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2018 SIGGI BRAUN Icarus – As New

If you like craftsmanship and you want a guitar that is a STEAL then try a Siggi Braun.  I’ve had several and they vibrate in your hands like almost nothing I’ve experienced.   Structural efficiency is evident in this instrument.  The strings are alive and the guitar naturally pushes your amp by translating energy through the chain.

This is priced to move but it is worth several times its asking price.  Consider the 5-Piece Neck of Maple & Walnut.  RThe Medium Heavy Stainless Frets.  Custom Pickups “Siggis Favorite XL” set.  Korina Body with a satin Dracary Burst that is the best color/finish I’ve seen in years.

The whole instrument weighs in at just 7lb-01oz and of course comes with it’s original hardshell case.  This piece was Brand New and acquired from an Authorized Dealer. I am selling it as Mint because I’m not an Authorized Dealer but know that our store instruments are kept in a humidity controlled vault.  We are an internet only dealer so our instruments are not played by every Saturday afternoon drop in looking to ‘check out’ some gear.

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2017 Dantzig Tulsa – KORINA & Flame Maple! Brazilian RW Board

KORINA! ! ! ! !  Oh my..what we have here is a 1-off KORINA Neck & Body (Flame Maple Carved Top) Masterpiece Hand Created by a Master Luthier.  Excellent “+” Condition including Original Hardshell Case.  Nonsmoking and Unmolested with the exception of 1 changed knob.  Almost impossible to find any flaws on this one.  SEE PICTURES FOR COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET.

Oh did you see….BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.  Wonderful neck carve of .905″ – .975″.  Hand Rubbed Violin thin finish.  The whole guitar weighs just 8lbs.   Mr Dantzig used NOS 2007 Lollar Imperial Piickups stock in this piece.  These were from when Jason Lollar was a little known shop and his pickups from that era really ARE better.

This has snap and growl that you wish you could get from your Tele.  Think of a Super Tele with Gibson Playability (it doesn’t fight you).

Can’t say enough about this.  Save serious dough vs. new on a guitar many would sell as new.

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Collings CL Deluxe

Beautiful unmolested 2013 Collings CL Deluxe complete with Ameritage Hardshell Case & Unsigned Warranty Card.  This has seen extremely light play and has lived in a nonsmoking environment.  YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN THE PICTURES.

This baby features a 1-Piece Honduran Mahogany Body & a PREMIUM Flame Maple Top (finished in Iced Tea).  Medium Frets (standard on this model) and a 24-7/8″ Scale with a 1-11/16″ Width.   The Medium-Fat C measures .86″ – 1.01″ and the fretboard is MADAGASCAR ROSEWOOD.

The weight of this beauty is just 8lb-5oz. The pickups are LOLLAR as one would expect.  Buy with confidence.  I am a store in my 11th year and sell nothing but high end CLEAN boutique gear.

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Fender Custom Shop 1951 Ltd Ed HS Relic Tele (mid-2018 Collection)

Mid-2018 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition 1951 HS Relic Telecaster in Mint “-” Condition with Cert & Case Candy.   OF course it has the original Fender Custom Shop Hardshell Case & even the build sheet from the shop floor.   Nonsmoking home use only.

This guitar is one of the easiest playing I’ve had in a LONG time (and I am a dealer of high end boutique instruments).  SUPER resonant with a wonderful ’56 V Profile Neck measuring .94″ – .97″.  The Radius is compound.  The nut is 1.65″.  No fretwear.

The pickups are a FACTORY Duncan Seth Lover in the Neck and a Handwired Crushed Blackguard Tele in the Bridge.  The weight is a wonderful 7lb-00oz.

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2002 Fender SRV Stratocaster

2002 Fender SRV Stratocaster in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Case AND YES THE TREM BAR (in case but not pictured). These guitars are a tremendous value on the used market especially in this clean condition.  They are loud unplugged and amplified.  The pickups are powerful and clear without being mush.  The low E string stays nice and tight even when you pound on it. Great chimes from the in-between positions.  You can find other strats but this is tonally worth 3x its price.

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Fibenare Basic Jazz (Carved Top) w Rosewood Neck

Fibenare Guitars are the best value new in the marketplace.  Hand created one-at-a-time by 3 brothers using old world craftsmanship.  The tops are bookmatched Flame Maple and hand Carved.  Ghe backs is 1-piece Mahogany.  The neck is a 1-Piece Rosewood with a Satin Finish.  The Binding on the Neck is WOOD and the pickups are surrounded by WOOD rings.  The nut is BRASS for increased sustain.  Everything is thought out and details are ADDED not subtracted during the creation of these guitars.

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This guitar is from a nonsmoking environment and comes with its original hardshell case.  It features hand wound pickups that are very similar to my ears to PAFs with just enough bite but with overarching clarity.  The overall weight of this instrument is just 7lb-07oz.  It truly is a work of playable art that is a financial steal in this condition used.  Think about it, you can’t purchase a stamped out CNC partscaster for this price. I’ve sold dozens upon dozens of Fibenares both New & Used (I am an Authorized Dealer). I believe in their products.

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Glendale Singlecut : Just 7lb-1oz w Amalfitano Pickups

1-off Glendale Singlecut LP Style.  This is made of unique woods and is a Tele players DREAM Les Paul.  The body is Roasted Paluwonia (think Swamp Ash with bite) and a bookmatched Flame Maple Top.  The neck is time consuming 3-piece Flame Maple construction. The frets are Tall/Thin and the Neck is a wonderful “C” .853″ – .944″ (not too large).

The pickups in this beauty are Amalfitano.  The guitar weighs in at just 7lb-01oz and comes with its original hardshell case.  The Board is Ebony and the width is 1-11/16″ with a 24.75″ Scale and 12″ Radius.   Really a Tele in a LP Body.

Tonally you will find this has wonderful thick-midrange snap and growl along with a top end that is full yet not ear splitting.  It cuts through a mix and naturally pushes a vintage amp just to the point of breakup without pedals.

There IS wear on this one but it was so cool I had to grab it.  See the pictures for more details (AND THE SPEC SHEET in 3rd PICTURE).

There are many dings and nicks and scuffs on this piece.  It is player grade but the top of the guitar is actually pretty clean.  Really just the sides/edges/back that took wear likely from playing with a buckle.  Overall if you’ve amassed a collection of gear and you’re looking for a different flavor then THIS IS IT.

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Echopark LA ARROYO Case Study w/ BRAZ TOP – Brand New

Echopark La Arroya Case Study – whopping BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TOP (Old Growth Bookmatched).  See why celebs play these guitars.  There are a lot of internet forum fave guitars…but ask yourself why doesn’t anyone actually use them?….well, because the celebs are choosing Echopark.

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Consider these specs:

  • Just 8lb-9 oz
  • Old Growth LONG TENON Korina NECK
  • Old Stock ZIRCOTE fretboard
  • 1-Piece Old Stock MAHOGANY Body
  • Old Growth Bookmatched BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TOP
  • Gold Dot MOP Markers
  • Bovine Bone Nut
  • Celluloid Tortoise Nitrate Guard
  • Medium C ’59 Profile Neck (.89″ – 1.04″)
  • Arcane custom wound pickups
  • Jescar 9055 Frets
  • 1-11/16″ Nut
  • Brand New with WARRANTY, Cert & Original Hardshell Case
  • 24.75″ Scale
  • Herringbone Purfling
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Echopark LA CARNE Case Study – BRAND NEW! Braz RW TOP & Board!

Echopark La Arroya Case Study – whopping BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TOP (Old Growth Bookmatched).  This instrument is the pinnacle of Gabriels’ skills.  The combination of woods and pickups and construction yield an guitar with the PERFECT blend of snappy highs, midrange presence and warm tight lows.  This is simply stated a DESERT ISLAND GUITAR.  See why celebs play these guitars.  There are a lot of internet forum fave guitars…but ask yourself why doesn’t anyone actually use them?….well, because the celebs are choosing Echopark. 

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Consider these specs:

  • Just 7lb-1 oz
  • Reclaimed Victorian Era MAHOGANY Neck
  • Old Stock BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD fretboard
  • Old Stock MAHOGANY Body
  • Old Growth Bookmatched BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TOP
  • ABALONE Purfling with IVROID BINDING
  • Bovine Bone Nut
  • Celluloid Tortoise Nitrate Guard
  • Paper in Oil Caps .033 NOS
  • Medium C ’59 Profile Neck (.88″ – 1.04″)
  • Arcane custom wound pickups
  • Jescar 9055 Frets
  • 1-11/16″ Nut
  • Brand New with WARRANTY, Cert & Original Hardshell Case
  • 24.75″ Scale
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HYSTERIA Dharium – BRAND NEW Auth Dealer (Loaded with SPECS!)

Offset guitar lovers UNITE!  Here we have a Brand New (with Warranty) HYSTERIA Dharium in distressed white finish.  These hand crafted instruments are affordable luxury.  They are LOADED with top quality woods and construction.  Hysteria is a brand trying to carve out its niche…intro pricing is barely above costs in an effort to build awareness and gain a foothold.  Consider these specs:

  • 1-Piece Cedar Body (ruokangas and many high end users are turning to Cedar for its tonal properties and light weight).
  • Just 6lb-8oz
  • WENGE Fretboard
  • LOLLAR goldfoil pickups
  • HIPSHOT Locking Tuners
  • Custom machined “Hysteria” Bridge
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 1.67″ Nut Width
  • “C” Profile Neck measuring .905″ – .99″ (think ’59 LP)
  • Factory Aging
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Hardshell Case
  • 12 Radius
  • Heavy Frets
  • BRAND NEW with FACTORY WARRANTY!

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The last one of these I got in sold in a few days.  Let’s get another into the hands of a loving owner. You can see I carry the highest end modern boutique guitars…I don’t carry junk….grab a bargain when you see one pal…you have been spoken to

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JET Earlewood w Purple Abalone Eclipse Inlay

Hand created JET Earlewood made 1-at-a-time by a luthier.  These are not simply instruments but rather (nice SAT grammar there huh) they are playable works of art.  For example, while many skimp on bindings, Jet uses actual wood. The Purple Abalone inlay is not only a super expensive upcharge but also painstaking to create.  Upgrades like wood bindings and abalone add almost as much time to a build process as the rest of the guitar takes.

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This masterpiece features a 1-piece Mahogany Body and Bookmatched Quilt Maple Top.  The neck is a hugely time consuming and toneful 3-Piece Mahogany construction.  The entire set neck, carved top package weighs in at just 7lbs-1 ounce.  The neck is a perfect .84″ – .884″ “D” Profile.  Of course it comes with the original hardshell form fit JET logo case.

This instrument is clean and from a smoke free environment.  Check our feedback because you will see I specialize in instruments such as this.  We sell clean high grade boutique guitars with low mileage.  Our prices make luxury affordable vs. getting it new and taking a huge hit financially if you don’t bond with a piece.

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Callaham Strat – TransBlonde and WOW Tone

Impossibly rare Callaham Strat in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case.  I’ve owned dozens of Callahams….this particular one has that 1963 Strat tone NAILED.  It just has chime like an old school music box.  This one sustains and sounds so good it almost stayed in my collection (and I have one strat).

The neck on this Callaham is a hand shaped, flame 1-piece maple neck with a Soft-V-to-C Profile measuring .87″ – .97″.  The Body is a beautiful 1-piece ash with a thin nitro finish.  The neck has a 9.5 radius and 1.65″ Nut Width.   SUPER comfy satin finish on the neck and you have to LOVE the build quality of a Callaham.  They are as close to a D’Pergo as I have found.

I owned the other trans-white Callaham on the market and this sounds much more alive than the other one.

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2015 Ronin Mirari – OUT OF PRODUCTION (Unobtainable)

Ahhh Ronin Guitars….what can I say that I haven’t already said.  They TRULY are ADDITIVE to any collection.  The proprietary foil pickups are so unlke anything you’ve heard.  Very open and convey SO much sonic information in a musical way.  They play extremely well with gainy amps too which is something one might not assume…so now you can assume…ok..

This one is a clean, nonsmoking specimen weighing just 7lb-03oz.  Of course it comes with its original hardshell case and Cert.  It has CTS Pots and NOS Paper In Oil Caps.  The Neck is a wonderful C shaped .905″ – .935″.   The nut width is 1-11/16″.  OH in case you’re wondering what those little buttons are near the control knobs….they allow COIL SPLITTING.  Imagine all the combinations of tones when you run in that middle position and add part neck with full bridge …you get the picture.  The result is a Swiss Army Knife of tones that will turn any mix into a fresh cut….wow what a pun.

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Ronins are not currently made so the only way to obtain one is from a dealer.  I was Ronin’s only stocking dealer and sold over 40 of these guitars.  They are amazing instruments that should become collectible in short order.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul RI VOS

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI VOS in Near Mint Condition with Cert & Original Hard Case/Tags/Unsigned Warranty Card.  From a nonsmoking home environment.  Barely played and then traded to me because I’m a store and that’s what we do here.

The weight is a perfect 8lb-06oz.  This LP has the VOS finish.  No fretware.  NO repairs or issues that stand out.  I try to detail the wear on all my guitars and this just has some light tough wear that I can’t even describe or photograph.  Many use the term “showroom new” to describe an instrument that has been played but not dinged or damaged….might be the right term for this one.

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2016 Echopark El Cabillo CASE STUDY

I’ve had about a dozen Echoparks and THIS is the best so far.  What I love is the how light this one is and how it just sounds slightly more alive and more zingy than the others I’ve had.  It just plays SO well.  I find myself able to do things cleanly that I always mess up.   New this was over $7500.   It is in Near Mint condition and comes with it’s original hard case & Cert.

The neck on this guitar is a Med-Rounded (as specified in the included spec sheet).  Typically EP necks can be quite large….if you want a ‘large’ but not ‘ginormous’ neck then don’t sleep on this guitar.  The shape is a wonderful V-to-C with a 12″ Radius and 1-11/16″ Width.  The Frets at Jescar 9055.  The Tuners are Open Back Grover “Pre-War”.

The weight is just 7lb-5oz.  The Body is 1-piece OLD Honduran QUARTER SAWN Mahogany.   The Firebird pickup is freaking the perfect balance between P90-and-Hum.   I believe this is one of the few EPs with an uncovered bridge pickup.  Maybe that’s why it’s slightly more zingy?

Couple of other things of note.  Pots are CTS and the finish is Nitro (of course.

YOU CAN SEE COMPLETE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION SHEET IN THE PICTURES

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2018 Echopark Clarence Case Study – Brand New – Striped Gabon Ebony Board!

Brand New!  Factory Warranty! Authorized Dealer!  2018 Echopark Clarence CASE STUDY.  Gabriel outdid himself on this masterpiece.  Just LOOK at the unique woods such as the Gabon Striped Ebony Board!….OH and it’s OLD STOCK/OLD Growth!   Look at the Old Stock Michical Burled Cherry Top & That luscious Korina!  The 1-piece Flame Maple Neck feels SOOOO nice.  It has a Soft V to C Medium Profile.   The guitar is balanced on your lap or on a strap.  The Bridge pickup cuts and can really push an amp OR clean up and play clear.  The neck is so fat and warm…mmmmm.

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Knaggs Kenai – Exc Cond

Knaggs Guitars really bridge the gap between the stale PRS world and the modern boutique guitar world.  Their feel, playability and TONE stand tall and have attracted an entire new universe of converts.  New a Knaggs guitar is a fairly priced item…USED in this condition they are BARGAINS.

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I love the color on this piece. I believe it’s Wicked Burst but that is not promised…it is what I determined by checking the color vs. the site.  The Pickups I believe (not 100%)  are Duncan P90s.  The board is Ebony.  The tuners are GOTOH Open.  The body is mahogany w a flame maple top.  The neck is mahogany.  Frets are Med/Heavy.   The neck is a C-profile with .855″-.945″ Measurements.

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2018 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

2018 Nacho Banos Mid-50s Strat in Mint “-” Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Paperwork/CD.  These are the top of the food chain of modern production aged F-style guitars.  The Teles are rare….strats….almost impossible to find.   This one is just a few months old from a nonsmoking environment.

SEE THE SPECS/CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

I own a Nacho for my collection and I can own ANYTHING.  They just capture that vintage feel and tone like nothing I’ve experienced (and I carry every top modern brand and have had pristine examples of vintage).

This Strat features an ASH body with a 1-piece Maple Neck.  The neck is fretted with Med/Heavy frets (his 95/47).    The width is 1.65″ and the radius is 9.5″.  The Neck is a Medium-V measuring .87″-.995″.   You will LOVE how broken in this piece feels without seeming cheesy or over-done.

COUPLE OF NOTES:  1. The backplate and screws are in the case.  2. YES the trem bar is in the case.  3.  NO this does not include the hardcover book

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Gil Yaron – Singlecut “Gilyaron” faded Cherry

First off…let me say YES THE HEADSTOCK SHAPE IS FROM THE FACTORY & NOT “MODDED” By the original owner.

My lucky day is pretty much anytime the UPS or Fed Ex guy arrives (which is almost daily).  But TODAY it was an extra giddy up day!   Got this ‘Gilyaron’ logo Gil Yaron and it’s in Near Mint Condition with original hard form fit case (of course).   Can I just tell you these are the top of the LP Food Chain if you are looking for that traditional look/feel/tone.  There REALLY is a difference.  I’ve had the Gibsons…Gibsons modded with every pickup available….but the Yarons are something special.  Ask yourself why they are almost never for resale?….and now he isn’t making them because…well let’s just say he was asked once nicely to stop.

This one weighs in at just 8lb-4oz.  Light Factory aging.  Brazilian Board.  C-Neck Profile of .895″-.968″.  No fretwear. No mods & no repairs.  Smells new.

The finish on this is so thin it feels like you’re touching the wood.  Not that Gibson plasticized feel…..even when Gibson tries to finish a guitar like the old ones…well they just don’t.

Now like all handmade instruments, this one sounds different from every other one.  They can vary quite a lot.  SO, contact me…let me know the main amp you’re going to use and type of music.  Let me help you understand what the tone of this guitar will sound like in a similar format.  I’ve been doing this sort of consulative sale for 10 years.  It is a different experience.  Don’t kid yourself by saying ‘I’m sure they are all nice”…….yeah they are…but this is a very expensive instrument….why not work with someone who places instruments consultatively.

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Soloway LN6 Fledgeling 27″ Scale

Soloway 27″ Scale Length guitars are super clear and tight sounding.  They are articulate and chords just sound so full and elaborate.  It was a shame when Jim decided to stop creating his instruments.  Today they are hard to find and scooped up by those in the know.  Simple format, quality components, unique take on an electric guitar…and extremely ‘hearable’ difference in quaity tone.

The body of this piece is made of KORINA.  The entire guitar weights just 6lb-5oz. The Neck is Maple and it features a Macassar Ebony Board.  The tuners are 510 and they are about as smooth and true as any I’ve had.  The neck is a generous but not overwhelming .845″ – .945″ C profile.  The P90s are made by Vintage Vibe and have a nice snap to them.  The nut is a standard 1-11/16″ width and the frets are on the ‘heavy’ side but certainly not jumbo.

The guitar comes with a non-original padded bag.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent overall condition.  You can get a complete rundown of Specs & Condition in the PICTURES.

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Detemple ’52 Tele : Hall-of-Fame Tone on THIS Guitar

So years ago I got a set of Detemple Twins in….and they were both the best fattest fullest balanced DTs I’d had.  Sadly they both sold….even sadder to different buyers.  I am lucky that years later, one player (this guitar’s former owner) moved into stricktly humbucking instruments and traded it back.

Not sure what it is about this guitar but the tone on it is just as good as I’ve heard on a Detemple (and you know I’ve had 50+ of them).  The neck is FAT at .957″-1.00″….but it’s a Soft V so it makes it SO much more manageable.

This has acquired just a few dings and contact light surface hairline swirls.  Overall extremely clean but I have outlined the condition in more details in the Spec/Condition Sheet (FIND IT IN THE PICTURES).

The early DTs are considered by many to be his Golden Years because Mike alone was making them.  This particular one stands the test of time.  YES there are others that LOOK like this…but there is only ONE ’52 JONES tonally.  Again, I have spoken.

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2015 D’Pergo Vintage Limited w/ Sig Ltd Electronics Pkg

D’Pergo Guitars are considered by many to be the top of the food chain along with Detemple & Wysocki (for F-Style Guitars).  I can personally attest to the fact that you will be hard pressed to find a more perfect hand-made instrument.  Think of a Bentley.  The finish is deep.  The woods are visually luscious.  The attention to detail like softly rolled fretboard edges make you understand that this guitar took multiples of time to create vs. ‘the pack’.

I’ve been very fortunate to have nearly 50 D’Pergos pass through my store & collection.  I am not an ‘expert’…only Mr D is….I am experienced…and I can help you gain perspective on making this type of investment for the Ultimate S style instrument (if you so determine this is THE one of the 3 major names best suited for you).

Now a moment of truth.  D’Pergo Guitars have gotten much more expensive as his models have evolved, craftsmanship evolved & materials gotten better and better.  An AVC (Aged Vintage Classic or Drop Top) is a FINE instrument but NOT generally in the same league as a Vintage Limited.   I only mention this because there are so many models floating around that it is easy to think ‘oh they are all the same’ and over-pay for one and think the other is overpriced.

This instrument has a deep finish reminiscent of Shoreline Gold.  It features a Recovered Alder Body & a Certified Primary Growth Recovered Quartersawn Maple Neck.  The weight is a fabulous 7lb-5oz which is particularly good considering this guitar has a NICE FULL “Offset C Vintage” Neck profile .945″.

Of course it is in near mint condition with it’s original form fit case, spec sheet and cert.  If you look in the PICTURES you can see MY version of a Spec Sheet that outlines Condition as well.  Rest assured my sheet has all the salient points from the D’Pergo Sheet so you need not ask for pictures of that.

The electronics are another area where the newer D’Pergos excel. This guitar features the pricey ‘Limited Handwound Alnico 3 Heavy Formuar” pickups.   It has the Signature Limited Electronics package.

Another interesting point is that Mr D’Pergo also has done what I believe others should do….he harnessed vintage steel with which to mill the Trem Block.  Now this might not seem like a huge deal but metal experts (yes I speak w them and geek out on this stuff) say it is impossible to get good steel anymore….they claim the new steel is inconsistent and sounds like crap (Their words).  I always say “why not get a chunk of old steel and make parts” ….glad Mr D’Pergo has done this.

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2010 Gustavsson Futuremaster – Historic Makeovers Refin!

One of my favorite guitars is a Gustavsson Futuremaster.  Slab Korina Body….nice full ’59 LP Neck….Brazilian Board…..Simple format yet SO much more musical than your typical “Jeff Beck” format.  Maybe it’s the hand selected Korina (1-Piece Bodies like these are impossible to find these days)….maybe it’s the nitro finish.  Maybe it’s the construction expertise that Johan Gustavsson has perfected over 30+ years of building.

Whatever it is, the Futuremaster just simply captures what you dreamed this format could.   The korina provides that snap of a F style guitar but the GROWL of a LP.  It really is THE perfect wood of choice for a slab body instrument.  The Mahogany format can get too dark.  The Ash can lack oomph.  Alder is bright because ” ’tis Alder” (as Michael Stevens once told me).

This particular guitar was sent to Historic Makeovers for a Refinish to Aged Oxblood.  The former owner was going for THE ultimate Beck Style Guitar.  The pickups were swapped out for Bare Knuckles (not labeled so not certain of the model….and NO I do not have the originals).   To my ears, these pickups have a touch more push than the wolfetones that were likely in this instrument (frankly I find Wolfetones harsh in these guitars so I can see why the pickups were swapped out).

The Case is a MONO heavily padded bag which in my mind is superior to the ill-fitting Hiscock Cases….again the former owner (and I) viewed the case as a major upgrade.

You can see all the Specs & Detailed Condition in the Pictures

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2018 Leo Guitars : Standard ’59 – Brand New – Auth Dlr

Brand New 2018 LEO “Standard ’59”.  Those of you who know me understand I’ve sold scores of nearly every variety of modern high end, hard to find guitar ever made.  Every once in awhile I dabble in a new builder.  I can tell you that Leo Guitars can hang with anything in my inventory.  They are hand created.  Each is unique.  They are loaded with features and extras that take time, effort and money….no corners are cut.  They are lovingly created.  Tonally you achieve that magic 3D tone where it almost sounds like 2 instruments at once.

This Leo is drool-worthy.  The finish is a Dark Burst. The features are spectacular.  See the Pictures for a full Spec Sheet…but a summary is below:

  • 2018 Brand New w Warranty
  • Authorized Dealer
  • 1-Piece Cedar Neck
  • 4A Flame Maple & Cedar Body
  • Madagascar Rosewood Board
  • C Neck w a 22mm – 24mm Depth
  • 1.67 Width & 12″ Radius
  • Compound Frets…this means the early frets are 6100 and they go to 6015 up the register.  LOVE this concept.  Allows higher notes to play easier and sound FULLER.
  • Nitro Finish
  • Carved Top
  • Just 8lb-8oz
  • Amber Spirit of ’59 & P90 Pickups (Think open sounding and allowing woods to breath through)
  • Light Factory Aging

 

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2018 Leo Guitars – Standard Artisan Semi – Brand New – Auth Dlr

Brand New 2018 LEO “Standard Artisan Semi”.  Those of you who know me understand I’ve sold scores of nearly every variety of modern high end, hard to find guitar ever made.  Every once in awhile I dabble in a new builder.  I can tell you that Leo Guitars can hang with anything in my inventory.  They are hand created.  Each is unique.  They are loaded with features and extras that take time, effort and money….no corners are cut.  They are lovingly created.  Tonally you achieve that magic 3D tone where it almost sounds like 2 instruments at once.

This Leo is drool-worthy.  The finish is a Faded Cherry. The features are spectacular.  See the Pictures for a full Spec Sheet…but a summary is below:

  • 2018 Brand New w Warranty
  • Authorized Dealer
  • Cedar Neck
  • 4A Quilt Maple & Cedar Body
  • Madagascar Rosewood Board
  • C Neck w a 21.5mm – 23.5mm Depth
  • 1.68 Width & 12″ Radius
  • Compound Frets…this means the early frets are 6100 and they go to 6015 up the register.  LOVE this concept.  Allows higher notes to play easier and sound FULLER.
  • Nitro Finish
  • Carved Top
  • Just 6lb-8oz
  • Kloppmann ’59 Pickups

 

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