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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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PRS McCarty Brazilian RW / Korina Ltd Edition 6lb-12oz

Extremely Limited Edition PRS McCarty with a BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD Board.  Korina Body & Neck too!  Because of the rare wood used, this model was specifically labeled (see back of headstock) as for sale in U.S. Only.   This is as close to a ’50s V/Explorer tone as you will get for under $2k….or even $5k.

SUPER light weight at just 6lb-12oz.

SUPER Clean:  See pictures for complete Spec & Condition Rundown

Original Hardshell Case Included

PRS McCarty Pickups

BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD

No fretwear

Almost no wear except super light ‘only noticeable in the light’ type contact & 1 “=” sized surface ding into clear not into wood.  I try to give you all the info you need to make an informed confident decision.

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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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2015 Collings 360 ST Ash – Near Mint Condition

Collings 360 ST Ash with a 1-piece Carved Top Ash Body, FLAME Maple Neck & Rosewood Board.  TRULY the LP Lover’s Strat!  1-Owner Near Mint Condition from a Nonsmoking Environment.  Comes complete with Unsigned Warranty Card & Americage Custom Hardshell Case.

This guitar weighs just 7lb-7oz and features a set neck design. It is 100% Stock so you can find all the specs on the Collings Site (OR LOOK AT MY PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET).

FYI the guitar’s neck has a nice “C” profile with a depth of .86″ – .935″.  Hard to find any wear on this but I graded conservatively.

Get a fantastic guitar and save via the ‘buyer’s remorse’ discount.

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Don Grosh FULL HOLLOW Set Neck w SPRUCE Top & BRAZ Board !

CUSTOM 1-OFF ALERT!  Completely HOLLOW Grosh Set Neck.  Hand Carved Spruce Top!  1 Piece Mahogany Back!  BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.

These guitars are the top of the Grosh food chain.  Don himself creates them and an order will take over a year.  New they cost mid-$6ks.  No two are alike.  Having sold dozens of these I can confidently say they represent the BEST value in the used guitar market.  Custom YES…someone’s moronic interpretation of beauty?….NO….so capitalize on a guitar built for somone one custom order…someone who spared no expense and got the finest of everything Don could offer….NOT take about 1/2 off…see my point here….OH and it’s near mint..nonsmoking..no issues.

These pieces sound so full and clear with nice organic tones.  You can dig in or strum lightly. VERY responsive.  Aren’t you tired of sifting through mass produced guitars and hoping they sound good?  This DOES.

YOU CAN SEE COMPLETE SPECS IN THE PICTURES where I include a detailed SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.  But as a teaser…

  • COMPLETELY HOLLOW
  • Medium/Large Roundback Neck:  .85″ – .95″
  • Grosh Humbuckers:  ’65”
  • 3 Way :  No coil splitting
  • Tone Pros Bridge
  • Certificate of Authenticity, CITIES
  • Original Hardshell Form Fit Case
  • 6150 Frets Medium
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Kluson Deluxe Tuners
  • 12 Radius
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Don Grosh Set Neck BRAZ BOARD : 6lb-12oz

Hall-of-Fame QUILT on this hand crafted Don Grosh Set Neck.  YES it has a BRAZILIAN BOARD & CITIES PAPERWORK.  These guitars are the top of the Grosh food chain.  Don himself creates them and an order will take over a year.  New they cost mid-$6ks.  No two are alike.  Having sold dozens of these I can confidently say they represent the BEST value in the used guitar market.  Custom YES…someone’s moronic interpretation of beauty?….NO….so capitalize on a guitar built for somone one custom order…someone who spared no expense and got the finest of everything Don could offer….NOT take about 1/2 off…see my point here….OH and it’s near mint..nonsmoking..no issues.

These pieces sound so full and clear with nice organic tones.  You can dig in or strum lightly. VERY responsive.  Aren’t you tired of sifting through mass produced guitars and hoping they sound good?  This DOES.

YOU CAN SEE COMPLETE SPECS IN THE PICTURES where I include a detailed SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.  But as a teaser…

  • Weight:  6lb-12oz (Yes it’s chambered)
  • Large Roundback Neck:  .88″ – .98″
  • Fralin Humbuckers:  8k Neck  &  9k Bridge
  • 3 Way :  No coil splitting
  • Tone Pros Bridge
  • Certificate of Authenticity, CITIES & Warranty Card Included
  • Original Hardshell Form Fit Case
  • 6150 Frets
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Kluson Deluxe Tuners
  • 12 Radius
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Rick Kelly KORINA TELE – Old Growth 50s Korina from Gibson Stash

WOW Guitar Alert!  This one could be the Tele-of-The-Year!  Hall-of-Fame quality Resonance on this instrument.  Just 6lb-10oz.  THE STORY is the guitar was made from a stash of 50s Korina that Rick sourced from Gibson.  I can’t verify but what I can verify is this is the best sounding Korina Guitar I’ve had.  Notes jump off and it has the growl you need in korina.

Did I mention it has a 1-piece body…finding this quality and size korina these days is next to impossible.  Aged woods? Forget it.   The neck is a 1-piece large maple neck with a Maple Board….AND…no cap…meaning it’s all 1 PIECE OF WOOD (no skunk stripe either).  1-11/16″ Width and Medium Frets.  25.5″ Scale and 9.5″ Radius.  The prior owner believed the pickups are Duncan Antiquities….I am not certain and won’t promise…and no I’m not dissecting the guitar to find out.  Glendale T Bridge (the best).

Just a COOL piece.  LOVES my amps.  LOVES pedals.  I just want to keep it but it’s your turn to have a great guitar.  I have so many.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop LP ’58RI Murphy Painted WILDWOOD Ltd Ed

LOOK at the woods on this guitar!  Do you think Wildwood Guitars would have anything be the best come through as a custom run?  Do you think Tom Murphy would put his name on crappy guitars?  This one is an extremely Limited Edition Gibson Custom Shop 58RI Les Paul.  Tom Murphy painted this one.  The included Certificate of Authenticity indicates Tom’s involvement.   You can instantly see that the color on this Les Paul is much more robust, rich and high end than run of the mill pieces you’ve seen.

This guitar features a wonderful ‘almost ’59’ profile with a .91″ – 1.00″ depth.  The pickups are custom wound Wildwood Custom Humbuckers.  The guitar comes (of course) with its original brown form fit case.  It is from a 1-owner, nonsmoking environment.  There are no stories, repairs or mods associated with this piece.  It comes wtih the Cert & Tags.

The weight is a wonderful 8-3/4 pounds. There is no fretwear.  I can’t find any dings or wear on it.  Pretty much what you would expect if you grabbed a guitar off a rack.  Save a LOT vs. new and avoid chasing some salesperson who will treat you like he is doing you a favor by speaking with you.

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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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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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2018 James TYLER – Studio Elite HD Barn Finish

Like New 2018 JAMES TYLER Studio Elite HD in super unique Barn Finish.  This nonsmoking 1-owner instrument is rare because it has an Indian Rosewood Board (most I’ve seen are Maple).  LOADED with features and oozing with vibe.  This one resonates in my hand like a tuning fork.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN MY “SPEC SHEET” LOCATED IN THE PICTURES.

Below is a summary of the features:

  • 2018 Model Year
  • Solid SWAMP ASH body
  • Weight:  Just 7lb-9oz
  • Matching Headstock
  • MIDBOOST
  • LOGO Form Fit Original Hardshell Case
  • Neck:  Std ’59 Profile C  .845″ – .975″
  • Neck Wood:  Quartersawn Maple
  • Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Certificate of Authenticity in case (TREM BAR TOO)
  • JTS 5500 Single Coils & SUPER Bridge Pickup
  • .110 x .055″ Frets (Heavy)
  • 1-5/8″ Neck
  • Hipshot Locking Tuners
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James Tyler BURNING WATER – Near Mint w Midboost

2012 James Tyler BURNING WATER in Mint “-” Condition with Original Hardshell Form Fit Case.  This piece comes from a nonsmoking environment and literally smells new.  

Prices on Tylers have skyrocketed.  Grab this clean guitar for a LOT off retail.   If you see the pictures you will find a complete SPEC & CONDITION SHEET.   Below are just some of the details:

  • SOLID Alder Body
  • Quartersawn Maple Neck :  1-Piece
  • Weight:  7lb-7oz
  • Spec Sheet & Tools Included (YES TREM BAR TOO)
  • Midboost
  • 1-5/8″ Width
  • Heavy .110 x .055″ Frets
  • Compound 9.5″ – 12″ Radius
  • C  “Thin ’59” Neck .825″-.95″
  • JST2500 Single Coil PUs & a SUPER in the bridge

AMAZING instrument with tonal variations galore!

QUESTIONS:  EMAIL  jim@primeguitars.com

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Chad UNDERWOOD Strat

Early Chad Underwood STRAT with an F-Headstock (shhhhh).  These guitars are the earliest bespoke replicas and they have stood the test of time.  The early ones are the ones that made folks like Paul Reed Smith select them as personal guitars.

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

  • Maple Board
  • 9.5 Radius & 1.64″ Width
  • VERY SOFT V-profile Neck:  .90″-.98″
  • Factory Aged
  • Neck PU: Briggs
  • Middle & Bridge PU: Chapin Custom
  • 7lb-12oz
  • Trem Bar in Case
  • Original Hardshell 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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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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CALLAHAM Telecaster

Impossibly Rare Alert:  CALLAHAM Tele!   This guitar is impossible to find.  Even more amazing is that it has a BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.  The body is ALDER and the Neck is a perfect ’58 V-to-C measuring a wonderful .86″-.96″.  NOT a bat.  Just enough meat to help the notes ring out. The color is a Candy Apple Red that has naturally faded over the years.

The Callaham (Lindy Fralin custom) pickups are extremely open sounding in this guitar.  This is NOT a dark, muddy tele.  This does Rock-to-Country perfectly.  Obviously you can dial back the tone knob to get all the Jazz warmth you desire.

This instrument weighs in at just 7-11oz which for a Callaham is featherweight….remember these were made back before every ‘low rent hobbyist’ was asking for weights of pickup screws.   Michael Stevens (Co-Founder of the Fender CS) told me the BEST sounding F-style guitars are mid-weight.   Here you have one!…and he wasn’t joking.

There is some wear on this piece….consider it “naturally relic’d”.   PLEASE SEE 3rd PICTURE FOR A COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET.

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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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Brian Monty BLUESMASTER 2015

2015 Brian Monty “Bluesmaster” in Excellent “-” Condition.  This one-owner hand carved masterpiece weighs just 8lb-11oz.  It features a hand carved BIRCH TOP & Hand shaped Mahogany Body & Neck.  Check out the grain on the BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.

The neck profile is a wonderful “C” that measures .87″-.96″.  The frets are typical LP style and the scale/width and such are typical LP.  The pickups are Peter Florence Voodoo ’59s (non splitting) which I happen to love because of how open they sound.

The guitar features very light aging and a hand sprayed Dark Cherry finish in thin NITRO.  There is some prior-owner wear on the instrument most notably some finish edge wear on one edge due to a strap contact point.

If you have experienced Brian Monty’s work you know you just can’t touch this kind of quality and craftsmanship in a GIbson at any price…let alone this price.  New, these guitars are bargains…USED they are absolute MUST tries.

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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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Michael Stevens LJ Goldtop PROTO

What we have here is one of the single best guitars I’ve owned (of the thousands).  It was made FOR me in 2007 by Michael Stevens (founder of Fender Custom Shop) in his TX workshop.  It is a Prototype for a singlecut trem model.  It is absolutely the most musical sounding singlecut I’ve played.  This guitar is not to be confused with the team built ‘Fender’ production models that came much earlier.  This is a true MICHAEL piece.

For those who follow at home, I’ve sold 28 Stevens guitars.  I have vast experience with them and can help you determine if the tonal aspects of this one meet your needs.  I can tell you these others won’t hit the market anytime soon and are typically locked away in collections (I put them there..I know).   This is a unique opportunity to get one at a discount vs. the price new.

Again, this is hand crafted with hand shaped Honduran Mahogany Soft V Neck with a .88-1.02″ Depth.  Just look at the perfect TV finish on the back of this guitar.  Michael did this himself..it’s not outsourced like so many other ‘builders’.  The board is a beautiful Brazilian Rosewood...again this is good wood not some leftovers that pass as BRW.  The headstock overlay is also Brazilian Rosewood.  The back of the guitar has a wonderful body contour that makes playing the instrument SO easy sitting or standing.   Speaking of comfort, this one weighs in at a perfect 8lb-10oz.

This masterpiece is a tyipical LP Scale.  The frets are a tallish-medium size & the neck is 1.70″ in Width.  12″ Radius and Sperzel Locking Tuners (replaced tips).  The pickups are not original, I replaced the Lollars with Peter Florence Voodoo 59s (Non-splitting) because I find them more open and clear.  Of course the guitar is hand finished in a vintage GOLDTOP with fantastic binding and hand painted knobs.  I had Michael add a PRS Sweet Switch to the volume (pull to engage) to add a touch of warmth when needed.  I love this mod feature.

Speaking of features, let’s discuss the Trem.  It’s called a Skyway.  Why did I select it?….simple.  It is TOP MOUNTED.  Look at the back of the guitar…no wood is missing. Just a touch of wood needs to be removed from the top in order to fit a guitar with one of these.  NO spring noise.  ALSO, it feels and acts like a fixed bridge.  THE most comfortable bridge to rest your palm on…hands down.  If you are not a trem guy…no issue…it won’t come into play.  If you ARE a trem guy then a SKYWAY is SMOOTH and even.  It’s not clunky and choppy.  You can bend down and slightly up with ease and precision.  VERY innovative and many of the major boutique builders used them at one point before they became impossible to procure.

You can see the conditiion is VG+ with just touches of wear here and there.  The guitar comes complete with the original hardshell case.  It has lived in nonsmoking environments.

YOU CAN SEE A DETAILED CONDITION REPORT IN THE PICTURES.

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Timbuckers – Set of 2 Humbuckers

Timbuckers – Set of 2 Humbuckers

Pair of TIMBUCKERS (Tim White) humbuckers.  Impossibly rare.  Rare set with covers.  Not certain what the coil colors are and not going to take covers off to find out so consider it a mystery that only you can solve!

These are out of production.  They won’t last long so grab them for your stash.  Work as they should.

FAQS:

  • I will not weigh them
  • I will not measure them with an electron caliper set
  • I will not test the covers for their 1927 steel content
  • I will not provide xrays
  • I will not measure the depth of the screw inserts
  • I will not take pictures in natural sunlight
  • I will not compare them to every pickup you have ever head of only to have you buy the absolute shittiest set in the batch (from someone else)
  • I do not care what your friend said about ACME brand being better
  • I do not want to trade for your set of Squier Strat pickups that sound really killer
  • I will not pull a ToneQuest Report trick and say ‘decided not to sell” after you pay…then relist at a higher price
  • I will not text you a picture of me holding them in front of today’s newspaper
  • I will not answer the question “if they’re so great why are you selling them”
  • I will not do an Ancestry.com study of every prior inch these have traveled since they were created
  • I will not measure the humidity in the room in which they are stored
  • I will not triple box and seal with non-GMO glue because once upon a time you had an issue with some hot sauce you got from Uganda.
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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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Suhr Classic ’56 BIG V NECK .88″ – .98″

Recent John Suhr (Serial 7220 if you can decipher date) SUHR CLASSIC in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  Sought after boutique guitar in and of itself BUT THIS ONE has FEATURES not found in all Suhr Classics:

  • 1-Piece Neck
  • Medium Stainless Frets
  • Maple Board (NO CAP)
  • ’56 BIG V NECK .88″-.98″
  • Thin Skin Finish
  • SSC Pickups
  • SWAMP ASH BODY (many ‘paint’ finishes are Alder)
  • V54 Pickups
  • Build Sheet included
  • Comes w G&G Hardshell Fender Silver Logo Case (seller must have mixed cases up …this is way better than the Suhr case).
  • BACK PLATE/SCREWS & TREM BAR IN CASE

You can see a detailed Spec/Condition sheet if you page through the PICTURES.  Great instrument and you save some loot. That’s why PrimeGuitars.com is so beloved in the world of instruments…ahhh I am LOVED.

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