certain components and the arm attachment method was changed. Some of these have gone for crazy money on Ebay. This one's just $99. Includes 2 Allen keys and trem arm.
2012 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman G6122-1962, (front), (back), (headstock), (case, etc.). For all you Beatles/George Harrison fans, this is a recreation of the famous 1962 model played by George (shown here with his Gent). The G6122-1962 features Gretsch's classic walnut stain finish, double cutaway hollow maple body, painted-on f-holes, maple neck, white-bound 22-fret ebony fingerboard, neo-classic thumbnail inlays, 1-11/16" nut width, 24-7/8" scale, zero fret, a pair of Filter 'Tron humbuckers, 3-position tone and standby switches, gold headstock model plaque, gold hardware, Bigsby tailpiece, gold back-painted pickguard, white-bound body, gold trimmed vinyl back pad, dual rocker action flip up string mutes, and Grover Imperial tuners. This one's a '12 model year with final inspection in '13. These Japan Gretsches are great guitars, better, in fact, than the originals on which they were based. This guitar plays incredibly nice, has that classic Country Gent Filter 'Tron tone, and is in immaculate condition, with plastic still on the pickguard. Highly recommended for any collectors of Beatles gear or an player who just wants a fantastic high-end Gretsch. List price on a new one is $3650 but this one's essentially a new guitar for just $1799(HOLD-Rob C 9/9). Includes original case with all the paperwork.
1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe - Incredibly Clean, (front-1 front-2 front-3), (headstock/neck) (h/s-2), (back), (fretboard), (control cavity), (case). A beautiful, investment quality Les Paul that, at 35 years, is a true closet classic. My local seller bought it from the original owner's family and apparently after a year or so of use, it was stored in the closet where it remained until his estate was being liquidated. Although there are a few signs of light use (a few errant scratches on back--but no buckle rash, and a few minor dings on the edge), and the finish can shine like new with no finish checking anywhere. Hardware is clean. Frets are near perfect, there's no wear to the fretboard, no wear on the common wear areas such as edge of fretboard and back of neck. Speaking of the neck, it has a very thin profile neck (side view) for a 70's, which, when combine with the low/wide frets, makes for very fast play up and down the neck. Features of the Deluxe were basically identical to the Standard except for pickups, where the Deluxe used the mini-humbuckers and the Standard used the PAF style humbuckers. A number of players prefer the mini-hums for their brighter tone; they fall between a PAF and a P90 to my ears. With a perfect neck angle and straight neck, this guitar sets up with low action. Look around the web and you'll see '70's Deluxes going at $3K in rather rough shape. "9" Condition vintage Pauls don't come along every day and I think this one is a steal at $2800. Includes one of the new SKB cases with ATA locks, or recent Gibson case.
2008 Gibson Robot SG Ltd Ed Silverburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (Tuning Knob), (manual), (case and charger). Dead mint condition - appears to have never been played. I've had two styles of these and this one is the nicer model with thin 60's neck with binding (pic), bound headstock, trapezoid inlays, and headstock inlay - not the plainer model without neck/headstock binding and dot inlays. Different from similar auto-tune guitars like the Line 6 or VG Strat, which digitally transpose alternate tunings, the Robot mechanically changes pitch via motorized tuners, and you can select any one of 6 alternative tuners at the touch of a button or, of course, simply tune your guitar to correct pitch and/or automatically adjust the intonation. This is a pretty cool model, with a limited run Silverburst finished in nitrocellulose lacquer, it has the look of a classic '62 SG with beveled body, chrome covered pickups, trapezoid inlays, bound neck, and flower pot headstock inlay. The heart of the Robot is the controls which, upon quick inspection, appear to be a stock '62 Standard. While the four knobs do provide the standard tone and volume controls for each of the two pickups, the Multi-Control Knob (MCK) - the one with the illuminated top - serves as the master control for all aspects of the Robot SG Special's self-tuning system. The MCK is a push-pull knob - in the normal position (down), it behaves as a regular tone pot but when pulled out, the Robot's tuning capabilities are activated and ready for use. It immediately places the guitar in standard tuning mode (A440) but a quick turn of the MCK presents six factory presets, all of which can be customized. An LED display on top of the MCK lets you know when a string is out of tune, or when all strings are in tune, and even when the tuners are turning to get them in tune. It even guides the setting of accurate intonation. At the end of the tuning process, the blue lights on top of the MCK flash. Push the MCK back in and it's ready to go. You can go from a standard E to Open Am, Open D, Dm, etc. tunings in around 15 seconds and unlike the VG Strat, it doesn't sound artificial since there's nothing digital about the tuning. Other features include: solid Mahogany body, Mahogany neck with Ebony fretboard, Trapezoid inlays, white bound fingerboard, 490R and 498T pickups, large control pock with Smoky transparent acrylic cover, 17 headstock pitch, Corian nut that's Pre-radiused, 1.695" nut, Holly Head Inlay, Nickel plated truss rod nut, Chrome hardware, Powertune Stop Bar tailpiece - Powertune bridge, Powerheads tuners with brass sleeves, and a very smart move - a Neutrik output jack which keeps the cable securely in place. Neck is a hand-shaped. The installed rechargeable batteries hold their charge for 200 tunings and just plug it into the charger when it runs down. For YouTube demo's, click here for Gibson, here for Wired, and here for stuffTV. The Robot SG listed for $3599, but this one is immaculate with a set up sure to please, and just $1299. Includes original case with charger & power plug, battery pack (installed), comprehensive manual, etc.
1990 Ibanez RG-550 - Coral Mist Metallic, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups), (Edge). Early model 550 in Coral Mist Metallic, and although it isn't one for the collector of pristine examples, for a player it's just what you're looking for. A killer neck with excellent frets, low action, Edge tremolo, and, best of all, a maple fretboard. Don't let the worn fretboard scare you. These wear very quickly but the fact is the frets only have moderate wear and need no attention. Overall appearance is nice, however, upon closer inspection there are some clear coat scratches behind the trem, two finish chips on the back edge, and a little finish wear in the belly contour (all shown here). Original pickups would have been IBZ USA pickups with V1-S1-V2, which have been replaced with a pair of unknown humbuckers with a Blue Lace Sensor in the middle. Due to the nature of the Lace, it's quiet on all 5 pickup settings. Features of the RG-550 include Basswood body, one-piece maple neck, recessed Edge tremolo, , and a nice beveled area around the cutaway which makes playing up high a breeze. One of the cool things about these old RG's, notice the deep cut (stock pic here) where the neck extends around an extra inch into the body, proving a lot more wood-wood contact than most bolt on models. Extremely thin and wide neck - shredder's delight - made for tapping, sweeping arpeggios, and very fast play. This was a expensive guitar, with a list price of $819 in my early 90's price guide and a very good value today in a pro quality Ibanez at $379. Includes free gigbag or new hardshell available for $50 more.
2001 Ibanez RG-421 - Royal Blue, (front), (headstock), (back), (thin bound neck). NEW, OLD STOCK!! Don't confuse this with the current model RG420, which is made in Indonesia and although a decent guitar for the money, it's nothing like these earlier models which, like all of Ibanez's finest, were made in Japan. In contrast to the RG-550 above, here's another Japan RG in definite collector's condition. In fact, it's actually new, old stock, recently acquired from a Mom&Pop store in New Jersey. When I say NOS, I mean plastic film still on the pickups and back plate, and not a hint of wear anywhere. So why was that store unable to sell it? Well, the strings were original and very rusty after 13 years; frets had tarnish that made bends feel like it had sandpaper frets, and the fretboard was dried to a point where it looked like mahogany rather than Rosewood. After 2 hours on the bench it emerged as the great player it's supposed to be; polished frets, new strings, and fretboard conditioner was all it took. Features include basswood body, 3-pc Wizard II maple neck, 24 jumbo frets, white neck binding, rosewood fretboard, pearl dot inlays, standard hardtail bridge with strings-thru-body, V7/V8 humbuckers with 3-way switch, volume, tone, and smoked chrome hardware. These are pretty rare guitars. A few things are unique on this guitar: you don't see many non-trem RG's and with a bound neck to boot! This axe has a perfectly straight neck that will allow a set up as low as you could possibly want while the dual humbuckers yield a fat but clear tone that is suitable or multiple music styles, limited only by your amp. I've read where they were only available in 2002 but the serial no. is definitely a 2001 serial. No biggie, it's cool, it's mint, and it's yours for $429. You can't touch a new Japanese RG for twice that price today. Include a new hardshell case for $59 more.
Fender Pro Junior (#2), (top), (back), (docs). In recent years I've had a variety of hand-wired boutique 10" combo's and a bunch of the recent budget 5-waters by Epi, Vox, Fender Champion 600, etc. The hand wired boutique combo's sound great but they're expensive; the budget combos, well, you get what you pay for. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the Pro Junior for quality tone in a solidly built 15-watt amp. With simply a volume and tone control, the Pro Junior won't waste any of your time trying to dial in the "perfect" tone. Just crank it up and let 'er rip. The Pro Junior is powered by a pair of EL84's putting out 15 watts, but 15 *tube* watts is quite loud, along the lines of a 35 watt solid state, only better sounding. It also features a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes. With a fairly heavy Fender/Eminence 10" speaker, this amp carries the guitar spectrum very well, with sufficient lows as to sound like a "real" amp, not just a practice amp. Put one of these on a barstool, put a mic in front of it, and you'll have the whole club jumping. Designed to work with your guitar's volume - sounds clean with your guitar turned down and gets dirtier as you turn up your axe. The look is very much vintage Fender, with classic black tolex, vintage style badge, vintage style handle, chrome panel, and chicken head knobs. The new Pro Junior sells new for $394 ($589 list) and it appears to be the same except for the speaker out jack on the new model, and they also changed the panel to black with white knobs which, to me, only detracts from the vintage vibe. This amp is in excellent condition and hard to beat for just $259. Includes manual, schematic, and tags.
Agile Harm 3 Solid Archtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck joint). If you're looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn't get any lower than this baby. Excellent value and quality that's typical of Korea today. This 2011 model was only made in one small run so there aren't many of these around - most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that's no longer available. It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat 13.7" radius, three good sounding humbuckers, Grover 18:1 tuners, vintage cream colored binding on body-neck-headstock, 3-ply tortoise pickguard, 3 volume and 3 tone controls, 1 5/8" nut, 13.25" lower bout. The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal. I got an email from Rondo regarding this guitar where they confirmed it was a limited model with a price of $379. This one's in dead mint condition and for $299, I'll throw in a gigbag.
Instructional DVD's - Guitar, DJ/Producer, Bass. See pictures for descriptions. Originally $14.99-$19.99, take your pick, $5/each or $15 for 4 of them.
Mooer Funky Monkey Auto Wah. Another great micro pedal from Mooer Audio. The Funky Monkey auto wah pedal offers a wide range of auto wah effects. There are 3 peak modes: hi, mid, and low; range, Q and Rate controls to dial in your auto wah sound. For full info and video demo click here. Features true bypass and 9V adapter input. New these are $109; this one's mint in the box for $75.
Korg DTR-2 Rackmount Tuner, (pic2). I have another of these lower on this page but I'm fairly certain it was quickly sold. If you own a rack system you should have one of these. Very accurate, fast, and easily visible from the front of the stage. Features include single space rackmount, brushed chrome front, LED display imitates a needle, has 7-octave range, 1/4" input and output, mute jack on back and front, 1/4" input and mute jack, mute switch, calibrate switch, hardwired AC cable. Control the mute function remotely with any standard on/off footswitch with 1/4" jack. Nice shape, $99.
Breedlove D25/SRH - USA Pro Series - Acoustic/Electric w/Cutaway, (front), (headstock), (back), (label), (features), (elec), (case and acc.). Don't confuse this with the import Atlas Series D25/SR or D24SRe, the Pro Series was Breedlove's mid-line American guitar that filled the void between their $1K import series and $4K customs. It was recently replaced with their current American Series. Although not one of their Custom Shop guitars, the Pro Series offered a quality American made acoustic with custom shop tone, feel, fit/finish, and playability, at around 1/2 the cost of a custom shop. Much of the savings came from offering a shop guitar with no options. Whereas all of the custom guitars were made to order, the Pro Series were cookie cutter, all made with identical features and appointment. That's not to slag the Pro Series rather it points to the fact that Breedlove is still very much a custom builder, but decided to follow the leads of Martin and Taylor, whose regular production guitars make up over 95% of their business. The D25/SRH was Breedlove's dreadnought Sitka spruce and rosewood model with herringbone top purfling, soft cutaway body, with electronics. Other features include USA made in Bend, Oregon, all solid AAA tonewoods, Herringbone purfling, beautiful abalone rosette, soft cutaway for fuller access to the upper frets, L.R. Baggs Element active pickup with volume and tone controls located inside the soundhole, endpin output jack, rosewood headstock veneer with inlaid Breedlove logo, ebony fretboard and bridge. The neck has the feel of the more expensive Breedlove’s with that fast low action that allows you to easily play different styles with ease. Imminently playable with low, fast action that's great for finger style, it has a full, rich tone, with plenty of bass and crisp high end. Plugged in, this Baggs Element does a great job of reproducing the acoustic tone and is very resistant to feedback. This model carried a list price of $2139 and this one appears to have spent its life in the case and is an excellent value at just $950.
2009 Gibson SG Standard - Heritage Cherry, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). The SG silhouette is one of the most recognizable guitars of all time and has remained largely unchanged since 1961, when it was released as the "new" Les Paul style. It has been in production continuously since that year, the longest running solid body model in Gibson history. Features include all-mahogany construction finished in gloss Heritage Cherry lacquer, solid quarter-sawn mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, Corian nut, 1 11/16" nut width, bound fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, Gibson Deluxe tuners with Keystone buttons, holly headstock overlay with mother-of-pearl inlaid logo and crown inlays, black top hat knobs with silver inserts, Tuneomatic ABR-1 bridge and Gibson's most popular pickups, the 490R/498T Alnico humbuckers. The SG Standard's remarkable sustain is due largely to two unique features: the mortis & tenon neck joint which binds the neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit, employing the long tenon found on earlier SGs - plus the traditional 17 degree headstock angle, which increases pressure on the strings which maximizes string vibration between the nut and the tuners. It features the neck profile of the mid-60's, not at all chunky as the 50's style, but nicely rounded. Famous players of the SG Standard is a who's-who of rock music greats including Clapton during the "Cream" era, Tony Iommi and Angus Young both users for over 30 years, and Derek Trucks, who also uses extensive slide work in his playing. An impeccable setup and cosmetically in incredibly clean condition. Appears to have spent it's life in the case. A new '13 SG Standard is running $1499 ($2239 list) but this beautiful Heritage Cherry model is the right color, set up to perfection, and just $1050. Includes original case.
OFF-HOLD: '04 Kramer Jersey Star "Player" - Richie Sambora Tribute, (front), (back neckplate), (headstock), (case), (headstock fix), (body ding). Player's special on a fantastic Jersey Star that's seen very little use, but encountered an accident. This is the ca. '04 reproduction of the 80's Kramer's Richie Sambora Signature Model, and was offered from Kramer/Music Yo's "USA Collection" (Do not compare to some recent cheaply built Chinese JS models selling new for $300). As the original Kramer factory closed down long ago, this model was developed and built from the ground up, with special thanks to Mike at www.VintageKramer.com and John Montaperto for their insight in designing this guitar. Richie was under contract with other manufacturers and didn't officially endorse this model, thus the Jersey Star designation and "JS" truss rod cover rather than the original "RS" truss rod cover. All other major specs are pretty much identical to the original including quality hardware (pics), all gold, with a real Floyd Rose tremolo, Schaller tuners, and Schaller straplocks. Pickups are specially designed for this guitar with a JS-90R in the neck and a pair of JS-91T's in the middle and neck. For a good review of this guitar here's a like to VintageKramer (link here), where Mike states that this series is better than the original 80's model. No scratches, no fret or fretboard wear, clean gold hardware, etc., but it did experience the boo-boo to the headstock. Nine years ago these were always on back order at Music Yo, and although the new cost was $1022, enterprising individuals would buy them strictly for resale, fetching $100s more from impatient customers. This particular example has seen very little playing time with no extraneous pick/button scratches. Headstock has been repaired and there's a relatively small ding on the body, both shown in the pics above. The headstock appears to be very solid, with no wood missing, and since there's a locking nut it's not a high stress area with the nut clamped down. I got this without case and I'll offer it without the case for $550, or include a new Roadrunner molded case for $599. It plays superbly and has excellent sustain and one of the better overall tones I've coaxed out of a Kramer. Note: If preferred, we have some 80's Kramer American (neck-1 neck-2) necks we can swap out for an upcharge of $50 or $80, respectively, including parts & labor.
1998 Fender Standard Precision Bass - Black w/Rosewood, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). Although this bass is 15 years old it was a true closet classic, played briefly and then stored away, so it looks look like a 2013 model. The Precision was the world's first solidbody, strap on bass when Leo Fender introduced it, initially with a flat slab body and single coil guitar-style pickup in 1951. In typical Leo style he continued to refine the bass, eventually ending up with the split coil humbucking pickup and comfortable contoured body in 1957 and has remained virtually unchanged since that time. It became the tone that defined the 50's and 60's, and remained popular throughout every decade since then. Even more than Strats and Teles, I see many bar/wedding band bassists playing Mex Standards and to my ears they sound as good as an American Standard in a live situation. The set up on this bass is fantastic and cosmetically it in superb condition. With a new Sunburst selling for $529 ($38 more with deluxe gigbag), why not pick up this beauty that INCLUDES Fender deluxe gigbag, for just $349. (Note: I also have a clean '92 in sunburst)
1989/90 Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster - Hendrix Style Reverse, (front), (headstock), (back), (flamed neck), (vintage bridge). Jimi was famous for playing righty guitars...upside down. For him it was simply easier finding "normal" guitars an lefty Strats were much more rare during his era. He played with normal lefty stringing, so he needed to restring the guitar in reverse order and set the nut up for lefty, i.e. thicker grooves for bass strings, thinner for treble, and that was it. There is a pronounced effect on tone this way. Due to reverse pickup slant the low E string had a brighter sound, and the high E string had a mellower sound - opposite of a normal Strat. Additionally, the string length for the low-E was much longer; the high-E much shorter, which has an effect on both feel and harmonics. For the player who wants a Hendrix look--or tone--we offer this beautiful '89/'90 Standard Strat from Fender Japan, a well-respected era from a fine factory. Cosmetically, it's in beautiful shape, especially nearing 25 years, with the worst flaw being an extra strap pin on the long horn (original lefty location). If you prefer, we can also switch it back if you're a lefty player. One mod has been done to accommodate righty players. If you've ever played one of these the worst comfort issue is the cable sticking out and jabbing your arm. To alleviate this, an additional side jack has been installed, keeping the cable out of contact with your arm. Both jacks are hooked up so take your pick. For a Strat of this era, this is a shallow profile neck (pic), something approaching the ultra-slim HM Strat. Set up is fantastic and it has a classic Strat tone, with low-medium output pickups. Without spending $1600 on a Hendrix Tribute or Voodoo Strat, here's an affordable option at around $1K cheaper. $599 includes hardshell case.
1987 Takamine EF25S 25th Anniversary Acoustic-Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics and , (case). Since 1987 Takamine has produced an annual LTD model each and every year. This is the 1987 LTD as well as the 25th Anniversary commemorative model. Since 1987 Tak has developed a number of more affordable lines, such as their G-Series and their sub-line, Jasmine, but their top of the line guitars have always been built in Japan. Although time will tell how they hold up but the early Tak's I've had have stood the test as well as any American guitar and I look at them potentially as heirloom models, passed from generation to generation. The EF25S features a solid spruce top, nato back and sides, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, 4-pc diamond inlays, gold tuners. It came in white finish only, contrasted by golden rings around the sound hole, a gold Takamine logo and gold tuners. The TK-4 pickup (click here) was rather advanced for the times. The "Palathetic" pickup is not a just a UST (under saddle pickup), employing twelve times the element mass of the typical under saddle piezo. The six elements penetrate the bridge plate, soundboard and bridge to make direct contact with the saddle creating a sonic linkage with the string. The pickup casing is mechanically attached to the guitars top and bridge creating a sonic linkage with the soundboard. The result of this design is a signal that possesses the articulation of an isolated string signal and the rich harmonic content delivered by the resonating soundboard for a full, complete and accurate acoustic guitar tone at high sound pressure levels. To my ears it is very bright and percussive sounding and benefits from rolling back some of the highs on the EQ but it's definitely a huge step up from other 80's systems. Cosmetically this guitar is in exceptional condition with the only real flaw being some paint rubbed off from the tip of the headstock, probably from leaning against a wall (shown here). The setup is low and comfortable all the way up the neck. Includes original case that still has the model sticker on the back edge. If you're a Tak LTD collector, Anniversary model collector, or just a player looking for a quality dreadnought stage guitar, this baby will fit the bill nicely, at $599. For info on this model click here for Takamine's site.
PICS FIXED: Vaultz Locking "Mic Box", (pic2). New and never used. Although this was made to be a locking legal-size file folder, they also make great mic boxes or anything that has a habit of "walking off" during load-in or overnight. Just add some foam and you've got a great mic box, guitar effects, etc. Dual combination locks, dual handles, locking hinges, aluminum edges. Cost $52 new (link) but this one has never been used and just $25.
Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box, (pic2). Do your Frampton, Sambora, or Joe Walsh thing for a fraction of the price of the competition. The Free Speech can sound fairly authentic an it uses the same basic principle as a Heil, etc., which is a mini-amp on the floor driving a tiny speaker that travels down a tube into your pie hole. By moving your mouth to various vowel positions, or by speaking/singing into a mic, you get the classic talk box sound. One of the cool things about the Free Speech is its ability to function without a PA, using it just like another effect, directly into your amp. It comes with a pair of condenser mics and you can use them, or just clamp the hose to your normal vocal mic and use it the traditional way. I didn't spend a lot of time looking for good demo's but there are a bunch on YouTube; check out this one (forward to 0:40 for Bon Jovi) and here's one (forward to around 3/4 finished) plugged directly into an amp. These are selling for $85 new. This one's dead mint in the box for just $49(HOLD-Mark D 9/30).
Goodsell Overdrive Pedal. New with warranty. Quality and versatility in a hand-wired OD, with interactive guitars, much like Goodsell amps. Can give you a nice clean drive, or plenty of type-type overdrive, especially useful on amps without a master volume or ones that need the front end driven harder to reach their full sweetness. Richard knows about tone, and the same "magic" he delivers through his amps, has been used on these great OD's. He builds every one, usually with a wait of just a month or so. Don't wait for yours. This one was jut built 8/5/13 and has zero playing time, for just $125(HOLD-Dave K).
2011 Ibanez STM2 "Iceman" Sam Totman Signature Model, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (Evolution pickups). Signature model for Sam Totman, guitarist of the powermetal band DragonForce. Designed specifically for rock/metal players, it has the necessary ingredients including dual DiMarzio Evolution pickups with a simple 3-way switch and volume control, plus a double-locking tremolo and flat fretboard with jumbo frets. One major departure for Tom's guitar are aesthetic - it's a lovely looking guitar with flamed maple top and headstock, finished in Sapphire blue. They used the Iceman body style as the foundation. After building copies of USA guitars (mainly Fender/Gibson) for years, the Iceman was the first body that was uniquely Ibanez. Commonly referred to as a Paul Stanley Iceman, this model was originally called the Artist 2663, with an identical guitar made by Greco, called the Mirage. Before it was resurrected in the 90's, the Iceman was produced from '75 to '83, in various set neck and bolt on models. Chief among these was the Paul Stanley PS-10, which debuted in '77. Fast forward 35 years and now we have the STM2 as the latest Iceman. It retains the neck-thru feature of the higher end early models with a maple/walnut center piece, mahogany wings, and a perfectly flamed maple top. Likewise, the headstock features the same flamed maple. Other features include Wizard III 5-pc neck with KTS titanium rods for strength and stability, rosewood fretboard w/angled block inlays; STM neck shape, 24 jumbo frets, lower profile Edge III bridge, and DiMarzio Evolution humbuckers with a zebra in the bridge, black in the neck. This guitar is in brand new condition (still in original shipping box), with the only flaw being two extra holes for strap pins (shown here). Take your pick if you want them located in the other location or want them in both locations. Set up is low and fast with an incredible tone for a guitar in this price range. This model sells new for $899 ($1199 list) but other than 2 extra strap pins, this one's like new an just $499. Details, check out Ibanez.com.
OFF-HOLD: 2011 Ibanez RG-7320 Z BK, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (optional case). Brand new condition. If you're like me you've probably picked up a 7 in a store, played it for five minutes and decided it was too hard to learn. What you may not know is within a few hours of practice time you can train your brain and get around fairly easily, and within a few weeks it'll be in your muscle memory so you'll be as adept as you are on a 6. There are several advantages to playing a 7, most notably the fatter sound of playing a fifth lower in the register. It also makes lead work easier with less hand travel needed to get to lower notes. 7-Strings were once the choice of many jazz players but in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai and following shortly the "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 the defining tone of their band's sound. Ibanez has always been in the front of the pack with their 7's and the 7320 takes it a step further with one of the coolest Floyd-style tremolo's ever. Features of this RG include basswood body; Wizard II-7 neck, 5pc, maple/walnut with rosewood board; jumbo frets; flat 15.74" radius; 1.89" nut width; white neck binding; pearl dot inlays; Edge Zero II-7 locking tremolo with the ZPS3Fe spring design; Axis (AH17/AH27) humbuckers; black hardware. A 5-way selector has a unique selection of tones: (1) bridge; (2) bridge&neck single coils; (3) bridge&neck humbuckers; (4) neck in parallel; (5) neck is series. The new Edge-Zero II is a versatile tremolo. You'll notice access points on the back of the guitar. Using just your thumb you can adjust the tremolo tension from fully tight where it's like a blocked tremolo, to very loose where it has the soft feel of a Bigsby or Kahler Pro. You can also set it with a "resting" spot, or full free floating for doing "boing" type of quick flips. For full specs click here for Ibanez.com. If you've been wanting to try a 7-string this is a nice one, with low action, killer tone, and the modern classic RG body style. But don't pay $549 without a case, when you can get this one, virtually unplayed with original box (pic) for just $419 INCLUDING a new wood/tolex case shown above.
Eastman El Rey ER3, (front-1 front-2), (back-1 back-2), (side), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (case). For players who want a quality archtop, without the ungainly size, the EL3 fits the bill. With its 14" lower bout and slimmer 2" depth, it's comfortable for stand-up playing, while it's chambered body without F-holes provides a rich acoustic tone without the feedback of most archtops. Designed for Eastman by master luthier Otto D’Ambrosio, they're quite unlike other archtops on the market. With a weight in the 6 lb. range, it's easy on the back but the light weight and smaller size doesn't come at the cost of tone. Eastman's El Rey series (read more) includes two guitars (ER1/ER2) that are designed for Jazz, while the ER3 is their Rock guitar, rare for an archtop, with the chunk and chime players are looking for in any guitar they plug in. That's not to say this guitar is limited in any way, and it can cover the range from jazz to blues to rock, and it's superb feedback suppression lets you crank up the gain and enjoy sweet tones, rather than annoying feedback. This is a genuine hand-carved body at a $2150 list price that's unprecedented from my experience. Eastman spares no expense in using all solid woods in the ER3, with a carved mahogany back and sides, and, at least in their spec sheet, a carved maple top. Both Martin and I believe this is burled mahogany veneer over a solid maple top. The figuring and grain pattern simply don't look like maple, but looking at a cross cut of the wood via a pickup cavity, it's definitely solid wood and does appear to be maple, both in color and grain. Other features of the ER3 include Florentine-style patented “neck block cutaway” construction for easy upper-register access, Tonepros one-piece bridge/tailpiece combination with 2 1/32″ string spacing, solid mahogany neck, glossy finish throughout, ebony fretboard, wide 1 3/4" nut, 25 2/5" scale, custom offset fretboard inlays, dual Kent Armstrong (HPAG-1) pickups, and gold-plated Gotoh tuners. Overall very nice condition with the exception of some finish checking (shown here) that's visible only on close inspection. This is a very thin and hard finish and it's going to be prone to checking, probably more and more as the years go by. It doesn't pose a problem and adds a genuine vintage flair that some players will appreciate. Everything about this guitar oozes quality, which is evident the moment you pick it up and strum your first chord. It's very easy to play, sounds wonderful, and can cover the ground of an ES-335...and more. Lists at $2150, discounted slightly to around $1800. If you don't min a guitar that's not a museum piece, you'll find this an exceptional value at $1150. Includes original case which is a unique design, top quality case, that offers excellent protection. Case can be carried by handle or strapped on for subway travel.
Ca. 1988 Fender HM Strat - Razz Berry, (front), (back), (trem), (headstock), (Floyd nut), (beveled cutaways). In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's. Please click this link for more info. A lot of folks refer to this finish as "Pink" but it's actually, "Razz Berry". Fender did offer a "Flash Pink" at the same time and here's a comparison pic showing the two colors. Overall it's in nice shape with just some clear coat scratches and some corrosion on some of the hardware - overall extremely presentable as shown in the pics. Someone rubbed the serial number off, traces of which are visible at the base of the neck (pic). The only other non-original aspect is the nut has been changed to a Floyd nut, and one of the "F" caps is missing from the tone knob. We can swap all the knobs out to metal dome knobs if desired. We've buffed the finish out nicely which eliminated all of the small scratches and gave it a high luster appearance. There's conflicting info on the whole HM line as to which models were USA, which were Japan, and which were a combination of both. The rule of thumb I've used is ones like this one with American Standard middle and neck pickups (you can see the blue/white and red/white pickup wires, are USA models, made ca. '88. It's an excellent playing guitar and one of the better sounding ones I've had. Includes hardshell case and trem arm. $650.
2000 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster - Aztec Gold, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck/body markings), (case/acc.). The V57 is no longer in production, although the series continues with the new '56, '59, and '65 Strats, and Fender used the changeover as an opportunity to raise the retail to $2874 ($2199 street price). This means that '57 and '62 are even an even better value. This '57 is finished in rare Aztec Gold and exhibits no actual player's wear, although there are several small spots where the clear coat had chipped off (shown here) on the back/top edge and top of the neckplate. The paint itself was unaffected so Martin simply filled in the spots and oversprayed it with clear nitro, perfectly blended and buffed. It's not very noticeable and invisible from the front. It's otherwise in flawless condition with no scratches or player's wear. The V57's have a great feeling one-piece V-neck and the cool thing about these guitars is with the thin nitro finish, you'll get honest relic wear on the fretboard as time passes, unlike the thick poly finishes which never wear through. Hand-beveled magnets on this model and the tone is one of the best actual vintage tones that Fender produces during the modern era. It's not your hot SRV tone - or a quiet but sterile "modern" tone - but a very mellow bell tone, like the original models are famous for. It's currently outfitted with the factory 3-way switch but we can switch to a 5-way if desired. Other features include vintage 7.25" fretboard radius, 1.65" nut width, master volume with neck and middle tone controls, American Vintage tremolo with steel saddles and heavy trem block, Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners, nickel/chrome hardware, synthetic bone nut, and single-ply white pickguard. This model wasn't available in Aztec Gold for very long and this is the only one I've ever had in this color. This beautiful USA Vintage '57, is set up and ready to rock, for just $1050. Includes tweed case, hang tags, ash tray, manual, and other paperwork. Did I mention that it's 7.9 lbs.? Nice light weight for a solid Alder body Strat.
Menatone JAC Compressor. This is the first version J.A.C. (JFET Audio Compressor), numbered 183 and signed on the back. The newer version features the new cosmetics and a "cut" control for players who want it less bright. It features a completely analog circuit, Point to Point construction, True Bypass switching, DC power jack 9V (negative-center), silver plated wire, and all carbon resistors and film caps in the signal path. Sold new for $200 but this nice used one is just $125.
Maxon OD9 Overdrive. This may look like the Ibanez TS9, but Maxon assures you that any similarities are in looks only. It uses improved circuitry including a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (this stage also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD-9 distorts signal in the amplifier section itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone. Maxon developed this unique design more than 20 years ago, an industry first that is commonplace today. To combat excessive noise, the values of the output resistors on the OD-9 were increased, which reduced noise but had no audible effect on overall tone. It also features True Bypass Switching for natural, uncompromised tone in bypass, and works equally well as clean boost or overdrive. Click here for a demo by ProGuitarShop. Don't pay $157.50 for a new one when this one's like new and just $99.
Tokai Tweed Case. Structurally 100% with all hinges, latches, feet, and handle present and working. Outside has plenty of scuffs, interior in good shape except for two tears. Hard to find case for your 80's Tokai vintage series Tele/Strat. $75.
Fuchs Train 45 Head, (back), (top). This amp blew me away. I've never had a Trainwreck and now with prices on those soaring into the ozone layer I probably never will, but assuming they sound similar to this Train 45 I know what the hype is about. Like Ken Fischer's legendary amps, the Train 45 is a straight ahead single channel, non-master volume amp. This amp has a singing quality that most players are looking for with a shimmering clean with plenty of clean headroom - and fantastic overdriven sound that sustains notes endlessly. Runs on your choice of EL34's for 35 watts of clean power - 45 watts peak - or use 6V6's for a more neighborhood friendly 22 watts. Keep in mind though, that on an amp in this league even 22 watts is very loud. If you're used to master-volume amps and playing at a level that your spouse can live with, this may not be the best choice. This amp sounds best when you can open it up a little bit. Features solid pine cabinet with Tolex covering, two EL34's/6V6's in the power section, three 12AX7's in the preamp, 3-position brite switch (brite/flat/dark), Gain-Hi-Mid-Low-Pres controls. There are some intelligent reviews on Harmony-Central (click here) but I would discount the first one, especially considering the reviewer was evaluating the wrong amp but clearly knows little about tone. From the other reviews, it scored all 10's and just a single 8. Click here for all the info from Fuchs. This amp is flawless condition, and one of my favorite amps ever in stock. $1399.
Hughes & Kettner Replex Tube-Driven Tape Delay, (close-up), (side), (controls). Very popular delay and reverb simulator, carefully crafted to nail the tone of the classic Echoplex Tube Analog Tape Delay. Converging traditional tube circuitry and modern digital technology, the Replex replicates the sound and response of a ‘60s tape echo with awesome accuracy. And it handles and operates far more conveniently and reliably than the original. Case in point, the VINTAGE FACTOR knob in the Delay section. Spin this knob to take a trip through time. Go back 40 years, or stop anywhere along the way. Set to the far left, it delivers uncolored digital delay. As the knob is turned clockwise, it delivers more and more of the three-dimensional "wow, flutter and spin" that made vintage tape delays so desirable. Other specs include: the original sound of tube-driven vintage tape delays; choice of single-head or dual-head delays or vintage tube reverb; true bypass setting leaves source signal completely unaltered; rugged metal housing; delay time variable between 10 and 900 ms. This unit is everything good about an Echoplex (tone) without any of the negatives (reliability and noise). For complete info and sound clips click here for H&K or click here for a good YouTube demo. I'm not sure if they're still made there, but this one was made in Germany and built for years of road use. It sells new at the super stores online for $559. This one is in beautiful condition and just $379. Includes original box, power supply, and manual.
1981 MXR Analog Delay Model No. 118, (pic2). Beautiful shape, perhaps the best analog delay from that era. Has the warm, lush tone of an old tape delay, especially when you turn up the regeneration knob tad. Like all MXR effects from this era, built like a tank for decades of trouble-free use. Well-worn models of this pedal are $150+ but here's a very clean one for just $199.
1981 MXR Stereo Chorus, Model No. 134. This is the same model/era used by Randy Rhoads - a completely different animal than the 5-knob version with wall-wart build by Dunlop. MXR closed their doors around 1984, with no more pedals being produced until Dunlop bought the licensing rights in '87 and began building reissues shortly after, although they're highly modified from the originals. One of the great analog chorus units ever, and actually better than the Boss CE-2 in my opinion. It sounds warm, lush, and natural. Great for adding sparkle to clean-toned lead passages and for fattening chords. Bottom plate is scratched up but the label is intact and overall very nice condition for 30 years and works perfectly. $165.
G&G/Fender Strat/Tele Case. Vintage style exterior with black Tolex and white stitched leather ends. Interior is black plush-lined with rectangular storage compartment. Nice shape. $99.
70's Univox Strat Case. Offset waist design that's made specifically for Univox's Strat copy, though it will likely fit a Tele or others. Nice vintage condition and hard to find original part for your prized Japanese Univox.
Original Floyd Rose - Chrome. Original Floyd made for non-recessed body. Nice shape, quality German-made by Schaller. $79 for Floyd alone; for other parts inquire.
Visual Sound 1 Spot Combo Pack Power Supply. The most versatile power supply you can buy and it takes up no space on your pedalboard. Guaranteed to replace: Boss PSA, Boss ACA, DOD PS-200R, Morley 9V, Danelectro DA-1, Dunlop ECB-03, Ibanez AC109, and Zoom AD-0006, plus many others. 8-plug cable included so you can power up to 8 pedals and by linking additional Multi-Plug cables, you can power a virtually unlimited number of pedals. The L6 Converter powers Line 6 modeling pedals, while the 3.5mm and Battery Clip Converters power vintage style pedals. Converts any power, world-wide and only takes up one slot on your power strip. Lists for $39.99; I have a number of them for $23.99.
Genuine Fender Parts '57 Strat - Sunburst with Gold Hardware, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck/body markings), (case/etc.). Beautiful custom-built Strat with 100% Fender parts. Body and neck are the real deal with the "Genuine Fender Replacement" seal impressed on the neck on the back of the headstock, and on the body under the neckplate. These are both mint 2004 parts. You'll note the plain "Fender" logo on the headstock, which is how Fender supplied them back then. After these were made I didn't see any genuine Fender body/neck parts until last year when I believe they started making them again. The don't, however, still make them with USA Vintage Series specs like these. They're best ones (not including Mex-made) are simply American Standard with the "Made in USA" under the logo, polyurethane satin finished necks (gloss finish on headstock only), and poly-finished bodies with HSS routing. This neck is made to USA Vintage 57 neck specs with a vintage tinted nitro finish, 7.5" radius, and vintage frets; body is also nitro finish with SSS routing. Pickups are a new set of USA vintage '57/'62 with beveled magnets and cloth wires, connected to new USA pots and switch. Lastly, this guitar features all gold hardware including tremolo ($139 discount price), tuners, output jack plate, neck plate, string tree, and all screws, all genuine Fender parts. Lastly, this guitar includes a Fender/G&G center pocket tweed case. If you want to build a vintage series Strat like this one...you can't do it, but to do a guitar with today's offering of parts will run (in discount direct prices): $499 (neck), $399 (body), $199 (case), $159 (pickups), $139 (trem), $45 tuners&tree, $29 (pickguard), $30 (pots&switch), well over $1500 when you include the other small parts. If you want a qualified luthier to assemble the guitar you're looking at another $300-$400. This one is ready to go, pro-assembled, and, again, built to Vintage '57 specs, with parts you can no longer order. Set up is superb with a quality Strat tone, excellent sustain, and no dead spots on the vintage neck. It exhibits no players wear to the neck or body. Beautiful Strat for $1099.
1989 Fender Squier Stratocaster - Many Upgrades, (upgrades), (front), (headstock), (back). Some of you might remember this as a project guitar I posted some time back. Since we didn't have any DIY takers we went ahead and completed it here and it turned out to be a fantastic player, with virtually all parts replaced, other than the neck and body. Electronics have all been replaced with USA pots and switch, with a trio of Guitar Fetish dual-blade humbuckers, controlled by three 3-way mini toggle which select (1) humbucker, (2) single coil, and (3) off. Hardware is all upgraded with a set of locking Sperzel tuners, Wilkinson tremolo, and Schaller strap pins and strap locks. Lastly, it now has a Tusq nut an white pearloid pickguard. With the staggered height Sperzels there was no need for string trees or retainer bar so they've been removed and plugged. Between the Wilkinson trem and locking Sperzels it stays in tune much better than stock if you're into whammying. The GFS pickups sound very good and the ability to split each pickup gives you 16 possible pickup combinations if I'm counting correctly. It has a very Strat-like tone even on the humbucker settings. I especially like the neck pickup by itself in the humbucker mode for a powerful Hendrix type tone. The neck is just slightly chunky with a similar profile to an American Standard but slightly thicker. It has vintage frets and vintage radius but bends with ease with no fretting out during bends. Made at the Young Chang plant in Korea this is a solid, clean guitar with an excellent neck and upgrades that make it a bargain for this price range at $299(HOLD-Ken L 11/19).
1997 Fender '54 Stratocaster Reissue, Sunburst - Fender Japan, (front), (back), (PG assem.), (neck/body markings), (headstock/neck) (flame), (case/etc. (case2)). Fender's older model "Made" in Japan reissues have long received accolades for their quality and this one is an excellent example. Although Fender's USA production has been limited to just several models, Fender Japan has been making over a dozen reissues for years with this '54, of course, being a reissue of a first-year Stratocaster. Neck is nice and thick, with a soft-V profile. Body is a nice dark 2-tone sunburst that looks very much like an authentic '54. You'll note the '62 stamp on the body which is not out of the ordinary since they didn't build separate bodies for every year. Once the bodies are cut and sanded they go into a pile and the same pile is used to paint a 3-tone sunburst '62, or like this one, a 2-tone '54. Features include the heavy tremolo block with nickel plating and bend steel saddles, as well as nickel vintage Kluson style tuners and a single round string tree. This guitar did receive one upgrade; pretty major one: a trio of Rio Grande pickups - the "Muy Macho" set (Muy Grande in neck and middle with an STelly in the bridge) with CTS USA electronics. Rio Grande sells this prewired pickup assembly for $326 (link). Cosmetically this guitar has an excellent gloss finish with minimal scratches and no buckle rash, but it does have a small finish chip on the top edge that we'll touch up if desired. Frets are near perfect and the set up is fantastic. I've put this with a top quality G&G Fender case with burgundy velvet lining, in excellent shape other than a small tolex tear on the corner, shown above. Nice playing, superb sounding Strat for $729 with the G&G case; $629 with gigbag.
1966 Fender Musicmaster II, (front), (finish), (headstock), (back), (body/neck date), (pots), (case). Super pro refin body and neck - the Dakota Red finish is so realistic I wouldn't have known it was a refin were it not in such clean shape. The main thing that strikes me about this guitar is how *great* it sounds. After Martin complimented the tone I gave it a good listen and I can best describe it as sounding very "Fendery", much like a Strat on the neck pickup. The clarity, punch, and superb sustain make it stand out among other Musicmasters I've had. The Musicmaster is somewhat of an odd bird. Fender's student model of the 60's, it came in two scale lengths: the 3/4 scale Musicmaster I at 22.5" and, oddly enough, the Musicmaster II in a "full" length of 24". 24" is the same as Jaguar but I would have guessed that since they offered a separate short scale for beginners, they would have offered this model in Fender's regular full scale of 25.5". All hardware, pots, etc. are original '66 and the worst flaw is some pitting on the control plate and bridge (pic). The one non-original part is the pickup which has been changed to a Fender Lace Sensor (Silver) (pic). It came to us with a regular 6-pole Strat pickup which simply didn't sound right so we pulled it right away. We wanted a pickup that had the proper aesthetic look, i.e. slick top cover with no visible poles, and after trying out a few, including a Melody Maker and several Laces, we decided on a Silver Lace. With a Musicmaster pickup located in the neck position the Silver Lace had the perfect mix of expressiveness, strength, and clarity, while giving a great bottom end to a guitar that's usually lacking in that area. I am of the definite opinion that it sounds much better than stock. As I mentioned, the finish job is superb and it has seen very little playing time since the refin so it remains in beautiful shape. At the same time it had a fret dressing so frets have no dishes in any of the frets and since the neck is as straight as you'll ever see, the action is quite low with no fret outs or buzzing. We put it with a vintage Musicmaster case that is structurally in great shape, but it has an area of tolex removed from the top, and a storage compartment added inside. It's excellent protection for the guitar and fits like a glove. I love finding a diamond in the rough and would never suspect I'd find it in a Musicmaster, but this is a great guitar. $650 includes tolex Musicmaster case pictured.
1988 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - '54 Pickups, (front/back), (headstock/fretboard), (pickups). For players who like matching Strat/Tele sets, here's an '88 Strat to go along with the '88 Tele below. All stock except for Custom Shop '54 pickups. Full description is on my Fender page. $950 includes later Fender case. Buy the pair and get free shipping on both.
Deering Boston Resonator Banjo, (close-up), (headstock), (front/back), (case). On the heels of my Deering Black Diamond which recently sold, another fine Deering. Even though the Boston is a fairly inexpensive banjo by Deering standards, the tone and playability are definitely first rate and are so far above any import that comparison isn't possible. Spec's include mahogany neck & white-bound resonator, heavy steel rim which also functions as tone ring, 24-piece flange, ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, Gotoh guitar-style tuners with geared 5th string peg. The Boston's drum assembly is a 3/16" thick steel rim, but it rings like a tone-ring. Combined with the 24-piece flange, this steel rim design gives a remarkably loud and clear tone. Also, it can be easily converted to an open back by removing the flange pieces and resonator. Deering cases are the best I've ever seen and this case weighs around twice as much as the banjo itself. If you've become frustrated with your playing ability - or lame tone - here's a fairly inexpensive way to upgrade both. List price on a new one is $2019 discounted to $1595 - or save $650 and get this nice used one for $945, offered in clean shape and pro set-up to perfection. For details on the Boston Click here for Deering's site.
Seymour Duncan Livewire Classic (Bridge). Seymour's active humbucker, running off an 18V system (2 9V batteries), for unprecidented headroom and whisper quiet performance. Many EMG fans have been won over by the Livewires so maybe do a google search and see if it's for you. New ones are around $97 this used one is just $55. Includes battery clips, wired to the pickup.
2004 PRS SE Soapbar, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). "Original" Soapbar Singlecut, built before the injunction from Gibson at the end of 2004 which forced PRS to discontinue all singlecut guitars, i.e. anything that vaguely resembled a Les Paul. PRS responded with the "Soapbar II", a similar guitar, with a thinner body, in a double cutaway design. These original singlecut models are, by far, the preferred model. As I've mentioned before, PRS and perhaps Brian Moore, make the best quality Korean imports on the market in my opinion. Fit and finish are impeccable, with excellent pickups and electronics, and good quality hardware. Most of all, I'm impressed with the fact that they have great necks that set up as well or better than most USA models. This guitar blows me away in terms of looks, tone, and feel. It's a joy to play with low action, super easy and smooth bends, and quality tone with excellent sustain and 3 distinct tones on the pickup selector. With a lot of guitars, most LP's come to mind, I never use the middle position as it seems to lack character. Not the case with the Soapbar SE; it sounds great. The Soapbar SE features a mahogany body with an impeccable high gloss finish in transparent cherry, mahogany wide/fat neck with moon inlays, compensated wraparound stop tailpiece with large studs that is intonated well and does a great job of transferring the energy from strings to body, PRS Soapbar pickups, and PRS sealed tuners that stay in tune very well. They don't make these any longer, but the Soapbar II sold new for $550 with bag. This one is barely touched, 9.9 condition, and an excellent value on a guitar that's good enough to gig with at $379(HOLD-Robert A 7/15), including a super pro setup and PRS deluxe gigbag, which is very firm and thick, the best protection I've seen on a stock gigbag.
2011 Ron Kirn Tele Style, (front), (back), (headstock), (chunky neck), (neck/body markings), (recessed neck plate), (one-piece body), (case). Ron Kirn is one of the truly gifted Tele builders on the scene today with handmade quality that you can feel the moment you pick this guitar up. Although he's been building for 40 years, his takes his time, and, in fact, this '11 model is serial #426. Ron will build you a Tele or Strat with any specs you desire, however, his most cherished models are built with reclaimed lumber dating back 500+ years. This "Ancient" model is one such guitar, and Ron had sufficient wood to build just a few of these. The wood is from a wood beam that was 1 meter wide, which means it's a one-piece body. Now here's the incredible part of the story: The beam was from a building that was originally built around ca. 1470-1510, and had growth rings going back 900 years, which means the trees began growing around 700 AD, around the time of King Arthur. There's a flyer (pic) in the case that outlines this timeline but suffice it to say that it's the "oldest" guitar I've ever played and the grain looks like no ash I've seen before. Most of it is very close to spruce in appearance, with tight grain running nearly the length of the body. Although not visible in the pics, just imagine spruce or cedar, with their fine parallel lines, and you'll get the idea. Why does old wood sound better? Something to do with the wood resins taking a long, long time to fully crystallize, and it is only then that the body is truly resonate. Is there a point where old wood ceases to become more resonate? Dunno. I only know that this is a superb sounding Tele and I chalk most of that up to the body wood. Fit and finish on this guitar is impeccable with perfectly done fret work and a comfortable 50's style neck that's just chunky enough. One of the touches I like is the recessed neck plate where the body is routed precisely to allow the neckplate to sit flush with the surface of the body. There isn't a whole lot of info on Ron's site about his reclaimed wood guitars which, I gather, are gone as soon as they're completed, but click here to have a look around - and then just google his name and you'll find countless accolades on his guitars, his passion for building, and his customer service. While his guitars start in the high teens, you needed to pony up $4K for this guitar when it was built; ancient one-piece ash is few and far between. This is a fine guitar at a fine price of just $2250. Includes comprehensive manual/warranty and other paperwork, and original ultra-light case.
Randall RM22 Head with Ultra and Deluxe Modules, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (modules), (footswitch). Not just another of the lower powered tube amps, the RM22 gives you two amps in one, and you get to select which amps you want to use. Based on the success of Randall's larger MTS series, the RM22 uses swappable MTS modules which are actually preamps that you can quickly swap out and change the character of the amp instantly. This one comes with the "Ultra" and "Deluxe" modules installed, which are patterned after the Fender Deluxe. With the footswitchable Boost switch, you have a nice four-mode amp, enough cool tones to satisfy just about any song. The "Ultra" module makes this a high-gain amp, with a huge bottom end and cutting upper mids, while the "Deluxe" module is based on the preamp circuit of a Fender Blackface Deluxe with a great tone for country, accented mid-range and top end spank, with more bite than a vintage Blackface. Together you have a perfect clean/dirty combination. Specs include black cloth front; 18 Watts RMS into 8/16 Ohms; EL84 power tubes; front panel channel switch; tube boost function w/Gain and Level controls; master density & presence controls; series effects loop; rear panel bias test points; direct recording out w/"Mic Eliminator" circuit; 3-button footswitch; and world voltage AC input selector. At 18 watts, its easy to send this amp into controllably smooth, creamy overdrive at manageable volume levels and, with over 20 modules to choose from, it’s likely the most versatile low wattage tube amp on the market. It is extremely well suited for small gigs and the studio, where it's become somewhat of a fixture in many Nashville studios. This model debuted at the '09 NAMM show and has been recently discontinued. Plenty of modules are available on the used market for $150-$175. Original discount price on this amp was $1100; this one's in beautiful shape and just $679. (Note: Seymour Duncan had the same idea in the late 80's with his "Convertible" head, which I also have in stock, 60 watts, $429)
NOW WITH JEM CASE: 2002 Ibanez JEM7 VSBL, (front), (back), (headstock), (quartersawn neck), (inlay), (case). I came across a proper Jem case for this guitar so that's now included instead of the generic Tolex case listed earlier. Advertised as the new "high priest of guitar", the VSBL with its stunning Sparkle Blue finish and blue vine inlay, had a brief run from '02 to '04. Like all the Jem 7-series I've had, it plays as easily as any guitar made and shreds like few others. Designed by Ibanez and patterned after Steve Vai's EVO guitar, this baby is made for the extreme playing style that Vai exemplifies. Features full-access, 24-fret Prestige JEM 1-piece quartersawn neck with jumbo 6105 frets, flat 17" radius, 21st to 24th frets factory scalloped, contoured alder body that provides ultra-easy access to the upper register and features the Jem's unique "monkey grip". Deep-routed tremolo cavity allows pitch to be raised or lowered up to a fifth, via Lo-Pro Edge double-locking, low-profile tremolo. Quality DiMarzio pickups including DiMarzio Evolution neck and bridge humbuckers and a mid-position single-coil DiMarzio Custom - controlled by Ibanez Split-5 wiring, vintage silver hardware This is perhaps the thinnest profile on any neck I've ever had, yet it's very stable. If ever there was a neck that could be called "fast", this is it. Cosmetically the top is perfect except for one small ding (shown here) and the back is clean except for a finish touch up on the edge that's pretty well color matched (shown here). Please note that the middle pickup cover faded a darker color but it is the original - nothing on this guitar has been replaced. Although Ibanez no longer makes this color, the current Jem7 in white sells for $2799 but if you don't mind 2 finish flaws on an otherwise clean guitar, get this one for 1/2 the cost of a new white one - just $1399. Includes Jem case with burgundy crushed velvet interior and pink logo on outside, plus trem arm.
2012 Ibanez RG3250MZ Prestige - Fluorescent Orange, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (Edge Zero Bridge), (case/etc.). "As new" condition and, wow, Fluorescent Orange, I couldn't turn this one down. It conjures up memories of the early Ibanez RG's, and Jems, with finishes that left no doubt that this wasn't your dad's hand me down guitar. The Ibanez RG series were introduced in 1987 and still thriving and evolving, and remain one of the premier lines for hard-edged rock and metal tones. The RG Prestige models are now all made in Japan by Ibanez's finest luthiers, with Wizard necks with Prestige finishing, Edge Zero and Edge Pro bridges, and a broad range of intense pickups in different configurations. Features include basswood body; DiMarzio pickups with an Air Norton (neck) humbucker, True Velvet (middle) single coil, and a Tone Zone (bridge) humbucker, controlled by a 5-way selector; Edge Zero tremolo with accompanying ZPS3 system in the tremolo cavity; Super Wizard HP 5pc Maple/Walnut neck w/KTS titanium rods for strength and stability; maple fretboard with black dot inlays; jumbo frets with Prestige fret edge treatment; and Cosmo Black hardware. The Edge-Zero trem has a sharp knife-edge for extremely accurate tremolo playing. This system uses Ibanez innovations to keep string action constant and the bridge surface smooth plus the specially designed arm socket prevents unnecessary wobble from the arm while providing full control over the arm's torque. The ZPS3 is the next stage of zero point systems. Made of lightweight Duralumin, the addition of two outer springs makes the guitar easier to tune and provides much greater tuning stability. Using just your thumb you can adjust the tremolo tension from fully tight where it's like a blocked tremolo, to very loose where it has the soft feel of a Bigsby or Kahler Pro. You can also set it with a "resting" spot, or full free floating for doing "boing" type of quick flips. For full specs click here for Ibanez.com. This model sells new for $1699 ($2266 list price), but this one is virtually unplayed and flawless without even pickguard scratches, for just $1350.
1997 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Sunburst (#991), (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Another '97 Plus, identical to another I posted a few weeks ago. This one is also in very lovely shape, obviously owned by a responsible player for the past 16 years. The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard, replaced by the American Series, with the "American Deluxe" replacing the Strat Plus as Fender's premium production model. When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware. It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups - and no magnetic string pull to kill the sustain of the strings. The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the early Plus models as well as on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models; both of whom toured with these stock Laces for many years. I'm a big fan of these pickups as they're the best I've found for zero hum while retaining that vintage Strat tone. The Plus also features precision locking tuners, LSR roller nut, and Tremsetter (pic), all enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. The "Tremsetter" by Hipshot located in the tremolo cavity (didn't appear in all years) contributes to tuning stability by returning the trem to the "zero" position when not in use. You can play right-hand bridge harmonics, aggressive rhythm, palm mute the strings, or do bends without the other strings going out of tune and the bridge stays put. Overall this one's in beautiful shape with no wear on the fretboard edges, which are quick to wear, and just one small hint of wear on the fretboard. Frets are in nice shape and need no attention. Lettering on the pickups is still very readable which usually indicates a lack of heavy use. Includes original "Plus" case with deluxe latches and gray interior for $1050.
TC-Helicon Voicetone HarmonyG, (pic2). From T.C. Electronics comes this easy to use, excellent sounding vocal harmonizer and effect. For the performer who likes it simple, in this one unit you get: guitar preamp, vocal preamp, guitar DI, guitar tuner, effects processor, and 2-part vocal harmonizer which is 3 parts when combined with the original voice. Made especially for the guitarist with vocal harmonies generated by whatever guitar chord you're playing, even recognizing minors, 7ths, etc. In addition, it has vocal effects like doubling, echo, and a number of reverb types. With built in EQ, compression and de-essing, you can be confident in bringing the harmonies out front in the mix, knowing that they'll be natural-sounding and understood. To get a taste of what this sounds like, here are some YouTube vids: demo1, demo2, demo3. For full specs, videos, etc., click here for TC's site; here for a full description. This unit has been replaced by the Harmony G XT, with the main difference being addition of a USB port, plus it has more presets for doubling and a noise gate to eliminate any guitar going to the mic. Not being one to mess with manuals, I had this out of the box and working to my satisfaction within 15 minutes, without ever opening the book. If you just want the effects/preamps, without the harmonies, I have the "Create" models in stock for $139 (pic). This model sold new at $249; currently $223 at Amazon. This is a very powerful unit for the guitarist/singer and would simplify my personal setup greatly. For tonal quality, and versatility, it's hard to beat for $159.
Maxon OD808 Overdrive. All time classic in tube-like overdrive in a stomp box. The 808 is made by the same Japanese company which built the original 30+ years ago, using the identical circuit, including the same JRC4558 IC chip for smooth, natural overdrive similar to a cranked-up tube amp. It responds to the picking dynamics and nuances of your individual style while also letting the true tone of your instrument shine through. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone launched numerous copies, as well as some very expensive boutique clones. If you're looking for the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp that preserves your guitar's original tone - plus a clean boost which lets the original sound of your amplifier shine through - this is your pedal. This is not a mint collectable but despite it's scratches and Velcro on the bottom, it's immaculate inside and works perfectly. New ones are $150 or get this one for $99.
Aphex Punch Factory Optical Compressor and D.I. The Punch Factory is built with complex attack and release characteristics. Exhibits no break up even with 20dB or more of gain and delivers near endless sustain plus transparent compression and clean boost. Simple to use with just Drive and Volume knobs, plus an Active/Passive select switch to accommodate the hottest pickups. It features a Low Z output to drive long cords with no loss of highs and features true bypass switching. An LED bar graph shows gain reduction in dBs. Battery works up to 150 hours on a 9V or also works with virtually and external power, 7-36VDC, with any polarity. Cosmetically, it isn't terribly clean but works great. The new silver model will run you $199 but get this earlier version for 1/2, just $99 takes it.
1992 Washburn USA MG Neck, (pic2). This is a neck from Washburn's USA metal axe from ca. '92-'94, the MG-104 Mercury series. These American models were produced at roughly the same time as the import Chicago series such as my ca. '90 KC-70V lower down on this page (pic) but since they had an extremely hefty price tag, not many of the MG's were sold. Overall excellent condition, only had one set of screws installed which appear to be a Schaller pattern. Cut for a surface mounted Floyd nut. Nice USA neck for your HM project for just $199.
1995 Fender Japan '72 Stratocaster Neck, (pic2). Quality "Made" in Japan model from mid-90's. Large headstock with "bullet", 2 string trees, 3-bolt, tilt-adjust, and CBS logo. Outfitted with original Gotoh tuners and trees. Excellent choice for building an Yngwie tribute model or any other early 70's Strat. Sets up well on a guitar. $289 with hardware; $239 for neck alone. (HOLD-Matt 10/24)
80's Zion Guitar Neck, (pic2). Not sure of the year but it's early Ken Hoover era, serial 1929. This came off the body of a former Zion endorser, arguably the hottest rock guitarist in Iowa, who removed the logo after his endorsement deal ended. As you can see in the pics, it has a great broken in feel and look, front and back, similar to an early Charvel. Just minor fret wear; when it was on a guitar it set up with excellent action. Selling with original Sperzel tuners and Kahler (Floyd licensed) nut for $299; $225 for the neck alone.
2003 Martin DM Dreadnought Mahogany, (front/back), (headstock), (case). Martin's best value in an all-wood dreadnought, sort of a budget D-18 with similar tone, feel, and playability. The DM features a solid spruce top with laminated mahogany body, black binding, herringbone rosette ring, low profile neck w/adjustable truss rod, rosewood fretboard with dot position inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome tuners, and a tone-friendly satin finish. Overall nice shape for a used guitar, it does have a few glossy areas in contact areas, which is common to satin finishes, and a number of small finish impressions on the surface. If you prefer, we can buff out the top--or entire body--for additional cost. It plays wonderfully and sounds better than just about any acoustic in this price range. These sell new for $899 ($1199 list) but this nice used one is $639 and includes hardshell case pictured.
Marshall ED-1 Edward Compressor. Built like a tank, cool looks, and most importantly good tone. The ED-1 features controls for Emphasis (Hi/Low selector), Volume, Attack, and Compression, with a passive bypass. The Emphasis switch lets you select either bass or treble frequencies to tighten up such as compress you bass and let your treble notes ring out, or vice-versa. A must have in any pedalboard, a compressor smoothes out your playing, making it sound as if you're hitting all notes evenly when both you and I know many of your notes you hit harder than others, or barely touch them. It can also be used as a percussive effect, sort of like having a drum strike playing along with every hard stroke. Super clean and a nice comp for $39.99(HOLD-Morgan 10/15).
M-Audio EX-P Expression Pedals. Works fine on guitar effects or keyboards. You can instantly control any assignable variable MIDI controller value, including volume, pan, modulation, and many more. The solidly made EX-P is formed from durable-yet-lightweight molded plastic and has a textured, slip-resistant surface. Features an integrated 1/4" cable and a built-in polarity switch, so it will work with most brands of keyboards and controllers. These sell at Amazon or guitar superstores for up to $39.99 each, but you can get this PAIR for $39.99.
Teese RMC3FL Real McCoy
Custom Wah, (pic2). First created in 1994, the Real McCoy Custom 3FL (RMC3FL) is the world's first (and only) fully tunable self-contained wah. With the front loaded controls you can tweak your tone on the fly:
LOW controls the amount of low frequencies wah's sweep; MID controls the mid-range depth of the sweep, affecting the vocal-like quality; Q Harmonic controls the position of the sweet spot within the sweep range; and VOLUME allows you to adjust the output strength. The SWEEP section contains a bank of 9 DIP switches to select your desired sweep within a 9 octave range. The switches may be used in any combination to create familiar wah sweeps as well as some never before available. The voicing parameters go from higher than the old SCHALLER Bow-wow/Yoy-yoy pedal to deeper than any bass wah. The FINE TUNE (2 trimmers) work in conjunction with the SWEEP DIP switches to allow you access to very subtle values "in-between" switch settings. It also features the under-the-rocker toggle switch to change sweep speed and low end resonance. Mint condition other than Velcro on the bottom which can be removed if you don't need it. New price is $255, but this one's perfect and just $178.
BYOC Phase Royal, (circuit). BYOC's take on the classic MXR Phase 90 circuit, but with massive modifications including a depth control to add just a hint of phase shifting. Resonance control to adjusts the vocal quality of the phase shifting, from chewy script logo tones to throaty vowel like tones. Also added is a wet/dry mix control that goes from 100% clean guitar signal to pure phase shifting pitch vibrato that's similar to the Magnatone vibrato. IC's are four of the classic JRC 4558D. They've also added two more phase stages for a total of 6 phase stages. It does the classic Phase 90 tone that's even more intense and over the top but added a switch so you can change between 4 and 6 phase stages. Check out YouTube for some demo's, like this one. Sells new as a DIY kit for $89.99 but this one's pro-assembled...for less. Just $69.99. We can paint and re-label but that might be more fun to do yourself.
A PAIR OF NICE LAKEWOOD ACOUSTICS - Both of these have never been retailed nor played. They are first quality; you will be the first owner. Lakewood guitars are hand-crafted in Germany under the eye of Martin Seeliger, who started the company 27 years ago. Widely known throughout Europe and other parts of the world, I think of them as sort of the European Collings equivalent.
Lakewood D-32 Dreadnought, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (label), (appointments), (case). The D-32 (Deluxe Series) is Lakewood's take on a classic American guitar with the classic wood selection of spruce and rosewood. Luxurious finishes, fine wood mother-of-pearl inlays, and high-gloss varnished soundboards set the tone for this series. The superb selection of tonewoods and minimal appointments should appeal to players who appreciate clean lines, and love to flatpick. The neck profile falls between a vintage and modern low profile with a fairly tight feel and comfortable action that plays easily, making it easily adept at both flatpicking and finger style. Features include dreadnought body shape with AAA European spruce top, Indian rosewood AAA (Style 32) sides and back, 1-piece mahogany neck, wood core soundhole rosette (matches back & sides) with abalone purfling, flat headstock with Indian rosewood veneer, Indian rosewood body binding, body purfling from noble woods, Ebony fingerboard, white MOP Lakewood logo, Indian rosewood heel cap, bone nut, 1.73" nut width, .83 to .91 neck thickness, rounded D neck profile, 25.6" scale, ebony bridge, 2.17" string spacing at bridge, ebony bridge pins with pearl dots, Schaller M6 gold tuners, high-gloss polished body, satin gloss neck, Hiscox case. Check Youtube for a number of demo's on the D-32, Click here for a fingerstyle demo recorded directly to an I-Pod. The D-32 carries a list price of $2932, with minimal dealer discount, which means you'll pay list price or within 10% from a Lakewood dealer. Do a little homework if you're not familiar with these fine guitars and you'll find that this is an incredible deal on a quality flattop at $1799. Includes original case.
Lakewood M-14CP Grand Concert Cutaway w/Baggs, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp), (label), (appointments), (case). The M-14CP (Natural Series) is a wonderful fingerstyle guitar with plenty of well-rounded high end, and a well-defined bass. It features AAA cedar with Mahogany sides and back 1-pc mahogany neck, rounded cutaway, rosette of wooden core (matching back & sides) with purflings, flat headstock, Indian rosewood headstock veneer, maple bindings, body purfling of noble woods, ebony fingerboard, 2mm dot inlays, Indian rosewood heel cap, bone nut, 1.81" nut width, rounded D neck profile measuring .83" to .91" deep, 25.6" scale, ebony bridge, ebony with pearl dot bridge pins, 2.24" string spacing at bridge, L.R. Baggs B-Band preamp and under-saddle pickup, Schaller M6 tuners, open-pored satin gloss finish, and Hiscox/Lakewood case. Check Youtube for a number of demo's on the D-14CP, Click here for a fingerstyle demo recorded directly to an I-Phone 4. The M-14CP lists at $2667 with minimal dealer discount, which means you'll pay list price or within 10% from a Lakewood dealer. I did see a used one from a Lakewood dealer for $1950, but it was less than mint condition. Like the D-32, this guitar is unplayed and another incredible deal at $1650. Includes original case.
GENUINE VINTAGE PAPER (NOT REPRINTS):
1974 Gibson Pricelist Booklet, (pic2 - pic3). 23 pages with pictures. Has handwritten dates, primarily first year reissues were made as well as random notes on back page. LP Deluxe was just $580 plus $88 for Faultless case. $20.
Peavey Classic 20 Amp Manual. Original manual for your Classic 20. $15.
Peavey EVH Wolfgang Manual and warranty. If you have a collector's-grade Wolfgang Special, you need this in your case. $25.
1992 PRS Catalog, (inserts). One of the iconic PRS catalogs. 3-panel fold-out, with sleeve that holds 10 pages of inserts, each with a different model with specs, plus a color chart. Made during the old factory era and a cool collectable for connoisseurs of vintage PRS. $65
1999 PRS Catalog. Full guitar line with 41 pages, glossy color. Ex cond other than cover is dented on the bound/upper side. $25.
1956 Gibson Accessories Catalog, (pic2), (pic3). 19 pages, b&w, nice. Full accessories catalog with effects, strings, picks, polish, DeArmond products, Shure mics, Bigsby products, display materials, etc. Ex cond, other than year written on front cover. Original 57-year-old paper. $35.
1972 Martin Catalog. 32 pages, color, nice. $55.
OFF-HOLD: 2008 Fender Road Worn 50's Stratocaster - Black - with DiMarzio, (front/back), (headstock), (examples of wear), (deluxe gigbag). Fantastic sounding Strat, clearly a cut above average, with or without a great-sounding DiMarzio Virtual Vintage bridge pickup (original included as well). These Virtual Vintage pickups are incredible, with the expressiveness of a vintage Fender, but none of the noise since they're actually humbuckers. I've long been a fan of distressed or "relic" guitars, ever since Fender came up with the idea in the early 90's. For a lot of players, nothing beats the feel and vibe of a genuine vintage guitar, complete with chips, finish wear, oxidized hardware, and especially a broken in neck. Problem was, original examples were selling for the price of a new home. For a fraction of the cost of an original example, players could get a guitar that was historically accurate, with the vibe and tone of the original. While these fine Custom Shop guitars brought the price within range of many more players, not everybody could afford $2600 for a Strat, and it still left most players with no where to turn other than DIY aging, frequently with less than realistic results. Finally, in 2008, Fender put a relic guitar within the price range of many more players by moving production to just over the border at Fender's facility in Ensenada Mexico. Named the "Road Worn" series, guitars feature an alder body, with misc. finish wear, chips, dull finish, etc. - and a maple neck with large 6105 frets, complete with fretboard wear and a worn finish on the back of the neck for a great broken in feel. Likewise, the hardware is dull and lightly oxidized, as with a guitar that has been exposed to the elements for half a century. Not just looks alone, these guitars are loaded with quality USA electronics and quality Tex-Mex pickups, known for their snap and bit, and are preferred by many over the Texas Specials or the Vintage '57/'62. Also features the quality tremolo (shown here) with heavy steel trem block. You might think Fender would use their lower grade Alder on these guitars but not in this case. This baby weighs in at a lightweight 7.6 lbs., lighter than many of their custom shop Strats costing 3X the price, and it's one of the best sounding Strats I have in stock. One of the tests I frequently do is crank up the gain and do some double stops to see if both notes ring true - or one of the notes quickly melts into some annoying harmonic or sub-harmonic. This one passes the test with flying colors. These come in several colors but nothing beats a black body with maple neck and single ply guard, and with the extensive body and neck wear this guitar has the vibe of the real Clapton Blackie. With a list price of $1200 back in '08, this model sold new for $950 (now $899). This used one appears to have seen very little use and for $699, set up to perfection and an excellent sounding lightweight Strat. Includes deluxe gigbag, trem arm, and hang tags. Also includes a new DiMarzio installed as well as original pickup should you ever want to swap it back.
ca. '99 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Copper Burst, (front), (back), (headstock). Nice early reissue, made in Korea and finished in a glossy Copper Burst. Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, each with a run of a year or two. Specs include: hollowbody design with Masonite top and bottom with plywood frame, 25" scale, 21 large frets, original style "Lipstick" pickups with chrome-plated brass frame and original formula 50's style Alnico magnets, stacked pots with volume/tone for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector, original style rosewood saddle and die-cast chrome bridge, aluminum nut, and clear pickguard with "D" logo. These Dano's are every bit as good as the original 50's Dano/Silvertone models and one of the best values on the market, used by garage bands and even pro's like Dave Matthews. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets them on his bench, they play with the ease of very expensive guitars - his setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for something a little bit different for a signature tone, or simply want to add a guitar to your arsenal that has loads of cool vibe and a unique tone, here's a really nice one. Cosmetically, very clean with no major flaws. $279 or add Dano gigbag for $22 more.
1985 Greco Device JJ-R1 - Jackson Strat Copy, (pic2), (back), (pickups/trem), (catalog-1 catalog-2). A shredder's dream guitar with action so low it makes you laugh like a small child. Excellent Japan model that was made for Japan distribution and not imported from what I find. These came in two models, apparently identical except for sharktooth inlays on the JJ-F1, plus they made them in an HH configuration, and lastly, a bass. This one's a very cool color, Salmon Pink, which was a Fender custom color back in the 60's. The body is a dead knockoff of a San Dimas era Jackson with an identical small control plate and identical contours. Features real Kahler tremolo and excellent sounding pickups. According to the catalog, I would guess the bridge pickup is a Jackson USA while the neck and middle are likely Greco. They're Duncan Quarter-Pounder style with large pole pieces, plus they have a brass band around the sides, same as the catalog pics. All three pickups sound very good. Controls and knob layout is Jackson all the way, with volume and tone mounted straight across, with 3 mini-toggles which activate: single coil - off - humbucker. Bound 24-fret neck feels great and is thinner at the nut that most metal axes. Also features black hardware, Grover tuners, and football output jack which is another Jackson touch. I would hold this guitar up against any USA made during this time and, trust me, the action is as low as it gets. It's in extremely clean, collector's condition, with no flaws of note. A sweet metal axe that's a rare find in the USA, for $499. You can add form-fitting Charvel chainsaw case for $35 with 3 of 4 latches intact.
PICS FIXED: 1985 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster Deluxe - Burgundy Mist, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem/adjustment), (Earvana). This was the top of the Fender Japan line for its day, model 27-5700 in Burgundy Mist Metallic with a few mods that enhance tone and tuning stability. Mods including a brand new Fender Lace "Dually" with the red and silver coils, an Earvana nut to improve intonation, and a quality set of Gotoh tuners. Especially with these mods, this is a guitar that's easily good enough for pro use for around the price of a new Mex reissue. During this era Fender Japan was supplying around 90% of Fender's stock until the American Standard started shipping in the fall of '86. The Contemporary Deluxe was the top of the line from Fender Japan with noteworthy features like the System III locking tremolo system, and originally included a locking nut with an thumb lever to tighten or slack the nut tension, as well as Fender's Ping tuners which would soon be used on the American Standard, side-mounted barrel jack, and TBX (Treble Bass Expander) tone control, also used on the American Standard. Other features include: alder body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, blackface headstock, single-ply black pickguard, single volume and TBX control, 5-way switch plus mini-switch for 7 tone settings, and chrome hardware. The System III was really a rather ingenious piece of engineering. First off, it uses a special tremolo arm with the short shaft being square and the tip screws off to reveal an Allen wrench. The reason for this is that, adjacent to the strap pin is an Allen socket, which raises/lowers the bridge, making minor adjustments a breeze. The square shaft was used as it operated a locking mechanism in the tremolo to convert it from tremolo to fixed bridge with just a 1/4 turn of the bar. Both of these are very practical features and I'm surprised that Fender never pursued the technology in any models that followed. This guitar plays great and is an excellent and versatile sounding guitar. Cosmetically, it's not a museum piece like the Pearl White I had recently, with the worst flaw being some clear coat chips around the output jack (shown here) but otherwise it's in rather nice shape for 28 years. The catalog page above is one that I used in 1985 when I was working at Hotlicks Guitar Shop. I noted that our discount price for the HH model was $599 and I'm sure this HSS would have been $649. These guitars have become desirable but remain a good value for the player looking for a quality axe at a decent price. Own this one for $575, including a hardshell case. For more on the Contemporary line I've created a page that covers the info above and a bit more: Contemporary Stratocasters.
2012 Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar Honeyburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Limited Edition Strat that's essentially an American Special, but where the Am Spec has a satin poly finish, the Satin Series has a satin nitrocellulose finish. It is produced only in Honeyburst, which is a pretty cool color, somewhat reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt's old Strat. This guitar was sold to me almost right out of the box and it has perhaps an hour of playing time. Plastic is still on the pickguard; never had the trem arm installed. Features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5” radius fingerboard and jumbo frets, American Standard pickups, vintage-style synchronized tremolo and the exclusive hand-stained honeyburst finish. Other features are no-load tone pots, large '70s-style headstock with vintage Fender decal, standard Fender sealed tuners, Satin nitro lacquer neck finish, Synthetic Bone nut, and black dot inlays. Nice light weight for alder with an extremely comfortable setup and excellent sustain thanks in part to the nitro finish. With a list of $1049 you'll pay $799 for one of these online, or get this one, barely touched but set up better than one out of the box, for just $649(HOLD-Brian C 6/16), including original deluxe gigbag.
Custom Strat XII, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge). Here's a pretty cool one with the look of a Stratocaster XII, as it (comparison pic here with Strat XII on top). The logo is the 60's transitional type when it was called the "Electric XII' and had the Marauder type body. When we got this in it was a generic no-name Strat 12-string copy with unpainted headstock; now it is a matching headstock, as many of the 60's custom color Fenders had, with a super pro logo job with all nitro paint and clearcoat under and over the logo so no outline is visible. We replaced the stock bridge pickup with one of the Guitar Fetish dual rail humbuckers to add in some fatter humbucker tones but it's wired so you can still get that hollow bridge/middle tone out of position 4. I don't know what wood the body is made of, but this is one extremely lightweight guitar, right at 6.5 lbs. It has good hardware with sealed tuners that stay in tune well with no excess play, and a string-thru-body bridge that looks like a dead-ringer for the old Ibanez 12-string bridge. It plays exceptionally easy, especially for a 12-string and for $299, it's hard to beat for an electric 12 with this vibe and playability.
2006 Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (side). Beautiful condition and an absolutely killer player. I've had around a dozen of these Korean Hollowbody's and, without exception, have been very impressed with the consistent quality and perfect neck angle that allows for a perfect setup. I expected the rather dead sound of an unamplfied archtop but instead, this guitar has a nice sustain and a rather full tone - not the mid-range tone you frequently get out of these when played acoustically. Other features include high-gloss urethane finish, very good sounding Gretsch dual-coil pickups, laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and Neo-Classical "thumbnail" markers, 24.6" scale, anchored Adjusto-matic bridge, genuine Bigsby B60 Vibrato tailpiece, Black Headstock Overlay, Pearloid Gretsch and Electromatic Headstock Inlays, Bound Fingerboard, Double Bound Laminated Maple Body, clear plexi pickguard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, 16" lower bout and 2.5" body depth. The quality of Gretsch's Korean imports has been highly touted at various forums on the web. Late in the decade Gretsch moved production to China and, quite fairly, lowered the list price from $1200 to $1000, and the Chinese ones sell new for $699. Are the new ones as good? Don't know; haven't had one. I do know that this is an exceptional hollowbody for the money and even in immaculate condition it's priced lower than a new Chinese model. Just $559 for this one. I have used wood/tolex vintage-style case available for $69 if desired.
1997 Hamer Sunburst Flat Top, (front), (back), (headstock), (short heel), (barrel jack). For the player who wants the lowest possible action without spending a lot, this would be my recommendation. Action is very low at the nut and stays close to the fretboard all the way up the neck. For playability, this one is as nice as most USA Hamers. This is an excellent example of the quality coming out of Korea in the late 90's. While I think they were mediocre a decade earlier, by '97 the Korean factories were putting out guitars that rivaled Japan production. Hamer moved this series to China in the 00's but if you can find these older models, it's definitely worth the hunt. If you want to sink another $135 into it, we can drop in a set of Duncans but these Duncan Designed humbuckers, which are likely HB103 treb and bass, are highly regarded and sound better than most. Cosmetically, it's not a near mint piece with light scratches, a small paint chip on the headstock shown above, and strap pin is currently located at the end of the upper horn but we can change to one of two previous locations, which have been plugged and lightly finished, if desired (pic here). You'll note the headstock pic above with a "used" stamp, which means that this was a cosmetic second for reasons that are impossible to tell once a guitar gets a few scratches on it. For a player on a budget, if you don't mind a guitar with a few cosmetic flaws, I guarantee you'll love the tone, feel, and playability. Includes hardshell case for $319 or $279 with gigbag.
Realistic Electret Unidirectional Condenser Pair. Old-timers like me used to equip our reel-to-reel studios with a lot of Realistic gear, from submixers to adapters, stands, and speakers for our homemade monitors, to microphones. It was fairly inexpensive and reliable. This pair of condensers (catalog #33-3007) employ a AA battery (or phantom power of course), XLR connector, with a unidirectional pick-up pattern. Unidirectional is good for off-axis rejection, meaning it only records what's directly in front of the capsule, rejecting sound from the sides. Works good in situations where you want to eliminate any "bleed through", e.g. ambient guitar sound bleeding into our snare drum mic. While you probably won't see these in your professional recording studios, for the home recording, here's a pair to cover your stereo field, for just $45/pair. Includes original boxes, manuals, and carrying cases.
BBE Two Timer Dual Mode Analog Delay, (pic2). The Two Timer, inspired by the Boss DM2, is two analog delays in one compact pedal. The circuit features a BBD (Bucket Brigade Delay) for the warmth and tape-like echo that analog is noted for as well as 1% Metal Film resistors for pristine audio quality, true hard-wire bypass for a clean signal path when the effect is bypassed. It features two Independent delay times, foot switchable via the Time 1/Time 2 mode switch, you can set one for a short slapback rhythm sound while another is set to a longer delay. It has a delay range up to 330ms, around the same as the DM2's 300ms. When you consider the escalated price of a Boss DM2 or DM3, the new $149 price tag for the Two Timer seems reasonable. Better still, get this one, mint in the box, for $105. Includes original power supply.
Boss Loop Station RC-20XL Phrase Recorder, (close-up), (patch bay). Man I'm continually amazed at what technology is doing, case in point – the RC-20XL. The answer to many live performers' dreams — a compact phrase recording and sampling pedal that's actually easy to use! I remember when Digitech came out with their 8-second sampler, eclipsing the 3.6 sampling time twofold. The RC-20XL has 16 *minutes* of sampling; 11 memory locations, any of which can be looping or "one shot"; different ways to stop playback (stop immediately, stop when reaching end of phrase, fadeout). It also has built-in auto quantize for simple and accurate loop timing and you can change loop tempo without changing pitch. I also have the RC-2 in stock but with the RC-2 in order to start a new loop you have to play back a few seconds of the existing loop. For this reason, if you're using in a live situation, you'll want the 20XL. For full info and specs, check out BossUS here and one of many YouTube demo's here. Boss has recently come out with the RC-30 but at $299, you'll probably find everything you need on this one at just $199 and it's "as new" in the box with CD sound library, manual, and paperwork.
Gibson SG Standard VOS (Les Paul/SG) Faded Cherry, (front), (back), (Maestro/Lyre), (headstock), (case/acc.). I've said it before but...I love these VOS models. They're not only built to the exact spec's of the original model but they also have the patina of a 45-year-old guitar and aged hardware. Even the finish, called "Faded Cherry" (not to be confused with Gibson's lower-line "faded" satin finishes), has the look of a faded Heritage Cherry finish. You get the vibe of playing a clean vintage instrument rather than a shiny new guitar that obvious just rolled off the assembly line. This model has the specs of a 1961, a pivotal year for the Les Paul. Gone was the single cutaway model that had been around since the early 50's - and which was less than an overwhelming success - replaced by the new all-mahogany double-cut body with beveled edges, which eventually was renamed the "SG" for Spanish Guitar. Everything was different about this "new" model Les Paul and for the player, access to the upper frets was markedly improved which along with the new lightweight design, made this guitar a joy to play. Unlike the original Les Paul model, which disappeared from '61 to '67, the SG design has stayed in the Gibson line for 48 straight years. Spec's of this model include Mahogany body, Set one-piece mahogany neck with long tenon, 22-fret rosewood fretboard, Burstbucker 1 & 2 humbucking pickups, Maestro Lyre vibrola with ABR-1 bridge, 24-3/4" scale length, and wide 1-11/16" nut width. Presented in VOS mint condition, this guitar appears to have seen zero playing time and has a killer setup, nice sustain, and the cool Angus vibe with the Lyre tailpiece. This model, properly called a "Les Paul" on the truss rod cover, as well as the serialized hang tag and warranty (shown here) is described as merely "SG Standard" on the custom shop certificate. The one on Gibson's site has a blank truss rod cover (specs here) but it's just another example of Gibson's inconsistency in model names. This model sells new for $3199 ($4821 list) but this one is perfect, pro setup, and just $2199. (Note: I also have the stoptail model in white in stock (shown here) on my Gibson page.)
1990 Marshall JCM900 4500 Head, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), ("20" knob). AKA 50W High Gain Dual Reverb. First year example of the JCM900 with 50 watts of bone-crunching Marshall all-tube power and very versatile for a its day, with two independently controlled footswitchable channels, each voiced totally differently. Just tuned up, including all new tubes with a matched pair of Electroharmonix 5881's with three Groove Tubes ECC83 preamp tubes. This amp needs nothing - quiet at idle and all the power you expect from a 50W Marshall. The JCM900 series replaced the JCM800's and they were still very basic amps compared to recent TSL's, DSL's, Mode 4's, etc., but when it was made in the 90s, it included a lot of features for a Marshall. I should also offer my opinion that this is a fine sounding amp, head and shoulders above DSL/TSL models. The JCM900's was well-conceived, incorporating the trend of players modifying their earlier models to achieve more gain. The 900's not only did this, but they incorporated the tricky part, keeping the noise to a minimum while building in reliability. In response to Spinal Tap, they also included a Lead Gain knob that went all the way to "20" (if "11" is good, why not go all the way to "20"?). The two channels are voiced completely differently and in the most basic comparison, Channel A sounds rather Fender-y; Channel B is classic JCM crunch, with the ability to go way over the top of previous JCM's. This particular model, the 4500, is basically the evolution of the JCM800 2205, although with the enhancements mentioned above. Other features of this amp include footswitchable channel switch which is also selectable via front panel switch, independent volume-gain-reverb knobs for each channel, shared 4-band EQ knobs, 50W/25W switchable via back panel, effects loop with level control, direct output and recording-compensated outputs. You can check out the manual for this series at this link. Overall pretty nice shape for 23 years other than 2 tolex touch ups on the back and one handle cap (all shown here). If you think you need 100 watts to play large clubs...you don't. This thing is loud enough for any clubs I've played, including 800-seaters. Just a killer 50-watter for $650. A stock footswitch is a 2-button with "Channel" and "Reverb" on/off switches. I don't have a Marshall one in stock but may have another brand that will work for $29.
Lexicon Delay Controller Pedal. Appears to be an early Lexicon product as the case is identical to a 70s/80s DeArmond pedal. Uses 1/4" connection. Super clean condition. If you need one of these, they're hard to find but this one's just $35.
Gibson Robot Les Paul or SG Tuners. Version 1. It's hard finding single tuners but I have some. If you ever loaned your Robot to a buddy who didn't know that you're not supposed to turn these in the locked position you probably need one. $25 each, specify bass or treble side.
ESP Custom Neckplate. Real deal ESP part for the Japan custom or standard series. 5-digit gold plated and looks better in person than the pic. $35.
PRS Eagle Nickel Silver Truss Rod Cover. Has the PRS eagle laser engraved into a nickel-silver truss rod. Includes linen "gig bag" with draw string. Want to dress up your PRS? Just add some chrome knobs and tip, and this truss cover, and for around $25 you can have a completely different look. $16 includes First Class Mail.
Fender 2-Button Footswitch. Two-button footswitch with "Channel Select" and "Drive/More Drive", which has a yellow LED to indicate "more drive" aka "boost. OEM equipment for many Fenders including Hot Rod, Deluxe 90, Stage 160, Stage 100. Fitted with a 1/4-inch jack which connects to any speaker cable to your amp. Clean shape. $27.99 includes Priority Mail with tracking.
Tele Neck by LaSiDo, (headstock), (cap/butt). Ca. '80s neck by LaSiDo in Canada, which supplied necks for the Kramer American Series, Zion, and a few other companies that don't want it publicized. Excellent condition. Although there are a few shallow screw holes drilled, it has never been installed on guitar, so frets are brand new. Although pictured with Schaller tuners, only one of them has a set screw installed so if you want to use a different screw pattern there's just one hole to plug (we'll do this if desired). Medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, maple cap fretboard, truss rod at butt, gloss finish headstock with satin finished back. This is a fantastic neck, perfectly straight, with well dressed and properly seated frets; should set up very well. German-made Schaller tuners have a little pitting in the chrome but work perfectly. Priced $175 with the tuners, fully mounted, or $139 for the neck alone.
2007 Fender Lite Ash Telecaster - Natural, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck), (bridge), (strap locks/strap), (optional case). One of the best values in a nicely equipped, vintage style Tele, indicative of the quality coming from Korea in recent years. They come from the factory with quality pickups and immaculately finished glossy body and no mods are really needed to make this a pro-quality guitar. It does have one minor mod with a set of Dunlop locking strap pins installed, and a locking suede strap is also included. The model was part of the Special Edition Series that includes other models such as the Koa Tele, Custom Tele FMT HH, and TC-90 Thinline. Although not officially a limited edition model, production numbers were fairly low compared to most Tele models and, especially compared to the Lite Ash Strats, are few and far between from my experience. Features include, as the name suggests, a lightweight Ash body, figured maple neck and maple cap fretboard, modern “C” shape neck, modern 9.5” fretboard radius, 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, abalone dot inlays, and vintage style bridge with 3 Brass Saddles, Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2 pickups with staggered poles (APTR-1, APTL-1). It has a very low set up and a nice resonant tone with plenty of Tele quack via the Duncan Alnico 2's. The Lite ash was discontinued in early '09 after a 5-year run and carried an $899 retail price. This one has seen very little use and is in beautiful shape. I'm offering it with a Fender deluxe gigbag for $450, or substitute an optional SKB case for $499. Genuine suede strap the locking devices are included either way.
2006 Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (headstock), (back), (appointments), (optional case). Reissue of the famed Viking, originally made in Germany from '65 thru the late 70's. It was a quality instrument and fairly popular among European pro artists but it was our own Elvis Presley who gave it greater notoriety, playing a Viking during his '68 "Comeback Special" televised worldwide on NBC. While I've never had an original Viking, I must say that I'm impressed with this reissue, primarily its ability to play virtually any style of music. It sounds excellent playing clean jazz or chicken pickin', harder-edged jazz/fusion, or even very high gain rock. I played my modeling amp with one of the Boogie Rectifier settings, which is very high gain, and not a hint of feedback while retaining good note definition. The Viking is arched semi-hollow maple body with a resonant, loud acoustic tone. Pickups are Hagstrom's HJ-50 humbuckers with the standard 3-way and dual volume/tone controls. It has Hagstrom's patented H-Expander truss rod which provides tension at either end and runs the entire length of the neck. The rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for very low action and a thin set maple neck. Other features include maple body with Canadian maple set neck, "Resinator" fretboard with 6mm dot markers, 15" fretboard radius, 18:1 Hagstrom tuners with Imperial style tuner buttons, 24.75" scale, GraphTech black Tusq XL nut, long travel tuneomatic bridge with Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece, complete with coat of arms emblem, and thin fast neck. Click here for a YouTube demo that takes it through the paces, clean, jazz, and rock, although you can go a lot higher on the gain. For more info and 7-minute demo, go to Hagstrom's site here. The Hagstrom standard lists at $1099 and sells new for $799 *without* a case or gigbag. Why not consider this barely played beauty for just $550 - or add a quality Hagstrom hardshell case (salt/pepper tweed) for $639.
Washburn KC-70V, (Nuno in GP 1990 ad). Excellent quality rock/metal axe with all the necessary features from the metal days including an excellent quality licensed Floyd Rose, thin profile with flat fretboard radius, HSS Washburn pickups, volume and tone with push/pull pot, and 5-way selector. Nuno Bettencourt endorsed the Chicago Series KC line back in the early 90's before Washburn developed his N4 signature model. The body is extremely comfortable with contours in the cutaways to allow easier access to the upper frets. Setup is great, with the low action these guitars are famous for, stays in tune perfectly during whammying, and it has a versatile selection of quality tones. This model got incredible reviews on Harmony Central (click here), where it scored an impressive 9.3 overall rating. Not a cheap guitar back in the day and when you play it you'll note the quality. Several small paint touch up's here and there, but the frets are perfect and it's seen little actual playing time. One of the great values on a rock/metal guitar for just $299.
Fender Squier Affinity Mini Strat - Black, (front), (back), (headstock). Like the Bronco bass, the Mini Strat is perfect for smaller players, especially beginners, but some guys use it as their travel guitar. The tone is very much the Strat you know and love with the same trio of single coil pickups and same selection of tones via the 5-way blade switch. It has one less tone control than the full size Strat but that's no big loss since many players prefer a single master tone. This is referred to as a 3/4 size Strat and features a smaller neck, and a scale length that's nearly 3" shorter than the standard 25.5". Other features include laminated hardwood body, maple C-shape neck (polyurethane finish), large '60s-style headstock, rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius, 20 medium frets, chrome hardware with covered tuners, 6-saddle hardtail bridge. Don't mistakenly assume that these are merely expensive toys - Fender doesn't make toy guitars. They're made with the same quality as the Affinity line and are built to last. At a $179 list price, these are a good buy at just $75, especially with a pro setup that includes dressing the fret ends.
Blackstar HT Modulation, (pic2). Choose from 8 modulation effects ranging from mild tremelo to jet engine flange and you'll love the Slow/Fast button, which I use like a Leslie speed switch, and it adjusts the modulation time of all eight different modulation effects while you are playing. The unique Saturation control then lets you add real valve compression and harmonics. Other features include genuine valve design, 300V HT operation, unique Saturation control, Manual and Slow/Fast modes, Stereo operation, unique switching operation, high integrity buffered bypass, power supply included, and silent switching. Sells new for $299 everywhere but grab this perfect one for just $209.
Amptweaker Tight Metal, (pic2). Top quality distortion pedal, built like a tank, and engineered specifically for the metal player. USA made, true bypass, with a lot of features not normally found on stomp boxes including magnetic battery cover (no screw required), quality noise gate with bypass, effects loop with pre/post switch, and battery on/off switch. Click here for all the info from Amp Tweaker, a video demo here (somewhat limited in scope), and a great review by Premier Guitar here. Sells new for $179 but this one's perfect in the box for $129.
A Few Tubes and Pickups:
Groove Tubes EL34 Pair (GTEL34C/6CA7). EL34's (US equivalent 6CA7) are the classic Brit sound for larger amps, 50 watts and up. The Silver Series is a very reliable tube with the same warranty as the Gold series, but has a slightly wider "pass" rating for specs (gain, noise, output, physical microphonics, and transconductance). These sell new for $29.99 but get this new pair for just $39.99.
"Winged C" (SED) EL34 Pair. Same application as the GTEL34 above but these Winged-C's are considered one of the premier tubes made, noted for firm and controlled bass, smooth mids, and shimmering top end, with swirling harmonic content. It will exhibit plenty of clean headroom and a smooth transition into breakup. Sells new for $36/ea but get this new pair for just $49.
JJ 6L6GC Pair. Probably the most popular tube brand today, JJ offers good quality at a good price. The 6L6 defines the USA sound, e.g. the Fender tone, used in Fender amps from the 50's through today. Good option for both guitarists and home audiophiles. Sells new for $18.95 but get this pair for $25.
Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout Set. Alternative to EMG's, but also a 9V active system. Low noise, higher output, with black magnets so they'll work well with regular and Trembucker spacing. $179/pair new but this clean used pair is just $115.
1975 Ibanez Humbucker. Date stamp indicates 1975 production so this is a hard pickup to find. Braded lead, 2-conductor, with flat/slotted poles. If you're restoring an early Artist or archtop, it pays to get original equipment. This one's just $150.
Seymour Duncan Designed Pair. HB103N and HB103B (neck and bridge) with 7.5K and 16.5K output. These look just like regular Duncans but offshore manufacture means they're around 1/2 the price. They're spec'd after the SH-6 Duncan Distortion with ceramic magnets and Trembucker spacing on the bridge pickup. A lot of people swear by these pickups and they're a definite upgrade to Epi's and many other mid-line guitars. Nice shape. $55 takes the pair.
A few Cases:
Taylor Dreadnought Case. Late 90's, excellent protection, brown with plush black interior. One of the best cases made. Fits a Taylor X-10 (410, 510, 810, etc.) very tightly; most other dreadnoughts snug but not as tight. Overall nice shape. $110.
Gibson Dreadnought Case. Fits Hummingbird, Dove, or any square shouldered dreadnought. Nice shape. $115.
G&G Dreadnought Case. Looks like a Martin Geib; black Tolex over wood with green velvet interior. Superb protection. Nice shape. $125.
SKB Classical Molded Case. Fits most classicals, cutaway or regular, or smaller bodies like a 00 or perhaps orchestra model. $75. Nice shape, excellent protection.
Ca. '83 Kramer Brown Case. I believe these fit the aluminum neck models only; too short for a regular 6/side Strat style. Rare case for fairly rare guitars and nice vintage condition. $125.
Charvel "Chainsaw" Case. Ca. '89. Fits Strat with angled pointy headstock, i.e. Charvel, Jackson, ESP, etc. All latches and hinges intact (!). $79.
OFF HOLD, now with vintage Taylor case: 1984 Taylor 510 Dreadnought w/pickup "Lemon Grove", (front), (headstock), (back), (label/jack), (case). Wonderfully warm tone from Taylor's original factory in Lemon Grove Calif., back when production was low (less than 800 produced this year). Features gloss finish and all solid woods with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, rosewood headstock veneer. Other features include ebony bridge pins, gold Grover USA tuners, black/white top binding, bound back, bookmatched back with herringbone type strip, and quality under-saddle pickup with endpin jack. At 29 years old this guitar has developed the sweet tone that quality acoustics develop over time. It has been played but not abused, with no cracks or problems. The lacquer has turned a nice amber hue and the overall appearance is better than the pics. Lemon Grove models are a should be good investment pieces and when you can get a good one for considerably less than a new one, that's a deal. The 510 sold new for $2100 when discontinued several years ago. This one is going to be 30 years old next year and I consider it an exceptional value at $1350. I am including a recently-acquired brown vintage Taylor "poodle" case. It's similar to the 90's era poodle case but instead of a metal badge it has a screened logo in the badge location, as well as a covering that's thinner than the later elephant hide. If it's not era correct, it doesn't miss it by much I think.
Carl Martin Two Faze, Hand-made in Denmark and some of the finest stomp box effects on the market. The Two Faze has two independent phase shifters built into one pedal, with LED flash indicators to sync - or slightly off sync - your effects. You can do some cool stuff with this by combining the effects or simply preset them for different passages or songs. Top notch components, true bypass, very quiet, and built in power supply. These go for $259 new ($370 list) but this clean used one is just $179.
1997 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Sunburst (#916), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Very nice Plus model in 3-tone sunburst with a maple board, for a real vintage vibe that's straight out of the early 60's. The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard, replaced by the American Series, with the "American Deluxe" replacing the Strat Plus as Fender's premium production model. When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware. It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups - and no magnetic string pull to kill the sustain of the strings. The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the early Plus models as well as on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models; both of whom toured with these stock Laces for many years. I'm a big fan of these pickups as they're the best I've found for zero hum while retaining that vintage Strat tone. The Plus also features precision locking tuners and LSR roller nut (or Wilkinson cam nut on early models), enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. This one's in excellent condition overall with the only flaw being some buckle scratches on the back (shown here) in the clear coat only. There is minor fret wear but nothing that needs attention and the fretboard edges (shown in headstock pic), which are notorious for player's wear, are in clean shape. Lettering on the pickups is still very readable which usually indicates a lack of heavy use. Includes original "Plus" case with deluxe latches and gray interior for $1050.
1990 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Midnight Blue, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). For specs read description above. This one was made 7 years earlier and finished in what I'm told is "Midnight Blue" which looks close to Lake Placid Blue but is a more complex finish with more steps involved. Here's a custom shop Clapton in Midnight Blue (pic here) for comparison purposes and this one does appear to be the same. Outwardly you'll notice that this '90 model has the bold silver logo, with the serial number on the front of the headstock. A few years later they had changed to the 50's spaghetti logo as shown on the '97 above, with the serial number on the back of the headstock. One other change is this one has the original Wilkinson roller nut; later specs was the LSR found on the '97. Cosmetically this one has a few finish touch-ups on the back (shown here) which was done before we got it, so it's more of a player. The rest of the guitar is actually in pretty nice shape and, more importantly, frets have no wear since a recent recrown and fret polish (pic here), so it sets up very well and should be gig-worthy for years to come. Also, at around 7.2 lbs. it's one of the lightest USA Strats I've had, during an era when the average is around 8.5 lbs, with many above 9 lbs. This is one of the better sounding Strat Plus' I've had and if don't mind a few finish flaws that the audience can't see, it's an excellent value at $699. Includes original case is rather rough condition (hinges are good but missing one latch) - or a generic case in nicer shape.
Hiwatt Custom Tape Echo, (front), (top), (back). Get the warm sound of an Echoplex or Space Echo in a true tape delay that's around 1/4 the height of the classic units and can be used as a desk top or with included rack ears, as a rackmount unit. Those with a trained ear can easily tell the difference between digital and analog - even analog and tape analog. For warm, natural, and rich tone, nothing beats tape. Vintage tape units suffer from reliability problems and are expensive. Made in Japan and distributed by Fernandes for Hiwatt, the company consulted with session players in the L.A. area an developed a lot of prototypes until they had it right. Among the specs they chose a free running tape system (rather than a cassette) for minimum wow and flutter. They included an expression pedal input to control the tape speed using a foot pedal for subtle or wild effects. They used an input gain to add natural distortion when wanted. A continuous/Auto-Stop tape run feature stops the unit when there's no input signal permitting longer tape life and eliminating tape hiss. Echo On/Off or Hold controllable by optional footswitch. It also has a see-through top window, allowing you to see the tape run. Transposable pitch/Tape speed controllable by optional expression pedal. Click here for a review at EchoJunkies.com. Manual is downloadable here. This one's in nice shape and an priced well for what these are going for; $550.
2008 Don Grosh ElectraJet Custom EJ-40 with Lollar Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock), (cert./specs), (case.). Super clean and barely played, and comes with your choice of the stock DiMarzio's or an upgraded pair of Jason Lollar P90's (pic), considered by many to be the best on the market. This is one extremely cool guitar, refreshingly, not another Strat or Tele clone. Don Grosh guitars are built with meticulous attention to detail and quality tone woods. Building under 300 guitars a year Don keeps his quality control higher than nearly every brand made today. Very versatile - a pair of DiMarzio P90s and alder body are capable of a wide variety of tones, for virtually any type of music. Its truly original and innovative design combines classic, vintage styling, with a current flair, sort of like a modern day Jazzmaster. Featuring master-grade, tone-tapped woods and ultra-thin nitro-lacquer finish, it has beautifully complex harmonic clarity and a full acoustic voice. Extremely well balanced when strapped on, with a superb set up, this guitar is a joy to play. Unlike the Standard, the custom Electrajets come made to order. This one was ordered as follows: alder body finished in authentic gloss black finish, oil-finished maple neck with Indian rosewood fretboard, medium/large roundback neck (.85" X .95"), 1 5/8" nut, 6105 tall/narrow frets, aged vintage dots, 10" radius, Gotoh vintage tremolo, Kluson locking vintage tuners, tortoise pickguard, cream DiMarzio P90 pickups, 3-way switch with center position hum-canceling, and amber speed knobs. This guitar was collector owned and exhibits zero defects or signs of previous use, although in the right light you can see the typical body seam lines caused after the finish settled in. For fans of low serial numbers, this one's #40. With a new one costing $2699, this is a smoking deal on a practically new one, priced nearly $1000 less than new; just $1750 with stock DiMarzio's or $1900 with a pair of Lollar P90's ($250 new cost). Includes vintage-style G&G form fit case.
2010 Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). "As new" condition. Keith Richards has known for years that the design of a Tele Custom, with a stock Tele bridge and a humbucker in the neck opens up a whole new world for Tele fans. With the bridge pickup you can get the normal Tele quack you know and love, while the neck humbucker gives you some very un-Tele tones that work for many other styles of music and is especially suited for rhythm parts. Features include a classic alder body, C-shape maple neck, bullet truss rod, vintage string-thru Tele bridge, 3-bolt neckplate with tilt-adjustment, 3-ply black pickguard, Fender "Wide Range" humbucking neck pickup, traditional single coil bridge pickup, dual volume and tone controls with "amp" knobs, and 3-way pickup selector. Set up with low action and offered in unplayed condition. With a list price of $1071, these sell online and in stores for $799-$819. This one is unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard, for just $559. Includes Fender deluxe gigbag.
2011 Taylor 214CE Grand Auditorium - Sunburst, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (appointments), (gigbag). A lovely acoustic/electric with glossy sunburst top in the popular Taylor Grand Auditorium body shape. With a thinner waist than a dreadnought, the Grand Auditorium is easy to hold and easy to play, both strapped on and seated. A smooth ebony fingerboard caps the ergonomic neck while a deep Venetian cutaway allows easy access above the neck joint. Noted for bright, singing highs and rich, robust lows, the 214ce uses a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated rosewood back and sides, and a forward-shifted bracing pattern to achieve that signature Taylor tone. The Grand Auditorium is noted for excellent clarity and balance, whether strumming or plucking, and mixes especially well with frequencies in the singing voice range. Although a quality acoustic in its own right, the 214CE also makes a fine stage guitar with its onboard Taylor ES-T electronics with EQ and phase switch. Three simple knobs on the upper bout control volume, bass cut/boost, and treble cut/boost, with center-detented tone controls. Nicely appointed with a pearl rosette bound top and back, with lovely grained rosewood, perfectly bookmatched on the back. The sunburst model lists at $1598 ($270 higher than the natural finish), selling at discount for $1199, or you can get this beauty, set up by the area's factory Taylor tech, presented in mint condition, for just $799(HOLD-Walt A 5/20). Includes Taylor gigbag, one of the best, with a neck rest, thickly padded on all sides.
VINTAGE BOSS PAPER. After posting a few Boss catalogs last week I found some more that I could part with.
Vol. 1 - 1984 Boss "Pocket Dictionary", (pic2). They changed from year to year but this is the very first edition, Volume 1, with a full 64 pages full of pics, specs and tone descriptions. Has all the stomp boxes, micro-series half-rack effects, multi-effects, mixers, monitors, and more. $29
Vol. 2 - 1985 Boss "Pocket Dictionary". Similar to Volume 1 above. 79 pages. $15.
Vol. 3 - 1986 Boss "Pocket Dictionary". Similar to Volume 1 above. 83 pages. $15.
1984 Boss Compact Catalog, Vol. 2, (pic2), (pic3). Yet another format, this a single-page magazine size that unfolds out, revealing the compact pedal lineup on one side, various effects and accessories on reverse. Would make a cool poster. $15.
2002 Boss Guitar Effects Guide Book Vol. 17. In the 10 years after the 1992 Book (above), the Guide Book became much more modern, including a CD in a sleeve on the inside cover. CD has 64 tracks with samples of each effect. 80 pages. $15
Boss Guitar Effects Guide Books, Volumes 11, 12, 18, from 1995, 1997, and 2004, respectively. I forgot to shoot pics but they're all in nice shape and priced at $15/each.
1998 PRS Custom 22 Artist, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag and case/etc.). Another stunning PRS. Artist Package with Matteo Blue and gold hardware plus colorful Paua shell inlays, oh man, what a combination. This one features the wide-thin neck carve, the preference of around 80% of our customers. The Artist package includes the top quality figured tops, termed "artist grade" by PRS, extremely colorful Paua bird inlays, rosewood headstock overlay (gloss finished in '98) with inlaid colorful Paua shell inlaid logo, Artist case with velvet interior and combo locks, gold hardware including Phase II locking tuners and PRS stoptail. Many players prefer the Custom 22, which has a stiffer feel than a Custom 24. This is due to the 22 having a "shorter" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup are set further back in the body which means the scale is the same as a 24, but the neck doesn't extend as far from the body. It's very much a Les Paul feel, although with much easier playability in the upper range, not to mention a wider selection of tones. These guitars are a good example of "guitars as art" and each are unique and works of beauty. Finished in Sunburst, with a beautifully bookmatched maple top that looks great from any angle. This guitar is immaculate, not a scratch anywhere, with perfect frets and the gold hardware has no wear or pitting. From what I was told this was a custom order for a player who, by the time it was built, could no longer play. It had original factory strings on it just prior to shipping it to me. A new Custom Artist lists at over $6600, selling at discount online for around $3900 (link). At $2350, it's a $1550 savings compared to a new one (and who can't use an extra $1.5 grand these days), as clean as the new guitars hanging in your local super store. Includes Artist case, hang tag, unsigned warranty, and other paperwork.
2001 Ibanez S470QS, (front), (front-2), (back), (headstock), (inlays/binding), (trem), (acc.). The S-body was one of the more unique bodies found when it came out in the late 80's. Originally called the Sabre, the S470 body is probably the thinnest body ever made, measuring less than an inch or so at the edge (shown here), but is carved to a normal depth in the middle. Features of the S470QS (Quilted Sapele) include very thin Wizard II neck, mahogany body with quilted sapele veneer on top, 22 jumbo frets, Lo TRS II locking tremolo, bound neck with wave inlays, HSH pickups with AH1 neck - AS1 middle - AH2 bridge, Cosmo Black hardware, metal pickup rings, 5-way pickup selector, and Lo-Pro Edge tremolo (pic here). Since the 80's and the peak of shredding, Ibanez was the leader in building metal axes and had more hot players in their stable than any other maker. This Cosmo Black hardware is notorious for wearing quickly as shown in the pics, but otherwise this guitar is very clean in all regards, with perfect frets and a superb set up. The tone of this mahogany body is thick, with a very even frequency response, well suited for virtually all styles of music. These are some of the finest metal/rock guitars ever made, in terms of comfort, tone, and playability, due in part to the easy access joint which is a very thin heel that doesn't use an neck plate. Like the Japan factory that preceded this, Ibanez Korean production is first rate and allows them to build quality guitars at a significant savings. Just $325 for this beauty. Includes original manuals, trem bar, Allen wrench, and free gigbag or substitute Ibanez Pro Deluxe case (pic) for $65.
1999 Fender 50's Classic Strat - Surf Green - with Upgrades, (front), (front-2), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (nut), (case). Very clean reissue of a true classic from Fender, in the coolest of custom colors, with a few pro upgrades installed by Martin. Bridge and middle pickup has been changed to an early Seymour Duncan Hot Rails (bridge) and a recent Duncan Hot Rails in the middle, with the stock 50's Alnico pickup in the neck. The advantage is you can get a fatter humbucker tone in positions 1 and 3, while retaining the classic hollow tones in positions 2 and 4 since the humbuckers are split. The nut has been upgraded to an Earvana compensated nut, which improves tunability and sustain. Cosmetically, the pickups, knobs, and switch tip have been changed to black. Features of the 50's Classic include vintage tinted neck with a soft-V profile, deep vintage body contours, single ply pickguard, vintage tremolo with bent saddles and heavy tremolo block. Also worth mentioning, this guitar is an excellent player with 5 pickup settings that sound radically different. On some Strats, like this one, the neck pickup is so sweet you never want to try anything else; on other ones you'll never want to use it. This one has a killer SRV tone on the neck but with the 2 upgraded pickups, you'll never get tired of your tone selections. It also has a fatter bottom end than most Strat which I attribute to the tone wood of the body. If you like vintage Strats but aren't a fan of the medium action that they usually have, you'll find this one is exceptional, with very comfortable action despite the vintage radius. A new 50's Classic will run you $799 with gigbag and it might play okay if the factory set-up holds up - but why not get one with a pro set-up on the day it ships out, plus an upgraded Fender hardshell case, upgraded pickups and nut, and a nice weight at just 7.6 lbs. $679. includes Fender case and trem arm. Back plate isn't pictured but IS included.
Gibson TP-6 Tailpiece - Complete. The TP-6 is used on high end guitars like the B.B. King Lucille but it can be used on any Gibson that uses a stop bar tailpiece and no modification is required. With its fine tuners within easy reach of your picking hand you don't need to reach over to the headstock and you can easily make tuning adjustments while fretting notes. I have a few of these in stock and this one looks like it was never used and comes complete with studs and inserts. New cost is $125-$159 but this one's perfect and just $75. Probably have one in gold if you need it.
Hardtail Strat bridge. Looks like a Gotoh. Chrome plating is great shape. $15 or more if you want Graph Tech graphite or bone
Ernie Ball Musicman Axis Super Sport HH with match headstock and tremolo, (front), (back/neck), (headstock), (gigbag). Beautiful Orange Quilt with matching headstock, optional vintage tremolo, and lightly figured maple neck. Many of you young players will say "that looks like a Wolfgang" but the roots of this model, the EBMM EVH, preceded the Wolfgang by around 8 years. When Ernie Ball's contract with Ed was over they had to rename the model and although there have been several improvements since the EVH days, outwardly it is the same guitar. Set up is perfect and Musicman's custom wound DiMarzio's sound fantastic. Spec's of this model include Basswood body with a slab of bookmatched, figured maple on top, Maple neck with 5-bolt neck joint, Maple fretboard, 22 high profile, medium width frets, 2 custom DiMarzio humbuckers, Music Man tremolo, Schaller M6LA tuners with pearl buttons, Graphite acrylic resin-coated body cavity and aluminum-lined control cover, volume and tone controls with 3-way pickup selector, Cream body binding, 25-1/2" scale, 10" fretboard radius, and 1-5/8" nut width. This baby is in beautiful shape with no flaws to speak of. This model lists at $2475, selling online for $1732 but this beautiful used one is just $1050. Includes original EBMM gigbag and trem arm or substitute an earlier Musicman Tolex/wood case for $75.
EMG HSS Loaded Pickguard. One of EMG's most popular combinations, the EMG81 bridge with a pair of EMG-SA's. Since EMG's are quiet, you'll get noiseless performance on all 5 settings of the pickup selector. Find out what many of the pro players love about EMG's including clarity, wide dynamic range, and no noise. Includes quick-disconnect wiring, mounted on a new white pearl pickguard with black knobs and tip. It's drop-in ready so just plug in a 9V battery and screw in the jack and you're up and running. Clean shape and price at what you'll pay for just a pair of SA's. $159.
Electro-Voice EV PL-80 Supercardiod Dynamic Mics. Back in the mid-80's at Hotlicks we sold almost as many PL-80's as we did Shure SM-58's. At the time the USA made 58's were $119; the PL-80 was $80, and many who did an A/B test liked the 80 better. Since that time EV has come out with some other versions of the 80 such as the PL80C and the Chinese PL80a, but these old USA models are some of the most roadworthy mics ever made. Decidedly, these aren't the most sexy looking mics ever made, but we usually don't buy mics based on looks. With its hypercardioid pattern and an extended range that exceeds most dynamic mics, it's excellent for vocals but also performs well on snare drum, guitar cabinet, and acoustic guitar. I've got a pair of these (maybe three) for $59/each, or a pair for $100.
2006 ESP Ltd EC-1000 Deluxe, (front), (detail), (headstock), (back), (features), (strap locks), (gigbag). The Cadillac of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars--from any manufacturer--made. More thank killer looks, the EC-1000 Deluxe is a true pro-line instrument with features such as Sperzel locking tuners, active EMG-85 and EMG-60 humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, Earvana compensated nut, abalone trim and binding along every edge, set-neck construction, and ultra comfortable styling with a body that's thinner than a regular LP style and nicely contoured in all the right places. Visually, it's a stunning as they come with a gloss black finish accented by gold hardware, and multi-ply binding with loads of Abalone inlay - all around the body, along the edge of the fretboard, surrounding the headstock, and in the flag fretboard inlays. With its all-mahogany construction, this is a very warm and fat sounding guitar that's a much more cozy tone than most LP style guitars. This guitar plays like few others, with playability that rivals ESP's at 4X the price. It has a thin/wide U-shaped neck that's extremely comfortable and the body design provides easy access to the 24th fret. With a list of $1199 these sell in stores for $839 which is remarkable for a guitar with these features. Other than very slight discoloration to some of the gold hardware, there are no discernable flaws or wear, perfect frets, and an incredible in-house setup. $559(HOLD-Hodari 1/3) includes ESP gigbag, manual, and Schaller strap locks.
DeArmond Ashbory Fretless Bass, (front), (headstock), (back). Don't let looks fool you, this is one serious sounding bass. Although it might look like a toy with it's small body, 18" scale length, and rubber silicone strings, the tone sounds closer to an upright than most full size electric basses. Some of you will remember the Guild Ashbory from '86-'88 and will DeArmond resurrected the Guild electric line in '99 it marked the return of the Ashbory. The octave range is the same as a regular bass so it's easy to learn; just dial in your tone via the active preamp with bass and treble cut/boost, and volume control, maybe dust the strings with a bit of baby powder, and you're flying over the fretboard with some of the sweetest fretless tones you've heard. Its solid one-piece Agathis body and neck is just thirty inches long, and weighs in at only two pounds. Its small size allows for easy portability, and makes it comfortable enough to wear over another instrument. It has a fretless, silk-screen fingerboard pattern with fret markers and "dot" inlays, and features a unique headstock design fitted with custom designed tuners. For more info on everything Ashbory check out largesound.com, the best site on the web for this unique and wonderful bass. DeArmonds from this era were made in Korea and the quality is as high as any import made during that time. If you want to try something truly different, try this. $279 includes gigbag.
Fender Frontline 2003 BOOK. Everybody has the magazine-style soft cover Frontlines, but this was a limited run hardcover edition, fully bound and factory sealed in clear wrap. Has the full Fender product line and some informative articles. $15.
1996 PRS 4-fold Catalog/Poster, (poster side), (close-up). Catalog/Poster with Ross Childress (Collective Soul) on one side, full line specs on reverse. Contains full specs on each model as well as well as 1996 color chart. Excellent source of info and cheap for vintage paper. $12.
1984 DiMarzio Catalog, (pic2) and 2000 DiMarzio Catalog. In 1984 DiMarzio was more of a parts company than just pickups and plastic accessories, carrying a full line of enough parts to build a complete guitar. 18 pages with detailed info on their full line of pickups, plus bodies, necks, bridges, tuners, etc. I'm including the 2000 DiMarzio catalog (24 pages) in mint condition. $20 takes the pair.
OFF-HOLD: 2001 Ibanez SCA-220BP, (front), (headstock), (back). Black Pearl. Excellent quality Japan model Ibanez and with a featherweight "S" style, sculpted mahogany body. Lots of fun to play and one of the more traditional models from Ibanez, which are usually associated with locking tremolo HSS or HSH pickup configurations. This S-Classic features a pair of V6 humbuckers controlled by a 5-way switch and a very simple but innovative "Shortstop II" bridge which is a simple wraparound design, but allows intonation on every string. It is also radiused to parallel the fretboard, eliminating the need for messing with each string's height adjustment. It's also the most comfortable for palm damping, in the perfect location with no sharp edges anywhere. It also features a 25.1" scale which is between a Fender and Gibson, excellent quality Gotoh tuners with tortoise buttons, and 22 medium frets. The 5-way switch provides 1) bridge humbucker, 2) bridge humbucker+one side of neck pickup, 3) both humbuckers, 4) neck humbucker+one side of bridge pickup, 5) neck humbucker. Cosmetically there are a few finish touch-ups (as shown here) but there's very little actual player's wear so the frets are excellent, allowing a low, comfortable set-up. Weights in at well under 7 lbs. Like all the Japan-made Ibanez's, this is a very well made guitar and an excellent value for the player at $289. Includes quality gigbag, or add $25 to substitute this Peavey case, in excellent condition, that fits the guitar very well.
2012 Ibanez Soundgear Mikro Bass 5-String Short-Scale GSRM25 - Black, (front), (back), (headstock/truss cover). Flawless condition. I've had several of these Mikro Basses in stock but this is the first 5-string. Unlike a lot of short scale basses, which are lower quality, if not toys, the Mikro Bass has the same quality and backing as their full scale basses. With a 28.6" scale, around 5.5" shorter than a full scale, the Mikro is a great choice for younger players or anyone small in stature, or a good transitional instrument for guitarists switching to bass. Features include mahogany body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, pearl dot inlays, high mass B10 bridge with precise intonation and height adjustments, quality sealed tuners, and dual Jazz-style pickups. It also uses a new truss rod cover door that easily slides to the side - no more screw to remove for adjustments. The body style is the same as other Soundgear series with the elongated upper horn, short lower horn, and deep cutaway for playing the high notes. It's very well balanced, with a tone that doesn't sound at all "small", and has a very comfortable set up. Looks as if nobody ever played it and a sweet deal on a quality short scale at $159, including shipping, and set up to perfection.
1976 Alvarez Yairi DY57 "Winchester" Dreadnought w/BB Pickup, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (catalog), (label/serial), (appointments), (output), (case and acc.). Most of you know this but don't confuse the Kazuo Yairi guitars with the "Alvarez" brand. Alvarez are generally decent utility guitars made in Korea or China, but there is no comparison to genuine Yairi's. Kazuo Yairi builds lifetime guitars in a dedicated factory in Japan. Much like the USA's Martin guitars, these are heirlooms which can be handed down through generations. The K Yairi company has a history of guitar making that goes back to 1935. Kazuo, now 75 years old, took over the company from his father in 1963 after spending three years in the USA learning how the Americans were constructing & voicing their guitars. He personally oversees around 30 guitar makers in his workshop and their yearly output is in the region of a modest 4000 guitars. Yairi sets very high standards for the timber they use. All woods are naturally seasoned - no timber is kiln dried. Other than the sawmill, no machinery is used in the manufacture of the guitars; no CNC machines or UV spray booths speed up the process. Many guitars are made by a single craftsman; others are made by a team of 3 or 4 makers. The D57 features a solid Canadian spruce top with special hand-sculpted parabolic X-bracing, African mahogany back and sides, noted for its beauty and tone quality, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard with inlaid pearl dot markers, rosewood bridge and headstock overlay, top and back bound in ivoroid binding, soundboard trim and hand-laid wood markquetry rosette in sort of a herringbone pattern, inlaid Yairi headstock logo, Pat. Pending Grover tuners, black teardrop pickguard, plus bone nut and saddle. It has a slender mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod which is set in a magnesium channel for extra strength and stability. This is one of those guitars that just speaks to you when you pick it up with a very warm and natural tone. It also has an pickup under the saddle which is clearly labeled "Barcus-Berry", which I'm guessing was the factory option listed in the price list, with a 1/4" endpin jack (pic). Although a passive system, it has a higher output than most and sounds very good amplified. Acoustically, it has a lovely, full-bodied sound and with very comfortable action it's a joy to play. It reminds me, in all regards, of a nice old Martin D-18. It has a lovely golden, aged patina and some innocuous light dings and scratches in the finish; definitely no cracks or repairs. The DY57 sold for $741 (with case) in in the '78 price list, including pickup installation, which based on the inflation calculator would be $2645 in today's dollars. Yairi's are probably the best value in a true lifetime guitar. Own this one for $899. Includes original hardshell case as well as an old sealed pack of Washburn "Slicks" 12 ga. strings, capo, steel slide, and pitch pipe. You can read all about this model by looking around alvarezyairi.web, the best site in the world for Yairi guitars.
1978 Guild F-50BL Jumbo Acoustic, (front), (headstock), (back), (sides), (case). The flagship of Guild's acoustic line, built along the same line as Gibson's SJ-200. Unlike the SJ-200, Guild used a laminated maple arched back, which was a trademark feature on Guild guitars. This model, officially named the "Navarre F-50", had a stock sunburst finish, or for a bit more, you could get this "BL" (blond) model with natural finish. Lastly, they offered a "50R" with solid rosewood back and sides, priced around 20% higher. After Fender bought the company they offered the F-50R as part of the Vintage Series, built in their Corona, CA factory. Fender also offered a very plain F-50 "Standard Series", which was such a stripped down model that it should have had a different model name. While Fender built good guitars, the reissues simply don't have the tone or feel (and some would argue...the quality) of a 35-year-old vintage model. Features of this F-50BL include Jumbo body style, solid premium spruce top, curly maple back and sides, rosewood bridge, Ebony fingerboard 3-piece maple / mahogany / maple neck, 12" fretboard radius, 17" body - 4 1/2" deep, 1 11/16" nut, 25.5" scale, gold hardware, Guild/Schaller tuners, high gloss nitrocellulose finish, gold hardware, and black pickguard. It's beautifully appointed with inlays of abalone triangles inside mother of pearl blocks, multiple bindings adorn the top, top of the fretboard, side of the fretboard and headstock, with abalone dot bridge pins. Headstock has black overlay with pearl logo inlay and pearl "G" inlay. Some of the finest players turn to Guilds for their acoustic songs; Clapton and Bonnie Raitt both using the F-50BL specifically. The F-50BL sold for a hefty $835 back in '77, at a time when guitars sold at full retail value. Using the inflation calculator, you'd be paying over $3200 for one of these today. It's in beautiful condition with no cracks, repairs, or alterations. Martin did a wonderful job setting the action and it plays as comfortably as any Guild I've ever had. Just a super nice vintage Guild and a sweet deal on their Cadillac model at $1399(HOLD-John B 5/15). Includes original Guild case.
Seymour Duncan JB Jr. Bridge Pickup. Duncan's most popular stacked humbucker for Strats, the JB Jr. retains the performance of the PAF style JB, in a stacked format. Transforms your Strat into a more versatile instrument with a minimum of effort and cost. Sells new for $75.99 but this one's mint in the box with all paperwork and $52.99.
Laney Pro Tube 30 Head, (panel), (back), (chassis). Laney's highly-regarded AOR (Advanced Overdrive Response) series from the 80's, when British amps were still made in England. The Pro Tube 30 is the baby of the AOR Series, next to the 50 and 100, rated at 30, 50, and 100 watts respectively. The 30 was also the only one that used 6V6 power tubes, rather than EL34's. They were rather innovative in their use of an extra gain stage, basically a factory hot-rodded amp at the time, without the additional cost of getting a tech to mod it for you. They also featured Boost functions on Bass, Mid, and Treble, via push-pull pots. The bass is a remarkable 18dB from my recollection, with around 10dB on the Mid, and around 12dB on the Treb. Tubes are JJ 6V6's, with four Groove Tubes 12AX7's in the preamp. Front panel features (L-R) Presence, Bass, Mid, Treb, Master Vol., and Preamp Vol. Back panel features and effects loop, D.I. output for recording, and 16/8 ohm impedance selector. Laney's are excellent rock amps, especially with players who can't get enough bottom end. They're made to last and although it's around 25 years old, it should be around for another 25+. A good price for a British-made tube head at $325.
Krankenstein 100 - Carvin V3 100 - Zwengel Banshee 50 Heads. Speaking of rock/metal heads, I have 3 others in stock that are especially well-suited for heavier music.
1998 Fender Standard Stratocaster - "Blackie" - with Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). This is one of our most popular Strats, all series - black with a maple fretboard. Clapton's "Blackie" is, of course, the quintessential black Strat but not everybody can afford a new Artist Series. Fender's Standard Strat is made from USA parts, but finished and assembled in Encino Mexico. The result is a guitar that's nearly identical to the Highway or Special series, both made in USA, at nearly 1/2 the cost...and this Standard features a gloss finish where those have a satin finish. It features quality hardware including stamped steel saddles, high mass bridge block, and Fender/Ping tuners, as well as 3 ceramic single coil pickups with USA pots and switch. Other features include 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss finished alder body, 3-ply pickguard and backplate, and maple neck and fingerboard with modern C shape. This guitar is in beautiful shape and with a new one running $499 without case, why not consider this barely used one, *including* hard shell case, for just $379, set up to perfection and ready to rock.
1998 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Natural Ash, (front), (grain), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Nicely figured ash body ($150 upcharge over alder) on this early model American Deluxe. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat. Stock pickups are Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups in '98 and still preferred over many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, polished chrome tremolo with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, aged plastic parts, and raised chrome logo. For players who like a traditional nut, the '98 models only used the LSR on deluxe locking tremolo and HSS models, so this one has the same performance as a vintage model. This guitar is in lovely condition with no noteworthy scratches and extremely comfortable set-up, with a comfortable setup and nice medium weight. One mod has been made, with a Duncan STK Vintage Stack (stacked humbucker) in the bridge position which gives you the option of a fatter humbucker tone on positions 4 and 5. Outwardly it looks stock as the "Noiseless" cover fits the Duncan properly. $999(HOLD-Todd 5/6) includes the upgraded Fender Tolex case, pop-in tremolo arm, and Schaller strap locks.
2008 Ibanez RG770DX Prestige Limited Reissue, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem) (case). Killer Prestige in near mint condition. It's hard to believe it, but the RG line has been in production for over 25 years now and in 2008 Ibanez released this 20th Anniversary model. Ibanez is one company with a finger on the pulse of their users and wisely reissued this model as a limited run in the summer of '08. Offered in Laser Blue and this Ruby Red, as part of their esteemed Prestige series from Japan, this guitar features an original Edge tremolo, DiMarzio/IBZ pickups, colored sharktooth inlays and Wizard necks with original 1987 dimensions. The neck of the reissue is actually a little better than the original with the same profile but now with a 5-piece maple/walnut combination. Other features include Basswood body, jumbo frets, bound neck, IBZ/DiMarzio F4/C3/F2 pickups, and black hardware. There are two flaws (shown here), which we can touch up if desired, both are small finish chips on the back side edge, not visible from the front. Other than that, it looks like this guitar was hardly touched, with no scratches or dings, perfect frets, etc. They sold for $1299 new ($1733 list) but this one is hardly played, with a killer in-house setup prior to shipping, and just $770. Includes Prestige case, clear tool pouch, and tools.
Vox DA15 Digital Combo, (panel), (top), (back/back panel). I've had a number of the smaller DA5 combo's, but this is our first "big boy" DA15. I loved the DA5 and the DA15, is just more of a good thing. Choose from 11 distinctive sound styles, and 11 high-quality built-in effects, with tap tempo for adjusting time or modulation speed. Effects include auto wah, compressor, delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo and rotary plus noise reduction. You have the ability to adjust the parameters of every effect and a Tap button allows easy set up of time or modulation speed effects. You can choose 2 effects at the same time, plus a very effective Noise Suppressor for a third effect. After you tweak your amp and effects settings you can store them using the Channel Select mode. Two user program locations give instant access to the stored sounds. Manual mode (in which the sound heard is exactly what the knob settings indicate) provides immediate access to a 3rd sound. An optional dual foot switch can be used to switch between the user programs (CH1, CH2) or to bypass the effects. Alternatively, it can be used to activate the Manual mode instead of Effect Bypass, for hands-free switching between three different sounds (two user programs and Manual setting). It also has a headphone/line output for private practice of recording direct to a recorder/mixer. This output adds cabinet tonality and character for a sense of 'air' and depth. In addition to three times the output (15 watts), the DA15 also has a larger (8") speaker. For full specs check out Vox here. There are a number of YouTube demo's online, but most are for the smaller DA5; click here for a pretty good one on the DA15, although it's not in English. This amp works perfectly and has a very impressive tone, both in amp selection and effects. It's a excellent grab-and-go combo for practice, backstage, studio, or even club gigs, for $109.
More Fender Squiers - Classic Vibe & Affinity, Guitars & Basses: Never retailed, flawless appearance, and completely gone over by Martin so they're better than new. Many of you have bought some of our Fender factory seconds and are aware of what an excellent value they are. Outwardly the only flaw is a light used stamp (pic) on the back of the headstock and the serial number is partially obliterated, which is done to negate factory warranty, which is almost worthless anyhow. The good news is the only guitars we get are cosmetically flawless so whatever imperfection they may have had is invisible and they're essentially new guitars. We do some things that online stores will never do, such as dressing the fret ends so the fretboard will never feel like a buzz saw. We go over the electronics to eliminate cold solder joints and scratchy pots. We also lubricate the fretboard which is part of our normal setup but especially important on guitars that left the factory a year or two ago. The stock strings can have crazy harmonics and unstable tuning so we change all the strings to the quality S.I.T. Nickel Wound we use on 90% of our guitars. This is in addition to our normal setup which includes detailed nut work when needed, truss rod adjustment, bridge height and intonation, and little things like machine head adjustment and strap pin tightening, when needed. In addition to these listed below, we also have a good selection of other Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified guitars AND basses (shown here).
Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back). The Affinity Series are very good playing guitars when given the benefit a proper setup like this one. Squiers have come along way since the early Korean and Mex models and the Affinity offers the most bang for the buck in a Tele that's good enough to play well into the intermediate phase of your playing. In fact, we've done upgrades to some Affinity Series that cost more than the guitar itself because underneath it all you have a solid Alder body and a hard rock maple neck, all with 60+ years of Fender's refinement. Sometimes we'll drop in a set up Duncans and a vintage logo and most players wouldn't guess they're playing a guitar that originally sold for under $200. A very comfortable neck with a sleek satin finish makes this a breeze to play. Also features 21 medium jumbo frets, 6-saddle top-load Tele bridge and self-lubricating die-cast tuners. This guitar is in beautiful shape with no cosmetic flaws and, again, plays fantastically. These Butterscotch models were a limited run, and they have much of the original '52 black guard vibe. Remarkably, the list price on this model is a modest $279. Don't buy a mediocre one off the rack when you can get this beauty that's ready to jam right out of the box for just $139(HOLD-Tim N).
Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde, (front). Exact same guitar as the Butterscotch above except in a gloss black finish. Another great player in a beautiful instrument. List price of $279 but this one's perfect with a great setup for just $139(HOLD-John B).
Fender Squier Affinity Bronco Bass - Black, (front), (headstock), (back). Cool little short-scale bass that's perfect for the players who are small in stature, or any guitarist transitioning to bass. If you've never played a 30" scale, which is around 4" shorter than most full scale basses, you're in for a treat, especially on a bass that weighs under 6 lbs. For beginner players, or players transitioning from guitar to bass, they're much easier to learn on, and even experienced players appreciate them because they're just plain fun to play. The current model Bronco has specs very similar to the old Musicmaster bass so we've "turned these into" Musicmasters (as shown here). You have to admit, it definitely has the vibe of a 60s/70s Fender. In doing this, the old logo is painstakingly removed and then the entire headstock is clear coated in nitro finish. After the vintage logo is installed it receives multiple coats of nitro, with wet-sanding in between coats, until the outline of the logo is invisible. When finished, it looks totally factory. Like all in this section this one is set up to perfection - and highly recommended for anyone who wants a short scale that's a breeze to play. With a list price of $250, these are an excellent value on an imminently playable bass, for just $115. (more for the logo job when available).
Fender Squier Affinity Bronco Bass - Red. Exact same bass as the Black Bronco above except in a gloss red finish. Another great player in a beautiful instrument. List price of $250 but this one's perfect with a great setup for just $115.
Samson SR-2 lavalier wireless, Samson Ch. 7. I've used the SR-2 model for guitars on numerous occasions with no dropout or interference. An excellent choice for the money. $75
EV Lavalier Wireless Mic, (stock pic). Model OLM-10. Plug works for Telex or EV transmitters. $29.
Headset Wireless Mic. I don't know the maker but it's a comfortable headset mounted mic, especially good for drummers. Plug works for Telex or EV transmitters. $25.
2011 Carvin Bolt Plus, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups/bridge), ("Liberator"), (case). One of our man, Brian's, guitars and like everything he owns, dead mint condition and ships in original Carvin box. A real "natural" beauty with a natural "woody" look, loads of factory options, and aftermarket upgrades. Carvin has been famous for building neck-through guitars but in recent years they've started building some high quality bolt-on models. This Bolt Plus is perhaps my favorite Carvin in recent memory. It has a more vintage feel and vibe with the bolt-on neck and is just a superbly built guitar. Carvin refers to their in-house guitars as "custom shop" and this definitely approaches custom shop quality from the "Big F" and "G". Although Carvin offers the Bolt as a quality kit guitar that you can assemble, this one was factory built (spec sheet included). Features include tung oil finish, solid mahogany body, maple neck with rounded heel and rounded neckplate, rosewood fretboard with side dots only, strings-thru body, hardtail bridge, Dunlop strap locks, Sperzel locking tuners, black hardware, direct mounted C22 humbuckers (replaced), and volume-tone-5way switch. Options include Graph Tech saddles $20, clear maple neck/mahogany side $50, hardshell case $80, mahogany headstock overlay $20, stainless steel jumbo frets $40, 14" fretboard radius $40. Other features include Sperzel locking tuners, no fretboard inlays (side dots only), rosewood fretboard, black chrome hardware, black logo. Aftermarket add-on's (installed by Martin) include a pair of Duncans with a Dimebucker in the bridge and a '59 neck, controlled by a 5-way switch for 3-humbucker settings and 2 single coil settings. He also installed one of the new Seymour Duncan Liberators, a kit that included both pots and the 5-way switch. The Liberator is made specifically for players who are soldering challenged - anyone can change pickups without the use of solder. In lieu of solder it uses a lockdown system that allows anyone to change pickups in minutes. The lockdown slots are color-coded to match any Duncan pickups you may want to use. Although the Bolt Plus has a base price of just $749, the options and add-on's bring it up to well over $1000. This guitar has a fantastic setup and for an American guitar with these features, woods, and upgrades, it's an excellent value at $699.
Gibson SG Case. Nice case by Gator (badged replaced with a vintage-style Gibson badge) with tolex over wood exterior, brass plated hinges, pink lining with protective shroud, and leatherette padded handle. Never used, perfect condition, and $85 includes shipping to 48 states.
OFF-HOLD: 1982 Gibson ES-335 Dot Reissue, (Shaw PAF's), (front), (headstock), (back), (label), (case). One of the earliest Dot reissue I've had, from Jun 15, 1982, Nashville Plant. Although a few Dots were shipped in '81, 1982 was the first full year for the Dot Reissue and they're highly regarded by players. I recall the '82/'83 models selling for a premium as far back as my first guitar show in '94. I'm not sure if they're significantly better than the later 80's models, or if it's a case of "older is better". One thing you can't deny, production numbers were way lower 30 years ago which could indicate overall higher quality control and better selection/seasoning of woods. It's in nice vintage condition, all original (original bridge in case), with no cracks or other issues, little to no checking, and just light scratches in the clear coat, although it does have a small finish chip on the back (shown here). One thing is certain, this is a wonderful sounding Dot perhaps due to the age and in part to the quality pickups which are the much-acclaimed Tim Shaw PAF's. I got this from a player who puts jumbo frets on his guitars so it has been refretted with jumbos (see pic). Its a top notch, pro job, factory quality and the frets are in great shape. It has a super nice setup and at 30 years the maple has developed a voice that you won't find in a new one off the rack. For the player looking for a Dot that's *almost* as good as a '59, especially a player who wants jumbos, you'll save the $200 refret charge and take this one right to a gig. Own this great Dot for $2450.
Behringer UCA-202 Computer Audio Interface, (stock pic). When used as a professional interface between a mixing console and your computer options include connecting the UCA202 RCA Outputs to the Tape Input jacks of your mixer, to powered monitors, or to your mixer. Connecting to the mixer input channels allows you to use your mixer’s Aux Send feature to build an extremely versatile monitor mix for recording sessions. Click here to read about all the possibilities. Mint in the box, appears to never have been used. $15.
M-Audio "FastTrack" Pro Tools Recording Studio, (stock pic), (software screenshot). Guitar/Mic recording interface for computer recording. 2-input, 2-output audio interface that's compatible with most popular recording software including Pro Tools M-Powered. Plug-and-play USB connection (USB 2.0 compatible); XLR microphone input with gain control and 48V phantom power; 1/4" instrument input with gain control; 1/4" stereo headphone output; RCA stereo speaker outputs; Output level knob for adjusting volume of headphones and speaker outputs; Direct monitoring button; Powered by USB - no power adapter required; Includes Pro Tools SE. Mint in the box, appears to never have been used. Very useful tool if you do computer recording and just $89.
2000 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Green & Gold, (front), (back), (headstock), (DiMarzio strap), (case). Recently traded back in and now listed $200 cheaper than before. Lightweight, great color combination, solid mahogany body. I'm getting more and more players looking for older, non-chambered, models. A solid body like this '00 model has a crisper attack and more punch in the bass, more sparkle in the highs. Gibson generally saves all of their lighter woods for their expensive Historic series but at 8.6 lbs., this one is lighter than many Historics I've had and around 2 lbs. lighter than the average Studio. Since the early 80's the Studio has remained the best value in the "real" Les Paul line, i.e. carved maple cap over mahogany body, gloss finish, trapezoid inlays, 490R and 498T Alnico humbucker, and Grover tuners. During this era Gibson offered many more finish combinations and the Emerald Green with gold hardware is one of my favorites, with a two-piece maple top and one-piece mahogany back. You can see the thin nitro finish on the back, where the grain is raised. I'm seeing more and more "stars" playing Studio's on TV, and these are guys who can have any Gibson they want, usually for free. Other than a few cosmetic appointments, this model is identical to the LP Standard but it's stripped down cosmetics (i.e. no binding and headstock inlay) means around a 40% savings compared to the Standard. The original Studio's, ca. early 80's, were a more distinct model, with an all-mahogany body and dot inlays. This guitar is in excellent shape, with no major flaws, just some minor player's wear. Gold plating rubs off on these guitars rather easily but the gold is in great shape on this one, even the tuner buttons, which are the first to show wear. The neck profile is medium, falling somewhere between the 60's thin taper and chunky 50's - and well rounded in the back. With a perfectly straight neck it sets up with beautiful action and has the classic LP tone of the early models. This '00 model is in a desirable color, light weight for a solid wood Paul, and in a very nice color combination, all for $799. Includes choice of DiMarzio strap/locks or standard strap pins, plus quality SKB-56 case that supports the neck the entire length. For additional charge we can substitute everybody's favorite, the 90's Gibson brown case with pink lining (shown here) in beautiful shape.
Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (panel), (back). I just got another one of these too; several in stock, along with one or two RP500 models. The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get virtually any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models such as Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. For a complete list of effect, amps, and cab models on this unit click here for Digitech's site. Click here for a demo on Looping/Drum Machine and here for doing multiple layers on the looper. This unit is in mint condition and at $65, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes manual and power supply. (Note: Hold one: Nelson V 10/28, one other available. I also have the comparable bass unit (shown here) in stock for $65.)
2012 Breedlove C250/CMe Acoustic-Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (side/preamp), (acc.), (gigbag). There are a few Korean factories that make exceptional guitars. For solidbodies, PRS and Brian Moore come to mind; for acoustics, Breedlove is tops. The C250/CMe is inspired by the Custom Shop C25 shape (best selling shape for two decades) and voice with similar versatility, comfort and playability. The deep, open cutaway is unprecedented ease of play in the upper register. With its solid Western Red Cedar top and mahogany back and sides and scalloped pre-War bracing pattern, this guitar has quite a strong voice. For amplified playing, the VTC preamp is simple but effective, with a backlit LED tuner that's very fast and accurate, and easy to read on stage. Other features include Black Binding, top, back, corner caps; BWB Rosette; Offset Breedlove Pattern Pearl Position Markers; Satin Finish; Breedlove Atlas Rosewood Bridge; •Rosewood Fretboard; 25.4” Scale Length; 1-11/16” nut width; shallow c-shaped neck; Dovetail Neck Joint; Double Acting Truss Rod, soundhole adjustable; end pin area 9 Volt battery access; designed by Kim Breedlove, Chris Lindquist and Peter Newport. Includes Breedlove gigbag, summer bridge, shim, and Planet Waves soundhole cover. This model sells new for $499 but this one's in "as new" condition with a fantastic setup and just $379. A great acoustic-electric for the money.
EMG Pickups and Parts. I've had these for around 7 years and most were 5 year old NOS when I got them. We've robbed some parts over the years so I'll discount a bit if you don't need pots and/or jack. Boxes may be shop worn but all are new, old stock, and include instructions/spec sheets. Some have quick disconnect wiring; some are the earlier hard-wired. Enjoy the quiet operation of a 9V system with traditional single coil tone, for 50% off list.
EMG T Set - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Direct replacement for Telecaster Guitars, Alnico magnets. $209 list, $169 online, but these are NOS and just $105 for set, $59 for singles.
EMG TC Set - White. New, old stock, in the box. Same as black set above except with ceramic magnets. $209 list, $169 online, but these are NOS and just $105(HOLD-Wanda B 4/12) for set, $59 for singles.
EMG-SV Strat - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Vintage looking Strat pickup with staggered Alnico poles. $99 list, $79 online, but these are NOS and just $49.
EMG-S Strat - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Traditional EMG look with ceramic magnets. $99 list, $79 online, but these are NOS and just $49.
EMG-H Single Coil In a Humbucker. New, old stock, in the box. Enjoy the tone and articulation of a ceramic single coil in your humbucker guitar. The H is a single coil pickup designed to fit directly into a humbucker route without modification.
EMG-91 Archtop. New, old stock, in the box. Floating pickup for archtop guitars, mounting at the end of the fingerboard without interfering with string or top vibrations. $149 list, $119 online, but these are NOS and just $75.
EMG-60. New, old stock, in the box. Not as well known as the 81/85/89, but probably the most versatile among EMG's humbucker line. James Hetfield's signature ESP uses these as their distinctive crunch sets any rhythm player apart from the midrange mix of Metallica. Can be used in either position but it's used frequently as a rhythm pickup with an EMG-81 in the bridge.
EMG-45P 6-String Bass, (pic2). New, old stock, in the box. The 45P is used on some high end 6-string basses and is a fantastic upgrade on lower line 6-strings like an Ibanez SR406, etc. The 45P design has two offset coils that result in more low end with brilliant highs. It uses short, squat coils that have very little resistance and plenty of inductance. Modern looks, easy to install, sounds great. Lists for $134.99/each, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 6-string for just $67/each. Buy a 6-string bass from us and we'll include labor for $25 or less.
EMG-40CS. New, old stock, in the box. The 40CS is made especially for 5-string basses and with its ceramic magnets is warmer as a result of the higher inductance of the steel, with a smoother attack and a flatter high end. Modern looks, easy to install, sounds great. Lists for $134.99, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 6-string for just $67. Buy a 5-string bass from us and we'll include labor for $25 or less.
EMG-P Precision. New, old stock, in the box. Very popular replacement pickup for any bass that uses the split coil design of a P-bass. Lists for $129.99, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 4-string for just $65. Buy your bass from us and we'll include labor for $18 or less.
EMG Pi2 Switch. New, old stock, in the box. Made especially for EMG pickups the Pi2 is a switch with a circuit board attached which acts as a phase reversal switch on a guitar with two or more EMG pickups. Lists for $39.99; these are just $19.99.
EMG AS93 Acoustic Preamp or AS125 Acoustic Preamp. New, old stock, in the box. These are the earlier versions with a separate preamp and output jack (later ones had preamp integrated into the jack). The AS93 is for traditional saddle widths (3/32) such as Martins; the AS125 is for 1/8" saddles. Both 2.70" in length. List price $159; take one of these for just $79.
EMG AEQ-3 Acoustic Preamp. New, old stock, in the box. For more tone tweaking, you can install the AEQ-3 3-band equalization system which features dual stacked knobs for independent treble, mid, bass and volume controls right on your instrument. List price was $395; this one's a blowout special for just $150.
ca. 1989 Kramer American Neck. Ca. '89 with headstock binding and large logo. Frets are original and in great shape. No extra holes or funny business. Good neck in pretty nice shape. $175 includes base to the Floyd nut only; original Schaller tuners available for $45; various model truss rod covers available $10-$25.
ca. 1989 Kramer American Neck. As above except with "Kramer" inlay at 12th fret. Ca. '89 with headstock binding and large logo. Frets are original and in great shape. No extra holes or funny business. Nice clean neck. $209 includes base to the Floyd nut only; original Schaller tuners available for $45; various model truss rod covers available $10-$25.
Fender JBL D-120F Speaker, (pic2). Fresh recone by Vin-Tone with zero hours since repaired. The recone job is done with all proper parts and the job is immaculate. One of the most highly regarded guitar speakers from the 60's/70's and OEM equipment on Ampeg Gemini I, blackface and silverface Twin Reverb, silverface Quad Reverb, and others. You can get a used D-120F for $300+ and it might work okay for years...or days - or you can get this "new" D-120F and likely have decades of hassle-free playing, for $200(HOLD-Kevin C).
Lindy Fralin 8K/9K Humbucker Set. Vintage output of 8K and 9K (bridge), these should appeal to purists who want that original 'Burst tone. Clean shape and with a new set costing $260, save some money on this clean used set for $170.
2008 Breedlove Passport B35 Short Scale Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (labels), (gigbag). Looking for a well-made acoustic-electric bass for a great price? The B35 is a short-scale (32"), sporting a solid top, manufactured in Korea, with final inspection and set-up in their Oregon factory. It uses a simple but effective active preamp that takes you from acoustic practice to amplified stage. It has a solid Cedar top with Breedlove's bold bracing and is voiced for recording with the tonal texture of mahogany and concert deep body. Other features include concert deep body with soft cutaway and Breedlove bracing, solid cedar top, laminated mahogany back and sides, 4" to 5" body depth, 15.25" lower bout, ultra-light Breedlove bridge truss, 3-ply rosette, Breedlove offset dot inlays, satin finish on body and neck, Breedlove Atlas rosewood bridge, 32" scale length, 1 5/8" nut, double-action truss rod, Passport active pickup and preamp, designed by Kim Breedlove and Peter Newport, Crafted in Korea with final setup & quality assurance in Bend, Oregon with separate QC label on interior. This is a well-made instrument that sounds good and plays nicely. Offered in perfect condition for $350, including well padded Breedlove gigbag.
2011 Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (tags and gigbag). Hardtail fans? Few and far between are non-tremolo Strats and this one is super nice. The Cray Strats are regarded by many as the best of the Mex signature models and offer a great quality Strat for around 1/2 the price of one made just up the road in Corona. Offering a slightly chunky neck, American Vintage string-thru bridge and tuners, and the same custom shop pickups used on his custom shop model, the Cray is indeed a unique Strat that's easily good enough for the pro players. This guitar has barely seen any playing time. The body has the classic vintage route, complete with worm track in the bridge cavity, and correct body contours, finished in a dark 2-ton sunburst finish. Specs include alder body with 60's C-shape maple neck with rosewood slab fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, white dot inlays, 9.5" fretboard radius, synthetic bone nut, white plastic parts, and Cray's signature on the headstock. As an added bonus, this even has some mild flame in the headstock and neck. For players who don't use a tremolo, a hardtail provides certain advantages, such as other strings don't go flat when you bend up on a string, which really helps for steel-guitar style playing - and overall a better transfer of energy from the strings to the body which gives you more of the wood tone. It's currently set up with the preferred 11-50 strings, which provide a lot of tone and especially with the hardtail bridge, remarkable sustain. Beautiful condition, with no scratches on body or neck, clean hardware, and perfect frets, in a lightweight alder Strat. The Cray sells new for $899. For $250 you can have this beauty, set up perfectly and guaranteed to be one of the "good ones". Just $649(HOLD-Robert A 3/25) for this one. Includes hang tags and deluxe Fender gigbag.
early 70's Ibanez 2355M ES-175 Lawsuit Copy, (front), (back), (headstock), (detail/binding), (case/pickguard). Stunning flamed maple in a very desirable vintage archtop from Ibanez's golden era. This fantastic jazz box easily compares to '70's Gibsons and is a dead knockoff, including the open-book headstock, which was the main point of contention that stopped these fine imports from entering the USA. 1975 was the last year it was used on this model. Additionally, it lacks a serial number which is proper for guitars built prior to '75. This one also has the flower pot headstock inlay, split parallelogram fretboard inlays, multi-layer binding, black witch-hat knobs, rosewood bridge, and trapeze tailpiece. Exceptionally well-crafted, this guitar has held up better than most Gibson jazz boxes from the same era. Original neck set is solid and dead on. Overall this guitar is in exceptional condition, worthy of any collection, both due to rarity and condition. Finish is superb with a high gloss and little to no finish checking, no major scratches or dings, binding and purfling are in great shape. Like the Gibson ES-175, the 2355 is all laminated wood, with figured maple top, back, and sides, in the more desirable Natural finish. Set up is very comfortable, frets don't have any deep groves anywhere, and the tone is full and rich. Appears to be 100% original based on catalogs I've looked at and the few I've had in the past. Vintage Ibanez has been climbing in value as there are more people collecting them - and more and more players are seeking them out. This one is the desirable "M" (maple) top model, which makes it the same specs as the Gibson ES-175, rather than the regular 2355 which came with a spruce top. These compared with the USA equivalents, are generally as good or even better, at around 1/2 the price. This is an exceptional guitar for the collector, and at $1499(HOLD-Joe S 2/7), within the price range of working musicians. Includes original case and pickguard, removed purely for aesthetic reasons.
1975 Rickenbacker 4001 - Jetglo, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (jack/serial), (case). Some of you might remember the last 4001 I had, which was an '81 in museum condition. It was simply too clean to play. This one on the other hand, has all the character of bass that's been a workhorse for nearly 40 years, with the thin nitro finish wearing through in spots. It brings to mind Geddy Lee and his black 4001 that he used in the studio and on tour for decades. It's never had any breaks or serious issues, only some missing paint and worn chrome and nickel plating. It's got that Ricky tone that cuts through the mix like few others which has made it a favorite among some major players such as Chris Squire, McCartney, Lemmy, Geddy and countless others. Case is likewise in near pristine shape and has original sticker which can be used as a badge on the outside. If you check vintage dealers or gbase prices for '74 to '78 examples, you'll see well-worn or non-original examples selling for around $2K; considerably higher for nice ones. This one has been around but it's probably going to be gigging for many years to come. Includes original blue-lined Tolex case and a good value on a vintage Ric at $1499(Tent. Hold-James W 3/23).
2007 Breedlove AC25/SR Plus, (front), (back), (preamp/side), (headstock), (appointments), (case). Top shelf appointments and Breedlove quality now affordable to the masses. Leave it to Breedlove, makers of some of the finest boutique acoustics in the world, to come up with a premier import acoustic. This model combines Breedlove design elements and balanced tonal signature with the highest quality manufacturing practices in the world to bring you Breedlove quality at an affordable price. Superbly built, flawless attention to detail - many players would never guess that they're playing an Atlas series that costs around 1/4 of their USA models. The AC25/SR is an acoustic/electric in the popular concert cutaway body style with solid Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back. It has the signature soft cutaway that provides easy access into the upper register. A Fishman Classic 4T preamp system brings this excellent tone to your amp, making it an excellent stage guitar and includes a quality chromatic tuner. Features include: Concert body style with soft cutaway, Solid Sitka spruce top, Solid rosewood back, rosewood sides, rosewood fretboard, Fishman Classic IV pickup, Breedlove bracing system, JLD Bridge Truss system, Tortoise bound body with 5-layer purfling, Abalone rosette with black border, Abalone Ellipse fingerboard inlays, Glossy finish, Rosewood bridge, Hand-rubbed neck for very sleek feel, 1 11/16" nut, 15 1/4" lower bout, Dovetail neck joint, Dual-action truss rod, Gold Grover tuners. Designed by Kim Breedlove - crafted in Korea with quality assured in Bend, Oregon, USA. Action is superb - condition is perfect. This model has been discontinued, but carried a list price of $1339, street priced at $999. This one has barely been played and is in superb condition for just $699, including quality Breedlove hardshell case.
Electrovoice RE18 Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone. Classic mic for studio and broadcast, the RE18 is built to last and sound great, day after day. For full specs, click here coutant.org, a great reference for vintage mics. Includes EV mic clip for $85.
Custom San Dimas Tribute Strat - Trans Green, (front), (headstock), (fretboard), (back), (bridge/nut), (case). Fantastic playing Charvel style Mighty Mite body and neck, finished at the factory, with a zebra Duncan Distortion, single volume control, and very good quality licensed Floyd that's designed like the Schaller Floyds. My man Brian had this guitar built by "Todd", who you locals will know as the 2nd best tech in the capital district. The set up is superb, Floyd routed during assembly done perfectly, nicely dressed frets, perfectly aligned parts from all angles. Basically, this is what a custom guitar should look like. Body has the small control route from the San Dimas era; tuners are Wilkinson; neck is nicely figured with plenty of birdseye in the fretboard. If you want to take it a step further, for additional cost it can have a San Dimas era logo (as shown here), with multi layers of clearcoat over the logo - or change to a push/pull pot (single/humbucker) for $25. With $250 invested in labor, plus $650 in parts and case, save big time on a nice guitar in "as new" condition. Just $550(HOLD-Tom H 3/21) with case, trem arm, and tools.
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge). The Classic Vibes have been out for around 5 years now and they've been received with the highest acclaim since the Protone Series in the 90's. The attention to detail is the best I've seen on a Squier since the mid-80s Japan models. Like Leo's original Tele, the 50's Classic Vibe is made with a solid pine white blonde body with single-ply black pickguard. Other features include high gloss polyester finish, 1-piece maple with modern "C" shape, 21 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, vintage-style string-thru Tele bridge with three brass barrel saddles, knurled chrome knobs, original barrel switch tip, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, and Alnico III pickups. Looking at the bookmatched 2-piece body (shown here) I have to ask myself, why can't they match USA Strats this well? This is just another example of the quality control that is present in the Classic Vibe line. The setup on this guitar is superb, with very good sustain and classic Tele tone. A great guitar, offered in immaculate condition, for $339.
1997 Fender Squier Venus - Japan Vista Series, (front), (back), (headstock). I'm always excited to get in a Vista Series, which were produced by Fender Japan for a brief period in the mid-90's. The series consisted of the Supersonic and Jagmaster both dual humbucker guitars, and the unique hum/single Venus, which was offered in 6- and 12-string models. Although not officially a signature model, it was co-designed by the Custom Shop and Courtney Love (Hole), who played the guitar on stage for years. Features include solid basswood body, 25.5" scale maple neck, bound neck with 22 frets, rosewood fretboard, HS pickup configuration with a hot bridge humbucker and an Alnico single coil with staggered poles, 3-way selector, single knob (volume), tuneomatic bridge with strings-thru-body, large white pearl pickguard, and nickel Gotoh vintage tuners. You might notice the non-stock finish on this guitar. It was refinished in a textured teal finish that's perfectly applied and in mint condition other than a small wear spot on the back, top edge (shown here). The Vista's had a short run ('97-'98) and it's a shame because they were excellent quality guitars. I personally think Fender could have done much better by leaving off the Squier name since the $699 list price put it well above a number of regular Fenders (i.e. not Squiers). The way this body was designed the length of the guitar is around 4" shorter than most Fenders, although it's still a full 25.5" scale, which makes it easier to get around on for smaller players. It has seen very little use and has perfect frets, a fantastic setup, and a quality tone that's definitely good enough for the stage. A lot of guitar for $399 with gigbag.
2004 Taylor 410-CE Dreadnought Cutaway w/Expression System, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case). I get in a lot more X12 and X14 size Taylors, excellent fingerstyle guitars with smaller bodies, but for some reason dreadnoughts are more scarce. The 410CE dreadnought, with its large body that's made for light to heavy flatpicking, is a more traditional style that should appeal to more players. This is one of the early models with Taylor's patented Expression System (ES), which uses body sensors and a humbucker under the neck to achieve a perfect blend of tones to achieve a natural acoustic tone. It's controlled by three knobs on the upper bout. This one will ship with brand new sensors installed to prevent any issues caused by the early sensor failure rate. Features of the 410CE include dreadnought body with Venetian cutaway, body binding, multi-piece soundhole rosette, Ovangkol back and sides, Ebony fretboard, Indian rosewood headstock overlay with inlaid logo, and gloss finish on the solid Spruce top. Ovangkol has a deep tone that is similar to Indian Rosewood, and its warm brown colors and unique grain are protected with a thin, satin UV finish. When we first got in Taylors at Hotlicks in the late mid-80's, I finally found an acoustic that played as easily as an electric, and they're thin necks feel familiar to electric players. Like nearly all Taylors, it sets up with very low action with comfortable fretboard edges and smooth bends. Tonally, this is a workhorse instrument, with the Ovangkol/Spruce combination perfect for nearly all types of music. A few minor flaws but overall excellent condition and well maintained since new. With a new 410-CE running $2K, how about a nice used one for just $1279(HOLD-Robert D 3/21). Includes original Taylor case.
Pandigital Novel 9" Color Android Tablet eReader +WiFi, (pic2). Bought this a while back, used it for a week, and never used it again. Recommended for anyone who wants a cheap web browser and eReader who already has a WiFi connection (required to connect to web). Operating system is Android 2.0, 2G Ram, 4G SD Rom (included) but will take much larger if you need, 800X480 resolution, works portrait or landscape for most applications. A number of apps are available for this but not a lot of the newer ones. Click here for a YouTube demo. Is this a state of the art model? No. But it's an inexpensive way to get an extra web browser, good for travel, bathroom reading, couch companion, etc. It's factory reconditioned but works perfectly and is in flawless condition. Seems to hold a charge for a long time - only charged it once during around 10 hours of surfing. Includes wall charger, USB cable, manual and I'll include an optional 4G Sony disk. $55 includes shipping.
Jackson DK10D Dinky with Upgrades, (front), (pickups), (back), (headstock), (trem/push-pull). After breezing through a number of DK-2 models recently, we decided to upgrade this DK10, using the same pickups found on the DK-2M (Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge and SH-2N Jazz neck), plus we added a push-pull put which splits the humbuckers on both pickups, yielding a total of 6 pickup settings. This excellent quality shred guitar was made in Jackson's Japan manufacturing plant. It features the looks and comfort of the USA DK-1, as well as a quality tone and a Jackson Floyd Rose that stays in tune perfectly. Features include Basswood body with flamed maple veneer, bolt-on maple neck with scarf joint headstock, Ivoroid binding on neck and headstock, compound radius rosewood fingerboard with flat 12"-16" radius, 24 jumbo frets, MOTO shark fin inlays, Floyd Rose licensed Jackson low profile JT580 LP double-locking 2-point tremolo, chrome hardware, Jackson sealed die-cast tuners. These Duncans, which replaced Duncan-Designed 103's, made a good guitar much better, with plenty of tonal options including the super high output JB tones, and the mellow 50's style neck tone, with lots of switching options. The bridge pickup is Trembucker-spaced for a perfect magnetic field. This guitar is in perfect condition and better than new since Martin did a level and dress on the frets to get the best possible set up. The flame top models sold new for $529, which is cheap for a Japan-made guitar. This is one great looking guitar and with over $200 in upgrades, is just $469 with gigbag or substitute a used plush-lined Coffin Case for just $50 more.
2007 PRS McCarty Korina Soapbar with Brazilian Fretboard and Birds, (front/back), (headstock), (fretboard), (case). One of the lightest McCarty's on the planet at just 6.6 lbs., offered with your choice of stock Duncan Soapbars, or Harmonic Design Z-90, considered by many to be the cream of the crop. This is one of the "new" McCarty models, using all Korina wood instead of the solid Mahogany or Mahogany/Maple cap of the earlier McCarty's. Korina is a top shelf tone wood, both lovely looking and a wonderful tone wood. This guitar also features the optional Soapbar pickups and Bird inlay option. This one, finished in Vintage Cherry, has some mild flame which isn't all that common with Korina. With a solid carved Korina body and Korina neck with wide-fat carve, this model ventures even more into the Ted McCarty era as he was at Gibson's helm during production of the original Flying V and Explorer models, both made of Korina. The first 500 of this model were built with a Brazilian fretboard, making it even closer to McCarty's original classics. Other features include PRS stoptail bridge, vintage tuners, 25" scale, Full (not outlined) Abalone bird inlays, Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups, master volume and tone, and a standard 3-way selector. This guitar plays exceptionally well, is extremely lightweight (6.6 lbs.!), and has excellent acoustic tones. This is a one-owner guitar, collector owned, and offered in immaculate condition. For full specs and more info, click here for PRS. This model as outfitted sells new for $2359 with the standard Indian rosewood but why not get one of the original run Brazilian board models for way less - just $1750 - with your choice of the Duncans or Harmonic Designs.
ca. 1986 Guild Bluesbird, (front), (back), (Kahler), (headstock), (inlays/fretboard trim), (case). Excellent quality USA Guild from the George Gruhn era. Not as well known as its big bother, the Nightbird, this model Bluesbird was a completely different animal from the original Bluesbird (M-75 thinline hollowbody), and was designed with the advice of Brian Setzer, "with the modern guitarist in mind." The main features of this model were the trio of active EMG pickups, and a Kahler Pro locking tremolo. I'm sure Guild was hoping to get their bite of the Hair Metal apple, virtually owned by Kramer during this era, with companies like Jackson, Charvel, BC Rich, and Hamer eating up most of the leftover scraps. As rare as this model is (ever seen another?), I'm sure they had zero impact on the market. It's a shame though because the quality of this guitar is far above the Kramer American series. You might question the lack of a bridge humbucker but these EMG's can sound very fat through an overdriven amp and I most players won't miss it. This model has some upscale features including an ebony fretboard with "Artist Award" style inlays with abalone triangles in pearl blocks, with a thin line of fretboard edging adorning both sides. This guitar isn't without a few flaws, although it exhibits only very light actual use. There is one piece of finish missing on the upper edge (shown here), which we can fill if desired, and a long lacquer crack (shown here) that goes from one side of the neck pocket to the other. While this might look scary, it is only a paint crack and definitely not a structural crack. If you don't mind a guitar that's a few flaws from being in excellent condition, this is a quality USA guitar that sounds and plays fantastic and would make a great working guitar for decades to come. Good value for a very rare Guild at $699.
1971 Martin D-18, (front), (back), (sides), (headstock), (bone parts), (case). One of the true classic guitars from America's premier maker, with the D-18 making it's first appearance 80 years ago. This one-owner guitar is in lovely condition and with one pro neck reset remains an excellent player with the big projection you want out of a Martin dreadnought. Although at 42 years it's not terribly old by Martin standards, who first started building guitars in 1833, but it was still built in a time when production numbers were much lower and tonewoods were much more plentiful. Between 1833 and when this one was built in '71, Martin had built 280,310 guitars, which is less than the amount Martin built during the past 5 years (2008-2012) alone! The D-18 has remained largely unchanged since it's introduction in 1932 and has been Martin's sparsely appointed spruce and mahogany dreadnought. The tone is warm and full-bodied and it's a great guitar to play alone in your home or at a solo gig. Specs of the D-18 include solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, 15-3/4" lower bout, 14-fret neck, 20 frets, rosewood fretboard, bridge and headstock overlay, dot fretboard inlays, Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuners, 1-11/16" nut, 25.4" scale, black/white multi-ply body binding, and black pickguard. All original other than nut, bridge, and bridge pins replaced with bone (original black pins and original bridge are in the case). It's in remarkably clean shape for a '71 with only one small top crack repaired many years ago (shown here). Other than that, just some light finish checking. Areas that normally wear, such as the sound hole, are clean, and it doesn't have the typical pickguard cracks caused by pickguard shrinkage. If you A/B this with a newer one, you'll immediately notice a richness in the tone that you won't find on recent models. Assuming they were built with comparable quality tonewoods, they'll sound as nice one day but why buy new when you can get this 42-year-old model for $100's less, just $1599, and with the fresh neck set you'll be good to go for another 25 years. Martins are firmly established as heirloom guitars and this one is sure to be passed on through generations. Includes original blue-lined tolex hardshell case.
Seymour Duncan Strat Set, Pots, Switch. Super versatile set-up for your Strat with a SJBJ-1b JB Jr. in the bridge, an SDBR-1n Duckbucker in the middle and an SL59-1n Little '59 in the neck, which is one of the set-ups recommended by Seymour himself. All pickups are 4-conductor humbuckers so they're noiseless, with the versatility to switch between single coil and humbucker on any one or all three. Currently wired to a standard CRL 5-way, but you could really get extravagant and go with three 2-way mini-switches (or 3-way if you also want in/out phase). Clean shape with all the lettering intact. These run new around $76/ea for the pickups, not counting three USA pots and switch with pro soldering. $169 as shown or $199(HOLD-Jeff M 3/12) installed on a pickguard.
Kauer Daylighter Junior, (front), (back), (headstock), (fret/board), (spec sheet), (cert.), (features), (gigbag-pic2-pic3). What do you get when you cross a Les Paul Jr. - and a Fender Jaguar? A very cool looking, great sounding Junior! Kauer is one of the great boutique builders who are trying some new stuff and this one has a Jag body (comparison pic) with the basic design features of a LP Junior. Instead the usual mahogany, Kauer chose Spanish cedar for the body, which has the warmth of Mahogany, but also has better note definition and a more immediate sound. Features include Spanish Cedar body and neck, wenge fretboard, wenge binding, Tonpros wraparound tailpiece, Sperzel SoundLoc tuners, cool looking beveled graphite pickguard, 24 3/4" scale, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, Jescar 47095NS fretwire, vintage C neck profile that's a fairly chunky .90/.98 at the 1st/12th frets, Dark Tri-Burst front/back/neck. Pickup is a custom designed Wolfetone Meaner dogear P90 with a Push/Pull coil-split Tone pot. Weighs in at just 6.9 lbs. Includes a top quality Mono M80 series case/gigbag which offers great protection that's much lighter than a standard hardshell and isolates the neck with a patented "headblock". For more info and video demo click here for Kauer Guitars. New price for the Jr is $2350. This one's in superb condition, with an incredibly nice setup and priced at just $1599. A very cool guitar for Junior fans or anyone looking for something a little different that you can play all night long without switching guitars constantly.
1985 Fender Japan Squier Standard Stratocaster - Japan, (front), (back), (headstock), (body/neck markings), (1985 Catalog), (cosmetic flaws). On the heels of the '70's Reissue Strat from Fender Japan comes this fantastic Squier Standard. These guitars are spec'd out to a 50's style, with its small headstock, maple fretboard, 8-screw single-ply pickguard, SSS body route, and truss adjustment at the butt end of the neck. The quality of Japan Squiers is nearly on par with the regular Strats, although Squiers were used to hit a lower price point. Back in '85 we sold this guitar for $299 (the catalog pic has my prices written in 28 years ago), which adjusted for inflation, would be around $620 today. Cosmetically, this guitar is in beautiful shape for its age. There are a few finish rubs and a small finish chip on the back edge (shown here), but no real player's wear like scratches, buckle wear, and fret wear. I think most informed players know the deal about MIJ Squiers and to look past the Squier moniker, but the logo can always be changed if it bothers you. By any name, this is a quality guitar, made at the height of Fender Japan's boom, and priced way under a new Mex Standard at $329(HOLD-Scott G 3/11).
1986 Kramer Focus 3000, (front/back), (headstock/neckplate), (Floyd), (Kramer gigbag). Another flip-flop red finish like the Pacer below, but this one changes from red to a rose color. The best era for the Focus line in my opinion, after the ill-conceived Floyd without fine tuners, but before production numbers went through the roof and quality control dropped to keep up with production. These were excellent quality Japan models and a more affordable alterative to the Kramer American series. These guitars were very close to the ESP-built "Kramer American" series in quality, but priced nearly half of the comparable Kramer Americans. Kramer offered two other price points, both below the Focus line, namely the Striker and Aerostar series The Focus 3000 was the equivalent to the Pacer Deluxe, and the only model to feature a pickguard and was one of the Super Strat's that were all the rage in the 80's. It features a Strat style body with bridge humbucker and two single coils, controlled by a 5-way switch and a mini switch to split the bridge humbucker, allowing for all the traditional Strat tones, plus 2 additional ones (bridge humbucker alone - bridge humbucker and middle single coil together). Like all Focus Series, it featured the top of the line Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, the same one found on the American series. The guitar plays fantastic, really better than the average American and has seen very little actual playing time. The only real flaws (shown here) are a finish crack *only* in the clear coat (not the wood) next to the neckplate, and a few dings in the belly cut. If you're looking for a well made, Floyd-equipped SuperStrat, this one's hard to beat for $359. (Note: I also have an earlier model 3000 (pic here) in black for $429 with case on my "Electrics" page.)
Maestro Sireko Tape Echo "As Is", (pic2). Ca. mid-70's. As is special, use for parts or may even work for all I know. It lights up and motor turns but I don't have a tape or knowledge to test it. Nicknamed "Sireko" aka "Sir Echo", these units use the tape cartridge, rather than the loose tape. Lid is missing, but otherwise seems to be in pretty good shape for around 40 years old. $135/no returns.
Kustom Profile System One PA System, (Pic2), (trap. shape), (front panel), (master/patch bay), (acc.). Looking for a small practice PA or system for an acoustic combo? I've got a few of these, new in the box, which could be just what you're looking for. They're complete units, with a combination mixer and amp, with built in digital effects, two speaker cabs in a tuned trapezoid pattern with two 6.5" and a 2"X5" horn in each. Cabs have sleeves in them so they're standmount ready. The system puts out 100W and futures 8 digital effects, 5 channels, contoured acoustic guitar input, 4 balanced mic inputs with phantom power, 5 line level inputs, effects loop, individual effects--tone--volume controls, 3-band master EQ, standmount ready, detachable AC cord, includes speaker cables. The current model Profile 100 is the same system and sells new for $399. I've got these for $275, new in the box, or trade a nice Mex Strat or something.
1988 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone - Maple Board, (front-1 front-2), (back-1 back-2), (headstock), (pickups/trem), (beveled cutaways). In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's. Please click this link for more info. This one's finished in Blackstone, which is black finish with gold and/or white lines, emulating the look of a granite. It has the typical wear to the maple fretboard which is inevitable on these maple board, but frets are nearly new thanks to a pro refret (see here). With the refret, this guitar is good to go for another few decades of playing time. Overall it's in excellent condition with the worst flaw being the typical wear on the neckplate and a bit of wear to the Kahler Spyder trem and a few light scratches, primarily on headstock and back plates. We've buffed the finish out nicely which eliminated all of the small scratches and gave it a high luster appearance. Excellent playing guitar and one of the better sounding ones I've had. Includes original rectangular molded case and trem arm. $659(HOLD-Tom 5/21).
2008 Gibson Robot Les Paul Studio - Wine Red, (front), (back/jack), (headstock), (Tuning Knob), (bound ebony board), (bridge/tailpiece), (case power). Flawless condition, killer player, works perfectly. Rather than a long description here, click here for more details on the current model. These Robots are too cool for words. Unlike the VG Strat or Line 6 Variax, which digitally transposes alternate tunings, the Robot mechanically changes pitch via motorized tuners, and you can select any one of 6 alternative tuners at the touch of a button or, of course, simply tune your guitar to correct pitch. With the looks of a very traditional Les Paul, classic Wine Red finished in nitrocellulose lacquer, it's "magic" is rather transparent - tuners look normal from the audience perspective, and Gibson opted for a push/pull tone pot to control the guitar's tuning options. While the four knobs do provide the standard tone and volume controls for each of the two pickups, the Multi-Control Knob (MCK) - the one with the illuminated top - serves as the master control for all aspects of the Robot's self-tuning system. The MCK is a push-pull knob - in the normal position (down), it behaves as a regular tone pot but when pulled out, the Robot's tuning capabilities are activated and ready for use. It immediately places the guitar in standard tuning mode (A440) but a quick turn of the MCK presents six factory presets, all of which can be customized. An LED display on top of the MCK lets you know when a string is out of tune, or when all strings are in tune, and even when the tuners are turning to get them in tune. It even guides the setting of accurate intonation. At the end of the tuning process, the blue lights on top of the MCK flash. Push the MCK back in and it's ready to go. You can go from a standard E to Open Am, Open D, Dm, etc. tunings in around 15 seconds and unlike the VG Strat/Variax, there isn't a hint of artificial sound since there's nothing digital about the tuning. Other features include: chambered Mahogany body with Maple cap, Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, Trapezoid inlays, 490R and 498T pickups, large control pock with Smoky transparent acrylic cover, 17 headstock pitch, Corian nut that's Pre-radiused, 1.695" nut, 12" fretboard radius, Holly Headstock Overlay, Nickel plated truss rod nut, Chrome hardware, Powertune Stop Bar tailpiece - Powertune bridge, Powerheads tuners with brass sleeves, and a very smart move - a Neutrik output jack which keeps the cable securely in place. Neck is a hand-shaped 50's rounded neck profile. The installed rechargeable batteries hold their charge for 200 tunings and just plug it into the charger when it runs down. For YouTube demo's, click here for Gibson, here for Wired, and here for stuffTV. Recently discontinued, the Robot Les Paul Studio listed for $3999 and originally sold online for around $2399. This one is offered in mint condition for $1299, which is worth the price even without the Robotics. Includes original case with charger & power plug, battery pack (installed).
1989 Ibanez RG-570 - Jewel Blue w/DiMarzios, (front), (back), (headstock), (Edge trem), (DiMarzios), (neck/body markings). Killer 1st year Japanese RG-570 in nice player's condition, including upgraded DiMarzio pickups with a DP159 Evolution (link) bridge, as used on the Vai model - and a DP100 Super Distortion (link) neck, both of which are 4-conductor which retains the guitar's 5-way switching. The RG series (RG550) was first introduced in '87, offering a more affordable Steve Vai Jem 777. The RG-570 followed shortly. The RG series was developed specifically for shredders, including notable ones from the stable of young guns from Mike Varney's "Shrapnel" records, many of whom had been assembling their own custom guitars since nobody was building what they needed; specifically a very thin, very flat neck that was STABLE - and a body with very deep cutaways. The RG body shape seems to me the perfect Strat style, with basswood the choice of woods, used for its light weight, and well-balanced tone, falling between alder and mahogany in sound character with a good balance of highs and lows. After a 12-year run Ibanez discontinued the 570, only to rename it the RG-2570 when they reintroduced it, '04-'07, as one of the Prestige series. The two models are basically one in the same. Features include Basswood body, recessed Edge tremolo, HSH pickups (V7-S1-V8 were stock), 24 jumbo frets, cosmo black hardware, matching headstock finish, Gotoh tuners, and a "tilt joint" (beveled heel) to allow easier access to the upper frets. The extremely thin and flat one-piece Wizard neck is a shredder's delight - made for tapping, sweeping arpeggios, and very fast play. Overall this guitar is in nice shape other than some typical finish chips these are famous for, but we've color matched the finish chips very well (as shown here) and it's very presentable. It has the typical discoloration on the neckplate, but no buckle or pick scratches to speak of, and the frets are in great shape. Like most of these early RG's, the setup is superb and stable, which is remarkable for such a thin neck. These early Japan RG's are highly regarded and with around $180 DiMarzio upgrade, it's a nice buy on a pro quality axe for $450. (Note: I have a '00 2nd version 570 for $350 as well).
Yamaha HS50M Active Studio Monitors, (back panel), (mint in boxes). Mint in the box; I don't think one of them has even been opened yet. For the project studio on a budget, there are a bunch of options these days in the under-$500/pair monitors, but it pays to do some research to find out if that pair for $250 is actually saving any money. If you do you have to remix your final mix a bunch of times due to inaccurate reproduction, you've (a) wasted money (=time) and/or (b) possibly never reproduced the mix in your head to the mix on your CD. Enter the HS50M's. With built-in power amps cranking out 70W, with a separate power amp for low-mids and highs, there's plenty of headroom available and they're designed for a very even response from 20K Hz down to 55 Hz. You can find others that might go down a little lower but the accuracy just isn't there, with bumps and scoops in multiple frequencies in the crucial low end range, with a lot of mud thrown in just for fun. These get compared to Yamaha's famed NS10s a lot but do an A/B and you'll find these are better. A look at the back and you'll see room control and EQ switches to tune your control room, plus choice of XLR or 1/4" jacks plus level control. Don't spend $400 or more for a pair of these when these are essentially new in the box for just $275(HOLD-Rex B 3/4). For more info click here for Yamaha.
Line 6 Tonecore Verbzilla Reverb, (pic2). Get the versatility of the old tube reverb units in a modern, great sounding stomp box. The Verbzilla actually features a bunch of quality reverb tones including '63 Spring, Spring, Plate, Room, Hall, Chamber, Ducking, Octo, Cave, Tile, and Echo. It also features a handy Trails switch that lets reverb decay - or cut off - when you bypass the unit. Sells for $149 new; this one's mint in the box for $99.
G&L Legacy - Sunburst with Tinted Maple Neck, (front-1 front-2) (back), (headstock), (trem), (case). Beautiful Vintage Sunburst Legacy, barely played, with $260 in upgrades including gloss-tinted neck, tortoise pickguard and trem cover, and G&L dual fulcrum tremolo. G&L's quality is without question. When Leo left Fender, he went on to design and build guitars which were the evolved models of his famed Strat and Tele, and the quality has remained top-notch, even as Fender faltered at times. Some players say these compare favorably to Custom Shop guitar. While I'm not going to go out on that limb, I do think they're better than comparable Fender models. Features include solid alder body, one-piece maple neck, 3 G&L Alnico single coil pickups, Nickel chrome hardware, G&L tuners, G&L Dual Fulcrum vibrato bridge, tortoise shell pickguard, and G&L molded case. Controls include standard 5 position pickup selector, volume, and G&L's PTB system which allows you to cut bass and treble separately rather than a single "tone" pot. This guitar is in beautiful condition with a low, comfortable setup and some extremely cool tones thanks in part to G&L's PTB system. For a price that's comparable to Fender, I think USA G&L's are a much better value, especially this clean used one with no cosmetic flaws and perfect frets. $750 includes original case and trem bar.
Oktava MK-012-01 Condenser Pair, the real deal Russian models*. The MK-012-01 is a compact, high quality capacitor mic with interchangeable capsules to provide a choice of cardioid, hypercardioid or omni-directional polar patterns. These are an excellent choice for acoustic guitar, piano, overhead drums, or vocals (when used with a quality pop filter). Of the 3 different pattern options, the cardioid capsule is included with these, others are available from Oktava and their dealerships. Each mic also includes a -10dB piece that goes between the body and capsule, when desired. Appears to have seen little to no use and are in perfect shape. Definite pro quality mics but priced well within the home studio budget. $149/each or $275/pair. Includes original hard cases with mic clips. *Note: Be aware of Chinese knockoffs. Unlike the fake models being produced in China these are guaranteed to be genuine Oktava's. Signs to look for are: -10dB pad element, original sprung metal retaining clip, silver sputtered dimple, silver sputtered contact pin. These mics are pre 2002 so no serial number but you can compare at Oktava's site and they check out in all regards.
2000 Rickenbacker 360CW Carl Wilson Limited Edition, (front), (back), (sides), (headstock), (output/serial), (cert.), (case/acc.). (Note: Anything that appears to be a flaw is just digital distortion). This has been on hold for "Paul D" for the past 11 months but he must have forgotten to tell me he changed his mind... This is the Limited Edition model, one of only 250 6-stings made. The 360CW is a tribute to the 1965 Rick 360 Carl Wilson played in the 60's, and as a member of the Beach Boys, was one of the most visible players of Rickenbacker guitars in that era. Carl's 360 played an extensive role in creating the Beach Boys early sound and this signature model displays classic features that stand out from other vintage reissue guitars. It's not a true '65 reissue but a composite of vintage and modern Ric features. The rounded body style was introduced on the Model 360 in mid-1964. With its single bound back, the 360CW differs from the original '64's double bound. In addition, the rounded body style has thicker sides and the greater wood mass which alters the tone slightly. Most importantly, the 360CW has a thinner top than modern production 360's, giving it a lively, resonant sound with a loud acoustic voice. Features include: Styled after a '65 360FG; Carl repro signature on the upper pickguard; Checked body binding; 15" semi-hollow body with hand-selected figured maple and bound back; 3-piece maple/walnut neck with African rosewood fretboard and 21 frets; neck binding; Special thin top for enhanced acoustic tone; 21 fret neck with vintage full-width inlays; vintage style square heel; two scatter wound vintage-style Toaster Top pickups with 7.4K ohm coils; volume and tone for each pickup, blend control, 3-way pickup selector switch; 24 3/4" scale; 1 5/8 nut width; 1 1/2 body depth; dual mono parallel output, Ric/Schaller "Kluson" style tuners; vintage reissue silver Tolex guitar case. Collector owned and presents itself in impeccable condition, with a nicely flamed top and sides, and the best figured back I've seen on one of these, with a beautiful bookmatched quilt. Look around the web and you'll see 3 of these for $3250, which seems to be the popular price. This one has nicer woods than others that are available, immaculate condition, an absolutely killer player, all for $2700.
1992 PRS Custom 24 - Goldtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). A few months ago I was down to just a few PRS's and was desperately looking for a dozen or so to fill my shelf. I've had good luck getting some nice ones in, including the harder-to-find Annapolis models. These old-factory models were actually hand made, easily identifiable with the original small logo and short neck heel. A lot of people incorrectly refer to Annapolis models as "pre-factory", the reason for which I haven't a clue. Regardless, these guitars are widely thought to be superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory opened in '96, where PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines. Features of this guitar includes maple cap over one-piece mahogany body, moon inlays, one-piece Mil-Com tremolo, Phase I locking tuners, and "Regular" (aka Standard) neck profile which is 1/16" more narrow than a wide thin/fat, and the same depth as the wide fat (1 21/32" nut, 27/32" depth). Pickups have been changed to a Lindy Fralin 7.5/8.5 pair (link), plus McCarty switching (push/pull tone with 3-way switch). Many players find the standard 3-way much more intuitive and it also gives you 6-tones instead of 5. Original rotary switch and tone pot are in the case should you ever want to change it back. The Custom 24, especially with the tremolo bridge, has a looser feel than a Custom 22, plus a "longer" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup are set further forward in the body which means it has the same 25" scale as the Custom 22, but the neck extends slightly further from the body. It's not as much a Les Paul feel, but a PRS feel. At 21 years old this guitar has seen some use and has some cosmetic flaws (shown here) including a few "milky" finish spots on the headstock and back edge of the body, plus a small piece of clear coat missing from short side of the headstock tip. There are no serious issues such as cracks and there's no finish checking; frets need no attention. Whenever you play one of these older PRS's you can almost sense the meticulous human attention to detail as you're holding a guitar that will likely never be hand-crafted again. Prices on Annapolis-era Customs continue to rise but they're still a good value, especially when they're cheaper than a comparable new one. A better guitar, for less money. Playability is excellent and these Fralins have a more traditional 'Burst tone than Dragons or Vintage Bass/HFS. Nicely priced for an Annapolis model at $1999.
2001 Fender Custom Artist Series Albert Collins Telecaster, (front), (side), (back), (headstock/neck), (cert.), (case/etc.). Fender's tribute to the late, great "Iceman", Albert Collins (pic), and his trusty '66 Fender Custom Telecaster which was outfitted with a Gibson PAF humbucker in the neck, control plate flipped around, and the bridge cover always in place. Albert was the inspiration for many guitarists coming up in the 60's and 70's, including Hendrix and Robert Cray. click here for a video sample of one of his later gigs. Albert actually didn't use the neck pickup a lot, mainly for his "talking sections", where he would double his voice on guitar. More often, he used it in combination with the bridge to get a more "funky tone.". His signature tone was achieved by tuning up 1/2 step to F...minor(!), using a capo for whatever key the song was in, and, most importantly, "picking" with his thumb and fingers. It was the piercing tone of his bridge pickup through a pegged out Quad Reverb that earned him the nickname "Iceman." Back to this guitar. The Albert Collins Custom Artist features a 2-piece double-bound lightweight, premium swamp ash body; maple C-shape neck with 21 vintage frets and 9.5" radius; custom Seymour Duncan '59 neck pickup, and a custom shop Texas Special in the bridge; American Vintage 6-saddle, strings-thru-body bridge; Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners; nickel/chrome hardware; custom "ash tray" bridge cover with hologram covering on top; Albert Collins signature on headstock; and vintage tweed case. The Albert Collins was one of the more expensive Custom Shop signature models, with a list price of $5100, discounted to $4080 at America's biggest web dealer and store chain. This baby is super clean, no scratches or dings, with just a hint of fret wear. The modern radius and great neck allow for a low setup with easy bends, with a quality tone event with a sparkly clean tone - or with loads of gain. In all, a great guitar that's a nice buy at $2199.
Shure SM57 Dynamic Mic. Since 1965, the SM57 has been an industry standard in performance mics. The most rugged mic ever built, 57's will take decades of road abuse and keep on performing night after night. The SM57 has also appeared on more stages and studios than any other instrument mic, as an industry standard for drum (snare and toms) and guitar cabinet sound reproduction, plus it's an excellent vocal mic with past users including Billy Squier and--get this--every president from Lyndon Johnson to Obama (link) has used 57's for their speeches. This one's in well-used condition but still works perfectly and is just $59.
Boss DS-1 with Seeing-Eye & Ultra Mods, (circuit). Used by Vai and Lynch, you can't get a better endorsement than that. Invented by Robert Keeley, the most respected pedal guru of today with more stars using his pedals than any other and rather than "in name only", these guys actually have them in their pedalboards. The Ultra Mod turns a DS-1 into a "Marshall in a Box" for classic tones like AC/DC, Van Halen, and Steve Vai. This mod incorporates Keeley's "Seeing Eye" mod so you get the cool extra LED lighting up with every note. Outwardly, the mod includes a mini-switch to toggle between Seeing Eye and Ultra Mods, with an extra red LED drilled in the "o" of "Tone" graphics, and a bright blue LED replacing the stock red. Click here for full specs and here for a bunch of demo's and comparisons. I'm not sure if this is an actual Keeley, perhaps an early unmarked one, but more likely it was a DIY job by a tech, but it works perfectly and sounds killer. Cosmetically, it's in roaded condition with misc. finish chips and bottom label came off along with some velcro. These are usually on back order from Keeley but this one sounds great and is just $69(HOLD-Matt 2/22).
LeCover Amp Head Premium Cover. LeCover (www.lecover.com) builds top quality covers for amps and keyboards. This one is in excellent condition and fits full size Marshall heads and similar other brands (26" wide X 9" high X 10" deep). It is the "Premium" version ($25 upcharge) with full 1/2" padding. Excellent condition and good protection for your prized head and just $29(HOLD-Don 2/20).
1960's Kustom Thinline Electric Case, (repaired handle). I've had some rare cases recently, Gibson L5S, Fender Starcaster, etc., but this is much more rare. Ross estimates that only 2000-3000 guitars were built during their brief run '67/'68 and those numbers are reportedly generous, not to mention that it's likely a number of these were sold without case. All of them I saw online were thinline hollowbodies (shown here with case) which seem to conform to this case, measuring around 16" lower bout, 12" upper bout, 11" waist, and 42.5" length. Appears to be made by the same maker as 60's Fenders and could be suitable for other brands of guitars from this era. Good vintage condition with all latches and hinges intact, with some rubs on the tolex but should clean up well. Handle has been replaced with a similar style. If you've got one of these rare Kustoms, here's a proper home for it. $175.
1985 Peavey Mantis, (front), (back), (headstock), (tremolo), (points). In the mid-80's Peavey made a number of radically-shaped guitars including the Mantis, the Razer which looked like a Roland synth guitar, Rhoads-shaped Vortex, and wishbone-shaped Mystic. Most of these appeared around '83, and were gone by '86. None of these achieved great popularity but they're very good quality USA made guitars that sell for a fraction of comparable Jacksons, Kramers, Robins, etc. The Mantis looks like a cross between and Explorer and Flying V, with the lack of and upper horn and extended lower horn--plus a two symmetric points in the lower bout. The body is a scaled down version and, such, it isn't ungainly to play as most pointy guitars. Features include 24 3/4" scale with a rather unusual 23 frets, flat 12" fretboard radius, deep cutaway hardwood body with a very deep treble cutaway that offers exceptionally easy access to the top frets, Kluson "Peavey Deluxe" tuners, tilt-adjust neck with neck angle easily set without removing the neck or de-tuning the guitar. The electronics are simple but unique: Pickup is a high-output 12-pole humbucker wired to Peavey's patented tone circuit: With the knob on "10" it's single coil, rolling it back it blends it into a humbucker, and from "7" on back it's a tone knob. With this circuit you get the cool looks of a single pickup guitar, but many more tones than a coil tap switch. Original tremolo was a vintage style with die cast saddles which has been replaced with a better quality solid steel Wilkinson vintage style with bent saddles, case hardened steel trem screws, pop-in arm with tension adjust, and staggered block string spacing. The only other mod are the knobs, which have been changed to metal dome knobs with ruby caps that match the body. Say what you will about Peavey's popular T-series from this era, but there's no denying a certain coolness about Peavey's radical guitars from the 80's. For a player with an eye towards making a statement with their body shape, this one has the added bonus of a great neck with very low setup, and a versatile and good sounding electronics suite. Original finish is in great shape, finished in a plum burst, with minimal flaws and no wear on the 3 points. If you want to read more, the manual is online at Peavey or at ManualsLib here. For an American guitar of this quality and rarity, this is a nice axe for $275, or add a hardshell Coffin brand case with tufted velvet interior for $75 more.
1998 ESP Custom Vintage Plus Strat Style, (front), (back), (headstock), (heel), (electronics), (body/neck markings), (case). ESP no longer builds these "S" models as a gloss finish model, only the distressed model in their Standard series (as shown here). This is a USA model, built in the custom shop in Los Angeles, after the NYC 48th St shop closed down. I recall that during this era the Custom models were only made to order, i.e. they didn't build any guitars without a specific buyer. Although there were general specs, you could order your choice of hardware, electronics or woods. I've had over a dozen ESP Customs over the years and each has been a fine guitar, easily Fender custom shop quality. Don't believe it, just ask Ronnie Wood. This one is a pretty straight ahead Strat style with some nice features including quarter-sawn maple neck, light alder body, Sperzel locking tuners, modern profile C-shaped neck, medium frets, abalone mini dot inlays with "ESP" inlay at the 12th fret, ESP vintage tremolo, Graph-tech nut, pearloid pickguard, and DiMarzio "Virtual Vintage" humbuckers with a DP402, DP401, and DP403 (Heavy Blues, Blues, and Original) in the neck, middle, bridge, respectively. These are excellent sounding pickups for the player who wants a truly vintage tone, with a lower vintage output, without the hum. This guitar plays fantastic, with low action and no dead spots. These were expensive guitars, even in the 90's, selling for $1500 or so back in the day. This one has seen very little playing time, is in beautiful condition, and is a nice buy on a USA ESP Custom at just $850(Tent. Hold 2/15). Includes original wood/tolex case with metal badge. (Note: If you want a similar model in a distressed ESP Standard Series, I have one in stock).
1970s Gibson L5S Case. Nice vintage condition. Fits similar size such as L6S, etc. Hard case to find. $199.
Wide Bout Solidbody Case. Black tolex over wood with leather ends and white piping. Large storage compartment and long neck rest. Pic shows extra width with a Strat style inside. Tits a 14" lower bout easily. Top quality with nice brown velvet interior. Excellent condition. $115.
DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal with Case, (panel), (back). Early model USA made, built before they moved manufacture to China. Yet another, around the 12th RP500 I've had and they've proven to be my hottest selling floor multi-effect The RP500 is the latest and greatest from Digitech's RP series. More than just an extremely powerful modeler and multi-effect, the RP500 has an exclusive "pedalboard mode" which changes it into 5 individual stompboxes and effects. Your first impression will be that this thing is built for years of use and road abuse with metal housing and steel parts, plus it has a simple layout that allows it to be used as a simple pedalboard if desired. Features include: Amp/Cabinet Bypass defeats internal amp and cabinet effects in all presets, 40 Tone and 40 Effects Libraries, 200 presets (100 factory, 100 user), Over 125 effects including stompboxes, choruses, delays, amps and cabinets, 5 seconds of delay time, 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate, Heavy-duty metal switches for stompbox response, Bright LEDs display program status and effect on/off, Large 10 character LED display for preset name-bank name-tuner, Built-in chromatic Tuner, Independent XLR Left and Right Outputs with ground lift Independent 1/4" Left and Right Outputs, Amp/Mixer switch to engage speaker cabinet, Stereo 1/8" headphone output, Stereo 1/8" CD/MP3 Input, Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500’s internal wahs, volume, Whammy and other parameters, All metal construction, 2 x 2 USB audio streaming. This is a great unit for live playing, but you can also run it on Cubase LE (free download here) and use the USB output in the studio. For full specs and samples, click here for Digitech or click here for some YouTube demo's. Includes power supply, software, unit manual, and software manual. This unit, how mande in China, sells new in stores for $299 without case. This early USA version is in immaculate condition, only $215 including original power supply. Add this heavy duty gigbag (pic), which sells online for $39...for just $15. Fits the RP perfectly and has plenty of storage for cables, power supply, etc. Manual is downloadable - first link here.
1966 Fender Coronado II, (front), (side), (headstock), (back), (features), (neckplate), (case). A very untraditional guitar from Fender and probably their first real attempt (not counting the solidbody Jazzmaster) to get some of that Gibson business. For around 15 years Fender had owned the solidbody market; Gibson the archtops. With the advent of the British invasion, hollowbodies were gaining huge visibility, especially with the Beatles and their Epi Casinos. Fender brought onboard German-born Roger Rossmeisl, of Rickenbacker fame, noted for using a German carve on hollowbody instruments. You can see Rick influences in the checkered binding, and F-tailpiece. The Coronado was a true hollow-bodied electric guitar, like the Gibson ES-330 and Epiphone Casino, without a center wood block in the body, as opposed to a 335-style "semi-hollowbody" that had a block of wood anchoring the top and back, running the length of the body. A full hollowbody has one drawback, specifically being more prone to feedback than a semi-hollow. On the up side, they body is more free to vibrate and they can have excellent acoustic properties, including better sustain. It came in 4 models (plus some Wildwood models that followed) which included the "I" single pickup, "II", dual pickup, "XII" 12-sting, and bass. I know I'll get questions regarding the serial number, "hey, 500,000s are for the 70's...", but just google Coronado serials and you'll see that there were a large run of '65/'66 Coronado's in the 50XXXX range. This is an early model Coronado, characterized by checkered binding and chrome top pickups. These single coil pickups were made by DeArmond, a company more famous for Gretsch pickups. The bridge was a free-floating, non anchored, 'tune-o-matic' style bridge with a rosewood base, and it also has a suspended "F" tailpiece. The maple arched body is bound in checkered binding. Other features include a large gold pickups bolt-on neck is bound and features a rosewood fretboard and large block inlays, dual F-holes are bound, headstock is black with a gold Trans logo, controls are dual volume and tone controls with chrome-top black knobs, with a 3-way switch on the upper treble bout, tuners are the common F-tuners, and it has a single string tree. Perhaps the most visible use of the Coronado was by the decade's biggest star, Elvis Presley, as the only guitar featured in the movie "Speedway", which was a sunburst model (shown here), just like this one. More serious users have included Dave Davies of The Kinks, Wayne Newton, Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian, Graham Coxon of Blur, Jimmie Vaughan, and the Flaming Lips. This guitar has been played sparingly in its 47 years and is in beautiful condition and 100% original. It plays beautifully and has a pleasing tone that isn't prone to feedback at reasonable gain levels. Includes original case by Victoria Luggage company and in this condition is an excellent value for the player or collector at $1399.
2000 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (trem), (case). Another nice early model American Deluxe finished in 3-tone sunburst. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat. Pickups were Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era and still preferred over many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, polished chrome bridge and saddles with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, and raised chrome logo. Back in '00 Fender hadn't yet changed to the rounded neck heel, which followed in ca. '03, and the LSR nut, which followed in '01. This Strat has a great neck which allows a very low setup if desired. It is a first year model is in excellent condition for $999. Includes Fender molded case and trem arm.
MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay. Highly acclaimed--affordable--analog delay, with a tone that matches the expensive boutique pedals. I've had a number of expensive analogs at $200-$300, and to my ears this one sounds every bit as good. Features the usual controls of Regeneration, Mix, and Delay time (600ms = twice as much as a Boss DM-2 or Ibanez AD9), plus a modulation button which, when pressed, adds a subtle modulation, reminiscent of a tape delay warble - plus true bypass to preserve your signal when not in use. To tweak it to your taste, you can even adjust the width and speed of the modulation via two trim pots inside the unit. With an entirely analog audio path and bucket brigade technology it produces the warm, rich tone of the old tape delays, without the noise or problems. Also, it's compact design saves precious real estate on your pedalboard. Received an overall 9.3 rating at UltimateGuitar and a great review from GuitarWorld. Click here for a good YouTube demo. Nice used condition, with Velcro on the bottom plate and $50 less than a new one; just $99(HOLD-John B 10/24) for this quality analog.
A Few Pickups:
Seymour Duncan Strat Antiquity Bridge. These look so much like the real thing it's scary. Has been installed in a guitar so leads already cut to proper length for bridge. $77 new but this used one's just $52.
Seymour Duncan-Designed HB-102 Pair. Includes HB-102N and 102B (neck and bridge), which is the import version of Duncan's JB/Jazz set. Alnico 5 magnets, but hotter winding spec, based on the most popular hot-rodded PAF. Bridge pickup is F-spaced. Removed when new so mint condition with plastic still on one of them. Top notch construction and design - not obviously inferior like Epi and other import pickups. Along with PRS, Duncan Designed are the best import pickups and are an upgrade for most import guitars. $49(HOLD-Bernard K 2/2) for this mint set.
Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Strat Neck. Stacked humbucker that looks like a single coil. Patent applied for design to remove hum and preserve traditional single coil tone. 4-conductor for wiring single/humbucker if desired. $77/each new but get this clean pair for just $90.
Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Plus - Strat Bridge. Stacked humbucker that looks like a single coil. Patent applied for design to remove hum and preserve traditional single coil tone. 4-conductor for wiring single/humbucker if desired. $77 new, this clean used one's $49 - or $45 with the Classic Stack pair above.
EMG-81 - White. An older hard-wired 81 that's barely used. The patina has yellowed but the lettering is nearly perfect. For you guys rebuilding 80's boutique guitars, this is a hard to find nice example in white and just $75.
Gibson P100 Set. Get that great P90 single coil tone in a stacked noiseless configuration. No covers but they're available online. $90/pair.
Gibson P100 Pickup. As above except includes soapbar cover. $49.
DiMarzio Copy by Gotoh. Stamped "Patent Applied For" and "made by goto" (note the missing "h", common to all of these). These pickups were used in many of the 70's/80's "lawsuit" guitars by Greco, Tokai, Edwards, etc., and are excellent sounding pickups in their own right. Double cream bobbins with two rows of hex screws, just like DiMarzio. If you need one of these, here you go. $79.
1993 Joseph Zaukus Tele Thinline (Brooks & Dunn), (front), (3/4 view), (back), (neck), (fretboard detail), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Beautiful Woods - Unusual Neck Profile. A truly stunning guitar representing an early model (serial #23) by Joseph Zaukus, who was a local guy from DC/Baltimore when I was still living in Maryland. His shop is now located in Nashville. Check out Joseph's site (link) to read a brief bio and click here for an example of what he's building currently. I love this guitar so much I could never get motivated very much to sell it but after "finding" it recently I realized that I hadn't played it in a few years and it's time to find it a new home. Some interesting history on this guitar - it was loaned to Ronnie Dunn and was his main stage guitar for the latter part of Brooks & Dunn's winter tour '94 and he used it on Dick Clark's New Year's show that year. He liked it so much that he ordered his own custom guitar from Zaukus by the time the tour was over. Here are two pics (pic1...pic2) of Ronnie playing it. You'll note that at the time it was a 3-pickup model but at some point later it was changed to a standard dual-pickup. Whoever made the change, be it Joseph or somebody else, knew what they were doing as the pickguard is custom made for this guitar and the basic outline of the two guards are identical. I need to mention the unusual neck profile - it's a standard 25.5" scale but the fretboard is a very round 6.25" radius with a narrow nut, just 1 9/16". The neck is very round in the back and is perfect for players with small hands. It is also the finest flame maple neck I've seen as nice as it looks in the pics, it looks better in person. The intricate vine fretboard inlay is made of genuine mother-of-pearl and abalone. The fretboard is made of genuine Brazilian rosewood. As shown in this pic, the top/back/sides are built from solid piece of maple, with the edges of the body and F-hole left unstained, PRS style, which makes sense since he developed some of his skills while working at PRS. The center core is made of basswood. Joseph mentioned that the neck and body were built from raw wood - no prefab parts! Pickups are a DiMarzio vintage style Tele bridge pickup with cloth wires and brass bass, model DP173 "Twang King", with a VanZandt Strat pickup (wound by W.L. VanZandt himself), in the neck, controlled by a 4-way switch (starting from the front position: N&B parallel, N, N&B series, B). This set up is reminiscent of Fender's old JD Tele and like the JD, provides a choice of Strat or Tele tones. The body is copper shielded inside to keep things quiet. This is a great playing Tele with great Tele twang and a fat Strat neck tone as well. It is excellent for Country, but quiet enough for rock and blues. If you're looking for one killer looking, great playing, excellent sounding Tele...and one with an interesting history, this one definitely fits the bill. Serial #23, only $1799. Includes an old TKL case that's a little rough around the edges but structurally sound.
Phantom USA MK VI, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Phantom Guitar Works builds excellent replicas of the old Vox guitars from the 60's. This model is a reissue of the famed Vox MK VI, originally made in England, Italy, and USA, at various times, and a few models such as the Custom 24 and 25, and White Shadow, were made in Japan in the late 80's. The original model earned notoriety as a primary axe of Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and a little known fact, also used by Drake Levin of "Paul Revere and the Raiders" on their daily TV show, "Where the Action Is". Every day after school I'd love watching the Raiders, not for the crazy antics or funny costumes, but to drool over the entire line of Vox gear that the manufacturer kept them supplied with. From what I've read, Phantom got their start after buying up a large quantity, all the remaining stock, of vintage Eko/Vox parts. There's not a lot of info about the company on their web site so I don't know how much, if any, of these guitars are NOS Vox parts but the bottom line is they're very good copies. I had around a half a dozen of the USA Vox's when they suddenly reappeared around 1998. This Phantom compares very favorably with those recent Vox's in all regards and I actually like the tone a bit better. The three single coil pickups have a character of their own. Not at all Stratty, with more warmth and fatness. Oddly enough, the owner of the Vox name can no longer call their models Phantom or Teardrop, as those names are owned by Phantom Guitar Works. Anyhow, this is a very well made guitar with excellent tone and a wonderful setup, and a distinct vibe. No hollowbody has the vibe of a Gretsch; no solidbody has the vibe of a Vox. Phantom only sells direct to the public and with the case (must be purchased with every guitar), it sells for $950 new. This one's in dead mint condition, plays great, sounds great, and is possibly the coolest 60s vibe you can get for $729(Tent. Hold - Dave C 1/30). Includes Phantom case, polishing cloth, and plastic case, keys, and wrenches.
2006 USA Fender Precision with Graphics, (front), (back), (detail), (headstock). Rush Fans or anyone who likes pro airbrushed graphics - check out this beauty. The artwork was inspired by the Album Cover to Rush's 1984 LP "Grace Under Pressure". It's a total pro airbrushed graphic - as good as any graphic finishes I've had. Entire body is sealed in a professionally applied poly clearcoat (same as they use at the factory only several coats thicker) so it will be just as durable if not more durable as any new Fender. It was taken all the way down to 2000 grit for a finish that is like glass. The graphic is front and back, and even wraps around the front and back (pic here). This was purchased new for the express purpose of applying the graphic finish so it is a brand new bass, never been played, and the custom job was just done so its a virgin finish with no nicks or dings, It comes with our great in-house setup that inevitably plays better than factory. The graphic was hand-painted by Shadoe McKee at Beyond Custom Guitars . Shadow's artwork has appeared on guitars by countless musicians worldwide. This is the current model Highway 1 P-Bass with CBS era logo, factory Badass II bridge, and 60th Anniversary badge on the back of he headstock. Offered is a new SKB case that fits perfectly as well as a nice Sure-Lock strap with Sure-Locks that work on virtually any existing strap pin. If you're looking for something truly unique and beautiful, this one's priced around what you'll pay for a stock Highway 1 w/case, which is an incredible deal for a graphic of this quality. Just $750 original deluxe gigbag or $799 with a nice SKB Freedom case.
Graph Tech FerraGlide Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles for your vintage-style Strat bridge. You're probably used to the black graphite saddles Graph Tech has made for years. These are the same idea - reduced string breakage and increased sustain - but they look more like stock saddles. Each saddle insert, is impregnated with Teflon, the slipperiest substance on earth, which eases the grip between the saddle and string, spreading the stress over a greater portion of the string, thus eliminating string breakage. Teflon is 500% more slippery than graphite and is impregnated throughout the String Saver material, so its lubricating properties will never wear out. New, $39.
Graph Tech Tusq Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
Graph Tech Graphite Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
Graph Tech Graphite Saddles for Modern Fender. Offset intonation screw for American Standard/American Series style bridges. High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
1979 Fender Stratocaster - Black w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (chunky neck), (neck/body markings), (body), (pickguard), (honest Relic wear), (case). '79 Strats are now 34 years old? Man, if that doesn't make you feel old... These were often maligned in the early years of the vintage guitar market. Sure, some had necks that were slightly smaller than the neck pocket but these were the days before CNC's and exact measurements were non-existent. Even more, these were slagged because of the 3-bolt neck attachment (1971 - 1982) but from my experience, this is perfectly stable and even the great Leo Fender used this same system on G&L's, who continue to use 3-bolts today. This guitar is original, other than one of the pickups which we replaced from another '79, but it's an identical spec gray-bottom. Serial number on the pickguard matches the guitar's serial; pots are 79; bridge has proper numbers and is original, tuners have never been off-on an are original, all original finish with no overspray, body has no additional routes and cavities have the white dust you want to see on these, cover, knobs, and tip are original. This guitar hasn't sat in the case it's entire life so there is finish wear around the edges, some finish checking, frets have been dressed but are playable (I'm contemplating a refret). It's a good sounding Strat with a nice vintage medium output and excellent sounding pickups, especially the neck which has a wonderful growl when the gain is cranked up. It's in excellent player with a neck that's fairly chunky for this era. With the price of pre-'71 4-bolt Strats over $5K, and '72-'74 stag poles near $3K, these later 3-bolts are the only affordable vintage Strats. This one has a killer vibe, which is much more evident in person, and a nice value today at $1299, or $1499 with a pro-refret. Original case (included) for this era was this molded case that was only made for 2 years, easily identifiable by its thickness which is around an inch thicker than the later molded case, 4-latches instead of 3, and a door on the storage compartment. A few have the wood/tolex case, which was optional during this era.
2003 Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom - Bullseye, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (case). Absolute killer playing guitar, especially if you like the original "Fretless Wonder" from the 50s and 1st reissue from the early 70's . The frets on these classic guitars were very low, which made it very easy to finger. This Zakk had the frets filed down (shown here) to a similar height, and my man Martin put a nice crown on them after the pic was shot. This is a quality Korean model from the Saien factory, a definite cut above the Chinese models. These are extremely impressive and priced just a little higher than a stock Epi LP Custom. Immaculate bulls-eye paint job, and all the LP Custom features such as multi-ply binding, gold hardware, pearloid block inlays (and not cheesy looking brushed chrome ones), and the classic split diamond headstock overlay. What really sets this apart though are the EMG HZ 4 and HZ4A humbuckers, which are the passive version of the EMG81 and 85. It also has an extremely chunky neck which has an unfinished feel as found on Zakk's prized LP. If you're not into big necks, you don't want this guitar, but the bare (only a sealer coat) baseball bat feel is perfect for my hands. This current Chinese model currently sells online at $699 without case or bag, but was $799 when they were made in Korea. This one is in excellent condition, other than a few clear coat scratches on the back (pic). It has a great neck which allows for an excellent setup, especially with the low frets. If you like the feel of the old Fretless Wonder, this one will save you the time or expense of converting on an is a nice value on a quality Korean Zakk at just $529, including a quality wood/tolex case.
Fender Pro Junior #2, (top). Early USA model. In recent years I've had a variety of hand-wired boutique 10" combo's and a bunch of the recent budget 5-waters by Epi, Vox, Fender Champion 600, etc. The hand wired boutique combo's sound great but they're expensive; the budget combos, well, you get what you pay for. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the Pro Junior for quality tone in a solidly built amp. With simply a volume and tone control, the Pro Junior won't waste any of your time trying to dial in the "perfect" tone. Just crank it up and let 'er rip. The Pro Junior is powered by a pair of EL84's putting out 15 watts, but 15 *tube* watts is quite loud, along the lines of a 35 watt solid state, only better sounding. It also features a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes. With a fairly heavy Fender/Eminence 10" speaker, this amp carries the guitar spectrum very well, with sufficient lows as to sound like a "real" amp, not just a practice amp. Put one of these on a barstool, put a mic in front of it, and you'll have the whole club jumping. Designed to work with your guitar's volume - sounds clean with your guitar turned down and gets dirtier as you turn up your axe. The look is very much vintage Fender, with classic black tolex, vintage style badge, vintage style handle, chrome panel, and chicken head knobs. The new Mexican-made Pro Junior sells new for $394 ($589 list) and it appears to be the same except for the speaker out jack on the new model, and they also changed the panel to black with white knobs which, to me, only detracts from the vintage vibe. An excellent sounding amp and hard to beat at just $265.
2005 Martin D-28 with Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (sides), (Piezo battery/output jack), (case). Making its debut in 1931, the D-28 became hugely popular with C&W and bluegrass players and later with rockabilly, folk, and pop artists. The D-28 is the "face of Martin guitars and is the most widely imitated acoustic in history. The D-28 gets its tone and power from solid woods, traditional Martin bracing style, and large dreadnought body shape. It's tonewoods include a solid Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood sides and back, solid mahogany neck with striped ebony fretboard, and striped ebony bridge. Other features include white body binding, natural finish top, black pickguard, 1-11/16" nut width, standard 25.4" scale length, low profile neck shape, small maple bridge plate, checkered (Style 28) back inlay strip, black & white Style 28 rosette, white/black multi-ply body binding, chrome enclosed gears, and gloss finish. An excellent sounding D-28 with very good projection and a balanced tone, with a setup that's lower than your average Martin. Cosmetically, it's in great shape other than a few side cracks - invisible from the outside but cleated on the inside (shown here) - plus a few marks around the bridge, shown here. Other than that, there are no buckle/button scratches, perfect frets, and overall and extremely clean guitar. This one also has a professionally installed Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Natural pickup installed with the battery mounted to the neck block and end-pin jack. The D-28 currently sells new for $2399, around $2599 if you want a Thinline pickup installed. An excellent value on a quality Martin at just $1499 - or $1399 if you don't want the pickup. Includes original Martin thermoplastic case, unsigned warranty, manual, and assorted paperwork.
2005 National ResoRocket Steel Resonator w/Cutaway and Lollar, (front), (side), (back), (headstock) (label), (case). National has always been "the" builders of resonator guitars. Going back to the early Tricones in the late 20's, the National tone is unmistakable and the standard for all resonators. The ResoRocket has its roots in the early models but with modern enhancements for today's player. Most notably, the upper bout has been modified with a cutaway to provide easy access to the upper frets. When I play a National with a traditional body, the upper frets are so hard to reach that they're nearly useful except for slide work. It also incorporates a redesigned coverplate pattern to complement the distinctive Tricone-style grill work. Features include steel body (front/back/side) with matte finish, pearloid overlay peghead with engraved logo, National tuner, hard rock maple neck, bone nut, rosewood fretboard, Ivoroid fretboard binding, mother of pearl fretboard marker, .106/.039 frets, 9.5 hand spun resonator, maple biscuit, 10.25" upper bout, 14" lower bout, 3.125" body depth, 1.825" nut, 25" scale, 8 lbs. 14 oz. weight, hardshell case. This one also has a factory-installed Lollar pickup with endpin jack so it sounds as good plugged in as it does acoustically. This baby is in excellent condition, with a pro setup that's easy on your fingers. The tone is perfect, loud and clear, with no extraneous rattle or annoying frequencies present. New price on these with slimline pickup is $3K-$3350. Save some bucks on this one - just $2100.
2008 Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '57 Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (body/neck marking), (electronics/body), (case). The Hot Rod '57 combines classic looks of a 1957 with its thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish over two-tone sunburst, but with a few modern features that most players prefer, namely, modern C-shape neck with a flatter modern radius of 9.5" and medium-jumbo frets rather than the small vintage frets - plus a satin finish on back of the neck rather than the thick (and potentially sticky) finish found on the regular V57 Strat. Stock pickups for this model in '08 were American Vintage 57/62 but these have been upgraded with a set of Custom Shop Texas Specials, with a hotter bridge pickup. Pickups are the only mod on this guitar. Other features include American vintage tremolo, Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners, single ply white pickguard, and vintage tweed case. One of the benefits of these thin Nitro finishes is it will naturally relic out rather quickly and pro players who use this guitar every night will have a bona fide "relic" within a few years. This is a fantastic model and recommended for all the players who don't like small vintage frets and want a flatter fretboard plus. Cosmetically it's in nice overall shape other than 2 minor finish chips by the neckplate and buckle scratches (shown here), which are in the clear coat only. Lists at $2399 and sells at discount for $1699 but this beauty is just $1099. Includes G&G/Fender tweed case and trem arm.
1993 PRS Custom 22 - Whale Blue 10 Top and Birds, (front), (side), (back), (MOP inlays), (headstock), (pickups/cavity), (case). I'm always on the lookout for older PRS's and always excited to find another one. Specifically, old-factory models when they were actually hand made, easily identifiable with the original small logo and mother of pearl inlays along with more substantial differences. A lot of people incorrectly refer to these as "pre-factory" which would indicate that Paul built over 30,000 guitars in his garage, ignoring the Annapolis factory which was used '85 to '95. These guitars are widely thought to be superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory opened in '96, where PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines and went to cheaper fretboard inlays and tuners. As shown in the bridge pickup cavity, this one is finished in Whale Blue, but as is typical of all old PRS finishes, it has faded somewhat. Features of this guitar include Dragon Bass and Treble pickups with white paper stickers, 5-way rotary selector, master volume, master tone, wide-fat neck taper, mahogany neck, Indian rosewood fretboard with genuine mother of pearl bird inlays, mahogany body with a "10" maple cap (indicated by "10" impressed in back of headstock). The Custom 22, especially with the fixed bridge, has a stiffer feel than a Custom 24. The 22 has a "shorter" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup are set further back in the body which means it has the same 25" scale as the Custom 24, but the neck doesn't extend as far from the body. It's very much a Les Paul feel, but with much easier playability in the upper range, not to mention a wider selection of tones. Although 20 years old this one's in lovely shape and judging by the near-perfect frets, it hasn't seen a lot of playing time. Whenever you play one of these older PRS's you can almost sense the meticulous human attention to detail as you're holding a guitar that will likely never be hand-crafted again. Prices on Annapolis-era Customs continue to rise but they're still a good value, especially when you can get a nice one cheaper than a new one. A new CU22 with "10" and the cheaper "open" birds lists for $4590 and sells at discount for $3050-$3400, this lovely old factory model is just $2299. These have proven to be excellent investment pieces for the collector - but for the player, it's cheaper than a new one AND a better guitar.
Carvin V3M Mini Tube Head, (panel), (top), (back/footswitch), (back panel). The best mini-tube head I've had, the V3M is essentially a 50W version of the V3 100W head, except in a package that's around 1/2 the size and 1/3 the weight. With a quad of EL84 tubes (plus four 12AX7 preamp tubes) it delivers as much power as you'll need for any venue with an incredible tone and lush analog reverb. Best of all you can run it at 50W, 22W, or 7W, to allow the sweetest tone with the power tubes running wide open, to suit any venue from living room, studio, club, or concert stage. This one comes with the optional footswitch to give you channel control at the front of the stage. You can switch the channel to classic rock with deep metal crunch to clean to something in-between - and then kick in the Boost for lead passages regardless of channel. Front panel controls include Master Volume; Master Reverb; Channel Select switches (1&2); Select & Channel 3 switches. Each of the three channels has controls for Drive, Volume, Presence, Bass, Mid, Treble, Intense/Thick (2 channels) switches, Intense/Soak (Channel 3) switch and EQX switches for Channels 1-3. Rear Panel controls include Power Mode switch (50/22/7 watts); Impedance (4/8/16 ohms), dual speaker outputs, Line Out Cabinet Voiced, Effects Loop (send/receive jacks), Master Boost adjustable control, Footswitch jacks for FS44L or FS22 footswitches, Voltage Select (120V/240V) switch. Hearing is believing - check out Carvin's 8-minute (link) and 15-minute demos (link). This head is in excellent condition, having seen very little home use, and never roaded. With a list price of $1299 ($799 factory direct), this is a lot of amp for the money. Better yet, get this barely used one WITH optional ($39.60) 4-button footswitch, for just $529(HOLD-Scott D local).
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