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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 so I figure, "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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2013 Martin D-17M, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Immaculate condition. Best value in an all solid-wood Martin. The D17M brings back the styling of Martin's early Style 17 guitars, including a gloss-finish shaded Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and tortoise brown binding. It is built in the all-time favorite Martin dreadnought body for excellent projection and volume. Initially I thought this would sound very similar to the 16-series but this thing hits with a boom in a way the 16's can't. Features include simple dovetail neck joint, 14-fret body, single ring rosette, A-frame top bracing of 5/15" Sitka spruce, Tortoise brown binding, modified low oval neck shape, solid morado fretboard, Diamond and Square fretboard inlays, satin finish sides and back, Style 17 shaded gloss top, satin neck, Bone nut, solid/square taper headstock with East Indian rosewood face and raised foil logo, belly bridge, nickel open geared Grover tuners with Butterbean knobs, Delmar tortoise pickguard, and black ebony bridge pins. This is truly a superior sounding instrument to anything in recent memory under a grand, plus the set up is very low. Just a joy to play. The 17M has been discontinued but carried a $1999 list which would have sold at discount for around $1599. Get this one, as clean as a new floor model, for just $899. Includes Martin case, warranty, manual, tags, etc.

1979 MXR Phase 100, (circuit).  Very clean vintage effect. Big brother to the popular Phase 90, the Phase 100 offers tone shaping the 90 doesn't have with a 4-position rotary knob to change the wave shape plus an intensity control to vary the speed. When you dial it in correctly you can get a good EVH tone, plus many other classic rock sounds. Old MXR's are made so much better than recent models where everybody has gone to circuit board-mounted pots and jacks. That's why today's pedals are almost disposable and vintage pedals seem to work forever. Appears all original, with pots dated 31st week of ’79. Pedal is nearly immaculate and the only real wear is on the bottom plate with some silver showing around the edge. Definitely collector worthy. For one in this shape it's a nice buy at $150(HOLD-Tom N 7/19), includes original box.

1988 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Pewter, (front), (fretboard/edges), (pickups), (back), (neck date), (case). 2nd full year of Strat Plus production in beautiful shape, especially for 30 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 series. 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.  The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models and both players toured with their stock pickups for many years. The Plus also features Sperzel locking tuners as well as a Wilkinson roller nut, both enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. The Sperzels also make string trees unnecessary so you have a much cleaner look on the headstock with no string hang-ups. This is an excellent playing guitar and I personally love the original Lace Sensors so the sound is superb. It sounds Stratty, but it’s quiet. Other controls are the normal 5-way with volume, tone, and TBX. Cosmetically it's in really nice shape. Frets are near perfect as is the lettering on the Laces. Edges of fretboard aren’t worn and that happens rather quickly once these are played regularly. A few very light scratches in the clearcoat but we’ll buff out prior to shipping and it should look even more pristine. Prices on these early silver-logo American Strats have been on a consistent upswing over the past several years now that they’re officially vintage. It’s a really nice buy today at $1199(HOLD-Tim K 7/20). Includes original case and trem arm.

1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Sunburst - Rosewood Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Very nice Plus model in 3-tone sunburst with a rosewood 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.  Frets are in excellent shape and the set up is spectacular with low action and no choking out on bends.  This one comes with a new Stew-Mac truss rod adjustment tool (shown here) since someone used a wrong size Allen key at some point, but the Stew-Mac tool is beveled and made for this very purpose.  Lettering on the pickups is still in nice shape which usually indicates a guitar hasn't seen much playing time.  It's shown without back cover but remind me and I can install one prior to shipping.  Includes trem arm, springs, and original "Plus" case with deluxe latches and gray interior.  This is a very nice Plus model for $999.  

2008 G&L Tribute JB-2 Bass, (front  bridge), (headstock), (back), (gigbag/strap).  If you’re a fan of the classic Fender Jazz bass tone, here’s a very good quality G&L Tribute for a nice price. It’s called the JB-2 in reference to the Jazz Bass it’s based upon. The similarities are certainly there: dual single coil Alnico pickups, same alder body with offset waist, 22-fret maple neck with nickel jumbo frets and good quality vintage open-back tuners. There are also some enhancements from the original Jazz including 6-screw neck attachment and Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge. This bridge is tone enhancing, much like a Leo Quan, is fully adjustable, and will last much longer than a vintage Jazz bridge and saddles. This bass sounds very good and plays fantastic with a new set of flatwound strings for the vintage tone and low string noise. A new one will set you back $449 without a case or gigbag. Get this one for just $315 with a quality G&L gigbag.

2012 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose G6119-1962HT, (front), (tinted binding), (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 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. At the request of a customer, Martin applied an aged toner to the body and neck binding so it wouldn’t have that stark white appearance the new models have. Look at the pics. It’s cool. This baby is clean and has seen almost no playing time since new. Only real flaw is some pitting to two of the knobs. Gretsch’s license with Chet’s estate expired so a new Gretsch won’t be called a “Chet Atkins” but will still set you back $2199.  Other than the nicely aged binding and pitting on 2 knobs, this guitar is immaculate – with a killer set up and Gretsch vibe thrown in for free. $1550 includes clean original Gretsch case and all paperwork.

2004 PRS McCarty Trem Brazilian, (front), (back), (headstock), (fretboard), (hardware), (case/tag). (Note: we’re cleaning the nickel hardware – will post new pics when done). I originally sold this 13 years ago in “as new” condition. My local buddy (moving and moving gear) bought it but only played it only several times so it’s still in flawless condition, other than oxidation to the trem and pickup covers. We can clean this up but we have quite a few players who appreciate aged nickel hardware so I’m posting it just as it came in. On to this guitar… What, a McCarty with tremolo? One of the original run of tremolo-equipped McCarty’s built for Willcutt Guitars, largest PRS dealer in the world. The total run is estimated at only 50 guitars. If that isn’t enough, these were spec’d with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, which is even more cherished now than it was in ’04. Add to that a stunning amber 10-top and colorful bird inlays, and you’ve got a stunner there. The McCarty Trem features the fat, warm tone McCarty fans know well but with the addition of the tremolo, this model also possesses a sharper attack and added articulation that is unique to this model.  Also features wide-fat neck, Phase II locking tuners, McCarty pickups and McCarty switching with a 3-way and coil-split on the tone pot.  No more of these were made so they’re obviously hard to come by. Original owner paid $3600 for this, almost 15 years ago.  I think it’s a great deal at the same price I sold it for in 2005, just $2599.  Includes case and all the case stuff.

Breedlove Passport PLUS C250/SBe, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp/label), (gigbag). One of the best acoustic Korean imports I've had in stock with nice features such as solid spruce top, exotic bubinga back and sides, and a very comfortable body that's based on the Custom Shop C25 model. It has an excellent tone, both acoustically and plugged in and is capable of covering a variety of applications. You can lean into it pretty well without being overly compressed, and it's fairly articulate when playing fingerstyle songs. It also features light weight bracing in the top and back for improved resonance and projection. The active VTC pickup system isn't all that complex but gets the job done with a 2-band EQ and volume, plus a  built-in chromatic tuner with back-lit screen is precise with a very fast response. The 9-Volt battery is easily accessed near the endpin area so no more reaching inside the guitar. Other features include Depth 4-9/16" at Tail Block and 3-1/2" at heel, original bridge truss and scalloped bracing pattern, cream binding both top and back, lovely abalone rosette, glossy finish all around, Breedlove Atlas rosewood pinless bridge, rosewood fretboard, 25.4" scale with 21 Frets and 14 clear of the body, 1 11/16" nut width, shallow C-shaped neck, Dovetail neck joint and double-acting truss rod adjustable through the soundhole. Original retail price on these was $799 which is reasonable for a quality Korean acoustic-electric with these features. Any irregularities in the pics are merely reflections; this baby is clean. I don’t know if they all play this nice, but after Martin did his thing, it plays as easily as guitars costing 3X the price. I consider this an excellent deal for the intermediate guitarist at $429(HOLD-Michael M 7/10). Includes Breedlove gigbag with Velcro neck stabilizer.

DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs w/Worn Covers. This pair is new in sealed boxes. Includes DP223N8 bridge and DP103N8 neck. These are getting harder to find and you can expect to pay $98/each if you can find them. Get this pair, new in the box, for just $135(SOLD-Squire M 7/16).

OFF-HOLD: 2016 Fender American Professional Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case/etc). “As new” – ships in original box. The latest and greatest version of the American Standard, with some nice enhancements over the previous versions. Pickups were developed by pickup guru Tim Shaw: these new V-Mod single-coil pickups are voiced specifically for each position, mixing alnico magnet types to produce a more powerful tone while still sounding like classic vintage Fender. Add to that more clarity on the highs with Fender's new treble-bleed tone circuit. A new modern “Deep C” neck profile feels rounder and just a tad more substantial than the older models while staggered height tuners and new 2-Point synchronized tremolo with bent steel saddles uses a pop-in trem arm like the old American Deluxe. For full specs and demo’s on this new model go to Fender.com. This guitar is in unplayed condition with plastic still on pickguard and not a hint of use. It will ship in the original Fender shipping box. Don’t pay $1449 for a new one from a super store when you get this one with killer in house setup for just $1029. Includes the latest version Fender case with ATA latches and plush gray interior, as well as all paperwork, tools, etc.

2015 Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). One of the best guitarists to bridge hair metal and modern music (jazz, blues, R&B, funk) was Richie. I remember hearing him when he was a teenager recording on Shrapnel records in the late 80's. Shortly after he went on to join Poison, and later Mr. Big and The Winery Dogs. His solo career has been his shining accomplishment. In partnership with Fender he released this fantastic Tele, built by Fender Japan, which is the same model he uses personally with the only mod being an onboard tuner on his person guitars. Although it’s been a production model in Japan for more than 20 years, it’s relatively new to the USA shores.  It is one of the more attractive Teles I've had, with a beautifully flamed maple top, bound body, gold hardware, and abalone dot inlays. Underneath the maple top is swamp ash body. A few other signature appointments include some killer pickups, DiMarzio Chopper T (bridge) and Twang King (neck). The bridge pickup is actually a humbucker but it's still capable of delivering a variety of tones, very much Tele-inspired. The single coil neck pickup has all the Tele twang you want. In place of the tone control, Richie opted for a rotary phase switch which gives you 5 tones instead of the usual 3. The phase switch definitely works well with this pickup choice. The neck is quite chunky with modern features like a flatter 12" radius (rather than the usual 9.5 or 7.25) and the frets are jumbo. It's a different feel for a Tele but one I really appreciate. Tuners are quality Gotoh and the bridge is a 6-saddle string-through-body variety. The gold hardware looks great on this 2-tone sunburst body. Here’s a good video of Richie doing a product demo (link). This guitar is pretty much flawless condition. Even the gold hardware shows no wear. Set up is very low – you might want us to raise it if you’re heavy handed. These sell new for $1499 without a case of any type. Get this beauty with one of the more attractive tops you’ll see on these, for $1050(Tent. Hold – Mark T 7/19) WITH a Fender deluxe gigbag.

2012 Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe - Arctic White, (front), (back), (headstock), (belly cut), (case). Chris Shiflett, guitarist for the Foo-Fighters and his own group, Dead Peasants, is a top rock and country guitar stylist. In conjunction with Shiflett, Fender designed this Tele modeled after his own '72 Tele Deluxe, with manufacture in Mexico. It's instantly recognizable as a Deluxe by the large Strat headstock, bullet truss rod, large pickguard, dual humbuckers, 70's Fender F-tuners, Hard-tail Strat bridge and 4 knobs, just like the original Deluxe. A few unique features include CS1 and CS2 humbuckers, medium jumbo frets and a G&G/Fender case stenciled with Chris's name. Other features include a super flat 12" radius (excellent for note bends), an alder body, 4-ply pearloid pickguard, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, and 70s style Deluxe logo. There was one very minor mod to this guitar: knobs replaced with chrome dome knobs in place of the skirted amp knobs. Cosmetically, it's in super clean shape other than a little finish stain on the edge of the belly cut on back. Other than that, pretty much perfect. Set up is extremely comfortable and fans of flatter fretboards will find this a joy to play. Arctic White has been discontinued and it’s hard finding any that aren’t Shoreline Gold now. At 7 lbs 14.5 oz, it's lightweight as these go. Includes deluxe Tolex case and paperwork. Construction looks flawless to me and at $529(HOLD-John A 7/3) with G&G case, don’t miss out on this one.

2010 Fender FSR American Standard Stratocaster – Clapton Specs, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (case/acc.).  Blizzard Pearl - 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". The down side to that is that the guitar sounds kinda boring 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 two finish repairs - on the top edge shown here – and a small one on the bottom edge. The color is matched very well. The setup is very low and bends ring long and clear. Frets are perfect and this guitar has seen almost zero 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, Fender strap and polishing cloth, trem arm, and paperwork.

2005 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - One-Piece Ash!, (front), (back), (headstock), (deluxe features), (case). Very rare American Deluxe. Very few of these were finished in Sienna Sunburst, and even more rare, the body is one-piece ash, where two (or sometimes three) pieces are the norm. Although occasionally (but rarely) I've seen custom shop guitars with one-piece ash, this is the first non-custom shop American Standard/Series that we've had like this. Aside from the visual appeal of nicely-grained ash with uninterrupted lines, multi-piece bodies are thought to be less toneful. Every piece of wood will have resonant frequencies which help determine how "good" a guitar will sound. When wood is pieced together the result may be good, or it can be less than good, with resonant frequencies that don't complement each other. Anyhow, this is a beautifully-grained piece of ash which is part of an excellent sounding Strat. It has all the usual deluxe features including Samarium Cobalt Noiseless (SCN) pickups with S-1 switching, Schaller locking tuners, 1-pc maple neck with rosewood fretboard, abalone dot inlays, contoured neck heel with rounded neckplate, raised chrome logo, highly-polished 2-point fulcrum tremolo with unthreaded ("pop-in") trem bar insert, and aged plastic parts. Many players love the SCN/S-1 combination which yields all the traditional Strat tones you know and love, and hum-free to boot, plus a choice of other meatier tones not normally found on a Fender. For those who haven't used this innovative system, it features a pushbutton in the middle of the volume knob to access many of its tones. Click here for a full rundown of all 10 pickup settings with the SSS pickup configuration. This is a fantastic playing Strat and cosmetically in beautiful condition with no flaws other than a few light scratches in the clear coat on back. New American Deluxe Ash Strats were running $1749 and I'll guarantee that way less than 1% were one-piece ash. For its rarity, excellent playability, and excellent tone, this is a sweet Strat for $1199(HOLD-Randall 7/5). Includes original case, Fender strap, trem arm, and assorted paperwork and tags.

OFF-HOLD: 1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus “Ultra”, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (Tremsetter), (case  inside). Perhaps you’ve noticed, Strat Ultra models have skyrocketed over the last decades. Clean examples I used to sell for under $1400 ten years ago are getting hard to find under $2K. For this reason we transformed this Strat Plus into an Ultra model. I even sacrificed one of my rare Ultra cases with gray covering. No major mods were required, just an Ultra HSS pickguard (this one still has plastic coating on it), a Lace Dually (red) pickup, and a mini-toggle for the bridge pickup. All other specs are stock on this ’93 Plus except the trem cover which is changed to a vintage one with oblong string slots. Features include tremolo with "pop-in" tremolo arm and an innovative Hipshot "Tremsetter" inside the tremolo cavity.  The Tremsetter was a simple but effective device for floating tremolo systems and is simply a double-acting spring that returns the tremolo to an exact zero "neutral" position at rest and eliminates adjacent strings detuning while doing string bends and pitch flutter when playing aggressively.  Other features include a LSR roller nut, staggered height Sperzel locking tuners that eliminate the need for string trees and Schaller locking strap pins. I'm a big fan of the old Lace Sensor pickups, which are Red/Red, Gold, and Gold on this one.  They're very expressive, which you want with a Strat and noise free. They also have zero magnetic pull which allows strings to vibrate longer, thus incasing sustain. Controls are a standard 5-way *plus* a mini 3-way for the bridge pickup (back coil - both - front coil).  With the 5-way the mini-switch yields 9 distinct tones.  Remarkably, there is a distinct difference on the two pickups that comprise the "Dually" with the back coil brighter and more responsive; the front pickup warmer and fatter sounding. This guitar presents very well. Overall very clean with the top being pretty much perfect and only some very minor clearcoat scratches on back. Frets are around 90% and this guitar sets up very well indeed. This guitar does everything an Ultra does but will only cost you $1299, including the genuine Ultra case.

1960's Kustom Thinline Electric Case, (handle). I occasionally come by some rare cases. Stuff like Gibson L5S and Fender Starcaster. But this is much more rare. Ross estimates that only 2000-3000 guitars were built during Kustom’s brief run in '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 for just $125.

Maestro Sireko Tape Echo "As Is", (pic2). Ca. mid-70's. “As is” special. May work fine but I’m selling “as is” and easily worth the price for parts. 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.

2016 Gibson SG Special Faded Traditional, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). In contrast to the fancier Robby Krieger SG below, this model is a stripped down version but basically all the important elements are there. All mahogany body/neck construction with cherry finish, rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, dual humbuckers with corresponding volume/tone controls and 3-way switch, tuneomatic bridge and vintage Kluson style tuners. For pickups Gibson chose the 490R (neck) and 490T (bridge) which are probably a little more suited for rock than the '57s, which are equally adept at most styles of music. The 490T is overwound for a hotter sound and I believe both pickups have more presence than the 57s. The neck is still referred to as a slim taper, although slightly deeper at .818" 1st fret and .963" 12th fret. This guitar is also in perfect condition with no flaws noted and plays with ease. The tone seems to have more life with this faded nitro finish than other Specials I’ve had with a hard gloss finish. Really nice guitar in perfect condition for $575. Includes clean, original wedge gigbag.

2011 Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Robby Krieger, guitarist for the doors, has been one of the most creative guitarists in rock. When you're in a 3-piece band you somehow find a way to cover more ground I believe. In addition to being his signature model, it also marks the 50th anniversary of the SG, which was called a Les Paul/SG back in '61. This model has all the features that make it instantly recognizable icon, namely the familiar body shape finished in heritage cherry nitrocellulose finish of grade-A mahogany. It also features a sweet pair of Alnico II Gibson '57 humbuckers, with rhythm pickup phase switching via a push/pull tone pot. It really has a killer funk sound when used out of phase. You'll also notice the Maestro Vibrola with vintage-style Lyre¯ tailpiece, bound neck, and trapezoid inlays, which dress this guitar up nicely. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded profile that measures a scant .800 at the 1st fret and .895 at the 12th, attached to the body with Gibson's deep set-neck joint. It features 22 medium jumbo frets on a Grade-A rosewood fretboard. On the back you'll notice the back control cover is adorned in Krieger's own artwork and a special 50th Anniversary emblem appears on the headstock. This is a one-owner guitar that has seen almost no use since new. I hate to say any guitar is mint but once we buff it out I don't think you'll find a scratch on it. It plays with the utmost ease and has a very dynamic and lively tone. Great guitar in all regards. These were $2839 seven years ago. It’s a great buy today at $1750. Includes Canadian made brown case, Gibson leather strap, and all paperwork.

Yamaha THR10X High-Gain Modeling Combo, (top), (box). Great sounding little combo that's packed with features to use for practice or digital studio.  It's packed with the hi fi sound that's reminiscent of the old Rockman X100, except with much more versatility.  You can select a wide variety of tones from five intricately modeled tube amp types, four modulation effects, and four reverb/delay effects. The THR's stereo Hi-Fi-style speakers sound great for its internal effects and external playback from your iPod or computer.  Using THR Session, an iOS app, you can hook up to your phone and slow down songs without losing audio quality, change the pitch or repeat any segment to learn the tricky parts.  You can even cancel out the original guitar sound, making your playing the only guitar in the mix. I've had a number of the blonde and black models but this is only the second green ("X") which is Yamaha's high-gain version for players who want the tone of a cranked high-gain stack. It features six different amp types (Power 1, Power II, Brown II, Southern HI and Clean) plus Bass and Flat. It also features state of the art effects processing and, perhaps most impressive, creates an incredible stereo field, much like a Rockman or Roland JC-120. You can also use Cubase AI, THR Editor and USB connectivity for easy recording and editing. Effects include Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Delay, Delay/Reverb, Spring Reverb, Hall Reverb Compressor and Noise Gate, as well as a tap tempo/tuner switch. Like all "10" models, it cranks out 10 watts of sound and features 5 buttons to instantly recall your stored settings in 5 user locations. Sells new for $299 but this one's perfect in the box and includes manual, power supply and computer cable $199.

2013 Gibson Les Paul Signature T – Vintage Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (push-pull), (case).  Killer looks…immaculate…perfect playability. Looks like a ’59 with its AA flamed maple top, finished in Vintage Sunburst, accented with cream body/neck binding and plastic parts, and chrome hardware. The Signature “T” was in production for only a brief period of time, but in ’14 Gibson switch tuners to the MinETune system, detracting more from its vintage fan appeal. This ’13 model is more traditional, including the “classic” Swiss cheese weight relief, same as all LP’s from the 80’s and 90’s, rather than the recent “chambered” body. Other features include AA flamed maple top with transparent Vintage Sunburst over a mahogany body, Nitrocellulose gloss finish, 60s slim taper neck, locking Grover tuners, bound Granadillo fretboard, mahogany neck, figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, and chrome hardware. Pickups are '57 Classic Plus bridge and '57 Classic neck humbuckers with push/pull taps on the tone pots to provide 6 tone choices, all of them very useable. Please note that this isn’t a light LP - at 10 lbs 4 oz it’s not going to appeal to players looking for featherweight tone. This guitar is in perfect shape, could be sold as new. For looks, tone, and feel, this is hard to beat on a traditional Les Paul at $1350. Includes original case, manual, and truss rod wrench.

2003 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups). Lovely early model American Deluxe in great condition. 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 today by many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils, with the bridge pickup being slightly hotter. Another popular feature on these is the rounded heel (and accompanying rounded neck plate), that made playing in the upper register easier. 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, vintage style nut, and raised chrome logo. This third year model is in beautiful condition with zero noteworthy cosmetic flaws. It plays great, sounds good and is a sweet deal at $950. Includes Fender molded case and trem arm.

2001 PRS Santana SE - Royal Blue, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (gigbag).  Looks black in the pics but it’s really Royal Blue. This is the first year, all-mahogany Santana SE which was discontinued model but a really nice guitar.  Like all of the SE series, they're some of the best Korean imports made, truly in a class by themselves. I've only had a few dozen SE models but have yet to encounter one that failed to set up perfectly and the overall fit/finish was impeccable.  The Santana SE is an all mahogany model with a mahogany slab body, finished in transparent blue, with a mahogany set neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, wide-fat neck carve, 25" scale, PRS tremolo, PRS tuners, and white pearloid Santana SE inlays.  It shows only light players wear but is overall in nice used condition with no major flaws anywhere.  It sold new for $499 17 years ago and is an excellent value on a first-year Santana SE at just $339.  Includes Levy's EM7S gigbag, very thick and sturdy with several storage compartments.

Brian Moore i81 – Cinnamon Flametop, (Turquoise), (front), (back), (headstock), (arched top), (bag/acc.). I just discovered a pair of these in the shop, both new old stock and never retailed! The i81 was the most affordable model in the i-Series but an exceptional import in its own right. Has the same Brian Moore signature looks including sculpted headstock, sleek arched-top body, and unique rear output jack of the higher end models. When BM went in search of factories to do their imports they did it right and the quality rivals some US makers in my opinion. The i81 features bolt-on neck, mahogany body with beautifully bookmatched flamed maple top, classic " iM" Alnico humbuckers, and "iM" precision tuners. These guitars will be set up to perfection and will play as well as guitars costing 4X the price. Original retail price was $595 14 years ago and they’re an excellent buy today at just $299. Includes a very heavily padded Brian Moore gigbag and all other accessories.

ADA Quad Tube Programmable 2X12 Combo, (front panel pics pieced together), (3/4 view), (back panel). The Big Boy - the baddest amp ever made by ADA. It’s loud; it sounds absolutely awesome. It was also the most expensive ADA, selling for $2399 20 years ago. This amp is super RARE. A while back I found one on the web which was actually a NOS model that a store was selling for the same $2399 but had recently sold. I have not one but TWO of these babies. One of them works perfectly - the other one has a glitch on some of the patches and is priced accordingly. Looking through the 62 page manual it's clear that there are too many features to list here so I'll just do a brief overview. It's basically an ADA MP-2 with a stereo 150-watt power amp and vari-cab functions...with built in digital effects. Features 150 watt output (true stereo - 75W/Side) with complete digital control of an all-analog signal path, 128 user and 39 factory patches, four low-noise 12AX7A tubes with 10 voicing options an overdrive, onboard compressor, four-band tone controls nine-band graphic EQ, powerful effects, including "Varicab" (programmable cabinet emulator), tremolo, stereo chorus, noise reduction, stereo effects loop with programmable mix control, front panel volume and room compensation EQ, cabinet-emulated XLR output with ground lift s well as unbalanced 1/4" outs for recording, complete MIDI with real-time MIDI for on the fly changing of parameters, rack holster for mounting single rack space to the back, accepts ADA 4X4 MIDI controller. As I mentioned, one of these works perfectly, priced at $1099. The other one works perfectly on some patches, while other patches have a low rumble which “runs away” if you tap the top of the amp - could be an easy fix - it's never been benched. This one is totally useable on most of the patches and is selling "as is" for 1/2 price; $599. If you're an ADA fan, this might be your only chance to get your hands on one of these rare and great sounding amps - and a piece of ADA history. Somewhere I have the 62-page owner's manual but if I can't find it, it's still on the web.

1963 Gibson B25-12 Acoustic 12-String, (front), (back), (headstock). Made during the early part of the folk boom in the 60's, the B-25-12 is appointed like a student model with dot inlays and no ornamentation on the headstock, and unbound neck, although it does have a double-bound body. Not surprisingly, my tech commented that was a great sounding folk instrument. The B25-12 is a 00-size small bodied (14 1/2" lower bout) Gibson flattop, with a solid Spruce top, solid mahogany back, and laminated sides. Other features include multi-ply binding on top, bound back, ebony bridge, long tortoise pickguard, 2" nut width, 24 3/4" scale, and Kluson strip tuners. This one has seen an average amount of playing time I would guess, but was taken care of by previous owners. The only glaring flaw is a small chip out of the front corner of the headstock (shown here). It does indeed look like a 55+ year-old guitar with plenty of finish checking and a slightly dull finish which we can buff out at no cost - but no cracks or repairs. The tone is just what you'd expect from a small Mahogany body - very warm tone with plenty of mid-range - but surprisingly crisp and bright. It’s a fun guitar to play, especially comfortable when sitting around the living room and like an old parlor guitar, doesn't look out of place with the decor. Later in the 60's Gibson went to a small bridge with a trapeze tailpiece but this is the more desirable model with standard bridge with acoustic string pins. The only non-original aspect of this guitar is a replacement bridge, but it's the proper belly bridge - plus a compensated saddle replaces the wooden one. Most of the bridges from this era look identical, but have adjustment screws for the saddle height, plus 2 pearloid plugs that cover the hold-down screws that Gibson used on their bridges (I've never figured out why Gibson couldn't glue down their bridges properly without the use of these screws.) Since most players accuse the stock adjustable bridge in this era as being a "tone robber", it wasn't uncommon for players to do away with this feature. Bottom line though, is this guitar is plenty loud with good sustain, and that may be in part due to the removal of the adjustable saddle. This guitar has a good neck angle and a straight neck so the set up is very comfortable for a 12-string, even with barre chords. A great example of affordable vintage, priced way under what a reissue would sell for, should they ever make one. It's guaranteed to go up as the years pass but unlike a stock or CD, it's something you can enjoy. Gbase prices for 60's B-25-12's, even the trapeze models, are running $1600-$2000 with bad neck angles. This one plays nicely and at $1099, it's a steal for an early 60's Gibson acoustic that’s ready to go. Includes aftermarket hardshell case.

Gibson 57 Classic Zebra and Burstbucker 3 Zebra. Enjoy the warmth of the ’57 with the bite and aggressiveness of the BB3. Both are 4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications and have Zebra bobbins, which I believe is the best sounding color combination. $150(SOLD-Kevin G 6/29) pair or add a new set of silver-nickel covers for $30 more (includes labor).

2015 Fender American Standard Telecaster - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (touch-up), (case).   Classic look – gloss black with a rosewood board. Nice shape and plays beautifully. Bend to your heart’s content – every note rings true. 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 style saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit.  Stock pickups are quality Custom Shop models with a Twisted Tele in the neck position and Broadcaster at the bridge. Other features include new bent steel saddles with elongated string slots, highly finished frets, detailed nut work and rolled fretboard edges. This guitar has seen very little playing time; frets are almost new. Worst flaw are a few clear coat dimples and a finish touch up on the edge (shown above) that is nearly impossible to spot. Includes your choice of a nice Roadrunner tweed case or one of the new style SKB cases with ATA latches. $750(Hold – Dave H 6/20).

Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 43 Strat. SP-43's give you 75% P90 tone in a single coil size. Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces and Ceramic Magnets give this pickup an aggressive tone and is the highest-output Strat pickups Fralin makes. They sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind, hitting the front-end of your amp hard, breaking up quick. The midrange is prominent and it sounds great on 500K pots. If you’re looking for something really different give this a try. New cost is $100, get this one for $59(SOLD-Dan U 6/18).

Lollar Imperial Low Wind Bridge. Top quality humbucker, especially good choice for your archtop guitar. It was based on lower output PAFs from an old ES-335, with a brighter overall tone than regular Lollar Imperials. Exceptional definition for chord voicing and excellent presence that cuts through a mix. Also matches well with Les Pauls that sounds darker in the neck position, or for guitars with darker tones in general. Sells for $175 new. Get this one for $99.

PRS Santana SE Zebra Set. Made by G&B Pickup Co. for PRS, these are some of the better import pickups on the market. They’re not overly hot and let you depend on your amp for breakup, which I prefer to an overly wound pickup that doesn’t clean up. Clean shape. Good choice for a project guitar or an upgrade on most imports. $35/pair.

Celestion G12-65 Heritage 65W Speaker. Super clean, don't think it's ever been installed. A forerunner to the G12T-75, the G12-65 was originally created as high powered G12M 25W Greenback and is considered THE sound of 80's rock. It was used in many of Marshall's 4X12 cabs and works fine in that application, but also sounds great in a single 12" or 2X12" combo. Excellent note definition, plenty of power handling, and not overly bright. Comes in a 16 or 8 ohm; this one’s the 8 ohm. Sells new for $165 but this get this beauty for $99.

Celestion G12M 25-watt Greenback. Classic British tone, warm with lots of growl. Perfect for lower powered amps, providing some speaker break-up at lower volumes compared to a 75w or 90W speaker which has to be played at ear-bleeding levels to break up. There is a proliferation of budget combo's, nearly all having a major weak spot with the speaker. Sells for $125 new but this clean used one was broken in with a noise generator so it sounds better than new. Just $79.

Hellatone 60 – 8 ohm 12” Speaker. New, old stock, never installed. 2006 model, Celestion Vintage 30, relabeled by Avatar. Avatar relabels these speakers after putting them through a break-in process, exercising the suspension for 15 hours. The result is a warmer tone right out of the box. This process warms up the low end and smoothes out the midrange slightly. Great speaker for any guitar application, especially Rock and Metal. Large heavy 50 oz magnet.  Mint condition, zero user hours, and just $69(HOLD-Eric H, local 6/17).

ESP M-III Deluxe, Black Cherry Metallic, (front), (headstock), (back), (Floyd), (beveled heel), (case). One of the classic shred guitars of all time. The Mirage Series, which the M-III was part of, was one of ESP's first offerings in the late 80's and remains one of the most popular. Built with exact specifications with impeccable fit and finish, it represents the fine quality that comes from ESP's Tokyo factory. Since ESP began pushing their cheaper Ltd line in the 90's, the real ESP's have become scarcer, especially as prices have risen considerably. Whenever I find one that I can put out at a decent price, I'm all over it. Features include offset double cutaway alder body, maple neck, 24 extra jumbo frets on maple fingerboard with dot inlays and ESP at 12th fret, 25.5" scale, black reverse headstock, six-on-one-side tuners, Seymour Duncan bridge humbucker (JB I believe and two ESP dual-rails humbuckers, three-way-switch, volume and tone controls, Original Floyd Rose tremolo, extra thin flat neck contour, 1 5/8" nut, black hardware, Gotoh tuners, Black Cherry glossy finish. Back of the neck is stamped "ESP Custom Guitars". This guitar has barely been played and has no player's wear at all. Frets are immaculate, no scratches on body, neck, or headstock, fretboard and neck have zero discoloration, which says a lot considering how quickly these neck change color. It's clean enough that you wouldn't think twice if it were hanging as a new guitar in a store. Set up is perfect - low and fast. It sounds fantastic as well, with no ghost notes when playing double-stops at high gain settings - all notes ring true and long. Included is the original TKL/ESP case. This model sold for around $2K 15 years ago and the new USA models are close to $3K. Get this beauty for just $899(HOLD-Wayne P 6/12).

Tokai Super Edition Neck. Tokai Model 45, rare dead-on Strat headstock, obviously not made for the USA market. Nice shape, especially for a neck that was made over 30 years ago. Had a string retaining bar removed, three small holes plugged – now uses a vintage style string tree. Truss rod at the butt end, turns like it’s supposed to. Factory black headstock, would look great on a black body. Carvin tuners replace original vintage style. Sets up very nicely…no issues. $129.

2016 ES-Les Paul Studio, (front), (back), (headstock), (certificate), (case). Cool, fairly rare hybrid from Gibson that combines Les Paul styling with ES-335 construction. You'll notice the F-holes which are a giveaway to its semi-hollowbody construction. Inside the maple body is a mahogany center block with spruce braces and mahogany rim liner. Another departure, the fretboard is outfitted with rolled black binding, matching the body's black binding. The rosewood fretboard is adorned with the usual trapezoid inlays on a rounded "C" mahogany neck and black Corian nut. It's finished in a high gloss nitro "Ginger Burst" finish. Pickups are '57 Classic and Super '57 Classic, rated at 7.9K and 8.7K, respectively. Other features include Kluson tuners with single ring tulip buttons, nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece, single-ply black pickguard, bell truss rod cover with engraved F-hole, and black top hat knobs. This guitar has a fantastic low set up and a fat Les Paul tone, with a bit of the openness that semi’s are noted for. With factory potted pickups, it can stand up to higher gain settings on an amp with no problem. Cosmetically, it’s in spectacular condition with no flaws noted. For cool looks, playability and rarity, it’s a nice buy at $1159. Includes certificate of authenticity, warranty, and original brown case.

2016 Gibson SG Standard - Heritage Cherry, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Stunning condition, as clean as a new floor model. 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 nitro lacquer, solid quarter-sawn mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, TekToid 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.  SG’s are noted for low action and this one will not disappoint, super low with that fast thin neck. Beautiful. Cosmetically it’s flawless except for some light pickguard scratches. A new '18 SG Standard is running $1539 but this beautiful Heritage Cherry model is the right color, set up to perfection, and just $879(SOLD-Jessica P 6/12).  Includes hardshell case, factory checklist, warranty, tools and manual.

Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive. Another Tubescreamer Clone? Perhaps, but while the 805 does lean toward the revered TS-808, it's also more versatile. Specifically, it has an active 3-band EQ controls in place of the single tone control typically found on most overdrive pedals including the TS-808 and TS9. It was designed around the original 808 chip, the MC33178, but yields “superior sonic characteristics along with a lower noise figure and longer battery life.” In addition to the 3-band tone, the Drive control lets you go from a clean boost to bluesy to screaming solos and has a definite tube amp type response. It also features a true bypass design. Click here for a demo or here for a fun shootout with a TS9. Sells new for $179. This one’s immaculate in the box for $115(SOLD-Glen M 6/11).

Engl BC-10 Reaper Pedal. Excellent distortion pedal for the rock/metal fan engineered with the tone of their Powerball II amp and features an SCS connector should you want to string some Engl pedals together. There is loads of gain available plus a 3-band EQ to let you tweak it, although it sounds great with everything ½ way up to me. If you’re into Scorpions, UFO, AC/DC, etc., you’ll love it. Click here for a brief demo. Sells new for $159. Get this clean used one for $99.

Neunaber Inspire Tri-Chorus Plus, (pic2). Fine rackmount quality effects out of a stomp box. It features controls for Effect Select, Mix, Depth (Echo Repeats), Rate, and Effect Adjust (depends on effect). It also features true bypass, inputs/outputs may be used mono or stereo, and analog dry signal for low noise and zero latency. The effects knob selects: Tri — the classic rack chorus effect; Hex — two tri-choruses paralleled for an ultra-dense effect; Cascade Tone — two tri-choruses in series create a rich, lush effect; Cascade Vibe — tri-chorus and tri-vibrato in series makes for a complex sound; Harmonic Vibe — Low-frequency tri-chorus and high-frequency tri-vibrato, a more subtle effect that works well with overdrive; Harmonic Detune — low-frequency detune and high-frequency tri-chorus, even more subtle and sounds great with heavy distortion; +Detune — tri-chorus+detune for that ultimate rack chorus tone; and +Echo — tri-chorus+echo is a classic combo. I’ve had high-end choruses for over $500 that didn’t sound as good as the Inspire. Here’s a great demo (link) by the great Pete Thorn so you can judge. Sells new for $259. This one is in never-used condition in the box for $179(SOLD – Dan W 6/13).

Mooer Skyverb Reverb, (pic2). Mooer pedals are known for quality tone, while taking up 1/3 space on your crowded pedalboard. The Skyverb features a 32-bit fixed point DSPchip and offers three reverb modes including Studio, Church and Plate. It also features true bypass and is housed in a full metal shell. For a good demo check out this one on YouTube. Offered mint in the box for $45(SOLD-Tamal 7/19).

2012 PRS Studio – Amber Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag case). Essentially is Custom 22, but with a different pickup configuration…not to be confused with the Studio model from the ‘80’s. This is the first “recent” Studio I’ve had and the first time I’ve had this gorgeous finish, “Amber Black.” The Studio model is factory equipped with a 57/08 humbucker in the bridge, with Narrowfield humbuckers in the middle and neck, controlled by a 5-way blade selector that’s wired like a Strat except position 3 rather than being the middle pickup, is the neck and bridge. There’s also a push/pull tone pot to split the bridge humbucker. Other features include flamed maple cap over a mahogany body, mahogany neck with East Indian rosewood fretboard, 2011 edition PRS bird inlays, Phase 2 locking tuners, PRS tremolo and nickel hardware. Neck is the Pattern neck, much like the old Wide-Fat. Offered in beautiful condition with typically superb set up. One of the best looking PRS’s I’ve had at this price, $1699(HOLD-Brian C 6/27). Includes PRS case, trem arm, tag and other paperwork.

1982 Greco Super Power – Les Paul Tribute, (front), (back), (headstock), (hardware), (cosmetics). I’ve had a number of Fujigen Greco’s over the years and they’ve all been excellent quality guitars. The EG-450 is patterned after a ’59 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul Standard and is a true knockoff in that it has the infamous "lawsuit" headstock, but this model was made for Japan distribution only so they could copy the headstock design with impunity. Has all the cosmetic features and definitely the vibe with cream binding on the body and headstock, inlaid trapezoid inlays, cream pickguard, Kluson style tuners with keystone buttons, plus the hardware has aged to a point that it looks even more like a 50’s model. Cosmetically it’s pretty nice with just a few minor dings on the back and back edge. Overall, very clean for 35+ years old. Frets are in very good shape and the guitar plays with ease. At 7 lbs 4 oz it’s also easy on the back. It arrived with just one pickup cover but we can add or remove as desired. The vibe of these old Greco's is amazing and, in a blind test, you'll swear you're playing a vintage Gibson.  The EG-450 is a good example of 80's Japan quality and craftsmanship at its finest and yours for $629(Hold – Brian N 6/6).

Digitech RP355 Guitar Multi-Effect, (back), (stock pic). I seem to be the King of RP’s these past few years. The 355 is an excellent mid-line unit from Digitech, perfect for stage performance or as a great practice tool. This unit contains a looper, 126 great amps, cabinets, and effects into a compact metal chassis, allowing USB recording or run straight to your live rig. In addition to its 34 amp/acoustic models, it includes 18 different cabinet types, 30 tone/30 effects libraries, genuine onboard Lexicon reverbs, a 20-second looper, and 140 presets (half of which are user-programmable). An Amp/Mixer switch lets you easily engage cabinet models. You also get a built-in drum machine, a tuner, a phrase trainer, an expression pedal, and an auxiliary input. Effects are courtesy of Lexicon and it has both dual XLR and ¼” stereo outputs. Sold new for $199 but this clean used one’s just $75(SOLD-Lewis R 6/7) including original power supply. Manual and other downloads available here.

2011 Gibson Les Paul Traditional – Chicago Blue, (front front2), (headstock), (back), (case).  Lovely early model Traditional finished in transparent blue, i.e. Chicago Blue.  Released in 2010, the Traditional has the look of the vintage 50's Les Paul you know and love including a glossy nitro finish, vintage tuners, and standard old school electronics. This model 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. It does have the Swiss cheese routes that have been used since ca. ’81, but not the huge double chambers that started appearing in ’06. The top is actually AA grade flamed maple, although in lower light the flame isn’t that pronounced. The entire body (front/back) and neck are finished in high-gloss nitro lacquer and features a Gibson '57 Classic (neck) and '57 Classic Plus, which is slightly overwound, for the bridge position. Chrome pickup covers were removed by original owner and not available. Other features include a slightly chunky 50's Neck Profile; Corian nut, angled headstock, bound 1-pc rosewood fretboard, 1.69" nut width, 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, antique binding, Nashville bridge with stop bar tailpiece, gold bell hat knobs and period correct cream binding, as well as cream pickguard, pickup rings, selector ring, and tip. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape with only a few clear coat scratches on back and perhaps a finish impression here and there; overall really nice. Set up is low and buzz-free. This model is more "traditional" than 90% of the Pauls sold these days and sold new a few years back for $2199. It’s an excellent value today at just $1350. Includes clean original case with manual and warranty booklet. Note: Gold speed knobs and “Traditional” truss rod cover are correct for this guitar but we can swap out knobs and/or truss cover upon request.

Ca. 2003 Fender ’62 Telecaster Custom w/Bigsby TL62B-BIGS, (front), (back), (headstock back), (ser.). Quality Japan-made Tele in a model that’s getting hard to find. The TL62-BIGS is one of Fender Japan’s recreations of a ’62 Tele Custom (i.e. double bound body) with the addition of a Bigsby B5 tremolo, which was available as an add-on back in the 60’s. This one is in beautiful condition and plays wonderfully. Specs are like you would expect on a ’62 including vintage 7.25” radius, vintage frets, green pickguard, nickel Kluson style tuners, and 3-tone sunburst finish over an alder body. The Bigsby, accompanied by a modified Jazzmaster bridge, provides a very smooth trem that’s perfect for warble type effects used on surf music or any type of 50’s-70’s effect. As I mentioned, these have always been hard to come by in the USA with most new ones being shipped over by Japan stores years ago. Now most are coming from 2nd hand dealers from Japan, frequently at a cost of nearly $1100 including hefty shipping for well-played examples. This one is flawless, save for 2 miniscule finish impressions that were too small to photograph. $950(Tent. Hold – Stephen L 6/14) includes a tweed case.

2015 Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX, (front), (back), (headstock), (coil splitters), (misc.), (case). Stunning high-end Epi LP Custom with the main upgrade customers ask us for, already done at the Epi factory. We’ve done probably 100 pickup upgrades on Epi’s over the years, usually with Gibson pickups. The folks at Gibson got smart and have made Gibson pickups (498T/490R) the stock pickups on these (they also make an EX model with EMG’s). The pickups are 4-conductor so they’ve also included coil splitter volume pots to give you 6 great choices of single coil and humbucker tones. Like most Customs it’s totally tricked out cosmetically with gold hardware, stunning mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays, 5-ply body and headstock binding, multi-ply black pickguard, and mother of pearl stickpin headstock inlay. The neck is super comfortable with Gibson’s thin taper profile and left with a satin finish, while the rest of the guitar is a gloss finish. Other features include mahogany body with curly maple veneer top, gold metal barrel controls with ruby red tops, gold LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, gold Epiphone straplocks, and Grover 14:1 tuners. This guitar plays with easy, very nice action and has a quality tone that’s closer to a Gibson than you would think. This model sells new at Sweetwater (a great store in my opinion) for $799. This one appears to have seen zero use, mint, and is a nice buy at $529(SOLD-John R local 6/1) including original Epiphone case, Sweetwater inspection card, strap locks, warranty, etc.

Fender Thermometer Case. Genuine Fender product. Black tolex with plush black poodle lining. Very clean shape, with keys. $110(SOLD-Tim B 5/25).

2007 Ibanez Prestige RGA-121NTF, (front), (headstock), (maple cap), (back), (case). Finished in Violin Flat, the RGA-121's are some of the most popular Ibanez' that I get in stock. They're extremely comfortable to play but, most importantly, the design appeals to players who don't necessarily want a tremolo. Just as important is the thick maple cap on this model which, at .63", is thicker than either a Les Paul or PRS maple top. It's this marriage of maple top and mahogany back that gives these guitars "that sound", a sound that was first discovered with the 1952 LP Goldtop. You get the brightness and snap of the maple, with the warmth and richness of mahogany. Perfection that will likely never been improved upon...even when we're making carbon fiber bodies with a thin titanium top. Finely crafted in Japan, the upscale Prestige series is the evolution of the RG series, featuring a wide and extremely thin, flat, and fast Prestige Wizard neck, high output IBZ/DiMarzio V7/V8 pickups, and the massive new Gibraltar Plus fixed bridge. The brilliant highs and lows of the RGA's arched 16mm maple over mahogany body produce a classic tone that's been one of the ultimate tones since the 50's.  Finished in "Violin Flat", it features a 5-piece maple/walnut neck with 24 jumbo frets, rosewood headstock veneer with inlaid mother of pearl logo, quality Gotoh tuners, graphite nut, and pickups screwed directly into body rather than suspended from pickup rings. This guitar is in stunning condition all around. Frets are perfect and the setup is fantastic.  For less than the new cost 10 years ago you can have this on, set up to perfection and ready to gig tonight. Just $699 and includes J-Team Prestige case, tool case, factory check-list tag, other hangtags and manual.

2010 Martin 000X1AE Acoustic/Electric, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (controls). I haven’t had many of these but I’m impressed by the tone. I find it compares very well to other non-wood bodies. It sounds more natural than an Ovation and even close to a Rainsong, which costs around 4X as much. It’s a remarkable flattop for the money. Although it's a solid Spruce top, the sides, back, and neck are high pressure laminate.  I wouldn't have though that alternative source guitars would sound so natural; so "woody".  The tone is nearly indistinguishable from a mahogany or rosewood body. Similarly, the projection is excellent and even with the smaller auditorium body style it sounds very big and is quite loud. It’s very comfortable to play with the scaled down 000-size body, while featuring a full-scale 25.4”. Sounds good amplified as well, with control wheels for volume and tone just inside the soundhole. You may have noticed that Martin action has come down over the past few decades and this guitar is no exception. Action is low and comfortable, although it can easily be raised if you do very hard strumming.  For the money, this is a hard guitar to beat. Extremely clean shape with no flaws to speak of. You’ll see these online at $599. Get this one for just $419. Add a new high quality Gibson Blues King gigbag for $35 (pic).

2001 Danelectro DC-12 12-String, (front), (back), (side), (headstock). Collector-owned – mint condition! Get the Jimmy Page vibe in an easy playing 12-string. These Dano 12's are great values for an electric 12 string. Martin gets them to set up with action so low that you'll barely notice you're pressing down on 6 extra strings, plus the tone of these lipstick pickups is especially well suited for 12-strings, with plenty of high end and very good note definition. This model has the looks of a '59 DC (in fact they’ve renamed it the 59-12 on recent models) a reissue of the model made famous by Jimmy Page in countless stage appearances and in "The Song Remains The Same" movie. Highly recommended for players looking for a lightweight guitar. This guitar is immaculate and the quality of these Korean reissues is better than the original models in my opinion. A nice 12-string, in the most desirable "Limo Black",  for $399(SOLD-Mark D 5/25). Includes gigbag.

EMG ACS Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup. Easy install: Mounts to soundhole, Velcro attaches battery bag attaches inside your guitar, easy mount end-pin jack. The ACS delivers quality amplified acoustic guitar tone without the feedback issues. It offers a broader frequency range than a piezo pickup while delivering authentic acoustic tone with enough volume to play alongside a large band. The ACS employs a unique internal preamp that's been tailored for the phase and frequency response of an acoustic guitar while still retaining a brilliant top-end favored in acoustic guitar tone. Volume control is mounted on the pickup and poles are easily adjustable to tailor your output for your guitar/amp set up. Sells new for $159. This unit is in clean shape and just $100.

Apogee ONE Audio Interface for i-Phone i-Pad MAC, (detail). A perfect all-in-one recording solution for Apple products and connects to guitar, bass, or any mic, but it already has a studio-quality built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone that's likely as good or better than most home studio. Features a two-channel interface with built-in microphone, balanced XLR microphone input, or unbalanced instrument input, line-level, 1/8-inch stereo output for headphones or unbalanced powered monitors, records up to two inputs at a time (instrument + built-in microphone or external microphone), selectable 48V phantom power, low latency monitoring, DC power supplies charge to iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. With an intuitive controller knob and seamless compatibility with Mac OS X, ONE is easy for anyone to use and works great with GarageBand, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton or any Core Audio compatible application. For details click here for the Apple Store. There are loads of videos on YouTube but here’s a quick look (link) or my favorite guitarist Tommy Emmanuel recording just guitar into Garage Band (link). Unit is in clean shape and it comes with all the cables and hardware for a great price of $159(SOLD-Mike W 5/30).

2001 G&L Bound Asat Classic, (front  bound top), (back), (headstock), (bridge/controls), (case). Fairly rare model from my experience and much like the "Classic Custom" from '96-'97: bound top Asat Classic with a belly cut on the back. Gives it that 60's Tele Custom vibe and makes it more comfortable to play without the top edge cutting into your chest. The body isn't really bound, rather they used the PRS technique of taping off the ash cap prior to painting. Besides the ash cap, the rest of the body is alder. Other specs include Candy Apple Red finish in polyurethane, 2-piece bolt on maple neck, 4-ply tortoise shell pickguard, dual G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil with adjustable pole pieces, traditional boxed steel bridge with 6 brass saddles, strings thru body stringing, 1 5/8" plastic nut, Dunlop 6100 medium-jumbo frets (medium height/wide), G&L/Schaller sealed tuners, 3-way switch, master volume, and master tone. Cosmetically it has minimal scratches anywhere, and just a few very minor clear coat dings here and there; overall nice shape. Martin is crowning/polishing all the frets so it will play very silky, with a very easy-on-the-fingers set up. G&L has never made dating their guitars easy, but it has a ’00 switch date and ’01 pot dates so it’s likely a 2001/2002. For a bound Asat Classic with rib-cut back, it’s a really nice deal at $750(HOLD-Stephen L 5/23). Includes original G&L case.

2001 Martin D-15 Acoustic/Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (strap-pin pick holder), (soundhole), (case).  A lot of vintage appeal in an affordable, traditional Martin.  The D-15 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 a first choice for fingerstyle work this one seems to fairly articulate and I think it sounds fine. It has a an especially pronounced bass compared to other mahogany models I've had. 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. There are a few tasteful mods, namely, a strap pin installed on the side of the neck butt, a pick holder on the side (easily removed), and a under-saddle piezo with end-pin active preamp (Martin Thinline Gold Plus). Cosmetically, nice enough shape for a used guitar. There’s a little wear around the treble side soundhole and it has a patch of glossiness where the arm comes over the front. If desired, we can buff the whole guitar for additional cost and it will look even more like a vintage Martin. There is very minor fret wear that needs no attention and it’s a very easy playing Martin. This model, now called the D-15M (M=mahogany) sells in stores for $1299, a good price for a USA Martin. Better still, if you don't mind a guitar that's been played a bit get this one WITH a quality pickup/preamp for just $750(SOLD-Rob C local 5/22). Includes original black case with plush green interior and paperwork.

Trilogy Alternate Tuning Bridge TMB3 by Hipshot. Two in stock, one pictured is brand new and never installed. If you're into trying alternate tunings, there is nothing better. You can add a few detuners such as an original Hipshot and Hipshot tuner and use drop tunings on two strings, which is pretty cool. The Trilogy, however, allows you to detune any and ALL strings. It is a direct retrofit for USA Fenders, no modification is required, so your Strat can be returned to stock if desired. In all, the Trilogy offers an amazing 723 possible tunings, all at the flick of the thumb, and includes sample tuning chart. Each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. For more info checkout Hipshot here. This unit installs very easily and is the most versatile alternate tuning system ever devised. These are frequently on back order but I have two in stock, one new and the other very clean barely used, selling for $199 and $175, respectively.

Fishman TSV Power Bridge for Strat, (pic2). Never installed and mint. Turn your Strat into an acoustic/electric with this high-quality acoustic bridge. Finished in bright chrome, ultrasensitive built-in saddle transducers sense the natural acoustic vibrations of a solidbody guitar, giving an authentic acoustic sound to the instrument. A supplied stereo output jack allows independent use of the saddle pickups or a blending with the guitar's regular pickups. All installation materials and instructions are included. Sells new at discount for $309. This one's perfect and just $175.

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 new 200-series.  $929, including the professionally installed Element.  Includes a nice hardshell case in a brown leatherette that feels almost like suede.

2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio T - Wine Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (box), (case). As new/unplayed condition…ships in original box! Best deal in a traditionally made (i.e. lacquer gloss finish, mahogany body, maple cap, rosewood fretboard) Les Paul on the market. It still surprises me that Gibson uses nitro gloss finish on guitars that sell for under $2K. It's labor intensive and the rejection rate is higher than other finishes. Regardless, this is a nice LP Studio and head and shoulders above many of the cheaper versions in recent years. Features include traditional manual tuners, 1 11/16" nut width, self-lubricating TekToid nut, classic Les Paul neck heel with mortise/tenon joint, Alnico humbuckers with a 490R in the neck and hotter 498T in the bridge, thicker rosewood fretboard, trapezoid fretboard inlays and traditional brown hard shell case. In their technical remarks for the ’16 Studio T Gibson comments about the tone, “Solid sustain like the traditional Swiss cheese but not as heavy.” I agree, this guitar is lightweight, with a sweet singing sustain. It features the popular Thin Taper neck for comfort, measuring .800” at 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. Set up is wonderfully low and with a great neck, no buzzing anywhere. These sold for $1499 and were a good value in my opinion. This one appears unplayed and is an even better value at $1050(SOLD-Phillip K 5/17). Includes original brown case and all the case stuff.

1991 Fender Telecaster Plus - Natural, (front), (headstock neck), (back), (case). These original Tele Plus’s with the “Dually” red Lace bridge pickup are really getting hard to come by and this natural Ash finish has always been desirable, even though Fender was only using ash veneer on their plus models. As far as Tele Plus’s go, the later version with a 3 pickup configuration is more common but to collectors and players alike, this original 2 pickup model with the "Dually" is the one to have. The reason is two-fold: (1) Every Tele collector wants to have one in their collection and, (2); they're great working guitars with a wide assortment of quality tones. Bottom line is once somebody owns one; they tend to hang onto it.  These original models were made from '89 to '94 and were outfitted with a dual "Red" Lace Sensor pickup mounted in front of the bridge, with a single Blue Lace in the neck. The colored lettering is mostly worn off but they're definitely the original pickups. The Tele Plus had some deluxe features as the name suggests, specifically special electronics. It features the usual 3-way Tele switch but between the volume and TBX knobs you'll notice a mini 3-way switch which lets you vary the tone of the Dually, i.e. back coil, front coil, or both coils. In all, you get 7 pickup configurations.  The TBX is a stacked pot, detented in the center. From the center, turning backwards, it acts as a normal tone control. From the center turning forward it acts as a treble boost, although it’s a passive system. Other deluxe features include Strat-style hardtail bridge and Fender/Ping tuners (later versions had Sperzels). Cosmetically, The body's in nice shape with nothing but a few clear coat scratches. Neck and headstock have some dings but we can fill in the neck impressions upon request so it'll be smooth to the touch. Also, pickguard and bridge screws are a bit rusty but we can replace them upon request. This is an excellent sounding guitar.  Doesn't nail the vintage Tele tone like a traditional Tele but it comes close and many players greatly prefer the tone of Plus. These Lace Sensors, being non-magnetic, are very quiet and don't have the string pull of a standard pickup with magnetic poles, which allows the strings to vibrate freely and contributes to more sustain. It has very comfortable action and recently dressed frets. Prices on these shot up around a decade ago, due in part to Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead using one as his main guitar and clean examples went up $400 within a year and a little more every year since then. This one is nicely priced at $1199 and includes 80's early 90’s Fender “red badge” case.

Fender USA Tele Pickups. From an ’06 American Series. Bridge is vintage style with brass bottom and white string covering over the windings; Tele has the modern plastic bottom and metal wraparound cover. $69/set.

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. This one also has a quality EMG ACS acoustic soundhole pickup, with the body prewired for battery and endpin jack. If you don’t want it, just don’t put it in the soundhole, but it does open the guitar up to more applications. The only control is a volume control wheel mounted to the pickup. 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 EMG ACS sells for $159 plus installation. Buy it with this guitar for just $100/installed.  The 000-15M sells new for $1299 but here's one with a nicer look, that won't get those "shiny spots" common to satin finishes, for less. Get this one WITH the pickup for just $999 or $899(SOLD-Bob C 5/16) without.  Includes Martin case.

2008 PRS Custom 22 Soapbar - 10-top & Birds, (front), (back), (headstock), (birds), (tag), (case). Very rare model from PRS, available since '98 but, oddly, rarely appearing in the catalogs.  Of all the PRS's I've had over the years, this is only the fourth one I've had.  Cosmetically perfect, with no scratches or indications of player wear, and a lovely flamed maple "10" top with flame that extends to the tip of the horns.  The CU22 Soapbar is not your traditional Custom, due mainly to the trio of Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups rather than the dual humbuckers found on the regular Custom.  It also features a 5-way blade selector instead of the usual rotary selector since the single coil Soapbars don't allow splitting of coils.  The 5-way is set up slightly different from a Strat.  While 1, 2, 4, and 5 are the same as a Strat layout, with 4 being noise-canceling, position 3 is the neck and bridge in combination (also noise-canceling), rather than the middle pickup alone.  It makes sense to me.  I never use the middle pickup on a Strat, but I use the other 4 settings.  Having the neck/bridge gives me 5 useful tones instead of 4.  The neck carve would be considered a "narrow/thin", measuring 1 5/8" (20/32"), compared to a wide/thin which is 1 25/32".  The front to back depth is actually more tad more shallow (.05") than a wide-thin.  It feels like a soft-V in the lower register, becoming a C-shape as you go up the neck.  Other features are the same as the regular Custom 22 including Phase II locking tuners, PRS tremolo, mahogany back with contoured maple top with unstained edge for maple "binding".  Options include a "10" maple top and bird inlays of the new "outline birds" of pau shell.  If you're a PRS and/or Soapbar fan, you get the best of both worlds with this guitar. Look around and see what people are asking for these. With around $1000 in options, this is a nice buy at $2099. Includes similarly nice PRS case, hang tag, warranty, etc.  

2013 Fender ’52 Reissue Telecaster TL52 w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (inside pics), (optional case). Super nice ’52 Tele from Fender Japan with a number of cool upgrades. Bridge plate changed to a Joe Barden, with a Joe Barden Danny Gatton pickup, neck pickup changed to a Duncan Vintage ’54 (STR-1), all hardware changed to gold, and it lives in a super nice upgraded case – black Tolex Fender “Thermometer” case with black “poodle” lining. All USA electronics including pots, switch, and Orange Drop capacitor. The Barden is dual blade humbucker that’s noise free and sounds very Tele-like, without the high-end harshness of vintage pickups. The Duncan ’54 is single coil and is a little darker, in fact sounding like a real 50’s Tele. Neck is a V profile and not overly large, nothing like a ’56 Boat neck for instance. It’s easy to get your hand around. It’s a lively sounding guitar acoustically. Cosmetically it’s in beautiful shape and the set up is low and buzz free. If you want it cheaper, you can get it with Fender gigbag for $699(HOLD-Scott G 5/17) but get it with this cool Thermometer case (sells new for $200) for $799. With these nice upgrades, a great deal on an MIJ TL52 in this condition.

Musikraft Tele Neck w/Ebony Board, (staggered tuners), (faded logo), (butt/heel). From their shop in New Jersey Musikraft builds some of the best aftermarket bodies and necks made today. This one’s a vintage style 21-fret maple with a sleek Ebony fretboard, medium jumbo frets, a pro-slotted nut, and quality Gotoh staggered height vintage tuners which eliminate the need for string trees, although this has one added more for visual accuracy than anything, and a second one has been plugged. Frets are near perfect and this neck sets up low and nice. It’s a slightly shallow C profile, with a bit less shoulders than a Fender American Standard. There are/were some extra neck screw holes but Martin plugged them and once it’s installed you’ll forget they’re there. A nice vintage spec Tele neck with ebony board and quality tuners for $185. Pro logo install for additional cost.

2011 Martin Grand Performance GPCPA4, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (stain), (case).  Nearly mint – great guitar.  After release of the first Performing Artist Series last year, Martin added the "4" models in 2011, consisting of dreadnought, orchestra, and grand performance models.  The GPCPA4 shares characteristics from the big rich sound of the Dreadnought and the clarity of the Orchestra model and combines them for a sonic signature of its own. The Performing Artist Series feature a more parallel neck profile with a slimmer taper at the 12th fret, giving the guitar comfortable width in the first few frets plus a faster feel for lead-work up the neck. The new smaller bridge design reduces mass and increases the soundboard's tonal response. For fingerstyle players or players with large hands, you'll appreciate the very wide 1 3/4" nut width. The GPCPA4 features all solid woods with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid Sapele sides and back, Grand Performance body shape, Fishman F1 Analog preamp with Sonicore under-saddle transducer and side mounted controls, Mortise/Tenon neck joint, hybrid scalloped bracing, black binding, 2-ring multi-layered black/white rosette, Delmar tortoise pickguard. gloss finished top with satin sides/back, solid wood neck with Performing Artist profile (wider nut, slim taper - 1-3/4" nut, 2-1/8" at 12th fret, 2-3/16" string spacing at saddle), black Richlite fretboard, 25.4" scale, offset white position dots, Corian nut, Tusq saddle, black Richlite bridge, and chrome enclosed tuning gears. This is an excellent sounding acoustic, with a very round tone and good projection. Plugged in the tone is more natural than most other saddle transducers I've used and while the EQ'ing is limited, the mid-scoop design can change the character of the tone very distinctly, from tones similar to a dreadnought, jumbo, or even a parlor size. Here's a great performance demo (link).  For full specs, visit Martin's site here. Other than a strap stain that has seeped into the wood, this guitar is pretty much flawless. These are running $1899 new but save big time and get this one for $1070 less, just $829(SOLD-Geo M 5/10).  Includes original wood/tolex case with green lining and preamp manual.

2016 Recording King RP1-16C Parlor Guitar w/Extras, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (label), (Fishman preamp), (case).  This is likely the best acoustic I've sold for under $500. I'm amazed at what some of the companies are doing in China these days. This Recording King, Blueridge acoustics and Eastman archtops are clearly in a league of their own. This small body acoustic sounds incredible and with some pro fret work done, plays as easily as acoustics in the $1500 range. The 12-fret RP1-16C was inspired by 1930s Gibson flattops, with a cool vintage vibe and a atone that's clear and articulate. With this line Recording King has revived the brand of Depression-era guitars which were originally made for Montgomery Ward. Further, the RP1-16C was designed in conjunction with famed historian and luthier Eric Schoenberg. It pairs an 0-size body with a cutaway design with the longer scale length (25.4 inches) of a dreadnought, which gives it more punch and projection. Amazingly, it features a torrefied Adirondack spruce top, the tonewood of choice for most golden-era guitars, but usually found on expensive acoustics. Torrefied woods are organically aged through a strictly controlled heating process to achieve greater resonance and stability, just like a an old acoustic having a richer, open voice. As part of the Torrefied process it takes on a vintage-y amber-colored top. Other features are also vintage with its slight narrow waist, stained mahogany back and sides and vintage banner headstock logo. It is well constructed, very neat all around, with a perfectly cut bone nut and saddle, tip-top fretwork (after some bench time), and an immaculate gloss finish. It has a V-shaped neck that feels vintage but is easy to get your hand around, with vintage Grover butterbean tuners installed. The wide 1.75-inch nut width and cutaway make it especially nice for finger style playing but it also holds up well with heavy strumming. At $549 these sell in stores without case but we're including a new hardshell, as well as a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup (includes soundhole volume control). All these accolades aside, the only thing this guitar needed was a level/dress on the frets which wasn't optimal from the factory. It's now better than new and offered in perfect condition, priced at $419 with case and/or $499 with the case and Fishman Matrix Infinity ($149 new) installed.

2006 Fender American Series Ash Telecaster – Custom Shop Nocaster Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case).  Not a scratch…upgraded with a new set of Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster pickups! I’ve done these descriptions 100’s of times…you know all the specs so I won't go into them but note that this is the American Series with gloss finish.  Fantastic set-up, resonant swamp ash body, and better than new with the Nocaster pickups for more of the vintage quack you’re looking for in a Tele. Set up is low and buzz free, not a bit of wear to the frets or anywhere else on this lovely Tele. Original owner says it’s one-piece and I’ll admit, we don’t see a seam anywhere so it probably is.  Includes Fender case, manual, and tags. Compare this to a AV52 Tele at $1699 and this is a much better deal in this condition at just $839(HOLD-Jim, local 5/9).

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 its scratches and Velcro on the bottom, it's immaculate inside and works perfectly. New ones are $150 or get this one for $85. 

2006 Gretsch G6122-12GW Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/acc). Super clean and a great player. Only the second one of these I’ve had and, oddly, the last one was an ’06 but without the Chet Atkins name. I think ’06 might have been a split year for the contract with Gretsch. The Country Gentleman 12 is an update of their most popular Country Gentleman design, with that classic 12-string jingle-jangle sound that helped definite the 60's by such group as the Byrds. As one of Gretsch's Professional series, this guitar is very well made and is likely a better guitar than Gretsch made back in the 60's. The 6122-12 is a hollowbody double cutaway with all-maple construction, including arched laminated maple top with dual faux f-holes, maple sides and back, and 2-piece maple neck. Other features include dual Filter'Tron pickups, 3-way pickup switching, Volume 1, Volume 2, and Master Volume controls, 3-position toggle Master Tone switch, Standby switch, ebony fingerboard with neo-classic MOP side thumbnail markers, ebony-based 12-string Adjusto-Matic bridge, Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece, Gold hardware, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. Other specs include 24.6" scale length, body 17" wide and 2" deep, 1-11/16" nut width, 12" fingerboard radius, and 22 frets (plus zero fret).   Offered in near perfect condition with the worst flaw being some slight tarnish to the gold knobs and tailpiece. This guitar plays beautifully with low action and an especially easy touch for a 12.  These had a list price of $3075 and today the Vintage Select model, basically identical, lists at $3699. Get this beauty for just $1700(HOLD-Lou B 5/12). Includes clean Gretsch case and all paperwork.

2010 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Seafoam Green “Relic”, (front), (back), (headstock), (relic wear). My buddy/luthier Geo M created this cool masterpiece using a 2010 AmStd Strat as a starting point. He stripped the finish and sprayed it with something akin to white Fullerplast, followed by a number of coats of Seafoam Green, from the fine folks at ReRanch. You’ll notice in the pic above that this guitar will wear easily to quickly get the proper vintage look. He says that the arm wear was honest wear, the rest is via the relic process. For you guys in the car/guitar club, you’ll note the “Ford” logo and the racing number “49” on the back, both of which can be easily removed. A few changes/upgrades: Pickups have been changed to Custom Shop Fat 50’s, cloth wiring, tuners changed to Sperzel locking finished in chrome, tortoise shell pickguard, and 2006 American Series tremolo. The guitar plays with ease and sounds absolutely killer. If you’re looking for something a bit nicer than a Roadworn, this is a super nice buy with a Fender case for $750.

2004 Gibson Les Paul Studio – GFS ’59 Gold Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock), (case or gigbag). A lot of players are looking for the pre-chambered Les Pauls these days and the Studio offers the best value for the money. They weigh just a bit more but some folks there’s more tone in the additional wood. This one has one mod, namely the 490/498 pickups have been changed with GFS ’59 Alnico Gold. I think these are great sounding pickups and I think in an A/B comparison most would agree. The only other mod is Dunlop locking strap pins are installed. Not the cleanest example I have but nothing serious, just some buckle wear and clear coat impressions here and there. It looks perfectly presentable but I can have Martin buff it out for a nominal fee. It plays great and has a fat Paul tone. The bridge pickup is bright without being harsh, the neck is warm and meaty without a lot of muddiness. I've got to hand it to Gibson, they do build some nice necks and with the well-cured woods they were using early in the century they produced consistently great necks. Nice value in a glossy nitro-finished maple top Les Paul at $629 with gigbag; $659 with case.

2017 PRS Brent Mason – Rosewood Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (heel), (neck), (case). Flawless condition – with Rosewood Fretboard! The hottest session player in Nashville for nearly three decades, the Brent Mason model was designed to meet his demanding needs. It starts with a dense Korina body housing 305 single coil mid pickup, with 408's in the bridge and neck, both are humbucking/single switchable via individual mini switches. This H/S/H combination with switching options gives you an unprecedented amount of tonal options. Especially unique with the 408 pickups, the toggle switches lets you completely shut down (not tap off) one of the coils, turning it into a true single-coil pickup. This gives you options such as S/S/S like a Strat, or HH like a Gibson, and many more. Brent chose the Pattern neck carve on a maple neck with the perfect polish of its V12 finish, with is described as the perfect balance between nitro and poly. The neck is outfitted with a rosewood fretboard and bird inlays. The Korina body is not only attractive, it provides the deep and warm tone of mahogany but with added midrange, while the quartersawn maple neck adds brightness. Other features include a 25.25" scale (exactly 1/2 way between Fender and Gibson), PRS tremolo, PRS Phase III locking tuners and a unique rounded neck heel. It is immaculately finished in Tri-Color Sunburst for a beautiful vintage look. This model had a relatively brief run of around 5 years and this is one of the last ones built. Look around and the rosewood models are more rare, and more sought after by players. Offered in impeccable condition for just $1950. Includes similarly clean PRS case, trem arm, hang tag and all the other case stuff.

2011 Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline - Sunburst Ash, (front), (headstock), (back). Probably my favorite of the Classic Series, the '69 Thinline is, outwardly, identical to the one Fender made in 1969. The Thinline is made with the traditional Tele silhouette and pickups/bridge, but in a more lightweight package. A solid ash body without the chamber would make it 8-9 lbs; with the chamber it’s 2 lbs less. In fact, this hollowbody design was originally developed as a solution to Fender's dwindling supply of lightweight ash and mahogany back in the 60's. Features include lightweight semi-hollow ash body, 1-pc U-shaped maple neck with 7.25" radius and 21 vintage-style frets, two vintage-style single-coil Alnico pickups, vintage-style 3-saddle strings thru-body Tele bridge, 3-way pickup switch with master volume and tone, Fender/Schaller vintage F-tuners, 4-ply white pearloid pickguard, Top hat blade switch tip, '60's style black/gold logo, single string tree, and Synthetic bone nut. Has an excellent set up with low action and overall extremely clean other than some barely visible discoloration to the treble side of the fretboard. If you’re a fan of the Tele twang but want something easier on the back and shoulder, give a Thinline a try. Sold new for $899; this one is just $625 including Fender deluxe gigbag.

SKB Soft Utility Case, (inside). Good quality protection for pretty much anything that’ll fit in there. Interior dimensions are 21.75" X 11.5" X 1.5”.  Among recommended uses are guitar pedalboard, guitar floor multi-effect, keyboard controller, lighting controller, rackmount gear, cables/mics, DJ mixer, and more. This series combines the protective qualities of and light weight of rigid foam with heavy-duty canvas exterior and features an exterior zippered pocket. The well padded interior, padded carrying handle and shoulder strap provide safe and easy portability. Sells new for $69 but this one’s flawless and just $39.

1999 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster - Aztec Gold, (front), (back), (headstock), (neckplate), (case). The AV57 and AV62 are no longer in production, although the American Vintage series continues with the '56, '59, and '65 Strats. This '57 is finished in rare Aztec Gold and exhibits no actual player's wear, although, like the last Aztec '57 I had, there are a few finish chips around the neckplate. It's barely very noticeable except on close inspection. 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 produced 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 outfitted with the 5-way switch for the maximum tone options. 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 second one I've ever had in this color.  This beautiful USA Vintage '57, is set up and ready to rock, for just $1099(HOLD-Mike W 5/2).  Includes tweed case with keys, ash tray trem cover, and trem arm.  Did I mention that it's 7.6 lbs?  Nice light weight for a solid Alder body Strat.

1982 Fender Super Champ – Rivera Era 18W Combo, (top), (sides), (back), (back panel), (chart). Probably the most widely heralded of the great Paul Rivera era of Fender tube amps, the Super Champ delivers classic Fender clean tones plus a lot more gain when you want it. Note: I did not use any Armorall on this amp. Vintage amp purists seem to despise it so I’m leaving that up to the new owner. When cleaned up, this will likely be the cleanest example on the market today. It’s just in incredible condition. Other than a replacement Eminence speaker, appears 100% original including original Fender tubes. Hand-wired point-point circuit includes a pair of 6V6 power tubes, 6C10 rectifier, and a 12AT7 and 7025 in the preamp. Controls L-R are: Volume (pull for lead), Treble (pull for mid boost), Bass, Reverb, Lead Level, Master Level. It’s a simple layout and a successful attempt at using push-pull pots by Fender. It’s a dual-channel design with switching via push-pull or by separate footswitch (not included). Likewise, the Reverb is footswitch capable. The back panel features a Line/Recording output jack as well as a hum-balance pot. This is the most compact full-featured combo Fender had ever built and they’re extremely popular and highly regarded. Get this one for just $950(Tent. Hold – Mark M 5/7). Check out some demos on YouTube.

1991 Gibson Custom ES-335 Dot, (front pic2 pic3), (back pic2), (headstock back), (case). Excellent era for Gibson and this one’s in beautiful condition. 1991 was also the first full year of production using their “new” Classic '57 pickups, favored by most over many later models. Finished in Heritage Cherry over a laminated curly maple body, this guitar has seen very little use in the 27+ years since new. Worst flaw is a little nickel plating is worn on the edges of the pickup covers. Overall, an incredibly clean example of a Dot reissue. It's also a superb sounding Dot with a quality acoustic tone and low action that’s a joy to play. 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 for 35 years - and nearly 60 years since the guitar was first released. Other features include all-maple body with semi-hollowbody design, center block for increased sustain and reduced feedback, dual Classic ‘57 PAF humbuckers, thin tapered 60's neck, body and neck binding, and Grover tuners. I have had a number of 335’s from the past two decades and it’s my strong opinion that they’re not the same; 90’s was a superior era. For a quality Dot in this condition, this is a nice buy at $2150(HOLD-Bob M, local 5/2). Includes a quality Canadian TKL case, plush lined, tolex over wood.

Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster with Upgrades, (front), (headstock neck inlays), (back), (bridge). Perhaps the coolest Squier ever, and this one has upgrades that cost more than the guitar! The Cabronita has been around for around 10 years, most recently in this Squier VM model. What gives it its own personality is the single volume control, LP Jr style pickguard, and 3-way short-throw selector, plus un-Tele-like electronics in the form of dual Fideli'Tron humbuckers. It doesn’t sound like a Tele but that’s not a bad thing. The main mod you’ll immediately notice is the Warmoth Gibson style 3+3 headstock on a mahogany neck with trapezoid inlays. Note that this neck is a conversion neck so the guitar does have the shorter Gibson scale, 24.75”. In addition, it features a ’59 Gibson profile, 6100 jumbo frets, lacquer finish, and Graphtech nut. It also features quality Planet Waves locking tuners. One other upgrade is the Glendale titanium/brass saddles, as well as a Fender USA neck  plate. They are accurate, enhance your tone and don’t break your strings. As I mentioned, the electronics are stock so can check the tone at a number of demo’s including this one. With nearly $500 invested in upgrades alone, this guitar is in mint condition and an exceptional value at just $450(SOLD-Randall 5/2), especially for Gibson fans who don’t like the 25.5” Fender scale. It’s a great feeling neck that fixes the main issue with the stock models.

2012 Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back). No more sore back – weighs just 5 lb, 12oz! The Affinity Series are very good playing guitars when given the benefit a proper setup like this one. Squiers have come a long 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. It has a very comfortable maple neck with a sleek satin finish - makes this a breeze to play.  Also features 4-ply tortoise pickguard, 21 medium jumbo frets, 6-saddle top-load Tele bridge and self-lubricating die-cast tuners. This guitar was collector owned and is in beautiful shape with no cosmetic flaws.  These Butterscotch models were originally a limited run color, with a translucent finish that lets the grain show through - much of the original '52 black guard vibe. Remarkably, these sell for just $199 new. 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-Vince G 5/1). Best of all, it only weighs 5 lbs 12.5 oz!

Pedaltrain Pedalboard with Softshell Gig Bag, (pic2).  Simple but ingenious idea – slanted surface with permanent Velcro that allow you to use any size effect, anywhere you want them.  This effects pedalboard comes with a tough cordura nylon gig bag. I think this is one of the original models (17” X 13”), before they started making a few dozen models. An effective and inexpensive way to organize your pedals for a super quick set up and safe transport. $65.

2013 Fender Squier Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass - Natural, (front), (back), (headstock). Get that classic ‘70s Fender vibe for easy money. You get that popular Natural finish over a maple body with classic black block inlays over a maple fretboard and neck. Good sounding bass via a pair of Fender-designed pickups with a master tone control and individual volume control so you can blend the pickups to taste. With both of them turned up it's actually a humbucker. Other features include slim "C"-shaped neck with vintage gloss tint, black neck binding, 9.5" radius fretboard, 20 medium jumbo frets, 4-ply tortoise pickguard, four-saddle bridge, knurled chrome control knobs, and vintage open-gear tuners. The set up is low and especially comfortable with a fresh set of tape-wound Black Beauty strings that are easy on the fingers. Collector owned and offered in mint condition. Don’t pay $349 for an out of the box set up when you can have this one with nice strings and pro setup for just $259.

2016 Haruna “Scandal” Signature Squier Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (pics), (online img). Very rare bird! Fender recreated this signature model for guitarist/singer from the Japanese group “Scandal”. The other guitarist and bassist also have signature models from this series. Debuting in 2014, these were released only to the Japanese market but a few have made it to USA, primarily from Ishibashi Music or other Japan exporters. These are very hard to find here in the states. This finish, called “Skullsilver” is a complex process. It's not silver metallic, with the metal mixed in with silver paint, rather it's large silver flakes applied over a black background. I have a Grosh Tele with this same finish and that was a $500 option! The finish on this Tele is actually better than the Grosh. Other features include basswood body with back contour, 9.5" fretboard radius, C-shaped maple neck with vintage tint, 21 medium-jumbo frets, dual chrome-covered Alnico humbuckers, volume and tone controls with amp knobs and 3-way switch, 6 stamped saddles with strings-thru-body hardtail bridge, vintage style chrome tuners, and 3-ply black pickguard. I’ve only seen a few of these on Reverb or Ebay with prices ranging from $665 (link) to $848 (link). They were selling in Japan for $450-$500 but you must factor $180 shipping on top of that. This one was collector-owned and appears unplayed. It’s actually a very good sounding guitar that plays with ease. Nice rare find, especially for the Scandal fan at $529/shipped. I’ll include the two pics pictured above.

2002 Danelectro Longhorn Bass, (front), (back), (side), (headstock). This beautiful copper burst Longhorn is a cool reissue of the 60’s classic and looks unplayed. Built better than the original models in my opinion with the same rosewood bridge and aluminum nut of the originals, the lipstick pickups we all love, as well as stacked knobs for individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.  These basses are fun to play with a comfortable short scale and very lightweight, but the tone is surprisingly good and even if you don't play one all night, it's cool to play for some select songs.  Pro-setup, killer player, and a cool bass for $350(SOLD-Eugene 5/14). Includes gigbag. (Note: I also have a Jerry Jones Neptune in stock).

2000 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash - Crimson Red Transparent, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Extremely clean early model American Deluxe in a classic Crimson Red Transparent, basically the same finish as the 70's finish known as "Wine", over a select ash body. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe Strat 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, noted for their vintage tone—without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include LSR roller nut, highly polished chrome hardware including tremolo with pop-in trem arm and locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, aged plastic parts, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, and raised chrome logo. This guitar is in lovely condition with no noteworthy scratches and a really nice low set up. The Ash body was a $150 list upcharge back in the day which makes this Deluxe a nice buy at $1050. Includes Fender case and trem arm.

2005 PRS SE Tremonti Singlecut, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (gigbag). One of the best playing guitars you’ll find in this price range and beautiful condition. Features include bound body, bound neck and headstock, singlecut body shape with carved top, 22 frets, mahogany neck, 25” scale length, 10” fretboard radius, Wide Fat neck carve, silver sparkle finish, dual PRS humbuckers, stoptail bridge/tailpiece, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector, and non-locking PRS tuners. I’ve said since the beginning of the SE line that they’re tops among imports. Unlike 95% of the other companies, PRS doesn’t use Cort or Samick factories, and their quality control is top notch with impeccable fit and finish, excellent pickups and electronics, and quality hardware. Most of all, I'm impressed with the fact that they have great necks that set up better than your average USA Fender or Gibson. This one’s in impeccable condition, plays with ease, and sounds excellent. Good enough quality for the pro player for just $379(HOLD-Kevin G 6/21). Includes PRS gigbag.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 5 Combo, (top), (back), (acc.). “As new” condition! Excellent choice for the studio or a grab-and-go practice combo. You can choose between 5 watts of built-in power or, use the speaker off mode for silent recording in the studio. All-tube, it delivers 5 watts via a single 12BH7 power tube (12AX7 in the preamp) or you can select the built-in Redbox DI which is especially nice in the home. It features a single channel circuit with 3-band EQ, gain, drive mode, master volume, H&K’s cool blue light up panel and an 8" Celestion speaker. Click here for an in-depth review by Music Radar. These are still selling new for $465 on Ebay. This one appears to have seen zero use and is just $285(SOLD-Shawn T 5/30). Includes cover, manual, power cord; ships in original packing.

Fulltone ’69 MK II Fuzz. Genuine geranium fuzz pedals and one of the best pedals for getting a true Hendrix tone. To me it’s like a Fuzz Face, only better, more musical. Works great with a wah and/or vibe. Not as high gain as some of the fuzz boxes and not overly saturated like a Big Muff and smoother than a Fuzz Face. Also works well for Eric Johnson “Cliffs of Dover” tones. Here’s a good demo (link). Made in USA with components that will last many year. Sells new for $151. This one’s mint in the box for $105.

Boss GE-7 Equalizer.  7 bands selected specifically for guitar plus another fader for volume control. This is the most popular guitar EQ ever made and for good reason – they sound excellent and are impervious to problems. Velcro on bottom, otherwise nice shape. $49(HOLD-Local 4/26).   

Vox AC-30 2X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back),  (back patches), (footswitch). Nicer than it looks, this AC-30C2 looks like it will clean up nicely with some ArmorAll and a cloth. The C2 and earlier CC2 have been out for almost two decades and they’ve gotten great reviews, especially in the quality vs. price area. For less than ½ the cost of a hand-wired, you can get the tone and vibe of this 60’s classic. In fact, with the modern updates on these amps many players prefer them to the originals. The C2 offers dual channels, Normal and Top Boost, which you can jumper if you want full tonal control, and twin inputs (high and Low). The Top Boost channel features highly interactive Bass and Treble tone controls, as well as the VOX Tone Cut control (which varies the presence in the power amp section) for even greater tonal variety. They also included classic Tremolo with variable Depth control and a tube-driven Accutronics reverb with Level and Tone. In the Master section you get a Master Volume and the classic Tone Cut control. Speakers are very good quality – Celestion 25W Greenbacks. While the earlier CC2 had a switch to combine channels, you can do the same thing by running a shorty cable between inputs on the two channels. Good news is tubes are easy to change on the C2 while it was a pain on the CC2. Tube complement is a quad of EL84's cranking out 30 watts, with three 12AX7's in the preamp. It now features a solid state rectifier in light of the fact that quality GZ34’s have become very hard to source. On the back panel it features a true-bypass effects loop, and 8/16 ohm switchable output that mutes the internal speakers. This is a heavy amp, around 75 lbs. unpacked, so keep that in mind if you're going to move it around a lot.  AC-30’s conjure up memories of The Beatles, Brian May, Tom Petty, R.E.M. and dozens more guitar bands. If you’re into that great chimey tone you can get it for just $575, less than ½ the price of a new one. Includes a 2-button footswitch with long stage cable.

Xotic EP Booster.  Discrete FET preamp pedal with a low impedance output, based around the classic preamp side of an Echoplex to provide a shimmering boost tone that adds some high end sparkle and definition. It features up to 20db of gain and two internal DIP’s can be used to adjust Unity Gain and Brightness. It's perfect for adding extra sparkle for darker sounding instruments, just enough edge or shimmer to make it stand out in the mix. The Unity Gain makes the boost at 0db at the fully counter-clockwise position and with the switch off you get a 3db boost at the fully counter-clockwise position. By turning off the Bright Switch you can get a full frequency boost that is transparent and gives you back what you put into it. It's a very versatile with more options that it appears to have, and takes up very little real estate on your pedalboard. Operates on 9-18vdc.  Perfect shape in box with all paperwork, for $79.

Electro Harmonix Soul Preacher Nano. Very good quality mini compressor/sustainer for studio and live gigs. Has 3 selectable attacks: Fast attack is an aggressive, fast, and musical hit; Medium attack is a slow, smooth, and defined; Slow has a rise that’s much softer. Here’s a demo. To me it’s a better pedal than the Boss CS-3…and cheaper. Get this clean used one for $49.

Electroharmonix Frequency Analyzer. Looking for an unconventional tone, perhaps that little something to give a song a signature sound? Try this baby. With low-pass and high-pass filters, combined with a 5-octave range, this thing does sounds you’ve never heard before. Click here for a demo. Includes power supply. The new small box model is $199. Get this discontinued model in the classic large box for $89.

Ibanez Tubescreamer Mini. With floorboard real estate at a premium Ibanez has joined the companies making mini pedals. These take up less than ½ the floor space of an 808 or TS9, yet deliver that same overdriven amp tone. Like most mini’s, runs on external power only. If you’ve got some time to kill, check out this shootout with a TS808, TS9, and the Mini here (comparison starts around 3:30). The Mini sounds the best! Clean shape and just $55(HOLD-Carlos, Chris E in order).

PRS Wiring Harness – McCarty Switching. Quality harness from RS Guitar Works. Don’t like the rotary switch on your Custom? Easily turn it into a 3-way with push-pull tone pot (6 tones total). New, never installed. Includes instructions and receipt for $86.82. Yours for $55.

2015 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster, (front), (headstock), (back), (case/acc.).  Killer vintage vibe with a beautifully grained swamp ash body that appears to be one-piece.  Even more historically accurate than past models, Fender tracked down several of the original '52s to use as a blueprint with every facet of the originals, including minute details such as curves, perimeters, radii and more, was examined, measured, evaluated, and ultimately incorporated into the new AV52 Tele. Lightweight an resonant, this guitar sounds good, both acoustically and plugged in. When I plugged into a Tweed champ clone it oozed that Tele twang that these V52's are noted for, both in the bridge setting and neck. In production since ca. '82, the USA V52 Tele has remained one of the most desirable Tele's 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 thin Fender Flash Coat 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, USA V52 single coils w/cloth wire, 3 way toggle, volume and tone, single-ply black pickguard, and butterscotch blonde finish. The Nitro finish not only sounds great, but it ages like an original and will soon look like a genuine vintage Fender.  The American Vintage Tele sells new for $1799 but why buy new when you can have this dead mint model for just $1259(HOLD-Mike W 4/20).  Includes similarly mint Fender/G&G tweed case and accessories including leather strap, unopened polishing cloth, vintage wiring kit (converted to modern switching), bridge cover, and assorted paperwork.

1990 Fender USA Squier Stratocaster, (front/back), (headstock). Very lightweight for this model - only 7 lbs. on the nose. Fairly rare model, only made for around a year from around '89-'90 and from my understanding, were made for export only so any that are circulating were originally sold outside the USA and at some point were imported back to the USA. I just read another opinion that Fullerton made this as stop-gap production while shifting from Japan to Korean Squiers. I honestly don’t know for sure. These are good quality guitars for the money with many features much the same as the American Standard of the era including the swimming pool route under the guard and Fender/Ping tuners on this model, although I've seen other tuners on these including Fender/Gotoh and Gotoh. This is a killer player and it's highly recommended for guys and gals who like their action low - or players who want a Clapton without the Clapton price tag. Overall pretty nice shape with no major flaws and a good value on a USA Strat - and the lightest USA Squier I've had. $429(HOLD-Randall 4/19) includes heavy 80’s Squier gigbag or old chipboard case.

1990 Fender USA Squier Stratocaster. Similar to above but with unbranded sealed tuners and Rosewood fretboard. $399 with gigbag or old chipboard case.

Fender Relic Tweed Case, (inside). Older Fender tweed in great shape other than a quality aging job has been performed. It was lacquered and then worn. Other than the aging the case is perfect. Good choice for your 50’s Fender without spending $1K+ on an original tweed. Get this one for $150.

2009 Ibanez RG4EXFM1 - Blue Flame, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups/trem). Fairly rare model from '08-'09 which was replaced by the RG4EXQM1 quilted maple. This is a striking looking guitar with a flamed maple veneer, matching headstock, bound body, neck and headstock, sharktooth fretboard inlays and chrome hardware including pickup rings. Aside from the good looks it features a basswood body with a flamed maple top, thin Wizard II neck with 24 jumbo frets and rosewood fretboard, Ibanez Infinity pickups (INF3, INFS3 AND INF4) and Edge III double locking tremolo and locking nut. Controls are 5-way selector with a mixture of humbucker and single coil tones, master volume and master tone. Truss rod cover is MIA but otherwise it’s 100% and in very clean condition with a comfortable low set up and fairly versatile sonically. For looks and playability it’s hard to beat at $199(SOLD-Steve N 4/18).

Custom "Relic" Strat - Ocean Turquoise - Flamed Neck and EMG's, (front), (headstock), (neck), (back), (vintage routes), (electronics), (trem), (neck/pocket).  Cool looking, excellent playing Strat with some vintage appeal but modern sound, courtesy of EMG SA active pickups with the quick-disconnect wires.  It's a pro-refinished body with origins unknown but appears to be a quality alder body with proper vintage routing.  Likewise, the neck had no distinctive markings other than a smeared red stamp near the butt.  It's obviously a quality neck regardless, with very nice flame on the fretboard, back of the neck, and headstock.  Tuners are DiMarzio, vintage style with nickel buttons and one string tree.  Good quality tremolo with cast steel saddles and heavy trem block.  It's blocked in the pic but we've removed the wood so it works normally now, and it does have a trem cover installed.  The original builder used some odd fretboard "wear" so we went ahead and put wear marks in the normal spots so it looks more realistic.  Unlike the neck the body is in clean shape with no relic’ing.  With a new Roadworn going for $900, this one is as good for 1/2 the price.  $450(SOLD-Kevin G 6/27) includes quality gigbag.

Fuchs Plush Extreme Cream OD. Fuchs products are known for superb build quality with a case made of powder coated cast aluminum, high grade electronics, and Switchcraft jacks that should last forever. Other components include Cliff switches, Neutrik connectors, Metal shaft controls, and Mil spec fiberglass two-sided circuit board construction. It has 3 knobs per channel with heavy duty foot switches and considering it's a dual-channel, it doesn't take up much room on your pedalboard. A 9v jack is provided for power supply (or you can use the 9v battery and the pedal) and comes built with true bypass. Its two channels of  are called Warm and Hot. The Hot channel is identical to the single channel Plush Cream while the Warm channel has a slightly different voice and clipping structure. A very cool feature of this pedal is the LED annunciation with both channels having a corresponding LED which is lit to let you know which channel you are using. When you hit the on/off switch (i.e. not using the pedal) the LED of the channel that you were using blinks. Very useful so you don't forget which channel you were in. Fans of the Tube Screamer will love this pedal…even more than the Tubescreamer. These are $250 new; this one’s mint in the box for $165.

Fender Hot Rod Deville 2X12- USA made, (back), (control panel), (acc.), (label/badge).  1990’s model, back when they were made in USA. The DeVille series (Blues, later Hot Rod) is probably the most successful tube amp in Fender’s history and a very popular club amp, capable of a wide range of applications, and boasts very good headroom.  The unique blend of vintage and modern tones, combined with Fender's classic narrow panel styling, made the Hot Rod DeVille a classic almost from the day it was released in the mid-90’s.  The Hot Rod has much more gain than the earlier Blues so I can’t say that this amp is for everyone. Also, at 60 watts, and a very loud 60, it may be too loud for your needs. But…it can play any club and even larger stages without monitoring. It does a decent Fender clean tone with natural sounding tube-driven reverb, but with its extra gain stage does the Rock/Metal tones very well.  It features 3 selectable channels (Clean - Drive - More Drive) give you a good selection of tones selectable via included footswitch.  Click here for a demo on YouTube.  The current Hot Rod Deluxe IV, made in Mexico, sells new for $799; this older USA model is in nice shape other than some pitting on the control panel, is all original, and a nice buy at $550.  Includes footswitch w/cable and cover.

Fender Tele Pickup Set - Tim Shaw V-Mods. Removed from a brand new ’17 American Pro Tele so they’re mint. Designed by Tim Shaw, these use two different Alnico magnets in each pickup, V for the wound strings and II for the plain strings. Tim Shaw is one of the true gurus of pickup design and he’s now a chief engineer at Fender. In designing the Tele set he said, “I messed with the winding on that one a little bit because I’m trying to keep the clarity of a Tele pickup without stabbing an ice pick into your forehead”. Further, “It has alnico V for the wound strings and alnico II for the plain strings. Now we have a Tele where the neck pickup has personality and style. The bridge pickup is everything you need, too. It’s a Tele that is Instantly recognizable and very musical”. These sell new for $159 a set but get this mint set for just $110.

Fender Custom Shop HBS-1 Relic Stratocaster, (front checking), (back), (headstock neck "wear"), (case/etc). I've been a big fan of the Relic series ever since the Vince Cunnuto days in the mid-'90's. In addition to being obviously superbly built, they have the vibe of a genuine early model Fender at a tiny fraction of the price. These HBS-1 models were only made for around 2 years, late 2008 to 2010 and this is the first one I've had. The basic departure for this model is of course the humbucker bridge pickup (S-1 switch) which was a common mod in the 1970's before folks realized their pre-CBS guitar would be worth more than their car within a decade or so. This configuration became extremely popular in the SuperStrat era of the 1980's when an HSS Strat style guitar was made by every company and seen on every MTV video. This model is a Team Built Heavy Relic with a vintage look, with some modern features. It is all stock other than Fender locking tuners replace the stock vintage style tuners. We can replace with stock tuners without telltale signs but these are much better. Factory features include two-piece lightweight premium ash body, '57 soft V-shaped one-piece maple neck with 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, two custom shop '69 single-coil Strat pickups with gray bobbins (neck and middle), Seymour Duncan SH-4 humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching and S-1 switch, American Vintage tremolo, vintage hardware, bone nut, thin-skin nitrocellulose-lacquer finish and a three-ply mint green pickguard. It’s offered in factory “mint” condition (no additional wear) with a perfectly aged finish including authentic wear in all the right spots, distressed hardware, finish checking, etc. This guitar has a spectacular set up, excellent sustain, and an absolute killer vintage vibe. $1999(SOLD-Brian M 4/13) includes custom shop case with embroidered lid, hang tags, certificate, complete accessory bag, etc.

2003 Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster - Ash, (front), (headstock), (back), (Deluxe features), (case/acc.).  Super clean American Deluxe finished in desirable cherry sunburst over ash, which was a $150 upcharge back in '03. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat.  Starting with pickups, a pair of Vintage Noiseless singles and a Fender DH-1 humbucker, controlled with a 5-way switch that provides the same classic Strat tones in positions 1-4, but a full-on humbucker tone in position 5. Because of the Noiseless pickups, all settings are quiet while retaining the classic Strat tone. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, LSR roller nut, polished chrome tremolo with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, rounded heel for comfort in the upper register, and raised chrome logo. Lovely condition with no noteworthy wear or scratches, extremely comfortable set-up, and a wide selection of tones you can only get from an HSS model. You don't see very many of these in cherry sunburst and it's indeed a lovely color for a Strat. Very tidy Deluxe for $1079. Includes original case, straplocks, tools, factory hang tags, and manual.

2012 Gibson Faded SG Special, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). SG bang for the buck winner. The Faded SG Special is a no-frills axe with the same woods, silhouette, electronics, and hardware as the higher end SG Standard, but with a satin finish, dot inlays, and unbound neck.  This one, in Faded Cherry has the vibe of the original ca. '62 SG/Les Paul models, when they replaced the slab body models.  The Faded process makes for a better guitar from a tone point of view.  The thin satin finish allows the guitar to resonate better, for increased sustain and a more pure voice - plus it gives the guitar a cozy, broken in feel that many players will appreciate.  Finish aside, it's very much a traditional SG, with all solid mahogany construction including body and neck, tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece, and Alnico 490R and 490T humbuckers, controlled by dual volume and tone controls with 3-way selector.  Neck profile is sort of in between the 50's and 60's. It's not as chunky as a 50's but rounder on back than a 60's. Lightweight and fun to play, this one's in very clean condition, with a great setup, for just $550. It includes your choice of the feather light case pictured, or a clean original Gibson gigbag.

Vox AC30 AmpPlug. Cool little headphone amp for private practicing or plugging into a USB or guitar amp. Connects with standard 1/8” plug/cable. $23(HOLD-John G) includes shipping.

Way Huge Pork Loin Soft Clipping Overdrive. A pedal with a killer overdrive that lets you combine that with a clean British style sparkle! The Pork Loin features Overdrive and Clean preamps and features Volume, Overdrive, Curve, and Clean controls plus Internal Filter, Voice, Drive Mix, and Presence controls. The Tone control rolls off the high end only, sort of like an AC30 Top Boost, and lets you bypass it completely if desired. For a demo, including a look at the internal voicing click here. Sells for $170 new. This one’s immaculate in the box for $100(Hold-Rick M 4/13).

Fulltone Custom Shop RTO Robin Trower Overdrive. I’ve seen Trower from the 2nd row at a small venue and was blown away by his tone and technique. In 2008 Fulltone developed this pedal specifically for Robin’s playing style and requirements. He uses both Marshalls and Fenders, check. He favors touch responsiveness, a big sound and sustain. Check, check, check. Perhaps coolest of all is the crystal clear tone when your guitar’s volume knob is backed down = great dynamics there. This pedal is designed to work well with Strats AND Les Pauls so chances are it will sound great with your guitar.  Here’s one of many YouTube demo’s (link). These are $199 new. This one’s immaculate in the box for $135(SOLD-Local 4/23).

1999 Les Paul Custom 1957 Historic - Faded Cherry, (front), (headstock), (back), (binding binding), (gold), (case).  A superb recreation of the '57 Les Paul Custom, which was a milestone year in that it introduced the PAF humbuckers for the first time.  Then, as now, the Custom has been the hallmark of the Les Paul line, with premier appointments like multi-ply body binding, bound neck, gold hardware, mother of pearl logo and split-diamond headstock inlays, Ebony fretboard and pearl block fretboard inlays.  Above all, the Custom plays like no other.  As fine as the Historic LP Standards are, I've never had one that set up like a Custom.  The necks are incredibly stable and the neck angle almost seems to be a degree better, allowing the strings to be cut deep in the nut and the lowest possible action from the first fret to the 22nd.  Aside from their cosmetic differences, the primary difference between the Custom and Standard is the Custom's all-mahogany body, whereas the Standard features a maple cap over mahogany.  The mahogany cap doesn't have the snap of maple but it does have more warmth and fatness, which many players prefer.  Features of this fine guitar include carved mahogany top, one-piece solid mahogany back, historically accurate neck tenon for superior sustain, historically accurate reproductions of original PAF humbuckers (Burstbucker 1/2), Tortoise dot markers on the side of the neck, ABR-1 bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, Holly headstock veneer, period-correct stain and filler, one-piece Mahogany neck with long neck tenon, Ebony fingerboard, Pearl block inlays, single-ply white binding, early 50s rounded neck profile, 24.75" scale, 1-11/16-inch nut, vintage tulip tuners and 100% nitro-cellulose lacquer finish.  As with most cherry stains Gibson uses this one bled into the binding as you can see in the pics above. The only other flaw are a few small scratches in the clearcoat only. No buckle scratches or pick scratches, no gold wear to speak of, no fret wear. This guitar has seen almost no playing time. At $2500(HOLD-John B 4/11) this is a sweet deal for any Historic, let alone a ’57 Custom. Includes custom shop case in similarly beautiful condition.

2017 Fender American Professional Telecaster – Olympic White, (front), (Gen 4 and bridge pkg), (back), (headstock), (case/etc). “As new/unplayed condition”. Fender's latest and greatest for the Tele fan – and this one comes with upgraded Gen 4 Noiseless pickups ($159). If desired, we can reinstall the original Tim Shaw designed V-Mod Tele pickups, same price either way. The sum of the improvements in the AmPro adds up to a better guitar in all regards. It features the new Deep-C neck profile which adds a bit of roundness to the back and filling your hand perfectly, while the new narrow-tall frets are the most requested size by folks ordering through the Custom Shop. It also features the classic Fender Tele bridge, outfitted with compensated brass barrel saddles for improved intonation. The bridge is an improved version of the 50's style with a lower lip that's nicely rounded for comfort, plus an abbreviated bridge cover that makes palm damping of the strings more comfortable without covering the pickup. The circuit also features a treble bleed circuit to keep your tone consistent when lowering the volume. All of the Am Pro’s feature the modern 9.5” radius and, of course, the 25.5” scale as well as a gloss finish on the body and front of the neck/headstock. Offered in immaculate condition with no signs of wear and an absolutely killer low set up.  Don’t pay $1449 for a new one – get this one with a perfect in-house setup for $1059(HOLD-Phillip K 4/7) with your choice of pickups. Includes the molded Elite case with serialized Fender certificate, Sweetwater certificate, keys, hang tags, pouch, etc.

Ca. ’79-’82 Fender Jazzmaster/Jaguar Case, (inside), (feet). Need a case for your vintage Jag or Jazzmaster? These early molded case, easily identified by their 4 latch closure and interior compartment door, are hard to come, especially in nice shape. These cases are infamous for having missing latches, loose hinges, and pushed in feet. This one has none of those ailments and is in very tidy condition. $139.

1960s Hagstrom I, (front detail-top), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case). Hagstrom made their name as an accordion maker but in the late 50's started producing some cool guitars and basses in their Swedish factory. This Hagstrom I, also called an F-200 on models branded "Kent" is a unique piece that plays exceptionally well and has a cool tone. Made in the 1960's, the wooden body has a vinyl covering with a raised Plexiglas top and large raised-even-more plastic pickguard. It features a single volume control, dual pickups, and controls for L (neck pickup on/off), H (bridge pickup on/off), Tone (bright switch), and Mute. Other features include a birch body and bolt-on neck with rosewood fretboard, Fender-style headstock and dot position markers, Van Ghent machine heads, and a unique but very useable Hagstrom-made tremolo bridge. It's pictured without trem arm but we'll find something that fits prior to shipping. It also features Hagstom's patented H-expander truss rod which allows a low action and prevents neck twists or warpage. This is probably the reason why so many of these play exceptionally well today. You don’t see many of these in this pastel blue which is very close to Fender’s Daphne Blue, a vast majority are black, red or white. Overall in really nice shape with the only real flaws being the typical fine cracks in the Plexiglas around screws. They are not a problem. Neck is very much a wide/thin, very thin in fact. It has very low action and the single coil tone falls between a Strat and a P90 tone, although not as powerful as a P90. Super nice find for the Hagstrom or vintage collector at $699. Includes a vintage case that may or may not be original. It is not an 80s Japan case – the latches most likely place it no later than the 70s. Case is in nice shape as well.

Numark CD Mix-1, (back), (acc.). I DJ parties for friends once a year or so. I bought this new many years ago, around the time everybody started using I-Pod’s, so I only used it once. It’s in excellent condition and comes with box, manual, and power supply. Details are here on Numark’s site. This is a real professional unit and it had a price that reflected that. Today, it’s $139. Note: I also have a Mix-2 in a carpeted road case for sale.

1990 Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck/body markings), (electronics) (body routes), (original pickups). Clapton Blackie tone and vibe at a fraction of the price. This is a high quality Fender Japan model. Somebody partially obliterated the "Made in Japan" just above the serial number but we all know what it is. I guess the original owner wasn't aware of the fine reputation these MIJ models would one day have. If you like a slight chunky neck, you'll love this guitar.  It’s deep with slight shoulders but nothing like the '57 neck with the sharp V. Body is era correct with 3 individual single coil routes with a worm track in the bridge position. Electronics have been upgraded with Custom Shop Texas Special, with all USA pots and switch, mounted on a mint green pickguard. The original guard and electronics can be included for $40, or we’ll return it to stock at no charge if you don’t want the upgraded parts. Original frets have no dished out areas with a fresh level and dress. It plays wonderfully with low action and no fretting out. It has typical fretboard wear which I’m guessing was owner-accelerated based on the unusual pattern of the wear. Cosmetically it’s pretty nice for its age. Just a few dings and impressions but it’s in the clear coat only, and a short hairline crack that’s been glued and is solid (shown here). All in all, this is a very nice MIJ Strat and the fact that it's a '54, rather than the more common '57 or '62, makes it that much more of a find.  At 28 years it’s actually vintage now and at $550 it’s less than a new Mex model. Includes Fender gigbag.

G&L Student Model Case. Early ‘80’s. Nice vintage case for your student model G&L like the SC-1 and SC-2, but it easily fits Strats and Teles, like the ASAT shown in the pic. Other than a few tolex chips it’s in really nice vintage condition. $95.

2013 Fender USA Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline, (front front2), (back), (headstock), (strap/locks), (pickups), (neck pocket), (case).  Purchased from original owner who bought it new in Munich Germany 5 years ago. The color he said was Midnight Black, which I had in a Strat Ultra many years ago but it’s a gloss black with flakes of sparkle in the finish. It looks especially cool under stage lights. The AV69 had a very short run for Fender, ’12 to ’13 only, so these are few and far between. Prior to sending to me he did a number of modifications, primarily electronics and bridge. Upgraded features include: TV Jones loaded 920D pickguard and electronics from siglermusiconline.com, Joe Barden bridge plate, Glendale 60s Telecaster Threaded Saddles, Loxx strap pins and locks and tone control knob replaced with original Fender Deluxe ’72 Telecaster Knob. Case is a Glendale brown alligator thermometer case from glendaleguitars.com. The ’69 features a mahogany body, which many of the original Thinline’s featured back in the day, which was a departure for Fender after decades of just alder and ash. It’s a good sounding wood and makes it warmer sounding than most Teles. Neck is a true C, meaning it’s very rounded and has minimal “shoulders”. Frets and fretboard radius are vintage sized with small frets and 7.25” radius. These TV Jones ($245/set) are killer. The neck pickup which some players avoid with stock pickups is the TV Jones “Starwood” (7.6K) which has a lot more bottom end, harmonic content and punch than stock. The matching bridge pickup (11.7K) pairs perfectly and is also much thicker than the stock pickup. Body and neck are in flawless condition, frets have almost no playing time, and the guitar plays fantastic, especially for a vintage spec neck. You can invest a lot in your Tele and end up with something like this. Better yet, get this rare beauty with pro upgrades you’ll love. $1350(HOLD-Wanda B 3/29) takes it home.

2016 Taylor 322CE, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Man, these 300-series just keep getting nicer. This mahogany-top cutaway Grand Concert 322ce features a Tasmanian Blackwood body, a Venetian cutaway, and Expression System 2 electronics to make it a fantastic fingerstyle instrument with warmth and clarity found on guitars costing more. A 24 7/8" scale makes fretting and bending strings easier, while the Blackwood/mahogany wood pairing gives you a warm and dynamic tonal response for a smaller body. Appointments include a black pickguard, Italian acrylic small diamond fretboard inlays, black binding with crisp white top trim, 3-ring rosette, and satin finish. Other features include mahogany neck with ebony fretboard ebony headstock overlay and ebony bridge pins, inlaid Taylor logo, 1 3/4" nut width. I love the warm and cozy tone of this model, while the small Grand concert body is especially comfortable for players with slighter reach, but the long scale and wide fretboard make it accessible to players with large hands. The ES2 electronics are an improvement over what was already a quality system and it sounds great acoustically or plugged in. With a new cost of $1999 you can save some money on this "as new" used one at just $1399. Includes Taylor 5-latch case with brown covering and pink interior.

2017 PRS SE Custom 24 - Trampas Green Flame, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). One of the even cooler new models, now with Paul's signature on the headstock plus other features that eclipsed the early models in looks and function. Features like the "bent" top, very comfortable and elegant looking. PRS makes the best quality Korean imports on the market in my opinion. Unlike 95% of the other companies, they don't use Cort or Samick factories, and their quality control is top notch. 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 better than your average USA Fender or Gibson. The Custom 24 is relatively new to the SE line. After building SE's with a flat top, I’m much more impressed with the later model with the contoured edges and "bent" top.  Nice.  It really impressed me away in terms of looks, tone, and feel. The 24-fret wide-thin neck is a joy to play with low action, easy and smooth string bends, with quality tone and very good sustain.  Unlike most imports which use only a maple veneer, PRS chose to use an actual maple slab mounted to the mahogany body, and then put a veneer of flamed maple on top of the maple cap, plus a flamed veneer on the back too.  It is the marriage between mahogany and maple that gives guitars like Les Pauls, and this PRS, their throat.  This classic blend produces gives the warmth and resonance with excellent bottom end - with plenty of high end snap. A guitar with only a maple veneer will not have this tone. These new SE 85/15 pickups sound great and were voiced to sound much closer to the USA pickups. A 3-way switch and push-pull coil splitter give you an excellent selection of humbucker and single coil tones to work with. Other nice touches like the bird fretboard inlays, headstock shape, PRS tremolo, and natural maple binding make this look like it's USA brother but at $779 new cost, it's less than 1/3 the cost. Better yet, get this one in immaculate condition for just $529(HOLD-John P 3/28). Includes original PRS gigbag and trem arm.

Fender “Lightning Bolt” 12” Speaker by Eminence. OEM for the Fender Supersonic, Blues Junior, and others. 50W, 8 ohms, heavy magnet. Removed when new so perfect condition. $40.

Lace Sensor Strat Pickups. Three “Hot Gold” Strat pickups with a slightly hotter (6K) output to nail that 50’s bell like Strat tone. $82/each from Lace but get this trio for just $119.

P90 Strat Pickguards. Take your choice of dual P90’s or three P90’s. Price includes two or three Kent Armstrong HP90NC, which are noiseless P90’s and parchment 3PU or white pearl 2PU pickguard. All parts are new. The Armstrongs sell for $105.95/each from WD (click here for description) and includes cream covers and screws. Take your pick, just $75 for each pickup (must buy 2 or 3), and we’ll throw in a WD pickguard for free. (note: If you want a “drop-in” ready assembly, we can install pickups with pots and switch for an upcharge).

Z-Vox Box of Rock.  From 2006, this was Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many any amplifiers, but it's especially great on a Marshall. It's both a boost and distortion pedal with separate on/off switches, which gives you 4 tone selections (bypassed, boost only, distortion only, distortion with boost).  One of the best pedals made for using your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings.  Z.Vex is noted for some of the coolest pedals on the market and this distortion is way cool indeed. If your guitar amp suffers from nasty boost or distortion but you like its clean sound, this could be a perfect solution. Click here for YouTube demo. Don't pay $199 for a new one when you can have this one that works perfectly for $129.

Wampler Ego Compressor. Just had the mini Ego, now here’s the full size badboy. The new industry standard in stomp box compressors! Built in the USA with the highest quality components and features true bypass, battery connection and 9 V power jack, top mounted input and output jacks. Has controls for volume, sustain, blend, tone and attack. Although good for any guitar, these are especially nice for acoustics by virtue of its natural tone. I've found it to be the secret behind fingerstyle response that sounds balanced from string to string, even if you're not that precise of a player. Here’s a good demo on the Ego with some good info about compression in general (link). Sells new for $199. Get this one, mint in the box, for $139.

2016 Gibson Firebird V Traditional, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag/etc). An excellent Firebird made in the tradition of the Firebirds of 1963. Don't confuse with the recent Studio model “T” series, this one features the classic 9-ply mahogany and walnut neck-through construction for maximum sustain, raised center section of body, as well as a bound neck, quality "Banjo" tuners made by Steinberger, and an improved Graph Tech nut. Like the 'Birds of yesteryear, it features Gibson mini-humbuckers, the 495R/495T, as well as a rosewood fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays and neck binding. Additionally it has the familiar 3-way switching with dual volume and tone controls, Tuneomatic bridge, and stopbar tailpiece. The neck, a 9-ply mahogany and walnut, runs the entire length of the guitar, with mahogany wings on the body. The guitar is finished in high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer in Vintage Sunburst. This guitar is virtually unplayed and is offered in perfect condition, other than a few finish check lines near the knobs (gotta love Nitro finishes!). Includes similarly clean original gigbag and all paperwork/tools. It’s an excellent value on a REAL traditional Firebird. Don’t pay $1289 for a Studio model when you can get the real thing in this condition for just $950(HOLD-John R local 4/2).

OFF-HOLD: 2010 Low End Strat (LES) - Koa over Ash, (front), (back), (headstock), (fretboard), (recessed neck screws). Immaculate condition! Low End Guitars in Nashville is known primarily for building high end basses but they do some pretty great guitars as well. One of the cool features of this model is the bent top, with a beautiful flamed koa top over a 2pc ash body. Not merely a veneer, this is a genuine koa cap as shown here. Other features include birdseye maple fretboard, string-thru-body hardtail bridge, recessed neck screws, quality Gotoh tuners, and Jason Lollar pickups, among the best made pickups in the past 20 years. I found this model on their site around 3 weeks ago but I can’t find it now. It showed a price of $2200 for a plain body, $300 more for the koa/ash combination. This is by all accounts a high end Strat. It plays with ease, sounds excellent, and may be the best value I’ve had in years for a guitar of this pedigree. Just $1099(Tent. Hold Wanda 3/20) including hardshell case.

1972 Gretsch 7660 Chet Atkins Nashville, (front/back), (headstock), (side), (bridge/pickup), (case). Looking for an absolutely killer playing Nashville with a perfect, neck set?  Look no further. I've been saying that the recent Japan Gretsch's all play better than all the old USA ones but this is an exception. The action is low at the nut and stays low all the way up the fretboard and no fretting out on bends. You might remember this guitar. I sold it a number of years ago but when the customer wanted to trade in on a vintage PRS I was excited to see it again. Overall this Chet is in nice condition with a clean, original finish, moderate fret wear, and all original except original owner flashed it up a bit by painting the pickguard black with a red racing stripe and putting a matching red cap on the knobs, click here for a comparison pic.  One of the common Gretsch problems, cracks in binding are nonexistent (pic) and the only hint of deterioration is a small spot on the heel shown here.  Features of the Chet Atkins 7660 include: laminated maple body with 2 real f-holes, body 16" wide - 2.5" deep; ebony fretboard, fully bound including body, neck, fretboard and f-holes; adjustable truss rod with gear box at base of neck (that's a truss rod cover on back of body); 25.5" scale joined at the 18th fret; ebonized headstock overlay; inlaid neo-classic thumbnail inlays; adjustamatic bridge with adjustable saddles; gold hardware; Gretsch/Bigsby tailpiece (nickel).  This guitar is a pickguard and 3 knobs away from being a clean original Chet Atkins but more importantly, is one of the best playing vintage Gretsch's you’ll find and at 45+ years old, it's priced less than the new Japan models. I’ve seen people selling these in much rougher shape, north of $3K. Get this one for just $1750.  Includes original Gretsch case.

2001 Fender American Series Stratocaster - Sky Blue – Lincoln Brewster!, (front), (headstock), (back), (p’guard ass.), (case).  Super rare finish for an early 00's American Series. We determined from the part # on the body (see pic) that this is actually Sky Blue, produced in ’01-’03 only and this is the only the second one I’ve ever seen. Just to be safe we had a look inside and it's not a refin and everything corresponds with an '01 American Strat (pic here). I've listed specs so many times that I won't repeat them here, other than to mention that there were around a half-dozen enhancements when Fender renamed their guitars "American Series", with 2001 being the first full year of the new model.  Like the other pastels, Daphne Blue, Sonic Blue, Fiesta Red, and Surf Green, it’s among players favorites and I've always wondered why Fender didn't mass produce them in more years. If you have a Strat collection, nothing can make it look more colorful than a few pastels mixed in with the sunbursts, whites, candy apple reds, and lake placid blues. More importantly, this is an excellent sounding, great playing guitar in beautiful condition. No button or pick scratches, hardware is clean, just a real nice guitar in all regards. It’s all original other than a Lincoln Brewster pickguard is installed. This set up changed my opinion of DiMarzio Strat pickups. For years I wrote off  DiMarzio's as being too bright sounding, even shrill, but when I heard this Lincoln Brewster setup my opinion changed. DiMarzio truly achieved a vintage tone in a no-hum pickup with their "Area 58" in middle and neck, and "Area 61" bridge.  It excels at responding to dynamics, either by picking style or volume control, and can go from clean to aggressive.  DiMarzio was going after a '58 and '61 Strat tone in designing these pickups and they've done a good job.  For details, click here for Sigler Music, who markets this assembly, which sells new for $295. If you want one of the rarest of American Standard colors with a super high quality electronics upgrade, this one’s a nice deal at $1099(SOLD-Joe C 3/20-5/13).

1992 PRS Custom 24 Quilt Top!, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (case candy), (case). Oh my, another exciting PRS. This one's an old-factory Custom 24 with a rare quilted maple top and flamed mahogany neck. PRS has always charged a premium for their quilted maple, well above their price for flamed maple, so you just don't see many of them. The flamed neck is just a gimme, PRS didn't offer this as an option, usually reserving figured mahogany for their ultra expensive instruments. This beautiful example, finished in Vintage Sunburst, has all the old-factory features: small logo, 1-piece Mil-Com tremolo, short neck heel, pearl bird inlays, and original version locking tuners. The "10" during this era is imprinted near the serial rather than written in gold pen, as shown in the headstock pic. Other features include wide-thin neck, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, with a 5-way rotary, volume, and tone. This guitar is in beautiful condition. A few light scratches but we’re going to buff them out so it should easily present as collector’s grade. It plays as beautiful as it looks with a superbly sweet tone and super low action. Officially vintage now, grab this beauty for less than a new flame top custom. Just $2599. Includes clean original case and all the case stuff.

2017 Gibson Les Paul '60s Tribute P90 Goldtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (pu’s/caps), (fake wear), (gigbag). Limited Edition model from 2017 with locking Grover tuners, P90 single coil pickups, and gold finish with natural back. We also discovered that it’s been upgraded with Bumblebee caps and a Duncan bridge pickup. Although this is somewhat of a budget Les Paul it has the same basic features that we've known on Pauls since the 50's: Grade-A maple top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood board, nickel hardware with tuneomatic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The current models are also weight relieved which reduces weight but also gives the guitar a more open sound, perhaps a bit more articulate as well. Other features include 60's slim taper neck, 1.695" nut width, Tektoid nut, trapezoid inlays, Aluminum Tune-o-Matic with steel thumbwheels, Aluminum Stop Bar with steel posts, gold top hat knobs with silver inserts and pointers, and locking Grover tuners. Pickups are P90's which I think are an excellent compromise between humbuckers and single coils. They're single coils but are hotter than most and fatter sounding as well. Someone amateurly relic’d parts of the finish but it’s barely noticeable, with some fake buckle wear and back of neck wear, a small nick by the neck pickup, and the top was roughed up all along the edge. It’s seriously no biggie. Other than that, no fret wear at all (has seen very little actual playing time) and a superb low setup. It has very good sustain and these P90’s make this guitar sound almost as good as Historic ‘56’s that I’ve had…for ¼ the price! Nice by on a pro quality instrument at $699 including a mint deluxe gigbag.

Dr. Z Galaxie 1X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (spkr/tubes), (footswitch).  After years of primarily EL84 powered amps (and a few 6V6), the Galaxie is Dr. Z’s first ever 6L6 powered amp.  In addition to a pair of 6L6', the Galaxie has three 12AX7's in the preamp and a 5U4 tube rectifier.  It also features a Triad output transformer, which is original spec for Fender's classic tweed amps including the low-powered Twin, Super, and Pro, which is part of the magic of this fine amp.  The Galaxie is a dual-channel amp, with channel 1 voiced for clean tones; channel 2 is the overdrive/dirty channel.  Channel 1 is the perfect clean with crisp highs, fat lows, and a very throaty voice overall.  Channel 2 is the OD channel with excellent sustain with a beautiful break-up.  CH-2 reaches full volume at around 9'oclock and from there on it's more of a gain knob, with more overdrive, sustain, and compression as you turn it up.  Both channels share the same EQ (bass/treb/pres) knobs.  The tone knobs are very interactive with the volume controls and really act like gain controls as much as EQ knobs.  Turn up the bass or treble and you'll notice an increase in gain at the same time.  The tonal possibilities aren't as simple as the layout appears but there really isn't a bad sound on this amp, regardless of settings.  Rather than the vintage style separate inputs for the two channels, the Galaxie uses a footswitch to change channels, which is a nice touch for live bands, with an indicator light to let you know when you're on CH-2.  Output is rated at 30 or 40 watts, selectable via the pentode/triode switch on the back panel.  This features wasn't really to offer an appreciable difference in output rather than different voicings.  Although it has a very slightly higher output, the 40W setting is a bit tighter and slightly more high fi sounding; while the 30W setting gives the amp and earlier breakup. There are a number of good demo's on YouTube including this one by Frankie Starr, playing what appears to be an earlier version with a different layout.   The Galaxie 1X12 sold new for $1849, which is right in the ballpark for a hand-wired 40W combo.  This one is in perfect condition and a killer combo for $1250(Tent Hold – Darren W 1/15).

G&L Legacy – Blonde Ash Body, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Beautiful Blonde Legacy, barely played. G&L's are superbly made guitars. When Leo left Fender, he went on to design and build guitars for G&L (George and Leo) which were the evolved models of his famed Strat and Tele. Throughout his time there, and even after his departure, the quality has remained top-notch, even as Fender faltered at times. I have always thought that they're better than comparable Fender models.  Features include solid ash body, one-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 3 G&L Alnico single coil pickups, Nickel chrome hardware, Sperzel tuners, G&L Dual Fulcrum vibrato bridge, white 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.  $799(HOLD-Thomas 4/11) includes original case and trem bar.

1993 PRS Custom 22 - Whale Blue 10 Top and Birds, (front), (side), (back), (MOP inlays), (headstock), (pickups/cavity), (case). Continued good luck in finding nice Annapolis PRS’s. Specifically, old-factory models when they were actually handmade, 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 $2250. 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.

Takamine EF-341SC, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp), (case). Excellent Japan-made Tak. Haven't had one of these in 10 years. For Springsteen fans, who played this model for years, or anyone else looking for a quality acoustic/electric, it's hard to beat the EF-341SC.  Part of Tak’s famed Legacy series, it features  a solid cedar top and maple sides and back, bound neck and body and rounded cutaway dreadnought body style. All of the ones I had in the past were older models with either the AccurAcoustic preamp or later GraphX preamp but this CT-4B-II blows them away as far as warmth and overall sound reproduction. The CT4B II preamp system, matched with the unique Palathetic under-saddle pickup, includes controls for three-band EQ, volume and built-in chromatic tuner. With a Street price of $1299, this one is in extremely clean condition and a nice buy at $875(Sold – Sven 5/25).

2008 Fender American Deluxe Strat Ash, (front), (back), (headstock), (SCN’s/S-1), (case). Stunning condition – lovely ash body American Deluxe. For the past two decades Fender has used the American Deluxe as their premier production model, hitting a price that’s less than their custom shop models. It’s filled with deluxe features and appointments including Fender locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo, Tusq nut, rounded heel for easy access to the top frets, polished chrome bridge with "pop-in" trem arm, and S-1 switch (switching options).  These American Deluxes in ’08 came with the SCN pickups which have a good classic Strat sound with none of the hum associated with vintage Strats. In addition to a classic 5-way switch, it also includes the new S-1 switch for an exceptional and wide array of tones. I used to sell these for $1099 but this one is in perfect condition with zero fret wear, and a nice buy at $999(HOLD-Bruce T 3/19). Includes Fender molded case and trem arm.

Fender N3 Noiseless Strat Pickup Set. An improved Noiseless pickup, designed to remove hum and preserve single-coil tone and dynamics. The N3’s are tailored to their positions, using Alnico 3, 2 or 5 (Mid, Neck, Bridge) magnets to achieve their individual character. Perfect for any style of music, their unique core design and staggered pole pieces retain much of the glassy sparkle and bell-like chime folks want in a Strat. Making them noiseless is a bit of a compromise but these are very close to the perfect mix. At 6.8K they are just 1K hotter than a real 50’s Fender. Used, nice shape. New on Reverb for $199. These are $120/set.

Fender Head Cover. Made for Bassbreaker head but will fit other heads. Never used. $11.49

Fender 4X12 Cover. Made for Mustang 5 but will fit other 4X12 cabs with large, Marshall-style side handles. Measures 30.5" X 30" X 12.5".  Never used. $19.99

Strat HH Pickguard Assembly. Drop in ready! Includes all new parts including RH Factor PAF-2 humbuckers, USA pots/switch, and 5-way switching. Easy upgrade for your Strat if you need something other than Strat tones. All new parts including mint green guard, knobs, tip, pots, and switch. Nice deal at $85(HOLD-David K 3/5).

Graphtech Saddles – Ferraglide, Tusq, and String Saver. Tone enhancing and virtually eliminating string breakage. Ferraglide and Tusq (both 2 3/16” spacing) are center screw for vintage style Fenders; String Savers (2 1/16” import spacing) are offset screws for American Standards. All-Parts prices are $80, $54, and $54, respectively. Get your choice here for $50 Ferraglide, or $35 Tusq or String Saver. (HOLD Tusq and Ferraglide for Doug F).

1991 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Black Pearl Dust, (front), (finish detail), (pickups), (back), (case).  Lovely Strat Plus in one of the cool colors, Black Pearl Dust. 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 series. 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.  The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models and both player toured with their stock pickups for many years. The Plus also features Sperzel locking tuners as well as a Wilkinson roller nut, both enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. This is an excellent playing guitar and it reminded me of how much I like the original Lace Sensors. It sounds Stratty, but it’s quiet. Other controls are the normal 5-way with volume, tone, and TBX. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for over 25 years, with just some a few dimples and scratches in the clearcoat, most of which we’ll buff out prior to shipping.  Prices on these early silver-logo American Strats have been on a consistent upswing for the past 5 years and they're just on the cusp vintage.  Nice buy today at $1299. Includes original case with center twist lock missing, and trem arm.

Vox AC4C1 Ltd Ed Combo, (top), (panel), (back). Limited Edition model with British Racing Green covering. The recent AC-4 is a modern update of the cherished '61 Vox AC-4, which was the bottom of the AC line but still a fine amp in its own right.  I've only had two 1960's AC-4's as they’re very scarce in the States and very expensive for a 4-watter.  The AC4C1 captures the vibe and tone of the original with its all-tube Class-A design in a small single-10" Celestion combo.  A very simple design, it features a 12AX7 preamp tube, and an ECC83 power tube, with just gain, bass, treble and volume. It also features a 16 ohm external speaker out in case you want to run into a separate speaker cab. Play one of these through a 4X12 cab and you'll find the sound is absolutely huge.  The look is unmistakable Vox with Tygon grill cloth, classic Vox covering, top vent, Vox dog bone handle, and pointer style control knobs.  Hear a demo here. Offered in absolutely flawless condition for $259.

Sperzel Trim-Lok Tuners 6-in-line. Excellent upgrade for your Strat or other 6-in-line headstock. Black with chrome shafts, brushed aluminum buttons. $45.

Takamine AccurAcoustic Preamp. State of the art preamp from Tak in late ‘90’s prior to the Cool Tube model in early 00’s. Has light up sliders for dark stages, controls for Bass, Treble and a semi-parametric Mid with Shift and Level. Also has volume control and battery check. Mini 1/8” sockets to plug in your piezo and output jack. Fits pretty much any Tak. $39(HOLD-John R local 4/2).

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.  If you go to 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 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 $199.  If you're into tweaking, it's worth it for the fun factor alone.

Electroharmonix White Finger Compressor. Older version in solid, bent-steel housing with true bypass and featuring controls for Compression, Sensitivity, Pre Gain and Post Gain. There’s also a compression level LED as well as switches for “Squash” and “Lamp/LED” on the back edge. Although simple to describe, I’m including this demo link for brevity. Like most compressors it can be noisy but in a live setting it’s fine and very tamable via the controls. Clean shape in original box with power supply. $69.

BBE Green Screamer Overdrive. Noted for its tube-like vintage overdrive, much like a TS Tubescreamer. It uses a dual OP-Amp design, features Level, Tone, and Gain controls, and features a true hard-wired bypass. Clean in the box and a good value at $45.

J Rockett Archer IKON. Superb overdrive and boost pedal. There are lots of Klon Centaur clones out there but this is likely the best, especially when you consider J Rockett was the chosen builder of the Klon reissue, the KTR. What really sets this pedal apart, other than tone and feel, is the buffer, aclaimed to nail this better than anyone. It won't change the tone of your amp, just make it sound bolder and more alive. Sells new for $199. This one's mint in the box with paperwork and $135(HOLD-Jim, local 2/23).

Fulltone Fat Boost V1.  First model, Ver. 1. As players become more attuned to quality sound, I get more and more requests from players for clean boosts. This is one of the best for the money. The Fat-Boost Class A Discrete design offers up to up to 30db of Clean Boost without any change to your EQ; makes your sound Bigger, with more even-order harmonics. Blues players with the vintage-type tube amps will never turn this thing off. Works great in front of Master-Volume amps to kick them up a notch. Made with the best components and other than a small piece missing from the gain knob, very nice shape. This is original model Fat Boost sold new for $159 but get this one for just $65(HOLD-Jim, local 2/23).

Carl Martin Red Repeat Delay. Based on the discontinued (and expensive) DeLayla, the Red Repeat has a cool retro look while giving you four knobs (echo, tone, time, and repeat) to tweak your tone. This is an affordable unit to emulate the Clapton “Layla” tones and offers 600ms of delay, twice that of the Boss DM or Ibanez AD units. Nice shape and nice price. $69.

2017 Kramer Baretta Special with EVH Frankenstein PU, (front), (back), (headstock), (Frank P/U). Upgraded with a genuine EVH Frankenstein pickup – or stock pickup – your choice. These reissue Baretta’s capture the vibe of the original ’85 Baretta with a few trade offs, primarily a vintage tremolo in place of the original Floyd Rose locking trem with locking nut. Having said that, the neck is thin and flat and feels very similar, frets are dressed perfectly so it sets up with really nice low action, and the tone, at least with this EVH pickup, sounds excellent. Features include mahogany body, thin profile maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, flat 12" fretboard radius, single voluem control, vintage tremolo, Alnico 5 humbucker and premium die-cast tuners. This guitar has no scratches or wear of any kind. It sells new for $179 without any accessories. Get this one WITH the Frankenstrat pickup ($149 new) for the same price, just $179. If you want it stock we’ll drop the price considerably and swap back in the stock pickup. Add a Levy’s EM7S gigbag ($45 online) for just $19.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Interface, (light up knobs). Excellent compact USB audio interface featuring one award-winning Focusrite mic preamp, one instrument input and precision digital converters. Ideal for guitarists and singer/songwriters. For more info/demo, go to Focusrite here. This doesn’t have the box or software but it will work with your current software. Sells for $99 new. This one’s mint and just $39.

1989 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone, (finish detail), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Super versatile Strat that despite its name, can actually go from a 50's vintage Strat tone - to an 80's hair metal tone. Add in playing comfort and low action/flat radius and 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 fine gold lines (or white lines depending on how the painter felt the day he finished it), emulating the look of granite. Cosmetically it's in really nice shape with the worst flaw being some brass showing on the fine tuners and the typical neckplate wear. Even near mint ones I’ve had 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. Martin buffed the finish out nicely which took out 90% of the fine scratches and gives it a high luster appearance.  Includes original rectangular molded case in decent shape (one hinge broken) although it does have stickers on it. Another great HM for $679. I’m also including some paperwork that I hoard: Original HM manual and original Kahler manual (pic).

Onamac Windery HSS Set. “Kerry Set” - new, never installed. Includes Custom built Alnico 2 bridge PAF with Texas Magic Alnico 2 middle and neck single coils. New and never installed. These are highly regarded and hard to find, especially in a new HSS set. $139/set (HOLD-Wanda 2/21).

Suhr Pickup Assortment. Sell for $96 to $119 from Suhr dealers (link). These are clean, ranging from excellent condition to never installed.

Suhr SSH 50mm Bridge Black, $65

Suhr SSV 50mm Bridge Nickel, $75

Suhr Thornbucker Set – 50mm Bridge/50mm Neck Nickel, $149

PRS McCarty Treble. Nickel cover. $59

PRS HFS/Vintage Bass Set. $110/pair

PRS 245 Treble and Bass Set. Stock set from a Singlecut 245. Vintage design with lower vintage output, 2-cond braided wire and nickel covers. Try with your PRS and Les Paul for classic rock or blues and you’ll love them. Nice shape. These are like $280-$300 set new. Get these clean used ones for $175/set.

PRS6 Treble and Bass Set. Stock equipment for PRS Singlecut guitars. Features braided wire plus coil-split wire for use with rotary switches or push-pull pots, or just wire for standard 3-way switch. Upgrade your SE model for not too much money. These are in nice shape and just $120/set(SOLD-Bill S 5/25).

Jason Lollar P90 Set. Standard wind with cream covers. Many believe these are the best Soapbar P90’s made. Try this set in your guitar for just $139.

Seymour Duncan Production Floor TB59N. Duncan’s Production Floor Custom produces custom spec pickups based on customer desires, anything from color, wire, spacing, output strength, etc. This TB59N is a 4-conductor and offered in the wider spacing of a Trembucker, usually to match the bridge position but, hey, this is a neck position. It’s offered in mint condition (don’t know if it was ever installed). I *think* the customer aspect of this pickup is that it’s in the wider Trembucker spacing, which isn’t normally offered for neck position ’59 pickups. Hey, get the cache’ of a custom shop pickup for just $69. 

Electric City Pickups Alnico 2 Set or Alnico 4 Set. Good quality USA pickups for a nice price. Produced by Electric City Pickups (ECP), with the novel idea of selling a good value pickup that the customer can assemble themselves with basic soldering skills. The real technical work, winding the coils and selecting proper wire and components, has been done for you. These were pro assembled and guaranteed no-hassle installation and performance. Both the Alnico 2 zebra set and the Alnico 4 nickel-cover set have outputs of 8.1K/8.5K with vintage braided wiring so make your pick based on cosmetics. These originally sold new for $139.90/set. Select either of these for just $79 per set.

NOS Epiphone SG Standard G-400 with Upgrades, (front), (headstock), (back), (EMG SPC), (pickups), (case). 2006 model but it's new and unplayed, and upgraded with a pair of Gibson SG Standard pickup as well as an EMG SPC/Mid-Boost active circuit AND a new case. Finished in classic Alpine White, this G-400 has the look of the early 60's SG and with these upgrades you have a guitar that sounds as good as it looks. This guitar was originally a Ltd Ed model with EMG's, thus it already had a battery compartment, so when we added the EMG mid boost, which requires a 9V battery, no modification to the body was necessary. The SPC is a killer unit that adds a lot of versatility. It fattens up the mids which can make your tone less muddy. It can also be used as a clean boost - just turn up the knob when you want some extra output, for leads etc. It provides sufficient gain to drive a tube amp into clipping while adding more harmonic content. The SPC is wired for both pickups; likewise the Tone control. Features include solid mahogany body with set-in mahogany neck, Grover tuners, slim-taper neck has a rosewood fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, with a deep double-cutaway allowing easy access to the upper frets. Don't judge Epi SG's by guitars you may have played in a store. With a proper set up, they play with ease and the fret ends are perfectly dressed. This model listed for $999 without case or gigbag and with these upgrades it’s a super nice deal at $499, flawless and unplayed - and includes a new hardshell case. Also includes, manual, cable, poster, etc. (Note: I also have this model with EMG81/85 on my Gibson page).

1996 Fender Standard Strat – Black – with Warmoth Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back heel) (neck detail). We had this ’96 Standard Strat in nice shape, with a neck that would only set up with mediocre action which, around here, means “off with the neck”. I had this Warmoth neck among my spares that’s a converted 22-fret, now a 21 fret. Martin did a nice job, better than in the neck detail pic above, to make it look regular. It had a small wood ship next to the heel that he filled and judging by the frets, it’s seen very little use. It’s a great feeling neck with only a sealer coat on back so it’s as sleek as it comes, with much the same feel as a USA Charvel. Additionally, Martin rolled the fret ends with hemi ends, which feels great, installed a bone nut, and did a pro install of a vintage Fender logo, with lacquer over and under the logo. He also buffed each fret which gives it a very glassy feel on string bends and rubbed the back of the neck so it’s as smooth as any vintage Charvel you’ve ever felt. If you’re not a big fan of the 1 5/8” nut, note that this one has the wider 1 11/16” and it’s a slender C-shape with pearl dot inlays. We installed a set of Fender USA tuners so it holds tune very well. Nice. It has slightly tarnished Fender-stamped steel saddles and the knobs have lightly “greened out” which gives it a vintage vibe. Pickups are vintage-style stag pole. It plays super nice and 100% solid Strat that’s better than stock. Nice guitar for $359, including gigbag.

2015 Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (N3/S-1 switch), (case). Stylishly appointed, super lightweight, but underneath it all it's all Tele twang! The original idea for the Thinline in '69 was to provide a lighter body while retaining the that Tele tone. This one's super lightweight at just 6 lbs. 2 oz. It features a light semi-hollow ash body, single F-hole, tortoise shell binding, and polished chrome hardware. Killer looks. Other features include a one-piece maple neck with a "modern C" profile, compound-radius (9.5"-14") maple fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, raised chrome logo, staggered locking tuners, through-body 6-saddle bridge plate, comfortable contoured heel and neckplate, and four-ply tortoise shell pickguard. Electronics include dual N3 Noiseless single-coil Telecaster pickups with three-way switching, and S-1 switch for series wiring in middle pickup position. Offered in outstanding condition with no flaws and no player’s wear. Fender discontinued this in favor of the Elite Thinline, which I also have in stock, but if you favor the traditional Tele bridge pickup assembly, this is the one. With the compound radius it plays with ease and no vintage radius string buzz. Beautiful and superb guitar for $1299. Includes deluxe case, hang tags, manual, strap with strap locks, polishing cloth, and cable.

2013 PRS "Paul's Guitar" - Brazilian, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag case). Perhaps the most stunning top I’ve had on a PRS and under 7 lbs! In 2013 these were pretty exclusive and featured a Brazilian fretboard and headstock veneer, thus the "Custom built for USA only" since shipping Brazilian to other countries is difficult or impossible. In addition to the Brazilian, these original models featured Artist grade tops and if this one is typical, only the finest Artist tops, as well as Artist paisley cases. Later versions of this model are nice guitars but feature a regular “10” top as well as Honduran rosewood only. This guitar came about when Paul decided to recreate his own Private Stock axe. In the Modern Eagle tradition, Paul specified every aspect of this guitar from tonewoods, inlays, pickups, and neck profile to the innovative stoptail bridge design and proprietary finish. Pickups are Narrowfield 408's, noted for exceptional warmth and punch. Each pickup has a mini switch to change to single coil mode. The bridge pickup is reverse wound so they’re always quiet, even in the single mode. Ingenious. Also, there's no volume loss when switching to single-coil mode. Other features include mahogany body and neck, Pattern Wide-Fat neck, faded abalone "brushstroke" bird inlays, Phase III locking tuners, and new PRS stoptail bridge with brass string inserts. I’ve compared this guitar to others in the series, including other Brazilian models, and this top is, by far, the nicest one I’ve seen. It’s in superb condition, plays exceptionally well and at under 7 lbs, is as light as you’ll likely find. Just a super PRS for $2850(HOLD-Joe B 2/23). Includes Artist paisley case, tag, and all paperwork including Brazilian documentation.

2006 ESP Ltd EC-1000 Deluxe, (front/back), (headstock), (more abalone trim).  The Cadillac of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars made. Best of all, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as Sperzel locking tuners, active EMG-85 and EMG-60 humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and ultra comfortable with a body that's thinner than a regular LP style and nicely contoured in all the right places. Visually, it doesn’t get any better than this with a mirror gloss black finish and more Abalone trim than on any other electric model I've seen - Abalone adorns every edge of the top including body, neck, neck joint, and headstock. Abalone flag fretboard inlays with the model name at the 12th fret. This guitar is in beautiful condition with a setup that rivals any ESP I've had. These had a list price of $1199 and sold in stores for $839--without case or gigbag--which is a bargain for a guitar of this quality. Better still, this one's barely played and nicely priced at $599(HOLD-Mark D 3/3) and includes quality padded ESP gigbag.

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (cover). Practically new – just a few hours of home use. Great vintage-inspired all-tube combo, conjuring up tones reminiscent of the original Bassman model and, moreover, Marshall’s take on the Bassman in their 60’s circuit. Fender took some liberties with tube structure, opting for a pair of EL84’s power tubes and three 12AX7’s, rather than the original 6L6’s in the power section. The lower output of the 84’s makes the amp cheaper to make but also more inviting to players who want a lower powered amp for home/studio, with enough power for small club stages. It has some modern features, primarily a 3-way gain Structure switch for three unique overdrive levels, as well as as built-in hall reverb. Other features include a Power Amp Mute for recording, switchable speaker-emulated XLR line output and ground lift, as well as 4-8-16 ohm selector switch when using external cabinet, and a 12" 8-ohm Celestion V-Type speaker that sounds very good in this amp. Sells new for $649. This beautiful barely used one is $449(SOLD-Rod 4/5). Includes cover.

PRS Case - SKB I-Series, (pic2). Top of the line protection for your PRS including McCarty, Custom, CE, Single Cut and Santana. The iSeries is the ultimate PRS case and features waterproof injection molded construction of ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin in a gasketed, waterproof, submersible design that is resistant to corrosion and impact damage. Its molded-in hinge, patented "trigger release" latch system with TSA recognized and accepted locks, four reinforced locking loops for customer supplied locks,comfortable, snap-down rubber over-molded cushion grip handles, secure stacking, and automatic ambient pressure equalization valve earn it a military grade designation. Interior is platinum plush providing total neck support and protection on all sides of the guitar. Features end handle for 2-man carry or pulling out of a van as well as wheels for easy transport. Sells new for $259. Get this barely used one for $149.

2011 PRS Special 22 – Violin Amber Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag), (case). Not sure why PRS gave this model its own name, “Special 22” when it’s simply a Custom 22 with a middle pickup. I would have called it a Custom 22S or something. Pickups are 245’s in the neck and bridge, with a Lindy Fralin single coil in the middle, controlled by (thankfully) a 5-way blade switch. I like the blade so much more than the rotary. Other features are figured maple top over mahogany body, Pattern (Wide/Fat) neck shape, East Indian rosewood fretboard with Outline bird inlays, nickel hardware, PRS tremolo bridge, Phase II locking tuners, master volume and master tone. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape. A few clear coat indents or scratches but nothing through to the wood. It plays easily with low action and with the Fralin pickup it has a sweeter selection of single coil tones. Would be very at home in a modern country band or, of course, rock or blues. Not a 10 top but on another day I think it could have made the grade. Really nice and fairly rare PRS for $1699.

Fender Generation 4 Tele Noiseless Pickup Set, (stock pic). The latest and greatest in the Noiseless line. Even more authentic vintage tone, without the noise. Fairly hot at 10.6K but not shrill. Sells new for $159. Get this set, perfect in the box, for $109.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Set. The Original Tele Noiseless and a quantum change in Fender pickups and still in production today. Output of 6.6K neck and 7.2K bridge is closer to a vintage output than later versions. This clean used set has full length leads and includes screws and spacers. These are $134 new. Get this set for $85.

Pedaltrain Jr Pedalboard and Case, (case/acc.). Quality Pedaltrain board with a durable padded gig bag made of cordura nylon, with adjustable shoulder strap and gusseted exterior storage pocket for cables, straps, etc. The pedalboard is on an inclined plane and includes brackets for mounting your favorite power supply underneath the frame. Easily holds 6-8 pedals with escape holes in the front to run your send/return main cables. Uses Velcro attachment (included) or zip ties (remind me and I'll include a handful). The new Junior (Classic) runs $119. I don’t think this one has even been used and it’s a good deal at $75(HOLD-Rick S 2/5).

Fulltone FB-3 Fat Boost. The FB-3 is a discrete, Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor) guitar pedal with up to 35dB of non-distorted gain while retaining your original sound (if that’s what you want it to do). You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow it out, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. This is the latest and definitely best of Fulltone's Fat Boost line, curing Version 1’s huge bass increase and dull high-end issues. It brings back the 11-step detented Gain control that was missing from Version 2 with an additional stage of FET. It features an extra octave of bass coverage, giving a natural sound to your guitar. This Fulltone Guitar Pedal makes you comfortable on your pedal board, and its large Volume and Drive knobs provide easy adjustment onstage. A quality boost pedal at a bargain price. $65.

George Dennis GD-20 Optical Volume Control. Optical control means it preserves your signal, plus no pot to wear out. Russian made, built like a tank and clean shape other than Velcro on the bottom. Active control means it will work well with other effects and in effects loops. Great price on a good quality volume at $65.

Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger. Another ingenious unit from the geniuses at EH. Not a suppressor, not a noise gate. Simply absolute silence. If you use single coils and a bit of gain, or you use a longer signal chain through several effects you need this. Click here for a 3 minute demo by EH. Sells new for $117. This one’s clean in the box with power supply for $79(HOLD-Bill A 2/12).

2008 Gibson Custom ES-339 - Antique Vintage Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Upgraded with a set of Lindy Fralin "Big Singles".  Quality Custom Shop piece for the player looking for the 335 Dot look, tone, and feel, in a guitar that's smaller and lighter. Gibson designed the 339 as a scaled down ES-335, altering the lines slightly so it doesn't look like a shrunken Dot and from the audience view it pretty much looks like a full size Dot. The fact is, however, the body size is very close to the size of a Les Paul, both in width and depth, but yet it retains the tone of a Dot. The body is laminated like a Dot, but they use a maple/poplar/maple laminate rather than all maple; the neck retains the solid mahogany construction. Pickups were swapped out from the original ’57 Classics to a set of Fralin Big Singles ($300/pair), which are noted for their more articulate single coil tone—without the hum of a single coil. In addition, it has been wired for the volume controls on top; tones on bottom, rather than side/side. These pickups are powerful, not unlike a P90, with more beef than most singles and cleaner and more articulate. Fralin describes them as a cross between their P-92 and Twangmaster. They seem fairly resistant to feedback, especially in the smaller body of a 339. It also has vintage style feature such as tulip-head Kluson tuners, nickel hardware, ABR-1 bridge, stop tailpiece, dot fingerboard inlays, and lacquer finish, which combine to give it the appearance of a '58 Dot. Gibson also made a few subtle improvements such as the output jack, now mounted on the side of the guitar instead of on the top, keeping the cable out of the way. The slim 30/60 neck has the slim, wide feel of an early ’60s Gibson, with an extra .030-inches of depth—perfect for today’s faster playing styles. They claim that during an A/B test with a vintage 335 "it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between the vintage models and the new ES-339. I don't have a $20K Dot to compare it to but from memory I will say that it can't be far off. The smoothly polished frets allow for fast and accurate play, with less effort. While it features Gibson’s standard 24.75” scale, it somehow seems shorter and you can readily perform stretches spanning seven or more frets from the fifth fret. The smaller body size does not decrease the guitar’s resonance, plus it can be cranked up to even higher levels of output without feedback, much like a Les Paul. This is the perfect semi-hollow guitar for solidbody players and with its vintage vibe and modern performance, the it’s a great all-around guitar for any style of music.  This guitar has a wonderful setup and plays as nicely as any 335 I've had, but it's much more comfortable.  These were hard to find on the open market 9 years ago, marketed only through a small network of around 7 stores and online retailers. Cosmetically it’s nice for a used guitar with a few minor flaws, the worst of which is a finish only chip on the headstock (shown here). Includes custom shop certificate and custom shop case. A really nice find for $1299(HOLD-Ken E 2/8).

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", 24 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 than it sold for new at just $1199. Case is era-correct Hamer but appears to be slightly large, with 1” of “play” on the lower bout.

Custom-Built OLP 5150 Graphic, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (pickups), (push/pull pot). Nice pro finish on this OLP Axis body with a matching Kramer banana headstock neck. I don’t know who did the finish but it’s professionally done with clean lines and no bumps under the clear coat – smooth as glass on the surface. I’m not positive but I’m fairly certain the neck is an ‘80’s Kramer, probably a Striker series. Supposedly the pickups were upgraded but there are no markings as to the maker so I can’t be sure. They are 4-conductor so that allowed an aftermarket installation of a Bournes push/pull pot to get single coil tones and 6 tones in total via the 3-way switch. Licensed Floyd Rose trem includes a D-Tuna for quickly dropping the 6th string down to a D. Plays really nice and there are no issues, cosmetic or otherwise, with this guitar. At $300, it’s less than you’ll pay for just the finish job on your current guitar.

Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience, (pic2), (tones). Another one… "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, via 7 pots (3 stacked, one regular).  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).  Originally these sold for $199 but if you check Ebay they’ve been going $220-$400! This one’s in nice shape in the box for just $159. Includes velvet bag, box, power supply, and some paperwork. (I have one in NOS condition lower on this page for $179)

Klon KTR Overdrive.  Successor to the famed Klon Centaur and, thankfully, almost $2000 cheaper than an original Centaur. Bill Finnegan built around 8000 of the original Centaurs on a folding table, all by hand. He sold them for $329 and only made a marginal profit due to the high manufacturing cost. His original design didn’t use off the shelf parts for knobs, pots, bottoms - even the case was custom built. While he opted for a more traditional build on the KTR, it’s essentially the same pedal and Bill states the KTR sounds the same as the original Centaur. Players feel these pedals emulate the sound of a tube amp better than any other overdrive, with the best of a TS808 tone, but not compressed sounding. Bill has always been sheepish regarding the escalating prices on the original Centaurs (which now fetch around $2400) and even has written on the top of these, “the ridiculous hype that offends so many is not of my making.”  Funny and true. Despite being ramped up for production, these are frequently out of stock by many dealer. This one’s in great shape in the box with manual and just $200(HOLD-Tom H 1/25).

1956 Gibson ES-125 Hollowbody Archtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (tailpiece), (pickup), (back neck).  Another one from Gibson's Golden era and nice shape for for 60+ years old. Batch number V4428-25 dates it to 1956. The ES-125's were near the bottom of the price list for Gibson archtops of this era, but that only means minimal cosmetics appointments as it was built by the same craftsmen who built their fancier models. The 125 has a laminated 16 1/4" body with maple top and mahogany back and sides, with mahogany neck and Brazilian fretboard and bridge, finished in nitrocellulose lacquer.  Although Gibson made a thin-body version (125T), this is the original full depth (3.5”) model which has a richer tone.  Other features include 24.75" scale, single dog-eared P90 pickup in neck position with gold bonnet volume and tone knob, tortoise grain pickguard, Kluson strip tuners, nickel trapeze tailpiece, bound body top and back, pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, silkscreen logo, Sunburst finish only.  The pickup has 6 adjustable poles between two Alnico 5 bar magnets, which sounds much more mellow than the P90s used in the solid body guitars. The tone is well suited for Jazz, or even Delta blues.  Cosmetically, it's seen plenty of playing time but very presentable. The finish is checked all over, with finish wear primarily on the back of the neck and body, amd some finish chips on the headstock. Appears all original other than a typical weld on the tailpiece, refretted with vintage frets, and newer Kluson strip tuners. It plays beautifully, sounds very rich, and is an excellent value in a mid-50s archtop at $1350(SOLD-Andy G 5/4). Includes a hardshell case. (Note: I also have an insanely clean ’52 model (pic) for more $ on my Gibson page).

EMG DG-20 David Gilmour Strat Assembly.  Pre-wired pickguard assembly that comes complete with a pearl white pickguard loaded with a trio of EMG-SA pickups (ivory), SPC Presence knob (don't confuse with "Presence" on an amp), and EXG Guitar Expander knob, volume control, and 5-way switch. These are excellent pickups by themselves, but add in the active SPC/EXG preamps and you've got a load of power in your hands. The SPC actually performs like a mid-boost and makes single coils sound very fat, like humbuckers, while the EXG conversely scoops the mids and boosts the bass and treble frequencies. The DG-20 guard sells new for $329; this one is perfect and just $229, including shipping.

1989 PRS Studio - Electric Red, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (trem), (pickup settings), (case). At 29 years you don't think of most Gibsons as being "vintage" but in the PRS world, where 1989 was just the 5th year of manufacture - and it was built at the old Annapolis factory - it's definitely vintage. Just like the Metallic Blue Studio I have in stock, this one is very well preserved. It’s not a museum piece like the blue one, but very clean overall. If you're not familiar with the Studio, it was only offered from '88 to '91 and the main feature is the HSS pickup configuration with a Hot Vintage Treble in the bridge and a pair of PRS single coils (click here for details). These were offered with either a tone control or, like this one, a Sweet Switch. The early Studios (and Standards) from this era are the closest thing to the original 1985 "PRS Guitar", distinguished by its all-mahogany construction - rather than the maple cap model that followed the PRS Guitar, as well as a 24-fret neck and Sweet Switch. This one also has the factory route for up-pull on the tremolo, a feature many players appreciate. To my ears there is a warmth and singing quality to the mahogany bodies that you can't find on a maple top. Like all PRS during this era it's truly a hand-made guitar, built 6 years before they brought CNC machines into the shop. Other features include Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 24 fret mahogany neck, short heel neck joint, 1-piece Mil-Com bridge, small logo, Standard neck profile, and the early version PRS locking tuners. Overall it’s in excellent condition with the only finish issues being finish chips on the tip of the headstock, a tiny chip on the bottom edge, and a few minor impressions, not through the finish. Other than that, there’s some pitting on the trem bass and a little nickel wear on a few saddles. If you look closely you'll see some normal "finish suck" which is normal on these thin Nitro finishes as they age, but you' won't find an old PRS without this. Players and collectors alike are seeking out old-factory models and these pre-CNC models have risen steadily over the past 10 years. $2399 is a very nice price for an ’89 which makes it a very affordable investment piece that’s still within the range of working guitarists looking for a stage guitar that's universally accepted to be better than any new one. Includes case and trem arm.

1998 PRS McCarty Soapbar, (front), (headstock), (back), (Lollars), (scratch), (case). First year(!) McCarty Soapbar goldtop offered with your choice of quality pickups. Stock pickups are Seymour Duncan Soapbars but this one has been retrofitted with a pair of DiMarzio Dlx Plus (DP162) soapbars but unlike most soapbars, they’re actually stacked humbuckers and are designed as an excellent compromise between single coil soaps and mini-humbuckers, characterized by clean and open soapbar tone with punchy lows, well defined highs, with no muddiness. They’re 4-conductor in case you want to put some splitter pots in there. As an option, I’m also offering a great set of Lollar traditional wound P-90 Soapbars which are going to appeal more to the P90 purists. Take your pick, no charge for the swap. After introducing the McCarty model in 1994, 1998 marked the introduction of several new McCarty models including this Soapbar as well as the McCarty Archtop and McCarty Hollowbody. Other than the pickups, specs of this McCarty Soapbar mirror the McCarty model including a mahogany body that's 1/8" thicker than other PRS's, a headstock that's slightly thinner and with a greater headstock angle, vintage style non-locking tuners, all of which are a nod to the 50's guitar that Ted McCarty designed for Gibson. Other features include wide-fat neck, compensated wraparound stoptail bridge and mahogany body with a thick maple cap. Cosmetically, it’s not perfect with the worst flaw being a scratch on top shown above. Frets are in great shape and it supports a nice low set up. For your soapbar fans, this is a nice buy on a quality first year McCarty Soapbar. $1150 includes your choice of pickups as well as PRS case with original hangtag and other paperwork.

1970s Fender Bass Case, (inside). Perfect home for your vintage Fender P or J Bass. Maroon interior and “Made in USA” under logo dates it to late ‘70’s but a black Tolex with silver logo is fine for any ’67-’82 Fender. Some tolex chips on the outside but overall nice shape for a vintage case plus you get some cool artwork for free. Latches/hinges/interior have no issues. Doesn’t smell musty to me but you guys with ultra sensitive I would recommend not buying vintage cases. $129. 

2013 PRS SE Custom 24 - Sunburst Flametop, (front  side), (headstock), (back), (upgrades), (gigbag).  Another one of the newer model with "bent" top, plus a number of quality upgrades.  As I've mentioned before, PRS and perhaps Brian Moore, make the best quality Korean imports on the market in my opinion. Unlike 95% of the other companies, they don't use Cort or Samick factories, and their quality control is top notch. 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 better than your average USA Fender or Gibson. The Custom 24 is relatively new to the SE line. After having a few of the first version with the flat top, I’m much more impressed with the later model with the contoured edges and "bent" top.  Nice.  It really impressed me away in terms of looks, tone, and feel.  It also has a bunch of upgrades to make it a total proline instrument including a pair of PRS Mark Tremonti USA pickups, push-pull tone pot, Grover locking tuners, Dunlop strap pins, and a real bone nut, over $350 in upgrades done by a qualified luthier.  The 24-fret wide-thin neck is a joy to play with low action, easy and smooth string bends, with quality tone and very good sustain.  Unlike most imports which use only a maple veneer, PRS chose to use an actual maple slab mounted to the mahogany body, and then put a veneer of flamed maple on top of the maple cap, plus a flamed veneer on the back too.  It is the marriage between mahogany and maple that gives guitars like Les Pauls, and this PRS, their throat.  This classic blend produces gives the warmth and resonance with excellent bottom end - with plenty of high end snap. A guitar with only a maple veneer will not have this tone.  The Tremonti pickups (link) at $138/each are a definite upgrade over the stock import pickups.  Using large Alnico V magnets, they excel at delivering thick, aggressive tone, and are the ultimate in quiet performance.  Other nice touches like the bird fretboard inlays, headstock shape, PRS tremolo, and natural maple binding make this look like it's USA brother but at $719 ($1092 list) it's around 1/4 the cost.  Add in the cost of these upgrades and you're looking at a guitar that will set you back around $1100 new.  Better yet, get this one with all the critical upgrades done, for just $499(HOLD-Kevin G 6/21).  Includes original PRS gigbag and trem arm.

2002 PRS CE 22 Maple – McCarty Burst, (front), (back), (headstock), (buckle wear), (case). Looking for a quality Core model PRS at under a grand? Here you go. Not the cleanest PRS I’ve had but looks good from the audience and no major cosmetic issues. Only mod is McCarty switching in place of the 5-way rotary, i.e. 3-way switch and push/pull tone pot for 6 killer tones. My favorite PRS of all time happened to be a CE finished in orange that I foolishly sold around 15 years ago. They’re great guitars. This one is finished in McCarty Burst, rather rare for a CE. Features include carved mahogany body with carved maple top, gloss finish, Dragon II pickups, PRS tremolo, PRS locking tuners, quarter-sawn maple neck with wide-fat carve and moon inlays. Many players prefer the feel and tone of PRS's bolt-on's and, in fact, the list price on the CE22 Maple was just $50 under the set-neck PRS Standard. Cosmetically there’s plenty of buckle wear but it’s in the clear coat only, nothing down to the wood. A few of the bridge saddles have worn nickel plating, and a few minor indents on the top. Frets have been dressed and we’re going to put a fresh round crown on them before it ships. It’s an excellent player with a tone that will cover a wide range of Gibson and Fender tones. This model sold at discount for $2139 when last produced a few years ago. It’s an excellent buy today at just $950. Includes PRS case and trem arm.

Line 6 POD Pro, (Close-up). New Old Stock! Many years ago I bought 8 of these and had thought I had sold out...until last week when we found this behind a pile of gear. It’s been out of the box only to shoot pics but has never been plugged in, zero hours, new in the box. More than just the rackmount version of the original POD, the POD Pro had much more features including double the number of amp models (32), cabinet models can be changed from front panel, manual mode (instead of presets) is handy for many players as it's the what-you-see-is-what-you-get mode where all the tones are reflected by knob positions. It also has loads of slick I/O options. In addition to the 1/4" input and stereo outs of the original Pod, the Pro features a line-level input, an unprocessed output, a TRS stereo effects loop, balanced XLR outputs, two flavors of digital outputs (S/PDIF and AES/EBU), and a digital clock input. The outputs are designed for two modes of operation: live and studio. In live mode, the 1/4" outputs are intended to feed a guitar amp, and there is no speaker simulation added to the patches. Conversely, the XLR outs do feature speaker simulation in live mode, as it's assumed the signals will be routed to a P.A. system. In studio mode, the analog and digital outputs feature speaker simulation. At home on stage or studio and heard on more recordings in the past few years than probably any other preamp. List price back in the day was $899. Get this for less than ¼ of that. Just $225(HOLD-William P 1/16) and includes original box, manual, and CD.

Studio Projects VTB1 Tube Mic Preamp, (back), (psu) Excellent quality single-channel tube blend mic preamp, a must for any home studio, digital or analog. Te VTB1 incorporating true class A/B switching and it's a totally discrete circuit. Unique to the VTB-1 mic preamp is the Tube Drive circuit based on a 12AX7 tube that allows the user to blend as little or as much of the Tube Drive as desired. The Studio Projects VTB-1 allows the user the most flexibility of any mic pre in its price class. Great for vocals of course, but also a good choice to overdrive your guitars or bass. Here's a good demo that uses acoustic, electric, bass, and vocals through the unit (link). Sells new for $199 but this one's mint and just $99.

2017 Fender '50s Precision Bass Lacquer - Black, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). First of the latest Classic Series I've had...offered in "as new" condition and includes Fender tweed case. Fender's Precision bass, so-named because its fretted fingerboard offer a precise note rather than the earlier fretless models that depended on exact finger placement. Fender used a genuine lacquer finish on this model that will age beautifully as the years go by. All the 50's features including anodized gold pickguard, alder body with gloss nitro finish, C-shaped maple neck/fretboard with a vintage 7.25" radius, vintage frets and Alnico Precision pickups. We probably have pickup and/or bridge covers to fit this for additional cost. Just inquire. For this money you might expect a bass that's somewhat lackluster in tone but this bass is actually lively and sounds excellent. With a new cost of $899, save some bucks on this mint (played one time) example. $639 includes original tweed case, Sweetwater inspection list, and factory paperwork.

2002 PRS McCarty Model, (front), (headstock), (back), (case  case candy). Original McCarty model, finished in McCarty Burst with a nicely bookmatched maple top. The McCarty was first produced in 1994 and was the closest thing to a LP that PRS made at the time. The Single cut followed later in the ‘90’s. This model has all the original specs, some of which are unique to this model: a mahogany body that's 1/8" thicker than other PRS's, a headstock that's slightly thinner and with a greater headstock angle, vintage style non-locking tuners, all of which are a nod to the 50's guitar that Ted McCarty designed for Gibson. Other features include wide-fat neck, McCarty Treble and Bass pickups with McCarty switching (3-way switching and push/pull coil splitter on tone control), compensated wraparound stoptail bridge, silver-nickel pickup covers, and mahogany body with a thick maple cap. Cosmetically, you’ll note a small area where the finish flaked off but there’s no deep worming in the area, just light scratches. Additionally, there are a number of small finish chips on the top edge. We can touch all of these up but rather than jack up the price a few hundred I’m going to opt to put this out at player’s price. The good news is that it looks very presentable and the frets are factory original and nearly perfect. Set-up is great, better than your average Paul. For tone, playability, comfort, and looks, this model beats a Les Paul Standard with weight relief and most purists will gravitate to this one every time, especially considering this one's 8 lbs 3 oz without weight relief. An exceptional value on a McCarty at $1165. Includes PRS case, key, hang tag, and paperwork.

Fender Flea Signature Roadworn ’61 Jazz Bass Shell Pink, (front stacked pots), (back), (headstock), (wear), (gigbag). Perhaps the best rock bassist of his generation, Flea from the Chili Peppers has authorized this signature model based on his own '61 Fender Jazz Bass down to the faded Shell Pink finish, of which his is thought to be the only original '61 Shell Pink in existence. Fender used their Roadworn process on this model, complete with nitrocellulose lacquer finish, just like the original. Likewise the neck is period-correct with a 20-fret “C”-shaped maple neck (smooth Road Worn lacquer finish on the back) with a 7.25” radius on a rosewood fingerboard with a 1.5” wide nut and vintage frets. Pickups are especially important on a Jazz since they jump out of the mix more than a P-bass and Fender chose an excellent set for this model with a pair of Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass single-coils. A pair of stacked concentric pots control Volume 1, Tone 1, Volume 2 and Tone 2. This bass plays with ease up and down the neck and has a nice, lively sustain. Sells new everywhere for $1224. This one is in unplayed condition and just $849(HOLD-John B 2/2). Includes original deluxe gigbag.

2007 PRS Custom 24 - Amber w/Regular Carve Neck,  (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Rare quilted maple with Regular neck. Some people believe the Custom 24 is the finest production guitar made. I can't think of many in the same league and when you factor in sheer beauty and superb playability it's hard to beat. Everything about it oozes elegance. From the gentle slope around the top edge that's borrows from the German carve, to the recessed knobs, gently carved into the top, to the beautiful maple top, precisely cut and stained to enhance the flame effect, to the colorful bird inlays. In addition to the quilted "10" top (used to be a $790 option over flame) and bird inlays, this guitar was built with the "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). Other features include red stained mahogany body with figured carved maple cap, mahogany neck with rosewood board, PRS tremolo, 25" scale length, 24 frets, Phase II locking tuners, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, Standard neck profile, PRS 5-way rotary pickup selector, master volume, and master tone. Typical of PRS’s Core line, playability is exceptional and the tone superb. I see many country sidemen playing PRS’s now, joining the ranks of scores of pro rock players. They’re just that versatile. Offered in exceptionally nice condition with virtually no player's wear anywhere. Front and back have zero scratches, frets are like new. It’s tough to find a new CU24 in quilted maple any more but the cheaper flamed models are running around $4370 online. For a guitar of this quality and obvious visual appeal it's a nice buy at $1950(HOLD-Geo M 2nd time).

2001 PRS Custom 22 Soapbar - Emerald Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Fairly rare model from PRS, available since '98 but, oddly, rarely appearing in a catalog.  Of all the PRS's I've had over the years, this is only the fifth one I've had and the first time I’ve had two in stock at the same time. This one isn’t mint like my other one but nothing horrible, worst flaw is a small scrap on top near the jack (shown here) which I’ll have Martin lacquer over so it should be barely noticeable. There are also finish rubs on the back edge which we’ll leave alone rather than try to match the dark green color.  Although not a “10”, this has a very nice flamed maple top, finished in Emerald Green front and back.  The CU22 Soapbar is not your traditional Custom, due mainly to the trio of Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups rather than the dual humbuckers found on the regular Custom. It also features a 5-way blade selector instead of the usual rotary selector since the single coil Soapbars don't allow splitting of coils. The 5-way is set up slightly different from a Strat. While 1, 2, 4, and 5 are the same as a Strat layout, with 4 being noise-canceling, position 3 is the neck and bridge in combination (also noise-canceling), rather than the middle pickup alone. It makes sense to me. I never use the middle pickup on a Strat, but I use the other 4 settings. Having the neck/bridge gives me 5 useful tones instead of 4. The neck carve would sort of be considered a "narrow/thin", measuring 1 21/32".  It feels like a soft-V in the lower register, becoming a C-shape as you go up the neck. Other features are the same as the regular Custom 22 including Phase II locking tuners with ebony buttons, PRS tremolo, mahogany back with contoured maple top with unstained edge for maple "binding". Frets are in nice shape and the set up is excellent. If you're a PRS fan and/or Soapbar fan, you get the best of both worlds with this guitar. Excellent value on this model at just $1299(HOLD-David Z 3/16). Includes original case, structurally sound but not as clean as the guitar.

JBL E120 and EV Force 12” Speaker, (back). Great choice of 12” 8 ohm speakers for your combo or cab, both clean shape, no issues. $75 for the Force; $125(HOLD-Dennis K 1/8) for the JBL. The JBL, one of the favorite guitar speakers, is rated at 300W so its not going to blow in a guitar application and equally popular for keyboards. Likewise, the EV at 150W is a great choice for high volume applications.

Carr Slant 6V 2X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel/label), (cover). Described by Carr as their most versatile stage amp, the Slant 6V is a dual channel, power switchable (18W/22W/40W) combo with dual channels and quality reverb on both channels. It offers a wide range of American and British tones with remarkable clarity in a hand-built American amp. Its two channels are independent and can be changed via panel or footswitch. Channel One bridges our shimmering clean tone with gutbucket, overdriven blues, while the dual gain settings on Channel Two offer pure tube crunch, soaring sustain and fluid dynamic response. A mini-switch on the front panel engages the boost on Channel Two. On the back panel there's a switch to choose half-power in cathode bias (18W) or half-power in fixed bias mode (22W), for tones similar to early tweed and AC-style combos in cathode mode. There's a punchier, tighter sound in fixed bias mode. In the full power mode (40W), the Slant 6V runs four 6V6 output tubes split in cathode and fixed bias pairs, yielding nearly ever classic tube tone possible. Tube complement includes a quad of 6V6, with four 12AX7’s and two 12AT7’s in the preamp, with a GZ-34 rectifier. It also features a pair of Carr USA Kingpin 60 speakers, an external output jack, and 4-8-16 ohms selectable output. I was totally impressed with the tone and versatility of this amp. I especially like the reverb, which is a throwaway on many amps. It has a very balanced tone with just enough low end, lots of punch, and shimmering highs that were reminiscent of Petty or Byrds. It’s in lovely shape all around with no issues. If you’re looking for an amp that can nail nearly every vintage tone in your head, this one’s big enough to play clubs and built like a tank. These sell on Reverb $1800-$2400 (link). Get this sweet amp for $1699.

Jensen C12R 12” Guitar Speaker. Clean shape. Good replacement speaker for your combo and just $45.

FOUND: 1988 G&L Skyhawk - Matching Headstock - Fine Tune Bridge, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (case). Pics fell off the site; relinked. Nice 2nd generation Skyhawk with rare fine-tuner bridge and matching headstock. We haven't had the neck off yet but it's a late '87 or early '88, with the cosmetic changes that began in late 87, giving the Skyhawk a more traditional, i.e. Strat, look. These changes included a recontoured body, a "sickle" style headstock ("by Leo Fender" logo) which replaced the earlier double curve design. Also this was the first year for the traditional one-piece pickguard, which replaced the combination smaller pickguard with metal control plate. Features include nicely figured ash body; bolt-on maple cap neck, 3-bolt neck attachment with tilt adjust, black pearloid dot markers, 3-ply white pickguard, G&L Dual Fulcrum Vibrato with fine tuners, chrome Sperzel locking tuners, G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil pickups with adjustable pole pieces, Master volume, treble, and bass, 5-way pickup selector, 25.5" scale, 1 5/8" nut. Overall very nice condition but there are several cosmetic flaws (shown here) but no buckle scratches and frets are in great shape, so this guitar has seen little playing time. At 8.2 lbs., it's fairly light for a Leo-era G&L. Set up is fantastic - bends with ease, and the controls and pickups offer much more tonal variation than your average Strat. For a vintage G&L with rare features this is a nice buy at $999. Includes original case and original trem bar.

2014 Fender American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (case candy), (case). Custom color Burgundy Mist Metallic. After over 30 years Fender discontinued the American Vintage '57 and '62, in favor of the '56, '59, and '65 Strats, which made their debut in 2012. I haven't noticed a huge difference, other than the higher price tag on these new models, but it appears the finish is thinner, and even on a new guitar you can see hints of finish sucking and raised grain.  They also tend to be lighter weight than the earlier models. According to Fender, their R&D department dissected many vintage instruments to build guitars which were cosmetically, sonically, and electrically closer than ever to the originals, even going as far as restoring some vintage tooling. The result is a selection of guitars that is closer to the "real thing" than anything Fender has ever offered outside of the Custom Shop. The vintage series feature bone nut, 7.25" fretboard radius, 1.650" nut width, 25.5" scale, 21 vintage-style frets, and alder body. They are designed as vintage NOS (new old stock) with no artificial aging or weathering. Fender even remade paper/oil capacitors, although they come with modern 5-way pickup selectors, although the correct 3-way is included in the case. Pickups are the" new vintage” made to period-correct specs, and based on the sound of the original model. They sound much closer to the genuine vintage models that I've played. Fender has finally tied Gibson's Historic series for massive amounts of case candy and they now include loads of “vintage replica” paperwork for the original model year, as well as a manual, vintage wiring diagrams, as well as a load of other stuff.  This guitar is in unplayed condition, with plastic film still on the pickguard, and we've given it a set up that's better than factory. You can’t get these in Burgundy Mist any longer but you’re going to pay $1899-$2299 for sunburst, white, or shorelines gold. Maybe consider this perfect ’14 model for $1499.  Includes G&G/Fender vintage case and the huge assortment of case candy pictured.

MXR M196 A/B Box, (close-up). Excellent device to route your guitar/bass/keyboard to dual signal paths. If you play and acoustic electric, for instance, you can route to two separate amps and then select either one--or both--for the output signal. As new condition, only removed from box for display, and a good buy at $45.

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 is new, never installed, and just $110.

JJ 6L6GC Matched Pair. Brand new matched pair (20/2.7 specs) from Tube Depot so you know they’re burned in and good. Just $25 for the pair.

Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic. Acoustic Pickup and a Condenser Mic in One! As a lot of engineers do in the studio, Duncan combines a magnetic mic with a condenser to get the perfect blend of acoustic tone. The Mag Mic gives you a high-quality hum-cancelling Stack magnetic pickup plus an omni-directional condenser mic, in an easy to install, no hassle use unit. It includes convenient volume controls on the edge of the pickup. With hum-canceling stacked magnets, it’s super quiet so noise will not be a problem like it is on my acoustic, LOL. Sells new for $189. This nice used one, complete with all the stuff, is just $125(HOLD-John B 1/11). Includes manual and installation instructions for temporary or permanent installation.

Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler, (pic2). The "kitchen sink" for Line 6 Effects featuring all the famous sounds from DL4 Delay Modeler, DM4 Distortion Modeler, FM4 Filter Modeler, MM4 Modulation Modeler, Verbzilla, Echo Pro, and more. Features include 100+ stompbox effects with three simultaneous with three more at the ready, able to create up to 24 pedal board Scenes (Scenes back up to your computer via MIDI in/out), 28-second looper with dedicated footswitches, universal Tap Tempo syncs all time-based FX, MIDI control system compatibility, true analog bypass or DSP bypass, built-in chromatic tuner, 1/4" mono/stereo inputs and outputs, two 1/4" expression pedal jacks, MIDI in and out. Built with a super heavy-duty metal chassis and footswitches. There are a ton of demo's on YouTube, here's one. Sells new for $249. This nice clean used one's just $169(HOLD-Stephen S 12/21). Includes box, manual, power supply, etc.

Line 6 Chrome Pod - Limited Edition. Mint condition-never retailed and includes manual and power supply. These are very rare from 2001. Only 150 were distributed in the USA, 500 worldwide. I think at some time in the future these will be one of the ultimate collectables in light of the rarity and the fact that the POS was the most influential guitar effect of this generation. Underneath the chrome case it is your basic original POD, the kidney bean-shaped "desktop" modeling device for guitarists, offering a set of 16 amplifier models, 16 effects, and a selection of speaker cabs. It provides outputs for connecting directly to recording equipment, an external amplifier or PA system, or to headphones for late night practicing. Offered in mint condition with manual and power supply for $265.

2005 PRS CE 22 Maple - Black Cherry, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Lovely CE-22 upgraded with a fine set of Suhr pickups with an SSV neck and SSH+ bridge, complete with 3-way switch and push/pull tone pot for 6 killer tones. If you prefer other PRS pickups I can tell you what I’ve got but trust me, these Suhr's sound great. My favorite PRS of all time happened to be a CE finished in orange that I foolishly sold around 15 years ago. They’re great guitars. Features include carved mahogany body with carved maple top, gloss finish, PRS tremolo, PRS locking tuners, quarter-sawn maple neck with wide-thin carve, moon inlays, and 5-way rotary for a good selection of single coil and humbucker tones.  Many players prefer the feel and tone of PRS's bolt-on's and, in fact, the list price on the CE22 Maple was just $50 under the set-neck PRS Standard. Offered in excellent condition in all regards including a perfect low set up. This model sold at discount for $2139 when last produced a few years ago. It’s an excellent buy today at just $1150. Includes original PRS case (not as clean as the guitar) and trem arm.

2005 Charvel EVH Art Series - B&W graphic, (front), (back), (headstock), (plate/holo), (tag), (case). Immediately after his contract with Peavey ended Ed went to Fender/Charvel and these were the first production models, designed by the man himself. These came in this model, a black/yellow stripe, and a black/white/red stripe. After an initial small run of hand-signed guitars which were sold exclusively at auction, the model went into regular limited production, with a run of 5 years (’04-’08). For those who recall, this is a replica of the B&W guitar Ed played during the first Van Halen album, thus it’s referred to as the VH1. It features a custom-striped basswood body outfitted with a special-wound EVH humbucker, Floyd Rose Original locking vibrato with D-Tuna, and Schaller M6 tuners. True to the original, beautiful in its simplicity with but a single volume knob for controls (the knob is marked “tone” to replicate Ed’s original VH1).  Also features his favored compound-radius bolt-on maple neck with oil finish. This is the perfect neck for tapping, double stops, bends, and all the other pyrotechnics. Figuring some of these might be knocked off, there are various was to authenticate them including a holograph sticker in the cavity (raw wood area is correct). The Art Series had a retail price of $3299, selling in stores at discount for around $2600. I haven’t had one of these in 7 years but was happy to find one I could sell at a nice price. $1750 includes original case, tag, warranty, extra knob, etc.

Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Non-Mosfet. Earlier non-Mosfet FD2 (from 2001) prized for its warmth and compression. Nice shape for its age in original box with manual. $95.

Echo Dream 2, by Death By Audio, (pic2). If you’re into Lo-Fi delay, this is probably the best one out there (click here for a lo-fi demo). This latest model eclipses the tone of features of the original Echo Dream. With its “Advanced Echo Modulation” via a built-in LFO and a preamp fuzz circuit, it now includes control knobs for Fuzz and Master Volume and is less expensive than the original. Control knobs include Echo Delay Time, Echo Feedback, Master Volume, Fuzz Level, Delay Volume, Modulator Speed, and Modulator Depth. It also has a switch for 50/50 Wet/Dry blend and Dry Signal Off as well as one for Sine/Square Mod Shape. Delay time is an impressive 20ms to 1.2 seconds while the Feedback control allows self-oscillating modulation. Runs on a 9V battery of 9-18VDC adapter. Sells new for $280. This one’s in perfect shape in the box for $195(SOLD, local 6/27).

JHS Pink Panther Delay, (pic2). Digital and Tape delay in one! Although it may not be cool to say it (just like saying solid state is a better amp for some styles of music), digital delay with it's pristine repeats, can be much better than analog. That's not to say that it's better than analog; just different. Analog or Tape Delay features a warmth and/or warble that is decidedly vintage and very cool. Enter the Pink Panther Delay. It features a side-mounted Digital/Tape switch to go between the crystaline perfection to warm and compressed beauty. Features: Digital setting for hi-fi and clean with loads of headroom; Tape setting with saturation/compression emulates good old tape delays. The Dark control removes highs formore warmth, Mod1 has a subtle shimmering while Mod2 is darker with more intense modulation. It also features tap tempo via onboard footswitch or external switch. Lots of good demos online. Heres one from ProGuitarShop. Sells new for $249. This unit is mint in the box for $175(HOLD-Carlo 12/11).

OFF-HOLD: 2009 PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 "10" Top and Birds, (front), (headstock), (back), (bound neck), (pickup/cavity), (tag), (case).  Another great TMDC and just 7 lbs., 2 oz.!  This one appears to be the first batch of regular production model with a black headstock and unengraved pickups rather than from the limited initial run. Like the Ltd model, we agree with the consensus that this is PRS's best ever interpretation of a late 50's 'Burst.  In fact, click here for a YouTube comparison with a '58 Historic VOS. The 57/08 pickups, nitrocellulose finish, 24.5" scale, bound neck, and vintage style tuners combine to lend a traditional look, feel, and tone.  The first thing you'll notice is the original PRS headstock (commonly referred to as a Santana headstock), which harkens back to the early Annapolis days. Other features include highly figured maple "10" top, 22 frets, mahogany neck with wide/fat carve, East Indian rosewood fretboard with "pre-2008" style bird inlays, bound neck, stop tail bridge, nickel hardware, 57/08 covered humbuckers, 3-way toggle with push/pull pot. If you're looking for a classic LP tone, for me this guitar is better than any Historic model I've played in terms of tone, feel, and looks. I love the shorter scale on the this model. At 24.5" it's a tad shorter than a Les Paul and a 1/2" shorter than their regular scale which is just enough to make a 5-fret stretch possible. This body is much easier to play in the upper register than an LP and once you play it, you might never go back to a Paul. It has seen very little playing time with perfect frets and a killer, low set up. Other than two small clear coat scratches on back, it's in immaculate condition and a nice savings compared to new. This model sells new with "10" top and birds for $3459-$3800 but you can own this killer feather-weight TMDC245 for just $2099.

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 in his Cream days played 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 brown 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 can fix 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. 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.

ca. 1951 Gretsch New Yorker 16" Acoustic Archtop, (side), (front/back), (neck/headstock), (action), (bridge).   "As is" special!  Can't be set up with low action without some serious neck work so I'm offering this "as is" for the slide player or someone who plays only cowboy chords (see action at 12th fret above).  Other than the action, this guitar is quite intact without extraneous rattles and no breaks, with a cool "Blind Willie Lemon" tone that's well suited for delta blues. I don't know a lot about this model other than it has rather austere cosmetics for a Gretsch, with a painted on logo but it does feature a bound neck and body, and block fretboard inlays. Fretboard is Brazilian rosewood, which is a cool feature any day, and what appears to be original tortoise pickguard. Finish has a wonderfully aged patina, typical with nitro finishes including nicely yellowed binding that's in remarkably nice shape for a 50's Gretsch and worn away to bare wood over the back of the neck.  Serial 4779 stamped inside F-hole which should date it to '51.  I'm into it for $400 and after talking to my luthier it's not going to be cost effective to make it a killer Spanish style player thus it's offered as is for $450.

Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Bridge. Mid ‘00’s but will work on most any Tele. String-through-body plate, six American series bridge saddles with offset intonation screws. Highly polished chrome. Nice shape. Includes mounting screws not pictured. $59

Fender American Standard Telecaster Bridge. Recent model, ’07 to present with new style bent saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge. Nice shape. Includes mounting screws not pictured. $59

Glendale Tele Bridge/Saddles. American Standard “Raw Deal” bridge with Glendale “Twang” cutting edge saddles (aluminum E/A with brass D/G and B/E). New cost is $99.99 and $57.99 respectively. Get the whole set up for $109.

Kinman Strat Pickup – AVN-56. One of the best for a true Strat tone without the hum. This one’s a neck position but it’ll work for any depending on output you’re looking for. Lead was pro spliced, no problem. New these are $113 plus shipping from Australia. Get this one for $59/shipped.

Boss RV500 Reverb, (front/back), (LCD display). Brand new condition - paperwork still sealed and comes with optional Boss PSA power supply. Latest and greatest from Boss with 32-bit/96 kHz AD/DA, extensive programmability and numerous advanced features. In addition to 198 storage slots it features 12 modes and 21 reverb types, each with sound-shaping parameters like modulation, ducking, and EQ. You get everything from standard reverbs to shimmer, non-linear, fast decay, SFX, and more, plus classic Roland SRV-2000 and RE-201 Space Echo. You can even use two patches at once with Simul mode. There’s also a free editor/librarian software is available which allows you to edit sounds and organize patches on a computer via USB. Here’s a good demo (link) and check out the shimmering reverb around 3:42. Runs on 4 AA batteries or optional Boss PSA adapter. Sells new for $349, or $379 with a Boss adapter. Get this one in brand new condition for $100 less. $279 includes Boss PSA-120S adapter.

2005 PRS Custom 22 Artist 20th Anniversary, (front), (back), (headstock), (new frets), (case). More PRS’s are coming! This one is a perfect guitar for the pro player. Brand new refret by my guy Martin, with zero hours on the frets plus clear coat dings primarily around the edge (as shown here) make this a top-shelf PRS priced for the working guitarist. Artist Package includes Artist-grade top, gold hardware, and colorful Paua shell bird inlays, plus a rosewood headstock veneer with Paua shell PRS logo. Stunning. 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 which exceed their “10” tops (termed "artist grade" by PRS), extremely colorful Paua bird inlays, rosewood headstock overlay with inlaid colorful Paua shell inlaid logo, Artist case with velvet interior and dual combo locks, gold hardware including Phase II locking tuners and PRS tremolo. 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 a dark amber, with a beautifully bookmatched maple top that looks great from any angle. Other than the clear coat dings this guitar is in pretty nice shape and would look great as a stage guitar. Playability is top notch with these Jescar 51108 frets. They’re .051X.108, a bit larger than a Dunlop 6150. Just a really nice guitar. It’s not often that I can offer an Artist for the price of a regular Custom but this one is welcome exception. With brand new frets it’s a sweet deal at $1850. Includes Artist case, trem arm, spare tuner screws, Allen keys, and paperwork.

2002 PRS McCarty Model - Charcoal "10" Top, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). 7 Lbs, 3 Ozs! Super lightweight original McCarty model, finished in Charcoal with perfectly bookmatched maple. As with all "10" tops, the flame remains consistent side-to-side, up into the end of both horns on upper bout. The McCarty was briefly discontinued after being in production for 14 years, returning in 2008 as the McCarty Smokeburst. This is one of the original models with several features unique to this model, most notably a mahogany body that's 1/8" thicker than other PRS's, a headstock that's slightly thinner and with a greater headstock angle, and vintage style non-locking tuners, all of which are a nod to the 50's guitar that Ted McCarty designed for Gibson. Other features include wide-fat neck, McCarty Treble and Bass pickups with McCarty switching (3-way switching and push/pull coil tap), compensated wraparound stoptail bridge, silver-nickel pickup covers, and mahogany body with a thick maple cap. Overall very nice condition with only a few minor clearcoat impressions and some slight discoloration to the nickel hardware. All original and a great sounding guitar with excellent sustain. The set up is typically phenomenal, much better than your average Paul and for tone, playability, comfort, and looks, I think this is a much better value, especially with the optional 10-top, at $1599(HOLD-Joe B 4/11). Includes PRS case.

1960 Kay Swing Master Electric Archtop Mod. K6970, (front), (back/side), (headstock/neck), (pickups/knobs). 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 $599. Will include a gigbag but I might have a hardshell that fits it.

Fender Texas Special Tele Set, (pic2). Removed from a ‘12 American Special Tele, clean shape. Not the cloth wires used on custom shop but still the same pickup and just $69/pair.

Seymour Duncan SHR-1N Hot Rails. Great pickup for your Strat neck. 4-conductor. $85 new or get this clean used one for $55. Think I have the box and instructions as well.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Set. Vintage tone without the hum. Made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and parchment covers. Tone is crisp, clear, and quiet. This is a used set and does not include pots but does include screws and rubber spacers. Sells new for $175. Get this used set for $99.

2015 Fender American Special Telecaster with Extras - Blonde, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (gigbag acc.). The American Special is one of Fender’s recent models that now offers the best value in a gloss finish American Tele.  This is my favorite of these models.  Fender chose quality pickups for this model, the custom shop Texas Special, formerly reserved for only high end models. It is currently outfitted with Noiseless N3 pickups ($159 new) but we’re including both sets of pickups. One other mod is the Fender mint green pickguard ($29) which we can swap to the stock black one (shown here) if desired. While I wouldn’t say N3’s are quite THE vintage Tele tone, for most players they will be the perfect choice. If you play modern country, you’ll probably love them. They have the Tele twang, but are fatter sounding and, of course, quiet.  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 vintage logo, vintage style Tele bridge with 3 brass saddles, modern 9.5" radius, 25.5" scale, and 22 jumbo frets. This is an impressive guitar for the money. The finish is impeccable save for one small dent on the side that Martin is finishing over. It also has nice sustain, quality tone, and a great neck that sets up with nice low action. New ones are going for $999 with a Fender gigbag but you can get this beauty, with $188 worth of extras, for just $799(SOLD-Billy H 7/16). Includes original gigbag, paperwork, and extra original parts mentioned.

L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI. Studio-quality direct box + pre-amp + equalizer.  For a very modest price, this could possibly the last preamp you'll ever need for your acoustic. Quasi-passive 5-band EQ with sweepable mids, notch filter, and presence control. Boosts your signal up to an incredible 24dB.  Runs on 48V phantom power or a 9V battery, phase inversion for the best recording mix, XLR balanced output, ultrahigh input impedance to get the best out of any pickup, series effects loop and low cut filter to eliminate thumps.  Sells new for $189 - save big and get this clean used one for $125(HOLD-John D 11/21).

OFF-HOLD: Vintage Gretsch Case, (pic2). I’m not sure what model it’s made for but it’s made for a thinline hollowbody and fits an ES-335. Lower bout is around 16”; upper is around 12.5”. Black covering with plush green interior. Very clean vintage case with all latches and hinges in great shape. $115.

2006 Gibson SG Junior – Converted to Standard, (front), (back), (headstock). This is pretty cool in my book. All the tone of an SG Standard with the simplicity of a wraparouand tailpiece and single volume/tone controls. It started its life as a Junior with a single P90 pickup. Add an SG Standard pickguard and a pair of Gibson humbuckers (490R and 490T) and, voila, a Jr-Std! Other features include Gibson Deluxe tuners, compensated nickel tailpiece, gold screened logo, all-mahogany body/neck with a rosewood fretboard, dot inlays, single volume and tone controls, and three way switch. Neck is a 50’s rounded, so it’s just slightly chunky. Nitro gloss finish has plenty of luster to it with the only flaws being cosmetic including a few minor dings and scratches, the worst of which is a large V-shaped scratch in the waist shown in the pic of the back. Nothing horrible. If you’re a player who likes resting your hand on a stud tailpiece, which is great for string damping, this one offers that comfort with the tone of a dual humbucker SG. $629 includes a nice Gibson gigbag.

Lexicon LXP 15 Multi-Effect, (back), (display).  A great choice for the stage or studio, serving as a hardware multi-effects processor or as a computer plug-in via USA port.  It has MIDI ins and outs and stereo 1/4 inch inputs and outputs as well. It contains a great selection of Lexicon quality effects, including 128 presets. For you guys who like to tweak their sound, all of the programs have at least five pages that have different parameters that you can adjust to your own liking. All of the functions are also accessible from the front menu which is great because it means you don’t have to go through a bunch of sub menus to get to where you need to be.  Effects include reverbs, delays, chorus, flanger, vibrato, pitch shift, tremolo, and other time-domain effects and combinations. Cosmetically these are in good shape and the only minor gripe is the "slow" adjustment wheel that these are famous for. You can read/download the manual and quick reference guide here.  Before Lexicon started building good quality Asian units, they were made in the USA and, although mid-priced for Lexicon the sound quality is similar to the expensive PCM90.  The overall sound quality is very clean and for studio quality processor, it's a sweet deal at $150/each (2 available). 

Floyd Rose Discovery DST1-R w/accessories, (bridge/nut), Although 13 years old this is actually a new-old-stock guitar. The Discovery line was Floyd’s answer to an affordable, quality-made import model to go with their USA series. They use the same unique patented Speed-Loader system as well as the low-mass headstock. Features the new Floyd Rose Speedloader tremolo bridge, 3 high-output single coils, Basswood body, and the cool, low-mass headstock that's constructed largely of "air". The best thing about the Speedloader system is string changes can be done in less than a minute - it's truly a no-brainer easy job. These guitars are very well constructed as you'd expect with anything that Floyd would put his name on - with excellent setup and quality tone. These sold for $399 everywhere for the guitar alone but this one INCLUDES genuine Floyd Rose accessories including gigbag, strap, picks, cable, and tools for just $299 - plus a pro-setup that's better than factory.

Floyd Rose Discovery DSF2-BK w/accessories, (bridge/nut). Like the DST1-R above, this is new-old-stock. It’s the same basic design as the DST-1 above except in a non-tremolo model with the Speedloader Fixed Bridge with dual hot humbuckers. These sold for $399 everywhere for the guitar alone but this one INCLUDES genuine Floyd Rose accessories including gigbag, strap, picks, cable, and tools for just $299 - plus a pro-setup that's better than factory.

2002 Fender Deluxe Nashville Power Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock back), (bridge/etc.). Looks like your stock Tele with Nashville (Strat middle pickup) set up, but it’s so much more. The “Power” lies in its ability to do Tele tones, Strat tone, and an excellent acoustic tone. This is done with the addition of the Fender/Fishman Power Bridge, which features six piezo transducer bridge pickups to produce shimmering acoustic sounds. It’s also built with a stereo jack so with the addition of a stereo Y-cable you can send your electric pickups to your guitar amp, while sending your piezo/bridge pickup to your acoustic amp or mixer. It also works fine with a mono cable and you can select either tone, or easily blend your two tones for some cool combinations. For years session players in Nashville had been modding their Tele’s with a Strat pickup added in the middle position and substituting a 5-way switch to allow any pickup by itself, or blending neck/middle or bridge middle. Fender kept the outward appearance unmodified by substituting a stacked knob for the electric pickup volume and tone, while the back knob is wired as volume control for the Fishman bridge. Very simple. Other features include gloss-finish alder body, Fender Tex-Mex Tele single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions with a Tex-Mex Strat pickup in the middle position, modern C-shaped neck with rosewood fretboard, 9.5” radius, medium jumbo frets, synthetic bone nut, vintage-style tuners, and easy access 9V battery door on back. Click here for a Russian demo, with acoustic tones starting around 4:35. Although the “Power” model is no longer in production, the current “regular” model Nashville Tele (without the Fishman acoustic) sells for $799, which is $179 less than this model last sold for. Offered in superb condition, with a superb set up. Yours for just $599 including Fender gigbag.

ca. '98 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Copper Burst, (front), (back), (headstock). First run Korean reissue. Dano discontinued this model many years ago when they opted to build only one model at a time. Eventually they started building a '56 again, but they were Chinese made with various feature changes. None of the Chinese models were dual lipstick pickups with a Coke bottle headstock and the last generation models had only single volume and tone, rather than stacked pots, and other models went to steel saddles rather than the original rosewood bridge, which makes these early Korean models the most historically accurate reissues ever built. 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 a great U-2, this one is near flawless and a great U-2 for $299. Add Dano faux tweed gigbag (pic) for $22.

Fender Deluxe Powerhouse Stratocaster – Candy Apple Red, (front/back), (headstock). From the Deluxe Series come these upscale models with all the vintage features you know and love, with the main difference being *tone*, namely the Fender "Powerhouse" ultra quiet pickup system, with pickups designed specifically for this model. The other feature that sets this one apart is the active mid-boost circuit (9V battery), adding up to 12db of mid-boost, like the Clapton signature Strat. In fact, the part number for the preamp was the same one as the Clapton model. You can still get the Strat shimmering clean but turn up the mid boost and the guitar fattens up to a tone that's almost like a humbucker. Battery will last for a year or two if unplugged when not in use and is easily accessible via a "door" on the back of the guitar, a much-improved system over removing the pickguard to get to the battery. This one’s in NOS condition, other than the plastic film has been removed. Includes deluxe Fender gigbag and trem arm, plus a pro setup that's better than factory. With a regular Mex Standard Strat selling for $599, these are better guitars and $120 less at $479(HOLD-Brian N 11/21).

2012 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster w/Custom Shop Body, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Beautifully figured Custom Shop body finished in Bing Cherry Transparent with the rest being 2012 American Deluxe parts including neck, hardware, and electronics. Ash bodies are usually randomly figured but this one has highly figured grain in parallel lines that run the length of the body. Other pieces are American Deluxe including a rosewood board neck with perfectly dressed frets and rolled fretboard edges, N3 Noiseless pickups controlled by a 5-way and S-1 switch, locking tuners, and fulcrum style tremolo with stamped saddles. These N3’s are clearly the best of the Noiseless series, sounding much more Stratty, when you want that tone, plus much fatter tones via the S-1. It plays as good as it looks and is in nice shape overall. Includes trem arm and SKB case with ATA latches. Nice deal at $1050.

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 $299(HOLD-Duke T 5/13/17) plus shipping (97 lbs.). 

1981 ElectroHarmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress, (back/bottom). The legendary flanger/filter matrix. In addition to a great sounding flanger, the filter matrix mode takes the automatic sweep out of the circuit to create very unique chimey, shimmering tones. Click here for a YouTube demo on the reissue. This one’s over 35 years old but still works great. $175.

Fulltone Fat Boost V1.  Early model Version one from ’00. As players become more attuned to quality sound, I get more and more requests from players for clean boosts. This is one of the best for the money. The Fat-Boost Class A Discrete design offers up to up to 30db of Clean Boost without any change to your EQ; makes your sound Bigger, with more even-order harmonics. Blues players with the vintage-type tube amps will never turn this thing off. Works great in front of Master-Volume amps to kick them up a notch. Perfect shape and made with the best components.  This is the original model Fat Boost and sold new for $159 but this one' perfect with manual and just $89.

Dunlop Uni-Vibe Controller UV-1FC. Don’t know how this got separated from my Uni-Vibe but I can’t find it, only the pedal. It’s your basic expression pedal that controls the Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato speed and effect/bypass functions. Sells for $104 new on Amazon. This used one’s in nice shape and just $45.

Mullard KT88 Matched Pair. Exact copy of the KT88 tubes that were manufactured by Marconi-Osram for Marshall from the late 60s through the 70s. Great choice for a Marshall Major or any amp that can run KT88s. These are supplied by New Sensor Corp of New York, who bought the right to re-manufacture these tubes. These are new, old stock and made in Russia. Nice deal at $65/pair.

Svetlana 6L6GC Matched Pair. Another fine tube from New Sensor Corp NY who now owns the Xpo-Pul factory (AKA Reflektor) in Saratov, Russia. Excellent choice for any 6L6/5881 amps. New, old stock and a great upgrade for just $39/pair.

Mullard 12AX7/ECC833 Matched Pair. New Sensor’s reissue of the famed Mullard 12AX7 (or ECC83). Made at the Russian Xpo-Pul factory now owned by New Sensor Corp of NY. Quality is first rate. New, old stock, $29/pair.

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Wine, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  If youre a fan of Tim Shaw pickups, this ones got em. Absolutely killer playing Custom, even by LP Custom standards. Nothing sets up like a Custom - the neck angle on these are inevitably perfect - and this one is superb. Very low action at the nut - all the way up.  Additionally, this is one of the better *sounding* Pauls I've had, with some nice tone wood and a original Tim Shaw humbuckers, believed by some to be the best Gibson has made since the early 60’s. Excellent sustain, not overly dark sounding, and no "ghost" notes with all notes ringing true without the annoying low harmonic overtones. Since their debut in 1957, the Custom has been the Cadillac of the Gibson solidbody line, with features like multi-ply body binding, bound neck, multi-ply headstock binding, gold hardware, inlaid logo and split diamond on headstock, and block inlays. This one has seen some playing time so there are scratches in the clearcoat, moderate gold wear, and a small spot on back that’s worn through the nitro finish. This guitar was built before Gibson chambered out their bodies but it’s not at all heavy by 80s standards. Overall, it's in pretty nice shape for 35+ years and with a new Custom running $4799, this is truly a "good one" and an excellent value on a vintage Les Paul at $2500(HOLD-Adam G 6/20).

Resomax Gold Tuneomatic Bridge PS-8843-GO. Brand new 4mm NV2 bridge in gold finish. Lightweight, high strength bridge will increase harmonic content and improve tone.  Comes loaded with ResoMax alloy saddles to retain the vintage look and tone of your guitar. Excellent choice to upgrade or replace bridge on your Gibson USA, Grestch or Godin. Sells new on at Resomax for $99.95. Get this new one for $65.

Gotoh Gold Locking Tuners - SG301-MG. Brand new set of Gotoh Magnum Locking 3+3 tuners, complete with screws. 18:1 tuning ratio, 3 right hand and 3 left hand tuners. Lubri-Coat lubrication for smooth action and long life. New priced at $65 online but get this new set for $45.

EMG-85/EMG-60A LS Set. Brand new set of EMG LS’s for your Gibson style with long pot shafts. Includes everything you need, including long shaft pots, jack, and no-solder wiring. The 85 is good for crunch rhythm and lead; the 60A is a very good choice for cleaner neck tones. These sell for $99/each online. Get this brand new pair for just $129.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, (front), (back) (stock pic), (sample software). Mint in the box and includes download codes for hardware, Cubase LE, Komplete Elements MK2, and Traktor LE2. A quality 6-channel audio interface with recording software and over 1000 sounds and effects. Native Instruments provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance - in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver perfectly transparent sound. Includes Komplete Elements license with over 1000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing. Sells new for $229. This one's "as new" for just $139.

FOUND – somebody wanted this a week or two ago. Just found it: 1994 Washburn Festival Series EA-20B, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (label), (preamp/outputs). Back in the days of MTV’s “Unplugged”, the Washburn Festival Series was a mainstay of performers. They have a cool look, sound very good amplified, and with the thinner body are very comfortable to play onstage. Additionally, the thinner body is less prone to feedback. An identical model with “Melissa” inlaid on the fretboard was sold as a limited edition model in collaboration with Gregg Allman, and there was also a Nuno Bettencourt EA-22 that looked the same other than fretboard inlays. These came with either a spruce or mahogany top, with solid mahogany bodies, in a mini-jumbo cutaway design. This one is a mahogany top. It features a body that’s bound top and back, bound neck, bound headstock, Grover tuners, 14 frets clear, Florentine cutaway, and very large oval soundhole. Preamp is a British-made Equis II, which was a higher end system back in ’94 with separate Hi-Z and XLR D.I. outs, Low-Mid-Hi active EQ, Contour and Level knobs, and LED’s for operation and low battery. After 20 years Washburn has resurrected this model, although it’s a much affordable model (Chinese?) than these original Festivals. This one’s in very nice shape and a good buy for fans of MTV at $250.

1995 Takamine N18 Dreadnought w/Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (control), (appointments), (case). Top quality Japan-made Tak from their Natural series. Japanese Taks are some of the finest acoustics I’ve had. They are built for road use and they age very well. Woods are spruce top, rosewood sides and back, ebony fretboard, and mahogany neck. It is beautifully adorned with abalone purfling surrounding the soundboard, natural wood binding, a wide rosette of abalone and jacaranda, with a matching inlay on the 12th fret. If you need to plug in and play, this one has already been upgraded with an active L.R. Baggs I-Beam pickup, with a volume control located just inside the soundhole. This one had a top crack (pic here) that was pro repaired, glued, cleated, and lacquered over. It poses no problem to performance and should never be an issue. Otherwise, there’s the normal player wear including pick scratches around the sound hole and impressions in the clear coat. Nothing horrible at all. As you can see in the pics the finish has developed a nice faded patina from age. Set up is quite comfortable up and down the neck. Tonally, it’s very balanced for a rosewood. The lows aren’t going to blow you away, the highs aren’t overly pronounced, and the mids aren’t at all boxy. It’s sort of the perfect mix. This is a high end Tak at a good price. $679 includes a nice TKL hardshell case.

“Vintage” Taylor Dreadnought Case, (pic2). 1980’s Poodle case for your full size Taylor dreadnought (310, 510, 810, etc.) Typical shape for 30 years. Interior is nice, all hardware intact, just some wear around the edges where wood is visible. If you have a late 80’s Taylor, this is the right home for your guitar and just $115.

2017 Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge other features), (case and cert). Mystic Ice Blue finish!  Brand new model and one fine Tele. Latest version of the revolutionary Tele Thinline, first marketed in 1969. The original idea was to produce a more lightweight Tele, while retaining the guitar's signature tone. This latest version, called the Elite Tele Thinline does that and more. This model features Fender's new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, which sound like a Tele, without any of the harshness associated with the vintage pickups. They are also very compatible with virtually any OD or distortion pedal, again, without harshness. They sound as great clean as they do with loads of gain, sort of the perfect modern Tele tone. You'll also notice a different type of bridge on this guitar. The new Elite Suspension Bridge features three intonatable brass saddles is a unique design engineered specifically for this guitar. A screwless mount increases the transfer of energy to ensure better sustain and a more lively response. It features a comfortable compound radius (9.5”-14”). Not just the fretboard is compound. While it's a modern “C”-shape at the nut, it morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D” profile at the heel. The heel, by the way, is updated as well, making it easier to play in the upper register. Tuners are short-post locking type and feature a greater break angle at the bone nut, buzz-free. They've also borrowed the idea for a truss rod wheel at the butt neck, which is my personal favorite. It's easy and you can keep tension on the neck while you adjust. Other features include a bound ash body (very classy!), black chrome headstock logo, Schaller strap locks, and large pearloid fret markers. Lastly, it comes in a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks and includes a certificate of authenticity. Why pay $1999 for a new one when this one is “as new” with zero flaws, PLUS a pro set up, for way less. $1450. Includes Elite case with certificate, etc.

TC Electronic Effects Pedals. TC Electronics is the most innovative pedal company on the scene today. I encourage you to watch the demo’s below and gain a little insight to these pedals which excel at traditional tones, plus some options you haven’t even thought of before. They also include Tone Print, which are settings by a few dozen of the hottest players of our generation, or you can tweak the knobs for your own tone print. Just download the Tone Print app and you can send settings through your pickups directly to the pedal and have them stored in the tone print setting. These all sold new for $129 (the reverb was $149). The Helix and Vortex don’t have the box but, regardless, all are mint condition.

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb. Good demo by ProGuitarShops here. Recently replaced with the Hall of Fame 2 but this one is great. $85(SOLD-Tamal 7/19)

TC Electronic Helix Phaser . Good demo by Reverb here. $85(SOLD-Tamal 7/19)

TC Electronic Pipeline Tap Tremolo. Good demo by TC Electronic here. $85(HOLD-Carlos 10/31)

TC Electronic Vortex Flanger. Good demo by ProGuitarShops here. $85

Lace Alumitone "Deathbucker" Set.  Using Lace's own "current driven" technology, the Deathbucker was designed for high output with a heavy metal drive. Extreme output with thunderous bottom end, yet crisp highs allow the player the most versatile of high output pickups. The passive design yields active pickup performance with zero noise and no battery needed. Even In split mode, the unique Alumitone design is dead quiet with full range sound. Additionally, there is no volume drop in split mode and working as a single coil; noise is virtually eliminated in comparison to standard split-coil pickups.  They're an easy drop in replacement and the 4 conductor design needs only 250k pots.  It is excellent for any playing situation from live to direct to board recording. For full specs and clips click here for Lace's site. Sells new for $105/each. Get this pair in perfect condition for just $119.

Vox AC30 HW2 Hand Wired 2X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (cover), (speakers). THE classic British tone of all time and like the originals, this baby is hand-wired. The Vox AC-30 defined the British tone of the 60's and later, most prominently by The Beatles and Rolling Stones, as well as Brian May, The Edge, The Shadows, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, and countless others. With a quad of EL84 power tubes, a GZ34 rectifier and three 12AX7 preamp tubes, the AC30 cranks out 30 watts of beautiful and chimey tone. This Fawn-covered beauty is one of the nicest models you can get, commanding a premium to offset the cost of building a handwired amp. With a tone that can easily cover the old hits, this model also has modern enhancements which allow you to cover more musical ground. It starts with the traditional Vox two-channel design: Top Boost and Normal, with High and Low inputs for each channel. The clean-sounding Normal channel as a bright switch for increased brilliance while the Top Boost channel features a Hot/Cool switch to achieve even more gain (controlled by included footswitch). It also adds a Master Volume option which is easily bypassed via the MV/BYPASS switch on the panel. Want full breakup in smaller venues? Just use the OP Mode switch which cuts the output power to 15 watts. A pair of 25W Celestion Greenbacks were chosen for this amp for their ability to deliver great tone and allow a bit of speaker breakup at full volume. Sweet. Included is the footswitch and custom-fit dustcover. Prices on original '60 Fawn AC30's are out of site. This one has all the looks and none of the problems, at around 20% of an original. These sell online for $1699. This one is dead mint, with only a few hours of home use. Shipping is going to be hefty on this baby but I’m including it in the killer price of $1150.

2009 Gibson CJ-165 EC Maple Ac/Elec, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp), (repair), (case). A really nice Gibson acoustic electric with a big sound for the player looking for something more cozy than a jumbo. The CJ-165 EC is a mini-jumbo from Gibson’s Bozeman MT plant, built with top quality woods, and a super nice preamp system. You’ll notice that the body silhouette looks familiar. It’s basically a J-200 jumbo, except scaled down to a 16” lower bout, i.e. Gibson’s “L” size. Unlike a jumbo it’s very easy to get your arm around it and it’s much easier to play standing. Its rosewood fingerboard has rolled edges to enhance playability while the split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother-of-pearl and are placed in the fretboard with a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. Woods include a AA-grade Sitka spruce top with AAA-grade Eastern maple back, sides, and neck. Other features include a tapered dovetail neck joint, 4-ply top binding/single ply back, Indian rosewood fretboard, single-ply neck binding, 1.725" nut width, abalone soundhole rosette, traditional ebony bridge with MOP dots on pins, bone nut, Tusq saddle, and nitro finish throughout. Preamp system is the Fishman Aura Pro, which has the popular Aura Acoustic Imaging technology which reproduces the natural sound of the guitar as mic’ed in a professional studio, or onstage, thus eliminating the complicated setups of expensive mics. The Aura Pro uses digital algorithms to create images of various microphones’ captured sounds which players can blend with the acoustic pickup to produce dramatic enhancements in amplified sound. This guitar isn’t for the collector. You can see a spot on the top that actually had a hole straight through the soundboard. Martin filled the hole with a piece of spruce and lacquered over the area. It is a non-problematic repair. Additionally, tuners have been changed to Grover mini’s in place of the Kluson Deluxe. All holes have been filled and colored so it’s not very noticeable. This is a super nice guitar at a great price. $1099(HOLD-Bob C 10/26) includes original case.

Mesa/Boogie Studio .22+ Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel).   Great sounding little Boogie in lovely condition.  Especially geared to the studio musician but is especially well-suited for club gigs with plenty of power and the harder you drive it, the better it sounds.  You’ll see these in regular and Plus models.  The "+" part of model name refers to an improved circuit design.  Boogie still does Plus upgrades to any non-Plus model for a couple hundred bucks.  The Studio .22+ cranks out a very loud 22 watts via a pair of EL84s in a Class A design through a Boogie 50W Black Shadow 12" speaker, with 5 12AX7's in the preamp which control master/gain/lead/Effect Loop and reverb.  It is a very versatile amp that can cover virtually any style of music quite nicely, due in part to Boogie's Dynawatt-design in the power amp.  Distortion goes from mild crunch, light blues distortion to rock/metal distortion.  Driving the power stage, the clean channel distorts nicely with the Master cranked up and in this manner your guitar's volume control allows you to go from clean to distortion.  The front panel has all the gain/level controls, tone knobs, and graphic EQ.  On the back panel you'll find features geared to the studio like D.I. out with level control and effects loop as well as outputs for 8 ohms or a pair of 4 ohm.  It has a very good sounding 3-spring Accutronics reverb tank.  You can read all the specs or download manual at this link at Boogie.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's and here are a few (rock/metal,  clean).  This amp is in very clean condition, sounds perfect, and for players who have to play a lot of styles it could be the perfect gigging amp, all for $579.  Includes copy of manual and original Lead/Rhythm footswitch.

2016 PRS CE-24 Standard Satin, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). The CE-24 Standard Satin combines a 1-piece mahogany body and bolt-on maple neck, both finished in satin nitrocellulose. By PRS standards, it’s the ultimate in simplicity. Players love the warmth of a mahogany body and when you combine it with the snap and response that comes from a bolt-on maple neck you’ve got a formula for great tone. As many players agree, a thin satin finish allows a guitar to “breathe”, allowing for increased sustain and articulation. This model is factory outfitted with PRS 85/15 pickups, which were designed for remarkable clarity and an extended high and low end. With an electronics suite of volume and push/pull tone control, combined with a 3-way toggle switch, you get a total of 6 choice tones. Other features include PRS Pattern Thin neck profile, rosewood fretboard with bird inlays, PRS Low Mass locking tuners, PRS tremolo bridge and nickel hardware. PRS’s site says this model was only available for order between September 29 and October 31, 2016 only, which would make this a fairly rare model. Some people think PRS created the bolt-on CE to hit a lower price point but the fact is, the original CE’s were only around $100 cheaper than the set-neck Standard. My personal favorite PRS of all time was an orange CE24 that I owned around 20 years ago. I found it to be the perfect blend of Fender expressiveness and Gibson fatness. This one is offered in brand new unplayed condition. An incredible value on a virtually new PRS at $1150.

80's Zion Neck, (pic2). If you need one this is a nice deal. 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 – not needed but we can crown for $25. When it was on a guitar it set up with excellent action.  Selling with original Sperzel tuners and Kahler (Floyd licensed) nut for $265; $200 for the neck alone.  

2011 Gibson Les Paul Traditional – Chicago Blue, (front front2), (headstock), (back), (case).  Lovely early model Traditional finished in transparent blue, i.e. Chicago Blue.  Released in 2010, the Traditional has the look of the vintage 50's Les Paul you know and love including a glossy nitro finish, vintage tuners, and standard old school electronics. This model 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. It does have the Swiss cheese routes that have been used since ca. ’81, but not the huge double chambers that started appearing in ’06. The top is actually AA grade flamed maple, although in lower light the flame isn’t that pronounced. The entire body (front/back) and neck are finished in high-gloss nitro lacquer and features a Gibson '57 Classic (neck) and '57 Classic Plus, which is slightly overwound, for the bridge position. Chrome pickup covers were removed by original owner and not available. Other features include a slightly chunky 50's Neck Profile; Corian nut, angled headstock, bound 1-pc rosewood fretboard, 1.69" nut width, 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, antique binding, Nashville bridge with stop bar tailpiece, gold bell hat knobs and period correct cream binding, as well as cream pickguard, pickup rings, selector ring, and tip. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape with only a few clear coat scratches on back and perhaps a finish impression here and there; overall really nice. Set up is low and buzz-free. This model is more "traditional" than 90% of the Pauls sold these days and sold new a few years back for $2199. It’s an excellent value today at just $1350(SOLD-Wanda 10/13). Includes clean original case with manual and warranty booklet. Note: Gold speed knobs and “Traditional” truss rod cover are correct for this guitar. We will swap out knobs and/or truss cover upon request.

2015 Ibanez Prestige RG652K – Koa Brown, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (pickup chart), (case).  One important upgrade I forgot to mention: lame stock trem block has been upgraded with a solid brass block by FU-Tone (pic). …Top of the RG line, Ibanez Prestige are made in Japan and are some of the finest production guitars made today.  The 652K is somewhat of a departure for Ibanez RG’s in that it has a natural wood finish, specifically Australian Blackwood with Koa Brown stain over a Basswood body.  Features of this model include nicely sculpted and well-balanced body, very fast Super Wizard High Performance Prestige neck (5-piece maple/wenge construction), rosewood fretboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays, Cosmo Black hardware, DiMarzio Air Norton and Tone Zone pickups, Gotoh Magnum Lock tuners, and the classic “Edge” tremolo system.  The DiMarzio pickups give you a good selection of tone, 5 in all, including inside single coils, and neck humbucker in either parallel or series. This guitar appears to have spent 99% of its life in the case so it’s in near pristine condition. The setup is typical Prestige, very low all the way up the neck.  List price on these is $1866, selling for $1399 in the major stores, and more with a quality trem block installed. Why not get this barely played beauty, set up to perfection, for just $929(SOLD-Tamal 7/19).

2013 Gibson SG Tribute Future Min-ETune – Vintage Sunburst , (front), (back), (headstock), (Min-ETune), (gigbag). I have to admit, although my tastes are generally traditional when it comes to guitar features, Im pretty impressed with this new Min-Etune system (click here for demo). Its a lot lighter than the older Robot system, tunes in just 3 seconds, is very accurate, and the internal lithium battery lasts for 80 to 100 tunings on just one charge. The bottom line is youll always have an in tune guitar, and youll be able to switch to alternate tunings, like open D, quickly between songs. This SG Tribute features a glued-in mahogany neck with a new Asymmetrical profile, with rosewood fingerboard and trapazoid inlays. The neck features 24 medium-jumbo frets to allow playing a bit higher in the register. The Corian nut is cut by Plek machine to allow perfect string height at the nut. Pickups are some of my favorite by Gibson: a Classic '57 Plus in the bridge(wound a bit hotter) and a Classic '57 in the neck. These pickups sound good whether playing heavy crunch or searing leads, but they also clean up nicely for mellow tunes. The Mine-ETune system calls up any one of 12 factory or 6 user presets at a simple strum of the strings. We made two cosmetic changes to this guitar: The "Future" truss rod cover has been changed to a plain Gibson bell, and the original chrome Tele-style knobs have been changed to a vintage Gibson black domes. We can reinstall original parts upon request. This guitar is highly recommended for any player looking for a good quality SG without spending a fortune, or anyone who uses multiple tunings at a gig. These were store priced at $1099. Get this one, mint and never played for just $739. Ships in original Gibson box and includes Gibson gigbag, charger, wrench, and all paperwork.

Boss RC-3 Loop Station, (pic2).  Hey loopers!  The Loop Station pedal gives you an amazing three hours of stereo looping and is a fantastic practice and performance tool.  There are 99 memory locations to save your loops and you can instantly recall them.  It has true stereo I/O, so you can incorporate stereo instruments and devices (there's a 1/8" MP3 player input). There's even built-in drum patterns to assist in looping and creating practice patterns.  You can also connect it to your computer via USB 2.0.  Click here for full specs from Boss and here for a video demo.  They still sell a ton of these for $179; this one's "as new" in the box for $125(HOLD-Bill A 10/11).

2013 Gibson SG Deluxe – Orange Burst, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Mint-mint-mint. The SG Deluxe is a cool modern take on a ‘60’s classic model, the SG/LP Custom, which featured the same trio of humbuckers, bound neck and headstock, and nice fretboard inlays. Gibson chose split diamond inlays on this model rather than blocks, as well as no pickguard, and a more stable tremolo system. First impressions: first thing you’ll notice is the very noticeable color, Orange Burst (also came in Cobalt, Lime, and Red) which is topped by AA flamed maple (if you look closely). It has many coats of clear and with the deeper orange on the edges it presents a very striking look. Not for everybody perhaps but for those who want to stand out… Gibson also chose to use a bound 24-fret rosewood fingerboard and locking Grover tuners. For pickups this one uses a trio of 57 Classic humbucking pickups, some of the most popular recreations of vintage PAF humbuckers made, producing the blend of warmth and creaminess that made original PAFs the holy grail of pickups. The control setup uses a “TogPot” around the three-way pickup selector which lets you blend in the middle pickup for many tonal options. A solid, Grade-A, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued into the body and carved to a slim ’60s profile (.800” at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th) and is capped with a bound Grade-A rosewood fretboard with 24 medium-jumbo frets and split-diamond inlays on the fretboard and headstock. These sell for $2599 but this one is in dead mint, unplayed condition, for just $1699.

1986 **Red** Marshall JCM800 Master Volume Mod. 2204 Head, (back), (front panel), (chassis), (top).  Throw away all your OD pedals and enjoy the pure overdriven tone of a fine vintage Marshall.  This one is set-up for EL34's and is full of singing sustain, loads of crunch on your rhythm parts, and at 50 watts it's very loud but tame enough to use on a club stage. It's also in rare red covering and in very nice shape other than a snag in the grill cloth and although pictured with no plastic caps for the handle, I can steal from another 800 I have in stock. I'm a big JCM800 fan and this is certainly one of the best I've had. This is a no-frills amp with no effects loop, no reverb, no dual channels, all of which seem to suck some of the tone anyhow. If you're looking for pure vintage Marshall tone - this is your amp. All original Drake transformers, with no issues such as crackle, dirty pots, etc. - it's ready to gig tonight. With the 100W reissue JCM800's at over $2K, here's the real thing and although it's "only" 50 watts, it's extremely loud and I can't imagine how you would control 100W in a club setting - the sound guy would be going crazy trying to get some control.  Just a killer MK 2 head - in RED -  for $1299.

2017 PRS SE Custom 24 – Scarlet Red FMT, (front), (headstock), (back), (gigbag). Immaculate condition and the best “bang for the buck” PRS made. This is one of the newer models with "bent" top that brings it even closer to the Core model CU24 in appearance and comfort. As I've mentioned before, PRS and perhaps Brian Moore, make the best quality Korean imports on the market in my opinion. Unlike 95% of the other companies, they don't use Cort or Samick factories, and their quality control is top notch with impeccable fit and finish, excellent pickups and electronics, and quality hardware. Most of all, I'm impressed with the fact that they have great necks that set up better than your average USA Fender or Gibson. The Custom 24 is relatively new to the SE line. For under $800/new these guitars are exceptional in terms of looks, tone, and feel. The 24-fret wide-thin neck is a joy to play with low action, easy and smooth string bends, with quality tone and very good sustain. Unlike most imports which use only a maple veneer, PRS chose to use an actual maple slab mounted to the mahogany body, and then put a veneer of flamed maple on top of the maple cap. It is the marriage between mahogany and maple that gives guitars like Les Pauls, and this PRS, their wonderful throaty tone. This classic blend produces yields warmth and resonance with excellent bottom end - and plenty of high end snap. A guitar with only a maple veneer will not have this tone. Other nice touches like the bird fretboard inlays, headstock shape, PRS tremolo, and natural maple binding make this look like it's USA brother but at around 1/4 the cost. These run $759 new. This one is in unplayed condition and offers an exceptional value at  $529. Includes PRS gigbag, store COA, polishing cloth and trem arm.

Boss RC-30 Loop Station, (pic2), (patch bay). Boss’ latest and greatest phrase looper, replacing successful the RC-20XL. The RC-30 gives you up to three hours (up from 16 minutes on the 20XL) of onboard stereo recording and loop storage with a new dual-phrase loop feature that lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync. In addition to studio and performance, it’s also a great practice tool with some cool drum loops built in. Features include: three hours of onboard recording time, powerful DSP from Boss' ESC2 chip, true stereo In/Out, dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops, 99 memory slots, Loop FX provides real-time loop editing, mic input with phantom power, USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your PC or Mac, Aux in jack, and onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops. There are a load of YouTube demos but here’s one I picked sort of randomly (link). Sells new for $299 but this one’s super clean in the box with everything for $199. (Note: If you prefer a Boss compact pedal I have the RC-3 in stock)

TC Helicon Harmony-G XT Vocal Harmonizer and Effects, (pic2), (back), (stock pic). I’ve had a half dozen of these and they’re so cool, I kept one for myself. The neatest thing about this unit is it gives you 3-part harmony thats so intelligent it changes harmonies according to whatever guitar or keyboard chord youre playing. Its that easy - just plug your instrument and mic in, and youre sounding like a great vocal group. There are a lot of demos online, but here’s one I picked just to show the varieties of harmonies possible (link here). The "FX" for each preset can be selected from your choice of categories such as Hall, Room, Echo, Slap, Combi and SFX has three alternates. These are the same effects used in the popular VoiceLive 2. Features: 18 combinations of reverb, delay and mod shared by vocal and guitar input, 20 presets (10 with A/B option for both), harmony interval selection includes 3rds and 5ths above and below, octave up and down, and the unique Bass interval, stereo or mono configurable output, clean, studio quality mic preamp with phantom power and XLR input, guitar signal can be mixed in and share reverb or passed through to separate amplifier, accurate guitar tuner, front-of-house quality reverb algorithm and selection of styles from VoiceLive 2, selection of four overdub-style doubling effects with two more doubling voices available, reworked FX presets offer even more utility across music styles, USB connection for easy software updates, tips, and preset backup using the included VoiceSupport applet, and adaptive harmony gate added to Tone for a cleaner mix. This unit sells new for $229 but get one, mint in the box with everything, for $159(HOLD-Hubert 10/9).

Suhr Badger 35 Tube Head, (panel), (top), (back). Like everything Suhr USA undertakes, this is a top quality handmade amp. It’s quality constructed with heavy duty transistors, with all the front and rear panel components and tube bases chassis-mounted and connected to the PCBs with high-quality hook-up wire. All this is a quantum improvement over PCB-mounted controls, jacks, and tubes. As the gold plexi panel and quad of EL84’s would suggest, this amp excels at classic British tones. If you love that Voxy chimey rhythm tone at lower gain settings, this amp delivers. Equally impressive are the rich crunch tones and singing leads that lend themselves to blues or driving country. One of the cool features of this amp is the Power Scaling feature (first knob on left) which is licensed by London Power. This control varies key voltages in the circuit to achieve real power stage clipping at any volume level. As most of you know, you can vary the output via Gain/Vol on most amps but the result is much less impressive than varying the power amp output. This amp actually sings at lower volumes. You can actually use this amp in three distinct modes. Mode 1 is the non-master volume mode which is achieved by turning the Drive and Power knobs all the way up which takes them out of the circuit and makes the Gain control the volume control. Mode 2 is the master volume mode, bringing the Drive control into the circuit. The Drive controls the amount of signal being sent to the power section while the Gain knob acts as a preamp gain. Mode 3 uses the Power Scaling feature with the Drive control becoming a secondary gain control and the Power knob controlling the overall volume. This mode gives you the most control over your tone and allows you to get any output tone at any SPL. Even at low SPL you can get a full on singing lead tone, even at less than 1W output. You get the sound of power tubes working hard without disturbing anyone upstairs. Other features include Bass-Mid-Treb controls which are in the circuit at all times, effects loop and 4/8/16 ohm output selector. The new version of this amp features a gain switch but I honestly don’t know why it’s needed. Rather than spending $1999 for one of those, how about this one in dead mint condition, for just $1250.

2010 Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus - Heritage Cherry Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case). Simply stunning condition! The Traditional Plus has the construction quality, performance, and great sound offered by the Standard models from the 1980s and '90s, with the added eye appeal of a AA, upgraded maple top. The Traditional Plus features a non-chambered, weight relieved Grade-A mahogany body with a thick "Plus" maple cap for the classic blend of warm mahogany and snappiness and clarity of the maple top. The flame on this one, although not breathtaking as on many custom shop guitars, is the desirable wide flame, and runs consistently across the top, from the lower bout to the upper bout. Gibson's weight relieved body, which has actually been used by Gibson on Les Pauls since 1983, features nine strategically placed traditional weight-relief holes for a beefy tone that maintains the resonance of modern Les Pauls, while losing part of the weight. As a result, this guitar has an excellent acoustic tone, and plugged in it has a more "open" sound with remarkable fullness and sustain. For pickups Gibson chose a '57 Classics which are preferred over Burstbuckers by many of our customers. Other features include gloss lacquer finish front and back, rounded (but not overly chunky) 50's Neck Profile; angled headstock, bound rosewood fretboard, 1.69" nut width, trapezoid inlays, antique binding, Nashville Tuneomatic bridge with stop bar tailpiece, Tonepros Kluson style tuners with a higher gear ratio than traditional tuners, gold Speed knobs, and period correct cream pickguard. Another major aspect which is Gibson did to their higher end guitars in ‘10 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. They soon found out that it slowed up production and now they only Plek cut the nut on regular production guitars. This guitar had a $3449 list and is one of the nicer traditional guitars Gibson has produced in this century. Offered in flawless condition for $1850. Includes similarly nice case and all paperwork.

Sadowsky Strat Body w/Baggs Acc., (back), (pocket), (Baggs Accessories), (bridge), (control). This the rough start of a project that my guy never completed. Body is a Sadowsky (signed by Roger in the neck pocket), picked up at his shop in NYC some time back. It is lightweight swamp ash and tap-tuned. Nice. It could use a little more sanding and another coat or two of paint but it’s perfectly useable as is if you’re not picky about a pristine finish. Also included are an L.R. Baggs X-Bridge and Baggs Ctrl-X. The bridge is spec’d to Fender vintage style and has built-in piezos to allow acoustic tones out of your Strat. Baggs’ technology uses special piezo crystals which employ 2 deflection modes to give you shimmering highs and rich lows. The CTRL-X is a circuit board to incorporate the acoustic tones with your guitar’s regular pickups. Includes a separate volume control for the acoustic plus a switch to choose acoustic-both-electric. The X-Bridge and Ctrl-X sell online for $249.99 ($160 bridge and $89.99 Ctrl). Get this great Sadowsky body and parts for just $325 which is just $200 for the body and both Baggs kits for ½ price.

Mojave Coyote Head, (panel), (top), (back), (cover).  Third one of these I've had, including serial #6 (this one is serial #9). If you're looking for clean headroom - look elsewhere - this amp has none.  If you're looking for excellent crunch and rich distortion at all sound levels - you'll likely be very pleased. In my business low watt boutique amps are about the hottest thing on the market right now - even more than most vintage amps. They generally sound as good, or better, and don't have 30-year-old components prone to failure. In fact, most of these have better components than many of the original models. The Coyote is a dual-EL84, cathode-biased amp that features dual independently voiced channels, labeled 'Bass Volume" and "Treble Volume." Each controls the two triode gain stages of a 12AX7, and the idea is that you use varying levels of each to obtain not just the amount of overdrive you want, but also the balance of bass and treble needed for your particular guitar. The dual-function system eliminates the need for separate tone controls - and the only additional EQ on the Coyote is a Tone knob and 2-position Mid Cut/Emphasis switch. Don't be fooled by an lack of knobs and switches; as many of you know, less is more. The output tranny is equipped with both 8 ohm and 16 ohm speaker taps so it will be compatible with various speaker configurations. To quote one review online: “Elements of its sound are reminiscent of an old Marshall 20 watter’s, but the Coyote has a broader palette of textures to play with, and it seems to instinctively want to sound good with just about any guitar.”  Bottom line: If you like the idea of exploring very interactive control nuances for precise tailoring of your tones, you’ll find the Coyote fun and exciting. Like the other ones I've had, this one is in beautiful condition, used only in the home. Back when this one was built, around ’09, they sold for $2100. Since that time Mojave lowered their price a bit but this is still an exceptional buy, on one of the first ones built, at just $1199.  Includes very plush Mojave cover.

Burns Scorpion G2 Bass, (front/back), (headstock). The G2 (aka Scorpion Gothic Bass) is actually a new-old-stock model from 10 years ago and is fairly model produced during Burns USA’s ownership of the name. Historically, Burns London, originating in the 60's, was always thinking outside the box including this baby, perhaps the most evil looking bass I've ever had. This model is actually an update from the 80's model and a very well made bass that was crafted in Korea Features P and J pickups with 3-way selector and mini-toggle for phase switching which allows a lot of cool collection of tones. Also features basswood body, hardrock maple neck with rosewood board, 34" scale, Scorpion headstock with Burns Deluxe tuners, Burns Deluxe tailpiece, pearloid neck binding, and deep cutaways allow for easy access to the upper frets. Check out the Scorp in detail here. With a list of $899, these sold in stores for $659 but this one is perfect with plastic still on the pickguard AND pro-setup prior to shipping - for just $459. It's hard to find a gigbag to fit this but I have a very plush EI gigbag (pic here) with leopard print lining that will fit it - for $29.

Sennheiser e609 Silver Instrument Mic, (pic2). Made in Germany like all the best Sennheiser mics, this is a good choice for guitar cabinet/amp micing. The design and specs allow for simply draping over the top and resting on grill cloth if you prefer to not use a mic stand. Also works well with drums. Excels at close mic’ing, easy to work with live or in the studio. Features include rugged metal body, advanced shock-mount design, super-cardioid pick-up pattern, and hum compensating coil. Sells new for $109.95 but get this clean used one for just $69.95. Includes box, manual, mic clip and case.


2015 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H  – Metallic Black, (or Slime Green), (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Non-Trem model! I have a few of these in stock with Floyd Rose trems, but I just got in this immaculate hardtail model which may appeal to a different type player. These Pro-Mods offer an affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models. The new Pro Mods have much the same vibe as the original ‘80’s models made famous by Warren DiMartini and others. This model features that wonderful feeling hand-rubbed Charvel maple neck plus killer pickups - Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan ’59 in the neck - allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. Due in part to the hardtail bridge, this model is very conducive to styles as diverse as jazz or even country, plus rock of course. The Volume control is a push/pull to split the coils, allowing 6 great tonal variations. It also has a No-Load tone control which operates like a standard tone control until turned up all the way and then it’s removed from the circuit, allowing a total transparent sound. The two-piece maple neck has 22 jumbo and a pair of graphite reinforcement rods to make it as stable as a neck can be. The rolled fingerboard edges give it a nice broken-in feel and seems to allow me to play a bit faster. The neck is a compound radius with a hand-rubbed urethane finish. Original owner played it just a few times in the home before I came across it. It has a fantastic low setup and is in flawless condition. New price is $849 without case or gigbag, and $929 with this Gator Ultralight case ($80). Get this beauty WITH the case for just $599. I also have these with Floyd Rose tremolos in either Metallic Black or Slime Green.

Simple Amps Traveler 6LA, (top), (back), (panel), (chassis).  Joel Jones hand-builds these out of his shop in Orange County, Calif.  The Traveler series is a recent model in his arsenal which combines top-notch components in a portable powerhouse of an amp. His amps are hand-wired, premium grade parts such as Sozo capacitors, Mercury Magnetics transformers and custom made carbon film resistors. With the Traveler, Joel has managed a very affordable price point, coming in at 2/3 the price of  his "Big Iron" series of amps. A simple two stage preamp and pair of output tubes drive a Jensen 10" MOD speaker mounted in a 9 Ply (1/2) Baltic birch cabinet with a heavy duty "ruggedized" finish. Although the size is diminutive, the tone is anything but small, cranking out 40 watt via a single EH 12AX7 into a pair of EH 6L6's. If simplicity is your thing, and everybody should have at least one pure amp, the 6LA is for you with just high and low gain inputs, volume, and tone - nothing extraneous in the circuit to detract from its pure tone. Other features include all Mercury transformers including Power, Output, and Choke; All aluminum enclosure; Fully Shielded; Hand wired board construction; Star ground configuration; Sozo caps; Custom made carbon film resistors; 9-Ply (1/2") Baltic Birch cabinet; Locking miter joint construction; Aluminum speaker baffles; Heavy Duty Finish; 15"x17"x8" size.  Click here for a brief demo, another one here.   Note the Big Iron and the Traveler use the same basic circuit.  There's also a brief review here, which mentions a comparison to the old Valco/Supro amps of the '50's, a comparison that's repeated in other reviews. This model sold new for $1150 but it’s in “as new” condition and ships in original factory packing, for just $739.  If you’re looking for a great grab-n-go amp with a lot of vintage tone in a small package, this is a good choice.

Splawn SS Nitro Head (optional cabs if desired), (back panel), (footswitch). One of the premier amp builders in the USA, Scott Splawn is also an accomplished player. Since his early years he has been a seeker of Eddie Van Halens famed brown sound. He began by modding old and new Marshalls, primarily making them footswitchable, with 3 or 4 tones available at the touch of a button, plus modifying circuits to smooth out rough edges and adding effects loops with gain control. Scott eventually developed his own circuit based on the Marshall tone and continues building his amps, one at a time, at his Texas shop. The Nitro SS a 22-Watt baby brother to the massive Nitro head. It has the same pounding tone as the Nitro, with more low end, more gain and less mids and is specifically designed for the metal guitarist. Dont be fooled by the 22 watt rating, this is a loud amp and one that should keep up on smaller stages. It SS features dual channels, clean and overdrive with a shared EQ. Using the footswitch (included), you can easily go from clean/overdrive, 1st Gear/2nd Gear and OD1/OD2. Specs include: 22 watts of dual 6V6 power, Channel 1 (clean) with Master Volume, Gain Control, Shared EQ; Channel 2 (overdrive) with Nitro OD channel, Master Volume, Gain Control, Shared EQ; Series Effects Loop with true bypass and adjustable +4db/-10db switch; Loop Volume Control for low volume playing; 8/16 ohms impedance selector; and Main Voltage Selector (120, 220, 230V).  This is a killer amp in mint, home-use only condition. With a new cost of $1399 it’s a nice buy at just $899.

PRS Sonzera 50 Head, (panel), (top), (acc.), (back), (cover). I’ve had a few of the high end PRS custom shop amps but for the money the Sonzera really holds its own for the money. Features all-tube circuitry with dual EL34 power with an ECC835 and three 12AX7’s in the preamp. With dual channels, each voiced quite differently, dual reverb, and an effects loop, this is a very versatile amp and an excellent choice for stage use. For players who recognize the distinction, it’s quite touch sensitive, allowing a variety of sounds just by riding your guitar’s volume control. It excels at both British crunch tones and USA classic tones. With the Drive knob cranked it sounds very much like a hot-rodded JCM800, while exhibiting excellent definition, even at these high gain settings. Features include dual footswitchable channels, Clean channel voiced for classic vintage American amp tones, Gain channel voiced for clean boost all the way to full blown distortion, independent tone controls on each channel, separate reverb control on each channel, Shared Presence control, Bright switches on either channel, 4/8/16-ohm speaker outs for any cab option, and built in effects loop. The Sonzera 50 sells new for $799. This one is virtually new without a hint of use and the footswitch never even unwrapped. A sweet deal at $550. Includes footswitch, all paperwork, and even a Fender amp cover.

2015 EVH Wolfgang Special (Flametop), (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case). Immaculate Wolfgang from the new EVH/Fender series. We’ve had every guitar in Ed’s “new” line and every one has proven to be a standout in its price point. This Special was made in Mexico and the cost savings is kindly passed on to the player. Playing this guitar, I don’t have a sense that it’s not a USA model, it’s just that good, and at 1/3 the price of the top USA model, it’s an excellent value. Set up is low, frets are nicely finished, and the overall fit and finish are superb. The quartersawn maple neck will prove to be extremely stable over time, with no twisting or warping. I especially like the belly cut on the back, which wasn’t featured on the Peavey or Musicman models, and the compound radius neck which allows for the lowest action while allowing speed and easy bends. Features include Basswood body with arched top and cream body binding, Natural finish, glossy urethane finish, quartersawn maple neck, maple neck with 12"-16" compound fretboard radius, black dot inlays, 22 jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, 1 5/8" nut, EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo with D-Tuna, Floyd Rose locking nut, EVH tuners, Wolfgang zebra humbuckers, master volume and tone controls, 3-way switch, and black hardware. This model sells for $1095 at online stores WITHOUT a case, which is $179 as an add-on. Get this beauty, set up to perfection WITH EVH case, for just $750(SOLD-Jeff A 6/29). Includes EVH case, trem arm, hang tag, manual, D-Duna parts and tools.

2004 Gibson Les Paul/Melody Maker, (front), (back), (headstock).  Very cool axe stripped down to the basics with just a single P90, volume-tone controls, dot inlays, and screened logo. Looking at this guitar begs the question, why did they name it the LPMM when it's basically a Les Paul Junior, or at least a derivative. Has the same fat warm tone of an old Junior with the bridge P90 mounted to a mahogany body, while the deep cutaway allows easy access to the 22nd fret. This model features the satin finish that's very conducive to sustain. Other features include a stopbar/tuneomatic bridge combination, P90 single coil with dog-ear cover, 1960 slim taper neck, 17 degree headstock angle, slightly wide 1 11/16" nut width, pearloid dot inlays, top-hat knobs, Gibson Deluxe tuners, and USA manufacture. Cosmetically in very nice shape overall with no issues. This guitar plays great, sounds great, and is definitely good enough for professional players. An excellent buy on a straight-ahead American Gibson at just $375(HOLD-David H 9/27). Includes a gigbag.

2005 Fender Rosewood Telecaster TL-Rose, (front), (back), (headstock), (doc), (case). Get the vibe of a Rosewood Tele for a fraction of the originals. The Rosewood Tele is a true icon of Tele history - George Harrison's "Let It Be" Telecaster, which we older geezers will always associate with the Beatles rooftop performance and the Let It Be sessions (pic). With the price of older Rosewood Tele's through the roof, including the 80's Japan models at $2K, this is an affordable alternative. The original model dates to 1968 but in the early ‘00’s Fender reissued these in Mexico (’03-’05) and this model in Japan in ‘05/’06 and recently again in Japan with JD serial numbers but in a satin finish. This model has some nice features including Fender USA Vintage Tele pickups with cloth wires, Fender vintage Schaller F-tuners, USA Vintage bridge with 3 stainless steel saddles. Body is gloss finished with a rosewood veneer over basswood, with maple neck with rosewood overlay and vintage logo, and rosewood fretboard with white dot inlays. We’ve included a historically proper case with this guitar. It’s a Fender reissue black tolex with chrome logo, proper for late ‘60’s era. Case is mint. Please note that any irregularities on the body or pickguard are just reflections. There are no scratches or other noteworthy flaws. It’s in beautiful condition with a very low set up all the way up the neck. It has very good sustain and these Vintage Series pickups sound great. I’m pricing this guitar with the upgraded case at $850(HOLD-Tim K 9/14), or $750 if you prefer a gigbag instead of the case. Includes manual and documentation as well as Allen keys.

ca. ’92 Schecter Custom 1HB w/Custom Graphics, (album), (signature), (front), (back), (back2), (graphic), (headstock), (neckplate). Killer graphics depecting the cover art of heavy metal greats Laaz Rockit’s “Know Your Enemy” album which was released in 1987 at the height of the MTV/metal era. What really sets this guitar apart is the artwork, which is first rate and unique. It was hand-painted and signed, “Dan Lawrence 94” (might be ’92). Dan is one of the legends of custom guitar finishes, starting with Jackson-Charvel in the early ‘80s, B.C. Rich in the mid-‘80s, and now as the CEO of GMP guitars. It is some of the finest airbrush work I’ve seen in my 25 years in business. Absolutely perfect, as is the condition of the guitar in general. Looks like it was just finished last week and pristine with zero player’s wear or other flaws. Here’s what we know about it. Original owner had it built or bought it from Drum City Guitar Land, Serial number on the neck plate indicates 1996 so I’m guessing that’s the date for final assembly. I have an email from Schecter saying they haven’t sold parts in 20 years so that would be around that era. The body *may* be a Kramer baretta, although the back plate has never been drilled so it would have needed the screw holes filled if that’s the case. Still, the overall shape, control cover, output jack, and beveled treble cutout (pic) looks very much like a late ‘80’s Kramer American Baretta. The neck is a high quality Schecter USA with quartersawn maple, side dot markers only, Kramer-style hockey stick headstock, and jumbo frets. Tremolo is an Original Floyd Rose, pickup is a DiMarzio X2N, strap pins are Schaller locking, and tuners are Sperzel locking. This guitar plays with ease and would make a welcome addition to any collection of unique graphic guitars or a very useful tool for a working guitarist. There is no wear anywhere on this guitar. I was told that $900 was invested in the body alone. I have no way to substantiate that but for a quality maple body with this finish, it adds up. Again, I can’t stress enough how clean this guitar is. Get this beautiful showpiece and killer guitar for $1199(HOLD-Jim G 9/15). Includes a quality TKL Tolex case and trem arm.

Hardwire Supernatural Ambient Verb, (pic2). One of Digitech's quality Hardwire pedals that has really gained popularity after it was discontinued. This is an excellent and extremely versatile reverb pedal so when you hear it you'll understand why it's become hot. The Supernatural is USA made and built like a Humvee for years of stage abuse. It features stereo ins/outs for true stereo operation. Controls are mix, decay, liveliness, and reverb type. The reverb types are: classic spring and plate, plate with modulation, plus special reverb types like Shimmer, Supernova, Pherb, and Shine. If you like your reverb to trail off after bypassing it, there’s a switch, accessible from inside the footswitch, which will enable or disable that feature. For some great YouTube demo’s click here. On the right had side of the page you’ll see a separate demo for each of the pedal’s 7 reverb types. These were built exclusively for Pro Guitar Shop and sold for $179, and I’ve seen used some ones going for close to that. This one’s like new in the box and a great ‘verb for $125(SOLD, local 6/27). 

Ampeg SVT1000 Bass Head, (top/side), (back), (panel). Another cool Ampeg bass amp that's sort of the solid state version of the SVT I just posted a few days. The SVT1000 cranks out 1,000W (at 4 ohms) and features a 9-band graphic EQ which combined with the 3-band parametric gives you loads of tone shaping.  It also has a 5-way switch for EQ shifts in the crucial midrange frequencies, an onboard limiter with a defeat switch, and dual inputs for passive or active basses. Back panel features both Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" speaker outs as well as an effects loop with a front-panel mix knob. This is an excellent alternative to the SVT VR I just posted and it’s 20 lbs. lighter, and around ½ the price. Offered in perfect condition – only used several times in the home only. Just $599.

Ampeg SVT-VR (Vintage Reissue), (top), (side), (back), (back panel), (stock pic). Never gigged, only a few hours of home use. Perhaps the most iconic bass amp of all time is the Ampeg SVT. It’s been seen on more stages than any amp, usually accompanied by it’s equally oversized 8X10” cabinet and is still extremely popular among touring artists today. Cranking out an impressive 300W (4 ohms or 2 ohms), and these are hard-hitting tube watts, the SVT blew away the competition for sheer power, plus tone shaping that was fairly extensive for its day. The SVT-VR has all the coolness of the original including six 6550 power tubes plus eight preamp tubes (12AU7/12AX7), original blue-lined graphics and cosmetics, and original EQ rocker switches. Make no mistake about it, this is one great sounding bass amp with a tone that holds up very well today. Other features include side handles to heft this 85 lb. monster into position, Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" outputs, and balanced line out. Although this model was born in a time when the average bass amp was probably 100W or so, bass amp power, specifically clean headroom, has soared since the 70’s and it’s not uncommon to find solid state amps cranking out 600-800-1000 watts or more. The SVT, however, is very hard-hitting and it sounds louder than most modern amps with 3 times the output rating. This amp only has a few hours of use on it and has never been played outside the home. It’s like getting a brand new floor model. If you want the best, get the best. New ones are running $2199 but you can get this beautiful barely-used one for just $1379. Includes original manual.

OFF-HOLD: 1980's ESP "The Hybrid" II Tele Style, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (Flickr Trem), (pickups), (neck marking). I was very excited to come across another “real” ESP, and this one’s a fairly rare Hybrid II from the ‘80’s. During this era ESP was building quality Strat- and Tele-style guitars, and for a time, a mixture of the two, called the Hybrid.  The Hybrid I featured a Strat body with Tele appointments, while this Hybrid II features a single-cut Tele body and plate-mounted controls, but with the belly cut, tremolo, and pickup layout of a Strat. This one has just a bit of custom work done to the pickguard/assembly. Body is factory routed for 3 pickups (pic), but the neck pickup cavity has been enlarged to accommodate the mini-hum.  Pickups are DiMarzio with a DP240 Vintage Minibucker in the neck and a DP189 Tone Zone Strat in the bridge. Middle coil is a dummy, preferred by the studio musician we got it from but we can replace it with a pickup of your choice if desired.  Neck is marked "NY-424" so it may be a 48th St. Customs.  Tremolo is the original Flickr trem, which commands serious money on the used parts market. Cosmetically, it's in very clean shape for its age, but there are typical tiny lacquer cracks and a small rub on the upper horn, shown here.  It has a bit of “finish suck” that’s typical on older finishes, as well as a typical lacquer crack in the cutaway, and the pickguard cut for the neck pickup is as shown in the pic, not perfect. This guitar has the vibe of a 60’s Tele Custom with its bound body and Seafoam Green finish. The quality is undeniable and it’s easily on par with anything Fender was building in the ‘80’s. Just a super nice guitar that plays with ease and sounds fantastic. Ron Wood was playing a similar ESP Tele style 20 years ago and with the neck humbucker, it’s similar to the current ESP Signature Model. Nice deal on a vintage ESP at $599. Includes quality gigbag.

1954 Oahu Amp, (back), (top), (speaker), (cont. panel). Excellent sounding blues amp that sounds great with guitar, steel, or blues harp. This one hasn’t seen a lot of use and, in fact, I think the tubes are original. All are RCA (6V6, 6SL7, and 5Y3) and all perform flawlessly. Sounds great with a Strat or Tele, only minor issue we noted was with higher output pickups like humbuckers or P90’s, the speaker had a slight sizzle at higher volumes. Speaker is original Rola, dated 2nd week of ’54. Needs nothing; sounds great. Quiet at idle, no snap-crackle-pop, perfect. Missing the small back panel that goes under the control panel but otherwise 100%. Very nice shape for a ‘50s – the pics say it all. Nice value for seekers of great vintage tone. $375(HOLD-Randy J 11/24).

Ventura Vibe by Digitech, (pic2). One of the coolest Vibe/Roto pedals I've had and it comes from Digitech no less, although the design and tone scream boutique builder. The Ventura features three unique Vibe/Roto settings: Vintage (like the vintage phaser-based Uni-Vibe), Modern (purely pitch-based vibrato), and Rotary (based on Leslie speaker). It features Fast and Slow speeds, footswitchable. It's true stereo with dual in's and out's, as well as true bypass, and high-voltage operation for the best signal quality. The usual 3-knob design plus a stacked 4th knob which does Tone on the lower half, Drive on the upper half, to give your tone that overdriven Leslie tone. Included are the Stomplock knob guard to locking your pedal settings into place and the custom-cut Hook and Loop Pedalboard Pad. Click here for a demo by ProGuitarShop. Sells new for $149; this one’s mint in the box for $105.

2016 Taylor T5Z, (front), (back), (label), (headstock), (controls), (gigbag). The T5Z is a new model from Taylor, replacing the original T5 and in my opinion, a much more impressive performer than the original. I dont know if its the new bracing pattern, satin finish, or updated electronics, but to me it just sounds a lot better with a wide variety of tones and rich overall sound. Its deep colored mahogany provide an earthy look and feel, while the satin finish allows the guitar to resonate more freely. The scaled down body is also more comfortable to play, both seated and strapped on. This new model also features a 12" fretboard radius, and jumbo frets, which feels great during lead work and string bends. The T5z comes with a three-pickups consisting of an acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker. Five-way switching and onboard tone controls give you excellent versatility, surpassing virtually every other acoustic electric guitar. Other features include tropical mahogany top, sapele back/sides, Standard T5Z bracing, black binding, Venetian cutaway, sapele neck with ebony fretboard, small diamond inlays, ebony headstock overlay, ebony bridge pins, Tusq nut, Micarta saddle, and satin finish. Like pretty much all Taylors this guitar sets up with action as low as you desire and plays with great ease. One of the best A/E stage guitars Ive had the pleasure to play. With a new one running $1799, save some bucks on this clean 2016 model at $1199. Includes original T5Z gig bag.

Fishman Matrix Infinity Acoustic Pickup. Quality sound out of this endpin mounted preamp system with soundhole mounted rotary controls for Volume & Tone. The unique Tone control cuts mids while boosting treble and bass with an integrated LED low battery indicator. It has switchable voicing to accommodate all guitar body sizes & performance situations and features solderless connections. Sells new for $160. This one has seen very little use and is major upgrade over many OEM systems…for $99.

MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus Pedal, (pic2). As new in the box. One of the great chorus units of all time, the MXR M-134, is recreated with the same lush analog tone, plus more tone shaping than the 3- knob original pedals. In addition to the usual Intensity (depth) and Rate (speed of sweep), plus a Width control to set the limit of the sweep. It also adds Bass and Treble EQ knobs which help make the effected sound stand out. If the EQ setting is identical on the effected tone as the straight signal, much of the effect gets lost in the mix. The one also includes a Bass Filter button that applies effect to the high frequency effect only, i.e. doesn't mess with your low end so your guitar retains its fat sound. You can run it mono, or if you really want to be blown away, use the stereo outputs for an absolutely huge tone. New price is $169.99 but get this one with less than an hour of use for just $114.99.

2002 Gibson 1960 Les Paul Classic - Tobacco Sunburst, (front/back), (headstock), (case).  For a while, around 7 years ago, the '60 Classic was discontinued by Gibson. It never really made sense to me why Gibson carried both a Standard and a '60 Classic in their lineup since the Classic was basically the same guitar with different pickups and a slimmer neck profile. Around 2010 finally decided to simply offer the Standard with a choice of the ’60 Thin Taper or ‘50s rounded neck, thus, bye-bye Classic.  The '60 Classic has all the “classic” features of a Les Paul - mahogany body with maple cap, mahogany one-piece neck, rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays, etc. but the defining feature was the '60 slim taper neck which is flatter on the back with a slimmer profile than the LP Standard.  Cosmetically (pic here), the top is in nice shape other than two finish check lines between the volume-tone controls - and the back, which has some of the nicest flamed mahogany you'll see, has extensive buckle rash including a silver dollar spot that's down to the wood.  This is somewhat misleading though, as the guitar doesn't otherwise exhibit heavy player's wear and the frets are in nice shape.  I would assume it was owned by a buckle-wearing owner who wasn't concerned with the cosmetic effects of his/her belt.  It plays great, sounds great, and is good value in a real "Classic" among Pauls at $1299.  Includes original case.

JHS Mini Triple Tap Tempo. Super small 1"X3" foot print with a super smooth switch. Use this with any pedal with a tap/control input jack like the RV6 above, Boss DD5, DD-20, etc. It features three outputs so you can use it to set the time on two or three pedals at a time as well as a polarity switch. Nice little unit that solves a problem for just $40.

Pigtronix Rototron - Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator, (pic2). All analog rotary speaker effect that offering frequency modulation, phase shifting, tremolo, bucket brigade-based chorusing and a three-way crossover to achieve fantastic 3D rotary sound in an easy to use pedal. Works well with both guitars and keyboards and, hey, it's easier than lugging a Leslie cab to your gig! It was designed to replicate the famed dual rotor 122 and 147 Leslie cabs used by all the great touring artists. The analog design is an improvement over digital models as it sounds warmer, fatter and feels more realistic. These are $251 everywhere but I have a few new in the box for $199. Here’s a good demo by Sweetwater (link).

2003 Fender American Series Telecaster – Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). As I mentioned when I posted another black 2003 Tele a few weeks ago, black is the most popular electric guitar based on new guitar sales, and has retained a slight edge over sunburst for many years. Interesting. I’ve written so many of these listings that I know most of the info is repetition. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Bottom line is it’s a quality guitar with classic Tele twang that’s easy to play. This one’s in very nice shape and is set up to perfection so it plays with ease. It’s ready to gig tonight. This one’s priced $575 less than the model that replaced it, the new American Professional which makes this a nice value in a gloss finished American at $775. Includes original case. If you prefer a maple fretboard there’s an otherwise identical ’03 lower on this page.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 112 Cabinet, (back). Made as a mate for the Blues Deluxe and Hot Rod Deluxe amps, the latter being the world’s best-selling tube amp. Sometimes you just need more dispersion than a 1X12 combo can provide. Enter this matching extension cabinet. It features a 12" Celestion G12P-80 speaker for all-around use with virtually any combo amps. It's rated at 80 watts RMS at 8 ohms. Sells new for $299 but this one is perfect and just $199. Local sale hopefully.

1997 Epiphone Les Paul LP300 with upgrades and case, (front/back), (headstock), (Duncans),  (detail), (case). Upscale bolt-on and a very Well crafted Korean Les Paul. Has all the usual Les Paul features including bound body, bound neck, carved top, and trapezoid fretboard inlays. Pickguard was removed to show off the top and did not come with the guitar. Sporting a nice flamed maple top, these were slightly cheaper than a Standard Plus, but not by much, selling for around $500. This one has a pro upgrade with a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups installed and the tone will blow away just about anything else in this price range. Not mint but cleaner than the average used guitar and with an Epiphone case, a good value with the Duncans at $350. If you don’t need the case, $285.

1980’s Custom Stratocaster – Splatter Finish, (front detail), (back), (electronics), (body), (Stars bridge), (neck neck2), (action), (case). Let me begin by saying this guitar, in person, looks extremely impressive. The Splatter finish is in a nice mix of black and Olympic White with a super high gloss finish. It was originally built up by a noteworthy builder in The Valley (LA County) but I’ve had it so long that I’ve forgotten his name. It has all high end parts, plays exceptionally well, and is in near pristine condition. It was one of the few guitars that I considered part of my personal collection but since I only seem to play the same 2-3 guitars all the time I’ve decided that it’s time to find a new home. Parts of this guitar are from the 80’s, but we added some parts from the 90’s including the Warmoth neck and Fralin Blues pickup set. The body I believe is an early Mighty Mite/Boogie Bodies, with an early 80’s Star Guitars tremolo bridge and strap pins installed. The bridge and saddles are solid brass, chrome plated, with Allen wrench screws attaching the bridge and block. The neck is a moderately figured Warmoth with a Warmoth compound radius, jumbo frets, nicely figured rosewood fretboard, and LSR locking nut. It’s pretty much a C-shape, but with a little more shoulders than regular AmStd Fender. Frets have been polished and the fret ends are dressed immaculately. Pickups are Lindy Fralin blues with cloth wires and a metal cover under the bridge pickup; pots and switch are quality USA. We included a few Fender parts as well including an 80’s neckplate and later Fender tuners. The neck is so good on this guitar that it sets up with incredibly low action and many of you might want us to raise it a tad, but it speaks volumes about the fret finishing and straightness of the neck. This is one of those guitars that would definitely part out at a higher value but it’s too nice of a guitar to suffer such a fate. If you’re looking for one of the best custom built Strats I’ve ever had, it’s yours for $1199, almost ½ the price of getting this built yourself.

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).  Originally these sold for $199 but if you check Ebay they’ve been going $220-$400! Get this one, mint in the box for just $179.   Includes signature guitar pick, power supply, cloth bag, manual, etc.

TonePros AVT-II Bridge for PRS. Includes wraparound bridge assembly matched with a set of locking studs. Set includes The AVT-II is the only locking, piezo loadable, standard saddle, fully intonatable wraparound bridge in the world. Fits PRS guitars fitted with stud mount bridges with standard center stud spacing. Might fit other brands but check TonePros site to make sure. Sells new for $90. This clean set is $45(HOLD-Chris L 7/31).

2016 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H FR – Metallic Black, (or Slime Green), (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case case2). An affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models. The new Pro Mods still feature a genuine Floyd Rose trem, Duncan pickups, and that wonderful feeling hand-rubbed Charvel maple neck, plus this one’s in one of cool colors of yesteryear, Slime Green. Killer pickups in this model with a Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan ’59 in the neck, allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. The Volume control is a push/pull to split the coils, allowing 6 great tonal variations. It also has a No-Load tone control which operates like a standard tone control until turned up all the way and then it’s removed from the circuit, allowing a total transparent sound. The recessed Floyd Rose FRT-O1000 is an excellent trem system that seems impervious to going out of tune and bends very predictably and accurately. It also features a great felling two-piece maple neck with 22 jumbo and a pair of graphite reinforcement rods to make it as stable as a neck can be. The rolled fingerboard edges give it a nice broken-in feel and seems to allow me to play a bit faster.  The neck is a compound radius with a hand-rubbed urethane finish and jumbo frets. Looks better in person than the pics and is offered in mint condition. These sell new for $869 without case or gigbag. Get this one with a killer setup, in flawless condition, WITH a nice $80 Gator Ultralight case for $649, your choice of Metallic Black or Slime Green (located lower on this page).

2002 PRS CE22 Maple Top - Natural, (front), (headstock), (back), (case).  Not a flashy guitar but with the maple/mahogany construction, the CE (Classic Electric) is built with the same care and has a comparable tone to a tricked out Custom 22, plus it comes in the rare Natural finish with some really nice wide flamed maple.  The CE22 is one of PRS's oldest models, first appearing in 1988 and in production every year since then, although current models are frequently the cheaper Satin finish and a gigbag is supplied rather than a hard case. As with most PRS’s, the body is mahogany with a thick maple cap, known since the 50s to be the perfect marriage of tonewoods.  Neck is quarter-sawn maple with PRS's 25" scale, rosewood fretboard and wide/fat neck carve.  Other features include PRS tremolo, PRS locking tuners, flamed maple "binding", moon inlays, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups , 5-way rotary pickup selector for choice of humbucker tones and inside single coils - and outside single coils.  This PRS is in very nice used condition with no major wear; just a few very slight dings if you look very closely. Many players prefer the feel and tone of PRS's bolt-on's and the quality is every bit as good as their set necks. A killer player and a sweet deal on a beautiful Natural model at $1199. Includes original case with some cosmetic flaws but structurally perfect.

2006 PRS Singlecut Trem Artist, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag), (case). Immaculate condition – one of the pics is distorted. We love these PRS Artists. For just a bit more than their “regular” Singlecut with options you can step up to something even more visually stunning, and of course every bit as nice to play. The Artist package was an expensive option ($1700 retail), that was discontinued in 2008. It featured hand-picked woods, selected for tone and beauty that exceeded their regular production “10” tops. A list of options included with an Artist includes Artist-grade top, gold hardware, colorful Paua shell fretboard inlays, inlaid Paua logo on headstock, rosewood headstock veneer and Artist case with velvet interior and dual combo locks. Stunning. This one features the wide-fat neck carve which is just slightly deeper than their wide-thin, as well as Phase II locking tuners, PRS tremolo, PRS 6 pickups, and McCarty switching which gives you a choice of 6 tones via the 3-way selector and push/pull tone knob. The top is perfectly spaced thin ribbon flame that’s consistent side to side, top to bottom, from any angle. The back is a nicely figured one-piece mahogany. This guitar plays as nice as it looks and it appears to have spent 99% of its time in the case. A very exciting guitar for the collector or player and a nice buy on an Artist trem model at $2199(HOLD-Wanda 8/21). Includes Artist case with all the stuff.

J. Rockett Flex Drive. If you're tired of lugging separate pedals for your SG and Tele, and trying to pair that pedal with the perfect amp, try the Flex Drive. This is a an excellent Drive pedal that works great for single coils or humbuckers, through virtually any amp. It’s also very capable of delivering a wide variety of tones, from early EVH, to blues, to country. In addition to the usual Volume, Gain, and Tone, it features mini switches for (1) Clip - to control diode selection: two selections or no diode for clean boost; (2) Treble - controls voice of highs: two selections of middle position for no treble cut; and (3) Fat - Controls mid and bass responses (on or off). 9V DC powered and features true bypass of course. Sells new for $199 but this one’s mint in the box for $129.

JHS Angry Charlie V3 Channel Drive. Excellent OD/Distortion unit that drives your tone into JCM800 territory. JHS faithfully recreates the famed Marshall tone stack with knobs that cut or boost (straight up is flat) giving your tone the hot-rodded British amp tone most players lust after. Don’t pay $199 when this one’s like new for just $135(HOLD-Scott D local 7/21).

1997 Fender ’67 Stratocaster Reissue with Abby ’69 Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock), (maple cap), (pickups), (case). Excellent quality Strat from Fender Japan with all the vibe of a ’67, but way less than a custom shop model. Has all the period correct features including maple-cap neck, vintage radius and frets, large headstock with gold trans logo, Fender vintage tremolo with stamped saddles and heavy tremolo block, Kluson style vintage tuners, 3-ply white pickguard, and proper arm and belly contours. The nut width on this model is slightly narrow; at 1 9/16” it’s 1/16” smaller than most Fenders. Has one very important modification – a killer set of Abigail Ybarra signed ’69 pickups. These Abby pickups are among the best Fender has ever made and they sound excellent, guitar is nice and lively (and lightweight), and it has a very comfortable set up. The guitar is in superb shape in all regards. Includes a good quality tweed case that has a typical dirty tweed look but is otherwise a nice, vibey case. If you like wide necks I would pass, but for players who like smaller necks, this one’s likely perfect for you. Compare this to a new Mex ‘60’s Classic and at $759(Tent. Hold – Alex B 11/22) including tweed case, this guitar will win every time.

2016 Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (optional case). “As new” condition! Some of you older players will remember the original models (’72-’81) very well. Among Fender’s line of Telecasters (Tele, Tele Thinline, Tele Custom, Tele Deluxe),  this one stood apart from the others was it was the only one with a Strat headstock. It also sported a pair of Seth Lover-designed Fender “Wide Range” humbuckers, which also appeared on the Thinline, and in the neck position of the Custom. They don’t sound particularly Tele like, but they’re far from the pure fatness of a Gibson and, thus, more expressive like you would expect a Fender to be. The Alnico humbuckers on this reissue model aren’t the same as the original models but are good sounding pickups on their own. Other cool features include chrome/skirted knobs taken from the Fender amps line, hardtail bridge, and oversize 3-ply pickguard. Other features include Alder body, one-piece C-shaped maple neck, 3-way switching, and dual volume/tone controls.  These sell new at the chain stores for $699, but this one is virtually unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard, and it even has a bit of flame on the neck.  Get this one for just $559 with stock Fender gigbag, OR, for $659, get it with the new Fender tolex case pictured.

OFF-HOLD: 2002 Zion Radicaster - Gold Mega-flake, (front1 front2), (back1) (back2), (headstock headstock2), (neck), (case). This is one stunning guitar. Finished in Zion's "Gold Mega-flake", this is a very complex--and expensive--finish that looks like crushed glass made of 1000s of pieces of blue, green, red, yellow, etc., which combine for an overall appearance of gold flake. Under stage lighting, the guitar really comes to life. I don't say this often but...pictures do not do this guitar justice and as nice as it may look in the pics, it looks much better in person. The pic of "headstock2" above most accurately shows the finish. Making its debut in 1980, the Radicaster was the original Zion model and remains their most popular today. Its elegant lines, rear-mounted controls that don't require a pickguard, and cutaways and bevels aimed at player comfort make it as attractive as any Strat style made today. The following info was provided by Dale at Zion, who was also the builder of this particular guitar so he knows it well. It's a 2002 model, shipping out in 2003, and features a basswood body with a 5/8" hard maple top with the Radicaster's extended double-cutaway design, featuring a stunning birdseye maple fretboard and neck, accented with pearl dot inlays and matching headstock. Electronics are EMG H/S/H configuration with an 89/SA/81, Master Volume & Tone w/ 5-Way Switching with a push/pull volume pot that splits the neck pickup, yielding 7 tones. Other features include gold hardware, Sperzel locking tuners, hardtail bridge with strings-thru-body, low friction Graphtech nut, Neutrik locking output jack, 22 fret neck with 12” radius and comfortable profile, including angled, contoured headstock for increased string tension. The setup is spectacular and the basswood/maple body yields more complex tones than you'll find on most Strat style guitars. It truly sounds phenomenal. Retail price as outfitted in 2003 was $2935 plus case and shipping, although today that price would be around $3700, plus case and shipping. This guitar has obviously seen very little use in its 15 years and there are no flaws to speak of. If you've been wanting a custom guitar by one of America's top builders, you can have this beauty for less than 1/2 the price of a new one - and no waiting! $1799 takes it and includes a similarly clean Zion tweed case, custom fitted to the body.

Charvel Vintage Trem - Brass, (pic2).  These are brand new from the supplier for Charvel Custom Shop. All solid polished brass including brass trem arm with stainless screw on tip. If you're doing a San Dimas reissue these have the look--and the tone--to give you the perfect 80's tribute model. 2 1/16” string spacing and screw spacing. $95/each.

2003 PRS Custom 22 Artist, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag and case/etc.). Another killer Artist. Artist Package includes Artist-grade top, gold hardware, and colorful Paua shell inlays on fretboard and headstock. Stunning. 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 which exceed their “10” tops, termed "artist grade" by PRS, extremely colorful Paua bird inlays, rosewood headstock overlay with inlaid colorful Paua shell inlaid logo, Artist case with velvet interior and dual combo locks, gold hardware including Phase II locking tuners and PRS tremolo. 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. Last time I checked a new Custom Artist listed over $6600, selling at discount online for $3939-$4349. At $2199(HOLD-Brian H 7/20), it's a $1700-$2150 savings compared to a new one and it’s clean enough for the collector. Includes Artist case, trem arm, hang tag, and other paperwork.

2014 Chapman Guitars ML-3 Modern, (front), (back), (headstock), (heel), (truss adjust). Perfect – unplayed condition. Don't confuse this with the later ML3 Modern Luna, which are flame top versions of this model but are made in Indonesia and China. This is the original ML3 modern, nicely crafted in Korea with quality parts and craftsmanship. The ML3 is your basic straight ahead rock guitar with dual ceramic humbuckers with 3-way and push/pull pot for single coil tones. It is built on a Tele-style body, although it feels a bit more substantial than a Tele. The back of the body is beveled nicely so it's thin at the neck joint which makes playing the upper frets quite easy. The Ebony fretboard is a nice touch, accented only by a 12th fret inlays. The body is solid mahogany, with a rock maple neck, 25.5" scale, and 24 jumbo frets. I like the truss adjustment wheel, easily accessible at the body end of the neck, which makes slight tweaks easy and quick. The Chapman Hard Tail Deluxe bridge has a small footprint, a sleek and clean string-through construction that's perfectly stable and fuss-free. This guitar has a very comfortable set up, perfect for speed and accuracy, with a tone that goes from thrash to classic rock, to something much twangier on the coil-tap settings. It is offered in immaculate condition and a nice axe for $399(SOLD-Local 4/27). Includes gigbag.

2004 Taylor 612-CE-L30 30th Anniversary Grand Concert Cutaway with factory Upgrade, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (appointments), (receipt-Taylor), (case).  Beautiful limited edition 600-series. Taylor’s Grand Concert Cutaway is an excellent choice for finger style players with its crisp voice, ease of play in the upper register, and scaled down size which makes seated playing especially comfortable. With its Anniversary appointments, and beautifully figured maple in a Natural finish, it's truly a thing of beauty. With the Taylor 612-CE's bold sounds of big leaf maple and Sitka spruce are enhanced by the Grand Concert body design. Together the woods create a bright, crystalline timbre with outstanding projection and warm overtones. Also, the GC cutaway body yields a strong treble zing across the tonal spectrum and sharpens the definition of individual notes. Aided by a wide 1 3/4" nut, it's a superb finger picking guitar that also adapts well to medium strumming. This model employs Taylor's acclaimed Expression System (ES), which replaced various Fishman units used during the 90's and early 00's. If that’s not good enough, this one also had the ES System upgraded by Taylor to the current 9V system and a major revamp of the ES, at a cost of $300 plus shipping (see receipt above). The ES utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like no other. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer, Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.  Features of the 612CE include Grand Concert body with Venetian cutaway, Big leaf maple back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Hard rock maple neck, Taylor Expression System electronics, Ebony headstock overlay with inlaid logo and "30th Anniversary" logo, Ebony fretboard, Fall Leaf fretboard inlay of wood and pearl, Fall Leaf soundhole rosette of wood and pearl, Ebony bridge, Tusq nut and saddle, three-stripe white body binding, white neck binding, Gold-plated Taylor tuners, 25-1/2" scale, 1-3/4" width at nut, 20 frets, Scalloped X-bracing, and Gloss finish. If you're looking for a great playing, great sounding 612CE, this is that guitar. It's in beautiful condition with no scratches that I can see, easily a 9.9 condition. Although you can't get a new 30th Anniversary, you're looking at $3199 on a new stock 612CE, but get this beautiful barely used one, in a rare model and desirable color, for just $1999.

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 a 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 $499.

ESP Ltd Kirk Hammett Signature KH-DC, (front) (front-2), (back), (headstock), (features).  One of the new higher end models from ESP, the KH-DC combines great looks, playing comfort, and high end features to offer a great guitar at a great price.  Like the EC-1000, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as locking tuners, active EMG humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body. Features include set-neck construction with mahogany body topped with flamed maple, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 13.77" fretboard radius, 1.65" nut width, 25.5" scale, thin U-shaped neck, 22 extra jumbo frets, gold hardware, locking tuners, Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, EMG 60/81 humbucker pickups with active electronics, vol-vol-tone controls, 3-way toggle switch.  One modification involves relocation of one strap pin, moved from the top of the neck to the upper horn to eliminate "dive bombing" of the neck.  Thus, the only flaw is an extraneous strap pin hole (shown here) which we can fill with an additional strap pin if desired.  Otherwise, this guitar is in factory fresh condition; flawless.  The KH-DC sells new everywhere for $999 ($1427 list), which is reasonable for a neck-thru with quality hardware and electronics.  Better yet, save over $400 and get this beauty for just $585.  

2015 Yamaha Pacifica PAC611 Black, (front), (back), (headstock back), (pickups), (optional case case2). Available for a few years in Japan and Taiwan, but just now coming to the North American market. The PAC611 is in sufficient demand that some dealers have them on back order only. The PAC611 sits at the top of Yamaha’s popular Pacifica line, which has been a favorite of Rock/Fusion players such Jeff Kollman, Mike Stern and Michael Lee Firkins. It obviously borrowed elements from the Strat with its design, alder body, and 6/side headstock, but the tone is far from Strat-like. Excellent electronics suite with a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (higher output version of the ’59), a Duncan SP90 in the neck, with a push/pull coil tap for the Custom 5 to choose single coil or humbucker. Other high end features include Graph Tech string saver saddles, Graph Tech Tusq nut, Grover locking tuners, and Yamaha’s exclusive steel bridge. The neck is a gloss finish but doesn’t feel at all sticky or slow in any way. This guitar has a very good acoustic tone, not lifeless like many electrics. Plugged in, you’ll find excellent versatility with this pickup combination. P90 fans will love this SP90, which is excellent for Jazz or Blues, while the Duncan Custom 5 excels at fatter rock tones, or even thinner expressive tones in the single coil mode. Both pickups sound well under low or high gain applications. Aided by the Hardtail Bridge, the Custom 5 excels at lead tones, but also cleans up nicely by back off the volume control slightly. In all, we were extremely impressed with this guitar, and thought that it was priced at 1/3 of its actual quality/value. The front pic looks messed up but in person the guitar is in impeccable condition. Nice weight at 7 lbs. 14.8 oz. The cream P90 cover is stock, but I also have one in black if you prefer that look. Sells new for $599 but this one’s perfect and just $419. In my option it’s an incredible value and I hope a serious player decides to jump on it.

Zoom B1on Bass Multi-effect and Looper (with power supply). Good budget all-in-one for bass that includes: 80 effects, 14 Amp models, Up to 5 effects simultaneously, and 100 memory locations. In addition it has an easy to read chromatic tuner, simple to use looper and a rhythm machine for fun practicing. Easy to read orange screen with backlit LCD. Includes USB output plus regular 1/4" jack (plus headphone out), and an aux in. Runs on 6 AA batteries or included Hi-Pro 9V power supply. Nice little unit for just $35. Here’s a demo on YouTube.

1998 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Crimson Red Transparent, (front1  front2), (grain), (back), (headstock), (case). Incredibly clean early model American Deluxe in a classic Crimson Red Transparent, basically the same finish as the 70's "Wine", over a select ash body. 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 Tolex case, in similarly beautiful shape, and trem arm. NOTE: As an option we're offering a cool set of DiMarzio's installed: Vintage Heavy Blues (bridge), Area 61 (mid) and an Area 58 (neck), just a $50 upcharge including trade in of stock pickups.

2013 Gibson ES-339 Traditional Pro Figured Top, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (case).  Designed as an alternative to the ES-335, with a smaller body, no f-holes, and more tonal options, the 339 is a real joy to play.  If you've found the size of a 335 a bit ungainly, this guitar will be more comfortable, not much larger than a Les Paul or SG.  Its rounded symmetrical cutaways offer easy access to the upper frets and the Classic 57 neck and Super 57 bridge pickups are wired to push/push volume pots that enable coil-splits, plus there's a 10dB user-adjustable boost on a push-push tone pot.  Being an active circuit, the 9V battery is accessed easily via a door on the back of the guitar.  The ES-339 features a mahogany body and arched, mildly figured, maple top with a solid maple center block to help reduce feedback and enhance sustain. The top is in a gloss finish, the back is satin, although this one is buffed out to a near full gloss on back as well.  This guitar has one finish touch-up (shown here) of a finish gouge which has been clear coated and buffed out.  The set up is spectacular and with the remarkable selection of tones, it's one of the best players you'll find. If you don't mind a small blem, this is an excellent semi-hollow, with the back nicely buffed out, for just $1339.  Includes form fit custom shop case.  

USA Customs Tele w/Floyd Rose, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case). One of the coolest custom made guitars we’ve had in a while, this is a pro-assembled Tele with reverse Strat headstock; top notch parts all around. The body and neck are from the good folks at USA Customs. Finishing and assembly were done by Southbound Custom in Nashville, including nitrocellulose finish on the body and headstock. The alder body was first whitewashed before the translucent blue finish was applied. It’s a very nice looking job. The rest of the parts are equally impressive: German-made Original Floyd Rose, Schaller locking tuners, DiMarzio Super Distortion with blue bobbins to match the body, chrome metal pickup ring and chrome metal dome volume knob, and finally an engraved Mick Mars neckplate. My customer says the finish work alone was near $500 and that his total investment approached $2K. Although built nearly 10 years ago, this guitar presents in “as new” condition and appears to have sat in the case for its entire life. It plays fantastic and should appeal to hard rock/metal players who like the vibe of a Kramer Baretta, but in a guitar that’s actually better. Includes case pictured which is sort of a brown suede finish, plush lined interior. Great deal for a guitar with this vibe and options at $999.

Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings 11-52. Factory sealed, lot of 9. Sells $5/ea online. Get all 9 sets for $29.

1997 Gibson Nighthawk Special 3 Pickup (DSN3), (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  It’s rare that I get any Nighthawks in and this is one of the cool ones with 3 pickups with push/pull tone pot that yields 10(!) tonal choices. Heres a pic (link) of the configuration. Weighing in at around 7 lbs., the diminutive body and lightweight construction make the Nighthawk a pleasure to play for extended periods. Add to this the tonal variety of tones and you have a guitar that would excel for cover band guitarists or anyone who needs a wide variety of character out of their guitar. The Nighthawk was designed with a stylized take on a scaled down Les Paul body with a deeper cutaway and ribcage cutout for comfort. Features include mahogany body with mahogany neck, body binding, longer 25.5 scale, pearl dot inlays, inlaid headstock logo, gold hardware, hardtail bridge with thru-body stringing, Gibson Deluxe tuners. Pickups are a M-series mini-humbucker in the neck, NSX single coil in the middle, and a slanted M-series humbucker in the bridge, controlled by a 5-way switch and push/pull tone pot. If you’re a Fender player who could never get used to the shorter Gibson scale you should be able to get around fine on this guitar, plus its capable of some Fender-y tones with some of the single coil settings and Tele style bridge design. Its in very nice shape with minimal gold wear, only slight clear coat scratches, and an excellent set up. $950 includes a new brown case that’s pictured above. Very nice guitar.

Fender Tele Neck, (specs), (full length), (butt/”before” headstock). High quality Musikraft neck, made in New Jersey. Martin installed a 60’s vintage logo with nitro lacquer under and over the logo, multiple coats front and back, looks factory. Vintage style with 21 frets but modern 9.5” radius and 6105 frets which are slightly wider than vintage but much taller, clay dot (side and top) inlays, thin lacquer sealer coat on fretboard and back – gloss lacquer on headstock front/back, medium C profile. Never been drilled for tuners or body attachment. $275(HOLD-Mike C 6/27) for this great USA neck.

Warmoth Super-Strat neck w/Charvel Logo, (logo) . Custom ordered by one of our customers with a Charvel logo and then returned. Martin did a killer job on the logo with 3 coats of lacquer on top and no hint of an outline. Super clean neck with perfect jumbo frets, Grover tuners, Floyd nut all included. This is an 80's model with the back sealed only - feels like an old Charvel - you guys know what I mean. Perfect feel. $249(HOLD-Wayne P 7/6) includes tuners, Floyd nut, and string retainer.

Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (back). Nice price unit that's great for stage or studio and even 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. Very clean shape and works perfectly. Here’s a good demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWVR4edDtlg. You’ll see these elsewhere on this page for $75 but my source has sent me too many. Get this one for $39, worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes original power supply.

1987 Kramer Classic III, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (pickups), (gigbag/case). For you Kramer fans, here’s a rare one. Not to be confused with the recent imports such as Pacer Classic, the original Classic Series (I, II and III) were part of the American line ca. ’86-‘87. The “I” was a traditional Strat style with vintage trem; the “II” was a Tele with unbound body with electronics layout similar to a Pacer Custom with a slanted HB and two singles with 3 on/off switches, coil tap switch, and volume control; the “III” was a fancier Tele style with a double bound body and more traditional 2-pickup configuration with volume and tone and blade pickup selector. All featured the “Classic” or “Chicken Beak” headstock which was resurrected from the early 80’s (pre hockey-stick). The II and III also featured an “Original Floyd Rose” tremolo system with locking nut. This particular guitar, serial F1123, is in the Kramer American Serial Register (link) and has undergone pickup changes since it was registered many moons ago. It now sports a Burstbucker bridge humbucker, DiMarzio Area 67 in the middle, DiMarzio Blue Velvet in the neck. The middle pickup route was professionally added and it appears the neck route was enlarged slightly to accommodate the DiMarzio. I’m no expert on Classic Series, but I’m guessing the Gotoh Japan tuners are replacement as I suspect Schallers would have been stock. They have the same screw attachment and footprint so they look otherwise identical without mods required to the headstock. This is a nice playing guitar with quality tones better suited to rock and metal than a traditional Tele (like I had to say that…). Frets are in near perfect shape and the body is fairly clean with nothing other than clear coat dings and minor scratches. Comes with your choice of a very cool Trans-Siberian Orchestra TKL gigbag (came with the guitar) or some sort of hardshell case I have in my extras. Despite the mods, it’s still an interesting piece due to rarity, and because it’s just a quality American Kramer. $699(HOLD-Fritz R 4/12).

PRS McCarty Set. Great upgrade for your LP or any humbucker guitar that needs a vintage humbucker tone. 90’s era, very clean shape, nickel covers. $145/set

PRS HFS/Vintage Bass Set. Proper equipment for PRS Customs and many others. HFS (Hot, Vintage, Screams) bridge pickup has a cover; Vintage bass neck pickup is stock. We can remove cover at

Tech 21 Double Drive 3X MOD, (Close-up). The Double Drive 3X - with a Private Stock custom MOD - has been revoiced for more aggressive hard rock and metal tones and therefore not specifically recommended for classic rock or blues rock. It has a tighter low end for more chunky bass and a wider level taper for smoother control. This custom-mod version offers a more "amp-like" distortion as opposed to a "pedal-like" distortion and is a good choice for players with amps that are lacking. This model also lets you store three custom sounds, even on the fly, by simply tweaking the knobs and double-tapping on a footswitch. DRIVE A controls the amount of Class A power amp output stage distortion (like a Vox AC30), rich in even harmonics. The amount of harmonics is dynamically controlled by the input level and their ratio by how hard you pick. DRIVE A/B controls the amount of Class A/B power amp output stage distortion (like Fender or Marshall), rich in odd harmonics. The signal path of Drive A runs INTO the signal path of Drive A/B, resulting multiplication, rather than addition, of the distortion to achieve a cascading effect. Click here for a demo with knob tweaking. With a list of $215, these sold new for $179. I have a few new in the box for just $99/each. (Hold 1 for John D 6/7)

Recently discovered I have some new, old stock amps at my friend’s store in Maryland – Alesis and Behringer combo’s. Available for pick up in Cockeysville MD, or we can ship to you. 

Alesis Spitfire 30, (panel), (back), (back panel). 30 watts with digital modeling, and just a ton of features in a small package.  The SpitFire's DSP provides 80 presets that can be easily edited & overwritten. Nine effects modules let you pick multiple effects for a huge variety of combinations. There are over 40 different effects to choose from, including distortions, cabinet emulation, EQ, compression, filter, modulation, reverb, and delay. There is also an auto-chromatic tuner built in. SpitFire amps feature a 1/4 in. stereo headphone output on the front panel that disconnects the speaker when in use, plus a 1/4 in. expression pedal input for control of effects, an external speaker output jack, and stereo RCA inputs for connecting a CD or tape player. A specially dedicated "Right Channel" output allows a second guitar amp to be connected for separated stereo amplification and at this price, you can afford to run two of them for true stereo. List price was $249 but I have them new in the box for just $85.

Behringer "Blue Devil" GX112 Combo, (panel), (back panel), typical Behringer story here - just a lot of features and good quality sound - at a great price.  The Blue Devil packs 60 watts RMS through a single 12" Jensen with dual channels and 99 quality digital effects.  Features "Virtube" technology and midi-compatible.  List on these was $329 and I think these are a great buy at $129, new in the box.  Includes footswitch and manual.

1995 Ovation Custom Legend 1769, (front), (headstock), (back), (appointments), (preamp/outputs), (case).  Arguably, Ovation's loveliest guitar, the 1869 is loaded with high end features. From the AAA Sitka spruce top, to the loads of hand-laid Abalone, to the sleek ebony fretboard, the Custom Legend remains near the top of the Ovation range. Ornamentation includes abalone inlays which adorn the entire soundboard, plus abalone fretboard inlays, and wide Abalone soundhole Rosette, intricately carved walnut bridge, and gold Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons. Other features include rounded cutaway, green burst finish, mid-depth bowl, 5-piece mahogany/maple neck, white-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl diamond inlays, 1-11/16" nut width, 25-1/2" scale, pinless bridge, white-bound top, factory Optima pickup and preamp system with both Low-Z and Hi-Z outputs. Features an Ovation Optima preamp that sounds excellent and includes a built in chromatic tuner. This model listed for $1799 in 1995, which was a ton of money nearly 20 years ago. This model was also the basis for the Al DiMeola model (1769 AD-II) which sells for $3K. If you want essentially the same guitar, this one's less than 1/2 of a new DiMeola and is in beautiful shape, plays incredibly easy, and sounds excellent. $1350 includes original Ovation case. 

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. This model was only built ’10 to ’13 but it sold new for $2350. This one's in superb condition, with an incredibly nice setup and priced $1000 less than the new price, just $1350. 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.

2003 Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom - Bullseye, (front), (back), (headstock), (features). 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 $499, including gigbag.

1992 PRS Custom 24 – Scarlet Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).   I’m always on the lookout for the old Annapolis-built PRS’s.  These old-factory models, easily identifiable with the original small logo and short neck heel, were actually hand made, before the move to the new factory and use of CNC machines. This one’s finished in Scarlett Red with a pleasing flamed maple top, certainly not a “10” top but nice enough. 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 which opened in '96. Around the time of the move 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 are the stock HFS and Vintage Bass with the standard 5-way rotary selector, volume and tone. 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. Now over 25 years old this guitar is officially vintage and it’s noteworthy that this is the 13,372nd guitar PRS had built in the 7 years they had been in business. By contrast, that’s about the current ANNUAL production now (around 12,000 produced in 2016). Cosmetically it has some buckle scratches and minor dings in the clear coat, but no major issues and frets are in nice shape. There are no serious issues such as cracks and there's no finish checking.  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.  It plays like all old PRS’s with low action and no dead spots.  Nicely priced for an Annapolis model at $2100. Includes clean original case and trem arm.

Duncan Performer Set: Detonator and HB-103N. Excellent combination that’s hard to beat for the money. Duncan’s import version of the Invader and Duncan Distortion. The Detonator is a very hot 16.2K output, the 103 is a more moderate output made for neck, 7.68K. Both are 4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications. These are very good pickups for just $49/set. 

2012 Fender American Standard Stratocaster "Blackie", (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Totally flawless and a currently unobtainable model from Fender. This “Blackie” (same appearance as the Clapton Blackie – black finish with maple board) appears to have seen little to no real playing time. Frets are perfect, no scratches or wear anywhere. It’s factory outfitted with Custom Shop Fat 50’s pickups so it sounds good, with a no-load tone pot one the middle/bridge pickups. This is the version of the American Standard that eclipsed all the earlier models with enhancements such as thinner finish, gloss finish to front of neck/satin finish on back, high mass 100% metal bridge block, bent steel saddles with elongated string slots, synthetic bone nut, and parchment plastic parts. If you want all the specs, let me know but most of you know the model by now. Fender isn’t making the American Standard these days and it appears the only option is to bump up to the American Pro when they’re in full distribution, or step down to the American Special. If you want a really fine Strat that plays incredibly easy, sounds great, and is in the cool black/maple combination, get this one for $779(HOLD-Duke T 6/1). Includes original Fender case and trem bar.

Carvin V3 All-Tube 100W Head, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (footswitch).  100% tube signal path delivers pure tone from warm to shimmering to infinite sustain and crunch.  Three channels offer expanded tone circuits and overdrives, covering everything from Blues to Metal.  Channels 1 and 2 are identical overdrive channels, however, since each offers 3 different Drive settings and EQX Expanded Tone Circuits, you'll be able to dial in numerous variations on each channel.  The 3rd channel is the clean channel, but with its own Drive control and 3 position switch, for players who don't use clean, you'll be able to use this as an additional distortion channel.  The Volume Boost is ideal for leads and solos, kick it in when you need to cut through. Two Smart Loops offer assignable effects to your channels:  simply select your channel and select your Smart Loop.  The assignment is saved and recalled when you play through that channel.  MIDI offers storage of channel switching, Volume Boost On/Off and Smart Loop On/Off.  This thing is built like a tank, with real plywood, rather than the particle board used on many amps, and it's even made in San Diego Calif.  The Master section's controls affect all 3 channels.  The Master volume: controls overall output; Boost control adds up to 9 dB of volume boost and is switchable via optional footswitch or MIDI; Bright control boosts highs starting at 5kHz for added clarity; Mid Cut: dials in a master scooped tone from mild to extreme; Deep: adds low frequencies at the sub-harmonic level; and Smart Loops give you total control of your effects and remembers your effects loop settings for each channel.  Just assign a loop(s) to the current channel and Smart Loop permanently saves it until you change it.  This amp can run on EL34's or 5881/6L6's, with a bias switch on the back panel to change between the two.  It can also run 50W or 100W, again, via the back panel.  It has dual speaker outs and can run at 4-8-16 ohms.  Tonally, this amp has a huge variety of tones in it.  The a 3-way mode switch on the OD channels changes the color of the tone dramatically.  Add in the EQX switch and the tonal range is expanded another 10-fold.  For you metal heads who want your pant legs to shake, this thing has more bottom end than you'll probably use.  It also has a tone of gain to give you as much distortion as you'll ever need.  It might seem to be too many tweaking capabilities but the bottom line is it's easy to dial in your favorite tones and you'll never have to mess with it again.  If, on the other hand, you like tweaking your tone, you'll never run out of variations.  This amp originaly sold new for $1099 from Carvin. This one is in great shape, doesn’t appear roaded, and just $399(HOLD-Duke T 6/1). Includes footswitch.

1997 Gibson BluesHawk – Heritage Cherry, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Very cool 2nd year Blueshawk, one of the most innovative designs to come out of Gibson in modern times.  Radically different for a Gibson, the BluesHawk is a semi-hollowbody that's as thin as an average solidbody electric.  It's also a very small body which makes it lightweight and a lot of fun to play during stage gigs.  Features some upscale cosmetic features as well including gold hardware, distinct diamond fretboard inlays and headstock inlay, inlaid pearl Gibson logo on headstock and cream body binding.  It's the electronics that really shine on this baby though, with loads of quality tones at your fingertips via a pair of P90 pickups (plus a dummy coil to keep 'em quiet) - controlled by a 3-way selector, 6-position Varitone, and push/pull volume pot (disables the Varitone).  As its name implies, this guitar really shines for Blues tones, but is versatile enough to cover just about any other type of music other than heavy metal.  Overall nice shape other than some clear coat scratches and worming, plus a little milky finish on the bass upper bout (shown here). Frets are nice shape and just slight fading of the gold hardware.  This guitar is the best value in the Gibson line in my book.   On recent Gibsons there are some great players and some fair players. This one is a really nice player with low action, no buzz, no dead spots.  The superb playability, comfort, and variety of quality tones make this the best value in a Gibson in my humble opinion.  $775(HOLD-Squire friend 2/23) includes clean Gibson gigbag.

1984 Vantage Avenger X-77, (front), (headstock), (back), (beveled edges), (tremolo/block), ('82 catalog). Another cool Matsumoku (Japan) guitar, although not nearly as rare as the VA-900. Vantage brings back fond memories. When I got back into playing in '85 my bass was a Vantage. This was, of course, before I was a non-compensated endorser of Kramer basses. Vantage were Japan made and among the early waves of high quality Japanese imports. Unlike guitars in the early 70s, they feature solid woods of good quality, quality electronics, excellent hardware, and are able to set up with excellent action. The X-77 Avenger is sort of a cross between an SG and a Baretta. It has the double cutaway design of an SG, with the Kramer-inspired single bridge humbucker. The pickup on this guitar was built to look like a DiMarzio, with hex poles. It is wired through a mini-switch that lets you go from humbucker to single coil - both positions sound very good. The hardware is very good with quality tuners and a very solid tremolo system with brass saddles and bass, and heavy brass block. The body is well crafted, with beveled edges on all sides, nicely finished in vintage white. Set up is very comfortable and it has a quality tone that rivals most USA guitars of the era. Overall excellent condition, especially for 33 years. Compare this to any recent import at the same price and this one wins, hands down, at just $239.

OFF-HOLD: 2007 PRS Johnny Hiland Signature Model, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). I haven’t had one of these since 2007! Based loosely on a Custom 24 but a much different guitar indeed.  Johnny has been one of the greatest unknown guitarists of our time - at least until this model came out. Made for just 2-3 years until Johnny and PRS had a falling out, so pretty rare. Many players prefer PRS' bolt-on models, primarily those who have historically been Fender players who are used to the feel and response of a bolt-on. Johnny is noted as a virtuoso in any style of music - from metal to bluegrass - blues to rock and roll - and this guitar was built to do it all. A few unique features on this one including new signature pickups (Johnny Hiland Treble and Bass), 24-fret maple cap neck (one of the few maples from PRS) with a special JH neck carve, JH large dot inlays with a 513 inlay at the 12th fret, and 3-way pickup selector with push/pull tone pot to split the bass pickup. This one also features a very nice flamed maple top.   Another cool feature is the recessed truss rod cover, which Johnny uses to do string bends behind the nut. Press it down to the wood and you'll get a perfect whole tone step up every time.  Other features include custom "Johnny Hiland" truss rod cover, nickel pickup covers & hardware, PRS tremolo and Phase II locking tuners.  The finish is called Tortoise Shell, and it complements the flamed maple very well. Cosmetically, it’s in very nice shape with just some clear coat scratches, on back, most or all we’ll buff out prior to shipping, and slight dullness of the nickel covers, and they’ll probably come clean when we get it on the bench. Set up is spectacular all the way up the neck. This model listed for $3320, 10 years ago so a nice buy at $1550 for this beauty. Includes PRS case and trem arm.

Vintage Gibson Humbucker Pickup Rings. Came off a 1970 Les Paul with T-Tops. Numbers as shown; other one is M8-593 70-596. $100.

1980 Fender Strat Pickup. Nice vintage output 5.83K, original. Will include choice of black or white cover. $100.

2001 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Wine & Chrome, (front), (back), (headstock). A lot of players are looking for the pre-chambered Les Pauls these days and the Studio offers the best value for the money. At 9.6 lbs., it’s not overly heavy for a non-chambered Paul.  Despite a number of finish impressions, presents very well thanks to a nice buffing out by Martin who got rid of all the small scratches and judging by the frets (shown here), another guitar that's seen little playing time but didn't have a particularly meticulous owner. I've got to hand it to Gibson, they do build some nice necks and with the well-cured woods they were using early in the century they produced consistently great necks. This one's no exception and it has a very comfortable set up and that fat 'Paul tone we love. Maple top is mildly figured and with the buff job, has a nice shine all over. Nice value in a nitro-finished maple top Les Paul at $699. Includes Gibson wedge-shaped gigbag or for $49 substitute for SKB case with ATA latches.

Yamaha RGX A2 - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (optional case). For players looking for the lightest possible guitar, these run around 5 lbs. 14 oz. Identical to the White/Green model below, except finished in all black. Like the other one it’s in nice shape and plays with ease. $329(HOLD-Chris K 5/19) includes a free gigbag or for $69 more, a quality British-made Hiscox/Yamaha hardshell case made to fit.

Yamaha RGX A2 – White&Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (side). Looking for a super lightweight guitar with heavy tone? Called "The most significant electric guitar design innovation to come along since the Parker Fly", said Chris Gill, Guitar World, May 2006. I'm a big fan of innovation and Im always looking for RGXA2s to come along – this is the 2nd one I’ve had in 6 months. Its visually stunning although not at all gaudy, with a white body with silver binding, and an "aircraft gray" back that's almost a green. You'll notice two factory painted lines on top, which I mistook for finish checking the first time I saw one of these. Weighing in at a scant 6 pounds - that's right - 6 pounds - the body utilizes what Yamaha calls "Alternative Internal Resonance" (A.I.R.) technology - a lightweight wood core sandwiched between a harder, heavier wood on both the front and back of the guitar's body. Special sound tubes pass through the body so that string vibrations normally resonating only the guitar's top are transmitted through the entire body. The result is a full, powerful, and resonant tone with distinctive presence. The neck is less radical, with a traditional maple neck and rosewood fretboard, but it does have a unique bi-level headstock and the top screws on the tuners are recessed into the headstock which is another innovative approach, plus unique thumb twist tuners which work great. One of the coolest features is the illuminated pickup indicator. On the bridge pickup, the back of the knob lights up blue; on the neck the front lights up green, and with both pickups, both sides are lit. Pickups are Yamaha's Alnico Soapbars which sound great and are high output P90 style, although with stacked coils for zero hum. This guitar features lightweight hardware, including tuners, knobs, strap pins, and a very unique lightweight bridge. It’s in nice shape, plays great, sounds very good, and is very easy on the back. A quality guitar in all regards for just $329(HOLD-Mike Mad Son 7/10). Includes gigbag or $69 more for the Hiscox/Yamaha case pictured above.

American DJ Road case. Very good quality lightweight aluminum with solid latches and recessed twist lock latches. Bought NOS many years ago and never used. Fits mixer and two CD players. Sold new for $100 15 years ago. Get it now for $59.

Anvil 18-space Rack. Local sale only. This is a genuine Anvil case. Built for many decades of road use. I haven’t used it since the 80’s but it still works fine. If I have to ship you’re probably looking at $75 shipping but locally it’s just $200.

1986 Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness. Base plate modified with two notches cut for some reason. Two mini-switches added which we’ll remove upon request. Includes four 1986 pots and caps, Switchcraft 3-way switch, and Switchcraft barrel jack. $39. 

Misc Guitar Parts – New. Includes USA 5-way switch, 2 USA stacked pots, 2 stacked knob sets, output jack with football jack cover, 2 metal humbucker rings (low/flat), black neckplate and plastic neckplate protector. $35 takes it all.

Boss Pedals: Overdrive-Compressor-Chorus-Flanger. Almost everything you need for a pedalboard including OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion, CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer, CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, and BF-3 Flanger. Get all 4 for ½ the new cost. $175 takes ‘em all.

OLP MM-3 Stingray 5-String, (front/back), (headstock). This OLP, “Officially Licensed Product” is a very good Musicman Stingray 5 copy. I've always been impressed with OLP's quality in their playability, construction, and tone.  The action is low and comfortable and the low B string isn't at all floppy. Even acoustically, this bass sounds pretty good. It features a gloss black Basswood body with North American Maple neck, 21 jumbo frets, 34” scale, headstock painted to match body, and black hardware. Controls are somewhat unique. There’s a master Tone control while the other two knobs are volumes for the Musicman style pickup - each coil is controlled by its own Volume pot. With one knob turned up it's a single coil - with both knobs turned up it's a humbucker - sounds good at all settings. Lovely starter 5-string for $199 with a quality gigbag.

2011 Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass, (front-1 front-2), (back), (headstock), (pickup/bridge), (gigbag).  The original MIJ model! 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 pin striping.  Features include Royal Blue Metallic finish over an alder body, Seymour Duncan Basslines SPB-3 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 appears this bass hasn't been played.  Even the mirror pickguard doesn't have any scratches.  Current models are made in Mexico and sell cheaper but this Japan model sold new for $1299 ($1699 list). Get this one for less than a Mex model; just $850.  If you're looking for a quality Precision, regardless of your musical style, you can't go wrong.  Includes Fender deluxe gigbag and hangtag. Substitute hardshell Fender case for $65 more.

2003 Schecter USA Custom Shop "Vargas Girl" Tempest, (front/back), (headstock). Hey P90 Fans! Here's another one for the discriminating collector - a one-off created for the 2003 NAMM Show with a hand-painted masterpiece by Chris Compston featuring his rendition of the Vargas Girl (close-up). The original Vargas Girls rose to fame in WW-II as very risque` (for the time) pin-ups, serving as a morale booster for troops serving overseas. The artist for which these type paintings have become synonymous, Alberto Vargas, was never given the true credit he deserved. His pictures, taped to the inside of countless lockers, or kept in shirt pockets and unfolded a thousand times, served of a constant reminder to the troops of what they were fighting for: freedom and beautiful women. Okay, on to the guitar... Made in Schecter's Burbank CA Custom Shop so it's an impeccably made guitar in its own right, and the fact that it was a NAMM show display model is further assurance that it was checked out very closely before it was presented to America's musical instrument dealers. Specs include: Solid Mahogany body with TV finish, bolt-on 22-fret maple cap neck with jumbo frets - one piece with NO scarf joint, 12" neck radius, 25.5" scale, Tempest 3/3 headstock with Sperzel locking tuners, bone nut - 1.673", neck width - 2.032" at 12th fret and 2.193" at end of fingerboard, Wilkinson bridge/tailpiece - adjustable, Seymour Duncan pickups - P-90-1B and 1N, and dual volume with master tone. This is an excellent playing guitar with a very meaty tone, without the usual noise level associated with P90's. Another observation - the tone control on this guitar is very effective. Rather than on/off, the way most tone controls seem to work, this one affects the tone in a more dramatic fashion, with a differentiation in tone at every number tone control changes at every I've always been a fan of the single wraparound tailpiece, despite their usual shortcomings, because they are perfect for string muting and just feels "right" with my right hand resting on it. Unlike the old style wraparounds though, this one features intonatable 2/3rd string and 4/5th strings, allowing for near perfect intonation. Offered in immaculate condition, other than a few scratches on the pickguard which we can probably buff out if desired. Includes Schecter certificate and hang-tag, showing it's selling price as $3495 (shown here). This is a cool find for the collector looking for the truly unique, one of a kind guitars - but at this price - most players can afford this and actual make it a working guitar. Just $1599 and includes original Schecter/G&G custom-fit hardshell case (picture).

2003 Hofner Verythin Standard CT, (front), (back), (side), (case). Man, this is a stunner! Beautifully flamed maple front, back, and sides, presented in wonderful condition. The Verythin is a nicely engineered guitar, with perhaps the thinnest body of any semi-hollow on the market. Compared to an ES-335 style, this guitar has a livelier acoustic tone and is a bit brighter plugged in as well. It has a very wide application - with the warmth of a full hollowbody or the bright, crisp tone of a solid body. One of the unique features of this guitar is the thinner body profile than conventional semi-hollowbody guitars.  In addition, is has a hand-fitted solid spruce sustain block that does not use tone bars. These features reduce potential for feedback and accentuate the tonal punch and attack while preserving the guitar's acoustic qualities.  This model has its roots in the 1960 Hofner design, albeit with contemporary features: quality humbucking pickups, better tuners, and a trouble-free tuneomatic/stopbar tailpiece.  It is bound top and back, as well as neck and headstock, with triple-bar fretboard inlays in pearl and red for that real German touch. All this plus, of course, drop-dead good looks and the flame on this one is really breathtaking. Even the case on this guitar is nice, with a brown alligator style covering with an arched top and a plush black interior. Appears to have seen very, very little playing time and it’s a shame since it plays with ease and sounds really nice. Just a super guitar with more versatility than most semi-hollows and a lot of axe for $529. Includes case.

Ca. 1940 Kalamazoo/Gibson KM11 Mandolin, (front), (side), (back back2), (headstock), (Batch/FON), (catalog), (case). Hard to be sure, but the batch number appears to be an “F” with a FON of 581. This is a Gibson-made A-style Kalamazoo from ca. ’40. It’s an excellent player with low action and nice tone and appears to be original other than a replaced tailpiece. I can’t be sure about the bridge or nut so I’ll let you experts make a determination about that. Specs of this model include spruce top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard, top binding, 4/side strip tuners, painted logo with “Made by Gibson Inc” impressed on the back of the headstock, and dot inlays. It appears to be all original finish with the only crack being a back crack barely in the top ply only – definitely not cracked through to the inside. It has a great vintage patina so we’re not going to buff it unless requested by the customer.  Now over 75 years old and I’ll guarantee it sounds better than a new one. Get this one with a gigbag for just $375, or $425 with a top quality hardshell case.

G&L ASAT Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (circuit), (case).  I rarely get these in. 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 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 and a comfortable weight 9 lbs. 2 oz.  With a new one running $1650 why not save $700 and get this barely played one - $950 includes original case.

2003 Warwick Corvette Standard Fretless, (front/back), (headstock), (tailpiece/bridge) The real deal German-made model, not to be confused with their import Rock Bass series For many, this is a bassist's dream bass with premium tonewoods throughout including a bubinga body, 3-piece ovangkol neck, and wenge fingerboard, This is a passive bass traditional tone and incredible punch through MEC "Dynamic Correction" J/J pickups, controlled by Volume, Blender, and Tone. You can get a wide variety of great sounds from this simple passive system. Other features include an excellent quality Warwick bridge and tailpiece that's mounted directly to the body, plus easy-access control cavity (pic). List when new was $1799 but this used one is barely played, in beautiful condition with no discernible wear anywhere, and just $699(HOLD-Pamela K 5/26). Includes quality gigbag. Nice deal on a German made bassist’s bass.

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 this black flametop 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(HOLD-Chris K 12/21).  Includes original case. Case works fine, it’s just not as clean as the guitar. 

2013 Gretsch G5620T Electromatic Center-Block Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock back), (label), (pickups).  Beautiful condition and an absolutely killer player.  I've had over a dozen of these Korean Gretsch archtops and, without exception, we 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. Amplified, the magic comes from a quality set of pickups with a Dual-coil Super HiLo'Tron in the neck, with a "Black Top" Filter'Tron in the bridge. These pickups deliver a commendable job of delivering that classic Gretsch tone. The G5120T is a semi-hollow with a center block of solid spruce, which is less prone to feedback than a fully hollowbody. Other features include Five-ply maple body construction, 1-¾"-deep thinline-style body, bbound "cat's eye" sound holes and a bound maple neck, flat 12.5" radius rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, Neo-Classic "thumbnail" inlays, 3-way pickup selector, Five "G-arrow" control knobs, single-ply black pickguard with Gretsch logo, anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge with flat-handle Bigsby-licensed B70 vibrato, Grover tuners, and knurled strap retainer knobs. A Lot of YouTube videos for this model, here’s one. This model sells new for $849. Get this clean used one for $565.

2003 PRS SE Santana - Cherry, (front), (back), (headstock), (bound neck/headstock), (gigbag).  Near flawless condition, not a scratch or ding on body or neck, plays superb. Like all of the SE series, they're some of the best Korean imports made, truly in a class by themselves. I've only had around a 20 or so SE models but have yet to encounter one that failed to set up perfectly and the overall fit/finish was impeccable.  The Santana SE is an all mahogany model with a mahogany slab body, finished in transparent red, with a mahogany set neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, wide-fat neck carve, 25" scale, PRS tremolo, PRS tuners, bound headstock, bound neck, and white pearloid Santana SE inlays. I’ve seen many pro and semi-pro players playing SE’s; they’re that good.  In my opinion this is a lot of guitar for $359. Includes quality PRS gigbag, cable/tools, and all paperwork.

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 last year, 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 (with handwritten store prices) in 1985 when I was working at Hotlicks Guitar Shop, the best store in Southern Maryland. I noted on the sheet 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 $529, 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

2004 Epiphone Goth G-400 SG, (close-up). New-old-stock and perfect. All the features you love in an SG - in an all-black look. Set-neck construction of all mahogany, a pair of quality Alnico humbuckers, EBONY Fretboard, gothic cross headstock inlay, Grover tuners, black hardware, and special XII inlay at the 12th fret (XII is Roman for 12...get it). These are Alnico V pickups, double vacuum waxed, with enamel wire, really very good sounding. New and unplayed and an excellent value in a set-neck Epi. With a list of $599, these sold online for $429-$449 back in the day. Although 13 years old, this is an NOS guitar, unplayed, never retailed. With a setup that's way better than factory, it's a solid deal at $339.

OFF-HOLD: 2002 Gibson '60 Les Paul Classic - Ebony, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  A striking looking Paul with a high gloss Ebony finish, accented with gold hardware.  The '60 Classic has all the features you know and love including '60 slip taper neck, mahogany body with maple cap, all finished in a high-gloss, hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer.  The classic tone comes from this marriage of maple’s clarity and definition and mahogany’s richness and depth which combine to produce a tonal complexity that no single-wood guitar has ever matched.  Its resonance and sustain are only further enhanced by the deep-set quarter-sawn mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock.  Mars Music (RIP) did a special run of around 500 pieces of the '60 Classic in an Ebony (black) finish which is a solid (non-transparent) finish.   Features of the "1960 Classic" are nearly identical to the Standard, with the primary difference being pickups, with the Classic featuring 496R and 500T ceramic humbuckers.  Just like the Standard it features a mahogany body with maple cap.  The only visual difference, other than the uncovered pickups, is the "Classic" screened logo and truss cover, vintage-style inked serial number, and "1960" on the pickguard.  It also features 12" fretboard radius, light amber top-hat knobs, cream plastic parts, inlaid pearloid logo, and aged-looking trapezoid fretboard inlays.  Other than some light scratches in the clearcoat only, this guitar is in very nice shape with excellent frets and a comfortable, low set up.  Gold hardware exhibits little to no wear.  All original other than Schaller locking strap system (strap end included).  A nice Paul for $1499.  Includes original black case in nice shape. 

EBS Black Label UniChorus Analog Processor, (pic2). Original Made in Sweden model. EBS is one of the premier builders of effects for bass and the UniChorus is their chorus/flanger/modulation effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It lets you switch between low-noise, studio-quality chorus, flanger, and pitch modulation effects.  Premium analog circuitry gives the UniChorus a smoother, warmer, and fatter chorus/flanger effect.  It has Depth and Rate controls plus stereo output.  It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use. New cost was $225 but get this one for just $129 with box and manual.

EBS Black Label Multidrive, (pic2). Original made in Sweden model. Mint in the box. Killer overdrive-fuzz-distortion effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It's a Class A pedal that produces tons of sustain, distortion, and tube-style effects. The mode switch selects flat, standard, or tube-simulation overdrive sounds while the Drive and Volume knobs control the amount of effect and output level. It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use.  New cost was $225 but get this one for just $99 with box and manual.

Ca.'83 Scholz SR&D Bass Rockman, (close-up). Shortly after release of the popular Rockman X-100, came the Bass Rockman, especially designed to meet the needs of bassists. I used one of these in the mid-80's, both on stage and in the studio, and I'm quite a fan of their tone. Played through headphones, you'll hear a tone you've never heard before. It won't sound like your usual jamming...it will sound like you're listening to a CD and you're playing the notes. This unit features a quality analog chorus, 2 clean settings, a distortion setting, Fat-Bright-Mid EQ settings, High Frequency Clip and Comp switches, Sustain level switch, Hi/Lo volume setting as well as a Gain dial on back, 1/8" stereo headphone/line out pair, and an Aux Input/Low Level Out 1/4" jack. You can hook these up to your guitarist's Rockman and get some great tones on a "silent" jam. Quiet enough for the studio and on stage adds fatness and a pretty good vintage bass distortion for your Cream songs. We sold these new at Hotlicks in the mid-80's for $199 which is like $450 in 2017 dollars. This is one of the cleaner ones I've had and comes in the original box. I see beaters regularly going up to $125 but this one's nice and works flawlessly. $139(HOLD-Al 4/14).

Trilogy Bridge TMB3 by Hipshot. Brand new and never installed. If you're into trying alternate tunings, there is nothing better. You can add a few detuners such as an original Hipshot and Hipshot tuner and use drop tunings on two strings, which is pretty cool. The Trilogy, however, allows you to detune any and ALL strings. It is a direct retrofit for USA Fender Strats, no modification is required, so your Strat can be returned to stock if desired. In all, the Trilogy offers an amazing 723 possible tunings, all at the flick of the thumb, and includes sample tuning chart. Each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. For more info checkout Hipshot here. This unit installs very easily and is the most versatile alternate tuning system ever devised. Hipshot sells these for $395 but get this one brand new for just $199. Ships in original box with manual. Also have a clean used one, in box with manual, for $189.

Frantone "The Sweet" Germanium Fuzz. If you're looking for an extremely versatile germanium fuzz, and one that's actually controllable when you want it to be, The Sweet is for you. Hand-built by Frantone in the USA with the finest components and, of course, true bypass. Frantone describes this pedal as over the top in every way using the classic tone of germanium transistors and the longest sustaining and smoothest sounding all-transistor fuzztone you will ever own. Frantone designed many fuzztones, including the 2000 New York City Big Muff for Electro-Harmonix, and Frantone says this is the most extreme one he's ever made. The full bottom and crisp highs will astound you, and the endless sustain will make you cry like a baby. Hearing is believing, so Click here for a good YouTube demo and here for Harmony-Central reviews. Full specs are at Frantone's site here. Sold for $345 direct from Frantone but this one's mint in the box for $229. I've had many germanium fuzz units, including virtually every vintage one made. This is by the best of the lot.

1984 Bond Electraglide, (front), (headstock), (back), ("frets"), (LED window), (power box), (tools), (case/acc.). Rare bird that made quite a stir when it debuted at the '84 NAMM show. Despite the media hype and extensive advertising, the Electraglide was finished in '86, less than 2 years in production with shipping totals under 1000 guitars. The Bond "Electraglide", was made in Scotland UK by Scottish luthier Andrew Bond, and featured a ground-breaking combination of innovative features such as carbon-fiber construction, high-tech electronics, a digital display and a fingerboard that featured a height-adjustable nut and utilized saw-toothed shaped steps instead of conventional frets. Pickups/tones were selected via five pushbuttons; volume, treble and bass were incremented numerically via digital rocker switches, confirmed by a three-color LED readout, angled upward to make it visible to the player only (shown here). With 7 possible pickup combinations plus phase in/out for each, there are 13 pickup combination in total ( matrix here). Other features include 3 single coil pickups with "Bond" embossed pickup covers, Schaller bridge and tailpiece, Schaller tuners, chrome hardware, metal height adjustable nut, 25.5" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, and weight of around 8 lbs. Everything works properly on this guitar other than one segment of the middle LED is intermittent and works, for instance, on a "0" but one segment might be out on a "6" for instance. Although not wildly successful in their day, the Electraglide has become very collectable due to their rarity and innovation. There have been several famous users including Mick Jones, guitarist for "The Clash", is known to have used one with his band Big Audio Dynamite in the mid 1980s. The Edge used his extensively on The Joshua Tree, including the solo on One Tree Hill, as well as on Exit and and Mothers of Disappearance. Will Sargeant from Echo and The Bunnymen was also an Electraglide user. This is one of the most complete packages I've seen and in addition to the original case with keys it includes original manual, an extra fret nut, a Schaller "kit" screwdriver, original power supply (many have an aftermarket), and Allen wrenches. It's probably the nature of this guitar that they all play well but it plays great and I would guess that the setup would last indefinitely, unless you wanted to change it to higher action at the bridge or nut. The attack and sustain are pretty much the same as a good sounding wooden guitar. The neck is a C-shape and a medium depth. It's in excellent condition and highly recommended for collectors since it does represent one of the more innovative guitars of the 80's. Really nice example of a rare guitar for $1199.

Phantom Guitar (MK VI style), (front), (headstock back), (back), (gigbag).   Make no mistake about it, Phantom Guitar Works is the only company authorized to build genuine Phantom, made by Vox in the 60’s, and reissued in the 90’s. Oddly enough, Vox, the original builder in the 60’s, isn’t allowed to use the name. They currently have a similar looking guitar but it’s simply another of the Indonesian ilk, and is strictly a beginner guitar. Phantom Guitar Works are excellent replicas of the old Vox guitars from the 60's, namely the Phantom, Teardrop, and MandoGuitar. They are hand-assembled in the USA of foreign and domestic parts.  This model is a reissue of the famed Vox MK VI, originally made in England and Italy. 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.  I rarely come across these, although 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.  Features include solid mahogany body, maple neck, Indian rosewood fingerboard, signature Phantom vintage style single coil pickups, vintage vibrola tailpiece, Phantom roller nut and bridge, 25.5" Scale length, 1 11/16" nut, 3 single coil pickups with 5-way switch, vol-tone-tone, and vintage style tuners. The three single coil pickups have a character of their own.  Not really Stratty, as they’re a bit more mellow, with increased warmth and fatness.  This is a very well made guitar with excellent tone and a wonderful setup, and a distinct vibe.  Just as no other hollowbody has the vibe of a Gretsch; no other solidbody has the vibe of a Vox.  Phantom only sells direct to the public and this model starts at $859. This one has a few factory custom options including the gold pearl pickguard and chrome pickup covers. It’s in dead mint condition, plays great, sounds great, and is possibly the coolest 60s vibe you can get for $499. Includes well-padded Phantom gigbag.

Steinberg UR12 2x2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface, (stock front/back). Quality 2-in and 2-out USB 2.0 audio interface with a quality D-PRE microphone preamp. Allows you to record vocal and guitar simultaneously with zero-latency hardware monitoring using any supported DAW software on your PC, MAC and iPAD. Recording resolutions of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. As new in the box with everything. Sells at most online stores for $99. Get this one for just $45.

2013 Fender USA Professional Standard Telecaster HS, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Flawless appearance – those are reflections in the pics. Best I can figure, the USA Professional series replaced the Highway One, remaining the best value in an American Tele. The only signficant difference I can see is the gloss finish on the Professional instead of the Highway’s satin body. This one also features the new USA Professional pickups, with a traditional Tele in the neck; humbucker in the bridge. Other features include alder body with gloss finish over 3-tone sunburst, neck with modern 9.5” radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, 3-way pickup switching, volume, master no-load tone control, new style American bridge with chrome brass saddles, tortoise shell pickguard, and strings through body. I don’t know what Fender moved on to in ’17 but this model sold for $999 with gigbag. Get this one, in pristine condition, with a perfect setup, for $300 cheaper. Just $699(HOLD-Doug K 4/6) with a used Fender deluxe gigbag or new Levy’s gigbag (pictured).

2003 Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster w/Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (ding).  Hardtail fans?  About one in 150 Strats I get are non-tremolo models, usually Robert Cray models. 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.  A note about the MN serial numbers:  while Fender's normal serialization would have an MSN5 as a '95, many of the N5, N6 and N7's are mid 00's.  I've had a bunch of them and the sheer fact that they didn't make the Cray in '95 caused me to have a look inside where dates indicating 2003 manufacture. A few mods on this guitar – tuners upgraded to Grovers, nut changed to graphite, plastic changed to aged plastic, and neck/middle pickup have been upgraded to Custom Shop Texas Special. The bridge pickup is the stock "Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat", which is also an Alnico. Finished in Inca Silver, the body has the classic vintage route, complete with worm track in the bridge cavity, and correct body contours.  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, American Vintage hardtail bridge with strings thru body, and Cray's signature on the headstock.  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.  These come in 3 colors but like Clapton's Blackie, Inca Silver is the color most closely associated with the man himself.  Other than a ding on the bottom edge, this guitar is in great shape with perfect frets, no buckle scratches, clean top, etc. More importantly, it plays great with a screaming Strat tone and good sustain. With a list of $1089, this Cray sold new for $869 with stock pickups. Get this one with some tasteful upgrades, in otherwise very lovely shape other than the ding, for just $529. Includes gigbag. Oh, if you’re into serials, this is the 6th one produced in the N5xxxxx series, N500006.

Complete Danelectro Pedalboard with 5 Effects. Overdrive-Chorus-Echo-Tremolo-Chromatic Tuner – Everything you need! What guitarist doesn't like some new tones to play with? Here's five very cool effects, complete with power supply and case, so you'll never have to mess with hooking them up every time you want to jam. These Dano mini effects are good sounding units and provide more bang for the buck than any other brand. Description:  Travel Case/Pedalboard loaded with FIVE Dano effects, new in the box and includes hard case, power supply, daisy chain to power pedals, connecting cords and 5 effects: Slap Echo/Delay (BLT), Tremolo (Tuna Melt), Chorus (Milkshake), Overdrive (Pastrami), and Chromatic Tuner.  List price was $254 but get it now for just $99(a few remaining as of 3/19/18) for the complete package. For the 6 units (including case/power supply) this works out to just $16.50 per unit.

2007 Charvel USA Custom Shop Standard San Dimas 1HB, (front), (back/plate), (headstock), (neck), (trem), (case).  You might remember this one with a pointy headstock (shown here).  Realizing the most people much prefer the original Stratheads, we sold the pointy head and ordered this exact spec neck from Musickraft, featuring correct headstock shape, neck contour, fret size, and skunk stripe.  Once it arrived Martin put the finishing touches on it including a gloss headstock finish, and gun oil finish on the back of the neck, with such details as original unmarked Gotoh tuners with the bottom/left screw pattern and gold finish, and brass block single string tree.  We ordered upgraded wood so there's some nice flame to the front and back.  Charvel was originally a parts supply business, sort of the All-Parts of its era and starting in 1979 they started building their own guitars, essentially parts guitars from various suppliers.  Within a few years they had a thriving business, eventually joining Jackson as "Charvel/Jackson", with Charvel taking care of the bolt-on models and Jackson producing the neck-thru's.   The San Dimas NOS 1HB model features include Alder body, 22 jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, compound neck radius, Seymour Duncan TB-14 Custom 5 Trembucker pickup, "NOS" brass tremolo and black hardware. These guitars are built to the same high quality specifications as the originals, including the famous "broken in" neck feel, with each being hand built using the finest wood, hardware, and pickups, to product a true Hot Rod Guitar at a truly affordable price.  Many NOS (New Old Stock) Charvel parts are used, along with the newest advances in parts technology.  This guitar is among the best playing guitars I've had with super low and even action - and the neck is the best feeling neck you can imagine.  If desired, we can steel wool the gun oil for a truly unfinished feel, while retaining the protection of the sealer coat. Easily rated as excellent condition.  List price for this guitar was $2099 nine years ago, with a street price of around $1550.   With the new Strat headstock, this guitar is now better than new in my opinion, and a killer "vintage" Charvel for just $850(HOLD-Stephen L 7/10).  Includes original G&G case, vintage style trem arm with screw-on brass tip, and paperwork.

1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Aqua Marine, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Last year of the original “American Standard” and this one’s in definite collector's condition and 100% original. After a 14-year run, the American Standard was discontinued in favor of the American Series in ’00, and later re-named American Standard again in ’07. These original models remained nearly unchanged during their entire run although they did change to the DeltaTone pickup system with hotter bridge pickup and Master No-load Tone Control toward the end of the run. It’s one of those rare guitars that looks like it was never really played. No scratches, perfect frets, unpitted hardware, plastic still on the tremolo cover. It’s very rare to come across a guitar in this condition that was built nearly 20 years ago. This Aqua Marine finish was used less than two years so it’s a fairly rare color as well. Set up is superb, quality Strat tone, and a good value in a nearly new American Standard at $799(HOLD-Vince G 3/5). Includes Fender molded case, trem arm, strap, and both manuals.

DeArmond Model 41 "Toaster" Pickup w/Controls, (pic2). Popular Model 41 attachable pickup for acoustic or archtop guitar with separate box for volume and tone controls. Both parts are easily attached by screws. Note the baseplate/bezel, designed to allow the pickup to be fitted on both flat-top and archtop instruments. Works well and an easy upgrade to your vintage acoustic arcthop with pickup height being less than 3/8”. Selling the set with cable for $175. (Note: It’s not cracked, that’s just a hair).

Dearmond 210 Soundhole Pickup, (pic2). One of the most highly regarded conversion pickups on the vintage market. These early 60’s pickups were used to convert acoustic guitars to the “new” electric sound as folk music transitioned into the pop music which took over by the late ‘60s. Good sounding pickup with a volume control incorporated into the base. Has a quality Proco USA cable/plug attached but otherwise original. Nice shape as these go. $225.

Harmonic Design VP-90 Set. Not just another P-90 copy, Vintage+ 90's have everything that's cool about classic P-90 sound. Where vintage P-90's and many clones also tend to have a blurry, indistinct tone on the neck pickup, with a relatively nasal-sounding bridge pickup, the VP-90's have a fat, clear, expressive sound from both pickups; a lot more of that punchy vintage soul, and less noise. David Torn remarked, "Gorgeous sound, great feel...fuller-sounding and MUCH broader frequency range...very nicely balanced. Higher output and way less hum than any P90...awesome clean, deadly O.D. tones...Fantastic for false harmonics." Try ‘em yourself. $150(HOLD-Wanda 3/29) for the set.

1993 Fender Stratocaster Ultra, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (pickups), (case candy, case). Nicest Ultra I’ve ever had! I don’t think I’ve ever had an Ultra this CLEAN – and never one that set up with the lowest possible action like this one. Fender's Cadillac of Electrics, the Ultra, has all the specs of the Strat Plus Deluxe (LSR roller nut, locking tuners, Lace pickups), plus even more high end features such as ebony fretboard, MOP dot inlays, dual bridge pickup with extra 3-way switch, and most obvious, custom finishes, usually flamed maple over the alder body. Like this one, most had a figured maple veneer which, from my recollection, made these Fender's first production guitars with figured bodies.  Electronics on the Strat Ultra include four Lace Sensor pickups ("Dually" Red in bridge, Gold in middle, Blue in neck) with standard 5-way switching plus a mini-switch for the Dually bridge pickup to go from back coil-both coils-front coil, which yields 9 different combinations. Includes early G&G made Fender Tolex case, strap, cable, cloth, original hangtag, and assorted paperwork. Offered with virtually no flaws, cleaner than it looks in the pics even. Would look at home hanging in the new section of your local store. Add to that playability that’s as fine as any Fender you’ll ever pickup, and quality tone, and you’ve got as nice an Ultra as you’ll ever find. They listed for $1549 when this one was built 24 years ago and is an excellent value in this condition today at $1750(HOLD-Lou B local ¾).

Vintage Fender Manuals, (Jazz), Choice of Fender Strat (Rev B) 1978-80, Strat (Rev C) 1982-?, Jazz Bass (Rev A) 1977-79, Super Reverb/Pro Reverb 1974-?, Bandmaster/Bandmaster Reverb 1974-?. All are in clean shape and genuine vintage manuals. $49/shipped via first class mail.

1992 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck profile), (case). 1992, third year of the ’60 Classic Les Paul and it looks identical to the ’59 Historics which came out in ’93. As Gibson would soon discover with the Classic: change the truss rod cover to a blank, change pickguard to a plain, and add pickup covers, and you have a guitar that looks identical to the more expensive Historic. Gibson fixed this in ’94 by changing the headstock decal to “Les Paul Classic”, instead of “Les Paul Model”. Sure, the Historics had ’57 Classics instead of the 496R/500T set, and thinner binding in the cutaway but 95% of players aren’t aware of these subtle differences. Before the headstock decal change was made many of these began circulating as Historics most likely at a price that didn’t help dealers trying to sell the pricey custom shop models. I maintain that Classics from this era scratch every itch a player could want: right look, right tone, right feel, and some are even the right weight (this one’s just 8 lb. 12 oz.). In the years preceding chambering, not many Pauls were under 9 lbs. and most of the Classic I’ve had hovered in the high 9’s. Originally Gibson offered the ’60 Classic in three models; Classic, Classic Plus (3A maple top), and Classic Premium Plus (5A maple top). This top on this one is very nicely figured with the figuring going all the way side to side, top to bottom. The neck is probably the thinnest profile ever done on a Les Paul, thinner than the later ’60 Historic even. Set up with very low action it’s an ease to play and it sounds very good, both acoustically and electrically. Offered in excellent condition along the lines of a guitar that has never been gigged, and has seen very little use in its 25 years. If you’re considering a used Historic but don’t want to spend $6K plus, here’s a guitar that’s as nice in my opinion, and an excellent value in a Plus model in this condition at $2500. Includes original brown case and manual.

Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (back). Nice price unit that's great for stage or studio and even 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. Very clean shape and works perfectly. Here’s a good demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWVR4edDtlg. At $39, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes power supply.

Harmony Short Scale Strat Style w/Gigbag, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Don’t know much about this guitar but it’s a cute little ¾ scale Strat style with a single coil slanted bridge pickup and volume control. Who could want more? Scale length measures around 19.5” and with the tuning stepped up a 5th (A to A), it makes a very serviceable electric mandolin. The only issue is fretting out in the upper register, which I’ll have Martin look at, but it has low action below the 12th fret so it won’t affect the main mandolin chording area regardless. Also recommended for young players who are too small for a full scale model. Unless we put a lot of bench time into it, selling for $49 and now includes a quality padded gigbag.

2004 Gibson SG Standard - Ebony, (front), (headstock), (fretboard), (back), (case case2).   I haven’t had one of these in Ebony (Black) SG’s in a while and this one’s a fantastic player, with some moderate honest flaws on it.  Nothing horrible, just some light dings in the clear coat and a few buckle scratches in the clear coat on the back.  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 Ebony 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.  This one has an absolutely killer low setup, nice sustain, and a warm, fat tone.  Before the “Standard T”, SG Standards were running $1499 ($2498 list). You can have this killer SG for just $850(HOLD-Doug R 3/2).  Includes a quality SKB case that hugs the body and supports the neck the entire length.

Korg Wave Shaper KWS-301. The rarest of the 1980’s Korg PME-40X series of plug in effects modules (you will need the PME base unit to operate this effect). Often described as a Fuzz or Distortion, the Wave Shaper is actually much more complex. It is actually more of an analog keyboard effect with the ability to range your sine wave from square to sawtooth while adding sustain much like a keyboard. The unit is equally popular with EDM, DJ’s, keyboardists, and guitarists. If you’re into such things, note that this is among the first 100 built. I’ve seen clean ones like this going from $400-$450. You can grab this one for $375. Nice shape; works perfectly.

2016 Martin 000-18E Retro, (front), (back), (headstock), (side/preamp), (case/etc.). Martin based this on a pre-war 14-fret 000-18 from their museum, incorporating classic styling and construction, with a modern preamp system. It features a solid Sitka spruce with solid mahogany back and sides, and a fine ebony fretboard over a mahogany neck. Other features include scalloped "X" top bracing, old Style 18 rosette, green abalone dot inlays, modified low oval profile neck with Performance Artist taper, Grover nickel Sta-Tite tuners, 1930s style belly with drop-in saddle ebony bridge, Delmar Tortoise pickguard, tortoise binding, 24.9" scale, 20 frets, 1.75" nut, Bone nut, Tusq saddle, and dovetail neck joint. It has an immaculately applied gloss finish to the entire body, which has the typical 000 dimensions of 15" width, 4.125" depth, and 19.375" length. Martin outfitted this with a great preamp system, designed by Fishman expressly for Martin: the Fishman F1+ Aura Plus. With 2 knobs you can select any number of tonal settings including three "Image" presets (pre-blended Images), a dry pickup setting, “Mid-scoop” Tone control ranges from flat to emphasized treble & bass and reduced midrange, Volume control, Pickup/Image Blend Control, independent 3-band EQ, chromatic tuner, Phase Switch, Compressor, and automatic anti-feedback filter with up to 3 notches. This is a very sweet sounding acoustic, with plenty of bass and a very open sound for a new acoustic. I find the slightly smaller 000/OM body the perfect size for tone vs. size. Just slightly smaller than a dreadnought, with nearly the same projection. The Fishman Aura system sounds spectacular and gives you the choice of the guitar’s natural tone, or you can alter it to fit your place in the mix. It’s perfect. Setup is extremely comfortable and the 1 ¾” nut makes fingering very easy for larger hands or anyone who gets a lot of dead notes due to imperfect fingering. Bottom line is this is a wonderful guitar offered in “as new”, immaculate condition. List price on the 000-18E Retro is $3599, selling in stores for $2859. Save some major cash and get this beauty for $1999(HOLD-Matt S 1/9). Includes quality Martin wood/Tolex case plus owner’s manual, instructional DVD and paper manual for the preamp, and optional truss rod wrench.

2010 Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster HSS - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (inside pic), (electronics), (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. Fender uses 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 hardware but the Player 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, Road Worn cast/sealed tuners, vintage style Synchronized tremolo, and 3-ply black pickguard. Other than Made in Mexico rubbed off the back of the headstock it’s in nice factory-worn condition with no non-factory flaws, near perfect frets, etc.  The set up on this guitar is spectacular - none better in this price range - and it has excellent sustain, easily noticeable when played acoustically. Please note the conversion to HSS specs. Now it has a Fender DH-1 Atomic humbucker in the bridge, Duncan Vintage Flat in the middle, and stock Tx Spec in the neck. With this set up you can get all your vintage Strat tones, plus a fat humbucker tone when you want it. It really sounds good this way. I think this is a versatile guitar, full of cool vibe, at a very affordable price. A new Road Worn is running $899. Save $300 and get this nice HSS model for $599(HOLD-Jennifer S 6/27). Includes Fender deluxe gigbag. 

2003 Fender American Series Telecaster – Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). I haven’t mentioned this in a while but…black is the most popular electric guitar based on new guitar sales, and has retained a slight edge over sunburst for many years. Just an interesting fact to begin. I’ve written so many of these listings that I know most of the info is repetition. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Bottom line is it’s a quality guitar with classic Tele twang that’s easy to play. Overall very nice shape for 12 years old with the worst flaw being a scratch in the clear coat on back (shown here). It hasn’t been played much so the frets are in beautiful shape and it has extremely nice low action. It needs nothing to take to a gig tonight. Nice value for $775 and includes clean original case.

2004 Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline – Natural Mahogany, (front), (headstock), (back). My favorite of the Classic Series, the '69 Thinline is, outwardly, identical to the one Fender made in 1969. The Thinline is made with the traditional Tele silhouette, but in a more lightweight package. A mahogany or ash body without the chamber would make it 8-9 lbs; with the chamber it’s 2 lbs less. In fact, this hollowbody design was originally developed as a solution to Fender's dwindling supply of lightweight ash and mahogany back in the 60's. Features include lightweight semi-hollow mahogany body, 1-pc U-shaped maple neck with 7.25" radius and 21 vintage-style frets, two vintage-style single-coil Alnico pickups, vintage-style 3-saddle strings thru-body Tele bridge, 3-way pickup switch with master volume and tone, Fender/Schaller vintage F-tuners, 4-ply white pearloid pickguard, Top hat blade switch tip, '60's style black/gold logo, single string tree, and Synthetic bone nut. Has an excellent set up with low action and overall very clean other than a small white spot on the back of the treble horn. If you’re a fan of the Tele twang but want a bit of relief for your shoulder, give a Thinline a try. Sold new for $899; this one is just $599 including a deluxe gigbag, or $669 with a clean Fender hardshell case.

THD Hot Plate 2.7 Ohms Attenuator, for 2.7 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2.7 ohms such as Fender 3X10 combo's. 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.  Perfect shape, works flawlessly, and with new ones going for $349, a sweet deal for $229.

Jet City Jettenuator Power Amp Attenuator, (front/back). New in the box! Designed by Soldano - the most versatility you’ll find in an attenuator for the cost. Anyone who has tried to get a quality tube tone out of a higher powered amp knows that a master volume control only allows you to over drive the 12AX7’s in the preamp. These units are a must for players with higher powered amps who want to hear the singing quality of their tube amp at lower volume levels. You can run your power tubes hot, like up to 5 or 10, and not be too loud for the room. It’s equally effective live and in the studio. Unlike a lot of others, this one accommodates amp inputs at 4, 8, or 16-ohms while a separate line-level output is included with its own level control. Use this to connect Jettenuator to an external power amplifier, or effects processors in professional applications. It also features a MicSim output which is a balanced, XLR output that simulates a microphone in front of a speaker. You can attenuate your amp while simultaneously sending a quality “mic” feed to the FOH or mixing deck.  Store price on these are $239, but get them here for $165.

Jet City Afterburner Dual-Stage Overdrive. Great Dual-Stage overdrive that’s designed by Mike Soldano. Clean Boost and OD in one! The first stage is a straight-up overdrive for adding gain to the front-end of a tube amp. The second stage is a "clean" boost to punch up your level for solos, etc. It features an independent control of overdrive and "afterburner" boost stage. The volume controls the overall output level, and the tone controls the tone definition. You can dial in quality tones - blues, funk, or rock, and it’s built with Jet City’s boutique-quality materials, spec’d by Jet City Amplification. These are $89 online, or I have a few here for just $59.

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 Mike 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 its 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. 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. Offered in flawless condition, out of the box only to shoot pics.  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 switches from Crunch and Overdrive channels.

2009 Schechter Classic C-1, (vine of life), (front), (back), (headstock), (Tonepros). A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and drop dead good looks, at an incredible price.  The Classic is the high end C-1 with the most obvious difference being a beautiful abalone "vine of life" fretboard inlays and quilted maple top with PRS style maple "binding" along the top edge. It also  features *real* Seymour Duncan pickups (JB bridge, SH-2N Jazz neck), 5-way switching for a choice of humbucker and single coil tones, Tonepros Tuneomatic TOM bridge; string-thru body tailpiece, locking tuners, chrome hardware, neck-thru design with "ultra access" design for easy playing to the top frets, 24 extra jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, mahogany body with quilted maple top in Vintage 3-Tone Sunburst, 3-piece mahogany neck-thru, maple bound body edge, cream binding on neck, bound headstock, and most notably, an intricate Abalone "Vine of Life" inlay running the entire length of the fretboard.  There was one minor mod done to this guitar - the back of the neck had the gloss finish removed (shown here) for a smoother, non-sticky feel.  I like it a lot better than the poly finish but if desired, we can probably buff it back to a shine.  For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality hardware and real Duncans, the Classic C-1 retailed at a remarkable $1119. This one is in beautiful condition and with our killer in-house setup, is a great guitar with pro features for just $475(HOLD-Doug D 1/27).

2004 Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock pic2), (heel/plate), (case). For collectors of Strats, specifically Anniversary model Strats, here’s a real find. If you missed these 13 years ago, this one is basically new, old stock. In 2004 Fender celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original 1954 Strat with several commemorative models, including this lovely American Deluxe. It has all the usual deluxe features plus commemorative features, unique to the anniversary model:  Classic 2-tone sunburst (stock sunburst finish in ‘04/'05 was 3-tone), gold hardware, single-ply beveled pickguard, anniversary badge engraved on pickguard, 50th anniversary neckplate, and G&G/Fender case with 50th Anniversary logo embroidered inside.  In addition, it has all the Deluxe features including Samarium Cobalt Noiseless (SCN) pickups with S-1 switching, Sperzel locking tuners, 1-pc maple neck with Abalone dot inlays, contoured neck heel, raised chrome logo, 2-point fulcrum tremolo with unthreaded ("pop-in") trem bar insert, and aged plastic parts.  Many players love the SCN/S-1 combination which yields all the traditional Strat tones you know and love, although in a hum-free output, plus a choice of other meatier tones not normally associated with a Fender.  Click here for a full rundown of all 10 pickup settings with the SSS pickup configuration.  This is a fantastic playing Strat and cosmetically in perfect condition; frets are like new.  The only flaw that we noted as slight pitting, too slight to photograph, to the neckplate. Otherwise, it’s perfect. A new American Deluxe is going to run $1699, but it won't have gold hardware, and won't be a 50th Anniversary model.  Why not consider this rather rare model, with a set-up that's guaranteed to delight, for $1339.  Includes original case with anniversary embroidered inside lid, strap, Fender leather strap, Schaller strap locks, sealed Fender polishing kit, serialized hangtag and other assorted paperwork and tags.

Keeley Compressor Pro Professional Studio Compressor, (pic2), (stock pic). Keeley is king of guitar compressors and this is the best of the best. The Compressor Pro is perfect for stage or studio with hard- and soft-knee Compression, and features exact RMS analysis, LED display, auto mode, and of course true bypass. And of course it's made in USA. There are plenty of demo’s on YouTube, here’s one. Sells new for $299 everywhere; this one’s in perfect shape in the box for $199 (HOLD-Curtis O 5/4).

2000 Godin Acousticaster 6, (front/back), (headstock), (heel/contoured cutaway), (preamp), (case)  Perfect marriage of an acoustic and electric from one of the best builders of acoustic guitars.  Built in Connecticut with quality Canadian parts, the Godin A6 has design elements from both models. Its neck has the feel and profile of an electric guitar - with the body design an obvious nod to the Fender Tele.  Its main acoustic elements include woods (solid Spruce top with a mahogany body, and acoustic bridge/saddles.  I personally used an Acousticaster as my main acoustic/electric for around 4 years and I'm a big fan of this model, for what it's worth, due to its tone, playability, and super light weight. This one is an excellent player with comfortable action and the wide 1 11/16" nut width gives you plenty of room for finger style playing. One of the keys to the Acousticaster's tone is a body that's chambered, and has 18 tuned metal tines (shown here) mounted under the bridge help to create the unique sound and makes this a surprisingly loud guitar when played acoustically (new A6 model doesn’t have this feature). Amplified it sounds excellent, with the L.R. Baggs bridge transducer and custom preamp. Offered in beautiful shape, this guitar has seen very little use.  It has surprisingly good projection and will actually hold it's own in an acoustic jam but really shines as a stage guitar. This model sold new for $995 ($1195 list) with a Godin gigbag.  I highly recommend this model for anyone looking for a comfortable and unobtrusive stage acoustic and it's a very high quality guitar for just $679 with a nice hardshell case instead of the gigbag.

Repost due to dead links: 1995 Grosh Hollow T Silver Sparkle, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck/body dates), (neck), (spec sheet), (case).  Beautiful early model Grosh - serial #113.  Long story on this one but, briefly, I bought it, along with around 30 other fine pieces, from a collector in Maryland years ago.  Grosh used to build these with the sparkle top made out of plastic but there was a design flaw and, over time, the plastic shrank, leaving a gap between the binding and the edge of the top all the way around the top.  Martin called his buddy Don and Don agreed to repair the guitar for us, although using real flake and lacquer instead of plastic. 18 months later, it returned, better than new. In order to keep the finish from being too thick, thus killing the liveliness of the top, Grosh used a very thin finish, with less flake that you'll see on more flashy guitars, where there are so many coats that the guitar sounds dead. As a result, there isn’t as much flake along the edge, only visible when viewed very closely (shown here). From a foot away it looks totall killer.  I'd call it a good compromise between a flashy look and a toneful guitar.  Features of this fine guitar include:  alder body with tone chambers, maple neck with round back profile, 1 5/8" nut width, 10" fretboard radius, 6150 medium jumbo frets, rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlays, vintage flat mount bridge with stamped steel saddles, strings thru body, and body binding.   Pickups are both humbuckers with a Lindy Fralin in the bridge and a Duncan '59 in the neck.  It's a superb playing guitar with a fairly complex tone, great for country licks, classic rock, or blues, pretty much anything but heavy metal. The original owner of this guitar was strictly a collector with lots of fine guitars and no time to play them; it's probably seen less than 20 hours of playing time. Retail on this guitar was $2590...22 years ago.  The current model Retro Classic Hollow T base model retails for $3199, not including a $400 upcharge for sparkle finish or $350 for body binding, nearly $4K total.  You can own this fine, barely played '95 model for just $1700.

Custom "Relic" Strat – Teal Metallic Nitro - Flamed Neck w/Quality Electronics, (front), (headstock), (neck1 neck2), (back), (vintage routes), (electronics), (trem). Looking for a great Strat for less than a new Mex? This is a very cool looking, excellent playing Strat with some vintage appeal but modern sound, courtesy of EMG SA active pickups with the quick-disconnect wires – has the vintage look but the quiet performance of EMG’s. It's a pro-refinished body, the origins are unknown but it’s a lacquer finish in Teal Metallic.  Likewise, the neck had no distinctive markings other than a smeared red stamp near the butt.  It's obviously a quality neck regardless, with very nice flame on the fretboard, back of the neck, and headstock.  Tuners are DiMarzio, vintage style with nickel buttons and one string tree.  Good quality tremolo with cast steel saddles and heavy trem block as well as Dunlop locking strap pins. The trem appears blocked in the pic but we've removed the wood so it works normally now.  The original builder used some random fretboard "wear" so we went ahead and put wear marks in the normal spots so it looks more realistic.  The body has a few minor flaws and looks more like a Closet Classic, i.e. not aged to any degree.  With a new Roadworn going for $900, this one is as good for 1/2 the price.  $450 includes quality Chris’s Guitars gigbag.  

2005 Martin 00C-16GTAE Bass, (preamp/side/label), (front/back), (headstock/neck), (case). Brand new condition; has sat in case for past the 10 years. Fun to play and nice tone, whether plugged in or sitting on the back porch. Features a comfortable & thin 00-size cutaway body with gloss finish solid Sitka spruce top, satin finished solid mahogany sides and back, Fishman Prefix Pro system, rosewood fingerboard with only side dots, 1.58" nut, 34" scale, body depth of 3-1/4" to 2-3/8", black body binding, black chrome tuners, and original green-lined tolex/wooden Martin case. If you're a bassist and don't have an acoustic/electric, I highly recommend this model for the price. Its size makes it more fun to play than a deeper body but the tone is definitely as nice as many of the larger body models I've had. You can still find these new online for $1599 ($2199 list) but this bass appears to have seen little to no playing time and set up to our high standards at $550 off the new cost, just $1050.

If 4 strings aren’t enough and/or you want the growl of a fretless… Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Fretless Acoustic-Electric, (front/back), (side), (preamp), (headstock), (fretboard detail).  A beautiful example of "guitars as art".  The DF5-FL QN (Dragonfly 5 fretless quilted natural) is just sheer beauty from the natural-finished quilted maple, to the edge trim, of which are bound with multi-ply binding on top and back, and most notably the fretboard and headstock inlays. Reminiscent of various "tree of life" inlays, the DF5 features a "dragonfly" inlay that adorns the entire length of the fretboard, continuing on the headstock, and is painstakingly made of genuine pearl and abalone. Likewise, the wide soundhole rosette is made of genuine abalone. The all maple body features some of the nicest quilted maple you'll see and more than looks, gives the bass an improved attack and acoustic projection. Although you can play acoustically, the low string on acoustic 5's are notoriously unimpressive so it's better suited for plugged-in play and the DF5 has it covered with a Fishman active pre-amp and Fishman under-saddle pickup, which includes a side mounted 3 band EQ and volume control. This was a limited edition model, with only 25 made per month in each color so there are scant few on the used market. The run for quilted natural finish is long passed and it's usually the most desirable finish. This is an excellent quality Korean model, offering the best bang for the buck you can get. It has barely been played and offered in perfect condition. Quite possibly the best looking acoustic bass I've ever seen and a good value in a full body acoustic/electric 5-string at $439. Add a nice Tolex/wood hardshell for $499.

Musicman RD112 One Hundred Combo, (panel), (back), (tube chart/footswitch), (speaker). Very cool amp from the early 80's. It's a very good sounding 1X12 combo in a hybrid design with 100 watts tube power with a solid state preamp.  You tube heads shouldn't be afraid to try this out as it really sounds great, and the real tube warmth is in the power section when you crank it up and saturate the 6L6's.  Features include:  dual channels with controls for bass, treble, and middle. Bass booster (deep switch), and a high frequency booster (bright switch), solid state pre-amp, with tube power amp ( 6L6GC), two serial line in/out insert jacks with the first line in/out is .1 volts and is situated after tone controls and before reverb or gain, the other is 3 volts is after tone, gain, and reverb. These insert jacks are a godsend for many guitarists with the ability to insert a pedal level chain and/or and a line level chain. Run whatever preamp you want, bypass the onboard preamp, run 100% tube circuit! It also features speaker extension w/ 4 to 8 ohm switch. Standby, Hi on, Low on, and off and well as Hi and low channel inputs. This model got great reviews on Harmony-Central (link), where 10 reviews gave it a 9.7 in "sound quality" and an "overall" of 9.7, remarkable scores for this forum.  The covering is original black Tolex with original grill cloth as well - this amp is 100% stock.  I don’t know how you squeeze 100W from a pair of 6L6s but, who knows, it’s certainly loud. Although diminutive in size, this is a very heavy amp, due in part to the original Electrovoice (EV12L) speaker with one of the heaviest magnets you'll see in a guitar speaker. Includes original 2-button footswitch with LED.   Overall very nice shape for 35 years, sounds great, and designed for a few more decades of hassle-free use.  $450.

Boss BF-3 Flanger.  Another pedal that had been around for 21 years, the BF-2, was finally replaced in 2002 with the BF-3, again with major changes from the previous pedal.  Technically speaking, the BF-3 uses digital electronics instead of the "bucket brigade" circuits used by older Flanger pedals, which results in very low noise. The BF-3 has two new modes, Ultra and Gate/Pan, that allows for unique Flanger sounds not possible with earlier Boss flanger pedals. It also features a momentary mode which turns on flanging instantly as well as a tap tempo to set your flanging in time with the beat.  Resonance/Manual are adjustable via concentric knobs, followed by Depth control, Rate control, and the Mode switch. It features separate bass and guitar inputs as well as stereo outputs.  Here's a brief demo (link) which shows some of the flanging effects, as well as a very trippy chorus near the end.  Sells new for $139 but this used one's in nice shape and $79.

Electroharmonix B9 Organ Machine. One of the coolest pedals I’ve used in a while. The B9 does pretty authentic organ sounds (especially Hammond) without the need for midi. Just plug your guitar into it the same as any other pedal and, voila, you’re playing an organ. I noted no tracking problems or glitches of any type, which is an improvement over many guitar synths. It features 9 organ settings to call up 6 tonewheel organ tones, a pipe organ, a transistor organ, and a layered organ/EP tone. Each tonewheel organ setting includes a rotary speaker emulation effect with speed control plus separate key click/percussion control. Additional presets include tremolo or vibrato effects with depth or blend controls. You can also blend wet and dry signals in the box or send them to separate outputs for complex rig setups. Sells new for $221 but this nice used one’s $139(HOLD-Larry P 1/6). Includes original power supply. Click here for a demo.

2015 Fender Classic Vibe 60's Squier Stratocaster - Matching Headstock, (front), (headstock), (back).  Top of the line Squier with classic looks, excellent playability, and quality tone. This particular model is finished in Burgandy Mist Metallic, with matching headstock, one of the cool custom finishes from Fender in the ‘60’s. The Classic Vibe replaced the earlier Vintage Modified in 2009 but they had a brief run and came back later with some cool upgrades. This model now has the proper alder body rather than the Indian red cedar used on the Vintage Modifieds.  Other features include rosewood fingerboard; 21-fret, vintage-tint gloss maple neck, gloss finished body, vintage style tuners, modern 9.5" neck radius, 21 medium-jumbo frets, and a custom set of Alnico V single coil pickups with a quick attack plus a bridge pickup with more midrange presence - custom staggered pole pieces provide improved string-to-string balance. This guitar is unplayed condition without a hint of wear, with the plastic still on the pickguard/pickups/plate, etc.  We’ve been quite impressed with the Classic Vibe Strats and the quality brings to mind the early Squiers of the early 80's. I actually think these are better quality than comparable Mex Standard Strats. A new one will run you $399, with a mediocre factory setup. For less money you can get this one that’s better than new with a proper set up for excellent playability right out of the box. Just $339 for this very cool Strat.

HAO Rust Booster.  First version RB-1 and one of the best boosters made! The Rust Booster amplifies your original signal without altering its tone. The Boost and Level controls provide plenty of sound options, from a crystal clear boost to a crunchy overdrive. It delivers a wide frequency range and works with any instrument or input. Especially good for bass guitar. It can also be used as a preamp/line driver to get improved performance out of other effects when placed before it in the signal chain. It features true bypass switching via a 3PDT mechanical switch. Sells new for $149; this one works perfectly and is just $75(HOLD-Scott W 1/3).

2011 Fender American Standard Stratocaster w/Custom Shop Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  A real beauty, in the classic Sunburst finish with maple board for a nice vintage vibe out of a current model. The guitar is stock but it has once very nice upgrade – a G&G/Fender black tolex case with chrome logo. As many of you know, this is one of the “new” American Standards, with some significant improvements including a redesigned bridge, new bent-steel saddles with elongated string slots, hand-rolled fingerboard edges, a thinner undercoat for increased resonance and the neck still has the satin finish which is comfortable to the hand, but they've changed the front of the headstock to a gloss finish for aesthetic reasons.  This guitar is in super clean shape with no scratches or fret wear, with a set up that will beat anything in the stores. A new AmStd Strat is running $1099. Get this one, in immaculate condition and set up to perfection WITH the Fender Custom Shop case for much less, just $829(HOLD-Vince G 1/4) – or $779 with the standard SKB case with ATA latches. Not pictured but included is the factory case candy, which has just been mailed to me.

Marshall MG10CF 1X6.5” Combo. As new in the box and never used. Good sounding practice amp that does a Marshall tone especially well. Features clean and overdrive channels, with gain and contour controls on the overdrive channel; volume only on the clean channel. It’s loaded with a custom 6.5” speaker, and features an MP3/Line In for jamming along to a track, as well as an emulated headphone output for silent practice. I’ve had a few of these and can testify that Marshall has done a good job of nailing their classic tube tone with a solid state design. The Clean channel is nice and clean at lower volume, but if you want to play louder, go to the OD channel where you’ll hear something not unlike an overdriven Marshall tube amp. Check out this demo for more. Sells new everywhere for $79. Get this one, never used and in the box with manual, for just $55.

Faber Les Paul Bridge/Tailpiece/Studs. The ABR59 bridge is designed for Gibson guitars using the Nashville bridge system (i.e., non Custom Shop Les Pauls). Also for use with Faber conversion bridges posts for Nashville system. The TP59 tailpiece is finished in gloss nickel and is 1/3 the weight (1 oz. vs. 3.2 oz.) of zinc alloy used on most modern guitars. The TPST studs are made to original vintage spec, from the finest available German steel, in 5/16-24 thread pattern. Will fit any USA made Gibson with 5/16-24 insert bushings, or the Faber TPI tailpiece bushings. Get these from Faber for $128+, or get this set, new and never installed, for $85. Nice!

2005 Taylor T-5 Standard - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case).  AKA "Thinline Fiveway" - for full specs click here. As most of you know, I've long been a huge Taylor fan and I was thrilled when I got my first Taylor electric in nearly 12 years ago. Now that they've been out for over a decade there are many more floating around and I always pick them up if they’re good, affordable guitars. I’ll begin by saying…what a fantastic guitar. Leave it to Taylor to come up with a completely innovative idea for their first "electric" guitar.  The T-5 is described as an artistic merger between the acoustic and electric worlds. The T5-S is crafted with a solid spruce top, chrome hardware, microdot fretboard inlays, full binding, bone nut and saddle, stylized and real F-holes, mahogany neck, Sapele body, Ebony fretboard and Ebony headstock overlay with pearloid logo. A resonant, fully hollow thinline body is the backbone of the T5, and yields incredible presence and excellent projection for a thinline body. Its comfort and playability are what you'd expect from Taylor, low action while giving you the freedom of a solid body and the feel and sound of a finely crafted Taylor acoustic. Whether played through an electric or acoustic amp, it delivers an excellent range of pure tones from smooth, strumming acoustic to crunchy electric chords. Electronics include a unique 5-way pickup system composed of a magnetic acoustic humbucker, magnetic electric humbucker, and a single Dynamic Body Sensor soundboard pickup, as well as a preamp system for mixing up the exact tone you need. This guitar has been played a little bit, but after Martin did some buffing it turned out to be in very nice shape with no heavy wear spots and perfect frets. It’s impossible to beat this for the money, $1099(HOLD-Steve M 3/2). Includes Taylor leather gigbag which offers excellent protection.

Dunlop Rackmount Crybaby DCR-1S, (back), (acc.).  The wah solution for players with a rack setup. With the Rackmount Crybaby you can have *every* effect in your rack and this one even features inputs for 4 separate controllers, which lets you put the pedal at, for instance, stage left and stage right.  Features include LED's for input signal, output signals wet and dry, and clipping; Volume control; push-buttons for bypass, switches to emphasize Hi-Mid-Low frequencies; 2-band EQ with on/off switch; and power LED indicator.  This is the model that Slash used in the Guns 'N Roses era and was somewhat akin to a custom shop model back when this was made so you'll find very few "DCR-1S" models on the market. This model has some empty slots on the back as it came from the factory, perhaps in anticipation of future modifications but the DCR-1SR followed this model had basically the same back panel, without the holes.  The "1SR" also feature more EQ knobs and did away with the push-buttons. The current model is the DCR-2SR sells for $599 and it's equipped with more EQ'ing and variable Q, but if you just want a quality rackmount wah, this one is beautiful shape - looks like it was used once or twice -  for just $299(HOLD-Chris D AU 8/11).  Includes control pedal with LED's, 30' Planet Waves gold-tip cable that easily reaches from the front of the stage to your backline, and original power supply.

Dunlop DC-Brick Power Supply.  Excellent quality power supply and power conditioner.  FCLC (Foldback Current Limiting Circuit) provides ultimate protection against power shorts and overloads.  Even at full load, you'll enjoy the quiet and cool operation of a fully regulated power supply. With battery powered effects rarely exceeding 30 milliamps each, the Brick's 1000 milliamps capacity is enough to do the job.  Has seven 9V outputs and three 18V and includes an assortment of 12 connector cables. Includes Dunlop AC power adapter that can run on 100 to 240 volts, at 47 to 63 Hz.  New cost on the Dunlop model was $119.99; this one works perfectly and ships in box with manual, power supply, cables, etc., and is just $69(HOLD-Matt K 12/23).

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, (cables). The Pedal Power 2 Plus utilizes a toroidal transformer that's designed to greatly reduce the electric field that causes noise in your pedal system and provides constant, safe pressure to 8 of your effects. It features isolated outputs and short circuit protection. Two of the outputs will power Line 6 modeling pedals and it has two outputs that can have variable voltage sag to emulate dying carbon batteries. It also includes a courtesy 3-prong output on the back. Includes power cable and complete pedal cables including: 5.5 x 2.1mm right-angle barrel connectors (6), 5.5 x 2.1mm straight barrel connectors (2), 5.5 x 2.5mm red barrel for L6 (1), 3.5mm mini plug for vintage MXR or Electro-Harmonix (1), and 9-volt battery snap for pedals without a power jack (1). Sells new for $169 but this set up is barely used and just $109(HOLD-Wanda 12/22).

1984 Fender Esprit Standard w/Two Sets of Pickups, (front), (headstock), (back), (back flaws), (orig. pickups). Although I have good luck finding these, this is a fairly rare model, especially scarce in recent years. This one’s finished in "Autumn Burst" with the top in stunning condition; back has a minor paint touch up and a few scratches near the treble horn. Although I'm always actively searching for these, I've only had around 10 Elite/Flame models in the past 10 years. I sold this very guitar a few years ago with the stock Schaller pickups installed. The local customer had Martin install a good set of Duncans with an Alnico 2 Pro Trembucker in the bridge and a ’59 in the neck. The TB-APH1 was chosen because it better matched the string spacing of the Esprit bridge. The original pickups and rings will be supplied to the customer, with the Duncans installed. The Esprit was the predecessor to the Robben Ford Signature Model, which was basically the same guitar in a custom shop version (pic of Robben with Esprit Ultra).  Fender had been trying to steal a portion of Gibson's market for many years, namely a guitar with dual humbuckers on a double-cutaway body; guitars like the Coronado, Wildwood, Starcaster, etc. In the early/mid-80's Fender's effort was the "Master Series", which included the semi-solidbody Flame and Esprit, and the D'Aquisto hollowbodies, all having with 3 models in each line (Standard, Elite, & Ultra), differing by hardware and cosmetic appointments. The Esprit, was basically identical to the Flame but in a slightly (14" vs. 13") larger symmetrical body (Flame was slightly asymmetrical). The Standard was the base model with single ply body binding, neck and headstock binding, simple Les Paul style controls (dual hums, dual Vol-tone, 3-way), dot inlays, rosewood fretboard, metal tuner buttons, and an excellent "three-axis" (including side-to-side spacing) Schaller tuneomatic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. Other features of the Esprit Standard include tone-chambered Alder body with carved maple top and set-neck, 3-pc maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 24 3/4" scale (same as Gibson), flat 12" radius, an special Schaller humbuckers. The tone chambered body was credited with the Esprit's traditional archtop top, with none of the feedback problems of F-hole type guitars, but the same resonance and sustain--and fuller, rounder tone. The Schaller humbuckers feature different spacing for neck and bridge, which is why this one has the Trembucker bridge pickup. The Master Series had a brief run, with the Esprit officially produced from ca. '84 to '86 but actual production run was less than 2 years. Total production for this model is said to be only around 4,000 units.  Here's a good site for the Master Series - http://www.masterseriesguitars.com - with a lot of info on all of the models. As you can see in the pics, this Esprit, finished in Autumn Burst, is slightly under a museum piece which I chalk up to perhaps one careless night since the frets are perfect, the top is immaculate, but the back has some dings and gouges in the finish, the worst being a small area in the cutaway which we refinished and lacquered over (shown in pic above). It does not have any cracks or other serious issues and is, overall, in very nice condition. If you like low action - this is your guitar. With the strings slotted low at the nut, the action starts out low at the 1st fret and stays low all the way up the neck. It is, simply put, a phenomenal playing guitar. Esprit's have become highly prized guitars, due to their rarity and the fact that they're great guitars, with clean examples going $1500 and up, and a lot of guys trying to get that for well-worn examples on Ebay. If don't mind some dings on the back side only, you will love this guitar.  For $1350 you're getting a guitar that plays exceptionally well, sounds excellent, and even looks fine from the audience perspective. Includes original pickups and rings, as well as a top of the line Chris’s Guitars gigbag. 

2003 Fender Esquire Custom Scorpion, (front), (side), (back), (headstock  back), (set neck).  Cool, sleek looks in a set-neck Fender.  From Fender’s Special Edition series of 2003, comprised of three models: Scorpion, GT, and Celtic, each in a Showmaster (Strat) style and Esquire (Tele) version (GT only came in Esquire version. There was also a special run of Goldtops done, which I also have in stock in the Showmaster version. I’ve long been a fan of these guitars.  Every one we’ve had set up perfectly, and with quality electronics and hardware, they offer an excellent value.  The Scorpion is possibly the coolest of the bunch as it’s the only one that features body and neck binding. Features a solid mahogany body and neck, cream body and neck binding, contoured top, belly cut back, set-neck construction, gloss finish including matching headstock, raised chrome logo, black hardware, string-thru-body bridge, pearloid scorpion inlay at the 11-13th frets, and a super flat 15.75" radius.  Electronics are as simple as it can be:  a single Fender Atomic II humbucker and volume control. This one has even had a push-pull pot installed to give you a choice of single coil or humbucker tones. Possibly the coolest aspect of all – this baby only weighs 5 lbs. 9 ½ oz!  It’s a guitar you can strap on all night with no fatigue.  Excellent condition and a total pro quality guitar in my opinion, for just $399(HOLD-Wanda 12/14).

Ca. 1968 Gretsch 6169 Chet Atkins Amp & 6169 Chet Atkins 12+15 Cabinet, (head back), (cab cab2), (cab cover), (catalog info). (please note this amp looks much cleaner in person). Super rare model, especially with the 12”/15” cabinet, which is wired in stereo to allow effects (trem/reverb) to be sent to the 12”, with the straight signal routed to the 15”. Amp features dual channels with Vol, Treb, and Bass on each, as well as low/high gain switch, dual dual inputs on each channel plus a dual input that runs to both speakers. This thing uses 15 tubes including quad 6L6 power which puts out a strong 70 watts. Cosmetically it’s much better than other 60’s Gretschs I’ve seen. It has all original parts, with the worst flaw being some pitting on the chrome panel. Speaker cabinet has had the original cover on it for most of its life so it’s in exceptional shape. The cabinet has a different covering than the head and I would strongly guess that the cab, if not both pieces, to be Valco made. Everything appears to work properly, although I would recommend getting it benched because it’s been sitting for decades in a closet. There are some real beater 60’s Gretsch amps out there but this one is clearly one of the nicer ones. If Gretsch is your thing, it’s hard to beat this vintage Chet Atkins set up. Selling as it sits for $1200, or a bit higher if I get it benched and tuned up. Includes original stereo amp-speaker cable and original 6169 cabinet cover.

Retro-King Tremtone 5G9 1X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (spkr/label), (back), (hand-wired circuit), (footsw). Hand-wired and designed after one of the holy grail of amps, the brown early 60’s Fender Tremolux. Built in nearby Marcellus NY, the Tremtone isn’t what you want if you want your amp to have massive breakup, but you probably already have pedals that do that for you. What it does have is massive clean headroom and it takes pedals extremely well. At 18 watts, it’s the perfect choice for home or studio work – and it’s also a great club amp, possibly mic’d for larger venues. The circuit is identical to the original Fender 5G9 circuit with the exception of a standby switch and bias control on the Tremtone, plus a lower value on a few caps to make it accommodate both single coils and humbuckers. Features include hand-wired point to point eyelet board, lacquered pine tweed cabinet, Weber 12" Alnico 12" 12A150(B) speaker, Jupiter tone and bypass caps, carbon comp resistors, classic tone original spec transformers, tremolo foot switch, 2 Channels (bright and normal) each with two inputs, tone control, tremolo speed and depth controls. Tube complement includes all JJ tubes with two 6V6 power, three 12AX7 preamp, and a 5U4 rectifier. For a full review it’s hard to do better than ToneQuest so click here if you want the full skinny. This one’s serial #0004 if that’s important to you.  Sells new for $1795 but get this one, in beautiful shape and never used outside the home, for just $1199. Includes original footswitch, never taken out of the box.

1986 Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal, (back), (serial). These ruled in the 80’s. Does the scooped mids better than anything, and a whole lot more. In the past few years these early Japan HM’s have topped the $200 mark for clean examples and even well used ones have gone up 3X from 10 years ago. A similar one (link) just sold for $249 with box and manual. This one is otherwise the same condition as that one but instead of $249, get this one for $Ebay and pick up a manual for $15 later. Includes clean original box.

Fender Lacquered Tweed Case, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4), (pic5). Genuine Fender tweed that’s been hand lacquered to look like an old 50’s case. It’s in nice shape other than the “relic” process which gives it an aged look. Perfect choice for your 50’s Custom Shop Relic or vintage Fender. $149.

MXR Carbon Copy Bright Analog Delay. Same BBD circuit as the original Carbon Copy, but with a brighter sound that cuts through the mix much better. It features 100% analog delay circut with 600ms of delay time with controls for Regen (no. of repeats), Mix, and Delay (time). There's also a modulation switch that modulates the delayed signal sort of like a tape delay. This pedal has true bypass and was made in the USA. Here’s a demo showing the difference on the original CC and the CC Bright (link). Sells new for $159 but other than velcro on the bottom this one's mint and just $109(SOLD-Tamal 7/19).

Fender Strat Pickguard Assembly, (back). This has been in stock for a while and I forgot what it came out of but it’s a factory wired complete assembly with Texas Special pickups, cloth wires, with center pickup RWRP for quiet operation in position 2 and 4. USA pots and switch, drop in ready. Nice and easy upgrade for most Strats for $129(HOLD-Steve K 12/3).

Dr. Z Brake-Lite SA Attenuator. The Brake-Lite features four attenuation settings between 2dB and 11dB for easy practice settings from at home to band practice, with dual parallel speaker outs. It's compact and although it’s designed as a stand-alone unit (SA), it can easily mount inside your combo with Velcro. Works on any tube amp up to 45 watts, and can be used with 4-8-16 ohm loads. If you want to run your power tubes hot, but keep the volume down, you'll want one of these. Don't bother asking your spouse. They're always happy with the results! Sells new for $239 from Z. This one's clean and $159(HOLD-Frank 12/13).

2015 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H FR – Slime Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case case2). An affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models. The new Pro Mods still feature a genuine Floyd Rose trem, Duncan pickups, and that wonderful feeling hand-rubbed Charvel maple neck, plus this one’s in one of cool colors of yesteryear, Slime Green. Killer pickups in this model with a Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan ’59 in the neck, allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. The Volume control is a push/pull to split the coils, allowing 6 great tonal variations. It also has a No-Load tone control which operates like a standard tone control until turned up all the way and then it’s removed from the circuit, allowing a total transparent sound. The recessed Floyd Rose FRT-O1000 is an excellent trem system that seems impervious to going out of tune and bends very predictably and accurately. It also features a great felling two-piece maple neck with 22 jumbo and a pair of graphite reinforcement rods to make it as stable as a neck can be. The rolled fingerboard edges give it a nice broken-in feel and seems to allow me to play a bit faster.  The neck is a compound radius with a hand-rubbed urethane finish and jumbo frets. Looks better in person than the pics and is offered in mint condition. These sell new for $869 without case or gigbag. Get this one with a killer setup, in flawless condition, WITH a nice $80 Gator Ultralight case for $649(SOLD-Kevin G 6/12).

2009 Fender Custom Shop '62 Stratocaster Heavy Relic, (front), (back), (headstock back), (wear-1  #2  #3), (case etc.).  Very cool custom shop model in Candy Tangerine, which looks close to Candy Red. In addition to the tangerine color, it has a silver undercoat, with a white “Fullerplast” under the silver, while a Candy Red uses gold, then white. Lots of heavy wear to the body on this one, which a lot of you guys and gals love; they beat the living crap out of the body with plenty of areas worn through some, or all, coats, and most of the back of the neck taken down to wood. Likewise, the hardware is heavily discolored, and the pickup covers have rounded worn edges, again rendering the appearance of a guitar that’s spent most of its life on stage. In truth, it’s seen scant actual use which means the frets are perfect and it plays as good as the day it left the factory 6 years ago. Like a lot of Relics, Fender listened to customer feedback and used the modern large frets and flatter 9.5” fretboard radius, which means it plays just like your favorite modern Strat. At 7 lbs. 13 oz., it’s lightweight and very resonant; nice loud acoustic tone.  The body is swap ash, and I think Fender was using “Custom Shop Strat” pickups in ’09, which sound very good and, of course, wonderfully aged pole pieces. This is a great Strat at great price, $2250. Includes ’62 style brown case, certificate, cable, cloth, strap, paperwork, and back cover (installed upon request).

Line 6 POD 2.0.  The most influential multi-effect on stage and in the studio of all time. The POD 2.0 is the original "Kidney Bean" model that virtually revolutionized guitar recording starting in the late 90's.  With a vast choice of amp, cabinet, mic, and effects models, most studios can do every guitar track with just one unit.  Sure, you'll still see a wall full of vintage amps but to the guys who aren't purists about such things, the POD sounds as good and is much easier to work with than moving amps around and patching in different effects in a pedalboard.  If you're one of the few who have never tried these out I highly recommend it.  Especially for $79 which includes original power supply and is in pretty nice shape as these go.

Analogman/Jext Telez Beano Boost. A few years ago Bob Ebeling from Jext Telez had Analog Mike send him some transistor-less Beano Boosts which were specially biased to accommodate some of Bob's vintage NOS "Yellow Jacket" Mullard OC44's. These are highly regarded, considered the cream of the crop of vintage Dallas Rangemaster tones. These Mullards are the same transistors used in many of the original Rangemasters and this one is among the first crop using the transistors which were the best measured available. There will likely never be another OC44 Yellow Jacket model made by anyone. The tone is serious with a distinct low midrange presence, said to be "like someone turned up the highs on the lows", or like a cat purring. Like the stock Beano, this pedal sounds great at low volume, has true bypass, and works on 9V or adapter. A 3-position switch is set as follows: Middle is "HI" for standard Rangemaster tone with treble enhanced; Up adds more MIDs for more of a full range boost which is perfect for Fenders; Down is the LOW setting with more bassy tone. Look around the web for what these OC44 models are going for. This is a steal for a very clean example at $215(HOLD-Jeff S 11/24).

1966 Fender Mustang Pickup, (pic2). Genuine vintage Fender part, dated 8-29-66. Looks like a Strat but flat poles in ’66 = Mustang. Has had a solder post touch-up but wire looks original. Output rated at 6.35K, which is right for a ’66 Mustang. If you’re restoring an old Mustang, keep it original. $225.

1973 Fender Strat Pickup, (pic2). Nice vintage condition. With cover. $225.

SGC Jazz Bass Pickup. I’ve had this since the ‘90s. Works perfectly. Think it’s part of a 9V system. $20.

Stewart-MacDonald Hardtail Bridge. Chrome, perfect for hardtail Strat or Tele project. New, complete kit. $14.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Set. Removed from a ’13 Clapton Strat, some prefer these to the later N3 and SCN pickups. Clean shape with wires cut to the proper length. Hand-beveled stag poles, Alnico 2 magnets, plastic bobbins, and Polysol coated magnetic wires. Clean shape. $115.

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 the 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. This is a well-made instrument that sounds good and plays nicely.  Offered in perfect condition for $350, including well padded Breedlove gigbag.

MXR Analog Chorus. Just got in a pair of clean MXR Anglogs. Excellent and affordable choice for all-analog chorus for players who treasure the warmth of the chorus’s of the late 70’s and ‘80’s. After DM-2’s and AD9’s players needed an affordable alternative and these are around ½ the price of those vintage pieces. It has the usual rate, level, and depth controls, plus low and high EQ cuts to tailor your tone. Click here for a simple demo from MusicToyz. Like the delay above this one’s super clean with the box and paperwork. These are very clean other than Velcro on bottom. Don’t pay $99, get one of these for $65.

2005 Fender American Series Telecaster w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Clean American Tele with a few upgrades/enhancements including Seymour Duncan ‘59 Jr bridge pickup, 3-ply black pickguard, and black Schaller strap lock pins. The ‘59 humbucker really opens up the sonic versatility of a Tele. You still have a classic Tele sound on the neck pickup, plus a powerful and quiet bridge pickup; combined they’re very thick but still twangy. Based on new guitar sales, black is now the most popular color in electric guitars, surpassing sunburst. Must be the “evil rock” effect. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Very nice shape for 11 years with no major flaws, great frets, and a killer low set up. We can change back to any or all stock parts at no cost, or add a push/pull pot (splits the ’59) for $20. Especially with over $100 in upgrades, this is an excellent value at $799. Includes original case.

Sperzel 6-in-Line Locking Tuners. Top of the line USA Trim-Lok set, new in the box and never installed. Best set for your SuperStrat. Staggered height so no need for string trees. $49.

Fender American Standard Tuners. For your American Standard or other Strats. Clean shape. $35.

Gibson Deluxe Tuners. 3+3 for your SG, LP, and most other Gibsons. Vintage style with aged Keystone plastic buttons. $38.

2012 Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar, (front), (back), (headstock). Get the vibe, feel, and tone of a classic Jag for a fraction of the price. The Vintage Modified Jag is a well-made guitar reminds us that the Squier brand isn't strictly for beginners in 2016. Like the MIJ Squiers of the 80's, today's models are certainly good enough for the accomplished players, many of whom don't have unlimited income. As we've been asked before, we can also upgrade it to a vintage logo if needed. The model features the classic Jaguar 24" scale length, maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, gloss finish on body and neck, good sounding Duncan Designed™ JG-101 single-coil pickups, classic dual-circuit design (“lead”/“rhythm”) with volume and tone controls for each, pickup on/off switches and tone circuit switch, and vintage-style bridge with non-locking “floating” vibrato. This model sells new for $399, or you can get this lightly used beauty with a pro setup for just $279(HOLD-Mike G 5/23).

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 $175.

Vox Cooltron CT03BT Brit Boost, (close-up).  Two pedals in one - Treble Boost and Full Range Boost - with a real 12AU7 tube to overdrive and true bypass switching.  Housed in heavy duty brushed metal housing, with the tube glowing through vents, it's built for the road. If you're using an amp without sufficient input gain, this can be used to beef up your amp's natural distortion, or if you're looking for a Vox amp tone, this thing does a pretty good job on the treble boost setting.  In the Full Range Boost position it enhances all frequencies, adding lows, mids, and some highs while the Treble Boost mode and is good for pushing a slightly overdriven amp into heavy overdrive.  Also good for warming up the tone of a sterile solid state amp.  Accepts 9V AC adapter but runs on 4 AA batteries for 16 hours of operation.   Click here for a demo which moves rather slowly along; just forward to around 4:20 to hear it after he starts cranking the dials a bit.  Also, Vox has 8 audio samples around 3/5 down this page.  List price is $300 and the few that are still on the web are $199.  I have a few of these in stock, new in the box, and just $99.

2010 Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster - White Blonde "light relic", (front), (back), (headstock back), (neck markings), (case/etc.).  After some debate we decided to refinish the neck on this guitar. Original owner wanted a more natural feel and removed the lacquer from the front/back of the neck as shown here and here and slightly boogered the logo.  We went ahead and restored the neck to the vintage tint nitro lacquer, installing a new proper logo along the way. We didn’t do the body, which would have been cost prohibitive, including some wear around the forearm, some fine finish checking, minor scratches, and a few pickguard chip cracks/chips.  It does have a more broken in feel now.  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 and it’s seen actual little playing time so the frets are near perfect.  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(SOLD, local 6/27) includes blonde EJ case with various case candy.

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay. This pedal has been in production for a very long time, although this one is perhaps a year old. It was first released in 1986, although other than cosmetic changes, it's identical to earlier DD-2 which was released 3 years earlier. Specs are the same as always; delay time of 12.5 to 800ms, hold function for infinite repeats, and effect level to mix the original and delayed sound. It sells new for $129; this one is perfect in the box for $85.

DiMarzio Area T Bridge DP418. For Telecaster bridge position. New. $55.

DiMarzio Vintage Minibucker DP240. Has more chime than your vintage Mini Humbucker. Slick top chrome cover rather than exposed screws. Clean shape. $50

DiMarzio Air Norton DP193. Can be used bridge or neck. Less string pull than your average humbucker and very controllable dynamics. $45.

Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 Nickel Cover. Duncan’s most popular pickup. Nickels run $99 new. Get this clean one for $65.

Seymour Duncan Original Parallel Axis PA-TB1b. The original bridge model Trembucker, especially good for guitars with Floyd Rose trems. $100 new but this mint one’s just $65.

Seymour Duncan ’59 Bridge Zebra SH-1B. A killer bridge humbucker sure to please PAF fans. Zebra coils just sound better, right? $49.

1980 Gibson PAF Humbucker. Restoring a Norlin Gibson? You need the right equipment. Rare black/white bobbins (not black/cream!). Patent engraved on base. $150.

Vintage Gibson Mini Humbucker with cover and ring. PAF sticker still partially visible. Proper pickup for your early model Les Paul Deluxe or early ‘60’s Epiphone. Genuine vintage parts here. If you need one, this one’s nicely priced at $199.

Vintage Gibson Mini Humbucker – Cover and Ring Only. If you need these parts to restore your vintage Deluxe, get the pair for $39.

Fender G-Dec 3 Special Edition - Blues - Blonde Covering, (back), (panel), (panel “on”).  A few years ago Fender issued three Factory Special Run G-Dec 30 amps, in very small quantities, each model having unique cosmetics, loaded with tone-specific sounds. The Blues Edition came with a blonde covering, oxblood grill cloth, metal corners, and dog-bone handle, reminiscent of an early 60's Fender. It contains onboard CD-quality backing track loops by dozens of top musicians who give a special nod to the blues, plus other tracks in various vintage jazz, R&B and soul styles and 100 tone presets appropriate to these styles. You're not limited to the Blues with this amp though. You can download all of the Special Edition (Blues, Country, Metal, or Original G-Dec) content at this link, using an SD card of 256Mb or higher. You can also buy music books from Hal Leonard with accompanying SD cards. All G-Dec models excel at computer connectivity and with the USB connection you can engage the acclaimed Fender FUSE software interface, which lets you customize your G-DEC 3. FUSE is the key to creating, connecting and configuring with your G-DEC 3 by downloading and uploading backing tracks; editing, storing and deep-editing the performance parameters, and swapping files with other members of the worldwide Fender FUSE community.  At 30 watts this is enough power for practice or club work, but this is an excellent studio combo for the home studio with enough amp and effect models to suit just about any situation. I use the regular black version as my test/practice amp and one of the things that blows me away is how well it delivers bass and drums. A kick drum sounds huge and bass notes, even those recorded with a low-B sound thick and never muddy. I also use the looper to layer rhythm parts to play lead over. It's all very easy to use. Offered in virtually flawless condition with very little hours of use. This particular model has become very popular and it’s a nice buy at $339. See Play-along books below…

Fender G-Dec Edition Play-Along Smartcard/Book, (card), (sample text). These are cool accessories for your G-Dec Special Edition. They come with the sheet music including treble and bass clef, as well as lyrics. Most importantly, they include an SD card that you can insert right into your G-Dec Special Edition SD drive and play along with the songs. Most of these are long out of print and ones like the Clapton, SRV, and Hard Rock are selling used on Amazon for close to $200/each. Others like the Hendrix Smash Hits seem to be in good supply and sell much cheaper. These are all in mint condition. It felt like I was the first person to open them up. Choice of Clapton, SRV and Hard Rock for $70/each (Clapton/SRV on hold for Dennis 11/14). The Hendrix is $20.

Fender Hardshell Acoustic Case, (pic2). Virtually new, immaculate condition. Good quality construction and excellent protection for your dreadnought or 12-string acoustic. Heavily reinforced 1” foam padding with plush black lining. Sleek chrome hardware including metal feet, 4 latches, 3 hinges, and key lock with extra keys. Sells new for $99; this one’s perfect and just $55.

Gibson LG-0/1/2 Gigbag. New, never used. Fits a small body Gibson like the LG-2 below, or the L-00. Nicely padded, good protection. $35.

2015 Fender 60's Classic Jaguar Lacquer w/Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (upgraded bridge/trempost), (extras), (case case2). Nothing takes me back in time like a Jag or Jazzmaster, capturing images of the Beach Boys and surf music from the 60's. As players have discovered though, the Jag is much more than a Surf guitar and they've made their way into some very heavy music since that era. This is a new model from Fender, finished in the classic custom color, Fiesta Red, and it's a proper nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body and neck. There are a number of upgrades that I'll list but the basic specs are: a pair of single coil American Vintage '65 Jag pickups, shorter 24” scale length, alder body, maple neck with “C” profile, 7.25” radius rosewood fingerboard, 22 vintage-style frets, classic Jaguar “lead”/“rhythm” dual-circuit design, vintage-style bridge with “floating” tremolo tailpiece, synthetic bone nut. This guitar has been upgraded with a much improved Mustang-type bridge with barrel saddles. Original bridges are light, not toneful, and tend to pop out of the slots. It also has an upgraded tremolo post and tremolo arm. The original arms have nothing to hold them in the post and are not a tight fit. Cosmetically, it's been changed from the green pickguard to a white, and the covers have been changed from white to aged yellow. All original parts are included so it will come with an extra bridge, trem post, trem arm, pickguard, and pickup covers - over $100 in spare parts. The shorter 24" scale is a slight adjustment but I find I can get around quicker and bends seem to go up and extra 1/2 step with the same effort. Offered in lovely condition other than some clear coat buckle scratches on the back, with our typical low, comfortable set up. Considering the extra parts, this is a nice value at $779(HOLD-Wanda 10/25) with deluxe Fender Tolex case as well as tags, manual, etc. Don’t need the case or extra parts? $679 with one set of parts and gigbag and paperwork.

Don Grosh Pickguard – Electrajet. Dress up your Electrajet with this nice tortoise shell model. Some copper foil on reverse to keep down the hum. If you need one of these from Don, you’ll pay up, but get this one for just $25.

Musikraft Tele Neck, (pic2). Early model Musikraft with some vintage vibe. Has had two sets of tuners on it, string trees relocated, currently outfitted with Sperzel locking tuners. Quartersawn maple, modern flatter radius, 22 modern jumbo frets, no fret wear. Might be a pro refret. Fretboard edge has a nice round-over. Logo missing part of “Telecaster” but we can relogo on top of finish for $35 if desired. Nice neck for $189, or $139(HOLD-Grahame 10/22) without tuners.

Marshall MG10CF Combo, (panel). Marshall has mastered the analog tone in all their amps. Even this little MG10CF sounds like a Marshall, with commendable crunch and gain, and a very creamy tone, all out of a little 6.5” speaker. Rated at 10 watts with clean and overdrive channels, with headphone out and MP3/phone/line input for playing along with your tunes. Sells new for $79.99 but this perfect used one’s ½ price at just $39.98.

Jensen P12Q and Celestion G12H-30 12" Speakers, (back). Jensen P12Q is 8 ohms, rated at 40 watts, and comes with the dust bell-cover pictured. It is described as very warm, mid-focused bite with clear bright highs. Presented with overdrive distortion it remains well balanced. The G12H-30 is an 8 ohm, rated at 30 watts. It is loud and proud thanks to its heavy magnet structure, and provides a fusion of the Vintage 30 and the Greenback speakers, producing a thick, warm and syrupy sound while still retaining a tight and focused bottom end. These two speakers pair very well for a more complex tone than you get out of a matched pair of speakers. A new P12Q will run you $138 but you can get this very clean pair for just $12 more. $150 takes the pair. Note: Jensen comes with new pads in the box.

2003 Fender Highway One Stratocaster – Honey Blonde, (front), (back), (headstock), (edge wear), (gigbag).  Perfect condition on top, some cool relic back and edge wear. These Highway's are the best value in a USA Strat, favored by many due to their very thin finish and vintage tremolo which does a good job of transferring energy from the strings to the body.  This guitar is more lively than your average American Standard due largely to the thin finish and it sounds very good when strummed acoustically.  These early era Strats have more of a vintage vibe, with the smaller headstock and Pre-CBS spaghetti logo.  This one is also finished in a discontinued finish, Honey Blonde, and like all Highways is a satin Nitrocellulose finish.  Other features include C-shaped neck with 22 jumbo frets, Alnico single coils in the bridge and middle with the middle pickup reverse wound/reverse polarity for noise canceling in positions 2 and 4, synchronized tremolo with bent steel saddles and heavy trem block, and HSS pickup routing on the body.  This guitar has seen very little use and has perfect frets, but it does have some edge wear as shown in the pics above. Because of that it would make an excellent relic project, and these finishes relic much easier than an American Standard. If you’re not into Relics, it looks perfect from the audience perspective.  The Highway Series was discontinued a few years ago in favor of the American Special, nearly the same guitar but with a $999 online price. Get this cool Honey Blonde USA Strat for $539(HOLD-Stephen L 10/5).  Includes a top quality Levys gigbag.

1983 Fender USA Stratocaster,  (front/back), (headstock), (Kahler Pro Trem), (Kahler Nut), (case case2). '83 Strats are frequently maligned, mainly due to the surface-mounted Freeflyte tremolo system that was, admittedly, ill-conceived, plus other cost-saving measures of the era including pickguard-mounted output jack and only one tone knob.  While it took a long time for ‘83s catch on in the vintage market, a dozen years ago they started to take off and now they command prices higher than a new Strat, which indicates folks are appreciating the vintage value.  The bottom line though, is many of these are excellent utility guitars.  Fit and finish on these are actually better than the 70's 3-bolt Strats where "the gap" was commonplace, with a neck that didn't properly fit the body.  Regarding the tremolo, the good news is the Freeflyte trems can be rather easily replaced with a Kahler Pro, as was done on this  guitar.  The Kahler Pro is an excellent system and along with the Floyd Rose, is the choice of top American guitars like Jackson.  The feel isn't as stiff and it stays in tune very well.  Kahler also offered two styles of locking nuts, both used in conjunction with a standard nut.  One requires an Allen wrench to loosen while they also offered this style which loosens with a flick of the thumb.  Overall this one is very clean for 26 years with no major scratches on the body and it's obviously been well cared for.  Frets have been recently dressed and there is plenty of life left in the frets.  One major upgrade is a set of Custom Shop Texas Specials have been installed and they sound great.  It also sports a new pickguard, installed when the pickups were swapped.  At 9 lbs. on the nose, this guitar is medium weight for an '83 - I've had many of them over 10 lbs.  If you're looking for a quality utility Strat that is pretty much impervious to going out of tune, with quality Texas Specials installed, here's a nice buy at $950. Includes a nice tweed case.

Early 80’s Hondo II Professional Double-Cut, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls). Quality import from the early 80’s made at the Japanese Matsumoku factory. I’m not sure what the pickups are but they’re good sounding and obviously DiMarzio style with the double-cream bobbins. In addition to the 3-way selector there’s also a mini switch by the volume/tone which splits the coils for single coil operation as well. Features a solid body (not plywood) of what appears to be ash and mahogany, with a hardtail bridge and strings-thru-body design. While not a fancy guitar, it’s well made, plays well, and sounds very good. With the prices of vintage Japan electrics always on the rise, this is still a good value at $239.

1984 Marshall JCM-800 Model 4212 2X12 Combo - Master Volume - Channel Switching - Reverb, (back), (top), (panel), (back panel), (sides).  Just back out of the shop with all new filter caps and it’s good to go.  The 4212 is a 50-watter (dual EL34's) with channel switching and reverb.  These Master Volume/Split Channel/Reverb amps came in 4 versions, the 100W head and 2X12 combo (2210 and 4211), and 50W head and 2X12 combo (2205 and 4212).  Michael Doyle, author of "The History of Marshall", holds the 2210 as his personal favorite of the entire JCM800 line (page 48), which is a sentiment that I share.  These were the amps that bridged the old and the new, still with the same basic circuit and quality components of the JMP line, but with all the "modern" features like dual channels, effects loop, D.I. output, and reverb - and all were "new"  to the JCM800 line, i.e. weren't previously in the JMP line-up.  These came in both 6550 for the USA tone and, like this one, EL34's for the UK tone.  The tone is pure Marshall crunch and, typically, not a lot of clean tone on these so your channel switching can be overdrive/move overdrive.  Although they don't get a shimmering clean tone like a Fender, few amps will beat this for creamy and crunchy tones and in this amp you'll hear the tone used on 80% of the rock/metal acts from the 80's and 90's.  Features include a "Normal" channel and "Boost" channel, the former with only gain - bass - treble controls; while the Boost has a red light when engaged, and has the usual bass-mid-treble-volume-gain.  Both channels share a master volume (thus 3 gain stages on the Boost channel - and overdrive ability on the Normal channel - plus a shared Presence control and master Reverb.  The rear panel has an effects loop and D.I. output with level control.  Appears all original other than speakers changed to a quality pair of Eminence G1's with heavy Alnico magnets.  Cosmetically, this amp isn't a near mint museum piece.  It has seen some road use so there are miscellaneous flaws to the covering, stains on both sides, a bit of tape here and there, and a few replaced knobs, but despite cosmetics, there is nothing "tired" about this baby.  They have reissues some of the JCM800 line, with street prices starting around $2K - but I'd never consider any reissue when the real deal is available for less.  This amp is over 30 years old and sounds fantastic.  Everything works properly and it sounds well-tuned and ready to gig.  A killer and complete backline set up for $1199.  I probably have a 2-button footswitch (channel/reverb), possibly a later Marshall with LED indicators.

Mad Professor Golden Cello Overdrive & Delay, (knobs). This one gives you a huge singing overdrive tone, combined with a faithful tape echo type delay. Best of all, it's all combined in a single compact pedal, thus saving valuable real estate on your pedalboard. Volume adjusts the final output level; Tone controls mainly the treble and can be set from soft to sharp, Distortion sets the sustain and distortion level from light to saturated, and Delay sets the level of build in delay. Inside there are also two trimmer pots to set the delay repeat and delay length plus a trimmer for volume into the delay. Here’s a good demo that uses just a guitar/amp and the Golden Cello (link). These sell new for $196 but this one’s barely used and a good deal at $129.

1991 Fender Heartfield Talon, (front), (back), (headstock), (detail), (pickups). Fairly rare model from Fender; don’t think I’ve had once since the late ‘90’s. If you’re a fan of the HM Strat, this is a very comparable model, and since they never gained the popularity of HM’s due to bad timing, they’re around ½ the price. The Talons were Heartfield's most marketed guitar, designed and marketed to compete directly with Ibanez. In fact, these were made at Japan's Fuji-Gen factory, right alongside the Ibanez guitars they were going after. You have to admit, this guitar looks a whole lot like the Ibanez RG-550, including features like HSH pickup configuration, double locking Floyd Rose, large pickguard, flat/wide fretboard, and similar body shape. Unfortunately, like the USA Prodigy, these guitars came on the scene around the same time that metal was dying and grunge was taking off, which led to a quick death. The Talon debuted in '89 and was dropped in '93. This particular one is finished in Frost Red, which has a very slight flip-flop effect depending on the viewing angle. Features include basswood body with sharp horns, sculpted neck joint with bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, 22 jumbo frets, super flat 17" radius, thin contour U-shaped neck, black hardware, Gotoh tuners, Schaller/Floyd Rose German-made tremolo 3-ply pickguard with sharp corners, HSH pickup configuration with 5-way switch, volume, and TBX control. I’m not sure which particular model this one is since the pickups have been changed, currently having a Duncan Invader bridge humbucker and a Meanstreet neck humbucker, with an unknown single coil in the middle. The tremolo is a top of the line German-made Schaller Floyd Rose (which I’m told wasn’t original) which stays in tune perfectly. Playing this guitar is a joy for shred licks, due to the extremely flat fretboard, thin neck, easy upper register access, and low action. The Invader is as hot and fat-bottomed as anyone could want. I’m not well-versed with Meanstreet pickups but I’ve read that they’re supposed to be voiced like an EVH or Axis. I think this guitar compares easily to the countless HM Strats I’ve had with a similar feel, tone, and playability. Although I can’t verify originality, it’s in nice shape overall and just $329.

Floyd Rose Speedloader Tremolo Bridge, (pic2).  Top of the line German-made (Schaller) model and the final upgrade in the Original Floyd Rose line. The SpeedLoader Tremolo offers all the versatility of the original Floyd Rose Tremolo with the ease and performance of the SpeedLoader System. You can still execute the most subtle tremolo or wildest dive-bombing effects and return to perfect tuning every time. The SpeedLoader tremolo also features the new Floyd Rose TremStopper that enables the player to block the tremolo system with a simple turn of a screw.  Here’s a video demo at YouTube.   Box is a bit shop worn but this set-up is new and never installed.  Richie Sambora, CC DeVille, and Brad Whitford are among the many pro players who are now using the Speedloader.  Includes everything: nut, trem arm, studs, screws, and claw – even Speedloader strings. This model sold in stores for $249 but this one's new with all the parts for $159.

2014 Fender American Standard Telecaster - 3-Tone Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case).   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 low, allowing for a very fast playing neck with superb playability throughout the register.  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 style saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit.  Stock pickups are quality Custom Shop models with a Twisted Tele in the neck position and Broadcaster at the bridge. 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 $1299, and it will probably be a good player.  For $450 less, you can have this barely played example that's guaranteed to be an exceptional player. $850 includes Fender/SKB case with ATA latches.

2003 Fender Showmaster HH Gold Top, (front front2), (back), (headstock), (binding), (recessed knobs), (pickups).  A Special Edition (model 026-2700-578) from Fender and of the 20 or so Showmasters I've had, this is the first Aztec Gold model I've come across. These are quality guitars with the primary difference from a regular Strat being the set neck construction, an arched top, and no pickguard. This model also has some nice cosmetic features such cream colored top binding, cream neck binding, cream pickups and pickup rings, recessed knobs, graphite nut, and no positions markers other than side dots. Other features include basswood body with carved top, modern C-shaped maple neck, super flat 15.75" radius, 24 jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, 1.625” nut, chrome hardware, cast/Sealed locking tuners, custom 6-Saddle Synchronous tremolo, 5-position blade selector with single and double coil positions, master volume and tone controls. For pickups Fender chose their own Black Canyon humbucker in the neck and an Atomic II in the bridge, pickups which were used on the American HH and custom shop models. Fender paid a licensing fee to DiMarzio to use their double-cream coils (as stated on pickup labels). This guitar is in perfect condition other than a small edge ding (pic) which we’ve lacquered over and is barely noticeable. Although not just a rock/metal guitar, it is set up like a shredder's dream with very low action, jumbo frets, and the flattest fretboard radius Fender has ever used. It's perfect for 2-finger tapping techniques. This is truly a great looking guitar that plays and sounds as good as it looks. A pro quality guitar for just $525 with a nice Fender case (pic) or $459 with Fender deluxe gigbag.

1989 Fender HM Strat 1HB – Custom Finish, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup), (trem), (graphic1 pic2). Another great HM in an even rarer single humbucker configuration. While I’ve had a half-dozen of the HS shown below, I’ve only had two other of this 1HB model. This one has a few mods including replacement Gotoh tuners, chrome Kahler tremolo with black saddle blocks, large Jackson strap pins, metal chrome pickup ring, replacement but very similar knobs and, most notably, a Suhr SSH+ bridge humbucker (link). You’ll also notice some custom graphics. Pro-finished black/yellow checkerboard “pickguard” (which actually is NOT a pickguard), with matching checkerboard in the forearm area, wrapping around to the top/back edge. The graphic is well done and they’ve even done a nice job airbrushing some pickguard screws. All other specs are basically like the HM HS below. The Suhr pickup is a major upgrade over the stock DiMarzio and it’s multi-conductor, wired into the mini 3-way switch for 3 cool tones (single, humbucker series, humbucker parallel). Cosmetically it’s not mint but overall very nice shape and I’m having Martin spend some bench time with it getting it as nice as possible. Set up is low with no issues. This is one of the coolest HM’s I’ve had and I’m happy to offer it for $750 with a later-era Fender hardshell case.

1989 Fender HM Strat HS - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups).  I get in a bigger selection of HM Strats than anyone I know but few of these Humbucker/Single models. The HM was Fender's entry into the SuperStrat war of the late 80's/early 90's, going up against powerhouse makers with a vast history of building this type of guitar, primarily Kramer, Jackson, and Charvel.  HM’s are great guitars for rock metal guitarists with features such as double-locking tremolos, very flat and wide fretboards which are conducive to finger tapping and ultra-fast runs, and of course a bridge humbucker which completely turned upside down everyone's expectations of a Strat tone. This one is a fairly rare bird. You'll notice that it's "missing" a middle pickup and (gasp) sports a pickguard, and a Tele-style pickguard at that.  You're not missing a lot in the tone selection since this model features a mini-switch for the bridge humbucker which, along with a standard 3-way, gives you a choice of 7 tones.  This guitar hasn't seen a lot of playing time but is probably one more for the player than the collector.  Worst flaw are some minor touch-ups around the edge, but I’m having Martin do a more professional job so it should look nice when he’s done. Otherwise, this guitar is in very clean shape for 25+ years and, most importantly, has great frets and a killer setup.  Unlike the common HM Strats with HSS configuration, Fender used the same DiMarzio Super 3 bridge pickup, but instead of two straight single coils, Fender chose a slanted Fender Lace Sensor (silver) for the neck pickup on this model.  Tonally, it's a much more dramatic change of tones.  In addition to being quieter than the other single coils, the Lace is more articulate and "airy" sounding.  Other than the pickup and pickguard, other features are the same as the more common HSS variety.   If you're looking for a killer gigging guitar, and an HM that's 20X rarer than the standard HM's, this one's yours for $665. Includes later-era Fender hardshell case.

2012 Fender American Standard Telecaster with Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Cool looking Tele, finished in Candy Cola. This one has a cool upgrade with a DiMarzio Vintage Minibucker (DP240) in the neck, and a Fender Vintage ’52 in the bridge. The pickguard is a Warmoth, custom cut to fit the mini-hum. The result is a guitar that’s much more versatile than the stock model, especially with the neck humbucker which oozes clarity, dynamics, and sparkle. DiMarzio claims the pickup actually has chime, which is unusual for humbuckers but I have to agree. It excels at clean country sounds, but also sounds good with very high gain with a resistance to any muddy tone. All other features are stock including 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 style 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. Stock American Standards are running $1299 new. Get this one with a very cool pickup upgrade, killer setup, in beautiful shape, for just $879.

Dr. Z MAZ 38 Senior 1X12 Combo w/Reverb – Blonde with Tilt-back, (back), (top), (spkr/tube chart), (tilt back legs), (chassis).  Another great Z amp, with a hefty 38 watts output, plenty for doing pretty much any stage I've played.  The MAZ 38 is a versatile amp that can fit in with any type of music and style of playing, except metal and it may not have quite the clean headroom for jazz.   I especially like it with a Tele and country leads but it's just as adept at blues, rock, or classic rock.  The MAZ38 gets its output via a quad of EL84's, with a GZ34 rectifier, 12AT7 and four 12AX7's in the preamp.  It produces crystal clear highs, powerful bass, and a punchy midrange. With the Cut control you can vary the high end to sound more Vox-like or more Fendery. Crank it up and it produces a very sweet overdrive like old Clapton, and many players will be happy enough with the amp's tone that they won't feel the need for an OD pedal. The tone controls, unlike some amps like old Fenders and especially Marshalls, have a very pronounced effect on the tone and let you dial in a wide array of tones.  Controls include Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master Volume, Cut, and reverb.  The back panel features an effects loop and has output for 4, 8, and 16 ohms.  It's a fairly hefty amp at around 58 lbs. in a cabinet that's 23" W, 20 1/8" H, 10" D.  One mod to this amp - a pair of Fender legs have been pro installed so you can tilt it back for stage use.  To get an idea of its sonic capabilities, click here for a demo of the MAZ 38 vs. the MAZ 38 NR (non-reverb).  A new one of these will set you back $2249 but this one's in nice shape, performs flawlessly, and is $800 cheaper at $1449.

Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend, (stock pic). Great sounding and easy to install acoustic pickup/preamp system. This one combines the world's best-selling under saddle pickup with the Ellipse Blend to give you unparalleled tone and feedback rejection. Features a flexible gooseneck condenser microphone and volume, blend, and phase controls for the sparkling, transparency and control of an Acoustic Matrix pickup with the expressive character of a condenser mic. Installs quickly and easily and after it's installed it's nearly invisible. These come in two widths - this is the wide (1/8") model. Sells new for $259. This system's barely used and $175.

2012 ESP Ltd EC-1000 Deluxe - Upgraded, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (gigbag strap/locks). Perfect condition and upgraded with a pair of EMG James Hetfield humbuckers. Finished in Metallic Gold Sunburst, the EC-1000 is the Cadillac of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars made.  Best of all, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as locking tuners, active EMG humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body. Visually, it doesn’t get any better than this with a mirror gloss Goldburst finish and loads of binding on all surfaces as well as pearloid inlaid logo and flag fretboard inlays, with the model name at the 12th fret.  This guitar is immaculate with a setup that rivals any ESP I've had. Features mahogany body with mahogany set-in neck, thin U-shaped neck profile, multi-ply body and headstock binding, bound neck, flag fretboard inlays, flat 13.7" radius, 24 extra jumbo frets, 24.75" scale, molded 1.650" nut, Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and locking tuners. This model came stock with EMG’s (85/60 set) but they have been replaced with a new EMG JH set. The JH neck has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60 and produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end. The JH bride uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike an 81/85 which use bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end. Even if you’re not an EMG fan you’ll probably like these as they sound closer to a passive pickup than other EMG’s I’ve had. The set sells new for $249 and are finished in black chrome, which matches the tuners and bridge/tailpiece. Other minor upgrades are the Schaller strap pins and House of Blues strap w/straplocks. This model sold new for $899-$1100 which is the same as the new satin finished models. With the upgrades you’d be in well over $1200. Get this one, dead mint, for $649. Includes a quality Levy’s gigbag as well as a House of Blues leather strap and Schaller straplock system.

Nik Huber Orca '59 Brazilian Board, (front), (headstock), (back), (flamed neck), (neck joint), (case).  As most of you know, the USA is not the exclusive builder of world-class hand-made guitars.  Nik Huber and his team of 5 luthiers have been building fine guitars at his shop near Frankfurt German since 1997, currently building around 120 instruments per year.  If you frequent the guitar forums, you know his reputation as a builder is unsurpassed.  I've had a few of his Dolphins, which are as fine a guitar as I've played, and this Orca '59; the best of the best.  Huber's Orca has its roots in the classic '59 'Burst, with some subtle differences and some modern features.  Note that this Orca '59 has the same body thickness as an LP, not the thinner body on most of these.  It also features options such as Brazilian rosewood fretboard, nitrocellulose finish, matching headstock with flamed maple veneer, and sterling silver fretboard inlays. The neck joint is completely reworked, providing unprecedented easy access to the top frets.  The top on this guitar is beautiful with the look of some of the finer vintage 'Bursts I've seen.  Truly uncommon is the flamed mahogany neck which has even bands of flame from the body to the tip of the headstock.  Nik uses Harry Häussel '59 pickups on this model, as fine as any humbucker I've heard on a vintage style single cut.  Features include Mahogany Body with a carved curly maple cap; mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; open trapezoid inlays of sterling silver; flamed maple headstock veneer with inlaid whale; 25 “ scale; compound (10" to 14") fretboard radius; 22 medium jumbo extra hard frets; double action truss rod; 1.67" nut width; polished bone nut; Tonepros aluminum tailpiece and Tonepros AVR-2 tuneomatic bridge; Schaller tuners with ebony buttons; ebony truss rod cover; nickel hardware; neck tone pot with push-push feature for single coil tones; knobs recessed into body; flamed mahogany back plates.  As soon as you pick this guitar up you'll sense the elegance and attention to detail, perfect fit and finish.  It is ergonomically precise, feeling great when playing seated or standing, and at just under 9 lbs. it's a nice weight for a non-weight relieved body. Huber's unique neck joint makes playing in the upper register effortless and the action will go as low as you want it. The neck shape is very unique: it feels a tad deeper than an R8 rounded provile, but has small shoulders which give it the feel of a soft V.  For details of the Orca, see Huber's site.  This fine guitar was collector owned and is presented in unplayed condition  - with some nice options that make is look as good as it plays and sounds. New cost on this guitar in '09 was $7285 but new Orca's are now running over $9000. For most players this will be the finest LP you've played and it’s priced less than a mass produced Custom Shop. Just $4750 for this one.

2004 Epiphone Goth Les Paul w/Floyd Rose – Upgraded with Duncan’s, (front), (back), (headstock), (Pickups), (Floyd). Quality guitar from the Unsung (Korea) factory. The model features the usual Studio construction of a mahogany set-neck, with mahogany body, plus the huge benefit of a recessed Floyd Rose tremolo. Additional cosmetic appointments include cross headstock emblem and “XII” at the 12th fret, as well as black hardware, all designed to make it look like a deadly rock weapon. The Floyd is a cool feature on a LP, letting you do dive-bombs and other trem tricks, while returning to pitch every time. This one has one huge upgrade: a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II pickups (APH-1B and APH-1N). The Alnico Pro II’s have been used by many pro players, like Slash on the Appetite album and tour. They sound great in this guitar. This guitar was owned by a Zakk Wylde fan, thus the Black Label Society stickers and Iron Cross stick on inlays. All stickers will come off if you want it stock, but they look kind of cool. This guitar plays beautifully, and sounds especially nice with these upgraded pickups. It shows some scratches and dings but frets are in great shape and with a $200 pickup upgrade, it’s a nice deal at $375.

2014 Airline Tuxedo Special - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (binding). Very good quality recreation from Eastwood that's designed after the Barney Kessel model from the mid 50's and sold under the brands of Kay and Airline. It has the cool vintage look of the raised metal Airline logo, "Coat of Arms" logo on pickguard, and trapeze tailpiece. This is a full hollowbody design, lightweight, build with a maple top over a mahogany sides/back. It's also a couple grand cheaper than an original Barney Kessel! Other features include set neck design, bound maple neck with rosewood fretboard, block inlays, multi-ply body binding, gloss black finish, two custom hi-output P90 pickups, 25.5" scale, 1 11/16" nut, and vintage open-back tuners. Very comfortable to play, especially for long sets while standing, it features a slightly arched top and back, and hangs well around the neck. Tonally it sounds very good and would be a good choice for jazz, rock, or alt music. Set up by and expert – much better than factory – and it plays wonderfully. Love the vibe…love the guitar. With a new cost of $899, this one's in perfect condition and a sweet buy at $629.

1978 Marshall Super Lead, Mod. 1959, (panel), (top), (back), (bottom), (chassis/tubes).  Missing for a long time and just found! Few amps have attained "holy grail" status, and by this I don't mean the rarest of the rare, rather an amp whose reputation is so iconic that it tends to be the most highly sought after for certain seekers of tone. Other amps that fall into this category are the Blackface Deluxe Reverb, Tweed Bassman, Boogie MK IIC+, and some of the truly rare like Dumbles and Trainwrecks. If there is one amp that defined the sound of Rock music, it is the Super Lead, Model 1959.  This model achieved benchmark status beginning with Townsend and Hendrix and carried on through EVH, with a virtual who's-who of rock players since. While the '67-'69 Plexi, with their Plexiglas front panel is the most highly cherished of the 1959's, clean examples of that model sell for as much as a nice car and, quite honestly, it sounds about the same as these later models. With 100 watts of pure Marshall tone, this amp is way loud and when cranked up, you'll not find a more pure rock tone. Inside this amp and it looks 100% Jake, complete with hand-wired circuit and no evidence of replaced components or overheating. As you can see in the pics, this is likely the cleanest examples on the market. The only noteworthy flaw I've noted is slight oxidation to the polished brass handle (shown here). Tubes are all vintage, with a quad of old EI 6550's and Servicemaster 12AX7's in the preamp. This amp is tuned perfectly and needs nothing to create what might be the finest tone you've ever heard. If you've ever heard a 1959SLP, you know that it's an extremely loud amp. If you're going to play in a club, be prepared to use an attenuator. Amps in this condition are quickly fetched up by collectors and are forever removed from circulation. The beaters make the rounds; the keepers get kept. They also don't come cheap, but with a reissue JMP 1959SLP head selling for $2699, wouldn't you rather have this 38 year old beauty for $500 less, and one that sounds as good as it looks. $2199 for this iconic amp that can be the centerpiece of any amp collection, or a killer amp to take on tour if you promise to take care of it, lol.

2015 Chapman ML-1 Hot Rod, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case case2). Excited to get another one of these in! Excellent rock/metal axe, superior to the ESP/Kramer Baretta's of the late 80's, at a lower price! Rob Chapman (aka Monkey Lord) will be familiar to some of you. A native of the UK, he’s a web icon based on his informative and humorous YouTube demo’s, reviews, and tuition videos. He’s also performed with major names such as Guthrie Govan, Eddie Kramer, Todd Burke and Nick Tauber. What better position to be in to start your own guitar brand! He chose World Music Instruments in Korea, builder of PRS’s imports, and like the PRS SE line, the quality remains top of the heap. This particular guitar comes with a Ltd Ed certification, numbering #35 of the first 50 ML-1’s imported to USA and unique in that only the first 100 had the Duncan Anniversary JB pickup that this one has. Like the Baretta, it was inspired by the super-Strats of the 80's, with a Strat style swamp ash body for a rich clear tone, with other high end features such as an ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan Anniversary TB4 JB Trembucker, Grover tuners, and Floyd Rose double locking tremolo. Other features include flat 13 ¾” fretboard radius, 22 extra jumbo frets, 25.5” scale, black hardware, side-mounted jack, and Chapman hardshell case. This guitar was sold to me before it had even arrived so it’s unplayed except for bench time during our set up. I seriously don’t think you can find a better used 1HB metal axe for this money. Just $550(HOLD-Patrick B 4/3) with the case, paperwork, and polishing cloth.

Gibson Burstbucker Pro Set. From the same ’13 Les Paul Standard Plus. Nickel covers, clean shape and with new ones costing $139/each, get this pair for just $170.

DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton. Excellent choice for your neck position - fat and warm, yet not muddy. It's hot, but not distorted, with very good harmonics. You can even use it with both 250K and 500K pots. Clean shape and just $45.

Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp, (top), (panel), (back), (case). Pound for pound, this is my favorite acoustic amp. At just 22 lbs. it packs a lot of sound and versatility, and it’s small enough to fit on the floor behind your driver’s seat. The sound is crystal clear on both the vocal channel and guitar channel and the effects sound very natural. It also projects very well. I just used one of these this past weekend and we had a small crowd clamoring for more! It features dual channels (guitar and mic/line with Phantom power), dual 30W channels, 6.5” drivers, onboard digital effects that deliver lush stereo and multiband chorus with newly developed wide chorus and delay/reverb, footswitch control, built-in Auto Anti-Feedback controls allow for maximum volume without feedback, mute switch for silent tuning on stage, and stereo line out for PA and recording; subwoofer output. These are running $599 new but get this very tidy barely used one for $339. Includes a high quality carrying case.

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, (top), (panel), (back), (misc.), (paper). 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 black tolex 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. Originally 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 a reissue of a '93 model but after its initial release, the Blues Deluxe fell away to the Hot Rod Deluxe as tastes changed during the 90s. Now the public is 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. With a new one selling for $769, save $300 on this one at $469.

1991 Fender Standard Stratocaster - Candy Apple Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (pots/pocket).  Lovely example of an early Ensenada, Mexico production. Although the Ensenada plant started up in '87, they were primarily producing amps and cabs. I don't believe the first Standard Strat, i.e. silver and black bold logo, began until 1991. Prior to this the Standard was built in Japan in the early 80's, switching to Korea in the late 80's. For a brief period the Mex models were Squiers with all-black logo with "Squier Series" in small font written near the tip of the headstock, followed by the same guitar without the "Squier" moniker, although those guitars are essentially the same, with the same cheap tuners, large cast saddles, and primarily plywood bodies. This '91 is basically the same model that's built today with the Fender/Ping tuners, stamped bridge saddles, and non-laminated body, although it does have ceramic pickups rather than the current Alnico. There was a different tremolo cover plate installed at some point so there are some extra screw holes but they're invisible with the plate on. One upgrade has been done to this guitar - pots upgraded to USA CTS which replace the original small import pots. This guitar has an excellent neck which allows low action and is in super clean condition. With a new stock Standard Strat running $599, this nice early one is an excellent value at $359(HOLD-Dan R 10/26), set up perfectly and ready to go.

2004 Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (case). The Grand Auditorium was the first guitar shape designed from scratch by Bob Taylor, combining the width and depth of a dreadnought with a narrower waist.  Its sleek design adds strong treble sizzle across the tonal spectrum adding definition to individual notes.  It is an excellent fingerpicking guitar that also adapts well to medium strumming and mixes well with frequencies in the singing voice range.  The 414 features back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood similar to Indian Rosewood, that gives it a wonderful, deep tone and its warm brown colors and unique grain are protected with a thin, satin finish.  The spruce top is buffed to a high gloss, and is framed in white binding on the body and neck. Other features include a sleek Ebony fretboard inlaid with pearl dots, Tusq nut, Tusq saddle, and quality Grover tuners.  Nothing sets up like a Taylor and most players who are very comfortable with their electric, are just as comfortable strumming their Taylor.  When we became Taylor dealers at Hotlicks in the late mid-80's, I finally found an acoustic that played as easily as an electric and instantly found my favorite acoustic brand. Tonally, this is a workhorse instrument, with the Ovangkol/Spruce combination perfect for nearly all types of music.  Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy flaws of any kind, although we did repair a center seam crack (shown here) which is lacquered over and should never pose a problem. The coloring and figuring of this wood was so reminiscent of Koa that we called Taylor to see if they had any info on this guitar which would indicate that it wasn’t the stock Ovangkol. They had no such info so I guess it’s just very colorful ovangkol with lovely bearclaw figuring. It also has a built in passive pickup system with a piezo saddle pickup and body sensor. Don’t know what it is but it works fine for a passive system. Taylor doesn’t make the 414 any longer but a new 414ce will set you back $2K. How about this beauty for $1050.

2014 Martin D-16RGT, (front), (back), (label), (binding), (headstock), (case). Mint condition and a surprisingly superb sounding USA Martin for this price range. It’s loud, well-balanced, with excellent clarity and full bass response.  The D-16RGTE offers the vintage look of a gloss finish top, but the back and sides have a satin finish, which is less labor-intensive but is actually conducive to better tone. It’s nicely appointed with multi-ply top binding, back binding, bound neck, and herringbone rosette. Features include dreadnought body shape, solid East Indian rosewood sides and back with solid Sitka spruce top, solid Spanish cedar neck attached with Martin's fine mortise-and-tenon joint, solid Micarta fingerboard and bridge, modified low oval neck shape, D1 bracing pattern, white Corian nut, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut with, pearl dot inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome enclosed gears, gloss finish top, satin finish body & neck.  I’ve had around 5 of these in the 000 size which are excellent fingerstyle guitars. This one is equally impressive for its bold, powerful strumming tone. I give it a solid 2 thumbs up. Sold new for $1859 ($2299 list) which makes this a nice deal on a clean used one at $1259. Offered in immaculate condition with a superb set up. Includes original Martin case, manual, unsigned warranty, etc.

Lace Drop and Gain Humbucker. Super hot (24K) bridge humbucker designed especially for baritone and drop tuning. New these are $105; this one’s in mint condition and $69.

EMG RTX Tele Bridge Pickup, (back). Recent X series that uses the solderless connection. I’m not including anything but the pickup but, hey, for $65 you can’t go wrong!

Malekko EKKO 616 Dark Analog Delay, (controls). The new 616 is based on Malekko's long-discontinued hand-built ECHO 600 Dark. It provides a rich analog delay of 650ms with heavy overtones. It's a full featured yet compact delay with external modulation controls, an optional buffer, and internal level pot. It is voiced to have delays with the high frequencies rolled off, like a low-pass filter set to about 400Hz, which allows bright guitars to reside over a dark background of morphing overtones (when set to high regeneration amounts), or a super-fat chug sound at less regeneration, shorter delay times. Only hand-picked components of the highest quality are used in construction. Sells new for $150 but frequently out of stock. Get this used one that’s in stock, for $105(HOLD-Rick M 7/4).

Boss RC-30 Loop Station, (pic2), (patch bay). Boss’ latest and greatest pedal looper, replacing successful the RC-20XL. The RC-30 gives you up to three hours (up from 16 minutes on the 20XL) of onboard stereo recording and loop storage with a new dual-phrase loop feature that lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync. In addition to studio and performance, it’s also a great practice tool with some cool drum loops built in. Features include: three hours of onboard recording time, powerful DSP from Boss' ESC2 chip, true stereo In/Out, dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops, 99 memory slots, Loop FX provides real-time loop editing, mic input with phantom power, USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your PC or Mac, Aux in jack, and onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops. There are a load of YouTube demos but here’s one I picked sort of randomly (link). Sells new for $299 but this one’s super clean in the box with everything for $209.

Rockett Pedals Archer Boost Overdrive. Although they can’t advertise it as such, this is Rockett’s answer to the Klon Centaur. If you can’t afford a grand or two for a Centaur, this one sounds as good from my memory…and is affordable. It exhibits remarkable headroom, sounds and “feels” like a tube amp, and is more versatile than 3 knobs usually are. It can be used as both a clean boost with the gain all the way down, or turn up the gain and you’ll find beautiful middle ground until you dial in the sweet overdrive. It operates off a standard BOSS type 9-volt adapter or a single 9-volt battery and operates at 9-18 volts.  Here's a good demo by ProGuitarShopDemos (link). These run $189 new, or you can get this used one for just $129.

Epiphone SG Special Project – Body and Neck, (front), (back), (headstock), (scallop). I’m not sure, but I think this was called a Deluxe Special or something back in the day. The body is nicely figured, finished in cherry sunburst. What’s included is what you see in the pics. Extremely clean and all original other than top 4 frets have been professionally scalloped. The scalloped frets will be darker in appearance once the fretboard is treated, which we’ll do at no expense. If you need them we’ll include a pair of Epi humbuckers for $25 and any hardware for a small fee as well. If you’re into projects, this one’s a lovely Epi and yours for $75.

PICS FIXED: 2002 Yamaha Ty Tabor RGX-TT, (front), (back-output jack), (headstock), (case).  One of Yamaha's finest, built in collaboration between Yamaha and Ty Tabor (King's X).  Lightweight, comfortable, and aerodynamically sound - when you strap this guitar on it feels like an extension of your body.  Features include double cutaway Basswood body with extreme contours and a distinctive raised, figured maple center platform.  The body has a "bent" shape, much like a Brian Moore, thin at the edges with a maple ridge in the center.  The contemporary, fast maple neck sports a slick rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and easy-view position markers on the side only, while the truss adjustment is on the side, in the treble cutaway, like a new Warmoth.  The 12-degree angled headstock features a "3D" design with three tuners per side, straight string pull, and black Sperzel Tremlock tuners which are recessed into the headstock.  The RGX-TT also features an excellent choice of electronics with Seymour Duncan Vintage Rail neck and middle pickups, Duncan JB bridge, controlled by a 5-way with a large pushbutton to split the bridge humbucker, yielding 7 quality tones.  Other features include thin beveled neck heel, TT inlay at 12th fret, and Wilkinson VS100 tremolo.  Here's a YouTube demo of a guy noodling on his TT (link).  Excellent condition, with a super comfortable set up.  Yamaha recently discontinued this model but it had a list price of $1599 and was one of the finest guitars Yamaha made. It's one of my favorite guitars currently in stock and an excellent value at $750.  Includes Yamaha case and trem arm.

Dr. Z Maz 8 Head, (back). Dr. Z continues to expand their selections to more refined niches. The Maz 8 is specifically for players who favor the Maz 18 or 38, but need a more manageable volume level, i.e. 8 watts instead of 18 or 38. Having said that, it’s a very loud little beast and while it’s not quite enough to keep up with a rock drummer, it’s perfect for many small gigs, practice, and especially studio work.   There is plenty of volume here for an 8 watt amp, but you'll have a much better time dealing with sound guys, engineers, or your significant others at home with the Maz 8 that you typically will with an 18 or 38. Dr. Z chose a single ended EL84 circuit for the power section that can be run in two modes via a rear panel switch.  Pentode (about 9 or 10 watts) or Triode (about 5 or 6 watts).  The Pentode mode is the typical Maz 18 tone, replete with its chime and smooth low end, with excellent dynamic range for rock or country.  The Triode mode is slightly less than Pentode, with a slightly fatter tone with a vintage feel and tone. It comes standard with an effects loop and footswitchable EQ bypass. Sells new for $1675 but get this one in mint condition for $1175. Pretty good demo here. 

2001 Danelectro Mod 6, (front), (back), (headstock). Dano's Mod gives you those classic 60's Danelectro tones with its plywood frame body and lipstick pickups, with the modern addition of a humbucker plus more switching options than ever. Dano's Select-O-Matic switching plus a coil tap switch yields eleven distinct tones. You can choose from:  1-Neck/Bridge, 2-Neck, 3-Neck/Middle, 4-middle, 5-Middle/Bridge, 6-Bridge...and the coil tap to choose single or double coil whenever the bridge pickup is engaged. It also includes a "blow" switch which bypasses the rotary switch and turns all 3 pickups on at once in series which is great for leads, providing higher output than any of the two-pickup settings. This model was made in Korea to quality standards, and includes better hardware than the original models or recent Chinese models. Finished in black metal flake, it's offered in flawless condition with an extremely comfortable setup. While the tone may not be best for the heavy metal player, pretty much anything else sounds great through this guitar. This is a fairly rare model, only made for a few years from ca. ‘98 to '02 and is popular among Dano enthusiasts. Super nice Dano for $429. Includes gigbag.

Marshall Jubilee 12" Speaker, Hard to find ca. '87 Marshall-labeled Vintage 30, made in UK, taken directly from a Silver Jubilee 25 years ago and stored away.  Very nice shape and if you're restoring a 2554 (or 2558?), this is the exact speaker you need.  $150.  

Orange OR15 Micro Tube Amp. For the players who like a straight ahead, basic tube amp: The OR15 is a single channel, all tube, 15 Watt, class A head. Orange was building Micros from the beginning so it's no surprise that they're ahead of the pack years later. Although it's capable of many tones, basically you just dial in the gain and the master to get your level of saturation, then just dial in the 3-band EQ. It also works very well with your guitar's volume control so when you need to clean up the tone on a dirtier setting, simply back off the guitar. Although just 15 watts, it's a loud little thing and very capable of bothering the neighbors...which is why there's a 1/2 power switch to dial it down to a quieter 7 watts. It uses three ECC83 pre amp tubes and a pair of EL84 output valves, aka the British sound. It also features a quality tube-driven effects loop which is a good thing. As it's well-designed, it takes OD pedals well if you want to use a signature tone you're already familiar with. It does a good job of cleaning up with your guitar's volume control, critical on single-channel amps. Especially well-suited for Rock players, this amp smokes and with a new one going for $699, here's a sweet deal on a mint used one. Just $459(HOLD-Kevin G 6/21) for this baby. Here’s a cool video by Rob Chapman (link).

Blackstar HT Studio 20H Head.  Killer sounding little head, engineered from Blackstar UK and geared toward the rock/metal player.  The HT Studio 20H is a dual channel amp that does offer a clean channel, with simply a tone control, but most of the tweaking, and the secret of this amp, lies in the overdrive channel which features 3 EQ knobs, plus separate gain and volume controls (plus a master!), and a unique ISF control to dial in characteristics of British/Marshall or American (Fender/Boogie/etc.), and anything in-between.  This channel provides more gain than you'll probably ever use, much preferred over amps that don't quite go over the edge.  The clean tone I find very impressive, despite the paucity of control, with a warm, fat tone, and a nice breakup beginning at around 1/3 volume.  It has some nice features including a very good sounding digital reverb, plus an effects loop switchable from +4dB/-10dB, a simulated speaker out, and speaker outs for a single 16 ohm, single 8 ohm, or dual 16 ohms, letting you run a standard 4X12, or a full stack.  For an excellent YouTube demo, click here.  This amp's in mint condition and has seen just a few hours of home use.  These are $499 new but get this nice used one for $339.

Frantone "The Sweet" Germanium Fuzz.  If you're looking for an extremely versatile germanium fuzz, and one that's actually controllable when you want it to be, The Sweet is for you.  Hand-built by Frantone in the USA with the finest components and, of course, true bypass.  Frantone describes this pedal as over the top in every way using the classic tone of germanium transistors and the longest sustaining and smoothest sounding all-transistor fuzztone you will ever own.  Frantone designed many fuzztones, including the 2000 New York City Big Muff for Electro-Harmonix, and Frantone says this is the most extreme one he's ever made.  The full bottom and crisp highs will astound you, and the endless sustain will make you cry like a baby.  Hearing is believing, so Click here for a good YouTube demo.  Sells for $345 direct from Frantone but get this nice used one for $225.  I've had many germanium fuzz units, including nearly every vintage one made.  This is by far the best of the lot.

Carl Martin Contour & Boost. Hand made by East Sound, Denmark - some of the best quality effects on the market today, with top notch components and engineered by real experts in guitar sound.  The C&B is especially designed to boost up, and change the sound (contour) of electric guitar/bass and is best used after any distortion/overdrive effects.  It has a built in power supply so no 9V battery or adapter required.  Sells new everywhere for $222 but this clean used one’s just $139.

ca. '68 Fender Fuzz-Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Possibly the cleanest example of this earliest version of the Fuzz-Wah, ca. 1968. Rocks up and down like a normal wah, plus it swivels left to right for volume control.  It's a very cool sounding wah, and a quality fuzz that isn't overly nasty sounding like a lot of them from this era. All operations - up/down, side/side, on/off switches - work and this pedal performs great.  This is definitely one for the collectors, in beautiful condition and includes hippy-approved box, manual, and schematic.  If price isn't an issue, and you simply want the best example of this cool pedal, this is probably it.  $350.

Custom Fender 1 Humbucker Strat, (front), (back), (headstock neck), (trem/DiMarzio), (body/pickup).  Cool mid-‘80’s Fender Japan body with a new Allparts neck and early 60’s logo. The metallic red finish has lots of orange peel which indicates it could be refinished but I think it’s just as likely a victim of 30 years and a reaction between the undercoat and final finish. Tremolo is the STC-B model used by Fender Japan during this era and features stamped steel saddles and heavy trem block. The body is factory routed for a single humbucker. Pickup is an old DiMarzio Super Distortion with braided wire, connected to a CTS volume pot and output jack. Simple and it sounds excellent. Using overdriven settings on my amp, I was impressed with the clarity and note definition when I rolled back the volume to a clean level. It’s a good sounding guitar. Neck is a new Allparts, cosmetic 2nd, as seen on the dark irregularity under the logo. Logo, which reads “Stratocaste” (r missing) was done well with multiple nitrocellulose coats on the headstock, underneath and over the logo. Looks factory. It is equipped with vintage frets and Martin rolled the fretboard edges for the ultimate in comfort. Tuners are a NOS set of German Schallers. This is a nice lightweight guitar at just 6 lbs. 14 oz. If your music only needs the fat tone of a humbucker, and/or simplicity is important to you, I would definitely recommend this guitar. $350 includes gigbag.

MXR Classic Distortion M86, (pic2). Good choice for a basic and versatile distortion pedal. Features true bypass and simple use via Output volume, Tone, and Distortion amount. Unlike some classic MXR's, like the Distortion+, this pedal doesn't have the piercing highs, rather a softer, smoother overall tone. It's well suited for blues, rock, and even metal. This is an early model M86 and pristine condition. $39(HOLD-Frank 12/13).

Ca. 1986 Fender Stratocaster 1967 Reissue, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), (inside stamps  body cavity  electronics). Thinest neck profile I’ve seen on a Strat! The look, the vibe, the tone, and superb playability of a Vintage Series, for a lot less.  The finish on these early Fender Japan reissues is actually closer to the actual 60’s finish than the Vintage series, with thin coats of paint and clearcoat. It has the patina of a 50-year old guitar, rather than the 30-year old guitar it really is. Tone and playability are certain excellent, with a nice spanky Strat sound, good sustain, and low, comfortable action. It features '67 specs with proper 3-tone style sunburst with just the right amount of red in the burst (the pics look messed up in comparison to how it really appears). Also features transition logo on large non-bullet headstock, stamped steel saddles with the heavy trem block, 3-ply white pickguard, Kluson style vintage tuners, and dual string trees.  Proper neck/body markings identify this as a '67.  If you’re looking for a shallow neck this is the one for you. It’s also a tiny bit more narrow at the nut, 1 9/32”, which is 1/32” under the usual 1 5/8”. It’s as thin a profile as an Ibanez and very easy to get your hand around. It also has a vintage radius 7/25” and vintage frets. The finish on this body is very thin, looks like nitro but I don’t know, but it does have a very small area on back where it is worn through (pic). Front and the rest of the guitar is very clean. All original other than volume pot replaced with a CTS, but we can change to a MIJ pot if desired. The older MIJ models are commanding higher models than the recent "Crafted" in Japan models, perhaps because they’re 10 years older or if you believe the hype, they’re better guitars.  I don't know that the quality is better on the earlier ones but I do know that this is an exceptional guitar and '67's are very hard to come by.  Considering rarity, quality, and condition, a pretty good buy for $799, Fender case and trem arm included.

1972 Guild A-50 Acoustic Archtop, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (case case2 case candy).  There’s not a lot of info on this model during this era, but this is Guild’s base model acoustic hollowbody archtop, but a high quality guitar nonetheless. It features an all-maple laminated body with binding front and back, mahogany neck, rosewood board with dot inlays, Guild “harp” tailpiece, adjustable rosewood bridge, raised black pickguard with modern Guild logo, dual unbound f-holes, decal gold logo, and Guild open-gear strip tuners. One of my books has this model available only through 1970 but the serial number falls clearly in the 1972 year so it’s definitely a ’72. The top has some figuring, which is certainly more interesting than a plain piece of maple. Judging by the case and accessories included, this guitar hasn’t traveled much and the overall condition tells me it hasn’t seen much playing time. Unlike a lot of old archtops with high action, this guitar plays with ease, as the neck was most likely, and very professionally, reset. This guitar sounds very good for Delta blues playing and it has a full tone for an acoustic archtop. Overall condition is very tidy and it includes some nice case stuff like original packaged Guild polishing cloth, warranty card, and key manila folder. Likewise, original case is in beautiful condition as shown. A sweet buy at $899.

Morley ABC Switcher. Simple solution to a common problem. If your backline uses multiple amps, or if you use multiple guitars during a gig, this ABC lets you stay plugged in and control it from the front of the stage. No more patching your cables between songs! The ABC uses three true-bypass switches, each with an LED indicator, to switch between 3 different guitars, loops, or amps, all at the touch of a footswitch.

Boss DD-6 Digital Delay.  Not just another update in the DD-series, the DD-6 is the first BOSS delay pedal to offer true stereo delay and panning effects. Features include built-in tap tempo capability and a delay/hold time of over 5 seconds (5,200ms).  A new Reverse mode makes it easy to get trippy ‘60s and ‘70s-style effects, while a newly designed Warp mode creates radical delay effects on the fly.  Click here for a brief demo.  Has normal signs of use but works perfectly; Velcro on bottom.  Sold new for $159 but this used one works perfectly and is just $79.

Keeley 4-Knob Compressor. Make no mistake, Keeley is the comp that the pro’s use. Although this model seems like "the new" Keeley comp, it's been around since 2001 and it offers a bit more control than the 2-knob, but the same crystal clear, studio quality tone. Includes box and manual, etc., not pictured. $199 new but this clean one’s $135(HOLD-Frank 12/13).

Seymour Duncan Little 59 Tele Bridge Pickup. The warmth and smoothness of a '59 Patent Applied For humbucker, only with Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has a 4-conductor cable for a variety of wiring options. Don’t pay $80 for new when this one’s just $49.

Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set. Not too long ago only custom shop guitars got these but they were so popular that Fender eventually started offering them as accessories.  They’re calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. The result is enhanced bass response without the harsh midrange and with the middle pickup reverse wound/reverse polarity you get hum canceling in positions 2 and 4. These are currently OEM on Custom Shop Fender Showmaster series Stratocaster guitars. Sells for $199 from all the major online retailers. This set is brand new, never installed, and just $129.

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer. Famous for its ability to sound like an overdriven tube amp and the most popular pedal of that type ever made. Velcro on bottom but otherwise nice shape. $65.

LR Baggs Element Acoustic Pickup System. Like the VTC below, except with volume control only. $95.

LR Baggs Element VTC Acoustic Pickup System . Quality under saddle pickup with endpin jack and preamp, with volume and tone controls that you mount inside the soundhole with double-sided tape. Includes battery holder. This system is noted for its robust, lively, and open sound with great dynamics and a delicate high end. Most of the higher-end Gibsons I've had recently utilized this system and they sounded excellent. $149 online but get this system for $105, with free install if you buy an acoustic guitar from us.

Monty Rockmaster II, (front/back), (headstock), (finish detail), (aluminum case).  Serial #19.  One of the best Junior/Special guitars I've ever played, including many 50's single cuts and other boutique makers.  Among current builders I would rate him as fine as any I've had, and although they're not cheap, they're comparably priced to Historic Series, which is remarkable for a guitar that is 100% hand made.  Everything to do with the body and neck is hand built in his shop - no CNC machines, no "jobbing out" of necks and each neck is hand sanded and shaped to his specs, truss rods and even truss rod nuts are made by hand in his shop.  He still uses Nitro finishes, again sprayed right in his shop.  I can't tell you how many "boutique" builders have had their necks made by La Si Do; send out their bodies for finishing; etc., or are 100% CNC built with little to no craftsmanship built into the guitar.  When you buy a Monty, you're paying for a hand-made guitar.  Monty (site link) build around 9 different models, all of which are classic designs which have stood the test of time.  The Rockmaster, for instance 50's Les Paul Junior and comes in a I or II model, the latter having two pickups.  Specs include: solid Korina body, '59 shape Korina neck with rosewood board, P90 pickups - Peter Florence Voodoo's installed on this one, Tobacco Sunburst nitro finish, Kluson Deluxe style vintage tuners, birch headstock overlay, mother of pearl logo and inlay, 6105 fret wire, 12" fretboard radius, 1 11/16" nut width, CTS 500K linear taper pots, Switchcraft toggle switch and jack, and ABR1 bridge with stop tailpiece.  Look at the finish detail pic above.  It is dead on like an original ca. '57 Junior, totally opaque, with just the right amount feathering and even the tiny brown specs in the yellow.  It looks like a genuine NOS 50s model.  I am a Junior/Special nut and regardless of the model, mahogany and P90s are the perfect marriage of wood and electronics.  I love the warmth, sustain, fatness, and the chameleon-like ability to sound like single coils or humbuckers depending on your playing style.  The only improvement I would make has been taken care of on this model - with its 25.5" scale rather than the usual 24.75"; and I guess Korina would be my choice over Mahogany so that's taken care of as well.  I know it sounds trite, and possibly even hard to understand, but playing this guitar feels like "home."  The vibe, the feel, and especially the tone, I find very relaxing and allow me to express myself completely and quite easily.  The Florence pickups are as good as any I've played.  There are plenty of threads on forums about these fine guitars and here's one from The Gear Page that also includes threads to other discussions of them (link here).  This beautiful Rockmaster has barely been played and is near flawless with no wear of cosmetic issues to speak of.  It's as clean as it looks in the pics.  The last pricing I found on a new Rockmaster II was a 2008 price of $2900 at Destroy All Guitars in NC.  This one’s $1100 less than new.  $1800 includes a LP style tolex case or new flight case pictured, aluminum plush lined with ATA recessed twist lock latches.

Bigsby B6 Vibrato. Designed for use on large hollow body guitars and one of Bigsby's high end Kalamazoo Series. Don't confuse with the cheaper "Bigsby Licensed" models, this one says "Bigsby Patent (number). Made of cast aluminum with a weight of just 11 oz. These run $199 new but this one is super clean and $129.

2015 Fender Telecaster American Elite – Ash Body, (front), (side), (pickups), (back), (headstock back), (case case2). One of the best sounding modern Teles I’ve ever come across. Usually I’m not a big fan of the S-1 switching, take it or leave it, but this is such a good sounding instrument that it brings out all the nuances in the massive tone selections via the S-1. Probably comes down to a really nice piece of ash, which is a $100 upcharge on this Tobacco Sunburst or Blonde. Again, Fender pulls out all the stops on this, their top of the line non-custom shop Tele with features such as locking tuners, body binding, 4th Generation Noiseless pickups, and compound radius neck that goes from 9.5”-14” AND from a modern “C”-shape at the nut, while morphing into a modern “D” as you move up the neck. Too cool. Also features raised chrome logo, new truss rod adjustment wheel at the base of the neck, medium jumbo frets, master no-load tone control, and chrome brass saddles. It also features an updated heel that’s the most comfortable I’ve played and a more deluxe case, finished in flat black with a more plush gray interior. This guitar was just ordered from Zzounds, at a price of $1899, and appears to have seen little to no playing time…perfect. Instead of buying another new one, why not get one that’s guaranteed to be a great sounding example for less. Get this one for just $1329(HOLD-Mike G 4/28). Includes case, strap, cable, tags, strap locks, and assorted paperwork. You will love this Tele!

2000 Fender Hot Rod Precision with ’05 Fretless Tony Franklin Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back), (pickups), (inside neck), (sad case). In one of the best finishes, Sunset Orange Transparent Ash! Very cool player’s bass that joins an American Hot Rodded Pbass ash body with a USA Tony Franklin fretless neck. The body has been upgraded with a new set of pickups: DiMarzio Model J in the bridge, with a Model P in the neck. The Model J is especially well-suited for fretless basses and both are very quiet pickups. Controls are Vol-Vol-Tone, so you can blend in any amount of each pickup, or select either one alone. The body is also outfitted with a Badass III bridge, best you can get. The neck and tuners are stock USA Tony Franklin fretless, which includes a Fender/Hipshot Drop-D tuner for the low E, allowing drop tuning with the flick of a switch, and return to exact pitch by flipping it back. I used one in the 80’s and they’re great for the few songs you do each night in Drop-D. The neck is set up perfect with low action, no buzzy spots, and plenty of fretless growl that a good fretless is noted for. A new Tony Franklin is going to set you back $1699. This one has a better bridge, better pickups, and an ash body. It’s in extremely clean condition and an exceptional value at $999. Includes a rather beat case, but I can substitute a nice current model SKB/Fender at $1075.

1995 PRS Custom 22 – Royal Blue w/Birds and Gold, (front), (back), (headstock back), (signature), (case).   Beautiful older PRS in the lovely Royal Blue flamed top with gold hardware and original style bird inlays.  This one is extra cool in that Paul signed the control cover and simply said “Best Wishes”, which is much better than something like, “Rock on Dave” (unless you’re name is Dave…). Note: flaws you see in pics of the top are merely reflections. If you think this looks like a nice 10 top, I agree. I’ve seen lesser tops make the grade, but PRS was pretty strict 20 years ago and not many made the grade. The flame is consistent and covers the entire top, but I think the flame was just too tight.  Regardless, it's a stunner and in beautiful shape as well.  Features include wide-thin neck, Dragon pickups, PRS stop tailpiece, volume-tone-rotary 5-way switch and Phase I locking tuners. This one also has the optional gold hardware and bird inlays ($840 list price) which look great on Royal Blue. '95 was a transition year for PRS and this guitar features the earlier mother of pearl Bird inlays, which PRS fans find more desirable than the later abalam Birds.  This guitar has a typical superb PRS set up with very low action and no dead spots on the 22-fret neck, with excellent sustain and a great selection on single-coil and humbucker tones via the 5-way selector.  PRS had a very small catalog in the mid-90's, with only around 8 models, and these were some of the finest guitars that left the factory.  Beautifully cared for and barely played in its 21 years, this one is one is in superb condition. For a generically signed Custom with killer looks, fantastic playability, sweet tone, this one's hard to beat at $1850.

Jason Lollar Strat Pickup Assembly, (pic2). Drop in ready, just hook up the ground wire and output jack. Includes pickguard, knobs, tip, 3 caps, and USA pots and switch. Lollar are well-respected and clearly some of the elite pickups on the market. These flat-pole pickups emulate the Pre-CBS 60s Strat-style wind with a classic Strat tone with full body and punch and a prominent midrange, clear treble and a full bass for a piano like attack. They are scatter wound wax potted coils with Alnico 5 magnets with the middle for humbucking operation in positions 2 and 4. These pots are solid shaft, so if you want plastic Strat knobs they’ll need to be changed to split shaft. For just the pickups, you’re looking at $285 from Lollar, or easily over $350 if you get one built up complete. Get this set, drop in ready, for just $229(HOLD-Kurt K 5/6).

Furman M-8 SP Power Conditioner, (back). Customized with an easily removable Jeep logo; otherwise in perfect condition. It has eight switched AC outlets in the rear panel which power up with the flick of one switch and protect all your audio equipment up to a 15-amp load. Features The convenient master switch for the rear outlets glows when the power is on. For safety, a circuit breaker is provided on the front panel. If the total load on the Power Distributor exceeds the 15A (or 1800 watt limit), the circuit breaker will trip and can be easily reset by pushing in the button. If you don’t have one in your rack, own this one for just $35.

2007 Taylor GC-7 Grand Concert, (front), (back), (headstock back), (label), (appointments appt2 appt3), (case case2). Fantastic smaller body Taylor with surprising volume and an excellent choice for the fingerstyle player. One of the first things you’ll notice is the slotted headstock with the shorter scale (24 7/8-inch) the GC-7 delivers a more “woody” tone and an easier feel on the fretboard. With its solid cedar top, this one has the mellow tone that sounds older than the guitar. The Grand Concert is the smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes which makes it extremely comfortable to play, especially seated, with a more intimate feel and tone. The smaller size reduces undesired overtones and allows a more focused, articulate sound. Perfect for recording and stage work. Features include Western Red Cedar top, Indian Rosewood sides/back, Tropical Mahogany neck with Ebony fretboard, Tusq nut and saddle, Indian Rosewood headstock veneer, Rosewood truss rod cover, Taylor slotted headstock with gloss finish, gloss finish body on all sides, satin finish neck, gold tuners, abalone dot inlays, ebony bridge pins with abalone dots,  24 7/8" scale, 15" lower bout, 4 3/8" body depth, 1 3/4" nut width, bracing: forward shifted pattern with relief route, mother of pearl logo, and abalone rosette. The slightly wider neck allows for faster, wider fingering and the shorter scale contributes lighter tension and, thus, slightly slinkier feel on the strings. It’s well-appointed for a Taylor: nothing gaudy, but very nice, with multiple ply body binding, cream neck binding, and just enough abalone trim to make you take notice. With a list price of $2995, this one’s in exceptionally nice condition and a fantastic Grand Concert for $1499.

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia Head, (back), (tubes).  Note: red combo shell has sold – this listing is the white head only. This is a cute little amp but don't let the size fool you - this hand built amp contains some of the most original designs ever used in a guitar amp.  From its unique single tone control, which makes finding the sweet spot for any guitar a snap, to its Conjuctive Filter and fixed DC biased phase inverter, you won't see many of these features in other amps.  Rated at 18 watts, it's plenty of enough umph to play clubs (trust me on that), courtesy of a pair of EL84's, with a 5751 and a 12ax7 in the preamp, and a 5Y3 rectifier - on a hand-wired, point to point chassis.  While it appears to be the ultimate in simplicity, tonally clean notes come out with a warmth, complexity, and sustain unmatched in such a small amp. Every note has a hugeness to it that seems far beyond an 18 watt head.  All this comes before the amp really starts to sing.  As you turn the Volume clockwise, the fun factor increases.  The big clean notes get even BIGGER than they were before and sustain becomes as smooth and musical as perhaps anything you've ever heard; notes seem to sing forever.  The Carmen Ghia interacts with the player because the player can feel the power tube distortion.  A favorite in recording studios everywhere, it's also a great little amp for small clubs.  While many other small amps don't through the mix and a farty bottom end, the Ghia will cut through the mix, always tightly and musically. The Carman Ghia head sells for $1249. Get this one, in excellent condition, for just $849.

Fuchs Lucky 7 Head - Black, (panel), (back).  Low powered hand-wired amps remain hot on the market, as more and more players are becoming informed about tube amps.  Quite simply, a tube amp that's cranked, with the power tubes running hot sounds a lot better than a higher powered amp running at lower volume, getting the preamp distortion by cranking up the gain.  More players are doing studio work out of the home and who needs a 50-watt tube amp alerting the entire neighborhood that you're recording a new track.  The Lucky 7 is the perfect amp for studios, back stage, or even clubs if mic'd and run through the house system.  The output is a very nice, and deceptively loud, 7 watts via a single EL34 tube - or change to a 6V6 (no user biasing required) to lower it to 5 watts.  The Lucky 7 has the high build quality and awesome tone of Fuchs' bigger amps, although in a more affordable price range.   It's based on a dual 12AX7 preamp stage and a unique single ended 7-watt EL-34 fixed bias output stage.  The Lucky 7 also has a full complement of flexible tone controls to tweak your tone.   This amp has a remarkable amount of clean headroom before distorting into a sweet, decidedly rock, overdrive.  Voiced like its bigger siblings the Train 45 and Blackjack 21, the Lucky 7 has a classic rock voice similar to a vintage Marshall or Trainwreck, with a cutting rock edge that's filled with harmonic richness and chime. The circuit design also is attenuator friendly - it has a preamp stage designed to allow clean-to-mean from the guitar volume control.  The chassis is aircraft grade aluminum with an internal construction of mixed PC board and hard wired.  The preamp tubes and power supply circuitry are on the circuit card, while the power tubes and transformer are mounted direct to the chassis.  Single point grounding keeps it free of hum at all levels.  Other features include:  ¾ solid wood cabinet with durable tolex covering, anodized aluminum chassis with long-lasting silk screened labeling, heavy duty Cliff brand jacks, solid metal shaft Alpha potentiometers ultra-long-life neon pilot lamp and heavy duty AC power switch, and simple user adjustable fixed bias.   Again, output is 7 or 5 watts (EL34 of 6V6), into 4 or 8 ohms.  This original model isn't available any more, only the more complex Lucky 7 Mk II, which costs $1595. If you want just the tone, without the features of the MK II, get this one for less than 1/2 that price, barely used and in beautiful condition. $749. (See my amps page for the same amp with purple covering).

2007 ESP Signature Series Michael Wilton, (front), (back), (headstock back), (Floyd), (case/etc.). Here’s a very rare *real* ESP Signature Series. Michael Wilton, guitarist and co-founder of Queensryche, has been an ESP endorser since 1998. Although it's only made as the lower end Ltd series now, originally this made its debut as this signature series, produced only in Japan. Like all Standard/Signature series, it’s a finely made guitar with quality electronics and hardware, finished to perfection. Features include alder body, black finish with green glow in dark skull graphics, 25.5" scale neck with 22 xtra jumbo frets and Diamond inlays, maple cap neck, Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, Sperzel locking tuners, Seymour Duncan JB bridge humbucker with ESP SS-120 neck and middle pickups, vol-vol-tone controls. It currently has a Duncan Lil' '59 in the neck but original pickup is in case and is included. I think you can still get this guitar from ESP Japan only, not available in the USA, at a cost of over $3000. Or you can get this one, in excellent condition, for just $1499(HOLD-Wayne P 8/9). Includes original case, certificate, and original paperwork. (Note: 4th string saddle which is discolored in the pics, is being replaced with a clean one.

Sabine FBX Solo SL-820 Digital Feedback Eliminator, (close-up  back).  Attention solo performance artists: You've tried the rest - now try the best - at least in the sub-$400 price range.  Designed for single channels, the 820 offers 8 patented FBX Filters, 20-bit digital resolution and increased headroom.  The 820 outshines virtually all other feedback controllers in accurately controlling feedback during live performances.  Equally at home when hooked up to an acoustic/electric guitar, wired mics, wireless mics, monitors, harmonica mics, and multi-mic locations.  It automatically senses feedback and quickly places a narrow 1/10-octave adaptive digital filter directly on the resonating frequency. Each of its FBX filters are 10 times narrower than 1/3-octave graphic EQ filters (which are actually one full octave wide, spaced out on 1/3-octave centers), so the FBX provides more gain before feedback without a loss in sound quality.  In fact, the FBX gives back more than 90 percent of the power lost with using a graphic EQ to control feedback. This unit sold new for $299 ($369 list) but this one is "as new" in the box for just $99. 

12” Guitar Speakers – Celestions and Vintage Jensen Alnico, (Celestion G12H-30), (Celestion British 25W Greenback), (1966 Jensen). Select from a recent G12H-30 70 Anniversary Celestion, 30W, 16 ohms; or UK-made Celestion 25W Greenback 8 ohms; or vintage (4th week, 1966) Jensen 8 ohm Alnico which has zero hours on a pro recone. Priced at $100/each.

Fulltone Full-Drive 2, (label). Made in 1997 - First version Full-Drive.  The FD2 is perhaps the finest overdrive pedal on the market and, in fact, was voted by GP Mag as one of the top 50 effects of all time.  This third version of the FD2 has the push/pull pot for Comp Cut in place of the later mini-toggle.  The "CompCut" feature removes the bounding from the feedback loop allowing for Monster Clean Boost tones and some rougher OD sounds with the OD and Boost knfobs turned up.  Features separate on/off and boost switches, with a green and red LED indicator, respectively.  Beautiful condition for a 19-year-old pedal.  $115(HOLD-Kurt K 4/11). (note: I also have an ’01 model with "FM" (flat mids) version).

Neumann KMS 105 Condenser Mic, (close-up).  Best known for their world class studio condensers like the U87 and U47, Neumann makes truly fine stage mics as well, clearly in their own class.  While the KSM 105 is fine for the studio, it was specifically engineered for the stage environment with rugged construction and superb gain before feedback.  The frequency response of the mic is wide and clean, clearly balanced for close-mic applications and with a high-end brightness which works well on vocals but it's sufficiently neutral in its characteristics to provide excellent reproduction on a wide range of acoustic or amplified instruments.  For full specs click here for Neumann.  If you're looking for perhaps the best stage mic you've ever heard, that can double as your best vocal mic in your home studio, try the KMS 105.  If you're hesitant to try a new one for $699, this one's in very clean shape and just $459(SOLD-Peter B 7/2/18).

PVX Double-Cutaway PRS Style, (front), (back), (headstock back), (jack), (pickups/bridge), (“binding”). PVX has a good idea: build a quality USA body and neck kit that the user can complete with their choice of electronics, hardware, and finish. Sure they have some options: this one has abalone side dots, abalone dot inlays, silver fret wire installed, and figured maple top, but still the base price is under $700 shipped. After that you just need to route/drill for bridge and add pickups, pots, switch, knobs, bridge, tuners, strap pins, and nut, and then stain and clearcoat in your choice of colors. It may not be a job for a first time builder but isn’t all that complicated. This one came to us with a professional finish job with a purple stain and multiple coats of clear. They took it a step further than most with the purple stain extending around the edge of the top, and then the unstained binding. It is all, however, part of a full-depth maple cap. This one isn’t mint and you can see misc. clear coat dents and scratches, as well as evidence of other tuners before the current Grovers. Frets are clean though so it hasn’t actually seen much playing time. We personally upgraded the pickups to a PRS Mcarty Bass and Treble, and the guitar sounds fantastic. Playability is likewise excellent and I can’t say a bad thing about this guitar. If you want to complete one yourself you’re looking at close to $1000 above the price of the guitar for parts and finish work – or you can get this one, set up perfectly, for just $850, including hardshell case.

2003 Tacoma JK28C Koa Jumbo Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (case case2). Beautiful flamed koa in this powerful 28-series jumbo built from all solid woods. Tacoma built quality guitars in their shop in Tacoma Washington starting in the late ‘90’s, and ending shortly after their sale to Fender in ’04. Fans of Tacoma swear by them and, personally, I’m always on the lookout for them, especially their higher end models like this koa jumbo. This one is stamped Used, which is done to void any warranty repairs for obvious reasons. It has developed Tacomaitis, which is a bit of separation between the clear coat and the wood (as shown here, here, and here). I’ve yet to see a Tacoma with finish peeling, just this milkiness in the clear coat. It is so common that I don’t recall ever having a Tacoma without this ailment and it does little to detract from the obvious value in these fine acoustics. They are one of the best playing, and best sounding, American acoustics ever made. For folks who buy a jumbo for their bass response you won’t be disappointed. This one sounds absolutely huge in the bottom end. It’s also punchy in the mids and crisp on the high end making it fairly well balanced for a jumbo, with superb projection. In addition to being a great sounding, great playing guitar, this flamed Koa is stunning, even more impressive knowing that it’s not just a veneer.  Another thing that sets it apart from most jumbo's is the cutaway, which makes it a guitar that's useful into the upper register.  Features include: hand rubbed UV gloss finish, solid Sitka spruce top, solid Koa sides and back, Ebony fretboard, Ebony bridge, gold Tacoma tuning machines, 25.5" scale, 1.687" nut width, Abalone rosette, Abalone logo, and Abalone Ginko-leaf fretboard inlays.  This guitar is a joy to play, very comfortable action and a tone that fills up the room.  These were not cheap guitars as list price on the JK28C was $2132, which was actually very reasonable for a USA solid wood jumbo. If you can live with some inconsequential minor finish issues, I consider this an excellent value on a guitar of this quality for $879.  Includes original Canadian hardshell case.  We can install a quality saddle pickup if desired, just ask.

2008 Fender American Select FSR Stratocaster HSS - Mahogany, (front), (back), (headstock back). If you like the features of an American Deluxe Strat, but want to try the a darker, richer tone, this FSR (Factory Special Run) is the guitar for you. It has all the features of the American Deluxe model, but instead of alder or ash, Fender did a small run of these in red-stained mahogany. All the regular features include HSS pickup configuration with a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coils, 5-way blade and S-1 pickup switching for an amazing number of tone selections, staggered height locking tuners, LSR nut, American 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles, 22 medium jumbo frets, 9.5” radius rosewood fretboard, modern C-shaped neck, raised chrome headstock logo, and black headstock. This guitar is in beautiful shape, near flawless in appearance and even better in terms of playability. Set up is fantastic. Fender is building this guitar again, now as a “Limited Edition” American Deluxe, which sells for $1799. If you don’t mind one that’s very slightly used, get this one for much less. $1050 includes clean Fender molded case and trem arm.

1995 Seymour Duncan JB/SSL2 HSS Set, (pic2). 20 years old and removed from an old Zion Strat. Old style labels, with the date engraved in the single coil bobbins. $99 takes all 3.

EMG 85/60A Black Humbucker Set. Same as above but with black covers. $75/set(HOLD-Jeff T 3/3).

Ibanez V7/V8 Humbucker Set. Stock pickups for many of the Japan Ibanez from the 90’s. V7 neck humbucker is dynamic and great for chording; V8 bridge is brighter than a V2 with great overtones, 4-conductor wiring for mix of single/humbucker tones, clean shape with excellent lettering, $65/pair.

Fujigen Alnico 8 Humbucker Set, (pic2). Removed from a Japan ESP/Edwards Les Paul shortly after purchase so they’re in very clean condition. 4-conductor for multiple wiring applications. Quality pickups for just $85/pair.

Vintage Fender Precision/Jazz Bass Case, (inside), (latch). We just came across some NOS Cheney latch hasps which is allowing us to repair a few old Fender cases which had broken or missing hasps. These are the same brand and type used back in the day and they work perfectly. Cosmetically, this one is just average. It was covered with stickers which I removed but didn’t clean it as some players don’t like the clean Armoral look. Structurally though it’s all there with all latches and hinges working and all original except for both end hasps as shown. Logo is the chrome metal Fender without tail, with the registered “R”, which dates it from ’72 through the mid-70’s.  Isn’t your old Fender bass worth $150 for a proper home?

Loop-Master 6-Looper w/Tuner out (staggered switches), (back). Loop-Master specializes in building loop/switcher pedals and they do a great job. With a compact design, this can make your pedalboard much easier to navigate. This pedal is for players looking to use multiple effects or banks of effects and want to play through ONLY ONE effect or bank at any time, with an additional output to your tuner. Features include true bypass, aluminum enclosure, (4) 3PDT switches, 22 Gauge Silver Plated Military Spec. Wiring, Switchcraft jacks, and colored LED's. Requires a 9V AC adapter with a Boss/Ibanez style 2.1mm barrel plug. Sells new for $165; this one’s perfect and just $99. Note: I also have the 3-looper with tuner and bypass buttons in stock.

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Compressor. Pigtronix claims this pedal offers more sustain and less noise than other compressors which inevitably use outdated CA3080 chip technology. It also offers lots of control: Grit mixes in a smooth layer of distortion into the effect; Sustain sets the threshold for the compressor; Blend determines the mix of effected and dry signal; Treble cuts or boosts frequencies at 2k; and Volume sets the overall output (when engaged). It operates on an 18VDC power supply. Sells new for $185; this nice used one’s just $99, including power supply.

1972 Gibson Embossed Humbucker, (back). Rare ’72 model with the “Gibson” embossed cover, offered only in ’72 from my recollection. Used on Les Pauls, SG’s, and ES’s, these pickups are T-tops with an Embossed chrome cover and Patent Number sticker on the bottom, with 2-conductor plastic coated wires. Appears to be all original, full length wire that will reach to the neck cavity, and a nice vintage output at 7.43K. If you need this to restore a 40+ year old Gibson, this isn’t too painful at $225(HOLD-Joe P 12/9).

Vox 1X12 “Extension Cabinet” with Celestion Alnico Blue, (top), (back), (speaker). Originally a hand-wired AC-15 combo, this one has the amp removed with a flat panel installed for stacking purposes. Stock 25W Greenback has been replaced with a UK-made 12” Celestion Alnico Blue 15W, 15 ohm. This would make an excellent choice for players wanting more dispersion from their 1X12 Vox combo, players wanting to change their head or combo to a cool Fawn model, or anyone needing a low-power cab loaded with the best speaker on the market. These speakers sell new for $271. Get this whole set up for just $365, including the Blue!

2004 Fender Custom Classic Player Stratocaster V-Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back), (neck back), (anodized guard), (case/acc. case2 cert).   Beautiful condition, great color, excellent tone and superb playability – and this one has one of the nicest figured maple necks you’ll find on this model.  One of the early mainstays of the Custom Shop, the Custom Classic Player was their Super Strat, but with a vintage vibe.  Unlike the American Classic, which was basically an American Standard with a custom shop seal on the headstock, the Classic Player provided real upgrades, similar to what a player might do to customize their favorite gigging guitar, plus more choice woods.  This model was the first, from my recollection, that featured vintage steel saddles on a two-point synchronized tremolo, which Fender eventually adapted as the stock trem on the new American Standard in 2008.  It's the perfect blend of function and tone.  Tuners are Sperzel Trim-lok, which, along with the trem, maintains excellent tuning stability when using the wiggle stick.  Pickups are Custom Shop Vintage Noiseless", with a Hot Noiseless in the bridge.  Other features include V-neck with a 9.5" modern radius with 22 medium-jumbo frets, 2-tone sunburst swamp ash body, gold anodized pickguard, figured maple neck with a soft-V profile, staggered height Sperzel locking tuners, single string tree, and vintage logo.  This is one beautiful body with a nicely grained swamp ash with a nitro finish. Weight is 8 lb. 2 oz., medium weight. This guitar is in beautiful condition with no noteworthy flaws and no fret wear. It does have a little bit of “finish suck” where the lacquer is drawn into the wood but no finish checking thus far. Saddles had some dust on them when pics were shot but they're in clean shape. A lot of players want the quality of a custom shop Strat but want something with modern features not found on a Time Capsule series. This is the ticket.  For the same price as a new American Deluxe, you can own this Custom Shop beauty.  $1850 includes custom shop case with broidered inside lid, certificate, custom shop strap, custom shop cable, Schaller straplock system, and assorted paperwork.

2013 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Sunburst w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case case2).   Classic look: 3-tone sunburst with a maple fretboard, everybody’s favorite! Add to this the parchment pickguard and vintage tinted knobs and covers and you have an axe that looks very close to a vintage ’57 Strat. One upgrade to this one is the bridge pickup has been changed to a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails, which offers both humbucker and single coil tones. Original Fat 50’s pickup will be included should you ever want to go with the stock set up. For the rock player though, the humbucker opens up a wider range of tones to harder, in your face rock, while retaining the classic Strat tones in the other 4 positions. I'm a big fan of the new Strats - after the 7-year run of the American Series, the new American Standard, officially released on Jan 1, 2008 has some significant improvements including a redesigned bridge with 100% metal copper-infused block, new bent-steel saddles with elongated string slots, a Fender-exclusive high-tech molded case and, most significantly, a new neck and body finish, which appears to be very thin and high gloss, very close to nitro in appearance. With a new American Strat selling for $1299 everywhere, this one has in-house set-up that's better than anything from the superstores, in beautiful shape, with more tonal variety, all for just $899.  Includes the new style Fender/SKB case with ATA latches, with trem arm, tools, and misc. paperwork.

2014 Fender American Standard Telecaster – Natural Ash w/upgraded Case and Tuners, (front), (back), (headstock back tuners), (case case2).  The vibe of a USA Vintage ’52 at a much nicer price! This American Standard has a natural ash body with black pickguard and maple fretboard, very close to a V52 in appearance. This is one of the "new" American Standards that replaced the American Series, which replaced the "old" American Standard.  Can't keep up?  Suffice it to say that at every step Fender has made a number of minor improvements which, collectively, combine to make a better Tele.   This one also has a quality set of locking tuners and Fender’s better case, the vintage style Tolex with chrome badge and dual storage compartments. Tuners are pro-installed Hipshot locking. Original tuner holes have been filled and are barely visible. Features of this model includes ash 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, new style 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, and rolled fretboard edges.  A new American Standard in ash will run you $1449, and it will probably be a good player.  For $400 less, you can have this barely played beauty set up to perfection, PLUS has better tuners and case.  $1049 includes the Fender Tolex case as well as locking tuners installed.

Carvin LB70 Neck-Thru 4-String Bass, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case). Typically great playing, excellent sounding Carvin which remains the best value on the market for USA basses, each one is essentially a custom shop piece.  Upcharge features on this one include tung-oil maple neck  through with mahogany sides, mid-range boost, black chrome plated hardware, and Dunlop strap locks. This is a one-owner bass that has been babied since new so there are no flaws to speak of. Other features include Carvin premium tuners, 24-fret fretboard, dual J-style Carvin pickups, and high mass bridge with brass saddles. This is a nice, resonant bass that’s a nice light weight and easy to get around on. It has an excellent set up and is a good price for a pro-quality bass. $550 includes original Carvin molded case and Dunlop straplock system.

Custom Strat – Green Quilt over Ash with Gonco Alves neck, (front), (back), (headstock back neck neck2), (neck specs headstock). Here’s one we just built up with all an all new body and neck. Body is a 10-year-old Mighty Mite, solid ash with a quilted maple top. Neck is one of the Musikraft (New Jersey) exotic neck made of Gonco Alves, with a Kingwood fretboard. The body is a gloss finish; neck has a thin sealer coat of lacquer although it has nearly an unfinished feel to it. We’ve outfitted it with pickups from an American Deluxe Strat, Schaller tuners, Wilkinson chrome/gold tremolo, and USA pots/switch. It has a small to medium neck, very much the size of an American Standard, with the same nut width and medium frets. Excellent choice for players who want a little more versatility than a traditional Strat as the humbucker is very fat and high output. We can install a logo, upon request, for $20 to $75, depending on type of finish on headstock desired. This is a beautiful Strat that should appeal to anyone who appreciates the value of custom guitar. It is in immaculate condition. $799 includes gigbag.

Line 6 MM4 Modulation Modeler, (pic2). Hugely popular, the line of Line 6 modeling processors ruled the world a decade or so ago. This one is their modulation modeler, with a vast array of time domain effects including tremolos, phasers, Uni-Vibe, rotary’s, flangers, chorus’s including Dimension, vibrato, ring modulator, and panning. It includes 16 quality modulation effects in all including Phase 90, Leslie, CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, MXR Flanger, Dimension D Chorus. It has 20 factory presets, plus 4 user-programmable presets and features true bypass switching, expression-pedal input, and stereo inputs and outputs. Simple to use, controls include Effect Selector, Speed, Depth, Tweak, Tweez, and Mix. Manual is available online. Very powerful effect for $99.

Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer, (back). Thought by many to be the best, these MIJ black label compressors have been the workhorse of touring musicians for 30+ years and their performance and durability have stood the test of time. This one’s in nice shape as these go. $115. I also have the original compact sustainer, the CS-1 if you’re interested.

2013 Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium, (front), (back), (side), (headstock back), (appointments), (case). The X-14 (Grand Auditorium) is Taylor's most versatile and popular body shapes with its defined mids with clear and balanced overall tone. Excellent for fingerstyle work but holds up well to hard strumming. It is their "do it all" model. Taylor's 400-series are certainly pro-quality instruments and while you can pay a lot more for dramatic cosmetic features of the higher series, the craftsmanship and design on this 414CE are as good on this as on a 900-series, at three times the price.  The 414 features back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood similar to Indian Rosewood, with a fuller midrange and bright treble resembling koa. Its warm brown colors and unique grain are protected with a thin, satin finish while the solid spruce top is buffed to a high gloss. Nicely appointed with dot and oval inlays with the entire guitar framed in white binding on the body and neck. Other features include a sleek Ebony fretboard, Tusq nut, Tusq saddle, and quality Taylor tuners.  Nothing sets up like a Taylor and they gained a reputation in the 80's for building acoustics that played as easy as electrics. If you're tired of messing around mediocre playing, lifeless acoustics, give Taylor a try. They've been a favorite of mine since '84 and although they were discontinued last year in favor of the 414CE, they remain an excellent value in an American flattop. It’s rare that I get in a “traditional” Taylor, without electronics or cutaway, and I’m pleased to have this one, offered in perfect condition with a superb set up.  The 414CE sells new online for $1849 ($2468 List) but this used one is in nice shape and a sweet deal at $1099.  Includes Taylor case.

1987 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Warmoth Boat Neck, (orig neck pic2 pic3), (front), (back), (pickguard ass.), (Warmoth-neck pic2 pic3), (headstock back), (case pic2). Hard to believe that ‘80’s Strats are technically vintage now but the fact is ’87 was the first full year of the American Standard, having debuted in the fall of ’86. Like a lot of ‘80’s and ‘90’s Fenders, the neck wasn’t the greatest. We get in plenty of these with the truss all the way tight, or all the way loose, leaving no room for adjustment should it need it in the future. This one set up good with the truss rod all the way tight, but, again, should it ever need tightening it’s going to turn into a major repair. Rather than ship out a guitar that’s going to be a potential problem with just replaced the neck…with a great Warmoth Boat neck. These necks are so fat at the first fret, .992”, that it actually gets smaller as it goes up the neck (.971” at the 12th fret). The neck has jumbo frets, nitro finished headstock, unfinished fretboard, and a special finish Martin invented made of poly and natural oils. It feels very sleek and fast. We installed a vintage logo and used the original Fender/Schaller tuners on the neck. The rest of the guitar is 100% original and nobody had ever been “inside” prior to arriving here. Many people love the way these early American Standards sound and it indeed does have the spanky sound you want in a Strat, with a good crisp lead pickup and cool hollow tones in position 2 and 4. My favorite is the neck pickup which has a fat tone with excellent sustain. The guitar sounds good acoustically as well. Included is the original case and trem bar. Cosmetically, it’s in very nice shape for 25+ years with just some clear coat scratches and impressions, nothing bad. I’ll include the original neck with the guitar and if you don’t need the lowest action, you might be fine with it for years, but the Warmoth plays so much finer. $1150 includes installed Warmoth neck, original neck, original case, and trem bar.

Keeley 2-Knob Compressor.  This has got to be THE best or at least one of the best, compressors of all time.  Metal film resistors and capacitors ensure the cleanest compressor on the market.  Hand-matched transistors to less than 1% tolerance ensures you get a perfectly compressed signal with no chance for unwanted distortions.  Also features an internal attack control which lets you use it for high-output basses, live or in the studio.  Try it on keyboards, drum machines, or even for mastering.  This thing does it all and is very transparent sounding, all with 2 knobs and 2 internal trim pots. There are a bunch of demos online, here’s one with some country licks.  Sold new for $229 but this perfect used one’s just $159.

Radial Tonebone Plexitube. Still made in Canada, Radial/Tonebone makes some of the most versatile pedals on the market. From their various overdrives, to switchers, to loopers, they always do a lot more than you expect. The Plexitube is no different. Utilizing a 12AX7 tube to add warmth, and true bypass to avoid signal degradation, the Plexitube produces four generations of Marshall Plexi tones. It features two distinct distortion channels for quick switching between rhythm and lead settings with Channel 1 optimized for chunky rhythm tones and scooped mids and Channel 2 is voiced for solos with fat mids and great sustain. It also features an effects loop that can automatically turn your delay, i.e. no tap dancing. Sells new for $299 but get this clean used one for just $169 which includes power supply.

Morley Mark Tremonti Power Wah, (pic2).  Excellent design by Morley for the signature “Creed” tone. Morley uses a switchless design where you simply step on it to engage the wah, or step off for bypass. The tone is a hybrid of traditional and modern wah voicings with a Boost knob which adds up to 20dB of wah gain. It features an Electro-optical design with no pots to wear out and a “Clear-Tone" buffer circuit to ensure pure guitar tone and maintain the signal level in bypass and Wah mode. Sells new for $139; this one's in nice shape and around 1/2 price at $79.

Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness. Removed from 2011 50’s Tribute Les Paul and includes all 4 USA pots, factory wired together. $20.

PRS USA Tremolo Bridge, (pic2). Part no. ACC-4007, used but nice shape for a used bridge and saddles aren’t worn thru to the brass.  Fits all US-made models. Includes tremolo bridge, saddles, and springs. Sells new for $309 with trem arm; this one doesn’t have trem arm but it’s just $175.

2007 Fender Geddy Lee Signature Model Jazz, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), .  From the Artist Series  - a Fender Japan product, in nice condition and a great playing, excellent sounding Jazz.  This is a replica of the 1972 Jazz that Geddy Lee (of "Rush" fame) bought in a pawn shop that he continues to use to this day for both recording and performing, with the same black finish and maple fretboard.  Features 70's appointments including alder body, maple neck with slim profile (front to back) that feels different from other Jazz's I've played, maple fingerboard with black block inlays, 34" scale, 20 medium jumbo frets, black fingerboard binding, vintage tuners, and factory outfitted with a pair of USA Jazz pickups and a Leo Quann Badass II bridge.  Overall it's in beautiful shape, although the pics may show some reflections.  No issues whatsoever, great neck, very comfortable setup.  Sells everywhere for $899-$999 but if you don't mind one that's been played a few times, this one is set up better than anything from the super stores and a nice buy at $629. Includes original Fender deluxe gigbag. For the hardcore Rush fan I also have this mint American Precision with airbrushed graphic from the “Grace Under Pressure” album (pic1 pic2).

Vox Heritage AC15HTVH Head and V112HTV Cabinet, (head/cab-back), (head), (top), (panel), (back), (cab  cab-back). Built only in 2007 to commemorate 50 years of Vox amps, the AC15HTVH is a hand-wired amp that combines classic AC tone with modern tone-shaping for one of finest Vox amplifiers in their history. It combines the prized EF86 preamp channel of 1958 with the legendary 1963 Top Boost channel for the best of two great tones. It features a tube complement of 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84 (power), and 1 x EZ81 (rectifier). Channel 1 is the EF86 Preamp channel with two inputs wired traditionally to provide a 6dB gain difference between them. It also has a two-position Bass Shift switch with position 1 voiced to the original vintage-correct bass response and position 2 with a tigher bass response to reduce any muddiness common in high volume use. A three-position Brilliance switch provides flat response when in the off position. Position 1 is a new position voiced like the early AC30 "Treble" amps, while position 2 is the original brilliance circuit, which acts as a dramatic bass cut. The EF86 Mode switch re-configures the EF86 valve from Pentode mode to Triode mode. Triode mode will give a lower gain tone with higher headroom. Pentode mode is the famed original mode and has a very sweet high gain tone with less headroom. Channel 2 is the Top Boost preamp channel with two inputs wired with a 6dB gain difference. The Treble and Bass controls are from the 1963 Top Boost circuit and are very interactive. With only minor adjustments of these controls you’ll find dramatic changes in tone. The Top Cut control, which cuts high from either channel end as it's turned up, thus the famed Top Boost name. An O/P Switch adds more flexibility as it changes the power tubes from Pentode mode to Triode mode, cutting the output power to 7.5 watts while adding smoother tonal characteristics. The V112HTV cabinet uses a Vox Celestion Blue Alnico 12” speaker, perfectly matched for this 15W amp. It’s truly an excellent sounding setup that should please most Vox fans. With just a bit of home use, this set is in excellent condition and even includes a clean pair of thick Tuki covers (pic2 pic2) over $100 additional value. For a hand-wired head this is nice deal at $1399 which includes head, cab, and some nice covers. Here’s a pretty good demo by ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCj6Vvjk7fM.

Epiphone G-400 Gothic Series SG, (front/back), (headstock).  I have a few of these in stock and they’re the best value in a set-neck, all-mahogany SG.  Based upon Gibson's very successful "Gothic" line, the Epiphone Goth Collection features the same Satin-Black finish and Black hardware for a look that's obviously aimed at the rock/metal player.  Features include Grover tuners, Ebony fretboard with side markers, black chrome hardware, Roman numeral "XII" inlay on the 12th fret, a Celtic Cross on the headstock, and Epi ''57 Classic Alnico-V exposed-coil humbuckers.  These guitars are stamped to indicate cosmetic 2nd for reasons we cannot discern - they're totally flawless.  These had a list price of $499, on sale here at $249, including a pro-setup that makes them play better than anything you'll find in the super stores.   Some players want specific pickups in their Epi’s, which we can do, generally $100 parts and labor for a set of Duncans, DiMarzios or EMG’s from our stock.

Morley ABY Box, Simple but versatile ABY selector/combiner. You can choose between two inputs/one output, or one input/two outputs such as to run a signal to a pair of amps for true stereo effect; switch between two amps for dirty/clean tones; bypass a noisy boutique stomp box or your entire pedal setup altogether; and simultaneously run a keyboard and guitar through your effects chain. You can both select which output and/or combine the outputs. Simple but a perfect solution for many players. Made of rolled steel and heavy switches for years of road use. $39.

Keeley Java Boost. Keeley’s take on the Dallas Rangemaster treble booster, one of the iconic tones of the 60’s, with a tone that’s not too far over the top. It emulates the tones used in early Badfinger and Mott the Hoople as heard in this demo (Click here for a good demo from ProGuitarShop). It uses a single germanium transistor, a NOS Mullard OC44 to be exact. In addition to the Tone and Level it features a 3-way mini-toggle, each voiced differently. New cost is $169, or get this clean used one for $109.

Jetter JetDrive. Organic…transparent… Jetter builds good stuff. The Jet Drive is their dual-OD and boost, emulating a tube amp on the edge of breakup. With two low-gain channels, each having three controls: the Volume and Drive and a third one labeled “Lean” (counterclockwise) and “Rich” on the clockwise end. The controls have been finely tuned to a specific range of frequencies that have been optimized for maximum impact and the rich/lean controls are very interactive when the channels are cascaded. The “lean” end has the mids seemed de-accentuated for a flatter tone, more of an even tone across the frequency spectrum. The two channels are voiced differently, with the “Blue” having a more American sound while the “Green” has a more British tone. Here’s a good demo of this version from ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB1Uk9pPD3k. With a new V3 Jet Drive running $259, why not grab this one for $100 less. $159(HOLD-Kevin H 12/31).

Marshall VS112 1X12 Extension Cabinet, (back), (top), (badge). Good sounding, affordable extension cab for your 1X12 combo or Marshall head. I have a 100W Marshall Valvestate head to pair with this if interested. I haven’t been inside yet but it’s rated at 80W, 8 ohms, and I think it’s a stock Eminence 12” speaker, and sounds good. Plenty of nicks in the covering but no structural issues and at $175(HOLD-Scott D, local 1/15), you can’t complain. We can swap out to an EV Force, JBL E120, or other speaker for an upcharge.

Electroharmonix Satisfaction Fuzz. Keith Richards’s guitar tone on “Satisfaction” is an iconic tone that’s rarely been replicated. From my memory, it’s one of the first instances where a fuzz box was used on a hit recording. You can get this tone, and even gnarlier tones out of the little box. Best of all, it’s only $39, mint in the box.

Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter.  The most versatile Boss has ever made.  Allows for vintage Up and Down effects as well as new Rise and Fall effects, plus 4, 8, 10, and 12 Stage Phasers, plus a Step effect.  With a $208 list, the PH-3 sells for $129 online but this nice used one's just for just $59.

MXR M-102 Dyna Comp, (pic2). Reissue of the legendary compressor from the 70's. The Dyna Comp Pedal creates infinitely clean sustain using a signal-limiting processor that varies its gain so that the output signal stays constant, even when you’re picking attack may vary. Useful to smooth out your leads or as an effect, especially in country music.  Features Output and Sensitivity knobs plus an LED light. The side is signed and dated, and there’s a steer head painted on the bottom so this might be a mod, don’t know, but it sounds great and ½ the price of new at $39.

Fulltone MDV Mini-Deja'Vibe. Without a doubt one of the closest clone ever made. If you’re looking for a 60’s Hendrix/Univibe tone this chorus/vibrato pedal has all the tones nailed down, and is quiet to boot. Finished in Vintage Cream powdercoated finish with oxblood lettering and an LED that throbs to the beat of its asymmetrical rhythm with a pot that gives you access to all speeds from slowest to fastest, all with a perfect sweep and no abrupt speed changes.  The large knob is easy to change speeds on the fly simply by turning it with your toe. It's true bypass and works with the supplied 9V DC adapter or any pedalboard power supply on the market. It has a little Velcro on the bottom but since it's probably going on a pedalboard, I'll leave that on. Overall, as clean as a new floor model. This isn’t the cheaper black model that Fulltone made later. You can still find this cream model new for $249 but get this clean used one for just $159. Includes original box and power supply and paperwork. For a good demo checkout ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nh2Nrn5WaE.

1973 Norman B-30 Acoustic Dreadnought, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (neck block/label), (case).  Back in the 70's Norman, under the ownership of the revered Norman Boucher, was one of the premier guitar builders in Canada and THE guitar if you were part of the major music scene in Quebec.  They were building up to 5000 guitars at year at their peak.  In 1982 they were bought by LaSiDo (Godin, Seagull, Simon&Patrick, Art&Lutherie).  The design of the instruments in the beginning was based on a Martin model with it’s X bracing and the dreadnought body shape.  One of design features was the unique neck joint, bolted to the body with no heel.  It also features a much smaller, curved neck block (shown here), similar to a classical guitar, that has less mass and, thus, lets the top vibrate more freely.  The B-30 features a dreadnought body, with many cosmetic elements that resemble a Martin at fast glance.  There is conflicting info on the web regarding the body wood.  It definitely has a solid spruce top but depending on the site, sides and back are made of either birch or with maple, but they're in the same family and have similar tonal properties.  Other features include maple neck with rosewood fretboard, mahogany headstock overlay, mother of pearl dot inlays, quality black and chrome sealed tuners, black teardrop pickguard, 3-ring rosette, and black binding on the top.  Overall in wonderful shape for its age but as it has a thin lacquer finish, there is a little wear (shown here) on the sides of the neck and on the back side, waist area.  There are no issues such as cracks, repaired or otherwise, bridge lifting, belly problems, or any other detractors.  At over 40 years the sound has opened up nicely and it has a wonderful tone.  For a few online samples, check out a few YouTube samples here and here. Norman has a loyal following who seek out the older B-series. What can you get for under $430 these days?  Well, around 1/4th of a '70's Martin D-18, 1/2 of a 70's Guild D-25, or a new Korean/Chinese import with plenty of cosmetic appeal but zero tone character...or this nice Canadian Norman B-30.  I consider this an excellent value in a guitar that will be around for decades to come.  $429 includes ultralight case pictured.

Electroharmonix Soul Food, (pic2). Can’t afford $1800 for a Klon Centaur? Mike Matthews designed the Soul Food to yield the same transparent overdrive with the great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails which give a lot more headroom and increased definition plus selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes. Mint in the box for $55(HOLD-Greg C 12/14).

Ibanez TS-808 Overdrive Pro. Reissue of what many consider to be the finest overdrive ever made and certainly the most cloned OD of all time. Famous for yielding a smooth overdrive, much like the tone of overdriven tube amp. Tone, overdrive, and level controls, allow you to tweak your tone. Includes adapter to fit Boss type barrel 9V adapters and power supplies. Don’t pay $179 when you can get this clean one for $115 in the box with paperwork.

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Way Huge Aqua-Puss MKII Analog Delay, (pic2). For slapback repeats and thick delay, this pedal is hard to beat for the price. It has the warmoth and subtle warble of the classic analog delays and is probably much more reliable than an old DM-2 or AD9. Like those pedals, it features the same limited delay time of 300ms but with increased repeats and depth you can do a lot with it. Offered mint in the box for $105.

Keeley Modded Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay, (front), (bottom), (circuit), (markings). Older model AD9, Japan black label, in great condition. Keeley does some radical mods now, with dual expression pedals, but this has his basic mod from years ago. Namely, an improved bass response, upgrades to metal film caps and a new Burr Brown IC.  Keeley also adds an additional on/off switch on top to make it a true by-pass. The stock footswitch no longer engages the pedal; indeed it puts the pedal instantly into infinite repeats. You can do some pretty cool effects with infinite repeats! Has some Velcro on the bottom but the label is still intact under the Velcro. Ibanez discontinued the AD9 but if you want the Maxon AD9 you’re looking at $285. How about one that probably sounds better for $145(HOLD-David S 12/10).

Ayers O-03C Orchestra Cutaway, (front inlay), (back), (headstock back), (label), (binding), (case #2).  We were blown away with the construction quality of this Ayers. We’re not USA/European guitar snobs as we’ve encountered some fine guitars now coming out of Southeast Asia. Gone are the days when you could easily tell where a guitar is from a quick look and strum. The finish, tonewoods, and fine attention to detail on this Ayers holds up to North American guitars costing 2X or 3X the price. The main savings in hand-building guitars comes from labor and because of that the consumer really benefits. Ayers has been building since 1989, with a strong market in Europe, Asia, and Australia, but recently they’ve been distributed out of Salt Lake City UT and are starting to come on the secondary market. For players who like the warm, mellow tone of mahogany, this O-03C easily fills the bill. Features include O-size cutaway body with top/back/sides of African mahogany, dovetail neck joint, 1-pc African mahogany neck with East Indian rosewood overlay, East Indian rosewood fretboard, Gotoh 301 tuners, East Indian rosewood bridge, ebony bridge pins with abalone dots, maple body binding, maple purfling, maple/mahogany/rosewood rosette, Viet Nam rosewood sun inlay in top, gloss finish body with satin finish neck. Set up is very comfortable and it’s a guitar that feels like a quality guitar the moment you pick it up. Online price on this one is $1199; or you can get this immaculate one for around ½ price, just $639. Includes original Ayers gigbag, excellent protection with plastic handle and tuck-away shoulder straps on back.

2001 Epiphone ’56 Les Paul Goldtop – Many Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock back (Sperzel/Ltd Seal), (ding), (case #2). Very cool guitar made with all the upgrades that make this a professional quality instrument. This guitar is basically just the stock wood, with virtually every piece of hardware and electronics upgraded. The main feature are a pair of Shed (made in UK link) Vintage P90 Soapbars with coils wound from old stock black 42 AWG plain enamel. Shed’s are up there with the top of the heap of boutique pickup builders and where Spence has had some problems with timely shipping it’s universally agreed that he builds fine pickups when you can get them. Additionally, all pots have been changed to USA CTS. ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece have both been changed to Callaham, built with cold rolled steel for improved sustain and reliability. Sperzels locking tuners were installed for improved tuning. Lastly, it has been pro refretted with jumbo frets, dressed to perfection for low action and true string bends. This guitar sings like a mid-50’s Paul and plays beautifully. We’re just super pleased to offer this quality at less than 1/3 of a Gibson R6. Cosmetically, it’s in pretty nice shape, other than a small ding shown in the pic above. No biggie. As you might guess, the upgrades cost far more than the guitar itself, totaling well over $800 in upgrades alone. Get the whole guitar, along with an older Ibanez case, for just $699, or $650 with gigbag.

Teese RMC5 Real McCoy Wizard Wah, (bottom). Geoffrey Teese's wah pedals are perhaps the most highly regarded on the market, use by countless pro's on stage and in the studio. The Wizard is a chameleon, part RMC1 and part Picture Wah, the Wizard Wah sounds like nothing else, with extended sweep range, rich, tight lows, smooth mids, a natural sounding top end, and a slight overall boost. It is slightly darker than a "normal" wah. The top end gets only a little brighter than the actual guitar sound and it has a very smooth overall sound - the low has close to the same signal strength as the mid and the top. Unlike the RMC1, the Wizard is designed to work with most any pickup configuration and any amp gain structure. Like all RMC's, it is developed and built by Geoffrey Teese and includes true-bypass and AC adapter jack.  Beautiful condition and a nice buy for an RMC at $150.

Diamond TRM-1 Tremolo. At the heart of the Diamond Tremolo is a 100% analog signal path utilizing an optoisolator like vintage tube amps of the 60’s. The analog signal path is combined with a microprocessor controller to provide a host of cool features including tap tempo and footswitchable double speed mode, user selectable waveforms (sharkfin, sinewave, square wave and ‘chop’), timing accents (3/4, 6/8, 2/4 and 4/4), rhythmic trem mode, 'Chaotic’ mode – random speeds with any waveform, and TapView which allows the player to visually see the tempo and tap speed while tapping a new setting. At no point is your instrument signal converted to digital so everything you hear is completely analog. It provides true vintage sounds, but with modern flexibility. Here’s a great ProGuitarShop demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtY7gYzt7EI. Sells new for $249 but this one’s barely used in the box and just $175(HOLD-Dave B local 2/17).

Paul Cochrane Timmy Boost/Overdrive, (pic2). Another one, this one’s mint in the box. The Timmy pedal features separate Bass (pre-distortion) and Treble (post-distortion) cut knobs, a Gain knob to control amount of clipping, and a Volume/Boost to control output gain. With an earned reputation as a truly transparent signal, the Timmy serves as a top-notch clean boost as well as an Overdrive. Bass and Treble cut knobs are extremely effective in tweaking your tone for one of the best OD's ever made. Dano even copied the circuit their Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive that had been selling for $85-$100! Here you can get the real thing for just $99(HOLD-Tim K 12/1).

Fulltone FB-3 Fat Boost. The FB-3 is a discrete, Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor) guitar pedal with up to 35dB of non-distorted gain while retaining your original sound (if that’s what you want it to do). You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow it out, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. This is the latest and definitely best of Fulltone's Fat Boost line, curing Version 1’s huge bass increase and dull high-end issues. It brings back the 11-step detented Gain control that was missing from Version 2 with an additional stage of FET. It features an extra octave of bass coverage, giving a natural sound to your guitar. This Fulltone Guitar Pedal makes you comfortable on your pedal board, and its large Volume and Drive knobs provide easy adjustment onstage. Don’t pay $95 for a new one when this one’s like new for just $65(HOLD-Duke T 1/21).

Line 6 FBV Express MKII Floorboard.  Unleash the full power of your Line 6 amp or POD and get hands-free control over your presets, tap-tempo your time based effects, activate the chromatic tuners, and enjoy one of the best wah-wah and volume controllers you'll find.  It's built for many years of road use but small enough to fit into a briefcase.  It also controls the 14-second Quick Loop on most Spider amps.  Easily toggle the rocker pedal between volume and wah (with associated LED indicator) via a toe switch.  Easy-to-read LCD shows tap tempo, active channel and chromatic tuner (when activated).  FBV Control software allows unlimited mapping of FBV controls via USB and connects via RJ-45 cable or USB.  This unit is self-powered and includes a very long stage cable to run from  the front of the stage to your backline.  Barely used and includes manual and other docs, as well as original box. Full details and software updates are available at Line 6's site: http://line6.com/footcontrollers/fbvexpressmkii.html . If you use your Line 6 gear live, you need this unit and it’s just $59. Note: I also have one mint in box for $69 (pic).

Top Hat Club Royale 2X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (chassis switches), (tube chart). This is possibly the ultimate for AC-15/AC-30 tones. At 20 watts it falls right between the two models but in tone, many think it’s superior to the original 60’s classics. It's a Class A amp with a warm, nicely compressed Vox tone. It has a softer attack than most Class A/B amps, with a lovely bloom after the attack. Driven to distortion it delivers what I feel is a smoother sound than the Vox models. It’s capable of higher gain than the old Vox’s but it’s not what I’d call a gain monster like Marshall or Boogie. With that said, it excels at Rock and Blues and is easily capable of a long, singing sustain when cranked up a bit. Controls include Master Volume, Cut (sort of the opposite of a Presence control to cut the highs), Bass, Mid, Treble, and Volume. Purists might thumb their nose at the separate Volume control but it actually sounds very warm and natural with the Volume overdriving the Master, as natural as any amp I’ve had. There’s also a 3-way tone switch for Fat/Off/Bright to further dial in the Boost. The Bright delivers a really nice high end sparkle that should be great in playing in larger groups or bands with a keyboard player. The Fat boosts the amps midrange that will thicken up a Strat nicely, but many will find that’s the sound that they want, regardless of guitar used. On the chassis there’s also a Soft/Normal switch to change the solid state rectifier’s response with the “soft” being saggier, like a tube rectifier, and the Normal having the feel of a SS rectifier. For players who feel that a single-12 combo bottoms out on the low end, this baby is no problem, with a pair of quality 12’s to keep it solid in the bass. Installed are a great combination of Vox Blue Alnico and Celestion G12H-30. The new model Club Royale 2X12 will set you back $2200. You can have this clean, used one with home use only, for $1399. Oh, it’s a lightweight amp as 2X12’s go but you’ll be happy to see it has a set of quality casters installed.

Dean Deluxe V Case DHS-V, (pic2), (tag). Excellent quality protection for your Flying V. If you’re looking for a lightweight case…this ain’t it. It’s heavy and will protect your guitar very well. Available online for $119-$139. This one’s like new and $79. Includes key.

1960’s Gibson SG Case, (pic2). Pretty nice shape for 50 years old. This is the chipboard case usually sold with SG Juniors and features the black stitched exterior and brown mouse fuzz interior with gold Gibson logo on the compartment door. Handle, latches, and hinges are all intact. Looking for the proper home for your old Junior? Get this one for $65.

AKG SR40 Instrument Wireless, (back). Includes PT40 Instrument pack and power supply. This is a perfect unit for club musicians wanting a reliable wireless system without spending a fortune. I used a similar UHF unit back in the 80’s and never had a single occurrence of drop outs or interference. Back then though, it cost $300! The SR40 features adjustable squelch for noise-free reception, folding front-panel antenna for easy rack-mounted use, frequency color code, and an RF LED to indicate signal reception status. The adjustable squelch and output level control permit optimum signal matching to your amp or mixer while professional outputs include a XLR and 1/4" jack. It's housed in a metal half-rack case for standalone or rackmounted operation. Nice reliable unit for $59.

2008 ESP LTD Deluxe MH-1000 - Snow White, (front), (back), (headstock back), (abalone pic2), (case pic2). This is one beautiful guitar. Check out the loads of abalone inlay, adorning the entire body, edges of the fretboard, and around the headstock. It also has abalone offset block inlays and a pearloid inlaid logo, with black nickel hardware. Absolutely stunning. ESP recently discontinued this model in favor of the cheaper M-1000, although it's still the same $879 price. The M-1000 has none of the stunning cosmetic appointments of the MH-1000, specifically no abalone inlays anywhere and a plain, painted logo. Oh well; that's business. Features of the MH-1000 include Floyd Rose 1000 double-locking tremolo, EMG 81/85 active pickups, carved top mahogany body with "set-thru" maple neck, rosewood fretboard, thin U-shaped neck, 24 extra jumbo frets, grover tuners and, again, abalone trim all around. This one had one minor finish repair to the tip of the headstock. (before) and (after) pics show where Martin sealed it up with glue and then refinished it lightly in white. It’s not cosmetically perfect but structurally it was never an issue. Otherwise, very clean with just two very faint check lines on front and some very minor clear coat scratches on back. If you’re an EMG fan you’ll love the clear, powerful tone of the 85/81 combination, which is favored by Zaak Wylde and many others. The set up is very low, which makes this an extremely fast neck. Nice. This model sold new for $879 without a case or gigbag. This one INCLUDES a form fit ESP case and if you don't mind a minor finish repair on the tip, is an excellent bargain at $649 with case or, with a gigbag, $569.

BOSS AW-3 Dynamic Wah. Gives you classic-style wah effects and more. Choose between fixed and auto wah, or add an optional expression pedal. You also get a 'humanizer' function that lets you create wild, human-voice type sounds! This pedal can be controlled automatically via a tempo control, or externally using an expression pedal. Also, it's not just for guitarists, being a Dynamic Wah it has separate inputs for both guitar AND bass. It's easy to use and with a new one selling for $119, save on this clean used one for $75.

Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble is an excellent chorus pedal and the 4th pedal in Boss Chorus Ensemble line, going back to the famed CE-2 and the original CE-1. The CE-5 added a level control and a high and low filter control and has been in production for over 20 years, which is far longer than any other chorus in the CE series. Overall nice shape other than label came off the bottom with some Velcro.  With new ones going for $99 this is a nice buy at $49.

VFE Pedals Fiery Red Horse Fuzz.  VFE hand makes quality boutique pedals in their shop in Puyallup, WA.   The Fiery Red Horse is a versatile pedal that goes from standard overdrive or it can shift the midrange to get very throaty, or nasally, as desired.  It's often described as similar to the triangle-era Big Muff.  Dial in the Sustain and Tone knobs to set your rough tone, then tweak it with the voltage starve mini knob or mid-range mini knob to bump or scoop the mids.  The mini toggle switch adjusts clipping with a choice of Symmetrical, single-sided germanium, and 3mm LED.  They change the clip in different ways plus changing the level and gain so you'll likely need to tweak the Level control at times.  An additional internal trim pot adjusts the brightness of the pedal’s LED.  VFE's true bypass switch uses an optical relay, which prevents the common ‘popping’ when switching.  They’re building the FRH Version 2 now but these ran $149 new.  This one’s in perfect condition for $85.

Focusrite iTrack Professional Dock, (back), (lit up), (misc.). Note: Unit is for users who want to record strictly on an iPad (4th Gen)/iPad Air/iPad mini/iPad mini with retina display - with official Apple approved "Made for iPad" status). The sleek Focusrite industrial design provides the perfect platform to dock, charge and record music with the new generation of iPads with Lightning connectors. It is the best sounding iPad-based workstation, featuring premium Focusrite A-D/D-A conversion with over 105dB dynamic range and the ability to record at up to 24bit, 96kHz sample rates. It uses Two Focusrite Mic preamps, as featured in the Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces, including 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones and unique gain halos to easily set the input gain. It also provides a guitar input with plenty of clean, clear headroom to capture both quiet and loud guitars with remarkable clarity. It also has a USB MIDI port for class compliant MIDI controller connectivity (MIDI + power) - perfect for connecting a controller like the Novation Launch key or Launch key Mini. This unit is mint in the box with registration code, manual, power supply. Sells new for $199; get this one for just $135.

Keeley Luna Overdrive. The Luna Overdrive combines OP-amp clipping with tube-like JFET gain stages to provide an ultra-smooth overdrive tone. From subtle overdrive to "Marshall on 11", the Luna is delivers classic tube amp tone on all settings. Keeley uses a Classic/Modded switch to provide a lower or higher gain structure. Uniquely, Keeley also uses a Baxandall EQ, which traditionally is popular among music producers and engineers as it's EQ curve boosts and cuts frequencies in a smoother, more effective way. 100% built in the USA with top components and true bypass, the Luna is built for decades of heavy road use. New cost is $229; this perfect used one’s just $159.

Fulltone Full-Drive 2. Earlier version Full-Drive, from 2001.  The FD2 is perhaps the finest overdrive pedal on the market and, in fact, was voted by GP Mag as one of the top 50 effects of all time.  This third version of the FD2 has the push/pull pot for Comp Cut in place of the later mini-toggle.  Written on the back is "FM" which indicates it has the flat mid voicing, offering a more natural sound.  The "CompCut" feature removes the bounding from the feedback loop allowing for Monster Clean Boost tones and some rougher OD sounds with the OD and Boost knfobs turned up.  Features separate on/off and boost switches, with a green and red LED indicator, respectively.  Pretty nice shape for an 14-year-old pedal, works perfectly, sounds great.  $115

Wampler Faux Spring Reverb. Original model with silver case. If you have a reverb-less amp, or an amp with fake sounding digital reverb, try this. A lot more compact that a Fender tube reverb unit that’s as big as an amp head, but still provides the fat, wet sound of spring reverb. Hand made in the USA, the Faux Spring Reverb uses Level, Tone and Depth controls to provide much more control than an amp’s single reverb knob. Wampler uses high grade film capacitors and resistors hand-picked for superior tone and, of course, true bypass. Max reverb time is nearly 3 seconds, which is plenty. It’s powered by a 9V battery or by a Boss-type barrel plug. Sells new for $228. This clean used one is $159.

Wampler Tweed ’57 Vintage Overdrive. After he created the Black ’65 (below), the next logical project would be to go further back in time to capture the classic Tweed tone of the 50’s Fender amps. Soon after the Black ’65, Brian ventured into this pedal, creating the raw, driven sounds found on countless studio recordings. With a full three-band EQ voiced to give you huge range of tones, the Tweed 57 is not limited to a single good tone, and with it’s Input Simulator switch, you have the additional flexibility and control found on the original amps with a Normal, Bright, and Linked (i.e. “daisy chained” inputs) inputs that work in concert with EQ and gain knobs. It's hand made in the U.S.A. and features true bypass and is powered by 9V battery or by a Boss-type barrel plug. Sells new for $199. This clean used one is $139.

T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive. The original single-channel Alberta overdrive was popular with guitarists as a great sounding, easy to use OD. T-Rex built on that success by offering the Alberta II, with two OD’s, one for creamy rhythm sounds and the other for a cutting solo sound. On popular demand from guitarists around the world, T-Rex has developed the Alberta II. You can now dial in a good clean sound on your amp, and set the pedal on the edge of overdrive, one channel, with a harder rock sound from the other channel. You can also go from a medium boost to a fat, clean-ish boost to push the front end of your amp. If you need a low-end boost just flip a switch for an even thicker tone on either channel, expanding the tonal range even further. T-Rex has given channel 2 a slightly more open and punchy sound, for a little more pick attack and push, but with the same voice as channel 1. The tone knobs light up to let you know if you’re on 1 or 2! A good video review by Guitar Player mag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ZVEWggqXo. With a list price of $369 the Alberta II sells new for $209 on sale to $269 at discount. Or get this clean used one for $149.

Option 5 Destination Rotation Single - Leslie Simulator. Made with 100% analog circuit with very low noise to capture the essence of the big old Leslie that touring groups used to truck into gigs in days past. It is 100% hand-built and built like a tank with top quality components with lead-free soldering, utilizing a super-solid, double sided, plate through lead-free PC board. All this is housed in a die-cast aluminum box which will never rust. It is truly built to last. Features include level trimmer, top mounted trimmers for slow and fast speed, microphone placement control for effect depth, realistic speed up/down ramping effect, 9 volt operation, and true bypass. For more info check out this typically great demo from ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4e7E8_WkE. Sells new for $299 but this one’s perfect in the box for $199.

Bob Burt Clean Boost. Bob designed one of the finest clean boosts made, specifically to boost your guitar signal without adding overtones and overdrive to the tone. This pedal is noted for incredible transparency and clarity, with 20+ db boost without distortion. Bob uses audiophile quality parts and a unique design and his pedal works great with single coil and humbucker pickups. It increases the volume of your amp without causing it to go into overdrive or get dirty. If you’re serious about tone you already know about the benefits of a quality clean boost. Get one of the best right here. Made in 2009 and signed/dated on the exterior of the bottom plate by Bob in silver pen. These are $250 new but other than one or two dings on the edge, is in very clean condition and a killer boost for $170.

Lee Jackson DG-1 Metaltronix. The DG-1 is handbuilt and uses a 100 % Analog Circuitry to achieve a true amp-style tube distortion. With its two foot switches it serves as two complete pedals in one and has an active gain booster built in and features true bypass. It allows the full frequency of your instrument to pass through, which is why it sounds more like amp distortion, with the warmest and smoothest distortion possible.  Using the Distortion, Tone and Master, it will improve virtually any amp and it also has a Sag control to set the bias of the tube emulation circuit, just like the power amp in a tube amp. Sells new for $350 but this one’s perfect in the box for $245.

Lee Jackson FuzzyFinger Fuzz. High quality handmade fuzz with a lot more features than most fuzz pedals.  The FuzzyFinger was designed to be as transparent as possible, retaining as much of the original signal as possible.  This circuit enhances your signal with more clarity and definition and can clean up to a sparkling clean tone simply by turning the volume of your guitar down. It also enhances your rhythm sound without losing your low end.  FuzzyFingers uses a completely discrete Germanium transistors as well as a True Bypass design. It also has switches to adjust the tone on the input or Pre Fuzz, or Post after Fuzz. The Touch control sets the sensitivity with your playing style, allowing you to tweak your sound perfectly.  Shown in the pic, it does have a little finish lift spot to the left of the switch. Sells new for $250 but this one’s barely used and in the box for $165.

Xotic Effects X-Blender.  Another great USA boutique builder, I've had several of the Xotic boost pedals before but this X-Blender isn't as much as an effect as it is an effect controller, much like a very sophisticated direct box.  A unique tool for the modern guitar/ bass player, it's a switch-able series-parallel loop unit.  A parallel effects loop allows you to mix or blend the effects with a dry signal (unaffected signal), creating a far more complex tone from your guitar.  This is especially useful in the demo below using a wah pedal.  Instead of getting a wash of wah effect, you can blend it with a straight guitar signal and get just the right amount of note definition.  After hearing it, you'll realize that some of your favorite artists have been using effects in this manner for years.  Rather than explain all the features here, click here for some good product video demo's Xotic.com.  Sells for $176 new but why not get this clean used one for $50 cheaper at just $125.

Eminence Delta 12-A 400W Speaker, (front), (side). This 400W, 8 Ohm driver is built for years of flawless performance and like all of the USA Standard series, it features Eminence's rugged stamped steel chassis. Works equally well for guitar (compare it to the EVM -12), bass, keyboards, or pro-sound house/monitor systems. It’s in brand new condition in the box and the best speaker I can offer for $65.

Ampeg SVT Direct Injection D.I., (front), (back). Pro’s choice for studio bass recording. The Ampeg SVT utilizes a preamp tube to pass the best possible instrument sound to your recording deck or front of house system in a live setting. It has ¼” connections for input and through, as well as an XLR for balanced out. It also has push buttons for input pad (primarily for active/passive choice of basses), a ground lift, as well as for choosing between tube and direct. Although it was geared toward bass, it can work fine for any instrument where you want a warmer, thicker sound.  If you look around you’ll see well worn examples without the case or manual selling for $350. This one is in super clean shape with case, cable, and manual, for just $399. (If you want something a little cheaper, I have some new dBX units for $69).

Warmoth Custom Bent-T Telecaster – Flamed maple body and neck, (front front2), (back), (headstock back neck), (body/neck markings), (case). This is perhaps the most striking Warmoth Tele we’ve ever had. No expense was spared in parts and all work is first rate. Although we didn’t build this one here, Martin went over it and said that the work was first rate, and it has only a few hours of playing time since new – offered in “as new” condition. The Warmoth body is one-piece swamp ash with a flamed maple “bent” top (maple cap follows forearm contour).  It is finished in a PRS-style tiger eye, while the back is finished in walnut.  Body weight is a scant 3 lbs., 7 oz. and is loaded with a pair of Lace Tele pickups (T-150 and TN-100) with dual volume and tone controls and a 3-way selector. Warmoth neck is exceptionally flamed maple and like the top, was initially stained with a dark opaque stain, sanded down, and then finished in a translucent finish. Unlike a Fender scale, which is 25.5”, this neck/body is a Gibson 24.75” conversion scale.  Other features include rosewood fretboard, vintage tint gloss, bone nut with 1-11/16" width, standard thin back contour, 6100 stainless steel jumbo frets, 10-16" compound radius, cream face dots, white side dots, and Sperzel Soundlock locking tuners with ivory tips.  Headstock was pro finished in root beer metallic color with gold pinstripes applied prior to final top coats. The neck has the Gotoh truss rod adjustment, near the base of the neck, which we really like. Set up is very low and comfortable, and I especially like the shorter scale and wider nut width for my long/thick fingers. The Lace pickups, which are similar to the Laces on the older Tele Plus models, retain a vintage tone and are near impervious to hum. Just a great guitar in all regards. The neck specs out at $502 for a finished 3A flame, while the body with finish and flamed top specs out at $747. Add to this Sperzel Soundlock tuners for $75, Lace pickups at $160, and $100 pro finishing the headstock and pin striping, and another $75 in misc. parts and you’ve got a guitar that’s around $1650 – and that’s not including pro assembly, set up, and a case.  Get this one, fully assembled and set up properly, with a new MTS molded case, for just $1250. Again, this is virtually a new guitar that easily compares to Fenders at over $2000.

1976 Fender Precision Bass – Mocha w/Rosewood Board, (front), (pickups), (headstock), (back), (neck markings), (case). 1976, last year for the neck plate serial number and a rare year for a rosewood board. Perhaps 1 in 8 of P-basses were rosewood in the 70’s. Finish is the common Mocha Brown, probably the second most common finish after Natural. The story of this bass is that it isn’t really a collector and has undergone a few mods over the years. Original electronics changed to EMG active pickups and 25 ohm pots; control cavity was slightly enlarged at one point (pic) to accommodate a preamp that’s no longer installed; there are 3 extra holes where strap pins were once installed (pic); and at one time the frets were removed to make it a fretless – and later installed to make it stock. Lastly, the neck had a common ailment of tipping up after the neck joint so Martin installed two small carbon fiber reinforcement rods (pic) to stabilize it. It now plays good and would make a decent utility bass for any vintage P-Bass fan on a budget.  Most mid-late 70’s Fender bases are over 10 lbs. but this one is a lightweight at 8 lbs, 2 oz; easy on the shoulder. It’s an excellent sounding bass with good sustain and the typical fat P-bass bottom end. If you’re looking for a clean vintage collectable for $2K and up, move on. If you’re looking for a vintage P with a cool vibe and nice tone for under $1K, here you go. Just $1050 takes it. Includes original Tolex case with silver badge with plenty of stickers. Two end latches were replaced with genuine OEM parts after pics were shot. It closes closes fully now.

Korg KES-101 Ext Selector. I usually have around 50+ of the Korg PME-40X pedals in stock but some, like the KES-101, only come in occasionally. The KES-101 is used to link two PME console units together, or to add a separate effects loop to your PME console, such as a rack effect or other brand’s stomp boxes. $65.

Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator, (power supply). Perhaps the best acoustic pedal ever made.  Much more versatile than a Fishman bridge - and cheaper too.  Nice shape. $55 or $65 with Boss power supply that powers many pedals simultaneously.

1960’s Andre Solidbody, (front), (back), (headstock back). Now THIS is like my first guitar, which was branded “Prestige” but was otherwise a very similar model, complete with “steel reinforced neck” sticker on the back of the headstock. Features a slightly asymmetrical double cutaway body, 19-fret rosewood fretboard, and unlike the Kay below, features a slightly short 23.5” scale length. It’s easy to get around on, plays very well, and doesn’t sound heinous. Would be a good choice for a alt guitarist looking for their own tone and vibe. A lot of Japan-made guitars from this era are still around so they must be pretty well made. Worst flaw is one of the tuners is slightly bent but still works fine. It has a very playable set up and for the price is a cooler alternative to a new Chinese or Indonesian copy. $159 for this beauty.

1962 Kay Vanguard Mod. 102, (catalog), (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/cover), (controls), (pot codes), (case). How many of you had a first guitar like this? It’s actually better than my first, which was a MIJ model with ¾” action and horrible tone. Made in Chicago IL during Kay’s golden era, this is a well made guitar much like Valco of the era. Although it’s a 19-fret neck, this isn’t a short scale and measures 24.75”, Gibson scale. It’s a good sounding guitar with good quality pickups and quality CTS pots, all dated mid ’62. For 50+ years old, it’s in really nice shape. Very nice little kit with original 2-tone case and white leather strap. As you can see in the controls pic, a small portion of the pickguard is missing and the screw was relocated to the nearest corner; no biggie. Other than that, this guitar is 100% and in very nice vintage condition. It benefitted from a few hours of bench time to get the action to its current comfortable height and it’s plays nicely for both cowboy chords and barre chords. With case and strap it sold for $99 in ’62, which equates to $781 in 2015 dollars, very reasonable actually. If you’re a collector of second-tier American brands from the 60’s, this would certainly be a nice addition. $429 includes original case and leather strap.

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-2000's, 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 Vintage '72 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 supply of FSR (factory special run) '70s Strats ($1599 street) but I'm sure the specs aren't the same as this American Vintage model since Fender's current AV Strats ( '56, '59, and '65) 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.  Includes '70s style G&G/Fender case with strap and unopened goodie bag including paperwork, polishing cloth, bridge cover, 5-way switch, etc.

80's Jackson Style Guitar, (front), (back), (headstock), (red trim), (pickup/bridge), (identifying features). Just upgraded with a Duncan Invader! We don't know anything about this guitar other than it's obviously an import and we're guessing 1980's.  The identifying features include long control cavity plate with a unique screw pattern, narrow/long neckplate, black body with red trim on neck and body, painted neck, Gotoh tremolo, black hardware, and speed knobs with recessed grip edges.  This thing was nearly unplayable when it came in but a few hours and a lot of fret work later, it now is a decent player and a good choice for a beginner who wants a very cool looking guitar.  It has a very thin finish, which is a good thing, and it looks a lot like the black Gibson finishes in the 80's with raised grain visible.  The Invader pickups is very high output, recommended for punk, thrash, metal, etc., and features hex poles to easily adjust pole height to taste. Considering the bench time we have into it, selling below cost at $175. 

Line 6 Spider IV 15 Combo, (panel), (back). Excellent practice amp at a very modest price. The Spider IV has 4 onboard amp models, and countless others you can tweak yourself. You can choose from shimmering clean tones, a classic crunch inspired by a 100-watt Marshall Plexi, and a punchy high-gain inspired by a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. Line 6's award-winning effects include a tap tempo function that allows you to sync up your effects with on-board Tap Tempo. With two pushes of the Tap Tempo button, all of your time-based effects precisely fall in with the beat. The peaks of your Tremolo will match the feedback of your Sweep Echo, etc. In all the Spider IV 15 features 6 Smart FX including a Chorus/Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb. After your choose your amp and effects you can create up to four custom-made presets you can save each to a Channel memory and recall it instantly with the touch of a button. You can recall instantly via pushbuttons, or connect an FBV Express MkII or FBV2. Other features include built-in tuner, 1/4-inch input; 1/4-inch headphone/direct output; 1/8-inch CD/MP3 input; and FBV jack. The amp’s ¾ closed back is tighter, with more punch, compared to an open back design. This is a lot of amp for $55.

Road Case for Small Box Head, (inside). Solid protection for your expensive small box head. Carpet interior. Solid condition. Interior approx. 22”L X 10”W X 10.5”H. You know these are $100+ new but get this one for $45(Tent Hold – Charlie 1/7).

Small Box Head Enclosure, (top), (back). Don’t know what it was but it’s solid, ready for your project amp. $25.

1967 Yairi B2 Classical, (front), (headstock), (back).  Excellent value in a solid top classical.  Our tech, Martin, has taken classical lessons for years and I always turn to him for opinions on nylon string guitars.  He says this one sounds very good, with excellent action.  It features a solid spruce top, which is critical in classical/flamenco style.  I'm not an authority on the Yairi name, other than all of them are quality Japan-made guitars.  From what I read on the web K. Yairi and Sadao/Sada. Yairi both learned guitar making from S's uncle, also named Sadao.  I believe this one to be built by S. Yairi, who built guitars under the names Sadao Yairi, Yairi Gakki, S. Yairi, and Sada Guitar.  Cosmetically, it has a number of minor flaws but no cracks or structural issues and is in nice shape for 45+ years.  For a solid top Japan classical that's good enough for the intermediate player it’s a nice value at $250.

2003 Parker P-38, (front), (headstock back), (back). Slightly modified but an excellent value on a value-priced Parker. The P-38 was made in Korea, no biggie as we know now, and that allowed Parker to price them at an unprecedented price point for a Parker. Features include an ash body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, HSS configuration with a replacement Seymour Duncan Trembucker in the bridge and original Parker single coils in the middle and neck controlled by a 5-way switch. Electronics in the stock Fishman acoustic tremolo bridge was malfunctioning but we can install a new one for $80 if desired. I just figured ½ of the players wouldn’t use the acoustic settings so we left it alone. Parkers are very comfortable to play and this one is no exception with a nice weight, good balance when strapped on, and equally comfortable to stand or sit while playing. The Duncan adds a nice versatility for playing harder edged music but it’s capable of Strat type tones on the middle and neck. All in all, a very nice value for $379 with gigbag.

Companion FY-2 Fuzz by Pidgeon FX, (pic2), (pic3). The old Shin-ei Companion Fuzz's are popular but in short demand and frequently are largely unusable due to many decades of neglect and abuse. Pidgeon FX cloned this great pedal, using the proper PCB and the original C536 transistors, making this the nearest thing to original Shin-ei Companion fuzz available. Don't spend $400 or more on a beat 60's model when you can get the proper sound and exact vibe with this baby for just $150. It is mint in the box with manual.

Line 6 Amplifi 75 Bluetooth Guitar Amp, (top), (back). One of the coolest amps I’ve had, the Amplifi 75 delivers 75W through a revolutionary 5-speaker stereo design giving you powerful, detailed tones that regular amps simply can’t produce. Just as cool, it’s an actual Bluetooth system that lets you play back songs from your smart phone/computer (iOS, Android, Mac, or PC), and use the free amp to easily edit amp choice, speaker cabinet, EQ, effects, etc., and store the combinations on the cloud, locally, or on the amp for future access.  Ingenius. Features include 75 watts of power through a 5-speaker stereo design, Bluetooth streaming audio, AMPLIFi Remote app for iOS or Android — share, rate and store tones, 200 amps and effects, Wireless control every aspect of your guitar “rig”, automatic tone matching — instantly jam with your music library, 1/4" Guitar input and 1/8" Stereo Aux input, 1/4" Headphone output, Tap tempo/tuner, 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app), Stereo wet/dry effects for immersive sound, compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII foot controllers, USB connection, 8" custom Celestion speaker for low end with two mid-frequency drivers and two high-frequency drivers. I’ve had the Yamaha THR combo’s and this thing blows them away in versatility, volume, and especially tone. For more info check out Line 6 here and a quick overview here. Here’s a cool features and performance video (link). Sells new for $399 but this one’s mint, out of the box, and yours for $279. Includes original manual.

Mesa-Boogie MK IV Combo, (pdf), (panel), (back panel), (back), (cover/fs). Versatile, powerful, and compact, the MK IV was Boogie's do-it-all amp back in the 90's, continuing through 2008, and they're built so well that most are in service today. Handcrafted in Petaluma, California, these were expensive amps so they're not as plentiful as many comparable import amps. Released in a head, 1x12 wide cabinet, or like this one, 1x12 narrow cabinet, the MK IV delivers 85 Watts of Simul-Class Power via a quad of 6L6 tubes, with five 12AX7's in the preamp. Features (of this Ver. 2) include: Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance, 3 Channels w/Independent Gain & Master Controls (Rhythm I, Rhythm II & Lead), Independent Treble & Presence Controls for Rhythm I & II (Bass & Mid combined), Fully Independent EQ for Lead Channel (Bass, Mid, Treble & Presence), Multi-Stage “Cascading Gain” Lead Channel (Lead Gain + Lead Drive), Lead Voicing Switch (Mid Gain/Harmonics), Pull Fat (Rhythm II & Lead Channel), Pull Bright (Rhythm I & Lead), Pull Shift Presence Controls (Rhythm II & Lead), Assignable 5 Band Graphic EQ, Assignable FX Loop, Slave Out w/Level Control, Spring Reverb, Output Level Control (over all channels), Full Power/Tweed “Variac” Switch, Simul-Class/Class A Switch, Pentode/Triode Switch, Record Out w/Level Control, Silent Record Mute Switch (Pull Output Level), Fan Cooling, External Switching Input, and 6 Button Footswitch (Rhythm I, Rhythm II, Lead, Lead+EQ, EQ (Graphic) & FX Loop). Includes original slip cover, heavy duty casters, and footswitch. You can view/download manual at Boogie here. This amp works perfectly and sounds absolutely awesome. It’s well suited for virtually any size stage and appears to have seen little to no road use – it’s in lovely condition. Only issue worth mentioning is one of the screw sockets to attach the footswitch to the back of the amp for transport is missing, but it still fits in there fine. For a clean Mark IV, nicely priced at $1150.

Line 6 Amplifi 75 Bluetooth Guitar Amp, (top), (back). One of the coolest amps I’ve had, the Amplifi 75 delivers 75W through a revolutionary 5-speaker stereo design giving you powerful, detailed tones that regular amps simply can’t produce. Just as cool, it’s an actual Bluetooth system that lets you play back songs from your smart phone/computer (iOS, Android, Mac, or PC), and use the free amp to easily edit amp choice, speaker cabinet, EQ, effects, etc., and store the combinations on the cloud, locally, or on the amp for future access.  Ingenius. Features include 75 watts of power through a 5-speaker stereo design, Bluetooth streaming audio, AMPLIFi Remote app for iOS or Android — share, rate and store tones, 200 amps and effects, Wireless control every aspect of your guitar “rig”, automatic tone matching — instantly jam with your music library, 1/4" Guitar input and 1/8" Stereo Aux input, 1/4" Headphone output, Tap tempo/tuner, 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app), Stereo wet/dry effects for immersive sound, compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII foot controllers, USB connection, 8" custom Celestion speaker for low end with two mid-frequency drivers and two high-frequency drivers. I’ve had the Yamaha THR combo’s and this thing blows them away in versatility, volume, and especially tone. For more info check out Line 6 here and a quick overview here. Here’s a cool features and performance video (link). Sells new for $399 but this one’s mint, out of the box, and yours for $279.

2000 Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster - Pewter, (front), (headstock), (back), (tweed case).  (On hold for past 4+ months, fell through the cracks, now available). 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(HOLD-Mike R 9/11).  Includes Fender/G&G tweed case and trem arm.

T-Rex Crunchy Frog Overdrive/Boost. Rich, warm tube overdrive tone with blend control to mix with your amp tone and a separate boost control whenever you need to jump out of the mix a bit more. T-Rex makes good stuff and other than a few small scratches on the right side, this one’s mint for $65.

80’s Ibanez Case, (pic2). Gray exterior chainsaw case with gold painted logo and eggshell foam interior. Should fit Ibanez RG, Roadstar, and Sabre series, and other Strat style guitars. Remarkably nice shape as these go. Interior foam, latches, hinges, handle, all intact and nice. Got an old Ibanez you love? Give it a happy home. $119/shipped to your door.

Epiphone Dot/ES-335 Case. Nice shape, plush interior. $65.

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop BG-1400 Tele Pickup, (pic2). An amazing 30.5K out of this Duncan Tele Lead Stack bridge pickup. If you’re looking for the hottest possible, this has gotta be it. This pickup is also known as a Pearly Gates Tele and features Alnico 5 magnets and 4-conductor wiring for a variety of single coil and humbucker applications. Since this is stacked pickup, you’ll need a route of .83” clearance. Duncan sells this model direct through his site for $150, or get this one for just $99.

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates SH-PG1B - White. The original Pearly Gates was wound for Billy Gibbons famous ’59 ‘Burst and they were later turned into a regular production model. Very popular in Les Pauls but also used on Fender Big Apple, Lonestar, and other Strats throughout the years. These typically develop fine cracks between the poles which have never been problematic on ones we’ve had. Sounded great on the Strat it came out of and priced around ½ of a new one at $49.

Fender Stratocaster Vintage Noiseless Set. Famous for delivering classic Fender single coil tone – without the hum. Special beveled poles and enamel-coated magnet wire produce the brilliant clarity, definition and harmonic tones without the annoying hum of vintage single coils. These were OEM on American Deluxe and many Custom Shop Stratocasters. $199 a set new or get this used set for just $109. We can also wire it up to a pickguard, “drop in ready”, for $159 including guard, knobs, tip, pots, and switch.

Fender SCN Stratocaster Set, (pic2). These Samarium Cobalt Noiseless (SCN) Mod Shop pickups were been designed from the ground up by Bill Lawrence and tweaked by the Fender R&D department. Bill claims that Rare Earth alloys, like samarium cobalt, are used to produce permanent magnets five times stronger than any other material. These were stock in American Deluxe and Custom Shop guitars in the ‘00’s and offer a good Strat tone without the hum. Get this set for less than $35/each - $99 takes the set.

Marshall Haze 15 MHZ15 Tube Guitar Head, (panel), (back), (footswitch). The Haze 15 combines classic tube tone, with modern day digital effects, the best of both worlds. For players who like to keep things simple, with this baby there's no more hooking up a bunch of stomp boxes - you've got emulated spring Reverb, as well as Echo, Chorus, and Vibrato. With a 12AX7 to warm up the preamp, and a 6V6 cranking out 15 watts of tube power, this amp has the warm, natural sound of a tube amp. It's diminutive size, just 19.5" wide, makes it more desirable for players who don't want the look of a full stage rig, but the vintage styling is straight out of the 60's. Designed in the same style as the big Marshalls, the 2 distinctive footswitchable channels of the Haze offers a variety of tonal possibilities. The Normal mode provides a rich and organic clean sound with loads of headroom, while the Overdrive channel delivers a warm overdriven tone, with a separate Gain control to dial in as little, or as much, grit as you want in your tone. A Bright switch is shared between both channels - when engaged it adds extra bite and sparkle. Both channels also share a shared 3-band EQ. Channel effects are remembered when you return to the channel, meaning you can set up your clean and overdrive sounds and return to them over and over again without having to readjust your settings. The warm emulated spring reverb has its own independent control, allowing you to add as much reverb as required, and it also has a positive off (click) position when you want it out of the circuit completely. Click here for a good YouTube demo from Nevada Music (UK). Includes 1-botton footswitch for free or substitute for an optional Marshall PEDL10049 4-button (Channel Select, OD Boost, Reverb, and Effect with LEDs) for $65. This amp sold new for $599 but this one is in perfect shape other than one scratch on the faceplate, and is just $350.

SKB 2U Space Roto Molded Rack, (inside). New redesigned SKB Roto Racks have a new exterior design that includes a recognizable bar design that signifys the rack size on the front and rear covers with interlocking capabilities for a secure stack with Roto Racks and the new Roto Shallow Racks. Features recessed steel, Mil-Spec black twist latches, and new heavy-duty flush handles, front and rear rack rails with a rack depth of 17.6" so gear can now be mounted front and rear. List price is $189 but this clean used one is just $55.

2001 Jerry Jones "Neptune" Longhorn Bass, (front), (back), (headstock back), (inside label), (relic-wear1 #2 #3), (case). In the coolest finish, Copper Burst. Jerry Jones built the best Dano reproductions on the market, better than the original 50’s models in fact. While the Korean models offer a good guitar for the money, Jerry Jones made pro quality instruments in his Nashville TN shop. The Neptune Longhorn is based on the Danelectro model from the 50's and features excellent balance, superb playability, and fantastic tone in a 30" short-scale. It's light weight and 30" scale make it a dream to play during long gigs, and the tone is rich enough that you can use it throughout the night, rather than pulling it out for a few songs. Other features include hollowbody construction, Indian Rosewood fretboard with 1 5/8” nut width, 14.5" radius, truss rod at the heel, quality Gotoh tuners, 4-way rotary pickup switching with hum-cancelling wiring, Gotoh bridge with adjustable steel saddles and, most notably, Jerry Jones own lipstick tube pickups, widely acclaimed as the best lipsticks on the market. As Jerry once said, “the Neptune has a punchy percussive tone that can really cut through the mix. String this one with flat-wounds and leave your upright at home.” Jerry retired 5 years ago and sold off all of his machinery and parts. Since that time they have continued to appreciate on the used market. This one has some vintage vibe (relic look), especially around the edges, which make it look very close to an original 50’s model. There might be a cleaner one somewhere, but none cooler. Plays great with no fret wear and fairly lively for the Dano body style. Yours for $1150, including a slightly rough hardshell case.

2006 PRS Singlecut Emerald Green Flametop with Birds, (front), (back), (headstock back), (bird inlays), (case). Just got the right case for this one so I’m relisting it: Lovely Emerald Green with a nicely flamed maple top and the older, colorful bird inlays. At the risk of sounding like a geezer, I’ve never warmed up to the newer “open” bird inlays, seeing them as a cheaper manufacturing technique. Singlecuts are great guitars, much like the Custom 22 except in a more timeless body shape with a slightly thicker mahogany back, but the features are undeniably PRS including the flamed maple "binding" where PRS leaves the maple unstained and bookmatched maple top over mahogany body and neck.  Features include dual volume and tone, selector on the upper bout, and stoptail tailpiece, PRS-7 Treble and Bass pickups, 25" scale, 10" radius, vintage tuners, and wide-fat neck which isn't as chunky as the name might suggest - for many it's the perfect size, and just slightly thicker than their wide-thin profile.  Cosmetically it’s in excellent condition, with the exception of a few tiny finish impressions next to 3 of the knobs, shown here.  Frets are near perfect, like a 2-month old guitar and it has no buckle wear nor dings on the headstock points.  Set up is very low with no buzz, a real delight to play. If you're looking for a nice alternative to a Les Paul, we love this model and with the bird inlays, a nice deal at $1599. Includes original case and PRS paperwork.

Epiphone E-Series Bully SG, (front), (headstock back), (back). I had to steal the bridge off of this around 8 years ago so it’s been in stock a long time. Recently found and a proper bridge and stopbar installed, set up fantastically, and ready to rock. The Epi E-series was short-lived in the early 00’s and the Bully is basically an SG Special with slim taper neck, upgraded E-series open coil humbuckers, and E-Dovewing headstock and logo. I had this one priced for $165 on an archived page from 2005 and am blowing it out today for $115. If you’re looking for an excellent choice for a beginner and want something that plays a lot better than the new Epi Junior at your local store, you can’t go wrong with this one with a proper set up.

Custom Warmoth/Musikraft Strat/Tele Relic, (back back2), (front front2), (checking/wear pic2 pic3), (headstock back), (neckplate). Fantastic relic job by local finish expert Geo M on this Olympic White Warmoth body. Perfect finish checking throughout, authentic looking dings, overall appearance of a heavily played guitar that’s done at least as good as Fender Custom Shop. All good parts here including Callaham bridge, Gotoh HAP locking vintage tuners, DiMarzio Area pickups, Dunlop strap pins, and exact replica Fender F-plate with serial number. Now for the unusual part – this great body is paired with a great neck, a Tele neck no less. Yep, it’s a quality Musikraft neck made of quartersawn maple, with an appropriate “Fender Custom” decal professionally installed. It’s definitely a chunky neck, along the lines of a Fender ’56 “Boat” neck, so if you favor American Standard or Vintage ‘52/’62 profiles, you probably want to pass on this one. I debated installing a Strat neck on this guitar but it occurred to me that a few players ever year tell me that they’re building Strat/Tele hybrid guitars which tells me this might actually be more desirable to a number of our customers. We can install a Strat neck, but let’s try this unique look first. I know a bit about the relic process used on this body and it has at least 30 hours of labor involved. You can try it yourself but you’ll go through a number of bodies before you get anything close to this. The set up is quite low, with no buzz, and these DiMarzio’s are one of my favorites for an authentic Strat tone without the noise. What a great guitar for just $999(HOLD-Steve, local 1/7).

Lab Series L5 100W Combo Without Speakers, (panel), (back/side), (top), (back panel), (BB King ad). Amp works A-Okay, and we just removed the chassis and cleaned all the pots and connections - but it's being sold without speakers. A great example of solid state amps done right - good enough in fact that the L5 was used by Allan Holdsworth on his first few albums, as well as Ty Tabor on the early King's X albums and its most noteworthy user, B.B. King found his signature tone in an L5 in the late 70's and continued to use them through the end of his career. B.B. became an official endorser in 1981 but was already a devoted user by then. If most people listen to any of these recordings they'd likely assume they were hearing a tube amp. The dynamic range and touch sensitivity - and Allan and Ty's pure sounding crunch, don't share much with other solid state amps of the day. Lab series are frequently thought to be "Gibson" amps, but Gibson was just sort of an in-law to the Lab company. Gibson's only relation was distribution of the Labs, and the fact that both companies were owned by Norlin. The actual credit for design and manufacture goes to Moog, of analog synth fame. Although the L5 is the most noted of this series, there were several others in the line including the L7 and L9 which were identical amps but with a different speaker configuration. These are loud amps, rated at 100W RMS and unlike most solid state amps where 100 watts was roughly the equivalent of a 35 watt tube amp, this was a loud 100 watts. Specs and features include: 100 watts through 2X12" speakers; dual channels; channel one is a basic Fender-style layout with Bright switch and Vol-Bass-Mid-Treb knobs. Channel 2 features a lot more control. In addition to the Bright switch, Volume, Bass, and Treble, it features an active type EQ with a semi-parametric midrange control with mid frequency adjustable from 100Hz to 6400Hz along with a corresponding cut/boost knob. It also features a Multifilter knob, essentially a 6-band EQ with fixed settings (centers at 1000Hz, 1370Hz, 1900Hz, 2630Hz, 3630Hz and 5000 Hz.), where you control only how much of the signal thru it gets mixed back with the main signal - sort of like a flanger's comb filter with the sweep set to zero. It also features a good sounding reverb and an onboard compressor that's a personal favorite, with a knob to control the amount of compression with a corresponding LED that lights up when the compressor kicks in. Lastly, a Master Volume knob lets you overdrive the preamp circuit while keeping the output level down. On the back of the amp you have a footswitch input for reverb on/off, effects loop, and an unusual on/off switch that locks in to prevent inadvertent shut down. There are a few Lab Series sites on the web including DIYGuitarist. Again, this amp does not include speakers. It had a pair of early Celestions that were worth almost as much as the amp and they were sold separately. Speakers shown are just to highlight speaker alignment and are not included. Overall it's in decent used condition but far from collector's grade. Buy it because it's a good sounding amp - not because it's a lovely example. If you haven't heard one of these, you're likely in for a treat and at $299, a good buy on a powerful 2X12 combo.

2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster w/many upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock tuners), (upgraded pu’s and bridge), (Fender 60’s Tolex case). An excellent guitar…made better. This one has received all the player upgrades which are frequently requesting including a pair of Texas Special pickups, Callaham bridge and compensated brass saddles, locking tuners, and a genuine Fender 60’s style Tolex case. The Callaham bridge ($125) is twice as thick as the stock Tele bridge, increasing sustain, volume, and unwanted feedback, Texas Special pickups ($159) offer increased output with increased mids and presence on the bridge, and warm clear tone on the neck – while the Fender locking tuners ($62) maintain better tuning stability without modification to the guitar. Fender Pro Series case ($119) provides excellent protection and is just plain cooler than plastic. This is one of the "new" American Standards that replaced the American Series, which replaced the "old" American Standard. At every step in its evolution, Fender has made a number of minor improvements to the Tele which, collectively, combine to make a better guitar. 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, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit. Other features include highly finished frets, detailed nut work, and rolled fretboard edges. A new American Standard in 3-tone sunburst will run you $1299, and it will probably be a good player. For less money, you can have this one in perfect condition, with $465 worth of upgrades and it’s guaranteed to be an excellent player. Just $1199 as outfitted with all upgrades or, if you prefer, we can return to stock parts (pic) and drop the price a few hundred.

Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Nano Analog Delay. Sounds much like the old Boss DM units with almost twice the delay time (550ms) plus a selectable modulation switch. Advertised as a close cousin to the old Memory Man, it’s lush and natural sounding. Add in the modulation for a touch of chorus to further thicken your tone. Best of all, it’s a Nano, which takes up less than ½ the space of most EH effects. Sells new for $120; this one’s perfect in the box for $84.

Korg KFB-001 Spacer. Made for the popular 80’s Korg PME40X pedalboard, the KFB does nothing other than occupy an empty space on your board. It’s only the 2nd one I’ve had in 20 years so it’s probably pretty rare. $39.

Steinberg UR28M USB 2.0 Audio Interface, (back). Simple desktop unit that lets you record direct to your digital device or broadcast on the web. Top of the line converters provide a max sampling rate of 192K, 24 bit. You can connect with an IPad or countless iOS apps and is compatible with all the major production software. It offers an easy way of streaming performances live to the internet, with incoming audio signals merged to the playback signal from Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer. It offers Phantom power as well as a 5 V DC port is to supply sufficient power when using it with an iPad. A standard USB power adaptor or an external USB battery can be connected to guarantee power stability. Sells new for $99 but this one’s mint for just $59.

T-Rex SpinDoctor Version 1, (front), (side). One of the best tube overdrives in recent history. This is the original Spin Doctor, which uses two tubes to achieve it’s warm tube overdrive, unlike the second version which was built with just a single tube. This is a programmable device with actual motorized knobs, i.e. they move automatically, like flying faders on an automated mixer. Pretty cool. It also has Midi in, so you can control the presets and parameters via external Midi devices. Rather than write a long description of features, let me point you to a few online demos. There are plenty of online but my favorite is on Vimeo (link), although not in English unfortunately. For a good English demo, here’s a good quick one (link) from ProGuitarShops. For comparison to the Version 2, I think you can hear the increased warmth of the Version 1 in this side-by-side comparison (link). Although original manual is included, you can check out all the features online at T-Rex here. The new Version 2 with one tube sells for $520 but I think this is a better sounding unit, very clean in the box, and just $299.

RMC Wizard Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Geoffrey Teese's wah pedals are perhaps the most highly regarded on the market, use by countless pro's on stage and in the studio. The Wizard is a chameleon, part RMC1 and part Picture Wah, the Wizard Wah sounds like nothing else, with extended sweep range, rich, tight lows, smooth mids, a natural sounding top end, and a slight overall boost. It is slightly darker than a "normal" wah. The top end gets only a little brighter than the actual guitar sound and it has a very smooth overall sound - the low has close to the same signal strength as the mid and the top. Unlike the RMC1, the Wizard is designed to work with most any pickup configuration and any amp gain structure. Like all RMC's, it is developed and built by Geoffrey Teese and includes true-bypass and AC adapter jack.  Beautiful condition and a nice buy for an RMC at $165. 

Martin Nylon Backpacker Travel Guitar, (back), (side), (gigbag). The Backpacker is a cool little travel guitar that easily fits in the overhead compartment on flights and at a weight of less than 3 lbs. isn’t much to lug around. Unlike some other diminutive guitars, the Backpacker is solidly built and plays like a regular guitar with a full 24” scale. Features include a solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back, bridge accepts either ball-end strings or standard tie-off classical, and chrome enclosed tuners. If you’re looking for a classical guitar to play at the beach, camping, or strumming in the living room, this baby doesn’t take up much space and has decent projection for such a small body. Nice deal at $119. Includes Martin gigbag.

Gibson Humbucker Pair – 496R and 498T w/Nickel Covers, (back). Clean shape and much cheaper than new. $129/pair.

Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, classic Boss chorus with added benefit of tone pot.  A lot of CE-2 fans have switched over to this pedal. Velcro on bottom; mint in original box, $55.

Danelectro Corned Beef Reverb. Cool little reverb pedal for cheap and especially nice for amps without reverb. For a demo, click here. Not demonstrated, but it does a killer 50’s slapback echo as well. $25.

Danelectro Pepperoni Phaser. You don’t need a vintage Phase 90 to get a cool phase sound. Like the old MXR’s, just one knob to adjust the speed. For a demo, click here and here for a cool little EVH demo. $19.

Samson S-Patch Plus 48-point Patch Bay, (detail), (back). I used these back when my stage racks were taller than I was but even if you’ve only got several outboard units, it’s a lot easier than going around back into each unit. The S-Patch Plus is a fully balanced 48-point patch bay which allows you to change your effects from the front panel with a flip of a switch. 3-way front panel mode switches lets you choose Normal, Half-normal and Through Mode operation. It features ¼” TRS connectors, 19” rackmount chassis, and is built to last. New cost is $119 ($207 list) but this one is dead mint for just $65.

1968 Martin 00-18C, (front), (back), (headstock back), (side), (serial), (top grain), (case). [ Where have all the flowers gone…” One of the coolest folk guitars you can own and just a few chords conjurs up the era of Peter, Paul, and Mary. This wouldn’t be my top recommendation for a serious classical player looking for a Ramirez type guitar, but for a player or collector who wants that distinctive folk music tone, few could be better. It has a very big bass for a small mahogany body, and fills the room with smooth tones. Specs of the 00-18C include: double-bound 14 1/8" 00-size body, spruce top, mahogany back, mahogany sides, 12-fret mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard - bridge - headstock overlay, slotted headstock, dot inlays, 19 fret, rosewood bridge, 3-on-a-plate tuners, and 2" nut. For nearly 50 years old this guitar is in amazingly clean condition. Just a few check lines on top but no other significant flaws or wear anywhere on this guitar. Playabilty is what you’d expect on a classical and there’s plenty of saddle to work with. If you’re a Martin collector, someone who wants to relive the glorious 60’s, or just a player wanting an old Martin in beautiful condition, you want this guitar. $1299. Includes an old hardshell case that fits the guitar perfectly.

Tech 21 MidiMoose, (pic2). Controller for the G-Major 2 below or any other midi device. Need a simple Midi switcher; here you go. It features Up and Down footswitches to select groupings of 5 preset programs. Individual silent-switching, custom actuators instantly engage each program change directly within the selected grouping. It can be powered by a standard 9V adaptor, 9V battery (200 hours!), or phantom power via Midi cable. New cost is $179 but this one’s mint in the box for $119. Manual online here.

Tech 21 MidiMouse, (pic2). Controller for the G-Major 2 below or any other midi device. Need a simple Midi switcher; here you go. The Tech 21 MIDI Mouse is a compact, portable, and exceptionally user-friendly 3-button MIDI foot controller that transmits up to 128 patches on 16 selectable MIDI channels. It can be powered by a standard 9V adaptor, 9V battery, or phantom power via Midi cable. New cost is $109 but this one’s mint in the box for $75.

T.C. Electronics G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor with rack, (rack), (front), (back), (powered up).  Well-cared for, barely used, with plastic film still on front panel.  Includes a great padded 2-space rack with carrying handle and shoulder strap. As TCE says, "made by guitarists for guitarists." This multi-effects processor sounds magical and is an incredibly powerful unit, a single rack space, plus it's very affordable, especially by TC Electronic standards. You get studio-quality sounds combined with stompbox simplicity in a unit that's geared for demanding and diverse performances. Not another modeling processor, but pure undiluted TC Electronic effects in a league of their own. The G-Major 2 offers easy integration with your current setup and pain-free on-the-fly editing - or use a MIDI interface for more dedicated patch programming using the included PC/Mac editor. G-Major 2 processor houses all the classic TC Electronic effects that made the original G-Major a favorite among passionate hobby musicians and pros alike. It adds a wide range of guitar effects and features based on feedback and requests from dedicated users of the G-Major platform. From the delays, reverbs and modulation effects that helped define the industry and new daring sounds such as Tri-Chorus, Through-Zero langer, modulated delays, and Univibe, everything is done with impeccable TC Electronic quality.   There are a number of good demo's online, here's one on YouTube.  Click here for full specs at TC's site.  Sold new for $499, plus around $59 for the rack. Get this one in perfect condition WITH a 2-space padded rack, for just $349. (Note: I also have a Tech 21 Midi Moose or Midi Mouse if you need a control pedal.)

2002 Martin 000C-16RGTE Acoustic-Electric, (front), (back), (preamp), (appointments), (headstock/neck), (case/etc.).   Surprisingly exquisite finger style guitar for this price range - action is as low as a Taylor, with a very balanced tone, both acoustically and amplified.  This is the fifth one of these I've had with the 000C body and holds its own with orchestra models at twice the price.  The 000C-16RGTE offers the vintage look of a gloss finish top, but the back and sides have a satin finish, which is less labor-intensive but is actually conducive to better tone.  It also features an excellent preamp system for stage work and cutaway rosewood body which is better for finger style playing.  The preamp is the Fishman Onboard Blender which utilizes a condenser mic, suspended inside the body, combined with an under-saddle Piezo.  Using the Blend control you can dial in just the right amount of body and mix it with the sound of the top for a tone that matches your personal playing style.  You get a very natural tone and plenty of control and maximum volume before feedback.  It has remained one of the best amplification systems ever made in my opinion.  Features include the popular 000-size cutaway body that's great for finger style playing and blues, solid East Indian rosewood with solid Sitka spruce top, solid Spanish cedar neck attached with Martin's fine mortise-and-tenon joint, solid Micarta fingerboard, modified low oval neck shape, scalloped braces, herringbone rosette, bound neck, bound body front and back, white Corian nut, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, pearl dot inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome enclosed gears, gloss finish top, satin finish body & neck.  Recently discontinued, this model sold new for $1749 ($2349 list), a remarkable price for a Martin of this quality.  Better yet, this used one's in very nice shape with no repaired cracks or other issues and, again, as fine a player as you could ever hope to find.  $1050 includes Martin hardshell case, manuals, and warranty.

2000 Parker Fly Stealth, (front), (back), (headstock pic2), (bridge/pickup), (case). Very cool guitar, marking Parker’s brief foray into the hard rock market at the turn of the decade. The Stealth features a basswood body and fixed bridge to accommodate heavier string gauges and increased sustain. Assisted by the textured glass/carbon fiber exoskeleton for strength, the Stealth weighs in at only 5 lbs. and is a joy to play for an extended gig. This one also features a few cool mods including a killswitch (aka stutter or mute) which is a momentary switch wired to ground which mutes the signal and can be a cool effect with a lot of distortion, delay, or other effect. It also has a tap tempo and extra output jack on the side: just run a regular cable from the guitar to your favorite time-based effect and press the switch in time with the beat and your effect will change tempo (such as delay time, or sweep rate on a chorus/phaser). If you don’t want to use it, simply ignore it. Lastly, it features a mid-boost system, which is the same one used by James Tyler on his $5K SuperStrats. The mid-boost is controlled by a knob and on-off switch. The final mod is purely cosmetic – dot inlays on the fretboard, which are countersunk and look totally factory. Stock features of the Stealth include slim basswood neck; slim contoured body; patented neck-through design; textured glass/carbon fiber exoskeleton; two custom-wound DiMarzio humbucking pickups; hardtail bridge; carbon fiber fingerboard, Sperzel locking tuners, and 24 stainless steel frets. Offered in excellent condition with a fantastic low set up. One mod is the strap button was moved at some point from the back of the horn to the side. Both holes have been finished over but we will install your choice of plain, Schaller, or Dunlop strap pins at no cost. If you haven’t played one, you’ll be surprised how “heavy” a 5-pound guitar can sound. It can keep up with any regular guitar made. You can also play in drop tuning with heavier strings. A fairly rare model at a great price. $1350 includes original case.

OFF-HOLD: DiPinto Galaxie 4, (front), (headstock pic2), (back), (neck). Looking for cool vibe in a nice guitar? Check out the DiPinto Galaxie 4 (4 as in four, count ‘em four, pickups!). It combines the vibe of a Jaguar/Jazzmaster with a 60’s Italian MOTS. The Jazzmaster comparison goes further, as this guitar makes and excellent choice for surf music, as well as jazz, rockabilly, or country. The drastically angled headstock has a profile that’s almost a dead knockoff of the original Paul Bigsby headstock, which was “borrowed” by Leo Fender when he designed the Stratocaster. You might notice that this guitar is in a flat black finish, which wasn’t offered by the factory. A previous owner took the liberty of spraying over the original silver flake finish. It was sprayed right over the original finish and if you want to take the time, I think the black could be removed fairly easily. Features include mahogany body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, 10" fretboard radius, four DiPinto single coil pickups controlled by individual rocker on/off switches, master volume and tone controls, tuneomatic bridge, floating Jaguar-style tremolo, enclosed gear tuners with pearl buttons, headstock finished to match pickguard. The angled headstock helps maintain tension across the nut without the use of string trees which is extremely helpful in helping the tremolo stay in tune. The trem has that nice spongy feel of a Bigsby or, more specifically, like an old Fender floating trem. This Jaguar-style tremolo is designed to maintain tuning; bending one string doesn't throw the others out of tune, and the guitar sustains well. There are a lot of cool pickup combinations. The bridge pickup provides a nice twang but also has enough midrange to sound good distorted. Pickup 2 offers a fine funk tone, while the neck pickup, the hottest of the four, has plenty of warmth for jazz, with enough bite for blues. The middle two have a unique sound, like a single-coil neck/middle combo but with more mids. Hearing is believing – click here for a great demo. Los Straitjackets (pic) have been playing these guitars for years and definitely good enough for the pro guitarist. With a list price of $916, if you don’t mind a semi-pro black refinish you can save big bucks on this barely played used one. Very cool guitar for just $389(HOLD-Bruce G 2/13).

Weber Classic British C1225 Speaker Quad for 4X12.  Weber's take on 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.  For players wanting to upgrade any of the budget Chinese amps that use 16 ohms, just one of these and you’re sounding 30% better. These will run you $114/each direct from Weber (link for price/specs), but this set of 4 have seen just a few hours of bedroom use and are in mint condition.  These are mint in box for $75/ea. Buy the set of 4 and get free shipping.  

Fender Classic 50’s Stratocaster Neck, (back), (headstock back). Good choice if you’re building up a 50’s maple board Strat. A tiny bit of fretboard edge wear but otherwise very clean and frets are near perfect. Includes vintage style tuners, string tree, and nut – just bolt it on. Maple boards are easy to relic if you want to go for a vintage vibe. These guitars are running $799 so a complete neck is a good deal at $259.

1988 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Blackie, (front), (back), (headstock back), (electronics), (neck and body marking), (case). 2ND Full year for the American Standard was 1988 and this one is a bit unique in that it was at least partially built by John Cruz. John went on to become one of the top custom shop luthiers and became a master builder in 2003. With the glossy black body and maple fretboard this guitar has the Clapton “Blackie” vibe that a lot of players love. Action is very comfortable and it’s a typically very good sounding Strat. At 24 years this is considered a vintage guitar and certainly clean enough for the collector but priced lower than a new one if you want to gig with it. $1099 includes original case with latches and hinges intact. This is a nice Strat.

Shadow MK40 Head, (top), (back), (ser.). The MK40 utilizes four EL84 power tubes in a class A/B design to provide pure tube tone, variable from from 1 to 40 watts via a Wattage control on the front panel. Simple in design, the only other controls are Volume, Tone, and a Bright switch. The back panel features both 8 and 16 ohm outputs. EL84’s seem to conjure up the chimey tones of a Vox AC, which this amp can do, but it’s more ballsy, best described as a Vox-Plexi mix. Check out some demo’s online: a decent one from Wild West Guitars (link), and one with Steve Smith discussing features (link). For more info click here for Shadow. As touted on their site, the cleans on the MK40 are extremely nice, and it’s noted for being very accommodating to pedals. The saturation point is very versatile. You can keep the neighbors happy – or play clubs – with equal overdrive, by utilizing the Wattage control. This feature also keeps the amp in bias and also keeps the tone consistent through the full range of 1 to 40 watts. This amp sold new for nearly $1800 new but offered in perfect used condition for just $1150.

1987 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – White, (front), (back), (headstock back), (body/electronics), (candy), (case case2). First full year for the American Standard, in the most desirable color, Arctic White, which has faded to a nicely yellowed Vintage White, as shown in this pic under the pickguard compared to the exposed areas. The American Standard made its debut at the Summer ’86 NAMM Show and while a few were shipped in ’86, of the 100’s of 80’s Strats I’ve had, only one was dated 1986 and most people consider an ’87 as a first year model. I shot the neck date on this one but lost the pic, I think it was 8/17/87 or so. This guitar has seen very little playing time and exhibits only a few very minor clear coat impressions, most would rate it a 9.5 I’d guess. Considering it comes with all the case candy including Fender cable, strap, strap locks, hang tag, manual, etc., it’s definitely one for the collection. It’s got a great neck with no fret wear to speak of so it’s set up low and fast. The vibe on a faded white finish has always been a favorite of players, looking very much like an old Olympic White finish. This guitar is a real winner and for a first year example, a nice buy at $1250. I’ll post the neck date pic shortly. Pots are all ’87 and all original solder joints.

1970’s Gibson G-35 Combo, (panel), (back), (back panel). Pretty good sounding solid state model from Gibson. Although I’ve read 30 watts online, I would rate it significantly lower but it’s plenty loud for practice or studio work. It has very good sounding reverb and vibrato, the latter of which can be heard on this so-so YouTube demo. Appears to be all original including Gibson orange-label 12” speaker. Features include single channel with low-hi inputs, volume, treb, bass, reverb, vibrato intensity and speed, with ¼” jack for effects on/off on the back. Very nice condition for its age and a good sounding example of 70’s solid state. $199.

1962 Gibson GA-5 Skylark Combo, (panel), (back), (chassis), (“manual”). As clean as they come and sounds as perfect as it looks. What surprised me about this amp was that all tubes appear to be original GE and it sounds absolutely perfect. It has none of the snap-crackle-pop frequently found on old amps and the tone is extremely sweet. It reminds me sort of like an old Fender Champ, with except in addition to a smooth overdrive when cranked, it has a sweet, lush sound at around ½ volume and back AND sounds great with humbuckers or single coils. At 5 watts it’s not going to play a club, but for practice or studio, it’s perfect for a beautifully pure tube amp tone. I uploaded a demo here, a rough first take. These ’62 brown Gibsons have a great reputation, especially the GA-5. In collector’s condition, a nice deal at $439. Includes original “manual” which is essentially a schematic; still very cool vintage paperwork.

Babicz Tele Bridge – Full Contact Hardware, (pic2). Bridges can have a huge impact on your tone and feel and Full Contact is one of the most innovative designs ever for a Tele. Click here for more info. Mint condition and just $99(HOLD-Lou B local 3/6).

Highlander iP-1 Acoustic Pickup w/Volume Control, (pic2), (vol control). Like the Fishman Matrix, the Highlander iP-1 is another "all in one" active system, with the preamp built into the elongated output jack and no major modification is required to your guitar, simply a very small hole under the saddle for the transducer wire and feed the preamp through the endpin hole. This is a rare model that also includes a factory volume control which can be installed in several fashions, including drilling a hole in the top or side, or simply tape mounting it.  The iP-1 is an excellent design and there are loads of accolades on their site. The iP-1 "hears" the tonal properties of the wood and design, not just the dry sound of pressure against the thin transducer under the saddle.  Check out Highlander's site here and the iP-1 here.   This one's just $109, or $135/installed on any guitar in stock.  

2012 PRS Blistertone 50 2X12 Combo w/Reverb (top), (back panel), (side), (back). From PRS Custom Shop comes this superb Blistertone 50, outfitted with Paisley covering and a pair of Celestion Vintage 30’s. This is one of the coolest fabric coverings I’ve seen and PRS did a perfect job building an amp that sounds as killer as it looks. If you’ve lusted after a Blistertone since they first appeared in ’08, you’ve no doubt know that this one is a rare bird. Trying to find another 2X12 combo, most are heads or 1X12’s, and then try to find one in Paisley. This combo blew me away with it’s very organic sounding overdrive, spongy feel, and its ability to clean up with my guitar’s volume control. It has loads of gain, and gets very crunchy before master and volume are at around 4 – and just more singing sustain the further over 5 you go. It does have a decent clean tone at lower volume levels, but don’t buy it for it’s versatility as I wouldn’t rate it as an exceptional amp for both crunch and clean. The reverb is excellent. Paul enlisted Doug Sewell to head up his CAD (Custom Amp Designs) and the Blistertone is a continuation of the same basic model Doug built under his own “Sewell” designs 10 years earlier. It’s tone stack is unique and can tailor your sound exceptionally well for a straight-ahead, 6-knob combo. Tubes are a pair of 6L6 power, three ECC83’s in the preamp, with a 12AT7 reverb driver. The rear panel features bias test points and an adjustment pot, as well as 4 and 8 ohm jacks (each with parallel extension jacks), and a 6 ohm output jack. Cosmetically, it’s in lovely shape with no noteworthy flaws other than it’s missing a little “Custom” badge in the lower right corner. There’s a decent little demo on PRS’s site here. Apparently I forgot to shoot a pic of the back but will post one soon. This amp cost around $3300 new and is an exceptional value in a custom shop 2X12 at just $1999.

1980’s Zion Radicaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (push/pull knob), (bridge/stud reinforce), (neck marking).  Back in 1980, when Zion started building guitars, they were among an elite group of boutique guitar builders, each one made to order. While the Radicaster is their most basic style, it was one of the finest SuperStrats from the era when Stratmania had taken over. Body appears to be basswood, which was very popular on rock guitars, with a flamed maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and medium frets. The action is comfortably low and it plays very fast. Pickups are both embossed “Zion” covers, both humbuckers, with a splitter built into the volume control for 6 tonal variations. Body and neck are both marked “Made in Canada” and were made by LaSiDo, which made tons of high end guitar parts for many builders including Valley Arts during this era. The Kahler tremolo was a 2700 but it was missing some parts and rather than spend $60 on overpriced Kahler parts, we just installed a chrome Kahler I had in stock. One of the things I noted when I got this one in were the “rings” around the tremolo studs which Martin told me were often walnut or other hardwood inserts to provide added stability to the area and keep the studs from stripping. It is obviously factory, since it’s original finish and there are no paint lines in the area. If you’re looking for a cool piece of rock history from the golden era of SuperStrats, this one’s easy on the wallet at just $750, probably ½ of what it cost 30 years ago.

2005 Breedlove Custom Shop SD25-Focus/R, (front/back), (preamp), (appointments), (case case2).  Simply a wonderful acoustic and the more Breedloves I get, the more convinced I am that they are the best handmade acoustics on the market for the money; reminds me of Taylor in their early days before all the "improvements".  This rosewood beauty has rarely been played and is one of the best acoustics I've had in years.  Breedlove's Focus line is one of their most versatile instruments, equally at home in the studio, on stage, or in the living room.  I called Breedlove regarding this guitar and was informed that it was a special order, with appointments from the Focus series, but with the SD-25 (Dreadnought) body.  Features of this model include:  Sitka Spruce body with soft Venetian cutaway and custom depth, Breedlove's Signature Voicing System, select Indian Rosewood back and sides, Mahogany neck, S-class appointments with upgraded Ivoroid binding, Abalone ring soundhole rosette, the Focus style fretboard inlay, S-Series Ivoroid decorative BWB purfling and a gloss finish.   Also features the LR Baggs Dual Element Electronics, with small controls for Volume and Mix accessible on the inside edge of the sound hole.  Breedlove said that list price on this model was $3999 which is very reasonable for a custom shop acoustic of this quality.  This guitar is in perfect condition, is an exceptional player with beautiful tone, and a nice deal at $2350(SOLD-Steve 7/2/18) with OEM Breedlove case.

Here are a few pickups for today.

Sheptone Tribute (bridge) humbucker, (pic2). Sheptone are getting some great reviews for their PAF’s. See their site here for all the skinny. This one’s never been installed and just $75(HOLD-Brian N 4/15).

Gibson Burstbucker 3, (pic2). Slightly overwound for bridge position. $129 new; this one’s just $85.

Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker (bridge). $87 new, this one’s just $59.

Seymour Duncan 50th Anniversary Humbucker Set, (pic2). Sold in sets only in 2005, these are Alnico 2’s, without outputs in mid 7K (neck) and low 8K (bridge). Individually numbered and signed by Seymour. Installed but removed right after installation thus immaculate condition. $199/set (Hold – Jimmy 6/29).

FOUND (somebody inquired a few weeks ago…): USA Customs Strat with Fishman Mann-Made bridge, (pic2 - back pic taken with flash to show color), (neck pic - shows orangish vintage tint).   For those of you who aren't familiar with USA Customs, they've built a solid following, initially via Ebay sales and more recently directly from their web site, usacustomguitars.com, offering quality guitar parts and completed guitars, made to order.  I've had 2 of them in the past, both excellent guitars, but it worked out such that I needed to part them out rather than sell them whole.  I'm going to give this one a try as a complete guitar and begin by stating that the quality is at least as good as USA Fender, definitely pro quality in all regards.  Starting with an Alder body that's a nice light/medium weight, with a pearloid pickguard loaded with Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups - with CTS pots and switch.  You might recognize the bridge (pic here) as being identical to a PRS bridge and you're correct - It's a "Mann Made", the same suppliers for PRS bridges from ’85 thru 00’s.  This particular bridge is the Fishman VMV Mann-made, which has piezo saddles which offer a pretty nice acoustic tone out of an electric guitar.  The output jack is a stereo jack and with a Y-cable, which can be included, you can send your electric tones  to one amp; your acoustic tones to an acoustic amp or mixing board.  There are also a number of wiring options which can be used but for now it's wired in the most basic layout.  This guitar has seen very little playing time and is in really nice shape.  Last owner paid $1200, which is reasonable for a quality USA guitar with these features.  If you want some great Strat tones, with the flexibility of an acoustic bridge, here's a really nice way to go - just $850 with case.  Note: Fender vintage logo can be installed for $25 to $50 (including parts & labor), depending on the style of installation.  This is a very nice Strat and...did I mention...just 7.2 lbs.

1982 Yamaha SA800 Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), (bound body/neck), (DiMarzios). These old Japan-era Super Axe series have achieved near legendary status. Built in Japan with fine craftsmanship and quality materials, the SA800 is probably the closest copy that Yamaha made to the ES-335 Dot. Unlike the higher end models like the SA2500, SA1100, etc., the SA800 didn’t sport any fancy cosmetics or extra switching options, just like the original Dot model. Construction is also the same with a laminated maple body with center block, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and dual humbuckers controlled by 3-way selector with dual volume and tone controls. The neck is similar to Gibson’s current ’60 thin taper, not at all chunky. It has received two upgrades, with a old pair of DiMarzio humbuckers and upgraded Schaller tuners. I’m guessing on the Schallers since there’s no telltale evidence such as extra holes, but I don’t think Yamaha used them. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape for 30+ years with just some surface scratches and a few light dings. It’s a loud body acoustically, with very low action and a very easy playing guitar. For a Japan-made Yamaha, this is a nice axe for $799 with gigbag, or a bit more if I have a hardshell case to fit it.

2010 Epiphone Wildkat Archtop Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock back), (optional case pic2). I've always appreciated the Wildkats which have a definite retro vibe with features like Bigsby-licensed tremolo tailpiece, dual Alnico V P90 pickups, and a master volume on the upper bout. To top it off, beautiful flamed maple on this one which is very nice all over - from the lower bout all the way up into the upper horns. Other features include bound body, bound neck, bound f-holes, mahogany body with maple top and set-in maple neck, vintage tin overlaid logo, semi-hollow body with center block, dual volume and master tone plus a master volume on the treble upper bout, and good Gotoh/Epi tuners. Thinline body design is very comfortable for stage use and this guitar is one of the cooler retro designs to come out in years. This guitar has an excellent setup, is in immaculate condition, and has a quality tone with these P90's. With a list price of $665, get this “as new” example for better than 50% off at $319, and this includes a set up that’s much better than factory. Add proper Epi case shown above for $59 more.

OFF-HOLD (1/15): 2009 Hamer Newport Pro USA Custom Order w/ Brazilian Board and more (NEWPRO), (front/back), (headstock), (Braz. board), (heel), (cert./specs), (case/acc.).   For the discriminating collector of dead mint and one-off examples I am pleased to offer this fine custom order Newport Pro.  Custom features of this guitar include tobacco sunburst body with satin finish, no fretboard inlays (side markers only), ebony pickguard (spec is no pickguard), "modern" neck profile, Dunlop 6100 frets (i.e. huge), and most noteworthy, a Brazilian rosewood fretboard that is some of the finest you'll see with minimal streaks and no inconsistencies to the color.  The satin finish is very much a player preference but it is an upcharge at Hamer and to me it gives the guitar more of a vintage look than a high gloss finish.  The Newport debuted in 1999 as a traditional hollow body guitar with a hand-carved solid Spruce top with dual  f-holes Honduras Mahogany neck and body.  Stock features of this fine guitar include Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers, arched top made of 5/8" hand-carved spruce, dual F-holes, Mahogany body with 17.6" lower bout, bound body, bound headstock with pearloid inlay, bound neck, mahogany neck with vintage rounded profile .900" to .960" thickness, fingerboard radius of 14.5", 24 3/4" scale, 1.65" nut width, Schaller Super Rotomatic (stair-step) tuners, Tonepros System II bridge and Tonepros tailpiece.  A STOCK Newport Pro retails for $3900 and sells at discount for $2999; add on the 5 custom specs and you're up to a guitar that sold a year ago for $3500.  This one is "as new", not a hint of use, and priced $1100 less than new - $600 less than even a stock Newport Pro - at just $2399.  I've hyped the quality of Hamers for many years and this one is no exception - tone and playability are top-notch and better than comparable brands that have been around or over a century.

1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Black, Rosewood Board, (front), (headstock), (back), (body/neck), (electronics), (case).  Last full year American Standard, in very nice shape.  These guitars are the modern day workhorse instruments for countless professional and semi-pro guitarists and other than Fender returning to the spaghetti logo in the early 90's, is nearly identical to the original American Standard that made its debut at the Fall '86 NAMM show.  I've sold 100's of these over the years and it remains, for us, the top selling guitar in any price range.  I've written so many descriptions of these that I'll skip the details, other than to say this guitar is 100% original, other than the serial number inexplicably removed.  We dated the guitar by various dates on the body, neck, and electronics.  Nothing inside has been messed with and I feel safe in saying that this is an all-original '99, last full year for the first version American Standard.  One thing Martin noticed, is that this guitar has much more of the Strat "quack" in positions 2 and 4 than your average American Standard.  Too often attributed simply to pickups, it is more often a characteristic of the tone woods and obviously not every piece of alder sounds the same.  Tonally, this one is clearly a cut above, with a nice low set up which will combine to make this your "go to" Strat.  Cosmetically it's in clean shape with no scratches through the clear coat and frets are excellent as well.  With new Strats running $1299, how about a nice '99 model for almost half that, just $679(HOLD-Frank 12/20).  Includes case and paperwork.  

1987 Charvel Model 6 – Cobalt Blue, (front), (headstock back), (back), (serial), (case).  Neck-thru SuperStrat in very tidy shape.  Back in the early 80's of Charvel/Jackson, Charvels were the bolt-on models while the Jackson side produced the neck-thru's.  When Charvel/Jackson revamped the line in the mid 80's, they made both bolt-on's and neck-thru's under both names.  The Model 6 was the Charvel version of the Jackson Soloist Custom (fancy inlays and neck/headstock binding) and features Poplar body with maple neck-thru and quartersawn rosewood fretboard, Jackson JT-6 tremolo, Jackson SG38-06 tuners, Jackson J-50BC bridge humbucker, two J-200 stacked humbuckers, JE-1200 active low impedance mid-boost circuit, volume and tone.  Pickups have individual mini-toggles to select any combination, including neck and bridge, or all three.  Upscale cosmetic features include bound neck, bound headstock, and sharktooth inlays.  I've yet to come across a model 5 or 6 that failed to set up with very low action and this one is no exception; a true joy to play for shredders.  '87 was the first year for the Jackson JT-6 Floyd-licensed tremolo and locking nut, which replaced the Kahler, used in '86 only.  I love the way the JT-6 feels, at least a properly set up one. It’s tight, responsive, and does great trills when you tap on it. Overall this guitar is in lovely shape, better than the pics. No cracks of any kind, no checking, electronics are original and work perfectly.  The frets are in excellent condition and the set up is impeccable.  Although Charvel was the more "affordable" line for Charvel/Jackson, this guitar retailed for $1149, at a time when a lot of retailers did not discount (we sold them at Hotlicks for $849 25 years ago). In all, a super guitar for $799(HOLD-Jennifer S 1/10) including original Charvel chainsaw case with all latches and hinges intact. Includes trem arm.

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 HH, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case).  Very clean Stingray that’s an excellent 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 very clean all around, well cared for since new 2 years ago. 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 Natural lists at $2800, selling new for $1960, but you can get this clean used one for just $1175.  Includes original Musicman case.  I have another in Sunburst for a little more if interested (pic).

Hosa 8-Track Recording Snake RCA to XLR, 8’ High Def. I just took two of these in trade (other one looks identical). Dude said he paid $139/each at Sweetwater. I just want to get the traded value - $100 takes the pair. Nice shape.

Custom Strat – Silver Sparkle, (front), (finish detail), (back), (headstock back), (neck depth), (custom plate), (cavity/electronics). Like chunky necks? Here’s a nice 50’s style Musikraft USA neck mounted on a body I bought back in the 90’s and kept in the box until Martin built this guitar recently. It’s a Mighty Mite body with a super nice factory silver flake finish, with some gold accents. Looks great under spot lighting. Neck was a new Musikraft. Based in Pennsylvania, they build some of the finest replacement parts in USA and we’ve been using them almost exclusively for the past few years. The neck has a vintage logo installed with many coats of nitro finish on the headstock so there are no visible lines on the edge of the vintage logo. It’s a substantial girth, recommended for players who like the feel of a ’58 rounded neck. We have also installed an Earvana nut for improved intonation and vintage style Ping tuners. For electronics we used pickups out of an American Fat Strat with a Fender Atomic humbucker and a pair of American Standard single coils wired to a new USA 5-way switch and new CTS pots. Electronics cavity has shielding paint to cut down on hum and is routed HSH should you ever wish to change the layout. We also used a custom Fender Limited Edition neckplate. Set up is superb and the tone and liveliness is what you want in a Strat. The 5-way is wired to sound like a tradition Strat in 4 positions, with a straight humbucker tone in the 5th. For a custom made Strat that’s well-thought out and professionally built, it’s a sweet deal at $799 with hardshell case.

60’s Dallas Arbiter Wah Face. Classic Jen, Italian-made wah built for Sound City/Dallas Arbiter. Sounds like the classic 60’s chicka-chicka or very good for a honking in-between sound. Average condition, works well. Usually pretty pricy but this one’s just $175.

AVAILABLE: 2000 Jackson Soloist SL-2H - Black Flametop, (front), (headstock), (back) (case).  Finished in the popular premium finish, "Transparent Black", which shows off the flamed maple beautifully.  The Soloist is probably the all-time SuperStrat.  It came on the scene during Stratmania in the 80's and has remained in the catalog since that time.  I can't think of another brand and model that has been around that long.  Simply put, the USA Soloist is the best shredding Strat you can get.  Back in the 80's this model was called the "Soloist Custom", to distinguish it from the cheaper "Soloist Student", which didn't have neck and headstock binding, rosewood board instead of ebony, plain white logo instead of inlaid MOP, and dot inlays instead of shark fin.  Features include quarter-sawn maple neck-thru with alder wings, Seymour Duncan humbuckers with a JB TB4 in the bridge and SH1N in the neck, Original Floyd Rose trem, ebony fingerboard, with mother-of-pearl shark fin inlays, MOP headstock logo, bound neck and headstock, 24 jumbo frets, 3-way pickup selector.  It also has Jackson's compound-radius fingerboard with a more dramatic curve at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out - the best of both worlds.  A new SL2H in transparent finish lists at $3749 and sells at discount for $2699.  This one isn't new but it's in impeccable condition and you wouldn't think twice if it were hanging new in a store.  The setup is low and fast, perfect for speed licks.  Who doesn't like a new Jackson, but who can afford $2699.  How about $1100 off the new cost for this barely touched beauty; just $1499(HOLD-Steve D 4/30/18).  Includes Jackson case, trem arm, and warranty card.  (Note: I have a matching USA Kelly KE2 in stock if you want a pair).

2014 Epiphone Prophecy Plus EX Les Paul Custom, (front), (back), (headstock back), (fretboard), (case case2). The new top of the line Custom from Epiphone featuring killer looks, quality electronics, and superb playability. This guitar has seen perhaps 2 hours use and offered in “as new” condition. The Prophecy Plus was offered in an SX model with passive pickups and this EX model, which features active EMG pickups. Features include features a mahogany body with a stunning quilt maple veneer in dark blue finish, very fast mahogany neck with a SpeedTaper D-profile with a sleek satin finish, 24.75" scale, rosewood fingerboard, 24 jumbo frets, 14" radius, 1.68" graphite nut, and beautiful mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays on the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15th frets, alternating with mother-of-pearl block inlays on frets 17, 19, 21, and 24. Body features the Custom’s 5-ply black/white binding with the headstock has 5-ply white and black binding with a mother of pearl "stickpin" design on the headstock face and Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX on the bell-shaped truss rod cover. Pickups are the most popular EMG’s, the EMG 81/85 set as used by Zakk Wyde and many others. This model also includes the Epiphone strap lock system, which is an effective way to keep your guitar strap from ever coming off the strap pin. With a list price of $1165, this model sells new for $699, or you can get this one for much less. With an in-house set up that’s better than factory, you can have this “as new” beauty for just $499. Includes Epiphone case, manual, poster, and strap locks.

Roland S550 Rackmount Sampler, (back). Another piece found in storage, this one “lost” for 12 years. Although considered low-fi by today’s standards, back in the 90’s this, and the keyboard version the S-50, were killer samplers, state of the art for the era. This S-550 actually had enhancements over the S-50 keyboard, namely double the sample memory (1.5 Mb) and real-time filters (called time-variant filters) derived from LAS-type synthesizers like the D-50. Uses 3.5” floppy discs, both RAM and ROM, readily available on the used market. I might even have a library of them among my many, many, old software libraries. Nice shape and a cool retro unit for $175.

SWR Workingman’s 2004 Bass Head, (back). From the room of gear recently found in Maryland comes this new, old stock 2004 head, never been retailed and only on the floor for a few weeks. These are excellent amps for small-medium clubs and studio work. I used to gig large clubs with a 140W Randall or 120W Peavey back in the day and I know that the 2004’s 200 watts is plenty of volume for a good sized stage and venue, with plenty of tone-shaping to tweak the perfect tone. One of the cool things about it is a removable 1U spacer below the amp in which you can install your favorite outboard piece of gear such as a bass multi-effect, studio compressor, etc. It also features both passive and active inputs, an XLR balanced DI output, tuner out, and clipping indictor light. Tone controls include gain, aural enhancer, bass, mid-level and mid-freq, treble, transparency, e