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2016 Ronin Mirari – Ruby Red Slipper finish

2016 Ronin Mirari in hauntingly beautiful RUBY RED SLIPPER finish!  I was Ronin’s only stocking dealer and sold scores of their instruments.  This was ordered by my store and purchased by a local customer who hand selected it vs. all the others I had in stock at that time.  The color is both unique and exquisite.

Every Ronin sounds different…even within the same model.  This particular Mirari stood out as having a nice large warm footprint to compliment tne clear stringy inherent flavor of the design.

YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN THE 3RD PICTURE…but for those who want a summary of the summary:

  • SOGR Old Growth Redwood Body
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • C .90″ – .95″ Neck Profile
  • Stew Mac 154 Wide/High Frets
  • 12 Radius
  • Foilbuckers with Coil Splitting
  • Nitro Finish
  • Couple of nitro finish checks.
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1994 PRS McCarty w Small Logo

Beautiful PRS McCarty from 1994.  This rare piece features the highly desired SMALL LOGO.  The guitar weights just 7lb-08oz and comes with the original hardshell case.  This piece lived in nonsmoking environments and is in EXCELLENT condition (SEE the 3rd PICTURE FOR A COMPLETE RUNDOWN).

Those early McCarty Guitars were classics & that is why people scoop them up and hoard them.  Tonally they were fat and thick.  Great necks and great sustain.

These are true bargains in the PRS World and continue to be quietly accumulated by those in the know.  Simple elegance with tone as good as any guitar or series Paul has ever put out.

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1996 Kiso-Klein DK-1 Acoustic     Indian RW & Sitka Spruce

1996 Kiso-Klein DK-1 Acoustic Indian RW & Sitka Spruce

I am a HUGE fan of Klein Guitars.  As a dealer in boutique instruments we always seek them out.  THIS is a wonderful acoustic that was created by Steve Klein in collaboration with top Japanese luthiers.  This was created by hand and not some stamped out wannabe.  The guitar is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear.   The low E string retains clarity and fits with the rest of the instrument (a quality I look for in top guitars).   Loaded with overtones and easy to play.  VERY responsive to changes in your picking dynamics.

In this day and age of expensive mass produced, why not step into a custom luthier created classic.  That’s what we stand for here…alternatives that are BETTER for the same or less than the mass produced.

The woods are Indian Rosewood & Sitka Spruce.  The nut is 44mm and the scale is 644mm.  This comes with the original hardshell case.  The issue of note is there is a slight ‘hazing’ or clouding to the finish; this is a common problem with this type of finish.   Aside from that it is super clean with maybe a couple of very tiny little surface dings.  We specialize in clean gear.  All of our sales are on the internet so we understand how important it is to reasonably describe our gear (check our feedback).

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HYSTERIA Dharium – BRAND NEW Auth Dealer (Loaded with SPECS!)

Offset guitar lovers UNITE!  Here we have a Brand New (with Warranty) HYSTERIA Dharium in distressed white finish.  These hand crafted instruments are affordable luxury.  They are LOADED with top quality woods and construction.  Hysteria is a brand trying to carve out its niche…intro pricing is barely above costs in an effort to build awareness and gain a foothold.  Consider these specs:

  • 1-Piece Cedar Body (ruokangas and many high end users are turning to Cedar for its tonal properties and light weight).
  • Just 6lb-8oz
  • WENGE Fretboard
  • LOLLAR goldfoil pickups
  • HIPSHOT Locking Tuners
  • Custom machined “Hysteria” Bridge
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 1.67″ Nut Width
  • “C” Profile Neck measuring .905″ – .99″ (think ’59 LP)
  • Factory Aging
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Hardshell Case
  • 12 Radius
  • Heavy Frets
  • BRAND NEW with FACTORY WARRANTY!

SEE ALL THE SPECS IN THE 3rd PICTRURE

The last one of these I got in sold in a few days.  Let’s get another into the hands of a loving owner. You can see I carry the highest end modern boutique guitars…I don’t carry junk….grab a bargain when you see one pal…you have been spoken to

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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.

Here is a video of this guitar being demo’d by Rhett Shull:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FCfEP_q1qo&t=163s

SEE THE SPEC / CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

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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.

You can see all the Specs & Detailed Condition in the Pictures

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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 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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Carson Hess Tele

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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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