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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.

YOU CAN SEE COMPLETE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION SHEET IN THE PICTURES

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2018 Echopark Clarence Case Study – Brand New – Striped Gabon Ebony Board!

Brand New!  Factory Warranty! Authorized Dealer!  2018 Echopark Clarence CASE STUDY.  Gabriel outdid himself on this masterpiece.  Just LOOK at the unique woods such as the Gabon Striped Ebony Board!….OH and it’s OLD STOCK/OLD Growth!   Look at the Old Stock Michical Burled Cherry Top & That luscious Korina!  The 1-piece Flame Maple Neck feels SOOOO nice.  It has a Soft V to C Medium Profile.   The guitar is balanced on your lap or on a strap.  The Bridge pickup cuts and can really push an amp OR clean up and play clear.  The neck is so fat and warm…mmmmm.

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Knaggs Kenai – Exc Cond

Knaggs Guitars really bridge the gap between the stale PRS world and the modern boutique guitar world.  Their feel, playability and TONE stand tall and have attracted an entire new universe of converts.  New a Knaggs guitar is a fairly priced item…USED in this condition they are BARGAINS.

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I love the color on this piece. I believe it’s Wicked Burst but that is not promised…it is what I determined by checking the color vs. the site.  The Pickups I believe (not 100%)  are Duncan P90s.  The board is Ebony.  The tuners are GOTOH Open.  The body is mahogany w a flame maple top.  The neck is mahogany.  Frets are Med/Heavy.   The neck is a C-profile with .855″-.945″ Measurements.

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2018 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

2018 Nacho Banos Mid-50s Strat in Mint “-” Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Paperwork/CD.  These are the top of the food chain of modern production aged F-style guitars.  The Teles are rare….strats….almost impossible to find.   This one is just a few months old from a nonsmoking environment.

SEE THE SPECS/CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

I own a Nacho for my collection and I can own ANYTHING.  They just capture that vintage feel and tone like nothing I’ve experienced (and I carry every top modern brand and have had pristine examples of vintage).

This Strat features an ASH body with a 1-piece Maple Neck.  The neck is fretted with Med/Heavy frets (his 95/47).    The width is 1.65″ and the radius is 9.5″.  The Neck is a Medium-V measuring .87″-.995″.   You will LOVE how broken in this piece feels without seeming cheesy or over-done.

COUPLE OF NOTES:  1. The backplate and screws are in the case.  2. YES the trem bar is in the case.  3.  NO this does not include the hardcover book

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Soloway LN6 Fledgeling 27″ Scale

Soloway 27″ Scale Length guitars are super clear and tight sounding.  They are articulate and chords just sound so full and elaborate.  It was a shame when Jim decided to stop creating his instruments.  Today they are hard to find and scooped up by those in the know.  Simple format, quality components, unique take on an electric guitar…and extremely ‘hearable’ difference in quaity tone.

The body of this piece is made of KORINA.  The entire guitar weights just 6lb-5oz. The Neck is Maple and it features a Macassar Ebony Board.  The tuners are 510 and they are about as smooth and true as any I’ve had.  The neck is a generous but not overwhelming .845″ – .945″ C profile.  The P90s are made by Vintage Vibe and have a nice snap to them.  The nut is a standard 1-11/16″ width and the frets are on the ‘heavy’ side but certainly not jumbo.

The guitar comes with a non-original padded bag.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent overall condition.  You can get a complete rundown of Specs & Condition in the PICTURES.

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Detemple ’52 Tele : Hall-of-Fame Tone on THIS Guitar

So years ago I got a set of Detemple Twins in….and they were both the best fattest fullest balanced DTs I’d had.  Sadly they both sold….even sadder to different buyers.  I am lucky that years later, one player (this guitar’s former owner) moved into stricktly humbucking instruments and traded it back.

Not sure what it is about this guitar but the tone on it is just as good as I’ve heard on a Detemple (and you know I’ve had 50+ of them).  The neck is FAT at .957″-1.00″….but it’s a Soft V so it makes it SO much more manageable.

This has acquired just a few dings and contact light surface hairline swirls.  Overall extremely clean but I have outlined the condition in more details in the Spec/Condition Sheet (FIND IT IN THE PICTURES).

The early DTs are considered by many to be his Golden Years because Mike alone was making them.  This particular one stands the test of time.  YES there are others that LOOK like this…but there is only ONE ’52 JONES tonally.  Again, I have spoken.

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2010 Gustavsson Futuremaster – Historic Makeovers Refin!

One of my favorite guitars is a Gustavsson Futuremaster.  Slab Korina Body….nice full ’59 LP Neck….Brazilian Board…..Simple format yet SO much more musical than your typical “Jeff Beck” format.  Maybe it’s the hand selected Korina (1-Piece Bodies like these are impossible to find these days)….maybe it’s the nitro finish.  Maybe it’s the construction expertise that Johan Gustavsson has perfected over 30+ years of building.

Whatever it is, the Futuremaster just simply captures what you dreamed this format could.   The korina provides that snap of a F style guitar but the GROWL of a LP.  It really is THE perfect wood of choice for a slab body instrument.  The Mahogany format can get too dark.  The Ash can lack oomph.  Alder is bright because ” ’tis Alder” (as Michael Stevens once told me).

This particular guitar was sent to Historic Makeovers for a Refinish to Aged Oxblood.  The former owner was going for THE ultimate Beck Style Guitar.  The pickups were swapped out for Bare Knuckles (not labeled so not certain of the model….and NO I do not have the originals).   To my ears, these pickups have a touch more push than the wolfetones that were likely in this instrument (frankly I find Wolfetones harsh in these guitars so I can see why the pickups were swapped out).

The Case is a MONO heavily padded bag which in my mind is superior to the ill-fitting Hiscock Cases….again the former owner (and I) viewed the case as a major upgrade.

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2018 Leo Guitars : Standard ’59 – Brand New – Auth Dlr

Brand New 2018 LEO “Standard ’59”.  Those of you who know me understand I’ve sold scores of nearly every variety of modern high end, hard to find guitar ever made.  Every once in awhile I dabble in a new builder.  I can tell you that Leo Guitars can hang with anything in my inventory.  They are hand created.  Each is unique.  They are loaded with features and extras that take time, effort and money….no corners are cut.  They are lovingly created.  Tonally you achieve that magic 3D tone where it almost sounds like 2 instruments at once.

This Leo is drool-worthy.  The finish is a Dark Burst. The features are spectacular.  See the Pictures for a full Spec Sheet…but a summary is below:

  • 2018 Brand New w Warranty
  • Authorized Dealer
  • 1-Piece Cedar Neck
  • 4A Flame Maple & Cedar Body
  • Madagascar Rosewood Board
  • C Neck w a 22mm – 24mm Depth
  • 1.67 Width & 12″ Radius
  • Compound Frets…this means the early frets are 6100 and they go to 6015 up the register.  LOVE this concept.  Allows higher notes to play easier and sound FULLER.
  • Nitro Finish
  • Carved Top
  • Just 8lb-8oz
  • Amber Spirit of ’59 & P90 Pickups (Think open sounding and allowing woods to breath through)
  • Light Factory Aging

 

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2018 Leo Guitars – Standard Artisan Semi – Brand New – Auth Dlr

Brand New 2018 LEO “Standard Artisan Semi”.  Those of you who know me understand I’ve sold scores of nearly every variety of modern high end, hard to find guitar ever made.  Every once in awhile I dabble in a new builder.  I can tell you that Leo Guitars can hang with anything in my inventory.  They are hand created.  Each is unique.  They are loaded with features and extras that take time, effort and money….no corners are cut.  They are lovingly created.  Tonally you achieve that magic 3D tone where it almost sounds like 2 instruments at once.

This Leo is drool-worthy.  The finish is a Faded Cherry. The features are spectacular.  See the Pictures for a full Spec Sheet…but a summary is below:

  • 2018 Brand New w Warranty
  • Authorized Dealer
  • Cedar Neck
  • 4A Quilt Maple & Cedar Body
  • Madagascar Rosewood Board
  • C Neck w a 21.5mm – 23.5mm Depth
  • 1.68 Width & 12″ Radius
  • Compound Frets…this means the early frets are 6100 and they go to 6015 up the register.  LOVE this concept.  Allows higher notes to play easier and sound FULLER.
  • Nitro Finish
  • Carved Top
  • Just 6lb-8oz
  • Kloppmann ’59 Pickups

 

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2018 Leo Guitars “Black Beauty” – Brand New – Auth Dealer

Brand New 2018 LEO “Black Beauty”.  Those of you who know me understand I’ve sold scores of nearly every variety of modern high end, hard to find guitar ever made.  Every once in awhile I dabble in a new builder.  I can tell you that Leo Guitars can hang with anything in my inventory.  They are hand created.  Each is unique.  They are loaded with features and extras that take time, effort and money….no corners are cut.  They are lovingly created.  Tonally you achieve that magic 3D tone where it almost sounds like 2 instruments at once.

This Leo is drool-worthy.  The finish is a Black Charcoal Burst. The features are spectacular.  See the Pictures for a full Spec Sheet…but a summary is below:

  • 2018 Brand New w Warranty
  • Authorized Dealer
  • 1-PIece Eastern Flame Maple Neck
  • Eastern Flame Maple & Cedar Body
  • Ebony Board
  • C Neck w a 22mm – 24mm Depth
  • 1.69 Width & 12″ Radius
  • Compound Frets…this means the early frets are 6100 and they go to 6015 up the register.  LOVE this concept.  Allows higher notes to play easier and sound FULLER.
  • Nitro Finish
  • Carved Top
  • Double Bound!
  • Just 8lb-8oz
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2018 Echopark Clarence Case Study – Macassar Ebony/Korina – BRAND NEW

Brand New – 2018 – Authorized Dealer – Full Warranty

This is a WOW guitar.   Think about being able to get something that is a piece of functional art.  Think about it being made by a builder to the stars.  Look at the special woods that most can’t even gain access to. Now think about what a stamped out ‘masterbuilt’ Fender sells for…or a plasticized PRS….and get this for the same or less than something that is made by mass customization.  If you look through my lens you will quickly realize what bargains EchoPark Case Study Guitars are.

This piece is one I’m not anxious to part with.  You can see all the specs in the PICTURES (see the sheet there).  I know you want info NOW so here…enough drama already:

  • 1-Piece Korina Back
  • Old Stock Bookmatched MACASSAR EBONY TOP
  • 1-Piece Flame Maple Neck
  • Old Stock Striped Gabon EBONY BOARD
  • .865″ – .945″ C-Profile Neck
  • Jescar Medium Frets
  • 1.66″ Width & 12″ Radius
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • EP Hum and J-Master Pickups
  • Bigsby B5
  • .033 Paper-in-Oil NOS Cap
  • Ivroid Binding
  • Polished Nitro Finish (THIN)
  • Just 8lb-6oz

 

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2018 EchoPark RAVEN III – Brand New – Auth Dealer

Brand New – Authorized Dealer – Full Factory Warranty!
Custom 1-off EchoPark Raven III loaded with hand crafted upgrades.  This is simply a dream to play.  You want some fat notes?  Full and rich harmonic content?  Sustain?  Playability like you dream of?  Try an Echopark and see why they are the brand that the pros are gravitating toward.

You can find all the Specs if you look in the pictures…there you will find a Spec Sheet. But I know you’re thirsty for details so here is your taste:

  • Just 8lb-4oz
  • Brand New
  • Arcane Hum/P90/P90
  • 1-Piece Slab Old Stock Honduran Mahogany Body
  • 1-Piece Long Tenon (upgrade) Honduran Mahogany Neck
  • Jescar 9055 Frets
  • 24.75″ Scale
  • 12″ Radius & 1-11/16″ Width
  • C Neck Profile .918″ – 1.09″
  • Bigsby B5

This is a Swiss Army Knife of tones.  You can roll back volume for some serious cleans and crank it up to push your amp wtih organic thrusting woody notes.  The old wood, fat neck and loving craftsmanship really translate.

Anyone can toss together something that they call a guitar.  Very few achieve a level where pros seek them out for instruments that will be played….Gabriel at Echopark had earned the respect of those with choices. Make an Echopark YOUR choice.

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2018 Echopark ’59 Custom – Brand New – Auth Dealer!

BRAND NEW 2018 Echopark ’59 Custom!  Just in! This is a 1-off that Gabriel created.  It is loaded with custom features.  You have to just LOVE Echopark Guitars because they capture the essence of vintgage while thankfully addressing the shortcomings of the old instruments.  COMES WITH FACTORY WARRANTY.

Tonally they are consistent and you just don’t get a dead one.  Those of us who have dabbled in vintage & other boutique guitars know tonally they can be hit or miss…not so with Echopark.  I’ve yet to play a bad one.

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Here is a rundown of some key specs..but again there is a full listing if you see the pictures for our spec sheet:

  • 1 Piece Old Stock Honduran Mahogany Body
  • 1 Piece FULL TENON Mahogany Neck
  • C-profile Neck :  .905″ – 1.068″
  • Pau Ferro Board
  • Light Factory Aging
  • Just 6lb-10oz
  • Arcane Pickups
  • Custom Detroit Pehlam finish
  • Cert & Original Hardshell Case
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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
  • ORIGINAL Hand Wound Twisted T pickups
  • Sparkle Sea Foam GREEN!
  • 2017 NAMM Presentation Guitar
  • 6105 Frets
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2004 Gustavsson Bluesmaster : 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.  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.    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 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.

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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Echopark Clarence Special – 2018 BRAND NEW – Authorized Dealer

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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

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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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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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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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2018 Fodera CARVED TOP Imperial Custom: Massive Upgrades – Throbaks/Braz/Waverly/RS Pots

BRAND NEW Fodera Carved Top Imperial Custom with MASSIVE Upgrades.  I tricked my orders out with everything I could think of vs. the standard specs.  This is Brand New with Warranty.  I am an Authorized Dealer.

If you don’t know Fodera, just ask what the best basses in the world are….Fodera.  These guitars are based upon 30+ years making instruments by hand 1-at-a-time for musicians covering all territories.  These guitars are created not stamped out.  Each is spec’d to achieve ergonomic & tonal perfection.

I can honestly say the only guitar that rivaled this was a Sakashta ($30k) that passed through my store.  The notes on Fodera Guitars are musical and smooth.  Full and even up and down.  No annoying frequencies.  Piano-like notes.  Smooth frets that you glide along.  Open sounding notes that just fill the space.  The guitar plays well with everything from my vintage amp stash to my Bogner.

This is NOT a typical build either.  I paid thousands extra to get upgrades factory installed at the time of build.  Check out this piece:

  • Just 7lb-01oz
  • Koa Top
  • Mahogany Body & Neck
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Waverly Open Back Tuners
  • RS Pots & Caps
  • THROBAK SLE-101 Pickups
  • 12 Radius
  • Med/Lg Frets
  • C Neck Profile (’59 LP)
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Original Hardshell FODERA Logo Case
  • 24.75″ Scale
  • 3 Way Switching without coil tap (coil tapping ruins tone)
  • BRAND NEW WITH FACTORY WARRANTY
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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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Fodera Imperial Custom BRAND NEW – MASSIVE UPGRADES Braz RW/Throbak/Waverly/RS

Finally here!  See why the best bass maker on the planet now makes the finest sounding humbucking guitar on the planet.  If you want piano like notes…smooth sustain….bloom…even musical notes…then you want a Fodera Guitar.  I custom designed these and paid up for MASSIVE upgrades.  These have parts NOT found on other Fodera.  I paid for Throbak SLE LTD Pickups, BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD, RS Pots & Cap upgrades, Waverly Open Back Tuners.

The guitar weighs just 7lb-1 ounce and it has a SOLID body.  The pickup rings are rosewood as is the tailpiece.  I selected Large frets and a 1-11/16″ Width.  24.75″ Scale and a ’59 LP Neck Carve (.89″ – .95″) that is satin finish.  I selected DOT inlays for class and simplicity.

AUTHORIZED DEALER – FULL WARRANTY

PrimeGuitars is PROUD to announce we have been selected as a FODERA GUITARS Dealer!   I have a dear place in my heart for these folks.  Joey L is my cousin….when I was a boy I went to his wedding.  HUGE wedding…best I’ve ever been to.  I was talking to him about my love of baseball.  Told him my glove broke.  HE WENT TO HIS CAR AND GOT HIS & GAVE IT TO ME….I had it until I was like 35 and it finally fell apart.

So right now I have 4 guitars on order.  These will have BRAZILIAN BOARDS!  Throbak Pickups!   Waverly Open Back Tuners!   RS Pots & Caps!  We went ALL OUT to make this a TOP OF THE LINE instrument in every way from woods to build to craftsmanship to components.

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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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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.

SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION/FEATURE SHEET

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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