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2017 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

Impossibly Rare:   2017 Nacho Banos STRAT Style!   Weighs JUST 6lb-14oz!  Comes stock with Ron Ellis Pickups..  Nitro Finish.  Resonant and full tonally.  I recently hosted a longtime customer who works for a large Japanese dealer…they asked to try some of the Nachos that I had in stock.  Their smiles are etched in my minds. You can try a lot of guitars… can read a lot about things…you can spec things that should (in theory) win the Stanley Cup (unlike the Caps)…but at the end of the day a S or T has a certain Mojo…builders either have it or they don’t.

To my ears, the characteristic of a Nacho tonally is that it sounds ever so slightly aged while retaining that almost ‘kettle drum’ percussiveness in the highs.  I can’t describe it any other way because a vintage guitar (a good one) has highs that are not piercingly bright.   Nacho somehow captured the essence of what makes a vintage guitar sound so unmistakable….but he did it while solving age old problems associated with vintage pieces (fretting out blah blah).


  • 1 Piece Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Maple Neck
  • 6105 Frets
  • 1.64″ Width
  • “D” Profile .85″ – 1.02″
  • No Fretwear
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • Pickups read 5.8k, 5.97k, 6.24k
  • Nitro Finish
  • Anodized Aluminum Guard
  • Cert, Build Sheet, CD & Pouch included.
  • Original Hard Case
  • Nonsmoking
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Don Grosh Retro Classic Vintage “Tele-Gib”

Don Grosh “Tele-Gib” format called the Retro Classic Vintage T.  This one is in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Cert.

If you are sick of overpaying for mediocre guitars step UP to a Don Grosh and see what the smart money already knows.  New they are deals….USED in this condition they are STEALS.   What’s your downside risk here?…maybe couple hundred if you decide to sell it down the road?….compare that with most other guitars and this becomes a must have.

I know you have questions and LOTS of them so I prepared a detailed SPEC & Condition Sheet that lives with the pictures.  BUT I also konw you stopped reading by now so here is a summary:

  • Ash Body
  • Contoured Back
  • 1-Piece Maple Neck
  • Grosh SMALL BLOCK Pickups
  • 7lb-13oz
  • Locking Kluson Tuners
  • 1-5/8″ Width
  • 10″ Radius
  • 50s “V to C” Profile .85″ to .95″
  • Original Hard Case – Form Fit
  • Certificate of Authenticity Included
  • 6150 Medium Frets
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Chad Underwood Strat w RON ELLIS PICKUPS

Impossibly rare Chad Underwood Logo Strat.  This piece is in Excellent Nonsoking condition and comes with its original hardshell case.  THIS IS FROM THE RON ELLIS PICKUP ERA ($1000 value)….comes with a set of 50/60s Ellis Pickups Factory Installed (note some Underwoods are less expsensive if they have other pickups but Ellis are worth it).

Think of this….Nachocaster & Underwood both are factory aged guitars that use third-party bodies/necks.  Both use Ron Ellis Pickups.  One sells used for $5750 and the other $3k less.  You tell me which is the better value?   Oh by the way….my personal strat…an Underwood with Ron Ellis pickups (and you can go to my site and see the hundreds of high end strats I get and could have kept).

Other specs & detailed condition can be found in the pictures where I prepare a sheet for each guitar I sell.  Here are highlights:

  • Alder Body
  • 7lb-6oz
  • C/D Neck .84″ – .96″
  • 1.64″ Nut Width
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 5-Way
  • Medium Frets
  • Kluson Style Tuners
  • Rosewood Board & Maple Neck
  • Factory Simulated Aging
  • Ron Ellis 50/60s Pickups
  • NOS Cap
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Detemple Esquire – Custom Order

There is a guy who is known for his iimmense knowledge of vacuum tubes & vintage LP Juniors.  His name is Gregg Levy.  If you want tubes, Hi-Test (Gregg’s store) is the one you want to try.  He will help you select just THE tube for the tone you need in your vintage amp.  At one point, Gregg was “the” Trainwreck & LP Jr guy too.   This particular guitar was custom ordered by Mr L with the idea of being close to a LP Jr in growl.  The pickup, to my ears, is the most big so9unding snarliest of any Detemple I’ve had (and I’m up to almost 50).  HUGE sounding!

BUT what I freaking LOVE about this guitar are 2 additional features.  1) The neck profile is a much friendlier depth than a typical Detemple ‘bat”.  2) the Tone is QUACKY if you turn down the volume.  Not sure how else to say this but it’s just the quackiest Tele I’ve ever played.  I freaking LOVE it.  This is DEFINITELY the most UNIQUE Detemple tonally that I’ve played.  I just can’t get enough of it.

Now you can get all the Specs & Condition overview if you page through the pictures & find my SHEET.  Because you thirst for knowledge here is a summary of the sumamary…

  • 1 Piece uniquely figured Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Flamed Maple Neck
  • Soft V .90″ – .92″ Profile
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Open Tuners
  • Med/Lg Frets
  • Satin Neck Finish
  • Titanium Parts (outlined in sheet)
  • Some wear outlined in Spec Sheet (in pictures)
  • Original Hard Case
  • Custom Pickup
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Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp!  Impossibly Rare

Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp! Impossibly Rare

Straight from my personal collection.  Impossibly rare Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp!  YES this is the one that everyone talks about.  This is extremely clean and nonsmoking with no issues.   VERY minimal use in my nonsmoking home studio.  Organic Brown Sound to harder tones.  CLeans up extremely well as you play with guitar volume.

Not much I can tell you that isn’t already written. If you’re looking at this you know this is much more coveted than the mesa or bogner or soldano stuff.

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Collings 290 – MINT

Recent Collings 290 in MINT nonsmoking condition with Ameritage Case & Unsigned Warranty Card.  SO CLEAN IT STILL HAS PLASTIC ON THE GUARD (that is not funny stuff on the guard…it is plastic).

Fantastic resonant Collings quality on a guitar that could pass for new…and you save some serious cash (and STILL have the Warranty Card if that will work cool).

I A/B’d this vs. my vintage Jrs and found it has much better playability.  The pickup really offers the ‘spitting nails’ tone when full out but cleans up to that perfect Tele sort of snap when the volume is rolled down.  Hell, I even toyed with tossing in a vintage 50s P90 (you can get them for about $400) just to see the difference….but alas I wanted to resell a pristine instrument.

Ok SPECS ARE IN THE PICTURES WHERE YOU WILL SEE THEM IN THE SHEET…but I know you won’t loook there so I’ll save you the email saying only “weight”….next time I get that I am gunna say “230lbs down a few from a week ago”.   Specs here they are:

  • Year:  I believe 2017 but not certain.  If this is important to you then I recommend contacting the factory.
  • Weight 7lb-2oz
  • Case: Original Ameritage Hardshell Form Fit
  • Fretwear:  None
  • Woods:  Mahogany Neck & Body (1-Piece)
  • Board:  Rosewood
  • Radius:  12
  • Dings:  None
  • Nut Width:  1-11/16″
  • Pickup P90 (Original I believe Lollar but see factory specs for actual)


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Bludotone 70s 100w  7981A Tubes & NOS Parts

Bludotone 70s 100w 7981A Tubes & NOS Parts

Bludotone 70’s Style Dumblesque head & footswitch.  There is a long leadtime for these coveted amps because they are the hottest catch in the boutique world.

Brandon confirmed that this is a 70s Voicing with NOS Parts. There is a DEEP switch rather than a MID boost.  The footswitch allows FET and PRE functions.

This amp is in excellent nonsmoking condition and appears to have original tubes including the Philips ECG Power Tubes 7981A.

The amp works as it should and comes with its original footswitch.  Overall extremely clean with maybe a tiny nick or two if you search hard.

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Don Grosh SUPER JET – Transparent Denim

Don Grosh SUPER JET extremely limited production of their showpiece grade guitars.   This instrument is loaded with upgrades such as a top notch Quilt Maple Top, Madagascar Rosewood Board & Black Headstock.  The color is one of my all-time favorites and it’s named Transparent Denim.  It looks 3D and the figuring changes depending upon the angles and lights in which it is viewed.

Specs are all outlined in the PICTURES – SEE OUR SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.

Overall condition Excellent. YES, it has the original hardshell form-fit case & Cert.  No Fretwear to speak of.  BLOWN ’59 Pickups (splittable).  Medium Roundback “C” neck profile .83″ – .93″.  1-5/8″ Width and 6150 Medium Frets.  Just 7lb-12oz.

The prices of new Grosh Guitars have risen to the point where buying used in this condition represents one of the best values in the guitar marktet.

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Don Grosh TurboJet Limited Ed #5-of-10

This is one VERY special Don Grosh.  Extremely Limited Production 2009 “TurboJet” #5 of just 10 made.  This series represented the finest that Don’s team could produce.  The woods, components & even the custom embroidered case.

This specimen is in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition and comes with the original Form Fit G&G Hardshell embroidered “Ltd Ed” Case & Build Sheet/Cert.   The top is simply as good as I have ever seen on a Grosh.   The fretboard is MADAGASCAR rosewood.  The finish is a thin satin lacquer.  The weight is perfect at just 7lb-4oz.

The guitar has a Med/Lg Roundback “C” Profile which measures .85″ – .95″.  10″ Radius, 6150 Medium Frets (with no wear), 25.5″ Scale and a 1-5/8″ Width at the nut.  Grosh G4 Humbuckers (non-splitting).

Very hard to find wear on this piece but we’ll grade it as Excellent just to be conservative.


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SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” 6L6 Tubeless OD

SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” 6L6 Tubeless OD

Impossibly Rare  SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” Tubeless Extreme Tuned OD Pedal.  This is the unfindable 6L6 Version.  These pedals allow you to dial in a transparent overdrive that plays perfectly with virtually any amp.  The tone is organic and you feel it becoome part of the amp rather than bolted on fizz-generator.  NO it does NOT come with a power supply but takes a standard one.

I have one in my personal collection and it isn’t going anywhere.  I only have a Smoky Signal, Vintage TS808 and a Gold Klon.  I only keep the best and I’ve had literally hundreds of overdrives.

You may never see one of these again.  Toku’s guitars sell for upwards of $40k.  his pickups sell for ungodly sums.  Grab one of the last pieces of Toku’s legacy.

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DeTemple ’56 Strat

One of the lightest DT S Guitars I’ve had at just 7lb-2oz.  This nonsmoking piece is LOADED with titanium.  I believe the Saddles, Block & Backplate are titanium (best guess no promises gents).  Not certain on the truss rod.   This one is alive and has that jangly tone Hendrix lovers crave.   A wonderful V-to-C larger neck profile.  1-piece neck & 1-piece body of course.  These are hand cut to perfection.

In terms of wear, the seller represented it to me as “mint”…I go through these a bit more carefully.  I grade it as Excellent.  VERY light strum surface swirls on the guard.  Maybe one or two very small tiny surface indents (NO not in wood).  The only thing of note is there appears to be some color bleed from the case fur to the finish where there are contact points.  You could really almost miss it if you didn’t look closely.  Nothing on the front.  Just the sides and a touch on the back.  I have discounted the guitar accordingly.


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PRS Swamp Ash Special

Perhaps my favorite PRS Guitar is the simplest.  The Swamp Ash Special is a bargain in the world of glitz and lipsticked pigs.  Simple, basic and utilitarian.  Time proven woods and road tested format.  This is the one guitar you want to own if you needed flexibility and tone/playability in an affordable gig-worthy package.

This guitar is nonsmoking and clean overall.  I consider it ‘high level player grade’ because it has more wear than my typical inventory.  If you look at the Pictures you will find a SPEC & CONDITION sheet that attempts to show you in reasonable detail what the wear is.  Obviously I can’t find every slight ding but I can tell you I put more time into my condition reports than any seller on the planet that I’ve found.

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2015 Ronin Palus Mourn w FOILBUCKERS

Custom 1-off Ronin made by John & Izzy as a spec piece to demonstrate their craftsmanship and artistic flair.  I was their only Authorized Dealer and took delivery of this new.  One of my favorite all time guitars.   Light weight 8lb-3oz Mahogany/Maple carved top with contoured back for comfort.   Body & Neck bound.  Medium/Jumbo Frets (Stew Mac 154 in case you want to get specific).

The neck carve is a very familiar 59 LP-type “C” shape.  The guitar has the NOS Cap upgrade.  The Ronin Foilbuckers are simply amazing.  You think this piece should sound woofy and tubby like a LP.  In reality it is CLEAR and almost like an amplified acoustic guitar-meets Tele – meets Gretsch – meets P90.  If you are a LP fan but want something quite additive to your collection….then this is the guitar for you.

Just check out that beautiful neck joint.  This piece is lightly aged from the factory.  Very hard to determine if there were any user-generated ages (lol) but I don’t want to have NASA go over the pictures to map each from the original photo to now so we will just go with “Excellent” as the condition.  For those who crave a complete Spec & Condition rundown please see the PICTURES for a spec sheet.2015

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2016 Thorn “Bullitt” Ltd Edition – Korina w PROTO Pickups

2016 Thorn Ltd “Bullet” SoCal.  This unique piece features a custom “Shotgun Shell” inlay.  The body & neck are both Korina.  Check out the custom licence plate back plate!  This guitar is a tribute to Steve McQueen’s famous car from the movies.

The guitar weighs just 7lb-7oz and is in Excellent Condition and of course comes with its original harshell G&G Case, Tag & Spec Sheet.   The pickups are PROTOTYPE CC90s.   The neck is a comfortable C measuring .84-.94″.  The board is Ebony, the radius 10 and the scale 25.5″.  The frets are 6150 and the nut width 1-11/16″.   The custom Highland Green finish is of course Nitro. The instrument is tastefully aged.

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2006 PRS Modern Eagle Brazilian NECK

2006 PRS Modern Eagle BRAZILIAN.  This Mint “-” Condition collectible comes complete with the Suede Original Hardshell Formfit Case, Tag, Unsigned Warranty Card and Brochure/Candy.   It is from a nonsmoking environment and was not gigged.  You would be hard pressed to find any flaws on this one.

BRAZLIIAN ROSEWOOD NECK & BOARD.  Weighs just 8lb-4oz.  No Fretwear, No dings, No stories.  Collector Quality.  These are increasing in value and the clean ones are being grabbed.  Think of how much just a Braz board increases the value on a stamped out Gibson.  Now wonder what a guitar with a solid Braz neck will be worth down the line.


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Lentz RESERVE Hyde Park Double Bound Tele

Lentz Reserve HYDE PARK Double Bound Tele.  This masterpiece was hand created as the Lentz “Top Of The Line” Offering.  It is in from a nonsmoking environment and was not gigged.  Graded as Mint “-“/Exc “+” with almost no wear except for those faint strum marks on the pickguard (that almost every guitar has).

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A COMPLETE SPEC/CONDITION SHEET with all the details you are interested in.

This piece is finished in a thin Nitro lacquer.  The woods are hand selected 25-year cabinet aged.  The 1 piece neck is UBER Flame Maple and has NO CAP for the board (meaning the board IS the neck).  The pickups are custom wound for each instrument.  The guitar features NOS Caps under the hood.  Tone Pros bridge.  Gotoh Tunres.  G&G Hardshell Case all included.

I often say LENTZ guitars are THE standard for the boutique market.  
You can search high and low but there isn’t likely another boutique maker on the planet with such universally high marks from users. Lentz guitars have stood the test of time.  THIS is the top of the line for Lentz so just imagine how amazing it is.

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2017 Nik Huber KRAUTSTER 2

Virtually unplayed 2017 Nik Huber KRAUTSTER II in Custom Worn Petrol Blue finish.  This guitar has a custom ordered 1-piece body and a KILLER FLAME MAPLE NECK.  It comes from a nonsmoking home collection and was not gigged.  The included Certificate of Authenticity says it was completed in June 2017.   The guitar comes complete with the original hardshell case & Certificate/Package.


This particular K2 is just 7lbs and Coil Splitting for the Krautster B Humber in the bridge position.  The neck pickup is a P90-N.


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Trainwreck Low Power ROCKET 18w : 2015

Trainwreck Low Power ROCKET 18w : 2015

FINALLY a genuine Trainwreck that won’t peel your face off.  This is a custom JM Trainwreck from 2015.  This is a low-power Rocket.  Featuring 2-EL84s in the power section (vs. 4 in the full-on Rocket) this little animal captures ALL the essence of what makes a Trainwreck second to none.  First off, you get thick sustaining notes on the verge of feedback.  Second, the amp cleans up by simply rolling back the guitar volume.  This amp has amazing chimes and doesn’t get flabby when opened up.  The sweet spot for this amp is 12 -to- 2 on the volume.  The controls are extremely interactive and work together to sculp your tone.

The amp is extremely responsive to different brands of tubes & speakers.  It is also equally dynamic with LP, Strat or Teles.  If you love a 1-12 or 2-212 this is the head for you.  I also had it powering my 4-12 Vintage Marshall with no problem.

There are lots of imitations but NOTHING like a genuine Wreck.  JM is a master of his craft and has carried on the legacy with pride.  Grab this rare head before it’s gone into a collection and you email me ‘ahhh will the seller part with it”. Cosmetically it just has some surface scratches on the cab.

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1966 Fender Princeton Reverb – Collector Clean

1966 Fender Princeton Reverb – Collector Clean

Super Clean 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb.  Even has the original footswitch!  I am not an expert on these circuits so I can’t tell you if any of the resistors etc  have been changed (pictures provided).  I can tell you the iron is original.  The tolex and grillecloth are original.  The speaker is original but fresh recone from Orange County (Speaker Repair Co now).

Glorious sounding PR with a very lush reverb (some are dark sounding verbs that sound like crap..this one is lush and alive).    Comes only with what you see here.  If you don’t see it then it isn’t included.  Ie for example it does not have the cover…why?…because…oh wait you get it…ok.

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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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Gustavsson Dotmaster KORINA 2013

Impossibly rare Gustavsson Dotmaster in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Tag and Hardshell Suede Form Fit plush case AND CITIES Documents.  This is from 2013 and has only the slightest wear.


Tonally think of a 335 without the woofy-cardboard tone.  Think tight stringy bottom end.  Think acoustic tones.  Think sits in mix better.  Construction…you will simply realize THIS is what you’ve been thinking every instrument SHOULD be.  THIN THIN nitro that feels broken in. You just feel that G-brand guitars are toys vs. this.

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2013 Chad Underwood S – LARGE NECK

There are S makes, builders, cloners, wannabes, etc till the cows come home.  One name is respected time and time again….Chad Underwood.  They say the mojo of a strat comes from the person who creates it.  You can give 10 people the same components and get 10 lousy sounding instruments…then you can give Chad the same bunch and it will be stellar.

Don’t believe me?….1 own ONE is a Chad Underwood.

This one is freaking wonderful.  The Peter Florance pickups are every bit as strong and clear/sustaining as the Ron Ellis in my personal strat (save yourself $1000 in pickups).  The neck is a nice large .90 – .98….you large S neck lovers won’t want to sleep on this one.

The 5-way switch creates FIVE different sounds.   EVERY ONE of them is unique. The in-between sounds on this are freaking beautiful.

The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment and was created in 2013. It comeas with its original form fit hardshell case & CERT.


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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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1958 Fender High Powered Tweed –  Near Mint

1958 Fender High Powered Tweed – Near Mint

Collector WOW Condition 1958 Fender Tweed Twin HIGH POWERED with original case, tubes and tweed.   This is a once in a lifetime type piece.  It is NOT FOR SALE.  Just a tease to show you the kind of clean vintage I can also get & will be featuring.  In the market for something?  Let me know (aside from this).

Enjoy!  It is a pleasure to own this and it will be a pleasure to share my enthusiasm for it with you.

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