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Thorn SoCal S/S KORINA & TV Jones 2011

Ron Thorn makes the highest quality ‘for the money used’ guitars I can find.  These are several steps up from anything in their price range.  NEW they are considerable bargains vs. their peer group (Suhr/Grosh/Gibson/Fender CS).

What I really admire about Ron Thorn is that he creates unique pieces and doesn’t simply pump out the same cherry-sunburst over and over again.  Models, configurations, materials…all vary.  The downside of this model is that when you see one you love JUMP on it becasue there are not more behind it.

This particular one is korina with a 1-piece korina neck  TV Jones Pickups.  Perfect 8lb-3oz weight.  Med/heavy frets, 12″ radius and 25.5″ Scale.  The guitar comes with its original hardshell form fit G&G case & Tag.  The condition is Near Mint.  Nonsmoking and no issues.

For those in need of the specifics, I prepare a detailed Spec/Condition sheet (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)

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2009 PRS McCarty Soapbar – EXC Clean Condition

Nothing beats simplicity.  When you can grab a quality piece of gear from a top level company…in Excellent Nonsmoking condition….and it’s their simple format but not their budget line…THEN you have achieved the definition of a deal.

This 2009 PRS McCarty is clean.  See the pictures for a detailed spec/condtion sheet.  Really just some very light contact hairline type wear…the kind that only shows in the light. NOT into wood….NOT deep…NOT rivet lines.  Just what happens when black gloss touches a human from time to time.

Great weight of 7lb-5oz.  The pickups are stock. They clean up amazingly with a simple turn down of the volume knob.  They have perfect snarl without being over the top.

If you always wanted P90s but don’t want to spend a crapload on ornamentation…then THIS one is for you.

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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.

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A DETAILED SPEC & CONDITION SHEET with ALL THE FACTS YOUR LITTLE HEART DESIRES. 

 

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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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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’.

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDTION SHEET WITH ALL THE FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS PIECE. 

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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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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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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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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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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.

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A SPEC & CONDITION SHEET WITH ALL THE DETAILS YOU LOVE!

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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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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.

SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURES FOR A SPEC / CONDITION SHEET.

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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?

SEE THE PICTURES FOR SPEC/CONDITION SHEET WITH ALL THE DETAILS!

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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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 PrimeGuitars.com 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.

SEE ALL THE SPECS IN THE PICTURES – SPEC/CONDITION SHEET IS LOCATED THERE

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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.

SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURES FOR THE SPEC/CONDITION SHEET WITH ALL INFO INCLUDING WEIGHT & MEASUREMENTS.

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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