Category: Guitars

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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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
  • 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
  • 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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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:

  • 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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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.



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Wysocki Tele

Wysocki Strat

Monty LP

Germino Club 40

Rick Kelly “DanoCaster” Type w 3-Lipstick PU

Tom Anderson Tele Sparkle Silver

Callaham Strat in Blonde

Gretsch G6120TFM

1966 Vibrolux Reverb

Homestead 2-12 Combo

Sakashta Smoky Signal EL84 Pedal

Chad Underwood S 2-Tone Sunburst w Ron Ellis Pickups (MY PERSONAL GUITAR)

2017 Gibson Wildwood R9 BRAZILIAN

Red Rocket

Collings CL Deluxe


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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Don Grosh – Electrajet CUSTOM

2013 Don Grosh ElectraJet CUSTOM.  This nonsmoking Alder Bodied/Maple Neck/Rosewood Board workhorse features 3 of Don’s G-90 Pickups.  Think Strat with OOMPH if you want it.  Cleans up to typical strat with roll-off of volume but turn up the volume and get that natural clean boost without the pedal.

The features, specs and condition are well documented if you see the PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.  The major points of note are that this is in VG/Player’s Condition.  It has more surface wear and dings than my typical guitar.  Not beat up but not clean.  There is a Tremol-No Installed and the backplate is in the case.  The Neck is a 50s Carve Soft-V-to-C .85″-95″ which is also unique for Grosh’s I’ve seen.

Great guitar you can afford and not worry about putting some honest wear on.

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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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2016 Leo Guitars “Luthier’s Choice”

Fresh off the production line in October 2016, this Leo Guitars “Luthier’s Choice Standard” is FAR from ordinary.  One of the coolest guitars in ages because you would mistake it for a black & white photeo except that the pickguard is Ebony & Burled Maple so it sticks out like a colorized portion of a portrait.

These hand crafted instruments are each 1-offs.  This one is featured on the luthier’s website (  It features a Cedar Body with Maple Top.  Cedar neck with a MIXED set of frets!  First are heavier and then they get slightly smaller up the register (6100/6105).  1.70″ Width & 24.75″ Scale make this a dream for those LP lovers who feel it’s time to branch out.  Birdseye Maple Board that is museum quality.  Nice C-profile neck that will remind you of your favorite Gibson.

Very light aging and tastefully done flame maple pickup rings add flair to the perfect lines.  Many have tried to do takes on LPs….this one succeeds.   Just 8lbs & comes with the Certificate of Authenticity, Warranty Card & Original Hardshell form fit case.

See ALL the Specs & Condition in the attached sheet.

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Fibenare Roadmaster 2016 – Brand New

Just off the production floor!  Brand New 2016 (December) Fibenare Roadmaster ’56.  I ordered this about a year ago and just received it.  AMAZING Quilt Maple Top!  Ridiculous Birdseye Maple Neck & Board.  The Fibenare brothers really hooked me up with this piece.

You rarely see these new or used.  For the money I dare you to find a better made, better sounding F-style.  See all the Specs in the attached pictures.

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