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Callaham S-type

Callaham is a name synonymous with the highest quality modern production parts.  Bill Callaham actually made his name making Guitars & Amps.  Bill’s Guitars are coveted by players and collectors alike (his amps too which are considered the tonal equivalents of Trainwrecks).   At his peak, Bill was backordered 4 years.  Rarely do you find a used Callaham for sale.

This 1-owner nonsmoking piece is exceptional.  It has the flame ‘to die for’ maple neck and a 1-piece Ash body.  It was custom created for a local bass player who only used this at his home.  Just have to say position 2 & 4 on this guitar are probably the BEST I’ve heard.   The custom wound Fralin Pickups (custom made for Callaham) really work perfectly in this instrument.  The neck has a satin finish and the profile is the slightest of V’s which most people will ‘feel’ as a narrow shouldered C.  1-11/16″ Width and 9.5 Radius with Med/Lg Frets.  The instrument comes with its original hard case.  THere are no repairs.

Of note is the ‘blend’ knob that allows you to obtain 7 total combinations. The bridge pickup has a ‘tele’ backplate allowing it to get into that territory.

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James Trussart SteelDevile COPPER 2010

Copper SteelDevile by James Trussart.  Arcane Pickups (of course), Holly/Steel Body & Mahogany Neck.  12″ Radius, 25″ Scale & 1.65 Nut Width.   Comes with the Unsigned Warranty Card, Certificate of Authenticity and Original Hard G&G Case.  From a nonsmoking environment.  Mint “-” Condition.

SEE all the Specs & a Detailed Condition in the PICTURES where I offer you my proprietary sheet. 

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2014 Strandberg Masvidalien Ltd Ed

2014 Strandberg Custom Shop Masvidalien Limited Ed #6 or 16.  And if this weren’t cool enough the pickups have been upgraded to the highly well reviewed Fishman Devin Townsend models.  Near Mint Condition with the Strandberg Padded Case & Cert.

Nonsmoking and clean as a whistle.  You can see all the Specs & Condition in detail if you look at the pictures.  But if you know this guitar then this is a way to save dough on one that most would call mint.

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Collings I35 Deluxe w BRAZ Board

Pretty fantastic Collings I35 Deluxe featuring a BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.  The top on this nonsmoking piece is amazing quilt with a 3D presence.  This piece weighs just 6lb-9oz and comes with the it’s Ameritage Form Fit hard case.  Included is the Certificate of Authenticity & Unsigned Warranty Card.

This instrument is loaded with features.  We discussed the Brazilian Board.  It has CTS 500k pots and Xiccon tone.  The frets are Medium.  1-11/16″ Width with a 12 Radius.  The Medium C neck has NO fret wear.  The pickups are Lollar Low Wind.

Collings electrics are special pieces. They are influenced by Mike Stevens (Founder of the Fender Custom Shop).  These rank amongst the finest crafted production instuments available.  A/B vs a Gibson and you will pick the COllings every time.  You would expect these to cost 2x as much if the production were not as fine tuned.

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Mario Martin – Custom 1 Off

Are you into scalloped fretboards!?  If you are then this custom ordered Mario Martin is perfect for you!  Just SO easy to play.  The satin finish on the neck and the heavy frets make this Soft-V profile neck a dream to play.  Traditionalists don’t fear, it’s actually easier to play a scalloped board.  It helped me develop a very light touch (which this hammerfisted, sausage fingered man needed).

This instrument has a custom color/striped Alder Body with a maple neck.  9.5 Radius, Kluson-Style Tuners, Soft V-C Neck and 1-5/8″ Width.  Mojotone pickups (I believe).  Comes with the original padded Mario Martin logo gigbag and Cert.  YES it has the trem bar (my favorite questiion. …has anyone ever passed on a guitar because it didn’t have one with it?).

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2016 Palir Stinger Classic

There is a new kid on the block.  Palir guitars first caught my attention with their fresh finishes and unique take on aging.  I grabbed a few and quickly realized these were every bit as good as the popular boutique names but at a HUGE discount.  Then I realized as used pieces they are complete bargains.

Take this 2016 that could pass for new.  Nonsmoking with original hard G&G Case & Certificate of Authenticity.  Porter Pickups.  Mid-7lbs.  Very light aging.  Alder body & Maple Neck.  1.65″ Width and 10 Radius.  Gotoh “Kluson” Tuners.  Med/Heavy frets with no wear.

See the pictures for a Spec/Condition Sheet with all the details.

Beautifully handcrafted.  Thin thin finish.  Expertly assembled and this just vibrates and rings.  You can pay a lot more and get not as good.  Grab this before you regret.

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Dr Z – Z Wreck Combo w Tone Tubby

Dr Z – Z Wreck Combo w Tone Tubby

Clean nonsmoking Dr Z “Z Wreck” Combo with a Tone Tubby Alnico 12″ Speaker.  Fantastic amp with no issues.  Comes with thick padded cover and power cable.  No other accessories come with this (it does NOT have the attenuator).    Wonderful amp in Limited Edition Blue!
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RED ROCKET – Commander Prototype!

2013 Red Rocket PROTOTYPE Commander!  This one features TV Jones T-Armond Pickups.  The body is chambered mahogany and the guitar weighs in at just 7lb-4oz.  The body has double binding (top & back!).  I love these instruments because each is an artist’s unique vision.  You simply don’t find this level of detail and quality at this price point.  These are sleeper guitars for sure.

See all the SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION in the PICTURES.

As a summary, this nonsmoking guitar comes with it’s G&G Form Fit Hard Case.  The mahogany neck has a 1-11/16″ Width and a 12″ Radius.  The tuners are Kluson Deluxe.  The neck shape is a nice C that is not huge.  There is no fretwear.  The frets are a Med/Lg size.

This piece was THE proto for the Commander lineup!  Grab what you can be sure was the finest work this luthier could produce.

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James Tyler Studio Elite HD – Hazmat Shmear

James Tyler fans can never get enough of these instruments!  If you’re a collector or sitting on the sidelines waiting to dive in, this one is for you!  This has all the features serious Tyler lovers crave.  First off, the 1-piece quartersawn maple neck is the Standard ’59 C (.845″ – .975″).  The frets are heavy .110 – .055″.  1-11/16″ Nut and a compound radius of 9.5″-12″.  Hipshot locking tuners.  JTS2500 Single Coil pickups and a Secret in the Bridge.

The weight is just 7lb-3oz. The guitar features the coveted Midboost.  The instrument is SOLID not chambered & the body is Mamywo. YES, it has the Tyler Logo Hard Case (form fit including the tools and build sheet).  The Hazmat Shmear is a satin/matte finish and is ridiculously complex in person.
The guitar is in Excellent nonsmoking condition with a few mintor flaws noted in the Spec/Condition Sheet (see pictures).

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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul 59RI 2014 VOS

2014 Gibson Custom Shop LPR9  1959 Reissue Les Paul.  This is a perfect weight of just 8lb-9oz.  The figuring on this top is multi-dimensional.  You get a different facet with each angle.  The guitar is stock and comes with the Brown Gibson Case, Certificate of Authenticity and Tag.  YES, this is a VOS model.  It also comes with the extra cavity cover for the back of the switch tip.

Just a beautiful guitar from a nonsmoking home.  Almost no wear except for maybe some light guard contact scratches.  Smells new!

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James Tyler BURNING WATER

James Tyler Burning Water!  One of the most iconic guitars of the boutique revolution.  There is just something about the feel of a Tyler neck.  Quartersawn, 1-Piece,  satin finish..scallopped edges….mmmmm just feels perfect.  Probably my single favorite neck.  This one features a Mamyo Body (Solid not chambered).

The weight is 6lb-15oz.  The neck is a Thin ’59 and it features a compound radius of 9.5″-12″.  The frets are Medium Jumbo .09″-.055″.  1-5/8″ Width  and of course a 25.5″ Scale.  The pickups are JTS 2500 Singles and a “Secret” in the bridge.

YES it has the G&G Form Fit Logo Case (funny how many times I get that question…usually by people who then evaporate…..if it has the correct case does that mean they were looking for one that didn’t have the correct case?….one of the great remaining mysteries of our times).

 

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2017 Nacho Banos NACHOCASTER

MMMM mmmm good!  A 2017 Nachocaster in Near Mint Condition.  This thoroughbred weighs in at just 6lb-9oz.  Of course it is loaded with Ron Ellis pickups (my favorites because they retain chime and clarity while obtaining that organic warmth inherent in a good guitar).   Perfect D-shape neck measuring .85″-1.02.    1-piece Ash Body & 1.65″ Width Maple Neck (9.5″ radius of course).  The guitar is finished in a VERY thin nitro that is sunken into the wood.  There is the original G&G hard case, Cert, Pouch, ashtray cover, build sheet & CD.

These guitars are the top of the relic F-style food chain. You rarely see one for sale and they never last long.  Most are pre-sold before they hit the market new.  These are not easy instruments to acquire.  Fortunately for you, I spend my days scouring the planet whilst you sip latte and maul scones.

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Ribbecke Halfling “Center Hole Steel String” Carved Top Acoustic!

Ribbecke Halfling “Center Hole Steel String” Carved Top Acoustic!

Custom 1-off Archtop Acoustic “Halfling” made completely by Tom Ribbecke himself!  This piecs has a CARVED CEDAR TOP…it isn’t a flat-top like most acoustics.  The back and sides are Rosewood.  The instrument took 8 years to complete; the label actually reads 2006 which was the start date…but Tom released this in 2014.  The guitar is featured on his website and Facebook page.   He claims it was so much work that he will never build another.

The instrument has a 1.70″ Nut Width, Grover Tuners, what appears to be an Ebony Board and a 25.5″ Scale.  It is a nonsmoking piece and comes with a beautiful Reunion Blues padded case.

Tonally this is one of the finest sounding acoustics (flatpicked or fingerpicked) that I’ve owned.  The low E is pronounced and clear without being overpowering.  The guitar is responsive to pick attack and dynamics.  You can rev this up or adjust to woody organic just with pick technique or material

An instrument of this quality and provenance comes for sale rarely.  Grab it before you spend your days surfing the net for it to reappear.

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Leo Guitars – Standard 59 BRAND NEW – Authorized Dealer

Leo Guitars is a small boutique company headquartered in Germany and run by master luthier Darko Milojevic.  Only 20 – 25 guitars a year can be produced because each is custom, 1-off and made by hand.   The end result is something akin to a fine watch that is both meticulous in build and perfect in tone.

These guitars rival modern guitars at any price point.  The ’59 Standard features Spanish Cedar body and neck.  There is a thin nitro finish that feels like it’s part of the wood.  There is a very slight aging applied to the guitar whereby you see a few gentle checks and wear spots.   The whole perfectly balanced instrument weighs in at just 7lb-11 oz.  There is beautiful binding on the neck and custom inlays.  The top is a hand carved 5A Flame Maple.  24.75″ Scale and a 1-11/16″ Width.

This guitar has a mixed set of frets 6100 to 6105 that feel like you’re playing a Bentley…SMOOOOTH.  The “C” Neck profile is comfortable and quite familiar to Gibson players.  The bridge is Tone Pros.  The pickups are open and clear…Kloppmann ’59.  To my ears they sound like Ron Ellis humbuckers.

You can see the attached sheet for all the other specs.  This instrument is fresh and refreshing.  Don’t keep banging your head against old walls….this is the path.

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James Tyler STUDIO ELITE HD-P 2015

We just LOVE Tyler guitars…especially in Burning Water!  This just in is a 2015 with heavily customized features.  Check out the MATCHING HEADSTOCK!  The satin BW finish is filled with cool colors!  The guitar is rear routed with pickups mounted directly to the body.  Acoustically it rings out and sings unplugged.

The neck is quartersawn Maple.  The body is Alder.  The guitar weighs just 7lb-6oz.  Of course it comes with a James Tyler embroidered form fit hardshell case.  The instrument comes with its Certificate of Authenticity.  It is nonsmoking and alteration free.  Condition is Mint “-” and you can see details in the attached pictures (I lay out all the specs and condition).

Frets are .09 x.055 Heavy.  1-9/16″ Neck Width and a compound 10-12″ Radius.  Hipshot Locking Tuners.  The neck shape is a “Thin 59″ which measures .825″ to .95”.   Pickups are JTS Stingray 500 singles and a California Special in the bridge.

Tylers are individualized works of art.  If you see one you like GRAB IT because no two schmears are exactly alike.  And used (in this condition) they are bargains.

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2015 James Tyler TYLERBLASTER

2015 James Tyler TYLERBLASTER T-style in satin Burning Water finish!  This guitar is in Mint “-” nonsmoking 1-owner condition.  Of course it comes with its original embroidered, form fit hardshell case & Certificate of Authenticity.   The body is solid Alder.  The neck & board are quartersawn Maple.    The neck profile is their “Thin 59″ which measures .825 – .95″.  The radius is compound at 10-12″ & the nut measures 1-9/16″.   Frets..heavy as expected their typical .09 x .055”.

Pickups are a Tyler Retro Hum in the Neck and a JTT5500++ (yes ++) in the bridge).  Glendale Tele bridge rounds things out.  OH and Kluson tuners..yup.

If you love teles but crave something different then check this out.  Tyler’s necks feel SOOOOOOOO soft.  They are shaped to perfection.  They fit your hand SO well.  These are not just pretty guitars.  What goes behind them is quality, thoughtfulness and TONE.  Grab one that could pass for new and save some %’s.

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Chapin JAGUAR : Rare 1-Off

Bill Chapin is known by boutique guitar lovers around the world.  Bill’s works are standards in the industry and rarely come on the market.  They are affordable, hand crafted and deliver the goods in playability, looks and tone.

This piece is a 1-off in Sonic Blue.  ASH body and Birdseye Maple Neck w a Rosewood Board.  1.66″ Nut Width and a 24″ Scale.  12″ Radius and Med/Lg Frets.   The pickups are Curtis Novak Vintage Jags and a Duncan Antiquity.  The neck is more of a classic Fender “D” Profile.  There are enough switching options to please any NASA scientist.  Of course it comes with a hardshell case.  The piece is nonsmoking and YES it has the trem bar (is that really the reason you wouldn’t buy a guitar?….they DO make replacements you know).

All the specs and detailed condition are laid out for you in the PICTURES so please check out the sheet that I prepare (no other dealer spends the time). 

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2012 Thorn Deluxe Carve Top

Ron Thorn DELUXE CARVE TOP in Excellent Condition!  Set Neck featuring a 1-Piece SOLID Mahogany Body.  The carved curly maple top is also 1-piece!  The weight is just 7lb-13oz (it is SOLID not chambered).  This top is simply exceptional.  SO exceptional that the guard was never even installed (Not even holes drilled)….that is the sign of a top that the builder did NOT want to hide.  The board is BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD (sorry no Cities docs included).  The neck is a fantastic Medium C .94-.93 which you will find familiar whether you like LPs, PRS or Fenders.   The pickups are Ron’s own 80N & 86N.   Lastly, and of course, the guitar has a thin nitro finish.

Tonally this sounds like it has old PAFs in it…with just a touch of bit with the volume full on.  With the volume rolled off the tone is perfectly clear and not ‘farted out’.   The condition is outlined in a document you will find IN THE PICTURES.  Overall you can see the guitar is Excellent but upon closer inspection one will find some surface scratches and dings….nothing that I would deem significant. 

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2012 James Trussart RUSTY STEEL DEVILLE

James Trussart RUSTY STEEL DEVILLE in delicious “Rust-O-Magic” finish!  This piece features Arcane P90 Pickups and a Double Gig Bag (Trussart Logo of course!).  It is a 1-owner piece that was from a nonsmoking environment.  It is in Excellent condition and weighs just 8lb-8oz.

If you are lusting after a Trussart but want to avoid the ‘new guitar price hit’ then this one is for you.  Really hard to find any non-factory wear on this piece. It even comes with the unsigned Warranty Card & Certificate of Authenticity.   You’re probably already up on the specs…but in case you are not…then SEE THE PICTURES for a DETAILED SHEET WITH EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW.  

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2013 Scala Vent Top Underdog

2013 Scala Vent Top Underdog!  Loaded with hand crafted features such as a carved top and hand chambered body.  This has the coveted ‘vent top’ with tiny sound holds carved between the body and top.  The result is just that perfect amount of air/fullness to the note.

Consider that this Scala has a 1-piece Mahogany hand carved body.  1-piece Mahogany Neck.  Arcane pickups.  G&G Hardshell case.  12″ Radius.  Grover Deluxe Tuners.   All this AND the weight comes in at an amazing 7lb-11oz.  No ‘give ups’ with this piece.

SEE ALL THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE PICTURES WHERE YOU WILL FIND A SHEET (with all the …yup…specs and condition).

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Yanuziello – ENZO RED!

Near Mint conditiion YANZUZIELLO guitar in a fantastic ENZO RED finish.  This is my first Yanuziello and I can tell you they live up to the billing they’ve received.  These hand made artisan instruments are just so perfect tonally.  If you like full clear sustaining notes then you should lust after one of these.

The body is hollowed out maple.  The pickups are Lollar Gold Foils which have warmth and compliment the Maple.  Check out the flame on the 1-piece maple neck!  Speaking of necks this is a pefect .84″-.95″ C Profile with 1-11/16″ Width.  The Brazilian Board is beautiful in color and figure.  The frets look medium to me.  The weight is just 6lb-1oz.  Of course this piece comes with a form fit Ameritage Hard case.

You can see all the rest of the details in the pictures where I have prepared a Spec/Condition Sheet.

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2015 Bludotone Bludo-Drive

2015 Bludotone Bludo-Drive

Bludotone Bludo-Drive head in Near Mint non-smoking condition! This is a 100w model. Love the unique color combo on this piece. Works as it should with no mods or repairs. No stories just a fantastic piece that will capture every nuance of your playing. Buy with confidence from a store with 10-years of experience dealing in the hardest to find gear on the planet.

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2016 Nachocaster Tele!

Featherweight Nachocaster “T” guitar made in 2016.  This beauty weighs in at just 6lb-5oz!  Wonderfull full ’52 Medium D Neck profile measuring in at .86″-to-1.02″.  Fat neck = fat tone and this holds true with this piece.  You will love the realistic relic job on this guitar.  It doesn’t look like it was demo’d by a Jiffy Lube team…rather, the piece was painstakingly reliced by the guy tho literally ‘wrote the book’ on Fender Blackguards

SEE ALL THE SPECS & CONDITION in the PICTURES – SPEC/CONDITION SHEET INCLUDED
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This comes complete with the Original Hardshell Case.  It is a 1-owner nonsmoking piece.  Included are the CD & DVD as well as a Certificate of Authenticity and the leather pouch.  The pickups are “Early 50s replice 6.51k NECK & 7.84k BRIDGE…I have heard that Ron Ellis winds pickups for Nacho….can’t confirm this fact though.  1-5/8″ Nut and 9.5” Radius.  Medium Frets.  Guitar is wired in Series…i LOVE the middle position tone which is like a humbucker but still with that Fenderesque signature.

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2005 John English ’59 Strat Relic

2005 Fender John English Strat ’59 Relic Strat.  This guitar was issued under the very Limited Edition Master Design series.  THIS guitar was made BY JOHN himself.  These facts are confirmed by Fender (via email which I would provide buyer upon request); you can ever contact Fender to confirm.  There were 2 versions of this model…team built and John English built.  The latter featured JE in the serial number.  This is serial number JE071.    The “JOHN” built models sold for thousands more than the team built (today the John built models are collectible).

This guitar features an Alder Body & Maple Neck.  FAT 50s Pickups.  9.5″ Radius & 25.5″ Scale.  It comes with the original hardshell case, Certificate of Authenticity & Strap/Candy.  It weighs 7lb-5oz.  To the best of my ability I can only find factory simulated wear on this.  The guitar is nonsmoking 1-owner.  Most would grade it as mint.

FOR MORE DETAILS SEE the 3RD PICTURE FOR A DETAILED SPEC/CONDITION SHEET

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Ruokangas Unicorn – Features “Exceptional Arctic Birch Top”

The ULTIMATE Ruokangas Unicorn Classic. This piece is simple exceptional. It is tricked out with upgrades that take it to another level. Let’s start with the cool stuff:

  • “Exceptional Arctic Birch Top” – $3000 EURO UPGRADE
  • Ebony Pickguard $400 UPGRADE
  • Nitro Top / Satin Finish Back

Now the regular stuff:

  • Weight: 8lb-5oz
  • Solid Body (Not Chambered)
  • 12″ Radius
  • 24.75″ Scale
  • “C” Boatneck
  • Jumbo NICKEL SILVER frets (Many Unicorns have Stainless)
  • Ebony Board
  • Cert & Build Pictures
  • Unicorn Custom Pickups
  • 3 Way (no coil splitting)

Custom ordering this with import duties and shipping would be in the $11,000s. You can save thousands on a guitar most showrooms would sell as new.

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