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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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2015 Berumen German Carve Singlecut – WOLFETONE Pickups

People are always asking me for recommendations on ‘value’ instruments that get you pretty much to where the big budget players are.  THIS my friends is such a piece.  Hand created one at a time.  BEAUTIFUL cleans which provide the basis for adding any amp, drive or effect.  Top components such as Wolfetone Humbuckers and Grover Tuners.  Easy access to upper frets.  Balanced on lap or strap.

If these were $5k they would fly off the shelves used.  I think they are too cheap and people can’t envision that they will actually get amazing quality for so little. Take my word…this is the best value in the used market.

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2014 Frank Hartung Junico

2014 Frank Hartung JUNICO in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  This instrument comes stock with Haussel Pickups which are open sounding and very clear.  All the finest European guitars come with Haussel.   1-11/16″ Width and a 25″ Scale.  Beautifully balanced 7lb-05oz.  Comes with the Cert & Original Hardshell Form Fit Case.

What I love about this piece is the high end that you get even though it’s a mahogany plank.  Typically you expect dark….but the construction, pickups and components help this piece achieve what mahogany/maple typically do.  The result is a light weight easy to play (especially out) guitar with a myriad of cool tones.   Especially impressive is the tele-like snap you can achieve by merely turning down the guitar’s volume.

SEE ALL THE DETAILED CONDITION & SPECS in the PICTURES WHERE I UPLOADED A DETAILED FORM.

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Ronin Mirari – Seafoam GREEN

Ronins are completely different and additive to any collection.  The redwood creates a tone that maple/mahogany WISHES it could achieve.  The custom wound Foilbuckers (splittable too) are like a mic’d acoustic meets a tele meets a Gretsch meets a P90 meets an open sounding humbucker.  Nothing comes close.

All Ronins sound a little different. This particular one has a fantastic organic warmth that accompanies each note. This guitar has a pretty typical Ronin .89″-.95″ C-shaped neck.  The weight is just 7lbs-5oz.  The nut is 1-11/16″.

This guitar is factory aged and just looks so cool in person.  The neck feels broken in but not beat up.  The body is comfortable ergonomically.  TONALLY…just put away all your preconceived notions.  You toil choosing one of your 5 strats to play?….this is like discovering a whole new precious metal…baby.

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2016 Ruokangas Unicorn Classic

I love Ruokangas Guitars.  Juha puts his heart and soul into every piece.  Each one rings and vibrates in your hand,  HUGE in Europe and highly coveted in the U.S.   If you order one it will take probably a year and you will pay thousands more.  This is an extremely clean 2016 Unicorn (See the PICTURES FOR A DETAILED SPEC/CONDITION SHEET with facts like weight, wear spots etc).

This solid guitar weighs just 8lb-4oz.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent Condition with just a couple of tiny wear spots.

Of note is an EBONY GUARD…this is a $500 upgrade alone.  Tonally you will absolutely LOVE that the low E string can get very tele like and clear. This guitar has a spongey lively 3D tone that just makes you smile.  The neck pickup is open and airy.  The bridge clear and very Tele like without the white noise.  The middle position is quacky.

IT plays extremely well in the sandbox with high gain and vintage/clean amps too.  It LOVED my vintage Fender Amps.

You may look at this and think LP but tonally it is like a 25% Tele, 10% Strat and the rest the best tonally balanced LP you can find.

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Nacho Banos NACHOCASTER 6lb-9oz

Nacho Banos NACHOCASTER.This one weighs just 6lb-9oz and has a perfectly shaped .86-1.01″ Neck (1-Piece I might add).  The neck has no cap, meaning the board is all part of the neck. The radius is 9.5″ and the nut width is 1.65″.  The pickups read 6.77k NECK & 7.34k BRIDGE.   In the middle position you achieve the pickups in SERIES meaning they replicate a humbucker.

Every Nacho sounds different. At this point I’ve had a LOT of them and can give you a real perspective on what it will sound like in YOUR rig.  i maintain a library of vintage and modern amps/guitars PLUS 10-years experience with the highest quality boutique guitars around (hundreds upon hundreds of them).

I can help you find the guitar of your dreams by helping you understand how this sounds relative to other pieces NOT by just telling you ‘it’s as good as vintage’.

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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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2016 Versoul Raya

Versoul Guitars fly off my shelves.  This Raya has a beautiful top end and clarity to the bottom that I have not found in the singlecuts.  Perhaps it is the Alder Body or Maple & Aspen Neck.  Perhaps the custom Versoul Humbuckers are wound slightly differently.  I’m not certain but  this instument has a uniquely beautiful tonal spectrum.

The weight is a perfect 7lb-8oz.  The instrument comes with its original G&G Hardshell Case.  Of course the guitar is from a nonsmoking environment.  The nut is 1.70″ in Width and the board has a 12″ Radius.  Comfortable C profile neck that isn’t too skinny or fat.

You  can see all the rest of the specs and a detailed condition if you check out the pictures included (for my proprietary sheet). 

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Fodera Custom Emperor 5 Bass! 65 Year Old Woods!

This is one cool piece!  Fodera Custom Emperor in Trans-Red!   The thing about this guitar is that the woods were 65-years old before the guitar was made.  There is the optional Macassar Ebony Ramp included.  Also there is the Mike Pope preamp.  Abalone Inlays too!    The pickups are Duncan Hot Wound Jazz.  The weight is a fantastic 10lbs even.  The guitar was refretted in 2016 with Heavy Frets.

Overall the guitar is extremely clean with just some very light feather surface contact scratches (the kind you only see in the light) and maybe a ding or 2.  The original case is inlcuded but it has some wear on it.  There is something written on the case indicating Atlantic Records NYC; not sure if this was used in a studio or not.  The Low B is REALLY clear and doesn’t fart out or get lost.

You don’t find many Foderas in this color.  The upgrades and old woods make this a must have. F

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2010 D’Pergo Aged Vintage Classic w Vintage Ltd 50s Pus

D’Pergos are considered by many to be the Bentley of the Strat world.   Hard to belive something hand crafted can be so very perfect.  Difficult to think that there is a better built guitar than what you’ve felt or seen…but these just are.

This 2010 Aged Vintage Classic has the coveted Vintage Limited 50s pickups.  To my ears these impart slightly more of a top end to the tone.   As expected this features a 1-piece Quarter Sawn Certified River Recovered Neck.  The frets are Medium 6230.  The nut is 1.65″ and the radius is 10.  The neck is a .89 Vintage Offset V that doesn’t feel as ‘offset’ as others that I’ve owned.  No fretwear and no physical wear.

The body is river recovered ash.  The guitar weighs 7lb-6oz.  IT comes with the G&G Form Fit Original Hard Case, Build Sheet, Certificate of Authenticity and YES the trem bar for those who wonder.

Very clean one-owner instrument that was obviously well cared for.   The new D’Pergo S-types are 3x as much as this.  I’ve owned them.  This is a steal and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference blindfolded.

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James Trussart Custom Steel Top – El Vikingo 003

James Trussart Guitars are just badass.  You get the Arcane pickups.  You get top quality components.  You get freaking cool looks.  They play great.  Used by pros through art collectors.   Prices for new ones have been creeping up and up creating a particularly attractive value in the clean/used market.

Take this custom guitar.  Just 8lb-6oz.  Bigsby B5 Trem.  This is a special edition El Vikingo 003 with aged steelfinish!  Original Hard G&G Case.  Arcane Pickups.  No fretwear.  Just some very light contact marks on the back keep this from being mint.   I also have 004 with a maple board (also for sale…or maybe it went poof already).

I have several of these with various slight differences.  I acquired them from a nonsmoking studio.  You get choices and price.  What’s not to like?…..unless you want to pay full price and get one ‘new’ that was probably knocked around in some store played by every ‘let me try it all day….but my wife will kill me if I buy it so I’ll put it back all sweaty and dinged’ guy.

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James Trussart Custom Steel Top – CHROME

James Trussart Guitars are just badass.  You get the Arcane pickups.  You get top quality components.  You get freaking cool looks.  They play great.  Used by pros through art collectors.   Prices for new ones have been creeping up and up creating a particularly attractive value in the clean/used market.

Take this custom guitar.  Just 8lb-2oz.  Bigsby B5 Trem.  CHROME finish!  Original Hard G&G Case.  Arcane Pickups.  No fretwear.  Just some very light contact marks on the back keep this from being mint.

I have several of these with various slight differences.  I acquired them from a nonsmoking studio.  You get choices and price.  What’s not to like?…..unless you once tried to pick me off with a dog-crap trade and got spanked…only to retreat to internet forums and claim foul..

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James Trussart Custom Steel Top El Vikingo 004

James Trussart Guitars are just badass.  You get the Arcane pickups.  You get top quality components.  You get freaking cool looks.  They play great.  Used by pros through art collectors.   Prices for new ones have been creeping up and up creating a particularly attractive value in the clean/used market.

Take this custom guitar.  This has an engraving saying El Vikingo 004 indicating it was a special edition.  Just 8lb-7oz.  Bigsby B5 Trem.  Original Hard G&G Case.  Arcane Pickups.  No fretwear.  Just some very light contact marks on the back keep this from being mint.

I have several of these with various slight differences.  I acquired them from a nonsmoking studio.  You get choices and price.  What’s not to like?…..unless you hate resellers because ‘ahhh it’s the man keeping guys down’.

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Driskill Diablo

Early Boutique Guitars were made back before it was even possible to trade pictures of instruments online.  You heard about them…maybe saw one in person.  Is that PRS?…each was a 1-off creation.  Each went to somewhere where an owner loved it and showed it off to jealous friends who spent their time in Music & Arts with the cardboard guitars.

Joe Driskill was one of the earliest builders of the “golden age’ boutique builders.  His necks are reinforced with uniquely.  His design, build and setup all done by hand himself.  Pre-CNC.  Pre-partscaster.  The result is amazing.  These guitars are never duplicated. If you see one grab it.   This one is fantastic.

1-piece Mahogany Body with Hall-of-Fame Quilt Maple Top.  Custom inlay.  Brazilian Rosewood Board.  Just 8b-9oz.   You can see all the rest of the specs and a detailed condition description in the pictures.

For less than the price of a stamped out bolt on parts guitar you can get a 1-off piece that is a showstopper visually, tonally and playability-wise.

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Echopark ’59 Deluxe

2015 Echopark ’59 Deluxe.  I’ve recently been bitten by the vintage bug.  As I’ve played inconsistent uplayable old guitars it re-occurred to me why I prefer modern boutique.  Simple.  Consistency and playability.  All the kinks have been worked out.  The best builders simply have it down.  Echopark guitars are played by pros…collected by enthusiasts and coveted by gear lovers.  They are not for resale often.  They are unique and loaded with top components.  I happen to really love these instruments.

This ’59 Deluxe has a 1-piece Mahogany Neck and a 1-piece Mahogany Body.  Arcane pickups (LOVE the Firebird in the neck).  Kluson Dlx tuners.  1-11/16″ Nut Width.  Just 7lb-7oz with a nice full neck profile.  Of course it comes with its original G&G Form Fit Hard Case & Certificate of Authenticity.   The piece is from a nonsmoking environment.

See the pictures for a Spec/Condition Sheet with all the details.

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2013 Tom Anderson Short T Classic w Contours

2013 Tom Anderson – Short T Classic w Contours. That’s a mouthful and this guitar is an earful of TONE.  Amazing variety of flavors in a 6lb-9oz contoured comfortable platform.   The satin 1-piece neck feels fast and easy.  The Happy Medium neck profile is comfortable for any sized hands for any period of playing.  The M1 & TV3 pickups (with 5-way and Kickback) give you so many tones.  These guitars are a standard in modern boutique instruments.  Still small enough batches to get unique qualities….large enough to obtain cost reductions needed to achieve a reasonable price point for all.  USED they are STEALS especially withg a little bit of wear like this one.

This guitar is a rare “player eligible” grade instrument.  I’m calling it VG to be conservative.  The guitar is quite clean.  NO fretwear.  Just a tiny ding on the tip of the headstock.  The ‘issues’ are mostly finish related because there are a couple of spots where the finish was chipped.  There are a few dings mostly on the back and edges.  The front has a 2″ line sort of that I can’t photograph that is like a Levi’s Jeans rivet lightly pressed into the surface?   Not through finish just there.  From 5′ away most of this you can’t notice.  Guitar still has the original form fit case.  Nonsmoking.

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If you want Tom Anderson quality at a price of a Fender Custom Shop then this one is for you.

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Red Rocket – Atomic Retro Custom

Ok I have a confession to make…I have a soft spot in my heart for Red Rocket guitars.  I’ve found no 2 that are the same.  They are hand crafted using exotic woods and top quality components.  They sound amazing and play like the highest quality guitars….AND….wait for it…they trade cheap (old Wall St term).    The & Lipe guitars are the two best values in the sub-$2200 used market.

This piece features a Lacewood Top over Ash Body.  A Paul Ferro 2-Piece Neck.  Abalone Dots.  Vintage Vibe Charlie Christian in the neck.  Just unique and soulful.  See the Spec/Condition Sheet (in pictures) for the rest of the details.

The Charlie Christian pickup has a real nice fatness while retaining the high end.  Think semi-hollow 335 meets tele.   The guitar resonates.  The finish is thin.  If you are sick of mass-produced stamped out paint guitars then this is for you.  Step up without stepping over your budget.

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CP Thornton Blues Queen – Near Mint

People always ask me for recommendations on world class guitars that won’t break the bank.  THIS, my deciples, is one such instrument.  Hand crafted with both a carved top AND a carved back!  Even the cavity covers are hand crafted wood.  The gold finish is rich and deep.  The headstock overlay is shows the wood grain.  This is not a stamped out piece made to look good.  This is created with top components (See the Spec/Condition sheet in the pictures for all those details).  

The key for this guitar is the tone.  Top level guitars have a beautiful 3D quality to notes.  I like to hear the strings come through as well as the wood. I am not personally a fan of pickups that impart a tone to the guitar.  I can grab a $356 plank for that.  The highs are just wonderful. They have spank and bloom and are not harsh.  Almost sounds to me like I’m playing through an old Fender Amp.   The lower notes are clear and not woofy.  For the money you will get a bolt-on mass produced partscaster OR you can get this handcrafted lovingly sculpted guitar.  You decide.

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D’Pergo Aged Vintage Classic

Wonderful D’Pergo Aged Vintage Classic.  This nonsmoking piece weighs in at typical 7lb-5oz (for these guitars).  The neck is a 1-piece Aged, River Recovered Maple.  The body is a river recovered 1-piece Ash.  The neck profile is a wonderful full (but not huge) C.  The satin finish is the best in the business.

I would classify the fret size as Med/Large.  The radius is 9.5″ and there is no fretwear.  This instrument comes with its original hardshell form fit case.  The serial number is 0240 which places it around 2006/7.  The only wear of note (see the Spec/Condition sheet in pictures for a full overview) is a slight discoloration on the arm rest.  This is likely easily buffed out.

D’Pergos are noted for their EVEN notes and extremely musical bloom.  These guitar are the Bentley of instruments….they are handmade but you can’t believe how perfect they are.  The sustain is haunting.  The evenness of the notes can’t be overstressed.  Nothing harsh. Just smooth smooth smooth while maintaining that classic strat tone.  Each position sounds DIFFERENT and not like a mishmash of tone.  These are considered by many as the cream of the crop.

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Fodera Imperial Custom BRAND NEW – MASSIVE UPGRADES Braz RW/Throbak/Waverly/RS

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 7lb-1 ounce 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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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!  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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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 ..it 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…..you 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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