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Vintage Sound 22sc :   1-12″ Combo

Vintage Sound 22sc : 1-12″ Combo

2016 Vintage Sound 22sc Combo.  Let me just tell you…I have a library of vintage amps that I use to get a sense of the guitars that come through my store.  This little amp is simple addictive.  Fat notes.  A perfect grind.  Flexibility.  You can dial back to a sparkling clean just with your guitar volume.   I feel so stupid for saying this but I can’t think of one good reason why I don’t just keep this.  i would use it every day.

You can spend more.  You can read and stress and hope and worry…or you can just simply listen to someone who has done all that for you.

This is super clean.  It has an ostrich type finish and a it has a few very tiny scuffs.  Nonsmoking and original tubes etc.  Comes only with what you see here.

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Pete Cornish SUPER FLANGER

Pete Cornish SUPER FLANGER

Impossibly rare Pete Cornish SUPER FLANGER complete with original box & instructions.  YES IT HAS THE POWER CORD just not pictured.

I’ve had every major effect in the universe and the Pete Cornish Flanger is THE one to get BY FAR.  It can even get those Chorus sounds so you probably don’t need a chorus either.  Warm and lush with a transparency yet organic tone that is not duplicated by anything.  If you have tens of thousands of dollars invested in the best gear then step up and grab the BEST effects…THIS is a hall of fame piece.

UNBROKEN SEALS and nonsmoking environment.  These rarely pop up so grab it while you can.  Please no ‘what will you take’ emails….there is a Make Offer button so please use that.

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Ron Ellis STRAT Pickups:   50 / 60 with FAT Bridge

Ron Ellis STRAT Pickups: 50 / 60 with FAT Bridge

Impossibly rare set of Ron Ellis Strat pickups & Covers.  This is the 50s/60s set with the FAT Bridge.  The pickups measure:

  • 9.75 Bridge
  • 6.18 Middle
  • 5.98 Neck

They come only with what you see here.  If it’s not pictured you don’t receive it.

Great pickups that you will adore.  Avoid the 15 month wait.  The streets are littered with people 15+ months into their ‘4 month’ wait.  Act now and get what you want.

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Roland RE-301 Chorus Echo : Fresh PRO Service

Roland RE-301 Chorus Echo : Fresh PRO Service

JUST IN with FRESH PRO SERVICE paid for by me!  Zero hours on the fresh unit. Nonsmoking and nice cosmetics.  One of the latches is a little tiny bit loose.  A few nicks in the tolex but overall quite clean.

This was handled by the ‘go to’ guy in Nashville who works on gear for all the celebs.  Be careful of people who say ‘serviced’ because that could mean by anyone.  It is nearly impossible to find a qualified tech to work on these anymore.  Fortunately I have some contacts who will take on my work.

Priced to move!  Fresh tape of course.  Comes ONLY with what you see here.

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2018 Collings 290

Some guitars are deals new….COLLINGS guitars are deals USED.   For some reason, guys LOVE calling ‘their guy’ at the local store and dropping full boat on a new Collings…guys who typically play at home and who take great care of instruments.   WHY don’t they just come to me and get a super clean used one and save thousands….who knows…anyway don’t be that guy.  Save your money and give the thousands you save to a worthy cause.

THIS piece is a late model 2018 that was upgraded with NOS Caps (Originals in case) and CLEAR CONTROL COVERS (Originals in Case).  YES it comes with the Ameritage Case.  YES it comes with the unsigned warranty card.  YES IT IS A DEAL.

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Loaded with specs and weighing just 7lb-01oz.  This has Lollar P90s.  Light factory aging.  A wonderful C profile neck measuring .865″ – .967″.  No fretwear.  1-Piece Honduran Mahogany Body.  A SUPER guitar that you will be proud to own…and if you don’t bond with it you can reasonably get your money back.  Let the other guy take the financial hit of dealing with their ‘guy’…I mean not like he takes you to dinner and buys you expensive wine.  I mean does your ‘guy’ even send you a text except when he wants to sell you something?

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James Tyler Studio Elite HD – Black Schmear w BLUE

I’ve always been a sucker for James Tyler Guitars.  I mean…cmon this guy has serious guts.  The innovative headstock shape.  The satin finish on his necks (BOY they feel great).  The slight edge scalloping on the board (best of any builder).  The UBER creative SCHMEAR FINISHES.  The midboost.  Using exotic woods like Mamywo.   These instruments have stood the test of time.  They can play nicely with Vintage Amps, Modern Amps or Modeling Amps.  You really need just ONE guitar to cover almost any turf you need to invade.

SEE 3rd PICTURE FOR COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET

This piece is from a nonsmoking environment and of course comes with the Original Hard Case & Cert…YES it has the trem bar…I mean you see the guitar of your dreams then POOF no bar…whatcha do?…do you really pass on it?…anyway you won’t have that dilemma with this piece because it HAS the trem bar….and NO I won’t send you a picture…I mean I think my competition sends guys to me to ask for any picture or spec that I don’t have….post pictures in the light…need NATURAL DAYLIGHT….oh are you playing f’ng Wembley?…anway you get the drift….don’t be that guy……believe in the process…the sheet has the info…ahhhhhhhhhh…relax..these are toys…..

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2016 Echopark ’62 Standard (Aged)

THE hot guitar on the market is Echopark’s Strat.  Gabriel hand carves these one-at-a-time.  These really are THE brand of celebs..and for good reason.  They just simply feel like craftsmen created them.  Not plasticized.  Not stamped out.  Created…like the originals.  This one is loaded with features and it is something that held in the hand…WOW…it feels like you’re holding a Aston Martin. Tonally these rival anything I carry.

But alas, I have selection and can help YOU find THE right guitar for your needs.  Contact me….I have and strive to have SELECTION.  I currently have D’Pergo, Detemple, Nacho, Underwood, Yaron…all in stock….used and in Excellent or Better condition.  Every hand made instrument is a little different.  Yeah they are all great but some are dark tonally and some twangy….you’re spending a LOT of money…get THE one for YOU.  That’s why my business has continued to grow.  Custom guitars and customized advice.

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SCALA Vent Top w Old Growth BRAZ RW Board

2014 Leo SCALA Vent Top in Excellent “+” Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Certificate.   This guitar features a BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.  The neck is a satin finish C-profile measuring .9175″ – 1.0075 (think ’59 LP roughly).   The board is an Old Growth BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD.  YES this has the LONG TENON too.    The body is 1-piece Mahogany & the top is Private Stock Maple (according to the included Cert).  Top it off with a package that weights in at just 7lb-14oz!

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To me the crowning achievement of this model is the Vent Top.  IF you look at the guitar on its side, you see tiny vents where there is a hollowed out space between the top and body.  The choice woods, master luthier construction AND hand selected Arcane Pickups combine to achieve a tone not found in guitars that may look like these.  The tone has just a touch of air but the guitar doesn’t feedback even through my high gain amps.  The pickups push my vintage Marshalls just enough to get that classic tone WITHOUT a pedal.  Through clean amps you get this wonderful sparkling high end and warmth to the bottom without woofiness.

I am a huge fan of Scala Guitars and once you try one you will be too.

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2018 Nacho Banos 1950s Bigsby Blackguard

Oh I have to tell you THIS is a fun fun fun guitar that makes me want to take up new genres of music.  MAN I NEVER had a bigsby tele and I am SOLD on this.  First off they still retain all the tele snap you want PLUS you get this extremely stable trem that makes you want to trem out your tele licks.  I mean it really makes you want to experiment.  Just a WOW piece that I’ll be sad to move along.

This one has a wonderful nice Soft V neck with a profile of .89″ – 1.01″.   The pickups are Nachos own and NO I can not tell the difference from the Ron Ellis…and my personal Nacho doesn’t even have Ron’s pickups so there.  This nonsmoking piece is complete with the original hardshell case and cert/cd.

So happy to have this in my stable. It will certainly sell quickly.

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Mark Kane 100w ODS Robben Ford Circuit w Buffered Effects Box – BRAND NEW w WARRANTY

Mark Kane 100w ODS Robben Ford Circuit w Buffered Effects Box – BRAND NEW w WARRANTY

IN STOCK!  Authorized Dealer!  Brand New w Warranty & Includes TWO free Revoicings (buyer pays shipping both ways) as part of Warranty.  I am North America’s ONLY Authorized MARK KANE DEALER.

100w 6L6 Mark Kane D-Style Head INCLUDING “Dumbleator” (buffered effects loop).  AVOID THE WAIT.   This was just completed for me by Mark and it is wired to the most popular RF Robben Ford circuit.

If you know D-style amps you know that Mark Kane is considered THE expert.  He doesn’t build amps from schematics found on the net. Mark has been inside these amps for a lifetime and understands what makes the D sound so special.

Remember, creating an amp is like making a masterpiece painting.  There is no paint-by-numbers solution.  Components must be specially selected….one at a time.  It is a painstaking process.  Mark has proven time and time again to be the amp of choice for those in the know.  Typically they are only available by custom order.  I ordered these for my inventory.

I HAVE TWO IN STOCK.

PRICE IS FIRM TO RESPECT MARK’S PRICING – PLEASE NO OFFERS

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1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Vintage Blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb combo in VG Condition.  This is a wonderful sounding amp and is affordable.

So here is what I am not…and that is a vintage amp expert.  I will provide a zillion pictures and the best info I have…aside from that you have to use your judgement. Now, I have this priced extremely fairly to reflect the fact that it has some reversed mods and changes.

To the best of my ability to date it appears this is PRIMARILY a 1967 amp.  If it isn’t then too bad LOL.  The speakers were freshly reconed by Neal’s Speakers (by me) and there are a few test minutes on the new speakers.  I have included pictures of the iron and circuit.  It appears that one one of the Transformers is a 1968 (vs. 1967 for the other pieces of iron).  Not sure when, how, where or by whom it was done.

Aside from that again use your own detective work and judgement.

I do not want to get into the ‘this screw was changed and you didn’t disclose it so you owe me $4000 even though (I paid $2300) syndrome. Funny how people try to use that old trick…I have a great email from a guy who sent me a detailed list of all the restoration work a clearly disclosed recovered/jacked up tweed deluxe would require….down to the freaking face plate nails….I seriously want to start a page for “Hall of Fame Assclowns” and post stuff like this.   I mean it is some original humor like you can’t make this stuff up.

Anyway, don’t end up on my Wall of Shame…do your own homework and man up with this great amp.  Sold As-Is with respect to cosmetics and originality but I do promise it works.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul RI VOS

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI VOS in Near Mint Condition with Cert & Original Hard Case/Tags/Unsigned Warranty Card.  From a nonsmoking home environment.  Barely played and then traded to me because I’m a store and that’s what we do here.

The weight is a perfect 8lb-06oz.  This LP has the VOS finish.  No fretware.  NO repairs or issues that stand out.  I try to detail the wear on all my guitars and this just has some light tough wear that I can’t even describe or photograph.  Many use the term “showroom new” to describe an instrument that has been played but not dinged or damaged….might be the right term for this one.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul RI VOS 1-of-2

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI VOS in Near Mint Condition with Cert & Original Hard Case/Tags/Unsigned Warranty Card.  From a nonsmoking home environment.  Barely played and then traded to me because I’m a store and that’s what we do here.

The weight is a perfect 8lb-06oz.  This LP has the VOS finish.  No fretware.  NO repairs or issues that stand out.  I try to detail the wear on all my guitars and this just has some light tough wear that I can’t even describe or photograph.  Many use the term “showroom new” to describe an instrument that has been played but not dinged or damaged….might be the right term for this one.

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2014 LENTZ Reserve Hyde Park Tele

PLEASE READ LISTING THOROUGHLY

Here we have a fantastic Lentz RESERVE (Their top-of-the-line) Hyde Park Tele from 2014 production.  These are hand crafted wtih the finest woods available to the Lentz team.  You typically see these used for $5500 or more.

This guitar weights just 6lb-9oz and comes with the Original Hardshell Case .

This particular guitar had a mod that some will love and some will not….the owner had the neck shaved down and refinished (slight checking included) to a .77″-.85″ D-profile.  NO, Lentz did not do the reshaping nor did they do the refinishing.  I feel this is a FANTASTIC opportunity for someone to grab a Lentz that fits THEM because typical Lentz necks are quite large.  Another option is to purchase this and have Lentz make you another neck.  Any way you go the price is ALREADY DISCOUNTED FOR THE CHANGES SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND BEFORE OFFERING ME $2k saying “Guitar has mods”….you will be ignored.

Also, the pickups and wiring/pots/knobs have been changed.  The pickups are now Lindy Fralin that Callaham Guitars cryo-treated.   ORIGINAL PICKUPS AND WIRING/POTS IN CASE.

I was told all work was done by a fancy schmancy tech in Nashville…but I have no way of proving this.  I must say it DOES sound fantastic and the player who owned it supposedly was a name in town who played with many famous folks.

You can see the rest of the Specs & Condition in the PICTURES

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2018 Wysocki Tele – Brand New – WOW Aged Woods from Special Stash

Brand New LARRY WYSOCKI Telecaster!  2018 just off the bench. I am an Authorized Dealer and this comes with a full factory Warranty.  This particular guitar features woods that Larry had stashed for a personal guitar.  Like all builders, Larry got to the point of saying “eh, I’ll build myself another at some point” so he made thsi one available to me.

Larry is a luthier to the stars as well as THE ‘Go To” guy for woods for nearly every major luthier especially those who create acoustics and need the best woods on the planet.  Larry has been collecting, studying, teaching about and dealing woods for over 50-years.  If you order a $20k Greenfield or Manzer likely they will source woods from Larry.  So when you can get a guitar made from woods he saved for himself…you do the math.

Only a handful of Wysocki Guitars are made each year (around a dozen). The current backlog is well over a year even if I wanted to order something.  This particular one weighs just 6lb-07oz and has an Old Growth Recovered 1-piece Ash 60-year Old Air Dried Body.   The neck is a 1-piece 150+ Year old Old Growth Recovered Maple specimen.  The board is 80+ year old Aged Brazilian (SEE PICS).  The pickups are hand selected Rolph Tele Style and Larry selected them to work with this particular guitar.

Tonally…well to date I’ve sold EVERY Wysocki I’ve gotten in…often to regular customers who own Detemple & D’Pergo…the verdice…universally my clients tell me they like the Wysocki best.  Look at it this way….a D’Pergo with aged wood that is NOT in the same category as these…well those D’Pergos can fetch $15k-$19k new….so a Wysocki is a bargain and less than 50% of that price.  Now consider people in the know say they are better sounding and playing….and you get the reason these are selling like hotcakes.

The specs are “Herrington Specs” for John Herrington (Steely Dan) who plays Wysockis.  You can see all the specs if you look for my SHEET IN THE PICTURES.

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Lentz HSL

2006 Lentz HSL in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case.  This comes with the original Build Sheet too!  This is an amazingly fresh take on a classic.

Weighing in at just 7lb-01oz this Ash Bodied (1-piece) & 1-Piece Maple Neck guitar is a thing of beauty.  The thin nitro finish over the 2-tone Sunburst Finish.   The Soft V .92″ Neck.  The Lentz wound L90 neck pickup and B’Kaster Bridge pickups are PERFECT for these woods.

I’ve said many times that Lentz guitars are THE standard for modern boutique guitars.  Yeah there are some better and some worse but a Lentz should be THE poster child for the reason to step out of Fender world.

See all the SPECS & CONDITION in the SHEET SHOWN IN THE 3rd PICTURE

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Sakashta NouPaul

Sakashta NouPaul

The Sakashta Noupaul is the pinnacle of modern boutique guitars.   Just listen to Robben Ford’s “Tribute” work for a taste of what this model can sound like. Expertly built by the master himself.  Hand carved.  Unique features such as an inset brass block and rear load.  The sustain and note fullness on this piece are unequaled by anything.  The plain strings sound wound…that’s how fat this is.

Combined the craftsmanship with a set of custom wound pickups and you have THE best electric guitar I’ve played.  Words simply can not capture just the musical voicing achieved by Mr Sakashta in this instrument.  Every note sounds like it is from the most lucious piano you have ever heard.  Every note sustains and sings.  Chords offer the most beautiful collaboration of individual notes harmonizing.

Sadly there will be no more of these; they are available every couple of years in the used market.  This is a piece for someone who is ready to stop spliting hairs amongst their 12 LPs and get ONE guitar that outdoes the best of each combined.  It is funny to me how many folks I meet with dozens upon dozens of NICE guitars but nothing in the “Hall of Fame” category.   THIS , my friends, is a Hall-of-Fame piece that isn’t just for show or bragging rights.  You would pick it out of a lineup each and every time because it’s simply hauntingly beautiful sounding.

This piece will not last long.  The last 2 sold in days.  Cash only on this piece.

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Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD  –  EL34 Version

Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD – EL34 Version

Sakashta “Smoky Signal” Tubeless OD pedal!  This is the EL34 version.

This gets you from gritty to punchy.  The dial on the left side of the pedal is the most useful of almost any dial on any pedal.  It is almost like focusing a lens on a camera.  The knob allows you to dial in just the right amount of grit vs. od.  Think of it like perfectly biasing a tube amp or intonating a guitar.  It isn’t so much a gain knob as it is a continuum of power tube distortion to preamp.

I have to say if I used pedals I’d keep this.  I just don’t use them because I play at home and have tonal variation through the amps.  I keep the Klon & TS808 because customers ask me to test gear using them.

I have never seen another.  This pedal is worth the price.  You have had flavors of OD….get what feels like ‘the great translator” pedal.

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2017 Nachocaster Tele : 6lb-7oz

1-Owner Nacho Banos “Nachocaster” Tele.  These are THE go-to guitar as of late and are rarely available.  Luckily, I scour the universe and smell them before they are dragged through every gear enthusiast site around.

This 1-piece Ash body guitar weighs in at JUST 6lb-7ounces.  The neck is 1.65″ and the radius is 9.5″.  The neck profile is a vintage V with a .87′-1.01″ measurement.  Frets are medium.  Pickups are Broaccaster type:  Bridge 9.34k & Neck 6.81k.  Of course the guitar has a nitro finish.

Guitars this fantastic do not last long on the open market.  You can get on the list…sure….wait like I used to forever….then when you email about one you want (2 min after you get the email) the one you wanted is somehow sold….OR…you can get this one in a couple of days…..your choice Paco.

This beauty is an incredibly rare 2-tone sunburst with heavy aging.  It was purchased new and is dated Dec 2017.  Ungigged home use only.  Comes of course with the orignal case (looks perfect but one latch seems funky….you’ll have to live with it or replace the latch).  Also included are the Certificate, Ashtray Cover, CD and a couple tiny other items.

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1967 Marshall JMP – Original & Just Serviced

1967 Marshall JMP – Original & Just Serviced

Vintage 1967 Marshall JMP head in VG Condition.  I’m sure most would grade this example higher for condition because as you can see it is clean.  I’ll go with VG and let the pictures do the talking.

I’ll start by saying I am not a vintage expert.  I purchased it and was told it had original tolex & iron….my tech confirmed this.  Not certain about the logo but believe it to be original (not promising).  You can see some of the screws have been replaced.  It has had maintenance and recently my tech replaced the plug socket because those old ones just become very unstable and we don’t want to risk anything with a prime example of a vintage amp.

Really amazing amp.  Some folks like to crank every knob all the way up and let ‘er rip.  Some like to mess with the dials until they get just the right woody tone and sustain.  What I can tell you is try EVERYTHING on this amp.  I mean plug into the low input and crank it…WOW….then the high output and turn 1/2 way…also a WOW.   Turn the Treble and Presence up and get that freaking searing Marshall crush.   Dial back the tone controls and you get the organic edible lush thickness.

Just realize this is an instrument.  Try lots of settings.  You will find endless inspiration here.  Jump the channels….try them unjumped.  No one setting is ‘it’ with this particular amp.  You can literally reinvent yourself with it.

Sadly I am moving in a different direction so after much self doubt I realize this belongs in the hands of someone who will enjoy it regularly.  Oh let me tell you …it LOVES different types of preamp tubes…try LOTS and get more different tones.  Also….you will just smile at the way it handles different cabs and speakers.  Again, like a whole new amp every time.  Lastly….if you like a few pedals this will also be a platform that allows them to work lovingly WITH the amp and not fight it.

Have to say there is a reason these 1967s are particularly sought after.  Think about it…for about the same price (maybe a bit more) of a modern copy….you can have a 1967 Marshall JMP.

Think it’s too loud?….it doesn’t say 50 on it anywhere does it.  Never promised 50 watts.  These are just not as loud as people think they will be.  They are not. My tech says most are in the mid-30 watt territory.

If you believe certain things are meant to be cared after…then this is your chance to participate in caretaking for a historic piece.  Your turn.  It is set from ,my tech and ready to serve you well.

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Germino Lead 55 :  SS/Tube Rectifier Option  – Aug 2018 Build

Germino Lead 55 : SS/Tube Rectifier Option – Aug 2018 Build

Germino Lead 55 head that is dated August 2018.  Home nonsmoking use.  Near Mint Condition but I will call it EXCELLENT to avoid you sending a camera bot into the circuit to determine if clean power was run through it.

YES this has the SOLID STATE/TUBE RECTIFIER SWITCH INSIDE.  NO, I will not pull the chassis to take a picture of it (I mean do you think I am lying here?).

Original Factory Tubes.  No repairs.  Sounds freaking amazing!  No I will not take gut shots LOL.

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2017 Carr Mercury V 1-12″ Combo

2017 Carr Mercury V 1-12″ Combo

Carr Mercury V combo in Near Mint Nonsmoking Home Use Condition.  Comes with Manual & Original Shipping Carton.   Smells new.  Virtually unplayed condition.  I can’t find any flaws but I’m sure you will get out the electron microscope so I’ll grade it as Excellent to spare you the call to Reverb bitching about how the head of one screw had dust in it.

SUPER flexible amp that covers SO much ground in a light package.

So given that you love my sense of humor…here are some other fun rules for you to laugh at…..all fees prepaid via paypal and applied toward purchase price if you decide to get it.

  • $50 fee to weigh the amp (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $50 fee to measure the amp (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $50 fee to take picture of the serial number (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $100 fee to take pictures in natural sunlight (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $500 fee to take video and audio clip of it being played (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $1 million fee (not applied toward purchase) for gut shots
  • $50 fee to answer “how did you get the amp”….I mean let’s assume I stole it (which is what the question implies) do you think I would say ‘ahhh damn mannnnnn you caught me”)
  • $200 fee to take picture of it with me holding a copy of today’s newspaper
  • $100 fee to answer ‘which version of the Carr V is this”
  • $50 to consider your lame trade
  • $100 if you want to ask me to compare it to every amp ever made
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1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb w JBL 10s

1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb w JBL 10s

So what we have here is a cool amp….a totally different flavor of Vibrolux Reverb.  Let me start by saying NO it is NOT a bright sounding amp.  It is actually very clear sounding.  Maybe you will have to actually LISTEN when you turn the tone knobs (rather than using your favorite settings….)…poor you…imagine that …using your ears.   But I found it was very VERY beautiful sounding to the point where my amp tech even noted it was a fantastic sounding example.

So here is what I am not…and that is a vintage amp expert.  I will provide a zillion pictures and the best info I have…aside from that you have to use your judgement. Now, I have this priced extremely fairly to reflect the fact that it has some reversed mods and changes.

To the best of my ability to date it appears this is a 1965 amp.  If it isn’t then too bad LOL.  The legs were obviously added….go ahead..aske me who did that…like the amp talks or something.  The speakers are obviously after-market & again of unknown origin.  I have included pictures of the iron and circuit.  I do know my tech returned a few mods (I think it had a master vol at one point) back to stock for me.  Aside from that again use your own detective work and judgement.

The verb is great.  The tubes are mostly brand new except the vintage 12at7.  Just an amp I took 0n trade that has to go cheap to make room.

I do not want to get into the ‘this screw was changed and you didn’t disclose it so you owe me $4000 even though (I paid $2300) syndrome. Funny how people try to use that old trick…I have a great email from a guy who sent me a detailed list of all the restoration work a clearly disclosed recovered/jacked up tweed deluxe would require….down to the freaking face plate nails….I seriously want to start a page for “Hall of Fame Assclowns” and post stuff like this.   I mean it is some original humor like you can’t make this stuff up.

Anyway, don’t end up on my Wall of Shame…do your own homework and man up with this great amp.

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Thorn So Cal GT – Korina & 1-Piece Western Red Cedar

Here is what I’ll call “Player Grade Plus” Condition Guitar.  1-off Ron Thorn in irreplacable Korina/Western Red Cedar combination of woods.  There is just enough wear to knock it down to the bargain basement pricing level….all while being clean enough that you won’t cringe when you see it.  From a nonsmoking environment.  Most notable in the wear dept is on the top where you can clearly see areas in which the finish has been worn through (from finger resting during playing).  There are other dings and nicks as well but the picture of the top gives you a sense of what you’re getting here.

First off let’s talk Ron Thorn. You realize there ARE no more ‘ron thorn’ guitars…Ron was selected to run the Fender production (huge right).  Second, you realize almost no two Ron Thorn guitars are alike. Each one was carefully crafted to be 1-offs.  If you see something you like you need to grab it because there are typically not duplicates out there.  Third, tonally Ron’s guitars are known to be in the upper echelon of instruments ESPECIALLY when you purchase them used.  As yourself what can you find in the sub-$2k range that has this level of workmanship, wood quality and pedigree?

Let’s talk specific features now.  YOU CAN SEE A FULL RUNDOWN OF SPECS & CONDITION IF YOU SEE THE PICTURES. But here is a sampling:

  • 1-Piece Western Red Cedar Top
  • Korina Back
  • 1-Piece Korina Neck
  • Rosewood Board
  • Just 6lb-8oz
  • 2-Tek Bridge (each bridge is separate)
  • Thorn Pasadena Classic 80 pickups
  • .875″ – .925″ C-Neck Profile
  • 1-11/16″ Width & 10 Radius
  • Gotoh locking tuners
  • NO fret wear
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • Med/Lg Frets
  • Levy’s Padded Case included
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Fender Custom Shop LJ – Michael Stevens : Extremely Limited Production RARE COLLECTIBLE

Impossibly rare Fender Custom Shop LJ which was made in the early 1990s by the by Michael Stevens as their answer to the Les Paul. This was an extremely limited production instrument made by hand (much of it by Mike Stevens himself).  For those who don’t know, Michael Stevens was honored by Fender with his own “Founder’s Design” guitar…he also makes his own branded instruments and has a been backordered since I was in 4th grade.  Many regard Michael Stevens as the greatest living electric guitar luthier.

These feature hand carved tops and hand carved necks. Typical Mahogany/Maple body & Maple Neck w Rosewood Board. The top on this one is extremely unique. Subtle but extremely alive looking and not boring.

The neck on this is more like a typical Fender than a Gibson so think of this as the Gibson you WISH Fender made.  The profile is .836″ – .986″ and 1.70″ width with a 12″ Radius.

This guitar is THICK sounding.  The fattest one I’ve heard (and I’ve had DOZENS of these).  The current pickups are Tom Holmes that were professionally installed.  The original Dimarzios are included.

Overall the condition is clean but there is wear indicating use of its 25 year life.  You can see all the Specs & Condition in the PICTURES.

These are extremely collectible for a reason. Great instruments made with a whole different set of rules than your typical Fender.

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