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McKay 335

Suhr Classic

Fodera CARVED TOP 6-Strings – Throbaks & Braz Board

Detemple Tele-Gib PROTO 2-HUMS 

Gabrsek 335 Handmade by FreddyFrets

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2017 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

Impossibly Rare:   2017 Nacho Banos STRAT Style!   Weighs JUST 6lb-14oz!  Comes stock with Ron Ellis Pickups..  Nitro Finish.  Resonant and full tonally.  I recently hosted a longtime customer who works for a large Japanese dealer…they asked to try some of the Nachos that I had in stock.  Their smiles are etched in my minds. You can try a lot of guitars…..you can read a lot about things…you can spec things that should (in theory) win the Stanley Cup (unlike the Caps)…but at the end of the day a S or T has a certain Mojo…builders either have it or they don’t.

To my ears, the characteristic of a Nacho tonally is that it sounds ever so slightly aged while retaining that almost ‘kettle drum’ percussiveness in the highs.  I can’t describe it any other way because a vintage guitar (a good one) has highs that are not piercingly bright.   Nacho somehow captured the essence of what makes a vintage guitar sound so unmistakable….but he did it while solving age old problems associated with vintage pieces (fretting out blah blah).

This one features the following: SEE SPEC SHEET ATTACHED IN PICTURES FOR ALL THE DETAILS:

  • 1 Piece Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Maple Neck
  • 6105 Frets
  • 1.64″ Width
  • “D” Profile .85″ – 1.02″
  • No Fretwear
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • YES the TREM ARM IS INCLUDED
  • YES THE BACKPLATE IS IN CASE
  • Pickups read 5.8k, 5.97k, 6.24k
  • Nitro Finish
  • Anodized Aluminum Guard
  • Cert, Build Sheet, CD & Pouch included.
  • Original Hard Case
  • Nonsmoking
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2016 Nacho Banos “Nachocaster” Tele 10k Bridge PU!

I try to carry the hard to find gear…the stuff you hear about then say “ok let me find it” only to determine you have to get on some waitlist and be worn out by the time your number comes up.   I myself tried to acquire Nachos via the ‘Available” list…only to find out most are pre-sold.  Also there is a nice aspect of getting one from me…the fact I’ve now had more than most people (and often several at once).  I can tell you what it will sound like so that you don’t get a bright ‘country’ one if you want that rich midrangey one…or that raspy rocker.  Also, I maintain a library of vintage and modern reference amps so that I can try the instrument through something that is close to what you’re using.

This Nacho is spectacular!  Here are the specs (You can find them all by looking in the pictures for a complete SHEET).

  • Just 6lb-7 ounces
  • Ron Ellis Pickups (6.65k neck & 10.06k Bridge)
  • Comes ONLY with what you see here PLUS CASE.
  • Original Hardshell Case Included
  • Middle Position is both pickups acting as a Humbucker
  • Medium Frets
  • D Neck Profile
  • No Fretwear.
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Chad Underwood Strat w RON ELLIS PICKUPS

Impossibly rare Chad Underwood Logo Strat.  This piece is in Excellent Nonsoking condition and comes with its original hardshell case.  THIS IS FROM THE RON ELLIS PICKUP ERA ($1000 value)….comes with a set of 50/60s Ellis Pickups Factory Installed (note some Underwoods are less expsensive if they have other pickups but Ellis are worth it).

Think of this….Nachocaster & Underwood both are factory aged guitars that use third-party bodies/necks.  Both use Ron Ellis Pickups.  One sells used for $5750 and the other $3k less.  You tell me which is the better value?   Oh by the way….my personal strat…an Underwood with Ron Ellis pickups (and you can go to my site and see the hundreds of high end strats I get and could have kept).

Other specs & detailed condition can be found in the pictures where I prepare a sheet for each guitar I sell.  Here are highlights:

  • Alder Body
  • 7lb-6oz
  • C/D Neck .84″ – .96″
  • 1.64″ Nut Width
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 5-Way
  • Medium Frets
  • Kluson Style Tuners
  • Rosewood Board & Maple Neck
  • Factory Simulated Aging
  • Ron Ellis 50/60s Pickups
  • NOS Cap
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Don Grosh ’59 Spec Korina/Braz RW Wildwood Ltd Ed Set Neck

Don Grosh ’59 Spec Wildwood Korina Ltd #2 of 4.  This collectible masterpiece is hand crafted.  This was one of a special run made for Wildwood Guitars (great shop btw).  It is loaded with every upgrade you can put into an instrument.  the condition is nearly flawless.  The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment.

You can spend a LOT more and NOT get anywhere near the quality, playability and tone of a Grosh.  For 1/2 the price of the fancy schmancy brands or less than a stamped out Gibson you get a guitar with monster specs and a tone/quality that will make you swear off the others.

All the Specs & Detailed condition can be found in the pictures.  Here is a preview:

  • KORINA BODY AND NECK
  • BRAZILIAN Rosewood Board (with Cities documents!)
  • Old stock special woods imported from Greece
  • Embroidered Logo Case (hardshell form fit)
  • Medium 6150 Frets
  • Med Lg Roundback “C” Profile Neck .85″ – .95″
  • NO fretwear
  • Almost impossible to find any wear on this one.
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Detemple Esquire – Custom Order

There is a guy who is known for his iimmense knowledge of vacuum tubes & vintage LP Juniors.  His name is Gregg Levy.  If you want tubes, Hi-Test (Gregg’s store) is the one you want to try.  He will help you select just THE tube for the tone you need in your vintage amp.  At one point, Gregg was “the” Trainwreck & LP Jr guy too.   This particular guitar was custom ordered by Mr L with the idea of being close to a LP Jr in growl.  The pickup, to my ears, is the most big so9unding snarliest of any Detemple I’ve had (and I’m up to almost 50).  HUGE sounding!

BUT what I freaking LOVE about this guitar are 2 additional features.  1) The neck profile is a much friendlier depth than a typical Detemple ‘bat”.  2) the Tone is QUACKY if you turn down the volume.  Not sure how else to say this but it’s just the quackiest Tele I’ve ever played.  I freaking LOVE it.  This is DEFINITELY the most UNIQUE Detemple tonally that I’ve played.  I just can’t get enough of it.

Now you can get all the Specs & Condition overview if you page through the pictures & find my SHEET.  Because you thirst for knowledge here is a summary of the sumamary…

  • 1 Piece uniquely figured Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Flamed Maple Neck
  • Soft V .90″ – .92″ Profile
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Open Tuners
  • Med/Lg Frets
  • Satin Neck Finish
  • Titanium Parts (outlined in sheet)
  • Some wear outlined in Spec Sheet (in pictures)
  • Original Hard Case
  • Custom Pickup
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Chad Underwood Strat w Ron Ellis Pickups

Impossibly rare Chad Underwood Logo Strat.  This piece is in Excellent Nonsoking condition and comes with its original hardshell case.  THIS IS FROM THE RON ELLIS PICKUP ERA ($1000 value)….comes with a set of Mid-60s Ellis Pickups Factory Installed (note some Underwoods are less expsensive if they have other pickups but Ellis are worth it).

Think of this….Nachocaster & Underwood both are factory aged guitars that use third-party bodies/necks.  Both use Ron Ellis Pickups.  One sells used for $5750 and the other $3k less.  You tell me which is the better value?   Oh by the way….my personal strat…an Underwood with Ron Ellis pickups (and you can go to my site and see the hundreds of high end strats I get and could have kept).

Other specs & detailed condition can be found in the pictures where I prepare a sheet for each guitar I sell.  Here are highlights:

  • Alder Body
  • 7lb-9oz
  • C/D Neck .85″ – .97″
  • No fretwear.
  • 1.64″ Nut Width
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 5-Way
  • Medium Frets
  • Kluson Style Tuners
  • Rosewood Board & Maple Neck
  • Factory Simulated Aging
  • Ron Ellis Mid-60s Pickups
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2017 Fender Cust Shop MICHAEL STEVENS Founders Ed Esquire

I’ve been a dealer for 10 years.  Michael Stevens has become near and dear to my heart.  He handbuilds guitars from his small shop in TX.  I was thrilled when Fender honored him with his own Signature Guitar during their 2017 promotion for Founders of the Custom Shop.  As you probably know, Michael was a co-founder of the Custom Shop and responsible for the rebirth of Fender as a quality product.

I acquired this piece from its original owner.  It is in Mint “-” Condition.  I can’t find anything wrong with it but call it a “-” to protect myself from your electron microscope.   I just love this piece.  IT is loaded with features and the artistic flair that Michael is known for.   For example, the pickup is slanted so that the Low E has a tighter tone vs a traditiional T style.  The neck is made of Birdseye Maple with a fantastic Birdseye Maple Board….not that cheap ‘couple tossed in birdseye’ crap.  This is loaded.  YOu can save $2000 vs. what dealers are getting for these…and this could pass for new.

The guitar ships in its original hard Fender case and YES it comes with the special SECOND CASE included with the package.  I even have the original shipping box. The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment so collectors can be confident.

I have outlined all the specs in the Pictures (See the SPEC/COndition Sheet There).  I know you won’t (LOL) so here they are again:

  • Neck:  1-Piece Birdseye Maple (Highly Figured)
  • Board:  Birdseye Maple Cap (Highly Figured)
  • Frets:   Med/Large (see manufacturer’s specs for exact details)
  • Fretwear:  None
  • Dings:  None
  • Repairs:  None
  • Nut Width:  1-11/16″
  • Weight:  8lb-3oz
  • Radius:  9.5″
  • Switching:   3-Way (voiced to vintage specs by factory…see factory specs)
  • Body:  Ash  (1-Piece)
  • Case Candy INCLUDED
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Ronin Mirari – BRAND NEW – Custom BLUE SPARKLE w Matching Headstock

BRAND NEW Ronin Mirari!  This was custom made for me when I was Ronin’s only dealer.  I kept it in strorage and just can’t bear to let this beauty sit unenjoyed.  I custom ordered the guitar with Sparkle Blue Nitro Paint & Matching Headstock!  The only other one was done for me but a great customer saw it and needed it so I went back on the list and got myself another.

Current wait times are….forever…because they are no longer taking custom orders.  And if they do these fine gentlemen put their hearts and souls into each guitar. They take a long time.  They only have one paint person because they only trust their work to their expert.  So sometimes thing can get backed up in paint despite everyone’s best intentions.  Avoid all that and get the guitar of your dreams in a few days.

SEE THE PICTURES – ALL THE SPECS ARE OUTLINED IN THE SHEET INCLUDED THERE.

 

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Welagen “Trainwreck” EL34 w Hybrid NOS Transformer/Cap Option & Master Vol

Welagen “Trainwreck” EL34 w Hybrid NOS Transformer/Cap Option & Master Vol

Welagen “Trainwreck” Style EL34 head in excellent nonsmoking condition.  This head has the ‘Hybrid” build option including NOS Spec Ken Fischer Transformers and NOS Caps (I believe).  Not 100% on everything that the Hybrid option entails but if you are I encourage you to reach out to the builder with questions.

I have owned real Wrecks and can tell you this amp captures THE DNA of what a Wreck does…blooming full notes….organic…and cleaning up extremely well with the volume of your guitar.  I find this head can be dialed in for a little more modern tone if you care to achieve that.  Also loves different speaker cabs and speakers.   You can really fine tune the tone by simply messing with things you already own.

OH THIS ONE HAS A MASTER VOLUME ON THE BACK

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2015 Thorn Grantura Semi – Luthier’s Spec

2015 Ron Thorn GRANTURA Luthier’s Spec Semi-Hollow.   This is in Near Mint nonsmoking ungigged condition.  ANY GLARE YOU SEE IS JUST LIGHTING AND NOT WEAR.  The guitar comes complete with the factory build sheet and Certificate of Authenticity.  Of course the Thorn comes with its original hardshell form fit case.

This piece is spectacular and smells new.  It features:

  • BRAZILIAN Board
  • Arcane Thorn SL1 Pickups
  • Tone Pros Bridge
  • Weighs just 7lb-2oz
  • 6150 Medium Frets
  • Med/Fat C Neck .86-.96″
  • Maple & Spruce Center Block
  • PICKGUARD IN CASE BUT NOT INSTALLED AT FACTORY (NO HOLES DRILLED).
  • 24.75″ Scale & 12″ Radius
  • Kluson Tuners
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Full Maple Laminate Body
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1959 Fender Stratocaster – 100% Original CLEAN

1959 Fender Stratocaster – 100% Original CLEAN

1959 Fender Stratocaster in Excellent Collector condition.  1-owner, 1-collector now me.  An amazing 100% piece that has all the goodies with it.  Detailed pictures available for serious inquiries.

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Don Grosh Set Neck w Brazilian RW Board & P90s

Don Grosh Set Neck with Brazilian Rosewood Board & a Custom Route for a Vol/Tone configuration.  This 1-off is a masterpiece of handmade excellence in a world of stamped out overpriced gear.  New these are upwards of $6k with a long wait.  This one is 1/2 that and in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Cert.

If you are sick of overpaying for mediocre guitars step UP to a Don Grosh and see what the smart money already knows.  New they are deals….USED in this condition they are STEALS.   What’s your downside risk here?…maybe couple hundred if you decide to sell it down the road?….compare that with most other guitars and this becomes a must have.

I know you have questions and LOTS of them so I prepared a detailed SPEC & Condition Sheet that lives with the pictures.  BUT I also konw you stopped reading by now so here is a summary:

  • Mahogany Body & Flame Maple Top
  • Carved Top
  • Mahogany Neck w a Med/Roundback “C” Profile
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Grover Tuners
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 12″ Radius
  • 7lb-4oz (Chambered)
  • Original Hard Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity Included
  • Fralin P90 Pickups
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Brian Monty – Custom Bluesmaster w Braz Board & OX4

Custom ordered Brian Monty Carved Top LP Style Guitar dubbed a “Bluesmaster”. These are created one at a time by one of the most respected luthiers around.  People trust Brian to work on their Bursts (and have for decades).  This guitar is completely custom and is a one-owner piece from a nonsmoking environment.   This cost the original owner $5k new.  Save a ton!

You can find a SHEET with all the Specs & Condition in the PICTURES but I know you’re anxious to find out more so here are some teasers:

  • Mahogany Body & Figured Maple Top (Carved Top)
  • Mahogany Neck
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • OX4 Ed King Pickups
  • CTS Pots
  • Sprague Caps
  • C Profile Neck
  • Grover Tuners
  • 12″ Radius
  • NO Fret Wear
  • Just 8lbs-even
  • Original Hard Case
  • Couple of surface dings (See Spec Sheet in Pictures)

 

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2017 Fodera Imperial Custom – Brand New MASSIVE Upgrades (Throbaks/Braz RW/RS Pots)

Finally here!  See why the best bass maker on the planet now makes the finest sounding humbucking guitar on the planet.  If you want piano like notes…smooth sustain….bloom…even musical notes…then you want a Fodera Guitar.  I custom designed these and paid up for MASSIVE upgrades.  These have parts NOT found on other Fodera.  I paid for Throbak SLE LTD Pickups, BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD, RS Pots & Cap upgrades, Waverly Open Back Tuners.

The guitar weighs just 7-pounds and it has a SOLID body.  The pickup rings are rosewood as is the tailpiece.  I selected Large frets and a 1-11/16″ Width.  24.75″ Scale and a ’59 LP Neck Carve (.89″ – .95″) that is satin finish.  I selected DOT inlays for class and simplicity.

AUTHORIZED DEALER – FULL WARRANTY

PrimeGuitars is PROUD to announce we have been selected as a FODERA GUITARS Dealer!   I have a dear place in my heart for these folks.  Joey L is my cousin….when I was a boy I went to his wedding.  HUGE wedding…best I’ve ever been to.  I was talking to him about my love of baseball.  Told him my glove broke.  HE WENT TO HIS CAR AND GOT HIS & GAVE IT TO ME….I had it until I was like 35 and it finally fell apart.

So right now I have 4 guitars on order.  These will have BRAZILIAN BOARDS!  Throbak Pickups!   Waverly Open Back Tuners!   RS Pots & Caps!  We went ALL OUT to make this a TOP OF THE LINE instrument in every way from woods to build to craftsmanship to components.

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