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RON ELLIS STRAT PICKUPS : Mid-60s Set w Guard & Pots & NOS CAP

RON ELLIS STRAT PICKUPS : Mid-60s Set w Guard & Pots & NOS CAP

Ron Ellis pickups are the best modern pickups…period. I use them in all my personal gutars.  I stock up on them and hoard them because to me they are like gold.

This is a complete setup ready to go.  You get a set of Mid-60s Pickups, Pots, Switch and NOS Cap.  The sale is for the pickups and you get the other stuff free.

 

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1964/65 Fender Stratocaster – Stupid Clean

1964/65 Fender Stratocaster – Stupid Clean

Yes! A super clean 1964/65 Fender Stratocaster with Original Hardshell Case!

NOT A REFIN

NOT A REFRET
ORIGINAL PICKUPS

NO FUNNY BUSINESS UNDER GUARD

Ok now that we have those obvious questions out of the way let’s chat.  This one has a very late 1964 neck and very early 1965 pickups (first 1/2 Jan 1965).  Call it what you want.   Some say ’64…some say ’65.  The pickups are all original and not rewound.  The color is amazing and clean.  Some wear, yes, and dings but a super clean instrument for this era.

The frets are in exceptional shape and I can’t even find grooves.

It weights just over 7.5 lbs which is in the sweet spot everyone is looking for.

You can see it was used sparingly.  I have a LOT of pictures and happy to send them if you are genuinely interested.

YES it blacklights.  The guard appears original as does the wiring and pots.  Use your own judgement because it’s sold AS-IS and I’m not getting into a debate over every screw on this.  The TREM ARM IS INCLUDED…best I can tell it’s original.  Decal is original.

AMAZING BALANCED PICKUPS!  That mid-60s Tone you are searching for!   Plays just like a great mid-60s Strat!  Doesn’t smell like smoke either!

If you’re going to spend money you should search for one that is this level of clean. The premium for “mint” guitars just is too high PLUS you won’t play them.  This one has just a couple of wear spots that allow you to enjoy it WHILE maintaining the fact that it’s in this echelon of clean.

I have to say these old strats are everything you could ask for.  LOVE the carve.  LOVE The pickups and how responsive they are.  They bloom and sustain.  Jangle yet can thicken up with a cranked amp.   There is a reason people covet these.  And again, this is one you can play AND collect.

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2016 SVL Carved Top Hybrid Tele

2016 SVL Carved Top “Telecaster” created by a 1-man shop in Europe “SVL Guitars”.  How amazing are SVL Guitars?….well…Robben Ford had one made and plays it (see my other listing for an exact copy of his by SVL).  These are coveted in the US and rarely available. I was lucky enough to score a couple and now I will strive to continue finding them…they are THAT good.

This one features a 1-piece Honduran Mahogany body that is HAND CARVED.   The 1-piece Honduran Mahogany Neck features a perfect C-neck profile measuring .85″-.90″.  The frets are 6150 and they have no wear.

The scale is 25.5″ and the nut is 1.67″.  BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD (try getting those now!).  AMALFITANO MINI HUMS….wow just loaded with P90-esque tone without the hum.  JUST 6lb-1oz!  Original Hard Case.  10″ Radius in case you care. PAPER THIN nitro finish that feels like bare wood.

Tonally you will conjure up the feeling of that perfect LP Jr meets Firebird meets LP.  Overall the condition is clean and smoke free.

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET WITH ALL THE DETAILS YOU SEEK.

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2017 Fender Custom Shop NAMM ’63 Heavy Relic T

COOL As F Alert!  Just can’t get enough of this one.  It’s a 2017 NAMM Guitar from the Fender Custom Shop.  SPARKLE SEAFOAM GREEN that is aged to crap…LOL!  Let me tell you it is freaking SO cool to play….how cool you ask…I kept the matching Strat in my collection (needed a strat have a ’51 nocaster so zip it).   I mean I have had Masterbuilts and boutiques and everything (see my site)…..THIS is cream of the crop in TONE, LOOKS and PLAYABILITY.

All the Specs are in the PICTURES (SEE THE SHEET).  I know you love details so here are just a few:

  • SELECT LIGHTWEIGHT ASH BODY
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • 1-PIece Flame Maple Neck
  • 1.65″ Radius
  • COMPOUND RADIUS 9.5″ – 12″
  • .83″ – .985″ Neck Profile!….SUPER cool
  • Comes with CERT/TAG/STRAP/OHSC
  • Nonsmoking Home 1-owner
  • NITRO FINISH
  • Current pickups FRALIN SPLIT BLADE VINTAGE
  • ORIGINAL Hand Wound Twisted T pickups INCLUDED (In case)
  • Sparkle Sea Foam GREEN!
  • 2017 NAMM Presentation Guitar
  • 6105 Frets
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2015 Probett Rocket – Think the LP you wish FENDER (or Gibson Made)

People ask me ‘what’s the closest thing to a Gustavsson’…well, this might just be it….and 40% of the price too!  Hand crafted one at a time.  OLD growth woods.  Custom shaped necks.  Hand inlaid bindings.  Painstakingly created by one person.

For years I have heard the legend of Probett.  They are hard to find. They are kept by their owners.  They are coveted.  FINALLY I have laid my hands on one.  Let me tell you that my mentors were not wrong on this front.  Think of playing the finest Gibson product from days gone by…..NOW envision that in a much more ergonomic “F” style format.  BINGO…you get it!

This 2015 Probett Rocket features a 1-piece OLD GROWTH HONDURAN mahogany body & a flat sawn Curly Eastern Maple Top.  Mahogany Neck & an Amazonian Rosewood Board.  The neck specs are just about dead on a ’59 LP (.88″ – .95″ and a C profile).  24.75″ Scale & 1-11/16″ Width.  Of course it is a bound neck.  I LOVE the Gotoh K-style tuners.  Let’s face it…tuning a F headstock is a lot easier in the dark than a G style.

The weight is a WOW 7lb-15oz.  Custom hand wound Bulldog pickups.  Light aging is included at no cost to you (LOL).

Tonally…just that tight fat responsive LP you wish FENDER made (or Gibson for that matter). The notes are clear and not mushy.  The guitar sustains and notes bloom.  THIN nitro finish.  This FEELS like a hand created OLD guitar.  This isn’t one of those ‘photographs well but is underwhelming’ pieces.  This is upper echelon.

I’ve been doing this a long time.  My sense is these are on the upswing in terms of prices and desirability.  I have spooookennnnnnnnnnn

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2017 Gibson Custom Shop LES PAUL Painted Over Ltd Edition: 7lb-14oz

2017 Gibson Custom Shop LES PAUL Painted Over Series.  Mint “-” Condition with Original Brown Aged Case, Cert & Case Candy/Tags.  This is a 1-owner piece traded in from a non-gigging, nonsmoking home player.  Just a few hours on it.

This was HAND selected because it weighs only 7lb-14oz.  There is no fretwear and I can’t finds anything that appears to be ‘user’ related wear….just the factory aging…and can I just say this aging is as good as the Murphy aging.  Fantastic.  Wonderful piece.  PICKUPS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO LOLLAR IMPERIAL: SORRY ORIGINALS NOT INCLUDED (Didn’t receive them).

You can find all the Specs & Detailed Condition if you look at the pictures (see the attached sheet).

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McKay Explorer Replica – Just 7lb-13oz

Ken McKay “G” Explorer!  Old Growth KORINA and hand bench-made craftsmanship.  You will be hard-pressed to find any Explorer of this quality and tone for this price.  I have had a LOT of korina guitars.  Most have a scooped tone…very few have the magical Midrange bump…THIS guitar has it.  The instrument sounds thick and fat like Missisippi Queen or your favorite classic rock. Nothing sounds like a great Explorer…they have that tightness that a LP can lack.  They have the fullness that nothing else can bring.  They also retain the high end that the other slab guitars often lose.

This piece weights just 7lb-13oz.  It has typical “G” specs including 1-11/16″ Width & 12″ Radius.  The frets are in near perfect shape with no grooves or noticeable wear.  The neck is a wonderful “C” profile typical of a Gibson.  The measurements are .91″ – .91″.   Very slight factory aging plus a touch of user imparted light surface wear.   Comes with a mean and tough original hardshell case.

You can see all the Specs & Detailed Condition on my SHEET in the PICTURES.

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2004 Gustavsson Bluesmaster w 1958 Gibson P90s : One of 1st Bluesmasters in USA

2004 Johan Gustavsson Bluesmaster.  YES this is one that came JUST after the famed “Wildwood 5”.  I have hoarded this in my collection for many years.  I just don’t play it.  I had a set of VINTAGE 1958ish GIBSON P90s professionally installed (YES, the original pickups are in the case).   This is as close as you will get to a vintage guitar.

THE FIRST Gustavsson Goldtop in the US.  This is also the FIRST Gustavsson to feature a 1-piece Honduran Mahogany Back.  As you can see from the Spec/Condition Sheet & pictures this instrument is in Excellent Condition.  It has been lovingly cared for and not gigged.

Tonally this guitar will blow you away.  Beautiful slightly glassy yet warm and full Gibson P90 tone….only the vintage P90s capture this..and THIS set was sold to me by an author renowned for reviews of high end gear.  I have found that this set of pickups does not squeal like so many of the vintage P90s I’ve encountered..no promises in your rig but in my vintage Marshall & Hiwatt it was freaking sick sounding.  THICK with that glassy top like an old Strat. You can get the growl you lust for. The JG shape also takes a touch of that “woofiness” out of the equation.

Yeah this has a Brazilian Rosewood Board.  The guitar is lightly chambered (Thus the upper-7-pound weight).  It somes with a form fit tweed case.  Not certain if it’s original but it’s high quality and clean.

You can get a later JG with P90s but the SUPER early ones like these command a huge premium.  Add in the vintage pickups, condition and the fact it came from my personal collection…and you are grabbing something that was truly handpicked by someone who has owned everything modern & can keep anything I want.  I have VERY few guitars that make the cut into my collection.

Why am I selling it?  Simple…..just found I have fallen in love with Teles and really just have not played it.  I have a stupid rule about adding when I sell.  I got a ’51 Nocaster so this will go.  Keeps me honest.

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Hysteria Dharium Custom 2018 NAMM – Trussart KILLER

You like Trussarts?….well step aside James T because there is a better alternative available….less expensive….top quality parts….hand crafted…..sound better…play better….and UNIQUE looking.

Enter HYSTERIA GUITARS.  Master crafted from top grade Aluminum.  Look at the craftsmanship and artistry….see those KNOBS & SWITCHES…no off the shelf Chinese plastic crap……pickups?…Lollar Raw Power.  Tuners…Hipshot Locking.   Weight?….just 8lb-4oz….yup….the perfect storm.

Neck is a wonderful Maple w Rosewood Board & 1.64″ Width. 25.5″ Scale and 12″ Radius.  The “C” Profile Neck is .895″-.98″.  Custom bridge and unique styling make this a MUST have for anyone who wants to make a statement.

Playability is fantastic.  Just easy and fun.  The neck vibrates and the notes ring long and fat. Just a wonderful organic tone full of air and fatness.  Why mess around with stamped out junk when you can get something unique and handcrafted that has world class tone?

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2017 Fender Elite Strat w Cavalier Pickups (upgrade)

2017 Fender Elite Stratocaster in Mint “-” Condition with Original Hard Case, Tags & Trem Bar (in case).  From a 1-Owner Nonsmoking Home Environment.   Great weight at just 7lb-9oz.    Wonderful Black Sparkle Finish is really a cut above the stock paint tops you regularly find.  This one was hand selected by a pro musician who regularly plays $5k+ instruments & could select anything he wanted…chose this from a batch at a store….think he found THE best one?….I know this person and everything he sells me (or buys) is CHOICE.

THIS guitar had a huge upgrade professionally added….CAVALIER Pickups (not certain which model).  These are made by Rob Distefano who has become the ‘go to’ guy for reasonbly priced Strat upgrades.  Read up on him via the various online forums and you will see these are the next big thing in F upgrades.  $200 value with installation.

The guitar features a compound 9.5-14 degree radius making it extremely comfortable for anyone from beginner to touring pro.  The C profile neck is comfortable and easy to slide up/down.

You could pay full boat at some retail shop and be treated like a number…or you can buy from a sole proprietor who specializes in finding & reselling the best clean gear.

Thank you for considering this.

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2018 Detemple Tele : 6lb-8oz – ROASTED Flame Neck

2018 Detemple Tele JUST COMPLETED and owned literally for a couple of weeks by the original buyer; only sold because owner found a rare vintage piece he needed to jump on.  Save THOUSANDS from New AND know what this one sounds like.  I’ve sold 50 Detemples….they all sound different.  Don’t take a shot with this much money..KNOW what it will sound like.  I maintain a library of vintage amps to play through so that I can tell you what it will be like vs. other guitars etc.

This is a very rare Detemple.  First off the weight is just 6lb-8oz.  The neck is a wonderful soft V with a profile of .905″-.945″.  The FLAME on the neck is freaking WOW.  ALSO this is from the Roasted Neck stash that Mikey D just had done.  Roasting adds just a slight touch of smoothness to the top end making this latest generation of Detemples that much more special.  The neck has a 9.5 Radius and 1-11/16″ Width.  Titanium Saddles.  Medium Frets.  YEs of course it has the original hardshell case.

You could wait a long time, pay thousands more and get a guitar that might be too dark or bright.  I love when guys say ‘but they all sound good’….YES….they do…but some are dark…some growl…some twang….which do YOU want?…I probably have it IN STOCK

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JET Caldera – Exc Nonsmoking Condition

Handmade JET Caldera guitar in EXCELLENT Nonsmoking Condition.  Every ergonoic detail of this instrument has been painstakingly engineered into a traditional format.  The result is a functionally unequalled piece of musical genius.

The carved quilted maple top has a classy elegant light finish that allows the guitar to demonstrate quality without it being an ‘Easter Egg”.  The finish is a dark blackish-purple.  The Neck is 3-piece Flame Maple with an Ebony board.  25″ Scale, 12″ Radius, Grover Tuners, 1-11/16″ Width.  WOOD Pickup Rings.   The weight is a perfect 8lb-01oz.

Jet Guitars are coveted by those in the know.  NEW these cost almost twice as much as I’m asking.  You can see I carry clean well described gear.

SEE THE PICTURES FOR MY SPEC/CONDITION SHEET with all the details. Don’t you wish other dealers would take the time and energy to prepare something this extensive?  REVOLT! 

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Echopark Clarence Special – 2018 BRAND NEW – Authorized Dealer

AUTHORIZED DEALER – 11 MORE COMING!

Brand New 2018 Echopark Clarence Special modell fresh from the factory!  And WHAT a tonal moster.  I can see why A-list players grab these up (and pay…they’re not given away).  These have organic tone and sound HUGE compared to almost anything else I’ve ever played.  They neck pickup just SINGS and it is freaking THICK sounding with that P92 SNARL.  The Bridge Pickup on this guitar has that perfect snarl & clarity.  This piece will push your vintage amps just enough to get them into the sweet spot.

The neck is a wonderful Medium STANDARD C at .865″ to .905″.  The pkcups are PROTOTYPE EP Custom 3/3 Neck & ’56 Bridgel. The bridge is a tele raw steel w Brass Saddles.   The guitar features a 1-piece Slab ALDER Body with DEEP 1957 type contours.  SUPER comfy against your torso.  Nitro Finish.  Jescar Medium Frets.  Just 7lb-6oz.  12″ Radius, 1.68″ Nut Width, 25.5″ Scale.  YES of course it comes with its original hard case & warranty.

LIght factory aging.  Custom Taper CTS  Pot & Paper in Oil .033 Tone Cap.  You can find ALL the Specs in the PICTURES where I place my complete Spec/Condition form.  Again, this is NEW so you don’t have to worry about condition.  OUr guitars stay in our climate controlled vault…we don’t operate a retail store when people try them.  You get them in the condition we get them.

PrimeGuitars.com is PROUD to be the latest Echopark Dealer!  YES I have ELEVEN coming by end of June 2018.  Touch base with me to find out exactly which models and pricing.  CASE STUDIES GALORE.

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2018 Echopark Clarence J – BRAND NEW – Authorized Dealer

AUTHORIZED DEALER – 11 MORE COMING!

Brand New 2018 Echopark Clarence J model fresh from the factory!  And WHAT a tonal moster.  I can see why A-list players grab these up (and pay…they’re not given away).  These have organic tone and sound HUGE compared to almost anything else I’ve ever played.  They neck pickup just SINGS and it is freaking THICK sounding.  The Bridge Pickup on this guitar has that perfect mix between snarl and warmth.  This piece will push your vintage amps just enough to get them into the sweet spot.

The neck is a wonderful LP-ish C at .905″ to .93″.  The pkcups are ARCANEs (custom) and again they are wonderful. The bridge is a Rolomatic & Mastery MV.   The guitar features a Swamp Ash body with DEEP 1957 type contours.  SUPER comfy against your torso.  The Neck is made of OLD STOCK Big Leaf Maple & Gabriel added a 2.25 degree neck pitch.  12″ Radius, 1.68″ Nut Width, 25.5″ Scale.  YES of course it comes with its original hard case & warranty.

LIght factory aging.  Custom Taper CTS 500k Pot & Paper in Oil .033 Tone Cap.  You can find ALL the Specs in the PICTURES where I place my complete Spec/Condition form.  Again, this is NEW so you don’t have to worry about condition.  OUr guitars stay in our climate controlled vault…we don’t operate a retail store when people try them.  You get them in the condition we get them.

PrimeGuitars.com is PROUD to be the latest Echopark Dealer!  YES I have ELEVEN coming by end of June 2018.  Touch base with me to find out exactly which models and pricing.  CASE STUDIES GALORE.

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2018 Gibson Custom Les Paul ’59RI Ltd Ed BRAZILIAN BOARD CME Version VOS

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI LP CME (Chicago Music Exchange) Limited Edition BRAZILIAN BOARD VOS.   WOW…that’s a MOUTHFUL….but THIS IS AN EARFUL of instrument.  MAN what a huge difference these 2018s are from prior production runs.  The quality oozes and the tone jumps out at you.

The weight is a PERFECT 8lb-7oz!

This is a 1-owner, babied guitar from a nonsmoking home environment. It was owned for a few weeks before the owner encountered unexpected financial obligations.  It comes complete with the Certificate of Authenticity and Tags.  Beautiful top that I purposely photograph as straight on as possible to give you as conservative a view as possible.  Ever wonder why most flames vanish..it’s because the pictures are taken at unrealistic angles to make the nonexistent flame pop.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SPECS & CONDITION in the PICTURES WHERE I HAVE A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET

Here are a summary of details because we know you lust for facts:

  • 2018 Gibson Custom Shop
  • Certificate of Authenticity & Tags Included
  • Original Hard Case Included (Brown…why do people even ask this)
  • Weight:  8lb-7oz
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • VOS light factory aging
  • No Fretwear
  • No mods or repairs2018 G
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GIBSON Custom Shop ’59RI ES-335 Brazilian – 2018 CME Model

Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI BRAZILIAN (Fretboard) ES-335.  Pretty sure this is a 2018 or 2017 model. If that’s important for you check the serial number yourself to be certain.

This magnificent semi-hollow is 1-owner from a nonsmoking home.  Babied.  This is the CME (Chicago Music Exchange) version.  Probably the best Gibson 335 I’ve had in the shop.  The bridge pickup has that clear LP with air thing going on while the neck is SOOOO open and bubbly while maintaining clarity.  This one is a real winner for certain.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE PICTURES.

ANY PERCEIVED IMPERFECTIONS ARE REFLECTIONS NOT UNDISCLOSED 5″ GASHES.

Here is a summary of the specs:

  • Comes with CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY & TAGS
  • Weighs just 8lb-3oz
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FRETBOARD
  • Custom BUCKER S Pickups (Stock)
  • VOS Construction
  • Hyde Glue
  • NO fretwear
  • Original Hardshell Case
  • No Repairs
  • All specs stock for this model.
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Chad UNDERWOOD Strat – Celeb Owned

Early Chad Underwood STRAT with an F-Headstock (shhhhh).  These guitars are the earliest bespoke replicas and they have stood the test of time.  This particular one was Chad’s personal guitar and he sold it to a celebrity with a resume longer than your screen can display; while I do not have provenance of Chad’s ownership, I can tell you it is probably the nicest Underwood I’ve played.

The Specs & Condition are outlined in my Sheet (See 3rd Picture)…but I know you’re anxious to learn so here you go:

  • Ash Body
  • Rosewood Board
  • 9.5 Radius & 1.66″ Width
  • V-profile Neck:  .88″-.96″
  • Factory Aged
  • FRALIN Pickups
  • F-Headstock Logo (I blurred it out in the pictures)
  • 7lb-8oz
  • Trem Bar in Case
  • Original Soft Rectangular Padded Case
  • Celebrity name ONLY disclosed to buyer (and not before out of respect).  I have not priced this higher for the provenance therefore do not consider it a factor in the sale.
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2018 Holloway Tele Custom : HALL-OF-FAME WOODS from Larry Wysocki Library

HALL-OF-FAME Wood Alert!  You litereally may never find woods this exotic again.  This is a Prototype 1-off guitar hand created as a “statement piece” to represent Bryan Holloway’s entrance into the Boutique Guitar scene.  Consider this:

  • ALL WOODS FROM THE LARRY WYSOCKI WOOD LIBRARY
  • 1-PIece BURLED REDWOOD TOP & BACK w a Swamp Ash 1-Piece Center.
  • 1-Piece EXOTIC BIRDSEYE MAPLE NECK & BOARD.
  • Custom wound ROLPH PICKUPS.
  • NITRO FINISH.
  • 5lb-14oz of Chambered Amazingness.
  • Double Bound Body (Top & Back)
  • “C” Profile .815″ – .95″ Exotic Neck.
  • One of best fretjobs I have ever encountered.  When they say Smooth As Glass…they meant THIS guitar.
  • Medium/Jumbo Frets
  • 1.65″ Width
  • 25.5″ Scale & 22 Frets with a 9.5 Radius
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Gotoh Tele Bridge w Brass Saddles
  • CTS 250k Volume Pot & CTS No Load Tone &  .022 Tone Cap
  • Original Hardshell Case (Thermometer Style)

So let’s get down to it…Builder’s name is Bryan Holloway.  For years Bryan has been a major player & builder.  Brian works with a major guitar builder and focuses on custom builds for celebs and demanding private clients.  His skills have been fine tuned through a friendship & apprenticeship with Larry Wysocki who is one of the most highly regarded builders in the world (Jon Herington of Steely Dan & Steve Kimock of Ratdog to name a few).  To set the stage, imagine this…Larry Wysocki is THE industry go-to guy when it comes to woods.  Larry has been doing this for 50-years and has the most sought after timber in the world.  Larry’s guitars are $8k+ and rarely available on the open market.

I can tell you that I carry the best handmade boutique guitars currently made.  This is in the upper echelon of anything I’ve had.  Imagine PLAYING a Bentley automobile.  It is beautiful, tastefully elegant but underneath it’s a performance vehicle.  You will have a nearly impossible time finding any guitar that is louder or more resonant unplugged.  This instrument is alive.  You will not likely EVER AGAIN find a Birdseye Maple Neck/Board this figured.  The Redwood…typically only found on $10k Guitars (see the current Suhr stamped out offerings for proof).

If you’re a collector, player or investor, this PROTOTYPE is one you want to grab. There won’t be another!~

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CP Thornton Elite Semi – 2014

2014 CP Thornton ELITE Semi.  Wonderful hand carved top & back featuring 5A Western Maple Top & Back w b5A Eastern Maple Sides.  This masterpiece weighs just 6lb-11oz and comes with its OHSC & Build Sheet.   Of course it has lived in a nonsmoking environment and came from its original owner.

New this was $5330 a couple years ago.  Used and in this condition it’s a steal. You’re getting an extremely clean instrument (SEE PICTURES FOR COMPLETE SPEC/CONDITION REPORT) and saving almost 1/2.  Why buy new?

Check out the ridiculous Honey Burst finish done by hand in Nitro.  The neck is made or 5A Eastern Maple and features a .85″-.93″ “C” Profile & a Macassar Ebony Board with 6150 Frets, a 1-11/16″ Width & 12″ Radius.  The tuners are my FAVORITE….510….they are smooth and precice and very ergonomic.

The bridge is Faber. The pickups Wolfetone DR Vintage.   Hard to pack more quality & hand craftsmanship into anything (especially at this price).  You could grab a stramped out Gibson and think you have something special….OR you can snag this and KNOW you have something special

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Gabrsek “aka Freddy Frets” 59 ES-335 Style

Gabrsek “a.k.a. Freddy Frets” ES-335 ’59RI Tribute.  If you know boutique builders then you understand what this is.  Freddy was Alex Lifson’s tech for years.  If you watch the Youtube video you can see this masterpiece is hand created.  The neck is shaped using old-school techniques and tools.  The nitro finish skillfully applied.

WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR BUILD DETAILS AND SOUND DEMO:

I can rave about how this is a steal of a guitar vs Gibson Historic, Yaron, etc…or you can watch the Youtube video and see that for yourself.  These guitars aren’t just made…they are custom ordered by people who know the best and pay for the best…then wait for the best to be created.  Guys who commission builds like these could have puchased anything they wanted (and usually have).  They ultimately seek out Freddy because of his underground rep as being “the” guy for modern recreations.

I can rave about how this is a steal of a guitar vs Gibson Historic, Yaron, etc…or you can watch the Youtube video and see that for yourself.  These guitars aren’t just made…they are custom ordered by people who know the best and pay for the best…then wait for the best to be created.  Guys who commission builds like these could have puchased anything they wanted (and usually have).  They ultimately seek out Freddy because of his underground rep as being “the” guy for modern recreations.

This one has some checking and knob cracking due to a shipping issue from the customer.  It is HEAVILY discounted to reflect the light checking.  Everything is a-ok structurally.  Save $2k from where this last sold (by me).

You can see all the specs and condition in the PICTURES where I have a DETAILED SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.

Key Features of this guitar are:

  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
  • Honduras Mahogany Neck
  • Just 8 Pounds
  • NITRO FINISH Hand Sprayed
  • Hand carved neck
  • Tone Pros Bridge
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2007 Gibson Historic ’58RI VOS

2007 Gibson HIstoric 1958 Les Paul RI VOS.  I have had lots of LPS but this one sounds totally together with a bottom end that has snap (not mush) and integrates perfectly with the mids and highs.  Excellent “-” Nonsmoking Condition with the Original Gibson Hardshell Case and Cert & Case Candy/Tags.    Love the tasteful top and beautiful Cherry Sunburst finish.

This guitar was equally happy through a vintage blackface Fender Deluxe or a Bogner Twin Jet.  Tonally it is rare that I find a modern LP smooth and not harsh…this is one of the rare ones.  Perhaps it was the Burstbucker 2 & 3 pickups I had installed in it to replace the aftermarket “improvements’ that were in it?   Not sure but whatever the reason this is that one that people search for.

You can find all the Specs & a detailed condition report in the PICTURES.  Grab this wonderful Gibson from a reputable dealer with a proven track record of delivering quality ‘as advertised’ products.   High end boutique guitars & amps is all we do.  Always buying so remember us if you ever want to consolidate your hoard.

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2017 Knaggs SSC Tier-2 “Steve Stevens”

2017 Knaggs Steve Stevens Tier 2 formally called the SSC-T2 for those lusting for labels.  Excellent Condition from a 1-owner nonsmoking home. Comes complete with the Original Hardshell formfit case, Cert & Tags.    Completely stock including the Bare Knuckles SSC pickups which are OUTSTANDING.  They are just so perfect for this instrument.  Not brittle like Gibsons can get.  This is such a modern take on a classic singlecut style.  Hard to put a Steve Stevens model down.

You can find all the Specs & detailed Condition in the PICTURES (See 3rd Picture).  Save THOUSANDS on a guitar that’s a few months old.   Betcha most brick & mortar stores would pass this off as ‘new’.

NOTE any reflections you see in the pictures are just that….REFLECTIONS…please no emails asking about this…

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2016 Red Rocket ATOMIC TWO TONE – Sea Glass Sparkle Green

2016 Red Rocket Atomic Two-Tone in Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case.
This Sparkle Green “Sea Glass” custom handcrafted piece weighs in at just 7lb-8oz.  Red Rocket guitars are made 1-at-a-time.  I am not certain I’ve ever seen two the same.  The builder is a fantastic guy who has always been there to aide me when I have had questions.   Why settle for some stamped out mass produced guitar when you can have something ‘created’ by someone with vision and artistic talent.

All the specs & condition can be found in the PICTURES where THERE IS A COMPLETE SHEET.  For now, I’ll tease you with these factoids:

  • Pickups:  TV Jones Powertron
  • Neck:  C .84″ – .92″
  • Scale:  25.5″
  • Width:  1-11/16″
  • Body:  Mahogany/Maple
  • Neck:  Mahogany
  • Board:  Ebony
  • Radius:  9.5″
  • Bridge:  Tone-Pros
  • Frets:  Medium
  • Wear:  light guard wear, scrape near strap button, finish crack near strap button where top meets body. 2016
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Detemple 1-off TELE-GIB Prototype!

The COOOOOLEST Detemple I’ve had…and I have had 10% of all he has ever made…over 50 at this point.  Let me tell you…nothing touches a Detemple for overtones in a F-style guitar.  Maybe it’s the way Michael mates necks & bodies during the build process.  Maybe it’s the way he has the tightest neck-to-body connection I’ve seen.  Maybe it’s the large necks and flame maple?  Maybe the 1-piece bodies from select light woods.   Maybe it’s the hand shaping?

Michael isn’t just a world class luthier..he is also a world class player who has been on stage touring with some all-time greats.  It’s one thing to be a builder…one thing to be a player…but a man who has done both at world class levels brings another dimension of know-how to the table.

Such is the case with this one-off Tele-Gib “Jeff Beck” tribute comissioned by a friend of mine.  OHHHH it is a nice one.  Has that nice bottom end snap you lust for in a great tele….has that light weight you wish your LP had…..has that wonderful soft V neck you always lusted after.   This guitar just shined through every one of my vintage and modern amps in the library.   You like gain…come at it…..I threw a Bogner Twin Jet at it and it blew away my supposed ‘shred’ guitars.  Princeton Reverb….lush spanky cleans …nice underwond pickups that don’t color or over-push the amp.

New this was $9400 .   SAVE THOUSANDS plus the wait

You can see ALL THE SPECS & CONDITION in my proprietary Sheet in the PICTURES.  Because I know you won’t read this I’ll retype them below:

  • Body:  Ash 1-piece
  • Neck:   1-Piece Flame Maple
  • Weight:  7lb-10oz
  • PIckups:  Lollar
  • Coil Splitting:  NO
  • Neck Profile:   Soft V-to-C   .96-.98″
  • Scale:    25.5″
  • Nut Width:   1-11/16″
  • Radius:  12
  • Tuners:  510 Open
  • Case:    G&G Original Hardshell
  • Frets:  Medium/Heavy
  • Satin Neck Finish
  • Titanium backplate

 

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THORN GT-098 Black Limba & KOA

Custom RON THORN GT-098 in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell G&G Case.   One owner piece.  The original selected the woods for this guitar that he ordered directly.  We have had a lot of Thorns and they are extremely consistent sounding.  Aesthetically, they are almost always different….so if you see one that speaks to you GRAB IT knowing that you won’t get a dud.

All the Specs & Condition can be found in our proprietary sheet IN THE PICTURES.  Below are some highlights for those who can’t wait:

  • Weight:  8lb-0oz
  • Woods:   Black Limba Body w KOA TOP & Black Limba Neck
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • Ron Thorn Pickups
  • 12″ Radius
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • TREM BAR IN CASE
  • Just a slight finish scrape under the headstock (shown in pictures)
  • C Neck .86″-.94″
  • No Fretwear
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