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Don Grosh – Electrajet CUSTOM

2013 Don Grosh ElectraJet CUSTOM.  This nonsmoking Alder Bodied/Maple Neck/Rosewood Board workhorse features 3 of Don’s G-90 Pickups.  Think Strat with OOMPH if you want it.  Cleans up to typical strat with roll-off of volume but turn up the volume and get that natural clean boost without the pedal.

The features, specs and condition are well documented if you see the PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.  The major points of note are that this is in VG/Player’s Condition.  It has more surface wear and dings than my typical guitar.  Not beat up but not clean.  There is a Tremol-No Installed and the backplate is in the case.  The Neck is a 50s Carve Soft-V-to-C .85″-95″ which is also unique for Grosh’s I’ve seen.

Great guitar you can afford and not worry about putting some honest wear on.

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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.

PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES FOR A COMPLETE SPEC/CONDITION REPORT. 

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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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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.

PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES FOR MY SPEC/CONDITION SHEET WITH A FULL RUNDOWN OF DETAILS ON THIS INSTRUMENT

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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.

You can see the COMPLETE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE PICTURES.

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2015 Thorn Grantura Semi – Luthier’s Spec

2015 Ron Thorn GRANTURA Luthier’s Spec Semi-Hollow.   This is in Near Mint nonsmoking ungigged condition.  ANY GLARE YOU SEE IS JUST LIGHTING AND NOT WEAR.  The guitar comes complete with the factory build sheet and Certificate of Authenticity.  Of course the Thorn comes with its original hardshell form fit case.

This piece is spectacular and smells new.  It features:

  • BRAZILIAN Board
  • Arcane Thorn SL1 Pickups
  • Tone Pros Bridge
  • Weighs just 7lb-2oz
  • 6150 Medium Frets
  • Med/Fat C Neck .86-.96″
  • Maple & Spruce Center Block
  • PICKGUARD IN CASE BUT NOT INSTALLED AT FACTORY (NO HOLES DRILLED).
  • 24.75″ Scale & 12″ Radius
  • Kluson Tuners
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Full Maple Laminate Body
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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.

PLEASE REFER TO THE PICTURES FOR A DETAILED SPEC/CONDITION SHEET WITH ALL THE DETAILS FOR THIS GUITAR.

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.

JUST SO YOU KNOW THERE IS A SWITCH TIP IN THE CASE.  THE GUITAR IS SO MINT IT WAS NEVER INSTALLED BY THE OWNER.

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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.

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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 S-type..it 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.

SEE ALL THE SPECS & CONDITION DETAIL IN PICTURES – SHEET INCLUDED

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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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2015 Berumen German Carve Singlecut – WOLFETONE Pickups

People are always asking me for recommendations on ‘value’ instruments that get you pretty much to where the big budget players are.  THIS my friends is such a piece.  Hand created one at a time.  BEAUTIFUL cleans which provide the basis for adding any amp, drive or effect.  Top components such as Wolfetone Humbuckers and Grover Tuners.  Easy access to upper frets.  Balanced on lap or strap.

If these were $5k they would fly off the shelves used.  I think they are too cheap and people can’t envision that they will actually get amazing quality for so little. Take my word…this is the best value in the used market.

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2014 Frank Hartung Junico

2014 Frank Hartung JUNICO in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  This instrument comes stock with Haussel Pickups which are open sounding and very clear.  All the finest European guitars come with Haussel.   1-11/16″ Width and a 25″ Scale.  Beautifully balanced 7lb-05oz.  Comes with the Cert & Original Hardshell Form Fit Case.

What I love about this piece is the high end that you get even though it’s a mahogany plank.  Typically you expect dark….but the construction, pickups and components help this piece achieve what mahogany/maple typically do.  The result is a light weight easy to play (especially out) guitar with a myriad of cool tones.   Especially impressive is the tele-like snap you can achieve by merely turning down the guitar’s volume.

SEE ALL THE DETAILED CONDITION & SPECS in the PICTURES WHERE I UPLOADED A DETAILED FORM.

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Ronin Mirari – Seafoam GREEN

Ronins are completely different and additive to any collection.  The redwood creates a tone that maple/mahogany WISHES it could achieve.  The custom wound Foilbuckers (splittable too) are like a mic’d acoustic meets a tele meets a Gretsch meets a P90 meets an open sounding humbucker.  Nothing comes close.

All Ronins sound a little different. This particular one has a fantastic organic warmth that accompanies each note. This guitar has a pretty typical Ronin .89″-.95″ C-shaped neck.  The weight is just 7lbs-5oz.  The nut is 1-11/16″.

This guitar is factory aged and just looks so cool in person.  The neck feels broken in but not beat up.  The body is comfortable ergonomically.  TONALLY…just put away all your preconceived notions.  You toil choosing one of your 5 strats to play?….this is like discovering a whole new precious metal…baby.

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2016 Ruokangas Unicorn Classic

I love Ruokangas Guitars.  Juha puts his heart and soul into every piece.  Each one rings and vibrates in your hand,  HUGE in Europe and highly coveted in the U.S.   If you order one it will take probably a year and you will pay thousands more.  This is an extremely clean 2016 Unicorn (See the PICTURES FOR A DETAILED SPEC/CONDITION SHEET with facts like weight, wear spots etc).

This solid guitar weighs just 8lb-4oz.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent Condition with just a couple of tiny wear spots.

Of note is an EBONY GUARD…this is a $500 upgrade alone.  Tonally you will absolutely LOVE that the low E string can get very tele like and clear. This guitar has a spongey lively 3D tone that just makes you smile.  The neck pickup is open and airy.  The bridge clear and very Tele like without the white noise.  The middle position is quacky.

IT plays extremely well in the sandbox with high gain and vintage/clean amps too.  It LOVED my vintage Fender Amps.

You may look at this and think LP but tonally it is like a 25% Tele, 10% Strat and the rest the best tonally balanced LP you can find.

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