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Rahbek COS-T “Esquire” Style, (front), (headstock), (back), (heel/cutaway), (frets), (Vintage Rails/bridge), (Fralin pickup), (case). Peter Rahbek builds fine guitars in his native Denmark, where Rahbeck guitars are the choice of pros from his country. From what I gather, his shop can be considered sort of the Tom Anderson of Denmark, in fact his new headstock resembles Anderson, and Suhr for that matter. He offers three standard models, with enough custom options to make every guitar as unique as you'd like it to be. He offers this COS-T, (short for "Cozmic" Tele), as well a Standard (Strat) and Classic. His guitars aren't cheap but considering that they're *genuinely* hand-made, informed players won't feel like they're over priced. One look at this one and you think "Esquire", but it's so much more. One thing that really sets it apart from traditional Fenders is Rahbek's neck joint which is considerably deeper than a Fender and beveled to be very thin where your hand comes around. You won't find a Tele that's easier to play in the upper register. Also, they went with neck screws recessed into the body, rather than through a neckplate, with a greater distance between the screws to increase stability. One of my favorite features as far as maintenance is concerned, is the truss rod adjustment, a wheel style located at the base of the neck (Musicman style) which adjusts with any small bar or steel pin and doesn't require you to gash up the body trying to squeeze and Allen wrench into the adjustment screw. Features include lightweight swamp ash body, quartersawn maple neck with medium depth, nicely rounded in back with a 9.5" radius, stainless steel frets, and staggered Gotoh locking tuners that retain the vintage look from the front. Switching is currently set up vintage style: (1) tone control out of circuit, (2) tone control adjustable, and (3) tone control turned all the way back, utilizing 3 capacitors for a dark (aka mud) tone. The installed Duncan is a 4-conductor so it can be wired single coil-humbucker-out of phase. Stock pickup is a Lindy Fralin Blues Special, which is included in the case, as well as a Duncan Vintage Rails humbucker currently installed. This guitar hasn't seen much playing time, fret are near perfect and cosmetically it's in excellent condition with only very minor flaws. It has had the bridge replaced which left three small holes barely visible (see here). Some builders don't favor the vintage bridge, believing that it makes the pickup more harmonic and prone to squealing. The Wilkinson bridge that's installed is a good compromise between vintage and modern. It retains the back half of the traditional bridge but doesn't surround the pickup, therefore eliminating the shortcomings of the vintage bridge. The brass saddles are compensated for more accurate intonation. If you want a vintage style bridge and/or want to cover up the holes, we can swap out the bridge to a Fender-stamped or identical vintage aftermarket bridge. Click here for links to in-depth reviews by Vintage Guitar and other magazines. As I mentioned, Rahbeks aren't cheap and their line runs around $2700 to $3500, but compared to other small companies with very little hand-craftsmanship, they're worth the money. This guitar is a fantastic player with a well-chosen resonant piece of ash, perfectly dressed and seated frets, and immaculately constructed. I feel it's an excellent value for the professional musician at $1199.

THD Hot Plate 2.7 Ohms Attenuator, Designed specifically for amps rated at 2.7 ohms such as Fender Tweed Bandmaster, Vibroking or other 3X10 combo's. You can also use it on 2 ohm loads such as 4X10 Super Reverbs. According to THD it’s safe as long as “Hot Plate is equal to or greater than that of the amp”. 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. Includes manual.

2016 Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (case). Really nice example in classic 3-tone sunburst. The AmPro is 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 including the "Shawbucker" bridge humbucker and V-Mod's in the middle and neck. 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. This one plays soo nice, low action and not a hint of buzz. Cosmetically it's really nice with perfect frets and only flaws are a few clear coat impressions on the back. There one nice upgrade on this one with a new set of Fender locking tuners replacing the stock Fender/Ping tuners. A new one is going to set you back $1449 from a super store or you can get this one with upgraded tuners and a killer in house setup for just $949(HOLD-Joe H, local 12/5). Includes Fender/SKB case with ATA latches and trem arm.

Laney TT20 Tube Amp Head, (top/panel), (back  closeup). Excellent lower-powered British rock amp that's actually made in England! With loads of crunch it excels at rock music it can also do the job quite nicely with blues and country. It doesn't quite go into Metal territory unless you want to add a pedal. In classic British fashion it runs on a pair of EL84s in the power section, with three ECC83's in the preamp. Features include Single channel with dual inputs (Hi Gain and Low Gain), Drive knob with Bright and Modern switches (Modern adds more compression as you up the Drive), Bass-Mid-Treb-Pres knobs, Reverb, Volume, Mode switch and Mute Switch. The Mode switches between pentode/triode cutting output power from 20 watts to around 8-12 watts. The Mute switch mutes the output of the amp while still sending the signal to the effects loop line out and recording. On the back there is an effects loop you can run in side-chain or insert modes or bypass it. Outputs include an 8ohm extension speaker out, record out and line level out. For a complete rundown you can read/download the manual here. If you’ve never heard of the TT series (there was also a 50 and 100) it’s probably because they were only in production a year or two. It’s tough to make money on US/European made electronics. If you’re looking for a quality amp for the studio or small gigs this would be a good choice and for a real British amp it’s a good buy at $249.

2013 Fender Floyd Rose Strat Neck, (headstock), (butt). Looking for a nice neck for your Floyd-equipped Strat project? This one is pretty much mint, including perfect frets, and has all the needed hardware like Floyd nut, tuners, and string tree. Just bolt it to your body, string it up and you’re jamming. It’s a genuine Fender product from a Mex 2013 HSS Strat. Features include rosewood fretboard, 9.5” radius, headstock with gloss finish front/satin back, 21 medium/jumbo frets, 1 5/8” nut, ‘70s style black/gold logo, clay dot type inlays top/side. Nice deal at $229/complete.

Boss RT20 Rotary Sound Processor, (stock pic), (back panel).  I think these are the best rotary speaker simulators on the market – up there with Hughes and Kettner's Rotosphere, but more versatile.   Sounds equally good on guitar or keyboards where, like a Leslie, you can go from a slow rotary to fast at the touch of a button. You can adjust the mix between bass rotor and horn rotor, set the speed for both fast and slow settings, adjust the speed in which the rotary rises, add some natural sounding Leslie overdrive, with 4 types of sounds including standard rotary speaker effects, rock-oriented tones, UNI-V, and more. Has the coolest multi-color visual display you'll ever see on a stomp box and once you get used to it, actually helps in dialing in your settings. For YouTube demo's click here for keyboard - or click here for a great guitar demo by the Boss demo guy.  Operates on 6 AA batteries or optional power supply. Sold new for $219 but get this clean used one for $139.

TC Electronic Vortex Flanger. TCE's great tone and engineering - with their TonePrint feature included. The Vortex gives you two high-quality flanger effects - a classic flanger plus tape mode settings for everything from subtle tones to jet flanger swooshing. 4-knobs allow extensive tonal tweaking but it's very intuitive. It has true stereo in/out to give you exceptionally wide 3-dimensional tones, especially cool on recordings. TonePrint-enabled means you can beam cool signature tones into your pedal with the free TonePrint App where you can design your own customized flange effects from scratch with free TonePrint Editor for PC, Mac and iPad. It also features true bypass, optional buffered bypass mode prevents high frequency loss from long cable runs, and Analog-Dry-Through to maintain the integrity of the analog dry signal path even when flange effect is engaged. Good demo by ProGuitarShops here. Sells new for $129. Get this barely used one for $83.

Russ Layman Custom Thinline Tele Style, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (maple top). Just got this back in trade! Russ Layman and his “RL” guitars produce guitars in low numbers in their shop in Yorktown VA. This is the only one I’ve had but I’m very impressed by this one. The body is a work of art with its solid burled maple top that’s bookmatched beautifully. Likewise it has attractive highly figured mahogany sides and back, all finished in an extremely thin nitro lacquer finish. It also features a modern Tele Fishman bridge and locking tuners with a master volume, tone, and 3-way controlling a great sounding pair of Seymour Duncan pickups with CTS pots and switch and an Orange Drop cap. Maple neck is satin finished and has a rosewood fretboard with 21 tall/narrow frets and is on the shallow side, not quite as deep as a current Fender USA Strat. Logo and “4 Aces” emblem is etched into the wood. The action is quite low and tonally, it’s one of the best sounding guitars I have in stock. Even with considerable gain on the amp, there are no ghost notes or nasty harmonics while playing double stops or high chords. Russ signed this on the back of the headstock and, not that it’s worth any extra, I’m told it was the only one of his guitars that he signed. Playing this guitar you know you’re playing quality. From the beautiful woods, to the quality parts, to the impressive tone. This guitar is a real winner and at $629 it’s a steal in my book. Includes quality gigbag.

2005 Martin 00C-16GTAE Bass, (preamp/side/label), (front/back), (headstock/neck), (case). Brand new condition; has sat in case since new. 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. These sold new for $1599 ($2199 list) but this bass appears to have seen little to no playing time and set up to our high standards with new set of Phos/Bronze strings, and just $999(HOLD-Paul S 12/5). Includes Martin case and preamp manual.

Chubtone Charvel Strat Style - Jake E Lee Tribute, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Swamp ash body in this custom build from California with a definite California Customs vibe from the 80s modern golden era of rock guitars. Chubtone's owner used to be a fairly big Charvel C/S dealer and his guitars reflect the experience he has from those days. This one was originally a single pickup/one knob guitar as shown in this link. After it was received the new owner opted for a Jake E Lee vibe and had the body professionally routed for reverse-facing single coils, as well as a tone control and 5-way switch. The Candy Red finish is impeccable and somewhat remarkable as it was sprayed over a swamp ash body. Other specs include a killer maple neck: 22 fret, rosewood fretboard, jumbo 6100 frets, hand-rubbed oil finish, rolled fretboard edges, 12" radius .800 to .850 neck contour, 1-11/16 nut, NOS style high mass brass bridge and strap pins, Gotoh locking tuners, mirror pickguard. Pickups are the original Duncan Alternative 8 in the bridge with 2 reverse angle DiMarzio SDS-1 pickups in the neck and middle as well as volume, tone, 5 way blade switch. Factory routing was to customer spec, HSH, but after it was delivered the owner decided he wanted something a little more radical, this the additional routing on the middle pickup. Routing/electronics job receipt in case shows over $300 so it's safe to say it was done really well. This guitar plays with absolute ease and is perfect for many styles of music, especially rock. Superb tone on all 5 settings. This is the first Chubtone I’ve had but I have seen a number of them on Reverb and they offer an excellent value for the money. Check out some of them here. Offered in barely played, exceptionally nice condition – even the mirror pickguard has no pick scratches. Original price was $1495 without a case and just a single pickup. Get it with the customized extra electronics AND a nice TKL Canadian hardshell case for $899 – or $799 without a case.

Boss RC-50 Loop Station, (patchbay), (software/psu). Big daddy of the Boss looper line, the RC-50 is the most feature-laden Loop Station BOSS ever and perhaps the best live looping tool ever built by anyone. Housed in a roadworthy steel case with seven footswitches, you can manipulate three stereo phrase tracks simultaneously. Also, each track supports multiple overdubs, so phrases can be stacked one by one on each track for a seeming endless layer of looped phrases. You can play up to 3 stereo phrase tracks simultaneously, all synced to an internal or MIDI clock. There's an ultra-long recording time (up to 49 min., mono), 99 patches (3 master loops per patch), an Undo/Redo function for recording and overdubbing, a Center-cancellation feature, "flat" amplifier simulation feature, stereo input, dual stereo output, XLR phantom-powered mic input, stereo mini-jack Aux input (for recording from an MP3 players, etc.), and a USB port for data/audio backup, import/export of loops as WAV files. Also phrases can easily be played backwards or forwards. The RC-50 also provides a total of 379 play-along Rhythm Guide Patterns using real sampled drums in a wide variety of time signatures, which is a lot easier than laying your groves to a blank track. This unit is in clean shape and includes software and power supply. Lots of power right here for $215(HOLD-Stephen S 12/2).

2012 Epiphone Goth Explorer with Massive Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock/tuners), (bridge/bar), (Duncans), (knobs/pickguard), (wiring), (case).  Excellent quality import from the Unsung (Korean) factory that has upgrades in every way possible. Most importantly, the generic non-covered black humbuckers have been replaced with a great sounding pair of Seymour Duncans - an SH2N Jazz Neck with a TB-4 Trembucker in the bridge. In addition, electronics have all been upgraded including push-pull pots for each of the volume controls which lets you split either or both of the humbuckers to single coil mode. Orange drop caps were also used and even the 3-way switch was upgraded, changed to gold.. The hardware, all gold, also has been upgraded to Grover locking tuners, Dunlop strap locks, Tonepros bridge and an upgraded aluminum stapbar tailpiece. Cosmetically, knobs were changed to gold with pearl tops and pickguard has been changed to white pearl as well. The all gold hardware really pops, backed with the flat black finish. I've had a number of Goth models with the stock pickups so I feel it's safe to say that these Duncans completely transform this guitar into a tone you can gig with. The set up is super comfortable, and it's in exceptionally nice condition. It also includes a nice Epi hardshell case. With over $400 invested in upgrades I think this is a pretty sweet deal at $575(SOLD – Hunter CA 12/6). Includes case and strap with Dunlop straplocks installed.

2013 Fender Squier Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics  shielding paint), (case). With upgraded pickups and electronics. The Classic Vibes have been out for over a decade now and they've been received with the highest acclaim since the Protone Series in the 90's. Don’t confuse these with Squier's Vintage Modified series which had an overlapping timeline. I maintain the CV series are clearly well above the VM’s. The attention to detail is the best I've seen on a Squier since the mid-80s Japan models. This guitar has some really nice upgrades including a set of Sullivan Music Equipment (SME TL-51) Texas Limited pickups (link), USA pots/switch, Orange Drop caps, and shielding paint in the cavities. The result is a Tele that sounds good enough to take out on a pro gig. Like Leo's original Tele, the 50's Classic Vibe is made with a solid pine butterscotch blonde body with single-ply black pickguard. Other features include high gloss polyester finish, 1-piece maple neck with modern "C" shape, 21 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" modern radius, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, vintage-style string-thru Tele bridge with three brass barrel saddles, knurled chrome knobs, original barrel switch tip, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, and a nicely figured pine body.  From the 20 or so CV guitars that have passed through here we’ve been impressed with the quality control that was present in every one. We see many more issues in USA models than the these. The setup on this guitar is superb, with very good sustain and classic Tele tone. A great guitar and other than the neckplate and control plate being discolored, as these all seem to do, is offered in immaculate condition. We’re also including a Fender Pro Series tweed case with this guitar so the total in upgrades is over $300, not counting labor. This is an excellent deal for someone looking for vintage tone and vibe and a great player. $450 includes Fender tweed case.

2017 Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster – Seafoam Pearl, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). "As new" condition - not a scratch, plastic still on the pickguard. Not just your basic Standard Strat, this one is in a Limited Edition finish, "Seafoam Pearl", which looks a lot like the old Seafoam Green, but with pearlesence in the finish. It's a great look. It also has the popular medium jumbo frets with the modern 9.5" fretboard radius. Other features include alder body with gloss poly finish, C-shaped maple neck with satin finish, 21 frets, "aged" plastic parts with 3-ply mint green pickguard, Fender Ping tuners, vintage-style tremolo with stamped saddles and heavy tremolo block and Standard single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces. With a regular Standard Stratocaster selling new for $624, how about this mint used Limited model WITH a Fender Tolex case and killer in-house set up for $529(SOLD-Russ D 12/6). Includes Fender case, trem arm and paperwork shown.

MORE INFO: 2004 Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary ’65 Relic – Aztec Gold, (front), (back), (headstock), (relic wear  pic2), (case/acc.). I just got the Custom Shop Floor Traveler spec sheet (pic) on this guitar so I have more info. It’s actually one of only 50 made for the ’04 summer NAMM show (“50th Anniv. Nash NAMM”) so it’s rarer than I had thought. Other specs I’ll incorporate below. This guitar had never been retailed when I owned it quite a few years ago. I sold it to a local collector, who barely ever touched it although he did have a 5-way switch installed (3-way included in case), and I just got it back in trade. In 2004 the Custom Shop built 3 different Aztec Gold Strats to commemorate their golden anniversary including this '65, as well as a '60 and a '56, 50 of each model for the Summer NAMM show. At one time I had all three of them and I actually have the '56 in stock in addition to this '65. It's in relic mint condition with all accessories, tags, and paperwork where its sat in the goodie bag since new. Features include Aztec Gold nitrocellulose finish, gold hardware, finish checking and misc dings as well as "player's wear" in the belly contour, bold trans logo, aged hardware, and 50th Anniversary neckplate. Neck is a quarter-sawn custom neck that Fender calls a ’65 C-shape, measuring .820/.974” at the 1st/12th frets so it’s on the chunky side and it has a nitro finish. Side dots and fretboard dots are MOP, measuring 3/32” and 7mm, respectively. Radius is the 9.5” modern with medium/jumbo AmStd frets. Pickups are listed at ’65 Strat Relic, single coils with Alnico magnets. It's a very resonant guitar and a nice weight at 7.9 lbs. Set up is low and wonderful and it has the sweet, expressive vintage tone many players are looking for. It's offered in factory-new condition with similarly mint original black Tolex case, opened accessory bag, and COA.  It was store priced at $3500 back in 2004 and that seems to be the going price 15 years later (Reverb link). Get this killer ’65 Relic for just $2700.

Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive (Horsie-Long Tail) Gold, (bottom), (sides), (circuit), (manual). Serial 842, ca. 1997, early version of the Centaur with gold finish and horse with “long tail”. The Centaur is the most cloned pedal in history, which is tricky since boards were cloaked in epoxy to prevent anyone ripping off the circuit. The story of Bill Finnegan and his Klon is remarkble. Unlike other builders with some success, Bill only produced one pedal and all were made by Bill himself on a folding table. 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, including knobs, pots, bottoms - even the case was custom built. 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. Even more impressive to some is the clean boost capability. It's largely tone neutral, with a small midrange curve, but the extra gain it can induce pushes your tube amp into territories its never been. I got this from the original owner who told me it has spent its entire life on his home studio pedalboard so it’s in very nice shape overall. He also gave me the original hand-written manual. Every time I check prices on these they seem to have gone up 20% and they show no sign of letting up. With players like Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, John Mayer and Mark Tremonti with these in their pedalboard that’s all the publicity they need. One sold last month on Reverb for $4200 although the average price on the last 10 sold there has been $2820 (link). Get this nice one for $2400(SOLD, local 11/26).

2017 Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Sunburst, (front), (back  trem block), (headstock). Last year for the Standard HSS, replaced by the Player Strat HSS. Features are the same as they've been for years including select alder body, modern C-shaped gloss maple neck with maple fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" modern radius, vintage-style tremolo with stamped saddles, die-cast Fender/Ping tuners, 5-way pickup switching, 2 Standard single-coil pickups with a humbucker bridge pickup, and chrome hardware. You'll notice that these '17 models had the "PS29" high-mass trem block, which is a lot better than those skinny trem blocks used on some earlier years. This guitar plays very well, sounds very good, and looks great. These were $625 new. This one was barely played and is as clean as a new floor model, for $429 including a free gigbag.

Boss Katana 50 Combo, (top), (panel), (back). On the heels of the big brother Katana 100 I posted last week comes this smaller 50W 1X12 combo, still with plenty of volume and loads of options. The Katana 50 has five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars) and you can choose from a huge selection of customizable effects and effect routing configurations with the BOSS Tone Studio editor software (available online). You have dedicated gain, EQ, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly as well as four Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings. There's an output power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes as well as three Cabinet Resonance types for fine-tuning the tone and feel. There's also a mic’d cabinet emulation on the USB and phones/recording outputs, with customizable tone via three Air Feel settings. It also features channel and global parametric EQs for refined sound shaping and a built-in tilt stand for optimal sound projection. All of the Katana amps can be updated for free at Boss's site and the new Version 3 update includes expanded Effects selection (61 different types) including Roland DC-30 Analog Chorus-Echo, BOSS GE-10 Graphic Equalizer, and 95E pedal wah added; Assign favorite effects parameters to the front-panel effects knobs; Assign specific effects parameters for control from an expression pedal connected via the rear panel; and Record with stereo mod, EQ, delay, and reverb effects in a DAW via USB. This amp is in flawless condition and with a new one costing $299, consider this beauty for just $175(SOLD-Russ D 12/6).

Avid Eleven Rack Guitar Multi-Effect & More, (close-up), (back). As new condition; mint in the box. Latest version with Avid logo.  The Eleven has been the hottest studio system for guitarists for nearly a decade, touted as the ultimate guitar solution from the studio to stage.  It's easy to edit your tone on the fly but even easier to edit with Pro Tools software, which features easy to identify effects and amps, e.g. the Rat pedal looks like a Rat; Blackface Deluxe looks like a Fender, etc., and with a click of the mouse and curser you can move the knobs just as you would turn with your fingers. The effects section is cool as well, and your effects are laid out like a long pedalboard, full of vintage effects. Changing the order of effects is super easy - just click and drag, for example, your compressor, and move it before you distortion. If you have any personal effects that aren't incorporated in this unit, you can try them at various locations, selecting from 4-5 places along your signal chain, rather than just pre- or post-EQ. The illuminated knobs change color when you go from a saved setting to a modified setting. You can gang a number of effects parameters to the expression pedal for some very complex morphing. e.g. increased distortion as you press the pedal down while simultaneously speeding up the rotary speed of a Leslie and decreasing the reverb decay. I've just touched upon some of the obvious features of this unit but check out Avid's site for info on the very powerful back panel features. There are many YouTube demo's for this unit, here's a good one (link) from the Avid demonstrator or for ten in-depth video's and complete description and downloads of the Editor or plug-ins click here for Avid's site. This is a killer unit, many say the best of all time. Don’t get a rough one with 1000s of hours on it when you can have this barely out of the box unit for just $239(HOLD-Bob M, local).

2016 Fender American Professional Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/etc.  orig. box). “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 has never been played and has 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 get this one with killer in house setup for $400 less; just $1049. Includes the latest version Fender case with ATA latches and plush gray interior, as well as all paperwork, tools, etc.

Wuhan 18" China Cymbal. Brand new, 2 available. For the drummer who has nearly a complete set Unlike a crash or ride, a china cymbal delivers a dark, explosive, trashy, Oriental sound Wuhan cymbals are hand-made and well respected and due to their lack of subtle tone, there's little advantage in paying a lot for one I defy most people to pick a $175 Turkish china over this Chinese made Wuhan. These sell from the super stores for $70.75-$74.95. I've two of 'em, brand new and perfect, for nearly ½ price, just $39.

Fender Champ/Vibro Champ Manual & Paperwork. Complete set of vintage paperwork, ca. late 70s. Includes manual, original factory schematic, warranty card, A.C. current warning sheet, and hangtag pointing out the benefits of Fender’s vinyl covering. Everything you need for your museum condition amp. Super clean condition. $39.

Fender Custom Shop Leather Guitar Strap. Mint condition. $29.

Gibson Leather Guitar Strap. Nice shape. $20.

Fishman Matrix Infinity VT 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 $169.95. This one has seen very little use and is major upgrade over many OEM systems. $99. Just $20 labor to install on any acoustic guitar in stock.

Wampler Mini Ego Compressor. The new industry standard in stomp box compressors! Best of all, it's a mini pedal so it takes up around 1/3 the space of a full sized pedal. This unit is 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, I especially like this with 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 electric guitars (link). Vecro on bottom but super clean condition and includes box, cloth bag, manual, and rubber feet. Sells new for $179. Get this one for $125. (Note: I have other Wampler pedals in stock including Faux Spring Reverb, Ecstacy OD, Paisley Drive Deluxe, EQuator, and a Wampler modded CS-3)

2014 Eastwood 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 Sta-Tite replica tuners. Very comfortable to play, lightweight and especially nice 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. For full specs click here for Eastwood’s site. With a new cost of $999, this one's in perfect condition and a sweet deal at $619.

2010 Fender '60 Strat John English ’59 "C" Neck, (front  wear/checking), (shop traveler sheet), (back), (headstock/neck), (case). Rare one from the custom shop with a John English designed '59 transition neck shape that isn't available on other guitars and it doesn't even have a Fender part number. It's a quarter-sawn maple neck measuring a chunky .860/.980 at the 1st/12th frets. It has more shoulders than most C shapes so it really fills your hand out nicely and feels close to a D-shape. Another important feature is the Abigail Ybarra signed (not just initialed) '60 Strat pickups. Abby handwound these pickups, just as she had done for over 50 years at Fender, prior to her retirement in 2013. Frets are 6105 jumbo frets and it has the modern 9.5" radius so it's made with playability in mind. It was ordered without a custom shop seal on the back of the headstock but we have authenticated every aspect of this guitar and it has the proper markings/engravings of the custom shop and 100% agrees with the Custom Shop floor traveler sheet that comes with the guitar. Basic specs are a '60 NOS, Time Capsule Series, other than the special order specs outlined. The body has some finish checking front/back and wear just above the pickguard which may have been done by the original owner, although the check lines look very authentic and since it's a 10-year-old nitro finish it could be honest aging. Playability is superb with low action and no dead spots or buzz. It sounds very vintage and very fantastic. Weighs in just under 7 1/2 lbs. No certificate but the shop traveler sheet is included which details virtually every part on this guitar. For the player looking for some real Abby-signed pickups and a super rare neck it's a good find. Sold used not long ago for $3499 but get it here for just $1999(SOLD-David B 11/21). Includes '60 G&G/Fender brown case.

Boss Katana Artist 100 Combo, (panel), (top), (back  panel), (paperwork). As new, in the box! On the heels of the successful Katana 100 comes this Katana Artist 100 with enhancesments like MIDI footswitch and external speaker jacks. To top it off Boss designed the Artist's amp models to match the redesigned cabinet and custom Waza 12" speaker. It is a more versatile amp that sounds even better with an amp that's tailor made for both studio and stage. At 100 watts you're sure to be heard and it's all inside a very portable 1X12 size. You get 5 great amp voicings, again, designed specifically for the cabinet and custom speaker. Whether you need Clean, Crunch, or Lead you can get 'em all in addition to the clean tone that Boss has always been famous for. Try out the cool "Brown" setting which is borrowed from their BOSS Waza amp for that famous JCM '80s metal tone. Plus, the Acoustic mode makes this amp two-amps-in-one, letting you plug in your acoustic-electric for quality acoustic tone. You can also use it for silent recording by connecting the line out directly to your recorderer and bypassing the amp speaker. You can also hook up direct to your PA to keep your stage volume down. Lastly, you can store 15 different effects (and run 3 simultaneously) selected from 58 BOSS effects, using the Boss Tone Studio editor software to customize amps/effects settings. The Effects Loop allows you to add effects pedals after the preamp section. All in all, this is a very versatile amp that's not a bear to get around on. New ones go for $599. This one has honestly seen only 10 minutes of use and is in dead mint condition, shipping in the original box. Get it now for just $399.

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, (pic2). The DD-3 has been in production for a very long time, first released in 1986. 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 12.5ms to 800ms, hold function for infinite repeats, and effect level to mix the original and delayed sound. Remarkably, although Boss moved on to updated models (DD-5, DD-6, DD-7, DD-8) it continues to produce the good old DD-3 at the same time. It sells new for $139; get this nice used one in the box for just $75. Includes manual and paperwork.

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 $149.

2001 PRS Santana III, (front), (headstock), (back/side), (case). I haven't had one of these in around 9 years. The Santana III was created as more of a workhorse Santana model, considering the II models sell for twice the price, primarily due to cosmetic appointments. With the III you give up some Abalone inlay, a Brazilian fretboard, and rosewood headstock veneer, plus the tops aren't as breathtaking as the II models. As far as tone and feel, you're getting basically the same guitar, but a guitar you can take to gigs rather than keep in a glass case. This one has a very nicely figured Cherry Sunburst finish that should appeal to players who aren't looking for the glitz of steroid-enhanced maple top - and some very colorful bird inlays. Features of the Santana III include mahogany back, carved maple top, Santana headstock shape, 24 frets, Santana scale of 24.5", 10” radius, East Indian rosewood fretboard, abalone bird inlays, Santana wide fat neck carve, PRS Tremolo, PRS locking tuners, electronics and tremolo cavity cover, Santana pickups with covers, 3 way toggle pickup selector, Volume control, Tone control. This guitar is in excellent condition with just some clear coat scratches and nickel plating is slightly discolored and/or pitted (pic here). This model was discontinued a decade ago but here's a lovely example for just $1850. Includes PRS case and leather strap with Dunlop straplocks (not shown).

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 16 years old with the worst flaw being a few light scratches in the clear coat on back. 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 $749(HOLD-Alex B 12/3) and includes original case.

Keeley Dark Side Multi Effect Pedal. A tribute to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", this pedal does all those great tones and more. The right analog side contains a full-featured fuzz circuit while the left side has a variety of time domain effects which are based on some great vintage tones with multi-head tape-style delays and swirly, trippy modulation effects. If you're into psychedelic tones you'll appreciate this pedal. With a fuzz that's based on a 1977 op-amp fuzz circuit, it has superb sustain but remains very clear sounding, plus has a 3-way toggle for the mids. The multi-head delay effect have twelve syncopated delay patterns, while the modulation section yields great Rotary, Flanger, Uni-vibe and Phaser effects - and you can easily switch the order of your effects. It also has an input for an expression pedal. Here's a great demo from the folks at ProGuitarShop (link). Sells new everywhere for $299. Get this clean used one for just $209.

2007 Fender Standard Telecaster – Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock). Please excuse the 2 blurry pics but know that this baby is clean. It’s also in the classic Sunburst finish with maple board, first premiering in late ‘58/’59. These Mex Teles are the best value in a semi-pro model and, in fact, I know a pretty famous dude who plays them every gig in front of 1000s of fans. Gloss finish throughout, solid alder body finished in 3-tone sunburst, medium jumbo frets, modern 9.5” radius and C-shaped neck, Fender/Ping tuners, strings through body, Alnico Tele pickups, USA pots and switch…all stock. Also stock is the modern Tele bridge with 6 saddles and bridge plate that are much more comfortable for resting your palm. Although 12 years old this one looks like it was bought last month. Zero fret wear and no noteworthy flaws anywhere. This year Fender replaced the Standard Series with the Player Series with the only difference I’ve noticed being the pickups are now called Player Tele pickups. The new ones are $674 without a case of any type. Get this beauty for $250 cheaper and a free gigbag. $424 takes it. Includes gigbag.

PRS Stoptail Bridge. Includes studs and inserts. $45.

Gibson Flying V Aluminum Logo/Truss Rod Cover. Don’t know the origins since it was in a box of parts I got from a repair guy. Aluminum logo over black plastic truss cover. $35(HOLD-Brandon S 11/21).

Korg GT-3 Guitar/Bass Tuner. This thing is ancient but it’s in museum condition. $7.50.

Schaller Straplock Kit. Includes strap pins and locks. $9.99(HOLD-Norm H 11/13).

2018 Fender Player Stratocaster, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock). Lovely condition and one important upgrade. Stock Player Series pickups in the bridge and neck have been swapped out with custom shop Fat 50s and it sounds excellent. A few of the features of this one include a 2-piece alder body, maple neck with Pau Ferro fretboard, gloss finish throughout, an improved bridge design with heavy duty trem block with 2-point fulcrum system and stamped steel saddles, 9.5” radius on a 22 fret C-shaped neck, Fender/Ping sealed tuners, F-stamped neck plate and a more traditional body shape with curves hand-shaped to conform with original specs. Sorry about the blurry pic but it’s not hiding anything – this guitar is clean. With a new one running $674.99, save some money and the superior tone of custom shop pickups to boot – all for $475.

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Bill Lawrence Noiseless L280’s, (pic2). One of the more recent additions by pickup guru Bill Lawrence, a personal friend of Martin and a guy I sat next to at a guitar show for 2 days. Bill is a wild guy and a pickup genius. These L280’s are noiseless and they sound good. Excellent condition, drop in ready, just connect the output jack and ground wire. Nice set up for just $99(Tent. HOLD-Dain 11/8).

1960s Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve, (back), (top), (bottom), (with cab  back). A legendary amp. Not quite up there with a Blackface Deluxe, Bassman, or Marshall Plexi, but it doesn't cost $3K so real players seek it out. Silvertone (made by Danelectro) produced other Twin Twelves, but only one 1484 and for something that was a mail order department store product, it's earned a great reputation for excellent tone and remarkable longevity. The 1484 is a standard two channel amplifier with Reverb and Tremolo on channel two. The knobs are interactive, so you can thicken your tone just by playing with the knobs on channel one while you’re plugged into two. You can also thicken it up or add some dirt by bridging the channels with a short guitar cable. It has an excellent clean tone but what really sets it apart is the natural tube overdrive that begins before half-way and gets sweeter as it's turned up toward max. This is one amp you won't want an OD pedal in front of. It's likely nothing will compare to it's beautiful texture and breakup. It uses a pair of 6L6's in the power section producing a reported 60 watts, although I would judge it a bit lower. In the preamp there are four 12AX7's and two 6CG7's. It sounded spectacular on our bench test. Everything works properly, including reverb and tremolo. Very little extraneous noise which is remarkable since I don’t think it’s been serviced in a very long time other than cleaning the pots on our bench. It still has the two-prong cable which I would recommend replacing with a grounded cable. As you can see in the pics this isn't the cleanest amp I've seen, but typical for Silvertone amps. It is missing the amp handle which we can steal from the speaker cab since it’s identical - or install a repro handle. Originally this was a hide-a-way head, which you could tuck into the speaker cabinet for transport (like this). The speaker cabinet isn't in great shape and is missing the top panel and grill cloth. Speakers are an old pair of Utahs, while Jensen were stock for this model. Don’t buy it for the speaker cabinet but for a killer amp it’s a great buy at $450.

Egnator Rebel 20 Head, (panel), (top), (back).  Super clean condition with new tubes installed. Probably the most amp you can get in this price range, with features you might expect only an expensive boutique amp, and/or not found on any amp that I'm aware of. At 20-watts, it's a good all around amp, be it studio, backstage, or small clubs, but with the output wattage knob, you can go from 1 to 20 watts, which makes it controllable for guys playing in a condo with thin walls. Using the watt selection you can adjust the headroom - at "1" you will get output distortion (you know, the "sweet" distortion - not buzzy preamp distortion) and natural tube compression more easily. At the full "20", the amp will have considerable more output with a clean tone, unless of course you crank the gain up in which case you have that singing sustain that you'll want in a club setting. The only other amp I've had with this feature was a Maven Peal Tuscadero 1-50, which was over $2K. Along with the wattage selector, the other extremely unique feature is the power amp section, with a knob that dials in a pair of EL84s, a pair of 6V6's, or any blend in between. Talk about innovation! I'm sure it's been done before, but this amp sells new for just $599! The choice of power tubes gives this baby the ability to completely change its character, and truly versatile for virtually any type of music, from Jazz to Blues, to Hard Rock, or Country. The front panel features: Tube Selector, Wattage Selector, Master Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Gain, Bright Switch, and Tight Switch. The rear of the amp features an effects loop at the back, outputs for 4, 8, or 16 ohm loads. Full tube complement consists of two 6V6s, two EL84s, and three 12AX7s.  The Tight Switch tightens up the bottom end for better note definition and is especially useful at higher gain settings. For a good demo by Guitar World, click here.  For full specs and clips, click here for Egnator's site.  This baby is barely used and a killer little amp for just $359.

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Combo, (tube chart/speaker), (back), (cover/footswitch). Perfect condition. Some of the finest sounding amps I've had were the early Princeton Reverbs and when the Deluxe Reverbs skyrocketed in price the Princetons became that much more desirable. Eventually word got around and Princetons were fetching twice the price within a few years. Fender recognized that the public was switching over to lower powered grab-'n-go amps so they reissued the '65 Princeton Reverb. The great thing about them is that they offer a good variety of quality tones in a small 1X10" package and at around 15 watts, works fine in the home, studio, or even mic’d on stage. Classic Fender clean is in there as well as a quality overdrive tone at reasonable sound levels. The reverb and tremolo, both tube-driven, is certainly the icing on the cake. Tubes are a pair of 6V6 power tubes, three 12AX7 and one 12AT7 in the preamp and a 5AR4 rectifier. A 1X10 speaker is mounted inside the birch/pine cabinet. Nothing against Jensen but their stock speaker, the C10R wasn't all that keen. It has been replaced with an Eminence Patriot Series Rajin Cajun with a fatter bottom end and more sparkle. Night and day comparison. This amp appears to have seen little to no use and is offered in showroom condition and includes cover and 2-button footswitch. Very tidy, great sounding low wattage combo and with a new one going for $999, save some money on this one at $699(HOLD-Bob M local 11/6).

2018 Charvel Pro Mod DK24 - Okoume, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (heel/output jack), (truss adjust), (gigbag). New model from Charvel with a lovely Okoume body, ebony fretboard, 24 fret easy access and recessed Floyd Rose tremolo. These Pro-Mods offer an affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models with 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 SH-10 Full Shred in the bridge and a Duncan SH-2 Jazz in the neck - allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. The Full Shred SH-10 is noted for a big, focused low end with incredible sustain while the Jazz has great touch dynamics and a sweet high end that's great for cleans or on the edge of break-up. A heel-mounted spoke wheel allows easy truss rod adjustments while four heavy-duty bolts provide excellent energy transfer from the neck to body. Note also the sculpted heel which allows easy access to the upper register. The two-piece maple Speed Neck has 24 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 (12" to 16") with a hand-rubbed urethane finish. I especially like the output jack location, on the back of the guitar and facing up to prevent accidental pullout when someone steps on your cable. Overall excellent condition with the only flaw noted being some very light wear south of the bridge pickup. Frets are perfect. It has a fantastic low setup and is a very good sounding guitar. New price is $899 without case or gigbag. Get this one WITH a Charvel gigbag for $549.

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 $149/each (2 available). 

Tonepros Nashville Bridge for Gibson w/Roller Saddles. Excellent choice for Bigsby-equipped guitars. The roller saddles are engineered to allow the strings to roll smoothly, while the patented Allen key locking system locks the bridge solidly in place allowing for the strings to always return exactly in tune. Bridge only, no studs/inserts. Clean shape. $45(HOLD-Squire M 10/30).

Guitar Research Eddie Durham 100th Anniv. Archtop Model JX16G, (front  detail  pickguard), (back), (headstock), (label), (case). Beautiful all-gold beauty! Although not a household name, Eddie Durham pioneered the use of the electric guitar in jazz and was a guitarist, composer and arranger for many groups including the Count Basie orchestra.  In 1935, he was the first to record an electrically amplified guitar, a Gibson ES-150, on a tune, "Hittin' The Bottle", on the Decca label. Guitar Research resurrected his name years after he passed away in '87 with several models making up the Eddie Durham 100th Anniversary series. This goldtop with dual humbuckers is officially called the JX-16G. It features a large 4-ply tortoise pickguard which commemorates Eddie and his accomplishments. The guitar reminds me very much of an Epi ES-295 I had as it was made in Korea, I think that it was possibly from the same factory. Features include 16" maple body with Florentine cutaway, set-in maple neck, multi-ply body binding, neck and headstock binding, rosewood fretboard with pearloid block inlays including Eddie's signature at 12th fret, vintage style tuners, dual custom wound vintage style humbuckers, vintage tailpiece, 24.75" scale, and gold hardware. This guitar is beautiful, sounds good and plays with ease, with low, buzz-free action. The only real flaw is a finish crack, and I guarantee that it’s just finish, shown here, and will never be a problem. It includes a good quality hardshell case and in my opinion one of the best values in a Korean archtop I’ve ever had for just $379(HOLD-Tom O, Ire 10/30) with case.

2017 Fender Telecaster American Elite - Champagne, (front), (binding), (back), (headstock), (case  cert.). One of the better sounding modern Teles I’ve had in a while. Probably comes down to a really nice piece of alder, or it's the upgraded pickups which are Rio Grande (Muy Grande neck and bridge). 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 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 Tele is in beautiful shape and appears to have seen little to no playing time…perfect. I think these Rio pickups will appeal to players looking for a more vintage tone than the stock Noiseless pickup and with a new one with Champagne finish running $1899, save some big bucks on this clean used one for $1250. Includes case, certificate, strap locks, zippered pouch.

Electroharmonix LPB-2 Linear Power Booster. Don’t know how you date these by graphics by I’d guess it’s late 70s and in nice shape for a vintage EHX pedal. Bottom even still has the rubber skid pad which is long gone on 95% of old EHX pedals. The LPB-2 was basically a boost pedal, much the same as the MXR Micro Amp. Just one knob which controls the level, from clean boost territory to a bit of distortion. Electro Harmonix made crazy claims on these in the 70s, “can make your amp 10 times louder”. I remember we bought one because 3 of us played through a single amp and needed to squeeze every bit of wattage it had to offer. Knob is a replacement but I’m sure I have a spare original I can swap it out with. Get this pretty nice example for $69.

RELISTED: OFF HOLD and now with gold hardware: 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Wine, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (checking  binding), (frets/binding), (case). Since I first posted this we’ve changed the hardware back to gold including a later Gibson Nashville bridge and tailpiece, very worn gold covers, and Kluson reissue Waffle tuners. If you're into vintage patina and vintage but affordable Les Pauls this one's for you. The headstock and binding, except where your hand is in frequent contact, is completely oranged out. Finish has light checking all over and there's a small spot on the back worn through to the wood. Sandwich body, and pre weight-relief/chambering, so it's a fairly hefty 9 lbs 8 oz. The good news is it's a superb sounding Custom, with original PAF# stamped pickups, and never had any breaks or repairs. It's just a guitar that sounded good it was always played. Frets are new so that's a good thing as it plays very nicely. Knobs are the original gold domes with very oranged out numbering. Martin capped two small holes between the knobs where coil switches had once been used. We removed the 4-conductor replacement pickups but the originals were in the case so it's back to stock wiring. 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. Case is original purple lined and while the covering is in rough shape, all latches and hinges are present and work fine. I think it's a good buy on a vintage Custom at $1850.

2013 G&L Legacy Special - Sonic Blue, (front  trem), (back), (specs), (headstock), (case). Fantastic Strat; a custom build by the fine folks of G&L Fullerton Calif. As you probably know G&L was the company formed by George (Fullerton) and Leo (Fender) after Leo sold Fender in the early 60s. Leo continued to refine and improve his designs while the folks at Fender became stagnant in comparison. The fact is G&L was building better Strats and Teles than Fender in the 80s and years since. This particular guitar is a custom build, spec'd by the original owner. It begins with an alder body, finished in Sonic Blue which was one of the custom colors in Fender's golden era. It is outfitted with a trio of G&L dual-blade humbuckers, controlled by a 5-way switch and volume, treble, and bass knobs (G&L PTB System). Body also houses a G&L dual fulcrum vibrato which is a high mass system that transfers energy very well to the body and stays in tune. The neck had a factory PLEK treatment to offer the ultimate in low setups with no buzz. The PLEK machine dresses each fret precisely and exactly. Neck is a classic C-shape with a flat 12" fretboard radius, measuring .830" and .930" at the 1st/12th frets. It features medium jumbo frets, G&L tuners, bone nut and gloss vintage tint. The only mod on this guitar is the pickguard and knobs were changed to black but we're including the original mint guard and white knobs so you can switch back if you'd like. Condition is spectacular with no discernible flaws. It's an excellent sounding guitar and with a stock Legacy Special running $1659, a great deal at $929(HOLD-Joe C 10/28). Includes G&L tolex case by G&G, spec sheet, certificate, hang tag, warranty, trem arm and extra pickguard and knobs.

1977 Ibanez 2355 ES-175 Style, (front), (side), (back), (headstock/serial), (label), (Florentine binding), (case). Very well preserved example and a very desirable vintage archtop from Ibanez Japan's golden era. This fantastic jazz box easily compares to Gibsons from this era. It has the look, feel, and tone of a vintage 175 at a fraction of the price. These came in two versions, the "M" model with a maple top which I had a few years ago, and the regular 2355 with spruce top. Features include cherry sunburst lacquer finish, flower pot headstock inlay, inlaid logo, split parallelogram fretboard inlays, multi-layer binding, black witch-hat knobs, rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece.  Exceptionally well-crafted, this guitar has held up as well as any USA jazz box from the same era.  Original neck set is solid and dead on. Overall this guitar is in exceptional condition, worthy of any collection, both due to rarity and condition. Finish is superb with a high gloss and little to no finish checking, no major scratches or dings, binding and purfling are in great shape. Like the Gibson ES-175, the 2355 is all laminated wood, with spruce top and mahogany back and sides in a lovely cherry burst finish.  Set up is very comfortable, frets don't have any deep groves anywhere, and the tone is full and rich. Appears to be 100% original based on catalogs I've looked at and the few I've had in the past. Vintage Ibanez has been climbing in value as there are more people collecting them - and more and more players are seeking them out. I sold my last 2355 maple for $1499 and a spruce top could be worth more. This is an exceptional guitar for the collector, and at $999(HOLD-Sam M 10/25), within the price range of working musicians.  Includes nice older case that may or may not be original.

2015 PRS Limited Edition SE Custom 24 30th Anniversary, (front), (back), (headstock), (fretboard/inlays), (case). This is probably the nicest PRS SE I've had. This Ltd Ed model is different from the majority of these made and is distinguished by the ebony fretboard with special anniversary bird inlays, and cream neck, headstock and body binding. It's a very classy looking guitar and fairly rare in that only 1,500 were available in the U.S. Features include mahogany body and beveled flame maple top for the classic combination of warmth and snap. Please note that the top is a thick piece of maple with maple veneer, not just a thin layer like many guitars that are essentially all-mahogany. Pickups are quality PRS-designed HFS and Vintage Bass humbucking pickups, controlled by 3-way switch plus a push/pull tone pot for single coil tones. The maple neck features a wide-thin shape for playing comfort while a distinctive neck joint makes it very easy to reach the upper register. Lastly, PRS-designed tremolo bridge and tuners keep it in tune beautifully and are built to last. If you’re looking for a PRS that will turn heads with its killer looks, plays with ease and sounds fantastic, here you go. Offered in impeccable condition. Look around, there aren’t many around with the ebony board and bound neck/headstock. Get this one for just $629. Includes top quality PRS gigbag, cable, tools, trem arm and unsigned warranty.

Yamaha Tolex Electric Guitar Case. Hard to find OEM case for your older Ibanez. Early 90s I would guess. Nice used condition. $75.

2013 Gibson Memphis ES-195 Archtop, (front), (back), (headstock  inlays), (case). First one of these I've had and it's a nice one. The ES-195 is big-bodied hollowbody with gloss Ebony finish with a body of  maple/poplar/maple body with a slim C-shaped maple neck, adorned with neck binding, outlined with white binding, split diamond fretboard inlays, and bound neck. It also features a classic Bigsby vibrola. 100% American made, it shows impeccable construction; everything very neatly done. For pickups Gibson chose their Alnico 2 P-94's which are essentially P-90's that fit in a PAF route. Should you ever wish to try humbuckers there would be no body mods required. The 94's features 10K output on the neck with 10.5K on the bridge with the bridge pickup reverse wound so you get hum-cancelling when both pickups are on. Controls are the usual dual volume, dual tone, and a 3-way selector. A set of Grover mini tuners keep it in tune very well. Only mod are the strap pins which are the Dunlop locking type. Case is the Gibson brown case with pink lining. Appears to have seen little to no use and is offered in super clean shape with no discernible flaws. Nice American archtop for $1750.

Lace Sensor Gold. Clean shape, recent model. These are $77 new. Get this nice used one for $40.

TonePros Bridge, Stopbar, Studs. A no-brainer upgrade for your Les Paul and other tuneomatic bridge guitars, a TonePros bridge stays in place and doesn't wiggle. Both the bridge and tailpiece lock into place via Allen key. It increases your guitar's tunability, increases sustain, and gives you better harmonics. For vintage instruments, it allows you to put your original parts in the case, preserving them, while allowing better performance for you. Nickel plated, includes studs and body inserts. Sells for $134.50 from Tonepros. Get this complete set for $75(HOLD-LeGrand 10/15)

1988 Kramer Baretta I LEFTY, (front), (back), (headstock), (scoop  jack/recessed Floyd), (case). Hey guys and gals, tell your lefty friends about this one because it's super rare and really nice. Cream finish is near pristine, no fret wear, a killer player. Lefty Barettas are rare but a Baretta I in this condition...impossible to find. Baretta I's differed from the Baretta with the I's lower horn scoop and recessed Floyd. They came out toward the end of the Kramer American run and much fewer were made than the regular Barettas. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape overall with the worst flaw being the fine tuner finish is down to the brass. Additionally, right before I received it a music store put a finish chip on the lower horn which isn't clearly visible from the front (pic here). We can do a spot finish repair; inquire if interested. Specs include poplar body with single slanted humbucker and volume control, scalloped cutout on lower horn, recessed Original Floyd Rose trem, Schaller tuners and strap pins, 3pc 22-fret maple neck with pointy headstock, correct plain truss rod cover and recessed input jack. Inside the neck pocket there's a stamp by famed builder Paul Unkert, Tom's River NJ, who built two of EVH's most famous guitars ca 1979 and performed his neck modification on this guitar. The mod, performed in 2018, is simply for better neck to body sound and under the neck plate Paul uses 2 screws and metal ferrules. Additionally, the pickup has been changed to an 80's Duncan Custom (DCJ stamp). Good news though: I have an original '80's JB (JBL stamp) among my hoarded pickups and we will swap out at no cost. The last owner didn't like the JB and simply traded it for the DC. The last modification is a big brass trem block has been installed, but the original block is in the case. We can swap the pickup, touch up the fine tuners, and touch up the small finish chip and this would be pretty much museum condition. The only other one I’m aware of for sale right now has a replaced pickup and is on EBay for $2800 (link). There are probably as many boogered up examples out there as there are real deals, usually with Focus bodies. This is a 100% USA/Neptune NJ assembled Baretta with virtually no player's wear other than the fine tuners. It's a real find for the lefty collector - or player. Yours for $1350(Tent. Hold – Adam 11/7). Includes Kramer case, original trem block, trem arm and Floyd Rose manual.

1966 Fender Coronado II, (front), (side), (headstock), (back), (features), (neckplate), (case). A very untraditional guitar from Fender and probably their first real attempt (not counting the solidbody Jazzmaster) to get some of that Gibson business. For around 15 years Fender had owned the solidbody market; Gibson the archtops. With the advent of the British invasion, hollowbodies were gaining huge visibility, especially with the Beatles and their Epi Casinos. Fender brought onboard German-born Roger Rossmeisl, of Rickenbacker fame, noted for using a German carve on hollowbody instruments. You can see Rick influences in the checkered binding, and F-tailpiece. The Coronado was a true hollow-bodied electric guitar, like the Gibson ES-330 and Epiphone Casino, without a center wood block in the body, as opposed to a 335-style "semi- hollowbody" that had a block of wood anchoring the top and back, running the length of the body. A full hollowbody has one drawback, specifically being more prone to feedback than a semi-hollow. On the up side, they body is more free to vibrate and they can have excellent acoustic properties, including better sustain. It came in 4 models (plus some Wildwood models that followed) which included the "I" single pickup, "II", dual pickup, "XII" 12-sting, and bass. I know I'll get questions regarding the serial number, "hey, 500,000s are for the 70's...", but just Google Coronado serials and you'll see that there were a large run of '65/'66 Coronado's in the 50XXXX range. This is an early model Coronado, characterized by checkered binding and chrome top pickups. These single coil pickups were made by DeArmond, a company more famous for Gretsch pickups. The bridge was a free-floating, non anchored, 'tune-o-matic' style bridge with a rosewood base, and it also has a suspended "F" tailpiece. The maple arched body is bound in checkered binding. Other features include a large gold pickups bolt-on neck is bound and features a rosewood fretboard and large block inlays, dual F-holes are bound, headstock is black with a gold Trans logo, controls are dual volume and tone controls with chrome-top black knobs, with a 3-way switch on the upper treble bout, tuners are the common F-tuners, and it has a single string tree. Perhaps the most visible use of the Coronado was by the decade's biggest star, Elvis Presley, as the only guitar featured in the movie "Speedway", which was a sunburst model (shown here), just like this one. More serious users have included Dave Davies of The Kinks, Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian, Graham Coxon of Blur, Jimmie Vaughan, and the Flaming Lips. This guitar has been played sparingly in its 50+ years and is in beautiful condition and 100% original. It plays beautifully and has a pleasing tone that isn't prone to feedback at reasonable gain levels. Includes original case by Victoria Luggage company and in this condition is an excellent value for the player or collector at $1399.

TC Electronic Flashback Delay and Looper. New in Box. Another in the new line of Tone Print (link) effects, the Flashback Looper also allows you to easily transfer your favorite delay settings via USB, again, with custom patches by some big name artists. You can skip this write-up and get a better overview at this great demo on YouTube.  You might notice the intro passage on YouTube has the delay set to emulate Eric Johnson on "Cliffs of Dover".  Another cool feature is TCE's audio tapping technology, which allows you to set delay times by strumming your guitar, plus a toggle switch allows you to switch between 16th notes or dotted 8s, for a more U2-like sound.  Features include 10 delay types including the 2290-style delay, 40-second looper with infinite sound on sound recording, 6 seconds delay time, stereo in/out, switchable true bypass and buffered bypass modes, switchable dry signal muting, analog-Dry-Through circuitry preserves your analog tone; Delay Time, Feedback, and FX Level controls.  Built ultra-tough with a metal chassis and a footprint smaller than Boss to preserve your pedalboard space. Every time I get one of these I plan on keeping it but I'm sure another will come along. These sold everywhere for $169. Get this one for just $110.

Line 6 Spider Modeling Amps – Spider IV 15 Watt and Spider II 30 Watt, (back), (Spider 15 panel), (Spider 30 panel). Very good sounding, extremely versatile combo’s and I actually use one of these as my test amp, right next to my seat. Functions are virtually the same on this pair, including a good selection of amp models and effects. The Spider 30 produces 30 watts in a small 1X12 design, enough power to jam with other players and not get lost in the mix. The Spider 15 is more of a practice amp but it's definitely loud enough to bug the neighbors. Both are 4-channel amps with 4 amp models, easily accessible via a button for each amp or via optional footswitch. You can overwrite all of the preset sounds with your own gain and EQ settings. Choose from Clean with warm jazzy tones with crisp highs and a thick bottom; Crunch, which is based on a '68 Marshall Plexi; Metal, based on a Boogie Dual Rectifier; and Insane, the best for shredding, based on a Dual Rectifier "Red" channel. They also carry their own effects so there's no messing with outboard gear. They're capable of running two at once - including phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb. Also features CD/MP3 jack, headphone/direct out for practice/recording. The 30 features a custom Celestion 12" speaker while the 15 features a Line 6 8" speaker. These are hard to beat for the money. $115 for the 30; $69 for the 15 (The 15 is sold). I have optional footswitches. Inquire if interested.

2014 Fender Ltd Ed American Standard Telecaster Channel Bound - Sonic Blue, (front), (back), (headstock), (upgrades), (case). Collector’s condition, with all the goodies. Very cool Limited Edition model, the Channel Bound Tele case available only in Fiesta Red and this Sonic Blue, in 2014. This one’s immaculate AND with two nice upgrades, most notably a new Babicz "Full Contact Hardware" tremolo system ($150 part) which increases sustain, dramatically improves fullness and tone and gives you complete adjustability. The other mod is a TV Jones Starwood neck pickup ($150) replaces the stock Twisted Tele neck pickup. Bridge pickup is the stock Custom Shop Broadcaster. Lastly, it now has the Bill Lawrence 5-way Tele mod which gives you 5 tonal choices including neck&bridge in parallel (half out of phase) and neck pickup with 10% less low end than position 1. Click here for details on the Lawrence mod. You're probably asking, what's channel-bound? Fender actually inlays the compound-radiused rosewood fingerboard into the guitar's thick C-shaped neck, so the perimeter of the neck itself is the actual binding. It's a cool way of building a neck and in addition to a very neat appearance,  it's super comfortable, with perfectly rounded edges and no side seam between the neck and the fingerboard. Other features include lightweight, alder body (7 lbs 5 oz) that's nicely contoured for comfort, modern C-shaped neck with hand-rubbed oil finish. The pastel custom colors of the Pre-CBS era are our most popular finishes and this Sonic Blue is near the top. It’s just a really nice look. Set up is low and impeccable, tone is superb, enhanced by these mods I feel. It’s just a super nice Tele for $1199(HOLD-Michael E PR 10/5). Collector owned since new, it includes original tolex case, all hangtags, Fender strap, Fender cable, polishing cloth, assortment of Allen keys, manual, and Babicz bridge manual.

MORE GOOD INFO on this guitar: J Backlund USA JBD-800, (neck/body stamps), (cavity), (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (case  stand). Someone had asked about more info on this fine guitar and specifics on the neck feel. Shown in the pics, this one is impressed with a stamp, “10-07-08 2” so it was built in Oct ’08 and I believe it was the second one built. My tech commented on the quality of the build overall including the woods, the asymmetrical neck with compound radius, and neatness of the wiring. The neck feels very wide which is odd since it’s just 1 5/8” at the nut (counting the round-over it’s 1 11/16” from widest part of the fretboard).  The asymmetrical neck shape measures, at the deepest point, .882” at both the 1st and 12th frets. Fretboard radius is 10” at the first fret up to 16” at the top fret. Frets are medium width, medium height. It’s super lightweight at 6 lbs 14.4 oz. One of the cooler vibe guitars I've had in recently, this one is finely crafted and hand made by master luthier Bruce Bennett, founder of Warrior guitars (and previously at Gibson), during his stint as the sole builder for Backlund. Don’t confuse this with Backlunds later association with Eastwood - J Backlund Design Guitars were strictly USA, made without the use of CNC’s and in small numbers (around 50 for this model). It exhibits a definite retro vibe and, more importantly, superior craftsmanship . Offered in several different models, this 800 model is made of some very choice korina, with a maple cap neck of birdseye maple and 'Fang' ebony inlays and side-markers. Outfitted with a trio of Lace Alumitone single coils it covers a wide range of styles from blues to rockabilly to extreme metal. It's quite a futuristic guitar with and style that's a cross between a Jazzmaster and the ’50s tail fins on a Cadillac Eldorado. Other features include 22 medium jumbo frets, Hipshot locking tuners, Dunlop strap pins, 5-way selector with master volume and tone. When this guitar was built Bruce was the sole luthier for Backlund thus there was a waiting period of 3-4 months. Backlund wisely outfitted it with a quality guitar stand (since this body shape doesn't like leaning against an amp) and a really nice G&G case with a guitar stand compartment. Prices on these started at $1995, going up depending on options. This one is in collector’s grade and just $1399(HOLD-Wanda B 10/8). Includes a custom G&G snakeskin case with blue crushed velvet lining and an original Ultimate Support GS-100 stand.

DiMarzio Strat "Area" Pickup Pair. Great vintage tone without the hum. Includes DP419 Area '67 and DP416 Area '61. Magnetic field of Area pickups is more efficient and focused than it is on vintage Alnico 5 single-coils, which allows use of Alnico 2 instead. With the Areas there's much less magnet pull without loss of output. The major advantage in the neck and middle positions where it doesn't kill sustain and intonation of stronger magnetic fields. Output is a very vintage 5.86K (’67) and 6.43K (’61) and both feature 4-conductor wiring for a variety of applications. These sell for $80/each new but this clean pair is just $99.

PRS SC250 Treb/Bass Set. From an SC250 we just sold, this is a clean set with full leads, the Bass (neck) having a braided lead while the Treble (bridge) features multi-conductor wiring. Output is around 8K neck, 15K bridge. Not many of these on the market compared with HFS/VBass sets. Get these for $135.

1995 Fender Japan '62 Reissue Stratocaster, (front  front/back), (headstock), (pickups/neck markings), (edge dings), (gigbag).  Another fine "Made in Japan" model from the mid-90's, with the anniversary seal on the back of the headstock.  I used to think all Strats of the same lineage, e.g. a '95 MIJ Strat, sounded the same.  Some 100's of Strats later I've learned that there are some which are simply exceptional sounding guitars.  Regardless of pickups or other factors, they have tone woods that have that "something extra" that sets it apart from a good sounding average example.  This is one of those guitars.  It's all stock, and without benefit of some expensive aftermarket pickups, it has a singing quality with a fatness that's not common on a Strat, and excellent sustain.  This model doesn't have your average C-shaped neck which Fender uses on virtually all their "Classic Series" guitars.  During the MIJ era the necks much closer replicated the original with a very chunky V on their '54, the sharp smaller V on their '57, the deep chunky on their '62, etc.   The '62 has a rather substantial U-shaped neck (pic).  Other distinguishing features include vintage routing including the "worm track" in bridge pickup route; Alnico single coils with staggered pole pieces; 3-ply mint pickguard with aged plastic parts; and stamped saddles with "Fender" engraved and the heavy trem block.  This fine Strat has seen very little playing time and there's little to no actual player's wear, however, there are several small flaws around the back/edge, not visible from the front and not a big deal. This is a really nice Strat that's nearly 25 years old. It's better than a new Mex 60's and priced nearly less. $650 includes Fender deluxe gigbag.

EMG81 Set – Complete. Newer set with quick disconnect (solderless) connections. Includes pots, caps, output jack and cables. Sells new $199. This set works perfectly and is in nice shape other than very slight wear to one logo. $99 takes it all.

Vintage Gibson T-Top Pickup. T-top bobbin, patent engraved bottom, dated 1980, last year of the T’s. Vintage condition for sure, spliced braided wire but strong and proper mid 7K output. $125(SOLD-Chee 12/2).

DiMarzio Air Classic Set DP190 and DP191 Nickel Covers. The DP190 (bridge) and DP191 (neck) have the sweet sound of a vintage 50s humbucker but their Airbucker technology allows use of a more reliable full-strength Alnico 5 magnet and still reduce string-pull to increase sustain and sensitivity. These have been in production since ’95 and are an excellent choice for seekers of a vintage output (8.6K bridge, 8.34 neck) PAF. Sell new for $86 with nickel covers. Get this pair for just $99.

Yamaha Keyboard Sustain Pedal. Sturdy and precise. Around $36 new. This used one’s just $15.

Mutec External Power Supply for Pedals. Probably 20 years old but never used, cable still factory banded. 9V output .2 amps. $10.

2018 PRS S2 Custom 22 Semi-hollow w/Upgrades, (front), (stock pu’s/bridge), (back), (headstock), (upgrades), (PRS Strap), (gigbag/etc). A great USA PRS at a great price! PRS’s S2 series provide the customer a chance to own a Maryland-built PRS well under the price of their core series models but the quality is still what you expect from a PRS. The CU22 Semi-hollowbody is a great example of what they’re doing today with these great guitars. A few mods to mention: Stock 85/15 "S" pickups are have been replaced with a new pair of Suhr pickups ($240/set) for that great 50's Les Paul tone. Includes a Thornbucker+ bridge and a Thornbucker neck (8.8K and 7.3K respectively). Additionally, the S2 stock bridge has been upgraded with a Core series PRS tremolo ($290) and arm and strap pins have been changed to Dunlop locking pins with strap locks mounted to a suede PRS strap ($40). Lastly, it has a fancier truss rod cover in Paul shell with the PRS OM symbol ($20). Modifications were done to improve the guitar and the guitar is otherwise stock and in beautiful shape with no flaws noted. The S2 CU22 Semi-hollow is an excellent choice if you're looking for greater warmth and increased resonance. It projects well acoustically which is great for practicing and indicates that this is a lively body. The body uses the classic mahogany with a figured maple top with a single f-hole. Neck is the new Pattern Regular neck carve which is based on Paul's original, pre-factory and early production guitars. It feels great in the hand. Not too big, not too slight. The upgraded trem (and stock PRS locking tuners) worked very well as I whammied it like a Floyd and it stayed in tune beautifully. The tone was very much like a classic LP sound, but a tad more complex. It should work great for a wide variety of music from rock to blues to jazz. Beautiful condition with no flaws noted anywhere. This model sells new for $1799. This one has $590 in upgrades for less. Get this beautifully upgraded Custom 22 for just $1499 with stock pickups and stock bridge included, less if you don’t want the original stock parts, or even less if you want it returned to stock. Includes PRS gigbag and all paperwork, and PRS strap with locks.

2007 PRS SE One with 408 Pickup, (front), (pickup), (back), (headstock), (stock pickup), (gigbag). Upgraded with hard-to-find PRS 408 pickup! The One model was made for the no-frills electric fan, much like the LP Junior of the 50's. Just like the Jr. the One features all mahogany construction, single-cutaway body, single soapbar pickup with volume and tone controls, set-neck design, 3/side tuners, and a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. The One is just slightly fancier with a beveled top rather than a flat slab, and moon inlays instead of plain dots. Other features include 25" scale, wide/fat neck carve, PRS designed stoptail bridge and tuners, and 4-ply BWBW pickguard. The PRS intonated wraparound bridge is a vast improvement over the original Gibson 50's design. This guitar has a superb low setup, plays with ease and has the growl and power you want out of a single soapbar guitar. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape. This 408 pickup was taken from a Core model 408 guitar. They are very highly regarded and aren’t available as an accessory. There are virtually none on the used market. An excellent value on a guitar that's good enough for pro use at $399 or if you want it with the stock pickup we’ll drop it to $329. Includes original PRS gigbag.

1982 Ibanez AM-50 Artist Stagemaster, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case). Excellent quality Japanese archtop that's soulful sounding and super comfortable to play. Nearing 40 years old it's seen a bit of playing time but frets are in great shape and it still plays beautifully. There was one repair which Martin is finishing up (before pic) where there was a side crack right next to the binding. Martin has reglued the area as well as the finish around the output jack. It’s structurally fine now. The Artist Stagemaster was created to be smaller version of their AS (Artist Semi Acoustic) series, many years before Gibson got the idea and started producing the CS-356 and ES-339. This guitar is comfortable and lightweight, yet retains the rich tone of a semi-hollow. Like its name implies it’s a fantastic stage guitar. Like the 335 it features an arched laminated maple top and body with dual f-holes, except in a scaled down 14” body. Other features include 3-ply maple neck, rosewood fretboard, a pair great sounding Super 58 pickups, dual volume/tone controls and 24 ¾” scale. It also features Ibanez’s finely engineered hardware of the era including Smooth Tuner machine heads, Sure Grip II knobs, Gibraltar II bridge and Quik Change II tailpiece. Although it exhibits a finish chip and some minor scratches, it’s overall very clean for its age. Sticker on back of the headstock is the original Sam Ash warehouse sticker. I can take it off but it’s cool mojo. Set up is low and comfortable with no dead spots anywhere on the neck. For a quality Japanese Ibanez archtop I consider this a really sweet find at $850. Includes an excellent quality HumiCase.

Maestro EP-2 Echoplex, (pic2). Mid-60’s model that’s hard to find. Offered as is but it does light up and the drives turn by the motor. When I turned it on it had an electronic smell so I turned it right off. Plenty of guys work on these and I’m sure it’ll need some attention thus $295/as is. Look online and $1200 isn’t uncommon for one in decent shape that’s been serviced.

Monte Allums Mods - All are new and include all parts supplied by Monte as well as instructions.  These would be $84 from his site but get all 4 of these for just $45.  

·        Monte Allums Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Mod.  For you DIY guys and gals.  Take your BD-2, install these components, and you've got a high-end boutique pedal for around 1/2 price.  Monte says It's different than a Tube Screamer in that it is much more transparent and truly represents a driven tube amp. Straight from the factory the Boss Blues Driver tends to have a very harsh and buzz saw type gain. My BD-2 Mod transforms this pedal into a truly great sounding pedal pushing it into Boutique territory. When used at moderate to loud levels with an amp it is reminiscent of a Vintage Plexi Marshall with smooth round yet biting overdrive.  More details at Allum's site here

·        Monte Allums Ibanez Tubescreamer Mod. Works with TS9, TS7, TS5, OD9 and TS808. Most basic of his TS mods but it does include RC4558P chip and all other components. Details are at the bottom of this page (link).

·        Monte Allums Boss SD-1 GT Mod, (completed pedal – not available).  The most transparent of the three Allums SD mods, using a few switches which are added to your pedal.  One switch adds presence and gain while the other switch toggles between Asymmetrical (Boss) and Symmetrical (Ibanez) Clipping. There are a ton of tonal options available here: clean boost or note articulation and clarity or smooth creamy overdrive, or a combination of them all. You got it. Very versatile Mod that offers a wide pallet of tonal colors. For icing on the cake he includes the extremely popular and quiet OPA2134PA Burr Brown op-amp. So, you thought the SD-808 was a great mod? Wait till you hear the GT.  More details at Allum's site here.  

·        Monte Allums Boss SD-1 Mod.  Monte says the SD-1 is one of the best kept secrets on the planet and is a steal at half of what a used TS9 sells for on eBay.  A stock SD-1 from the factory sounds rather bland and not very transparent.  Install this mod and transform it into what he believes is one of the best overdrives at any price.  The PCB is almost exactly the same as a Tube Screamer.   More details at Allum's site here.  

Korg KDW-301 Distortion-Wah. For you users of Korg's PME effects, the modular unit from the 80s. The KDW-301 is one of the harder to find units. It is a distortion wah and analog envelope filter that yields very unique and wacky sounds. 4-way switch at the top selects the type of filter: LP lowpass, BP bandpass, HP highpass and a BP+ bandpass filter mixed with the original signal. Note: You need to have the Korg PME 40X bass units to use this device, unless you're really good with soldering in jacks or cables. I have plenty of the bass units in stock, as well as dozens of different PME effects to use in conjunction with this pedal. Average condition but works perfectly. $175.

PreSonus Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System, (pic2). New in the box. The AudioBox USB is a USB bus-powered audio recording interface loaded with 2 microphone (XLR) and/or 2 instrument (1/4”) inputs with 48V phantom power, two balanced TRS outputs, and MIDI I/O and offers the ultimate in portability. With simplicity in mind, it gets it power via the USB bus and doesn't require any external power supply. Quality preamps deliver high headroom, low noise, and high gain for a pure, rich sound. Instead of the usual 16-bit sample rate and converters with low (under 90dB) dynamic range, the AudioBox USB uses pro-grade analog to digital converters with a dynamic range of 102dB and 24-bit sample rate so that the digital conversion. It is, quite simply, the best sounding USB bus-powered interface in its price range. This one includes Presonus “Studio 1 (Artist 2)” software as well as Audiobox 1.2.  New price is $99; this one’s mint and just $65(HOLD-Joe S 11/6).

PreSonus  Eris E8 Two-Way Active 8" Studio Monitor Pair, (stock pic and back). Mint in the box A-stock with just a few minutes of use on them. An industry leader in mixers and outboard gear, PreSonus now also makes some of the best monitors on the consumer market. The Eris line consists of 3.5", 4.5", 5" with these 8" drivers being the big daddy of the bunch. These are excellent higher-powered monitors, faithfully reproducing your recording with 130W each, with a max SPL of 105dB. You can fine tune your room with controls in the back including Mid and High controls, a Low Cutoff switch, and an Acoustic Space switch, as well as a gain control pot. This 2-way design goes down to 35Hz (up to 22K Hz) and has 75W available to the woofer and 65W to the tweeter, with a crossover frequency of 2.2kHz. Solidly built, these weigh in at over 22 lbs. each. Features include Kevlar low frequency transducers, low-mass silk-dome tweeters and responsive Class AB amplification. The front-ported enclosure is made of vinyl-laminated MDF. For inputs you can choose from a balanced XLR, a balanced ¼" TRS, and an unbalanced RCA line-level. Here’s a review of the Eris E8’s. These sell for $498 pair ($249 each) everywhere and don’t go on sale. Get this pair, essentially brand new, for the nice price of $299.

Gibson 490R Humbucker. From an ES333, neck position with a vintage 7.88K output. $45.

Fender Humbucker. From an HSS/Fat Strat, probably a Fender Atomic. 15.70K output, multi-conductor. If you have a dead one here’s a cheaper replacement. $39.

Dual Rail Strat Humbucker Pickup. We got this out of a parts guitar; maker is unknown. Fairly hot 12.15K output with multi-conductor wiring for split-coil option. It sounded good in the guitar it was in. $20.

PRS Tremonti Pickup Pair. Read McCoy USA models. Bridge is hot at 15.36K output; Neck measures 7.55K. These sell new for $170/each. Get the pair for just $199.

Fender/Schaller Humbucker Pair. As found on Master Series Flame and Esprit models, as well as the Contemporary Strats. Multi-conductor. Hard to find. Last time I went searching I had to pay $150 for ONE. Get this pair for $125(HOLD-Norm H 11/13).

Seymour Duncan Zebra Pair – SH6B and SH2N. Duncan Distortion (SH6B) is Seymour’s original high output humbucker, over 16K on this baby. The Jazz (SH2N) fits right in for a more mellow tone at 7.32K. Together their a good pair for versatile guitar tones. Both are 4-conductor for a variety of wiring choices. New cost is $158/pair. Get this set for $90.

Quin Amps Fuzz Petal. Excellent sounding fuzz if you want the Arbiter Fuzz Face tone. Very warm and mellow sounding fuzz that's easy to tame. Really nice harmonic content with a smooth velvet tone. It features true bypass, properly gain matched transistors, internal bias trim pot for perfect calibration, and DC jack has reverse polarity protection. Here’s a nice demo by Unburst (link). Killer fuzz offered in mint condition for $115.

Zvex Box of Metal Hand-Painted Distortion Pedal.  Zvex is truly an innovator in guitar effects and this awesome hand-painted BOM is a good example.  A very aggressive high-gain pedal with, and this is an important feature in high gain tone, a highly effective built-in switchable gate, which dramatically reduces noise and unwanted feedback.  Its gain and tonal characteristics are somewhat similar to high-gain tube amplifiers that have been the staple of hard rock and metal sounds since the 80s; the Boogie MK series comes to mind.  On the right, there is a true-bypass switch with an indicator LED to bypass the entire effect. On the left is a gate switch which is only effective when the pedal is on. (The gate cannot be used separately.)  When the gate's LED (on the left side of the pedal) is ON, the gate will be active whenever the pedal is turned on. The gate is very useful for cleaning up any noise between palm-muted chords and lead phrases, but may be switched off to initiate feedback or to stretch out soloed notes that are fading into noise. Switching off and on the gate is silent so the gating action of the pedal can instantly be changed during any part of the performance to fluidly integrate soloing and palm-muted chords. For more on the Box of Metal, click here for some video clips. Zvex's hand-painted stuff sells at a premium over their straight production pedals.  The hand-painted model sells new for $379 but this one's in nice shape in original box with manual for $130 less, just $249. 

2018 Ibanez Genesis Collection RG550 with Duncans - Purple Neon, (front), (back  heel), (headstock), (stock pickups), (optional case). Brand new/unplayed condition. Just like the great old RG550's of the 80s and 90s, the new Genesis Collection are made in Japan with all the quality you expect in these fine guitars. I especially love this Purple Neon finish which reminds me of the old Kramer Flip Flop finishes as it changes color depending on the angle you're viewing it from and/or lighting. This one has one great mod: a new set of Seymour Duncan (pic) humbuckers (TB6 Duncan Distortion Trembucker and SH6 Duncan Distortion) has been installed by my man Martin. Original V7/V8 pickups are included but after you hear it with the Duncans I doubt that you'll want to swap them out. The middle pickup is the stock Ibanez S1 single coil. Specs of this guitar are pretty much unchanged: basswood body is warm sounding with great mids, 5-piece maple/walnut Super Wizard neck that's among the easiest to play, classic-style tilt neck joint with stamped metal plate and contoured heel/cutaway for easy access to the upper frets, HSH pickup configuration for a wide variety of tones, Ibanez Edge locking tremolo for great intonation and dive-bomb trem effects, Gotoh MG-T machine for excellent tuning stability, black hardware and headstock painted to match the body. This one is offered with an absolutely killer in-house set up and it's offered in mint condition - plastic still on the pickguard, etc. These are running $999 new without a case or gigbag. Get this one, with $158 worth of Duncans installed for just $699. If you want a case, I have a brand new Ibanez M100C case ($139-$199 online) for just $85 more.

Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro, (Mbox), (screen shot). Pro Tools LE in the palm of your hand! The Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro answers the demands of Pro Tools users worldwide by offering a way to edit and mix with Pro Tools LE anywhere you go. A device the size of a jump drive allows you to take your Pro Tools Sessions on the road or record on your HD or LE rig and use the Mbox 2 Micro to mix on a laptop while riding in a plane, in a coffee shop, anywhere you want. Features include Pro Tools LE playback-only (or MIDI recording) device; Ultra-portable, anodized aluminum design; high-quality sound up to 24-bit, 48 kHz (higher sample rates require pre-conversion); 1/8" stereo output jack for headphone or speaker monitoring (no audio inputs); convenient volume wheel for quick headphone adjustments; powered by USB (USB 1.1 connection, includes USB extension cable); includes Pro Tools LE 8 software. Sold new for $199 but this one is virtually un-used and just $129.

Arturia Analog Factory Experience, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4). Not into point and click synth playing? The Analog Factory is a hybrid synth, software and hardware, that combines 3500 synth sounds with an easy to use controller. It offers the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer combined with the flexibility of a software based solution. The Analog Factory Experience is a unique combination of a software synthesizer that brings 3500 sounds, along with a high quality dedicated hardware controller. Once the Software is started, you can put your mouse away, all functions can be activated from within the keyboard controller: select a sound to play, modify this sound, recall snapshots - a true hands-on experience that's simple, straightforward, and fun. Features include: 3500 analog synthesizers sounds that have defined the sound of modern music. All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality. Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and/or by Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find presets according to these filtered choices. Organize Presets view by Name, Instrument, Type, CPU usage, Favorites, or User Presets. Straight forward Editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope), and more. Hardware includes 32-key keyboard with velocity; controllers include 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel; Connectors include Hold, Sustain, and Expression. Click here for some good video demo's and other details at the Arturia site and here for some YouTube videos. Sold new for $299 but this unit is virtually un-used and a load of power for just $179. Add (optional Steinberg key) for $20.

2007 Fender Custom Shop '56 Relic Stratocaster - Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back), (case/acc.).  Killer ’56 Relic and barely played. A lightweight 7.8 lbs., this guitar has more of a "real" vibe than the average Relic I've seen. Finished is lightly checked all over and the grain lift due to the nitro finish suck, gives it the appearance of a finish that's been curing for many decades. It's not one of the heaviest relic jobs I've seen, but the moderate fretboard wear matches the light wear on the body with more careless dings around the edges than heavy buckle rash, arm wear, and belly wear.  Go to a guitar show and you'll see 10X more genuine 50's like this than you'll see in the heavy wear category. Likewise, the hardware realistically aged, but not totally rusted out as some of these are. Frets are clean but the fretboard is worn through the clear coat over most of the frets, worn through to the wood primarily in frets 1-5, again, very realistic for a genuine 50+ year old guitar. The set up on this guitar is phenomenal. Very few vintage radius guitars will allow low action without choking out on bends but this one, no problem. Neck is the 10/56 neck which is large, but actually less chunky than some other necks. The ash body has lovely grain, easily visible under the translucent blonde finish. One of the nicest pieces of ash I've had on one of these. It's also one of the more resonant bodies I've had, with a very loud acoustic tone and a very even response when plugged in. These '56 Relics ran $3760 and the new team built blonde ‘56’s are $4350 online. This one is far, far cheaper at $2249.  Includes Fender/G&G tweed case, leather strap, cable, factory hang tag, ash tray, custom care folder, certificate, and other documents.

1998 Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Top Gloss Finish, (front  front2), (back), (headstock  serial  thin neck), (case). Formerly a Dot Figured Top, finished in cherry, somebody wanted a more vintage vibe and had this one pro refinished in Blue Frost, one of the custom colors from the classic era. You can see inside the soundhole in this pic, the stunning flame under the blue finish. Crazy. When it was 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 around 35 years - and over 50 years since the guitar was first released.  Features include semi-hollowbody design with center block for increased sustain and reduced feedback, dual '57 humbuckers, thin tapered 60's neck, body and neck binding, and Kluson Deluxe tuners with aged Keystone buttons.  Gibson has produced several models the past few decades but this model, figured body with gloss finish, was the best. The finish on this guitar is obviously a pro job – not quite $1000 Gibson quality but certainly $500+ by a pro finish shop. There is some minor orange peel here and there and one area with a minute area where you can see a thin thread of original cherry next to the binding. Looks like it’s seen no use since it acquired the new finish, no players wear on it at all. If you like the look of a Frost Blue ES-345 VOS why not consider a dot neck and this lovely 335. Exceptional value that looks cool and plays beautifully for $1799. Includes original brown case. Note: we’re installing a new lock and hasp on the case prior to shipping.

Gotoh 510 3+3 Non-Locking Tuners - Nickel. Never installed, new in the box, ordered direct from Japan. 1:21 ratio, Gotoh’s signature contoured buttons. Set screw at 6 o’clock. Complete with screws and nuts. Excellent Japan quality for $65.

Epiphone Acoustic Regent 30 Amplifier, (panel), (top), (back). Good little amp for the singer/guitarist. The Regent 30 is a 30 watt acoustic guitar amp with four 5” Electar speakers, or use the external out to plug in a separate 8 ohm cabinet. It two channels - a guitar input with high and low 1/4" inputs, plus a mic input with an XLR input. Preamp features include a 3-band EQ, separate volume controls for each of two channels and reverb. It is a closed back cabinet design, covered in cream Tolex. Although not expensive, these got good reviews on several musicians' websites. Excellent choice for a coffee house gig or home practic. It's lightweight and very portable. Nice little amp for $99(HOLD-Carlos U 9/6).

1960’s Gibson ABR-1 Bridge. Gold with plastic saddles, wire retainer, patent number and foundry mark. It’s been modified so the price matches the condition. Gold is in nice shape for its age but as you can see the ends have been cut out through to the stud holes, plus it has had the bottom shaved to allow it to go lower. If you’re looking to restore a player’s grade vintage Gibson, don’t spend $350 on a perfect example when this one’s just $100.

DiMarzio PAF Fender F03. 80’s PAF, pre-36th Anniversary, made for Fender by DiMarzio. Might be for an HM Strat with an added cover. $55.

Schechter Golden Age 50s Humbucker. Nickel covered. OEM for early Kramers and a number of other companies in early 80s. $58 or $65 with cream ring, screws and springs.

Vintage Controls for Floating Pickup. Similar to DeArmond but I don’t know the maker. Features volume and tone with 1/8” mono output that goes to amp. What you see is what you get. $25.

Old Acoustic Soundhole Pickup. Don’t know the maker but it works and sounds pretty good. Has short cable with ¼” female jack so it will connect with a regular guitar cable. $20.

DiMarzio DP192 Air Zone Humbucker. Similar to DiMarzio's Tone Zone with the same low string-pull for increased sustain, plus it has the big bass response and cool harmonics. Goes well with hot amps, allowing you to take full advantage of massive preamp gain without turning the sound to mud or fuzzy noise. Also works well as a great neck pickup for jazz players who need to get the hollow-body arch top sound from a solid body. 4-conductor for coil split and series-parallel capability. Lead is cut short but will reach most guitars for bridge position. Inquire and we can lengthen if needed. $40.

DiMarzio Soapbar Humbucker. I *think* this is an early version of the DP209 Super Distortion. Regardless, it’s a humbucker with two rows of hex nuts and high output. Very hot P90 tone without the hum. $49.

Warmoth Strat Neck – 1.75” Nut!, (pic2). We get a number of requests for guitars with wide nut width, 1 11/16” or this big boy, 1 ¾”. If you love your Strat but hate the 1 5/8” thinner neck, here you go. Upgrade or let us know if you’d like us to put this on one of our existing custom guitars. This neck is brand new, never installed, and features the Warmoth compound radius, 22 frets of 6150 wire (wide, not too tall), Warmoth side adjust truss rod and Warmoth’s ’59 roundback neck shape which approximates a ’59 Les Paul profile. Gloss finish throughout, nut installed, plain Fender log. Spec this at Warmoth and it’s $342. Get this one, brand new, for $269.

2011 Fender Squier Classic Vibe 50's Stratocaster w/Upgrades - 2-Tone Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (tremolo), (pickups). Super-duper clean and a bang-for-the-buck winner on vintage style Strats. This is a top of the line Squier with classic looks, excellent playability, and quality tone, in a lightweight ash body. A number of upgrades on this one most notably a new Babicz "Full Contact Hardware" tremolo system ($150 part) which increases sustain, dramatically improves fullness and tone and gives you complete adjustability. Next, the stock pickups were replaced with higher quality Alnico pickups with a Bob Urban "Vintage S" in the middle, and GFS Alnico in the bridge and neck. Lastly, single ply pickguard was replaced with a 4-ply Tortoise Shell pickguard for aesthetic reasons only. The Classic Vibe replaced the Vintage Modified in '09 with the outward signs being genuine vintage colors such as this era-correct 2-Color Sunburst, as well as a vintage tinted neck and vintage style tuners. More importantly, they're now using a proper ash body rather than the Indian red cedar used on the Vintage Modifieds. Other features include quarter-sawn maple neck; vintage-tint gloss maple neck, gloss finished body, modern 9.5" neck radius, synthetic bone nut and 21 medium-jumbo frets. This Strat is in beautiful condition and has a nice setup and sounds very much like a vintage Strat.  I'm very impressed with this series, as are numerous reviewers on the web, and the quality brings to mind the early MIJ Squiers of the early 80's. With quality control this high they're not cheap, $399 for a new one, but the ones I've had were better than a Mex Standard which are even more expensive.  How about this one with $250 worth of upgrades for less. $385 takes it.

Korg K61P USB Midi Keyboard Controller, (pic2), (close-up). New, never out of the box. Recording solution for the home recordist. A lot of features for the money and while it's tailor made for USB recording, it works great as a simple performance keyboard just plugged straight into an amp. Unlike the budget controllers it features 5 full octaves plus solid, full-size keys. It features a selection of four velocity curves (including a fixed level — great for mimicking organs and early mono synths) that tailor the keyboard response to match any performer. Includes Korg's M1 Le software (screen shot) that contains all of the preset sounds and all of the PCM waveforms of the original famed M1 keyboard virtually turning the K61 into an M1. List price on these was $450 which made them an excellent buy for the home recordist. A new Korg 61 with baby micro keys is going to run you $164. Get one of these with full size keys, brand new in the box, for just $139.

D'Angelico/Pigtronix Jazz Pedal (Comp/Boost/FX Loop), (pic2). Somewhat rare Pigtronix Custom Shop pedal created for D’Angelico New York. It's an all analog compressor, booster and FX loop pedal designed to provide several forms of clean tone enhancement as well as a true bypass effects loop and XLR DI output. While this pedal is aimed at Jazz players who want the ultimate clean sound, the D’Anglico’s on-board FX loop and DI functionality makes this incredibly flexible pedal an ideal tone hub for any pedal board. The compressor is based on Pigtronix’s popular Philosopher’s Tone pedal, featuring blend, sustain and volume controls, while the boost allows an increase of up to 12db, plenty to bring your lead lines to the front of the mix. It works extremely well with rock or fusion tones as you can hear in this demo. They sold new for $329. This one's immaculate in the box for just $229. Includes manual and power supply.

DiMarzio DP103 PAF and DP223 PAF 36th Anniv. Pair. Excellent choice if you like the tone of a late 50’s LP. Both of these are 4-conductor for a variety of wiring possibilities, with Alnico 5 magnets. Output is perfect vintage output with the bridge DP223 at 8.75K resistance; the DP103 neck at 7.46K. Nice vibe with these aged nickel covers, installed over the original cream bobbins. They sell new for $75/each. Get this pair for just $99(HOLD-Squire M 9/24).

PRS Dragon II Pickup Set. Neck is Alnico 4, 12K; bridge is Alnico 4, 8K. Both have nickel covers with a bit of aged look to them. 4-conductor so compatible with 3-way, 3-way push/pull, or 5-way pickup selectors. Sells new for $150/each. Get the pair for the same price. $150 takes the pair. If you need a complete wiring harness with volume pot, tone pot push/pull, and a 3-way switch, all wired up, $20 extra.

1997 Guyatone EDM-A (Enclosed Dynamic Microphone System Amplifier) Pre-Amp, (pic2). 1990's acoustic preamp that’s essentially NOS. Never been installed. I can’t find any demo’s on it but it’s Japan made and installs easily. Non-destructible double-sided tape hold the mic and connector in place. I believe you can use this with any acoustic instrument, or at least any with a flat surface. At $65, it’s a good price on a quality Guyatone Japan product. Why not give it a try?

PRS Phase 2 Locking Tuners. Excellent tuners for your project guitar or to replace worn tuners on your PRS. Easy to use (link). This is a new set and nicely priced at $129.

Goodsell Super 17 Mark IV Combo, (panel), (back), (speaker), (footswitch), (chassis), (tubes). Recent model from Richard Goodsell in the evolution of his successful Super 17 amp. The Mark IV uses the same basic circuit as the very first unit, now boasting standard spring reverb, award-winning bias-vary tremolo, and a cathode-follower powered tone stack that retains the original's sparkly character. Now with separate bass and treble controls and a 3-way midrange switch, the Mark IV is as effective with humbuckers as it is single coils. Richard dropped the low/high power switch as he's not a fan of pentode operation and I think it was only added to appease players who just want the most features possible, regardless of effect on overall tone. Tubes are dual EL84 power tubes, GZ34 rectifier, three 12AX7s and a 12AU7. I have upgraded the stock EH power tubes with a pair of 40-year-old Sylvania JAN (6BQ5). Standard speaker is the Goodsell RGH by WGS, and is strikingly similar to the Celestion G12H. Constructed of solid-finger-joined pine, the cabinet are light and resonant, with tweed-era floating baffle board. Measuring just 16"h x 20"w x 9.5"d, weighing 27 lbs., its portability, versatility of tones, and onboard effects make it one of the best grab-and-go amps I can think of. It's perfect for small gigs, practice, or the studio. Although designed to sound much like a Vox AC-15, its special 3-way tone clipping switch offers a choice of Blackface, Mid Normal or Top Boost vibe. Goodsell's acclaimed Reverb and Trem circuits are as fine as you'll hear. Tonequest Report reviewed the MK IV and they kind of summed it up:  "For our money (or yours) there simply isn't a better sounding, more versatile or toneful 1x12 amp being built by anyone today...  Among all the smaller combo amps we have reviewed, the Mark IV qualifies as a true desert island amp.”  You can read the entire comprehensive review at this link.  Although frequently accompanied by a few month wait time, these were sold by Goodsell for $2099 when this one was made in 2013. Get it now with $100+ power tube upgrade, for a nice $1350.

Custom Strat/Tele Hybrid by Nate’s Relic Guitars, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (distressed wood), (pickups  neck-butt), (pickguard), (certificate). Never heard of Nate before but he does some pretty cool stuff, most notably his highly distressed bodies. Made of pine from reclaimed barn wood, it has a mellow tone and a vibe like no other. Look at the pics to get an idea. There are even a few band saw cuts deep into the wood and they’re ancient cuts, not factory done. The cert claimed Fender pickups but they were cheaper ceramic magnet pickups so we installed a set of American Standards which sound much better. Nate didn’t provide info on the rest of the hardware or electronics but it’s all decent quality. Control plate is installed Nashville style to allow your pinky to reach the volume pot for volume swells. What appears to be a crack on back of headstock is nothing more than a lacquer gouge, added to look old. No cracks in the neck. The guitar looks cool, plays good and sounds good. If you’re looking for maximum Pinecaster vibe, here you go. $439. Includes black pickguard which we’ll include with the guitar.

Xotic AC/RC-OZ Booster Pedal, (close-up), (lighted). Limited Run of 1,500 pedals. I've had both the AC Boost and RC Boost recently but I just learned they made this pedal that's a great two-in-one. It got its name from guitarist Oz Noy who gets his huge guitar tone from running an Xotic RC Boost into an AC Boost. The AC Boost ranges from subtle overdrive to gritty distortion. When you drive it with an RC Boost you get increased harmonics, gain and presence. It gives you a massive up to 20dB of boost plus a ±15dB range on the Treble and Bass EQ controls. You get a 2-band EQ for each gain section and it can be run a 9V - or 18V for greater dynamics. The tone controls light up which is extremely cool on a dark stage. Sold new for $196 but this one's mint in the box for just $129.

Wampler Ecstasy (Euphoria) Overdrive, (pic2). One of the best grab-n-go OD pedals, the Ecstasy (Euphoria) gives you a good variety of OD types and likes all types of pickups. Before I get to far you need to know that there is no difference between this later 3-switch positions Ecstasy and the current "Euphoria". The name had to be changed for reasons beyond Wampler's control. Anyhow...if you want a smooth Dumble tone, it's in there. So are crystalline tones - all the way to killer crunch tones. It has loads of available output and gain, which its bass control is wired pre-clipping to keep your low end tight and punchy. It features 4 knobs (Volume/gain/bass/treble); mini-switch goes from overdrive setting to distortion setting (top: creamy tone, middle: crunchy tone, bottom, light fuzz tone). Other features include high grade film capacitors and resistors picked for superior sound and response, completely true bypass, battery connection and 9v power jack (Boss type barrel plug), ultra bright LED, and durable powdercoat finish. It is very dynamic, works well with your volume control, and cleans up very well. The Euphoria sells new for $199. This Ecstasy is identical in every way, is in mint condition, and just $125.

1997 Takamine FP350SM Acoustic/Electric Dreadnought, (front/back), (headstock/neck), (sides), (binding/back stripe), (preamp), (case).  A truly fine acoustic/electric with great looks, quality tone, and superb craftsmanship. Like all of Tak's best guitars, this one was built in Japan with the quality craftsmanship that has earned a very high reputation for many decades. Although 20+ years old, this guitar looks more like an '17 model than a '97 and it's obviously spend most of its life in the case. It's a very attractive model with a sunburst finish over a solid spruce top and flamed maple sides and back. Cosmetically it's somewhat understated but does feature multi-ply binding on top and back, with a nice inlay along the center seam on the back, and inlaid mother of pearl logo. Preamp is Tak's Accuracoustic semi-parametric which was Tak's top of the line back in the day, and features lighted dials for ease of use on a dark stage. It has a quality acoustic tone with excellent projection and clarity, and a very comfortable set up with low action throughout the fretboard. This model listed for $1500 back in '97, which was a pretty hefty price tag back then. In today’s dollars, it's an excellent value on a clean, quality Japan-made Tak at $750 including hardshell case.

OFF-HOLD: 1983 Alvarez 5048 Dreadnought with K&K Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (label), (case). 35 years+ and another excellent value on a quality Japan-made acoustic. Easy to play with a crisp, musical tone thanks to a solid spruce top on a mahogany body with a satin finish. The neck is nicely rounded on the back and not at all thin; fills out your palm. The acoustic tone isn’t overly bassy but well balanced. Where it really shines is amplified. The K&K Pure Mini is the best passive system going. Installed on the guitar's bridge plate (as shown here), it uses three small sensors wired to the endpin/output jack without the headache of changing batteries. The bridge plate positioning provides the perfect balance of sound, picking up all the strings without sounding harsh or percussive and "listening" to the sound board to amplify the unique characteristics of your guitar. The result is a warm, full-range signal that represents the true character of your guitar. Cosmetically it’s in nice shape for its age with no bad scratches, nothing through to the wood. It’s nice. Also included is a hardshell case. All for $399, which is quite reasonable for a Japan-made acoustic with K&K and case.

Fulltone Custom Shop Full-Drive 2 10th Anniversary MOSFET Edition. This was Fulltone's first Mosfet edition and went on to become the regular production FD-2 due to its popularity. This Anniversary model features the same dual-channel design, MOSFET circuitry and MOSFET/Standard drive type switch with an interface makeover. It is able to go from a chimey pristine clean boost to an overdrive with beautiful rich mids, reminiscent of a Dumble amp. Housed in a heavy duty commemorative Burnt Orange Metallic case it is one of the most versatile drive pedals on the market with both a boost and OD section that you can run simultaneously, like the FD-3 below. If you play a wide variety of pop/rock music, this pedal will pretty much cover it all. Nice used condition although it does have some Velcro on the bottom. Great pedal for $139.

Fulltone Custom Shop FD-3 Full Drive 3 20th Anniversary. Limited anniversary edition of the legendary Full-Drive OD pedal. Features include the coveted NOS JRC4558D chip rather than the normal NJM4558. It sports the Fulltone "Order" switch which places the Boost either before or after the Overdrive section of the circuit. "After" takes the tone you've dialed in and increases the Volume bringing you up in the mix. "Before" slams the input of the Overdrive channel and increases the distortion, not really the volume, much like the FD2. Two modes are selectable via mini toggle: "90s" is the original FD2 voicing with plenty of richness and color - definitely not a transparent setting. For transparent use the "Wide Asym" (Wide Asymmetrical) which gives you a lovely, open sound with lots of chime. It also features a completely independent, discrete JFET Clean Boost with a Volume control and a unique mini-knob which controls a Germanium diode "Limiting" function that you'll feel as much as hear. Clockwise on this knob takes out the irritating spikes that occur with other clean boosts when you hit the strings hard. There are plenty of good demo’s online; here’s one. If you don't think you can fit a Full-Drive on your board you'll be happy to know that this model is 20% smaller than the traditional FD. It sells new for $239, or you can get this lovely used one for $165(HOLD-John D 8/14).

Dunlop/MXR ECB296 DC Brick Replacement Cable Kit. The Brick above includes cables but here's an extra set if you need them. Kit includes:  (2) 9V mono – mono 3.5mm – 3.5mm cables, (7) 9V mono – barrel 3.5mm – 2.1 x 5.5mm cables, (3) 18V barrel – barrel 2.1 x 5.5mm – 2.5 x 5.5mm cables = twelve cables total. Sells everywhere for $29.99. Get this set new in package for $19.99.

Barber Compact Direct Drive V3. Dave Barber is one of the best boutique builders around. His pedals are made in USA and are built to sound good and last forever. The DD is sonically similar to a Tube Screamer but les midrange and a little more gain  when needed. With the V3 they packed the most desirable sounds of the Direct Drive, Direct Drive Low Gain (LG) and Super Sport into one compact pedal. If you're a fan of the KT66 tube, early UK combos, you'll find this familiar. Likewise, it has the tone of a 4 input Marshall through a wall of 4x12's. Lastly, it also does the tone of an 80s hot-rodded Marshall master volume. It uses a simple layout of three knobs, a gain toggle and a harmonics toggle. The earlier full-sized version won the Guitar Player mag "Pick Award" if that tell you anything...and this one's better than that. Takes 9-18V DC adapter, negative tip New in the box for $85.

JHS Moonshine Overdrive V2. Similar to the Moonshine V1 lower on this page but the V2 has an additional "Clean" knob that lets you blend in your clean unaffected signal with the overdriven signal. The Moonshine isn't just another Tubescreamer clone, it's something more. Although it's based on the TS circuit, the Moonshine is grittier with more tonal flexibility. In addition to its 2-way "Proof" switch, it also accepts up to 18 volts for more headroom if wanted. With the Proof switch in the down position it adds mids and more compression to even out your solos. Flip it up for a cleaner tone, even a clean boost if dialed in. It won't get as transparent as a TS, but you can get a lot more “hair” in your tone. Move up to 18v and you'll get the widest variety in your tones. Click here for a review by Tone Report. These sell new for $199 but this one’s super clean in the box and just $139.

Dr Z Z Wreck Head & Cab, (back), (panel), (speakers), (covers), (serial/date). (nothing is wrong with the Z logo on the cab—in person it looks chrome, identical to the Z on the head). Check out this cool Quantum Silver matched set - Z Wreck 30-watt head and 2X12 cab with Celestion Alnico Blue and Alnico Gold speakers. This is a production model of a prototype that was originally a collaboration between Brad Paisley, Dr. Z, and the premier amp guru, Ken Fisher of Trainwreck. Sadly, Ken passed away in 2006, but his genius in circuit design lives on through the Z Wreck and various clones by some top builders. All Z amps are built with the utmost attention to detail and top quality components. One of the things that set this one apart is the output transformer, which was designed by Ken Fisher. A unique aspect of the tranny is that it incorporates a multi-tap secondary that offers 2 different plate voltage settings, labeled "Comfort/Speed", accessible via a switch on the back. "Speed" yields a strong attack with increased clarity and dynamic headroom, while "Comfort" drops the plate voltage down for a vintage feel with a softer response and more overall sweetness. For players who look for touch-sensitivity, you’ll find none better. Using just your volume control you can go from shimmering clean to full growl, no pedals needed, but it’s worth noting that this amp takes pedals exceedingly well. It’s powered by four NOS Russian 6P14P-EV EL84 EL84’s, putting out 30 watts, with a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes, and a 5AR4 tube rectifier. Like many overbuilt amps, this is a loud 30 watts, plenty for medium size stages and able to keep up with a loud drum set. The circuit is basic and simple: a Cut control, similar to a Vox AC Top-Boost in cutting mids, Bass, Treble, and Volume. This matched set of Quantum Silver covering includes a nicely flamed stained maple front panels. Like the hand-wired, point-to-point circuit, the boxes are exceptionally well built and finely finished. There are a bunch of YouTube demo’s online; here’s a pretty good one from Greg V (link). This set up has seen only limited home use and is in perfect condition. You can get a new one for $3949 from Sweetwater…or save $1300 and get this pair for $2649. PLUS, this set includes well-padded Studio Slips embroidered covers for head and cab.

Eminence The Wizard (Redcoat Series) 12" 8 ohm Speaker. Great choice for Classic Rock or other applications that require higher power handling. The Wizard is rated at 75W and is noted for its tight bottom end and excellent sustain. $109 new but get this dead mint barely used one for $69.

Eminence The Tonespotter (Redcoat Series) 12" 8 Ohm Speaker. Another higher power speaker (75W), focused on a classic British tone. Characterized as very smooth and warm with a fat bottom end and highs that cut through the mix. Used but works perfectly. Discontinued but you'll still find a few new ones around for $90. Get this one for $45.

Celestion Vintage 30 12” 8 ohm Speaker. Celestion’s legendary G12 speaker that’s designed to handle more power (60W) and all the overdrive your amp sends its way. Celestion combined their 'H' magnet (the closest in performance to Alnico) with a new cone and voice coil with more contemporary materials. The Vintage 30 features detailed and complex overtones, a warm low-end, a famously rich vocal mid-range and a beautifully detailed top-end. $149 from the major online retailers, get this nice, guaranteed used one for $75.

Eminence Legend 1218 12" and/or Eminence Red White and Blues 8 ohm Speakers. Legend 1218 is never installed, new in the box. Smooth and fat American tone with just a bit of break up when driven. Excellent choice for country, blues and jazz and as a replacement for Fender Twin. The Red White and Blues delivers classic American rock tone of the '60s and '70s with tight low end, smooth mids, and shimmering highs. At home in just about any application, 1X12, 2X12, or 4x12" open- or closed-back amps/cabs. High power handling with 120W RMS and is an excellent upgrade for Fender Blues Junior combo. The 1218 sells new for $85 but get this one, new in the box for just $49. The RWB sells new for $80 but get this mint used one for $45.

Celestion G12T-100 12" 8 ohm Speaker. Celestion's premium 100 watt speaker that features the heaviest G12 magnet that they use. In addition to superior power handling it features exceptional sensitivity and clarity. Although it has an excellent frequency response, its more beefy in the bottom end of any G12. Metal player and drop-tuner players should love it. This is not the cheaper “Hot” version. This one sells new for $139 but get this clean used one for $75.

DiMarzio HSS Loaded Pickguard. Includes all DiMarzio pickups, CTS pots and switch and two Orange Drop caps mounted on a mint green Strat guard. Pickups are DiMarzio DP261CR PAF Master bridge ($75), DP416AW Area '61 middle ($80) and DP422AW Injector neck ($80), chosen for their complementary nature and versatility. Zero hours use since built. Can include knobs and tip upon request. Pickups alone cost $235 but get this complete pickguard for just $175(HOLD-Joe C 8/1).

JHS Moonshine Overdrive V1. Not just another Tubescreamer clone. Something more. Although it's based on the TS circuit, the Moonshine is grittier with more tonal flexibility. In addition to its 2-way "Proof" switch, it also accepts up to 18 volts for more headroom if wanted. With the Proof switch in the down position it adds mids and more compression to even out your solos. Flip it up for a cleaner tone, even a clean boost if dialed in. It won't get as transparent as a TS, but you can get a lot more “hair” in your tone. Move up to 18v and you'll get the widest variety in your tones. Click here for a review by Tone Report. Sold new for $199 but this one’s immaculate and just $125.

Danelectro Psycho Flange, (pic2). Full-size Dano pedal with the fattest sounding flanger tones ever. Dials in some wacky tones I've never heard out of a flanger plus fat "regular" flanger tones. Check out some of the trippiness on YouTube here but, again, it can sound like a normal flange or even a phaser. This one’s a good deal for an NOS pedal for $125.

Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere MK II, (top), (back). One of the best Leslie simulators - for guitar or keyboard. If you're not capable of lifting 200 lbs. and don't have enough room in the van for a real Leslie, the Rotosphere Mk II very closely nails the tone at a fraction of the size and weight of the real thing. Very highly regarded by guitarists and keyboardists, this unit features a warm and natural sounding stereo rotary cabinet with tube saturation in one pedal.  It features two rotation speeds and authentic sounding deceleration & acceleration effects with a spectrum ranging from clean to sizzling rock scream when you burn in the 12AX7 tube. Its stereo mode isn't required but when you use it get ready for the full dynamics of a real Leslie. Effects are simply Rotary and Drive, with Bypass (true bypass), Breaker (slowly locks into "stop" mode, always returning to the same "spot"), Slow-Fast Mode, and switch for guitar/keys. There’s also a stereo input jack for 2-button external footswitch to control on/off and slow/fast. Click here for a guitar demo, and here for a quickie organ demo.  Includes original box,  power supply and manual. Look around. These were selling on Ebay and Reverb for around $400. Get this nice one for $329.

OFF-HOLD: 2008 Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio, (front/back), (headstock), (case and box). One of the lightest Les Pauls you’ll ever play. Never retailed - unplayed condition and ships in original box. Gibson started their "Smartwood" Series in the mid-90's, utilizing sustainable woods which are both tonally acceptable, and eco-friendly. While many of these were exotic woods (such as Muira Piranga) we had never heard of, this is one of the newer models featuring good old Swamp Ash, a name that's been synonymous with guitars since the 50's. The Swamp Ash Les Paul is a limited edition model, although Gibson hasn't released total production numbers. The tone isn't radically different from a "regular" mahogany/maple body, but it does seem to have more punch, more pronounced in the mid-range; Billy Gibbons comes to mind. Most remarkably, this guitar weighs in at a remarkable 6 1/2 lbs., which would be light for a Strat or Tele, and unheard of for a Les Paul. Features include: satin natural finish, figured swamp ash cap over swamp ash body, rounded mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, 490R and 498T Alnico II humbuckers, rosewood fretboard, chrome hardware, green leaf truss rod cover, dot inlays, Gibson Deluxe tuners, and satin finished 50s rounded Mahogany neck with the standard 1 11/16” nut width. A regular LP Studio is going to run you $1319 and will probably weigh around 9 pounds or more. This beauty is immaculate and at 6.4 lbs. is one of the lightest guitars, much less Les Pauls, you'll ever play - for just $1099. If you're looking for a Paul that you can play for 3 long sets without any shoulder fatigue, this is it. Includes black reptile case, manual, and paperwork.

2003 Fender Highway One Stratocaster – Honey Blonde - with upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (edge wear), (case  SS trem arm).  Perfect condition on top, some cool relic back and edge wear. This baby also has some very nice upgrades. The guy was going for a David Gilmour tone so he had a set of Seymour Duncan "S" pickups and had it wired to emulate his sound with all top quality electronics. It's also had a bone nut installed by Martin, as well as a Callaham bridge block and Callaham stainless steel trem arm with short threads. These Highways 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. Early era Highway 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, synchronized tremolo with bent steel saddles, and HSS pickup routing on the body to allow humbucker installation if desired.  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 number of years ago in favor of the American Special, nearly the same guitar but with higher ($999) online price. Original equipment was a Fender gigbag but I’m including a new Fender tweed case in immaculate condition. Around $500 spent on upgrades on this guitar which makes it a nice value at $799(HOLD-Frank M 12/6/19).

JHS Pulp 'N Peel V4. Are you looking for a compressor that's full of features? Here you go. The JHS Pulp 'N' Peel V4 gives you the dynamics and sustain you need with just enough color when you want it. It preserves your guitar's tone while adding more headroom than other comps as well as EQ control and a parallel "dirt" circuit to add in some overdrive when you want it. With gobs of headroom, it can also handle duties as your clean boost. It also has a DI out so you can run right into a mixer, front of house, or recording console. A Blend control adds your unaffected signal back into the mix while an internal switch on the side lets you choose True Bypass or a buffered signal if you're going to be pushing a lot of pedals with it. It works great on electric, acoustic, or bass. If you don’t think you can benefit from a compressor with your acoustic you need to try one. Click here for a good demo by ProGuitarShop. Nice shape other than a few tiny paint chips and Velcro on the bottom. It sells for $229 but get this one for $149.

Wampler Paisley Drive  Deluxe, (stock pic).  Brad Paisley is my favorite guitarist and while his chops are impeccable, his tone is equally impressive. The folks at Wampler found out that he had been using several of their pedals for years and was currently looking for the perfect overdrive pedal, which was to become the original Paisley Drive. His requirements?  "It needs to be clean but get crunchy with some “beef” to it.  It needs to have a fluid tone when soloing.  I needs to add a little hair to the tone but then but then has to be able to give flat out ball busting gain..." Brad had been using Wampler's Underdog Overdrive, which was long out of production. With the Paisley Drive Deluxe Wampler brought back the original Underdog circuit, combined with the original Paisley Drive. You can use either circuit individually, but for some real magic, stack the two, which you can do in any order. A toggle switch lets you choose 1 of 3 settings: 2>1, Separate, and 1>2.  There are also small pushbuttons on the side, Fat for Channel 1 and a Scooped tone for Channel 2. Note that although Brad plays Teles almost exclusively, this thing sounds great with Strats or even humbuckers. Here's a good demo with a Tele (link).  You can get a new one for $259.97, or get this very clean used one for $175.

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay, (pic2). Latest and greatest from Boss, the #1 builders of digital delay boxes since the early ‘80’s. The DD-7 features two new delay modes including modulation delay for chorus-flavored sounds, and analog delay for a modeled simulation of the classic BOSS DM-2. It also has more delay time: In addition to the 6.4 seconds of delay time the “Hold” mode allows up to 40 seconds of recording for sound on sound loops. It can also accommodate an external trigger for tap tempo while delay time, feedback, and effect level can be changed via expression pedal. Lastly, the stereo outputs serves the DD7’s true stereo output for great spatial sweeps in panning. You can also use the stereo outs for separate wet and dry outputs. These sell new for $159 but get this one in perfect condition with box and all the paperwork for just $109.

HEY GUYS – TELL YOUR PEOPLE THESE ARE FOR SALE: ca. '60-'63 Fender Concert Brownface - LOT!!!. (Selling as a lot of 5 only). Eleven years ago I bought these from a collector in Maryland. Yet another year has passed and I've never had the spare time to go through each one and sort out the specifics as far as replaced components and performance. I tested each one when I bought them and all of them do work. A few sounded great, while others sounded like they needed filter caps or possibly more. You can expect a range of originality and condition, for example, one of them is missing the back panel, replaced with a piece of uncovered plywood. Another one has two added switches for speaker select (all 4 speakers, 2 speakers, or one speaker). Some have replaced speakers. I am NOT looking to sell any of these individually as it could be another 11 years before I dedicate a day or two to go through them. I AM looking for a collector or dealer who wants a cool brownface Concert collection. Maybe ask a few buddies if they want to team up for a group purchase. If I were to list these individually they would be $1300 to $2300, I'm guessing with very little bench time required to get them all up to spec. Here's the deal: $1300/each X 5 = $6500 takes 'em all. Price takes into account the range of condition and performance so I'm not open to dropping the price. Since 5 large amps are involved, it should be worth the time for you to make the drive which is desirable since I'm not looking to ship them. In closing I'd like to say that I'm not selling them individually. Also, I am looking for a local pickup by the buyers or a freight company who can safely transport them. Did I mention that I'm only selling them as a lot.

Acoustic Image Focus 1, Series III Bass Amp, (back), (case/acc.).  A super compact amp with a ton of clean power, weighing in at under 5 lbs., perfect for players who don't like lugging a 60 lb. head around.  As incredible as it sounds, this little powerhouse delivers 1000 watts through 2 ohms (800/4 ohms), via one or two Speakon speaker outputs.  Although marketed as primarily an upright or electric bass amp some jazz players would probably like the tone and the unlimited clean headroom. The Focus does not color your tone like most amps - what goes in is what comes out - it accentuates the *acoustic* tone of your instrument rather than the pickups.  For bass, it's equally at home with electric or upright basses. Features include extended frequency range, high fidelity sound via Class D (PWM), unique slanted front chassis with built-in handles on side rails, combo jack input (either 1/4" or XLR), phantom power on XLR input, 3-band EQ preamp (±15 dB @ 60 Hz, 650 HZ, ±15 dB @ 650 Hz, ±25 dB @ 10 kHz), Notch Filter (-18 dB sweepable from 30 to 800 Hz), Low Cut Filter (-12 dB/octave sweepable from 30 to 800 Hz), parallel effects loop with return level control, EQ post/pre switch, separate input and master level controls, quality XLR D.I. output, ground lift switch, mute switch, light weight (5 lbs), small size (10.2 x 8.2 x 3.5).  1000W through 2 ohms, 800W through 4 ohms, 450W through 8 ohms.  Acoustic Image owners swear by these amps for the sound quality, build quality, and lifetime warranty that's transferable to new owners. From what I've read on the web, in the rare case it develops any problems, just ship it back for repair (and frequently upgrade to current specs) and it'll be fixed for free, including return freight. You can't get better than that.  For more info click here and read specs on the Focus 1 here and here.  This model sold new for $1179 but this clean used one's a great deal at just $599.  Includes well-padded gigbag and a new Speakon speaker cable.

Carvin CS4 – Ice Tea Burst with Suhr Thornbuckers, (front  maple top), (back  heel), (headstock), (case). Carvin's fantastic California Single Cut Carved Top - one of the few in-demand Carvin guitars - the CS4 is their take on the Les Paul model, complete with single cutaway body with set neck and thick maple cap. This one is in superb condition and all stock except for pickups upgraded to Suhr Thornbuckers ($240), which is a very good thing. Stock factory wiring includes push-pull tone pots so you'll get 8 tonal possibilities with this beauty. These Suhr pickups sound so much better than the Carvin C22 humbuckers (with their 22 pole pieces per pickup!). In my demo I noted an extraordinary variety of tones, from clean to overdriven, and all sounded superb. This one is a joy to play with a slick and fast ebony fretboard, aided by the thin taper “Rapid Play” low action neck and comfortable body contours. Other features include mahogany body with full maple cap, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and block inlays, 12" fretboard radius, 25" scale length (same as PRS), 1.69" nut width, 22 medium jumbo stainless steel frets, Sperzel locking tuners, stopbar tailpiece and tuneomatic bridge. This was one of the last Carvin CS4 models and it's now built under the Kiesel Carvin name as the CS3. It's identical to the CS6 other than the figured neck on the 6. This is a fantastic guitar in all regards and highly recommended for anyone looking for one of the best value Les Pauls made. This is a sweet deal, especially with the Thornbuckers, at $1099. Includes top of the line G&G/Carvin case with key.

1993 Fender Strat Plus w/Custom Pickup Switching,  (front), (back back wear), (headstock), (pickups), (saddles).  We’d had this custom pickguard for years and we finally got around to using it.  It's cut for an extra pickup to be installed between the bridge and middle pickups and a wider tonal variety.  We used a prewired '96 American Standard Strat assembly and added a later American Series (stag pole) pickup for the 4th pickup.  We removed the bottom TBX tone pot and replaced it with a mini 3-way switch, wiring the middle knob as a master tone for all 4 pickups.  The three way control is:  bridge pickup, bridge and extra pickup, extra pickup alone.  With the 5-way selector all the way back you get:  mini-switch in middle = back two pickups, mini-switch up = added pickup only, mini-switch down = bridge pickup only (standard Strat).  With the 5-way in the 4th position you get your choice of  middle/extra/bridge, middle/extra, or middle/bridge (standard Strat).  You get some very cool tones with this set up and when you roll back the tone it gives you a partially-depressed wah sound, heavy in the mids.  The only other mod is GraphTech "String Saver" graphite  saddles, which reduce breakage and stay in tune better than the stock cast saddles.   As you can see in the pics, the fretboard has plenty of wear on the face as well as the edges.  Some manufacturers offer "rolled" fretboard edges to emulate the feel of a well worn neck, making it faster up and down the neck and generally better feeling to the hand.  The back of the neck has some fine cracks in the finish only - no wood cracks anywhere on this guitar.  Other than the pickups and saddles, this guitar is 100% stock '93 Strat Plus.  The back of the body has one area that is worn down to the wood but that's the only area that's worn through.  The Plus also features precision locking tuners, Hipshot Tremsetter, and LSR roller nut, all of which are enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure.  This "Tremsetter" by Hipshot is attached to the tremolo block inside the tremolo cavity.  It adds tuning stability by returning the trem to the "zero" position when not in use.  You can play right-hand bridge harmonics, aggressive rhythm, palm mute the strings, or do bends without the other strings going out of tune and the bridge stays put.  Other features include Schaller locking strap pins, TBX tone control, tilt-adjust neck accessible through a hole in the neckplate, 3-ply pickguard, modern 9.5" radius, truss rod adjustment on the headstock, and bold silver logo (near the end of the run for this logo).  Despite the heavily worn fretboard, the frets are in decent shape and since it has an excellent neck, devoid of twists and humps, the action is very comfortable. At around 8 lbs., it's a good weight for an American Standard with a nice lively body and good sustain.  Includes hardshell case and trem arm.  If you're looking for a Strat to give you some unique tones and not afraid of some honest wear, you can have this very cool Blackie for $859. 

1966 Jensen Alnico 12", (pic2). High-end in its day, Concert series. Very nice vintage 12" with zero hours on a new recone. 8 ohms, rated at 50W, 16 oz. magnet, 1.5" voice coil, similar to a Jensen C12N. Perfect speaker for your vintage Fender Deluxe Reverb, Ampeg Gemini or other low-medium power vintage amps. Killer deal on a new reconed ’66 at $100.

2017 EVH Striped Series 5150 - Red, Black and White, (front), (back), (headstock/plate), (Floyd), (case), (extras). This is the current $1399 model with Hockey Stick headstock and 5150 "decal". Don't confuse with the $999 model with the Strat headstock. One of the most iconic guitars in the history of rock music, Ed hand-painted his Strats back in '84 and played hundreds of concert dates and music videos which led to their popularity. Of the three color motifs he used, this RBW one is by far the most recognizable. This isn't an exact copy, which was done years ago with a Ltd Ed model with a price tag that would buy a nice car, but considering the modest price tag, it nails all the important features which include a fast-playing compound-radius (12”-16”) 22 jumbo fret maple fingerboard, black dot inlays, truss adjustment wheel conveniently located at the heel, and custom designed EVH Wolfgang Alnico 2 Humbucker bridge pickup. This versatile pickup is equally adept at producing loads of power, but also excellent articulation and sustain. It is very well balanced and especially at lower settings doesn't appear to color the sound excessively. It is controlled by a custom EVH/Bournes low-friction volume knob for perfect tapering and even/accurate volume swells. Of course you can't have an EVH guitar without a Floyd and this one has a top of the line EVH-branded Floyd Rose paired with Ed's patented EVH D-Tuna for easily dropping to D when needed. Beneath it all there's a tonefull hand-rubbed satin Urethane basswood body with a high-quality quartersawn maple neck for years of hassle free accurate tuneability. Case or gigbag isn’t included in the new $1399 price tag; the EVH case available for $157 = $1556 w/case. Get this one in superb condition, nearly unplayed WITH case for just $1039(HOLD-Gilbert M 12/3). PLUS, it includes a new FU tone brass block (installed) and brass fine tuners and wrench holder in the case.

2017 Gibson ES-339 Studio - Wine Red, (front), (headstock), (back), (case  cert.). Flawless…a really nice guitar. Designed as an alternative to the ES-335, with a smaller body and therefore more comfortable for many players. It also features black binding and plainer headstock ornamentation. 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. It's rounded symmetrical cutaways offer easy access to the upper frets and the Classic 57 neck and Super 57 bridge pickups are the most popular Gibson pickups among our customers. The ES-339 features an all-maple body with a solid maple center block to help reduce feedback and enhance sustain. The top and back are both finished in a high gloss nitro finish unlike past models with the back being a satin finish. Other features include rolled fingerboard edges for comfort and speed, black Corian nut, internal spruce braces, mahogany rim liner, modern "soft C" maple neck measuring .805" to .885, Torrified Maple fretboard, 500K CTS pots, nickel hardware, ABR-1 bridge and Grover Rotomatic tuners. The set up is spectacular and it's an excellent sounding guitar, electrically and acoustically. Includes form fit custom Gibson case. These were $1999 new a year ago. This one presents "as new" for just $1250.

Motion Sound Pro-3 - 45W Rotary Horn Speaker, (back), (controls), (top), (acc.). Nothing sounds like a real rotating horn. I learned this growing up, with Hammond organs playing through a Leslie and even as a kid, it made the hair stand up on my arms. There's an indescribable "crying" effect, accented by a slightly overdriven tone, speed changes, and a real 3D effect created by a Doppler effect. There are some decent rotary pedals made but if you hear them side by side nobody could mistake the best stomp box for this unit. The Pro-3 uses an actual rotating treble horn with a compression driver and a solid state amplifier for frequencies above 700Hz, while frequencies below 700Hz pass through a stereo bass rotor simulator into a 1/4" output jacks and then to your amp or mixer. Extremely portable, especially compared to other rotating speakers, at 6.5"x20"x16.5, and weight just 26 Lbs. The front panel volume control is actually a 100K input attenuator in front of the PRO-3 pre-amp, which always runs at full gain. It uses a military grade 30 watts RMS solid state .3% distortion amp and it is astonishingly loud, even when compared to a Leslie. The other control, the "Limiter", controls a soft clipping ceiling type circuit that does nothing until the unit volume increases to the level the limiter circuit is set for. >From that point, the "limiter" clipping effect becomes more pronounced and distortion becomes more audible through the PRO-3's treble driver. This can be used to create distortion effects. As you move the limiter control clockwise the effect comes on sooner and the clipping becomes steeper, yielding more distortion in the output. Inside the unit there are slotted potentiometers that can be tweaked with a small screw driver to alter the treble and bass rotation speeds, rotor acceleration/deceleration times, bass rotor effect center, and bass rotor L/R balance for stereo use. A footswitch controls the speed (fast/slow) and a separate control turns the unit off and includes a long stereo stage cable. Previous owner rehoused the large footswitch into a smaller box that easily fits on a pedalboard. The driver is only around 3 months old PLUS a brand new driver ($69.99 online) will be included if desired.  They don't make the Pro-3 any longer. The Pro-3X is $799 but it's loaded with more features. Regardless, this is an excellent unit and a good tool for the organist or guitarist at $335. For $369 I’ll include the new spare driver, should you ever need it.

2017 Gibson SG Standard T - Dark Cherry, (front), (headstock), (back (front door is in reflection), (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 Cherry Burst 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, Grover locking tuners with Kidney Bean 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 our customers' most requested pickups, '57 Classic Alnico II 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 60s Slim Taper neck profile. 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 in immaculate condition. A new '18 SG Standard is running $1499 but this beautiful '17 model is just $1050.  Includes hardshell case, polishing cloth factory checklist, warranty, tools and manual.

Suhr Standard Honey Burst w/Spalted Maple Top, (front), (back), (headstock  neck), (Floyd), (specs), (case). Flawless condition and probably the nicest flamed/spalted maple top I've ever seen on a guitar. I love Suhrs but there aren't a lot of them made and original owners usually won't part with them. They're among the best built American guitars, made in such low numbers, that some folks aren't fully aware of them. Suhr fans know that the quality is better than "F" Custom Shop, and more along the lines of Master Built quality. Suhr's Standard series is based on the model that guitarists have gravitated to since the 50s but this model has some sexier lines and cutaways for comfort and speed. This is the first Floyd-equipped Suhr I've had so it's even more unique. Features include basswood body with 3/16" spalted/flamed maple top, roasted maple neck with Indian rosewood fretboard, even C "slim" neck shape .800" to .880" deep, 10-14" compount radius, Floyd Rose locking tremolo (Gotoh) with locking nut, 22 heavy stainless steel frets, black hardware, Suhr locking tuners, side output jack, rear routed (no pickguard), JST ML single coils in middle/neck with a JST SSH+ in the bridge, master vol/tone and 5-way switch and scraped binding. Suhr's hand-craftsmanship is evident in all the edges and contours on this guitar, especially in the carved out area around the neck pocket; sheer beauty to me. This guitar has an outstanding setup and in all aspects it can stand up against any Strat I've played. If you're a Suhr fan you know what a great guitar these are, and if you're contemplating a new one, you might want to consider this barely played used one. With a list price of $5150, save some money and get this one for $2850. Includes original G&G formfit case, build sheet, trem arm and tools.

Palmer E-Frog PGA-02 cabinet switcher, (pic2). New in the box. Many years ago I sold the Palmer Triline and just discovered this E-Frog was left behind. When used in conjunction with a Palmer Triline this little box allows you to switch between 2 tube heads while only using one speaker cabinet. It places a dummy load is placed on the unused head to prevent damage to the transformers. It's function is much like the Radial Headbone (which I have in stock) but the Palmer set up (with the Triline) is completely silent and instantaneous which the Headbone can have a slight lag as well as an audible pop. Uses any external on/off jack to switch between heads. Originally sold for $158 but if you need one this one's new in the box and just $65.

Seymour Duncan Andromeda, (pic2). Much more than a delay pedal, the Andromeda's dynamic capabilities essentially make it another instrument as much as an effect. It houses 128 preset locations, USB, tap tempo, both Analog and digital voices, multiple modulation options, 4 rhythmic subdivisions, and dynamic expression. It uses eight separate delay voices, including analog, digital, tape, ping pong, etc. (see pic). Select your voice then dial in Saturation, Tone, Mix, and Modulation and create the audio canvas you've been hearing in your head. Anything from the low-fi tone of an old tape delay to the crystalline repeats of a fine digital delay, or anything in between. I especially like the dynamic capabilities where you can make the echo louder the softer you play, which allows your loud passages to jump to the front of the mix. Features stereo in/out, Midi In/Thru, and USB. Hearing is believing so click here for a good demo by ProGuitarShop. These come without power supply but it runs on any 9-18V DC power. Sells new for $299 but get this barely used one in the box for just $199.

Seymour Duncan FOOZ Pedal, (pic2). Take a great fuzz pedal, add in a great filter pedal, and you've got one of the coolest analog synth pedals made. This all-analog effect turns your guitar into the tripiest analog fuzz synthesizer you've possibly heard. Easy to get around on, it contains synth-like control layout with sections for fuzz, filter, LFO, and envelope as well as a tap tempo switch that syncs LFO to your preferred tempo. The filter section can be switched between lowpass and bandpass operation while the filter frequency can be modulated via LFO or envelope. The LFO depth and speed can be modulated via envelope. It also has an assignable expression input for your external expression pedal. On the back is a bank of eight DIP switches, which allow you to activate a variety of features both for standalone operation - and for when you're using an expression pedal. This baby will turn your guitar signal into a rich sound with lots of sustain and overtones, filling up a lot of space in the mix and making a good stand-in for synth parts. These come without power supply but it runs on any 9-18V DC power. Seeing is believing so check out this good demo here. Sells new for $349. This one’s barely used, in the box, and just $239.

OFF-HOLD: 2016 Gibson 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 lovely condition with no flaws noted. For cool looks, playability and “lightweightedness”, it’s a nice buy at $1159. Includes certificate of authenticity, warranty, and original brown case.

Orange Tiny Terror Head, (back), (carry case/box). Killer little amp - 15/7 watt switchable.  In '04 Orange came out with their Rocker series and their Tiny Terror amps, which were wildly popular due to their simplicity and excellent tone. The Tiny Terror is an all-tube, 15 watter that's extremely lightweight and portable. It even includes a padded carrying case that you can carry over your shoulder. It features a two-stage preamp which has a wide tonal range, especially considering it just has volume-tone-gain controls. When you drive this amp it just screams, in a good way that is. Although moderately priced for a tube head, this amp might make you laugh at the price tags of some of the high-priced boutique Class A heads. From clean crunch to full on overdrive, this amp sounds great. At mid gain settings it has loads of vintage British character and is built to the same rugged specs as the bigger Orange amps. The Tiny Terror switches from 15 to 7 watts for studio use and recording. If you need portability and quality tone for small gigs or especially studio work, this one beats just about everything that's anywhere near the price. Click here for a demo. The head sold for $599 new but this one's flawless and a nice buy for $375. 

2014 PRS 408 MSL Limited Run - Brazilian, (front  front2  front3), (back  back2  back3), (headstock), (Braz letter), (case). Just a handful of these made and this is one of the nicer ones with PRS tremolo, traditional style bird inlays and finished in a stunning tiger striped maple Purple Charcoal Burst. This is one of PRS's Wood Library (Music Store Live in this case) and essentially a Paul's Guitar model. Outwardly, the 408 similar to a Custom 22, except it has unique pickups and switching options. The 408 pickups were designed to extend the guitar's tonal spectrum by narrowing the field of the bass pickup to increase its focus and widening the field of the treble pickup to increase its sound field (notice the asymmetric differences). This pickup configuration (comprised of four coils and offering eight sounds) goes back to Paul's Sorcerer's Apprentice guitars in the early 80's. Thanks to the simple but versatile switching system, featuring dual mini-toggle switches that provide numerous combinations of humbucking and single coil tones, the 408 give you incredible articulation and clarity. Other features include flamed maple top over mahogany body and V12 finish, solid East Indian rosewood neck with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, Pattern neck profile, old-style bird inlays, 22 frets, 25" scale length, PRS floating tremolo, hybrid hardware (gold, nickel), Phase III low mass locking tuners and natural masked body binding. This guitar weights 8 lbs 8.6 oz. This is one of the best sounding PRS's I've had (and we're talking many 100s) and the best in terms of pickups or switching options.  The two pickups provide a broader tonal spectrum with clean highs, articulate mids and well defined lows. The two mini toggles are useful and magical. Switch either pickup to single coil mode, and you'll hear the sound of a real single coil pickup, not a humbucker trying to sound like a single coil. Offered in collector’s condition including mint original case, all paperwork, and Brazilian certification. A killer buy for the PRS fan at $3200. (note: after pics were taken black pickup rings were installed, but original cream rings are included).

1952 Gibson ES-125 Hollowbody Archtop, (front) (front-2), (back), (back-2), (headstock), (tailpiece), (case).  From Gibson's Golden and nice shape, especially for 65+ years old.  The ES-125's were near the bottom of the price list for Gibson archtops of this era, but that means primarily minimal cosmetics appointments. It received the same care in manufacture and was built by the same experienced luthiers as the higher end models. The 125 has a laminated 16 1/4" body with maple top and mahogany back and sides, with mahogany neck and Brazilian fretboard (pic) and bridge, finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. Although they made a thinner version (125T), this is the original full depth model, 3.5" deep. Other features include 24.75" scale, single P90 pickup in neck position with volume and tone controls, tortoise grain pickguard, Kluson strip tuners, nickel trapeze tailpiece, bound body top and back, pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, silkscreen logo, Sunburst finish only.  Early features (pic) include half-clear/half-gold knobs, and rounded P90 cover. The pickup has 6 adjustable poles between two Alnico 5 bar magnets, which is fairly mellow, not as harsh as some P90's were in the 50's. The tone is well suited for Jazz, or even Delta blues.  Cosmetically, it's in great shape with minimal finish checking, little to no player's wear; just a very nice example of this model.  Only noteworthy flaw is a bit of finish peeling on the back, bottom edge (pic), probably from a wooden stand. The set up is low and comfortable. These have gone up considerably over the past 15 years and you’ll see lesser models going for over $2K on vintage sites. This one is an excellent buy for an early 50's in this condition.  $1699(SOLD-Don NL 7/24) includes late 60s Gibson case pictured.

DiMarzio Deluxe Plus Soapbar Pair (DP154/DP162). Humbucking replacement for Soapbars and mini-humbuckers as a way to get more power and definition. Retains some of the clean and open character of the Soapbars but with tighter and punchier lows and more defined highs. Bottom line: more power, without the mud. Neck model nearly as much output as the Bridge model, but with a leaner bass response so more definite bass. Both have 4-conductor cable for coil-splitting and parallel options. Very clean, full-length leads. Sells new for $75 each; get this pair for just $89(HOLD-Niles F 7/5).

2015 Gibson Firebird V, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case).  Classic "reverse" body style with neck-through-body design. Back in the golden era the Firebird was yet another radical design from Gibson, fearlessly debuting the model in '63, shortly after the demise of the Flying V and Explorer. It was actually the brainchild of legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich, designer of classic Lincoln and Packard cars, brought in by Gibson to bolster the solidbody guitar lines of the early '60s, i.e. to keep up with Fender. Dietrich's unconventional design was based loosely on the legendary automobile tailfins of the 1950s, with a touch of the radical look of the defunct Explorer. The body style wasn't well-received and within 2 years it went the way of the V and Explorer, only to emerge as a non-reverse model in '65 which stayed in their catalog a bit longer. To collectors and players though, the reverse body style is the one to have. Features include 9-ply mahogany/walnut body with mahogany wings, thin nitrocellulose finish, "banjo" tuners, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, high-output ceramic mini humbuckers, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, a 3-way switch, and chrome hardware. In addition, this '15 model includes some features new for ‘15 including the Zero Fret adjustable nut with an additional action adjustment, an upgraded Tune–o–matic bridge with titanium saddles for better sustain, a wider neck and fingerboard with increased playing area with same string spacing, a thicker Rosewood Fingerboard, Pearl inlays that look better, a smoother sanded, buffed and oiled fingerboard, a more comprehensive Setup (with lower Frets, improved Plek, and better intonation), and an improved contact output jack. This guitar has seen very little use and wouldn’t look out of place hanging as among new guitars in a store. Additionally, it has an outstanding setup and quality tone with a nice jangle you don’t get out of PAF’s. Includes very tidy original brown and all paperwork.  A new comparable ‘Bird runs $1999 ($3329 list) and you don’t even get the cool banjo tuners on the current model. How about a super clean used one that plays incredible and is a better deal at $1350.

LR Baggs Element VTC Acoustic Pickup. The Element VTC is an improved under saddle pickup with more dynamic range and it's easy to install. Unlike most under saddle pickups that are dependent on string compression, the Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard’s actual movement as you play. It has a flexible film sensor only 2 thousandths of an inch thick that picks up the guitar’s most delicate nuances. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses “quack” caused by compression and unlocks the Element’s unrivaled dynamic range. In addition to an active preamp built into the endpin, there are volume and tone controls which located just inside the soundhole so the system is virtually invisible. These sell for $139 new. This one was installed briefly but works perfectly and is a nice buy at $85.

Shure STM28 Lavalier Mic. Old school lavalier but a good one. USA made and will probably be around 100 years from now. Most folks have gone to wireless systems but if you’re still wired up, step up to this Shure for just $25. Includes long thin low-z cable integrated to the case.

Boss RV-500 Reverb, (front/back), (LCD display). Brand new condition - paperwork still sealed and comes with optional Boss PSA power supply. The RV500 is the 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 without power adapter. Get this one in brand new condition for $100 less, $249 AND I’ll throw in a $30 Boss PSA-120S adapter.

2018 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster, (front  pickups), (back), (headstock/neck), (neck pocket), (strap locks), (case). Have you wanted an Yngwie Strat but weren’t a fan of the scalloped fretboard? Here's a mint condition 2018 Yngwie body, complete and all original, married to a fine 22-fret Warmoth non-scalloped neck. You remember Swedish virtuoso neo-classical shredder Yngwie Malmsteen. He was the fastest player back in the '80s when speed was everything, but he was also tasteful and expressive when he wanted to be. His current model signature Strat features a set of Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury pickups which are stacked humbuckers and noiseless, controlled by a vintage style 3-way switch. Middle tone knob controls the neck pickup while the bottom knob is a no-load pot that controls the bridge and middle. Neck is a top of the line Warmoth roasted maple neck with tall/medium stainless steel frets. It features the Warmoth compound radius that's a fairly flat 10" at the nut, flattening out to a very flat 16 at the 12th fret. Neck profile is their '59 Round Back (.860/.960), similar to a '59 Les Paul and the profile that's most similar to a PRS. The neck is outfitted with Hipshot locking tuners, staggered height so no string tree required. Features of the Yngwie also include Vintage White finish with Nitrocellulose lacquer, American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo, aged plastic parts, and recessed Dunlop strap locks. Martin installed this neck and set it up with very comfortable action and it sounds fat but still Strat like somehow. If you want the Yngwie tone but don’t want the scalloped board or want stainless frets, this guitar is for you. New cost on these is $1749. Get this one in mint condition for just $1150. Includes original case, Fender certificate, manual, trem arm, strap locks, key and back plate (we will install if desired). 

Bose L1 System, (mixer), (disassembled), (cases). The original and best of Bose’s PA systems, used by countless solo artist and some bands. Breaks down into a very small system as the tall column actually collapses into two shorter columns. When broken down you have the base unit which houses the mixer and power amp, two ½ columns, and a small subwoofer. There are Bose covers for each piece. I will not ship these (I have two whole systems) but if you’re local, bring me a nice guitar or $1299 and you can get one.

1976 Thomas Organ Crybaby, (circuit). Classic Model 95-910511, Sepulveda Calif. production, with the TDK 5103 cube inductor. Originally created to emulate vowel-like trumpet sounds, the Cry Baby was a staple in 60s and 70s music with stars as varied as Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Mayfield. The Sepulveda production models were built starting in ca. '67 and after moving to Italy for a few years, they returned to Sepulveda through 1977 before production moved to Chicago. This one's in average condition and sounds great. You don't have to pay $150-$200 for these. Get this one for $99.

Friedman BE-OD Overdrive. Dave Friedman's a nice guy. With this pedal he gives you a very close facsimile of his famed Brown Eye BE-100 amplifier in a pedal. You'll get tons of high-gain beauty, primarily British type Plexi tone, with this. Hearing is believing so please check out this demo link where Pete Thorn says it's one of the best OD/Dist pedals ever made. Sells new for $199. This clean used one's just $139.

Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay. The delay that helped define the 80s guitar tone. This is a reissue of the classic and actually better since it allows for a 2-amp true stereo set up. Built like a tank with heavy metal housing and features controls for Delay Time, Delay Level, and Repeat, and delay times up to 500ms. These are workhorse pedals and are famous for decades of heavy use with no down time. Decent shape other than the label was installed upside down after it was removed from Velcro At $70, it's 1/2 the price it sold for new.

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive – Mod by Brian Wampler. Signed/dated inside (pic). NOS from 2005, as the CS-3 below. $99.

Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer – Mod by Brian Wampler. NOS pedal from 2005, also signed/dated inside. Mod done by the Indyguitarist man himself, Brian Wampler. As Brian was starting out Wampler effects, he was also doing mods on pedals to tweak them into something much greater. Perfect condition. $99.

1977 Electroharmonix Soul Preacher Compressor/Sustainer. Black cosmetics. Very clean as these go. Works perfectly. Features Volume and Threshold knobs as well as a Treble Boost switch. $99.

1978 Electroharmonix Soul Preacher Compressor/Sustainer. Brown cosmetics. Very clean as these go. Works perfectly. Features Volume and Threshold knobs as well as a Treble Boost switch. $99.

Gibson 2017 Firebird Studio – Gold Mist, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag/acc.). Unplayed, immaculate condition. One of the coolest rock guitar silhouettes in history. The reverse Firebird body shape and 6-in-line headstock make it an anomaly among Gibson guitars and gained notoriety in the hands of players such as Eric Clapton and Johnny Winters.  Like the vintage Firebirds, this model delivers a warm and fat tone, thanks to its all-mahogany construction. The 496R and 500T humbuckers are powerful, much more than the vintage model's mini-hums. Body and neck are mahogany with a slim taper neck profile and 22 polished frets. It also features a chrome Tuneomatic bridge with aluminum stoptail, Grover mini tuners, rosewood fretboard, Black Top knobs with silver inserts, dual volume and tone controls and Tektoid nut. Finishes available were Vintage Sunburst, Pelham Blue and this Gold Mist Crackle. Set up to perfection with low action and no buzzing anywhere. A nice deal on a gloss-finish Firebird at $899. Includes Gibson gigbag, strap, polishing cloth, and all paperwork. Ships in original Gibson box.

2017 PRS S2 Vela - McCarty Tobacco Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag etc.). “As new” condition - only the second S2 I've had and this is another impressive PRS in all regards. PRS came out with the S2 line a few years ago as a slightly more affordable USA model but nothing about this guitar seems less than their core models. Featuring an offset contoured mahogany body, the Vela looks instantly familiar to PRS fans. The Vela features a Starla humbucker in the bridge (with coil-tap) and one of their new Type-D single-coils in the neck. The bridge humbucker provides a traditional sweet PRS tone with some single coil jangle with the coil tap engaged. Type-D single coil provides articulate vintage tones reminiscent of vintage guitars from the 50s. You'll also note a new type of bridge. The new plate-style bridge with dual compensated brass saddles is another nod to a vintage Fender twang and articulation. Other features include the Pattern Regular mahogany neck which is noted for comfort, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, locking S2 Tuners for easy string changes and improved stability, and the traditional 25" PRS scale length. A new one is going for $1399 but this 2017 model looks unplayed and is just $979. Includes original PRS gigbag and all paperwork etc.

Fuchs Train II 100W Head and Cabinet, (back), (head), (front/horn baffle), (back panel), (footswitch). I've never had a Trainwreck and now with prices on those soaring into the ozone layer I probably never will, but assuming they sound similar to this Train II I know what the hype is about.  Like Ken Fischer's legendary amps, the Train II is a straight ahead rock amp with minimal bells and whistles. Loaded with a quad of EL34's (plus four 12AX7's) for a decidedly British tone, it thankfully has a 1/2 power switch to lower the output to 50W for smaller venues. You might remember a Train 45 I had years ago, which was my favorite amp while it was in stock. This one is a different animal but the tone is just as awesome. This is a 2017 model but the Train II is now available only as a special order. From what I've seen, 100W examples of this model are very rare. Compared to the earlier versions, the Train II features higher gain, a master volume, solo boost (via "loop" footswitch) with a punchy output stage. It also has a fuller complement of two stages of gain controls with an extremely flexible tone control stack. The power stage features an accent and thrust control allowing tailoring of both the high and low ranges of the power amp. Effects loop also features a slight boost which you can engage via the footswitch whether or not you’re using the loop. The cabinet is a Feiten 212 Vintage Ultralight built in a unique front loaded/horn loaded design i.e., placing one driver in front of the baffle and one behind the baffle. This provides a larger perceived sound from a fairly small cabinet, with a sound that is dynamic, clean, quick, and punchy like a 412. It's an 8-ohm cab that's loaded with Warehouse 1265 speakers. For a good demo/review by Mike Matthews click here. This set up has never been roaded and is in near immaculate condition. Original owner picked this up at the factory and paid $3800 (receipt) over 3 years ago. Get this set up for way under the price of the head alone. $2200 takes the head and cab.

2009 Gretsch G6128T Duo Jet, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). The Duo Jet is the model that conjures up memories of 1963 Liverpool, and the Cavern Club, where George Harrison and the boys were making a name for themselves. Features include Filter ‘Tron humbucking pickups, Bigsby vibrato, bound body and neck and "Hump" inlays.  Other features include:  semi-hollow mahogany body with arched maple top, gloss black finish, multiple binding on body, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard with aged neo classic "Thumbnail" position inlays, 12" radius, 24.6" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width, 3-way pickup selector switch, 2 volume, 1 tone, master volume on upper bout, silver plexi pickguard, chrome hardware, vintage-style Grover open-back tuners, Bigsby B3C tailpiece with vintage rocking bar bridge.  It's in beautiful condition with no player’s wear anywhere, and set up to play with ease. Easily one of the most vibey solidbody guitars you'll find. Gretsch now offers the “Player’s Edition” model at $2299 but before they discontinued this model a few years ago it was running $2499 new. Get this one in beautiful shape for $1499(HOLD-Joe C 6/3). Includes Gretsch case in similarly clean condition, case keys and truss wrench.

Fender/G&G Tweed Bass Case. Clean shape, perfect home for your Vintage Series P or J-Bass. $199-$229 new. This one’s in nice shape and just $129.

Fender Deluxe Double Gigbag. Carry both of your guitars to the gig in one gigbag! $54.99 for the new model. This one’s just $29.99(HOLD-Rick S 6/3).

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH w/upgrades, (front), (back), (trem), (headstock), (pickguard). Upgraded pickups, quality Mighty Mite neck, nice shape. Pickups are now a set of Golden Age Parsons Street humbuckers ($73/each) which are Alnico 2 magnets, controlled by a 5-way super switch and USA pots. The guitar clearly sounds better than other Blacktops I've had in stock. Other than the pickguard assembly, it's a vintage style Strat with a nice gloss finish on body. Features of this model include the black skirted amp knobs; nickel/chrome hardware; vintage synchronized tremolo; Fender standard sealed tuners; custom switching. The pickup switching yields a cool combination of humbucker and single coil tones.  Set up is fantastic and these pickups sound quite awesome. It's actually good enough for the pro player and for this money it's cheap enough to make your "extra" guitar. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy flaws other than the earliest signs of finish check lines.  Just a really nice Strat for the money at $375.

1986 Kramer American Pacer Custom, (front/back), (headstock), (case). A real beauty in Flip-Flop Blue, which, depending on the viewing angle, can appear blue, purple, or burgundy (as shown in 2nd pic above). As I've mentioned before, these were my dream guitars when I worked at Hotlicks in the 80's, but at $799, were around a month's salary so I had to resign myself to Striker or Focus lines. On the higher end metal guitar line, Kramer Americans outsold all other brands we carried by a mile. Having an EVH endorsement likely had a lot to do with that but the fact is they're great shredding guitars with quality Schaller hardware, including a real German-made Floyd Rose and Schaller tuners - plus Seymour Duncan pickups (JB and two Vintage Staggered). All original other than the bridge pickup is a later JB but I might have a mid-80's JB (without the lettering) that we can swap out at a small cost. Features individual pickup selectors plus a coil tap switch for virtually any combination of tones. This guitar is in exceptional condition with virtually no player's wear other than a tiny bit of wear to the low E fine tuner; overall a collector-approved 9.8 condition. It's as clean as some of the floor models at G.C. We sold these new in '86 for $799 but this super clean example is cheaper than it cost back in the '80's - just $750 for this beauty. Includes all 3 Floyd tools, complete Schaller strap lock system, and the *real* TKL/Kramer original case, i.e. not one of the Focus cases that some people call Kramer American cases.

CHANGE IN DESCRIPTION: 1979 Ibanez Artist, (fretboard), (front), (side), (flamed mahogany back), (headstock/neck), (maple cap). Now with partially/lightly scalloped fretboard! I didn’t notice this when I first posted this but the fretboard is scalloped from the 2nd to the 12th fret. It’s not a deep scallop but does change the feel slightly. I’m not sure of the model number but general construction is similar to other 78/79 Artists I’ve had including a ‘78 Model 2618 and an ‘81 AR-100.  The main difference is that it doesn’t have a bound neck. Ibanez’s catalogs were very paltry in '79 with no write-ups on the solidbody Artist series. I’ll state up front that it has been stripped and refinished but I’m guessing it was a transparent finish originally. It has the same 5/8" maple cap used by Gibson, which yields that singing marriage of maple and mahogany.  Features include: mahogany body and carved figured mahogany top, maple 3-ply neck, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 24 3/4" scale, Gibraltar II bridge, Quik Change II tailpiece w/plate, Velve Tune tuners, Sure Grip II knobs and abalone logo. This one has a few custom features and/or mods. It had different tuners at one time but the extraneous screw holes have been filled and finished over and now has the stock Ibanez Velve Tune’s. Truss rod cover is Ibanez style but is custom made of mahogany with gloss finish. Pickup rings are also real wood in two layers, ingeniously maple over mahogany! Original hardware on these models always corrodes and you’ll note this one has a shiny new Gibraltar bridge and Quik Change tailpiece which sell for a dear price. Lastly, when it was refinished the maple edge was taped off so it has maple “binding”, like a PRS. Pickups are the acclaimed “Supers” with a Super 80 in the bridge, Super 70 in the neck. This was the golden era for Ibanez Japan and this guitar is an excellent example of their original design and construction. Cosmetically it’s in lovely condition; it plays with ease and sounds excellent. For a guitar of this quality with tasteful mods, it’s an excellent buy at $850 with is cheap for a pro-quality Artist. Includes a free quality gigbag or hardshell case available at additional cost.

2018 Rickenbacker 381/12V69 12-string - Jetglo,  (front), (back/jack), (headstock), (binding), (case). Great looks, superb playability and oh, that Rick 12-string tone. This beauty is offered in immaculate condition and is a rather hard model to find on the used market. I haven't had one in...forever. The 381V69 employs features that date back to 1957 with its hand-carved arched top and back. The German carve is unique to Rickenbacker guitars and is one of the most striking elements you’ll find in guitar design from the 50’s. It's is fully bound including striking checkerboard binding, extreme double cutaways, plus a bound crescent sound hole. Made of 100% maple built in a semi-acoustic body it sports a bound cat's eye soundhole and is finished in Rick's high-gloss Jetglo (black) finish. It's loaded with a pair of Toaster Top single coil pickups with independent volume and tone controls, blend control, and blend knob to send pickups to separate amp inputs in the stereo mode, or the same amp in the summed mono mode. The maple set neck has a solid chunky feel and a thick, bound rosewood fingerboard. A pair of vintage single-coil Toaster Top pickups produce that beautiful chimey Rick tone made famous by Tom Petty, the Byrds, and many others. These sell at $4299 at most online dealers. Get this one, in perfect condition for $3199. Includes Rick vintage case, manual, warranty, etc. Note: The USA flag from the pickguard is in the compartment and we can stick it back on if desired.

Voodoo Labs Pedal Power ISO-5 DC Pedalboard Power Supply, (stock pic). Top of the line power supply for your studio or stage set up. If you need clean, reliable power with plenty of power options, this is it. It can power up to five pedals with isolated, filtered power, with outputs for 9V and even 18V. It's literally as quiet as running batteries in all your pedals. It include 5 isolated outputs with compatibility for all battery operated pedals including BOSS Twin pedals, Eventide, Line 6 modelers, and TC Electronic Nova pedals. Uses linear regulation and toroidal transformer for lowest possible noise while its compact design fits small pedalboards and rack shelves. Includes all cables plus AC line cord. Made in USA. Sells new for $119.99 but get this one "as new" in the box with everything for $79.99(HOLD-Rick M 5/31).

UPDATE TO MODEL: 1980’s Zion Turbo, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (push/pull knob), (bridge/stud reinforce), (neck marking). This was incorrectly identified as a Radicaster but one of my fine readers informed me that the pointy headstock, full size Strat body and lack of serial on the headstock mean it’s a Turbo, which in the pointy headstock era is a very rare Zion. For you shredders, this is the best playing guitar we have in stock. Action is insanely low with no buzz, great for pyrotechnic fretboard work. It’s just a perfect neck angle and a perfect neck. 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. 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 $100 on overpriced Kahler parts, we just installed a chrome Kahler that was 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. Cosmetically it’s in nice shape for its age; a few finish checking lines beginning to appear. 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 $699, easily ½ of what it cost 35 years ago.

OFF-HOLD: 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, although it feels a little more substantial than a wide thin (I’ll measure to make sure). 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.

Peavey Ecoustic E20 1x8" 20-Watt Acoustic Guitar Amp, (panel), (back).  Good sounding and compact, capable of handling your guitar and vocal mic at the same time.  Peavey's Ecoustic line is engineered from the ground up as an acoustic amp.  It's very basic with just dual channels, vol-treb-bass on each channel, and headphone out, with a 20 watt output.  I tested this out with an old high-Z Realistic mic and a new Sennheiser E-Series low-z with hi-z transformer, along with a Godin A6 acoustic/electric guitar.  With either mic it delivered a crystal clear tone with surprising volume and no feedback problems, even when cranked up.  I think it has enough punch for small bar gigs, as well as a number of other applications such as practice PA or even a powered stage monitor.  These are $149 new but this one appears "as new" and is just $99 *including* shipping.  Ships in original box with manual.  

Menatone Wreckt Overdrive. As evidence by the train screened on the top, the Wreckt is based on Ken Fischer’s Trainwreck amps. Described as dynamic and harmonically rich, the Wreckt falls tonally between British Crunch and Class A chime. The Push and the Resonance knobs give ultimate control of the middle and bass frequencies, while the presence lets you tailor the treble. It sounds natural at any setting however. Gain ranges from clean to scream and is noted for being very responsive to your guitar's volume knob. Menatone says its tones are an organic cross between Plexi EL34 and Class A EL84 amps and if you don't fall into the typical 'British tones' category this very American take might be right up your alley. Like the Blue Collar below, it is hand-soldered and built to last a lifetime. Excellent OD for $149.

Jason Lollar P90 Set. Bridge and Neck - Standard wind with cream covers. Many believe these are the best Soapbar P90’s made. Try this killer set in your guitar for just $139(HOLD-Steve D 5/17).

NOW WITH genuine EVH Pickups: 2014 EVH Wolfgang WG-T Standard – with Upgrades and Mods, (front), (back), (headstock), (kill switch), (pickups), (logo). This was out of the shop for a few weeks and is back better than before. It’s now outfitted with $290 worth of EVH Wolfgang pickups (bridge and neck), Alnico 2 magnets, 16K output. We had previously wired in an operational “kill” switch (forward to 3:22 here for example). Some custom work on this one and a very good value in this affordable model in the EVH line. The Wolfgang WG-T Standard uses the traditional EVH body made of basswood with a flat top, plus a forearm contour for comfort. A bolt-on maple neck is carved to the Ed’s favorite and is oil-finished for that played-in, comfortable feel. It also features 22 jumbo nickel frets on compound radius (12” to 16”) fretboard for better string bends without fretting out. Pickup selector on the upper bout has been replaced with a kill switch which works on both pickups. The 3-way selector has been relocated next to the volume control, in place of the tone control. It comes outfitted with a combo of black and chrome hardware and adjustable Tuneomatic-style bridge and tailpiece. Strap pins have been replaced with EVH-style "hooks" as used by Ed for many years. Inexplicably, the logo has been painted over but we can install a new logo for a charge. The serial is still present and it's definitely a '14 WG-T Standard. I’m impressed with the ease of play with this guitar, as well as good quality tone. I think it covers more type of music with the change in neck pickup. These sold for $499 with the mediocre import pickups. Get this one with top of the line Wolfgang pickups for $100 less. $399 for this one including gigbag. For $65 more we can install the EVH Wolfgang logo shown above, including lacquer under and over the logo.

2006 Ibanez Joe Satriani JS-1000 Black Pearl, (front), (headstock back), (back), (beveled heel), (case case2). Perfect condition, looks to have seen zero playing time. Ibanez makes various models in the JS range with this being one of the higher end Japanese models from Team J-Craft.  It’s nearly identical to the JS-1200, with the only difference being body color and neck pickup. Features include Joe's choice of DiMarzio's with a "PAF Pro" in the neck and a "Fred" in the bridge, each with a push/pull pot to split the coils.  Other features are Edge Pro tremolo, 25.5" scale, Ibanez' own Aerofoil body design, 1-piece maple JS Prestige neck with tall and narrow 6105 frets and a slightly flat (around 10") fretboard radius, Abalone dot inlays, and Basswood body which falls right between Alder and Mahogany tonally for a nice mix of warmth and clarity.  The Precision-sculpted body is light on the shoulder with otherworldly looks; less than 1" thick at the edge, contoured to a full depth in the middle, borrowing from the original Saber body.  It has a sculpted cutaway and beveled heel for great high-fret access and, frankly, it has some of the sexiest curves you find on a solidbody.  For me, this guitar represents the pinnacle of Ibanez manufacture.  I've had plenty of other higher end models like Anniversary Jems and other signature models, but for pure playability and tone, I haven't found anything that beats it in Ibanez' current lineup.  The Edge Pro is one of the best locking systems I've used.  Very comfortable on the heel of my right hand, very accurate, and impervious to string slippage.  Original owner claimed he never played this and I believe him. Even the case is in pristine condition. For full specs click here for Ibanez' site.  Includes original Ibanez Prestige case, manual, trem arm, tools, and zippered bag.  They’ve discontinued the JS1000 in favor of the nearly identical 1200 model which sells for $2199 ($2933 list), If you want Black Pearl instead of the 1200’s Candy Red, here you go. Immaculate condition and a great value for the player at $1250.

Alexander Pedals Jubilee Silver Overdrive. Many would argue that this is the best Marshall-in-a-box pedal made. The Jubilee Silver is based on Marshall’s Silver Jubilee amp series from the 1980s which was a celebration of Jim Marshall's career. These were, arguably, the best sounding Marshall amps ever made, covering all Marshall models from Plexi's to JCM800s. The EQ controls are very reactive so you may not want to just peg every knob. The output isn't as high as some other pedals but the overall sound is superb and very reminiscent of Jubilee amps. Runs on most any power supply device (up to 18V) or daily chain, DC power supply with a 2.1mm pin, center negative.  Sells new for $189 or get this one for $115(HOLD-Wayne P 4/25).

1996 Hamer Artist Studio (Model GATA-SO), (front), (thick maple cap), (pickups), (back), (headstock), (case). Really stunning flamed maple on this sunburst beauty. The Artist Studio features an offset double cutaway mahogany body with sound chamber, carved bookmatched solid maple top, mahogany neck, single f-hole, 22-fret neck, Schaller tuners, and dual humbuckers with individual volume and master tone. There are two mods on this guitar most notably the Duncan pickups have been replaced with TV Jones, a TV Classic Plus bridge and a TV Classic neck. They sound superb with more clarity than most PAF style with a brighter high end. Also, the stock Wilkinson wraparound bridge has been replaced with a fully intonatable Pigtail aluminum tailpiece. Old Hamers are prone to getting milky areas under the clear coat and this one does have some tiny milky spots, primarily on the back of the neck, as shown here. Nothing horrible and certainly poses no problem. Top is very clean; back has some clear coat scratches but nothing through the finish. Set up is very comfortable and frets are in nice shape. List price on these was over $3300 which was reasonable especially compared to a premium top Gibson. For looks, tone, and playability this Artist Studio is hard to beat at $1050. Includes original case.

2009 PRS Starla X Soapbar - Antique White, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Love this model. Super lightweight with contoured slab body and a pair of Soapbar pickups gives it a decided Les Paul Special vibe. I’ve had a few Starlas before but this is the first P90 equipped model I’ve had and for money comparable to a LP Special, this would be a hands down winner. This retro inspired design includes a singlecut, flat obeche (African hardwood) body with arm and belly carve, Antique White gloss finish with matching headstock, 24.5” scale, conical clear knobs, 22-fret sipo wide fat neck, rosewood fretboard, pearloid dot inlays, traditional 2-piece stoptail bridge, vintage style tuners, volume & tone control, nickel hardware, and a 3-way blade switch.  The set up has typically great PRS action and with the shorter scale, up-bends are remarkably easy, even 3-4 half-steps.  Perhaps most remarkably, this guitar weighs less than 6 lbs.! Although these were much more rare than humbucker models, PRS soon discontinued this model in favor of the regular Starla model, i.e. the Bigsby equipped model. If you’re looking for a quality USA PRS that performs like the vintage models you’ve long enjoyed, get this one for just $799, in excellent condition with killer playability. Includes original case with hang tag and assorted paperwork and tools.

Mojotone/Gibson GA-5 Les Paul Jr Amp, (pic2). Thought this was sold but I just found it! This Mojotone is identical to the Gibson GA-5 (side by side) other than a different speaker and yellow tolex but identical case, chassis, and same quality components. I was told by factory folks in the know that Mojo built Gibson's GA-5's. They obviously built some identical non-Gibson branded ones, without the Gibson logo and "Les Paul Junior" screened on the control panel. This is a 5-watt lil' screamer, oddly enough based on a variation of the Fender 5F1 circuit. With so many of the low-powered single-ended Class A combo's in the price war of today by Fender, Epi, Vox, etc., the GA-5 stands alone. It's the only one made in the USA and it's point-to-point soldered, clearly in a class by itself. Sure, it costs more but a lot more of these are going to be around 25 years from now than any Valve Juniors or other Chinese made amps. If you're looking for an overdriven tube tone for practice or studio, this could be just what you're looking for. Very little clean tones - starts to break up around "3" and around "5" it achieves what most amps achieve wide open. Turn the knob past 5 and you get more saturation at every number, unlike some amps where there is little difference between initial break-up and full volume. Tubes are a 12AX7 preamp and EL84 power, with an excellent sounding 8” Mojo American Vintage Series speaker with ½” plywood cabinet, covered in yellow tolex.  Looks good inside with a polished chrome chassis and a remarkably large power transformer. It's an excellent sounding amp with the same tone and response as the GA-5 and in perfect shape. Any studio needs an amp like this. $350.

2016 Gibson Les Paul '60s Tribute P90, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). On the heels of the 60's Goldtop a few days ago here's another great 60's Tribute. Although the Tribute is somewhat of a budget Les Paul it has the same basic features that we've known on Pauls since the 50's: maple top, mahogany body and neck, thicker 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 Gibson Kluson style 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. This guitar is offered in immaculate condition with zero wear; frets look new. Great low set up and very good sustain. These P90’s make this guitar sound almost as good as Historic ‘56’s that I’ve had…for ¼ the price! Nice buy on a pro quality instrument at $749 with a clean Epi hardshell case - or $699 with a mint deluxe Gibson gigbag.

Blackstar HT-5 5-watt Head, (top), (panel), (back), (acc.).  Another bang-for-the-buck winner in the dual-channel low-power tube amp. This is a full-featured amp rather than the volume + tone only amps that have proliferated in the last few years.  This is a remarkable sounding amp and even more remarkable that it's a Korean-made amp where labor costs more than China, where most others are made.  It features a single 12BH7 power tube, rather than the EL84 used by most makers, with an ECC83 (12AX7) in the preamp.  The HT-5 was designed from the ground up for home and studio use, with the goal of developing a tube amp that had a great tube tone and low volume levels. With this in mind Blackstar designed a brand-new tube power amplifier topology with the 12BH7 as its heart in a push-pull design that produces the crunch and breakup characteristics of a 100 watter via the 12BH7 dual-triode producing 5 watts output, rich in tube harmonics and compression. Additionally, it features a speaker-emulated output, another great studio feature, that produces a quality tube tone straight to your tape or disk, and with its unique 4x12/1x12 voicing switch, you can markedly change the tonal characteristics between 2 emulated cabinet types.  It also has an effects loop with switchable level, along with 16-ohm and 8-ohm speaker outputs allowing you to run the guitar amp into external speaker cabinets plus effects loop with effects level switch. Especially unique to Blackstar amps is the ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control knob, which is interactive with the tone controls (mids primarily), and allows you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings.  The voicing of this pot is "US" turned all the way left and "UK" all the way right, but chances are you'll find your perfect tone somewhere in the middle. Although this amp does sound good at any volume, at just 5 watts you can run the power tube at full throttle, where it really sings, and still be at a reasonable home/studio volume. Click here for a brief demo from Blackstar. Appears to have seen zero use and is offered in flawless condition and ships in original box. $250(HOLD-Gilbert M 5/31).  Includes footswitch, spec/feature card from the top of the amp and manual.

1997 Washburn J9 "Washington" G Thinline Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock), (appointments), (case). Really nice thinline semi-hollow, now outfitted with a genuine Bigsby tremolo. This is a fairly rare model, produced only from '97-'99 in the "G"" model, i.e. Gold hardware.  Washburn builds some very good quality archtops and these older Korean models are superior to current models and blow away any of the plethora of Chinese guitars on the market today. Quality hardware, good electronics, and remarkably nice fit and finish make this one of the best values you’ll come across.  Features include single rounded cutaway hollowbody with large 17” lower bout, arched maple top, bound body two f-holes, maple back/sides, maple neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split rectangle abalone inlay, adjustable tune-o-matic bridge, bound blackface peghead with abalone diamond/W/logo inlay, 3-per-side Grover tuners, raised black pickguard, two humbucker pickups, dual volume and tone controls,  three-position switch, and gold hardware.  The design is somewhere between a hollowbody and a semi-hollow, as it does have a block under the bridge, but it doesn't run the entire length of the body, but it's enough to eliminate the feedback problems most hollowbodies have.  Here are some reviews at Harmony-Central (4 of 5 stars); and some video's on YouTube (link surf music) and this one, restaurata e settata da Luigi Buono liutaio presso Centro Chitarre Napoli. Overall this guitar is in really nice shape, other than some moderate gold wear and finish cracks (as shown here) near the base of the neck – but they’re 100% just finish and no wood cracks at all. This guitar has a very solid feel (and a hefty weight to match), fingers effortlessly, and would make an excellent choice for jazz, Rockabilly, or Standards - pretty much whatever you use a Gretsch Chet Atkins for.  This was a pricey model, listing for $1050 in late 90's dollars, and that's without the optional case or genuine Bigsby.  This beauty plays fantastic, sounds great with the stock pickups, and is one lovely thinline - all for $599 including a nice Washburn case and pro-installed Bigsby.

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop BG1400 Tele Set, (bottom), (pots). Duncan's BG 1400 was designed for and by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. At $300/set they're some of Duncan's more expensive pickups but reasonable for top quality custom shop pickups. These are stacked humbuckers and fairly tall but should fit in your Tele without modification. As 4-conductor pickups there are a lot of options and we're including quality CTS pots including a push-pull to get the most out of them. You can use this with a 3-, 4-, or 5-way (super) switch. These are hot pickups. They're rated at 29.2K output and feature Alnico 5 mags for great clarity and presence. It's not going to sound like a vintage '52 Tele but it will sound like a Tele with a lot of scream...and no noise. Get this killer set, with prewired pots/cap, for just $199(HOLD-Rob 4/26).

2015 Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone, (front  side), (back), (headstock/neck), (label), (appointments). If you're looking for a good quality baritone that's affordable, this one's hard to beat. One of gripes about baritones is frequently they're hard on the fingers but Martin has done a fabulous set up on this one and it plays with the ease of a standard acoustic. Features include hand selected grade "A" solid Sitka spruce top, hand-sanded scalloped bracing, mahogany back and sides, Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge, rosewood fingerboard, premium high gloss finish, dovetail neck joint, real bone nut and saddle, Paua abalone and mother of pearl inlays, ABS binding, and premium die cast chrome tuners. The quarter-sawn spruce top is cut thin to allow easier vibration of the top and with the mahogany body it produces equal amounts of treble and bass. It's nicely appointed with an abalone and wood rosette, abalone fretboard inlay, and bound body and neck. The body shape is a jumbo which allows you to get the most out of the lower register. It has a tight feel with no floppiness in the strings. Offered in excellent condition with a pro setup, it’s a great way to get into the world of baritones for just $279.

2009 Charvel USA San Dimas Style 2 with 80's San Dimas Spec Neck, (body), (back), (headstock), (neck), (neck2). I've had this complete body listed for a while and found out that I was sitting on the proper neck, without even knowing it. 95% of necks won't fit this body since it has 80's San Dimas specs, i.e. a wider butt with. The body is an original USA Style 2 Model 2H Tele shape, in beautiful condition, which was discontinued in favor of the Japan-made "Pro Mod" series. It's an alder body with Seymour Duncan pickups (JB bridge and '59 neck), genuine Floyd Rose Tremolo, Dunlop strap pins, 90's Jackson Professional neckplate and tuners, and black hardware. The neck is an 80's of unknown origin but it's a quality neck with Charvel specs - 2 1/4" butt width with 1 11/16" nut, super flat 16" radius, and Jumbo frets are perfect, with a super pro refret. The headstock had another set of tuners at some point but we've plugged the holes so it's barely noticeable. It also has a few plugged neck bolt screws but they're not visible and not a problem. The back of the neck is unfinished, another Charvel feature, which feels great, and with the thin profile you can really blaze on this thing. We painted the headstock to match the body and installed an early 80's logo. The neck has loads of birdseye; one of the best looking necks you'll find. This is a great playing guitar in beautiful condition, and with the matching headstock, it looks more like a vintage custom order Charvel than it did when stock. Includes hardshell case rather than the stock gigbag, for $750.

2016 Gibson Ltd Ed J-50 VOS Antique Wide-X, (front), (back), (headstock), (label), (cert), (case). One of Gibson's best flattops of all time, the J-50 was introduced in 1942, entering regular production 5 years later. Essentially the same guitar as the cheaper ($5) J-45, except with triple bound top natural finished. The J-45 used a sunburst finish used to cover finish imperfections and a single bound top. Back in the 40's, $5 bought a lot of upgrades. The round-shoulder dreadnought body was designed to compete with Martin and their dreadnought acoustics. This Custom Shop version is very true to the original and was a limited edition model with just 75 made. One difference between this and the vintage models. The original models used the same scalloped-X bracing as the J-45, however this model uses Gibson’s Wide-X bracing, which is normally found on their larger models. This results in tightening up the top ever so slightly for better dynamics and an even more powerful sound. Specs include Antique Natural finish with VOS Nitrocellulose lacquer, J-45 round shoulder body style, Sitka spruce top, traditional scalloped Wide X bracing pattern, multi-ply single ring Rosette, mahogany back and sides, multi-ply antiqued top binding, 12” radius Rosewood fingerboard with the Mother of Pearl dot inlays on a slim taper profile shaped Mahogany neck, 24.75” scale length, 1.725” width at the nut and a very distinctive 1950's style tortoise pickguard. For amplified performance, it was factory outfitted with the L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup system with volume and tone controls in the soundhole. Click here for a video demo. Set up is low throughout the register and the tone is warm with excellent projection. The non-Custom Shop J-50 Modern Classic runs $2799. Get this Custom Shop model, in immaculate condition, for $1000 cheaper. $1799. Includes original case and certificate.

Ca. 2003 Fender Showmaster Celtic w/custom paint, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup), (inlay).   One of our favorite of Fender's upscale imports, by virtue of its simplicity, playability, tone and commendable sustain, feather weight, and cool looks. This one has had custom paint work done, some graphic work on the edge, and a DiMarzio Mo’ Joe humbucker installed PLUS we just installed a series/parallel pot on the volume control so you have your choice of two great tones. Fender's Showmasters, whether this quality import or their Custom Shop models, are basically a set-neck Strat with an arched top, sexy contours on back, and no pickguard.  Among this family is (was) the Celtic model which was beautiful in its simplicity, with a single humbucker, one knob, and hardtail/string-thru-body bridge. The factory adornment on this guitar is the Celtic inlay at the 11-13th frets (but it does have side markers so you don't get "lost").  Other features include blue metallic matching headstock, set-neck (not bolt-on), carved top over thin basswood body, raised chrome logo, 24 jumbo frets, flat 12" fretboard radius, black chrome hardware, strings thru body for increased sustain, and Celtic white pearl inlay on fretboard. You’ll notice the custom work done, namely Celtic knots graphic around the edge which were all hand-painted and lacquered over so it’s well protected and looks “right”. The set up is low and comfortable and with the flat fretboard you can really speed around on it. Blue Metallic finish is overall a good job, although there is one area of paint drip on the back (shown here). These had a very brief run but list price on this model during production was $899.  If you're a fan of the Baretta type simplicity and want a Showmaster with a little something extra, this guitar is definitely good enough to gig with and in my opinion a super value at $399. Includes gigbag.

2016 EVH Wolfgang Special Goldtop, (front), (side), (back), (headstock/neck), (strap pins), (Floyd), (case). Virtually identical to the Black Cherry Flametop I posted a few days ago other than the flamed maple top. This Goldtop Wolfgang Special is another one 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 (for dropping the 6th string to a D), Floyd Rose locking nut, EVH tuners, Wolfgang zebra humbuckers, master volume and tone controls, 3-way switch, and black hardware. One mod on this guitar is the Dunlop locking strap pins with the strap locks in the case. We can change to Schaller or standard pins upon request. This model sells for $1049 at online stores WITHOUT a case, which is $179 as an add-on. Get this beauty, set up to perfection WITH EVH case, for $819. Also include trem arm and strap locks.

60's Vox V-846 Wah-Wah - Italy, (bottom), (circuit), (case).  Very desirable late 60's Thomas Organ "Made in Italy" model with the "tin can" (aka trash can) inductor.  Has a small rubber pad on top of the inductor that can be removed, as well as some silicone around the inductor but circuit is original other than one diode replaced and sounds perfect.  Hendrix originally used the Clyde McCoy but later switched to the V846 with the tin can inductor; Clapton also used this model.  Their tone has that great nasal quality and does vowel sounds that can emulate a talk box.  Has some corrosion on the chrome but overall it’s easily in average condition and the pot isn't scratchy - perfect performance. Usually you’ll see these at $325-$400. This one is just $299 AND includes original Vox carrying case. 

NCAA Sports:  Epiphone Collegiate Les Paul Juniors, (Sample of Univ of North Carolina), I have these in Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, and Florida State, (Mike Campbell playing a Univ FL model). These are nice playing guitars with a cool look and nice tone via an Epiphone high-output humbucker. Best of all, we get these playing beautifully prior to shipping to you. These are around 10 years old but had a list of $499. I have a dozen or so remaining at $239 and they include gigbag with specific college graphics, college logo strap, cable, and paperwork.

2015 EVH Wolfgang Special FM (Flametop), (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case). Black Cherry finish. Immaculate Wolfgang Special FM 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 FM model sells for $1099 at online stores WITHOUT a case, which is $179 as an add-on. Get this beauty, set up to perfection WITH EVH case, for $859. Includes EVH case and trem arm.

Guild Starfire SF-II/ST, (front), (back), (headstock), (side). Newer import version of the famed Starfire II which was a very popular model for Guild in the 60s and 70s. We're impressed with the overall quality - fit and finish are top notch, sets up very well, and the tone is very reminiscent of the vintage models. The Starfire is a true hollowbody so you get a very natural, organic tone and the acoustic tone is rich and loud. One departure from the original 60s model is the tuneomatic bridge/stopbar tailpiece replaces the “harp” tailpiece of the original and should appeal to more players. Lightweight and well balanced, the Starfire II is around 2” deep and with its hollowbody design it’s very easy on the back. A pair of LB-1 “Little Bucker” humbuckers, designed for this model, sound very good and don’t seem to be overly dark or muddy sounding. All-mahogany construction gives this guitar a warmth and coziness, even when strummed acoustically. The shallow soft U neck has a 9.5 radius on an Indian Rosewood fretboard. Scale is the same as a Dot, 24.75”. This guitar was a reconditioned factory 2nd, as evidenced by the “used” impression on the back of the headstock so there was a cosmetic flaw somewhere on the guitar but it was likely taken care of during reconditioning at MIRC. It’s free from any flaws, cosmetic or otherwise, and with a new one running $849, this is an excellent value at $499 and includes a new Gator gigbag.

Fender LSR Roller Nut. As used on Fender Strat Plus and others. Uses rollers to keep strings aligned. Less friction means better intonation and tuning stability. You can use these on virtually any guitar neck with 1 5/8” nut and it’s a quick and easy upgrade. $25.

Eminence Kappa P-15LFA 15" Low Frequency Driver, (box). 8 ohms. Excellent high-powered driver (600 watts) designed for Pro Sound reinforcement, also works great with bass guitar. Features include paper cone and apton coil former, Polyamide coated copper voice coil, Ferrite magnet, vented pole piece and Pressed steel basket, cloth accordion surround. Direct replacement for Mackie SWA1501; also replaces EAW FR153Z. If you're looking for a reasonable cost to replace a tired pa/bass speaker here you go. Sells new everywhere for $129 to $159. This one’s new in the box, never installed, and just $85.

2006 USA Fender Precision with Graphics, (front), (back), (detail), (album cover), (headstock), (case). Unplayed since new! Rush Fans or anyone who likes pro airbrushed graphics - check out this beauty. The artwork was inspired by the Album Cover to Rush's 1984 LP "Grace Under Pressure" It's a total pro airbrushed graphic - as good as any graphic finishes I've had. Entire body is sealed in a professionally applied poly clearcoat (same as they use at the factory only several coats thicker) so it will be just as durable if not more durable as any new Fender. It was taken all the way down to 2000 grit for a finish that is like glass. The graphic is front and back, and even wraps around the front and back (pic here). This was purchased new for the express purpose of applying the graphic finish so it is a brand new bass, never been played, and the custom job was just done so it’s a virgin finish with no nicks or dings. It comes with our great in-house setup that inevitably plays better than factory. The graphic was hand-painted by Shadoe McKee at Beyond Custom Guitars. Shadow's artwork has appeared on guitars by countless musicians worldwide. This is the current model Highway 1 P-Bass with CBS era logo, factory Badass II bridge, and 60th Anniversary badge on the back of the headstock. Offered is a new SKB case that fits perfectly as well as a nice Sure-Lock strap with Sure-Locks that work on virtually any existing strap pin. If you're looking for something truly unique and beautiful, this one's priced around what stock Highway 1’s with case sold for. This is an incredible deal for a graphic of this quality. Just $725 with original deluxe gigbag or $775 with a nice SKB Freedom case.

Update – now buffed out: 1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Fiesta Red Refin, (front), (headstock), (back), (case), (pics before refin: pic1  pic2  pic3). Last full year American Standard, in very nice shape. We sold this one a year or so ago and prior to shipping the new owner had us upgrade the pickups to Custom Shop Fat 50’s and then during the time it was away the new owner had it refinished in Fiesta Red with a pearl pickguard and trem cover. You’ll note the lack of serial number on the back of the headstock. We dated the guitar by various dates on the body, neck, and electronics. Except as noted above I feel safe in saying that this is an all-original '99, except as noted above. Frets are in great shape and the set up is low and super comfortable. 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, due in part to the Custom Shop pickups probably.  The refin is a pro job, with a little bit of orange peel bumps, however, Martin just buffed this out to a beautiful gloss and the effect is minimized. Fiesta is super rare on American Strats so I’m always happy to get one in. With a cool color and pickup upgrade it’s a nice value at $759. Includes original case and paperwork.

2004 Fender '60's Classic Stratocaster w/upgrades - Burgundy Mist, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (neck stamp), (electronics). Hey HUGE neck fans - get the 60's vibe in a cool custom color, Burgundy Mist Metallic, in this nice 60's Classic. It features two noteworthy upgrades: an extremely beefy Warmoth 50’s C-shaped neck (.98”, .97”), and a new set of Sperzel locking tuners. The tuners are staggered thus no need for any string trees. The neck has a Pau Ferro fretboard, 6150 fret wire which is low and wide (basically American Standard), 1.62” nut width, and Warmoth fretboard radius (10” to 16”); with a gloss finish all around and small vintage headstock with truss adjustment at the headstock. Features of the body are stock 60’s classic including solid Alder body, vintage Alnico pickups with staggered magnets, vintage synchronized tremolo with stamped steel saddles and aged-tinted plastic parts. Cosmetically it’s in really nice shape with only a few tiny clearcoat indents, nothing bad. Neck exhibits zero fret wear and is set up with perfection action all the way up the neck. Last price on the non-lacquer 60s classic was $824 with gigbag. If you’re a player who loves large necks this will be a nice find at $499 and includes Fender deluxe gigbag and trem arm.

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 $1259. Includes deluxe case, hang tags, manual, strap with strap locks, polishing cloth, and cable.

2009 Gretsch Country Club G6196 TSP Bamboo Yellow, (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (docs & case). Just had a Plek job done! Fairly rare and finely made hollowbody from Gretsch. I've had dozens of Tennessean models since Gretsch started back up in the late 90's, but this is only the second Country Club I've had, aside from a few vintage models. One of the coolest aspects I love about this model is the two-tone finish, Bamboo Yellow top, with a Copper Mist back/sides. I had a 60's Country Club in this combination and it's been stuck in my head since I sold it 15 years ago. One upgrade to this guitar: Tru-Arc ST120 "Rocking" Bar bridge (link), replacing the Gretsch Synchro-Sonic (aka Melita) bridge. The USA-made Tru-Arc is solid stainless steel and is touted by many players as the ultimate in tone enhancement and it's designed to match the spacing of the Bigsby, with the same radius as the fretboard so string height is perfectly consistent across all six strings. If you prefer a Melita bridge, I have one in stock. Features of the Country Club include solid spruce arched top, laminated maple back and sides, 17" lower bout, 2 3/4" deep, vintage-style parallel tone bar bracing with sound post, maple neck with tapered heel, bound rosewood fingerboard with vintage-style pearloid hump block inlays, dual DynaSonic single-coil pickups, bound oversized f holes, arrow control knobs, copper mist plexi pickguard, bound headstock with pearloid Gretsch logo inlay, Grover Imperial tuners, and Bigsby B6C tailpiece. Electronics are fairly simple by Gretsch standards. There's a volume for each pickup, master tone, and a master volume on the upper treble bout. The only switch is a pickup selector, located on the upper bass bout. These Dyna's are very responsive pickups. Play softly and they're very smooth, but dig into it and this guitar growls like a rockabilly beast. Set up is low and impeccable, currently set up with an 11 gauge roundwound set. This model sold new for $2959 ($4100 list) but this one is barely played with no scratches or wear of any kind, nicely priced at $1999(HOLD-John C 9/6) AND has a fresh Plek job for the ultimate in perfect setup. Includes Gretsch case and all the stuff, as well as documentation for the Plek job.

NOW WITH GLOSSY FINISH – with before/after pics: 2013 Gibson SG Tribute Future Min-ETune, (front), (back), (headstock), (Min-ETune), (gigbag). These are really nice SG’s for the money and we made one of them better by buffing out the entire guitar to a gloss finish. Martin removed all parts (pic) on body and headstock to do a proper job and get into the tight places. What we have now is an SG with all the sonic properties of a thin satin finish, but a luster that looks more like a gloss finish than satin. We only did one of them, and that one also has upgraded knobs and truss rod cover, but we can do one all stock if that’s your preference. My original description follows: I have to admit, although my tastes are generally traditional when it comes to guitar features, I’m pretty impressed with this new Min-Etune system (click here for demo). It’s 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 you’ll always have an in-tune guitar, and you’ll 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 trapezoid 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. One of these guitars 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. I’m offering these in stock condition for $729, or with the entire guitar buffed out for $799. Ships in original Gibson box and includes Gibson gigbag, charger, wrench and all paperwork.

ZR Pickups “Special” P90 Pickup. Dog Ear single coil P90 for bridge position with 7.58K output. Tone is described as “Thick, 'open', creamy sustain and clear, raw clean tone…reminiscent of Billie Joe Armstrong, Dave Grohl and 'The Edge'.” It is similar to pickups used in original Les Paul Junior/Goldtop's and ES-335 Guitars from the ‘50s. Includes cream cover but ask and we might be able to swap out with a black. Killer P90 for $49.

2006 Ibanez AS73 - Brown Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (binding), (optional case) .  Excellent value in a quality "Dot" copy.  I’ve had a half-dozen of these in the past 10 years and I can safely say that they're exceptionally nice guitars, the best in their price point. Since their imitation years of the 60's and 70's, when they were building great quality Gibson and Fender copies, Ibanez has made it on their own designs, eventually becoming the most innovative Asian builder. A few models have stayed in their catalog since their "copy days", such as their ES-335 style, now known as the AS73 from their extremely popular Artcore line. It retains the basic design of the 335 including semi-hollow body with center block, laminated maple top/back/sides, set in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, bound body-neck-f’holes, dual chrome-covered humbuckers with 3-way switch and dual volume/tone controls, 3+3 tuners, 24 3/4" scale, tuneomatic bridge with stop bar tailpiece, and of course the "Dot" inlays. Ibanez used the ACH1 and ACH2 humbuckers for this model, which are clean sounding, with a slight overdrive. The pickups are mounted into a sustain block for increased sustain and feedback elimination. It also features a 17th fret joint for more comfortable access to higher notes.  This is a very comfortable neck, that's thin and fast, with a flat 12" fretboard and medium frets.  It plays beautifully from the first fret to the top, and has a quality tone that can go from jazz to blues, to rock. Though my test amp it seemed impervious to feedback. These are made in China now but from my observations the better Chinese factories are on par with the Korean guitars in past years. The gloss finish is applied perfectly, binding is done beautifully, and the overall fit and finish are on par with the best Koreans; the country is unimportant - it's the quality control within the factory that’s important. Save for one tiny ding on back (pic), this baby is in beautiful condition. It is set up to perfection and a bang-for-the-buck winner for semi-hollow thinlines at $285, or $345(HOLD-Scott P 7/10) with a nice Ibanez case.

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. This guitar sounds great acoustically, through virtually any guitar amp, and through a PA. Martin has the set up low and comfortable throughout the register. Features an Ovation Optima preamp that sounds excellent and includes a built in chromatic tuner. This model listed for $1999 in 1998, which was a lot of money 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. $1150(HOLD-Pamela K 3/5) includes original Ovation case. 

Electro-Voice 647CL Lavalier Mic, (close-up). Hey mic collectors, this is basically NOS condition in the box with lavalier and clip, never even had a plug attached. Probably from the 80s, I’ve had this over 20 years and apparently it’s never been on the site. The 647C is a dynamic/moving coil microphone with an omni-directional polar response. Like most professional mics, it does not employ an on/off switch (switch available on model 647CLS). You can use it as a lavalier or by removing a retainer nut you can attach it to a gooseneck stand for semi-permanent installation. A good sounding, robust mic, it’s virtually impervious to damage from handling, temperature extremes, or humidity. Includes mic with attached cable, box, manual/spec sheet, warranty card, lavalier cord and mic clip. Upon request we can attach an XLR plug. This is a great find for a mic collector who places a premium on condition, or anyone needing a good talking mic. Just $45.

Boss ME-50 Guitar Multi-Effects, (back), (stock pic), (acc.).  One of the recent all-in-one floor effect from Boss.  For you guys and gals who prefer the simplicity of stomp boxes--over menus and backlit LCD screens--you'll love the ME-50.  Just reach down and dial in a little more of this, a little less of that, the same as you do with a floorboard full of Boss pedals.  It's so much better than a row of stomp boxes though, as it remembers all your settings.  You want one of your tones to be a mid-scoop tone with a slow sweep flange, heavy compression, and a hint of reverb?  Just dial it in and save the patch. Expression pedal lets you change sweep rates, depth, etc., on the fly.  For an overview, the ME-30 is a floor-based multi-effects processor with BOSS' most intuitive interface ever. 30 Preset Patches including delay, modulation, reverb, compressor and more; Killer COSM overdrive/distortion effects including dedicated knobs for each effect section—no menus to navigate. Tone Modify function offers Preset EQ settings for quick tone editing. 3 footswitches for switching effects on and off with a single stomp. Onboard expression pedal pre-routed to 6 modulation options or volume. Rugged metal case with clear panel layout. For full specs check out BossUS here.  This unit sold recently in stores for $295, which is lot cheaper than buying all these Boss pedals individually.  This one's barely used and just $175.  Includes power supply and original manual. 

Boss ME-30, (pic2), (close-up window). This unit received a rave review in the Oct '05 Vintage Guitar magazine and highly recommended for players who want a full selection of Boss pedals in a handy little floorboard multi-effect. A nice selection of analog and vintage effects plus phase trainer, tuner, analog distortion and a full array of digital effects; expression pedal works wah, volume, whammy (+/- an octave) and ring modulator. Effects include  Compressor, Overdrive/Distortion, Equalizer/Phaser, Noise Suppressor, Delay, Chorus/Flanger/Pitch Shifter/Tremolo, Reverb, and Guitar Amplifier Simulator. It stores 60 patches (30 user/30 preset) and manual settings. Works on 6 AA batteries or optional 9V DC wall adapter. It's a versatile and good sounding unit that cost less than a single Boss effect today. I have a few of these at $65/each. Worth it for the price for the whammy effect alone!

Shure 585SA “Unisphere A” Dynamic Mic w/cable. Good quality vintage Dynamic Hi-Impedance Mic. Best used for vocals and harp which earned it the name "James Cotton Model", so named as it was the mic of choice by the harp legend. These mics have a much wider frequency range than the Controlled Magnetic or Controlled Reluctance elements, which cut off pretty sharply at about 7-8000 Hz, while the 585 goes up to 13,000 Hz. I just used this with a Hi-Z guitar amp for a “show” my nieces did after dinner and it had excellent clarity and gain before feedback. Includes old-style cable with screw on connector to 1/4" jack. Numbers are lightly etched on shaft but otherwise good vintage condition. $55.

Gretsch G4520 Americana Series Acoustic, (headstock), (box), (series). Limited Edition "Way Out West" model from around a decade ago. The Way Out was one of four in this series produced in 2007. We just found this in the shop where it's been since new. Immaculate condition and has its own type of coolness, reminiscent of the cowboy guitars of the 40s through 60s. It's a 3/4 size short-scale with western-inspired artwork which includes cattle being transported up into space ships. Really wacky stuff. Martin has done a great set up on this so you can actually play it, although it does make a cool looking wall hanger. Offered in unplayed condition in the original box for $199.

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.

Tech 21 Tri-OD. 3-channel overdrive and cabinet simulator useful for stage and studio. There's even a built-in cabinet simulator if you want to record with any other OD/Distortion/Fuzz. It's also great for combining with a powered speaker like Tech 21's Power Engine. A single footswitch takes you through three completely different tube amp, Tweed, California, or British. Changing channels yields a completely different tone structure, not just gain and EQ. Because each channel can be turned off, you can designate how many you want to switch between: all 3, 2, just 1, or even none. True channel switching with a single footswitch is a Tech 21 innovation and this one provides a smooth transition between channels for instantaneous switching. Here’s a demo. Nice shape and nice price. $55(HOLD-Ray C 2/25).

BBE Sonic Stomp. Stompbox version of BBE's rackmount 482i Sonic Maximizer. This is an excellent unit for live or studio sound, equally useful for guitar or bass, in fact you can run a whole band mix through a Sonic Maximizer and it will add more space to the mix, giving it an open, airy sound, where it might have sounded like a jumbled mix before. When used on an individual instrument, guitar for example, it adds clarity and punch to your notes and separates it from the mix so that even subtle changes in attack and fast runs will stand out. Features including low contour and process knobs, sturdy metal housing and knobs, runs on 9V battery or supplied power supply, true bypass, and non-slip rubber bottom. Click here for a YouTube demo (forward to 3:05). They do this now in a mini pedal. These full size models were $99. Get this one “as new” in the box for $49(HOLD-Gilbert M 5/31). Includes manual and power supply.

Kawai R-50E Midi Drum Machine, cool old-school drum machine and one of the earlier MIDI models. Kawai made two versions, and acoustic drum model and the "E", which was the Electronic drum model. Although I don't have a manual, everything seems to work fine and tap-writing yields some very cool electronic sounds. Here’s a YouTube demo (link) and some sounds (link). Manual is online here. These were expensive back in the day and are selling on EBay for $125-$162. A very good value in a cool sounding 80’s drum machine at $99.

Korg Kaoss Pad, process effects in real time from any audio source, rubbing or tapping the unique X-Y pad modifies the effect parameter assigned to the horizontal or vertical axis, in real time, hold switch freezes the effect setting at the pad's current location, 60 effects programs include delay, reverb, pan, filter, flange, phase, and pitch shift, effects switchable by turning a knob and are assignable to any of 6 programmable buttons for immediate recall, sample an external audio source (up to 5 seconds at 48kHz) and control that sound from the pad, sampled sound can be modified (time stretch, reverse, pitch change) for live performance or resampling, connects to a turntable, CD player, mixer, electronic instrument, or mic for processing voice. Here’s a bad audio demo (link). Very fun tool for just $65. Includes manual and power supply.

Fender Japan ’58 Stratocaster Reissue, (front), (back/serial), (headstock), (body). Custom built Strat using a 1997 ’58 Neck, paired with a 2004 ’58 body/electronics. Body is mint with plastic still on the pickguard, with proper 2-tone sunburst and 3 single coil routes and is loaded with ceramic single coil pickups, pots, 5-way switch and stamped saddles on heavy tremolo block. Neck exhibits some light flaws around the edges but frets are excellent and it’s overall in very nice condition. It has a ‘50s style deep V-shape with vintage 7.25” radius and smaller vintage frets. We replaced the Kluson style tuners with a used set of Sperzels which are much better for holding tune. It features a single string tree and 50s spaghetti logo. Pickguard is proper single-ply white, 8 screw, with “aged” covers, knobs, and tip. Neckplate is the generic F plate. I know some guys don’t favor ceramic pickups but these honestly have plenty of sparkle without being harsh, and the neck pickup has a low end that hits you in the chest. Regardless, we can swap them out with Alnico’s for a nominal charge. It plays beautifully, looks great, and is a Japan Strat for the price of a new Mex. $599 includes gigbag.

2008 Gibson Shred V Flying V, (front/back), (headstock), (Kahler), (case/acc.), (case with stains). 11 years old but it’s actually never been retailed and only played by my tech, Martin. The Shred V was Gibson's Guitar of the Month (GOTM) for August '08. In 2008 Gibson offered a unique collection of monthly limited editions, with production limited to just 1000/each, an idea that was previously used with their Showcase Editions in 1988. Clean examples of Showcases go for significantly higher than their regular production counterparts and these guitars may also prove to be good investment pieces. The original Flying V, first released in 1958, wasn't well received by the public and production was discontinued within a year. It was later resurrected in 1967 where it has stayed in production since that time, eventually finding its niche as one of the premier rock/metal axes. With this in mind, Gibson has created the definitive metal V with the Shred V, with features such as a pair of EMG 85 pickups, perfect for aggressive hard rock and metal, and a Kahler 2215K tremolo to withstand aggressive playing and dive bombs tricks. In place of a locking nut, Gibson opted for Grover locking tuners, which keep the guitar in tune nicely, without the hassle of locking the strings down. Other features include all-mahogany construction, black chrome hardware, Ebony finish that enhances the futuristic vibe - and metal look, one-piece mahogany with '50s rounded contour, Ebony fingerboard with black acrylic dot inlays unique only to the Shred-V, wide 1 11/16" nut, flat 12" fretboard radius, master volume and tone, and standard 3-way pickup selector. The Shred V carried a list price of $3499 and sold at discount stores for $2299. We had these priced at $1599 but due to some staining in the case and a finish check line (shown here) on the bottom edge that Martin had to touch up we’re offering it for an even nicer price of $1399.

2016 Gibson Flying V Traditional - Wine Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (cream binding), (gigbag). Slick looking, great playing V at a nice price for a lacquer finished Gibson. The Traditional uses pairs a Grade A mahogany body and neck with a thin, very fast rosewood fretboard with Plek’d frets, for the ultimate in comfort and speed. For pickups Gibson chose a '57 Classic in the bridge and a Burstbucker with zebra bobbins for a great choice of classic tones. In addition you have dual push-pull pots to split either – or both – of the pickups for 8 tonal options. The nitrocellulose finish looks great and is the best finish for getting the most out of a tonewood, allowing a guitar to vibrate and “breath” more easily. Its lightweight construction is easy on the back and feels good through multiple sets. I still see a few of these on auction sites for $1570 or more. Get this one, in immaculate condition and set up to perfection, for just $899.

Friedman Buxom Betty Head, (panel), (top), (back), (footswitch). A lot of players are looking strictly for a crisp Fender Blackface tone, while others lean toward the ballsy crunch of a Marshall JTM45. The Buxom Better falls somewhere in the middle and is described as a blackface preamp section, with a JTM-45 power section. It's not a gain monster like a Boogie or hot-rodded Marshall, but it's capable of medium gain settings that many players rarely want to exceed. Hand-built in Los Angeles by one of the true guitar gurus of our generation, Dave Friedman, the Buxom Betty uses only the finest components and neat and careful hand-wiring. Dave's compiled a list of clientele including like EVH, Steve Stevens and Jerry Cantrell, before developing his own signature amps. Features of this model include 50-watt single channel all-tube with hybrid U.S. and U.K. voicing, dual EL-34 power, 3-band EQ, Presence control, 3-position bright switch, custom transformers and capacitors and tube-driven spring reverb. There are a bunch of YouTube demos online. Click this link for a list. Sells new for $2699 but this one's immaculate, never gigged, and just $1879. Includes original footswitch.

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 its 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 $900 less, just $1299. Includes original manual.

Ca. 1969 Teisco E-110, (front), (back), (headstock). True museum piece - as clean as it looks in the pics. So many of these old Teisco and Teisco Del Ray guitars are beaters that it's very unusual to come across one that's in pristine condition, especially one without any finish checking. For many players in the 60's, this was their first guitar and since so many were sold to kids, and the fact that they weren't very expensive, most did not receive the care of a fine musical instrument, rather, they were treated as a toy that Junior outgrew and they went out in the shed with the chemistry set and Chutes and Ladders game. Teisco was one of many Japan factories that flourished during the guitar boom of the 60's. Unlike many others, they tended to use their own designs rather than building copies. Most of their guitars before this year featured a 4+2 headstock, for instance, and they had some very unusual body shapes. This one is referred to as the "Tulip" body, due to its resemblance to the flower. Beginning the year after this one was built, Teisco jumped on the bandwagon and began building more and more copies, and most of their unique shapes went away. I've come across many old Teisco's which were horrible players and since they don't have an adjustable truss rod, most were relegated to becoming slide guitars. That is not the case with this one. The action is very comfortable throughout the fretboard. With its single toaster style pickup, located in the middle position, it has a rather mellow tone that sounds like a cross between a Jazzmaster neck and Strat middle pickup. Dating Teisco's is ambiguous, but the Teisco (without the "Del Ray"), the tulip body in an E-110, and the 6/side headstock, pretty much puts it at a '69. There are a few good web sites on Teisco's, here's one on Facebook with links to old catalogs and another one called Teisco Twangers. If you're a collector of guitars in the finest condition, or simply want a cool, feather weight guitar that's fun to play, this one's hard to beat for $219.

Takamine C128 Classical, (front), (headstock), (back), (label/serial).  Nice playing, inexpensive classical. Martin spent around 4 hours on this one taking it from a typical mediocre playing nylon string, to something much nicer. Japan-made Takamine's are among the best acoustic guitars you can get for the money. The C128 is Japan-made Takamine's entry level classical but the quality is better than high-end models from other Asian manufacturers, and much better than Tak's non-Japanese classicals such as the G-Series. Features include 14-1/2" body, spruce top, rosewood back and sides, 5-stripe bound body, wooden Marquettery rosette, 12-fret mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, no fret markers, 12/19 frets, 25.5" scale, 3-on-a-plate gold tuners with white pearloid buttons, and 2" nut width. This one is marked "second" on the label, probably due to some milky finish at the neck joint (shown here), which is strictly cosmetic and doesn't affect the tone in the least.  The guitar is extremely clean and appears to have seen very little use. The C128 had a very long run for Tak but was discontinued in '03 with a list price of $700.  This used one's in nice shape all around and has no issues. It’s an excellent value for the beginner/intermediate on a Japan-made Tak at $229(HOLD-Scott P 7/10). Includes gigbag.

Custom Made Mahogany Strat Head w/Dove inlay, (front  front2  inlay), (back), (neck/headstock), (back-side).  For the player who wants something truly unique...this is a one-off Custom made guitar.  Very unique looks, quality parts and quality woods.  The body style is a cross between a Les Paul Single Cutaway, although with a much rounder upper bout and deep & pointy cutaway - while the lower bout is something straight out of the builder's imagination - there really isn't a comparison that I'm aware of. The neck was on the guitar when I got it and we believe it’s an older LaSiDo, featuring a rosewood board and Strat headstock. Excellent electronics all around with a cool blend of Fender and Les Paul.  Pickups are a DiMarzio DP-181 Fast Track in the bridge and a Gibson PAF in the neck controlled by 3-way selector and mini-toggle coil tap for the bridge pickup. Control knobs are master volumes and master tone.  Body is one-piece(!) mahogany which yields a very warm and full tone. Control cavity is shielded and neatly wired. Output jack is conveniently located out of the way, in the cutout area at the end of the body which also features a bird in flight Abalone inlay.  This is a great playing guitar and should appeal to players who want versatility but, especially, want to strap on something that's truly unique and a hand-built one-of-a-kind instrument with top quality components.  It plays superbly and is a very cool piece for $599 including hardshell case.

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 $750(HOLD-Andrew M in CA 2/8), hardshell case and trem arm included.

Sony BVD-IS1000 Home Theater System w/Blu-Ray, (stock pic), (patch bay), (accessories), (rear speaker amp), (Manual). I’ve had this for 10 years but only turned it on around a dozen times. It includes Blu-ray Disc player/receiver, remote control, 5 micro satellite speakers (left/right/center and 2Xrear), wireless rear speaker kit, and subwoofer. The receiver has AM/FM, HDMI inputs, and every other kind of in/out imaginable. Each speaker is 35 watts, with the 75 watts X 2 for the dual-driver sub woofer. Includes all the accessories, many of which have never been used, plus the manual. The rear speakers are called “wireless” which means no wire is needed from the receiver to the speakers, however, they each use a wire from the satellite amp. Sony is top of the line when it comes to consumer home audio and this is an excellent sounding system. I paid $799. $175 and it’s yours.

OFF-HOLD is this killer 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 stunning finished, done perfectly. 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, in similarly perfect condition. Great deal for a guitar with this vibe and options at $999.

Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy Strat Pickup. Robin Guitars is gone but thankfully their Rio pickups have endured. This Vintage Tallboy is a flat pole Strat for your middle/neck position, delivering the vintage tones of the 50’s. New from Rio they’re $88. This one’s just $45.

Rio Grande Tele Bridge Pickup. Excellent vintage Tele tone with loads of quack and twang. I think this is a Muy Grande but it’s been a while so I can’t swear to it. Don’t sell  your lame sounding Tele until you’ve tried a cheap and easy upgrade. $45.

Gretsch Synchro-Sonic "Melita" Bridge. Used in nice shape. The Synchro-Sonic was an engineering marvel when it was first introduced in 1951. It produces perfect intonation via 6 moveable string rests. Each string is allowed to find its own true octave and true intervals in all positions and all strings can be accurately tuned and locked in place without a screwdriver. Specs are 3 3/8" spacing post to post, 2 1/32" string spacing, height range 7/8" to 1 1/8". These sell for $129 new but get this very clean used one for $79.

Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff With Top Boost. The EH Muff series has been highly regarded fuzz pedal since the 70’s. The Metal Muff takes the same idea, i.e. a huge sound, but retains only a bit of the fuzztone characteristic. In addition, it gives you a three band eq to dial in the perfect tone, especially the mid-tone which defines most metal songs. In addition, it offers a top boost function which controls a narrow band of highs to make your tone jump out just a bit more, primarily for leads. Here’s a quick demo. Like most EHX pedals it’s built like a tank so it should offer years of hassle-free use. Sells new for $90 but this clean used one is just $49.

PRS HFS/Vintage Bass Set. THE classic PRS pair. Work perfectly. Removed from 90’s Custom 24. HFS is ceramic with an output of 14.92K, VB is Alnico with an output of 8.48K. $110/pair(HOLD-Chris B 9/17/19).

Boss RC-1 Loop Station. Boss's simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station. The RC-1 is a straightforward looper that is easy to operate and with 12 minutes of stereo recording, it's powerful enough for most casual looper fans. Does all the usual stuff, and easily: record, playback, overdub - and undo or redo loops. There are plenty of performance uses for these but I just use one as a second guitarist to practice with. Lay down a chord pattern…work on my leads. On the top panel, there is an innovative loop indicator consisting of a 24-segment LED in a circular pattern. These LED's allow you to easily determine the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes. Stereo in/out jacks can be used with stereo effects and amplifiers and there's a jack for external AC power and footswitch in. This unit is mint and includes manual and box. Lots of fun for $69.

Fender Special Design 8 ohm 10” Speaker. Bought and never installed. 0 hours use. If you blew yours, here you go. $29.

2004 Danelectro 6/12 Double Neck,  (front), (back), (headstock  back), (case).  I haven't had one of these in 9 years.  They're fairly rare and long out of production, having a brief production from ca. 98 to around ‘04.  This one, finished in white pearl, is in beautiful shape and both of the guitars play exceptionally well. This model features Dano's stacked pots, which gives you a volume and tone control for each pickup, rather than the master volume/tone on some other years. It also features the quality Gotoh tuners, which are the best tuners Dano has ever used.  Each guitar features a pair of lipstick pickups and they share the volume/tone controls. A pair of heavy duty switches controls (1) which guitar tone is sent to the output jack and (2), pickup selector for bridge-both-neck.  The 6 string features Dano's classic wooden bridge which, remarkably, intonates very well, while on the 12-string side there are 6 individual saddles, each one adjustable.  Dano has only been building one model at a time for the past decade and it's hard to say if they'll ever get around to building the double neck models again since they don't have the mass demand of a straight 6-string. For you guys and gals who want to do the Jimmy Page thing but don't want to shell out a couple of grand for a Gibson 6/12, here's a very good quality alternative that plays as good as Gibsons I've had and the tone is actually more jangly making it very well-suited for Byrds/Petty/Beatles type music. Includes similarly clean Dano “tweed” case.  For $749, it's the best bang-for-the-buck double neck on the market and it’s easy to play and lighter than most double necks.

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue - Surf Green, (panel), (back), (spkr), (cover). Check tomorrow, I’m listing a matching 2014 Classic 50’s Strat in Surf.  Immaculate condition, a scant few hours of use. One of a small run of Limited Edition models with Surf Green covering for a super cool stage look. The original '65 Deluxe Reverb is a reissue of THE most sought after Fender combo ever, considered by most to be the best club amp of all time. Featuring 22W all-tube circuit, tremolo, and classic Fender reverb, you can get the classic Fender clean tone with a wonderful break-up at manageable levels, with lush effects that the original was known for.  Other features include a pair of 6V6 output tubes, one 5AR4 rectifier tube, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 12AT7 tubes, a single Jensen P12R speaker, dual channels (normal and vibrato), tube-driven Fender reverb, tube vibrato, two-button footswitch for reverb and vibrato on-off, Surf Green textured vinyl covering and silver grille cloth over a birch plywood cabinet.  At 42 lbs. you won't need a 300 lb. roadie to carry it for you and it easily fits on the back seat of a compact car.  Original mid-60's Deluxes are the hottest ticket on the vintage amp market but with clean examples going north of $4000, this reissue is an excellent alternative - plus none of the glitches associated with a 40-year-old amp. These are $1199 in stores but this one is immaculate and nicely priced at $829(HOLD-Stephen S 1/8).  Includes original 2-button footswitch, cover and paperwork.

Apogee ONE USB Microphone/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 using the built-in mic straight into Garage Band (link). Unit is in clean shape and it comes with all the cables and hardware for a great price of $159.

1985 Fender Esprit Standard – Cherry Sunburst, (front  bound neck/body), (headstock  flamed neck), (back), (buckle rash  pic2), (case). One of my favorite models of all time. Although I'm always actively searching for these, I only get in one per year on the average. This one is nice, although it had a Bigsby and pickguard at some point. We have lacquered over the 6 screw holes so you can’t feel them, although it’s noticeable upon close inspection. 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 larger (14" vs. 13") 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. 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 (link) with a lot of info on all of the models. Serial number info for the B/C/E serials is sketchy, but my guess is that they’re in the later part of the run, i.e. 1985. The only mod I’m aware of is the tailpiece which had been replaced with a stopbar in place of the Schaller slotted type. It has Gibson strap pins but we will switch to original Schaller locking type upon request. Other than the finished over screw holes, the top is quite nice. The back has buckle wear, nearly all of which is in the clear coat. Frets are in nice shape and the set up is superb. Strings are slotted low at the nut and the action stays low all the way up the neck. The neck, as shown above, has some lovely flame in it. Not spec for this model, just a cool accident. Esprit's have become highly prized 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. Get this one for just $999, including original case which are even harder to come by since Fender shipped these without case for the later part of the run.

Cordovox CAG-1 Instrument Amp, (back), (top), (panel), (plate), (side), (sample pic of interior). Made by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. who had controlling interest in Gibson from 1944 to 1969. Cordovox was a major manufacturer of accordions and accordion amps but my guess is that these were engineered to be multi-purpose since it has a typical guitar panel layout including Reverb and Vibrato – plus an additional Mic input with a Lo/Hi-Z switch. It seems to work very well with guitar, although I can’t find any info to determine how it’s supposed to sound. If you’re looking for the coolest solid-state overdrive tone, this is the wildest I’ve heard. It sounds very much like a vintage fuzz tone (without as much compression) with the Aux level cranked up and the Master level down. If you want a nice clean tone just turn up the Master and turn down the Aux. Reverb sounds good as does the vibrato. Rated at 85 watts RMS, it is loud and proud featuring a 15” woofer, 9”X14” mid-range speaker, and a pair of 3” tweeters. It has a pair of wheels which makes it easy for transport. I don’t know how to date this era but it’s likely ‘67/’68 from info I’ve gained on the web. It was highly regarded in the accordion community and possibly that’s where it belongs, but, trust me, it’s the coolest ‘60s fuzz-tone guitar amp I’ve ever had. It’s in average condition for its age and cheap for one of these at $350.

1983 Ibanez Steve Lukather Model RS1010SL, (catalog specs), (front), (back  neckplate), (features), (headstock), (case). First version - superbly built Luke model from Ibanez Japan. Steve played one of these during his Toto years and later as guitarist with Paul McCartney. Now over 35 years old, this guitar has been well cared for its whole life and plays with ease. The RS1010SL was a top of the line Roadstar model with high end features all around. Read the catlog pic above for full specs but I'll just run through a few here: thin, lightweight body topped off with gorgeous birdseye maple top finished in Marine Blue (similar to Jackson's "Chlorine" or PRS Matteo Blue), carved top with multi-ply body binding, ebony fretboard with 21 jumbo frets, push-push volume and tone pots which is Ibanez's "Duo Sound System" that changes each humbucker into a single coil, Steve Lukather bridge pickup (SL Special) with a Super 58 neck pickup, "Dead End" strap posts to protect against strap slipping without using a locking mechanism, gold hardware, Sure Grip II knobs, Hard Rocker Pro tremolo system which locks the strings on the bridge end and special signature neckpate. This guitar sounds and plays as fantastic as it looks. It's in excellent condition for its age with just some finish dimples in the clear coat and light fret wear. Includes original case and proper black trem arm. You’ll see people trying to get some crazy prices for these. This one is real-world priced at $935. 

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. 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 when new. This one is barely played, with a superb set-up and well under 1/2 than it sold for new at just $1150(HOLD-Allen F 6/6). Case is era-correct Hamer but appears to be slightly large, with 1” of “play” on the lower bout.

Lap Steel with Hipshot Trilogy Bridge and Upgraded Pickup, (back), (bridge bridge2), (bridge stops), (gigbag/slide). Upgraded Artisan EA-1 – pickup and Trilogy bridge installed! When I think of lap steels I don't envision fine woods and expensive cosmetic appointments. No, a lap is a slab of wood with tuners and a pickup. This was the thinking behind the Artisan EA-1: a basic lap steel at a budget price. With its single Strat style single coil it's capable of producing quality country, blues, or of course Hawaiian music. It features a hardwood body and neck, Roman numeral position markers, single-coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware and a stainless steel pickguard. As I mentioned when I posted this in stock condition, we’ve added a Hipshot Trilogy bridge (pic), which is a $250 part that’ll run $350/installed. We’ve also swapped out the stock ceramic single coil with a great sounding dual-rail Alnico humbucker. With the Trilogy, each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. There are 729(!) tuning options on this baby! Tuning ranges of the 6th and 5th strings are approximately an octave; the 4th and the 3rd strings are over a fifth; the 2nd string is approximately a fourth; and the 1st string is over a minor third.) The lap steel is in nice shape and includes gigbag and a quality steel slide. Selling for less than the price of an installed Trilogy. $299 takes it and includes well padded gigbag and a quality steel slide.

Vintage Strat bridge/saddles, (saddle close-up). Somewhat of a mixture of parts but a cool looking bridge made of all vintage parts, i.e. much better metal than they used later. The Bridge is 1982 - 1984 USA Vintage Series (57 or 62). Five of the saddles are genuine ‘69-‘71 with the Pat Pend stamp, while the “Fender-Fender” deep stamp is from a ’96-’99 Cunetto Strat Relic. I can part it out if necessary, i.e. the bridge and block or the entire saddle set, but I’d prefer to sell it whole. 5 vintage saddles have sold, all that remains is the Cunetto era saddle and early vintage reissue bridge for $35. 

Mono M80 Guitar Sleeve Gigbag. Some of the best protection for your electric guitar available on the market. Mono’s Headlock system keeps the neck in place and an insole guards your strap button. Features top-loading design with riveted handles and straps and is water-resistant. This one looks mint and is a sweet deal at $99(HOLD-Bill A 12/19).

EV N/D767a Microphone, (pic2). Electrovoice revolutionized mics a few decades ago with the introduction of D/Dym technology and the 767a was near the top of the range for EV at the time. A first choice by singers and engineers alike, it's noted for his clarity in live performance, commendable gain before feedback and low handling noise. An excellent quality mic for $75(HOLD-Kerry, local 8/21). Includes EV case and mic clip.

1985 Kramer Vanguard, (front/back), (headstock), (Floyd Rose), (Schaller PU's), (original case). This is an absolutely *killer* playing guitar and definitely clean enough for a vintage Kramer collection. Originally released in 1981 as a Flying V shaped body, thus the "V"anguard name, in 1985 it was changed to the popular half-V shape popularized by Randy Rhoads and his signature Jackson model - while the headstock changed from the chicken-beak, AKA "Classic" to the more popular hockey stick seen on this model. I believe this to be the most desirable year with all the best features, i.e. Rhoads shape with hockey stick, dual hums, and Floyd - and '85 was the only year it came with these features. In '86, its last year, it was produced with the pointy headstock. Finished in Candy Blue with a gloss finish that still shines like new, it's also equipped with the original Gotoh tuners with the set screw at 6 o'clock angle. Other notable features: headstock has the brown stain around the edge, found on around 1/2 of the necks from the hockey-stick era; Floyd is in very clean shape; Schaller pickups which I believe are "Golden 50's", sound excellent; frets are in great shape and action is low from the first to the top fret. Worst flaw (shown here) is a rub on the end of the headstock, not visible from the front, only worth mentioning because the guitar is otherwise in spectacular shape. Even the points, notorious for having finish chips even on a lightly played example, are in clean shape (shown here). Overall, in extremely clean shape, around an 8.5 or a 9+ on a vintage scale, with action as nice as any Kramer you've seen. I've seen people asking crazy money for this era Kramer but this one is priced within the range of more players and it would be great to see this fall into the hands of a working guitarist, someone who can appreciate it night after night. For a vintage Vanguard in this condition, a very nice buy at $699. Includes original case, trem arm, and warranty card.

2013 Fender ’52 Reissue Telecaster TL52 w/upgrades and case, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (inside pics). Super nice ’52 Tele from Fender Japan with a number of cool upgrades. I had this guitar during the summer and since I had it last it had a neck “glassing” (pic) done by Kevin Easton in Ft. Worth. This is a job that costs $125 and makes the neck feel like, well, glass. Read about it online. Other mods are: bridge plate changed to a Joe Barden, with a Joe Barden Danny Gatton pickup, neck pickup changed to a Duncan Vintage ’54 (STR-1) and all hardware changed to gold. 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. Killer Tele deal at $799 especially when you consider the glassing and other upgrades.

1998 Jackson Randy Rhoads RR3 w/Case, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (case). Very good quality Japan-made Rhoads with a great look, excellent playability and quality tone. In this era Jackson used Duncan Designed humbuckers, with a pair of HB-105's, which are a Distortion/59, except with Invader pole pieces. Don't know why Duncan used these poles but they sound great so it's cool. Cosmetically there's only one tiny flaw which is a small bit of white showing on the tip of the headstock but we will touch that up and it will "go away" by the time you receive it. Features include an alder body with flamed maple veneer finished in a deep red, rock maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, sharktooth inlays, 3-way switch with dual volume and a tone control, Floyd-Licensed double-locking tremolo, chrome hardware, and logo that just says "Jackson". Included with this guitar is the huge Jackson Rhoads case that fits the guitar like a glove and offers incredible protection. For a quality MIJ Rhoads with case, a nice deal at $459.

1965 Supro Thunderbolt 1X15 Combo, (back), (top), (speaker/chassis).  Beautiful shape for this model - cleanest one I've seen.  Very highly sought after amp both for the cool tone and the Jimi Hendrix association, who used this model exclusively during his days on the chitlin' circuit. Jimmy Page also used one on early Zep records. The Thunderbolt, built by Valco for Supro, was introduced in 1964, originally designed to be a bass amp, thus the 15" speaker and minimal controls, but like the Fender Bassman, it was much more well received as a guitar amp. The original Hendrix amp was raffled off by Guitar World magazine (advertisement) in 1992, back when such memorabilia reached astronomical prices. The features were very simple: 15" Jensen speaker, volume and tone, controlled by RCA tubes with a pair 6L6CG power tubes putting out around 50 watts, a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes in the preamp, and a 5U4 rectifier tube. All the tubes in this amp are RCA. It is covered in Supro’s traditional blue ‘rhino hide’ tolex with horizontally striped gray grill cloth. In '67 they changed to black tolex to be more competitive with Fender. Bassists complained about the distorted tone when it was cranked up so in attempt to make them happy they also changed to a solid state rectifier and added wooden bracing across the speaker hole and another on the baffle board back. The thing that bassists hated, made it an excellent guitar amp. At 50 watts it has a bit of clean headroom, but a really nice breakup when cranked plus the 15" Jensen made it sound huge. Appears to be all original other the an older, but correct, '62 Jensen speaker. It still has the two-prong cord; covering is in nice shape on all sides, panel has minimal corrosion and intact lettering, no snags in grill, etc.  I even suspect the tubes are original.  It has no snap-crackle-pop, is well tuned, and needs nothing. If you follow these, you probably know most of these are well used and rarely are found below $1K, even in road warrior condition. While this isn't quite the cheapest one on the market, I'm sure, for a nice example, it's the cheapest one around.  $1199.

1994 PRS Custom 24 10-top and Birds, (Front), (Back), (Headstock), (Case). I really get excited when I get in an old factory PRS, especially now that their officially vintage. This beauty will be 25 years old in a few weeks, although it looks like it’s less than a year judging by the beautiful condition. I’ve always touted PRS as being works of art and this one is no exception. From the perfectly grained thin ribbon flame “10” top that looks great from any angle, to the genuine pearl inlays, to the sexy curves of PRS styling, it’s a breathtaking look. This beautiful example, finished in Cherry Sunburst, has old-factory features such as the very desirable 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. Although it looks great now, after we do a quick buffing it should easily present as collector's grade. Of course it also has that superb PRS playability, with low action from the 1st fret to the 24th. You can own this vintage PRS for less than a new 10-top Custom at just $2399. Includes nice original case and hang tag, instructions, accessory catalog and original warranty.

Boss ME-80 Multi Effect Pedal, (close-up), (back). If you're one of those players who prefers the simplicity of stomp boxes to menu-driven LCD screens, this is for you. For instance if you want more delay signal...just turn a knob. One of the cool and effective features I've found is a setting to make a humbucker sound like a single coil, or vise-versa. Ingenious and effective. An improvement over the old ME-70 is a second bank of modulation sounds so you can now have, for instance, a chorus and delay simultaneously. It also has a built in looper with 38 sec of loop time and cool whammy effective controlled by the expression pedal, a Freeze control to instantly do an infinite loop, and a Tera Echo that does a swell type echo. There are a load of features so you might want to check out a few demos like this one and this one.  There's also a USB interface that lets you customize your sounds even further from either a Mac or PC via free BOSS Tone Studio software. The USB interface lets you record directly to your favorite DAW. You can even tweak a dry recorded sound with your effects settings after recording. Save your favorite settings into one of the user locations and recall them instantly. This is a really cool unit, like having every Boss effect made all in a small box. This one’s mint in the box and $100 less than new at $199(HOLD-Mike W 5/15).

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 $449.

G&L L1500 4-String Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (case). When Leo Fender designed the electric bass he started with the Precision and after he started G&L he refined his basses much further. This L1500 is the evolution of the P-bass and I think most would say it's a better instrument. You can order G&L's with a number of options so I'm thinking this one was ordered with an upgraded neck. The flame is fairly consistent and looks very nice. Features include swamp ash body, hard rock maple neck with 6-screw attachment, 12" neck radius, 1.75" nut width, G&L Ultra-Lite tuners with aluminum tapered string posts, G&L Saddle Lock bridge, chrome hardware and no pickguard. Electronics consist of a single G&L Magnetic Field humbucking pickup controlled by preamp mini-switch (off/on), series/parallel mini-switch, Vol-Treb-Bass knobs. This bass has a super comfortable low set up and sounds excellent. You'll be surprised at how much versatility you can get from this single pickup. Offered in super clean condition with no noted flaws for $799. Includes non-original TKL molded hardshell case.

Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb Pedal. Killer vintage sound and a good choice for amps that don't have the benefit of factory reverb. You can turn your vintage Deluxe into a Deluxe Reverb! Like one of the old Fender output reverb units, the Topanga gives you full control over your reverb including Mix, Dwell and Tone (controls the wet mix only), plus a Volume control. If that's not enough the Volume controls a discreet preamp which gives you the options of a Clean Boost should you need it. It can be powered by any 9V–18V center-negative DC power supply (100mA or more) and is housed in a rugged all-metal case. This unit is especially well suited for that drippy 60s surf music and you can get a sample in this demo. Velcro on the bottom plate but otherwise nice original condition. Don’t pay $209 for new when you can have this one for just $135.

2010 Fender '58 Stratocaster Relic LTD, (front  relic "wear"), (headstock  fretboard), (pickups), (back), (case  cert.). Rare guitar - only 30 made world-wide of this 1958 Relic. There are a number of things that make this guitar unique, chief among them the hand-signed Abigail Ybarra pickups, making this run some of the last pickups she wound before retiring from Fender. Other unique features are 5-way modern strat wiring including the middle pot which is wired to roll off the middle AND bridge pickup for more creamy solos. Additionally it features a 9.5" radius fretboard with Dunlop 6105 frets, both non-vintage features but specs that players love. The neck is a 1-piece 10/56 Big V but it’s not as huge as the 10/56 “Boat” necks I’ve had. Lastly it features a resonant very light Premium Ash Body which brings the entire weight of this guitar to a scant 7 lbs 3 oz. The relic wear on this baby is a authentic as I’ve seen. Lots of realistic finish wear around the edges, loads of dings, and very authentic finish checking. The wear to the anodized pickguitar is likewise realistic and done very well. Here's a (demo link) by ProGuitarShop of this very guitar. Additionally, here's the Reverb listing (link) with many more pics and, again, of this very guitar. With only 30 of these produced they’re few and far between on the used market. I’ve seen these at $3300- $4K but here’s the deal. This one’s $2999. Includes original tweed case, cert. and all the stuff. This is a killer Strat in all regards. You will definitely love it.

OFF-HOLD: 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.  Ingenious. 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). These sold new for $399 but this one’s mint, out of the box, and yours for $179. Includes manual.

1997 Squier Vista Series Musicmaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (detail). Gibson scale with a humbucker! This model was offered for around a year and I don't even see it any of my Fender catalogs, although catalogs do show the Musicmaster Bass which was produced in greater numbers. Finished in Surf Green (Shell Pink, Sonic Blue, Black and White were also produced, all with matching headstock. These were the shortest run of all the Vista series, most of which were produced for 2-4 years. Like the original Musicmasters in the 60's, this guitar is the ultimate in simplicity with an offset waist slab body with contoured edges but no belly cut, vintage style bent steel bridge with 6 barrel saddles, 3-ply cream pickguard, and "Vista Tone" humbucker with a push/pull volume control (activates coil splitter). One of the cool things about this guitar is the flamed maple neck which wasn't spec for this model but is a welcomed coincidence. The neck also features a shorter Gibson scale (24.75"), rosewood fretboard with 22 vintage frets and pearl dot markers. It plays with ease and the tone is very useable. I've always been a fan of the Vista series as far as bang for the buck and this one's no exception. Other than a few very minor flaws it's in lovely condition and a surprisingly nice guitar. $375 includes Fender gigbag.

Custom Strat – Silver Sparkle, (front), (finish detail), (back), (headstock), (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 their necks 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 $750 with hardshell case.

2012 PRS Santana SE – Amber w/upgrades, (front  maple cap), (headstock), (back), (upgrades  pickups), (case). Beautiful amber flame top with Core line upgrades including pickups, tuners and saddles - plus a bone nut and hardshell case. Like the Custom 24 "Killer Quilt" below, it features a mix of gold and nickel hardware. These upgrades weren’t cheap and there’s as much invested in them as the guitar originally cost. The pickups, for instance, aren’t a discarded set of #6 or HFS/VBass, but a hard to find, and highly regarded, set of Modern Eagle RP’s that sell for $300/set on the used market. The tuners are USA Phase II locking. There are extra holes on the back of the headstock that we’ll plug for aesthetic reasons. Some general info about the Santana: first debuting in 2001 as an SE model with a few changes along the line, this version Santana is clearly the best. The Santana is the first SE model offered with the shorter 24-1/2" scale length and it's the first SE using the same body shape as the USA-made PRS Santana. It has Carlos's favorite fat, wide mahogany neck and 22-fret fingerboard, and features classic PRS birds. It also has a thick maple cap, instead of simply a veneer like most of the competition, and it's the marriage of the mahogany body and maple cap that gives this guitar its superb tone. On top of the maple cap PRS uses highly figured maple for visual appeal. Features include mahogany body, maple cap with flamed maple veneer, mahogany neck, wide-fat neck shape, rosewood fretboard, 24-1/2" scale, 22 frets, PRS "Old School" bird inlays, Master Volume and Tone controls with 3-way toggle switch and nickel hardware. This is a superb playing guitar, in perfect condition, and with a new one selling for $799, why not get one with 5 quality upgrades for less. $750(HOLD-Brian N 11/15) includes hardshell Gator case and trem arm.

Radial Bones Twin City ABY Amp Switcher. If you’re a guitarist who uses to amps, this is for you. The Twin City lets you split your guitar signal into two amps to use (a) your choice of amps or, (b) both amps simultaneously. Equally important, it operates without extra noise or signal loss! This unit includes both an ABY switcher and a buffer in addition to Radial's Drag Control load correction circuit, which lets you eliminate signal loss. It also includes an isolation transformer, to eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops. There are a number of enhancements the Twin City has over Radial’s BigShot ABY and it’s priced higher accordingly. Sells new for $169. Get this used one for $109.

2016 Fender Classic Vibe 60's Squier Stratocaster - Matching Headstock – Seymour Duncan, (front), (Duncan), (headstock), (back).  Top of the line Squier with classic looks, excellent playability, and quality tone. This particular model is finished in Sherwood Green 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. It’s had one cool upgrade: a Seymour Duncan Hotrails humbucker in the bridge which gives you more versatility, especially if you have hard rock leanings. Offered in superb cosmetic condition and an absolutely killer setup. 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 at least as good as a $600 Mex Standard Strat. 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 high quality bridge pickup. Just $339 for this very cool Strat. (Note: I also have these in Burgundy Mist, new in the box for the same $339).

Korg SDD-2000 Sampling Digital Delay, (front panel), (back panel), (“lit up”), (manual). One of the first great Sampling Delays of the ‘80s from the first wave of Japan-made rackmount time-domain effects. Guys like me only had affordable delays like the Digitech RDS 3.6, but for pro players and studios, Korg’s SDD-2000 was a huge step up in both price, features, and sound quality. The Edge (U2) has used one for years and still uses one today. Click here for a demo with some Edge type sounds. Unlike cheaper units, the SDD-2000 could store your patches and recall them instantly via front panel, footswitch, or midi. In addition to 4368ms of delay time it offers excellent sounding chorus, flanging & vibrato, and with a fully adjustable modulation parameter you can go from subtle sound textures to totally experimental sounds. You can sync your delays to tempo via midi, tap, or just dial in your exact delay time and you can adjust your feedback for just one repeat, multi-repeats, or all the way to self-oscillation. There are 64 program locations to store your settings. It works great on guitar, but equally well on vocals. This unit is in rather nice shape as they go, and includes a bound comprehensive manual. Nice unit for $175(HOLD-Doug M 11/6/19).

1995 Marshall JTM60 1X12 Combo, (back/panel), (front panel), (top).  Incredible value in an all-tube Marshall amp. This feature packed combo was introduced in 1995 and combined Marshall's classic sounds with many modern features. The JTM60 (changed to JTM600 in '97) came in four  models, all under the JTM60 model name: this JTM612 with 1X12; JTM610 with 3X10's; JTM622 with 2X12's, and the JTM615 with 1X15.  All were loaded with special designed Celestion Heritage speakers. This line was aimed at the amateur, semi-pro, and pro player, with features that made it equally well suited for the stage, practice room, or studio. Each channel has its own 3-band EQ plus its own reverb, a deep and natural spring reverb, so you can dial in the right amount for your clean or overdrive settings. In the rear this amp features both series AND parallel effects loops, extension speaker outs, a Master Presence control, DI output utilizing Marshall's acclaimed speaker emulation. The Normal channel is not your regular Marshall clean, which was pretty much "less overdrive" and actually delivers a nice glassy tone that's great for blues, or cranked up, a nice Bluesbreaker tone. Many players will find every tone they need on the Clean channel and when pegged out, the tone has similar gain to a pegged Deluxe Reverb. The Boost channel is loaded with the vintage drive that Marshall is famous for, and even more gain than vintage Marshalls. It cranks out 60 watts through either 8 or 16 ohms, which means you can run this with a 16 ohm cab and get the same power output as with the internal Heritage G12 only. Click here for a YouTube demo - it's the 3X10 version but it'll give you an idea of the range of clean and overdrive tones.  This amp is in beautiful shape; appears to have never seen a gig or logged any club hours. The tubes, a pair of EL34's and four ECC83's, sound fine and this amp needs nothing.  I’m also including a nice high quality formfit  cover for it. For tone, condition and features, this is a hard amp to beat for $549.

AKG Perception 200 (pic2) (pic3). With shock mount and case.  I know a lot of you have home studios and you want the best sound for the money.  One "must-have" is a quality large diaphragm condenser mic and this one's hard to beat for the price.  It has excellent reviews and rated higher than virtually everything in the under $400 list price range.   Has Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass cut filter.  Features:  Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser; Polar Pattern: Cardioid; Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz; Sensitivity:18 mA; Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB; Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz; Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB); Impedance: <200 ohms; Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms; Powering: 48 V phantom power; Current Consumption: < 2 mA; Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type; Finish: Metallic blue.  Click here for details from AKG's site.  The Perception 200 listed for $349 and sold online for $179 up to $299.  This one is in perfect condition and will allow you to move up a notch on the quality of your studio recordings - for $125.  

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 $179-$199.  I have a few of these in stock, new in the box, and just $89.

Celestion Alnico Gold 12” Speaker. Perhaps the best medium-powered guitar speaker on the market. Taking the Alnico Blue one step further, the Gold handles twice the power at 50W and even sounds better than the Blue with added warmth and complexity in the mids. It’s noted for a laid-back attack, rounded low end and brilliant bell-like highs and is very expressive allowing guitarists increased dynamic control. These sell for $289 in the stores. This one has never been installed and is as new in the box for $199(HOLD-Andy A 11/26).

Boss TR-2 Tremolo. Somewhat similar to the PN-2 and in fact it has a higher speed adjustment than the PN but it lacks the stereo/pan feature but, still, a very cool pedal for you surf fans. The Wave control alters LFO waveform from triangle to square. I don't get many of these in and they're excellent sounding trems for around 1/2 of the boutique models. Very clean condition and of course it works perfectly. These are $99 new but this nice used one is just $65.

2001 Jerry Jones "Neptune" Longhorn Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (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 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 a decade 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 $1099, including a hardshell case.

Ibanez Cyberdrive CD5 Overdrive and Matrix MR-800 Quartz Metronome. One of Ibanez’ old Soundtank series when they were making a couple dozen OD/Dist effects. This one is pretty rad. Not my cup of tea but if you want to give it a try it works fine. Also including a Matrix quartz metronome which is an excellent practice tool. Get the pair of these for just $20.

DOD FX45 Stereo Reverb. Good quality USA made DOD analog pedal from the 1980s. The FX45 utilizes the good ol’ BBD chip and includes controls for Room Size, Reverb Time and Reverb Level so it operates more like the 3-knob tube reverb units than the single knob reverb on most amps. In addition to selecting room size (170-280 sq. ft.), the reverb time control (280-600ms) lets you select a very brief reverb (almost a slapback) to a lush wash like a Fender reverb turned to 10. One of these in rough shape without battery cover just sold for $199 (link) but you can get this clean one with batter cover for $99.

SX EVH Wolfgang/Axis Copy w/Upgrades, (front/back), (side), (headstock), (pickups), (truss rod adj.). Here's what you do when you happen across an excellent playing import that's just a few parts away from being a pro quality axe. First you throw away the no-name Asian humbuckers and replace them with a pair of Seymour Duncans (Duncan Distortion bridge and neck). And because a good sounding guitar is wasted if it's out of tune, you replace the generic die cast tuners with a quality set of locking Sperzels. Over $200 worth of upgrades in parts alone, but it transformed a mediocre guitar into one that you can gig with. Features include 4+2 headstock, quilted maple top with matching headstock, maple neck with truss rod adjustment wheel at the base of the neck, locking tremolo and nut, bound body and neck, 3-way pickup selector with only a single volume control. This guitar has seen very little use and is in lovely shape with no fret wear or scratches, and plastic film still on control cover. This guitar was worth sinking some money into and I'm glad to offer it at a price that's reasonable these quality upgrades, just $299 with gigbag.

1977 Ibanez 2355 ES-175 Style, (front), (side), (back), (headstock/serial), (label), (Florentine binding), (case). Very well preserved example and a very desirable vintage archtop from Ibanez Japan's golden era. This fantastic jazz box easily compares to Gibsons from this era. It has the look, feel, and tone of a vintage 175 at a fraction of the price. These came in two versions, the "M" model with a maple top which I had a few years ago, and the regular 2355 with spruce top. Features include cherry sunburst lacquer finish, flower pot headstock inlay, inlaid logo, split parallelogram fretboard inlays, multi-layer binding, black witch-hat knobs, rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece.  Exceptionally well-crafted, this guitar has held up as well as any USA jazz box from the same era.  Original neck set is solid and dead on. Overall this guitar is in exceptional condition, worthy of any collection, both due to rarity and condition. Finish is superb with a high gloss and little to no finish checking, no major scratches or dings, binding and purfling are in great shape. Like the Gibson ES-175, the 2355 is all laminated wood, with spruce top and mahogany back and sides in a lovely cherry burst finish.  Set up is very comfortable, frets don't have any deep groves anywhere, and the tone is full and rich. Appears to be 100% original based on catalogs I've looked at and the few I've had in the past. Vintage Ibanez has been climbing in value as there are more people collecting them - and more and more players are seeking them out. I sold my last 2355 maple for $1499. This is an exceptional guitar for the collector, and at $999(HOLD-Elmer H 10/16), within the price range of working musicians.  Includes nice older case that may or may not be original.

OFF-HOLD: 1979 Fender Stratocaster - Black w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (chunky neck), (neck/body markings), (body), (pickguard), (honest Relic wear), (case).  '79 Strats are almost 40 years old? Man, if that doesn't make you feel old... This is a nice old vintage Strat, and better than most since it had a pro refret by my man Martin a while ago. Frets are medium jumbo, fretboard was left with original finish, and fret ends are dressed perfectly (fret pic). 70's were often maligned in the early years of the vintage guitar market. Sure, some had necks that were slightly smaller than the neck pocket but these were the days before CNC's and exact measurements were non-existent. Even more, these were slagged because of the 3-bolt neck attachment (1971 - 1982) but from my experience, this is perfectly stable and even the great Leo Fender used this same system on G&L's, who continue to use 3-bolts today. This guitar is original, other than one of the pickups which we replaced from another '79, but it's an identical spec gray-bottom. Serial number on the pickguard matches the guitar's serial; pots are 79; bridge has proper numbers and is original, tuners have never been off-on an are original, other than frets all original finish with no overspray, body has no additional routes and cavities have the white dust you want to see on these, cover, knobs, and tip are original. This guitar hasn't sat in the case it's entire life so there is finish wear around the edges, some finish checking. It's a good sounding Strat with a nice vintage medium output and excellent sounding pickups, especially the neck pickup which has a wonderful growl when the gain is cranked up. Since the refret it's an excellent player with a neck that's fairly chunky for this era and frets you can really dig into. With the price of pre-'71 4-bolt Strats over $5K, and early 3-bolts ('72-'74 stag poles) around $3K, these later 3-bolts are the only affordable vintage Strats. This one has a killer vibe, which is much more evident in person, and a nice value today at $1499.  Original case (included) for this era was this molded case that was only made for 2 years, easily identifiable by its thickness which is around an inch thicker than the later molded case, 4-latches instead of 3, and a door on the storage compartment.

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 semi-hollow, this is a nice axe for $699 with a quality tolex hardshell case.

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah, (pic2).  The Clyde Deluxe is the souped up version of the original 60's Vox Clyde McCoy. This is the later version with the switchable booster/buffer and fuzz-friendly circuit.  It can nail the tone of the original plus a whole lot more via a 10-step variable input level control and features true-bypass with a bright side-viewable low-current pilot light status indicator, and 3 selectable modes: Wacked, Jimi, and Shaft, each with their own voice.  The "Jimi" is based on the vintage Clyde McCoy used by Hendrix which is the same as Fulltone's Standard Clyde. "Whacked" has a broader range and more bass response as found on the old ColorSound wah. "Shaft" has more upper range and nails the 70's funk sounds like the "Theme from Shaft."  There's an input volume pot which lets you add more gain and grit to the signal. There's also an internal resonance pot which lets you change the gain and bass response. For a true wah connoisseur, this is the one you want.  Click here for a good YouTube demo.  Cost $289 new but I see they’re selling for $223 these days. This one’s in perfect condition just $155(HOLD-Robert P 9/24).

Kramer Classic Neck. Note: pics make the top and back look different color but it’s the same maple color as shown on the top pics. Ca. ‘86/’87 Kramer Classic USA neck (don’t confuse with the import Focus Classic model). The Classic series was Kramer’s attempt to get more of the Strat/Tele market and these were offered on traditional body shaped Strats and Teles. This particular neck would have been used on the Classic I, as the II and III were Floyd equipped and wouldn’t have a standard nut. Basically no fret wear at all, has seen very little use. If you need a neck for your Classic I, here you go, or use this on any Strat/Tele project you’re building. $175.

MXR Micro Flanger.  Recent Dunlop pedal that's a stripped down version of the Mod 117, with just rate and regeneration knobs.  This pedal is simpler to use which will appeal to many players who want a fixed Width. Unlike the original Micro, this unit features true bypass to preserve your tone when disengaged. Mint in the box for $55.

1975 Ibanez Humbucker.  Date stamp indicates 1975 production so this is a hard pickup to find.  Braded lead, 2-conductor, with flat/slotted poles.  If you're restoring an early Artist or archtop, it pays to get original equipment.  This one's just $99. 

Seymour Duncan 50th Anniversary Humbucker Set, (pic2). Sold in sets only in 2005, these are Alnico 2’s, with 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

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 includes a free gigbag or for $69 more, a quality British-made Hiscox/Yamaha hardshell case made to fit.

OFF-HOLD: 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.  I’ve got to get this out of here so just $279 plus shipping (97 lbs.). 

Digitech X-Series Pedal Lot. Choose Multi Chorus, Turbo Flange, and any one of the OD/Dist units for $99, or get all five for $149. You can get a lot of cool tones out of these. Used pedals in perfectly working condition.

2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster Loaded Body w/upgrades, (front), (back), (upgraded pu’s and bridge). NOTE: No neck included - I sold it back to original owner and I’m just now getting around to listing this great body. This one has received upgrades which players are frequently requesting including a pair of Texas Special pickups, Callaham bridge and compensated brass saddles. 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. One of the "new" American Standards which replaced the "old" American Standard in ‘07. 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. If you already have a neck or have a favorite neck in mind, this is an easy finish. Just bolt on neck, string up (strings included) and it’s done. With the upgrades, this is a smoking deal on a beautiful body for just $550.

Fulltone FB-3 Fat Boost. Early 00’s model. 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. These were expensive back in ca. ’08 but it’s just $65 now. Clean shape with manual.

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 includes clean Gibson gigbag.

2011 Fender Tele-bration 75 Block Telecaster Custom, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/acc complete acc. bag).  If you missed this in '11, here's one that's NOS, unplayed, perfect and super lightweight at less than 7 lbs 3 oz. The ’75 Block is a very cool limited edition model from Fender's 2011 "Tele-Bration" series. Basically, it’s a Tele Custom styled like a '75 Jazz Bass with natural ash body, maple neck with block inlays, top arm contour, 3-ply black guard, and Jazz Bass knobs.  If you haven't heard of the "Tele-Bration" series, Fender coined this term to honor the 60th anniversary of the Telecaster and, in its honor, built 12 very special  models, one per month, that stay inside the Telecaster's famously elegant lines while offering the finest and most unusual takes on the instrument's past, present and future.  Features of this cool Tele include gloss urethane ash body, maple C-shape neck with gloss urethane finish, maple fretboard, 7.25" radius, 21 vintage style frets, 1.65" nut width, synthetic bone nut, bullet truss rod adjustment, '62 Tele Custom Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) and Wide Range Humbucking Pickup (Neck) with 3-way switching with dual volume and tone controls, vintage F-tuners, vintage 3-saddle strings-thru-body Tele bridge, black pointer Jazz Bass knobs, 3-ply BWB pickguard.  Nice sounding Tele with a cool choice of Tele and non-Tele tones, good for many styles of music.  Great in house set up that plays superb with clean bends despite the vintage radius.  A word about the neck - it's on the chunky side - not your average C-shaped neck.  The arm contour makes this more comfortable and it's a very lightweight guitar at just over 7 lbs.  List price on this model was $2,499.99, selling at discount at $1,799.  This one is unplayed with plastic still on the pickguard and not a hint of use - for just $1350.  Includes original Fender/G&G tolex case with complete accessory bag including strap, cable, polishing cloth, manual, Allen wrenches, and assorted paperwork.

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. One side is Lee’s active gain booster, which is also sold by Lee as that pedal alone. You can use the gain boost as a transparent boost pedal or with the distortion.  In any of the 3 possible modes, 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. With a MSRP of $429, this pedal sold new for $350. Get this one, beautiful shape in the box for $225.

1994 PRS Custom 24 - Black Cherry 10-Top & Birds, (front  front2), (trem), (back), (headstock), (pearl birds), (“inside”), (case). Getting harder to find as the years go by. These old-factory pre-'95 models, easily identifiable with mother of pearl inlays and short neck heel are considerably more hand-made, built without the benefit of a Duplicarver (CNC machine). A lot of people incorrectly refer to these guitars as "pre-factory", the reason for which I haven't a clue. Most fans claim that they’re superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory which opened in '96 and where PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines. Features of this guitar include a flamed maple cap finished in Black Cherry over a one-piece mahogany body, mother of pearl bird inlays, PRS tremolo, PRS Phase I cam-type locking tuners, 10" fretboard radius, and wide-thin neck profile which is 1/16" more shallow than a wide thin/fat. Pickups are the HFS and Vintage Bass controlled by a 5-way rotary selector which allow (1) bridge humbucker, (2) outside single coils, (3) series inside single coils, (4) parallel inside single coils, and (5) neck humbucker. 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. Almost 25 years old, this is considered a vintage PRS, built in the first 10 years of the original factory. Serial number is under 21,000 and, for contrast, they were over 100,000 in the following 10 years. During this time the production was considerably lower than later years and with the exceptional quality control, combined with the belief that older wood is better sounding, you have a guitar that is very sweet and rich sounding, with excellent sustain and clarity. Cosmetically it's in excellent condition all around.  The worst flaw are some miniscule clear coat scratches and a few pin prick milky areas on the top.  Hardware is quite clean; frets are pretty much perfect. It presents as a beautiful example of an Annapolis PRS. Whenever you play one of these older PRS's you can sense the meticulous human attention to detail; you're holding a guitar that will likely never be this 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, i.e. a better guitar, for less money.  Own this beauty for just $2199 with PRS case and trem arm. Oh, it has a Paul-signed truss rod cover too!

2007 Ibanez Prestige RGA-121NTF, (front), (headstock), (maple cap), (back), (case). Over the past decade, RGA-121's are some of the most popular Ibanez' that I get in stock. They're extremely comfortable to play but, most notably, 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. This is aided by quality pickups, a set of IBZ/DiMarzio V7 and V8, which are original for this model. Finely crafted in Japan, the upscale Prestige series is the evolution of the RG series, featuring an extremely thin, flat, and fast Prestige Wizard neck, high output IBZ V7/V8 by DiMarzio 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 exceptional condition all around. Frets are perfect and the setup is fantastic.  I see guys asking $850-$1200 for this model but you can have this beautiful example for $749, set up to perfection. Includes J-Team Prestige case, tool case, factory check-list tag, other hangtags, and a very comprehensive manual.

1960’s Silvertone Amp/Case. Case only. If you have a dead amp for your old Silvertone 1448/1449, here’s an easy replacement. If you’re not familiar with these cool old units, they were sold by Sears under their house brand Silvertone from the early to late 60’s. They were made in the USA by Danelectro and were actually decent student model kits. Most were in this finish, black sparkle, including the amp and guitar and featured a single lipstick tube pickup (1449 had dual pickups). The amp is as simple as it comes with just a volume control and 3-tube circuit including power, rectifier, and preamp. At only 3 watts it goes into overdrive mode fairly quickly, around 2-3, with more saturation at every number up the dial. It’s actually an excellent sounding amp and I think would be even better with a higher quality speaker or extension cabinet. Appears all original and is structurally solid including hinges, latches, and hinge. Exterior shows normal wear of a 50-year-old piece of gear. $139.

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. Includes original case, structurally sound but not as clean as the guitar.

Hosa 8-Track Recording Snake RCA to XLR, 8’ High Def. I took two of these in trade (other one looks identical). Guy paid $139/each at Sweetwater. I just want to get the traded value - $75 takes the pair. Nice shape.

1990 Marshall JCM900 4500 Head, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), ("20" knob).  AKA 50W High Gain Dual Reverb.  First year example of the JCM900 with 50 watts of bone-crunching Marshall all-tube power and very versatile for a its day, with two independently controlled footswitchable channels, each voiced totally differently.  Just tuned up, including all new tubes with a matched pair of Electroharmonix 5881's with three Groove Tubes ECC83 preamp tubes.  This amp needs nothing - quiet at idle and all the power you expect from a 50W Marshall.  The JCM900 series replaced the JCM800's and they were still very basic amps compared to recent TSL's, DSL's, Mode 4's, etc., but when it was made in the 90s, it included a lot of features for a Marshall.  I should also offer my opinion that this is a fine sounding amp, head and shoulders above DSL/TSL models.  The JCM900's was well-conceived, incorporating the trend of players modifying their earlier models to achieve more gain.  The 900's not only did this, but they incorporated the tricky part, keeping the noise to a minimum while building in reliability.  In response to Spinal Tap, they also included a Lead Gain knob that went all the way to "20" (if "11" is good, why not go all the way to "20"?).  The two channels are voiced completely differently and in the most basic comparison, Channel A sounds rather Fender-y; Channel B is classic JCM crunch, with the ability to go way over the top of previous JCM's.  This particular model, the 4500, is basically the evolution of the JCM800 2205, although with the enhancements mentioned above.  Other features of this amp include footswitchable channel switch which is also selectable via front panel switch, independent volume-gain-reverb knobs for each channel, shared 4-band EQ knobs, 50W/25W switchable via back panel, effects loop with level control, direct output and recording-compensated outputs.  You can check out the manual for this series at this link.  Overall pretty nice shape for 23 years other than 2 tolex touch ups on the back and one handle cap (all shown here).  If you think you need 100 watts to play large clubs...you don't.  This thing is loud enough for any clubs I've played, including 800-seaters.  Just a killer 50-watter for $650.

2013 Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (shielding paint), (paperwork/tags). Upscale model that features an incredible number of tones thanks to Fender's new V6 switch. By appearances this is simply a nice vintage styled Strat but with an ingenious electronics package it's much more. Specifically, it's equipped with a set of Texas Special cloth-wire pickups, an S-1 switch (built into the volume knob) and a V6 rotary knob (disguised in the first tone knob position). The S-1 switch bypasses the preamp for traditional Strat tones but in the preamp active position you get 6 tonal variations (think Gibson Varitone) for all 5 stops on the pickup selector switch. It's cool! Other features include a traditional Strat tremolo (later models were floating) with bent steel saddles, Fender Ping tuners, easy access 9V battery door on back, aged plastic parts, and large 70s style headstock. This one even has some nice flame on the headstock and back of the neck! This is a version 1 model. Version 2 has locking tuners, 2-point tremolo, and Noiseless pickups, updates which may or may not appeal to you. Other than a tiny indent on the upper horn, it's in brand new condition with zero scratches or wear. There are two mods: pickguard changed to 3-ply white (from white pearl) and cavities have been finished with shielding paint. I can’t find the color choices for version 1 models but I’m guessing the color is Daphne Blue, although it looks greenish-blue in some light. Sells new for $799. Get this beautiful one with a killer in-house set up for less. Just $549. Includes Fender deluxe gigbag and paperwork.

1981 MXR Stereo Chorus, Model No. 134.  This is the same model/era used by Randy Rhoads - a completely different animal than the 5-knob version with wall-wart build by Dunlop.  MXR closed their doors around 1984, with no more pedals being produced until Dunlop bought the licensing rights in '87 and began building reissues shortly after, although they're highly modified from the originals.  One of the great analog chorus units ever, and actually better than the Boss CE-2 in my opinion.  It sounds warm, lush, and natural.  Great for adding sparkle to clean-toned lead passages and for fattening chords.  Bottom plate is scratched up but the label is intact and overall very nice condition for 35 years and works perfectly.  $165. 

70's Univox Strat Case.  Offset waist design that's made specifically for Univox's Strat copy, though it will likely fit a Tele or others.  Nice vintage condition and hard to find original part for your prized Japanese Univox. $75.  

ca. 1938 Epiphone Electar F-Hole Flattop, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (sides), (pickup removed), (tailpiece/oddly located tone knob), (output jack/tailpiece back).  There's very little info on the web or in my books about this guitar other than Gruhn's book calls it an "Electar F-Hole Flattop (model name unknown)" and another sources indicated that it's possibly called an "Electar Model C".  Certain features, and Gruhn's book, date this to ca. '38, while provide.net dates it to a 1941.  I think there's more weight dating it to ca. '38.   It's a rather unique, important instrument, Epiphone's first electric and one of the earliest electric guitars made.  Although they made a number of lap steels under the Electar brand, it was their Spanish style guitars like this one, designed by Herb Sunshine, was technically superior to others.  Thanks largely to the tone control systems and, primarily, pickup design, these aren't primitive guitars at all, with a sound that's not unlike hollowbody guitars built decades later.  Many of the competing pickups were the "horseshoe" type, used by Rickenbacker and others and Epi even used the Horseshoe on some other models.  As you can see in this picture, the pickup was a massive bent steel design, curved at the top to rest parallel to the strings and inline with the fretboard, surrounded by a long oval bobbin, capped with a black cover.  Some interesting history regarding pickups in this era.  You'll notice the Miessner Inventions Inc. plate on the back of the headstock.  While everybody was working on various pickup designs in the early-mid 30's, Miessner's patents on designs to make a guitar louder were used as threats to every electric guitar maker, demanding that they pay a licensing fee for any guitar that used a pickup, generally, any device used to make a guitar louder.  Their bluff worked with Epiphone, Kay, and Vega, while other companies like National Dobro, Gibson, and Electro String/Rickenbacker banded together to challenge Miessner. Rickenbacker even had a earlier patent on their Frying Pan guitar!  Miessner backed off as it was too expensive to challenge them in courts.  Anyhow, some interesting history if you want to look around the web.  Features of this model include laminated maple body with 13 3/8" lower bout, flat top and back, 25.5" scale, 1 9/16" nut width, blade pickup in oblong housing, bound top and back, unbound neck with rosewood fretboard, body with rear plate for access to pickup and electronics, trapeze tailpiece with impressed "Epiphone" logo, black octagonal pointer knobs, dot inlays, originally finished in sunburst.  Note the Brazilian rosewood fretboard that extends past the body in traditional archtop fashion.  Rosewood bridge has a flat bottom to conform to the flat top and is original. Tuners are Kluson Deluxe and are not original and the pickup had low output so it was rewound by Kent Armstrong to the typical lower output of guitars of the era.  Obviously, the sunburst finish was removed and the guitar sports a thin finish, possibly shellac.  We suspect that it originally had an Electar logo plate but as they're impossible to find, we installed an Epi plate of the type used in the 30's.  The tone knob is located very close to the tailpiece but other Electars from this era have the same unusual location.  This guitar was far from playable when it came in but Martin did a great job restoring it, including binding work, cleaning up the frets, reconditioning the fretboard, and some real tech magic making this a wonderful playing guitar.  The binding is tight all around, with just four tiny gaps, and a 1 1/2" piece that was replaced.  Its small body carries a full scale, in fact, a 25.5" scale (Fender!) in a body size that's around the same as a Les Paul.  This guitar is a lot of fun to play and it has a cool, honky tone that lends itself to delta blues or early jazz.  Electronics work perfectly and it's a solid guitar, with no breaks or repairs.  For an imminently playable pre-war electric with lots of history, I think it's a great deal at $1299.  

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Humbucker. Double black bobbins plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. Excellent choice for neck position. $45.

Kahler Locking Nut for Floyd Rose. This is one of those Kahlers that mounts like a Floyd with two screws through the back of the neck. 1 5/8” width, string slots not worn, good shape. If you’ve ever priced small Kahler parts you know…just the locknut clamps go for $24/ea. Get this complete nut for just $30(HOLD-Wayne P 10/10).

OFF-HOLD: Sabine Solo SL-820 Digital Feedback Eliminator, (front/back). A must-have for players who are serious about acoustic amplification. 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 $295 ($369 list) but this one is "as new" in the box for less than half, just $139. If you want to say goodbye to feedback forever, without sacrificing tone, here's the answer. Full details - click here.

Sabian 15” Crash Cymbal. Top quality Canadian Sabian. Vintage model, pre AA-series. Other than needing some cleaner, it’s in perfect shape and a great sounding cymbal for $70.

Paiste Sound Formula 14” Heavy Hi Hats. Original run of the Sound Formula, ca. 2005, pre-Signature series, made in Germany, top quality hi-hats. Nice shape and just $175.

2000 Godin Radiator w/Upgrade, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics upgrade). Good enough for the pro player, for under $400! Godin offers top quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices. Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator. It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. Click here for a review by GuitarOne.com and here for Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.4 overall. One of my personal gripes with the stock Radiator is the lack of a pickup selector. Godin opts to skip the 3-way switch relying instead on individual volume knobs but if you want to go from bridge to neck quickly, forget it, you have to turn down the bridge knob and then turn up the neck knob. This guitar now has a CTS 3-way switch installed. More noteworthy, it has the entire electronics package from a Clapton/Buddy Guy Strat installed: volume, TBX control, and mid-boost knob - plus the circuit board. The 12dB TBX boost makes the pickups sound more like humbuckers, while the mid-boost (25dB!) adds a thick, rich tone that makes the guitar stand out in the mix. Cosmetically, knobs have been changed to a larger amp style knob, more accurate for fine-tuning settings, and the automotive type logo has been removed from the body. Stock features include chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, rock maple neck with maple fretboard, flat 12" radius, shorter 24 3/4" scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, Low-Noise Godin-Design single-coil pickups, Black Onyx finish. The single coil pickups sound very good and they're fairly quiet (Godin calls them "low noise") but keep in mind if you use the mid-boost they're not going to be as quiet if you use a higher gain amp setting. If you boost the mids by 12dB, keep in mind that you're also boosting the noise by 12dB. If you want the stock sound of the guitar, just put the TBX in the middle (center is detented) and roll the mid-boost knob all the way back. You probably won't use the mid boost all the time but it's easy to get hooked on the fat, harmonically rich sound and may find yourself using at least some boost on all your songs. Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck. This guitar is 3X more versatile than a stock model and it's easily good enough for professional use. New cost on these was $599, which is a bargain. It's rare that you come across a proline guitar for just $375. (Note: I have a stock Radiator in stock for $25 less)

Deering Boston Resonator Banjo, (close-up), (headstock), (front/back), (case).  On the heels of my Deering Black Diamond which recently sold, another fine Deering.   Even though the Boston is a fairly inexpensive banjo by Deering standards, the tone and playability are definitely first rate and are so far above any import that comparison isn't possible.  Spec's include mahogany neck & white-bound resonator, heavy steel rim which also functions as tone ring, 24-piece flange, ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, Gotoh guitar-style tuners with geared 5th string peg.  The Boston's drum assembly is a 3/16" thick steel rim, but it rings like a tone-ring.  Combined with the 24-piece flange, this steel rim design gives a remarkably loud and clear tone.  Also, it can be easily converted to an open back by removing the flange pieces and resonator.  Deering cases are the best I've ever seen and this case weighs around twice as much as the banjo itself.  If you've become frustrated with your playing ability - or lame tone - here's a fairly inexpensive way to upgrade both.  Sells new online for $1999 but get this nice used one for ½ price, just $999, offered in clean shape and pro set-up to perfection.  For details on the Boston Click here for Deering's site. 

Electro-Voice EV PLDK5 Drum Pack, (EV PL33), (EV PL35). New, factory sealed boxes. You don't have to spend a fortune piecing together pro quality mics for a drum kit. This EV kit can mic just about any drum kit and provide quality sound that won't drive your sound tech crazy trying to EQ out feedback caused by mics with a low gain before feedback or an unfriendly frequency response. This kit contains one PL33 dynamic supercardoid kick drum mic and four PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom/snare mics, complete with a quality, firm-exterior 600 Denier nylon gig bag with shoulder strap. The EV PL33 kick drum mic delivers tight, low-end and punctuation for kick drums and low frequency instruments, and the PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom and snare microphone, with its unique body design, integrated swivel and drum rim clamp is voiced for exceptionally natural tom and snare drum sounds. Its unique body design with the shaft at an angle eliminates the need for right-angle XLR connectors and minimizes cable clutter over the drum and under cymbals. Each one includes a DRC-1 snap-on drum rim clamp that mounts the mic directly to just about any brand drum rim. They're voiced for exceptionally natural tom and snare content, with superior isolation and a frequency response - 50 Hz - 16 kHz. The EV Gig Bag is firm and durable with 600 Denier nylon exterior Form cutouts for up to 10 PL drum mics, padded handle and shoulder strap, zippered rear compartment for sheet music, sticks, and accessories. This set has received great reviews in various publications and sites, such as this one on epinions.com. These had a list price of $775 and sold for $322-$459. If you're looking for EV quality at a no-name price here's a nice savings on this bundle, just $199 for the pack, which equates to under $40 per mic.

Soundcraft Notepad 124 and 124FX Mixers, (124), (124FX), (stock pic), (124/124FX Comparison). This fine British company has been one of the most respected names in professional live and studio decks for decades. With their new Notepad series you get the sound quality and engineering you've come to expect from Soundcraft. What sets them apart from the proliferation of budget mixers currently on the market is the quality of their components such as the acclaimed British GB30 mic preamps and GB30 3-band EQ technology. Unlike most other brands, they're not built with the cheapest parts on the market. The two models are basically identical except the 124FX has built-in digital effects which has a feed from every input and over 100 effects, including a pink noise and test setting. The FX control can also be used to set delay tap tempo, a feature not found in many mixers in this class. On the Notepad 124, the FX send is replaced by a standard AUX send with a dedicated output. Both models provide a recording output of the mix on RCA/Phono connectors as well as a stereo input for CD playback etc. Rather than list all the specs here, just check out Soundcraft.com - click here for the 124 and here for the 124FX. For the quality of these mixers, you can't beat them, new in the box. I’m out of the FX model but just $119 for the Notepad 124.

Graphtech and Tusq Saddles – Ferraglide, Tusq, and String Saver, (and more). Just got some more of these in. Tone enhancing and virtually eliminating string breakage. All are 2 3/16” string spacing for USA Fender style. Ferraglide and Tusq are center screw for vintage style Fenders; String Savers are offset screws for American Standards. All-Parts prices are $80, $54, and $54, respectively. Get your choice here for $47 Ferraglide, or $33 Tusq or String Saver. Note: We can build up a complete Strat bridge with steel block and steel or brass bass plate for $30-$50 more.

KGC Strat Bridge Plate and GFS Trem Blocks. KGC brushed brass bridge plates, $39/each, no name steel bridge plate $19, GFS steel trem blocks, $8/each.

Peterson Stomp Classic Tuner and Active DI, (pic2), (stock pic). We’ve been using the same Peterson tabletop tuner here for 13 years. It’s usually on 24 hours a day and it’s never had a single glitch or down time. They’re just great tuners. The Stomp Classic is their new strobe tuner, but it’s now offered as a pedal. Has the same Peterson speed and accuracy, but now it also offers true bypass and an active D.I., as well as USB connectivity. It features a handle if you want to use it as a mini-desktop unit. Features a very bright LCD screen for use in dark stage areas. Sells new for $199 but get this one, “as new” in the box, for just $135.

OFF-HOLD: 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 $1199.

Callaham Vintage Strat Bridge Assembly. Precision machined steel by the best guys in the business. Vintage spacing 2 7/32” at both the string holes and mounting holes. Fits ’54 to ’69 Fender, any USA Vintage reissue, Clapton, Mex/MIJ reissues, Hwy 1 through ‘05, Roadworn, and many others. Used but works perfectly. $85(SOLD-Carl B local 11/26/19).

Hipshot 6-in-line Locking Tuners with UMP, (pic2). New, never installed. The solution for replacement tuners without modifying your guitar. The universal mounting plate (UMP) means no extraneous holes in your headstock. Includes 6 staggered height tuners (no string tree needed) and all UMP parts. These are $81 from Hipshot but I have two new sets for just $49/set.

Warmoth ’62 Fender Strat Neck, (headstock). Great choice for your vintage Strat project. Nearly vintage, this '89 Warmoth neck a 22-fret C-shape, perhaps slightly slimmer profile than a Fender American Standard with about the same depth at the first fret and 12th fret. The Pau Ferro fretboard is beautifully figured, resembling Brazilian in its color contrast. It is finished in nitrocellulose and has a Warmoth compound radius, 6150 wide/slightly tall frets, lightly figured maple with highly figured Pau Ferro fretboard, clay dots, single string tree and a graphite nut. Includes vintage tuners, 50's style string tree and pro-installed 1962 logo with 3 patent numbers. Barely used and a high quality complete neck for $225.

Seymour Duncan Strat Hot Rails SHR-1b. One of the most popular bridge humbuckers for Strats. 4-conductor for wiring humbucker/single coil combinations. Wire is cut to proper length for bridge position. Ceramic magnets, 16.6K output that’s perfect for rock/metal. Sells new for $85; this one’s clean in the box for $49.

EMG HZ H4/4A Set.  A number of years ago EMG developed these passive humbuckers as an alternative to their active series.  Like the 81/85 set, the H4/H4A set uses gold and silver logos to identify the model and they look identical to the active sets from the front.  The H4's combine the power of an 81/85 set with the soul and response of a passive PAF.  Delivers a well balanced tone, with tight bass, glassy mids, and crunchy highs.  The H4 is most often used in the bridge position where it shines with excellent range, responsiveness and sweet harmonics.  It uses EMG's exclusive 5-wire quick-connect output which allows for multiple wiring combinations, fully shielded for  reduced noise.  These sold online for $69/each but get this clean PAIR for the same price.  $69/pair.  

EMG HZ H3 Set.  Similar characteristics to the H4 set above, just a previous generation.  Very clean shape and an inexpensive upgrade, without having to change your pots, for your dual humbucker guitar.  Uses EMG's exclusive 5-wire quick-connect output which allows for multiple wiring combinations, fully shielded for reduced noise.  $59/pair.

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.  

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 $2399.  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.

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.

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.

NOS 2004 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 back in ’04 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.

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.

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.

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 perfct 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.

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Joe 1/14/19).

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.

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(HOLD-Kevin K 8/6/19) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. $12.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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(SOLD-Geo M 5/23)

PRS McCarty Treble. Nickel cover. $59

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. 

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.

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(HOLD-Joe R 1/15).

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.

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.

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)

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. 

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.

JBL E120 and EV Force 12” Speaker, (back). (JBL is sold) Heavy magnet and 150W handling is a great choice for high volume applications. $75 for the Force

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vintage Gretsch Case, (pic2). I’m not sure what model it’s made for but it’s made for a thinline hollowbody and appears to be around an ES-335 size. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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

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

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.

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.

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.

2015 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H  – Metallic Black, (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.

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. Here’s a demo of the 6V6 cousin, the 6VA (Click here) and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).  Nice early American Series Tele. 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.

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 D-shape, a little more shallow (with a little more shoulders) than a modern USA 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.

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.

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.

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 17+ 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.

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.  

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 G5620T 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 $350. Nice shape; works perfectly.

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.

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.  

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.

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(HOLD-Santos M 5/10) for this very cool Strat.

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!

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. Depending on when you buy this I might be able to include an original Esprit case (pic). If not, a top of the line Chris’s Guitars gigbag. 

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 baby 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 many 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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(HOLD-Andy 4/4/19).

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. 

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.  

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.

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, similar to Candy Apple Red, 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(HOLD-Rob L 8/14) includes gigbag.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (SOLD); or vintage (4th week, 1966) Jensen 8 ohm Alnico which has zero hours on a pro recone. Priced at $100/each (Greenback was sold).

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 might also have the original compact sustainer, the CS-1 if you’re interested.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Square Reader Credit Card Swipe and PayPal Swipe. Get one of each for $25, including Priority Mail shipping. I got a deal on 3 sets and just want to keep one of each. $25/shipped gets a Square Reader PLUS a PayPal Swipe.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.  $95(HOLD-Frank M 12/6)

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, (bottom) 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. Built on 9/9/09 and signed/dated on the exterior of the bottom plate by Bob in silver pen. Serial is US039 so this is a very early one. 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. Includes original box.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Charles L 2/6). 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.

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.

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(HOLD-Sean R 2/8/19). 

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(HOLD-Justin 7/12).

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here are a few pickups for today.

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.

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 $30 to $65 (including parts & labor), depending on the style of installation.  This is a very nice Strat and...did I mention...just 7.2 lbs.

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(HOLD-Andy 4/11).  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.

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.

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, effects blend knob, limiter with a “pull defeat”, master volume, and headphone out, and speaker on/off switch. It has a rugged carpet covering with thick plastic corners and side handle. Was a $599 retail back in the day and this is a sweet deal on a NOS example that sounds great for $249.

Neck – GPC “Joe Queer Model”, (back), (headstock), (sample cert.). Not many people are familiar with GPC guitars, but it was a fairly small company founded by Flav Giorgini that built guitars ’99 through ’04. Flav specialized in signature models for independent artists with a loyal following. Joe Queer has been a noted punk guitarist for The Queers, and Drunken Cholos. Other artists in the stable of signature models included Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), and Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love). The Joe Queer model was apparently a limited run of 50, going by the certificate image I found on the web and was apparently a Strat style (example shown). More info is available on the GPC Facebook page here. This neck is in clean shape with no fret wear and should set up very well on a body; even has some moderate flame in back. Joe Queer fans will delight in this neck that’s only $179.

Keeley Fuzz Head. Out of production as of last month, the Fuzz Head is a combination overdrive/fuzz box. It’s designed to work like the classic Fuzz Face, which is frequently used as simply a cool lead boost. Unlike the original Fuzz Face, the Fuzz Head isn’t muddy, has excellent note definition, and better sustain. Similarly it’s more transparent than most OD’s with a better frequency response. Was $209 during production; this one’s $145.

TC Electronic Arena Reverb Pedal, (back). A take on TC’s successful TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, featuring four exclusive toneprints that were custom-modeled after classic reverbs, including TC’s Cathedral, Hall, Room and Spring Reverbs. Each customized toneprint captures the original’s spaciousness, boldness, versatility, dynamics, and creaminess. Has 10 reverb types with stereo in/out, true bypass, analog dry-through for maximum tonal integrity and clarity, intuitive Decay, Tone & Level controls, small footprint, high-quality components, and rugged, road-ready design. $149 new; this clean used one’s just $99(Tent. Hold – 2/19).

Vox Satchuator Distortion. If you like the tone of Joe Satriani, this pedal will make you sound just like him, and possibly play better too. Features controls for Gain, Tone and Volume; 'More' gain boost switch enables two footswitchable distortion sounds in one pedal. This gain boost is dramatic when gain knob is set low, and is a subtle solo boost when gain knob is set to maximum. It also features a 'Pad' switch pads down input to allow for high gain pedals (such as modern wahs) placed before Satchurator. Clean shape in the box for just $69.

Loop-Master ABC Loop Switcher w/Master Bypass and Tuner Out, (back). Loop-Master specializes in building loop/switcher pedals and they do a great job. At a size that’s just 10”X2.2”X1.6”, this can make your pedalboard much easier to navigate. This pedal is for players looking to use three effects or three banks of effects and want to play through ONLY ONE effect or bank at any time, while stepping on bypass puts you straight to your amp again. 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. Click here for more info. Sells new for $130; this one’s perfect and just $89.

EVEN MORE GUITAR SYNTH SPECIALS (See a few items lower for Roland GR synth units to go with the guitars).

MORE ROLAND GUITAR SYNTH GEAR – I have several guitars with the compatible RMC technology built in including Brian Moore, Godins (both nylon and steel string models), and perhaps a Strat, or buy the optional GK3 pickup and convert any guitar to synth-ready.

Roland GR-30 Guitar Synth, (patch bay), (manual).  I've had around 6 different Roland guitar synths and for me this is the best.  The sounds are superb, the tracking fast and accurate, and most of all, it's simple to get around on.  Simple one-cable hook-up from a GR-equipped guitar like the Godin ACS below and you have all your acoustic, electric, and synth tones working, going through a single amp.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's to check out, here's one.  I will include a 20' RMC cable, plus manual and power supply. Nice unit for just $229.

Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer, (GR-20 Close-up), (GR-20 back panel), (stock pic).  Like the GR-30 above, the GR-20 combines analog-digital converter, synth, and effects, all in one unit.  It's extremely easy to use.  I opened the manual only to see which jack to plug the guitar into and I was up and running - just select a sound category ((Strings, Organ, Brass, etc.).  As I noted a string that required a more precise pick attack than the others I opened the manual and quickly found out how to set each string's signal strength, boosted that signal, and everything was perfect.  This unit is much better than the earlier GR-30 and similar to the GR-33, except with less tweaking ability on the patches. Some of the advanced features might require more reading but if you just want to play guitar and synth patches, you'll have everything set up in minutes.  With 469 built-in sounds, you'll find the right sound for each song, and the tracking is far superior to anything I've ever used before.  For once, I can't play faster than the synth.  Rather than write a long description, click here for Roland's site.  Here's a good overview of the unit on YouTube (link).  Originally sold for $729, bundled with the GK pickup.  I can't imagine anything that will give you more power and versatility, while sounding great, for just $279.  Includes manual, power supply, and GR cable that connects the GR to your guitar.

Roland GK3 Synth Pickup. For use with any Roland GR system such as the GR-20 and GR-30 above. Exceptional tracking, easy mounting. Includes all accessories shown. $99(Tent Hold – Charlie 1/7).

Suzuki Model 70 Classical, (front), (back), (headstock back). Good quality ca. 60’s classical from Japan. I can’t find a lot of info about this model other than one site said the 10-numbered series were named according to price, i.e. Model 30 was 30,000 yen, Model 70 was 70,000 yen, etc. Has some nice touches like parquet strip and double-carved headstock tip. Top appears to be spruce with a vintage tint, back and sides appear to be nato, with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Just set up with a new set of stings and playing very nicely. If you’re looking at Indonesian or Chinese classical, I think this is a much better guitar at a comparable price that’s obviously built to last. Excellent choice for a beginner classical at $175. Include a new Fender deluxe classical gigbag for $29 if desired.

Ibanez TS7 Tubescreamer, (pic2). The Ibanez Tone-Lok Series wasn’t a huge success but they had some cool ideas and they’re a bargain on the used market. All of them feature standard knob layouts, with an extra switch included which in the case of the TS7 activates a hotter output, making the ‘Screamer really scream. Good sounding pedal that emulates the tone of a vintage tube amp fairly well, plus a lot more gain in the hot mode. Like all Tone-Lok’s, knobs can be recessed to keep them out of the way – just set them and press them into the pedal casing. Nice shape in the box and just $35.

Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker. Made especially for bridge position for hard rock and metal, the SH-13 features powerful ceramic magnet coupled and stainless steel blades. Built with a small amount of metal mass in the core which contributes to its high output, 16.86k. Dimebag Darrel used this pickup along with a ’59 in the neck, which we can also provide. These run $95 new, or get this one for $59.

Seymour Duncan SHR-1n Vintage Rails. Newer model with circuit board on bottom. Made for middle/neck position of a Strat with a high output of 10.65k so it can also be used in the bridge if you want something tamer than the Hot Rails. 4-conductor wiring which lets you retain 4 vintage single coil tones with one humbucker tone. $45.

MXL V63M Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics, (pic2). From my “forgotten storeroom” in Maryland I came across three of these. If you do any recording, the #2 item, after buying your recording deck, is a large diaphragm condenser. The V63M is perfect for the home studio enthusiast as it handles vocals and ambient acoustic sounds very well, at a fraction of the cost of Neumann, AKG, and Sennheiser. It features a 1" diameter/6-micron-thick diaphragm that delivers commendable high sensitivity and detail. It’s wired with Mogami wire adding improved clarity and has a balanced, transformerless output for lower noise. It features the standard cardioids pickup pattern with a 30Hz-20Hz response and is encased in a heavy brass enclosure. It requires phantom power, but 98% of recording/pa decks that have that built in. For an insanely high retail price of $299, these are good values at $65. Includes stand mount pictured.

1996 Taylor 410K Koa Dreadnought, (front), (headstock back), (back), (side), (case label). Enjoy the beautiful tone of koa and spruce for around the same price as a saple. Taylors were the first acoustics that were made to play as easily as electrics, with low action and a thinner profile neck that hadn’t previously been used on flattops.  The 410K is appointed with bound body, multi-piece soundhole rosette, inlaid logo, Koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fretboard, and tone enhancing satin finish throughout.  Koa wood is prized both for it’s beauty and tonal properties, which has the brightness and fast attack of maple, with a warmer sound overall. This one also has a very solid bass response, similar to what you’d expect from rosewood. Being a older model, this one doesn't have the NT finger joint near the headstock and the neck and headstock are from one piece of wood.  Original case for this guitar would have been the molded plastic case that Taylor tried for 2 years but you’ll be happy to know it’s been upgraded to the pink-lined luggage (aka “poodle”) case that most players feel is the best case Taylor ever used. This is an exceptionally nice sounding guitar with a fantastic set up and the best value I’ve seen on a koa Taylor. $1099 includes luggage case pictured.

Korg PME40 Effects. Just got in a few that I always seem to be running out of including the KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay $79; KPH-401 Phaser $75, and KDC-601 Digital Chorus $69.

Korg PME40 Effects w/modded input jack. This one was pro modded for the stage with a heavy duty input box added to the right side. Effects include Compressor, Analog Delay, Overdrive, and Chorus. $299 takes it all, but you can substitute effects for a higher or lower price depending on what you need.

Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere MK II, (top), (back). One of the best Leslie simulators - for guitar or keyboard.  If you're not capable of lifting 200 lbs. and don't have enough room in the van for a real Leslie, the Rotosphere Mk II very closely nails the tone at a fraction of the size and weight of the real thing.  Very highly regarded by guitarists and keyboardists, this unit features a warm and natural sounding stereo rotary cabinet with tube saturation in one pedal.  It features two rotation speeds and authentic sounding deceleration & acceleration effects with a spectrum ranging from clean to sizzling rock scream when you burn in the 12AX7 tube.  Its stereo mode isn't required but when used it really shines, emulating the dynamics of a real Leslie.  Effects are simply Rotary and Drive, with Bypass (true bypass by the way), Breaker (slowly locks into "stop" mode, always returning to the same "spot"), Slow-Fast Mode, and switch for guitar/keys. Click here for a guitar demo, and here for a quickie organ demo. Includes original box, power supply and manual. The MK II sold at discount for $589 but this one's barely used and $240 cheaper at $349. 

2000 Ibanez Japan Soundgear SR800 Bass – Gray Nickel, (front), (headstock back serial), (back), (controls), (pickups), (case).  Starting in ’91 the SR800 served as one of Ibanez Soundgear’s finest basses. Superbly designed and crafted in Japan, it provides the ultimate in tone and comfort.  Features include basswood body, Accucast B20 bridge, 24-fret fingerboard, and active electronics. During the later years, as on the 2000 model, Ibanez upgraded their pickups to AFR active pickups and electronics, including the P/J pickup set, volume, pickup blend, bass cut/boost, treble cut/boost, and a parametric mid with frequency control/cut-boost. With this electronics suite you’re capable of dialing in virtually any tone that you want. Ibanez' popular Soundgear line has been around since '87 and their nicer ones, such as this Japanese SR800, are the choice of many pro players, musicians who can afford to play any bass they choose.  With the low impedance P/J combination and excellent sounding EQ, this bass can do the fat P-bass tone, the J-bass tone that jumps out of the mix, with great power and no noise.  Cosmetically it’s in excellent condition with an excellent setup and quality tone and resonance.  This was a fairly high end bass, with the last list price of $900.  I consider it a pro quality bass for the price of a beginner/intermediate at just $379 with gigbag, or substitute the SKB Freedom case pictured for $45 more.

Fender Esprit/Flame Pickup Set, (back). Fairly rare pickups, used only on the short-lived Fender Master Series Esprit and Flame guitars. One other model, the Contemporary Strat Deluxe (shown here) which came as both an HH and HSS model, also used these pickups. Nice shape with screws, shafts, and springs, and full length leads. If you need a pair of these two restore your $1500 ‘85/’86 Esprit or Flame, they can be hard to find as I once discovered. I found a guy who had some of them when I needed one a few years ago. I offered him $100 and kept upping the offer, before backing out at $175 for just one pickup. You can have this pair for the same price. $175/pair.

1997 Washburn J9 "Washington" G Thinline Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (appointments), Just back from a minor finish repair job. This is a fairly rare model, produced only from '97-'99 in the "G"" model, i.e. Gold hardware.  Washburn builds some very good quality archtops and these older Korean models are superior to current models and blow away any of the plethora of Chinese guitars on the market today.  Quality hardware, good electronics, and remarkably nice fit and finish make this one of the best values I've come across recently.  Features include single rounded cutaway hollowbody, arched maple top, bound body two f-holes, maple back/sides, maple neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split rectangle abalone inlay, adjustable tune-o-matic bridge/metal ´W´ trapeze tailpiece, bound blackface peghead with abalone diamond/W/logo inlay, 3-per-side Grover tuners, raised black pickguard, two humbucker pickups, dual volume and tone controls,  three-position switch, and gold hardware.  The design is somewhere between a hollowbody and a semi-hollow, as it does have a block under the bridge, but it doesn't run the entire length of the body, but it's enough to eliminate the feedback problems most hollowbodies have.  Here are some reviews at Harmony-Central (4 of 5 stars); and some video's on YouTube (link surf music) and this one, restaurata e settata da Luigi Buono liutaio presso Centro Chitarre Napoli.   Overall this guitar is in very nice shape, other than moderate some wear to the gold hardware and has seen very little use in nearly 15 years.  It did experience a boo-boo in the finish on the bottom side, which Martin has stabilized (shown here). Not a $200 job but it was just chipped finish so it’s not going to be an issue. This guitar has a very solid feel, fingers effortlessly, an would make an excellent choice for jazz, Rockabilly, or Standards - pretty much whatever you use a Gretsch Chet Atkins for.  This was a pricey model, listing for $1050 in late 90's dollars, and that's without the optional case.  This beauty plays fantastic, sounds great, even with the stock pickups, and is one lovely thinline - all for $439, which is $200 less than it sold for before the little finish ding AND includes a proper Washburn case (pic).

·       dbx DB12 Active Direct Box, (pic2). What player doesn’t want a quality direct box? When it comes to DI's, don't buy the cheapest one you can find; there IS a difference.  The DB12 employs custom dbx mu-metal-shielded audio transformers, Gold-plated Neutrik XLR Connector connectors, and low-noise circuitry to provide a transparent, strong signal to your amp or mixing/recording deck.  A 20/40dB pad switch accommodates instrument, line, and even speaker level signals.  It also has a polarity invert switch to set the phase relationship between the direct and mic'd sound, LED power light, flat/high cut filter switch, 48V phantom power direct from your mixer, and unique design to allow stacking units on top of each other.  Don't confuse this with the DB10, which is dbx's passive DI, the DB12 lists for $179 and sells online for $99.  Our special price is $69, including shipping. 

·       Electro-voice EV PL44 Vocal Mics (click to enlarge)All I want for Christmas is a vocal mic… EV's PL series has been around a long time.  The PL80 and 88 were some of our best selling mics back in my retail days in the 80's.  These PL44's are better than the 80's of yesteryear and are some of the best vocal mic's on the market for the money.  They feature supercardioid pattern with excellent feedback rejection and deliver a tight low end, smooth mid range, and crisp highs that are usually reserved for condenser models.  Compare this to mics at 2X the cost and chances are the PL44 will win almost every comparison.  With a list of $165, these are available on Amazon for $108.95, but these are new in the box and a nice deal at $69.99, including shipping.  Includes mic clip and case. 

·       Electro-Voice EV PLDK5 Drum Pack, (EV PL33), (EV PL35).  You don't have to spend a fortune piecing together pro quality mics for a drum kit. This EV kit can mic just about any drum kit and provide quality sound that won't drive your sound tech crazy trying to EQ out feedback caused by mics with a low gain before feedback or an unfriendly frequency response.  This kit contains one PL33 dynamic supercardoid kick drum mic and four PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom/snare mics, complete with a quality, firm-exterior 600 Denier nylon gig bag with shoulder strap. The EV Gig Bag is firm and durable with 600 Denier nylon exterior Form cutouts for up to 10 PL drum mics, padded handle and shoulder strap,  zippered rear compartment for sheet music, sticks, and accessories.  This set has received great reviews in various publications and sites, such as this one on epinions.com.  With a list price of $775, these sold for $322-$459.  If you're looking for EV quality at a no-name price here's a nice savings on this bundle, just $225 for the pack, including shipping.

Ca. 1966 Magnatone Custom M15 Stereo Combo, (side), (back), (panel), (panel-detail). These are great sounding amps and real sleepers on the vintage market in my opinion. After decades of being ignored, non-Fender amps finally started appreciating around a decade ago and while a Gibson, Magnatone, Valco, etc., may never get the money of a blackface Fender from the same era, they're so undervalued that most vintage experts know that most have definite growth potential. More importantly, amps like this sound great, and can be had for a price that doesn't hurt. The Custom M15 is one of the cooler amps of this era, built when companies weren't afraid to try anything, like this “Royalite” thermoplastic case. Unlike Fender, which has never made a true vibrato (pitch shifting) amp, Magnatone built amps with real vibrato and the effect is stunning. Additionally, the M15, is a true stereo amplifier, with dual output transformers and twin 8" Alnico speakers, four 7189As power tubes (two matched sets), and two phase inverter 12AU7A tubes. It is equipped with stereo output channels (not just two input channels). Each input channel has its own pre-amp, and both of these signals are equally mixed together on both output sections. There is Stereo vibrato, but it only applies to the signal from Channel No.1 input. That signal is send to two different vibrato units, which each go to one of the two output sections. Confused? The Stereo vibrato switch, in mono mode makes the two vibrato units modulate at the same frequency, and in "out of phase" frequencies in stereo mode. If vibrato was simply ON or OFF, the two vibratos, in stereo mode, might cancel each other out, however herein lies the magic. The Magnatone vibrato is the varistor. These magic varistors rise and fall at a much slow rate, so the rise and falls of the two output of phase vibratos never match up perfectly enough to cause complete cancellation. This unique vibrato circuit was used by Magnatone, who called it "Stereo F.M. Vibrato." Controls are (L to R): two sets inputs with a stereo input jack between them, each input with volume, treble, and bass controls, a contour switch and a pair of input jacks. Next is the four control vibrato section and foot switch jack, followed by a single reverb control and foot switch jack. At the far right is the power switch and output speaker switch with left and right speaker output jacks. Power output is listed as 2X38 watts “peak”, which probably equates to around 12-15 watts X2. This amp uses a bunch of tubes, around 13 total including four 7189A power, three 12AX7 preamp, two 6GW8 reverb, three 12AU7 and a 12DW7 vibrato, two 12AU7 phase inverters. There were several design changes that took place on these amps between ’63 and ’65. I’ve done my best to accurately reflect the design aspects of this amp but apologize in advance if there are any inaccuracies. Most of the information above came from a fantastic vintage Magnatone site, MagnatoneAmps.com. This is a very good sounding amp with some of the coolest effects I’ve heard on an old tube amp. It works well, although could probably use some minor tweaking/cleaning. It was last gone over by Jeff Bober, who owned Budda at the time, back in ’95 (see the “JB” in the pic of the back). It’s a heavy amp and I’d estimate shipping to be around $75. I will guarantee that you’ll be the only kid in the band with this baby and probably have a blast playing it. I think it’s a steal at $650.

1997 Parker Nitefly NFV2, (front), (back), (headstock back), (bridge/controls).  Beautiful USA Nitefly with many of the benefits found on the high-end Fly Classic, but with a maple body and bolt-on neck.  Other features include: Custom DiMarzio pickups in HSS configuration, basswood neck, 22 stainless steel frets, 25.5” scale, Sperzel tuners, and aluminum vibrato bridge with stainless steel saddles, Fishman passive Piezo system for acoustic tones.  Uses a Y-cord to run acoustic and electric pickups to separate amps, or just run a standard cable for electric tones only.  Parkers are known as one of the best ergonomically-designed guitars ever with design features that were decades ahead of their time and it's an extremely comfortable guitar to strap on and play.   Controls include a 3-way to switch between Piezo out, magnetic pickups out, or blend.  Has separate knobs for magnetic volume, magnetic tone, and Piezo volume.  All original other than neck pickup upgraded to DiMarzio Area ’67. Excellent set-up and quality electric tones via the DiMario’s; fairly authentic acoustic tones via the Fishman system. Overall very clean shape and a good value on an American Parker at $739. Includes a quality gigbag and trem arm.

Vintage Star Guitars Brass Bridge.  Quality high-end bridge from the 70's and 80's, used Alembic and other high end guitars, or as upgrades for Gibson Tune-o-matic and similar.  These are genuine machined brass, not the cheaper cast, and they don't suffer from saddle movement and contribute to improved sustain and accurate intonation.  This one has the saddle slots already professionally filed so it's drop in ready.  These can sell for over $100 (Ebay ex.), frequently in lesser condition.  Note many around and this one's complete and in nice shape for $79. 

SolidSound Multi-Effect Gigbag, (pic2).  Well padded, with exterior compartment.  Interior approx. 10" X 24".  Can also be used for a small midi keyboard.  $22.  

Seymour Duncan Red&Black JB Bridge Pickup.  Rare SH-4 JB with black and red bobbins.  All specs are the same as a regular JB, which is Duncan's most popular bridge humbucker.  Nice shape, 4-conductor wire for split coil operation, $59. 

Xotic RC Booster.  From Xotic Effects USA, comes one of the best boosters on the market, touted for its having NO character at all.  Their ads in Vintage Guitar magazine has quotes from some of the foremost players who use this unit including Brad Paisley, Scott Henderson, Johnny A, and Greg Howe, with many of these guys leaving video comments (click here) for the RC Booster.  Its bass and treble controls make it more versatile than most boosters but it's claim to fame is a lot fatter tone without getting gained out.  A few minor rubs and velcro on bottom but overall nice shape.  These are $168 new; this one's $115.  

Boss TU-3 Tuner and Power SupplyPowers 7 Boss pedals with a Boss PCS-20A cable.  The TU-3 replaces Boss's TU-2 as the most popular guitar tuner with new enhancements making it better than ever.  For the price, you can't get a better stage tuner - very easy to read and inconspicuously located in your pedalboard so you can tune while facing the audience.  It features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode to use during outdoor glare.  You can choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes, now with 7-string guitar and 6-string bass Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps.  Click here for specs from BossUS.  In typical used condition with velcro on bottom, works perfectly, and 1/2 price of a new one at $49. 

1956 Fretted Instrument News, (pic2).  20 pages.  Trade magazine which came out every other month and specializes in guitars and other stringed instruments.  Plenty of articles and interviews but I love these for the old ads.  Nice shape.  $24.

1965 Fretts Magazine, (pic2).  Notice this is "Fretts", with two S's - not the same as the Frets mag that was popular in the 70's and beyond.  Lots of cool old ads, Fender's "new" Electric 12 appears in industry news section.  20 pages, nice shape other than a little pencil writing on front cover.  Inside subscription card still intact.  $24.  

RJM Effects Rat Clone, (pic2).  Don't know a lot about this pedal other than it was a custom build by RJM USA Effects to deliver the tone of an old Proco Rat and uses the same LM 308N chip as the Rat.  I don't have a Rat to compare it to but it goes from very mellow to a harsh MXR Super Dist.  Well built for the road.  $49.  

Boss DS-1 Distortion w/Mod.  This has the very basic diode clip mod, which any DIY'er can do.  Makes it a better pedal as it adds volume and removes the harshness that these tend to have.  Nice shape.  $35.  

1960's Fender Telecaster Body ??, (back), (front side), (orig. blonde cavity), (routing), (compare '67 "Smuggler" Tele).  I've been hanging onto this body for a long time.  I bought it at the Philly guitar show in the late 90's and at the time it was a complete guitar, with a Fender neck with trans logo, one original pickup, and replaced pots.  I needed the neck for another guitar and the other parts have since been used, sold, or lost.  What remains is this Dakota Red refinished body, complete with a huge route under the pickguard, much like the rare '67 Tele's known as "smugglers" due to the extra "storage" area under the pickguard.  Some say it got the name because guys used to smuggle pot in the route, but the bottom line was Fender tried this as a means of weight relieving and/or tonal differences of chambering.  It was originally a blonde finish, as shown in the bridge pickup cavity but at some point received a pro refinish in Dakota.  It hasn't been wrapped up so there might be some light shop scratches but is overall in very clean condition.  If you want to put together a 60's vintage Tele without spending $3K on a clean original body, this one will do nicely...and you'll have space to smuggle some stuff.  $399 for this one.  

Mooer Trelicopter tremolo pedal, (pic2).  Same basic specs as the ShimVerb pedal above.  The Trelicopter is a classic optical tremolo with huge range of speeds and depths; bias knob brings various color of the tremolo sound.  Here's a YouTube demo (link).  Sells new for $88 but this one's "as new" in the box for $59.  

Johnson J-Station, (pic2),  (detail - illuminated front panel). Once upon a time, Johnson and Line 6 (POD) were battling it out - along the lines of VHS and Betamax - each with it's own strengths but largely, both excellent sounding units. In the end, Johnson lost, but I'll hold the J-Station up to a POD any day. Largely the same selection of effects and amp modeling, but on the J-Station I much prefer the built-in acoustic simulator and the 12-string simulator. All the other effects are a toss-up in my opinion - they're both very good. Bottom line: This is very nice unit that can do it all in the studio or it also is excellent for stage use - and is very easy to get around on. For the price of a single stop box, you can have 'em all.  $69 includes box, manual, and power supply.  

Acoustic AG120S or AG60 Acoustic Amps, (tilt back), (panel), (effects), (top), (back  back panel).  Features of these two amps are the same, with the only difference being the AG120S is a stereo amp with two 60-watt amps while the AG60 is mono with just a single 60-watt amp.  Made specifically for solo artists and groups, these are dual-purpose, amplifying both your instrument and voice.  They're two-channel preamps with both channels having dual inputs (4 inputs total), all of which are "combo" jacks -- each jack accepts both 1/4'" and XLR balanced input.  You can plug your guitar(s) into one channel and mic(s) into the other.  You have individual channel volume controls so you can set a different level for up to four mics/guitars.  In addition, you get peak indicator lights that warn you when your signal is too hot.  Each channel has a 3-band EQs with a sweepable mid which is crucial to eliminating mid-range howl some acoustic guitars are prone to.  Each channel also has its own selectable effects unit with 16 stereo effects, including reverbs, delays and choruses, and each with its own effects level control, to dial in just the right amount.  You might want, for instance, just a little chorus/reverb on your guitar, and a lot of digital delay on your voice.  There is also a master volume to control the overall output of amp.  In addition, there is an Aux input for plugging in an MP3 or CD player (has its own Volume control), as well as a headphone out for private practice (speakers are disengaged when used).  The rear panel features an effects loop for adding external effects -- with or without engaging the amps, as well as stereo line outs, both XLR and 1/4", to send your sound directly to the mixing board.  Its wedge shaped design allows you to project the sound upwards toward your head, or tilt it up for normal straight projection.  Mounted in the tuned cabinet are a pair of 8" coaxial speakers have built in tweeters for excellent mid- and low-frequency response as well as sparkling highs.  Manuals are viewable at Acoustic's site here (60) and here (120S).  Both of these are new-old-stock, but only the AG60 comes in original box.  Recently discontinued, the list price on the AG60 was $699, while the AG120S was $999.  If you're looking for a good sounding all-in-one PA system, these are hard to beat at better than 55% off list.  Just $299 for the AG60, $399 for the AG120S.  

Boss DR-202 Dr. Groove, (back). The DR-202 is a compact, easy-to-use rhythm machine developed exclusively for groove/dance music production: hip-hop, techno, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, trip hop, Latin and more. It features 24-voice polyphony, 256 drum and bass sounds, 128 preset drum kits, 400 preset patterns, 64 user drum kits, 100 user patterns. Among them you'll find classic Roland TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303 sounds, vinyl sounds, Lo-Fi drum samples, various synth basses, sound effects and more. It has a 3-track sequencer: rhythm track, bass track, external source track for sampler or other MIDI device; Rhythm Mute function for break-downs and drop-outs; Reverb / Delay and Flanger knobs for realtime effects control cutoff, Resonance and Decay knobs for instant tweaking of individual instrument sounds; Tap Tempo control for realtime BPM adjustment; built-in Low Boost/Low Cut control. Control changes can be output via MIDI; can also be used as 24-voice MIDI sound module and uses battery or AC power (power supply included).  Knowing that most of our customers are guitarists, let me point out that one of the most useful purposes for this unit is producing good sounding back tracks you can practice leads and rhythm over.  Just set up your drum beat and bass lines and jam to your heart's content.  Whether you use presets, or lay down your own tracks, it's great for upping the tempo in small increments, until you're playing at your goal speed.  There are loads of YouTube demos and performances, click here for one.  For full specs check out BossUS here.  Manual is available online at links such as this one.  It had a $500 list price back when it was in production and these sounds never seem to get old.  Works perfectly and a cool unit for practice, DJ work, or the studio for $125.  Includes Boss power supply.  

2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster V-Neck 2-Tone Sunburst with Jumbo Frets, (front), (back), (headstock), (deluxe features), (trem), (case).  Mint condition - in nicely figured 2-tone Sunburst and for players who like more meat on their frets than the stock a Fender there's slightly larger fret wire (106X47), which are lower and wider than the usual tall/skinny jumbo's used on many refrets.  When we got this in it was in immaculate condition, but the original owner liked the feel of a Gibson fretless wonder Les Paul and had the frets filed down considerably.  Since we couldn't get our typically superb setup with the frets that low Martin just went ahead and refretted the entire neck.  It now plays fantastic and will appeal to more players.  This is only the second of the new American Deluxe's I've had, now with the new SCN N3 pickups, and I'm impressed.  The V-Neck has less shoulders than the regular C-shape, much more like mid-late 50's model.  In addition to the N3's, other deluxe appointments include Fender locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo, rounded heel for easy access to the top frets, polished chrome bridge with "pop-in" trem arm, and S-1 switch (switching options).  Another new feature is the compound radius fretboard which goes from 9.5" at the first fret to a flatter 14" at the top fret, which lets you form chords easily on the steeper curve of the lower frets, while the flatter upper frets are perfect for shredding, bending, and or soloing in general.  The Deluxe comes equipped with SCN N3 pickups are the latest and greatest from Fender for creating warm tone and responsive bite, a genuine vintage tone, but without the noise.  Other than the original owner's odd choice on the frets it looks like he never played this guitar and the factory plastic is even on the pickguard.  With a new one selling for $1699, why not save $550 and get this flawless beauty for just $1149.  Includes Fender case with ATA latches, trem bar, Fender strap, and Fender cable.

2013 Carvin Allan Holdsworth HH2, (front), (back - full), (back), (headstock/bridge), (gigbag and box).   "As new", unplayed condition.  For years a Carvin endorser with his own H2 and HF2 signature models, Allan challenged the custom shop at Carvin to built him a more compact version, something that would fit in the overhead compartment.  The result was this new HH2 headless model.  Headless guitars, made famous by Steinberger, have been around since the 80's but this model was engineered by Carvin from the ground up and unlike the original Steinbergers, it's made of real wood, not composites, so it sounds like a traditional guitar.  They use a chambered alder body made from alder, with a premium white birch cap, which combine for a nice tone, plus a nice light weight (5.1 lbs.).  The neck is made from Eastern hardrock maple, with an ebony fretboard, super flat 20" radius, in a 25.5" scale with 24 stainless steel frets which last forever.   Carvin's "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the lower cutaway and minimal neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret.  The JCustom Headless Research hardtail bridge with knob tuners is finished in matte black, for classic looks and ease of care.  It features a strap button on the back of the neck, and two lower strap buttons, allowing the guitar to stand safely leaned against an amp.  An innovative combination headpiece allows you to use double-ball end strings, or your favorite conventional strings, unlike Steinbergers, which are limited to only double-ball strings.  Pickups are the stock Holdsworth H22 humbuckers which use vintage plain enamel magnet wire and seasoned Alnico-5 magnets to achieve Allan's tone.  Each coil has 11 pole pieces, all of which are fully adjustable to customize individual string volumes.  The H22N neck pickup is rated at 7.3k ohms, and produces fantastic singing characteristics, while the bridge position H22T, rated at 8.6k ohms, produces smooth sustain.  When you compare this guitar to similar USA Steinbergers, I believe it's a much better value at just $950(Tent. Hold - Terrence T HK 9/25).  Ships in original Carvin box and includes Carvin gigbag and strap.  

Kaces KPFE07 Boutique Line Polyfoam Electric Guitar Case, (back side), (storage).  Kaces best Polyfoam case that provides excellent protection for your guitar while weighing around 5 lbs. lighter than your average hardshell.  Enjoy the protection of a hardshell with the weight and ease of transport of a gigbag, including choice of hardshell-type handle or back straps.  Plenty of storage with two interior doors and three zippered compartments on the outside.  Shoulder straps neatly tuck into a hideaway sleeve on the back of the case.  Lists at $144 and sells at Amazon (link) for $117 but this one's in excellent condition and just $69. 

Gator Lightweight SG Case, (pic2).  Same idea as the Kaces case above, with all the benefits of a rigid case, with the light weight for easy transport.  Exterior has several zippered compartments plus and interior compartment with "door."  Similar models sell at Sweetwater for $95 ($149 list), but this one's in excellent condition and just $59.

Epiphone Les Paul Case.  Plush-lined with the leather-looking slick covering.  Excellent condition and a perfect fit for your prized Les Paul.  $69.  Buy any Epi Les Paul in stock and pay just $55.  

Head Covers by Studio Slips #1, (#2).  Originally built to fit Frenzel heads, Hotbox and Deluxe Plus.  Nicely padded and a nice deal for $35/pair.  

Studio Slips 1X12 Covers.  Selling a pair of these used for Avatar 112 cabinets but should fit most 1X12 combo's as well.  Approx 21.5" wide, 18" tall, 12" deep.  Selling the pair for $35.  

Carvin 16-space Touring Rack, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4).  Top of the line touring rack with all the options including foam padding and heavy duty casters.  This is Brian's rack and since he's moving to a smaller place he needs the space.  It's never been outside of his home so it's in perfect condition.  He paid $650 (including $100 shipping from Carvin).  If you're local, it's a heck of a deal for $300.  

Ibanez CD10 Delay Champ.  Quality analog delay from the 80's Master Series that sounds every bit as good as the earlier AD9.  Has all the warmth you'd expect from an analog with delay times ranging from slapback to doubling, to medium repeat, up to 300ms delay time, plus a great sounding bucket brigade.  Considering what AD9's and Boss DM's are going for, these are comparable in sound and a real sleeper on the analog market.  It  works perfectly and is all original except for replacement knobs.  Don't pay $150+ for a vintage AD9 or DM3 when this one sounds as good and is just $79.

Fender Bass Amp (amp), (tilted), (panel).  (Bass guitar pictured is sold but the amp’s in stock). Looking for something a cut above a beginner package with a 15-watt amp?  This Fender Rumble 75 with special design 12" speaker will shake your pant legs and can actually keep up with a drummer.  It features a full-feature preamp, a vented cabinet for enhanced bass response, and tilt back design which lets you choose to "aim" your sound straight out, or up toward your head.  It also has a good sounding overdrive effect via gain and blend controls (footswitchable or manual), designed specifically for bass register. The Punch and Scoop preset EQ shapes can be dialed in for finger and slap style tones while a 4-band active EQ with delta comp compression circuitry smoothes out your tone.  A line out is included  for direct recording or live use, and it also features a headphone jack for silent jamming and practicing.  You can practice to CD/MP3 music, tape or drum machines, via the Aux in jack.  Get this great starter/intermediate amp for $199.  

Roland FS-1 Footswitch.  One of the best single-button switches ever, unchanged since it was first released in the 80's.  Works every time and lasts for decades.  Perfect for guitar amps or effects with external 1/4" jack functions.  Nice shape, $19.

Custom "Relic" Strat - Ice Blue - Flamed Neck and EMG's, (front), (headstock), (neck1 neck2), (back), (vintage routes), (electronics), (trem).  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, the origins are unknown.  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.  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.  The body has a few minor flaws but hasn't been aged to any degree.  With a new Roadworn going for $900, this one is as good for 1/2 the price.  $450 includes quality gigbag.  

Way Huge Fat Sandwich Distortion, (pic2).  Way Huge had been the brand that only pro's new about but 20 years after he began building pedals, Jeorge Tripps, the original "Swollen Pickle" dude, teamed up with Dunlop and ramped up production. They're still superbly engineered, built with high-grade circuitry, and built for years of road use. The Fat Sandwich Distortion achieves beautiful crunch via an innovative multi-stage clipping circuit with a passive tone stack that was tuned to bring out the sweet spot of any guitar/amp combination. It's tweakable with two internal mini controls including a Curve knob that lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and a Sustain control that adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage. It also has a vast amount of output volume which allows it to exceed the headroom of virtually any tube amp. Each pedal is tested prior to shipping to make sure you won't have any problems for years to come. Features true bypass, heavy duty switch, blue LED, 2.1mm power jack with AC protection, easy access battery door, Cliff jacks, Military spec Teflon wire, heavy duty .09 aluminum anodized chassis and high grade components throughout. With a list price of $298, this is a sweet deal, new in the box for $99.  Includes manual and two cool pins for your jean jacket. 

Dean 79 V Screaming Yellow - Signature Pickups, (front/back), (headstock), (Floyd), (pickups/braided wiring), (case).  You're not going to find any info at Dean's site about this model.  This was a special run of 24 pieces commissioned by Funky Munky Music (YouTube demo here).  Made in the same factory as Dean's Razorback lines, it's definitely a quality import with set neck design, quality hardware and upscale pickups (DiMarzio's or EMG's are standard).  This one, however, was owned by a Dean endorser and had the stock pickups replaced with two of the new USA Signature Model pickups (link), with a Leslie West "Mountain of Tone" in the bridge and a Michael Schenker "Lights Out" in the neck, both are vintage style with braided wires.  These are hot pickups, with outputs of 16K-17K and make this guitar especially well suited for hard rock/metal, which only makes sense since not many jazz players are going to be looking for a Floyd Rose guitar.  Other features include all mahogany construction, V-profile neck that will appeal to guys who like more of a vintage feel, black headstock binding, black headstock binding, black body binding, black chrome hardware, and Ping licensed Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo.   The finish "Screaming Yellow" is very reminiscent of "Stryper Yellow" and with some black tape you could easily make a cool tribute model.  Funky Munky sold these at $999 for the guitar or $1099 with case.  This one is in immaculate condition with a fine setup and killer rock tone - less than for 1/2 price.  Just $399 for the guitar; $465 with Dean case.  

Dr. Z Route 66 Head, (top), (back), (tube layout).  An original Dr. Z designed, based on the KT-66 tube originally built by Genelex which generates the "Milkshake Thick" tones as heard on John Mayall's "Bluesbreaker" album featuring Eric Clapton.  Not that the Route 66 is not a duplicate of the Marshall JTM-45, but completely original spin with new tonal end results.  It has an EF-86 front-end, which is a 9 pin pentode, offering incredible gain and input dynamics. It is normally used in high-end stereos, by virtue of its accurate transfer of input signal, balance, and headroom.  It features a deceptively simple tone stack, consisting of Volume, Bass, and Treble, which feeds a non-negative feedback Phase Inverter, for true harmonic content and full output tube dynamics - with a GZ-34 Tube Rectifier to complete the round enveloped tone.  The total result of Z's engineering is a piano-like clarity with endless sustain, even at low volumes.  At a club-size 32 watts, you can really open it up and it sings when driven hard, in a focused, thick distortion, with a remarkably tight bass response.  It has outputs for 4, 8, or 16 ohms.  Power tubes have been upgraded to Tung Sol and it sounds perfectly perfect and has never been gigged outside the home.  For sound clips and reviews you can check out Dr Z's site.  Don't pay $1799 for new when this beautiful used on is just $1250. 

1987 Peavey Nitro III, (front), (back), (trem), (headstock), (case).  Finally broke down and ordered some Kahler parts ($ouch) so the trem is complete on this guitar now.  The Nitro III was one of several of Peavey's forays into the HM SuperStrat guitar market and featured the obligatory locking tremolo system as well as HSS pickup configuration and no pickguard.  While they weren't terribly successful in competing against Jackson, Kramer, Charvel, and even Fender and Gibson, they did make a good quality utility guitar that provides an excellent value in an 80's American made guitar.  Features include high output Alnico humbucker and two single coils, mini switches for pickup on/off (single/off/humbucker for the bridge position) which allow for 7 pickup combinations, bilaminated maple neck with rosewood fretboard, flat 12" fretboard radius, 22 nickel-silver frets, 5 degree tilted headstock, neck angle adjustment via tilt-adjust hole in the neckplate, and Kahler USA fulcrum tremolo with both graphite nut and locking nut.  Cosmetically this guitar is in very clean shape other than the very thin finish has rubbed off a small area on back and edge.  Judging by the lack of fret wear I would guess this guitar has seen very little use but it's an excellent playing guitar with quality tone that could easily find a home with a pro rock guitarist.  With the original Peavey molded case included, this is a nice by on an American shed-era axe at just $249.  

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 PH03 sells for $129 online but this nice used one's just for just $69. 

Peavey Automixer Footswitch, Labeled "Selector" (channel select) and "Combiner" (both channels), but should work on any Peavey that uses two button switches with the multi-pin connector (i.e. not 1/4" jack).  This one's $25.  (note: I usually have the Peavey 3-button with LED's, slightly higher.)

Line 6 Spider II 150W Head and Controller, (panel), (top), (back), (FBV shortboard).  Update of the original Spider head producing 150 (75/side) watts of real stereo sound.  The Spider II features 12 unique amp models made from some of the true classic amps of all time, from Tweed to Blackface to Boogie tones.  It also features 7 different effect types, 3 simultaneous, including Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Digital Delay, Tape Echo, and Sweep Echo.  All effects can be easily tweaked using Smart FX, and delay times can be adjusted using Tap Tempo. Other features include a front panel tuner, Spring or Room Reverb, and a headphone out. The delay knob gives you a trio of delay effect choices: a standard delay, tape echo, and a sweep echo. The modulation effect knob lets you choose between chorus/flange, phaser, and tremolo, and you can adjust the amount of effect you want. While turning the knob, Spider II adjusts all the individual aspects of the effect automatically to give you the range of sounds you're looking for, without having to mess with multiple knobs and switches to get your tone.  The FBV floorboard unleashes much of the amp's versatility in live situations with switches to access any of your four presets, go up or down through the complete sound bank presets, activate effects loop, turn on chromatic tuner, and utilize the expression pedal as a wah or volume pedal, or change sweep speeds on modulation effects, delay, etc.  A tap tempo button to sync your effects with the song in real time in addition to accessing Distortion Boost and a Noise Gate.  It can also be used like a stomp box to turn on/off your modulation (chorus, flange, phase, etc.), delay, and reverb.  Includes a long connecting cable that easily runs from the front of the stage to your backline amp.  Manual is online here.  If you're tired of not being heard, and want a load of hands-free control over your tone, try 150 watts on for size.  It's not the latest generation but none of the sounds are dated and at $239 for the head and controller, it's easy on the budge.  

Peavey PVM 80 Unidirectional Neo-Dynamic Mic, (pic2).  Excellent sounding vocal mic using Neodymium technology, same type element used on EV's N/Dym series.  Excellent gain before feedback, strong presence boost, and very hot output.  We used these PVM's in my sound company in the 80's and they're extremely road-worthy and consistently sound great, night after night.  Some guys actually choose these for drums and they seem to perform well for them.  Comes with a nice aluminum case and mic clip.  I'll also include a Stageworks UM-66 (pic2), which is a good budget vocal mic.  Buy the PVM for $45 and I'll include the Stageworks for free.  

Korg DTR-2 Rackmount Tuner.  If you own a rack system you should have one of these.  Very accurate, fast, and easily visible from the front of the stage.  Features include single space rackmount, brushed chrome front, LED display imitates a needle, has 7-octave range, 1/4" input and output, mute jack on back and front, 1/4" input and mute jack, mute switch, calibrate switch, hardwired AC cable.  Control the mute function remotely with any standard on/off footswitch with 1/4" jack.  Nice shape, $89.  

Maxon CP101 Compressor.  For a lot of players, this is the 2nd pedal you get for your pedalboard, after your favorite overdrive/boost pedal.  Compression is that critical.   It can be used to increase sustain or to limit signal peaks for a smooth, even output, or even as a radical sounding effect, adding a percussive sound.  One of the main complaints about most compressors is that it raises the noise significantly in your signal chain.  The CP101 is one of the most quiet comp's on the market and unlike other compressors, it doesn't alter your guitar's attack characteristics, providing a more natural response. It's equally at home for guitar, bass, or acoustic.  Maxon isn't cheap stuff and these are running $171 new.  This clean used one's a better deal at $115.  

1989 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Sunburst w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck date), (case).  Lovely early model Plus in classic 3-tone sunburst with maple fretboard.   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.  In '00 Fender debuted their new "American Series" (i.e. renamed from the "American Standard").  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.  Depending on the year Fender also employed a "Tremsetter" by Hipshot in the tremolo cavity, which returns the tremolo bridge to the "zero" position when not in use.  This guitar did not come from the factory with a Tremsetter but we can install one for $35 parts/labor if desired.  Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape for 20+ years, with just several light imperfections in the clearcoat only and moderate divots in some of the frets (shown here) which we can dress if desired.  It's a great player with low action and no fretting out on bends and if you've never heard these gold Lace Sensors before you're in for a treat.  I've mentioned  before that prices on these early silver-logo American Strats have been on a consistent upswing for the past few years and they're just on the cusp vintage.  For $100's less than a new American Deluxe Strat you can get this nice 23-year-old example, well on its way to becoming a full fledge vintage Strat.  $1099 includes original case, trem arm, original manual...and original bill of sale!

Presonus BlueTube DP V2 Mic/Inst Preamp, (front), (back).  Excellent 2-channel mic preamp and DI.  If you do any recording you need a quality preamp to prevent your vocals and instruments from having a sterile tone.  It's very versatile as well, with two channels, offering Class A solid-state preamps for a clean and clear sound, plus parallel 12AX7-driven tube preamps lets you blend in tube saturation to warm up your tone.  Other features include 48V phantom power, concentric hi-Z instrument inputs on both channels to plug in your guitar or bass, 80Hz highpass filters to roll off troublesome low frequencies, 20dB pads to control extra hot sound sources, signal levels, and active pickups, polarity-reverse switch lets you fix phase issues at the source, backlit VU meters with LED clip indicators make it easy to keep an eye on your levels, and rackmountable 1/2U chassis which is also built for tabletop use.  Some solo artist gig with these in place of a mixer, plugging their mic into one channel, their guitar into the other.  These sell for $229 new but this one's mint in the box and just $150.  

Shure SM57 Unidyne III.  I've got two of these in stock now.  This is the most desirable of the SM57 line, the Unidyne III is the original model, going back to '65.  I've seen total beaters sell for over $150 but this one's in decent condition, works perfectly, and is just $109. 

Warmoth HH Strat - Mahogany Neck, (front/back), (headstock), (neck spec sheet), (neck machine screws), (pickguard).  This is a guitar we built up in April '09 but, I discovered today.  We built this for a customer on a deal that apparently fell through and it never made it to the site until now!  It's got a great look, and ever better tone and playability.  Rather than the normal maple, this is a mahogany neck, usually found on Gibsons, with loads of factory options.  It's one of the new style Warmoths with the truss rod adjustment on the treble side near the cutaway.  It has the Wizard back shape, which is thin and flat, with a very flat 16" radius on rosewood board, 22 medium jumbo frets (6150), clay dot inlays, with factory installed black graphite nut and Sperzel locking tuners.  Body is a Mighty Mite solid alder, factory finished to a super high gloss.  Pickups are Seymour Duncan with a JB bridge and Jazz in the neck, controlled by a standard 3-way.  We can make it a little more versatile with a 5-way or push-pull...inquire.  It has all black hardware including Sperzel locking tuners (staggered height so no string tree needed), Dunlop locking strap pins, Gotoh vintage style tremolo bridge, black metal knobs, and black neckplate with flush mounted machine screws.  A lot of name players, Danny Gatton being the earliest proponent I can recall, swear by these machine screws with steel inserts in the neck.  There is less loss of energy in the metal-metal transfer than with a metal screw to wood and you can take the neck off 1000 times without any wood fatigue.  Danny used to remove his neck to fit in the overhead compartment of planes, which prompted him to start using this design.  We chose a black pearl pickguard and backplate for this which looks "right" with the black body and hardware.  It's all new parts so it's in immaculate condition.  You can build one of these for around $760 in parts (neck/tuners alone were $368) and a lot of spare time and expertise, or you can get this one, pro-assembled and set up to perfection, for just $699.  One of my new Chris's Guitars gigbags included for $25 or a hardshell case for $65.  

Telecaster Control Plate.  Pre-wired, drop in ready.  Just connect your pickups and the ground wire.  Includes knobs and switch tip.  Clean shape.  $15.  

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue, A true classic and one of the most authentic tube sounds ever made in a pedal.  Missing bottom label but otherwise very clean shape in box, $65.  

BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost True Bypass, heavy duty switch, solid metal box.  If you already have the perfect amp tone and simply want to boost your signal for leads, this is the way to go.  Most OD or distortion pedals can boost your signal, but even with the effect turned all the way down, it inherently colors your tone. The Boosta Grande is priced less than 1/2 of most boutique boosts but does the job just as we. It delivers up to 20dB of clean gain which is plenty of umph to drive your preamp tubes to the max, or as a line buffer/driver to prevent degradation from other effects in your chain. It's very solidly built, and features a hardwire bypass, single op-amp design, LED operation indicator, non-slip rubber bottom, and an easy-access 9V battery compartment.  Click here for Harmony-Central, where this pedal scored 9.5 overall in 27 reviews.  Very clean shape and a good clean boost for $55. 

80's Strat Neck - Ebony Board, (pic2), (profile), (frets).  Mid-80's Strat headstock neck made by Lasido.  Lasido supplied necks for many USA builders during this period including Kramer (Strat head and early hockey stick), Zion, Valley Arts, and many others.  Would make a perfect Strat Ultra project as it has the ebony fretboard and Wilkinson roller nut used on Ultras.  Frets are in great shape and when it's strung up it sets up very well.  Tuner screws are two/diagonal per tuner, perhaps Schaller F-Tuners, or similar Schaller/Musicman.  This is the perfect neck for restoring an 80's guitar that used Lasido or, as I had planned, building a Strat Ultra.  Priced at $299 with the Wilkinson nut unless I get inspired and finally start that Ultra project I've been planning for years.  

Line 6 FBV Express MKII Floorboard, (pic2), (detail).  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 here, at Line 6's site.    If you use your Line 6 gear live, you need this unit.  $69.  If you want a complete set up, get the FBV plus a nice POD X3 and case, all for $329.  

Custom Strat "à la carte" - Silver Sparkle - Brazilian Board, (front), (finish detail), (neck neck2), (back).  We're trying something different with this custom Strat.  Instead of completing the guitar with out electronics and hardware, we're letting the customer decide what they want.  You can order, for instance, a Lace Chrome Dome pickup set, push/pull knob for blending in the bridge pickup, American Standard tremolo, Hipshot locking tuners, Dunlop strap pins, and Earvana nut.  Order from items we have in stock and it will keep the cost very reasonable.  Neck is a quality Musikraft USA with the following specs: rock maple with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 1 5/8" nut, 9.5" radius, Medium 6105 frets, truss rod adjust at heel, imitation clay dots and side dots, medium C profile measuring .82 and .92 at the 1st and 12th frets, respectively.  Neck has a quality logo installed with multiple coats of nitro on the face of the headstock so you can't see the lines of the logo.  Body is an old WD with factory finish that I've had in stock for 10 years.  It's a 2-piece ash as shown in the neck cavity (pic).  Buy just the body and neck for $499 or let me know and I'll work up a price for a completed guitar.  Depending on what you order, It can be a finished guitar for well under $1000.  

Boss GE-7 Equalizer.  7 bands selected specifically for guitar plus another fader for volume control.  Nice enough shape but missing 3 of the little plastic tips, doesn’t affect performance.  Most popular guitar EQ ever made. Made in Japan model that works perfectly.  $55.  

DOD Distortion and Compressor/Limitor, (DOD 555-A), (DOD 525-A). From the Performer Series, ca. '84/'85.  Both are in nice shape, especially considering they're 30  years old.  Classic 80's distortion that's good for 80's rock and a very effective compressor that works very well as an audible effect with a nice percussive attack when desired.  If you're a DOD collector these are in nice vintage condition.  Worst flaw is the Distortion battery cover uses velcro to keep it closed.  Priced at $49 for the Distortion, $65 for the Comp, or the pair for $99.  

DOD Chorus and Chorus/Vibrato Pedals.  Excellent value on analog vintage stereo chorus pedals, dating from (L-R, ca. '84, '86, '87, '90).  The coolest of these is the 565-B Chorus/Vibrato which also does a cool Leslie effect.  It features separate sweep rates ("speed") for two channels - set one up for a slow chorus, the other for a faster vibrato. When the selector switch is set to "A", it defaults to "Speed A" and the stomp pedal is an on/off switch. Set to A&B and the stomp pedal switches between the A and B and it sounds sort of like a Leslie going from fast to slow speed (or vice versa) - or between chorus and vibrato. The LED keeps tempo with the sweep rate.  The other 3 are straight stereo chorus units, often referred to as the "poor man's CE-2".  In my opinion, they sound 80% as good, at 1/3 the price and I'm sure that many players would actually prefer the DOD.  The FX60 is the closest to the CE-2 with its two knobs, while the 3-knob FX65 added a Delay Time knob.  Rather than a lengthy description, AmericasPedal.net is the best DOD site on the web and you can click here for details on the FX60, here for the FX65.  These are great values on USA-made pedals that sound good and seem to last forever.  Here's a demo on the FX60 and here's one of many of the FX65. Priced at $75, $59, and $45, for the 565-B, FX60, and either FX-65, respectively.  

Boss TU-3 Tuner and Power Supply.  Replaces Boss's TU-2 as the most popular guitar tuner with new enhancements making it better than ever.  For the price, you can't get a better stage tuner - very easy to read and inconspicuously located in your pedalboard so you can tune while facing the audience.  It features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode to use during outdoor glare.  You can choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes, now with 7-string guitar and 6-string bass Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps.  In addition to tuning, it also supplies power to up to 7 Boss pedals with optional Boss cable.  It's in perfect condition in the box with manual, nicely priced at $70.  

Delta Labs Rock Distortion RD-1.  The name says it all.  This pedal was made for rock music and it's a good choice for classic rock type tones.  Not really heavy enough for metal but a good amp style saturation.  Features metal case, heavy duty switch, and true bypass.  You can read about it here, at Guitar World, where it was mentioned in the top distortions for under $50.  Here's a demo with the pedal through an Epi Valve Junior.  This one's in perfect shape and just $25.  

Seymour Duncan Warren DiMartini Signed Humbucker, (close-up).  Shhh...you didn't see this here...  Warren DiMartini pickup in double-cream, a pickup type that is trade protected by DiMarzio - nobody else is allowed to sell them.  One of the few guitar heroes from the 80's who's still relevant today, Warren has always had a signature sound and this Custom Shop pickup, personally signed by Warren and Mr. Duncan, delivers that tone.  This is a very hot Alnico II at 18.3K.  It was shipped with a brushed nickel cover with a nod and a wink but it wasn't soldered to the pickup.  This is extremely rare for a Duncan, and probably the only double-cream DiMartini pickup ever.  The last DiMartini I had was a zebra coil and it sold new in the store for $199...15 years ago.  If you're a Warren/Ratt fan or just somebody who wants a truly unique pickup in your guitar, try it out for $199. 

Kent Armstrong S-90HR Soapbar.  Hotter output than your average P90, around 10K, and made for bridge position, although will work fine if you want a hot neck.  Includes a clean cover, not the aged cover shown in the pic.  Pure Alnico magnets for that vintage tone and just $45. 

'58 Gibson P90 Soapbar, (pic2).  Rewound by Lindy Fralin so it works as good as new.  Very clean shape.  Just what you need for that LP Special or archtop project.  Include a cover of your choice below for $275 or without cover for $235.  

'50's Gibson P90 Soapbar Covers.  Choose from a well worn example, or a clean shiny one.  Both are genuine 50's vintage with proper Gibson numbers UC 452 B.  Your choice, $59. 

DiMarzio Zebra Air Norton.  Characterized by deep and warm tone, but not muddy; hot, but not distorted; excellent harmonics, which is unusual for a neck humbucker. Patented Air Norton magnetic structure reduces string-pull, resulting in improved sustain and enhanced pick attack and dynamics.  Clean shape in the box for $59.   

Seymour Duncan Liberator 500K Volume Pot.  Makes changing pickups a breeze.  The Liberator lets you change your pickups without soldering any connections.  The color-coded connections use screw-clamps and accepts tinned or bare pickup leads.  All you need is a screwdriver.  $19.99 or $15 with purchase of a pickup.  

Shure SM57 Mics.  Since 1965, the SM57 has been an industry standard in performance mics.  The most rugged mic ever built, 57's will take decades of road abuse and keep on performing night after night.  The SM57 has also appeared on more stages and studios than any other instrument mic, as an industry standard for drum (snare and toms) and guitar cabinet sound reproduction, plus it's an excellent vocal mic with past users including Billy Squier and, get this, every president from Lyndon Johnson to Obama (link), has used 57's for their speeches.  These are people who can buy mics costing 10X the price and they choose the SM57.   Clean shape and $69/each, including case and mic clip.  

Shure SM57 Unidyne III, (pic2).  Most desirable of the SM57 line, the Unidyne III is the original model, going back to '65.  Includes a mic clip and quality 6' Whirlwind/Belden XLR cable and non-original case.  I've seen total beaters sell for over $150 but this one's in decent condition, works perfectly, and is just $129.  

1999 Godin Radiator, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups ), (body/neck markings).  Godin has always offered excellent quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices, especially considering they're assembled in the USA from Canadian parts.  Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator.  It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. Click here for a review by GuitarOne.com and here for Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.3 overall.  Features include chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, rock maple neck with maple fretboard, flat 12" radius, shorter 24 3/4" scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, Low-Noise Godin-Design single-coil pickups, Black Onyx finish.  The single coil pickups sound very good and they're so quiet that I definitely thought they were mini-humbuckers, although the tone is somewhere between the fatness of a P90 and the clarity of a Tele.  Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck.  Cosmetically it just has some minor dings on the back but overall it's in nice shape and with a new one running $599, it's a sweet deal on a proline guitar for $349.  Includes well-padded gigbag. For Godin specs, click here.  

1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite - Sienna Sunburst with Varitone, (front), (back), (headstock), (Varitone), (case).  The Cadillac of Fenders back in '83 and this one's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy cosmetic flaws, an absolutely killer setup, and an excellent selection of tones not normally found on an Elite.  Elites normally have a trio of Lo-Z single coil pickups with an active mid-boost with 3 push-button on-off switches, yielding 7 tone selections.  This one has been modified with an old pair of zebra Duncans (JB and '59), wired to a 6-way Varitone and 3-way pickup selector for 18 tonal choices.  The bridge JB is mounted directly to the body; the neck '59 is mounted to the guard. Volume control has also been upgraded to a top of the line $25 Bourne pot.  The Varitone is a passive circuit which cuts frequencies ranging from 130Hz to 1875Hz by -5dB to -15dB, with frequency and amount of cut different for each position on the Varitone.  Since it's passive it can't actually boost frequencies, but by cutting adjacent frequencies the apparent result is boosted mids on some of the settings.  Sienna Sunburst is much less common than Black, White, 3-tone Sunburst, and Natural.  To save space on this page, click here for a page I've created which outlines features of this innovative guitar.  For players who aren't a fan of the Freeflyte tremolo, you'll be happy to see this is a non-tremolo model.  Hardtails have better sustain and stay in tune better than tremolo guitars.  An interesting aspect of '83's, in both Standard and Elite models, is the neck and body cuts.  The necks tend to be rather shallow, slightly wider nut at 1 11/16", and very small shoulders.  Basically, easier to get your hand around.  The bodies are rounder on the edges, with a bigger belly cut (pic) than later models. At just 7 lbs., this is also a super light weight for a solid ash body.  Action is low and there are no dead or soft spots anywhere on this neck.  It's a joy to play and sounds as good as it looks.  If you're looking for a quality dual-hum Strat with 30+ year old wood, this is definite winner at $1099.  Includes original molded case or a tolex case if you prefer.  

Gibson Wedge Gigbag.  Standard size for Les Paul and SG.  Never used; mint condition.  Black with white trim and white lining.  Sells new online for $77-$99.  Get this one for just $49.  

Line 6 POD X3 Guitar and Vocal Modeler with SKB Case, (SKB case), (Pic2).  Most recent and greatest in the iconic line of kidney bean POD's.  Works great for guitars and vocals, whether in the studio or live.  The X3 has too many upgrades over the earlier versions, including the ability to run two complete guitar rigs simultaneously.  There are too many features to list but here are a few: 78 guitar amp models, 24 guitar cab models, 98 stompbox and studio effects, 28 bass amp models, 22 bass cab models, 6 vocal preamp models, A.I.R. II cab/mic modeling with 4 mic options each, 1/4-inch Instrument Input, XLR Microphone Input (w/Trim Adjust), USB 2.0 for computer recording, S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio output, Stereo 1/4-inch TRS Balanced Line outputs, 1/4-inch Stereo Headphones output, FBV Connector for optional pedal controller, Massive model set for guitar, bass & vocals. Its larger backlit LCD screen contains plenty of information, without being cluttered, and it's a fairly easy unit to get around on. The sounds are the best ever on a POS unit and it contains numerous songs that actually list the artist; names like "Sweet Child 'O Mine", "Teen Spirit", "Purple Haze", "Strat Cat Strut", "Sultans of Swing", EVH, The Edge, SRV, Rush, etc.  This unit has been discontinued but it had a hefty $559 list price.  This one also includes a quality SKB with the same hardware as their guitar cases, with added foam for protection, that sold new for $59.  Get this one with a quality case for $275.  Includes manual, USB cable, power supply, and the case.  

Electro-Harmonix "Holy Stain" Distortion/Reverb/Pitch/Tremolo Multi-Effect, (pic2). The first multi-effect pedal from Electro-Harmonix offering a kaleidoscope of effects: Reverbs, Pitch Shifting, Tremolo, pure analog drive and fuzz.  Has yellow LED's to indicate which effect is turned on.  The Stain's controls are interactive, allowing you to create brilliant tonal combinations, plus it has an expression pedal jack to give you real time control.   Very simple to use and worth the price for the reverbs alone, and unlike your amp, you can adjust the decay time, or "tail" on this unit.  Click here to view the Holy Stain playlist on YouTube.  Made in NYC, USA.  Factory finish is purposely distressed looking and it's super clean in the box for $79.  Includes power supply. 

1976 Fender Catalog, (pic2).  I have around 6 of these in conditions ranging from very good to fine.  65 full color pages with the middle section being 1/2 pages with guitars on top page, amps on bottom page, so you can match 'em up.  Wacky, but that's the  70's for you.  $39 to $59, depending on condition.  

Gibson Authorized Dealer door/window display.  Never installed.  To install remove clear plastic top sheet and design side will adhere to any clear surface.  Reflective backing allows light to reflect back through image.  From a recently closed store and I'm guessing is ca. '80's.  $19.  

Gibson Pickups Display.  Another 80's dealer display showing the iconic humbucker and "customizing pickups by Gibson."  12" tall.  Perfect for your man/woman cave or studio.  $15.  

Kiss "The Boxed Set", (pic2).  From 2001, contains 5 CD's with Kiss's greatest hits from '66 to '99, 95 songs in all.  Excellent condition other than outside box has repaired spine.  The main four CD's have never been played and are still factory sealed.  Contains full color book with the Kiss story, pics of all albums, lyrics to songs, and lots of pics.  Out of production and nice find for the Kiss fan for $39.  

Fender Atomic Humbucker.  High output bridge pickup for your American Deluxe or other HSS/HH Strat.  $45. 

Gibson Acoustic Case, vintage, semi-hard but thicker and more plush than your average chipboard.  Fits D-size and probably AJ, $65.

Mesa-Boogie 1X12 Cab, (back).  1X12 Ext Wide Body housing a single 90W C90 Celestion speaker, rated at 8 ohms.  It's the Three-Quarter Back Cab, recently discontinued.  The only comparables today are the open back or closed back.  It uses the finest void-free, Marine Grade Baltic Birch with super strong rabbet corners that are glued and nailed and all backs are gasket sealed to ensure an air-tight seal.  Baffle is fitted with superior dado joint construction and braced; grille is wrapped around a separate grilleboard, not the baffle board, with a grille material of strong twisted jute dipped in a special coating that filters top end for a sweeter response.  Boogie heads like the 5:50 are the same width as the cab for mounting on its side (shown here), which puts controls closer to eye level.  Never roaded, excellent condition, and just $329.  

Korg PME-40X Modular Effects.  To collectors who have been waiting on some of these, I just got in 3 of the harder to find pedals that have been out of stock for a while: KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay, KDW-301 Distortion Wah, and KNG-101 Noise Gate.  All models currently in stock include: KGE-201 Graphic EQ $69; KAD-301 Stereo Analog Delay $119; KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay $79; KCO-101 Compressor $49; KNG-101 Noise Gate (fairly rare) $99; KDW-301 Distortion Wah (very rare effect) $175;  KFL-401 Stereo Flanger $59; KPH-401 Phaser $75, KCH-301 Stereo Analog Chorus $75;  KDC-601 Stereo Digital Chorus $69; KGE-201 Graphic EQ $59; KDI-101 Distortion $45; KOD-101 Overdrive $65.  Buy any 4 effects and get the base unit for free!  Korg only made 14 effects so you can have a complete collection rather easily and start off with something like: Distortion, EQ, Delay and Chorus, for well under $250, including the base unit.  

Fender Style 358 Picks - 72 Picks.  Medium ga. small mandolin picks, 72 pieces.  $10 includes shipping.  

Monster Cable S-100 Speaker Cable 1/4" - Banana.  Magnetic Flux Tube construction and special cable windings for natural music reproduction. Improved clarity, bass response and dynamic range. Durable and extra-flexible Duraflex outer jacket for superior reliability and cut resistance for stage and studio use.  You can also use to wire the speaker in your combo - simply cut off the banana and solder the wires to your speaker prongs.  I probably have 6-8 of these in stock and they're a good buy on a higher quality cable at $14.99/ea. 

George L's .155 VR Cable Kit w/5' cable.  Same kit as above but cable pack has had 5' removed (jacks and caps are factory sealed).  5' is plenty to do 5 patch cords.  Get this kit for just $49.  

2004 Guild GAD-40C with Fishman AG Series Pickup, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (inlays/binding), (Fishman), (case).  Guild's GAD line offers a real quality guitar, for a very reasonable cost and, remarkably, all solid woods.  The few GAD's we've had were all top-notch in quality, tone, and playability and this one is no exception.  What immediately grabbed me was the remarkable projection this guitar has and it's one of the loudest acoustics I have in stock.  If you need a good stage guitar, we've got you covered.  This one has a new Fishman AG 94 passive saddle transducer and endpin jack installed.  The GAD-40C has a dreadnought body size with a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, mahogany neck, classic pearl fretboard inlays, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, scalloped bracing, high-gloss poly finish, Grover tuners, dovetail neck joint, abalone side dots, mother of pearl logo and chesterfield emblem, clear pickguard, and attractive maple binding with white/black strip on either side of the binding.  Cosmetically there are a few dings in the top, but no cracks anywhere on the guitar, so consider it more of a player than a pristine collectable.  List price on this model was $1399, selling heavily discounted for $799 - over $900 with a Fishman installed.  If you don't mind a few non-problematic finish flaws, this is an excellent buy in a solid-wood acoustic at just $499.  Original case is in well used condition and missing part of two latches but is still serviceable.  

60's Silvertone/Danelectro 2-button Footswitch.  For those great vintage amps made by Dano for Silvertone 1484 and other tremolo/reverb equipped tube amps.  Nice shape.  $29.  Note: I also have one in the silver covering listed elsewhere on the site.  

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, (top), (panel), (back), (inside.).   Fender's modern take on their classic vintage designs with the look of a 50's combo but a circuit and features that make it a much more modern amp.  Blues Deluxe's are perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck all-tube 1X12 combo's made and, along with the Hot Rod Deluxe, are the world's best selling tube amps.  This version has a much cooler vibe than the standard black cover with silver and black grill cloth, with its 50's vintage tweed covering, wheat grill cloth, and vintage chrome panel with chicken-beak control knobs.   Released in 1993, the Blues series was an immediate hit, covering the demand for a versatile, all-tube combo, at a reasonable price.  It's hard to imagine  reissue of a '93 model but after its initial release, sales trailed the similar "Hot Rod Deluxe" it was dropped from the catalog to keep in step with current trends.  Later in the 00's, the public was again looking for a more traditional tone, rather than screaming high gain; the Blues Deluxe is reborn.  It's basic description is a reinterpretation of original 50's tweed Deluxe, and it does a good job of covering that ground, but with modern features such as channel switching and reverb (footswitchable by the way), and a master volume to allow breakup at lower volume.  Features include 40 watts via a pair of 6L6's with 3 12AX7's in the preamp, special design 12" Eminence speaker, selectable Normal and Drive channels, independent gain and master volume controls on the Drive channel, Bright switch for the Normal channel, effects loop, tube-driven reverb, and lightweight construction as just 45 lbs.  This amp has seen very little use and never roaded.  With a new one going for $769 it's a sweet buy on a barely broken in model at just $529.  I think I have a Fender footswitch for it that I can throw in. 

Sabine Zip700 Tuner.  Plug in or use built-in mic for acoustic.  Automatically senses the note you pluck for hands-free operation.  Green LED for "in tune" with red LED's for note.  In addition to input, has an "amp" output to leave connected at all times if desired.  Very accurate and easy to use.  $9.99.  

Fender AX-12 Tuner.  Chromatic tuner with features similar to the Sabine Zip700.  $9.99. 

PRS Stoptail Bridge and Studs.  Polished aluminum.  The best non-adjustable stop tail made according to me.  It's intonated well and impervious to warping problems found on Gibson and others.  If you're looking to dress up an old discolored bridge, this one's perfect.  A $260 part from PRS, get this mint used one for just $130.   

Schroeder Top Adjustable Locking Studs.  For use with wrap-around stoptails.  A quality locking stud that's adjustable from the top!  Nickel-plated brass, Made in USA.  For details check 'em out here.  New in pack for $29.  

1980's Schaller Roller Bridge.  Excellent quality German-made Schaller top-loading hardtail bridge.  Incredibly adjustable and super clean shape.  Cam screw can be used to attach to base plate if used, or just mount direct to body.  $80 new, this one's perfect and just $48.  

Gibson Mini Humbucker.  Mint condition.  Perfect for your Les Paul Deluxe restoration.  $89. 

Samick Thinline Archtop Case.  Black tolex covering with plush black interior, 5 latches, storage compartment.  I don't know what model this is made for but internal dimensions are: Length-42", lower bout-15", upper bout-11", waist-10".  Nice shape.  $65.  

Carr Bloke 1X12 Combo with Effects Loop, (stock pic), (panel pic2), (top), (back), (accessories), (tubes).  There are a lot of good sounding boutique amps made these days, Carr is clearly among the best.  Most of them I've had focused on versatility, going from a Fendery clean to a Marshall Crunch, but the Bloke is an amp made to be overdriven and doesn't try to fool anybody into thinking it can cut it as a jazz, country, or blues combo.  The Class AB2 two-channel design with separate Master Volume knobs for Lead and Normal has foot switchable Lead mode which increases sustain and odd order harmonic drive.  Many players won't even need the Lead channel since you can get tons of gain from the Normal channel, enough for most 70's/80's rock tones.  This amp features the Bloke's optional series effects loop, which is a little different in that it comes in a separate Loop Interface pedal that it has separate controls to match in/out levels to buffer the inputs and outputs and is powered by a 9V power supply (included).  It also includes a channel select footswitch, referred to as "High Gain" and "Higher Gain".  Features include huge power supply filter capacitors for thick, strong low end; ;Normal and Lead modes with separate loudness controls - footswitchable; six tubes including 12AT7 direct driver preamp-to-power amp interface for complete preamp dominance over the power tubes (Class AB2) and EL34 power tubes (48 watts) or optional 6V6's (23 watts); unique Bass control circuit delivers plenty of bass without getting flabby; optional effects loop; 100% point-to-point hand wired; Solid pine dovetailed cabinet with integral baffle and floating grill screen; measures around 24"X18"X9"; 48 lbs.   Controls include Drive, Loudness (Normal), Loudness (Lead), Treble, Middle, Bass; Switches: Normal Gain: Medium/High, Normal/Lead toggle; Footswitch: Normal/Lead.  Here's a link to 9 YouTube videos beginning with Carr introducing it at the '12 NAMM Show (link) or click here for Carr's site with reviews to 5 publications, sound clips, and detailed info (link).  This amp looks very cool with neo-classic, mid-century styling that looks sort of like a 50's hi-fi.  If you're looking for an amp that can nail the classic rock tones - all the way to Metallica territory - I can't imagine anything better.  It's also loud enough to play virtually any venue, short of an arena show.   With the $400 effects loop this model sells new for $2850.  While that may be a bit pricey for many players, how about this mint one, rarely played and never used out of the home, for $1000 less.  $1850 take it.  

1989 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone, (front), (back), (headstock).  I don't think anybody sells more HM's (and Strat Plus's) than we do.  Many of  us in business tend to gravitate to the guitars we personally enjoy.  For me, a guitar that can go from a 50's vintage Strat tone - to an 80's hair metal tone is a cool guitar.  When you add in the playing comfort and low action/flat radius, you've got a great guitar.  In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's.  Please click this link for more info.  This one's finished in Blackstone, which is black finish with gold and/or white lines (depending on how the painter felt the day he finished it), emulating the look of granite.  Cosmetically it's in very presentable condition with the worst aspect being wear to the bridge/fine tuners which has a bit of pitting and the brass is showing on the fine tuners.  We can touch this up at no charge but some guys like the "vintage" look when the black top coat wears through.  It also has some minor scratches in the clear coat but judging by the lack of fret wear it hasn't been played excessively.  The finish wear on the neckplate is inevitable on these and I've had ones that were near mint that didn't escape the neckplate wear.  Frets are in excellent condition which, along with a nice straight neck, allows for a low, fast set up.  We've buffed the finish out nicely which gives it a high luster appearance.  Includes original rectangular molded case in so-so condition or I'll substitute a more intact case in better shape at no extra  charge.  Great HM for $649.  

Pickup Day - more will be added during the day: 

·        Schaller Golden 50's Humbuckers.  I've had these for many years and they're all early 80's.  Designed for the vintage tone of a 50's 'Burst.  Four available:  Zebra bridge, Zebra neck, Nickel bridge, Cream neck.  These are OEM for early 80's Kramers, among others.  $60 for pickup alone, $65 with pickup ring and screws.  

·        Van Zandt Strat.  Excellent quality aftermarket and stock pickup on Robin guitars.  New cost is $80, this one's $40. 

·        Duncan Designed Tele Set.  Fine quality import by Seymour Duncan.  They use the same construction as their USA counterparts including cloth wires, cloth wire wrapped bridge coil, brass bottom bridge, black fiber bottom neck.  This set sounds excellent and is an inexpensive upgrade over most imports at just $39/set. 

·        EMG SA Set.  Old set and perfect for restoring high dollar 80's guitars like Steinberger, Valley Arts, etc., or just a great EMG sound on your project guitar.  Factory wired to volume pot, output jack, and 9V battery clip.  Not wired to a tone control but we can do that for $10 if desired.  $125 takes the set.  

·        GFS Humbucker.  GFS makes good quality, inexpensive pickups.  Get this one for $15 or inquire and we probably have an HH or HSS set if needed.  

·        Tele Bridge Pickup.  This is a higher end pickup but the label fell off so I don't remember what brand it is.  5.84K for the classic 50's lower output.  $45.  

·        Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB" - Black and SH-2N "Jazz" - Black.  This is Seymour's personal favorite pickup combination, which says a lot, coming from a true pickup connoisseur who has built over 100 models and 1000's of combinations.  Double black bobbins plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired.  A killer upgrade for just $99, including Pri Mail shipping.

·        Gibson Burstbucker 3 Nickel.  Type 3, overwound, for bridge position.  Gibson's original PAF design without wax potting and 2-conductor braided wire.  These are $129-$149 online but this one's "as new" in the box for $79.  

·        DiMarzio FS-1 DP110 Strat Pickup.  For players who find the standard Strat bridge pickup painfully bright, the FS-1 is for you.  It’s louder (about 25% more power), smoother, and fatter-sounding all-round.  $35

L.R. Baggs M1 Active Acoustic Soundhole Pickup, (pic2), (pic3).  The simplest dual-element system made and a quick and easy soundhole pickup with endpen jack.  The M1's dual-coil design employs L.R. Baggs' exclusive TriAxial Dynamic Technology to produce clear, rich tones that are resistant to feedback, noise and hum, with string and body sound all in one. A primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil and the pickup now features a volume control.  Easy to install:  Just replace your endpin with the endpin output jack, clamp down the pickup, and you're ready to go.  Missing the battery cover but we'll fit it with a piece of duct tape that will work just fine.  The M1 Active sells new for $169.  Get this one for just $99. 

No-Contract LG Extravert Cell Phone, pic2, pic3.  Earlier this year I was at war with AT&T and I went with Verizon for a month.  Not wanting anything like a 2-year marriage, I elected to go the "no contract" route and picked up this LG at Wal-Mart for $99.  I used it for around a month, just a few calls and texts, and it's in mint condition.  It features a 2 mega pixel camera, touch screen, easy access to your Twitter, Facebook, internet, etc., and Bluetooth 3.0.   Includes LG charger and USB cable which charges off the charger or a USB port on your computer.  Sign up is easy.  Just dial the Verizon number that's already in the address book, give them your card number, and you're up and running in a minute or two.  You can reactivate each month, or set it up for auto-renewal from your credit card.  $45 includes Priority Mail shipping.  If you need two phones, add this LG flip phone for another $25 ($70/shipped for the pair) which I used for only 3 days prior to getting the Extravert.  

Vintage Tubes.  I have 100's of vintage tubes, hoarded throughout the years.  If you haven't tried any quality tubes, especially vintage USA and European, chances are you don't know how good your amp can really sound.  Some of these are nearly impossible to find and the price for the lot may be around the price of a single tube you might see elsewhere.  All but the Genalex and Groove Tube are vintage.  Most of these are '50's and several 1957, coincidentally, the same date as the tweed Champ I got them with.  Choose from:

·        5Y3 Rectifier Tubes - Includes Osram (England) U50/5Y3GT (info), Mazda (France) 5Y3GB, National (USA) 5Y3GT, GE (USA) 5Y3GT.  $65 takes all 4.  

·        6V6 Power Tubes - Includes Tung Sol (USA) 6V6GT rare black glass with silver base, Motorola (USA) 6V6, GE (USA) 6V6GT, AnM (UK) British military 6V6G, and Bendix 5992/6V6.  The military spec Bendix is extremely rare and probably the most highly regarded (and expensive) 6V6 ever made.   $135 takes all 5. 

Korg GT-3 Chromatic Tuner, (pic2).  Very good quality compact tuner, accurate and compact, which saves space on your pedalboard.  The GT-3 is a fully automatic tuner which means you just have to pluck any note and the tuner will recognize the note and tell you if you're sharp or flat.  It has an illuminated display that shows the note you're on, and a red LED ladder that shows if you're sharp or flat, with a yellow arrow indicating perfect tune.  Features 1/4" input and output and built-in mic for acoustic tuning.  This tuner was a $39.95 list price and an excellent value on this "as new" one for $19.99, including Priority Mail shipping.  Includes box, manual, and paperwork. 

HD Hot Plate 2.8 Ohms Attenuator, (pic2).  A "must have" for a Bassman if you want any break up due to the massive clean headroom the amp has and you really have to drive it to painfully loud levels for power tube saturation.  This model is made for 2 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2 ohms such as the Fender 4X10 Bassman.  Offers Bright and Deep switches for tailoring your sound - Bright switch gives you two different high frequency levels to compensate for an overly bright, or dull speaker cabinet while the Deep switch offers two distinct bass settings to help you fill out the bottom end, or reduce the bass in a cabinet with too much low end.  Has built in noise reduction up to 10dB, line out, and a fan to keep it cool.  Brand new condition with original box and manual.  With new ones going for $349, a sweet deal for $229, or $199 with the Bassman above, and if you buy it with the Bassman, I'll include  two custom made cables to connect to the 4 output jacks of the Bassman.  For ful