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NAVIGATING THIS SITE : If you're not familiar with my site, it's simple, and you'll love it or hate it:   (1) This page has gear that has recently arrived; (2) Links at the bottom of this page take you to most of our gear, logically arranged by manufacturer or type, e.g. Fender, Gibson Effects, Parts, Amps, PRS, etc.  (3) Lastly, my "Semi-Just In" Page (click here), contains a lot of gear that hasn't made it back to the proper pages yet and is sort of in limbo until I move it.  It's not a fancy site but it remains unchanged since '98 so I figure, "if it ain't broke - don't fix it."  All guitars and other gear have pictures. Just click on any underlined text and it should open a picture; if you move your cursor over the pic and there's a magnifying glass displayed instead of your cursor, click the pic and it will expand it to larger size. 

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1961 Shure 55S “Elvis Mic”. To many people these mics define the vintage look of the 50s and 60s with their large steel casing and broad face. The 55S, named because it was slightly Smaller than the 55, was the mic used by Elvis Presley in his early touring and studio years and is known unofficially as “the Elvis mic”. It is a moving coil type mic with a frequency range of 50 to 15,000 cps and has an Ultra-Cardioid horizontal polar characteristic. It has a very smooth sound and the sound changes depending on which area you sing into. The top has more treble and is slightly more boxy, while the front is fuller, bassier. There is a 3-way switch labeled L, M, H which can be set to impedances of 38 ohms, 150 ohms or 40,000 ohms with a sensitivity of "L" 153.6 db, "M" 152.8 db and "H" 157.0 db. There is name etched into the housing, shown in the pics, but overall for nearly 60 years old, it’s in pretty nice shape. You’ll see these upwards to $250-$300+ but this one works great and while it may not be museum quality gets the job done for $200. Below is a proper cable for this mic.

Shure Mic Cable C5-3. For your old-school high impedance Shure that have a 3-pin output (different than an SLR). Around 18’ in length with a 3-pin input and 1/4" mono output. I don't think it's ever been used so it's very clean and comes in original box. $25.

Electroharmonix Big Muff Pi – Modified & Refinished, (circuit). Appears to be a standard USA Big Muff with the inclusion of a mini-switch. The switch seems to take the tone knob in and out of the circuit. In the off position it sounds very fat with rich lower and upper harmonics. In the on position I think it probably sounds stock, going from fat to searing as you turn the knob. This pedal does a 60’s classic fuzz like few others and there are many available tones in there. $49.

Peterson “StroboStomp 2” Tuner. Nothing beats a Peterson. We’ve used one of their strobe tuners for 20 years. It's turned on virtually all day long and is as fast and accurate as the day we took it out of the box. The StroboStomp 2 is designed for floor or pedalboard use and is very rugged with stage-friendly features - DI output, 9V DC output to power other pedals, both battery or adapted mains powering - and a simple LCD display with just a single footswitch and two visible buttons sunk into the casing, below the display. It can run in three modes (including 100 per cent true bypass) with features that are unprecidented in a stomp box tuner. It features wide calibration (between A=390Hz and A=490Hz in 0.5Hz increments); drop (down to four half steps) or capo'd (up between the first and seventh frets) tunings and 17 Peterson 'Sweeteners' - less 'angry' alternatives to equal temperament tuning - including electric and acoustic, bass, 12 string, Buzz Feiten tunings, pedal steels, dobro and electric violin. You can even input another four sweetened tunings of your own design. If you're looking for the best pedal for stage use I recommend this, especially at just $79(HOLD-Mark G 8/12)

Barber Compact Tone Press Parallel Compressor, (pic2). Perhaps the best compressor made. Barber combines classic guitar compression and time-honored recording techniques with their parallel compression. More natural than dealing with attack, ratio and release knobs, Barber developed a unique continuous “blend control” circuit, and combined it with a discrete “Class A” FET mixer circuit to allow you to continuously blend the natural signal of your guitar with a “phase-corrected” classic compression circuit. You get unaltered attack with a natural sustain and resonance. Barber added 2 additional toggles: one for "speed", which adds a new "fast" mode for percussive playing without loss of attack - plus a "Brilliance" toggle for more sheen to the treble frequencies. Don’t pay $169 when this one’s like new for $115(HOLD-Mark G 8/12). Note: There is Velcro on the back but I’ll leave it since most customers are using pedalboards these days.

Dunlop JB95 Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby, (pic2). Made in the USA spec'd for the great Joe B with a modified vintage circuit that delivers a large vocal sweep range. A vintage-style Halo inductor is used for more harmonic content and an output buffer prevents impedance mismatch that occur when you're using vintage pedals. Compare this to a stock Crybaby and you'll hear that this is much more expressive in tone with a very cool vintage look. A lightweight aluminum housing is finished in a glossy black with the treadle finished in shiney copper. Sells new for $170. This one's mint in the box and just $115(Tent. Hold – Chuck L 8/12).

Fender Strat Pickguard Fat '50s Pre-Wired Parchment, (back). 3-ply parchment guard with aged plastic knobs and tip. If you're looking for a classic, glassy vintage tone (6K-6.3K) this should get you there. A trio of Custom Shop Fat ‘50s pickups, Formvar magnet wire, reverse-wound middle pickup, staggered hand-beveled alnico 5 magnets for balanced output, and period-correct cloth wire and fiber bobbin. Sells new everywhere for $299. This one is practically new and is just $175.

Fender Strat Pickguard Gen 4 Noiseless Tortoise, (back). For a more modern tone with hotter 9.8K output, this will do the job nicely. A trio of Fender Gen 4 Noiseless pickups which is the same found on Fender's Clapton Strats, featuring Alnico 2 magnets, classic single-coil tone without hum or buzz, staggered, hand-beveled pole pieces mounted in a fiber bobbin and Orange Drop capacitor. Sells new online for $299. This one's practically new and is just $175.

Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp, (top), (panel), (back), (case). Pound for pound, this is my favorite acoustic amp. I’ve used this model exclusively at casual jams and parties for the past 2 years and have never been disappointed. It’s plenty loud, clear, and punchy, for my acoustic/electric guitar and vocal mic. 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. 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. New price was $599 but get this very tidy, barely used one for $299(HOLD-John R 8/12). Includes a high quality carrying case with storage for cables and mic.

2012 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – All Black, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (upgraded tuners/saddles), (original tuners/saddles), (case).  Mint condition with some important upgrades/mods. Most notably it has been changed to that "all-black" look of a 70's Strat with a pre-wired HSS pickguard assembly from Mojotone ($299 in all the stores). Also saddles have been upgraded to GraphTech String Savers ($67) and tuners upgraded to Fender locking ($60). The GraphTechs are conducive to increased sustain and virtually impervious to string breakage, while the locking tuners make string changes a breeze and less prone to going out of tune due to strings stretching around the post. Original saddles and tuners are included in the case should you want to switch back. None of the mods required modification to the guitar and original parts can be easily reinstalled. The "new" American Standard debuted on Jan 1, 2008 with some significant improvements over the earlier versions 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. The neck is finished with a gloss headstock for appearances, but a satin finish on back for playability. Love these necks. This guitar plays with ease, with very low action and no dead or weak spots. The Mojotone ‘58 Quiet Coil HSS prewired guard includes a blender circuit to blend in your neck or bridge pickup (as much as you want) in positions 1,2,4, and 5; the Strat pickups and '58 humbucker eliminate unwanted 60-cycle hum in all 5 positions; an "auto tap" function automatically coil taps the bridge humbucker for true Strat single coil quack and tone; has a treble bleed which allows you to roll your volume control back without losing treble clarity and chime; and features quality components such as vintage taper CTS pots, Oil filled Vitamin "T" tone cap, CRL 5-way switch, and Switchcraft jack. It is quite ingenius and yields a useable combination of tones I haven’t heard on a Strat before. This guitar is in immaculate condition, as clean as a new one hanging in your local store. With $426 in upgrades - and the stock tuners and saddles are included - it's an exceptional buy for $950(HOLD-Joe H local 8/11). Includes original case and trem arm, and original tuners and saddles.

2005 Fender Eric Clapton Artist Series - Olympic White, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (finish crack  back discoloration), (case). Killer Noiseless era Clapton. After 15 years of gold Lace pickups the Clapton changed to Noiseless which opened it up to some new players who wanted a more modern tone. This era also has a softer V neck which also appealed to more players. It retains the fat tone of the earlier model, namely the active mid-boost, with the body specially routed to accommodate the circuit board for the 25dB mid-boost, as well as a TBX in place of the other "Tone" control.  Eric's original Blackie, which he played extensively throughout most of his career, was assembled with a '57 neck on a '56 Alder body.  "Blackie" made its debut in 1973 and remained his primary guitar through 1985. Fast-forward to 1987 and the Clapton signature model was released. This one plays beautifully with very good sustain and low action, no buzz. A few mods include anodized gold pickguard (we can switch to original upon request) and Dunlop strap lock pins. Cosmetically there is a finish crack shown and some scratches and discoloration on the back. Knobs have naturally turned green which is cool to me, and some wear on the “Noiseless” lettering. Front is very clean, neck is clean. Presents as a very tidy guitar. A new Clapton's running $1649. Consider this lightly used one for just $950. Includes Fender G&G tweed case that's not as clean as the guitar but structurally 100% - and tremolo arm.

JHS "The AT" Andy Timmons Signature Channel Drive Guitar Effects Pedal, (pic2). Designed for guitar shredder Andy Timmons, formerly of Danger Danger and several other band in addition to being a successful studio ace. Andy started using the JHS Angry Charlie years ago as his main dirt channel. The AT has four knobs and a three position toggle switch. The “EQ” control is a low pass filter that very naturally allows you to darken and brighten the overall tone of the pedal and the “Air” control is another low pass filter, but it is focused only on the high treble frequencies allowing the AT to perform perfectly with virtually any amplifier as you can adjust in fine detail along with the corresponding “EQ” control. The 3-Way toggle is called the “Headroom” toggle. In the down position you have what we refer to as the 50 watt mode. The middle position is 100 watt mode and the up position is the 25 watt mode. These replicate different wattages of a tube amplifier. For instance, the middle 100 watt mode is clean, loud and full of power, with the drive knob under 50% you can achieve nice overdrive tones that set single coil pickups on fire with huge low-end and a powerful punch. The down position 50 watt mode gives you nice crunch/distortion that has a full frequency response. This mode is perfect for those looking for that classic British gain stage of the JCM800. The up position 25 watt mode reaches all the way into distortion territory and has rich harmonics, enhanced mid’s and more of a cutting presence. If you love gain, this is the mode for you. This is an extremely versatile pedal that covers a large range of gain territory. Works safely on multiple voltages from 9 to 18. Before the V2 came out this model sold for $199. This one is “like new” in the box with everything, for $139.

Laney Ironheart IRT-Studio Rack Tube Guitar Head with USB Interface, (back), (accessories), (Laney bag). For you who are familiar with the Ironheart series, the IRT-Studio Rack delivers the same tones as beefier heads, but in a studio-approved low-wattage package. It also includes some neat features you'll love. Equally at home recording in the studio setting or live performance, it features a USB Audio I/O and a RE-AMP send jack. The USB supplies both a dry signal and the processed signal - split left and right to your DAW - directly into either your recording deck, allowing you to change your original guitar tone  - without re-tracking! It also has an internal dummy load - conventional tube amps require you to connect an external speaker when using a simulated out but the IRT-Studio's dummy load allows you to record with complete silence. This high-quality speaker-emulated record out is immediately after the output section, allowing your tube tone to both your DAW and PA at the same time; great for recording live shows. Other features include Power: 15 watts of tube power with dual EL84 (power) and three 12AX7 (preamp); three footswitchable channels; dual inputs 15W and <1W; 3-band EQ, push-pull EQ shift, presence, pre-boost, volume, gain knobs; built-in reverb; FX loop; speaker-emulated line out; internal dummy load for silent recording; Aux. input; XLR line out; USB connectivity for direct recording. This unit can either be a desktop/amp top or mounted in a rack with included rack ears. Sells new for $819. This one's in immaculate condition and includes all accessories plus a Laney carrying bag for your pedals, cords and accessories. All this for just $550. Includes rack ears, 4-button footswitch, long stage cable, USB cable and power cable. It also includes a Laney carrying case for accessories.

1977 Alvarez (Japan) Model 5021 12-string Acoustic, (front  rosette  label), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (action-12th-fret), (case). Quality 12-string dreadnought made to the exacting standards of Kazuo Yairi during this era. All woods were naturally aged over 4 years for stability and responsiveness and from my experience these 70s (and 60s) Alvarez and Yairi guitars have held up over the years better than most USA guitars. This one is a good example. No cracks or repairs, original neck set, superb finish and after almost 50 years the action is lower than most new 12-strings. For those of you who don't play and acoustic 12 because they're uncomfortable to your left hand, try this one. The 5021 was part of Alvarez/Yairi's Artist Series and was introduced in the early 70s. It's a dreadnought body 12-string with bound spruce top, mahogany body, nato neck, 6-ply top purfling and a stunning shell laminate rosette. Following Gibson's lead perhaps, they opted for the height-adjustable saddle which can easily be adjusted via two screws on the bridge. Other features include rosewood fretboard with pearl dots, rosewood headstock overlay, mirrored "A" logo inlay, 15.75" lower bout, 1 7/8" nut width and 25 5/8" scale. Alvarez/Yairi was imported exclusively by St. Louis Music during the period thus the "SLM" emblazoned on the truss rod cover. Cosmetically this guitar is in superb condition and looks more like a 2017 than a 1977 model. It obviously hasn't seen much playing time. As I mentioned, the action is incredibly low for a 12 and I felt no hand fatigue even while playing barre chords extensively during my test. If you're looking for a quality Japan-made 12 string that's in great shape and plays even greater this is my eager recommendation. $479 includes what I believe is the original semi-hard case with yellow plush lining.

2016 Eastman E20P Parlor Guitar, (front  front2), (back  side), (headstock), (trim), (case  cert.). Eastman builds incredible guitars and while they're not cheap, when you factor in the quality of materials and the painstaking hand-craftsmanship they're a bargain by any standard. Built with the methods and materials of the Golden Era of the 30's and 40's, if this were a USA guitar using these building techniques it would sell for 4X the price. I've had a few Eastman archtops from the same factory and they were exceptional guitars. My tech Martin continues to rave about them. The new owners were thrilled. They're just that good. The E20P starts with solid rosewood, with a solid Adirondack  spruce top and mahogany neck. The fingerboard is rich ebony fingerboard, as is the bridge, rather than the more common rosewood. It's just one of the nice touches. All bracings are hand-carved; the hardware is premium nickel. It features a hand-fitted Dovetail neck joint and all finishes (gloss body and satin neck) are nitrocellulose lacquer. Other features include 12" fretboard radius, traditional "Even-C" shaped neck, bone nut, bone saddle,13 3/4" lower bout, hand-carved Scalloped X bracing, classic rosette with Herringbone soundboard trim and parquet back seam, dual-acting truss rod, tortoise shell pickguard, abalone snowflake inlays and open-gear Ping tuners. Great action, low and buzz free. The tone sounds rich and full, but not as loud as a 000 or dreadnought, but there's nothing boxy about the tone. It's quite balanced. The wide 1 3/4" nut makes it really nice for fingerstyle but it holds up well during hard strumming. With a list price of $1760 you’ll usually see these discounted to around $1400 and I’ve read that they’re hard to keep in stock at that price. This one’s in excellent condition and a beautiful parlor model for $899.

2018 Epiphone ES-335 Pro Limited Edition - Massive Upgrades, (front  front2), (back  back2), (headstock), (case). These Custom Shop 335's are good guitars to begin with but with these upgrades it's definitely on par with Gibson, even better than some. Virtually every important component has been upgraded including the following: pickups (Gibson USA '57 in the bridge and a Gibson USA Burstbucker in the neck), Bone nut, Grover deluxe tuners, Tone Pros Tune-O-Matic bridge, Gibson USA black speed knobs, shorter custom made period correct pickguard and vintage wiring including switch pots and bumblebee caps. Lastly, it features a nice Epiphone hardshell case, which is sold separately for this model. It plays as easy as any Dot I've played in years and sounds incredible. You'll never guess that you were playing a guitar that sells new for 1/4 of a Gibson. Not everybody can appreciate the importance of these upgrades, which represent a quantum improvement over the stock parts. It's not cheap but if you factor in the cost of all the upgraded parts and labor, it's a bargain. A new one with case will run $628. This guitar is in mint condition; the case is mint except for a sticker. Just an incredible value for $750.

Blackstar Artist 15 1X12 Combo, (top/panel), (back), (patchbay/spkr), (footswitch). Blackstars latest in the all-tube small combo market. It's best described as a British amp with an American accent (thanks GP!) with its chimey British tone despite its American 6L6 power. Tubes are a pair of 6L6's with a pair of 12AX7/ECC83 in the preamp. It's a dual-channel amp with Channel 1 feature just a Volume and Tone, with Channel 2 having Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb, Master Volume and an ISF knob. The ISF is a patented design which when turned one way offers USA tones with a tightened lower end and emphasis on the treble and plenty of presence. When you dial it clockwise you get British tones with lows and mids beefed up for warmth, or you can go to clean or crunchy (vintage Vox or Marshall). On the back (bottom actually) panel you have an effects loop selectable to +4dB or -10dB, outputs for 2X16 ohm or 1X8 ohm, Emulated output for recording, and footswitch jack. It's a remarkable good sounding amp with more versatility than most small combos. The reverb is very nice sounding and with the Master Volume on Channel 2 you can crank some very good sounding Overdrive at lower volumes. Speaker is a Celestion V-type which is a more affordable Vintage 30. I like the speaker and wouldn't rush out to grab an upgrade. Here's a good demo from Premier Guitar (link). This amp sells new for $799. This one is in mint condition other than missing the mesh bottom panel on back. A great buy in my opinion at $450.

MXR Clone Looper, (pic2). 6 minutes of hi-fi looping, with unlimited overdubs. Simple and easy to use, the Clone Looper features an expression pedal input, true bypass switching, an incredible 88.2kHz sampling rate, "play once" mode, reverse mode for some really sick tricks, in a bullet proof brushed metal case. You can stretch the loop time (1/2–2x) via expression pedal or tempo-tap switch and an undo feature for overwriting the most recent loop. It also remembers the loop when you turn it off. Here’s a cool demo (link). Sells new for $149. This one appears to be never used and comes with the box and everything for $99.

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue. A true classic and one of the most authentic tube amp sounds ever to come out of a pedal. Velcro on bottom but super clean shape in the box. $69.

Boss GT-10 Multi-effects Floor Effect, (display  illuminated), (back), (box/etc.).  Pristine condition in the box. Boss has been the leader in guitar effects and a few years back the GT-10 was their flagship model. With more effects and COSM models than ever before, dual signal chains, large backlit LCD screen, connectivity via USB or Midi, and Boss's usual road-worthy construction, the GT-10 does it all and sounds great doing it.  I really like the easy to use looper, which has 40 seconds of loop time, and unlimited sound on sound recording.  There are way too many features to list here but for full specs click here for Boss US.  There's are a bunch of YouTube video's but here's good demo by Boss (click here).  This unit sold new for $499. They’re a great value today, especially on super clean units like this, at just $185(SOLD-John B 8/3). Includes original boxes, manual, patch list, and power supply.

Friedman BE-OD Overdrive Deluxe, (pic2). Dave Friedman's a nice guy. I've had the original BE-OD which was designed to provide a very close facsimile of his famed Brown Eye BE-100 amplifier, in a pedal, providing tons of high-gain beauty, primarily British type Plexi tone. It remains a very successful pedal for Dave but he designed the Deluxe to take it a step further. The Deluxe features the exact same circuit but adds another channel plus dual midrange controls. The top row (Channel 1) is identical to the original BE-OD while Dave voiced the bottom row (Channel 2) with slightly lower gain. This will allow you to perfectly set both your rhythm and lead sounds. Controls include: 3 position tight switch, volume, gain, bass, middle, treble and presence knobs. Built in the USA and designed to withstand decades of road abuse. Hearing is believing so please check out this demo link by Pete Thorne. Sells new for $269. This one's mint in the box for just $179(HOLD-Ed local 8/6).

2013 Fender Lone Star Stratocaster - Large Headstock, (front), (back), (headstock), (front ding), (gigbag). From Fender's Deluxe series comes this recreation of the early 90s model. The Lone Star, in addition to the Big Apple and Roadhouse, originally comprised Fender's Hot Rodded American series and were essentially identical except for pickup configurations. The new Lone Star comes at a more affordable price as part of Fender's Deluxe series from Mexico. Personally, I think Mex Strats are 90% as good as USA models at around 1/2 the price. The important feature on this one, again, are the pickups, with a pair of Texas Special single coils in the neck and middle, and a Fender Twin-Head humbucker in the bridge. It also features Fender's S-1 switch built into the volume control but this one appears to be stuck out so it may or may not only have normal Strat switching options available. If we get it working, the S-1 switch will allow you to select the outer coil of the bridge pickup for single-coil tone in positions 4 and 5. Other features include a tinted maple neck with "modern C" profile and large '70s-style headstock, 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, three-ply mint green pickguard, aged white control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with PW29 fat trem block. I love the humbucker on this guitar. It's powerful but very clear sounding. Rare. I also love the Texas Specials, especially in the neck-only position and neck/middle, where it can get very honky, especially with the tone rolled off a bit. Cosmetically it's in nice enough shape other than a small ding on the front that's pictured above. No biggie and not through to the wood. It plays super easily. Fender Player HSS's, the current Mex version of the humbucker-equipped Strat, is running $699 new. How about this killer playing Lone Star for just $399(SOLD-Brian W 7/30). Includes Fender deluxe gigbag and trem arm.

2013 Fender FSR American Standard Stratocaster "V" Neck - Mystic Sunburst, (front  front2), (back), (finish detail), (headstock), (case/etc.). Gorgeous Factory Special Run (FSR) Strat with a deceptively cool color, Mystic 3-Tone Sunburst, soft-V shaped neck, custom shop pickups, and gold anodized pickguard. This finish appears to be a regular sunburst until you look closer and see that it's all done in metallic paint. Looks extra sharp under stage lights. In addition, this Limited Edition number has all the features that players love including a compound radius fretboard (9.5"-14"), 22 medium jumbo frets, hand-rolled fretboard edges and a satin finished neck on back for the ultimate feel - with a gloss finished front for looks. Electronics are likewise top notch with a trio of Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups which feature bright and clear treble sparkle with a growling midrange bite. They are quite dynamic and respond superbly to the volume control allowing you to take advantage of the dynamic range of your expensive tube amp. Other features include alder body with thinner undercoat for increased resonance, 2-point synchronized tremolo with stamped steel saddles and high-mass copper-infused block, 5-way switch - master volume - tone control (neck) and no-load tone control (bridge/middle). This guitar plays with ease and has very good resonance. It's a total winner. If you're looking for a rare Strat in flawless condition I highly recommend this one. $1050(SOLD-Brian C 7/30) includes Fender wood/Tolex case, manual, hangtags, tools, etc.

2019 Fender American Professional Stratocaster - Olympic White, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case/etc). Immaculate condition. The latest and greatest version of the American Standard, with some nice enhancements over the previous versions. Pickups were developed by pickup guru Tim Shaw: these new V-Mod single-coil pickups are voiced specifically for each position, mixing alnico magnet types to produce a more powerful tone while still sounding like classic vintage Fender. Add to that more clarity on the highs with Fender's new treble-bleed tone circuit. A new modern “Deep C” neck profile feels rounder and just a tad more substantial than the older models while staggered height tuners and new 2-Point synchronized tremolo with bent steel saddles uses a pop-in trem arm like the old American Deluxe. For full specs and demo’s on this new model go to Fender.com. This guitar is in flawless condition with plastic on the back plate and just a few light scratches on the pickguard. It will ship in the original Fender shipping box. Don’t pay $1449 for a new one when you get this perfect one with killer in house setup for just $1029. Includes Fender Elite case with certificate, pouch, hang tags, etc. This latest version case has a plush gray interior and ATA molded shell at TSA-approved locking latches.

Line 6 Helix LT Guitar Multi-effects Processor, (side), (back panel), (screen), (box). Super powerful but compact floor unit from Line 6 with 95% of the features of the Helix at a more affordable price. It has all of the HX models plus the dual DSP power, even the ease of the super intuitive Helix user interface. It even has extra I/O options on the back panel to make it even more easy to use in virtually any stage or studio application. All of the presets are even compatible with the Helix Floor and Helix Rack so if you need a back up this is the best way to go. It features a large 6.2”, 800x480-Pixel LCD Screen which makes it super easy to navigate. Under the hood you'll find 62 Amps, 37 Cabs, 16 Microphones, and 104 Effects. One unique editing feature are the capacitive footswitches which go into the edit mode with a touch of your finger (see demos below). It has a built in expression pedal plus an input for a second pedal. Dual effects loop can do two external devices or one stereo. For the full rundown check out Line 6 here. Lots of YouTube demos but check out this one from GC (link) or this one beginning around 5:00 for some good sounds (link). Sells new for $1199. This one's in excellent condition and priced well below used ones on Reverb. Yours for $799(SOLD-Pat, local 7/28). Ships in original box with large quick start card.

Fender Supersonic 22 Combo with 25W Greenback - Blonde, (panel), (top), (back - pictured before Greenback install), (back panel), (label), (footswitch). Fans of the 90’s custom shop Prosonic combo are aware of the versatility of combining Fender’s classic clean circuit with a hot-rodded modern channel, mixing in Fender’s classic reverb. Fender borrowed design elements from the Prosonic in designing the Supersonic 22, using a pre-Silverface voiced clean channel along with the cascading-gain drive. To add a bit of shaping the clean channel includes a two-band EQ, as well as a "voicing switch" which offers tones inspired by the classic Fender Vibrolux and Fender Bassman amps. Initially offered in a higher powered combo, the new Supersonic 22 delivers a fatter tone with more bass. This amp delivers 22 watts from a pair of 6V6 power tubes, with five 12AX7/12AT7 preamp tubes. One upgrade has been made: the stock 12” Fender/Eminence "Lightning Bolt" speaker has been replaced with an Eminence Patriot “Texas Heat”.  The Texas Heat is much better for rock/blues than the wimpy stock speaker and costs $95. Cosmetically the Supersonic has the looks of a ’60 amp with blonde textured vinyl covering, white knobs, dogbone handle, and flat Fender logo, while its modest 40 lbs. weight is easier on the back than most vintage amps. One important upgrade over most old Fenders is the effects loop, deemed essential by most pro players.  A 4-button footswitch controls “Burn” on/off, “Normal/Fat” switch, Reverb on/off, and effects loop in/out.   For a rundown of all the features, click here for a demo – while a good performance demo is here.  Offered in beautiful condition with no flaws noted and very little playing time. New cost on these was $1049 with a stock mediocre speaker. Get this one with a new Celestion G12M Greenback ($125 new) for $799(HOLD-Mike W 7/30), or stock speaker for $739. Note: Fender cover with embroidered logo is included as well as footswitch/cable.

Hotone Ampero, (back), (stock pic t#1  #2). One of the greatest new guitar multi-effects, the Ampero, is a preamp, effects processor and audio interface, all engineered to work intuitively and sound professional. With its CDCM HD and F.I.R.E. modeling systems, the Ampero can handle nine effects simultaneously including amp/cab models, pedal models and Hotone original effects. This is a fantastic system for the studio, for both recording your amp or simply using its USB interface straight into your PC. A simple touch screen interface makes it easy use with 3 quick-access knobs, plus there's a built-in drum machine and looper. One of the coolest things is the diminutive size that's around 1/3 to 1/4 the size of many floor multi-effects so you can place it in your pedalboard along with your favorite outboard effects. It is designed to work equally well for electric, acoustic, or even keyboards.  For full specs go to Hotone Audio here. For a Video demo by Guitar World click here. Sells new for $499. This one’s mint in the box for $349(HOLD-Mike W 7/24).

Orange Brent Hinds Terror, (back), (case/box). Adding to their wildly successful Tiny Terror line comes the Brent Hinds Terror, created for the actor and accomplished guitarist from Mastodon. One of the great things about the Terror series, it's ultra portable and comes in a padded carry case that has a big pouch cables, etc. with extra room for accessories, tubes, etc. These amps are kind of cute but their steel construction makes them tough as well. This is an all-tube amp equipped with two EL84 power tubes four preamp tubes (three 12AX7s and one 12AT7). It also has power-switching for 0.5, 1, 7, and 15 watts. The 15/7 watts are options for the Headroom setting, the 1/.5 are for the Bedroom setting. The 1/2 watt works very well in the home and even at this setting, with the gain up, this amp feels very much like a fully cranked amp at full power. There is plenty of tonal options inside this thing and it's far from being a metal-only amp. I like the fact that it has an effects loop which is left off of many small amps for some reason. Back panel also features dual 8 ohm outs and a 16 ohm out as well as a footswitch jack for the channel select. You'll get your best cleans in the Headroom mode while the high gain sounds are great at classic, modern, and heavy rock. At 14 lbs it's easy to throw into the front seat of your car and take to gigs. There are a lot of YouTube reviews on this amp. Here's one from Premier Guitar. Sold new for $749. This one is mint and ships in original double boxes for $499. Includes manual and power cable.

2019 Charvel Pro Mod Dinky DK24 HH FR - Okoume, (front), (back), (headstock), (fretboard), (Floyd), (heel/output jack). 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 DeMartini 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. Superb condition; not a scratch. Frets are perfect. It has a fantastic low setup and is a very good sounding guitar. This model sold new for $999 without case or gigbag. Get this one WITH a quality gigbag for $629.

2018 EVH Wolfgang Standard WG – Matte Blue, (front  Floyd/detail), (headstock), (back), (acc.). Stock Wolfgang in immaculate condition. At $549 new, these are the most affordable Wolfgang Standards built but they have many of the same features as the pricey models including a one-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods and a speedy 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets. This means the neck plays very fast and easy and with the graphite, it will hold a set up much longer, especially during temperature and humidity changes. Other comfort features include a forearm contour for less arm fatigue as well as a belly cut that allows the guitar to fit your torso more comfortably. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose tremolo (with R2 locking nut) works very well and holds up very well even with extensive use. A pair of direct-mounted EVH humbuckers sound fat with good sustain and not as muddy as many humbuckers, possibly because of the basswood body which I think rings a bit more than mahogany. Set up is very comfortably low with no fretting out or other issues. The model sells new for $549 but get this perfect used one, set up to perfection, for just $385.

2017 Ibanez RGAIX6FM Iron Label Series, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock), (acc.). Ibanez's newest addition to the great RGA line with its sleek carved top, warm and thick mahogany tone and no frills controls and hardtail bridge, finished in Transparent Gray Flat. For the first time though, this one isn't in the Prestige line and since it's not a Japan model it's much more affordable. It's a striking looking guitar with flame top and white binding on body, neck and headstock. With its dark gray finish and black hardware it has a stealth look that give it a HM appearance. It has the All Access Neck Joint and Nitro Wizard neck with a 16" radius which is great for soloing, tapping, and single note passages and combine for superb playability. For hardtail fans the Gibraltar II bridge is lower than the original Gibraltar but has plenty of mass for good sustain and plenty of room for intonation. Another nice touch are the Gotoh Japan locking tuners. The USA DiMarzios and switching options give it great tone for all styles with defined upper mids and are ceramic which yields the fast bass response desired for HM style. Ibanez opted for 3-way with coil split on this model which gives you more combinations than a 5-way. For woods it has a thick mahogany body with a maple cap, classic. The neck is 3-piece bubinga and maple with a sleek ebony fretboard. It feels great. Lastly, it's a very light guitar so no neck fatigue. Other specs include 25.5” scale length, 24 jumbo frets, black hardware, DiMarzio Fusion Edge pickups, single volume control and satin finish body and neck. Sells new for $899. This one's pretty much immaculate, set up to perfection, and just $599. Includes manual and all tools.

OFF-HOLD: 1999 Schecter A-7+ (Avenger) 7-String, (front/back), (headstock), (bridge), There is a growing following for 7-string guitars. Once the choice of many jazz players, in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai, "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 a huge part of their band's sound. The A-7 features some very unique contours and a distinct headstock which give this guitar a look all its own. Unlike most of the Diamond Series line, which is built in Korea, I read that this model was built in Mexico, with final inspection and setup done in the USA. The quality control on this line is undoubtedly high as I've had dozens of Diamond Series, usually the Classic or "C" series, and every one set up extremely well with zero issues. The A-7 Plus features a mahogany body for a warm & fat tone, complimented perfectly by a set of Duncan Designed pickups which were custom-wound to fit this model. I've been very impressed with the Duncan-Designed HB-103 pickups used on most 6-strings and these appear to be of equal quality. Other features include 6/1 headstock, maple neck with rosewood board, diamond inlays, 25.5" scale, 24 extra jumbo frets, licensed low-profile Floyd Rose built to specs of the Floyd Rose Pro, Grover tuners, black hardware, 3-way selector with master volume and tone with large radio-style knobs. Although discontinued, the retail price on this model was $899 but this one is immaculate with plastic still on the back plates and could be sold as new - for $339(HOLD-Scott G 7/23). Add a quality Schecter wedge-shaped gigbag for $24 (pic) if desired.

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(HOLD-Jeff C 7/25). Includes certificate of authenticity, warranty, and original brown case.

2015 Gretsch G6117T-HT Anniversary w/Bigsby, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Reissue of the early 60's Gretsch "Double" (dual pickup) Anniversary, in beautiful shape. This is a fabulous archtop with high end features and classic Gretsch appointments. This "HT" version features HiLo 'Tron single coil pickups which makes this guitar brighter and better defined than the Filter 'Tron models. Chet Atkins made a living playing Gretsch's and it can certainty handle that type of finger style, as well as Rockabilly and Rock and Roll. It features the same trestle bracing used on the Chet Atkins 6120.  Part of Gretsch's Professional Collection, it features include single-cutaway bound hollow body with arched top, laminated maple body, three-piece rock maple "action flow" neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo Classic thumbnail inlays, dual Hilo'Tron pickups, three-position pickup switch, three-position master tone switch, gold plexi pickguard, black headstock overlay with chrome Anniversary plate, Waverly-style Grover Sta-Tite tuners, Space Control bridge, Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece and high-gloss sunburst finish. Other features include 24.6" scale, 1959 Trestle Bracing, 16" body width - 2.5" deep, 1-11/16" nut width, 12" fretboard radius, polished aluminum and nickel-plated hardware, knurled strap retainer pins, multi-ply body bindings and 22 frets. Although discontinued, the Anniversary listed for $3179 in 2015 and sold new for around $2K. This one's in beautiful shape with no player's wear and a quality set up, for just $1299(HOLD-Kenny M 7/23+30). Includes hardshell Gretsch case that’s slightly larger than the guitar.

GFS Effects Lot – Reverb, Trem, Fuzz, Overdrive, Tuner, (reverb), (trem), (fuzz), (OD/dist), (tuner). Nice little collection to outfit your pedalboard. All of these are built solidly with heavy duty switch and all have true bypass. All have a steel enclosure with stainless steel hardware, thick double sided high-quality PC boards and super high quality low noise components. A few details and original price: Retro ‘Verb ($69.95) is a stereo reverb and is digital but voiced to sound vintage analog. It is stereo-through so it can accommodate either a mono or stereo input and has true stereo outs. Choose Hall/Spring/Room reverb types and long or short reverb returns. Liquid Trem ($49.95) gives you the old school pulsing warm tremolo sound uses a pure analog circuit. It's the same type that Fender used on the Tremolux. Simple and perfect. Pro Fuzz ($49.95) delivers a fat, warm fuzz (not the harsh tone of a lot of fuzz's) and isn't noisy like a lot of vintage fuzz pedals. It has a very "vocal" midrange with warm lows and smooth treble. If you're not a fan of many fuzz pedals, try this! Greenie Classic distortion ($49.95) uses the mid-heavy Tube Screamer OD as the starting point but adds two more completely different voicings. Using the JRC 4558 chip there's also a unique tone control that adds an upper mid bite in the last 15% of its travel. It features modes for: "Classic" which is like the classic TS9 with thick mids, big bottom end and crunchy highs; "Fat" is a thicker, fuller, warmer version of this tone and is great for modeling amps or solid state; and "Tight" is a leaner, more modern Tube Screamer sound that's extra good for rich sounding amps. The GFT90 Tuner ($44.95) is fast and ultra-stable with plenty of brightness for stage settings. Outputs are labeled "Bypass" and "Output". Bypass allows you to keep your signal unchanged- whether the tuner is engaged or not, your guitar signal will be passed to the amp. Output mutes the sound of the guitar when the pedal is engaged which allows you to tune without the audience hearing you. These pedals will set you back $265 new. All of these are mint except for Velcro on the bottom and yours for just $175. If you need it I can include a new Roadrunner pedal case (pic) ($44 online) for $24. It’s big enough to fit these effects plus another one or two.

2018 EVH Striped Series - Black w/Yellow Stripes, (front), (back), (headstock/tuners), (trem/block), (case). Fender/EVH tribute to Ed's famous black/yellow striped Charvel hybrid that was pictured on the back of Van Halen II. That guitar was gifted to Dimebag Darrell after his passing and was buried with him. Of all the striped themes, this one, sometimes called Bumble Bee, is the coolest finish in my opinion. Like most of the EVH guitars I get this one has some upgrades, but they're minimal. The Floyd has been changed to a German/Schaller Floyd with a FU Tone heavy brass block and brass fine tuners, tuning machines were changed to German Schallers, and like most of these I get, the strap pins were changed with EVH-approved eye-hooks. It has the stock EVH D-Tuna which lets you drop your low-E string D with a flick of the wrist. Other specs include basswood body with factory B&Y striped gloss finish, 1-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement, compound radius that goes from 12" to 16" (1st/12th fret), 22 jumbo frets, dot inlays, 25.5" scale, Floyd Rose tremolo with D-Tuna and EVH humbucker mounted directly to body. Sells for $899 new. Not a scratch on this one, perfect, and even with the upgraded trem and tuners, $200 LESS than new AND includes Fender deluxe gigbag. Just $699(SOLD-Jason S 7/22). Oh...it plays fantastic. Low action, no buzz, a shredder's delight.

EVH Mini Series – Striped Yellow/Black or White/Black, (stand), (stock pic). The best mini display guitars I've had. These are individually handcrafted from solid wood with metal tuning keys. They're 1:4 scale and 10” in length and include gift box and a pretty nice stand. Sells new from EVH for $39.99. B&Y sold but B&W is available for $19.99.  

Louis Electric KR12 Head, (panel), (top), (back). Just serviced by Lou and tuned to perfection! Created in conjunction with Keith Richards (i.e. "KR") and Hubert Sumlin, this is one of the best boutique amps I've had and definitely lower production numbers than most other makers that are referred to as boutique. This one is unlike anything I've had. If you're into clean headroom or oodles of gain, this baby's for you. In addition to some of the most serious tone I've ever heard out of a combo, it's much more versatile than most, and although the panel has a vintage Fender look, the tone is much, much more. This amp is a gain monster - if you want it to be - but also is capable of more traditional crystal clean tones depending on how you plug in. The key to the gain structure is via the 4 inputs, each voiced with different amounts of gain. Combine this with a footswitch (or simply a dummy plug), and you can increase the gain to a moderate high gain setting - up to total shred - by merely plugging your guitar into a different input and/or selecting a different 2nd input for the footswitch (or dummy plug). The amp also has a Bias Adjust pot located on the chassis (pic) which makes it a easy to switch power tubes - from KT66 to 6L6 to EL34, the latter being the ones currently installed, putting out 40 watts. I'm not going to go into the full rundown here, especially with plenty of info on Louis' Site (click here) and a review by Guitar Player mag where it won an Editor's Pick award. This amp appears to have never seen a gig or been out of the home. Beautiful condition with the worst flaw being a small tolex crack next to the panel. (pic). It is a real beast (said with great compliment) when you want it to be - or it can be the sweetest tone you'd ever want, replete with loads of clean headroom. It is, of course, hand-wired, but Louis also takes pride in the fact that they hand-build their own components such as circuits and transformers. In many ways this is the best amp I've used, and certainly the most versatile good-sounding amp. Immediately prior to its arrival this amp was serviced by Lou, completely tuned up with new filter caps and new tubes. This amp sold new for $2895. Get this barely used one for $1100 cheaper, $1795.

2004 PRS McCarty Trem Brazilian, (Front), (Back), (Headstock), (Fretboard), (Case/Tag) I originally sold this one around ‘05 in "as new" condition. My local buddy bought it but only played it only several times so it's still in nearly new condition. About the guitar: A McCarty with tremolo? This is one of the original run of tremolo-equipped McCarty's built for Willcutt Guitars, largest PRS dealer in the world. The total run is estimated at only 50 guitars. If that isn't enough, these were spec'd with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, which is even more cherished now than it was in '04. Add to that a stunning amber 10-top and colorful bird inlays, and you've got a stunner there. The McCarty Trem features the fat, warm tone McCarty fans know well but with the addition of the tremolo, this model also possesses a sharper attack and added articulation that is unique to this model. Also features wide-fat neck, Phase II locking tuners, McCarty pickups and McCarty switching with a 3-way and coil-split on the tone pot. No more of these were made so they're obviously hard to come by. Look what the 2003 Les Pauls with Brazilian have done. Originally selling just slightly more than Indian, within a few years they were commanding 2X the price of Indian. Original owner paid $3600 for this way back in 2004. I think it's a great deal at the same price I sold it for in 2005, just $2599. Includes case and all the case stuff.

1973 Rickenbacker 4001 - Fireglo (cons), (front), (back/serial), (headstock), (case). First Rick bass I've had in around 10 years and like most this one has all the character of bass that's been a workhorse for nearly 50 years, with the thin nitro finish wearing through in spots. The 4001 is certainly in the top 5 electric basses of all time, famous for that Ricky tone that cuts through the mix like few others. Its tone was made famous by some of the biggest names in bass: Chris Squire, McCartney, Lemmy, Geddy and countless others. '73 was a transition year for the 4001, this one still has the early features like checkerboard binding (plain white in later '73) and Toaster neck pickup (Hi-Gain in later '73). It appears all original other than the tuners which have been changed to Schaller open-back, one of which doesn't have the logo. There was a slight separation near the fretboard (shown here) which was glued many years ago and doesn't budge so it's quite solid. Otherwise it has a finish crack in two of the inlays, a crack in the pickguard above the neck pickup and just the normal finish scrapes and moderate wear of a bass that's been enjoyed for nearly 50 years. Having said that, the top finish is in nice shape and there is no bad buckle worming on the back. This one has been around a bit but it's going to be gigging for many years to come.  It does include the bridge pickup cover and original blue-lined Tolex case that's in pretty nice shape. Vintage 4001's have gone up consistently for the past 20 years. This is a 100% solid, nice playing Rick priced for the player at $1700.

Weber MASS Attenuator, (back).  Older custom built model that weighs 12 1/2 lbs and is built like a tank.  It was built apparently before Weber started "mass" producing this unit and is a hand-made piece. The Weber MASS (Mobility Analog System Simulator) was available as either 25W, 100W or this 50W model. It has controls for studio (i.e. D.I. output) including knobs for bass, middle, treble, and volume. On the back there’s the DI output for the studio and in/out switch. You put it in your signal chain between your amp output and speaker input and it allows your power tubes to run as hot as you want, while knocking the volume back as low as you want. Great for the studio or stage and especially in a neighborhood that doesn't appreciate hearing Jimmy Page licks from 1/4 mile away. As good or better than a THD Hotplate and built for a lifetime of use. $145. 

Traveler Guitar Speedster Hot Rod V2, (front  jacks), (headstock), (tuners), (back  backside), (upper arm support), (stock pic), (gigbag). The Hot Rod is a full (24-¾") scale travel guitar that's 28% shorter (and around 50% lighter) than your favorite electric but fits in the overhead compartment on planes. It's great for private practice via the plug in headphone jack or regular jamming through any amp as you cycle through clean, boost, overdrive and distortion tones via the multi-tap tone pot. The dual-rail humbucker can be split via the 2-way switch so there are multiple useable tones in addition to the "preamp" setting selected. It also features an aux-in jack to play along with an external device such as smart phone, tablet, CD, etc. It features a removable upper arm support which you can use for increased comfort and when detached it's stored in a compartment in the gigbag. The whole unit, including gigbag, weighs just 4.75 lbs and stows easily in airline overhead compartments. Features include custom headphone amp via the tone control (Clean/Boost/Overdrive/Distortion), 1/8³ Aux-in, headphone out, 1/4" out, dual rail pickup with split switch, body and neck are Eastern American hard maple, neck-thru body design, Ebonized rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, 14:1 closed gear tuners, 1 3/4" nut width, 28" long, 1.5" body depth, operates on 2 x AAA batteries. This guitar plays very nicely, low action no buzz, and sounds very good on both pickup settings. The gain settings on the tap knob give you a very good selection of gain settings for many styles of music. Cosmetically, there is a small paint chip on the back of the body shown in the pic above and 2 chips on the arm support which we can touch up prior to shipping. Otherwise, this guitar is mint and appears to have seen very, very little use. As traveling is finally opening up a bit this would be an excellent alternative to not having a guitar on vacation. This model sells new for $449. Get this one for just $299(HOLD-Mike W 7/15).

1980 Boss GE-6 Graphic Equalizer, (sides), (serial/splice). Boss's first compact EQ pedal. Period correct features include long dash "-" between the "GE" and "6", silver lid screw, ink-stamped serial inside the lid, and black bottom Made in Japan sticker. Not museum quality but nice shape for an early Boss pedal and all original except for 9V clip which is a newer one that's spliced on. These are fairly rare since most guys in 1980 didn't appreciate the value of EQ so not many new ones were sold. Definite collector's value due to the age and rarity but, moreover, a totally useable EQ that sounds good and will never fail. $85.

OFF-HOLD: 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.

Behringer V-Amp Pro Guitar Preamp and Amp Simulator - With Custom Rack, (close-up), (back), (back panel). The V-Amp Pro is the 19 in. rack-mount version of the V-AMP 2 with extensive MIDI and digital connectivity. You get a great collection of 32 classic amps, 15 famed speaker cabinets and 16 studio-quality effects: everything from vintage combos to supercharged gain monsters. Store your own presets in the 125 memory locations or get presets developed by today's hottest players. It includes pre-DSP send/return and post-DSP stereo inserts as well as balanced stereo XLR DI out with ground lift. A BNC wordclock input for synchronization and a 24-bit/96 kHz digital output with AES/EBU and S/PDIF connectors. Plus, it has Behringer's exclusive auto wah and rotary effects and DI output with Ultra-G cabinet simulation designed by famous amp designer Juergen Rath. The V-AMP Pro is a great tool for the studio, or works equally well as you live backline set-up. The rotary knobs have LED's for easy recognition of your settings. The rack is custom made and very well built including staining and lacquer finish, with an extra space available should you want to include another effect or a one-space power amp. The V-Amp sold new for $169, not including this very nice rack. Own the one with a great custom made rack, for just $99, or without rack $79.

2018 EVH Wolfgang Standard WG – Custom 5150 Graphics, (front  Floyd/detail), (sides), (headstock), (back), (cutaway detail). Super pro 5150 graphics and finish! A few exceptional features on this model: a graphite-reinforced bolt-on baked maple neck has a hand-rubbed oil finish for fast play and extreme comfort. Add to that 22 jumbo frets on a compound fretboard that goes from 12" at the nut to a comfortable and flat 16" radius on the upper frets. Other comfort features include a forearm contour for less arm fatigue as well as a belly cut that allows the guitar to fit your torso more comfortably. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose tremolo (with R2 locking nut) works very well and holds up very well during massive dive-bombing. A pair of direct-mounted EVH humbuckers sound fat with good sustain and not as muddy as many humbuckers, possibly because of the basswood body which I think rings a bit more than mahogany. Other than the graphics the only change are EVH-approved eyehooks in place of strap pins. The graphics are done superbly, copying Ed’s original 5150 line for line, including the star and 5150 decal. It’s a pro job with gloss red-white-black with no orange peeling or other issues. It’s really a nice job. Set up is very comfortably low with no fretting out or other issues. The model sells new for $649 with stock finishes but get this one with a $300 paint job for less. $499 for this killer 5150.

RJM Effects Rat Clone, (pic2).  Don't knob much about this pedal other than it was a custom build by RJM USA Effects which is no longer building effects. It’s a clone of the old Proco Rat and uses the same LM 308N chip as well as true bypass.  Knobs are labeled V-T-G (Volume-Tone-Gain) but the Tone is more like a Filter on a Rat, going from creamy OD to a hot screaming distortion as your roll the knob clockwise, sounding much like an MXR Super Dist turned up all the way. Works on battery or standard 9V adapter and very well built for the road.  Try it out for just $49.

OFF-HOLD: 1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Fiesta Red w/Red Badge Case, (front), (headstock), (back), (case), (pics before refin: pic1  pic2  pic3). Beautiful Fiesta refinish on a last year original American Standard, in very nice shape. We sold this one a while back 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 pearloid 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 am 100% certain 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. Now includes original Red Badge case, Schaller straplocks, trem arm and and paperwork.

2007 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Chrome Silver, (front  front-2  S-1 switch), (back), (headstock  fretboard), (case). Up until a few years ago the American Deluxe was Fender top of the line production guitar, occupying a space between the American Standard and Custom shop models. It features many enhancements over the Standard including choice electronics, hardware, and cosmetic features. Electronics consists of three Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups controlled by the S-1 switching system. The S-1 switch is located in the center of the volume knob and features different pickup combinations depending on whether the switch was in the up or down position. This switching doubles the switching options including series/parallel and all three pickups simultaneously. Choice hardware options include staggered height locking tuners, two point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles and pop-in tremolo arm. Cosmetic enhancements include colorful abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo and black pear pickguard/backplate with matching pickups, black knobs and switch tip. Lastly, it features a contoured neck joint to facilitate more easy play in the upper register. Other features include alder body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets and 9.5" radius. Other than perhaps some light scratches on the plastic this guitar presents as new. Simply stunning condition and with this chrome silver finish accented with black pearl it's a head turner as well. Includes original case as well as Fender strap with pick holder, Fender cable, Schaller strap locks, polishing cloth, trem arm, all Allen keys, and assorted paperwork. Absolutely killer playing Strat, in immaculate condition, yours for $1099. 

Ron Kirn Signature Jazzmaster, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock/neck), (spec sheet), (case). I've had Ron Kirn's fine work before, the last one being a "Barnbuster" Tele style. Like the Tele, this one oozes the same vintage vibe of the Jazzmasters from the golden era of Leo Fender. Like Leo, Ron doesn't use CNC machines and uses more of a hand-made process than most other builders today. He hand-applies genuine Nitrocellulose lacquer, free of the additives most companies use in their nitro finishes today.  Although he outsources guitar necks, they are finished in the same nitro that he uses on the body.  He also levels, crowns, and polishes the frets on every guitar to ensure maximum playing comfort and the best action.  A fret level and dress alone runs around $175; it's standard on all of Ron's guitars. The original Jazzmaster model followed on the heels of the bright, cutting sound of the Strat and Tele, with a more mellow tone, a tone that was hopefully going to compete with the fat humbucker tones of Gibsons of the era. Big name players like Jimi Hendrix (in his early days), Robert Smith (Cure), and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), J Mascis and Elvis Costello are noted for their love of the Jazzmaster. Specs include alder body, '62C shaped maple neck with vintage tint and vintage roundover fretboard edge, rosewood fretboard, .850/.970 neck depth at 1st/12th frets, 9.5" radius, 25.5" scale, 21 medium jumbo frets, clay dot inlays, bone nut, 1 5/8" nut, Mastery bridge, locking vintage Gotoh tuners, hand-wound RK Custom neck and bridge pickups, parchment pickguard, standard Jazzmaster control layout and G&G Tolex/wood case. The Mastery bridge and tailpiece are a vast improvement over the original Fender design which aren’t conducive to the best tone and tend to pop out of the string slots. You can read about them here. I'm not sure about the year. Spec sheet indicates a start date of 11/26 but the hang tag indicates 1/16 so it's officially a '16 model. Although not spec'd for it, there's some nice flame on the headstock and neck. If you've got a surf jones and want something that's actually better than a base model USA Fender, here you go. Excellent condition with a super nice set up by Martin. Original price was $2600 plus shipping. Get it now for $1100 less, just $1499(HOLD – Luke P 8/12). Includes original G&G case, tags and paperwork.

2018 Martin Custom Shop OM-28 VTS, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (tags/info), (case  case2). What a killer sounding OM, in part because of its "VTS" (Vintage Tone System) Sitka spruce top. The VTS process involves putting the top through a torrefaction process to help recreate the sound and feel of an old soundboard. The top braces are Sitka (1/4" scalloped "Golden Era" style). The guitar also sports beautiful East Indian rosewood back & sides, mahogany neck with the "Modified Low Oval" profile & "Performance Taper", ebony bridge & fingerboard, bone nut with 1 3/4" nut width, drop-in style bone saddle, grained ivoroid bindings, herringbone top trim, short pattern Diamonds & Squares inlay pattern, and Grover butter bean tuners. For more info about this model and the VTS top click here. The tone is best described as clear, defined treble and midrange, with a very balanced, punchy bottom end. It's very expressive, with a lot of volume and tone. Set up is low and comfortable and it’s offered in flawless condition including case with all the paperwork. New price on this guitar, and there are still a few new ones available, was $3299. How about getting this beauty for $1200 less, just $2099(HOLD-Rich 7/9). Includes 3-ply wood/Tolex case with Olive Drab lining and all paperwork.

Fender HSS Strat Loaded Pickguard – JB+Texas Specials, (back). Super pro assembly, drop in ready. This is a killer set up with a Seymour Duncan JB bridge humbucker and two Custom Shop Texas Specials in the middle and neck, with USA pots and switch mounted on a Fender HSS tortoise guard. All wires tied off with zip ties and cut to perfect length. Easy install – just connect the output jack wires and ground wire and you’re up and running. You’ve got $274 worth of parts here ($212 pickups, $37 guard, $25 pots/switch) plus whatever your tech might charge to build this up but I’d guess around $300 all in. Get it here for just $175. Remind me and I can include the tortoise back plate (pic) for $7 extra.

2018 Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster - Olympic White, (front), (back), (headstock), (acc.  Plek tag), (gigbag). “As new” condition. One very important upgrade here - a Plek job and bone nut done by Sweetwater before it even shipped out. Plek is a computer-guided process that scans, levels, and dresses your guitar's frets to a microscopic level of accuracy for the lowest possible action. This means no loss of sustain, minimized fret buzz, and no fretting out when bending strings and complete consistency anywhere on the neck. Combined with installation of a Bone nut the job costs $259. The Strat is based on Ritchie's iconic '70s Strat which features a distinctive scalloped fingerboard, '70s-style "F" tuners, and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil pickups, along with a "dummy" middle pickup. It also has the vintage-style 3-bolt maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, large headstock with bullet truss rod adjustment, and flush-mounted straplocks on the Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster. With larger pole pieces these SSL-4 pickups have around twice the output of normal single coils. They're controlled by a 3-way switch to select either, or both and with the neck pickup wound RW/RP it's essentially a humbucker in the middle position. Other features include 7.25" radius, 21 vintage frets, alder body with Olympic White finish, vintage style synchronized tremolo and flush mounted Dunlop strap locks. The difference a Plek job cannot be overstated. It transforms a guitar that plays good into a guitar that plays phenomenal…like this one. Original price with the Plek job and nut was $1484 but get it now $500 cheaper, just $984(HOLD-Stephen L 7/9). This guitar is in mint condition and has the original double-box from Sweetwater.

Fender Fuzz Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Vintage 70's, built like a tank and sounds awesome. The idea is the same as the Mica effect above, but the distortion is a little more tame, although with the dial pegged it does get as shrill as you'll ever want to hear, passing pretty much only high frequencies. By blending the fuzz and wah you get some very thick fuzzy tones, some fat bass tones with just a little overdrive, or some piercing tones. With the rocker pedal in the middle and the fuzz engaged, it sounds like two guitars, one with a clean notch filter tone and the other one fuzzed out. Very rare effect, only the second one I've had and the first in the "square off" shape, rather than the rounded corners as found on the reissues. Reissues were $199 but here's one that's around 45 years old, 100% functional and nice vintage condition, for less. $175(HOLD-Brian B 7/10).

Mica Wau Wau Wailer, (pic2). Very rare 60's Japan effect that's sort of a Fender Blender with built-in fuzz and wah-wah effects, with a rocker pedal to control the amount effect with the pump of the foot. Controls include separate Fuzz and Wah on/off switches, and knobs for Fuzz Depth and Balance, which blends the Wah with the Fuzz. To quote the Guitar Player vintage pedal shootout, "This pedal's "wow wow" voice sounds pretty decent, but the Wailer easily wins the "Most Disgusting Fuzz" medal, though there were plenty of runners-up. We've yet to hear thinner, stinkier, or more irritating buzz. Well done." This fuzz isn't for everyone but it will go places that no other fuzz can go. Overall nice shape for a pedal of its age and considering its rarity, a cool effect for $150(HOLD-Brian B 7/10).

BYOC Phase Royal, (circuit).  BYOC's take on the classic MXR Phase 90 circuit, but with massive modifications including a depth control to add just a hint of phase shifting. Resonance control to adjusts the vocal quality of the phase shifting, from chewy script logo tones to throaty vowel like tones. Also added is a wet/dry mix control that goes from 100% clean guitar signal to pure phase shifting pitch vibrato that's similar to the Magnatone vibrato. IC's are four of the classic JRC 4558D. They've also added two more phase stages for a total of 6 phase stages. It does the classic Phase 90 tone that's even more intense and over the top but added a switch so you can change between 4 and 6 phase stages.  Check out YouTube for some demo's, like this one.  Sells new as a DIY kit for $89.99 but this one's pro-assembled...for less. Just $59. I got ambitious with a label maker but if you want to paint it I can include fresh labels. 

2015 Schecter PT Diamond Series w/case (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (side/binding), (case). From Schecter's popular Diamond Series comes this killer PT. Looks like it was played for a few days and put in the case and under the bed. This model is an evolution of the Tele style Schecter that Pete Townsend used to play (thus the PT moniker) and is an excellent quality import Tele copy. Features include alder body with high gloss black finish, single ply cream binding, black hardware, PT-H hardtail bridge with strings thru body, thin-C maple neck (.787" X .866") with dot inlays and 22 X-jumbo frets, Grover tuners, 25.5" scale, 14" fretboard radius, 1.653" nut, 2-way adjustable truss rod and two Schecter Custom Shop handwound pickups. Controls are 3-way selector with volume control and tone control with push/pull for coil splitting. Excellent set up and with the no-pickguard body, sleek black finish and cream binding, there's an elegance to this guitar not normally associated with a Telecaster. Sells new with case for $748 ($599+$149 case). Get this immaculate barely used one for $525(Hold – John 7/8). Includes Schecter hardshell case in similarly clean condition.

2003 Warwick Rock Bass Corvette 4, (front), (back), (headstock). Super comfortable to play, superb tone, all in an affordable and attractive bass. The Rock Bass offers unprecedented value in a Warwick as part of their import line. Marketed to rock players, with the string spacing, active electronics, and a fast neck feel that lets you play hard-driving, powerful bass. From a player's standpoint, it's extremely well balanced, easy to play, seems to hug your body just right, much like a Spector. There are many tonal options via the dual MEC pickups with two-band active preamp. As with all Corvette Basses, it features quality MEC "Gold active pickups. The latest iteration of the Rock Bass Corvette features larger MEC pickups that look like Musicman, but I can't imagine they sound better than these. Body is alder with a transparent blue finish that lets the grain show through. The new Rock Bass Corvette with two piece bridge and Musicman style pickups sells for $1199. For around 1/3 that price you can have this older model, set up to perfection and ready to gig right now. Just $399 and includes gigbag.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, (front), (back) (stock pic), (sample software). USB interfaces are getting hard to find and here’s one that’s like new 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 but this one's "as new" for just $159(SOLD-Mike 8/5).

2014 EVH Wolfgang WG-T Standard – with Upgrades and Mods, (front), (back), (headstock), (kill switch), (pickups), (logo). Best playing guitar for under $1K! If you like to shred with low action and tone that the crowd will remember, this is for you. We got this one in with the logo removed but Martin just installed a genuine EVH logo and outfitted it with quality pickups so it looks as good as it sounds. Pickups are genuine EVH Wolfgang pickups (bridge and neck) which sell for $290 and feature Alnico 2 magnets and hot 16K output. Other mods include a “kill” switch in place of the original 3-way (forward to 3:22 here for example), while a mini-three way replaces the original tone pot. Lastly, it has Ed-approved eye-hook strap pins and a black/chrome hardware mix. 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. 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 and it plays as easy as USA models costing 5X the price, just incredible. Similarly, the tone is far superior thanks to the EVH pickups. I can say without hesitation that this $450 guitar can be used for pro gigs. These sold for $499 with the mediocre import pickups. Get this one with top of the line Wolfgang pickups for $50 less. $449 for this one including gigbag.

2013 "Gibson" (Epi) Thunderbird IV-Classic Pro Bass, (front  front2), (back  back2), (headstock  stock truss cover), (gigbag). Okay, so it's not a real Gibson, although it does have a real Gibson logo/truss cover. There are a few cosmetic changes on this guitar, all of them cool, all of them easily reversible. In addition to the truss rod cover/logo, block "inlays" have been installed. The fretboard blocks are just thin adhesive type and while they'll stay put for years they can be easily removed if that's your preference. About Thunderbird basses: one of the coolest body shapes of all time, based on the 60's classic Gibson model, complete with reverse body styling. The Thunderbird IV Classic Pro in Vintage Sunburst has the looks and features of a high end bass including 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for increased sustain. It also features Gibson TB Plus humbucking pickups with two volume controls and a master tone control. Other features include black hardware, high mass bridge and classic 'T-bird insignia on pickguard. This bass plays beautifully and has some of the growl of a Jazz bass, but more of the fat bottom, like a P-bass. Has seen very little use and is offered in perfect condition. This model with the neck-thru sells new for $549 without case. This one includes a high quality Thunderbird gigbag that sells new for $79-89 and features heavy nylon exterior, 30mm foam padding, padded shoulder straps, extra reinforcement at the headstock and body, extra large zippers and pulls, 3 Accessory pockets and strong padded handle. If you're looking for one of the definitive rock basses, made in the traditional 60s way, this one is $479. Includes both the Gibson logo and Epiphone logo, plus a quality gigbag.

Peavey Rockmaster - Single Humbucker, (front), (back), (headstock). Your very basic starter guitar but this one plays great and that's super important when you're just starting out. A lot of beginner electrics are toys but this is far from that. Although very lightweight, it uses a 7/8 basswood body and full scale (25.5") neck so it feels the same as playing a Strat. Other features include maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, single humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls, die-cast tuners, 1.65" nut width, hardtail bridge with strings-thru-body. It's a good sounding guitar and that combined with very comfortable action should make this an easy pick for someone looking for their starter guitar, or even a more accomplished player who just wants a cool single-humbucker guitar. Very clean, no flaws noted anywhere and just set up today including a new set of D’Addario light gauge strings. $59.

2018 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H FR – Snow White, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd/Kill switch), (upgraded trem parts), (gigbag/strap). An affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models. The new Pro Mods still feature a genuine Floyd Rose trem, Duncan pickups, and that wonderful feeling hand-rubbed Charvel maple neck, plus this has some cool upgrades. Killer pickups in this model with a Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan ’59 in the neck, allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. The Volume control is a push/pull to split the coils, allowing 6 great tonal variations. The recessed Floyd Rose FRT-1000 is an very good trem system that seems impervious to going out of tune and bends very predictably and accurately. It also features a great felling two-piece maple neck with 22 jumbo and a pair of graphite reinforcement rods to make it as stable as a neck can be. The rolled fingerboard edges give it a nice broken-in feel and seems to allow me to play a bit faster.  The neck is a compound radius with a hand-rubbed urethane finish and jumbo frets. A few upgrades here including FU-Tone big brass trem block, tremolo stopper, Dunlop strap with Dunlop straplocks and a Kill Switch in place of tone control. Lastly, logo has been replaced with a USA logo. These sell new for $869 without case or gigbag. I’ve had a bunch of the USA models and this Mex plays at least as good as the best of the bunch. Beautiful. Get this one with a killer setup, in really nice shape WITH a Charvel deluxe gigbag and some cool upgrades for $599(HOLD-Anthony 7/10). 

Peavey Automixer Footswitches. (one of the 2-button switches was sold) For your old-school Peavey amps. Choice of 2-button or 3-button. 3-button has a spliced cable. All use the 5-pin din plug and long stage cables attached. $25/each.

2018 Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Jet with Bigsby - Airline Silver, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (case). Classic Gretsch solidbody jet with an arched maple top and chambered basswood body finished in a gloss Airline Silver finish. Some nice touches on this model including quality pickups and hardware, body and neck binding, and classic thumbnail inlays. For pickups Gretsch went with Blacktop Filter'Trons for the classic 50's Gretsch tone. Although they're humbuckers, they're voiced differently than most with a less fat (and muddy) bottom end but with a jangly tone that cuts more like a single coil. With the chambered body, they yield a very woody tone that's clear and a bit more complex than the average humbucker. Other features include black walnut fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge with Bigsby vibrola tailpiece and vintage Kluson type tuners. Set up is low and comfortable and cosmetically it's in excellent condition with zero fret wear. Only mod is the truss rod cover was lost so we used a Gibson part. This deal also includes a quality Canadian-made Gretsch/TKL case, Tolex over wood, which is in similarly perfect condition. With a new one running $599 plus $149 for this model case, get this nice used one including this quality case for $529.

2013 PRS Custom 24, 10-top, Birds (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case  hangtag). Beautiful CU24 with an Autumn Sky "10" top with bird fretboard inlays. First time I’ve had this finish and it’s quite impressive. Features include carved figured Maple 10 top, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard with Bird inlays, Pattern Regular carved mahogany neck, HFS and Vintage Bass (neck and bridge) pickups, volume and tone controls with a 5-way blade selector, PRS Gen III tremolo, PRS Phase III locking tuners and nickel hardware. Worth mentioning, it’s light weight; at 7 lbs 6.4 oz it’s easy on the back. This model has the square bobbin pickups which are designed identical to the rounded bobbins so they sound the same but look a bit sleeker. If you're unfamiliar with some of PRS's new neck profiles, the Pattern Regular (aka Standard) neck is a round neck shape that is 1/32 narrower (1 21/32" vs. 1 11/16") and not quite deep (27/32" vs. 28/32") as the Wide Fat neck . Still, it is chunky enough that it fills up your hand more than a Wide Thin/Pattern Thin. Playability on PRS Core series is typically as good as it gets and this one is no exception. Low and comfortable, barely a hint of fret wear. Cosmetically it’s in nice shape with just a few light scratches and impressions in the clear coat only. I’m seeing new Custom 24 10-tops from a major PRS dealer at $4330 (ouch D) but it pays to shop around. Get this nice used one for $2150(SOLD-Brian L 7/15). Includes case that’s not as clean as the guitar, hangtag, trem arm, manual, and other misc stuff.

2009 Crafter SA-QMOS Slimline Acoustic Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp), (case/strap). A lot of guys inquire about my "got to" guitar. The guitar I gig with 90% of the time is a modified SA-QMOS. It can cover all the acoustic stuff I do plus is very capable of rock music with the magnetic pickups. The reason I like it is the tone, versatility, comfort, and superb playability. This QMOS is just like mine except we added a P90 bridge pickup and 3-way switch to my personal guitar. The SA-QMOS is a highly regarded copy of the Taylor T5 with excellent playability, much like the T5's I've had. The stock electronics are quality stuff with a L.R. Baggs Element saddle transducer, Kent Armstrong lipstick neck pickup, and a blend fader to mix the acoustic and electric tones. The preamp also includes controls for volume, mute, phase, bass, middle, and treble. Other features include finely quilted maple veneer top finished orange sunburst, solid back and sides, sound chambered body with dual bound f-holes, mahogany neck, Indian rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl inlays, 1 11/16" nut, 25 1/2" scale, 18:1 deluxe tuners, Indian rosewood bridge, gloss finish, and dovetail neck joint. Overall excellent condition. Frets are perfect so I don't think it's seen much actual playing time. This guitar sounds excellent with quality acoustic tones from the Baggs Element and electric tones from a Tele style lipstick pickup that's great for country or jazz. There isn't any feedback issues with either the electric or acoustic pickups so it would work very well in a live setting with monitors cranked up. Overall, this guitar performs flawlessly. The SA-QMOS listed for $1199 and sold new for around. Based on my love for this model I consider it an exceptional buy at $599. Excellent quality 6-latch original case and is included as well as a Lock-It locking strap.

PRS Soapbar Pickup. From a recent PRS SE One. Removed when new so clean shape and a good upgrade for many P90 guitars. $29. Includes spacer/spring set.

Fender Sidekick Reverb 30 1X12 Combo (Japan), (back), (patchbay). Good sounding 1980s combo with lots of EQ and a full-feature patchbay including effects loop, headphone jack, line/recording out, and reverb on/off jack. Front panel offers Vol, Master Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass, Pres, and Reverb, with a red LED power light. The reverb circuit, complete with Accutronics reverb tank, is lush sounding with tons of reverb if you want it. Surprisingly, for a solid state amp it has life in the tone, not the sterile tone of many SS amps. When you dial up the volume control it goes from increasingly saturated at around 6 and full blown metal at 9/10. Dial it back and it has a surprisingly authentic Fender clean sound with sparkly cleans and ample headroom. The main difference in this little 30W combo is the 12" speaker. While most small amps come with an 8" or 10", the 12" really makes the difference in making it sound large. I was working retail at Hotlicks when these came out (along with the 10" Sidekick 15 and 12" Sidekick 65) and I remember demo'ing a lot of guitars through one of them in the late 80s. Offered in clean shape and if you remind me I'll include a footswitch for the Reverb jack. Great little practice amp or amp for somebody's first band. $99.

Analogman King of Tone V4 (High-Gain Right Side), (top), (back). AKA King of Backorders. As of late June 2000, they were shipping orders from early June 2017 so there's a huge industry on the secondary market for used KOT's. The reason for the 3-year wait? They are incredible sounding pedals which have made them the current day Klon. What is the KOT? It's a killer 2-channel overdrive pedal that can replace three pedals you're currently using:  Overdrive, Distortion, and Clean Boost, and probably sounds better than any of the three you currently have. For full info and sound samples, check out Analogman's KOT page here.  Some lucky and very patient folks have bought theirs from Mike for $275 but since there are none on the new market, clean Ver. 4 KOT's with all the "stuff" are going for $600-$700 and up (Reverb link).  If you want a nice one with the box and all the stuff, this one's just $575(HOLD-Pamela K 7/3).

Boss CE-2 Chorus, (sides), (serial). Early model with the long “dash” and metal 9V door screw. Serial 9800, made in Sep ’80. Perhaps the most highly regarded chorus pedal of all time, the CE-2 was Boss’s very first compact pedal, debuting in 1978 and continuing through around 1990, with the later years being of Taiwan origin. Boss’s original chorus pedal, the much larger CE-1 was released 1976 and contained the exact same circuit as the Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120 Amp. The CE-2 circuit is very similar but the mids are boosted in the CE-2 compared to the CE-1. It is very lush sounding, very natural, and while there aren’t many controls to tweak, it sounds good wherever you set the knobs. Not cheap but these earliest CE-2’s have always been popular on the used/vintage market. This one works perfectly and is priced at $139(HOLD-Philip A 7/4).

1996 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard (cons), (front  pic2), (back  pic2), (headstock), (signatures), (case). Beautiful condition on this 24-year-old Custom Shop LP. I wasn't sure what it was so I had Gibson run the serial and they told me it was a special order Standard with a AA flamed maple top, '58 neck and Zebra '57 pickups. Other than some very light scratches that we'll buff out prior to shipping the worst flaw is lightly tarnished hardware. We can clean the hardware upon request, but some players like the look of aged nickel plating so we'll leave it alone unless otherwise requested. This is an attractive guitar with a lovely heritage cherry sunburst finish and figuring that isn't maple on steroids but something more akin to what many '59 Bursts look like. At exactly 9 lbs it's a medium weight. It plays beautifully with low action and buzz free, with very good sustain. I would guess that it's seen very little use judging by zero fret wear and the fact that every nib is fully on the fret ends with zero cracks. There are a few signatures and initials in the control cavity (pic). For a little more than a recent Les Paul Standard Plus you can own this lovely Custom Shop Standard. Just $2799. Includes Custom Shop case and manual.

Ultimate Support Pedalboard and Case, (pic2), (pic3). High quality GSP-500 Genesis Series pedalboard that uses their universal power supply mounting system. It  uses clamps to fit a wide variety of power supplies underneath the board. Additionally, their cable management system under the board use a specially angled design and prevents cord clutter. Large enough to fit a lot of pedals at 24" X 14.3". Includes the GSP-USHB2-50 Hybrid Series soft case with a spacious top storage compartment. Sells new for $199. Get this lightly used model for $119. Velcro already attached to the base and I'll include Velcro for the bottom of your pedals. 

2012 Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). One of Taylor's most popular grand concert models, due no doubt to its modest price, while the workmanship and tone are as fine as any of the higher series.  The GC3 is pretty much the same guitar as the 312 and like the 312 features all solid woods including gloss finished Spruce 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, despite the smaller GC size, fills the room with sound. Other features include 14-fret mahogany neck, white-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout, pearl dot inlays, 1-3/4" nut width, 24 7/8" scale, ebony bridge, 6-layer white/black bound top with white bound back and sealed Taylor tuners. With its smaller non-cutaway body, shorter scale and 1.75" nut the GC3 is a very good choice for a fingerstyle guitar. I would rate it at least as high as a Martin 000. Action is low with no extraneous buzz or annoying sympathetic overtones. Just a joy to play. Offered in very clean shape, obviously has seen very little use. For $799(HOLD-Jason P 7/2) it's as nice smaller body acoustic as you'll find. Includes Taylor case.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini – FFM2 Germanium. Mint condition FFM2 with Germanium transistors. Everybody likes a germanium fuzz in their pedalboard but the larger models take up a load of space on your pedalboard, thus the Mini. The FFM2 has vintage circuitry with modern modifications. It's based on the mid-'60s Fuzz Faces with slightly mismatched germanium transistors which contributes to a warmth that you can't get out of the harsher sounding silicon transistors. Legends like Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour swore by them. These sell new for $129 but this one is flawless and just $85.

2018 Gibson SG Junior - Vintage Cherry (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (accessories), (case). Other than the Gibson historic script logo on the headstock this guitar looks identical to the original Junior that came out in 1961. The SG was the epitome of simplicity with its all-mahogany construction, single dog-ear P-90, nickel wraparound bridge, decal logo and dot inlays. Although not a fancy guitar to me it is elegant in its simplicity with its sleek beveled edges, bright cherry nitro finish and the pickguard lines as it follows the body. It was designed perfectly and the fact that it's unchanged in 60 years is evidence of that. Regular readers will know that I'm a Junior fanatic. To me mahogany and a P90 are the perfect marriage and the simplicity of a single pickup and wraparound bridge make this the perfect guitar. Other features of this '18 model include mahogany neck with Slim Taper profile, rosewood fretboard, cryogenically treated medium frets, Tektoid nut, 12" radius, Vintage Deluxe tuners with white plastic buttons and 5-ply BWBWB pickguard. Beautiful tone from this P90, it screams when you lean into it, and sounds rather mellow when you lay back, especially when you dial the volume a bit. Tonally, it's near perfection. Set up is very low without buzz. Collector owned and offered in "as new" condition without a scratch or any signs of use. I don't know what they're offering now but in '18 this model came with the Gibson accessory kit including a very well made multi-purpose set up tool, fretboard protector, leather strap, polishing cloth and owner's manual. Yours for a nice price of $979(SOLD-Jim M local 6/29).

2019 Fender Player Duo-Sonic HS w/case, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock), (case). Dead mint/unplayed condition. Good to see Fender finally coming out with a nice quality Duo-Sonic. They've done a Squier version which was a good guitar for the money but had little in common with the original models. Released in 1956, the Duo-Sonic (and single pickup Musicmaster) was marketed for the student guitarist. It was simple, with a scaled down body with comfortable rounded edges all around, dual single coil pickups and short (22.5") scale length. The new Duo-Sonic, offered with two single coils or this humbucker/single coil combination has the same small rounded body, simple design electronics with volume/tone/3-way switch, and hardtail string-thru-bridge with bent steel saddles. A few enhancements from the original design include a flatter 9.5" radius, 22 (medium jumbo) frets, and slightly longer 24" scale length. With a scale 1.5" shorter than a Strat or Tele you'll notice that strings easily bend up 3 half-steps or more. It's a lot of fun to play. The humbucker is tappable via push-pull tone pot which gives you a total of 5 pickup combinations. Other features include Fender/Ping sealed tuners, C-shaped maple neck, synthetic bone nut, Duo-Sonic single and humbucker pickups and vintage logo. This guitar plays with ease and is in fact is capable of sounding similar to the Duo-Sonics of yesteryear, plus some more modern tones. These sell new for $599 without a case or gigbag. Get this one in brand new condition with a new case for just $499. Includes case with keys, hang tag, and original paperwork.

1994 Fender 40th Anniv. American Standard Stratocaster – Torino Red (cons), (front  pic2), (back), (headstock), (blem), (emblems), (case  case candy).  Cleanest one on the planet! There is one small blem, and it’s the only flaw on this guitar (see pic above) which is a small ding on the back of the neck which we will fill and clean up at no cost. Although they made these for a full year, there aren’t many clean ones in circulation these days, and virtually none in museum condition like this one.  Everybody who collects Strats is sitting on one and since the original cost wasn't at a premium, many of them have been simply played out over the past 25 years.  Specs are the same as a regular AmStd model from the era with the exception of a commemorative neckplate which is engraved with "1994" and  "40 years...and still rockin'" -  plus it has a red/white/blue badge on the headstock. The American Standard Strat made its debut in the fall of ’86 and had a very successful 14-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard series. This particular version marked the 40th anniversary of the original Strat in 1954. They underwent many feature changes over the years, including a very dark era in ’83-’85 but when the American Standard made its debut at the ’86 NAMM show it was an immediate hit, with improved pickups and electronics including the TBX tone control, a very effective tremolo system and the very popular 9.5” fretboard radius with larger frets. This is an excellent playing guitar and it reminded me of the first American Standards that came into the Hotlicks when I was working there in ’87. It truly looks as clean as the ones that came straight from the factory. It has a nice, lively body when makes gives it a rich, full tone. Rather rare for this era, it tips the scales at a scant 7 lbs, 14 oz, which is almost a pound lighter than the average ’94. Even though Fender made 1000's of this model they certainly have investment potential over and above a comparable '93 or '95 with the same features. This one isn’t cheap but if you’re looking for what is probably the cleanest 40th on the market it’s worth it. Did I mention that the plastic is still on the pickguard and backplate?! Just $1399 in a desirable Torino Red finish, which is iconic for ’87-’95 Strats. Includes original red-badge case plus pretty much all the case candy including manuals, strap, straplocks, cable, polishing cloth, bumper sticker, and 40th Anniv hangtag.

2014 Epiphone 1960 Les Paul Tribute Plus, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Excellent quality upscale Epi with killer looks and top quality electronics. The first thing you notice is the perfectly flamed maple top finished in Midnight Ebony, accented with cream binding and zebra pickups. Stock pickups are my customers #1 choice for Gibsons, a Gibson USA 57 Classic and Classic Plus. They are simply above any Burstbucker made. Pickups are wired to push/pull tone pots for series/parallel switching, and it's all wired to a Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector, yielding 6 tonal choices. A fantastic player, it's outfitted with the super comfortable'60 slim-taper neck with deep-set neck tenon (mahogany with rosewood board and 22 med. jumbo frets). It also features quality hardware with locking 16:1 Grover tuners, locking ABR bridge, and locking strap pins and strap locks. Offered in super clean condition and any fine scratches in the pics were removed during buffing. Low and comfortable set up, killer tone, and more versatility than you'll find on most traditional Les Pauls. The LP Tribute Plus sells new for $849. Get this perfect used one for $499(HOLD-Chris R 7/9). Includes Epi hardshell case and strap locks.

2019 Fender FSR Player Stratocaster - Shell Pink, (front), (back), (headstock), (docs). "As new", unplayed condition. One of the coolest custom colors of the 50s comes back in an affordable Strat with the perfect mix of vintage and modern. Updated features include the 22-fret neck, medium jumbo frets, 9.5" modern radius, modern C neck shape and 2-point tremolo. Other features include alder body, gloss finished neck (satin on back), synthetic bone nut, Fender Player Strat single coil pickups with Alnico 5 magnets and staggered poles, 5-way switching, bent steel saddles, tone knob for neck/middle and tone knob for bridge, parchment knobs/covers/tip and 3-ply tortoise pickguard. This guitar is unplayed without a hint of use. Plastic still on the pickguard and includes all documentation and trem arm. More importantly, it’s a very loud guitar acoustically and sounds excellent plugged in. Online price was $725 but this one’s $200 cheaper. $525(Hold – Mike 7/14) and set up to perfection.

1978 Magnum Pro by FujiGen, (front - binding), (back), (headstock), (flaws), (pickups), (control cavity), (case  pic2). Somewhat rare set-neck Magnum Pro! For anyone who is unfamiliar with the brief run of Magnum Pro guitars, they were commissioned by Manny's Music in NYC in the late 70s to have these built in the Fuji-gen factory in Japan, alongside similar Ibanez guitars and they share many cosmetic features including the Ibanez headstock of the era, body shape, knobs, bridge, and body routing. There were several models built including bolt-ons and this model set-neck. From everything I've read only a few hundred were made. My guess is that they were priced around Ibanez money but without the Ibanez name on them it must have been a hard sell. Regardless, judging by this one the quality was certainly on par with Ibanez from the era. Manny's spec'd this guitar and it isn’t identical to any Ibanez. With its set-neck design it closely resembles the Ibanez CN250 with an asymmetrical body with the treble-side horn shorter and deeper than the bass horn, 7-layer black and white binding and arched top. Where it differs from the CN250 is the dot inlays in place of the vintage vine, two mini switches on the Magnum as opposed to one on the CN250. Specs include mahogany body with carved maple bridge, maple neck with select ebony fretboard, Gibraltar bridge and fancy engraved tailpiece, 24.75” scale, 24 VelveTouch (jumbo) frets, gold plated hardware and Sure Grip knobs. I think the pickups are Maxon V2's but I'll ask anyone with more info to clue me in if I'm wrong. The mini-switches are series/parallel, one for each pickup. Cosmetically it's in lovely shape for 40+ years with the worst flaws being some rubs on the edge of the headstock and rubs around the back edge of the body and a few short lacquer cracks near the mini switches. Top and back are overall in beautiful condition. Frets are near pristine. Prices on clean set neck models have hovered around $1K with beaters and bolt-on models going considerably lower. For a fairly clean and fantastic player this is a nice buy at $699. Includes a 70's semi-hard case that I suspect is probably original.

Celestion Ten 30 Speaker. AKA G10R-30 and original equipment for many 10” combo amps today. Good replacement speaker and an upgrade for some combo amps. Specs include 8 ohms, 85 Hz - 5.5 kHz freq response, 30W RMS power handling, 1.25" voice coil. Sells everywhere for $35 but get this one for $20.

Boss DD-6 Digital Delay.  Same specs as above. One changed knob, missing bottom label, works perfectly. $65.

Pettyjohn Gold Overdrive, (pic2), (internal). Described as the new gold standard for low noise, edge-of-breakup to distortion, with amp-like dynamics and feel. It features a three band studio grade EQ providing enough tone shaping to work well any rig. Offering studio grade electronics and years of tweaking by Pettyjohn, it's toneful and built like a truck. I mean this is one heavy (literally) pedal. The Gold excels at cleaning up with pick attack or volume knob. The gain covers any Brit sound from low-gain edge of breakup “plexi” style tones through full on distortion. It's their most versatile drive pedal yet and features a parametric mid control which lets you boost OR cut with a wide sweep-able range that covers from 400Hz to 2kHz. Inside the box it has 2 extra settings controls on Mini-pots: one toggle controls the headroom of the gain amp while the other mini-toggle adds a vintage amp style Orange Drop capacitor into the High EQ circuit to give you a slightly softer, warm “vintage” flavor that can work really nice to with bright amps or guitars. This pedal sold new for $249. This one's barely used and is just $175.

Fender Pro Junior - USA - Mullard Power, (top), (back), (tube chart/tubes). Early Brea Calif. model. In recent years I've had a variety of hand-wired boutique 10" combo's and a bunch of the recent budget 5-waters by Epi, Vox, Fender Champion 600, etc. The hand wired boutique combo's sound great but they're expensive; the budget combos, well, you get what you pay for. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the Pro Junior for quality tone in a solidly built amp. With simply a volume and tone control, the Pro Junior won't waste any of your time trying to dial in the "perfect" tone. Just crank it up and let 'er rip. The Pro Junior is powered by a pair of EL84's putting out 15 watts, but 15 *tube* watts is quite loud, along the lines of a 35 watt solid state, only better sounding. It also features a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes. With a fairly heavy Fender/Eminence 10" speaker, this amp carries the guitar spectrum very well, with sufficient lows as to sound like a "real" amp, not just a practice amp. Put one of these on a barstool, put a mic in front of it, and you'll have the whole club jumping. Designed to work with your guitar's volume - sounds clean with your guitar turned down and gets dirtier as you turn up your axe. The look is very much vintage Fender, with classic black tolex, vintage style badge, vintage style handle, chrome panel, and chicken head knobs. Some people don't realize how much power tubes can affect tone. If you A/B these Mullards with stock tubes you'll notice that the Mullards are more musical, with more dynamic range. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a compact grab 'n' go amp that works well multiple guitars and multiple styles. Worst flaws are scratching on the chrome plate on back and a little tolex tear on the right bottom edge. Overall very nice shape. Check prices on these. Many are going $350-$450. Get this one for $325(HOLD-Andrew C 6/29).

1996 Fender Standard Strat – Black – with Warmoth Neck and DiMarzio, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickguard assembly), (heel) (neck before/after). Now with a DiMarzio Area ’61 bridge pickup! We had this ’96 Standard Strat in nice shape, with a neck that would only set up with mediocre action which, around here, means it needs another neck. I had this Warmoth neck among my spares that’s a converted 22-fret, i.e. now a 21 fret. Martin did a nice job, see the neck detail pic above, to make it look regular. It had a small wood ship next to the heel that he filled and although it’s visible, you can’t feel it with your fingertip. Judging by the frets this neck has 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 in the neck and middle, and the DiMarzio bridge sounds fantastic. Fatter and no hum, even with high gain amps. Pots and switch are USA. It plays super nice and 100% solid Strat that’s better than stock. Nice guitar for $399, including gigbag.

1985 Fender Japan Contemporary Squier Stratocaster HH, (front), (bridge/trem/pickup), (pickups), (neck date), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). (Don’t confuse with the later Indonesian or Chinese Contemporaries). This is one of those "sleeper" guitars - excellent quality but not widely known by the public. The first year they were called "Squier" but around '87 the exact same guitars were shipped, less the Squier name and they become the Japan Standard models. Cosmetically the Contemporary series were quite different. They didn’t use a pickguard, the output jack is a barrel jack on the side, and controls are accessed via a control plate on the back. There’s also the rounder contours and black headstock with silver writing. Unlike many of the Contemporary series with the Fender System I/II/III locking trem's, this model should appeal more to the traditionalist with a vintage trem, and an excellent one at that, with a steel trem block, with stamped steel saddles, basically the same trem assembly found on the Vintage Series. Another departure from the vintage models is the HH pickup configuration, controlled by a mini 3-way switch. Plus…it features Gibson’s shorter 24.75” scale. Also features excellent quality Gotoh/Fender stamped tuners.  One change to this guitar: bridge pickup has been replaced with a G&B PRS SE pickup; neck pickup is the stock humbucker. Also Schaller locking strap pins installed. Cosmetically it's in lovely shape and judging by the minimal fret wear, not much playing time seen. Setup is extremely comfortable - these are fantastic necks on this model and of the dozen or so I've had, every one set up with excellent action. One thing you might notice are the sexy edge contours on this body, on all sides, with a much softer edge than a Standard Strat. It’s more comfortable against the body and also makes it look like an expensive model. This is an excellent value in a quality Fender Japan Strat. $339 includes a heavy original MIJ Squier gigbag.

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. It is virtually a new guitar that easily compares to Fenders costing over $2000. Get this one, fully assembled and set up properly, with a new MTS molded case, for just $1199.

2019 Fender Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazzmaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (lead circuit controls). Most affordable authentic Jazzmaster ever made by Fender and it's issued in the Classic Vibe series which provides more bang for the buck than any other Fender. Features include Olympic white gloss finish, poplar body, C-shaped maple neck with Indian Lauren fretboard, 21 tall narrow frets, 25.5" scale on a vintage-tinted neck, 9.5" fretboard radius, Fender designed Alnico single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector, 6-saddle Mustang-style bridge with barrel saddles and non-locking floating vibrato, vintage style tuners, 4-plus tortoise pickguard and nickel hardware. This model also has the classic Lead circuit controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume (Bridge), Master Tone; and Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up): Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone. The trem has that nice soft feel that makes it more useful for subtle use as in surf music. It's a nice sounding guitar with a genuine Jazzmaster tone with a high output bridge pickup in the 11K's and a vintage output neck at around 7K. All in all I think this is an improvement over the earlier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster, partly due to the bone nut, plus the Mustang bridge is an improvement. It plays easily, sounds very good and is offered in pristine condition. If you've always wanted to own a Jazzmaster but didn't want to spend a fortune, here's a nice one for $279(Tent. Hold – Micaiah 6/12).

PRS Custom 50 Head, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (footswitch). From PRS's Custom Amp Designs (CAD) comes this lovely 2-Channel Custom, handmade in Stevensville MD in the fall of 2013. Similar to the 2-channel "H" (Heyboer transformers) the Custom takes it to the next level with more tone shaping features. Versatile and articulate, they are especially well suited for alternate tunings. Additional CAD features for the 2-Channel Custom include: solo boost, reverb assign, presence control, switchable power amp bass boost, switchable mid shift, and 3 button LED footswitch. Like the 2 Channel “H”, the 2-Channel Custom features: 6L6 tubes, global reverb, volume, treble, mid, bass and bright switch for each channel, lead master volume, clean master volume, 4, 8 and 16 ohm selection, two output jacks, fixed bias, effects loop (send and receive level controls on back panel), and footswitch (controls channel selection and reverb on/off). Click here for a basic demo shot at the ’13 NAMM Show. This is a great sounding amp in beautiful condition and priced nicely for a custom shop amp at $950. Includes 3-button footswitch with LEDs.

Richie Blackmore Strat Parts:  Pickguard, (Duncans  pic2), (Dummy pickup). Fender Blackmore pickguard (large pickup routes to accommodate the Quarter-Pounders) , Seymour Duncan SSL-4 neck and SSL-4 RWRP bridge, and Fender “dummy” middle pickguard. When wired to a 3-way switch you have bridge/bridge+neck/neck options. Everything is in clean shape, no scratches on the guard, clean pickups. Get it all for less than the cost of the pair of Quarter Pounders. $110 takes it all. If you prefer, we can build it up with pots and switch for $65 more.

Floyd Rose 32mm Trem Block. Genuine Floyd part. $9(HOLD-Dan 7/30).

Ibanez Pocket Titan Guitar Stands. These are pretty cool as they are extremely compact and will fit in many guitar cases. Sells on Amazon for $15 each. Get two of them here for $18(HOLD-Dan 7/30).

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. Sold new for $199; get this one for just $110.

PRS McCarty Pickup Set. Finish wear, especially on the bridge pickup, so they’ll be more appropriate for your road warrior than your museum piece. Traditional braided lead plus a separate white lead to split the coils so you can use with a 5-way rotary or 3-way with push/pull pot. $149/pair.

EMG SAV Strat Pickup Set – Complete, (harness). Unlike the slick top EMG’s, the SAV set looks like a traditional passive set with exposed coils and standard covers, but it’s really an active set with Alnico magnets. Includes volume pot and tone pots, and 9V battery clip. Newer set with EMG’s solderless pickup connectors. A new SA set will run you $249. Maybe consider this set for just $125.

Fender Squier Humbucker Set. Bridge and neck (labeled F and R) with medium output in the 9K’s. Inexpensive way to build your HH project. $29/pair.

Windsong Les Paul Copy, (front/back), (headstock). Although this is a 2002 model, it’s actually NOS and flawless condition. This guitar is an excellent quality Korean model, made in the same factory that Epiphone was using at the time. Most of you may not be familiar with Windsong, but a local store, Burnt Hill Music, was the sole importer of them. They offer classic Gibson/Epi styles, built with the quality of the Korean Epi’s, before they moved to China. The WSLP-300 is Windsong’s equivalent to the LP Standard Plus, with identical cosmetic features such as binding and inlays, electronics, and hardware – while there is a slight difference in silhouette with the Windsong having a slightly wider waist and a tiny cutaway on the bass side, where the Les Paul goes straight across. Woods are alder body with a flamed maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard, with a gloss finish all around and nicely flamed maple as well as an attractive abalone strip on the headstock. This guitar sold new for $520 which is slightly less than Epi’s Les Paul Standard Plus. I guarantee that the quality of this guitar is identical to a 2002 Epi and, further, that it has an absolute killer setup with very low action from the nut to the top fret. For less than a new Chinese Les Paul Standard Plus you can have this lovely Korean Windsong; just $299.

1996 Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster w/Signature Neck, (front  Floyd), (headstock  fretboard edge), (back), (electronics  body), (neck/body marking), (2nd fret), (case). One of the really hot guitars on the used market today is the 90s era American Floyd Rose Classic with prices around the $2K mark, more than they cost new. This one has a Floyd Rose Classic body with quality DiMarzio pickups installed, and a neck off of a Fender USA Signature series neck. The locking nut installation is so perfect that it actually looks factory. It’s perfectly centered, the screw holes through the back are immaculate and uniform. Despite considerable research I can’t determine what the neck is from, other than an American Signature Series (serial “SE….”). I would guess this neck is at least as good as the FR Classic neck that was originally on this body. Signature Edition guitars by and large are the finest production Fenders made. Frets are perfect with no grooves and the edge of the fretboard has had a comfortable round-over, thus the lack of finish on the edges. Body has the proper swimming pool route used in the 90s, while the pickups have been changed to all DiMarzio’s with an DP261 (PAF Master Bridge, 7.69K) in the bridge with DP416 (Area ’61, 6.43K) in the middle and a DP422 (Paul Gilbert Injector, 8.56K) in the neck. It’s a really good combination of pickups for a wide variety of tones, with a very balanced output and very noise-free. Tremolo is the stock Original Floyd that stays in tune perfectly. This guitar plays with easy and is quite tonefull, more than the average Floyd trem guitars I’ve had. Cosmetically the body with original Vintage White finish is in nice shape. As I mentioned, frets are in perfect shape and coupled with a straight Signature neck it maintains low action and no deadness during bends. Case is a 90s red badge Fender case. When you compare this to a $2K all original Floyd Rose Classic, I think this is a better guitar at a much better price. $1099(HOLD-Kevin S 7/31).

Warmoth HH Strat - Mahogany Neck, (front/back), (headstock), (neck spec sheet), (neck  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 with heavy steel block, 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 to keep the wood from getting distressed.  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 $800 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 including a free Chris's Guitars gigbag, or a polyfoam case for $55.

USA Flag Les Paul Pickguard. Great for your July 4th gig, assuming gigs will be back by then. Clean shape. $25/shipped.

EMG P-Bass Pickup Set – Complete. Cheap and easy upgrade to your bass. Back in the day these EMG sets were standard equipment on many high end basses including Jacksons, Hamers, and my personal bass, the Guild Pilot. They sound very close to a vintage P but with a little more definition and slightly higher output. This set is complete with pickups, pots, output jack, and battery clip. $59 takes it.

Fender USA Bass Tuners. For your Fender P or J bass. These are from late 90s Fender USA Deluxe Jazz. Outwardly these look the same as the '83 Fender Precision Elite bass I have in stock so they may work with that too. Pat# 3982462, Part# 2547662. Clean shape. Work well. $55.

2019 EVH Wolfgang Standard WG - Cream White - with upgrades, (front), (headstock), (back), (trem), (case). A few exceptional features on this model: a graphite-reinforced bolt-on baked maple neck has a hand-rubbed oil finish for fast play and extreme comfort. Add to that 22 jumbo frets on a compound fretboard that goes from 12" at the nut to a comfortable and flat 16" radius on the upper frets. Other comfort features include a forearm contour for less arm fatigue as well as a belly cut that allows the guitar to fit your torso more comfortably. This guitar has a few important upgrades including a genuine EVH D-Tuna and an FU Tone brass tremolo block. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose tremolo (with R2 locking nut) works incredibly well, staying in tune after massive dive-bombs and flutters nicely when plucked with your palm. A pair of direct-mounted EVH humbuckers sound fat with good sustain and not as muddy as many humbuckers, possibly because of the basswood body which I think rings a bit more than mahogany. The few extras include a new EVH D-Tuna and FU tone brass block. The D-Tuna lets you drop precisely to a low-D in a second while the brass trem block increases sustain. It looks like this guitar has been unplayed since new; perfect. The model sells new for $649 but this baby has over $60 worth of upgrades but is priced $200 less than new. Just $449 for this beauty.

FOUND: I had told a few customers that this was sold but it just turned up so here you go. ESP Vintage S - Daddy's Series, (front/back), (headstock), (bridge), (Duncan), (pots/switch). The Vintage S is not an especially rare model but this is an extremely rare series, commissioned for Daddy’s Junky Music, the country’s #1 dealer in used gear at the time, 30+ years ago. I called Daddy’s corporate office to get the rundown on this model and spoke to Chris, who was actually around when these guitars were built. The story goes like this: In the early 80’s, ESP had very few dealers in the USA and they were hot to increase their distribution stateside. At a NAMM show a fellow named “Toschi” from ESP approached Daddy’s and Daddy’s placed a fairly large order. According to Chris, he thought that there were probably 50 or so, but no more than 100 of the entire series, which were essentially ESP’s 400-Series, ESP’s vintage line, with a special “Daddy’s Series” logo. They came in various finishes and appointments, with this one being Olympic white with black and white plastic parts. It’s a well made guitar, typical of Japan quality in the 80’s, with good quality woods, hardware, and electronics. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a Duncan Quarter Pounder, middle and neck are regular stag pole vintage style. Pots are the full size Japan pots; switch is the vintage style blade. This guitar is in extremely clean condition with no scratches to on the body or neck; frets are 98%, almost new. The only noteworthy flaws are some natural relic’ing to the nickel bridge and some of the pickguard screws. The rarity of a Daddy’s Series may only appeal to a handful of players, but it’s an interesting story, and one that has little to no web documentation. Rarity aside, this is a very good quality Japan S-style in superb condition – for $499. Includes gigbag.

OFF-HOLD: 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 sold new everywhere for $999 ($1427 list), which is reasonable for a set-neck with quality hardware and electronics. Better yet get this beauty for $529.  Oh, it only weighs 7 lbs 6 oz.!

2016 Fender Mustang - Offset Series, (front), (headstock), (back), (docs), (case). Man are these 24” scale Mustangs fun to play! This model has a few enhancements for the player when compared the original 60s models: modern 9.5" radius, medium jumbo frets, and a 6-saddle hardtail bridge for better sustain. This one also has some nice upgrades, namely a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquity Mustang pickups (originals included in the case), genuine Fender Mustang case and Schaller locking strap pins and straplocks. Features of this model include solid alder body with gloss poly finish, maple C-shaped neck with satin poly finish on back - gloss on front, 24" short scale, 9.5" radius, synthetic bone nut, black dot inlays, 6-Saddle strings-through-body Strat hardtail bridge with bent steel saddles, Fender Ping tuners, 3-ply white pearl pickguard and vintage style Jazz Bass knobs. Set up is fantastic and with these Antiquities the tone is as good or better than the vintage Mustangs I've played. Add up the extras: $172 for the Fender case, $240 for the pickups, and $20 for the strap locks and you've got $432 worth of extras (and you can sell the original pickups for some more change). Offered in immaculate shape this Mustang is yours for $575. Includes case with key and both sets of pickups, as well as documentation on the Antiquities.

1960’s Italian Zither, (music/box). Fairly complete, comes with original box and 8 pieces of  “sheet music” which shows you the string to pluck. Easy to learn and fun for the whole family. Zither is some sort of hard plastic with a Masonite back. Just slide a music sheets slide right under the strings and start playing. Made by Harbert Italiana Milano. Nice shape for 50+ years. $29.

G&G Bass Case – Bone. Tolex over wood with stitched leather ends, plush brown/burgundy lining. Shipped with a ca. 2005 Lakland P-bass but identical in contraction to the Fender/G&G Precision and Jazz cases. Has been in storage since new so it’s in clean shape and an excellent value on a USA G&G at $129. Includes keys.

1958 Silvertone U-1 Mod. 1317 - Bronze, (front  with flash), (side), (back), (headstock/neck), (electronics), (case). Great playing Dano/Silvertone U1 in the classic Bronze lacquer finish on a Masonite over pine body. It features the classic “Coke Bottle” headstock with 3+3 tuners and painted to match body, clear plastic pickguard with white vinyl underlay, white vinyl tape “binding”, aluminum strap pins, metal nut, single coil lipstick tube pickup, two white plastic knobs and a four-way adjustable chrome plated brass bridge with a Brazilian rosewood saddle. Sears (Silvertone) sold a ton of these back in the day, usually as a first guitar for an aspiring rock and roll star. These were made by Danelectro, Neptune NJ, with a catalog price of $39.95 ($20 more for the 2PU version) in either Bronze or Black. To quote the Sears catalog: "Solid Body Guitar with slim, non-warp neck. Two steel bars placed in triangular truss position inside neck. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Force-fitted position markers. Accurately fretted. Solid center body core of hardwood balanced by hollow wing sections. 4-way adjustable bridge-up, down, forward and back. Split shell pickup. The only metal enclosed pickup to avoid "shorted turn effect." 3-position switch on both models. Double tone and volume control knobs for each pickup. Lustrous black finish with ivory trim or bronze and ivory lacquer finish." In addition to the volume and tone this has the 3-way “mud switch” as found on early Telecasters. It’s basically choice of full bass, full bright, or adjustable depending on the pot rotation. Simple but kind of useful I guess. As shown in the pics this one has moderate wear, mainly to the back of the neck but it's impossible to find one with any playing time at all that doesn't have this wear. There's also some pinky wear  between the pickguard and bridge. Otherwise it's in pretty nice shape. Tape binding is fully intact, hardware isn't rusted, frets and fingerboard are in great shape. We suspect this one has been refretted since the fret wear is minimal and I doubt if they were using mini-jumbos in '58, but it’s a superb fret job. I’m not sure about the electronics since I haven’t been inside of many of these, but the pots are definitely ’58 and it’s possible all wiring is factory. Lightweight and fun to play with an imminently useable tone for many styles of music. Click here for a good YouTube demo. I’ve had a few Dano/Silvertones from this era that played well and sounded great, but I’ve never had one better than this one. Nicely priced for a vintage U1 that’s ready to gig tonight. Just $799 with case pictured.

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.

2009 Dean ML '79 Buddy Blaze Limited Edition – New Old Stock, (front), (back), (graphic detail), (headstock), (Floyd), (case/etc.), (cert.). Dean Guitars teamed up with Legendary Guitar Builder Buddy Blaze (original builder for the Kramer Nightswan) for a unique take on the ML shape. Buddy designed Dimebag Darrell's first Dean ML, and this new Buddy Blaze Signature guitar expands on the original "Dean from Hell" that Dime loved. The extra neck angle on this guitar gives it a very comfortable feel and allows for a top mounted Floyd Rose. Buddy Blaze also helped design the "Blaze Bucker" Bridge Pickup for massive sustain and tone. Loaded with quality components and built with Blaze's design elements, most notably the "chrome flame" graphic, floating (side to side) Blaze inlays, top-mounted Floyd Rose tremolo, and his signature middle and bridge pickup positions (i.e. not neck and bridge) loaded with custom wound Dean DMT pickups (USA Dean DMT "Blaze Bucker" bridge and USA Dean DMT "Baker Act" middle). Other appointments mahogany top and body, 24 3/4" scale, set mahogany neck with proper neck angle to allow the non-recessed Floyd with up-pull, Floyd Rose Original tremolo, custom ascending flame mother-of-pearl inlays on a 2 octave fretboard attached to a pitched neck, black hardware, Grover tuners, and a classic V-shaped headstock. For an in-depth review click here for Premier Guitar. Production was limited to 300 electric guitars and each includes a certificate of authenticity and a hardshell Dean guitar case. With such a low production number, most dealers sold out quickly despite the $1625 list price. They've held their value and if you look on Reverb they're asking $1598 for ones in previously-owned/mint condition. I have one left: first quality, new and unplayed, for just $950, including a killer in-house set up, Dean case, certificate, etc.

2003 Ibanez AG-195 AV Archtop, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (detail). The short-lived Artcore United series, in production for just a year. With only around 100 of these made they are indeed rare and their manufacturing process is unique. They are considered (and labeled) "Made in Japan" but the "United" aspect of this model is that the bodies were made in China, which saved on manufacturing costs and then shipped to Japan using their high quality necks and electronics and after assembly final set up was done in the USA. This model is similar to the George Benson GB-10 but the cost, thanks to the savings on bodies, came in at 1/2 the cost of a Benson. This guitar is acoustically resonant and doesn't appear to be hampered by the smaller body. It makes it very comfortable to play compared to a 335-style which can seem ungainly. The Super 58 humbuckers can cover a lot of ground from jazz to country to rock, although with its medium depth body too much gain can induce some howling feedback. The 3-pc maple/mahogany Prestige neck is a comfortable medium C, thicker than a thin taper but not chunky like a 50s rounded. It's beautifully appointed starting with a bound headstock with inlaid logo and lightning bolt emblem, bound rosewood fretboard with abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays, flamed maple body with floating flamed maple pickguard, chrome tailpiece with rosewood overlay, rosewood intonated bridge, rosewood pickup rings, multi-ply top binding, and sure-grip knobs. Other specs include laminated maple body, 22 medium jumbo frets, 24 3/4" scale, lower bout width 14.5”, body depth 2.75”, nut width: 1 11/16", Gotoh tuners with pearloid buttons, dual Super '58 pickups and Antique Violin finish. This model carried a $1329 list price nearly 20 years ago. Set up is very comfortable and buzz-free and the guitar sounds rich and musical as currently outfitted with flatwound strings. Beautiful condition and in my opinion on a really nice small-body archtop at $850(HOLD-Daniel K 6/1). Includes gigbag or substitute hardshell case for $75.

1983 Fender Amplifiers Catalog, (cover).  Twin Reverb II on cover. 8.5” X 11” wide-view, 12 pgs. Features items like the Super Champ, Champ II, Princeton Rev II, Deluxe Rev II, and more. Excellent condition. $20/shipped (HOLD one – Rich F, 3 more available).

1995 Fender Guitars/Basses Catalog. Entire production, other than custom shop, with pics of specs of each. 8.5” X 11”, 20 pgs. Excellent condition. $25(HOLD-Rich F) includes shipping.

1995 Fender Amplifiers Catalog – VW Cover. Recreation of their vintage ads from the 60’s. 4.5” X 9.5”, 16 pgs. Excellent condition. $18 includes shipping.

1995 Fender Amplifiers Catalog – Scuba Cover. Recreation of their vintage ads from the 60’s . 4.5” X 9.5”, 12 pgs. Excellent condition. $15 includes shipping.

2003 Fender Standard Precision Bass with Extras, (front), (back), (headstock), (G&G Case). Fender’s Standard basses were the best value going until they recently discontinued the line. The P-Bass was the world’s first electric solidbody bass. It debuted with a slab body and single Tele style pickup but within a few years it took on the appearance that stayed with it until today with the contoured edges, belly cut and split-single coil pickup which is actually a humbucker. This one sounds the way you want a P to sound with a deep tone and a killer thump that sounds at home in Motown or heavy metal. There are some nice upgrades with this one: A DiMarzio pickup, vintage-style tortoise shell pickguard, and a G&G bone Tolex case. The case is from a 2005 Lakland P-bass and has been in storage since new but today would cost $200 alone. The set up is low and comfortable and the tone is fat with good sustain. You can still find a few NOS Standard P’s out there for around $625 without a case or gigbag. Get this upgraded one WITH a top of the line case for less. $599 with case.

2018 PRS Custom 24 Obsidian Smokeburst – 10, Birds, Ebony, (front/tag), (back), (headstock), (case/etc.). The flagship guitar for PRS since 1985 and still one of the best selling in their catalog. Noted for its beautifully carved maple top ranging from subtle flame to breathtaking examples like this Obsidian (green) accentuated by sexy curves and carves. The maple top is paired a mahogany back for that magic blend of tone woods which dates back to the early 50s Gibsons. Available in different neck carves to suit the players desires, this one comes with the Pattern Thin, similar to the old “Wide Thin”. These recent Customs come equipped with PRS highly acclaimed 85/15 bridge and neck pickups along with five-way (blade) switching for a perfect choice of  single coil and humbucker tones. This one also features beautiful birds in flight, inlayed into a sleek ebony fretboard. As you’d expect from a high-end Core model, the playability is as good as it gets, with a very lively body and superb tone. This very guitar appeared used on Reverb for $3700. Get it here, now, for nearly $1000 cheaper. $2750 includes clean original case, trem bar, and all paperwork.

Tech 21 SansAmps VT Bass DI, (pic2). More than just a DI, the VT Bass Character Series is a full-featured bass preamp. Partnered with Ampeg, Tech 21 has designed the VT Bass to emulate the performance of classic Ampeg amps, especially the SVT. Before I proceed let me tell you that this was designed for rock bass and it does a great job, but for softer-edge styles like jazz you should look elsewhere. You can use this baby to drive a power amp directly, feed your existing bass rig, or power it directly into the mixing board or recording deck as a standard DI. You can dial in anything from one of the old Flip-Top Ampegs, to the massive tones of the SVT, from clean to fat distortion - it's all in there. The Level and Drive controls work like your existing rig while the Low, Mid and High are active, giving a very wide array of tone choices. The Character knob gives you a continuously-variable control to move between different model voicings. From vintage - to high-gain - to massive earthquake tones. The Character and Mid controls, and the speaker emulations, were designed to emulate the specific amps and speakers of the original so you get an entire Ampeg vintage history in a single box. Back in the day I used to throw a SansAmp in my case in the event I had amp failure and several times it paid off. Just plug in and go direct to the mixing board...and crank me up in the monitors. It's a lot easier than loading in an entire backup rig. Click here for a demo – cleaner settings appear toward the end of the demo. This model has been replaced, basically with updated cosmetics, but it had sold new for $214. Other than a strip of Velcro on the bottom this one’s immaculate and a killer deal on a clean used one at $109. Includes tin box, manual and other paperwork.

Diamond BCP1 Bass Compressor. For players in the know, the BCP1 is among the best comp's ever made for bass. Unlike guitar, most bass players know the need for an effective and transparent compressor to enhance the bass note frequency. Working well with 4/5/6 string basses, the Diamond comp uses optical compression/limiting which they've engineered to sound smoother than VCA or FET types of compression. Only the best audio components are used including 2% polypropylene capacitors, 1% metal film resistors and a pro audio grade op-amp. Their op-amp alone costs 8 to 10 times over the industry norm. There's a unique "tilt" EQ which provides a more musical tailoring of frequency response and is selectable via mini-toggle at a 900Hz or 250Hz tilt point. There's also dual AC capacitive coupling paths for better transient response. And of course it features true bypass. With an effective frequency range down to 20Hz, it easily handles 4-, 5-, or 6-string basses. Click here for a YouTube demo. This pedal sold new for $279 and once you hear it you'll know why. This barely used one's in nice shape and just $195. Includes adapter cable supplied by Diamond to run off your pedalboard's power supply.

MXR Bass Envelope Filter. Classic analog envelope filter tones in a small footprint pedal. By mixing the dry and wet signals you can preserve your low end while mixing in as much funkiness as you could possibly want. Features true bypass and runs on 9V battery or pretty much any pedalboard power. A filter is not the effect you're going to use on every song but on perhaps 10-20% of your songs it can really make a difference. If you get a spot for a bass lead break this can really get the crowd on your side. For a good demo click here. Sells new for $149 but this one's mint in the box with manual for $99.

Hermida Audio Zendrive Overdrive, (inside). "From Clean to Overdrive". The original model from Hermida himself, signed and dated 11/16/11 inside the box. Like Dumbles and a few other pedals, some of the circuit is covered in goop to prevent others from knocking it off. These original Zendrives are approaching legendary status among stompbox gearheads. The Zendrive is a low/medium gain overdrive and considered by many to most closely emulate the Dumble Overdrive Special amp. Noted for its violin-like lead tones (think Eric Johnson, Robben Ford and Larry Carlton) with nice compression and plenty of sustain, it’s one of the most sensitive, amp-like pedals ever made. Players who know how to incorporate a guitar’s volume knob will especially like it as that helps to reach its full potential. There are a bunch of demo’s on YouTube, here’s one with a Tele. Back when they were still being made, like the Klon Centaur, they were selling for more at auction than they cost new. Since that time they’ve gone the way of the Klon pedal, going up a bit every year. These days you’ll usually see them in the $350-$395 range on Reverb. Best stated in one of the reviews from The Gear Page, “this pedal does it all - from Steely Dan to Jeff Beck to Brad Paisley.”  Offered in near flawless condition for $325(HOLD-Jerry P 5/14).

Xotic Custom Shop BB-Preamp MB Comp. Just like the BB-Preamp I listed a few weeks ago with the addition of a Mid-Boost knob. The mid-boost adds versatility to this pedal. It makes it more useful with high headroom amps like Fender Twins or for boosting leads with any amp. This is also a custom shop version of their original BB-PREAMP. The original version was noted for featured warm, compressed overdrive tone but some players felt there was too much compression which prevented the pedal from "breathing". A newer version, beginning with #3643, was released with reduced amounts of compression for a more aggressive effect. Fast forward a decade or so and Xotic began building their Andy Timmons model, BB-AT. Which brings us to this Custom Shop BBP-COMP. Users of this top of the line effect can choose standard compression like the current BB-PREAMP), more compression like the Andy Timmons BB-AT, or no compression. The new BBP-COMP rolls two iconic pedals into one while taking its sound to a new level with a no compression option. If you’re looking for a great Bluesbreaker tone you probably want this. It’s also very quiet. It’s possibly the most musical and versatile distortion pedal on the market today. It features true bypass and operates on AC adaptor or 9V Battery. Sells new for $196. Get this clean used one for $120.

DOD FX90 Analog Delay. Excellent condition with original battery cover. Quiet bucket brigade design provides warm echo, reverb, and slap back. There has never been a digital made with the warmth of analog and if you're not a Boss/Ibanez snob, this pedal sounds as good as a DM-2 or AD9 and priced at around 1/2 of those, plus it's USA and built like a tank.  Just $75.

2003 Tacoma JK28C Koa Jumbo Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (case). Beautiful flamed koa in this powerful 28-series jumbo built from all solid woods. Tacoma built quality guitars in their shop in Tacoma Washington starting in the late 90's, and ending shortly after their sale to Fender in '04. Fans of Tacoma swear by them and, personally, I'm always on the lookout for them, especially their higher end models like this koa jumbo. This one is stamped Used, which is done to void any warranty repairs for obvious reasons. It has developed Tacomaitis, which is a bit of separation between the clear coat and the wood (as shown here, here, and here). I've yet to see a Tacoma with finish peeling, just this milkiness in the clear coat. It is so common that I don't recall ever having a Tacoma without this ailment and it does little to detract from the obvious value in these fine acoustics which can still fetch $1350 with the finish lifting. They are one of the best playing, and best sounding, American acoustics ever made. For folks who buy a jumbo for their bass response you won't be disappointed. This one sounds absolutely huge in the bottom end. It's also punchy in the mids and crisp on the high end making it fairly well balanced for a jumbo, with superb projection. In addition to being a great sounding, great playing guitar, this flamed Koa is stunning, even more impressive knowing that it's not just a veneer. Another thing that sets it apart from most jumbo's is the cutaway, which makes it a guitar that's useful into the upper register. Features include: hand rubbed UV gloss finish, solid Sitka spruce top, solid Koa sides and back, Ebony fretboard, Ebony bridge, gold Tacoma tuning machines, 25.5" scale, 1.687" nut width, Abalone rosette, Abalone logo, and Abalone Ginko-leaf fretboard inlays. This guitar is a joy to play, very comfortable action and a tone that fills up the room. These were not cheap guitars as list price on the JK28C was $2132, which was actually very reasonable for a USA solid wood jumbo. If you can live with some inconsequential minor finish issues, I consider this an excellent value on a guitar of this quality for $879. Includes original Canadian hardshell case. When Martin returns we can install a quality saddle pickup if desired, just ask.

OFF-HOLD: 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 $799(Tent. Hold – Robert M 5/27). Includes an excellent quality HumiCase.

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, (pic2). More versatile than a TS9, besides the original TS9 tone, the TS9DX offers 3 unique new settings, +, Hot, and Turbo, all of which are used for adding low-end crunch.  Perfect shape in box with manual. Sells for $119 new but this one’s $79.

1992 PRS Custom 24 - Purple, (front), (back  signed-plate), (pickups/cavity), (headstock), (case). Another killer old-factory model from Annapolis, where guitars were actually handmade. Outwardly, the Annapolis models are easy to identify with the original small logo, short neck heel and one-piece tremolo. These guitars are widely thought to be superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory opened in '96, where PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines. This is not a bad thing but manufacturing costs went down while the price went up. Features of this guitar includes maple cap over one-piece mahogany body, moon inlays, one-piece Mil-Com tremolo, Phase I locking tuners, and Wide/Thin neck carve. Pickups are the original HFS and Vintage Bass, controlled by PRS 5-way rotary selector. The Custom 24, especially with the tremolo bridge, has a looser feel than a Custom 22, plus a "longer" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup are set further forward in the body which means it has the same 25" scale as the Custom 22, but the neck extends slightly further from the body. It's not as much a Les Paul feel, but a PRS feel. At nearly 30 years old this guitar has seen some use and has some buckle wear on the back, and had few small paint flecks on the headstock that I touched up so that it looks good. There are no dings on the back of the neck and the frets have only moderate wear that needs no attention. Control plate was signed by Mr. PRS himself and the signature is isn't at all worn. There is very light plating wear to the bass side saddles but overall hardware is in nice shape. Overall it's a solid old PRS with no hidden issues. The finish, officially called Purple, has faded a bit to a redish-brownish hue. When you play one of these older Customs you know you're holding a finely crafted guitar and one that will likely never be hand-crafted again. Prices on Annapolis-era Customs continue to rise but they're still a good value when you can find one significantly cheaper than a comparable new one. Essentially, a better guitar, for less money. Playability is excellent and the body has a nice sustain acoustically. If you're looking for an old factory PRS but didn't want to spend $2500+ here you go. Get this one for $1799. Includes trem arm and original case in fair condition but structurally 100%.

EVH D-Tuna – Ltd Ed Red. Ingenious idea for the Floyd Rose user that lets you drop your low E to a D with the flick of the wrist. No unclamping the nut, quick and easy. This red version is a limited edition model by EVH and sells new for $39.99. Get this used one for just $19.98. Complete, including spring which isn’t shown in the pic.

2016 Fender Ltd Ed American Special Jazzmaster with Bigsby - Ocean Turquoise, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge), (case). Few guitars have the vibe of a Jazzmaster. With its offset body, large pickguard and wide single coil pickups, it conjures images of the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and hot players like Elvis Costello, J Mascis, even Hendrix in his early days. The Limited Edition American Special has the vibe of the 60s original, plus some modern enhancements that make it a more playable instrument. One of the main enhancements was doing away with the vintage Jazzmaster bridge and replacing it with a tuneomatic style with a Bigsby B50 vibrato. This did away with the rattle and string noise found on vintage models and lets it stay in tune better. A pair of Fender American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jazzmaster are hotter than the originals and add some versatility to the tone. They've also done away with the superfluous switching options opting for a simple master volume, master tone and 3-way selector. The Bigsby lets you do waves and swells, with a nice soft touch, and stays in tune nicely even with consistent use. Other features include alder body, C-shaped maple neck with a 9.5” radius rosewood fingerboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, Adjusto-Matic bridge, 3-way toggle pickup switch on upper horn, Fender/Ping sealed tuners, skirted '65 witch hat knobs, 25.5" scale length, truss rod adjustment at headstock, synthetic bone nut and Ltd Ed neckplate. This guitar plays with ease with no dead spots and sounds like the Jazzmasters of yesteryear, only a bit more aggressive and responsive. I don't see a flaw anywhere so it's barely been played. Comes complete with original G&G tweed case, hang tags, and sealed goodie bag. Excellent value on a great new take on the Jazzmaster at $1099(HOLD-Gary N 6/3).

Custom Sterling AX40 EVH "Pound Cake" Guitar, (front  trem), (back), (headstock), (Ed’s Original), (pickups). Very cool, well done tribute to EVH's guitar from the song "Poundcake" on their 5150 video. Musicman started the Sterling brand for players who want the vibe of their USA guitars at a more affordable cost. The AX40 is the Sterling version of the famed Musicman EVH, which later became the Axis and went on to spawn the Peavey Wolfgang and EVH Wolfgang. This guitar is a recreation of the Poundcake guitar, easily identified by the cream/black zebra bridge humbucker and the red/black neck humbucker. You might recall Ed using an electric drill (see pic above) with the same color scheme to do the opening guitar sounds. Radical in '91! Anyhow, the AX40 body was refinished in Ed's 5150 paint scheme of red with black and white lines with his signature eye-hook strap pins. Paint job is very good, not a $800 custom finish but definitely a pro job. Features of the AX40 include basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck with R2 locking nut and 22 medium-jumbo frets. The neck uses a unique asymmetrical neck carve for max comfort and easy fast playing but is substantial enough to contribute to overall quality tone. It also features a Sterling locking tremolo bridge, Music Man 4+2 headstock, chrome sealed tuners, 5-screw neck attachment and thumb-wheel truss adjustment at the base of the neck. The Floyd style tremolo outwardly looks identical to a Floyd and surprisingly stays in tune very well. It appears to have seen little to no use and has a very comfortable set up. Whether you're an EVH fan or just someone who wants a good quality guitar without spending a fortune you'll like this guitar. $399 includes gigbag.

Retroman Mour Power, (inscription), (manual). An extremely rare pedal by Joe Wolf, aka Retroman. He said it was a pedal he built very quietly in response to David Gilmour fans. It’s based on a Colorsound Power boost and he says it takes its name from one of its more famous fans (as in gilMOUR). It’s designed to run off of 9vDC as 18vDC would damage the LED circuit. It’s chock full of new old stock BC109 goodness and it isn’t just a boost  - though not fully a fuzz. The Gain will travel from a very subtle boost through a medium fuzz and is very interactive with your guitar volume and pick dynamics. Bass controls low frequency content and the knobs also doubles as a power switch (circuit is only “live” when the Bass control is “clicked” above 0 - Turn the knob all the way anti-clockwise and you can (click!) turn the power off). Treble controls your higher frequency content. Also note that the interaction of these tone controls will impact the Gain and response in a very cool way. Footswitch is a true bypass. I have an email from Joe explaining the Mour Power. It’s very rare and I found virtually no mention of it on the web. I suspect it may be a one-off but less than 1 of 5 I’m sure. Inside the bottom plate there’s an inscription to “Ted”, whom I gather the pedal was built for. All of this aside it’s an excellent sounding pedal and a good choice for you Gilmour fans out there. Remind me and I can send you and email from Joe along with a pdf file of the manual. $145(Tent. Hold – Kevin H).

Mesa-Boogie Studio .22 1X12 Combo, (top), (back  panel), (footswitch).  1985 model. Excellent sounding Class-A single 12 combo, powered by a pair of EL84's with 5 12AX7's in the preamp. Geared toward studio use, although it makes a good club amp as well. Features a volume/master combination that actually sounds good at lower volumes - but you'll want to crank it up to get it to really sing. Good sounding spring reverb, and EQ controls for Bass, Mid, Treb, and Presence.  On the back panel you get an effects loop, direct out with level control, and outputs for 4 or 8 ohms. This would be an easy recommendation for anybody who needs a Class A for their studio but 22 *Boogie* watts is definitely loud enough for club use. USA Boogie quality and a good value in an all-tube combo for $499. Includes original footswitch.

Mesa-Boogie Rect-o-Verb 50 Series 2 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back-panel), (cover). Clean shape – never gigged. A monster sounding Boogie - killer tone and very loud - rated at 50 watts Class A/B power, it sounds more like a 100 watter to me. The Rectoverb 50 is a dual channel, but with 5 modes:  on Ch-1 choose Clean or Pushed, on Ch-2 choose Raw, Vintage High Gain, or Modern High Gain.  Front panel of this single rectifier has independent controls for each channel, with switches for "Clean"/"Pushed" and "Raw"/"Vintage"/"Modern". Indicator lights let you know if you're on Ch-1 or Ch-2.  Back panel  has external switching jacks for channel-solo-reverb (footswitch included), parallel effects loop with "mix" control, Bias Switch for EL34 and 6L6 power tubes (a new feature added with the Series 2 models), 8-4-4 ohm output jacks, and slave output.  New for the Series 2 it also features a bias switch for 6L6/EL34 on the back panel. The amp is currently set up with 6L6 power tubes but it's designed to run on EL34's as well, if that's your preference.  Other features include: Handcrafted in Petaluma, California, spring reverb, independent controls for both channels, fixed bias, output level control (over all channels), and footswitchable solo level control. Purchased locally at Drome Sound, this amp has seen very limited home use only and is in clean shape. This is a fantastic amp, which is largely the consensus of over 100 reviewers on Harmony-Central where it scores a remarkable 9.9 on sound quality and a 9.6 overall (link).  This amp can cover a lot of ground and is equally at home in rock, jazz, metal - even country - and would be a good choice for players who need versatility such as cover band guitarists.  Included is original cover, 3-button footswitch with a long stage cable and factory checklist tag.  The Series 2 carried an $1800 retail price and discounts were minimal to none.  If you've heard these amps, you know that this is a smoking deal for a clean Series II at just $699(HOLD-Joe C 5/30).  I would love to not have to ship this amp, much preferring local sale or guitar trades.

Goodie Bag – Fender American Standard Bass. Has manuals and other paperwork, polishing cloth, truss rod T-wrench. From a ’95 but correct from ’94 through early ’98. $29.

Gibson Wiring Harness – Volume and Tone. From a ’14 ES-335 Studio with dual pots and solderless connectors. Removed when new so 0 hours of use on the pots. Easy upgrade for your import or project. $20.

Fender Loaded HSS Pickguard – White Pearl. Original Fender guard loaded with a DiMarzio H8 (exclusive for Fender), American Standard (middle), and a ceramic (pic) with stag/beveled magnets in the neck. USA pots and 5-way, plus a coil splitter switch for the humbucker. Easy drop-in ready part for your project, $99.

Strat Neck – 1985 Contemporary Deluxe Strat w/System III Clamp, (headstock), (frets). Talk about hard parts to find, an original nut for a System 3 locking trem is perhaps the most rare part for any Fender from the past 40 years. From my memory, only the Contemporary Deluxe used this part and not a lot of them were sold. Many were broken due to user error and Fender never offered a replacement part (Note: WammieWorld is making a replacement nut for $60 but its looks/function isn’t at all related to the original part). Aside from the nut, the neck’s in good shape with average fret wear for 35 years. Should be able to mount to your body right away without any fret work. Also includes original hardware including Fender/Ping tuners and string trees. Here’s the deal: I know there are a lot of guys who need only the nut so I’ll sell it for $95, or include mounted on the complete neck for $195. I have the original body and perhaps all of the other original parts. If you want to buy the whole disassembled guitar, contact me.

$500 price reduction: 2000 Gibson Peter Frampton Custom Les Paul (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Frampton's original '54 LP Custom was given to him by a fan during a gig at the Fillmore West when he was with Humble Pie. Later the guitar was in a plane crash and thought to be lost but it was eventually found and returned to Frampton, somewhat bruised but intact. He played his 3PU Black Beauty throughout much of his career most notably during the recording of his multiplatinum live album from 1976, "Frampton Comes Alive". I saw him during that tour at RFK Stadium in Washington and remember lusting after that guitar. Guitar lust man. Do we ever lose it? Features of this model include carved maple top, weight-relieved mahogany back, multi-ply white/black binding on top and back, 1-piece mahogany neck, 22-fret EBONY fingerboard, pearl block inlays, single-ply white neck binding, Peter Frampton custom slim neck profile, Dunlop locking strap pins, 3-way pickup selector (middle pickup always on), shared Volume and Tone controls for the outer pickups, independent Volume and Tone for the middle pickup, Grover tuners with kidney bean buttons, Ebony finish, gold hardware and Nashville tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece. Pickups are '57 Classic (neck), '57 Classic Plus (middle), and 500T (bridge), all humbuckers. This guitar is lightweight and has nice projection acoustically. Plugged in it's an absolute monster with more tonal choices that you're used to in a Paul. The wiring takes a little getting used to but it's simple and it does offer very useful tones not found in a 2PU model. Other than some slight pitting to the tuner buttons this baby is in stunning condition – and lightweight. Finish shines like new from headstock to strap pin. Includes original case with Frampton "signature" blanket, Frampton pickups/wiring instructions, strap locks, key, hang tag and original warranty that's filled out but not sent in. These initial run Framptons are few and far between. You can get one of the current ones for $5799 but to me earlier is better, especially when they’re over $2K cheaper. Own this rare and beautiful Custom Shop Frampton, now for $3099(HOLD-Mike W).

$500 price reduction: 2003 Gibson Custom Shop Historic '59 Les Paul Standard R9 (cons), (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case/acc.). Before you ask, the Brazilian run in ’03 ended at #674, this one’s #680, so it missed by 6 guitars. The R9 has always been the Big Daddy of the Custom Shop line, and features Gibson's finest woods, superb craftsmanship, and features that are historically accurate for the true holy grail of electric guitars - "The Burst". You'll note a lovely top which is the calling card on Bursts and as on most of these the flame extends from top to bottom, edge to edge. As the original 1959 'Burst is the most expensive guitar on the vintage market, the reissues, for some reason, are priced accordingly, selling new for over $7099. The original 'Burst, with varying degrees of figuring, was introduced in '58. Historically, there wasn't much of a change between the '58 and '59 model, other than jumbo frets on the '59, but as it turned out, that was hugely significant, and the improved ability to do string bends made the "'Burst" the choice of late 60's icons such as Page, Clapton, Bloomfield, and Peter Green, leading to its eventual holy grail status. Oddly enough, the term "Les Paul Standard" wasn't used until the early '60s, after this model was phased out. Okay, enough of a refresher course, especially since 90% of you guys and gals already know this stuff and I just mentioned it when I put up an R9 a few weeks ago. This guitar was collector owned, and like most collectors, spent nearly its entire life being looked at rather than being played. Good news for the used guitar buyer since you can get a guitar that's in stunning condition for way less than a new one. If you’re trying to find one of the lighter R9’s this ain’t it. Almost a pound lighter than the R9 I put up two months ago, this one weighs in at a really nice 8 lbs 12 oz on the nose. Necks on these are thicker than the '60 Thin Taper; it fills up the hand more. Set up is super comfortable. Acoustic tone is very loud and bright, plugged in it’s a monster. I don’t have a certificate but it does include the serialized hang tag, as well as various vintage tags, manuals, paperwork and cable. Includes Lifton-style brown case and a bunch of paperwork. Another fantastic R9, now for just $5350.

OFF-HOLD: 2007 Ibanez SRX650 Bass, (front), (headstock), (back/side), (detail). Super comfort, stunning looks, and a very good variety of quality tones make this one of the best values in an active-EQ bass. Finished in Bright Blue with nicely figured ash with white binding, matching flamed maple headstock, and gold hardware, it's indeed a beautiful bass For comfort and ease of play it has a long belly cut and an extended horn on the bass side which puts much of the weight in the center and makes it hang at the proper position, neither neck heavy or body heavy. One of my favorite features, and it's a very simple ergonomic design, are the small cutouts on each of the pickups which are made for resting your thumb - they keep your right hand in a precise playing position and are much more comfortable than resting your thumb on the sharp top edge of a normal pickup. Tonally, this bass has passive pickups, but an active EQ circuit (Bass and Treble cut/boost) which lets you dial in many more tones than a passive "tone" control. The bass is equally at home playing slap/funk or metal, and everything in between. Features include a light ash body, bound neck and headstock, 2-band EQB-IIDX EQ active preamp, 3-piece SRX4 neck, 24 Medium frets, PFR (passive, full range) high output pickups with a PFR-AL4N (neck) and PFR-AL4B (bridge), large mass Accu-cast B200 bridge, and easy access 9V battery door on back. Discontinued around 14 years ago, this model sold for $549 ($733 list), which is a beginner/intermediate price, but this bass is seriously nice enough for pro gigs Super clean shape, extremely comfortable setup, and a value leader at $349.

Loop-Master 6-Looper w/Tuner out (staggered switches), (back). Now that you’re home more it’s a good time to experiment with switching options on your backline set up. 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. When this was built it sold new for $165; this one’s perfect and just $65(HOLD-Travis T 4/16).

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. When this was built it sold new for $125; this one’s perfect and just $59(HOLD-Travis T 4/16).

Yamaha THR10 II Wireless 20-Watt Desktop Modeling Amp, (top), (back), (box/documentation). Virtually brand new in the box! I just had one of the regular THR10 models last week, now here’s the popular Wireless model which is sold out at many online sites and stores. It features battery power so now you can get the great tone and massive versatility virtually anywhere. All of the THR II models features Bluetooth support for streaming audio and editing your presets via Yamaha’s THR Remote app from your cell phone – plus it has all 3 versions of the original THR built into it! This is a great sounding little combo that's packed with features to use for practice or digital studio.  It's packed with the hi fi sound that's reminiscent of the old Rockman X100, except with much more versatility. Choose from one of 15 amp models. In addition to your Strat, you can also plug in bass or acoustic-electric guitar, and there's also a setting that bypasses the modeling altogether. The modulation effects live on a second knob while echoes and reverbs are accessed on a third knob. You can select a wide variety of tones from five intricately modeled tube amp types, four modulation effects, and four reverb/delay effects. The THR10's stereo Hi-Fi-style speakers sound great for its internal effects and external playback from your iPod or computer. Using THR Session, an iOS app, you can hook up to your phone and slow down songs without losing audio quality, change the pitch or repeat any segment to learn the tricky parts.  You can even cancel out the original guitar sound, making your playing the only guitar in the mix. This is also a go-anywhere amp, using battery power or plugged into via the included wall adapter.  If that's not enough, the front panel glows with two orange lights that look very cool.  THR Editor, available as a free download, offers deep editing of amp and effect parameters with your computer, including in-depth controls for compressor and noise gate functions. There are a bunch of YouTube demos and here is one. These sell new for $449 and these Wireless models are on backorder at most retailers. This one is “as new” and I don’t believe it’s even been plugged in yet. It’s yours for $349(HOLD-Brian, local 4/15) with free shipping in the northeast and mid-Atlantic; reduced shipping elsewhere. Ships in original box with power supply, manual, Cubase download, and other paperwork.

2003 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster – Sunburst w/tweed case, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups), (upgraded case). 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. Fender molded case has been upgraded to the G&G/Fender tweed case shown.

GUITAR PROJECTS. A lot of guys and gals are working on project guitars during this down time. In the coming days I’m going to try to put up a few choice lots and other components you might need for your build.

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.

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 on these was $300 and the few clean ones on the web are going $150-$224 used (link), with a new one at $179.  I have a few of these in stock, new in the box, and just $79.

Z-Vex 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 $125.

Vintage Gibson Top Hat Reflector Knobs. Complete set from ’63 Gibson ES-330. Proper knobs for most Gibson electrics ’62 through ’67. $139(HOLD-Kevin 6/25) takes the set of 4.

2007 PRS Johnny Hiland Signature Model, (Front), (Back), (Headstock), (Case). Based loosely on a Custom 24 but a much different guitar indeed. Johnny has been one of the greatest unknown guitarists of our time - at least until this model came out. Made for just 2-3 years until Johnny and PRS had a falling out, so pretty rare. Many players prefer PRS' bolt-on models, primarily those who have historically been Fender players who are used to the feel and response of a bolt-on. Johnny is noted as a virtuoso in any style of music - from metal to bluegrass - blues to rock and roll - and this guitar was built to do it all. A few unique features on this one including new signature pickups (Johnny Hiland Treble and Bass), 24-fret maple cap neck (one of the few maples from PRS) with a special JH neck carve, JH large dot inlays with a 513 inlay at the 12th fret, and 3-way pickup selector with push/pull tone pot to split the bass pickup. This one also features a very nice flamed maple top. Another cool feature is the recessed truss rod cover, which Johnny uses to do string bends behind the nut. Press it down to the wood and you'll get a perfect whole tone step up every time. Other features include custom "Johnny Hiland" truss rod cover, nickel pickup covers & hardware, PRS tremolo and Phase II locking tuners. The finish is called Tortoise Shell, and it complements the flamed maple very well. Cosmetically, it's in very nice shape with just some clear coat scratches, on back, most or all we'll buff out prior to shipping, and slight dullness of the nickel covers, and they'll probably come clean when we get it on the bench. Set up is spectacular all the way up the neck. This model listed for $3320 back in ’07.  Just $1499(HOLD-Paul D 7/20) in ‘20 for this beauty. Includes PRS case and trem arm.

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 way less, $229 AND I’ll throw in a $30 Boss PSA-120S adapter.

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 a little honest wear, you can have this very unique Blackie for $829.  Don’t need a case? $799 with quality gigbag.

Gibson TP-6 Stopbar/Tailpiece – Gold. Used, from the 80’s and includes tailpiece, studs and inserts. The TP-6 is a direct retrofit for your Gibson stopbar and it gives you the ability to fine tune any string on your guitar quickly and easily. The micro-adjustment tuners, gears and saddles are smooth and precise. These have been OEM on many models throughout the years including Les Pauls and archtops. Has average wear to the gold plating but it’s better than average. Sells new for $169. Get this one for ½ price. $84.50.

Alesis Multimix 8 USB FX Mixer, (front), (stock pic). Are you one of the many who plays some live gigs while also doing some serious home recording? If so there's no need to have separate mixing boards for each application and for a nice price you can get Alesis quality in a mixer that does it all. The Multimix 8 is a quality 8-channel mixer that offers USB audio interface, mic-, line-, and guitar-level inputs, and superb Alesis digital effects. You can mix, record, or do both at the same time whether your mic'ing your band or sub-mixing a drum set. It offers a variety of inputs including mic (with phantom power), guitar-direct, and line-level, and does it all while delivering a very clean signal to your computer, monitors or house PA. It features XLR inputs with independent gain pots on channels one through four, all with switchable phantom power and buttons for hi-pass filters, while all eight channels features TRS Line inputs. Especially for guitar/bass players it offers a high-impedance input on channel two, especially nice for solo acts who want a nice hot signal for their guitar. There's also an RCA stereo input for your CD or is also included adding the ability to mix in audio from other sources such as a CD or sound library from you phone or tablet. When recording and playing back from your computer, it offers 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz stereo USB which is Class compliant, plug-and-play USB for Mac and PC without installing drivers. For EQ it provides 3-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 and 2, three-band on 3 and 4, and two-band on 5 - 8. The built-in effects can be bypassed via footswitch plus there's an Aux buss for external processing. A Multicolor LED lets you track your levels and control feedback. Main and headphone/monitor outputs have independent level controls. These sell new for $149. This one has been unboxed but is in brand new condition and at $95 it won't break your studio/performance budget. Includes original external power supply.

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia Head, (back/tube/ser.). This is a cute little amp but don't let the size fool you - this hand built amp contains some of the most original designs ever used in a guitar amp.  From its unique single tone control, which makes finding the sweet spot for any guitar a snap, to its Conjuctive Filter and fixed DC biased phase inverter, you won't see many of these features in other amps.  Rated at 18 watts, it's plenty of enough oomph to play clubs (trust me on that), courtesy of a pair of EL84's, with a 5751 and a 12ax7 in the preamp, and a 5Y3 rectifier - on a hand-wired, point to point chassis. While it appears to be the ultimate in simplicity, tonally clean notes come out with a warmth, complexity, and sustain unmatched in such a small amp. Every note has a hugeness to it that seems far beyond an 18 watt head. All this comes before the amp really starts to sing. As you turn the Volume clockwise, the fun factor increases. The big clean notes get even BIGGER than they were before and sustain becomes as smooth and musical as perhaps anything you've ever heard; notes seem to sing endlessly. The Carmen Ghia interacts with the player because the player can feel the power tube distortion. A favorite in recording studios everywhere, it's also a great little amp for small clubs. While many other small amps don't through the mix and a farty bottom end, the Ghia will cut through the mix, always tightly and musically. These sell new for $1466. Get this one, in excellent condition, for $839.

Laney Lionheart 20W 4X10 Combo L20T-410, (top), (panel), (side), (back  panel), (acc.). (Note: new handle hopefully is on the way). An incredible value for a Class-A all-tube made in the UK amp. The Lionheart 20 is a twin channel, all-tube amp that features parallel single-ended Class A output from a quad of matched EL84 tubes cranking out 20 watts through 4 Jensen P10-R speakers. This isn't one of those barebones Asian builds. This baby features gold plated PCB's and jack sockets while sealed gold contact relays are used in all signal paths to keep the tone from being colored. It also comes complete with a top-notch "Type 4" large spring line reverb for quality vintage reverb. Each amp has a hand stamped 'build number' reflecting the order they come off the Laney production line. The cabinet is built with actual Marine grade plywood cabinet (and baffle) with retro banding strip, and features a tilt back mechanism under the front of the cab which angles the amp toward your ears. Other features include: Hi and Lo inputs, Clean and Drive channels, shared tone controls (Bass, Mid, Treb), Bright switch, Drive switch, Reverb with Tone control, 4-8-16 ohm outputs, effects loop, and 2-button footswitch input. It also features large PA type handles on the side as well as the handle on top. This is a fairly versatile amp for classic British tones. It truly excels at clean tones, where a Vox AC comes to mind, and it's very comfortable cranking out some very hard rock tones with just the switch of a channel. If you're thinking 20 watts isn't enough you out to try one of these. It's quite loud and especially in the 4X10 configuration and project on club stages quite well. This amp was barely used, in the home only, and the only flaw is the handle where the covering has deteriorated somewhat. It ships in the original Laney box. For a demo click here. For a UK-made tube amp in this condition I think it’s a great buy at $699. Includes never-used cover and manual.

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 enhancements 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 recorder 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 $385.

1987 Seymour Duncan 60W Convertible Head, (panel), (back). Don't see many of these around, especially in the head only version. Seymour was ahead of his time when he developed the Convertible series back in the mid-80's. Since that time there have been a number of other amps which used the same idea, basically re-voicing the amp by a simple exchange of a preamp circuit. Randall has had great success with their MATS series, which is the same idea, and actually this was the original "modeling amp." Each model holds a preamp tube and simply snaps in place when you want to change your amp's tone. The Convertible 60 holds two modules so you have, essentially, two amps at your fingertips or at the push of a footswitch. We were very impressed with the tone of this amp during our test with the two installed modules, "Classic - Warm Tube" and "High Gain Tube - High Overdrive & Sustain", which are now selling for around $150 each. Features include: 60 watts via a pair of EL34 power tubes, dual channel each with an Overdrive and Volume control with corresponding Red and Green Led's (one for clean channel - one for OD channel), footswitch jack, Treb-Mid-Bass controls with +/- 15dB of cut/boost, Reverb, and front panel effects loop. Back panel has 4 or 8 ohm outputs as well as a Slave out. The EQ on this amp is very well engineered and it really does a lot, not simply shelving. Makes it easy to dial in the perfect tone. There is a handle on one side for easy transport. It had great reviews on Harmony Central, where it scored an incredible overall 9.7 (out of 10). Joe Bonamassa’s rated it among the "5 Most Underrated Amps" and stated "I talked to Seymour about why they stopped making them and it was just way ahead of its time. They were expensive to make and it almost bankrupted the company." Although this amp is 33 years old, it works perfectly and the tone holds up as well today as it did back in the 80's. Overall very nice shape and for a USA made tube head of this quality, a good buy at $379.

1976 Les Paul Standard - Cherry Sunburst, (front  front2), (back), (headstock/neck), (pickups/neck cavity), (pots), (sandwich body), (case). Lovely condition and rare with full-size humbucker (PAF) pickups. In '69 Gibson renamed the Les Paul Standard the Les Paul Deluxe, and with it came the 4-piece sandwich body, larger headstock and mini-humbuckers (a few with Soapbars). However, not all Les Pauls in the early-mid '70s used mini-hums. Full-size humbuckers were available as an option from '72 to '76. Also, at some point during '76 Gibson started officially building the Standard again, with PAF's of course, while continuing to build the Deluxe as its own model until '85. This brings us to this particular guitar, with a "Deluxe" serial decal, "Standard" truss rod cover, and PAF pickups which would make it either a transition model or a model built just before the transition when they were building special orders in '72-'76 with PAFs. During either period that would explain the "Deluxe" serial decal. Since they hadn't built any "official" Standards since '69 they wouldn't have any serial decals labeled Standard. I'm off the opinion that it's a transition model and built before they had any "Standard" serial decals. Please note that the Standard truss rod cover is original to this guitar, all solder connections are untouched and pickups are original. Everything on this guitar is original other than the locking strap pins and I believe the knobs should be foil tops. I also noted some really nice flame in the center section of the 3pc neck. As shown in the pic there's a paper label in the neck pickup cavity that reads Ch/SB (cherry sunburst) and the name "Cindy". Typical weight for a 70s LP at 10 lbs 7 oz. Frets are in great shape and the playability is superb with a nice thin neck profile. Cosmetically it's in really nice shape, especially for a vintage guitar, with the only real flaw being some clear coat missing on the back edge (shown here). Includes era-correct case which may or may not be original to this guitar. Now that ‘68/’69 LP’s are over $10K, these are the next ones to take off. Should be a good investment at $2999.

1992 Hamer Catalog, (front/back cover).  2 available, 16 pages. One has a Rudy’s NYC card on back, both in excellent condition. $25/each.

1995 Hamer Catalog, (pic2).  48 pages including 1/2 page inserts. Excellent condition. $30.

2000 Brian Moore Custom DC/1 (Cons), (front  w/flash), (side), (back), (headstock), (case). First USA Brian Moore I've had in 10 years, which is odd considering Brian's custom shop was in upstate NY in nearby Brewster. The cool thing to me is that it's serial #D272 while the last DC/1 I had was #D271, back in June 2006. Small world. Brian Moore's Custom Shop guitars are world-class guitars by any standard. This is a truly stunning DC/1 with gorgeous quilted maple top in a lava pattern that looks great from any angle. Brian Moore Custom are some of the best made and best engineered guitars of the last 30 years, at least well made as PRS from the era. From a design standpoint they're perhaps top dog during that same time. They're made with the finest lightweight tone woods, aimed for an instrument with natural sustain and a warm tone with tonal flexibility. Features include mahogany body with highly figured maple top, bone nut, Seymour Duncan pickups (Alnico II neck with JB in bridge), 3pc mahogany set neck with rosewood board, flamed maple neck binding, 25.5" scale, 15" radius, Sperzel locking tuners, stop bar/tuneomatic bridge, BM's own sculpted headstock design, headstock finish matches body, innovative recessed output jack, and extremely comfortable contoured body which just seems to "fit" the human body perfectly.  The setup on this guitar is phenomenal, which you would expect on a guitar that had a price of around $3K 20 years ago.  The quilted maple top on this guitar is really a cut above what most makers are using - would likely be a private stock on a PRS. My tech Martin knew Brian well and he actually did some set up work for them back in the day. He verified that these guitars from a construction aspect are head and shoulders above most builders. This one was collector owned and is presented in collector's condition. It's a great value in a fantastic guitar at $1599. Includes Brian Moore case which is cut to hug the body on all sides. 

Headrush Gigboard and HeadRush FRFR-108 Powered Speaker Cabinet, (cabinet  #2  #3  #4), (Gigboard#2  #3  stock), (software key). Here's a great and compact set up for the studio or stage. The Gigboard has a finely-tuned quad-core processor and powered by exclusive Eleven HD Expanded DSP software. Touted as the most versatile, realistic-sounding and responsive amplifier, cabinet, microphone and FX models ever found in a small, road-ready floorboard. The 7-inch touch display enables you to touch, swipe and drag-and-drop to instantly create and edit your rigs in an unprecedentedly realistic and intuitive way. I don't want to write a page about this so click here for the Headrush site and for two demos click here and here. Along with the Gigboard you get the FRFR-108 powered cabinet which they call 2000 watts but that's peak power. It's plenty loud regardless. It's designed to be flat so what goes in is what comes out. It's a 2-way speaker system, comprised of an 8" custom woofer and HF compression driver and weights just 19 pounds in a tilt-back wedge design. Works great as a stage monitor and features two XLR/TRS combo inputs with volume controls and clip indicators, XLR output for chaining powered cabinets or for sending your mix direct to the PA system and Contour EQ switch helps compensate for excessive lows and mids on some stages. Both pieces are in beautiful condition with only a few hours use. For full info on the Gigboard go to Headrush site. Here’s a good demo by Anderton’s in the UK (link). Gigboard ships in original packing and includes paperwork and Celestion Digital Download key. The Gigboard currently sells $598 and the powered cabinet is $199-$219. Get the Gigboard AND the Headrush here for just $498(HOLD-Juston C 4/18).

2001 Gibson Class 5 Les Paul Quilt Top w/P90s (Cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Gibson's Class 5 set the new standard for rating their maple tops.  Rather than the AAA top, they wanted a new term befitting the finest figured maple they had to offer, thus the AAAAA (5A - Class 5) was born. If you look around the web, especially Reverb, quilted maple is very rare, outnumbered by the more common flamed maple 10 to 1 and I'd say, anecdotally, that PAF's outnumber P90s on this model by 20 to 1. My guess is that a quilt top P90 model made up perhaps 1% of all Class 5's. Other than the fantastic top, perfectly bookmatched and very 3D in appearance and their most choice mahogany, this is simply an extremely well built Les Paul Standard. Other features include long neck tenon, bound body and neck, mother of pearl fretboard inlays, dual P90 pickups, and vintage tulip tuners. Gibson's top luthiers build their custom shop guitars so you'll find none of the imprecise construction you might find on regular production models, plus the tone woods are all from their "A" inventory. This guitar plays incredibly well and has excellent acoustic projection. Plugged in it sounds superb. If you want Gibson’s finest maple and custom shop quality you’re going to pay for it and Class 5's had a hefty price tag. The last pricing I have is from 2005 when they had a list price of $6704 and sold at discount for $4399. Get this one many years later for $3399 in stunning collector’s condition. Includes velvet-lined Gibson custom shop case, original warranty and manual. Very comfortable weight at under 9 lbs 2 oz.

2013 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Quilt (LPSAQ) (CONS), (front), (back), (headstock), (case  candy). With killer looks, tone and playability, the '13 Les Paul Premium offers modern features while maintaining a vintage vibe. Immediately striking is the AAA Quilted maple top finished in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Along with that you have modern weight relief and Burst Bucker Pro pickups with push pull feature on all 4 knobs that add a much wider variety of tonal options: splits from humbucker to single coil; switch from in-phase to out-of-phase; and activate a pure bypass to go from bridge humbucker, straight to the jack, for the hottest, purest signal possible. The rear pickup can reverse polarity for incredible single coil tones. It also features an asymmetrical 60s Slim taper Mahogany Neck which is a tad thicker on the bass side than the treble side, which most players find very comfortable. In addition, and this is a major feature, the frets have been Plek'd for the ultimate in perfect, low action without any buzz. The tone chambers enhance its acoustic properties so it sounds much more lively when strummed acoustically. This model also has the longest neck tenon that Gibson had ever used prior to '08, maximizing contact between body and neck for better sustain. It also features custom-made, solderless pots, ensuring accuracy and reliability, as well as Tonepros bridge and tailpiece, which lock in place. Locking Grover kidney-bean tuners request just a partial turn to go from slack to in-tune in less than 1/2 a turn. One invisible minor mod has been done with the Neutrik output jack replaced with a traditional output jack and chrome plate. With a list price of $4299, these sold new for $2999 and up 7 years ago. This baby was collector owned and offered in stunning condition, with an impeccable set up.  For looks, versatility, and tone, it's about as nice as you'll find for just $2199. Weighs 8 lbs 14.2 oz. Includes similarly clean case, manual, checklist, warranty and a factory kit that includes strings, key ring and picks.

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 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 immaculate condition for just $950.

2000 Hamer USA Studio Custom - aka Sunburst Archtop GATC (Cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Throughout the years I've witnessed a bunch of players who became Hamer converts after buying one from me. These are players who knew that Hamer continued to build guitars they way the "other" company used to build them. I’ve been saying for many years that Hamer built its reputation by producing, in essence, copy guitars that are better than the guitars they are patterned after.  These fine Studio's have their roots in the late 70's Hamer Specials and are essentially Les Paul DC Plus models, designed 15 years before Gibson "introduced" that model. Prior to '96 the Studio Custom had a wraparound tailpiece, changing to the tuneomatic bridge with stop tail in '96. Features of this model include a thick maple cap over a hand-crafted Honduras Mahogany body with bookmatched Flamed Maple top which is meticulously finished with 14 layers of hand-buffed lacquer, oversized dovetail joint which connects a 3-piece Mahogany neck (vintage round) that's around the same profile as a '60 flat taper, flat quarter-sawn Rosewood fingerboard, Hamer wide oval frets, 24 3/4" scale, 1.65" nut, Hamer/Schaller tuners, and Dunlop locking strap pins. Cosmetically they are nicely appointed with body binding, neck binding, and crown fretboard inlays. Pickups are great sounding Seymour Duncan '59s which are medium output and capture that 50s 'Burst tone very well. One of my favorite features is the deep cutaways and zero neck heel which makes playing the 22nd fret as easy as the 12th. The flame on this one is truly beautiful, perfectly bookmatched and consistent side to side, all the way up into the cutaways.   This guitar is 20 years old but looks like it was bought last month. There is zero fret wear or scratches that I've noted.  It plays beautifully, low action all the way up the neck, and has excellent sustain. Just a super find for the collector or player priced around $1K below the new cost at $1599.

Electro-Harmonix Op-amp Big Muff Pi Fuzz. Billy Corgan and EHX have faithfully recreated the tone and response of Billy's trusty '70s op-amp equipped Big Muff. Back then EHX made a regular Big Muff, and the Op-Amp Big Muff, with fuzz-laden and explosive tones which are the signature of Billy's tone. It features controls for Volume, Tone, and Sustain (gain) with a tone bypass toggle which bypasses the tone circuit for maximum output and aggression. Here’s a good demo by Billy himself (link). Sells new for $80.60. This one’s mint in the box for $49(HOLD-Duke T 3/26).

2005 Fender American Series Telecaster w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Nice 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. With over $100 in upgrades, this is an excellent value at $799.

Tremol-No.  Ingenious device that installs quickly with no modification to your guitar, and functions in 3 modes:  Standard (performs as a normal tremolo); Hardtail (performs as a hardtail with the bridge fixed in place); and Drop-Only (allows only downward de-tuning with no up-pull).  The advantage in the Standard mode is your other strings don't go out of tune when doing pedal-steel licks and double stops.  In the Drop-only mode, it functions like a vintage tremolo with downward pressure only but up-pull is locked out.  The advantage in this is you can drop, for instance, your low string to a "D", and the rest of your strings will stay in tune, which is a major time saver, especially for Floyd-Rose type tremolo's.  Installation is easy, just detune your strings, remove the original tremolo "claw", and use your same wood screws to install the Tremol-No; then just run the shaft up to your tremolo block, usually in the 2nd or 4th trem block hole; tune your guitar back to pitch and you're ready to jam.  For specs click here.  This is the "Clamp type" which works on most guitars but click here to verify it's the one you need. These sell new for $52. Unit is in perfect condition and we'll include Allen wrenches if needed at no cost.  $35.

1980 Dean E'Lite (cons), (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (catalog), (case). The E'Lite is better known as the Cadillac which came out ca. '81 as a fancier model E'Lite, with body/headstock binding, maple top, block inlays and ebony board. The E'Lite isn't as fancy but is a fine guitar regardless. It features a bound neck, one-piece mahogany body with set-in mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, the signature Dean V headstock, optional Grover tuners (Klusons were stock), tuneomatic bridge with surface mounted tailpiece and dual DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers. The neck on this thing is on the large side. Not huge like some 50s vintage guitars but certainly larger than the small C shapes popular today. While it's a medium depth it has a long of shoulders which makes it really fill up your hand. For me, it's one of the most comfortable necks I've played. Top and back are in nice shape (other than a small ding on the top edge here) although it does have some vintage flaws such finish chips on the headstock tips (pic), and miscellaneous dings and lacquer checks on the edge (shown here) including a lacquer crack near the neck joint that’s 100% only a lacquer crack. All in all, this guitar presents very well and definitely will look cool on stage. All original other than one of the DiMarzio's is a replacement. Original pickup needs rewind and is in the case. This is one of the best playing guitars we have in stock and at 7 lbs 9.8 oz it's super light for an all-mahogany LP type guitar. If you're a fan of vintage Deans or simply someone who wants a great sounding, great playing cool guitar, this one's hard to beat at $1050(HOLD-Chris L 3/26). Includes Canadian TKL Dean case which appears to be more recent than the guitar.

1998 Fender Collector's Edition Telecaster (Cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (upgraded saddles), (case). Offered in collector's condition. According to Fender, the '98 Collector's Edition was a limited run of 1,998 Teles (this one's 0987) but looking around the great Tele site TDPRI, none have appeared over 1000. What this is essentially is a fancy USA Vintage '52 Tele with all specs such as quartersawn soft-V maple neck, 2-tone sunburst ash body, ash tray bridge with cover, '52 pickups with cloth wires and 50s logo. One noteworthy change, it does appear to be a 9.5" modern radius which will appeal more to most players. Where it difference is in elegance. All the hardware is gold, down to output jack, string tree, neck pickup, neckplate, control plate and knobs, strap pins, string tree, and every screw. Additionally it has abalone dot inlays with a commemorative "1998" inlay on the 12th fret. After leaving the factory it was outfitted with compensated saddles, but the originals are in the case should you prefer the non-intonated variety. This guitar has seen very little use so there are zero scratches or imperfections and lacquer finish is still lines each fret (shown here). Includes the original brown case in similarly beautiful condition plus keys, leather strap, ash tray, hangtags including factory serialized tag, and manuals. If you're a fan of the USAV-52 but you prefer sunburst - or something a little fancier - this is your guitar, plus at 20+ years old it’s coming into its own on the vintage market. For a stunning example, nicely priced at $1199(HOLD-Nelson V 5/19).

2016 Godin Summit Classic CT Convertible, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics), (gigbag). “As new” condition. Godin’s take on the classic LP of the 50s, with completely redesigned electronics for the 2000’s. Using a pair of Seymour Duncan P-Rail pickups hooked up to dual 3-way mini-toggles, this guitar goes from P90 to humbucker to single coil rail, on both pickups. It’s also armed with the usual 3-way switch on the upper bout to choose bridge-both-neck. If that’s not enough there’s a pushbutton switch called a Hi-definition Revoicer (HDR) which makes the pickups go from passive to active. To me it’s a subtle difference and I think most players will just leave it on, or leave it off. It does add some fidelity and shimmer to the tone. Other features include carved maple top over chambered Spanish cedar body, mahogany neck with Richlite fretboard, large dot inlays, Tusq nut, 24.75" scale, Graphtech ResoMax tune-o-matic bridge and quality Godin sealed tuners. Here’s an excellent demo by Premier Guitar (link). This model sells new for $1595. Get this one in dead mint condition for just $1039. Includes an excellent heavy-duty gigbag with neck block with Velcro retaining strap.

1992 Rickenbacker 360/12 Fireglo (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Immaculate - set up to perfection. From the Beatles, to the Byrds, to Tom Petty and countless others, the jangly Rick 12-string tone is unmistakable and none more so than the Rick 360/12. They fit in the mix like no other guitar and stand out regardless of any other instruments that are accompanying it. It's no accident that this happens to be the most popular electric 12-string ever made. The features that you know and love - all maple construction with set-in bound maple neck with semi-acoustic maple body, rosewood fingerboard with triangle inlays, "R" tailpiece,  high gain single coil pickups, and choice of mono/stereo (Rick-O-Sound) outputs.  Includes original Rick case, cloth, and paperwork.  New Ricks continue to be on back order and most are sold by the time they get to the dealerships which became a retail phenomenon on Ebay where non-authorized Rick dealers selling "new" Ricks on Ebay at or near full list price. In these days when new Ricks are hard to come by, this 28-year-old one is as clean as a floor model and nicely priced, $1000 less than new at just $1899.

2004 Gibson Les Paul Limited Edition Series - Pacific Reef, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). One of the most lovely appointed Les Pauls made in the last 2 decades or as Gibson called them, "truly the jewels of the Les Paul Standard family. Noteworthy features include a bound headstock, flower pot headstock inlay, ebony fretboard, and lovely figured maple under a Pacific Reef blue finish, both front and back. With production of 175 pieces, this model was made in 2004 in three finishes: Manhattan Midnight, Santa Fe Sunrise and this Pacific Reef. Gibson used white binding (headstock, neck and body) instead of cream which creates a striking silhouette. Although spec'd for an AA grade maple top, this one exceeds most AA's I've seen including others in this series. From my experience I would easily rate it as an AAA top. Other features include Burstbucker Pro pickups, Gibson deluxe tuners with metal oval buttons, Nashville tuneomatic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, 50s rounded neck (was also offered in a 60s thin taper), Tophat knobs with chrome inserts, trapezoid inlays in ebony fretboard and nickel hardware. Super comfortable low set up, lively tone, and offered in immaculate condition. As far as looks, tone, and playability, this one's hard to beat at $2199. Includes original black-lined Canadian-made Gibson case.

UPDATED: Custom EVH Tribute - Original 5150 Model, (Ed’s original 5150), (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (detail#1  #2  #3  #4). Now features a Jalen ’78 Frankie pickup ($80 from Jalen - https://www.facebook.com/JalenGuitar/)which is handwound to capture Ed’s classic 70s tone.  Ed's original 5150 was a totally custom guitar made from custom parts in 1983 at the old Kramer Guitar Factory in Neptune NJ. The original body was actually a Kramer Pacer Special with a single humbucker routed body made out of poplar or basswood, nobody seems to know. The pickup was a custom Seymour Duncan based on a '59 but with Alnico II magnets. Paul Unkert built the custom one-piece maple neck with a headstock shape copied from an Explorer. The tuners were Gotoh 90 degree tuners with an upside down chrome Schaller added later. Sometime around the recording of "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (ca. '91) the headstock was broken around the 5th guitar tuner, and was repaired by MusicMan. As you can see above, an additional tuner was added before the headstock was fixed in order to keep it playing. This tribute model has a fake headstock break/repair but it's the back only, not the sides of the headstock, so it's quite strong. In addition to using unlabeled and aged Gotoh tuners and the Schaller, supposedly the extra holes were replicated from Ed's original version, there's a string tree and retainer bar and of course cigarette burn area next to the 6th string. Ed's eye-hook strap holders have also been replicated, including the relocation of one hook from the horn tip to the back of the horn. In the one major departure for this guitar, it's inexplicably a hardtail while the original had an early prototype fine tuner Floyd Rose. Although it's totally playable, the main attraction of this guitar is the painstaking paint and relic work done on the body and headstock, including areas of wear and "weak" areas of paint from the original spray can paint job. Ed had a number of guitars in this paint scheme but I didn't have any luck finding high resolution pics, only the collage from Vintage Kramer shown above, but if you judge just by the paint work, it's a really good job. It's also one of the lightest guitars you'll find at exactly 5 lbs, 6 oz. Whether you want to play it, or use it as a cool wall hanger, it's a good buy at $299.

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Combo w/upgraded speaker, (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.

Loaded Body - 2008 Fender American Standard w/upgrades, (back), (neckplate), (upgraded pu’s and bridge). NOTE: No neck included. 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. This is 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 for a much 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 $529. Includes neckplate and screws.

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. Get the pair for $185. We can remove cover at no expense or install cover for $12 parts/labor.

2012 PRS SC58 Stripped - Blue Crab Blue w/Birds, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (tag  case). Love this guitar and was thrilled to get it back in trade. Introduced at Experience PRS 2011, the Stripped 58 is a Singlecut that's vintage-inspired to appeal more to traditional single-cutaway players. It features PRS's 24.5 inch "short" scale as well as their new V12 finish and Pattern neck shape. The V12 finish, 12 years in development, enhances the look, sound, and feel without hindering its resonance. It is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners and has a very "old" feel. The new "Pattern" neck is an update of the old Wide Fat profile that was used on early models for Santana, Frampton, and Leese. It also features a new PRS Two-Piece Adjustable Bridge which was used only on prototype Private Stock guitars. This two-piece bridge has added weight and mass, creating more contact points, which, in turn, create a more resonant, musical instrument. It also has the Phase III Locking Tuners which are very smooth, with high-tolerance pegs, an elegant design and larger buttons. Other features include figured maple top over a mahogany body, 22 frets, 24.5" scale, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, optional bird inlays, blank truss rod cover, nickel hardware and a killer set of PRS pickups - the 57/08 Treble and Bass. Please note that these pickups are 4-conductor and we can add coil split pots if desired. This is a superb sounding guitar, nicely resonant, and these 57/08’s just put it in its own class. Cosmetically, nice shape for a used guitar. A few tiny blemishes here and there but in all, nice for a guitar that’s been played a bit. Frets are very clean and the set up is low and perfect. These had a relatively short run, eventually morphing into the latest edition of the SC594 which shares the same pickups, neck, and unique bridge design. This Blue Crab finish is really nice and with the optional bird inlays, it’s a looker. Killer Core series PRS for $1799(HOLD-Pamela 3/10). Includes PRS case, tag, and paperwork.

2018 Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker - Aquamarine Metallic, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (case). I've had HSS Shawbuckers before but this is the first Elite model. It's really nice with some cool features, excellent tone, and killer looks. First off this was a limited run with the quilted maple veneer top over an alder body, finished in Aquamarine Metallic. There are very few maples around, most were solid colors. Pickups are an excellent selection with a Shawbucker (created by the legendary Tim Shaw) with a pair of Gen4 Noiseless in the middle and neck. Controls are somewhat unique. You get the high-end switching afforded by Fender's S-1 switch married to the usual 5-way selector, PLUS and pushbutton "passing lane" switch which, regardless of your S-1 and blade switch, takes you to the bridge humbucker, bypassing the tone control and wired directly to the output jack. It comes in really handy if you're in a song and you want your most powerful, uncolored tone. The neck is also unique with a compound profile that goes from 9.5 to 14 inches. Likewise, the profile changes from a modern C-shape at the nut, morphing to a modern D-shape the heel. It's perhaps the most comfortable Fender neck ever. It also features new locking short-post tuners that provide increased break angle at the synthetic bone, virtually eliminating string buzz. The new style truss rod adjustment wheel is located at the butt end for easy access without a need to remove the neck to make minute adjustments. Offered in superb condition, as clean as a new floor model, with an exceptionally comfortable set up and includes the Elite case, hang tag, certificate, strap locks, trem arm, etc. These sold new in '18 for $1999. If you missed one then you can get this beauty now for just $1350.

FOUND: Vox V412BN 4X12 Cabinet, (stock pic). Out of box but never used. 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.  Was in original box but it was inadvertently discarded. I’ve got to get this out of here so just $325. 

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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

Xotic Custom Shop BB-Preamp Comp. Another great pedal from the fine folks at Xotic with this custom shop version of their original BB-PREAMP. The original version was noted for featured warm, compressed overdrive tone but some players felt there was too much compression which prevented the pedal from "breathing". A newer version, beginning with #3643, was released with reduced amounts of compression for a more aggressive effect. Fast forward a decade or so and Xotic began building their Andy Timmons model, BB-AT. Which brings us to this Custom Shop BBP-COMP. Users of this top of the line effect can choose standard compression like the current BB-PREAMP), more compression like the Andy Timmons BB-AT, or no compression. The new BBP-COMP rolls two iconic pedals into one while taking it's sound to a new level with a no compression option. You might feel that this is the most musical and versatile distortion pedal ever made. It features true bypass and operates on AC adaptor or 9V Battery. Sells new for $176. Get this clean barely used one for $120.

Lovepedal JTM. From the genius folks at Lovepedal comes this simple but effective amp in a box. It emulates the sound of Marshall’s JTM-45 amps and features simply a Drive control. With just a single Marshall-style knob operation is obviously simple. You turn it on and the more you turn it up the more rock you'll get in your tone. The magic is in its responsiveness to subtle changes in your picking hand touch and your guitar's controls. It enables you to get a wide variety of tones without even touching the pedal's knob. For practical purposes, most players would like it in line with another overdrive or fuzz, something with a bit more tone shaping but if you're a purist this pedal alone might be what you're looking for. Sells new at Lovepedal for $225 (link) or you can get this nice used one for just $99.

No-Contract LG Extravert Cell Phone, pic2, pic3.  Purchased at Wal-Mart for $99 and used for a month so 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. $35 includes Priority Mail shipping.  If you need two phones, add this LG flip phone for another $15 ($50/shipped for the pair) which I used for only 3 days prior to getting the Extravert.  

Marshall 100V Valvestate, Mod 8100, (panel), (back). Marshall learned how do to solid state right, back in the 80s. The Valvestate series was the next step which followed in the 90s. This Model 8100 has tons of features including 4 channels (clean channel w/boost plus overdrive channel with dual channels), reverb, effects loop with selectable buffer, independent tone controls for each channel, and line out. If that’s not enough, it’s even made in England! Wow, an inexpensive Marshall that wasn’t made in Asia! Some guys don’t realize it but the fact is this 100W Valvestate will sound better to them than a 100W JCM900. That’s a fact. Looks a little dusty in the pics but it’s in pretty nice used condition and a lotta amp for just $225.

Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Tele Neck STHR-1N. Perfect solution for players who want to do the Keith Richards thing with a neck humbucker, but don’t want to route their body for a PAF style humbucker. Warm and smooth, ceramic magnets, with 4-conductor lead wire for multiple wiring options and a fairly hot 10.9K output when wired as a humbucker. It’s a direct replacement for American Fenders and is wax potted for squeal free operation. New these run $89. This very clean used one is just $55.

Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Strat Neck SHR-1N. Pretty much same specs as Tele Hot Rails above except made slightly larger for Strat. Similarly higher output,10.65K, using humbucker connection. Very clean in the box with instructions. $55.

Seymour Duncan Custom 5 SH-14 Gold, (bottom). New, never installed. The Custom 5 began its life in the Custom Shop following requests for a hotter '59 bridge pickup. With Alnico 5 magnets, it features around twice (14.1K) the output of a ’59 with scooped mids and a balanced bass & treble. 4-conductor wiring for a variety of applications. Sells everywhere with gold cover for $105. This one’s new in the box with ring, screws, and instructions, for $69.

American DJ Proscratch Case, (pic2). This is actually NOS from around 2001. It’s been forgotten here at the shop for 18 years and time to find a new home. Lightweight but very strong. Factory designed to hold a mixer in the middle with a CD player/scratcher on either side (shown here) but you can use for any application including mics/cables, etc. Has eggshell foam in the top, flat foam on bottom/sides. Sold new for $99 20 years ago. Get it now, never used, for just $39.

Schaller 3+3 Chrome Tuners. Perfect for your worn Gibson or other 3/side headstock. Quality German made tuners. Used; nice shape in the box. $49.

Seymour Duncan Custom 5 and Jazz Set. Includes the SH15 Custom 5 bridge and SH-2N Jazz neck, both in white/white with 4-conductor wire. The Custom 5 began its life in the Custom Shop following requests for a hotter '59 bridge pickup. It features scooped mids, even bass & treble, and high output. Don't be fooled by the "Jazz" name, the neck pickup is one of the most popular rock humbucker and is frequently paired with a JB or '59. It's bright, with a lower vintage-output that stays clear, even under extreme distortion. Sells new for $158/pair. Get this used set in boxes with instructions for just $95.

Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s Strat Set. You know 'em you love 'em. If you're looking for a vintage tone with a little more attitude it's hard to beat the Fat 50s. Features include Formvar magnet wire, RWRP middle pickups for noise-free operation in positions 2/4, staggered hand-beveled pole pieces for balanced output, Alnico 5 magnets and period-correct cloth wire and fiber bobbin. Sells new for $199 but get this used set for just $119.

OFF-HOLD: 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, or $1278 with the optional case. Get this beauty, set up to perfection WITH EVH case for $420 cheaper. Just  $858. Includes EVH case and trem arm.

2018 EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Red/White/Black w/upgrades, (front), (side), (Floyd), (back), (headstock  neck), (strap), (case). For those of you still trying to figure out the Wolfgang line...this is the archtop model with the thicker body. It also features a beautiful quartersawn maple neck with some nice flame and an ebony fingerboard. Trem likewise is top notch with an EVH-branded Floyd Rose complete with D-Tuna for the low-E string. Some extras are included here including Ed-approved eye-hook strap pins and strap clasps ($40 from EVH), genuine EVH leather strap ($40 from EVH), and the following from FU-Tone: brass trem stopper ($25), brass sustain trem block ($40), and stainless nut clamp screws and string locking screws ($45) as well as upgraded string clamps. It also includes a Charvel polyfoam hard/soft case ($90). About the guitar itself: features direct-mounted EVH Wolfgang humbuckers that sound as good as any EVH I've had. It has a graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck which was carved and rolled to Eddie's standards for superb playability; this one even has some flame in the neck. The basswood body is very resonant for a Floyd guitar and features a belly cut for comfort. This model sells new for $1599 and doesn't include a case. This one includes around $300 in upgrades and can be yours for $400 UNDER the new cost. $1199 takes it.

Lollar Imperial Humbucker Set, Nickel. Both are built in the 7K’s for a true vintage output. Click here for details from Lollar. Sells new for $350/set. Get this set for just $225.

Lollar Stratocaster Special Set. Hotter than the Blonde set above, wound to overdrive your amp faster and harder, with outputs of neck 6.7K, middle 7.1K, and bridge 7.6K. Choose these if you’re looking for a heavy Gibson-style attack and sustain. In positions 2 and 4 you get less quack than from other lower output Strat pickups. Features a vintage style cloth covered lead wire and Middle is RWRP for humbucking operation in positions 2 and 4. $285 new; get these for $175.

Lollar P90 Soapbar Set. The original Lollar P90 is what put them on the map many years ago. These Soapbars are scatter-wound with de-gaussed Alnico 5 bar magnets for a fat, clean tone with a smoother treble. It's perfect for harder, driving rock and sounds like an old P-90 with a nicely rounded tone compared to a harsher recent model. They're wound RWRP for hum-canceling operation with single conductor and braided shield lead wire. Neck 8.2K; Bridge 9.1K. Sells for $210 new. Get these for $139.

OFF-HOLD: 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 tighter 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 $1299 which includes head, cab, and some nice covers. Here’s a pretty good demo by ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCj6Vvjk7fM.

1980 Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe, (front), (headstock), (back), (electronics). One of Gibson's "innovative" models from the Norlin years. The Sonex, which came in 4 models (Deluxe, Standard, Custom and Artist) at various times during their 4-year run, featured a bolt-on neck, which was very unusual for Gibson. The main innovation from this guitar was the "Multi-Phonic" body, which consisted of a wood core (usually mahogany), with a man-made resin outer layer. In this fashion you still had the wood-wood contact in the neck pocket, but with a resin body that was inexpensive to make and more impervious to climate change. The Sonex was replaced by Marauder and S-1 models bolt-on models, although they were all-wood body. The Deluxe model retailed for $419 when the line was discontinued in '84 after a 4-year run. Features include a pair of Gibson "Velvet Brick" humbuckers, maple neck with 22 medium frets, ABR-1 tuneomatic bridge, large pickguard (covers 3/4 of body face), rosewood fretboard, Grover tuners with metal Keystone buttons and "The Gibson Guitar Company" logo. Cosmetically this one is in typical condition for a Sonex with scratches and scrapes as well as the typical cracks in the resin core (not a problem, just the nature of the beast). It has had a strap button relocated to the back near the neck plate. It has a very comfortable setup and a good quality tone from a pair of nice sounding humbuckers. A good value in a 40-year-old USA guitar at $439.

2000 Fender "Sting" Signature '53 Precision Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). If you've ever seen Sting live, you'll recognize what's going on here. Sting played his trusty '53 P-bass back in his early Police days and continues to use it frequently today. The Sting Signature model was a limited run model and I rarely come across one. It has the classic silhouette of the early P’s, most notably the slab body and enlarged Tele headstock. It features a 2-tone sunburst ash body with large single-ply pickguard, maple neck with vintage 7.25" radius. Other vintage era features are the single-coil pickup, vintage 2-saddle bridge, tuners, disk string tree and chrome control plate. In a nod to its inspiration it features Sting's signature in a block inlay at the 12th fret. Very comfortable bass to play with a tone that's deep but not as muddy as the later split-coil pickup. Clean shape, nice weight and an excellent player. Priced at $850 with nice Gator gigbag - or Fender gigbag, your choice, or add $100 and it’ll ship in a nice Fender/G&G Vintage Series tweed case.

2010 ESP Ltd EC-1000T Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (abalone trim), (case).  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-85 and EMG-60 humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body.  You'll note that this is the new "T" model, which offers a more traditional look and feel to the classic single-cutaway body shape with a thicker body, no waist cut, and a 22 extra-jumbo fret neck (as opposed to the 24 frets on most EC models), which combine to give it the look and feel of the 'Burst you know and love.  Visually, it doesn’t get any better than this with a mirror gloss black finish and more Abalone trim than on any other model I've seen - Abalone adorns every edge of the top including body, neck, neck joint, and headstock.  Abalone flag fretboard inlays with the model name at the 12th fret.  This guitar is immaculate with a setup that rivals any ESP I've had.  These sold new for $849, without a case, but would be priced at $1022 with this case. Get this beauty in immaculate condition for just $699 INCLUDING a new SKB-56 case with TSA latches.

OFF-HOLD: 2017 EVH Striped Series 5150 - Red, Black and White w/extras, (front), (back), (headstock/plate), (Floyd), (case), (FU block), (extras). This is the current $1399 model with Hockey Stick headstock and 5150 "decal". Don't confuse with the cheaper model, easily distinguished by 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. PLUS, it includes a new FU tone brass block (installed) with trem blocker - plus brass fine tuners and wrench holder in the case.

2016 Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus, (front  front2  detail), (back), (headstock). With roots in the Tele Plus of the early-mid 90s, the Modern Player Tele Plus provides a rare triple pickup set up featuring a Tele neck, Strat middle, and humbucker bridge. It's controlled by a standard 5-way selector plus a 2-way mini switch for the humbucker for 7 unique tones in all. All this is housed in a nicely grained pine body with a transparent black finish that lets the grain show through. Other features include a C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, a trio of Modern Player pickups, vintage Tele logo, knurled "chrome-dome" knobs, six-saddle hard-tail bridge with strings-thru-body and stamped saddles, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. I was really impressed by the wide variety of tones you can get from this guitar and if a variety is what you seek this would be an excellent choice. From the spanky clean sounds of a Tele, to the more bell-like tones of a Strat, to the fatness of a humbucker, it's in there. Very comfortable set up, no issues. Offered in beautiful condition, plastic film is still on the control plate. These run $499 new without a gigbag. This one's just $359 AND includes a quality gigbag.

2019 Fender American Original 50s Stratocaster - Blonde, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case). Although I've had tons of the earlier American Vintage Strats, this is the first of the new American Originals I've had. Fender decided to do away with reissues of a specific year ('57, '62, '65, etc.) and opted to take the best features from different years and build sort of a "best of" for the decade, settling on a '50s and a '60s. The 50's come in Aztec or Sunburst, which are both alder, or this blonde which is swamp ash. I'm impressed. The first thing I noticed, after the impeccably-applied nitro blonde finish, was the chunky neck which can't be attributed to a single year but as it turns out the best neck shape possibly wasn’t built in the 50s! This one-piece maple neck also has an un-tinted gloss nitrocellulose lacquer and is a nice 'n thick, but it's in a soft V-shape. It measures around .92" at the first, 1.00" at the 12th. It falls between a U-shape and a harder V shape. I've felt '58s that were close to this if that gives you a starting point. Fender departed from a few 50s features on these, namely the fret size and fretboard radius. It has the popular "modern" 9.5" radius which is more comfortable and allows for easier string bends without worry about fretting out. Similarly, the frets are tall narrow, which are narrow like vintage frets but taller so they won't wear out so easily and respond to trills better. It retains the authentic rear-installed truss rod so it has the skunk stripe and the truss adjustment at the butt end. Pickguard is the authentic single-ply white with 8 screws, housing a trio of Pure Vintage '59 single-coil pickups, based on, duh, a '59 Strat. They have staggered Alnico poles. Pickups use the vintage style fiber bobbins and are wax potted to reduce squeal. The wiring is the vintage cloth style throughout the harness. Fender opted to use a tone control for the neck and the other one for the bridge and although it's not vintage-correct, I find it much more useful than the neck-bridge much more useful than the correct neck-middle. The stock switch is a 5-way which everyone prefers. Lastly, it features a tone-enhancing Bone nut. Case is the G&G/Fender center-pocket tweed with a beautiful red velour-lining. The center pocket provides support along the entire length of the neck rather than only at the headstock. Guitar and case are pretty much immaculate. It has never had the trem arm inserted, plastic is still on back plate, no scratches, no fret wear etc. Stellar condition and it has a lively body with excellent sustain and weighs just 7 lbs 8.0 oz. A new one will set you back $1949. Get this one for just $1365.

Dr. Z Route 66 Head, (front), (top  badge), (back). 2008 20th Anniversary Model. An original Dr. Z design 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 a duplicate of the Marshall JTM-45, rather a completely original spin with new tonal end results.  It has an EF-86 (9-pin pentode) front-end, offering incredible gain and input dynamics. The EF-86 is normally used in high-end stereos by virtue of its accurate transfer of input signal, balance, and headroom. This is a very pure, no frills amp which 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 5AR4 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 will match any cab you have with outputs for 4, 8, or 16 ohms. Power tubes are the stock Gold Lion KT66's which are quality tubes from the factory. It sounds perfect right now and has never been gigged or used outside the home so it's in beautiful condition.  For sound clips and reviews you can check out Dr Z's site (here). These were discontinued in 2018 but sold new for $1799. Get it today for $999(HOLD-George C 7/9).

1997 Gibson Historic '59 Les Paul R9, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (case/acc.). It's been a few years since I've had one of these bad boys in stock and thrilled to come across this one. The R9 is the Big Daddy of the Historic line, and features Gibson's finest woods, superb craftsmanship, and features that are historically accurate for the true holy grail of electric guitars - "The Burst". You'll note a lovely top which is the calling card on Bursts, and this one isn't just a thin ribbon flame; it spreads out to wider flames, bordering on a quilt top near the edge. As on most of these the flame extends from top to bottom, edge to edge. You'll also notice the cool fade to the finish, which is another thing these have in common with the originals. What was once a sunburst finish has faded into an Amber Burst with just a hint of red around the edge. This is often the nature of 23-year-old nitro finishes and the reason so mean real 1959 Pauls are amber in color. As the original 1959 'Burst is the most expensive guitar on the vintage market, the reissues, for some reason, are priced accordingly, selling new for over $7099. The original 'Burst, with varying degrees of figuring, was introduced in '58. Historically, there wasn't much of a change between the '58 and '59 model, other than jumbo frets on the '59, but as it turned out, that was hugely significant, and the improved ability to do string bends made the "'Burst" the choice of late 60's icons such as Page, Clapton, Bloomfield, and Peter Green, leading to its eventual holy grail status. Oddly enough, the term "Les Paul Standard" wasn't used until the early '60s, after this model was phased out. Okay, enough of a refresher course, especially since 90% of you guys and gals already know this stuff. This guitar was collector owned, and like most collectors, spent nearly its entire life being looked at rather than being played.  Good news for the used guitar buyer since you can get a guitar that's in stunning condition for way less than a new one. If you’re trying to find one of the lighter R9’s this ain’t it. At just under 9 lbs 7 oz, it's heavier than more recent models, but within the normal range for the early R9s keeping in mind that this is a regular, un-chambered body. The neck is thicker than the '60 Thin Taper; it fills up the hand more. Set up is low and perfect and the tone both acoustically and plugged in is lively and balanced. Gibson didn't issue certificates during these early years but it does include the serialized hang tag, as well as various vintage tags, manuals, paperwork and cable. The original Art&Historic case is in similarly lovely shape. Just a killer Les Paul in spectacular condition for $4600. 

Dr Z Remedy Head, (top), (back), (acc).  Dr. Z was one of the first to carve out a strong niche in the boutique amp market. With hot players like Brad Paisley using them in their backline night after night, they’ve had great exposure and the public is finding out what fine amps they are. Mike Zaite hasn’t just cloned a few 60’s classics like most companies. He has a wide range of amp choices, each one with his own take on vintage designs. The Remedy is his take on the Marshall plexi circuit, but rather than the classic EL34’s used by Marshall, he has chosen a quad of 6V6’s. To accommodate different venues, he’s also added a 40W/20W half-power switch and “pre-jumpered” the channels, allowing a mix of the High and Low Volume controls, without the need to run a jumper cable as used on the old 4-input Marshalls. The difference in the two channels is what you would want from a dual-channel amp with a clean, jangly tone that’s extremely well balanced across the frequency spectrum on the Low Volume channel. The High Volume channel is a much thicker tone, with a thick mids, a very fat bass, and just the right amount of highs. As you dial it up it displays a very dynamic British overdrive with a richer high end that’s never too harsh. Back off your guitar’s volume knob and you’re right back into clean territory.  It also displayed remarkable sweet singing sustain, even at settings below full volume. The remarkable aspect of this amp are the two blendable Volume controls, and you’ll find considerable tweaking just adjusting these two knobs. The actual EQ knobs are a real bonus that lets you tweak every setting to perfection. At 40 watts, it’s plenty loud for even larger clubs, and you’ll probably want to use the low power setting for smaller venues. On all settings the bass response was nice and tight, and the highs are never piercing. The is virtually no tonal difference between the 40 and 20 watt settings, unlike some amps that sound like two completely different amps. Back panel features include 4-8-16 ohm outputs, half-power switch, and a good ol’ courtesy AC outlet. Here’s a good ToneQuest review of Z and the Remedy. This model was discontinued last year but click here for Z’s Remedy page, including video demos (both guitarists are playing through a Remedy). This head is mint and has never seen use out of the home. It sold new for $1829 and is an excellent value on a superb head for $999(Tent. Hold – Brian C 8/11). Ships in original carton and includes footswitch, manual, and hangtag.

2012 Gibson SG Standard - Aged Cherry, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Rare “Aged Cherry” finish. When we got this in we first thought it was Oxblood, as found on the Jeff Beck Les Paul. The SG silhouette is one of the most recognizable guitars of all time and has remained largely unchanged since 1961, when it was released as the "new" Les Paul style.  It has been in production continuously since that year, the longest running solid body model in Gibson history.   Features include all-mahogany construction finished in gloss Heritage Cherry lacquer, solid quarter-sawn mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with 12" radius, trapezoid inlays, Corian nut, 1 11/16" nut width, bound fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, Gibson Deluxe tuners with Keystone buttons, holly headstock overlay with mother-of-pearl inlaid logo and crown inlays, black top hat knobs with silver inserts, Tuneomatic ABR-1 bridge and Gibson's most popular pickups, the 490R/498T Alnico humbuckers. The SG Standard's remarkable sustain is due largely to two unique features:  the mortis & tenon neck joint which binds the neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit, employing the long tenon found on earlier SGs - plus the traditional 17 degree headstock angle, which increases pressure on the strings which maximizes string vibration between the nut and the tuners. It features a medium neck profile of the mid-60's, not at all chunky as the 50's style, but nicely rounded. Famous players of the SG Standard is a who's-who of rock music greats including Clapton during the "Cream" era, Tony Iommi and Angus Young both users for over 30 years, and Derek Trucks, who also uses extensive slide work in his playing.  An impeccable setup and nice shape overall, with just some scratches in the clear coat only. All original other than two minor mods - a luthier-made Bone nut and Schaller locking strap pins. Get this one in a cool color and set up to perfection. Just $999(SOLD-Kevin 7/27).  Includes original case and paperwork, and original strap pins.

Xotic Effects Soul Driven Overdrive, (pic2). One of the best pedals for replicating the tone of an overdriven tube amp, the Soul Driven offers extra control in the crucial midrange frequencies. It features the usual Volume, Gain and Tone, plus an active Mid-Boost control that really brings your tone up in the mix when wanted. Runs on a normal 9V DC adapter and of course has true bypass to preserve your tone. Sells new for $170 but this one's perfect in the box for $119.

OFF-HOLD: 2015 Fender American Standard 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 would set you back $1449-$1499 from a super store or you can get this one with upgraded tuners and a killer in house setup for just $949. Includes Fender/SKB case with ATA latches and trem arm.

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 knobs turned up.  Features separate on/off and boost switches, with a green and red LED indicator, respectively.  Decent nice shape for an 20-year-old pedal, works perfectly, sounds great.  $95.

Category 5 Ivan Combo 1X12 and 1X10 w/Flight Case, (top), (panel  voltage), (back), (back panel), (speakers), (chassis), (case  pic2). Hand-made in Texas, Category 5 is among the best builders of boutique amps on the market today. Category 5 got their start by building touring artists incredibly reliable amps that deliver the vintage tones that they wanted, letting them keep their expensive but fragile vintage amps at home or in the studio. They were able to get the vintage tones without the breakdowns plus yielding more modern features. With a pair of 6V6's in the power section (and 5 preamp tubes, 12AU7, 12AX7, 12AT7) it yields the normal 22 watts, but that's infinitely adjustable via the front panel Voltage knob which is a Variac voltage output level controller. Some players will likely prefer just to set it and forget it but it's really capable of delivering a variety of tones at any volume level. Regardless of the Voltage, these amps are extremely interactive, with a different feel to them than nearly any amp made. There are a tone of amps built to sound like the classic Fenders, most at cheaper cost, but no amp is built to be more durable than these. The Ivan uses vintage Fenders as a jumping off point but it's so much more. It features two unique channels, one based on a Fender Blackface era, the other more of an earlier Brown era Fender. Channel One features Volume and Tone while Channel Two has Volume, Treb, Mid, and Bass. The two share an extremely lush Reverb as well as the Voltage control. Back panel features an effects loop, recording line out with level control, 4/8/16 ohm speaker out, and Reverb on/off jack (switch not included). The speakers are a 10" and 12" Jensen Neo. They're web site is a work in progress but you can check them out on Facebook. Here are two demos of the Ivan with a Les Paul (clean and dirty) but just know that it sounds at least as good with single coils as heard in this live gig with Samantha Fish (link) playing through an Ivan. Other users of these amps include Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes, among others. It should be noted at 10% of our Cat5's gross sales go to a number of charities, which is part of the reason why their model names are hurricanes or national disasters. This amp is in lovely condition having seen only limited home use only. This is a very special amp in terms of features, build quality and tone. The guy I got it from paid $3300 and I would guess around $475 for the Kangaroo ATA/road case so this is a pretty sweet deal on an extremely clean top-quality amp at $2200. Includes and will ship in the flight case shown which was made specifically for this amp.

TC Electronics Mojomojo Overdrive, (pic2). If you're looking for more headroom than your current OD, you might want to try the Mojomojo. It offers extra headroom with widely variable tone controls plus a voicing switch. It features increased circuit board voltage which gives you the additional headroom and dynamics while the 4-knob interface gives extensive excellent tweaking. The voicing switch allows you to choose between the true natural overdrive sound or a more flavorful tone with a little less bass. The two-band EQ with active bass and treble knobs lets you tweak your sound to perfection. It also features true bypass for better clarity and no high-end loss when the pedal is off. It's sturdy in a die-cast metal case with quality switches. Offered mint in the box for $39(HOLD-Duke T 3/26).

2000 Fender Hot Rod Precision – Loaded Body, (back), (pickups), (inside), (sad case). Note: Neck was sold – body only is for sale. 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 has sold so I’ve only got the loaded body remaining. Just slap on a neck and you’re good to go. It’s in extremely clean condition and will make one fine bass. Includes a rather beat case. $475.

J Rockett Pedals Animal Overdrive, (pic2). Another excellent choice for you Marshall Plexi fans, even hot-rodded Plexi tones with the flick of the Snarl switch. Chris Van Tassel, co founder of J Rockett Audio Designs, says he “wanted to nail the tone and nuance of a real 1968 plexi" and after playing one of these you’ll likely agree he was very successful. The Animal works very well with your guitar's volume control, going from a slight boost to full OD with the turn of a knob. Works with 9V battery or adapter from your pedalboard. Made in USA with top quality components and features true bypass. Click here for a good demo (incl clean/OD Tele sounds). Sells new from Rockett for $199. Get this one for $125.

TC-Helicon Voicetone Create Vocal Effects Processor, (close-up), (side). Put your vocal effects on the floor...what a great idea! TC Electronics Voicetone gives the singer complete control over their mix, no more relying on the soundman or walking over to the mixer to tweak or change effects. The Voicetone features XLR In/Out jacks in mono or stereo, has 99 effects patches, loads of Reverb algorithms (plate, spring, ambient, etc.), loads of Delay types (tap-tempo, ping-pong, slaps, taps, etc.), Transducer effects (distortion, telephone, megaphone, filters, etc.), 5 "favorite" performances, each with A/B switching via footswitch, studio quality mic preamp with phantom power, and much more. From an audiophile perspective, it exceeds the specs of many high end studio units as far as noise floor, harmonic distortion, and frequency response. To read the manual click here. Click here for a quick demo on YouTube. Easy to use and lots of power for $125.

2015 Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Stratocaster NOS, (front), (back), (headstock), (cert.  spec sheet), (case  acc.). One of the coolest of the old custom colors, Dakota Red. Fender's best take yet on a Strat with vintage vibe but modern features that make it the ultimate in playability. It starts with a lightweight swamp ash body with nitro finish, contoured heel and deep contours. This is paired with a quartersawn maple neck in a 60s style oval-C shape with 6105 narrow/jumbo frets and a 9.5" to 12" compound radius measuring .81" to .93" (1st and 12th frets), with a very dark rosewood fretboard. Electronics consist of hand-wound Fat 60s single coil pickups (RWRP middle) with modern tone circuit consisting of master volume, volume 1 controls neck/middle, volume 2 controls bridge, with a Tone Saver treble bleed system. Hardware is nickel plated Schaller strap locks, American Vintage tremolo and American Vintage tuners, which are staggered so no string tree is needed. Very clean condition with perhaps one or two miniscule impressions in the clear coat. Frets are like new and the set up is perfect. Very thin nitro finish on these so you can actually see the texture of the wood grain. Within a few years it will have the patina of a 50-year-old Strat. It’s a very resonant guitar and sounds loud and bright unplugged. Plugged in it’s a tone monster. One of the best sounding C/S Strats I’ve had in the 2000s. Nice weight at 7 lbs 6.2 oz. You’ll love it. Includes all the accessories including certificate of authenticity, spec sheet, owner’s manual, cable, Custom Shop strap and picks, “ash tray” bridge cover, very useful CruzTools toolkit, polishing cloth, two extra vibrato springs, serialized hang tag, bumper sticker, and manuals, all housed in a Fender Tolex case with embroidered lid. Killer Strat and a with a new one running over $3800, grab this one for $2600.

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Kustom Profile System One PA System, (trap. shape), (front panel), (master/patch bay), (acc.). New, opened box special. Looking for a small practice PA or system for an acoustic combo? I had a few of these, never retailed but this was removed from the box by a local store where I consigned it. The Profile System One is a complete units with a combination mixer and amp, with built in 24-bit digital effects, two speaker cabs in a tuned trapezoid pattern with two 6.5" and a 2"X5" horn in each. Cabs have sleeves in them so they're standmount ready. The system puts out 100W and futures 8 digital effect options, 5 channels, contoured acoustic guitar input, 4 balanced mic inputs with phantom power, 5 line level inputs, effects loop, individual effects--tone--volume controls, 3-band master EQ, standmount ready, detachable AC cord, includes speaker cables. The Profile 100 is the same system and sells new for $399, or get a used one of these for $519 (link) on Reverb. Better yet, get this new system for just $225 or trade a nice Mex Strat or something.

2016 Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock  orig tuners included), (preamp  bridge pins), (appointments1  2  3)(dual strap buttons), (case). A true elegant looking, excellent sounding parlor guitar. Made of all solid woods, the Paramount features art deco design elements of classic vintage guitars including checkerboard binding and rosette, pickguard shape, and abalone and mother-of-pearl "Concert Tone" fretboard inlays. More than looks, this small bodied beauty has a tone that's not at all boxy and although a parlor will never boom like a dreadnought, the bass notes are clear and well balanced. Plugged in you'll enjoy the new Fender/Fishman PM preamp which was specially voiced for each body shape in the series. Controls are simply volume, bass, treble, with separate controls for the built-in tuner. Woods are all solid including Sitka spruce top, East Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard, mahogany neck, ebony bridge and ebony headstock overlay. The body features a quartersawn Scalloped "X" bracing and the finish is gloss all over. The Deluxe parlor is designed with freely vibrating, resonant tone in mind and you will immediately notice it. While most parlors are very mid-range heavy, this guitar is well balanced, especially for a small body. Other features include Bone nut and saddle, fast-playing "C"-shaped neck, bound fingerboard and single-ply tortoise shell pickguard. It includes two upgrades: real Grover Sta-Tite tuners installed (originals tuners included in the case) and brass bridge pins for enhanced tone and sustain. Cosmetically it's in lovely shape with the only noteworthy aspect being an extra strap pin which is actually a better angle than the stock one. It has a brand new set of Elixir strings installed which sound superb on this model. There are still a few of these around, selling new for $999. Better yet, this barely used one with upgraded tuners and bridge pins for just $579(HOLD-John 8/11). Includes original hardshell case and key.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). Velcro 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, Ecstasy 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.

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  Frets are vintage width, although taller than most vintage frets. 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(Tent Hold – Jude 5/21) includes Fender deluxe gigbag.

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 $1849. This one has $590 in upgrades for less. Get this beautifully upgraded Custom 22 for just $1499(SOLD-Robert S 8/7) 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.

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.  

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.

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 RG-550 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.

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.

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.

Schecter 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 ’59 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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Duke T 4/29).

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.

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.

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.

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 $99.

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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.

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 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(HOLD-Pamela K 7/28). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1979 Ibanez Artist, (fretboard), (front), (side), (flamed mahogany back), (headstock/neck), (maple cap). Note: 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 for a pro-quality Artist. Includes a free quality gigbag or hardshell case available at additional cost.

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.

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. Not your usual museum PRS, this one has clear coat dings primarily around the edge (as shown here) which makes it 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.

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.

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(SOLD-Del 8/5).

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Brian B 7/10) AND includes original Vox carrying case. 

NCAA Sports:  Epiphone Collegiate Les Paul Juniors, (Sample of Univ of North Carolina), I also have these in Kentucky. Sold out of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unique 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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(HOLD-Jeff M 3/22+60). Includes nice original case and hang tag, instructions, accessory catalog and original warranty.

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(HOLD-Carl B local 5/15).

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.

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 Candy Apple Red 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.

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).

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.

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.

SX SEG-2 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.

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(HOLD-Chris C 7/9) with a quality tolex hardshell case.

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 $75. 

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Rocco 6/3). 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.

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.

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(HOLD-Pranav 8/7), 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 Microphone 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 $229 for the pack.

Soundcraft Notepad 124 and 124FX Mixers, (124), (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.

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.

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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 we’ll 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.  

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.

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(HOLD-Pranav local 7/13), 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.

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.

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.

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.

1990 Fender USA Squier Stratocaster. Pretty cool guitar, rare, American, affordable. Similar to the USA Squire 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.

P90 Strat Pickups/Loaded 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).

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.

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(SOLD-Jeff M 8/12).

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 SSH 50mm Humbucker Bridge Black, $65

PRS McCarty Treble Humbucker. Nickel cover. $75

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. 

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

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

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 desirable Leo-era for $950. 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

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 near 40 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.

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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 Vortex Flanger. Good demo by ProGuitarShops here. $85

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.

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(HOLD-Squire M 5/21). Includes footswitch, all paperwork, and even a Fender amp cover.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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), (headstock), (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(HOLD-Michael C UK 8/12).

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.

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.

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(SOLD-Michael R 8/12). 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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), (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. Includes lovely brown Taylor luggage case with maroon crushed velvet lining and truss rod wrench.

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.

ESP Pickups - 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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).

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.  

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. 

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.  

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((SOLD-Brent 4/10), 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.  

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 EffectsKNG-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 $Temp sold out; KCO-101 Compressor $49; KNG-101 Noise Gate (fairly rare) $99; KDW-301 Distortion Wah (very rare effect) $SOLD OUT;  KFL-401 Stereo Flanger $59; KPH-401 Phaser $75, KCH-301 Stereo Analog Chorus $75;  KDC-601 Stereo Digital Chorus $SOLD OUT; KGE-201 Graphic EQ $59; KDI-101 Distortion $45; KOD-101 Overdrive $65, Wave Shape = in stock! Korg only made 14 of this series so you can have a complete collection rather easily and start off with something like: Distortion, EQ, Delay and Chorus, for well under $250.  

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.  

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. 

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.  

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.  

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