Category: Guitars

Fodera Imperial – BRAND NEW – Auth Dealer !

Fodera Imperial – BRAND NEW – Auth Dealer !

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!  I’m selecting the pickups but likely Throbak or Ron Ellis (if I can get them) or Holmes if I can get them.   There is still time to customize this guitar if you would like to Pre-Order it.

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Fodera Imperial – COMING SOON!  Auth Dealer

Fodera Imperial – COMING SOON! Auth Dealer

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!  I’m selecting the pickups but likely Throbak or Ron Ellis (if I can get them) or Holmes if I can get them.   There is still time to customize this guitar if you would like to Pre-Order it.

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Gil Yaron Bolt-S

Gil Yaron is the hottest boutique builder in the past several years.  His attention to tone, meticulous detail and endless pursuit of playability has made his instruments sought after by collectors, players and celebrities.

Here we have a Bolt-S model with Gil’s custom wound P90s.  The tone is clear like a great strat with the volume rolled down.  Turn up the volume and you can get gritty nasty.  Adjust the pickup height and dial in the perfect balance.  As an aside, most of the guitars I get in have pickups adjusted WAYYYYYYY too high….ever stop to think maybe you need a new AMP or PEDAL not a guitar?….anyway…these you can dial in a LOT of tonal variety just with a little teeny bit of elbow grease.

The 1-piece flame maple neck is my SINGLE FAVORITE F-style neck I’ve played.  It’s silky smooth and I just fly across these frets.  The weight is just 7lb-6oz.  The body is Ash (looks 1 piece but not certain).  25.5″ Scale, 1-11/16″ Width and 9.5 Radius.  Of course the guitar comes with its hardshell case.

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Ribbecke Master Series HALFLING : 1-Off

Ribbecke Master Series HALFLING : 1-Off

1 off RIBBECKE Master Series Halfling which was a collaberation between Tom Ribbecke (who HIMSELF constructed this) and Larry Robinson who did the custom Marvin-the-Martian inlay.  This isn’t a standard handling because Tom himself constructed it.

The neck is birdseye maple.  The weight is just 6lb-13oz.  It is a complete 1-off.  The tone is organic, smooth and rich like the Sakashta Guitar I once owned.   The body is Cherry and the top Cedar.

This guitar was most recently at another dealer (GearPlace)…I traded for it….and BOY are you lucky you’re getting it from me rather than them.  FIRST OFF apparently their definition of MINT is ‘not exactly’ true…I mean it WAS ONCE mint…but mint now?….not exactly.  I go through my instruments and outline what is wrong with them.  This is not beat up….it has 3 “o” sized surface dings and some very light almost unseeable contact brush.   The most notable difference is that the guitar HAD been advertised wtih “TOM HOLMES PICKUPS”….maybe they drove by a set on their way to my store…but when I checked they were (as the guitar left the factory) custom Duncans.   I contacted said dealer (GearPlace…who advertises on Reverb & Gbase) and was told “TOO BAD was that way when I got it”…..ok!…awesome!

SO, not only do I have this for THOUSANDS less than they did…you will actually get what it IS not what it drove past.  That’s why people deal with me.  Accurate representations and honorable if something goes wrong… have been educated….I rest now.

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Palir Pre-Production Guitar !

Palir Pre-Production Guitar !

Rare Pre-Production Palir Semi-Hollow dating from 2012.  This 1-off features unique features including Porter Powertron Pickups.  Everything about the design and construction of this piece had a purpose.  This was a forerunner to the production pieces you lust after today.  Grab this piece of boutique guitar history for a steal!  Store it away and you may indeed have the next ‘bigfoot’.

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McNaught DC+ SuperStrat w Brazilian Board!

2015 DTM McNaught DC+.  This is a Set-through Neck Super Strat made ofr Ash Body and a Maple Neck.  The Jumbo Stainless frets play like glass.  There is a genuine Floyd Rose with a FLOYD UPGRADES TITANIUM BLOCK!   The fretboard is Brazilian Rosewood!….find that on a luxxtone or charvel.   Check out the flame top and COOL UNIQUE aging on this piece!   No expense was spared in craftsmanship or components.

The guitar weights just around 8.5 pounds and comes with it’s Certificate and Hard Case.  The pickups are Dimarzio Singles (Injector in Neck & Area 67 in Middle) with a WAGNER HUM in the bridge!    The neck is a nice C that feels nice and slightly full without being a boat.   Speaking of necks, you will LOVE the silky smooth satin finish on this maple neck.   The width is 1-11/16″ and the scale is 25.5″ of course.


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Hysteria REBELBIRD – Brand New – Auth Dealer!

Brand New HYSTERIA REBELBIRD.  This unique “bird” style instrument is hand crafted out of genuine stainless steel.  If you love Trussart Guitars you will JUMP at these!  They are so much more unique, MUCH less expensive as they build their brand…AND their tone is much more organic and soulful.    The Wolfetone Marshallhead pickups sound SOOOOO good in this piece!

You can see all the specs in the attached DOCUMENT – SEE PICTURES.

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2017 Leo Guitars “Senior” – Brand New! Spanish Cedar & P90s

I scour the world for cool handmade instruments.  I seek ones that reak of craftsmanship, playability and quality components.  I crave that resonant ringing of an unplugged guitar.  I found Leo Guitars and everything came together.  They are simply the best value out there and one of the finest guitars made today at any price.

This model is called the Senrior. It features Spanish Cedar Back & Neck.  The guitar is nicely contoured and rests perfectly when standing or sitting.  The weight?…just 6lb-6oz and perfectly balanced.  The neck has binding.  The pickups have a split feature to knock down the ‘oomp’ a bit almost like hum to single.  Speaking of pickups I LOVE these Kloppmann P90s.  The pickups have this nice clarity that reminds me of the real ones in my late 50s Gibson Jr.

This piece just sounds LOUD unplugged.  It rings and plays effortlessly.  The fretwork is smooth and you don’t fight the Rosewood Fingerboard.  The finish is a very thin Nitro that has been lightly aged (the entire guitar) to a very “VOS” type result.  The neck width is 1-11/16″ & the scale is 24.75″.  The neck is a G-style C that feels very familiar to LP lovers.

Do yourself a favor and grab a hand crafted, brand new guitar for less than the price of a stamped out bolt-on made of leftovers.

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James Tyler STUDIO ELITE HD-P 2015

We just LOVE Tyler guitars…especially in Burning Water!  This just in is a 2015 with heavily customized features.  Check out the MATCHING HEADSTOCK!  The satin BW finish is filled with cool colors!  The guitar is rear routed with pickups mounted directly to the body.  Acoustically it rings out and sings unplugged.

The neck is quartersawn Maple.  The body is Alder.  The guitar weighs just 7lb-6oz.  Of course it comes with a James Tyler embroidered form fit hardshell case.  The instrument comes with its Certificate of Authenticity.  It is nonsmoking and alteration free.  Condition is Mint “-” and you can see details in the attached pictures (I lay out all the specs and condition).

Frets are .09 x.055 Heavy.  1-9/16″ Neck Width and a compound 10-12″ Radius.  Hipshot Locking Tuners.  The neck shape is a “Thin 59″ which measures .825″ to .95”.   Pickups are JTS Stingray 500 singles and a California Special in the bridge.

Tylers are individualized works of art.  If you see one you like GRAB IT because no two schmears are exactly alike.  And used (in this condition) they are bargains.

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Chapin JAGUAR : Rare 1-Off

Bill Chapin is known by boutique guitar lovers around the world.  Bill’s works are standards in the industry and rarely come on the market.  They are affordable, hand crafted and deliver the goods in playability, looks and tone.

This piece is a 1-off in Sonic Blue.  ASH body and Birdseye Maple Neck w a Rosewood Board.  1.66″ Nut Width and a 24″ Scale.  12″ Radius and Med/Lg Frets.   The pickups are Curtis Novak Vintage Jags and a Duncan Antiquity.  The neck is more of a classic Fender “D” Profile.  There are enough switching options to please any NASA scientist.  Of course it comes with a hardshell case.  The piece is nonsmoking and YES it has the trem bar (is that really the reason you wouldn’t buy a guitar?….they DO make replacements you know).

All the specs and detailed condition are laid out for you in the PICTURES so please check out the sheet that I prepare (no other dealer spends the time). 

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Collings Soco Deluxe w TV JONES & Bigsby

Collings Soco Deluxe in Excellent Nonsmoking condition with original Ameritage form fit hard case.  Just 7lb-10oz.  No fretwear.  Almost no wear.  Most would consider this Mint but we call it Mint “-“/Excellent “+” just to be good dudes.    Save some serious money on a guitar that would cost thousands more new…and likely have the same wear from shop play.


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2012 James Trussart RUSTY STEEL DEVILLE

James Trussart RUSTY STEEL DEVILLE in delicious “Rust-O-Magic” finish!  This piece features Arcane P90 Pickups and a Double Gig Bag (Trussart Logo of course!).  It is a 1-owner piece that was from a nonsmoking environment.  It is in Excellent condition and weighs just 8lb-8oz.

If you are lusting after a Trussart but want to avoid the ‘new guitar price hit’ then this one is for you.  Really hard to find any non-factory wear on this piece. It even comes with the unsigned Warranty Card & Certificate of Authenticity.   You’re probably already up on the specs…but in case you are not…then SEE THE PICTURES for a DETAILED SHEET WITH EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW.  

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2017 Hysteria T3 Silverback – Brand New

Hysteria Guitars is the new kid on the block…hand crafted 1-offs built with love and top quality components!  Stainless Steel is the foundation.  Oil rubbed maple necks for that worn in feeling. Lollar Pickups, Mastery Bridge, Graph Tech Nut.  Vintage Caps & CTS Pots.  Mono Case.   Think of a Trussart with Top Shelf Components at a fraction of the cost (intro pricing) and you get the drift.

This one really has a warm fundamental (semi-hollow) but those tele pickups give it the snap and chime you dream of.  Many thinlines disappoint because they become brittle and reflective…the whole point is to get them airy and open…THIS guitar achieves the objective matey!

See all the specs in the pictures where I have painstakingly prepared details! 

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2017 Ronin Badmoon – Copper Top finish! BRAND NEW!

2017 Badmoon (Ronin of course) in 1-off “Copper Top” finish!  This was build took almost 2 years.  As you know, Ronin is no longer taking custom orders…that means you can’t even get one if you wanted one.  I have the last new ones available (and I waited too).

This one features Master Grade Old Growth Salvaged Redwood body.  Tonally it is what Maple/Mahogany WISHED it could sound like.  Honduran Mahogany neck.  Ronin Foil Pickups. Weighs JUST 5lb-6oz!  Neck profile is a perfect ’59 LP shape C of .89″ to .94″

You can see the rest of the specs in the pictures…but if yoiu want clear cleans….strings to sound through…warmth and playability….TRY a badmoon.  I have spoken!


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2017 HYSTERIA T3 Gold Tank – Brand New

Exciting new brand in town….HYSTERIA Guitars!  Hand crafted with genuine STAINLESS STEEL.  You like unique?  You like 1-Off?  You like spanky cleans and airy leads?  You need to step outside of the box!  Think of these as a James Trussart at 2/3 of the price with CUSTOM features and top quality components.  Get the picture?


Here is a sampling of the components used in these fine instruments:

  • Lollar Gold Foil Pickups
  • Mastery Bridge
  • Custom Tuners
  • Vintage Caps
  • CTS Pots
  • Graph Tech Nut
  • Mono Padded Gig Bag

Amazing instrument worthy of any player or collection.  Be one of the first in at intro prices!  I’m proud to be an Authorized Dealer!

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Driskill Diablo : Rare Early Model!

Rare Early DRISKILL Diablo.  This was hand crafted by Joe himself before he started making his own hardware!  Check out the Abalone Dots!  1-Piece Honduran Mahogany Body!  Mann Trem.  PRS Tuners!  PRS Vintage Bass & HFS Standard Treble Pickups (Early Ones too!).  5-Way Rotory Switch.

Think PRS without the plastic bottle coating…and with organic tone…that’s what this is. Add unique styling and 1-off creation and you have yourself something that others can’t replicate.

Sounds HUGE.  VERY thick and full in the bottom end.  The pickup combinations allow you to nail virtually any tone you seek.  Volume knob really allows you to dial in grit to spank.


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1996 PRS Rosewood Limited (#10 of 100)

1996 PRS Rosewood Limited.  This extremely limited edition was just 100 pieces (this is #10).  VERY few were made in trans-black.  This guitar is from a nonsmoking 1-owner environment.  As you can see it comes with the Certificate of Authenticity, Stickers, Unsigned Warranty Card and Brochures.  YES, it also comes with the original form fit LEATHER case.

The specs are all stock.  McCarty Bass & Treble pickups, Scraped Binding, Gold Hardware, East Indian Rosewood Neck, Multi-part Inlaid Fretboard.  This piece weighs in perfectly at 8lb-6oz.

The wear is extremely light.  There are 2 spots where the gold finish is slightly worn (on the bridge pickup under the low E string and on the bridge post near the low E string).  There are extremely fine “feather” type surface marks (not into finish…just the kind you see in the light) on the top under the high E string…and a few on the back.

The only issue of note is one you wouldn’t note unless I was given a note…follow?  The original owner got a ding in the top…he is meticulous…it bothered him.  A few years later, this PRS lover purchased a PRS Dragon from a PRS Employee…the deal was that the Dragon would be purchased if the PRS Employee could take the Rosewood LTD and get the ding out of the top.  The deal was struck and a bit later, woosh…gone.  I’ve been over this thing and I simply can not tell that anything was done…or what WAS done.  Just there is no ding.   I am telling you because I am in possession of knowledge and therefore feel it is my duty…but honestly, if you can find the repair you’re better than I am.

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2017 Ronin Badmoon – BRAND NEW

Brand New 2017 Ronin Badmoon in sexy Gloss Black!  This is one of the last 2 Badmoons in production (I have a Copper finish Badmoon coming soon).  Build time is over 18 months ….BUT…Ronin is NO LONGER taking custom orders.  Odds of more Badmoons is slim because they take several times the work to craft than a typical Mirari or Morningstar.

The result is something from another dimension. The master-grade old growth redwood (from Ronin’s secret stash) is aged to perfection.  Tonally it creates what maple/mahogany wishes it could.  Redwood sounds like the perfect blend of organic and crisp whereas the typical gibson sandwich is like 2 extremes fighting.

The Ronin Foilbucker is a perfect complement to the woods.  This pickup isn’t like the Lollar or flavor-of-the-week “foils” you may have seen.  These are custom built from the ground up.  The tone is like a microphone matched with a PAF and a Tele Pickup.  Just captures every piece of tonal information you can muster.  Nuance is captured remarkably.  I stand by my assertion that Ronin’s are the most exciting new guitar in a decade.

For more Specs see the pictures where I have included a detailed sheet. 

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Hysteria T1 Military Drone – BRAND NEW – Authorized Dealer

If you love unique & handcrafted then check out the latest addition to the stable.   This is a Hysteria brand instrument crafted from Stainless Steel!  The components are all top quality (Lollar Pickups, Mono Padded Soft Bag, Graph Tech Bridge, Hipshot locking tuners).  The body, knobs, pickup covers are expertly crafted by hand.  The result is a Trussart Killer that costs a lot less.

This piece features 25.5″ Scale & 12″ Radius with a 1-11/16″ Nut Width.  The frets are wide fat sort of like a Les Paul.  The pickups are Lollar “Raw Power”.  The guitar comes with a hand written cert (it’s actually a cavity cover too).  This is a 1-off I had built to my specs.

Tonally think warm and airy.  If you are tired of aniemic reflective guitars then this is for you.


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Ron Kirn Signature BARNBUSTER

Ron Kirn Signature BARNBUSTER in Excellent Nonsmoking condition with original padded rectangular case & book.  Really versitile instrument that was custom ordered with a Nashville style switching & locking tuners. The neck is a “C” measuring approx .84 to .90″.  Save a lot of money on a guitar that most would call mint.


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2007 D’Pergo Aged Vintage Classic – Excuse free…

I just got in this luscious D’Pergo Aged Vintage Classic. This S-style is ridiculously light at just 6lb-14oz. The guitar comes complete with its original G&G Hardshell Form Fit Case, Certificate of Authenticity, Build Sheet & Hang Tag. The instrument is extremely clean with no “Stories” or “Upgrades”.

The AVC features a 1-piece Certified Old Growth Maple Neck with a .99 Custom Offset Shape. The body is Aged River Recovered Ash. Mr D makes almost everything on this guitar. The pickups are D’Pergo Aged 50s. To my ears they are more lively and have MUCH less of a dull/aged magnet tone than almost every other AVC I’ve owned (and I’ve owned dozens).

I know Mr D doesn’t like when I say I’m an expert….I never actually said that…I actually said I love these instruments and acquire them whenever I can. I’ve sold more than anyone but him and therefore feel perhaps I have some level of experience to offer potential buyers. If this resonates with you as a buyer then feel free to contact me and we can talk pros/cons. If not, you can stick to Snapchatting randoms.


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2012 Berumen Flat Top 2 Pickup – Wolfetones

2012 Berumen Flat Top 2 Pickup model.  I’m so impressed by the quality that goes into these instruments ESPECIALLY at this price point.  Wolfetone Legend Pickups, Tone Pros Bridge, Kluson Deluxe Tuners.  Hand crafted and uniquely designed.  These guitars sound and play like the big boys at a fraction of the price.  This particular guitar has a wider-than-typical neck width. The string spacing is a bit inside the neck width but still wider than what you’ll typically find.


Yes, this guitar comes with its original hardshell form fit case & Certificate.  The condition is Excellent and I outline in great detail (see pictures for the sheet I prepare).

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Siggi Braun Custom Shop Fafnyr FF-7 7-String 2015

Oooh how we (shhh just me so I should say “I”) at love the unique hand-crafted guitars.  While others may stick with the safe, I’m not afraid to put my money on the line when I see a guitar that deserves attention.

I’m into these Siggi Brauns.  Not for everyone…sure..but if you want a 7 that is designed by someone who BUILDS 7s then this is for you.  Lots of guys toss an extra string on their stale designs…but Siggi makes 7s regularly for performing artists.

The details of this are all in the attached Spec/Condition sheet.

The main points to focus on here are (1) it is a multi-scale guitar, (2) Fanned Frets, (3) Hand crafted in the Siggi Braun Custom Shop, (4) COOL “Dragon Skill” textured finish, (5) Bare Knuckes PIckups, (5) Zebrawood Board, (6) Extremely light weight at just 8lb-1oz.

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2015 Brua Phantom Pharaon – Gold Leaf

Pierrick Brua is a master luthier from France who has been building droolworthy instruments since 1993.  So skilled is Mr Brua that in 2007 he won the highly coveted “Meleur Ouvrier de France” Award bestowed upon the finest craftsman in France.   A graduate of the Roberto Venn School in Phoenix, Mr Brua makes fine Archtops, Acoustics and electrics.   These instruments are typically 1-off works of art that are rarely available on the primary or secondary markets.

I was lucky to acquire this 2015 custom Phantom Pharaon that was finished in a labor intensive GOLD FLAKE.  Visually it looks like tiny sheets of gold are layed upon each other and a thin finish placed over top to preserve the look.  The components on this piece are ‘spare no expense’ varities.  For example, Mr Brua had Benedetti wind custom pickups for this instrument.  The Gotoh trem has a custom designed hydraulic spring system that allows smooth flowing bends.  The neck has scalloped upper frets to allow ease of playability and sustain where many guitars typically fart out.


Mr Brua uses CTS Pots for his instruments. The guitar is housed in a custom form fit flight case.  From a wear standpoint, there are very minor things outlined in the Spec Sheet (see the pictures).

If you are done with the run of the mill and want something that you can admire and enjoy for a lifetime, this is worthy of consideration.

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2015 Fibenare Basic Jazz Rahan HOLLOW

Fibenare is a ‘sleeper’ brand.  I sell a LOT of them but often people come to find them once they’ve been down the road with other brands first.  I remember going to my first NAMM and meeting the Fibenare team.  I was told the story of how they grew up in a country at a time when they had to learn a trade.  That they loved music but had little access to the guitars we take for granted.

Why does this matter? Because passion is fueled by hunger and desire. These people simply set out to reach what they pictured in their minds eyes…perfection.  As we all know, in reality the standard instruments we all love are full of little imperfections, design flaws and head scratchers….but they didn’t know that.

The result, instruments that are created with heart and soul.  ONE at a time.  Hand carved.  Hand glued.   Nothing leaves the shop unless it meets their standards.

This guitar is a complete hollow guitar.  KORINA Back & Neck.  1 Piece Neck…1 Piece Body.  Just 5lb-1 ounce.  Ironwood board.  Custom wound pickups that are open sounding and play with the woods.

And the price…new these are steals.  USED they are giveaways.  If you think your “Boutique” guitar is well made…do yourself a favor and check out a Fibenare.

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