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OFF-HOLD: 1996 Fender American Standard Stratocaster Ltd Ed – with Fender/G&G Black Tolex Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Rare Burgandy Mist with matching headstock! Wow, it’s hard to believe but ’96 models are now officially vintage. Seems like just a few years ago that a guitar had to be 70’s or earlier to be vintage. Wow, time flies. Straining my brain here, I remember Fender’s limited runs of custom colored Strats back in ’95-’96. Every few months they would ship to dealers two new custom colors, each with matching headstock and silver logo. All other specs were the same as a regular American Standard. I believe the colors used were Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, Ocean Turquoise, Sea Foam Green, Lake Placid Blue, and this Burgundy Mist which I’ve read is probably one of the more rare colors. Overall this guitar is in really nice shape and it’s obviously seen little playing time. Set up is low and buzz-free and it sounds lively, both acoustically and plugged in. If you need specs let me know but I’ve written them so many times I’m just guessing that everybody else knows them by now. If you’re a Strat collector, especially of custom colors, here’s a nice one. I’ve got it paired with a Fender/G&G black Tolex case in beautiful condition. Get it with this nice case for $1129. Includes case key and trem arm.

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.

2010 Guild D55 Dreadnought with D-Tar, (appointments), (front), (back), (headstock), (D-Tar), (case). Since 1968 when it was a top-of-the-line special order from Guild, the D55 has been at the pinnacle of Guild production with its premium appointments and legendary tone. It is a truly striking guitar, with the finest appointments Guild has to offer such as nitrocellulose lacquer finish, pearl and abalone V-block fretboard inlays, abalone rosette, Peak&Shield inlay over ebony headstock overlay, bound ebony fretboard with multi-line “railroad track” purfling on the bass and treble sides and gold hardware. Woods are first rate as well with AAA solid Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck with walnut center strip from tip of headstock to the butt, multi-ply binding front and back, ebony bridge and bone nut and saddle. Internally it features scalloped Adirondack bracing, an improved dovetail neck-joint, hand fitted for lightest, loudest, and best-sounding D55 ever made. Like most dreadnoughts it's excellent at being a jack of all trades, handing anything from bluegrass to blues, heavy strumming and fingerstyle. It is clear and balanced with a well-defined bass response from the rosewood and sparkling, harmonic-rich highs from the AAA Sitka spruce. There's a wonderful character to the tone that you won't mistake for other rosewood/spruce guitars with lots of sustain and projection when you push it and it sounds just as nice when you play softly. Likewise, the D-Tar system, developed by Seymour Duncan and Rick Tuner, delivers that incredible tone on stage. It utilizes an under-saddle pickup that's mixed with an omni-directional electret condenser mic housed in special polymer shock mount. Separate volume controls for Master volume and Mic volume are mounted in the sound hole. Overall it's in nice shape cosmetically, although it did have a top crack repair and bridge off/on (shown here and here). The crack was perfectly repaired using current methods that don’t require cleats. Martin says it’s a super pro job and it will never pose a problem. Also, the bridge was off and on one time so you can see an outline in the lacquer. It also had a new bone nut installed and a second strap pin installed (pic). Playability is superb, one of the nicest playing Guilds I’ve had with low action throughout the register. By the way, this is first-year New Hartford CT guitar, highly regarded in Guild history and some say the finest guitars they’ve made in the modern era. The current Santa Monica CA Guild, without electronics (D-Tar was a $200 option in 2010) sells for $3599. If you don’t mind a guitar that had two minor repairs you’ll get an excellent value on this one. $1950 includes Guild case and manual.  

SKB 4-space Rack, (handle). Specs include: rackable mount depth 18-1/2 in; front rail to rear rail 15-3/4 in; lid depth 2-1/2 in. Easy to transport with handles on both sides. Sold 15 years ago for $124. Get it here for $65(HOLD-Brian G 4/20).

Marshall 8008 Rackmount Stereo Power Amp, (back). Made in England. At 80 watts per channel the 8008 puts out plenty of power for your live gigs. For players using a rackmount multi-effect this is the preferred method of amplifying your gear since it doesn’t color the sound the way a guitar amp will. Valvestate/Linear switch on back lets you choose between a Marshall tube-colored output or a transparent signal. Works equally well with both clean and dirty signals. Runs in both mono or for a really huge sound, stereo (80W per side). Excellent condition and nicely priced at $199(HOLD-Brian G 4/20).

Behringer V-Amp Pro, (close-up), (back). The V-Amp Pro is the 19 in. rack-mount version of the V-AMP 2 with extensive MIDI and digital connectivity. As a brief overview, 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 FCB-1010 is the perfect companion piece and lets you get the most out of the V-Amp, especially in a live setting where you don't have time to tweak knobs for your next song. On top of its impressive MIDI functions, it gives you two jacks for analog switching and rugged, road-proof construction. Features include 3 new sets of 100 factory presets for more comfortable control of our V-AMP products, guitar workstations and BASS V-AMPs, Non-Latching Relay function - provides the added possibility of controlling external analog equipment closing the relay switches when the Preset button is depressed, Quick access to the Pedal Calibration mode, and an improved Tap Tempo function. The V-Amp sold new for $169. Own the one for just $75(HOLD-Brian G 4/20).

Behringer FCB-1010 Midi Foot Controller with V2.5.1E EurekaPROM 2, (PROM and new cable). The FCB1010 is a powerful performance tool that gives you incredible flexibility in a tough package that's made for road use. It includes dual expression pedals with freely assignable MIDI channel, controller number and range; ten banks of presets (with ten fully user-editable presets each); simultaneous transmission of 5 MIDI program change commands and two MIDI controllers per preset; and more. Other features include MIDI note commands for trigger and tap-tempo applications, 2 programmable and relay-controlled switch jacks (e.g. to select channels on any guitar amp), can be programmed while standing, Global setup allows for individual customization, backup function via MIDI SysEx, MIDI merge function, and built-in power supply ensures trouble-free operation. This unit sells new for $159 but get this clean used one WITH the $39 V2.5.1E EurekaPROM 2 and new $10 cable, all for $119. (With the included PROM, there's no need to figure out how to program the Behringer FCB1010; it becomes very user friendly).

Fulltone Octafuzz OF-1. Best Octavia clone made. It's identical in every facet including layout, size, brand of transistors, transformer, look and specs, to the legendary Tycobrahe Octavia. Delivers cool octave-up sounds heard on Hendrix "Band of Gypsies" and SRV's many live shows!  Housed in a 14ga. steel enclosure with a Ranar-blue gloss powdercoat finish and Antique-white logo.  Click here for one of many YouTube videos on the unit.  Fulltone made an earlier one without the Octa/Fuzz switch but these ones with the large case are in fact OF-1 models and, remember, the larger case means more mojo can be squeezed in. Click here for a demo. Other than some Velcro on the bottom it's super clean and yours for $135.

Ibanez TS-808 Overdrive Pro, (pic2). Reissue of what many consider to be the finest overdrive ever made and certainly the most cloned OD of all time. Famous for yielding a smooth overdrive, much like the tone of overdriven tube amp. Tone, overdrive, and level controls, allow you to tweak your tone. Includes adapter to fit Boss type barrel 9V adapters and power supplies. Other than Velcro on the bottom it's in new condition. Don’t pay $179 when you can get this clean one for $119.

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue. Like the original, simulates the tone and feel of an overdriven tube amp. A true classic and probably the most popular OD of all time. New ones are running $99. Other than Velcro on the bottom this one's like new and just $65.

Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal, (display). Boss's new super compact multi-effect that's lightweight (under 3 lbs.) and fits in your gigbag storage compartment. Don't let the size fool you though. This is a powerful unit (Boss GT-Series engine) that contains a whole bunch of Boss's famous stomp box effects and a wide selection of classic amp models. An assignable control switch and expression pedal give you real-time effects adjustment and by connecting to BOSS Tone Central, you can download free pro patches, editing software, and more.  For the busking guitarist, it provides 7 hours of playing time on 4 AA batteries (also runs on 9V adapter). It contains 108 effects in all including a good acoustic guitar simulator, electric guitar simulator, 32-second looper, Delay, Reverb, Modulation, Wah, Overdrive, and others. There are some good videos on editing but check this performance video out (fwd to :51) to see how this thing nails classic tones on songs you’ve heard countless times. Sells new for $206 but this one’s in mint condition and just $139 and…act now and I’ll throw in a free 9V adapter!

2020 PRS DGT David Grissom Goldtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). These are fairly hard to find I hear and this is the first Goldtop DGT I've had, and only the thirds one ever. Like the Violet finished model I had 3 years ago, this is a very impressive guitar. Specs included carved maple top, mahogany back, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, DGT neck shape, 22 jumbo frets, 25" scale length, moon inlays, rosewood headstock veneer with inlaid signature, PRS Gen III tremolo, PRS Phase III locking tuners with faux bone buttons, DGT truss rod cover, nickel hardware, DGT Treble and Bass pickups, dual volume, master tone, push/pull tone pot and 3-way pickup selector for 6 great tone options. The selection of tones on this guitar is impressive and I found them all useful for my styles of music, nothing wimpy, overly bright, or overly dark, just a perfect choice of humbucker and single coil tones. Playability on PRS’s is always top notch. Even before we've benched this guitar it played great, still with its original factory 11 ga strings. It's in beautiful shape with just a few clearcoat scratches on back that Martin can make go away I'm sure. Original owner paid $3610 to Sweetwater just a few months ago and they have one serial number later (link) currently on their site. Get it now for $2499. Includes mint original case and all the case stuff.

2019 Epiphone Les Paul Traditional PRO-III - Pelham Blue - With Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Classic look, playability and tone at a great price. Finished in Pelham Blue, one of the great 60's custom colors, the Traditional Pro-III features Epiphone Alnico Classic Humbucker (4 conductor wiring with coil tap) which yield 6 good tones instead of the standard 3. It's primarily a mahogany guitar (with a maple veneer top) but that's not a bad thing to anyone who knows the warmth of an all-mahogany Les Paul like you'll find on a LP Custom. This model features a gloss finished top for looks and a satin finish back and sides for tone. Other features include mahogany neck, pau ferro fretboard with trapezoid inlays, bound neck and body, inlaid headstock logo, deluxe die-cast tuners, stopbar tailpiece and tuneomatic bridge. Set up is low and very comfortable. This guitar looks like it's never been played and, especially with the Epi hardshell case, is a great value at $329(SOLD-Candice 4/20) including a similarly clean Epiphone case.

Teese RMC5 Real McCoy Wizard Wah. 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 other than a small tear on the bottom label. With a new one costing $235, this one's a nice buy for $150.

Boss RC-1 Loop Station, (pic2). Boss's simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station. Brand new in the box. The RC-1 is a straightforward looper that is easy to operate and with 12 minutes of stereo recording, it's powerful enough for most casual looper fans. Does all the usual stuff, and easily: record, playback, overdub - and undo or redo loops. There are plenty of performance uses for these but I just use one as a second guitarist to practice with. Lay down a chord pattern…work on my leads. On the top panel, there is an innovative loop indicator consisting of a 24-segment LED in a circular pattern. These LED's allow you to easily determine the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes, plus where you are in the loop (loop covers one full revolution). Stereo in/out jacks can be used with stereo effects and amplifiers and there's a jack for external AC power and footswitch in. Here’s a demo link. This unit has never even been plugged in, thus, flawless. Lots of fun for $69(HOLD-Greg C 4/15). Includes box, manual and catalog.

Guyatone Wah Rocker WR2. Don't let size fool you. These 80's diminutive Guyatone pedals are less than 1/2 the size of a Boss but they contain as much cool tone as any stomp box around. Built in Japan by Guyatone, the WR2 is an excellent sounding envelope filter with more quack per square inch than anything ever made. Velocity sensitive/pick activated to keep the vowel sounds in sync with your playing. Average Reverb price (link) on the last 10 sold is $124. Get this one in nice shape for $85.

Korg Pitchblack Tuner Pedal, (back). Very compact and rugged chromatic tuner. Housed in an aluminum casing, it features true bypass plus an LED meter that can be switched between four modes including meter, full strobe, half strobe, and mirror. It features a very large and easy to read display that works well on a dark stage or outside in the bright sun. In back you'll find buttons for choosing the display mode and for calibration. There's also a DC 9-volt, 200mA output for noiselessly running other pedals in a chain. Sells new at Sweetwater and others for $89.99. This one’s mint and $59.

2017 Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge other features), (case and cert). Mystic Ice Blue finish!  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 absolutely perfect, PLUS a pro set up, for way less. $1450. Includes Elite case with certificate, etc.

JBL E120 12” 8 ohm. Just found this although it’s been here for 6 years. It works but when you press in the cone it has the friction feel that tells me it probably wants to be reconed. The good news is instead of being $300 it’s just $75(HOLD-Chris M 4/13).

2019 PRS S2 Singlecut - Violin Amber Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag  misc.). Only the 3rd S2 model I've had and with this new price point PRS has a definite winner in a more affordable USA model. 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 body uses the classic mahogany with a figured maple top, the recipe for killer tone since the 50s. 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. A vintage-inspired beauty, its asymmetrical, beveled maple top give the S2 Singlecut much of its explosive tone. And while not a super high output guitar, the S2 Singlecut can be overdriven into well-rounded, organic rock tones without sacrificing the punch or clarity found in higher-output guitars. Pickups are S-2 #7 Treble and Bass which are described by PRS as rich with some sparkle and substantial but tight low end in the bridge with the neck being a little darker providing great balance and vintage tones. Other features include mahogany body with figured maple top, 1 21/32" nut width, PRS low mass tuners, PRS adjustable stoptail bridge, nickel hardware, rosewood fretboard with bird inlays, dual volume and dual tones with push/pull feature to split the pickups. This guitar rivals any of the Cores I've had in terms of playability, just spectacular and is offered in beautiful condition with no flaws noted anywhere. At $1129, this is a deal too good to pass up. Includes PRS gigbag with manual, hangtag, warranty, catalog, bumper sticker and tools.

Fender Stratocaster Body - Candy Apple Red, (back/stamp). This is a Genuine Fender Parts alder body finished in Candy Apple Red with nicely installed copper shielding. Made for a vintage trem so you'll want this for an American Vintage Series, Highway One, American Special or any project you're starting up that uses a vintage trem (2 3/16" mount). It's already drilled for 11-screw pickguard, 4-bolt neck attachment, and output jack, in addition to factory-drilled tremolo screw holes and strap pin holes. Body is flawless other than a lacquer ding near the output jack (shown here) which will be 95% covered up by the jackplate. If you need a pickguard I have a ton of them including an anodized gold and gold output jackplate. Super clean body that’s 100% prepped for $175(SOLD-Walter A 4/14).

2015 G&L Tribute Legacy - Lefty, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock), (electronics). Immaculate condition - killer playing lefty. The Legacy is G&L's version of the Strat and features a gloss-finished ash body and 22-fret (big jumbo's) slab rosewood neck in a C profile. Unlike Fender, the neck has no overhang for the 22 fret so it’s full thickness to the end of the neck pocket and it has a longer neck pocket than a Fender. Truss rod adjustment is at the headstock. This model features USA CLF-100 Alnico 5 single coil pickups with G&L branded white covers, black Forbon vulcanized fibre bobbins, no wax potting and cloth ‘push back’ pickup wire with the middle pickup being RWRP for noiseless operation in positions 2 and 4. The rest of the electronics borrows from the USA model with Volume, Bass, and Treble controls, using Mighty Mite pots (250K for all pots). Bridge is G&L's DFL (Dual Fulcrum) with chrome-plated hardened steel with sufficient up-pull to make it more versatile than a Fender vintage style trem. This guitar has a wonderful set up with low action, nicely finished fret ends and no buzzy strings. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with zero flaws noted. If you're looking for a quality Lefty Strat don't pay $549 for a new Tribute Legacy. Get this beautiful one with a perfect set up for just $375.

Vox StompLab IIG Modeling Effects Pedal, (controls), (back). Super compact multi-effect with good sounds and perfect where space is limited. It uses the same sound engine found on Vox's VT+ amps and ToneLab multi-effects units and features 100 quality presets for various types of music plus room to add 20 of y our own. You can also create your own sounds by choosing from over 100 types of programmable effects. For instance, there are over 40 amp choices. Effects include 8 x Pedal FX, 18 x Drive effects, 9 x Modulation effects, 8 x Delay effects and 3 x Reverb effects. An expression pedal lets you control the volume or effects parameters such as chorus speed, sweep rate, etc. It also has a built-in tuner and headphone amp. Runs on four AA batteries or AC adapter. If you're stage area or small recording space is cluttered with mounds of gear, this might be the perfect solution. For a good demo click here and one for editing click here. Offered in mint condition for $59(SOLD-Adam L 4/12).

Vox StompLab IG Modeling Effects Pedal. Identical to the IIG above except no expression pedal with this model. All other features and layout are the same. Offered in mint condition for $45.

Lace Holy Grail Stratocaster Pickup Set, (back). Advertised as "the tone of a '54 Strat without the noise or the price tag", the Holy Grail is Lace's best Stratocaster pickup. It has a quality vintage tone in a remarkable hum-canceling design. While most stacked pickups fall short in both high end and low end output, Lace's patented "sidewinder" design with Alnico 5 magnets retain a depth and sparkle you want in a vintage tone. They sound good both clean and distorted and are a medium to high output at around 11K. These sell new everywhere for $399 but this nice used set can be yours for $199.

Lace Sensor Strat Pickup Set. Includes Hot Gold in the bridge and neck with a rare Power Sensor in the middle. All are cut to length for a Strat and zip-tied, ready to drop into a pickguard. If you’re a fan of the old Strat Plus tone with Gold Lace Sensors you’ll probably like these even more. Used but work perfectly and just $85 for the set.

Dunlop GCB95F (Fasel) Cry Baby Classic. After a long wait there's finally a Cry Baby with the classic Italian-made Fasel inductor. After originally using the fasel, the Cry Baby used the canister type "stack of dimes and later the TDK 5103 square inductor. None have had the true crying sound you get out of a fasel. Recently Dunlop sourced these again and now you can get the harmonics and vocal sweep heard on all the classic recordings. Like always, the Classic is built like a tank for many decades of use. A Hot Potz potentiometer gives you an accurate and predictable pedal travel. If you've been frustrated by Cry Babys over the past 45 years try one of these. The GCB95F sells new for $109. This one is in brand new condition and just $69(SOLD-Carlos U 4/13).

Fender Japan 50’s  Stratocaster Neck, (headstock). Near flawless! From a 2018 Made in Japan FSR Strat. Features vintage frets and vintage radius. Includes string ferrules and if you remind me I’ll include a string tree. Screw pattern is for vintage Kluson-style tuners. Appears to have seen very limited playing time as there’s no fret wear not a scratch other than a small impression on the 5th fret (shown here). Would be barely noticeable when playing but we can fill upon request. If you need a new neck for your ‘50s Strat or project guitar here’s a really nice one for $229.

DiMarzio Strat Pickup Set. Want a killer Strat tone with no hum? All of these are from DiMarzio’s stacked hum-cancelling line. Includes Virtual Solo bridge, ’54 Pro middle, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues neck. All are cut to length for a Strat and zip-tied, ready to drop into a pickguard. New cost on this set is $224.97 ($74.99/ea). Get this set, with classic DiMarzio cream covers, for $145(SOLD-Dan L 4/9).

EMG Tele Bridge Pickup or Set. Super clean FT (Alnico) bridge pickup. I also have a new in the box FT neck pickup if needed. For details check out EMG’s site here. This sells new for $89. This one’s near mint for $59 with full length leads. If you need a set I can add a new FT neck pickup for $118 for the pair.

Rio Grande Muy Grande Tele Bridge Pickup, (close-up). Excellent replacement pickup for you Tele players who want a bit more oomph out of your Tele. More output, breaks up your amp better, with a fatter tone than an average Tele. These are $120 from Rio but this mint new but this super clean used one is $75.

2014 Fender *Lefty” Standard Telecaster, (front), (headstock), (back). Immaculate condition. Hey players, tell you lefty friends! Virtually flawless Mex Standard that looks, sounds, and plays fantastic. I’ve said for years that these Mex models are a much better value than American Standard when you’re talking quality vs. price. It’s the same 3pc alder body, same USA pots and switch, same Fender/Ping tuners, Alnico pickups and same bridge although recently Fender switched to chromed brass bridge and saddles. Also the Standard model features a vintage 21-fret neck instead of 22 but shares the medium-jumbo frets and modern 9.5” fretboard radius. Clean lefty’s like this are really getting hard to find especially since the major manufactures are up to a year behind in production right now. If you don’t want to wait I can guarantee you won’t find a nicer one. It’s also a popular color in 3-tone sunburst with a maple board which gives it a vintage appearance. Nicely priced at $550 *including* a quality gigbag.

Keeley Modded Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay, (pic2). In addition to building great pedals under his own name, Robert Keeley has another business modifying pedals built by other manufacturers. The classic AD9 delay is one example. Namely, an improved bass response, higher fidelity, upgrades to metal film caps and a new Burr Brown IC.  Keeley also adds an additional on/off switch on top to make it a true by-pass. The stock footswitch no longer engages the pedal; indeed it puts the pedal instantly into infinite repeats. You can do some pretty cool effects with infinite repeats! Ibanez discontinued the AD9 but if you want the Maxon AD9 you’re looking at $285. A number of these have sold on Reverb for $235-$306. This one's basically flawless and $199(HOLD-Sean R 4/13). Includes original box.

Warmoth Strat Neck – Padauk and Bubinga, (headstock), (butt). 2020 manufacture 21-fret padauk with bubinga (as used on Rickenbacker) fretboard, very chunky "Boat Neck" V-profile, 6100 frets, 6100 frets, abalone dot markers, 10"-16" compound Warmoth radius, Tusq nut, Hipshot satin chrome locking tuners, 50's logo has some scratches, modern construction with truss adjustment at heel with side micro-adjust so you normally don't have to remove the neck to adjust the action. It was mounted on a guitar briefly but has zero hours actual use. As outfitted, this neck spec'd out at Warmoth for $344. It's yours for $239 without tuners; $269 with tuners.

Warmoth ’62 Fender Strat Neck, (headstock). Great choice for your vintage Strat project. 22-fret, fairly shallow (.810/.850 at 1st/12th fret) that feels flat on back rather than the rounded C you’ll see on a Fender. Additionally, it’s wider than a Fender at 1 11/16” at the nut. The Pau Ferro fretboard is attractively 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. Lightly used and a high quality complete neck for $239.

Ibanez Half-Stack - Tube Screamer TSA15H Head and TSA112C Cab, (back), (front/back panels), (top), (incl footswitch). Beautiful little amp for stage or studio. Sonically it's like having squeaky clean Fender Princeton with a Tubescreamer pedal built into the circuit. Switchable 15W/5W which lets you get some sweet power tube saturation at studio or bedroom levels. The all-tube amp features dual 6V6 power, with a pair of 12AX7's in the preamp. The matching 8 Ohm TSA112C cabinet houses a Celestion Seventy80 12" speaker in an open/closed back design. The front panel layout is simple with the Tube Screamer controls just like the pedal with Overdrive, Tone and Level. Next there are two switches, one for Tube Screamer on/off, and the other a 6dB boost function on/off. The amp controls are Bass, Treble and Volume. The back panel has the output power (5W/15W) switch, effects loop in/out, footswitch input and 5 speaker outs that will accommodate practically any ohm load you want to use including 2X8 ohm, 2X16 ohm, 1X4 ohm, 1X8 ohm, or 1X16 ohm. It's a well designed package that includes a few nice touches frequently left off of amps in this price range. For a good demo click here and for 26 5-star reviews on Sweetwater click here. This set up cost $599 new, not counting the optional IFS2G footswitch which normally sells separately for $39.95. Get a great deal on a mint condition used one, just $339(HOLD-Clark M 4/6) which *includes* footswitch. Have a look on Reverb and folks are asking more than that for just the head.

Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb, (pic2). One of the best digital reverbs on the market, the Ventris features 12 onboard reverb engines as well as an expansive collection of reverb effects available via the Neuro Mobile App or Neuro Desktop Editor. This baby features two completely independent 56-bit reverb processors, housing a matched pair of powerful reverb pedals in a single box. The powerful dual processing architecture yields some serious advantages including massive processing muscle, adjustable preset spillover time and the ability to create dual reverb effects. Dual reverb effects allow you to combine two reverb engines expanding ambient possibilities - you can run dual reverb effects in a parallel or cascading signal path, or split your reverbs and send a different effect to each of the pedal's two Outputs. With its incredible Processing Power, dual processing eliminates bloated all-in-one reverb programs so instead of having to allocate 5% of the processing power to something vital and complex like the True Spring reverb, it can dedicate 100% of the processor for unmatched realism and sonic exploration. With its true spillover changing from one preset to the next in live situations, there is no abrupt cutting off the trail of the previous effect. There's too much to list here but check out this demo for some more description and good demos. The Ventris sells new for $399. This one's mint in the box for $275(HOLD-Kevin H 4/6).

TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay. Another in the new line of Tone Print enabled effects, the Flashback Mini also allows you to easily transfer your favorite delay settings via USB, again, with custom patches by some big name artists. With a delay time up to 7 seconds, this is fairly powerful for a base model delay. It is a mono delay with Feedback, Delay, and FX Level controls to let your sculpt your delay sound just right. It also features true bypass and is around 1/3 the size of your average stomp box, preserving space on your pedal board. Sells new for $99 but this nice used one’s just $65(Hold – Brian W 4/7).

TC Electronics MIMIQ Doubler. Don't confuse with the more recent mini pedal, this is TCE's full-size doubler pedal with 3 tracks. The MIMIQ captures the magic of studio-grade double tracking and fits it into a stompbox. This one makes your tone sound huge, like 4 guitarists playing at once. It sounds realistic and lets you add up to 3 additional guitar tracks and all in extremely impressive stereo (in and out). Your solos will sound huge. Controls include Tightness, Dry, Effect, and Dubs. The Tightness control simulates the feel of 2 separate takes while the Dubs switch thickens your tone by adding additional tracks. You can dial in a tight sound or much looser as you add more tracks. Dry and Effect control the mix of your original signal and the doubled signals. This thing sounds great with clean or distorted guitar, acoustic or electric. It even works great with a mono set up. Here’s a really good demo by ProGuitarShop (link), fast forward to around 2:38 if you’re in a hurry. Don’t pay $105 for a new one when this one is in mint condition and just $69(SOLD-Darin V 4/7).

Celestion G12H-30 16 Ohm Speakers, (back). Note: Jensen is unavailable. The Celestion G12H-30 is a 16 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. The Celestion runs $149 and is yours here for $95. If you want a pair I have a mint 16 Ohm 25W Celestion Greenback also in stock.

Wampler Sovereign Distortion. Mint condition. Brian Wampler is one of this generation's true gurus of distortion and the Sovereign is just another example of his genius. It's 4 knobs and 2 switches are capable of creating many, many great tones, ranging from vintage crunch to modern hi-gain distortion and much more. The layout is simple. In addition to the usual Gain, Volume and Tone, it features a knob called Mid Behavior. The Mid takes the pedal from sweet and fluid to something much more aggressive and, remarkable, this control doesn't affect clarity and dynamic response. The first switch is called Bright/Even, changes the color of distortion significantly and works well in combining the pedal with your amp’s overdrive. The other switch is your typical Boost switch which can add even more gain. The pedal features true bypass switching and can run on 9V battery or just about any pedalboard power supply. The Sovereign sells new for $199. Although I don't have the box, it's otherwise in mint condition and just $129.

Boss OD-2 Turbo Overdrive. Originally a replacement for the original Boss overdrive, the OD-1, the Turbo OD-2 was around from '85-'94. The design incorporates the mode of the original OD-1 but adds another (Turbo) mode to provide higher gain and more distortion. If you just want to push the front end of your amp more you might just want to stick with the standard mode. Playing through a clean amp you'll likely prefer the Turbo mode. Nice shape for a used pedal and a nice price at $45(SOLD-Local 4/5).

Boss BF-2 Flanger. The BF-2 reigned as Boss's stompbox flanger for over 20 years before it was discontinued in 2001. It's effect is produced by combining the original signal with an electronically delayed signal. Using four controls, you can tailor a variety of sounds--from dynamic jet-plane effects to short delay, chorus and vibrato sounds. It's actually an extremely versatile pedal although most people only have one vision of what a proper flanger sounds like. I've had dozens of these over the years and never had one with performance issues. They last a lifetime. Get this one for $45(SOLD-Local 4/5).

BBE OptiComp Compressor OC-5. High quality but affordable studio grade all-analog optical compressor for guitar or bass. The OptiComp features the same circuit used in the BBE BMAX and BMAX-T bass preamps. For this reason I consider it a bass comp first, although BBE marketed it as much for guitar as bass. It features a solid mil-spec circuit board with big, fat signal traces, 1 % metal-film resistors and high-voltage poly caps, all backed up by a robust true-hardwire bypass. Other features include: Output and Threshold controls, 1MEG Ohms input impedance for proper pickup loading, 1K Ohms output impedance when engaged, blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption, easy access battery compartment, and true hardwire bypass. Equally useful to guitarists or bassists, a compressor is frequently the last thing a guitarist looks for when creating a pedalboard. Once they get used to it they rarely leave it out of the set up. Click here for a demo. If you’re looking for a studio-grade compressor, be it for the studio or stage, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s in mint condition at a sweet price of $49, less than ½ of the original price.

Hush Systems "The Pedal II" Noise Suppressor. Rocktron and their Hush systems have been at the pinnacle of noise reduction since the '80s and this is a pedal version of their acclaimed rack effect. The Pedal will wipe out hiss, unwanted feedback and pickup buzz, delivering 65dB of signal cleanup while maintaining the integrity of your music. Just place your Hush after noisy effects like distortions, wah's, vintage effects, or at the end of your signal chain, then just turn the Threshold knob until the noise goes away. Unlike a regular noise gate that chops off the end of notes or kill your sustain, The Pedal uses a different form of technology that tracks your signal all the way and pushes the noise floor below the point where it's audible. This dual channel model features two  footswitchable thresholds for even more versatility. Just adjust each individual threshold and also toggle between or on/off with via two footswitches. Click here for a demo. Near mint condition and a nice buy on the 2-channel model at $65(SOLD-Hans W 4/6).

Option 5 Destination Rotation Single - Leslie Simulator. Made with 100% analog circuit with very low noise to capture the essence of the ‘60s Fender Vibratone that used a single rotating speaker to achieve its Leslie-like effect. The Destination is 100% hand-built analog 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 so you can adjust both the slow speed and the 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 (link). This pedal sold new for $299 but this one’s perfect in the original box with manual for $185.

Keeley 30ms Automatic Double Tracker Delay. Mint condition. An amazing little pedal that was designed to emulate the sounds of the Abbey Road studio. Not just for guitar, this pedal can add that cool vibe to bass, keyboard or vocals. Using an array of studio doubling effects it creates a natural, thicker sounds and even includes an "Abbey Verb" that simulates the reverb chamber in the famed Studio Two. In the Dimension Mode you can create up to two different voices for a stereo double tracked field. The Abbey Mode is more similar to a conventional chorus, simulating synched tape decks with varying tape speeds running in parallel. Works in either mono or stereo mode. There's also a Slapback Mode for 50s rockabilly, with a delay range that goes to 100ms in this mode. In addition there are two internal DIP switches which let you change to pro mode. This thing really sounds breathtaking so maybe take a listen to this demo, (link), with some distorted guitar started around 9:00. Robert Keeley’s pedals are as fine as there are. Own this one in mint condition for $125(SOLD-Doug 4/2).

Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker Delay Pedal, (close-up). Excellent quality time-domain effects including tape saturation, double-tracking emulation, flanger, chorus, and delay. If you're a player who likes control over your tone, the Deco has loads of adjustable parameters to tweak your sound to perfection. This pedal excels at emulating the sound of 2" tape complete with non-linear odd-order harmonics and lush tape overdrive. You'll swear you're in a 70s recording studio. There are too many features to describe here but YouTube has a 25 min demo from Strymon or check out this shorter demo by ProGuitarShops here. Sells new for $299 or get this clean used one for $210(SOLD-Jeff C local 4/1). Power supply and rubber feet are included in the box.

Tech 21 SansAmps VT Bass DI. Mint condition. 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. This one’s immaculate and a killer deal on a clean used one at just $99(Tent Hold – Rob B 4/5). (Note: I have one still in the tin box with paperwork for a little more).

Tech 21 Leeds Distortion. Mint condition. Tech 21, makers of the original SansAmp, know how to do authentic amp distortion in a pedal. The SansAmp Character Series Leeds pedal was inspired by the Hiwatt tone of the ‘70s. It produced a beautiful vintage Hiwatt tone and like the old DR103 amps, this baby has tons of clean headroom. Of course being a member of the Sans Amp family you can be certain this pedal also makes a killer direct box, straight into your recording deck or DAW. Most of the pedal will be very familiar with the usual Level and Drive controls on your amp and the Low, Mid, and High controls are very powerful as pedals go. Now it gets a little more specialized... The Character knob is a continuously-variable control that moves seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain, and face-melting lead tones. The pedal's Character and Mid controls, and the speaker emulations, are all engineered to personify the specific amplifier traits and speakers associated with each amplifier type. The speaker emulation button is pretty magical and serves as a specialized high-end roll-off that simulates the sound of a large cab when you aren't using one (i.e. as a D.I.). Using the pedal into the front end of your amp or in the effects loop you can disable the speaker emulation but note that Tech21 mentions that the pedal is brighter with the speaker sim engaged, since many guitar preamps have circuitry that emphasizes treble. Average used price on Reverb for last 10 sold (in good to ex condition) is $155. Get this one in mint condition for just $135(SOLD – Marc 4/3).

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini – FFM2 Germanium. Mint condition. FFM2 model 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 $75(SOLD-Hans W 4/6). Includes rubber bottom pad.

Ibanez Tubescreamer Mini. Mint condition. With floorboard real estate at a premium Ibanez has joined the companies making mini pedals. These take up less than ½ the floor space of an 808 or TS9, yet deliver that same overdriven amp tone. Like most mini’s, runs on external power only. If you’ve got some time to kill, check out this shootout with a TS808, TS9, and the Mini here (comparison starts around 3:30). The Mini sounds the best! Flawless condition and with a new one $79.99, this one’s just $49(Hold – Nick C 4/2).

TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Polyphonic Tuner, (screen shot). Mint condition. I get in a lot of tuners and this Polytune is the best value, dollar for dollar, by far. The coolest little pedal you’ll find for getting in perfect tune. Polyphonic – just strum all your strings and it will tell you which ones are off. Just one strum and you’re looking at each string with individual LED ladders for sharp or flat. Supports Drop D and many other tunings and you can save and recall a difficult tuning or reference pitch. Fast and accurate, and won’t take up much space on your pedalboard. Operates in strobe mode, which is cool, or needle mode. For a good brief demo click here. You’re going to pay $80 for a new Polytune 3. This one has all the essentials and is just $39(Hold – Nick C 4/2) in “like new” condition.

THD Hot Plate 4 Ohms Attenuator, (pic2). A "must have" for a Bassman if you want any break up due to the massive clean headroom the amp has and you really have to drive it to painfully loud levels for power tube saturation. This model is made for 2 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2 ohms such as the Fender 4X10 Bassman. Offers Bright and Deep switches for tailoring your sound - Bright switch gives you two different high frequency levels to compensate for an overly bright, or dull speaker cabinet while the Deep switch offers two distinct bass settings to help you fill out the bottom end, or reduce the bass in a cabinet with too much low end. Has built in noise reduction up to 10dB, line out, and a fan to keep it cool. Average price on Reverb for last 10 sold is $309. Get this clean used one for $279.

Pedaltrain "Mini" Pedalboard and Case. Immaculate condition and a good choice for players who want to organize just bring a handful of pedals. Strong and lightweight; made of welded aluminum alloy tubing with a durable powder coat finish. Board size is  20" x 7" x 2" and weighs just 2.5 lbs. Velcro is factory attached to the board and unit comes with Velcro to attach your pedals. Discontinued but sold new for $69.95. This one looks like it's never been used and is just $45(SOLD Jeff C 4/7) with 6 new ¼” shortie cables (pic) for $15.

Electroharmonix Pedal Case, (sample layout). Bigger than the Pedaltrain above with 2 movable dividers to separate your effects, or easily remove them if you’re using just a large single pedalboard effect. Top of bag zips off completely for use. Velcro strips are integrated into the base. 27”X17” accommodates a lot of pedals or a wide pedalboard. Large storage compartment. Inexpensive transport solution for $20.

For larger pedalboards solutions check out: 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 $115. Velcro already attached to the base and I'll include Velcro for the bottom of your pedals.

Sperzel Trim Lok Tuners. Choice of Satin Gold $70, Satin Chrome $60, or Custom set - multi-colored with green-red-purple-blue-chrome-gold, $110. (HOLD Colored set-Travis T 4/1, Satin Chrome-Kevin H 4/1).

Warmoth Strat Neck – Roasted Flame Maple & Rosewood ‘59, (pic2). 1 11/16” nut, clay dots, ’59 profile, 6150 frets, roasted flamed maple with dark Indian rosewood fretboard, 10”-16” radius, Tusq nut. Logo is a plain “Fender Made in USA” logo with multiple coats of lacquer on the face of the headstock before and after logo applied. Sperzel set post holes, was installed briefly on a guitar. $249(HOLD-Kevin H 4/1)

Warmoth Strat Neck – Roasted Flamed Maple ‘59, (pic2). 1 11/16” nut, 10”-16” radius, 6150 frets, modern construction, Tusq nut, ’59 profile, plain “Fender” logo. $249(HOLD-Joe C 3/31).

Warmoth Strat Neck – Goncalo Alves & Ebony Standard, (pic2). 1 11/16” nut, Ebony board with Standard profile, Vintage/modern construction - truss rod at the headstock, 6100 frets, 10”-16” radius. $249(HOLD-Kevin H 3/31).

Warmoth Strat Neck – Flamed Goncalo Alves & Pau Ferro ‘59. 1 11/16” nut, clay dots, ’59 profile, 6100 frets, flamed Goncalo Alves with Pau Ferro fretboard, 10”-16” radius, Tusq nut, plain “Fender” logo. $249(SOLD-Rich G 3/31)

Warmoth Strat Neck – Roasted Flamed Maple Fatback, (pic2). 1 11/16” nut, abalone dots, 10”-16” radius, Fatback neck profile, 6150 frets, Fender Strat logo, Tusq nut, truss adjust at headstock, $249(HOLD-Kevin H 3/31).

Seymour Duncan Slash Set. Slash signature APH-2 neck and bridge mounted on Warmoth pickguard. Aged nickel covers. If you want these for your LP, no problem. $150 for the pickups, or $165 with the pickguard(HOLD-Kevin H 3/31).

Loaded HH Strat Pickguard – DiMarzio Soapbars. These look like Soapbars but they’re actually humbuckers. Includes DP162 DLX Plus neck and DP154 bridge, wired to new USA pots/switch with two Orange Drop caps, mounted on a parchment guard with black covers, knobs, and tip. Easy upgrade for your Strat. $135(HOLD-Kevin H 3/31).

Loaded Strat Pickguard – DiMarzios. All brand new components including pickups, pickguard, and electronics. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Paul Gilbert choice Injector bridge, Area ’58 middle, Injector neck. Pickups alone will run you $240 everywhere. Get the whole deal here for $199(SOLD-Rich G 3/30).

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Lace Holy Grails. All brand new components including pickups, pickguard, and electronics. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Lace Holy Grail set. Pickups alone will run you $399 on Reverb or from Lace directly. Get the whole deal here for $299.

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Lace Holy Grails. Used pickups, all else new. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Lace Holy Grail set. Pickups alone will run you $399 on Reverb or from Lace directly. Get the whole deal here for $259.

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Lace Sensors. All brand new components including pickups, pickguard, and electronics. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Lace Sensor Strat Plus Deluxe set with Red (bridge), Silver (middle) and Blue (neck). Note the bridge pickup has aged tint but it’s brand new as well. This is one of my favorite Strat pickups of all time and the RSB set is icing on the cake. Pickups alone will run you $175 everywhere. Get the whole deal here for $149(HOLD-Greg C 3/30).

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Aged – Lawrence Microcoils. All brand new components including pickups, pickguard, and electronics. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Bill Lawrence (Wilde) Micro-Coil Alnico set (actual single coils with low hum). These are mounted to an aged pickguard by Bayou Guitar Works. Pickups alone will run you $128 from Wilde Pickups plus $60 for the 3-ply aged guard. Get the whole deal here, including quality relic’d guard, for $139.

Loaded Strat Pickguard – Mojotone ’58 Quiet Coils with Hot Bridge. All brand new components including pickups, pickguard, and electronics. USA pots/switch, pro wired, loaded with Mojotone ’58 Quiet coils with a Hot Strat bridge pickup and Vitamin T oil-filled capacitor. This prewired assembly sells everywhere for $299. Get it here for $209(HOLD-Pete M 4/1).

Roland Blues Cube Tone Capsules – Sparkle Clean and Ultimate Blues. Brand new although the Ultimate Blues had the wrapper removed. Take your pick, $139/each.

Bunch of guitar parts just in. Factory painted bodies and some nice necks, plus around 10 loaded pickguards with quality electronics, and various hardware. If you’re looking to build one up I have the good stuff right now. Will start posting tomorrow I hope.

Warmoth and Fender Bodies (necks and loaded pickguards will be listed shortly). Most have been tapped for the narrow (2 1/16”) string spacing, i.e. vintage Strat. The Warmoth bodies have never had strap pins attached and are new, although there might be minor flaws. The Fender bodies are used.

Fender Strat Body – Honey Blonde. 2000 Fender built for vintage tremolo and no tilt adjust so I’m guessing it’s Mex Deluxe series. Small clear coat ding on back edge but very nice shape, lovely ash grain. $199.

Fender FSR Strat Body. Looks kind of like Inca Silver but a little more sparkle. Vintage tremolo, no tilt adjust. Clear coat crack next to neck pocket and 2 blems shown with red arrows. $125(Tent. Hold – Ryan D 4/2).

Warmoth Strat Body – Seafoam Green. Built and finished by Warmoth. New cost over $400 get it now for $250(HOLD-Rich G 3/29)

Warmoth Strat Body – Lake Placid Blue. Built and finished by Warmoth. Very lightweight, just over 3 lbs. New cost over $400 get it now for $269(SOLD-Kevin H 3/29).

Warmoth Loaded Strat Body – Candy Apple Tangerine. Built and finished by Warmoth. Includes pickguard loaded with DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Paul Gilbert set, new USA pots/switch. Body alone was over $400 new, get it with the complete pickguard for $350(SOLD-Kevin H 3/29).

Warmoth Loaded Strat Body – Black Satin Ash. Built and finished by Warmoth. Includes pickguard loaded with Fender SCN set, new USA pots/switch, and top quality trem assembly with GraphTech saddles and Calaham output jackplate w/jack. Body alone was $400 new, get it fully loaded for $385(SOLD-Kevin H 3/29).

Big Selection of Pickguards. SSS and HH, plastic and anodized, most are new with plastic film. $15 and up(SOLD 2 – Rich G 3/29).

Callaham Neckplates. One with no serial, others have 5-digit serials, all are satin finish stainless steel. 075" thick compared to Fender plates at .060". These are stronger and resist bending so your guitar will not get dented easily. Great tone starts with a great neckplate. Cost $25 new; these are $15/each(HOLD-5 for Rich G 3/29. 1 for Joe C 3/31).

G&G Bass Case – Bone. Top protection for your P or J bass. Classic Tolex over 3-ply wood with stitched leather ends and handle. Includes keys. Nice shape and nice price. $129.

2017 Fender Squier Affinity P/J Bass, (front), (back), (headstock). Beautiful condition, nice playing P-bass. If you're just starting out, or simply need a bass for occasional studio work this would be a good choice if you're on a budget. One of the cool features of this model is the combination of the Jazz bridge pickup and Precision in the mid position, which gives you the two classic tonal options: the biting mid-range tone of a Jazz that cuts through the mix - or the fat, thunderous sound of a P-bass that shakes your pants leg. Individual volume controls onboard so take your pick - or blend them however you want. Other features include “C”-shaped neck profile with 20-fret Laurel fretboard, Race Red finish with black pickguard and vintage tuners that keep it in tune nicely. Offered in near mint condition with plastic still on the pickguard and a pro set up that will set it apart from any new one you're considering online. $199 includes padded gigbag.

Music Man "Sting Ray" Sub Series Bass - Massive Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (upgrades). Virtually every aspect of this bass has been upgraded, dramatically improving its tone and playability. Let's start with the electronics. A Seymour Duncan SMB-4D ($99) which a top-notch Stingray clone, replaces the stock import pickup. The Duncan is wired to a Bartolini 3-band preamp with mid-switch ($196). Other parts of the electronics include push/pull volume control (up uses a .047 cap to cut highs in the passive mode), series/parallel switch, mid-shift switch and active/passive switch. Hardware upgrades include a Hipshot TransTone bridge ($93) which can be used as a top loader or string-thru-body, Schaller tuners ($80), Hipshot BT7 Bass Xtender ($75) to drop your low-E to a D at the flick of the thumb, brass nut (slotted and polished) and Musicman locking strap pins. To finish it off it now features a Stingray logo on the headstock so it looks as professional as its parts and the entire neck has been sprayed with clear lacquer in place of the original satin finish. Just outfitted with a new set of GHS Contact Core roundwounds. In all over $600 worth of upgrades on this beauty which would be over $800 with labor included. Tonally, this is one of those basses that is capable of any tone you have in your head. As versatile as they come. Playability is superb with low action and minimal string rattle. It’s in very clean shape and would easily hold up to pro use night after night. Coolest Stringray I’ve ever had at this price, $529.

OFF-HOLD: 2000 Fender American Series HS Telecaster w/Warmoth Neck and G&G Case, (front -before HB added),  electronics), (back), (headstock), (back of neck), (G&G case). Previously posted as a single-pickup Esquire. I decide to re-do this one as an HS Tele to appeal to more players. It features top quality components using a '00 Fender American Tele body (dated in pic here) as a starting point. About the only other thing that's stock is the bridge assembly, wiring harness and neckplate. The neck has been changed to a newer Warmoth with the truss adjustment on the treble side near the butt. It features an Earvana compensated nut and Hipshot locking tuners. Neck profile is Warmoth's 59 rounded, based in a '59 Les Paul (very much like a 90s Gibson LP) and is rather substantial but not at all chunky. It's a 22-fret with an rosewood (almost looks ebony) fretboard, 1 5/8” nut, clay dot inlays, jumbo frets and a 10-16” Warmoth (compound) radius. It had relocated string trees at some point and since the staggered Hipshot locking tuners don't require trees it has 4 holes where trees were once installed, and impressions from previous vintage tuners. That's the worst aspect of the guitar and it doesn't affect the integrity or tone in the least. Neck has been painted black with the back of the neck hand rubbed to a very comfortable satin finish. Pickups are a Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Jazz Neck humbucker controlled by a mini 3-way switch to control the neck humbucker so you essentially can get 7 tones. Tonally it has a very spanky Tele tone or a fat tone for all your Keith Richards tones. Set up is excellent, probably better than it was stock since I believe Warmoth necks are generally better than stock Fender. The body is in clean shape other than a few clear coat scratches. If you’re looking for a cool looking, versatile Tele that’s better than a stock Fender HS, grab this one for $679. Includes Fender/G&G gray tweed case with keys.

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, (panel). Boss' best metal pedal ever - and the most versatile distortion. With the 3-band EQ, including sweepable mid you can dial in a huge variety of tones. It produces a distortion that is a bit smoother than the Heavy Metal HM-2 and HM-3 (which I also have in stock). It does the scooped mid tone as good as anything ever made, or boost the mids and cut the bass and treble for a variety of tones ranging from VH to ZZ Top. The MT-2 is one of Boss's best selling effects of all time and is now, believe it or not, it's been 30 years. Other than a light rub on the top, super clean shape and just $65.

80s DOD 575-B Flanger w/Power Supply, (pic2). From the good old days, made in the USA. Good sounding and built for 4 more decades of use. The 575-B replaced the 575-A and added a fourth knob, “Manual”. Other than an OD, this was my only effect when I started getting serious about playing 40 years ago. Still sounds very cool today. I think some of the magic comes from the 20V circuit and perhaps SAD512 chip but I haven’t been inside to verify the chip. Nice shape in original box with original power supply, which thankfully is included since otherwise it takes two 9V batteries.

1971 DeArmond 610 Volume/Tone, (pic2), (pic3). Cool old pedal from DeArmond that combines a pump volume pedal, with a side-to-side tone pot. This is not a wah pedal that changes the frequency, but a treble roll off. Here's a YouTube video demo (link). Beautiful shape, 40 years old, and just $129.

HomeBrew THC Three Hound Chorus. Three Hound Chorus oozes the warmth, thickness, and richness we're looking for in an all analog chorus. It features Depth and Speed controls, plus a unique Width control which physically changes the distance (or width) between wave forms adding a whole new dimension to the effect. It is wired true bypass and has a dedicated LED that flashes to indicate speed setting. It can be powered by your choice of either a 9v battery or a standard 9v negative-center adapter. When I first plugged this pedal in I thought it was a tremolo and, in fact, it can cover that ground very well as well. Click here for a good demo by ProGuitarShop. Sells new for $225 but this one's in perfect shape for just $159.

Fuchs Plush Drive. I love Fuchs gear. Their amps and pedals are all hand-built in their New Jersey shop with superb quality and engineering. The Plush Drive is a top quality pedal that is aimed at players who want the true tone, response and feel of a boutique amp tone, like a Dumble or Two-Rock, without spending $1000's. The unique 4-knob circuit gives you unprecedented control over the most important aspects of your tone. On the input end, the gain and touch controls allow you to set just the right amount of distortion and pick response, based on your guitar and playing style. On the output end, a subtle tone control and level control allow you to set both your overall lead tone and solo level. A unique bi-FET integrated circuit and matched discrete FETs are designed to emulate the smooth overload and musical *second-order* distortion of a tube circuit. Sounds great plugged into a good clean amp, or add it to your amps overdrive for a super thick overdrive tone, and it's quiet enough to put in front of an overdriven amp easily. Features feature: Cast aluminum housing, industrial powder coat finish, heat cured silk screen labeling, true bypass, Cliff switch, Neutrik connectors, metal shaft controls, premium boutique quality passive components, and mil spec fiberglass two sided circuit board for consistent long term performance. These are $229 new, but this one is in perfect condition in original box for just $159.

Rocktron Nitro Booster/Enhancer. Every player should have a boost pedal. It has a number of uses, the most basic one being to boost your leads. Not every player wants to switch channels for leads or color their sound with an OD/Distortion pedal, they just want the sound coming out of their amp to be a little louder. Other amps simply need a hotter input signal to come to life. The Nitro offers an impressive 22dB boost while enhancing a player's articulation by its soft compression. The Nitro sold new for $69 but this clean used one's just $39.

Rocktron X-Tune Stomp Box Tuner. If you're looking for a quality stage tuner without spending a fortune, here you go. The X-Tuner chromatic tuner has multi-light LEDs and lighted notes that make it easy to tune on dark stages, plus the strong aluminum chassis guarantees years of problem free use, gig after gig. Also featured are muting for silent tuning and continuous out for live tuning (12-note tuning with a 7 octave range). Use the calibration knob to match the pitch of another instrument, CD, tape, etc. Sold new for $79 but this used one's in perfect shape and just $45.

Danelectro Fab Fuzz. I think this is a decent sounding fuzz. Click here to see if you agree. While it may not get as gnarly as the expensive boutique fuzz’s I personally never want to get that nasty sounding. For a solid, fat and fairly articulate fuzz it’s hard to beat for $35.

Bearfoot Pink Purple Fuzz. It's kind of a misnomer to call this a fuzz since it can actually work as a dist, OD, or fuzz, and like the Arctic White Fuzz below, do it with low noise. It's ideal for players looking for a single pedal that can do a quality 60s-70s fuzz tone. One of the benefits of the Pink Purple is it happily sits anywhere in your signal chain, unlike many that need to go first. Again, some of these Reverb sellers are asking astronomical prices for these ($300+) but the fact is they used to be available from Bearfoot FX for $199. Get this one, perfect in the box, for just $125(SOLD-Jeff C 3/20).

2008 Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR (top of pic), (front/back), (headstock), (2 push/pull knobs), (appointments/features). This one's actually new, old stock so immaculate condition. Schecter's high-end C-1 Series with upscale cosmetic appointments, electronics, and hardware. Along with PRS and Brian Moore, these are the finest Korean imports on the market in my opinion. If purchased separately, the top-quality hardware and electronics alone on these guitars would run you $400-$500. A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and looks, the C-1 FR Hellraiser features EMG active pickups (EMG81TW and EMG89), both with coil split via dual volume knobs; an Original Floyd Rose tremolo with original Floyd locking nut; stunning Abalone inlay along the entire edge of the top; Abalone bound headstock; Abalone Gothic Cross inlays, black chrome hardware, neck-thru design with "ultra access" design for easy playing to the top frets, 24 extra jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, mahogany body with 3-piece mahogany neck-thru. For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality components C-1 FR sells new for just $999. Better still, this one has never been retailed and is immaculate, with our killer in-house setup, for just $729(SOLD-Brian B 3/22).

Bearfoot Arctic White Fuzz. From BJFe, specialists in one pedal (the fuzz box) the Arctic White is termed the "most straightforward" of all BearFoot fuzzes. It borrows the best parts of the silicon FF/TB vintage sound and feel while adding its own voice which cuts through a mix better than most. As it has a very low background noise it's great for recording. Runs on any 8V-18V power supply. I don't think they're making these anymore and they're out of stock on BJF's web site. Offered in typical used condition and comes in original box. This one’s serial number 31 for what that’s worth. I a few folks asking $300-$400+ on Reverb for some reason. Get this one for $110(SOLD-Jeff C 3/20).

2013 Gretsch G9220 Bobtail Round-neck Mahogany Resonator, (front  repair  label), (back), (headstock), (“inside”). Acoustic/Electric model with a Fishman Nashville Series Resophonic Pickup. If you're looking for a cool delta tone with the ability to strum, pick, or slide, this one does it and at an affordable price. Features include all mahogany body with vintage semi-gloss finish, 1930's Gretsch headstock with aged pearloid MOTS overlay, internal Sound-Well bracing, medium V-shaped mahogany neck with 1.75" bone nut, padauk fretboard, medium-jumbo frets, 25" scale, bone nut, and nickel-plated Poinsettia design cover plate. A critical area in all resonators guitars is the diaphragm (resonator cone) and this has a good one with the Gretsch "Ampli-Sonic", hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99 percent pure aluminum. It sounds loud and proud. Other features include Fishman Nashville Spider bridge, weathered trapeze tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite tuners with black buttons,  This guitar had one small crack near the treble F-hole that Martin has glued. It will never pose a problem. Overall very nice shape with a really nice low-action set up which makes Spanish style playing a breeze and since Martin went inside and attached the piezo sensors properly it actually sounds as good plugged in. Nice value on an acoustic/electric resonator at $399.

Parker USA Tremolo and Various Parts, (detail-tremolo). These parts were recently discovered in the shop and I believe them to be from a USA Parker Nitefly Mojo. Includes Parker Fishman 6-element piezo bridge (with claw, screws, springs), 4 machine neck screws, 4 knobs, output jack plate (jack not included), 9V battery housing/door, Schaller locking strap pins and back control plate with screws. Get everything, including tremolo for $145 or if you only need the tremolo and trem parts, $99.

Parker Gen 1 DiMarzios. Original 90's Parker Fly pickups correct for 1993-2000 which are Air Norton (neck position) and ToneZone (bridge position). 4-conductor wiring. Leads are cut to around 3” and 5”. $139/pair.

EMG-60X and EMG-81X Set, (wiring). Nice pair of EMG X-series (with slide-on “solderless” connections) with pickup rings and wiring. (Note: output jack plate is for a Parker and isn’t included). The newer X-series provides a more natural, open/organic tone with less compression and more headroom than their standard series. Basically it sounds more like a passive pickup (thus more versatile) than the standard EMG’s. This set is finished in brushed black chrome ($20 upcharge each) and is in clean shape. Included are electronics consisting of 4 pots (2 vol, 2 tone), 3-way switch, output jack and connection circuit board. In this finish these sell for $129/each. Get this nice set up for $149. Includes instruction manual for pickups and wiring buss.

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb, (pic2). Within the past 12 years this little Boss unit has risen to the top in terms of vintage reverb stomp boxes. Each year the price goes up and the supply goes down. So it goes. Using Boss's acclaimed COSM technology, it accurately models the flavor of an early 60's Fender tube reverb unit, which are superb old units but are around the size of an amp head and weigh nearly 20 lbs. Operation is very simple: Mixer balances out the dry and wet signal; Tone smoothes out the rough edges, and a Dwell knob determines the length of the reverb trail. To my ears it sounds as authentic as the outboard Fender reverb behemoths while fitting inside the back of your combo or on your pedalboard. As I mentioned, prices on these have continued to soar over the past 5 years and it's not uncommon to see folks asking $400 or more on Reverb with actual selling prices sometimes over $300 (link). This one is mint, true collector’s condition, in the box with manual. Whether you’re a collector or player it’s a very useful investment for $215(SOLD-Jeffrey P 3/17).

Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz, (pic2). The most popular Fuzz in Boss history was somehow discontinued (in '97) in favor of the FZ-3, which was a dud in comparison. It features a 3-range switch for Fuzz I/Fuzz II/Gain Boost as well as stacked Bass and Treble (Cut or Boost), and of course a Level control. It is an amazing sounding unit in insanely clean condition. There is a tiny scratch on the side but it's so faint it wasn't visible in the photos and is otherwise like new. Includes box and manual. Even more than the FRV-1 above prices on these have gone up dramatically over the past 10 years. Look around. One in this condition is a nice buy for $235(HOLD-Kenny M 3/17).

OFF-HOLD: 1997 Ibanez SR406 Soundgear 6-String Bass - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls). If you’re looking for a quality 6-string bass without spending $1000’s, this SR406 will do the job quite nicely. Korean made and part of the acclaimed Soundgear series, one of the most popular bass series of all time. These Soundgears have stood the test of time and from my experience, they're the 2nd most popular basses going, behind Fenders P and J basses. The higher end models like the SR406 (produced ’97 to ’02) have higher end features than the vintage style Fenders, having been designed in the 90's instead of 5 decades ago. Don't get me wrong, Fenders are fantastic basses but in terms of versatility, it's hard to beat Ibanez' active tone circuit with 3-band EQ, volume, mix, and DX6 pickups. This allows you to dial in a wide variety of tones to suit the song or compensate for the venue. Want the big bottom of a Precision - just boost the bass and cut the mids and highs; for a Jazz, boost the mids, etc.  With its body of light American maple with a clear gloss finish, this looks like a bass player's bass. Add in a thin but very wide fretboard and deep cutaways and you have a neck that's very easy to get around on - from the first fret to the top. This model scored a 9 overall on a bunch of reviews at Harmony-Central and of course it plays well and sounds fantastic. If you're thinking about moving up to a 6 this is an easy recommendation from me. MSRP on these was $800 back in ‘02 new but this used one's in nice shape for its age and a bargain at just $399.

2017 Fender Squier Affinity Jazzmaster HH, (front), (back), (headstock). The most affordable Jazzmaster yet and retains the unique offset Jazzmaster body and comfortable C-shaped neck. Rather than single coils though, this model comes equipped with dual humbuckers for a fatter tone which will make it much more than a surf guitar. Other features include hardtail string-through-body bridge, sealed die-cast tuners, white gloss finished body with comfortable satin finish on the neck and 3-ply black Jazzmaster pickguard. Factory set up was mediocre but it now plays with ease thanks to an excellent in-house setup by my man Martin. If you're looking for a good Jazzmaster without spending a bundle, this one's in beautiful condition and just $179. (Note vintage logo and/or headstock painted to match body available for an upcharge).

ca. 2007 Peavey Generation EXP HS Tele, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock), (fretboard). Excellent quality import Tele based on the Steve Cropper Generation. It's very much a basic Tele but this model came in the humbucker/single pickup configuration with a vintage ashtray bridge and 3 bass compensated saddles, which is a nice touch. I really like the vintage tint neck while the sculpted headstock adds a touch of class for this workhorse guitar. It also has some nice flame in the fretboard. Pickups sound excellent and I wouldn't recommend changing them until you've heard it. Personally, I wouldn't change them. Other features include 5-screw neck attachment, vintage tuners, single-ply beveled flat black pickguard and chrome hardware. Playability is excellent and for the money this one's hard to beat. At around the same price as a Squier Classic Vibe I think this one would win a shootout. Just $299(HOLD-Scott G 3/19) and offered in very clean shape.

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. Here’s a good video (link) by The Tone King. These sold new for $299 but get this clean used one for just $159 which includes power supply.

Keeley Stahlhammer Distortion, (pic2). Keeley's take on a British amp in a box and it does the job nicely. It features the usual Distortion and Volume knobs plus a 3-band tone stack of Bass (center frequency 100 Hz), Middle (frequency range of 800 hz-1.6 kHz) and Treble (center frequency 3.2 kHz). Additionally, on the right side of the pedal a recessed switch offers settings for “Tube Amp Crunch” or “Lead Channel,” basically changing the compression level. Keeley offers that in Tube Amp Crunch the LED lights up and is actually part of the clipping circuit while with the switch down (Lead Channel) the LED doesn't light up and it provides higher gain and more saturation. You would think this pedal would be a Marshall clone but many folks online have suggested it shares more with a Rat pedal than with Marshall. Whatever, I think it sounds excellent. Keeley discontinued this model but you can still find a few new ones out there for as low as $169. This particular one is "as new", not a scratch, in the box with all the stuff. Just $129.

MXR M104 Distortion +. Reissue of one of the most popular Distortion pedals of the 70s and 80s. It sounds as good today as when I played in my high school garage bands. Offered in "as new" condition in the box with rubber feet, manual, sticker, etc. for just $59(Tent Hold – Pete 4/4).

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 - Vocal Harmony + Reverb. I love this technology. It uses a guitar input as the source for determining which harmony to add so there's no programming required. The harmonies change from major to minor based on your chording. It's the same technology used in the Helicon "Harmony G" which is was my favorite unit for a few  years. It features 8 different harmony arrangements, 3 reverbs (room, hall, club), a separate mix level for harmonies and an Adaptive Tone control. This tone control isn't your basic tone and it actually adds in EQ, compression and de-essing, giving your vocals a sparkle that aren't there when that features is turned off. Here is a very pro demo by TC Helicon (link) and one from a regular guy (link). If you’re looking for something that sounds good and is incredibly easy to use, this one’s mint in the box for $139(SOLD-Bruce T 3/11).

Focusrite Trakmaster Pro Mic Preamp, (panel) (back), (box). Just found these, hidden away for years… Brand new, out of the box only to shoot pics. The British company Focusrite has been a leader in top quality, but rather expensive, studio gear for years but in recent years has developed some affordable gear that most home studio's and club bands can afford. The TrakMaster Pro Channel Strip is equally at home for recording and live use. This unit is an updated model over the original Trak Master, which had a typical class A Platinum design, based around a 737 Rhom transistor. The TrakMaster Pro uses an op-amp design closer to that in the Focusrite Green line. Other enhancements of the TrakMaster Pro include a Lo-Z setting for use with older ribbon mics; a port-hole style moving coil peak level meter which can be switched between input, output and comp (gain reduction), and a latency-free monitoring section which allows you to route the output of your DAW through it and create a monitor mix with the signal coming direct from the unit (headphones and speakers). The TrakMaster Pro is equipped with Focusrite's world-famous FET-based microphone preamp with phantom power, line and instrumental inputs, fixed high pass filter, opto-compressor/limiter, mid-scoop EQ, and latency-free monitoring, high pass filter (12dB down at 75Hz), selectable midnight blue porthole meter, main output features both balanced and unbalanced output, optional Digital Output (S/PDIF), and external word clock input provided on BNC connector. For a review check out Music Radar here. These originally sold new for $399 but I have two of them, brand new in the box, for just $249(SOLD both – Wanda B 3/15). Includes all paperwork and external power supply. 

FOUND: Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling JP50 John Petrucci, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem stop), (pickups), (features). Just found after a year MIA in a mislabeled case. Great feeling guitar with quality tone, Petrucci vibe, with a few mods. The first thing you’ll notice is the finish. The logo has been removed from the headstock – the body, which is factory satin finish, has been lightly buffed out to a semi-gloss finish (compare to headstock in first pic above). Don’t let the logo scare you though, this guitar is guaranteed to be 100% first quality JP50. The neck pickup has been replaced with a DiMarzio “Humbucker from Hell”, which is bright and glassy sounding, along the lines of a Strat, with a vintage, medium output. It’s paired perfectly with the stock G&B bridge humbucker as both have similar output while being distinctly different in tone. G&B are Korean pickups and the choice of the better imports such as PRS SE’s. A trem stop has been installed, allowing for down pressure only, EVH style, with advantages such as tuning stability during string bends and string breakage. It can be preset for zero up-pull, 1/2 step, whole step, etc., or easily removed if you’re not into it. The JP-50 is a rather unique, well made guitar, The neck and headstock (picture) are one, meaning no scarf joint, which is more expensive to manufacture but adds stability and avoids potential separation. This guitar has a great feeling 24-fret neck that’s thin with very sight shoulders, very easy to get your hand around. Stock features include Basswood body with custom deep forearm contour, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, reverse controls (3-way closest to your picking hand), Locking Tuners, 24 medium-jumbo frets, Sterling Modern Recess Tremolo with a really solid block, 25.5″ scale, 5-bolt Music Man-designed neck joint, 1.65″ (42mm) nut width, and Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment. A stock JP50 is running $545 and it’s one of the better Asian guitars at that price. If you can live without a Sterling logo, this has some tasteful upgrades and superb playability at a nice price. Look around the web – used ones are going $450-$750. Get this one for $350.

2006 Ibanez ATK300 Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup settings).  From Ibanez's extensive bass line the ATK was always the big boy, with a large ash body, beefy neck and excellent selection of tones that can dial in virtually any style of music you're playing. Features include lightweight ash body, 3-piece ATK4 neck, 5-screw neck attachment, 22 medium frets, ATK triple coil pickup, ATK 3-band active EQ with Tone Character switch, barrel jack output, truss adjusts via wheel at base of neck and large mass ATK4 bridge/plate. The action is low and comfortable and with the 3-band active EQ (cut/boost with center-detented pots) and 3-tone switch it sounds excellent in all musical styles. The tone compares favorably to a Music Man Stingray, partly due to the electronics suite. Excellent condition and an excellent buy on an ATK at $299(SOLD – Mark W 3/19).

Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator. Super clean; perhaps the best acoustic pedal ever made.  Much more versatile than a Fishman bridge - and cheaper too.  For players who are looking for electrics with an acoustic bridge, this thing sounds better and works with any electric guitar. Has settings for Jumbo, Standard, Enhance and Piezo. Beautiful shape and just $55(HOLD-John B 3/9).

Boss RC-20XL Loop Station, (pic2). Updated version of the RC-20. Create some real magic with these baby - loops and riffs can be stacked repeatedly until the entire massive 16 minutes of recording space is full. Never before has it been so easy to create a large one-person-band sound in real time. Save up to 11 loops at a time. Undo function makes it easy to create perfect loops. Built-in auto quantize for simple and accurate loop timing. Change loop tempo without changing pitch. Footswitchable loop select with optional footswitch. This is a killer toy and an even better tool if you know what you're doing. You can do "The Edge" type songs with ease and so much more. Clean shape in the box with CD, manual, etc. These sold new for $299. Get this clean used one for just $129(SOLD-Nelson V 3/28).

Sennheiser e609 Silver Instrument Mic. Excellent quality instrument mic. Made in Germany like all the better Sennheisers, the e609 is a perfect choice for guitar cabinet/amp micing. The design and specs allow for simply draping over the top and resting on grill cloth if you prefer to not use a mic stand. Also works well with drums. Excels at close mic’ing, easy to work with live or in the studio. Features include rugged metal body, advanced shock-mount design, super-cardioid pick-up pattern, and hum compensating coil. Get this one in absolutely perfect condition for just $65(HOLD-Carlos U 3/9).

2019 Fender Vintera '60s Stratocaster Modified with Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (upgraded pickups  saddles  tuners), (gigbag). Love this new series from Fender which debuted in June 2019. This series celebrates the different vintage eras (50s, 60s, 70s) with the fundamental design of original models (Strat, Telecaster and P-Bass) remaining largely true to the original but with slight unique features, primarily sound, colors and pickups. The "Modified" aspect of this model takes it a step further and adds modern features, the flatter 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets in place of the small vintage frets, plus inclusion of Fender's S-1 switch inside the volume knob which adds in the neck pickup in positions 1 and 2 giving you neck/bridge and neck/bridge/middle, 7 combinations in all. This guitar also has 3 nice aftermarket upgrades. The Gotoh SD91-MGT locking tuners ($69) have the look of vintage tuners but provide the increased tuning stability and ease of string changing of a locking tuner. Additionally, neck and bridge pickup ($106) have been changed to Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered Strat for that 50s bell-like tone (bridge pickup is the stock Fender Hot ‘60s Strat). Finally, saddles have been upgraded to solid brass ($40) to increase sustain and enhanced tone. Specs include alder body with Olympic White gloss poly finish, modern "C" neck with Pau Ferro fretboard, gloss Urethane headstock face with satin Urethane neck and back of headstock, synthetic bone nut, 2-Point Synchronized tremolo with stamped steel saddles, 3-ply mint pickguard with white aged knobs. This guitar sounds fantastic, very expressive and articulate with very good sustain. Set up is impeccable: low, no string rattle. Pristine condition with no flaws noted. This model sells new for $1049. Get this one with $215 worth of upgrades for less. Just $799(Hold – Mike W 3/15) for this killer Vintera. Includes Fender deluxe gigbag, manual, hangtags, and trem arm.

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 $239.95 new but this one's mint in the box and just $149.  

1990 Ovation 1862 Custom Balladeer Cutaway Acoustic/Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (side  preamp), (case). Super-shallow bowl makes this very comfortable to play and the typical Ovation USA quality means this guitar can be enjoyed for many, many years. Although Ovations have a good acoustic tone where they made their money is their amplified tone, which is why they virtually owned the stage for all popular acoustic players in the 60s-80s, frequently playing a Balladeer with cutaway like this one. Not surprisingly, I was completely impressed with this guitar through my regular guitar amp. The Balladeer was Ovation's first guitar, originally known as simply the Balladeer, later the Standard Balladeer and Custom Balladeer. Features include solid spruce top, fiberglass composite body with rounded cutaway in super shallow depth, multi-ply black/white body binding, bound neck, 14-fret mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, pearloid diamond-shaped inlays, fancy soundhole rosette, pinless walnut bridge, 15 3/4" lower bout, 25.4" scale, 1 11/16" nut and Schaller tuners. As I mentioned Ovation has a reputation for amplified acoustic tone which is due to both the body's design and with quality electronics, which were always a step ahead of the competition. This era used Ovation's ET-3 system which consists of a saddle transducers and preamp with volume, 3-band EQ and battery check. This guitar had a top crack which was expertly repaired by my tech Martin who closed up the crack and finished over it. We didn’t do the cosmetic repair (you can see a line) but structurally it's fine and will pose no problem. Plays very nicely and sounds excellent, especially as a stage guitar. If you don't mind one non-problematic top crack it's in otherwise nice shape and an excellent deal on this guitar, which comes from a great era for Ovation USA. Just $549 and includes original Ovation case in nice shape.

DiMarzio Tone Zone Bridge Humbucker F-spaced. High output (17.3K) humbucker that is noted for its dynamic range. With soft picking you get cleaner tones; pick hard and you get more grit and fatness. Sells new for $79. This nice used one's just $49.

Kent Armstrong Spitfire Strat Pickup. Kent does our rewinds and he’s a very smart dude when it comes to pickups. This one’s in nice shape and is a good sounding ceramic single coil. $15.

Seymour Duncan Strat Pickup Set, (pic2). Mounted on a new single-ply black guard. Includes a trio of Duncan Hot Strat pickups with the bridge pickup staggered and the neck/middle pickups flat poles. Inexpensive upgrade for your Mex Strat. $75 or $85 with the new pickguard.

Fender Supersonic 22 Combo – Blonde w/upgraded speaker, (panel), (top), (back), (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 Legend 1218 ($85 cost) which is especially good for blues, country and jazz.  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. With a new one running $1049, this is the deal for $739(HOLD-Paul S local 3/16). Includes Fender cover and 4-button footswitch with long cable as well as assorted paperwork (new tubes, upgraded speaker, etc.).

1972 Guild A-50 Acoustic Archtop, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (case case2 case candy). Absolutely stunning collector’s condition! 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. The sister to the more common single pickups X-50, 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 quite possibly, 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(HOLD-Wanda B 3/9).

2013 AJ Yenser Chambered Lacewood Tele, (front  Lacewood cap), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (wood accents). 6 lbs, 14.8 oz. A somewhat elegant Telecaster style made by Aj Yenser of "Dickhead Designs" Anaheim, Calif. Here are a few of his builds on the Warmoth site (link). A few really nice touches on this one starting with the lovely South American lacewood top, which is a thick slab and not a veneer, chambered Khayan mahogany body, ebony fretboard with abalone dot inlays, wooden pickup bobbins and rings, ebony volume and tone knobs, Gotoh locking tuners and 4-way Super Switch. Other features include 25.5" Fender scale, 1 11/16" nut width, 21 medium frets, brass nut, gold hardware and solid brass strings-thru-body bridge with brass saddles. I'm not sure what the pickups are but they sound good in this chambered body; rich sounding and not too dark. What it really excels at is harmonics. Perhaps the most harmonically rich guitar I have in stock. It doesn't sound like a Tele but for many of you that's not a bad thing. It also has good projection and a nice acoustic tone. This is a well built guitar which originally sold on Reverb for $1095 (link). Get it now, in nice shape, for just $699(Hold – Norman 3/3). Includes choice of a nice gigbag or not-nice case.

Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Pickguard. Nice vintage condition for your 70’s Jazzmaster. $99.

Vintage Kalamazoo KG-2 Pickguard. Nice vintage condition for your late 60’s Kalamazoo, i.e. Gibson’s attempt to enter the Fender market. $35.

Lindy Fralin P90 Cover. Might have a pair of these in stock. $7/each.

PRS J. Hiland Aluminum Truss Rod Cover. Etched signature but not gold. Solid aluminum. Rare. $18.

PRS Trem Arms – Core Series. I got tired of looking for missing trem arms so I ordered too many new ones. For your Custom, Singlecut, Standard, McCarty, etc. $14.99/ea.

Vintage Stompbox Battery Cover for this type of pedal. Hard to find battery cover for 80s Japan pedal including those branded Washburn, Loco Box, Electra, Redson, Cutec, Gig, and others. $15.

1970s/80s Amp Name Plates. Choice of Alamo, Gorilla, and two EVM Equipped. $10 each or $10/pair for the EVM.

EVH Decal Set and CD Rom. Includes 5150 reflective decal and two stars, 1984 reflective decal and two more stars, one Kramer Pacer logo, and CD on building a 5150 replica. $30 takes it.

SWR 1-button Footswitch. Standard footswitch with ¼” mono jack and long stage cable. Originally went to an SWR Mo’ Bass amp but will work with almost any single-button footswitch amp inputs. If you’re looking for an original SWR switch you know how hard these are to find without an amp attached. This one’s clean and just $25.

Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb, (pic2). If you need an outboard reverb, whether your amp isn't equipped with it or you simply need more versatility, the Oceans 11 is an excellent choice. Simple to use and it sounds great. It features 11 reverb types with up to 3 variations for many reverb types via the Mode switch. The Tails switch allows you to choose whether or not your reverb cuts off abruptly when you bypass the pedal while a Secondary knob mode allows access to "hidden" parameters with details contained in the included manual. A cool spring reverb emulation allows you to "crash" the virtual reverb tank (yeah, THAT sound) by double-tapping the footswitch. You can also connect an external footswitch to trigger infinite reverb effects. Reverb types include Hall, Spring, Plate, Reverse, Echo, Trem (Hall+Tremolo), Mod (Modulated), Dyna (swells, gates and ducks according to your dynamics), Auto-Inf (a wash of reverb with each note or strum), Shim (octave-shifted wash that blooms behind the note) and Polly (two pitch shifts). You may only want to use traditional reverb effects but should you want to get frisky with some new sounds, especially in the studio, this baby shines. Runs on a standard 9V DC power supply, i.e. the supply in your pedalboard. New ones are going for $151. Although it doesn't include the wall-wart, this one is "as new" in the box with manual, warranty and sticker...for $95(HOLD-Mike W 2/23).

Electro-Harmonix Double Muff, (pic2). The Double Muff uses the original Muff Fuzz circuit and doubles it, giving you two Muff Fuzzes in one pedal. You can use just one Muff for a hint of milky distortion, or cascade the second Muff for over-the-top overdrive. In single mode, the amount of overdrive will lessen as you decrease the volume on your guitar. You can compensate for this by increasing the volume of the Single Muff. In Double Mode, the Muff knobs will interact with each other so that you can tweak your sound for the that perfect distortion. The Single/Double switch selects between one Muff in Single mode or two Muffs in series in Double mode. Muff 1 sets the overall output level for the Double Muff in either mode. Muff 2 sets  the output level for the first Muff in Double mode (in Single mode this knob is inactive). Features true bypass and runs on 9V or external power supply. Some of the logo rubbed off during polishing but otherwise mint condition in the box with manual and warranty. Don’t confuse this with the later Nano model. This is built like a classic EH pedal, built to last, and made in USA. Nice pedal for $89(SOLD-Chris L 3/18).

2009 EVH/Fender Wolfgang Catalog, (pic2). The "new" Wolfgang, made after Ed's jump from Peavey to FMIC. Pics and specs of guitars, amps and accessories. 16 pages including covers. $25.

Warmoth Telecaster - Trans Blue Ash, (front), (back), (headstock  neck), (pickups  body/neck), (case). Super lightweight 6 lbs 5.6 oz! Beautiful Tele built from quality components. Stunning birdseye-maple Warmoth neck with factory-finished Warmoth ash body, translucent blue finish. Neck features the popular Warmoth compound radius which goes from a rounder 10" at the first fret to a flatter 16" at the top fret, which lets you form chords easily on the steeper curve of the lower frets, while the flatter upper frets are perfect for bending and leads. It's a chunky neck, measuring .96" at the 1st and 12th frets and features 22 medium jumbo frets. Body has never had a pickguard installed, to better show off the nice grainy ash, but we can install one upon request. Pickups are a Custom Shop Texas Special in the bridge and an American Standard in the neck. They're well balanced and sound good. Hardware includes Grover Rotomatic tuners and a Fender vintage style bridge plate with 6 barrel saddles. You can order these parts from Warmoth and begin what will ultimately be a $900+ project, or buy this one, pro-assembled and playing great, for $650. Chances are your completed project won’t be less than 6 ½ lbs. Includes choice of an SKB case in fair condition or gigbag.

Schaller Locking Strat Tuners M6 Pin. Mint in the box, never installed. Standard Fender style install using 2 pins to prevent shifting rather than a set screw. Features stagger height which makes string trees optional. Best quality 100% made in Germany, bright chrome, with S logo. You can get these for $289.95 on Amazon (I don’t make this stuff up, or get this “as new” set for $59(HOLD-Pulkit 2/19)

2019 Epiphone Tom Delonge ES-333, (front  pickup), (back), (headstock), (optional gigbag). There are a lot of Tom Delonge fans out there. Like the Fender Tom Delonge Strat, the Epiphone signature model has tripled in price since the models were discontinued. Both models share one thing. Simplicity. Both feature just a single humbucker and a volume control. That's the entire electronics package. Built to the exact specifications of the Blink-182 guitarist, it's an archtop semi-hollowbody design with a powerful Gibson Dirty Fingers humbucker with a mahogany center block for increased sustain and feedback resistance. It's instantly recognizable with Delonge's paintjob with a cream-colored racing stripe down the center of the olive green satin finished body. Features include laminated maple/birch top, back, and rims; single-ply binding on top and back; rosewood fingerboard on a mahogany neck; single-ply neck binding; Dot inlays; 1960 Slim-Taper neck with 22 medium jumbo frets and 12" radius; 24-3/4" scale length; 1-11/16" nut width; Grover die cast tuners; Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge; Epiphone LockTone stopbar tailpiece and "Tom Delong" signature on the back of the headstock. Condition on this guitar is superb with no player’s wear at all, perfect frets, plastic still on the backplate. The set up is similarly superb with very comfortable action and no dead spots. Epiphone stopped building these in ’19 and within 6 months prices started to soar, going up every month since Jan ’20. If you look at Reverb sales history (link), they’ve been going up virtually every month. This one is well below market value, in beautiful shape, at $1050. I have a new Ultimate Support gigbag available for $29 if needed or possibly a used Gibson archtop gigbag for $45.

2015 Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster w/Texas Specials, (front  trem), (back), (headstock), (Tx Spec’s), (case  poster  strap). Designed as another tribute to perhaps the most iconic Strat player of all time. It as the general look of a flipped over Strat, as Jimi's looked as a lefty who played righty guitars with a reverse headstock and "backwards" tilted bridge pickup. More than just cosmetics, you'll find different mojo in your tone by having the bass strings closer to the bridge; treble strings further away. Likewise, while the scale length is your standard 25.5", the distance to the tuners is altered with the reverse headstock. On a traditional Strat, the highest strings (E, B) are longest while upside down they become the shortest, so they don't have to be pulled as tight to be in tune. The fact that they were easier to bend allowed Hendrix to give songs like "All Along the Watchtower" that Jimi sound. Features include alder body with gloss poly finish, 21 medium jumbo frets on a C-shaped maple neck, 9.5" radius, synthetic bone nut, 6-Saddle vintage-style Synchronized tremolo, aged white plastic parts, Jimi's facsimile signature on back of headstock and 4-bolt neckplate with an engraved image of Jimi. Stock pickups were Fender Pure Vintage '65's but the original owner had them changed out with Custom Shop Texas Specials. It's a pro install. I'll upload a pic tomorrow. A couple of cool extras are included with this including a large Hendrix/Woodstock poster, Woodstock guitar strap, and hardshell case. New price on these is $999. Get this one in beautiful condition with a killer set up, with the extras, for just $775(HOLD-Richard C 2/20).

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 $139(SOLD-Harry H CA 2/16).

Electro-Harmonix Soul Food, (pic2). Can’t afford $2K+ for a Klon Centaur? The Soul Food was designed to yield the same transparent overdrive with the great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails which give a lot more headroom and increased definition plus selectable true bypass or buffered bypass modes. Sells new for $86. Get this clean used one for $59.

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion. The 2-band EQ gives you control not possible with the common Tone control. You can dial out the mud in your lead tones which isn't possible with a single tone control. It also features a Voicing switch to further fine-tune your bass response. Typical TCE quality, made to last. It also features true bypass, easy access battery and high quality components throughout. Clean shape and a truly good value in a distortion effect at $35.

MXR Super Badass Distortion. Versatile distortion capable of loads of dirt, whether it be vintage low gain tube amp drive or modern scooped metal tones. The 3-band EQ is key here and with the gain control you can dial in a very wide variety of OD tones, as mild or nasty as you want. The Badass Distortion gives you true bypass switching, a robust housing, and bulletproof components. Clean shape. Nice pedal for $65.

JBL 308P MkII 8-inch Powered Studio Monitors (Pair), (front), (back  back panel). Offered “as new” in the box – most pics are stock pics from JBL. With more and more of our customers doing some great home studio work I've been on the lookout for nice studio gear. The JBL 308P MkII studio monitors provide quality near- and mid-field monitoring for any home or professional studio when accuracy is a must. These were designed with advanced features from JBL's 7-Series and M2 Master Reference Monitor, top shelf stuff here. With JBL's Image Control Waveguide and superb transducers you're guaranteed excellent accuracy and dimensional stereo imaging. Unlike much of the competition they have a broad sweet spot - a much larger "perfect position" to hear an accurate stereo field. With many others what sounds great from the engineer seat sounds completely different to the guy standing 5 feet over his right shoulder. Their Boundary EQ settings compensate for low-frequency anomalies caused by the environment while the patented Slip Stream low-frequency port provides superior bass performance. They each deliver 112 watts (56 LF, 56 HF) with a frequency response of ±3dB, 45Hz–20kHz. A HF Trim switch adjusts high-frequency output to accommodate room response; features balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs. Features 10dBV input-sensitivity switch as well as a volume control. They're sleek and modern looking and, more importantly, are shielded for placement near magnetically sensitive equipment. For full specs and videos go to JBL's page here. These sell for $249/each ($498/pair). Get this “as new” set for just $349.

Korg EXP-2 Expression Pedal and Boss FV-50L Volume, (Korg EXP-2), (Boss FV-50L). Two excellent MIJ pedals in nice shape. They share an identical case, possibly made in the same factory. The EXP-2 is foot controller/expression pedal can be used with various modules and effect processors and can be used for guitar or keyboards. Use as a volume pedal via Input-1 and Output-1 or as an expression pedal when using Output-2. It features a slider on the side to adjust the minimum volume setting from 0 to around 50%. The Boss FV-50L is a low impedance unit. Boss makes a FV-50H (high impedance) volume for using the unit before the input of your amp while this 50L unit is low-impedance allowing direct control of stereo keyboards and stereo effects units. It has stereo in’s and stereo out’s. It has a blue knob on the to set a minimum volume level plus there’s a convenient Tuner Out jack. The Korg unit sells new for $109.99 but this clean used one’s $65. The Boss unit sells for $123.99 – get this nice used model for $75.

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah, Guitar and Bass Wah with Humanizer. The latest and greatest from Boss, gives guitarists a wide range of classic auto-wah and dynamic wah effects (responsive to how hard you pick), plus a new "Humanizer" effect, which can simulate human voce-type vowel sounds. A dedicated Bass input even provides a variety of funky wah sounds for bass guitar. Tempo can be set for pedal control or at fixed rate via Manual mode. Sells new for $143.99 but this one's mint with box and manual for $89.

Boss BCB-6 pedal holder and PSM-5 Power Supply. Includes daisy chain and 9V wall adapter. Room for the PSM and 5 more pedals - plus a slot for tuner. All latches/hinges intact. Makes stage setup a breeze. $75(HOLD-Rich G 2/11). Includes the BCB-6, PSM-5, daisy chain, and wall adapter.

Fender 60s Classic Strat with Chunky Neck and Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). More than the stock “1960s” features found on the original, this one actually looks like a ’65 with a 1965 Transition logo with 4 patents, vintage amber neck tint and a sunburst body that looks pretty convincing as a ’65 with correct bands of black, red and amber. Upgrades include a fairly hefty (.92” X .95”) V-shaped neck courtesy of WD, Custom Shop Texas Special pickups, and a Fender Tolex case. The rest of the guitar is stock 60’s classic including body, vintage tremolo with heavy trem block, aged plastic parts, USA pots and switch, and vintage tuners. Cosmetically it’s in nice shape with no buckle scratches on back and just a few clear coat dings on the front that aren’t down to the wood. The neck looks new with no fret wear. For this guitar with these upgrades I think it’s an excellent buy at $639. Includes Fender Pro Series case and trem arm.

2020 Gibson SG Standard '61, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). A real beauty in Vintage Cherry, offered in flawless condition. We've been going through some SG's lately, both Gibson and Epi. In 1961, the Les Paul model as it was known in '52-'60 was discontinued in favor of the double cutaway/beveled edges model you see here and renamed the SG for “solid guitar”. This '61 model has all the styling of the vintage models including slim taper mahogany neck, trapezoid inlays, crown headstock emblem and a bound rosewood fingerboard. The lacquer-finished mahogany body features deeply sculpted body scarfing, a 5-ply teardrop pickguard and a 22nd-fret neck joint with nickel-plated hardware includes a classic ABR-1 bridge and dual-line, single-ring keystone tuners. Gibson's pickups for this model were voiced especially for the '61 and include the 61R and 61T humbuckers which are more aggressive than most Gibson humbuckers, but clean up nicely with the volume dialed back. Electronics also features audio taper pots orange drop capacitors. For me, I've always found SG's fun to play. They're very lightweight, easy to play in the upper register, and the slim neck seems to make me faster somehow. This guitar could be sold as new - not a scratch with the plastic film still on the pickguard. With a new '61 running $1799, why not save some cash and get this "as new" 2020 model for $1299(Tent. Hold – Joe C 2/10). Includes brown Gibson case in similarly perfect condition.

2002 Fender Standard Precision Bass with Extras, (front  pickups), (back), (headstock). Fender’s Standard basses were the best value going until they recently discontinued the line. The iconic P-Bass was the world’s first electric solidbody base. It debuted with a slab body and single Tele style pickup but by 1955 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 including a quality DiMarzio “Model P” pickup set ($69.99), vintage-style tortoise shell pickguard and classic flatwound strings. The set up is low and comfortable and the tone is fat with good sustain. Cosmetically it’s in really nice shape. You can still find a few NOS Standard P’s out there for around $625 without a case or gigbag. Get this one with some nice upgrades, plus a quality gigbag for less. $499.

2006 Fender Classic Player 50's Stratocaster - 2-tone Sunburst, (front  trem), (back), (headstock), (59 pickups  stock pickups).  Designed by Fender Master Builder Greg Fessler, this fine Strat features a blend of the old and the new, something Fender has been featuring throughout much of their line in the past 15 years.  The 50's Classic Player, has some unique features, most notably higher-end pickups (USA Vintage 57/62 or '69's, depending on year) and Fender's new vintage-style 2-point fulcrum bridge that had never been offered outside of the custom shop before this model.  Other features include very thin poly gloss sunburst finish alder body, maple "C" shape neck/fingerboard with flatter 9.5"  radius,21 medium jumbo frets, 5 way pickup selector, chrome hardware with Gotoh vintage style locking tuning machines, "Custom Shop designed" engraved neck plate, 60th anniversary coin on back of headstock and aged plastic parts.  The stock pickups on this particular guitar were the USAV '57/'62 were unique for this model as they had the middle pickup RWRP. Original owner had these replaced with a set of Fender Pure Vintage '59s which are similar but are a bit beefier with a slightly higher output, and flat, staggered poles instead of beveled staggered on the 57/62. Take your choice with this guitar - if you want the stock 57/62 we'll swap them back for a nominal $20 charge. This model sold new 15 years ago for $799, not bad for a pro quality instrument that appeals to players looking for serious vintage tone but with the modern features everybody likes. In my opinion this is a excellent quality Strat especially considering it's yours for just $639. Includes Fender gigbag.

2012 Fender American Deluxe HSS Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back  heel), (headstock), (controls  bridge), (case). Lovely condition, finished in classic 3-tone sunburst with maple fretboard. This is one of the last version Deluxe's with the 3rd generation of the Noiseless pickups (N3), with a DH-1 Atomic humbucker in the bridge. There are plenty of switching options with the S-1 switch (click here), which doubles the tonal choices of the 5-way selector, plus a "Passing Lane" pushbutton, which, regardless of the 5-way and S-1 selection, takes you directly to the bridge humbucker wired directly to the output jack for pure, powerful rock tone. In addition to the electronics other deluxe appointments include Fender locking tuners, raised chrome logo, rounded heel for easy access to the top frets, maple neck with satin urethane finish (gloss headstock), new taller narrow medium jumbo frets (6105), LSR roller nut, Deluxe two-point high-mass tremolo with pop-in arm and aged knobs/covers/tip. The new compound radius fretboard which goes from 9.5" at the first fret to a flatter 14" at the top fret, which lets you form chords easily on the steeper curve of the lower frets, while the flatter upper frets are perfect for shredding, bending, and or soloing in general.  These SCN N3 pickups were the latest and greatest from Fender for creating warm tone and responsive bite, a genuine vintage tone, but without the noise, which the DH-1 bridge humbucker is fat, loud, and meaty. Like most Deluxe's, it has a great neck which for fantastic low action and crystal clear bends. Offered in excellent condition with perfect frets and a killer low set up. These were priced at $1749 when new but get this really nice barely used one for just $1050(HOLD-Harry H CA 2/8). This was the first year for Fender’s improved case with ATA latches, which is included, as well as pop-in trem arm and quality leather strap with strap locks installed.

2019 Fender Custom Shop Caballo Tono Limited Edition Relic Telecaster, (front  pickups/bridge), (back), (headstock), (edge-wear  neck-wear), (case  cert.  Traveler). Newest member of the Cabronita family, the Limited Edition Caballo Tono(translates to Tone Horse Tele) carries on the Cabronita tradition, with more actual Tele tone this time. The silhouette is pure Tele comprised of a traditional two-piece light weight (7 lb 3 oz) alder body attached to a one-piece quartersawn maple neck and fretboard. Although it has its share of clear coat dings, edge wear, and finish checking, by Relic standards it's on the NOS side of heavy relic. The neck features authentic looking "wear" to the fretboard in all the right spots with the back bare wood throughout the heavily traveled area. Just nice enough to be an authentic 60-year-old working Tele. This model features a TV Jones Classic neck pickup (3.9K) screwed directly into the body with no height adjustment, paired with a hand-wound Custom Shop Texas Special (10.1K) bridge pickup and standard Tele control plate with the addition of the 'Greasebucket' tone circuit. You'll note the reversed control plate which is an old Nashville trick to make it easier to do volume swells. A few obvious modern touches include medium jumbo frets that are tall and thin as well as the flatter 9.5" modern radius. A few other hot-rod features include nonlocking Sperzel tuners with lovely pearl buttons and a Fender RSD bridge with its distinctive Tele coverplate outline that offers a lower profile wall and three offset 'intonated' brass saddles. You'll note the outer saddles are machined with bullet ends while the middle one looks like it's a 2-piece but it's just machined that way and is simply an offset barrel. As I mentioned, with the hand-wound Tx Spec bridge pickup it delivers the classic Tele honk while the TV Jones in the neck is slightly more muted than a traditional Tele neck pickup. It almost sounds like a humbucker and has more clarity than a Tele neck and it excels at touch-sensitivity and works great with your pick attack. and complex voice. The Greasebucket tone control with these pickups focuses on the upper frequencies. As you back it off it brings down not only the highs but a bit of the mids as well. It's a killer player with low action and for your chunky neck fans will appreciate the larger U-shape neck that measures .88/.94" at the 1st/12th frets. Lastly, it features a Custom Shop Limited Edition neckplate and Custom Shop seal on the back side of the headstock. This is a superb Tele by any measure. It plays beautifully and has excellent sustain, and can deliver both traditional Tele tones and some sweeter tones not normally associated with a Tele. I would describe it's condition as "relic mint" with no wear of flaws other than factory. Frets are perfect. This model sells new for $3900. Save $1200 and get this mint one for $2700. Includes Custom Shop blonde case with crushed velvet interior with the lid embroidered with the C/S logo. Inside the case you'll find the certificate, original Shop Traveler build sheet, Fender leather strap, leather tri-fold portfolio, serialized hang tag, Custom Shop picks, bumper sticker, and a comprehensive custom guitar design guide.

Ibanez Wau Wau Standard (Model 57), (pic2), (inside).  Made from ca. '73 to '79 and similar to the Mod. 58 I had recently, but this is straight wah pedal, without the fuzz.  Does a good wacka-wacka tone and fatter sounding than the Crybaby's which were more prolific in the 70's.  These pedals seem to run forever so you'll likely have many years of use without problems.  Pretty nice vintage condition.  $129.

Zildjian 12” Cymbal. Don’t know if it’s a splash or a hat but it’s in pretty nice shape (looks better than the pics). This is a top quality from ca. 1970’s (link) with the non-bold “Zildjian Co” logo, 1 3/16” stamp size, and uniform machine imprint. Nice vintage cymbal for just $99.

Victory RK50C Richie Kotzen Signature 112 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (footswitches), (map), (cover). Victory Amplifiers of England have teamed up with the great Richie Kotzen for a superb signature model combo (a head is also available). The combo version uses a single 12" Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speaker to deliver a decidedly mid-focused tone with 50 watts of beautiful British-made power. Using a duet of EL34's and a trio of 12AX7's, it yields versatility despite its single channel. In true Kotzen fashion it's built for incredible, saturated gain tones with loads of dirt when you crank the gain. Far from a one-trick pony, it also delivers a powerful clean as well, simply by backing off the gain. For you no-nonsense players who appreciate a true grab-and-go amp this is as simple as they come. You've just got gain-tone-volume plus onboard spring reverb and tremolo circuits. It includes a footswitch for the reverb and tremolo, as well as a separate footswitch to engage the boost function. The front panel also has a switch for low/hi power output (50W vs. 9W). I understand that Richie runs his amps at 9 watts in the live setting. Go figure. On the rear panel you'll find a switch for speaker damping, turn off for increased bass response and speaker resonance. You'll also find a series effects loop for running your outboard effects after the preamp section as well as external bias test points and adjustment and external speaker outputs. The top, bottom, and sides are built from solid pine, with the back and baffle built of ply. Here's a good demo by Anderton's (link) with mostly shredding but at around 23:10 you get to hear some cleaner stuff. Includes a nice Victory slip cover, both footswitches, and manual. This amp sells new in the USA for $2249. This one has seen very little use, in the home only, and is offered at a nice price of $1450. Ships in original Victory box with cover, footswitches, and manual.

2013 Composite Acoustics (CA) Cargo ELE Travel Guitar - Metallic Charcoal, (front), (back  output jack), (headstock), (label), (gigbag).  If you're looking for a big sound from a small guitar, the CA Cargo guitar beats anything I've heard. This baby is quite loud, both from the audience perspective and even more so for the player due to the offset soundhole located on the upper bass bout. One of the few travel guitars I've heard that can be played in a performance situation, where the audience wouldn't suspect that the tone is coming from a travel-sized acoustic. Best of all, it's built entirely of carbon fiber, which is impervious to climate changes. You can take it from the heat of your car trunk, into an air-conditioned venue, and just begin your set. No more seasonal set-ups with winter saddle/summer saddle - leave it in the stand by the fireplace year round and it' always set up perfectly.  For you actual travelers, the Cargo easily fits airline overheads or anywhere space is tight and is extremely durable, able to be battered around with no ill effects. Features include carbon fiber neck and body, precise Hipshot tuning machines, proprietary carbon fiber bridge and saddle materials, and L.R. Baggs Element pickup system with volume control protruding slightly from the soundhole routed to an endpin jack. Scale length is 22 3/4", which is around 2" shorter than a full scale. I've had difficulty getting my fingers to "fit" many travel guitars but CA overcomes this problem with a wide 1 3/4" nut width. While you might notice a slightly shorter scale, the increased string spacing, side to side, allows easy chording and fingerstyle work. It's as comfortable to play as most standard guitars. The thing that immediately struck us was the strong bass response, which usually isn’t the case with travel guitars. The rest of the spectrum is well balanced with sufficient mids and crisp highs. Here's a demo (link) by Acoustic Guitar Mag (fast forward to 2:33 to hear it in action. If you want some interesting background info on CA and carbon fiber guitars, Click here for a 2-part factory tour and manufacturing process. The Cargo ELE sells new for $1799. This one appears immaculate and is nicely priced at $1099(SOLD-Brian G 2/3). Includes CA gigbag.

Vintage 1950’s Electro-Voice 623 Microphone, (with stand). Clean, modern lines that exude the elegance the 50's were noted for. The Model 623 is a dynamic omnidirectional microphone designed for use where "reverberation or random noise is not a particular problem", to quote their design sheet. It is equipped with a "on-off" switch and can be mounted on a floor or desk stand or held in the hand. 150 ohms, Low-Z but impedance can be changed to Hi-Z via cable connector. Offered in average condition for its age and works properly. Includes proper 4-connector plug to ¼” gray cable. Reverb price on these is $126-$149. Get this one for $75, or $12 more if you want the telescoping desk stand.

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal. The choice of many pros, gaining its popularity decades ago among Nashville’s finest players. Simple design but it’s accurate with a very natural and gradual feel under your foot. Your for ½ the price of a new one - $65 takes it.

1996 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus - Heritage Cherry Sunburst, (front  front2  front3), (back), (headstock), (case). Right after I sell a ’96 Classic, I get another one in! Nice used condition with a nicely figured "Plus" AA maple top that’s among the better Plus tops you’ll see. The '60 Classic has all the classic features including '60 slim taper neck and mahogany body with figured maple cap, all finished in a high-gloss, hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer. The classic tone comes from this marriage of maple’s clarity and definition and mahogany’s richness and depth which combine to produce a tonal complexity that no single-wood guitar has ever matched. Its resonance and sustain are only further enhanced by the deep-set quarter-sawn mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock. Other features include Nashville bridge with stopbar tailpiece, trapezoid fretboard inlays, bound body top and back, bound neck, inlaid headstock logo, and vintage-style tuners with tulip buttons.  Pickups are the 496R in the neck position, wound with 42-AWG wire like a traditional PAF for rich, warm, vocal-like tones, but carries a ceramic magnet for enhanced punch and clarity - plus the 500T in the bridge, wound with finer 43-AWG wire to pack the coils to the max and built with a ceramic magnet for hotter leads, excellent sustain and controllable feedback. You’ll note that the pickup covers were added for aesthetic reasons. Set up is very comfortable and especially with the thin taper neck, this one’s a joy to play. Includes cream pickguard that’s correct other than missing the "1960" engraving on front. I have a clean “1960” guard I can substitute for $25 if you’d like. Cosmetically, is a buckle scratch pattern on back (visible in the pics) that’s too deep to buff out but does not go through to the wood. There’s also a tiny spot on the front that’s been finished over (detail shown here). These came from the factory without pickguard holes drilled and this one has never had a pickguard attached so no screw holes. If you've looked at a few of these you're likely aware that this is one of the nicer Plus models you'll find. For the price, a real beauty for $1850(Tent Hold Jim S, local 1/29). Includes original brown case with plush pink lining and protective shroud. Includes Gibson black case, warranty, and cream pickguard with mount.

OFF-HOLD: 2016 Gibson Memphis ES Les Paul - Pelham Blue, (front), (back), (headstock), (cert.), (case). An ingenious marriage of the ES-335 and Les Paul, the ES Les Paul combines a semi-hollow construction with the classic Les Paul shape to provide a guitar that’s very lightweight and capable of a wide variety of applications. It is not simply a “chambered Les Paul”, which has been done before. With its laminated maple top, back and sides in the semi-acoustic construction of the ES-335, and a solid mahogany center block for sustain and feedback reduction, the ES-Les Paul is truly a new guitar; an instant classic. Other features include: mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 12" radius, pearloid trapezoid inlays, 1.670" nut, white body and neck binding, nickel Kluson single ring tuners, ABR bridge, and lightweight aluminum tailpiece. Pickups are a pair of MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) humbuckers wound to accurately replicate vintage PAFs. Presents as new and untouched with plastic still on the pickguard. This sells new at Wildwood for $3299 but get this “as new” example for $1150 less, just $2150(SOLD-Gary S 4/20). Includes Gibson brown case and certificate.

2017 Gibson Custom Modern Les Paul Standard Class 5 w/Bigsby, (front  pic2  pic3), (back), (headstock), (spec sheet), (case  stuff). Strikingly beautiful Custom Shop model in 100% flawless condition. It also has a cool non-destructive modification to make it even better. It will include the Bigsby vibrola with Vibramate that can be easily removed and returned to stock should you prefer. With the Vibramate kit there's no drilling into the body required so it's as good as new if removed. This model was called the Class 5 Modern Standard later in its production run but it's the same identical guitar. Features include 2-piece figured maple top with chambered mahogany body, solid mahogany neck with long neck tenon, rosewood fretboard with Trapezoid inlays, new Apex headstock to increase strength, Burstbucker 2/3 humbuckers, 500K CTS pots, hand-wired harness and Switchcraft toggle. This limited edition model was available in a rainbow of 7 colors but for me this amber looks the best and looking. Also, if you look around Reverb at other examples this guitar is the best flame you'll find on this model. Don't get this confused with the regular production (non-Custom Shop) "Modern Les Paul" models that sell for $2K less; they're completely different guitars in all regards. This model sells new for $4799. When you consider the Custom Shop quality, overall beauty, and versatility of having the Bigsby option, it's a good value at  $3299, especially considering it includes a $250 option. Includes custom shop case, certificate, original bridge and tailpiece, Gibson-supplied extra 3-way switch cover, polishing cloth, extra knob set, warranty, hang tag and more.

2017 Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III - Midnight Ebony, (front  tuner), (back  acou-controls), (headstock), (outputs), (optional case). A beautiful top of the line Epi that does it all. It's a dual-humbucker electric guitar, an acoustic with a Shadow NanoMAG pickup, and even records directly to your digital recording deck with a USB output. Plus, it even has a built-in chromatic tuner built into the bridge pickup ring. Rather smartly, there are two separate output jacks so you can run acoustic and electric summed, or split them to go to separate amps or mixing channels. Plus you get the USB output that's also mounted on the output plate. It features a chambered mahogany body, mahogany set-neck, bound body and neck, ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups, a genuine ABR-1 bridge with the wire, stopbar tailpiece, Grover tuners and chrome hardware. Specs call for a Pau Ferro fretboard but it's very dark, black like ebony so I'm not sure about that. The neck profile is very thin, at least as thin as a '60 Thin Taper, and has a satin finish on back which makes it feel very fast. The rest of the guitar is a gloss finish. The NanoMAG acoustic pickup is discreetly mounted at the end of the fretboard where it picks up both the body resonance and string harmonics for quality acoustic tones. One of the 4 speed knobs is a volume control for the acoustic pickup with push-push on/off switch. On the back of the guitar there's a control plate to preset your acoustic bass-treble-gain, along with a 9V battery door. This guitar plays beautifully and sounds excellent electrically with a fairly authentic acoustic tone. It's offered in stunning showroom condition. Check out Sweetwater's reviews where the Ultra III got ALL 5-star reviews (link). The Ultra III sells new for $799 without case but you can have this barely touched used one for $300 cheaper. $499(SOLD-Rich B 4/19) takes it. Add a mint Epi case that sells new for $129 for just $79 more. Oh, it weighs just 7 1/2 lbs!

Pine Island T Style - Poplar - Butterscotch Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge). Excellent value on a USA guitar. At one time I had 15-20 of the Pine Island guitars and this one was just traded in after three years. They don’t build guitars any longer but you can check their Facebook page for more info (link). Pine Island, located in Southwest Florida, used good quality parts and, most notably, their own hand-shaped bodies, made of alternative or exotic woods. This one was the most traditional of the Tele's from Pine Island and features a solid poplar body with a butterscotch blonde finish and black pickguard, giving it the appearance of the legendary '52 Telecaster. Poplar is nearly identical to alder in its tonal properties so, with a set of Fender USA Hot Tele pickups, it has all the Tele twang you know and love. This one also has a modern C-shaped neck, 22 medium jumbo frets, rolled body edges, 6-saddle bridge, WD electronics and Gotoh hardware. At 7.4 lbs. it's lightweight with very good sustain. Set up is excellent. If you're looking for a great deal on a USA guitar with the tone and vibe of a real classic, this one's just $479 with gigbag or $529 with a hardshell case.

2014 Blueridge BR-163 Historic Series 000, (front), (label), (back), (side), (headstock), (H’bone top), (case). An incredible value…read the description: The BR-163 is reminiscent of a fine American 000, namely the 000-28, built prior to WWII, made with the same techniques as their vintage counterparts, including many by-hand processes, and built of all solid woods. The looks, feel, and tone of this guitar are reminiscent of a USA "Golden Era" and you'd never guess it was an Asian import. This isn’t hype, this is my honest opinion. Like true quality heirloom instruments, Blueridge guitars aren't overbuilt; they're crafted to be light and resonant.  Meticulous craftsmanship is displayed in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic X-bracing which allows the solid Spruce top to ring loud and true. It also features a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.  Features include: select solid Sitka spruce top; hand-carved forward X-pattern parabolic braces; solid select Indian rosewood back and sides; 000 body size; slim mahogany neck; East Indian rosewood fingerboard with vintage Snowflake inlays; dovetail neck joint at 14th fret; bone nut and saddle; full gloss finish; 1-11/16" nut width; 25-1/2" scale length; East Indian rosewood bridge; rosewood headstock overlay with unique mother-of-pearl and abalone design headstock inlay; delicate herringbone top inlay and back center stripe; aged natural finish; white binding; Dalmatian tortoise pickguard; vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated tuners with butterbean-style tuner buttons. The BR-163 is hard to find and on back order in many stores. It sells new for $1149, with a quality gigbag. This one is in perfect condition, with a quality hardshell case for $699. For looks, tone, vibe, and playability, it's impossible to beat this guitar for the price.

2020 Charvel Pro Mod Dinky DK24 HT – Natural Walnut w/Case #800, (front  pic2), (back), (headstock), (case). Specs are the same as the DK24 above. Priced at $775 including a new Charvel case.

2020 Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass – Black, (front), (back), (headstock  pic2), (gigbag). Flawless condition – excellent value in a short scale bass! I’ve had around a dozen of these and everyone has loved them. Unlike a lot of short scale basses, which are lower quality, if not toys, the Mikro Bass has the same quality and backing as their full scale Soundgrear basses. With a 28.6" scale, around 5.5" shorter than a full scale and extremely lightweight, the Mikro is a great choice for younger players or anyone small in stature, or a good transitional instrument for guitarists switching to bass. Features include mahogany body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets, pearl dot inlays, high mass B10 bridge with precise intonation and height adjustments, quality sealed tuners, and P/J combination pickups for your choice of the fat P-bass tone - or the mid-range heavy J-bass that really cuts through the mix in the higher bass frequencies.  It also uses a new truss rod cover door that easily slides to the side - no more screw to remove for adjustments. The body style is the same as other Soundgear series with the elongated upper horn, short lower horn, and deep cutaway for playing the high notes.  It's very well balanced, with a tone that doesn't sound at all "small”.  An excellent buy on a short-scale bass, these sell in stores for $204 ($179.99+$24.99 gigbag). Get this one in perfect condition with Martin’s killer set-up for just $145, including a well-padded Ibanez Mikro gigbag with 3 storage compartments, handle, and backstraps.

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

2005 Gretsch "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird G6199, (front  TV-Jones), (back), (case).  A pretty radical guitar, even for Gretsch, with an interesting history. The Billy-Bo is based on the original model that Bo Diddley designed in 1959, and one of 3 that Gretsch built for him back in the day. Eventually Bo gave one of his original Bo's to Billy Gibbons who used it on stage from time to time. Fast forward to the new millennium:  Billy and Gretsch teamed up to design this production model Jupiter Thunderbird, model G6199. The Billy-Bo was built to Billy's spec's with a futuristic body design and features that include: Chambered Mahogany Body with ultra-thin laminate maple top, One-Piece Mahogany Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard, TV Jones Power 'Tron Plus (bridge) and Power 'Tron (neck) pickups, Adjusto-matic Bridge and "G" Tailpiece, Firebird Red top over black back with cream binding and black purfling, 3-way pickup selector, individual volume controls, master tone, and a master volume on the lower bout, 1-11/16" nut, 24.6" scale, and vintage style Grover open-back tuners. Cosmetically it's as clean as they come and could be sold as new despite being 15 years old. Action is super comfortable and it sounds excellent with balanced pickup output and by rolling back the volume a tad it's capable of doing a variety of music styles. This model sells online and in super stores for $2899. Get this one in showroom condition for $1950(SOLD-Chris M 3/3). Includes Gretsch case and certificate, hangtag, and all other paperwork.

1986 Proco Rat, (sides), (inside). One of the legendary OD pedals of all time and a personal favorite of mine. There’s a magic in the Filter knob that I haven’t heard in another pedal. Every small tweak of the knob changes the tonal character, from fat and dark, to cutting and bright. It’s great for helping you to find that perfect space within the mix to make your guitar stand out without being too loud. Earlier Rat pedals like this one (LM308N chip, pre-led eye in the middle of the logo) continue to appreciate on the vintage market. Cosmetically old Rats don’t age well but this one is still in pretty nice shape without any pain peeling. Look around on the web and you’ll see people asking crazy money for even later model small box models. This one sounds great and is still affordable at $225(HOLD-John B 1/19).

1985 Kramer USA Catalog & Floyd Rose Manual, (pic2). 22 glossy color pages with pics and info of every guitar in the USA line. Includes some pics of Ed of course, color chart, specs on each model, and manufacturing pics and details. For pics of each page visit Vintage Kramer, the premier site on the web for all things Kramer. There are plenty of Focus/import catalogs around but I don’t see many USA ones. Get this pair for $50.

Kahler Manuals and Warranty. Nice shape. $25.

Peavey Wolfgang Special Accessories, (pic2), (pic3). Includes manual (’99), final inspection checklist (’01) for Wolfgang Special w/trem, Wolfgang fretboard protector, Allen wrenches, Floyd wrench, spring, string lock screw (used when D-Tuna is removed) and case key. These were among the most comprehensive manuals I’ve seen and I recommend every Wolfgang owner at least read it once. If you’re looking to complete your Wolfgang package here’s everything you need in one package. Just the manual/checklist recently sold for $200 (link) while the fretboard protectors sell for $40-$65. Get the whole kit for $150.

OFF-HOLD: 2019 Charvel Pro Mod Dinky DK24 HH FR – Black Satin and Gold #794 with Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (heel  output jack), (case). Killer looking rock/metal axe with Black Satin finish and gold hardware, 24 fret easy access and recessed Floyd Rose tremolo plus includes Charvel hardshell case. 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, only flaws are very slight discoloration to the maple board and a small glossy spot under the pickups. Frets are perfect. It has a fantastic low setup and is a very good sounding guitar. This model sold new for $899 without case or gigbag plus $160 for the Charvel case. Get this one WITH a new Charvel hardshell case for just $739. Includes case and trem arm.

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.  These are quality pedals, made in Japan, and run on a standard 9V DC power supply or 4 AA batteries (which are included). 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 $99.

1970s Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700, (front  pickups  Moseley vibe.), (back), (headstock), (German carve), (case  tags). Excellent quality Japan model that has the same vibe and tone as the original 60s Ventures models that I've played. For being nearly 50 years old it's one of the cleanest vintage guitars I've had and includes both original hangtags and even a Mosrite string pack. Includes a quality original case in similarly clean condition. Semie Mosley wasn't the best businessman so Mosrite agreements and such are written in pretty muddy water. But, based on some web info I've gathered, here's some background on this model. The VMG-700 was the "missing link" between the more common Avenger model and later KuroKumo Japanese Mosrites and closely follows the stylings of the original 60's Ventures Model. It was built in Japan as a result of an agreement between Semie Moseley and the Firstman company. It has the classic Mosrite design aspects including a deep German Carve on the basswood body, zero fret, Moseley-branded vibrato tailpiece, two overwound (8.9K/9.5K) single coil pickups with Mosrite-etched covers, headstock contains Mosrite logo and "The Ventures Model" logo. The maple neck has a rather shallow C profile with very rounded shoulders. The bound rosewood fretboard has original medium jumbo fret wire with more meat and height than typical Mosrite wire, exhibiting only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and fainter flattening of the crowns until fret 5. The guitar plays well throughout the 24 3/4" scale, and the fretboard is 1 9/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The only mod on the guitar are upgraded modern Kluson-style tuners. It weighs in at 9lbs 3oz. Cosmetically it's in stunning vintage condition with just a little patina on the chrome hardware and only a few very minor nicks and scratches in the black gloss finish. Original Tolex case is in remarkably nice condition as well and included inside are 2 original hangtags and a Mosrite string pack. It was obtained from Mike & Mike's Guitar bar who sells more Ventures model guitars than anyone these days. If you're a fan of the Johnny Ramone, The Ventures, or any of the other Mosrite endorsers from the 60s and 70s, this is a nice find. Just a really neat and tidy 70s vintage Ventures for $1499.

2009 Ibanez RG7321 7-String w/Seymour Duncans and Ibanez Case, (front), (pickups/bridge), (back), (headstock/neck), (contoured heel), (case). If you've been wanted to check out the possibilities of playing an extended range guitar and want a killer player without spending a fortune, here you go. This one plays with ease and tonally is top notch thanks to an upgrade to a set of Duncan  AHB-1 Blackouts ($199/set), specifically made for a 7-string. The RG line has been around since the 80's and they offer excellent balance, comfort, and the deep cutaway allow easy access to the upper frets. The RG7321 features a basswood body with a 5-piece Wizard II-7 neck with 24 jumbo frets, 7-string standard fixed bridge with string-thru-body stringing, 25.5" scale and Ibanez hardtail bridge with strings-thru-body. The neck heel is contoured very shallow which makes playing in the upper register more comfortable. The neck is 5 pieces, with walnut strips inserted between pieces of maple. It's much more stable and stands up to the increased tension of more/heavier strings. Stock pickups were Axis 7 Humbuckers (AH17 and AH27) which sounded okay, but these Duncans sound great! A 7-string can open up new doors and can be useful for many types of styles. Jazz great George Van Eps was noted for playing a 7 back in the 30's, using the extended scale for easier runs, while some of today's hottest players, such as Munky and Head from "Korn" use them for a very bottom heavy tone. Overall this guitar pretty nice shape, although the clear control cover on back is homemade and doesn't look great. WE will cut a better cover in black plastic by the time it ships out. This model retailed for $533.32 in black back in ’09. If you're looking for a 7-string that's a great player with classic RG looks, this one's hard to beat at $365 including super clean Ibanez MC-100 case other than 2 broken feet. 

OFF-HOLD: 1985 Custom Ibanez with Custom Neck and EMG's, (front), (back), (headstock), (custom neck), (vintage trem). This was my personal guitar for around 5 years before I listed it on the site. I love the tone, playability and especially the ultra fast shallow neck. It started out its life as a black 1985 Ibanez Roadstar but the body is about all that's left and even the body has undergone modification.  The tremolo area has been enlarged to accommodate a Gotoh vintage style trem with heavy steel block, which replaced the original "Pro Rok'r" locking tremolo.  A small brass plate covers the remains of the Ibanez tremolo route.  The top of the body has been refinished in 3-tone sunburst, and it's not a spray can job, but a pro refinish with nitrocellulose lacquer; the back remains original black. Pickups are an old set of EMG SA's, wired to a volume and tone control, with a mini switch that brings in/out the bridge pickup (positions 1/2) or neck pickup (pos. 4/5), allowing the standard combinations via the 5-way switch, plus neck and bridge only, or all three pickups.  The big mystery of this guitar is the neck.  We have no idea what kind of neck it is and suspect that it's quite possibly a custom built neck due to the unique 3-piece wood pattern visible on the back of the headstock, and the asymmetrical routing of the truss rod hole (we will add a truss rod cover at no expense).  The front of the headstock has a flamed maple veneer and the neck has around a 20 degree angled headstock; very cool indeed.  Fretboard is some quality ebony with 22 jumbo frets.   It also has been pro finished in nitro and there is some discoloration under the clearcoat that indicates it might have been black, or simply hand oils had penetrated the wood prior to finishing.  The main thing you'll notice about the neck, however, is the thin profile.  It's at least as thin as an Ibanez Wizard, perhaps thinner.  Somebody sunk quite a bit of time into the finish on this guitar and it does have a vintage vibe.  If you're a fan of thin necks, ebony fretboards, and EMG pickups, this is a good buy at just $349.

Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Pi Fuzz, (pic2). A recreation of a modern classic in a new, smaller footprint. Get all the tone for around 1/4 the space. Like the original 70s Muff, this reissue has three controls that lets you dial in the perfect harmonic distortion and sustain. Choose some warmth and edge, over the top aggression, or anything in between. Works equally well for guitar or bass and features true bypass. Powered by any standard 9V power adapter. Sells new for $89.40. This one’s new in the box for $65.

Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra Overdrive. Catalinbread's tribute to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath displayed graphically and in the name "Sabbra...". The pedal contains two circuits, one modeling Tony's Laney amp preamp circuit while the other models Tony's Dallas Rangemaster. Like many of the effects of our idols there is some mystery surrounding Tony's modded Rangemaster pedal. Catalinbread ascertained the mod allowed it to be a full-range boost rather than the stock circuit which was just a treble booster. In the days before hot rodding amps, it was designed to push tube amps into overdrive. On this pedal you can adjust the Range control to tune the boost from treble-boost to a full-range boost. Controls include Presence, Gain, Volume 4 (named after the album), and the aforementioned Range. It is designed to work superbly with your guitar's volume, tone, and pickup selector, including excellent touch-sensitivity. Other features include all-metal chassis, high-quality true-bypass switch, powered by 9V–18V power supply and of course made in the USA. Sells new for $179. This one is "as new" for $125(HOLD-Laszlo 1/11). Included in the box are a Sabbra sticker and Catalinbread guitar pick.

Danelectro Dan Echo, (pic2). Excellent sounding echo, possibly the best on the market for the money. Ray McCauley, probably the hottest player in North Greenbush, says this is his favorite echo pedal of all time. This is one of the good full-sized pedals with metal case - not the little flimsy plastic series. You get cool vintage tape effects with the warmth very close to an all-tube echo. Controls include fast/slow switch, mix control, speed, repeats, and hi-cut. The hi-cut cuts the highs on repeats which perfectly simulates the tone of a 60s-era tape echo. It is quiet and is perfect for slap-back and more. One of the warmest sounding echo/delay pedals around and quiet enough for the studio. These sold new for $89 15 years ago but this one is "as new" in the box with manual for just $75.

T.C. Electronics Nova System, (front  effects  lit up), (back), (stock pic).  T.C. Electronics builds some of the finest rackmount effects I've had in stock. The Nova System takes TCE's technology and puts it on the floor for the gigging musician who wants something organized, but not as complicated as a rack system. Above all, it's made for the player who wants quality tone. The Nova System is unique in that it features an all-analog distortion/overdrive section, but incorporates digital technology for creating user presets and expression control. It also features a vast array of effects taken straight from the king of floor-based processors; the G-System, so you're guaranteed top-notch compression, EQ, noise gate, modulation, pitch, delay and reverb. It’s easy to read on stage with bright lights for each of the switches and LED’s in the editing buttons, plus a bright LCD screen. This thing is built for the road with a thick metal case and heavy duty switches. Rather than explaining with words, check TCE's site (link) for videos on editing as well as performance demos. This is a very powerful unit in flawless condition for $199. Includes box, power cable and manual.

2017 Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio w/Case, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). The Gothic Les Paul Studio is a barebones rock/metal axe. They were initially offered with a stop tail or a quality Floyd Rose trem, which I also have in stock. Like the original 50's Black Beauty Les Paul this model is 100% mahogany, with a carved mahogany top. It's fatter sounding than the maple-top versions and with these Alnico Classic humbuckers, it has much of the classic 'Burst tone which lets your playing style shine through rather than a scorching high-output sound. Features include all-mahogany construction, set-neck design, 22-fret rosewood fretboard with "XII" inlay on the 12th fret, Gothic cross headstock, side dot position markers only, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, Grover tuners, black hardware, Satin Black finish and 24.75" scale. This guitar plays beautifully and is in very clean used condition. I’m including a 5-latch hardshell case which makes this a good deal on this model at $399. Includes hardshell case. (Note: A Floyd-equipped model appears lower on this page).

1972 Fender/CTS 10" 8 ohm Speakers. Very clean pair of CTS 10's for various Fender amps such as Vibrolux Reverb and Super Reverb, or sounds good in any Fender with a 10". One is original cone; other one I had reconed as you can see in the pic. CTS made in '72, 42nd week (137 7242), manufactured for Fender (064121). The original cone speaker has a small 5/8" cut (close-up) that we can seal before shipping. Doesn't affect performance. If you need original equipment to restore your valuable vintage Fender amp, here's a nice pair. $125 for either; $200 for the pair.

ca. 2009 Washburn R314KK Aged Parlor Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (rosette/edge), (binding), (case).  Released in '08 in commemoration of Washburn's 125th anniversary, this small bodied guitar has the vibe of a genuine antique parlor guitar thanks to the dark stain and factory distressed finish. In addition it appears the original owner wanted it to look even more vintage and sanded the finish a bid more. It now truly has the look of a guitar that's been handed down through generations. It has top of the line appointments all around including headstock, neck, and body, adorned with pearloid inlays, herringbone trim, and abalone. The top and back are adorned in wraparound trim including cream binding, black/white, and abalone trim. Beautiful. Features include Spruce top with Trembesi back and sides, Mahogany neck - flamed mahogany on this particular one, bound neck with rosewood fingerboard, rope purfling on the top edge, flat slotted headstock with aged tuners and ivoroid buttons, very wide 1 7/8" nut width, 25" scale, very pronounced V-shaped neck, compensated saddle, carved rosewood bridge with aged wooden bridge pins, and a variety of fretboard inlays.  Being a Parlor model, this guitar isn't going to sound as full as a dreadnought or even a 000 or OM, but for a small body (around the same as a Martin 2-17) that measures just 14 1/8" at the lower bout (9 1/2" upper), this guitar has very good projection and makes a very nice blues style or finger style guitar. It has a distinct mid-range hump that any parlor model will have but doesn't sound overly boxy and is much more balanced that I had anticipated. The neck is a vintage V-shape but it’s not terribly deep so it’s easy to get your hand around. The setup is very good and comfortably playable in all registers. The most remarkable thing about this guitar is the price. For a well built acoustic that is factory aged, Washburn was able to produce it for a mere $719 list price. With our excellent in-house setup is a very good buy at $399 and that includes original old style hardshell coffin case. Parlors are one of our hottest selling acoustics and with this cool aged vibe I think this one is especially attractive.

Rocktek Pedal Lot, (pic2). Includes ADR-02 Analog Delay, GER-01 Guitar EQ, DIR-01 Distortion. Good quality effects for a good price. All are mint in the box. Manual included with Delay and EQ. $75 takes all 3.

Bogner Ecstasy Blue Overdrive Pedal, (pic2). Get that killer Bogner blue channel tone without having to shell out $3500 for an Ecstasy head. This versatile OD/Distortion in a Class A design has lots of tonal options including a 3-band EQ, footswitchable boost, Variac switch, Mode switch, and Structure switch. It uses Class A gain stages rather than op-amps and diodes like most OD's. The Mode switch selects Plexi or Blue gain levels; the Variac switch gives you the tone and, equally important, feel of a dropped input voltage; the Boost function has an independent volume and gain control; the Pre-EQ switch controls openness and presence of harmonics; the Structure switch offers EQ and gain structures from 3 of your fav Ecstasy amp models, the Ecstasy100, Custom Shop 101, and 20th Anniversary. Click here for a good demo by Bogner. These for $299.99 in stores but I have a few new in the box, for $209.

2019 ESP LTD Buz McGrath BUZ-7 QM, (front  trem), (back), (headstock), (gigbag).  ESP has been busy partnering with a number of hot players for their ESP/Ltd signature models. One of the more unique ones is this BUZ-7 designed for Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath. This is one of the more high-end signatures made with a neck-thru-body design, 7-string, and a Floyd Rose tremolo. 7's have been in vogue for 20 years now and many rock guitarists, as well as jazzers, have made the switch. The BUZ-7 features a standard 25.5” scale, which should entice players who didn't want to switch to a longer gauge. Other features include an alder body with a figured quilted maple top attached to a five-piece maple/walnut neck that's very thin and very flat, and sports a 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard. Quality hardware and electronics were used including a Floyd Rose trem, Grover tuners, Fishman Fluence SRC Signature active pickups, with a push-pull control on the tone knob that allows you to select between pickup voices. For the neck alnico pickup, the up position offers “Modern Passive Attack” tone, while the down position provides “Modern Active” tone. This model comes in quilted maple see-thru black only. It's quite a striking looking guitar that plays beautifully and sounds exceptionally good. This guitar would be $4K if it were a USA model but thankfully the Korean factory builds excellent guitars so the new price is less than a 1/3 of that at $1349. How about a super clean barely used one for $450 cheaper. $899 and it's yours. Includes Roadrunner gigbag pictured that's a little long for the guitar but offers excellent protection.

2019 Fender Vintera '50s Telecaster - Fiesta Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Really cool new line from Fender for the fans of real vintage Teles. While Fender has opted to put modern features on many of their "vintage" Tele models, the Vintera unashamedly features the original rounded 7.25" fretboard radius and small vintage frets, as well as the period-correct beefy U-shaped maple neck that fills your hand out a bit more than the modern C. It also features Tim Shaw-designed 50's style single coil pickups with Alnico II and III magnets, Formvar-coated wire and staggered and beveled pole pieces, for the real quack and growl of the Tele's of old. Other features include solid alder body, vintage ash tray bridge with 3 brass barrel saddles, vintage style tuning machines, and knurled dome knobs. Cosmetically it's got the look as well with classic custom colors such as this Fiesta Red, single-ply white pickguard and vintage-tinted neck. This guitar plays with ease and despite the vintage frets/radius, no fret buzz or weak spots. It's in beautiful condition with no flaws noted. You can get a new one for $899 with gigbag or perhaps chose this one that looks new and INCLUDES Fender Pro Series tweed case (new cost $139) for $759, or less if you want a gigbag.

PRS Aluminum Johnny Hiland Truss Rod Cover. Aluminum on the headstock is much livelier than plastic. Improve your tone for just $22.

Fender Pure Vintage ’65 Pickguard, (pic2). Drop-in ready, pro assembled. Vintage mint green with cool gold dome knobs and switch tip. $230 online this one’s barely used for $165.

Tone King Sky King 1x12" Combo, (panel), (top), (back/footswitch), (back panel), (circuit). Barely used – mint condition. One of my favorite boutique amp builders, I've loved them since Mark Bartel and I were "next door neighbors" at a Philly guitar show 20 years ago. They nail everything that's great about hand-built American amps. I love the onboard trem and reverb and the 35-watt Sky King also has really cool features like built-in attenuators, one for each channel on this model! Factor in pure blackface and tweed tones and all things add up to the perfect grab 'n' go combo. The touch responsiveness is incredible with the simple the flip of the mode switch taking you from increased presence in the pentode mode to a spongier feel in ultralinear mode. Both the channels give a nod to the 50s and 60s Fender and with a tweak of the Mid-Bite control you'll notice tighter gain, more like a Marshall in responsiveness. Both the Reverb and Tremolo are tube driven, with the Trem being the preferred bias-modulated circuit which is much more lush than a signal shunting type. Both of the effects on this amp are warm, smooth and very lush - and both are footswitchable. Tone King used their "Ironman II" power attenuator on this model. They also sell the Ironman as an outboard standalone attenuator. It allows the amp to go from searing leads to subtle whispers, all with clarity and warmth. The reactive load technology makes your sound transparent on at any output power selected and it ensures you'll have the same "feel" and responsiveness at full power as you have dialed way back. Again, there is a separate attenuator for each circuit. Love it. Speaker is a 12" Tone King 1660 by made by Celestion. It's a top quality speaker than you'll probably love. Tube complement includes 4 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7, 2 x 6L6GC (power) and 1 x 5AR4 (rectifier). It weighs in at around 50 lbs. It also features dual speaker outs with loads of 4 ohms or 8 ohms. Click here for a really good demo. This guy is good. This model sells new everywhere for $2999. Better yet, this one is mint with only a few dozen hours of living room use and it's priced at a nicer $2099(HOLD-Lou D 12/17).

Electro-Harmonix HOG Octave Generator/Synthesizer. EHX mastered the technology of allowing your guitar to function as a tone generator, essentially a synthesizer, WITHOUT the need for a digital-audio converter. These tones have been available for almost 40 years but you needed a special pickup mounted on your guitar, a digital to audio converter box, and then some sort of synth. It was cumbersome and if you only needed it for a few songs a night, too much to lug around and hook up. Enter the HOG, which first became available in 2005, followed by units such as the C9, B9 and Synth9 and more. Without any special equipment the HOG allows your guitar to sound like a synth. Just hook it up like any other stop box, from your guitar to your amp, and you're in business. You'll have control of up to 10 interval pitches including fifth and third intervals, filter sweeps and pitch bends. Using dedicated filtering and envelope filters, with numerous setup and footswitchable options, the HOG is an ultimate performance tool. It can simultaneously generate multiple octaves and harmonics as you play single notes, arpeggios or full chords, all with tracking that's more accurate than most guitar synths that came before. It also has seven expression modes which let you modify your sounds on the fly via expression pedal, MIDI controller, or the expression button on the HOG itself. It has the ability to store six of your presets. There's too much to describe here. For a video demo click here. You can get a new HOG 2 for $478 but if you’re on a budget this original model does the job fine and at less than ½ the price. $215 includes original power supply.

Vintage Solid Brass Saddle Set-1, (Set-2). I have two sets of these, solid brass, and my guess would be either Brass Factory or Star Guitars as the manufacturer. Take your pick. Just $25/set(Both Sold – Chip 2/5).

KGC (Killer Guitar Works) Solid Brass Strat Bridge Plates. Two of these in stock. Both are new but slightly tarnished but we will polish upon request. These are solid brass and milled, not bent. Sells new from KGC for $60/each. Get them here for just $35/each.

Seymour Duncan SHR-1N Hot Rails. Great pickup for your Strat. Good for neck/middle but since it’s a rail pickup works great for bridge as well and with a 10.65K output it’s plenty hot any position. 4-conductor for multiple wiring schemes. Leads are shortened to 6”-7” so measure if you’re going to use in neck. $85 new or get this clean used one for $49. Includes original box, screws and instructions (not shown).

Gibson ’57 Classic Pickup Pair – Zebra. Includes the ’57 Classic and ’57 Classic Plus (bridge) with Alnico II magnets and dual conductor vintage wire both with full length leads. “Patent Applied For” stickers on the bottom. Sells new for $328/pair. Get this clean used pair for $100 cheaper - $228(HOLD-Dennis K 12/9).

Gibson ’57 Classic/Burstbucker Pro Lead Pair - Nickel. Includes ’57 Classic (neck) as above except nickel cover and 4-conductor wiring plus Burstbucker Lead Pro (bridge) which is also 4-conductor. The Burstbucker features Alnico 5 magnet and wax potting. This pair sells new for $361. Get this pair for $239.

2003 Gibson Les Paul Parts – ’60 Classic, (pickguard). Nearly all the accessories you need for restoring or building a Les Paul. Includes hard to find cream “1960” pickguard with bracket, screw and nut; ABR-1 bridge with studs/thumbscrews; stopbar tailpiece; Gibson Deluxe “vintage green” tuners with screws and inserts; pickup selector ring and washer; switch tip; pickup rings;  output jack plate with washer; and knobs. Individual part prices are $55 pickguard, $45 bridge and tailpiece, $55 tuners – or buy these three and get the knobs/rings/output plate/knobs thrown in for free. $155 takes it all.

2003 Ibanez Artcore AM73 - Trans Brown w/Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock  tuners), (case).  Tuners upgraded with Sperzel locking! These Artcore series are the best archtops for the money on the market. They are nicely appointed, have quality hardware and good sounding pickups.  I've yet to have one that didn't set up with comfortable action and playability similar to guitars costing 3X the price. The Ibanez ACH1 and ACH2 pickups are medium output pickups that accurately reproduce the cool, complex tones of a hollowbody and work well with effects, notable in a hollowbody.  Features set-in neck (at the cost of most bolt-on's), bound body, neck, headstock and f-holes; maple top-back-sides; Quik Change III tailpiece; ART-1 tuneomatic bridge; 22 vintage frets; and Artcore profile mahogany neck. It's also designed with deep cutaways that offer improved access to the upper frets. Cosmetically there are plenty of clear coat scratches but no structural issues at all. Ibanez is at the forefront of producing quality guitars at amazingly low prices and this Artcore is a perfect example. These tuners run $80 and with a hardshell case this is a nice buy at $299. Notes: (1) Case is a bit large for the guitar; (2) we will be replacing pickup selector prior to shipping.

MXR Analog Chorus. Excellent and affordable choice for players who treasure the warmth of the chorus’s of the late 70’s and ‘80’s. After CE-2’s and CS9’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 this nice clean one for $65.

Fender Supersonic 22 Combo with 25W Greenback - Blonde, (panel), (top), (backwith Greenback), (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, or stock speaker for $739. Note: Fender cover with embroidered logo is included as well as footswitch/cable.

Digitech Whammy 4V, (selector), (side), (bottom). The Original Whammy pedal revolutionized guitar shredding beginning in the late 80s with the original Whammy which was the first pedal that could do foot controlled pitch shifting effects. In a basic sense, this pedal emulates a guitarist using the vibrato bar on the guitar, but it adds a much larger pitch range and doesn't put your guitar out of tune. This model 4 is the closest model to the original Whammy but it adds Midi control and the dive bomb feature. A few players who have used it extensively include Tom Morello from Rage and Audioslave, Dimebag Darrell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Jack White. To a lesser extent players like David Gilmour, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), and even Jimmy Page have used these on select songs. The model 4V includes 6 Whammy modes including the popular 2 Octave Up, 10 Harmony Bend modes including 2nd Up to 3rd Up simulating pedal steel bends, expression pedal controls dive bombs and bends, cutting–edge pitch detection engine designed specifically for guitar delivers fast accurate shifting, and MIDI In and Out/Thru to control pitch bends. I appreciate all the tricks the guitar slingers can do on this thing but for me it's worth the price for shallow and deep detune, which are the chorus effects. Check out this YouTube demo for a better idea. This unit is extremely clean and has seen only a few hours of use. For a unit this clean it’s a nice buy at $115. Includes power supply.

Kahler Spyder Tremolo. Another Floyd licensed tremolo but not a dead knockoff of the OFR. The Spyder was used on many of the popular metal axes of the '80s including the HM Strat and Peavey Vandenberg. Note that one of the saddles is black. Single saddles are frequently on Ebay for under $12/shipped. Includes trem arm. $85.

Kramer Sustainer Circuit Board, (installed). From 1989. Keeps your Sustainer sustaining. A few of the teeth used to solder in place are broken off but new ones can be soldered on. If you need this part grab this one for just $75.

Gibson ABR-1 Bridge – Nickel. New in sealed pack. Upgrade that swayback bridge or gnarly saddles. Sells everywhere for $70. Get this one for just $49.

Gotoh Tuneomatic Bridge. New in sealed pack. Good choice for your project axe if you’re on a budget. These are $35 from Allparts. Get this one for just $22.

USA Customs Stratocaster w/Acoustic Bridge (insert pic depicts actual green color), (pic2 - back pic taken with flash to show color), (headstock/neck), (Fishman bridge).  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, www.usacustomguitars.com, offering quality guitar parts and completed guitars, made to order. We’ve had a few of them and in our opinion they’re excellent guitars, 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 as being identical to a PRS bridge and you're correct - It's a "Mann Made", the same suppliers for PRS bridges. This particular bridge is the Fishman VMV Mannmade, 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 basic Y-cable 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 lovely 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, which includes hardshell case. This is a very nice Strat.

Victoria 35310-T “Tweed Bandmaster”, (panel), (top), (back), (label).  Very clean early model from Oct '95, serial 110 and signed on the tube chart by the great Mark Baier. Based in Naperville, IL, Victoria amps are considered by most to be the best "pure" recreations of the classic 50's Fender tweed amps. Other than a few subtle enhancements, Victoria circuits have always been completely faithful to the originals, using the correct caps, resistors, transformers, pots, and eyelet boards, completely hand-wired, point-to-point soldered. Each pine cabinet is crafted in the precise manner of those built in the ’50s, and covered in lacquered cotton tweed that is still woven today by the original manufacturer. This amp is Victoria's reproduction of the fabled Fender 3x10 tweed Bandmaster produced between '54 and '60. The solid pine cab features a 5/16" plywood speaker baffle (as per original specs) with a trio of MojoTone MP10-R 10" Alnico speakers, which are close to the original Jensen P-10Rs. Borrowing some technical info here but under its chrome-plated chassis you'll find a vulcanized-fiber eyelet board with precisely the same component spacing as the original with Allen Bradley carbon-composition resistors. Even the wire is an exact duplicate of the solidcore, waxed-cotton Celanese type used in the old Fenders and, yes, wire can make a difference. Victoria uses a cathodyne-type (distributed load) phase inverter - a design that excels at maintaining an even balance between the two output tubes and is true to the original. The coupling caps are a special Sprague design that closely approximates the tonal characteristics of the original's halowax-impregnated Astrons. A nice update to Fender's design is a bias-adjustment pot to aid in rebiasing whenever the output or rectifier tubes. Also crucial to the tone are transformer design and Victoria used Mike Holland input and output trannies. The dual output tubes are mounted in phenolic sockets and secured with spring-and-hat retainers. No detail was overlooked! For a 3X10 amp this one isn't overly large (around 20X23X10) or heavy (43 lbs). This amp sounds incredible, with plenty of clean headroom and a nice articulate breakup when cranked. This baby is officially vintage at 25 years old and it sounds perfect. Victoria sells the current model for $2660 but get this early model in lovely shape for just $1599(HOLD-Kevin K 3/31).

Fender Pawn Shop Series Greta Tube Amp, (top), (back). Refinished in Gold with a black front panel! The Greta is part of Fender's cool Fender Pawn Shop series, reflecting the styling of a 1950's tabletop radio. Rated at around 2 watts with a 12AX7 preamp tube, and a 12AT7 power tube, with its volume and tone controls you can actually coax a variety of tone out of it. At very low volume it has a nice clean, but if you want some solid output you'll need to drive it into at least some light distortion. The tone control seems to work very well with the volume and reacts according to how hard the amp is being driven. It's a very pronounced tone control that you'll definitely want to experiment with. Not really intended to be a studio amp, this baby was built to have fun and to look cool. Some players have these on the desk at the office, or in the living room at home. Most people won't even know it's a guitar amp! With an extra 1/8" stereo input, it was designed to play your IPod or phone through it and/or jam along with your tunes. It also features a 1/4" line out to drive other amps, as well as an ext. speaker output. Internal speaker is a 4", 8 ohm. The lighted VU meter serves as a clean/overload indicator. The stock color on these was all red but this one has a cool gold/black/red combination plus a Supreme Hats Cat in the Hat sticker on top. Original list price on the Greta was $259 but some are going above that on Ebay (link). This one has a unique look, works well, and is yours for $175.

1992 PRS Custom 24 Quilt Top!, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (neck), (case candy), (case). Made with pure unobtainium – PRS no longer does quilt tops, even on special orders. Lookie here - another exciting PRS. This one's an old-factory Custom 24 with a rare quilted maple top and flamed mahogany neck, plus we had a NOS Sweet Switch so I had Martin install that for some more icing on the cake (original tone pot and knob are included in the case). PRS has always charged a premium for their quilted maple, well above their price for flamed maple, so you just don't see many of them. The flamed neck is just a gimme. PRS didn't offer this as an option, usually reserving figured mahogany necks for their ultra expensive instruments. This beautiful example, finished in Vintage Sunburst, has all the old-factory features: small logo, 1-piece Mil-Com tremolo, short neck heel, pearl bird inlays, and original version locking tuners. The "10" during this era is imprinted near the serial rather than written in gold pen, as shown in the headstock pic. Other features include wide-thin neck, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups, with a 5-way rotary, volume, and tone or sweet switch. This guitar is in beautiful condition. We’ve buffed it out removing nearly all of the clear coat scratches and only a few very short ones remain on the back. I would say it easily presents as collector’s grade. It plays as beautiful as it looks with a superb sweet tone and low action. Officially vintage now, grab this beauty for less than a new flame top custom. Just $2699(HOLD-Greg H 3/10). Includes clean original case and all the case stuff.

Marshall JCM800 1960A (back) and Marshall JCM800 1960B (back) Cabinets. I need room and it’s time to start moving big gear. The top cab is model Lead 1982 rated at 280W and loaded with Celestion G12M-70 speakers. Bottom cab is rated at 300W, loaded with Celestion G12T-75's. Top cab is better cosmetically than the bottom and both cabs show hints of road use but all speakers work and they sound good. Nothing is cooler than a full Marshall stack and if you’re looking to piece together your own, get the pair for $750 (or $400/each). Note: I may have a 260W top cab loaded with G12-65 Heritage Rola Celestions as well.

2019 Gretsch G6620TFM Players Edition Nashville Flamed - Center Block, (pic2), (front  front2), (back  back2), (headstock), (case). Don’t confuse with the regular G6620T, this is the G6620TFM. Fine Players Edition that features modern enhancements over and above the cool tone and unmatched vibe. The 6620TFM now features a chambered spruce center block inside a semi-hollowbody design with a stunning flamed maple body plus a lower neck set for even greater playing comfort. This model just screams classic Gretsch from its orange transparent finish, to gold hardware, classic Gretsch horseshoe headstock inlay, and a sleek ebony fretboard. Outfitted with a pair of High-Sensitive Filter'Tron pickups which deliver the classic Gretsch bite, the main reason you pick one of these up. The chambered spruce center block adds snappiness while greatly reduces resonant-frequency feedback which lets you crank it up with more gain without risk of your amp squealing. It also is outfitted with Gretsch's new no-load pots and Squeezebox paper-in-oil capacitors for a wider tonal landscape between settings 0 and 10. If your main problem with using a Gretsch has been the "traditional" Gretsch feel which can be somewhat bulky, you'll be pleased to see that they've set the neck lower on the G6620TFM for even better playing comfort. Other features include 16" double-cut tiger flame maple body, 24.6” scale, studded Adjusto-Matic bridge for precise intonation, treble bleed circuit and no-load tone controls, string-through Bigsby B7GP vibrato and Gotoh locking tuners. This flamed body model sells new for $2799 everywhere. Get this one in mint condition for way less. $1950(SOLD-Chris M 3/30). Includes similarly mint original case and all the case stuff.

Source Audio Programmable EQ. Full function programmable EQ in a compact stompbox! It provides a plus/minus 18dB of range over 7 bands, plus an additional frequency band at 62Hz, accessible via the Octave Extend function which optimizes the frequency spectrum to accommodate the specific frequency range of the bass. After you dial in your guitar or bass tone, save it in one of four programmable user presets. Presets are accessible via push button or via scrolling by holding down the footswitch while the pedal scrolls through each preset at an adjustable rate. The scrolling can also function as a tremolo as seen in the videos above. A MIDI input provides remote access to user presets or engages/disengages the effect. This lets you run a MIDI signal from your POD, Eventide Space reverb, TC Nova System, etc. It also functions as a quality clean boost with up to 12dB of boost. It runs on 9V batter or standard external power supply.  For good demos click here for ProGuitarShop and click here for a more detailed look. The new EQ2 pedal adds 3 more bands and a built-in tuner but at $269 you might prefer to opt for this very clean V1 model at less than 1/2 the cost. Just $125 for this very useful pedal.

Taylor Dreadnought Case.  Late 90's, excellent protection, brown with plush black interior.  One of the best cases made.  Fits a Taylor X-10 (410, 510, 810, etc.) very tightly; most other dreadnoughts snug but not as tight.  Overall nice shape.  $110.  

Ca. '83 Kramer Brown Case.  I believe these fit the aluminum neck models only; too short for a regular 6/side Strat style.  Rare case for fairly rare guitars and nice vintage condition.  $125.  

OFFERED WITH CHOICE OF PICKUPS: 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 the Duncans – or $199 and we’ll install a set of decent Korean pickups.

Fender Japan ’58 Stratocaster Reissue, (front), (back/serial), (headstock), (body). Custom built Strat using a 1997 ’58 Neck, paired with a 2004 Japan reissue 1958 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. $650 includes gigbag.

Lovepedal Amp Eleven JMP. One of the many killer OD's from Lovepedal, this one features the Church of Tone (COT) on the Boost side and from the Amp Eleven it has the JMP gain section on the left side. The COT features just a single knob and controls the overall gain of the pedal with all other control via your guitar's volume know. You can leave it on all the time and just vary your guitar knob. Doesn't get any easier or any better. It can also be used independently of the JMP side and you're free to use either, or both. I didn't say neither since most player will get hooked on the COT tone and will never want to turn it off. However you use it you'll find loads of headroom. On the JMP side you'll find great classic JMP Plexi tones with Drive and Level controls with Bass and Treble EQ's. The EQ's are active so you can cut/boost rather than just cut. Can run any power from 9 to 18 volts, with slightly differing amount of headroom, or with a 9V batter. Velcro on the bottom but otherwise brand new condition in the box. Made in USA. This is a lot of pedal for $120(HOLD-Adam D 4/20).

Lovepedal Amp Eleven 808, (pic2). Like the JMP above, the Amp 11 808 features the COT Boost on the right side which you can operate by itself or in conjunction with the 808 side on the left. The 808 side has the same controls as the JMP as well, Volume, Gain, Bass and Treble, but the difference is in the voicing. The 808 is voiced to sound like a classic TS808 Tubescreamer, although the Lovepedal has more control. If you're a fan of the old 808 Overdrive Pro's you might want to give this a try and with bass/treb controls you can even out the midrange hump the originals were noted for. Velcro on the bottom but otherwise beautiful condition in the box. Also operates on 9V battery or any power from 9V to 18V. Made in USA. Killer 808 clone and more...just $120(HOLD-Adam D 4/20).

Wampler Reflection Reverb, (pic2). Simple to use digital reverb that sounds superb and gives you much more control than you'll find on your amp. Four knobs (Volume and Tone; Pre-Delay and Decay) let you dial in just the right amount of reverb and adjust when it kicks in and how long it lasts. The most frustrating thing about amp reverb is if you want a huge wash, it hangs around way too long and muddies up your tone. With this one, just cut back the Decay and have a wash for just a second or two. Another great feature is the mini switch that selects a "big tank" type spring reverb, or studio grade plate reverb. It also features internal switches to control the effect’s tails and dry signal! It features high-grade components, top-mounted jacks to ease in pedalboard placement, 9v-18v power jack, infinite decay and up to 140ms early reflection and internal dip switch for true bypass/buffered to allow ‘trails’ (factory set to true bypass). Made in USA. Offered in brand new condition in the box. Highly recommended for amps without reverb or anyone looking for more control out of the reverb tone. Sells everywhere for $199; get this one for $145.

2005 Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio - Floyd Rose - Seymour Duncan Upgrade, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (Floyd). Excellent quality import from the Unsung (Korean) factory. The Gothic Les Paul Studio is a barebones rock/metal axe, offered in either a stop tail or, this version, with a quality Floyd Rose trem. This is a very good quality Floyd, and appears to be identical to the "Original Floyd Rose", although stamped with the "Epiphone" brand. There have been a few changes to this guitar, most importantly, the generic non-covered black humbuckers have been replaced with a great sounding pair of Seymour Duncans - the Alnico Pro II Bridge and Alnico Pro II Neck - as used by "Slash" and many other top name players. Cosmetically, some stick on fretboard cross inlays have been added, and "BLS" (Black Label Society) stickers added to the front and back. I think they look pretty cool but we can remove prior to shipping if desired. Also, it's been buffed out nicely, so it looks more like a gloss finish than the factory satin finish. This guitar is like the original 50's Black Beauty Les Pauls in that it's 100% mahogany, with a carved mahogany top. It's fatter sounding than the maple top versions and with these Duncans, has a classic 'Burst tone which lets your playing style shine through rather than a scorching high-output sound. The set up is super comfortable, the Floyd stays in tune especially well, and it's an excellent guitar, especially in this price range. With around a $200 pickup upgrade, a super nice buy on a Korean LP at $399 with gigbag or substitute a black Gibson case for $75 more.

1984 Kramer Pacer Neck – Complete, (pic2). Fairly rare but documented at Vintage Kramer, 1 ¾” nut, satin finish, with a plain (no model) logo. Includes original German-made Schaller M6 tuners with nickel finish, original Floyd nut, and wrench holder/wrenches. Overall very nice vintage condition. Frets had a light dressed and have a fresh crown. These early Kramers are hard to find parts for. This one has no issues and includes original tuners and Floyd nut for $299.

Ca. 1983 Kramer Pacer Neck – Pat. Pending, (pic2  pic3  pic4). Referencing the Vintage Kramer link this is likely around an ’83 with a standard nut for vintage tremolo, gloss finish with Pacer Series and Patent Pending in the logo, and would have featured gold tuners (current has the original gold string trees). It features the regular 1 5/8” nut and uses the Gotoh old style or “San Dimas” style gold tuners. I think we have the original tuners off of this neck in nice shape. This neck is in great shape with near perfect frets and finish. $250 or $325(SOLD-Bret M 2/25) with the San Dimas tuners.

Hotone Jogg Guitar Interface. Dedicated guitar interface for connecting to your laptop or mobile device at a size of just a mini pedal. Its advanced DSP delivers great sound quality and dynamic response. Features include 24-bit A/D/A conversion and 44.1kHz/48kHz sample rate; universal audio interface compatible with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android; plug'n' play - No driver needed; Gain knob provides up to 12dB gain; 1/4" Hi-Z instrument input; 1/4" unbalanced stereo outputs; aux in and headphone output for expanded performance and monitoring; XLR output takes the pure sound direct to the mixer. Runs on 9V DC adapter or USB charges as well. Sells everywhere $99 to $119. This one's mint for $65. Includes shorty USB cable shown.

2002 Fender '60 Stratocaster Relic - Sunburst, (front  front2  finish checking), (back  back2), (headstock/neck), (case  cert.).  Another great Custom Shop Time Machine series, built to specs of the 1960 Strat, which was a pivotal year for the Strat. This was the year Fender started producing Strats with a rosewood "slab" fretboard, clay dot inlays, and a smaller C-shaped profile. Back in '02 Fender made these in '56, '60 and '69 but the '60 was perfect for most players, primarily due to the familiar C-profile neck shape. The '60 also featured the spaghetti logo and green pickguard. Please note that I got this from a John Mayer fan, thus the Fender tortoise pickguard, but the original green guard is in the case. This particular example is only moderately worn, with just a number of small nicks, mostly around the edges, but the nitro finish is moderately checked all over. Like a snowflake, every one of these is different, since they are distressed by hand and this one is very accurate compared to original examples I've seen.  Hardware is oxidized nicely, with just a little bit of rust.  Other features include 2-piece Alder body finished in 3-tone sunburst with proper tooling marks and era-correct crude pickup routing, nitro finish with proper Fullerplast undercoat, nitro finished neck with 7.25" vintage radius, modern medium-jumbo frets, Custom 60's pickups with cloth wires, Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners, American Vintage tremolo system, nickel-plated hardware, 3-ply green pickguard, and aged plastic parts. Nice weight at 7 lbs 14 oz. This is a very resonant Strat acoustically and delivers the classic bell-like tone when you plug it in. Fender no longer builds these light Relics but the '60 heavy Relic sells new for $4500. Get this one, set up to perfection, for almost have that. Take it home for $2300. Includes proper ‘60 G&G/Fender brown case, trem arm and certificate. Green pickguard is included but we can reinstall it for free, using the tortoise guard to offset labor charge. Also, part of the “Original Contour Body” decal is missing. We can replace this for $25 if desired.

2005 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, (front), (back), (headstock), (stock features), (Bardens  pickguard assem.), (case). Just back from the finish shop with a nice repair done to a finish crack (shown here) which now looks like (this). Early American Standard (version 2) upgraded with a killer set of Joe Barden pickups. Stock pickups for this model were the first version vintage Noiseless which are decent pickups but it’s hard to argue that Bardens aren’t a definite upgrade. Click here for Bardens site with a great review from musicradar.com. The outfit includes two S-Deluxe sing coil sized pickups and one HB two/tone humbucker, wired to a 5-way switch with push/pull tone pot allowing the bridge HB t either full humbucker or single coil tones. All come with 4-conductor shielded cable to allow various wiring combinations. They sound exceptional. Other features of the American Deluxe from this era include LSR roller nut, locking tuners, polished chrome 2-point bridge, abalone dot inlays and raised chrome logo, and of course a 3-tone alder body, maple neck with modern C shape, and 9.5” modern fretboard radius. Cosmetically it’s in overall nice shape for 15 years. Nice dark rosewood fretboard feels silky smooth and now set up with low action it’s super easy to play. When you consider the expense of the Barden HSS set this is a very nice guitar for the price. Just $899 and includes clean original case and trem arm.

Hamer Standard Flametop (STDF-CS) (cons), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). An earlier Korean model from the XT Series (later ones were made in China and Indonesia). This gorgeous Standard Flametop is an excellent quality import that's a recreation of the "original" Hamer, which was basically a dead knockoff of a Gibson Explorer down to the body shape and headstock. Although stamped with a "2" for cosmetic 2nd, this one's in stunning condition and we have no idea what the flaw was. It has a killer setup and a quality tone thanks to a pair of Seymour Duncan Designed HB-102 humbuckers. This model, available in Cherry Sunburst only, was available '01-'09 and features a flame maple top, set neck design, ivoroid bound body and neck, crown fingerboard inlays on rosewood fretboard, medium jumbo frets, stopbar tailpiece and tuneomatic bridge, chrome dome black knobs (2V, 1T) and inlaid logo on a hockey stick headstock. I'm offering this with a top quality brown case with pink lining and heavy protective blanket. List price on this model was $740 without case or bag. With original USA models now going for $2K-$3K and up, maybe consider this quality Korean model for a fraction. $599(HOLD-Wanda B 11/3) includes the Gibson case or $475 without case.

2006 Epiphone G-1275 SG Double-Neck - Heritage Cherry Flametop (cons), (front), (back), (headstock  back), (case).  Ah, the iconic SG double neck. Who can't look at one of these without thinking of Jimmy Page in concert or "The Song Remains the Same" concert documentary. These aren't typically guitars you play all night long but whip it out for a few select songs and the audience inevitably claps louder because you can "play two guitars at once",  and you'll be able to use it like Jimmy, Slash and John McGlaughlin, etc.  Epi made these in bolt-on or this more expensive set-neck model. Later years these were Chinese made but this one is Korean manufacture (Unsung factory) which we've found to be markedly superior to Chinese. The set up on this guitar is fantastic, on both necks, with low action and nicely dressed fret ends. For those who aren't familiar, there is a 3-way selector to choose 6-string, 12-string, or both. Both is used when you want the un-used neck for its special "droning" effect, which sounds pretty cool if used properly. Each guitar also has the standard 3-way pickup selector for neck, bridge, and both pickups. The pickups are Alnico humbuckers and they sound very good. Nothing makes the crowd go "wow" more than when you pull out the double neck and you needn't spend thousands of dollars to get a great playing, nice sounding Gibson. A new Chinese model with a proper case will run you around $1300 but this one’s in beautiful shape and just $850. Includes Epiphone case and one killer pro set up. (Note: broken string will be replaced, LOL).

USA Customs Strat with Fishman Acoustic Mann-Made bridge, (pic2 - back pic taken with flash to show color), (neck pic - shows orangish vintage tint).  Just 7.2 lbs.! 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 several of them in the past, all were excellent guitars, with 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 weight, with a pearloid pickguard loaded with Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups - with CTS pots and switch. Neck is 21-fret with Gotoh vintage tuners, truss adjust at headstock, and clay dot inlays. It is nicely rounded and fills out the palm of your hand. The profile is very close to a recent USA Fender in the bottom register but it gets noticeably deeper as you go up the neck. 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 $70, depending on the style of installation. 

Wampler Plextortion Distortion, (pic2). Made for the seekers of 80s rock tone. If you're into the sound of Van Halen, Dokken, Rat, G'nR, Dokken or AC/DC, chances are this pedal will give you what you're looking for. This is another Wampler Marshall-in-a-Box pedal with a medium-to-high gain approach similar to a pegged JCM800 through a 100W Greenback cab. It differs from the Pinnacle below as being less focused on the "brown sound" and adept at everything from hard rock to neoclassical shredders to heavy metal and speed metal to hair metal. This pedal will make a crappy amp sound decent; a good amp sound great. It features controls for Gain and Volume, as well as a full three-band EQ for versatile tone shaping and a Vint./Modern Toggle switch. Here’s a good demo with a cheap dual humbucker Sterling (link) and check out the tone at 3:30 which sounds remarkable to me. Here’s another (link) by ProGuitarShop. Clean shape in the box and just $139(HOLD-Jeff M 4/1).

Keeley 30ms Automatic Double Tracker Delay, (pic2). An amazing little pedal that was designed to emulate the sounds of the Abbey Road studio. Not just for guitar, this pedal can add that cool vibe to bass, keyboard or vocals. Using an array of studio doubling effects it creates a natural, thicker sounds and even includes an "Abbey Verb" that simulates the reverb chamber in the famed Studio Two. In the Dimension Mode you can create up to two different voices for a stereo double tracked field. The Abbey Mode is more similar to a conventional chorus, simulating synched tape decks with varying tape speeds running in parallel. Works in either mono or stereo mode. There's also a Slapback Mode for 50s rockabilly, with a delay range that goes to 100ms in this mode. In addition there are two internal DIP switches which let you change to pro mode. This thing really sounds breathtaking so maybe take a listen to this demo, (link), with some distorted guitar started around 9:00. Robert Keeley’s pedals are as fine as there are. Own this one for $139(HOLD-Wanda B 10/28).

Electro-Harmonix Bass Clone Chorus. Good sounding chorus based on EHX Small Clone but made specifically to suit the lower frequencies of an electric bass. By adding a crossover switch they have provided a way to preserve the fat punchiness of your bass tone and effect only the higher frequencies. The Treble knob adjusts the highs of both your dry and wet signals while the Bass knobs controls only the low frequencies of your dry signal only. It features true bypass and runs on a 9V battery or external power supply. Clean shape and just $45.

Ampeg SCR-DI - Bass Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive, (pic2). Ampeg has long been the choice of pros for bass amplification, whether it's their 60's Porta-Flex "Flip Top" amps and SVT amps, which were the first high-powered amps made - to their outboard gear like this SCR-DI. Ampeg knows bass. This pedal lets you get a high quality electric bass sound sent directly to the PA system or mixing desk via the balanced XLR output. Simply tweak the output via the onboard EQ - and the Scrambler OD when you want some hair on your tone. You can also split the signal, either affected or unaffected, to your bass amp. It's also a quality practice tool with a dedicated 1/8" or ¼” stereo input to mix in your MP3 or CD etc. plus a 1/4" headphone out. This unit has been used only once or twice and is in perfect condition (I'll wipe off the dust before shipping). With a new one costing $249, how about a clean used one for $165.

TC Electronic Arena Reverb. The Arena features all of the sounds from their successful Hall Of Fame reverb plus four added TonePrints that were created just for this pedal. In all there are 10 reverb types plus TonePrint with custom tweaks by players who are more famous than you or me. It features stereo in and out, try bypass, decay-tone-level controls to tweak your tone and has a small footprint on your pedalboard. Click here for a demo. Sells new for $149 but this one's perfect in the box for $89.

TC Electronic Honeypot Fuzz. Good sounding fuzz with a nod to the 70s guitar tones we know and love. You'll get fat power chords that fill up the mix all the way to the sweet sustaining violin tone on your leads. 3 knobs lets you easily dial in your tone. Perfect condition in the box. $39(HOLD-Adam D 4/20).

Boss MO-2 Multi-Overtone. First one of these I've ever had and it's a pretty radical effect for Boss. The MO-2 produces pitch-shifting and modulating effects which can take the form of an octaver or 12-string guitar, as well as a multi-layered organ or steel drums. It's really breathtaking when you're driving two amps or channels in the stereo mode but it will work fine with mono. Best of all it's really easy to use; just 4 knobs! Here's a good demo from ProGuitarShop (link). Don't pay $129 when you can get this clean used one for $85.

Decibel Eleven Time after Time Analog Delay DB11-TAT, (pic2). Mint, never used. That classic analog delay sound with modern features that bring it into the current decade. Specifically, it uses vintage Bucket Brigade technology with more than 1/2-second of delay time, an all-analog signal path, and two-speed modulation with adjustable depth. For modern features this baby can store 11 memory presets, includes TAP tempo control, allow full MIDI control and has true bypass. Here’s a demo (link). Sells for $229 everywhere. Get this one, new in the box, for $169.

PRS 59/09 Pickup Set. One of the best PRS pickup set for delivering a true vintage tone. Articulate with rich harmonics, they will work great with virtually any wiring system you want including 3-way, push-pull, five-way blade or rotary 5-way. Made with Alnico magnets, they have a slightly hot tone around 9K with some brightness that adds note definition. These sell new for $180/each. Get this brand new pair, never installed, for $250.

3 Fender Precision Pickguards. Lot of 3 includes Gold Anodized (metal), 3-ply parchment and 3-ply black. You’re going to pay $46.95 for an anodized by itself but get these 3 for less than the price of a new anodized. $45/all.

Fender Jazz Tortoise Pickguard. Genuine Fender in nice shape. $24.

1973 Fender Jazz Control Plate - complete with control plate, pots, capacitor, knobs and output jack, all pots dated 10th week of '73. $150.

1977 Fender Jazz Bass Case Candy. Includes both covers, thumb rest, screws, owner’s manual/hangtag, and inspection hangtag. Nice stuff to fill out your case compartment for $175.

Fender Reissue Jazz Bass Covers. Includes bridge and neck pickup covers. Clean shape. $24.

Vintage Fender Bass Case #1, (inside), (bottom). Ca. ’67 to ’72 in average vintage condition. Lining in good condition as is the storage compartment and door; all latches and hinges work. Handle has tape around it but works fine. You want to add $400 to the value of your vintage P or J bass? Get the right case. This one’s just $250.

Vintage Fender Bass Case #2, (bottom). Ca. ’67 to ’72 in average vintage condition. Lining in good condition as is the storage compartment and door; all latches and hinges work. We will re-glue portions of the lining that are sagging prior to shipping. Worst aspect is one of the ends is slightly mangled but can be fixed (shown here) - it still closes and protections your bass just fine. You want to add $400 to the value of your vintage P or J bass? Get the right case. This one’s just $195(SOLD-John M 3/2).

Vintage Fender Bass Case #3, (inside), (latch), (bottom/back), (handle/latches). 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 isn’t great but it’s got plenty of vintage vibe. It was covered with stickers which I removed but didn’t clean it as some players don’t like the clean ArmorAll look. Also has some duct tape on the ends (I said it wasn’t pretty). 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?

Fender Short Scale Bass Case. This isn’t labeled as a Fender but the construction is identical including original Cheney latches and hinges. Fairly recent, ca. 2000 I would guess. Handles instruments up for 45” with a lower bout of 13.5”. Will probably work on some guitars in addition to short scale basses. Super clean shape. Includes keys. $125.

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. These carried a retail 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.

Schecter Hellraiser V-1 Flying V, (front/abalone binding), (headstock), (back), (battery cover/output jack), (case). Killer Flying V style with dark looks and fat tones that are tailor made for heavy music. The Hellraiser V1 is a remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and looks, at an incredible price. It features high-end EMG-81 active pickups with coil split via push/pull volume knob; TonePros Tune-O-Matic with thru-body string mounting; stunning Abalone inlay along the entire edge of the top; Abalone bound headstock; Abalone Gothic Cross inlays, black chrome hardware, set-neck construction with "ultra access" design for easy playing to the top frets, 24 extra jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, mahogany body with 3-piece mahogany neck-thru. The high gloss black finish and loads of abalone trim on this guitar are absolutely gorgeous. More importantly, with these EMG's this guitar sounds fantastic and plays incredibly easy with low action and bends with ease. The design of the neck joint and body contours make this the most comfortable V I've played, especially in the upper register. For a quality made Korean set-neck, with top-quality hardware and EMG's, the Hellraiser V retailed at a remarkable $1069...without case. Better still, this one is as nice as a new floor model and with our killer in-house setup, is an incredible value at just $579 and INCLUDES Dean case.

JHS Angry Charlie V3 - Channel Drive, (pic2). Excellent OD/Distortion unit that drives your tone into JCM800 territory. JHS faithfully recreates the famed Marshall tone stack with knobs that cut or boost (straight up is flat) giving your tone the hot-rodded British amp tone most players lust after. Don’t pay $199 when this one’s like new for just $139. Note: I also have JHS Moonshine and The AT in stock.

Tom's Line AHAR-3 Harmonizer, (stock pic). Solidly made micro pedal that does a lot for its size. Range knob adjusts the harmony in 1/2 step increments up to an Octave or 2 Octaves up or down. Individual knobs control the amount of wet or dry mix. 3 way switch selects Up, Down, or Detune. Features true bypass. Click here for a demo. Doesn’t have all the features of a Boss Harmonizer but, hey, it’s pretty cool for at $35. 

Mooer Cruncher High Gain Distortion. Good sounding micro pedal, especially for rock with a focus on mids and loads of gain to throw your amp into 80’s metal heaven, very Marshally sounding. Built like a tank and features true bypass. Nice pedal for $29.

Xotic EP Booster. Killer mini boost pedal from the fine designers at Xotic. Discrete FET preamp pedal with a low impedance output, based around the classic preamp side of an Echoplex to provide a shimmering boost tone that adds some high end sparkle and definition. It features up to 20db of gain and two internal DIP’s can be used to adjust Unity Gain and Brightness. It's perfect for adding extra sparkle for darker sounding instruments, just enough edge or shimmer to make it stand out in the mix. The Unity Gain makes the boost at 0db at the fully counter-clockwise position and with the switch off you get a 3db boost at the fully counter-clockwise position. By turning off the Bright Switch you can get a full frequency boost that is transparent and gives you back what you put into it. It's a very versatile with more options that it appears to have, and takes up very little real estate on your pedalboard. Operates on 9-18vdc. Sells new for $120; this one’s in clean shape in the box with all paperwork, for $79.

Xotic EP Booster #2. Identical to the EPB above but no box. Good news for the player! This one’s just $69.

1996 Gibson Les Paul Custom Florentine Plus - Ember Glow (cons), (front  front-binding), (back), (headstock), (case). The original Custom Shop Florentine in stunning collector's condition but, more importantly, a truly superb guitar. Many of the sources I've found online have stated that this model was made from '97 to ca. '00 but I’ve seen enough ’96 models to know that’s not true. For a Florentine it’s a first-year model but there was an earlier model called the Bantam Elite and Bantam Elite Plus with identical specs, produced only in '95 I believe. There was a trademark issue with Gretsch over their Bantam drums which forced the name change. The model was resurrected in '13-'14 for a limited run, as well as an '09 model without F-holes. The Florentine Plus (non-figured tops were simply called Florentine) is a marriage between the Les Paul Custom and an ES model. Specifically, a semi-hollowbody design with all other specs belonging to the Custom. These include multi-ply body binding, multi-ply headstock binding, bound neck, Split Diamond headstock inlay, block fretboard inlays, gold hardware and ebony fretboard. In addition to tonal differences of a semi-hollow design these guitars are generally lighter than a regular Custom. While some of the lighter ones have a tendency to "dive bomb" when strapped on, this one at 8 lbs 10 oz has a sufficient weight to easily stay put when strapped on. I called Gibson regarding the finish since it was a rather unique color. They had it in their database as Ember Glow which is a rare color used primarily in the 90's. Gibson used Classic '57 pickups during this era, which are the most requested pickups we get from our customers. The tone has more like an acoustic qualities, compared to a regular LP but the semi-hollow design makes it nearly impervious to feedback. It can excel at jazz or blues but still has the fatness and sustain for rock. Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with the only flaw being some very light checking to the face of the headstock. The rest of the guitar exhibits no checking. Gold hardware is bright, frets are perfect, no wear anywhere on this guitar. Hard to believe that this guitar is 24 years old but it's obvious to me that it has spent 99.9% of its life in the case. It's a shame since it plays wonderfully, with very low action and has a quality tone, plugged in or acoustically. Includes a similarly clean original brown case with pink lining and shroud. I've seen a number of these on Reverb, priced at $4700 to $5K and most weren't Plus tops. I consider this an excellent value, in collector's condition, at $3999.

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 perfect with plastic still on the back plates and could be sold as new - for $339. Add a quality Schecter wedge-shaped gigbag for $24 (pic) if desired.

Suhr Koko Boost. Players love the Koko Boost which functions as both a clean transparent boost and a selectable midrange boost. It expands the range of your tube amplifier and OD/Distortion pedals and features an easy layout which includes Boost and Mid knobs, plus a Frequency select switch. It has two foot-switches for instant access to each boost mode. The 3-position Freq switch gives you: Left (Mids): Full and Smooth, tuned specifically to bring out your guitar's natural midrange characteristics; Middle (High Mids): Clear and articulate, voiced to cut through a mix for solo playing; and Right (Low Mids): Fat and Creamy, excellent for thickening up rhythm and lead tones. It also features true bypass and low battery detector. Sells new for $250; this one’s clean in original box for $179. Here are two demos from Suhr (link  link2).

Hughes & Kettner Warp Factory. For you drop D and 7-string players, this is one of the most dark sounding ODs I’ve had. Massive overtones, sustain and huge bottom end. Designed specifically to work with your guitar's volume control to vary the intensity of your attack. To use, dial in your amp's cleanest tone and use the SUB switch to adjust its bottom-end response to suit your amp. Controls are: (1) GAIN controls input sensitivity and determines the amount of distortion; (2) WARP shapes mids (set to the far left position and it boosts low mids from 250 Hz to high mids at 1 kHz, set to the far right, it cuts mids at 500 hertz with a slight presence boost at 3 kHz); LEVEL controls output level without influencing tone; SUB boosts the low end at 90 hertz. (The red ring is no longer visible when activated). 90 Hz is the resonance frequency of a wicked 4 x 12" cab. It’s strictly a front-end effect that isn’t designed to run in an effects loop. Built like a tank to be impervious to the rigors of stage use. Here’s a YouTube demo (link) showing some of its capabilities. Original 12VAC power supply is included. Clean shape. $59.

DOD 201 Phasor. Brand new, pedal is still factory sealed. The simple single knob layout and tone beg comparison to the MXR Phase 90 and the 201 does compare favorably with a similar sounding sweep and sweep rate adjustable via the single knob. The block logo Phase 90 and the 201 were both initially introduced in the 80's with similar tone, built in identical boxes with very solid construction. Excellent sounding phase shifter for $59, new in the box.

MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion, (pic2). MXR latest in their retro era, following recreations of their ’76 Vintage Dyna Comp, ’74 Vintage Phase 90 and ’75 Vintage Phase 45, hand-wired to their original specs. Bring on a '70s distortion that's full of '70s inspired sounds. Housed in the classic MXR casing with a deep metallic red paint job, it features the usual controls (Output, Tone and Distortion) but, also, there's also a Crunch button complete with extremely bright blue led that's a game changer. The overall tone is well balanced between lows, mids and treble, with a thick and well-defined distortion. You might find your best tones by backing off on the Distortion knob and engaging the Crunch switch. This seems to make the tone thicker and clearer without being muddy. If you’re tastes lean toward UFO, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, you’ll likely enjoy it very much. Click here for a ProGuitarShop demo. Sells new for $79.99. Get this really nice barely used one for $55.

TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay & Looper, (pic2). I've had a number of the regular Flashback delay/looper but this X4 is in a different league offering the power of FOUR Flashback delays plus a 40-second looper with 'undo' function. From the awesome digital 2290 sounds to authentic analog tape echoes, plus radical reverse delays, it can do it all. It also features TCE's TonePrint slots that can be loaded via smartphone or USB port. Best of all it's easy to get around on so you won't have your nose in a manual. Other features include three preset memory locations, tap tempo, 15 delay types, independent loop and delay engines, True Bypass (optional buffered), Analog-Dry-Through, expression pedal input, stereo in/out, MIDI enabled, subdivision selector including dual delay, and loads of headroom. Operates on 9V DC power supply that's included. There are a bunch of good YouTube demo’s. Here’s one (link). Sells new for $249.99 but this one looks like a new floor model for $175.

Tama First Chair Drummer’s Throne. Top of the line throne with clutch lever to easily raise and lower the seat. Seat is made of heavy fabric and very well padded. Most comfortable throne I’ve ever seen. Sells new for $199 everywhere. Get this clean used one for $99.

Boss GA-FC Foot Controller, (stock pic). New in the box. Compatible with most Boss amps including the Katana below as well as Blues Cube Artist, Blues Cube Artist212, Blues Cube Tour, CUBE-80GX, CUBE-40GX, GA-212, GA-112, Acoustic Singer Pro, Acoustic Singer Live, Nextone Artist, Nextone Stage and WAZA Tube Amp Expander.  Use the expression pedal input to plug in your EV-5, FV-500L, and FV-500H expression pedals if desired. Sells everywhere for $129. Get it here for just $85. Buy the Katana below and get the controller for just $50!

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 sold 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 or add a new GA-FC controller for $435

Mezzabarba Trinity 100 Head, (back), (footswitch), (top). A very extreme metal amp, handmade by Mezzabarba in Italy and one of the few amps with Midi control. Rather than write a whole screen of details click here for a Reverb link to Chondro Guitars, the premier importer of Mezzabarba. It's a 3-channel amp, all tube, featuring four EL34's in the power section, with seven 12AX7's in the preamp. It was engineered to focus on Modern rock with channels for Clean, Drive and Overdrive – for 24 different sounds plus the FX Loop, all programmable. There are a total of 48 different settings with 128 presets with each channel having Boost, Bright, Dual Master and FX Loop functions. Power amp settings on back panel include Master 1 and Master 2, Presence, Feedback and Depth for power amp overtones. There is a tube effect loop, serial or parallel. It is Midi, programmable with PC and CC functions with 128 preset locations, Midi In, Midi Thru, USB interface. It uses custom built Onori transformers. The footswitch mirrors the pushbutton controls on the front panel of the head as shown in the pic above. This amp sells new for $4199 plus $200 for the footswitch. Get this one in pristine condition WITH optional ($200) footswitch for $2799, a $1600 savings.

Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive - 2 pedals at once, (top), (front). Strymon analyzed the top six overdrive and boost circuits of all time in designing the Sunset, fine-tuning their tones to give you an amazing range of tones. You can use any of the six OD circuits by itself, stack one channel into the other, or even use two OD's in parallel. Unlike many of the original circuits, the noise level on the Sunset is very low with noise reduction available as a secondary function to further reduce hum. Boasting a premium Class A JFET input stage with up to 20dB of analog gain, the Sunset combines the best of analog and digital technology. Footswitch A lets you save the current settings to the "Favorite" preset, letting you quickly switch between the current settings and a saved preset via an external latching footswitch. Bypass is analog and works in either True Bypass mode (via electromechanical relay switching) or transparent Analog Buffered Bypass mode, which is great for pedal chains and long cable runs. This pedal can handle any amount of input gain you throw at it, even synths. For more info click here for a good demo from Sweetwater. Flawless condition in the box with power supply. Strymon isn’t cheap stuff, $299 new. Get this barely used one for $209(SOLD-Geo M 10/6).

Digitech Death Metal. One trick pony but if you seek a good over-the-top metal tone, give it a try. 3-band EQ is only slightly effective and there is no gain knob (it’s full out all the time). You get the idea, similar to a vintage modded Marshall with all knobs turned to 10. Dual outputs (one for amp, one for mixer with a simulated speaker emulator). Really clean condition for $45. I also have Digitech Metal Master, Hot Rod, and Tone Driver.

Ibanez JS-100 Joe Satriani, (front), (back), (headstock), (detail), (case).  The JS-100 is a super shredding machine with great tone and one of the most comfortable guitars to strap on and play all night. All edges are very well contoured with a deep cutaway and an extremely thin contour in the treble cutaway, with an S-shaped body that’s very thin on the edges.  Features a JS neck with a rounder 12" radius for easy chording in the low register with comfortable bends up top - Lo TRS trem stays in tune very well - quality tone via basswood body and a pair of Axis humbuckers (AH1 and AH2) controlled by 3-way switch and push/pull tone pot for coil splits.  Joe has remained a true guitar hero, over 30 years after Surfing with the Alien, when the public took notice of him. This guitar has a fantastic setup, is in lovely condition (any flaws in pics are reflections), and is a great guitar for $399 – or $449 with Ibanez Professional case. Includes trem arm. Note: We usually have some DiMarzio pickups that we can upgrade for $135/pair, parts and labor.

DigiTech Nautila Chorus Flanger, (pic2).  An uncommon chorus/flanger pedal and one that you can be really creative with. With the Nautila's Voice and Drift controls you can add up to eight chorus or four flanger voices and then blend and morph the tone in real-time with the Drift knob. You can also change the modulation speed in real-time by holding down the momentary footswitch and then release. Separate Speed, Depth, Emphasis, Voices and Mix controls give you unlimited shaping of your tone. Other features include true bypass, stereo inputs and outputs, silent switching, and heavy duty build quality. It's powered by a standard 9VDC power supply. Click here for a demo by ProGuitarShopDemos. Sells new for $169. This one's near mint in the box with everything and priced at $115. Includes factory Velcro bottom and "stomplock" knob protector as well as box and paperwork.

MXR Classic Distortion, (pic2). Good value on a basic distortion pedal. A/B'd with my Boss DS-1 Distortion, the MXR sounds at least as good with an overall smoother tones but still cuts through...in the right way. No ear-spike highs and sufficient bass to level out the mix. All in all, hard to beat for $35, mint in the box with manual.

OFF-HOLD: 2015 Martin DRS2 Acoustic/Electric & Many Accessories, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (accessories), (case). An excellent guitar plus loads of accessories including tuner, capo, guitar hanger, humidifier kit, stringing tool/winder and string wipe cleaner. From Martin’s popular Road Series, the DRS2 is made of all solid woods with traditional styling and classic Martin tone. This model includes sustainable wood certified parts. Specs include dreadnought size 14-fret body, solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele back and sides, satin finish, Mortise & Tenon neck joint, X bracing pattern (non-scalloped), 25.4" scale, 1 3/4" nut width, Performing Artist neck shape with High Performance taper, modern belly bridge with drop in saddle, black binding, Richlite bridge, white plastic bridge pins with black dots, black pickguard, compensated white Tusq saddle, multi-stripe rosette, hand-rubbed neck finish and white Corian nut. Electronics consist of the Fishman Sonitone system with volume and tone controls inside the sound hole and a combination end-pin/jack. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for a used guitar other than a few light scratches past the pickguard. The set up is low and very comfortable throughout the register. Sapele wood is in the mahogany family so it has the same tonal characteristics as a D-18, very warm sounding, not overly bright. This model sells for $829 new. This one's just $629 and this load of accessories and of course Martin wood/Tolex case.

Aphex Punch Factory Optical Compressor and D.I. The Punch Factory is built with complex attack and release characteristics. Exhibits no break up even with 20dB or more of gain and delivers near endless sustain plus transparent compression and clean boost. Simple to use with just Drive and Volume knobs, plus an Active/Passive select switch to accommodate the hottest pickups. It features a Low Z output to drive long cords with no loss of highs and features true bypass switching. An LED bar graph shows gain reduction in dBs. Battery works up to 150 hours on a 9V or also works with virtually any external power, 7-36VDC, with any polarity. Cosmetically, it isn't especially clean but it works great.  The new silver model will run you $199 but get this earlier version for well under 1/2, just $79 takes it.  

TC Electronic Flashback Delay and Looper. Another in the new line of Tone Print (link) effects, the Flashback Looper also allows you to easily transfer your favorite delay settings via USB, again, with custom patches by some big name artists. You can skip this write-up and get a better overview at this great demo on YouTube.  You might notice the intro passage on YouTube has the delay set to emulate Eric Johnson on "Cliffs of Dover".  Another cool feature is TCE's audio tapping technology, which allows you to set delay times by strumming your guitar, plus a toggle switch allows you to switch between 16th notes or dotted 8s, for a more U2-like sound.  Features include 10 delay types including the 2290-style delay, 40-second looper with infinite sound on sound recording, 6 seconds delay time, stereo in/out, switchable true bypass and buffered bypass modes, switchable dry signal muting, analog-Dry-Through circuitry preserves your analog tone; Delay Time, Feedback, and FX Level controls.  Built ultra-tough with a metal chassis and a footprint smaller than Boss to preserve your pedalboard space. Every time I get one of these I plan on keeping it but I'm sure another will come along. These sold everywhere for $169. Get this one in dead mint condition for just $110(HOLD-James R CA 1/19).

1972 Gibson Embossed Pickup Covers. Hard to find parts and these are in super clean condition. Removed from a Les Paul shortly after purchase almost 50 years ago and put away in the case. If yours were lost back when everybody was taking them off, or they’ve deteriorated over the years, here you go. $150/set.

Seymour Duncan Hot Tele Neck Pickup STR2. Good match for the Rio pickup below. The STR2 Alnico V pickup is overwound for a hotter (9.9K) output that will hit your amp harder but yet it’s a true single coil. Clean shape. $45.

Fender USA Alnico Strat Pickup Set. Clean Alnico Strat set taken from a ca. ’05 Highway One Strat. Inexpensive upgrade for your import Strat at just $55.

Gotoh Strat Pickup. The pickups you loved in your old MIJ Strat were quite likely made by Gotoh so if you loved that tone you’ll probably love this. This is their Alnico 5, Classic model, made for bridge with a slightly hotter 7.19K output. Great pickup for just $25.

Digitech PDS2700 Double Play. Sold as is. The delay side doesn’t seem to work (we didn’t try to fix it) but the chorus side works perfectly and sounds excellent. Made in USA and although it’s a large pedal for a chorus it’s a pretty good buy at $35.

2000 Fender Standard Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (knobs/bridge), (tortoise guard). Some of the best playing Strats I've had this year, including a few dozen American Standards, were Mex Standards and this one's no exception. It's also in lovely condition, especially for 20 years. Features of this model include select alder body, modern C-shaped maple neck, 21 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" modern radius, vintage-style tremolo with stamped saddles, die-cast Fender/Ping tuners, 5-way pickup switching, Fender Standard Strat single-coil pickups, white plastic and chrome hardware. This one has been played just a little evidence by the gold writing in the knobs turning greenish but that's super cool in my book and I'll gladly swap out the knobs for some with bright gold writing. Another cool aspect is the very dark rosewood which looks like ebony from a short distance. Just a super nice Mex Strat. If you prefer the John Mayer look, we can install the tortoise shell pickguard for $10. Fender recently discontinued the Standard Strat in favor of the more expensive ($699) Player Strat but there are still a few NOS Standards out there for $624 new. This one sounds excellent, plays great and is a nice buy at $399.

1980s Casio MG-500 Midi Guitar, (front  front2), (back), (headstock), (Midi controls), (case).  Early model Midi guitar that features a built-in midi converter which is a step above the earliest models which required an outboard midi converter as well as a sound module. It's also a very well made instrument, built by the famed FujiGen Gakki guitar plant which was also the builder of Ibanez and Roland. While the midi controls are somewhat limited, it does drive a midi synth quite okay, with only minimal time lag, around 25ms. For guitar work it features pretty nice HSS pickups with two single-coils and a humbucker with coil tap in the bridge, wired to a 5-way switch. Pickups are passive despite their resemblance to EMGs. Other guitar features include basswood body, vintage tremolo, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. Operates on 9V adapter or six AA batteries. The MG series were really an engineering feat when they were released. They tracked better and the fact that it had an onboard Midi converter was mind-blowing in the late 80s. The MG's came in two models: this very dated looking (cool too!) MG500 and the Strat-shaped MG510, and came in your choice of red, white or black. For my money this futuristic 500 is way cooler than the Strat model and if you're doing a few 80s songs in your set imagine how cool you'll feel strapping on this bad boy! Get a piece of history, and a pretty darned good guitar and Midi controller, for $450. Includes gigbag and trem arm.

1977 Ibanez Custom Agent Model 2405, (front1  body inlay), (back/sandwich body), (headstock  neck inlays), (minor flaws),  (case).  Definitely a cut above the average Custom Agent on the market and more than any other guitar from Ibanez, this model has achieved legendary status. The Custom Agent 2405 came at the height of Hoshino Gakki's rise in quality and innovation, providing Japanese guitars that were, at the time, better than the USA models they were patterned after. The Custom Agent came on the heels of Gibson's injunction (e.g. "lawsuit")  against Ibanez, claiming that their copies created confusion in the minds of customers, specifically the open-book headstock that Gibson had used for 40 years. I personally believe that the Custom Agent was a middle finger in the face of Gibson. Rather than using the open-book headstock, which the courts determined was a no-no, they used a headstock patterned after Gibson's F5 mandolin. For inlays they used ones that were patterned after a Gibson Style 5 Mastertone banjo rather than the blocks. It could never be mistaken for a Les Paul but it's essentially a Gibson guitar body, Gibson banjo neck, with a Gibson mandolin headstock. Cosmetically these are a thing of beauty with multi-ply binding on the body, neck, and headstock with the headstock also having the Ibanez logo inlaid in pearl as well as a "bug" inlay. The pickguard is a 5-layer in a scroll pattern. Perhaps most impressive is the body inlay where 11 pieces of pearl adorn the area behind the tailpiece, taking on the form of a trapeze tailpiece. Other features include gold hardware, a pair of Super 70 humbuckers, Ibanez smooth-tune tuners, back has belly cut contour, birch body with a separate carved birch top in a "sandwich" construction as used by Gibson in the early 70s, and 3-piece birch neck. This guitar is in nice shape for 43 years old. Gold hardware isn’t heavily worn, which tells me it has spent much of its life in the case. There are some very minor finish chips shown in the “minor flaws” pic above and it has the typical cracks in the binding but none o it is flaking off or anything. Finish has a nice luster to it and is original with no overspray. All in all, this guitar is very for this model. As remarkable as the condition is the playability. It plays as well as most Les Paul Custom I've played. Action is low with no dead spots during bends or fret buzz. Tonally birch is in the maple family so it has a quick transient attack and is overall brighter than a mahogany body. I'm a fan of this wood and wonder why more LP style guitars aren't built with this wood since it has much of the fatness of a LP but none of the low end muddiness. Compared to a 70’s Gibson it’s also lightweight as well, coming in at 8 lbs, 11.8 oz.  f you want a pretty nice example of an iconic model in Ibanez historic, whether to collect or play, this one's beautiful to look at just as good to play. I sold my last one of these 7 years ago for $1999. This one is almost as clean as that one at a much better price, plus it includes what I believe is the original case. Great and rare Custom Agent for $1299. 

OFF-HOLD: 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 $539. Includes footswitch, all paperwork, and even a Fender amp cover.

Digitech TRIO Band Creator. Cool tool for practicing, especially during this socially distant days. Just play any pattern and the TRIO listens to the way you play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match your song. All you do is plug in your guitar, press the footswitch and while you show TRIO your chords and rhythm it automatically learns it and offers to play along whenever you hit the footswitch again. Seven genres include Blues, Pop, Alternative Rock, Rock, Country, R&B, and Jazz, with up to twelve song styles are available for each genre and you can select between 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. It can learn up to 3 different song parts which can then be recalled on-the-fly as the song plays back. It offers independent Genre, Style, Tempo, Bass and Drums controls; Guitar and Control Inputs; Amplifier, Mixer and Headphone Outputs; Built-in Guitar Effects (relative to music genre); a Soft Click Footswitch. It also includes a 9V DC adapter. Click here for a demo by ProGuitarShopDemos. They’ve recently come out with the Trio+ but these original models sold new for $279. Get this one mint in the box for just $159.

2018 Fender American Performer Precision Bass - Penny, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  New model from Fender in '18, the American Performer gives you a choice of the fat lush sounds of  Precision, and/or the rich expressive tones of a Jazz. Finished in a new finish called Penny which looks like a shiny new penny. Not too many years ago Ibanez had a finish called New Penny. The pickups, a Yosemite split-coil Precision Bass middle pickup and a Yosemite single-coil Jazz bridge features flat-staggered pole pieces for higher output plus a shellac coating that lets the coils breathe and controls feedback. It also features Fender's Greasebucket tone circuitry that lets you shape your highs without disturbing the bass tone. A super comfortable neck features a "Modern C" shape with a modern 9.5" fingerboard plus 20 medium-jumbo frets. Other features include alder body with gloss finish, satin-finish maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, 1.625" nut, classic gear tuners with tapered shafts and 4-saddle fixed bridge. This bass is set up to perfection and sounds very much like a P or a J, take your pick. Although these basses only include a Fender gigbag, this one includes a deluxe Fender molded case ($219 online) that features ATA molded military-grade polyethylene outer shell and TSA-approved locking latches for ultimate protection while traveling. The bass plus case would cost you $1468 online. Get this one, never played and immaculate for just $1029. Includes hardshell case with certificate and accessory bag with paperwork and T-wrench. 

G&G Short-scale Bass Case. Quality G&G USA case with alligator covering and brown ends with white stitching. Has some light rubs on the outside but overall nice shape for a used case. Structurally it’s all there and working perfectly. Excellent protection for your Fender Mustang, Bronco, etc., or other brand 30”-32” scale. $99.

Warmoth Custom Bent-T Telecaster – Flamed maple body and neck, (front  pickups), (back), (headstock  back  neck), (body/neck markings), (case). Upon request we changed the pickups to Vintage Noiseless then the deal fell through. If you’re not a fan of Laces, here you go… 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. (just 6 lbs 14.2 oz total) and is loaded with a pair Fender Vintage Noiseless 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 Noiseless pickups provide a more modern Tele 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, Noiseless 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 beautiful featherweight one, fully assembled and set up properly, with a new MTS molded case, for just $1150.

Sterling by Music Man CT50 Cutlass - Fiesta Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (neck joint). Another case of an excellent value Strat that’s not made by Fender. The Sterling Cutlass is a Strat all the way, but with some nice features not found on a Fender Standard Strat. I really like the way the body is contoured, especially at the neck joint where it is beveled to allow easier access to the top frets. The Musicman tremolo system is first rate as well and the locking tuners are a feature that's normally found on guitars costing twice the price. Pickups sound very good and provide a quality vintage Strat tone on all 5 settings, although I think it excels on the out-of-phase tones on positions 2 and 4. Likewise, the output jack is made for years of problem free use and the truss rod wheel at the base of the neck makes adjustments easy without the need for an Allen key. Features include basswood body with a hard rock maple neck, rosewood fretboard, locking tuners, 5-bolt neck attachment, 22 medium jumbo frets, 12" fretboard radius and vintage 2-point tremolo with bent steel saddles. Set up is fantastic so this would be a great choice for a beginner or even a more accomplished player who wants a spare Strat. Offered in pretty much new condition; don't see a flaw anywhere. Sells new for $499.99 but why not get this "as new" beauty in a classic custom color for less. Just $359 for this one.

2003 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Black & Chrome, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Great playing Paul in classic high-gloss Ebony finish. If you’re looking for a lightweight, move on. This one is slightly heavy at 9.5 lbs., I think due to the body chambers which began after '03 production. All original other than knobs replaced with chrome dome, but we can change to speed knobs if desired. Very nice shape for a used guitar with clean hardware, perfect frets, and only some clear coat scratches. Excellent player with nice sustain and a nice value in a modern classic Paul at just $850 with case pictured or a Gibson black case. 

1990’s Fender “Red Badge” Bass Case. Beautiful case for your 90s Precision or Jazz Bass. Latches, hinges, feet, lining, all in great shape. Nice case for your collector’s condition semi-vintage Fender. $125. Need some case candy? Add Goodie Bag – Fender American Standard Bass for $29.

2017 Gretsch G2655 Streamliner Center Block Jr., (front), (back), (headstock), (detail), (Gretsch/TKL case). “As new” killer semi-hollow by the kings of the archtop and weighs in at under 6 lbs 3 oz! The Streamliner is designed for high gain-friendly performance, assisted by a pair of Gretsch Broad’Tron BT-2S humbucking pickups and a spruce center block. These pickups are made specifically for the Streamliner line and are characterized by very good note definition and a tighter bass response. The center block runs the length of the body and eliminates feedback, especially as you crank the gain and the body vibrates sympathetically. It uses the standard 3-knob configuration (2 volumes and master tone) plus there's a master volume on the upper bout. Other features include laminated maple body with gloss Torino Green finish, aged white binding with B/AW/B purfling, 1.75" body depth, U-shaped maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 22 medium jumbo frets, 12" fretboard radius, aged white neck binding, synthetic bone nut, 1 5/8" nut width, anchored adjusto-matic bridge with Gretsch "V" stop tailpiece, nickel hardware, black pickguard with Gretsch logo and vintage style big block inlays. Set up is low and comfortable and the design of this guitar will lend itself to many styles of music, including rock. Click here for a demo. You can't get Torino Green any longer but other colors sell for $449 new without a case or bag. This one's in brand new condition, flawless, and includes a top of the line Gretsch/TKL Canadian case ($159 new). Get it with the case for just $429(HOLD-John G 1/27), set up to perfection and ready to rock.

TC Electronic Ditto X4 Looper, (top/back). Wildly popular single looper that sounds great and is easy to use. Building on the original Ditto, the Ditto expands it by two footswitchable loop tracks with adjustable decay, and 7 onboard loop effects. Great for the stage or studio, its MIDI sync starts/stops recording and switching loops in exact time with your backing track or tempo map; 100% seamless. It also features stereo I/O and allows you to store, play back, and manipulate five minutes of 24-bit audio. I’ll add an online demo later today. These sold originally (and still selling at some sites) for $299. Get this one, dead mint in the box, for just $199(HOLD-James R CA 1/17). Includes power supply, all paperwork, rubber strips for desktop use.

PRS Humbucker Set. From a 2018 PRS S2 Custom 22 Semi-hollow. $45/pair.

ca. 1984 Washburn A-5V - Explorer Style - with Kahler Pro, (front  finish-checking  pic2), (back), (headstock), (Kahler), (case  strap). I have little experience with 80s Washburn Stage Series guitars but I've gathered some info via the web and my Washburn book by John Teagle. Let me begin by saying this guitar isn't exceptionally clean but other than long finish check lines it's in decent shape. More importantly it has a major upgrade of the tremolo system. A Kahler Pro and Kahler locking nut has been installed which is a quantum improvement over the original clumsy Washburn Wonderbar. The Stage Series debuted in 1980, consisting of the unbound A-10 and bound A-20; both had dual humbuckers and strings through body with a tremolo optional. In '83 they added the 3-pickup A-15 and the dual-pickup A-5, which had strange looking single coils and a Tele style control plate, with stock string-thru body and tremolo optional. I'm guessing this dual-humbucker A-5V with "Power Sustain" humbuckers was released around '84 since in 1985 they sported a large white logo and the wacky Wonderbar trem was standard. The entire Stage series was discounted in ca. '86. This model is very similar to an Explorer with a slightly smaller mahogany body and shorter treble horn. It also features an Explorer style hockey-stick headstock, although it's stubbier on the Washburn. The Power Sustain humbuckers are controlled by a master tone control and dual volume controls, with the first one having a push-pull coil-splitter to choose single coil or humbucker tones - plus 3-way selector located behind the bridge. Other features include maple neck with rosewood fretboard, small gold Washburn logo, Washburn-logo sealed tuners (Gotoh), graphite nut with added Kahler locking nut, added TremTool wrench on back of headstock and 22 medium jumbo frets. These weren't cheap guitars. This model listed for $548 (incl $99 tweed case) in 1984 which was just $40 less than an American Standard Strat from the era. This is a very good sounding guitar with a range of tones available so it's not just a rock/metal axe. Especially on the neck pickup you can coax some cool jazz tones and with the coil tap engaged it can get a pretty good modern country tone. Includes original tweed case. If you’re not fanatic about some finish check lines this is a nice buy on a cool vintage Washburn at $275. Includes tweed case, Schaller straplocks and strap.

Godin Radiator – Black Onyx, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). 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 great solidbodies such as this Radiator. It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. It’s a very classy look with the gloss black finish accented with a large black pearl pickguard. Check out this review (click here) from Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.4 overall. 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 controlled by Vol-Vol-Tone which lets you blend any combination you desire, Black Onyx finish. The single coil pickups sound very good and they're fairly quiet (Godin calls them "low noise"). The set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck. Cosmetically it’s as clean as it gets; could be sold as new in a store. Superbly crafted, you’ll question how you can build a guitar in North America for under, well under, $1000. The quality is evident, well above Asian import models at around the same cost. Godin has recently released an updated Radiator ($800) with PAF pickups but these original Radiators sold new for a mere $599, which was and is a bargain. This one is immaculate, set up to perfection and a bargain at $350(HOLD-John D REhold date 12/8). Includes well-padded Godin gigbag.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-John I 1/14). 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.

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.

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 and missing label but very clean shape in the box. $69.

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.

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 $429.

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.

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.

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.

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 an effective EQ for $75(Tent Hold – Pete 4/4).

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 working perfectly. Great little practice amp or amp for somebody's first band. $99.

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 bridge/neck 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 would part it out 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(This might have (sold)).

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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(Tent. Hold – Terry 11/17) AND includes a quality gigbag.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 $179.95-$199. This one has seen very little use and is major upgrade over many OEM systems. $109 for the unit itself or $135-$155 installed 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.

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(Tent. Hold – Jim S, local 2/1).

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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). 

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.

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(HOLD-Chris M 1/21/21).

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.

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.

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. 

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 logo. Spec this at Warmoth and it’s $342. Get this one, brand new, for $269(SOLD-Paul S. 4/6/21).

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.

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 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.

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(HOLD-Pat M 4/2+5M) 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.

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.

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 – Vintage White, (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.

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.

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.

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. We also did a proper install of the Floyd nut in place of the ill-fitting plastic nut. 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.

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.

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(Upgraded one is on hold for J. William 12/31 but we can do another the same way). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Mike W 3/16).

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(HOLD-Matilde in SP 3/21) for this very cool Strat.

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 $1150(SOLD-Chuck M 3/30/21), 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.

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Chris R .

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)

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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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.  

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.

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 $1399. 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; $699. 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 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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Adam D 4/20/21).

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.

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.

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(SOLD 4/13).

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.

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. We used the neck on a build so only the bridge is available, for $45. 

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 hereClick here for a good video demo. 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.

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.

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(SOLD-Stephen 4/12/21). 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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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.

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.

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 hereClick here for a good video demo. 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(HOLD-Kenny M 3/9) with stock Fender gigbag, OR, for $659, get it with the new Fender case with ATA latches.

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(SOLD-Jerry P 3/25/21) 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 and a nice weight at 8 lbs on the nose. 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

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Last one – Marco IT 3/29/21).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(HOLD-Brian W 4/8).

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 and easy on the shoulder at just 6 lbs 14.2 oz.  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(SOLD-Adam H CA 3/22).  Includes Yamaha case and trem arm.

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(HOLD-Bill S 11/3/20).  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(SOLD-Scott in CA 3/11).

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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(SOLD 12/9) for the Distortion, $65 for the Comp, or the pair for $99.  

DOD Chorus and Chorus/Vibrato Pedals  t 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(HOLD-Kay B 4/20/21).  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.  

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. Only three remain, not necessarily pictured which include a black bridge and neck (2 conductor) and a nickel cover neck (4 conductor)  These are OEM for early 80's Kramers, among others.  $75 for pickup alone, $85 with pickup ring and screws.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boss ST-2 Power Stack.  Boss's new "stack in a box" and a good choice for players who aren't thrilled with their amp tone.  With the ST-2 you can get fat crunch - or ultra high-gain distortion - by tweaking the Sound, which blends in the gain amount and sound character.  Tweak the distortion by dialing in the 2-band EQ.  Has a cool textured black finish and is in perfect condition with box.  Don't plunk down $99 for a new one when you can have this nice used one for just $65.  Don't need a box - I also have a clean one without box for $59 near the bottom of this page. 

Vintage Electro Harmonix Black Finger - As Is, (circuit).  Here's one for the DIY/Tech guys.  1974 model by pot codes, with no output when engaged.  When working properly it's a compressor/sustainer with overdrive, not really anything like the new tube model.  It's a very rare pedal from my experience.  Again, this pedal does not work so be prepared to troubleshoot and repair, but schematics are available online.  $50.

Vintage Victoria Dreadnought Case.  1960's yellow-lined Victoria.  These are most commonly found with Gibsons, but could also be OEM for Guild, Martin, Fender, and others.  Appears all original except for replaced handle.  Overall in good vintage condition other than a piece of tape on the inside that may be covering up a flaw in the lining or might just be for extra protection from rubs.  If you've got a $3K vintage guitar like a J-45, it deserves a good home.  Move it in here for just $139.  

DiMarzio D Activator (Bridge) Humbucker.  New, factory sealed.  Designed to have the characteristic of an active pickup, like an EMG, with strong, focused attack, hitting the amp very hard, making it ‘feel’ more powerful.  The D Activator, however, is a passive pickup, just like any regular PAF style.  It's not wound hot, at around 11.5K, and has 4-conductor wiring for various wiring options.  Sells online for $69.99 but save big time and get this one for just $49.99.  

Long Shaft Dynamic Mic.  Don't know what brand this is.  The band next to the windscreen which would have the brand and model, is missing thus I'm selling it as a mystery mic.  Low impedance of course.  If it looks familiar to you then you probably know that $20 may be a killer deal on it.  

Audio-Technica ATM33A Condenser Mic, (stock pic), (1987 ad).  From AT's Artist Series, this is one nice condenser.  With all the budget Chinese mics on the market a good quality condenser can get lost in the shuffle but if you do an A/B comparison with MXL's, CAD, etc., the difference is clear:  The Japan-made ATM33a is more accurate, with no audible distortion, and less handling noise.  Recommended for acoustic guitar, percussion, overheads, and vocals, and equally at home in both studio and stage applications.  It has outstanding linearity both on- and off-axis and handles high sound pressure levels superbly for mics in its class.  It operates on both phantom power or via internal AA battery (no searching around for a whacko $8 battery from the photo store).  Appears to have seen very little use with no scratches or wear and ships in original box with windscreen and manual.  This sold new for $199 and is an excellent value, barely used, at $99. 

Grover Rotomatics - Brushed Aluminum.  Aka Chrome Satin.  18:1 ratio, kidney bean buttons.  New condition out of the box.  Includes all hardware.  $45. 

Harmonic Design Chromotone Tele Neck Pickup.  HD's newest pickup that replaced their old standard, the '54 Special.  It retains some of the 'veiled' highs of old Tele pickups but with a higher output that's cleaner and brighter, and a wide dynamic response that's much more punchy and touch sensitive.  For more info check out Harmonic Design here.  Sells new for $100; get this one for $69.  

Gibson Mini-Humbucker.  Recent model with patent engraved bottom, vintage style cloth wires with braided exterior, and "slick" top.  Good upgrade for your import Epi etc., or add versatility to your dual P90 guitar by substituting a humbucker.  Immaculate condition with mounting hardware.  $65.   

Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Texas Special Set.  Texas Specials are built to produce increased output, presence and midrange.  The nickel/silver cover on the neck pickup produces a clear warm tone that only a true Custom Shop Tele pickup can do. These over wound pickups use Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnetic wire. The bridge pickup features height-staggered magnets and a copper plated steel bottom plate.  Includes mounting hardware.  Sells new for $159 but this set was only installed briefly, and has full-length lead wires, for just $99, or $119/installed for any Tele we have in stock.

Kramer Truss Rod Covers.  The real deal 80s parts, from the company auction.  Following available at $15/each:  Baretta, Pacer Imperial, and "Blank" (no writing).  Others are $25/each.  

AKG Perception 200 (pic2) (pic3), with shock mount and case.  I know a lot of you have home studios and you want the best sound for the money.  One "must-have" is a quality large diaphragm condenser mic and this one's hard to beat for the price.  It has excellent reviews and blows away virtually everything in the under $400 list price range.   Has Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass cut filter.  Features:  Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser; Polar Pattern: Cardioid; Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz; Sensitivity:18 mA; Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB; Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz; Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB); Impedance: <200 ohms; Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms; Powering: 48 V phantom power; Current Consumption: < 2 mA; Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type; Finish: Metallic blue.  Click here for details from AKG's site.  This mic's in perfect condition and can allow you to move up a notch on the quality of your studio recordings - for $119.  

Custom Made Neck-Thru Strat Project, (front), (back), (headstock), (brass parts), (heel), (cavity/Bournes pots).  For the DIY guitarist who wants a fairly easy project, and one that will be a truly unique guitar when finished.  I got this without any history, from Make 'N Music, but whoever built this knew what they were doing.  It's not easy to build a neck through guitar and this one was done right.  As far as dating it, to Martin and me it has the vibe of an 80's guitar so that's our guess.  You'll notice the "all wood" appearance of the maple body with natural finish and zebrawood pickguard area, plus a zebrawood fretboard.  The "pickguard" isn't actually a pickguard but, rather, a 2 pieces of walnut, inlaid into the body with the precision that's only possible with a CNC machine (shown here).  I've seen these as raised guards, or a thin veneer, but this is a around 1/4" thick (see arrows here).  The guitar is all maple, with a center section/neck that's 6" across, with maple wings.  The body is precision routed for 3 humbuckers, with shielding tape in each of the pickup routes and a thin brass plating in the control cavity.  Grounding wires are soldered in place from the pickup routes to the control cavity plate.  It has had several tailpieces and appears that the latest looks like it will allow for installation of either a Kahler Pro or even a Floyd.  It was previously fitted for a vintage Strat style tremolo.  The 6 screws for the vintage trem have been plugged with deep brass dowels, 1/2" deep.  It may have also had a wraparound tailpiece, as there are two larger brass dowels.  The zebrawood fretboard has brass dot inlays with black side markers.  It also has brass string trees, a brass nut, and there are screws that fit the pattern of a Kahler nut on the headstock.  Headstock shape is a modified Strat style that looks very much like the first Bigsby solidbody which actually preceded the Strat.  You'll notice some extraneous holes in the "pickguard" area which likely were various locations for mini-toggle switches for pickups.  Three of them have been capped with brass plugs, easily removable if desired.  It is currently outfitted with top of the line Bournes 500K pots ($18/each) and gold Schaller tuners.  The heel area is cut to allow easy access to the top frets, forming an offset rounded point on the bass side.  Sighting down the neck, it appears to be perfectly straight and once electronics and hardware are installed, it should prove to be an excellent playing guitar.  It is missing the back plate.  For a neck-through of this quality, this is a great deal for the tech-inclined player at $375 with everything pictured, or if you want just the hulk (i.e. no hardware or pots), just $299.  

Catalinbread Perseus Sub-Octave Fuzz.  The Perseus isn't a one-trick pony like most fuzz or octave fuzz pedals, with a wider variety of radical tones than others on the market.  The Perseus is named after the Perseus cluster, where the lowest note in the universe emanates from a black hole. What’s happening out there is that intergalactic gas has concentrated around a cluster of galaxies, forming a cloud. A massive black hole is sending out jets of particles that crash into the cloud, causing pressure waves to ripple outward. Some astronomers interpret these as sound waves. Of course, even if you call it sound, it’s too low for anyone to hear. They estimate the note to be a “B flat,” about fifty-seven octaves lower than middle C. While the Perseus won’t give you 57 octaves below, it is the coolest analog octave-down fuzz available.  It allows you to select either one or two octaves down mixed with a fuzz sound that you can blend to any mix of the two you want, including just the fuzz or just the sub-octave. The Perseus can track the sub-octave note accurately no matter where on the neck you are playing!  It's a cool unit for bass players looking for a radical tone as well.  Click here for full specs and a video demo at their site, and there are others on YouTube (link).  Sells new for $159; this one's mint for $115.

Highway One Loaded HSS Strat Pickguard.  Drop in ready and an excellent upgrade for your import or project guitar.  Includes Fender Atomic humbucker and two American vintage style single coils wired to tone pots and 5-way switch.  Features "no-load" tone pot that's detented at "10" and virtually takes the tone pot out of the circuit when turned up all the way for the purest of tones.  $85.  

Vox V847 Wah Reissue, exact specification of the original pedal used by the most influential guitarists of the late 60's and 70's.  Features the same chrome top and familiar growl that you love.  Nice shape and just $49.  

Boss PH-2 Super Phaser, (pic2).  Classic Boss Phaser that was produced from '84 to '01, making it one of the longest runs in Boss history.  Creates subtle effects like a pseudo rotary speaker tone to more radical such as a jet plane taking off.  With the Mode switch you can select Mode I, a more mellow broad sounding tone; or Mode II, an in-your-face phase attack.  Super duper clean in original box.  This is a real classic from Boss, preferred by many players over the PH-3, and just $69.  

Lace Chrome Dome Set.  Featuring a reverse-wound middle pickup, the Chrome Dome set delivers "sweet, rounded tones" while simultaneously described as "a Strat on steroids."  This was accomplished by modifying one of my favorite pickups of all time, the original Gold Lace Sensor, known for its bell-like tone.  These are super quiet, without the magnetic string pull of conventional pickups - you'll immediately notice better sustain when the strings are allowed to vibrate longer.  Neck and middle are a vintage output of 6K; bridge is hotter, putting out 13.4K.  These cost $308 at All-Parts but get this clean barely used set in the box for just $199.  

DiMarzio PAF-7 7-String DP796.  Designed for 7-string guitars, the PAF-7 delivers clear lows and warm, rounded highs, with the classic PAF tone specially made for a 7-string.  4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications.  Sells new for $70; this clean one is just $45.   

Instructional DVD's - Guitar, DJ/Producer, Bass.  See pictures for descriptions.  Originally $14.99-$19.99, take your pick, $5/each or $15 for 4 of them.  

Korg DTR-2 Rackmount Tuner, (pic2).  I have another of these lower on this page but I'm fairly certain it was quickly sold.  If you own a rack system you should have one of these.  Very accurate, fast, and easily visible from the front of the stage.  Features include single space rackmount, brushed chrome front, LED display imitates a needle, has 7-octave range, 1/4" input and output, mute jack on back and front, 1/4" input and mute jack, mute switch, calibrate switch, hardwired AC cable.  Control the mute function remotely with any standard on/off footswitch with 1/4" jack.  Nice shape, $99.  

PICS FIXED: Vaultz Locking "Mic Box", (pic2).  New and never used.  Although this was made to be a locking legal-size file folder, they also make great mic boxes or anything that has a habit of "walking off" during load-in or overnight.  Just add some foam and you've got a great mic box, guitar effects, etc.  Dual combination locks, dual handles, locking hinges, aluminum edges.  Cost $52 new (link) but this one has never been used and just $25.  

Menatone JAC Compressor. This is the first version J.A.C. (JFET Audio Compressor), numbered 183 and signed on the back.  The newer version features the new cosmetics and a "cut" control for players who want it less bright.  It features a completely analog circuit, Point to Point construction, True Bypass switching, DC power jack 9V (negative-center), silver plated wire, and all carbon resistors and film caps in the signal path. Sold new for $200 but this nice used one is just $125.  

Tokai Tweed Case.  Structurally 100% with all hinges, latches, feet, and handle present and working.  Outside has plenty of scuffs, interior in good shape except for two tears.  Hard to find case for your 80's Tokai vintage series Tele/Strat.  $75. 

G&G/Fender Strat/Tele Case.  Vintage style exterior with black Tolex and white stitched leather ends.  Interior is black plush-lined with rectangular storage compartment.  Nice shape.  $99.  

Visual Sound 1 Spot Combo Pack Power Supply. The most versatile power supply you can buy and it takes up no space on your pedalboard. Guaranteed to replace: Boss PSA, Boss ACA, DOD PS-200R, Morley 9V, Danelectro DA-1, Dunlop ECB-03, Ibanez AC109, and Zoom AD-0006, plus many others. 8-plug cable included so you can power up to 8 pedals and by linking additional Multi-Plug cables, you can power a virtually unlimited number of pedals. The L6 Converter powers Line 6 modeling pedals, while the 3.5mm and Battery Clip Converters power vintage style pedals. Converts any power, world-wide and only takes up one slot on your power strip.  Lists for $39.99; I have a number of them for $28.99. 

Seymour Duncan Livewire Classic (Bridge).  Seymour's active humbucker, running off an 18V system (2 9V batteries), for unprecidented headroom and whisper quiet performance.  Many EMG fans have been won over by the Livewires so maybe do a google search and see if it's for you.  New ones are around $97 this used one is just $55.  Includes battery clips, wired to the pickup.  

1992 Washburn USA MG Neck, (pic2).  This is a neck from Washburn's USA metal axe from ca. '92-'94, the MG-104 Mercury series.  These American models were produced at roughly the same time as the import Chicago series such as my ca. '90 KC-70V lower down on this page (pic) but since they had an extremely hefty price tag, not many of the MG's were sold.  Overall excellent condition, only had one set of screws installed which appear to be a Schaller pattern.  Cut for a surface mounted Floyd nut. Nice USA neck for your HM project for just $199.  

M-Audio EX-P Expression Pedals.  Works fine on guitar effects or keyboards.  You can instantly control any assignable variable MIDI controller value, including volume, pan, modulation, and many more. The solidly made EX-P is formed from durable-yet-lightweight molded plastic and has a textured, slip-resistant surface. Features an integrated 1/4" cable and a built-in polarity switch, so it will work with most brands of keyboards and controllers.  These sell at Amazon or guitar superstores for up to $39.99 each, but you can get this PAIR for $39.99.  

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