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Callaham LIVERPOOL

Callaham LIVERPOOL

I was very fortunate to have spent hours on the phone with Kenny Fischer.  I’m not saying we were best friends.  I am saying we spoke regularly and sent each other CDs…stuff like that.  Great man who shared his knowledge with anyone who was decent to him.   Ken often spoke of a few builders whose work he liked.  Bill Callaham was one such name mentioned.

Here we have one of the rarest amps on the planet.  Bill Callaham hand crafted this “Liverpool” back before the boutique craze invaded us with everybody who could get to Radio Shack for a soldering iron.  Bill’s amps are regarded as classic takes of Holy Grails.

Typically, these amps end up in Japan.  You can see certain dealers charging upper $6ks for these heads.  You can also see they don’t last long.

Tonally, this amp gets to the heart of what a “Wreck” does.  Turn volume of your guitar down and it cleans right up.  Phenomenal cleans that sound like THAT is what the amp was SUPPOSED to do….turn up the guitar and OVERTONES…SUSTAIN….GRIND….CRUNCH.  BUT you retain note definition…mmmm…I love it.

Amp is from a nonsmoking environment.  It is ready to go and does not appear to have any mods or damage.

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2015 Berumen Carve Top Flame Top

2015 hand-crafted Berumen Carve Top with a killer Flame Maple Top!   Look at the woods in this guitar.  Look at the bindings.  The components are top notch.  In your hands you hold something alive with energy.  Play it and the notes bend easily over the silky smooth frets.  Sounds like a Viagra commercial is brewing huh….

You can see all the specs & condition in the attached pictures.  But for teasers (speaking of Viagra) this beauty features Wolfetone Legend Pickups & Gotoh Tuners.  It has the hardshell form fit case.  The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment.  Most would call it Mint…I give myself room to avoid the d-bag crowd (staying on the Viagra theme).

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Mike Stevens Les Plank PROTOTYPE – THE ONE!

The Ferrari Testarosa is a symbol of an era….Dom is a symbol of an era….THIS GUITAR is a symbol of the heyday of the Boutique Guitar Revolution.  It was designed by and made for my friend Matte Henderson who I consider the Pininfirina of the boutique guitar world (google it…they design the bodies for Ferrari & Maserati…ok don’t google it).  OK enough sucking up.

Anyway, Matte collaborated with his old friend Mike Stevens to create the ultimate Strat in a LP body.  This guitar features an ALDER body with a Maple Neck…but the scale is LP.  There is a 12″ Radius and a fantastic soft-V to C neck profile.  The trem is a custom Skyway trem; I love skyways because they are top mount and don’t eat all the wood away.  They ring like a Stoptail bridge.  They are extremely smooth and responsive allowing precise bends.  ALSO you don’t chew up your hand palming the bridge (a must for all hand models).

This guitar was in my limited personal collection for many years.  During that time I had Lindy Fralin custom wind me a set of P90s for this guitar/wood.  Lindy & I came to the decision to do an 85% wind that would remain open and clear playing up the “stratty” nature of this beast rather than the typical wooly LP Jr thing.  The Bridge pickup I’m pretty sure is a WCR but not positive.  There is a 5-way switch.  Tonally this puppy covers a TON of ground.  My vintage amps play perfectly with the woodiness of the tone. My aggressive amps find this incredible bite and clarity with a HUGE low e tone.

The guitar has some wear, most notably some chips on the edge of the contours.  Overal it is clean despite being played and loved by several owners.  It is one of the most iconic guitars of the Boutique Guitar movement.  IT is now time to pass the torch.

See all the Specs & Condition Overview in the attached form I took time to prepare (such a guilt trip now if you don’t look).

 

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2016 Ruokangas Unicorn SUPERSONIC – Brand New

JUST IN from a dealer-to-dealer trade!  BRAND NEW unplayed (except I had to try it so I could describe it) Ruokangas Unicorn Supersonic.  Just a complete WOW Guitar.  This slab bodied guitar features the same Spanish Cedar Body/Neck & Arctic Birch Top that it’s big brother (the carved top Unicorn) has.  The only real difference is this is a slab vs. carved….and at a HUGE discount.  Also because I got this in trade, my price can be below MAP (min advertised price)….nah nah na nah nah.

So why this guitar?  If I were gigging…this would be my guitar.  7lb-12oz  and soft satin finish.  Nice smooth round notes that are slightly less bright than the Unicorn.  Warmth and smooth that make you think it can tame a bright amp or crush an overdriven one.  I get Tele to LP tones out of this guitar.  Playability is addictive and note bends are fun again.

See the PICTURES for a complete Spec & Condition sheet.

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Trades?…sure…always!

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Ronin Mirari – USED – Master Grade Old Growth Redwood

USED Ronin Mirari that may just be the lightest weight, best sounding Mirari I’ve had to date.  This one does not have coil splitting…and not sure if it’s that or the 6lb-13oz light weight or the Master Grade tight grained Salvaged Old Growth Redwood (SOGR)…but this one has the IT factor.  VERY warm tonally…VERY clear but with a nice pronounced high end.

Snakewood board,  1-piece Mahogany Neck, 1-11/16″ Width & 12″Radius.  You can see ALL the specs in the pictures where I have taken the liberty (isn’t that an obnoxious statement?) of preparing a detailed report for your review…SIR.

This one won’t last long.

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2009 PRS McCarty 25th Anniversary – 10 TOP

2009 PRS McCarty 25th Anniversary 10-Top in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  This guitar comes with the hang tag, original form fit case, unsigned warranty card and even the sticker!  Extremely clean.  Most would call it mint but I go through these carefully.  Don’t be fooled by lazy people who can’t be bothered to give you real information.  My guitars sell & my feedback is superior because I give real information to internet buyers.

Just look at the beautiful figure on the mahogany back.  This guitar is just special!  The TOP is spectacular from straight on…notice that I don’t take pictures lying down to find any grain there is…then you open the guitar and say ‘wait just a second is this the same guitar?’

See the PICTURES for a SPEC/CONDITION sheet with all the details.

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Nik Huber KRAUTSTER

Something incredibly alluring about a light weight simple machine.  The Nik Huber Krautster takes the unplayable but beloved Gibson LP JR to a new modern level (thankfully).  This baby has a Haussel Humbucker with coil splitting.  The flame maple neck vibrates and the 10-14″ Radius makes this a joy to play & bend notes on.

You can see all the specs in the attached pictures (I prepare a Spec/Condition Sheet that has all the fine points your itchy little eyes lust for.  Nice clean guitar with just a bit of wear.

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Nik Huber : ORCA ’59

2015 Nik Huber ORCA ’59 in Near Mint Nonsmoking Condition!  Why buy new for many thousands more when you can get this nearly immaculate one?….probably because you like enriching people?…well I work thin because I have no storefront, no employees facebooking on my dime, no bathrooms for people to clog…nada…and I pass the savings on to you!   Guitars ain’t like Pawn Stars…we get great gear because we pay great prices…there are no steals in the market.  We work between the wallpaper-and-the-wall.

Ok chest thumping.  Just a beautiful instrument with the 3D ‘sounds like 2 guitars) thing that I hold as a standard for the top shelf guitars.   Haussel ’59 Pickups.   Brazilian Rosewood Board.  .92-1.00 C Profile Neck.  No fretwear.  See all the Specs & Condition in the attached picture.

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GJ2 (Grover Jackson) ARETE 5-Star

Recent GJ2 Arete 5-Star in KORINA!  This top of the line guitar sold for over $4k new.   Near Mint, Non-Smoking Condition with Cert & Original Hardshell Case.

You can see all the Specs & Condition overview in the attached sheet….but as a teaser this guitar features:

  • Korina Set Neck
  • Korina Body
  • JUST 6lb-10oz
  • Jumbo Frets
  • Gotoh Trem
  • 10″ – 14″ Radius
  • Nice “D” Profile Neck
  • No Fretwear
  • Habanero Pickups
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Canton Allan HOLDSWORTH Design

Canton Allan Holdsworth Design Model in Near Mint Condition.  My understanding is that Holdsworth used Delap Guitars until he got tired of waiting for them…then he switched over to Canton.  I’ve had a Delap and this gives nothing up to them at a lot less money.

Specs & Detailed Condition in the attached sheet (see pictures).  But for those who won’t read that here are some teasers:

  • 5lb-15oz
  • Alder Top & Back
  • Hollow Alder Core
  • Duncan ’59 Pickups with Coil Tap
  • Curly Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Board
  • 1-11/16″ Nut
  • C Profile Neck
  • Jumbo Frets
  • 12″ Radius
  • 24-Frets
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • J-Custom Trem
  • No fret wear
  • Custom Pickups (unsure of brand).
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Crimson Guitars : Custom 1-off

Crimson Guitars : Custom 1-off

Details Coming!  Just in!  All I can say is WOW….Roland Synth….Fernandes Sustainer….Multi-switching…set neck.  Hand crafted.  This thing is off the charts.

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Sakashta NOS Tribute Pickups – RAREST of RARE

Sakashta NOS Tribute Pickups – RAREST of RARE

I am so excited to have yet another pair of Sakashta NOS Tribue model humbuckers.  These are obviously unobtainable except on the used market.  I have only seen a handful of these sets.  They are quite simply the best clearest most articulate open sounding humbuckers you can get vintage or modern.  Don’t ask me, RF has them too.

The last Sakashta electric guitar I can find sold for $39k & the one prior for mi-$30s.  This brand is quickly reaching the iconic level of Trainwreck Amps, Dumbles, and Vintage Gibsons.  Since the pickup is the heart of an instrument, this is a rare chance to achieve so much of the soul of the next unobtainium.

This 2-conductor set was lovingly used but not abused, modified or repaired.  It does not appear as though the covers have ever been off (nor am I willing to unsolder them to see).  Whoever acquires these is making an investment that time has demonstrated will hold up.

There are few Holy Grails in the guitar world….these are one example

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Schroeder Blister Agent – RARE

Schroeder Blister Agent – RARE

Clean Pedal from a Nonsmoking Environment. Works as it should with no repairs, mods or monkey business. Comes from a collection.

Comes with what you see here. If you don’t see it in the pictures then it is not included in the sale.

Sorry no trades on pedals.

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2006 Scott French SF3 – Travel Guitar

Ok so I have to admit…I’ve always wanted to bring a guitar with me on those travel softball weekends.  You know…your kid is in a f’ing slump despite the 321452 lessons…they have the mope going….the parents all think their little Tulip is going to the Olympics…just give me a little guitar so I can sit in the back and keep occupied (while pretending to watch).  Well if you don’t grab this quickly then my dream will come true!

My dear friend (person who commissioned this) has told me about this instrument.  I was lucky enough to finally acquire it.  You just can’t believe it is a small bodied guitar. It sits perfectly.  You have plenty of meat to hold onto.

The specs are just crazy exotic especially considering this was intended to be a functional piece.  Bolivian Rosewood Body.  5-Piece Wenge & Birdseye Maple Neck.  Heavy Brass Frets.  Custom Nordstrand Pickups.  Birdseye Maple Board.  The multi-switching system is rigorous enough to provide a variety of fun tones for play or for live/studio.

This is no toy folks. This is a guitar hand crafted to be a lifetime keepsake.

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2016 Thorn Artisan Limited Series 4

Kor-eeeeeeee-nah Baby!  We have here a Korina Fiesta!  Limited Edition of 7 (this is serial number 3) this Artisan is freaking exciting.  Just 6lb-15oz of snappy growly korina.  Thorn Staple P90 Pickups that deserve all the fanfare they receive.  Nice C neck profile and 12″ Radius with a 1-11/16 Nut  & 24.75″ Scale make this the PERFECT alternative for the Gibson Junior Lover in you.

This instrument is nonsmoking and has just one light surface line on the top. No fretwear.  No repairs.  Just a beautiful piece at a nice discount vs. new.  OH btw this one has an extra set of black pickup covers and knob (in the case) to go with the ones currently on it.

As always see the Spec & Condition Sheet for further ….SPECS AND CONDITION….lol

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Scala: Custom

Early Scala Custom 1-off guitar with a beautiful body inlay.  This nonsmoking beauty features a Birdseye Maple Neck, Ebony Board and Mahogany/Quilted Maple Top.   The guitar is hand crafted and features the look & feel of something created not stamped out.

What I like most about this guitar is that there is a virtually limitless array of pickup combinations available.  The three white pickups are Custom Power Sensors….AND you can add what looks to be Duncans in the Bridge & Neck positions.  This has the quack, warmth, growl, snarl, sweet, gentle and crushing all within a flick of a switch or two.

If you have had enough of the PRS/Gibson/Fender thing and are ready to try something that rivals $9k Hubers then this is it.   Please see the Spec & Condition Sheet for all the details.

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DC Custom Guitar – Exotic Woods!

So do you want a thick sounding shred machine made from ridiculous coponents by HAND?   This, my dear patrons, is such a piece.  DC Custom Guitars is known for their cult following and expert neck scalloping.  For the few who can afford it, they will also create your own masterpiece.  For a VERY select few, they can create pieces crafted from exotic woods.

This DC Custom has a 100% ROSEWOOD BODY.  It has a maple neck and a rosewood scalloped board.  12″ Radius, jumbo frets, 25.5″ Scale, Dimarzio Satriani Pickups.  Sperzel Locking Tuners.  No fretwear and nonsmoking.

Tonally it sounds like freaking ten guitars.  It ate up my Bogner Uber. This guitar is a one trick pony folks…it is designed to outclass in Shred..and THAT it does to perfection.

What I love about this scalloped neck is how easily it plays. Sometimes you can feel like you’re fighting scallops.  Not so on this one. It really feels like you are playing air guitar.  You can FLY on this thing.

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2015 Myka Doublecut

The most photogenic guitar of the decade.  This 2015 Myka Doublecut was so much fun that I had to keep taking pictures.  It is just amazing how different it looks in various lighting.  You will never get tired of this beauty and you haven’t even heard it.

I’m a huge fan of David’s work.  I’ve been acquiring them for most of my business life.  You never see the same piece twice…yet somehow they are consistently fantastic sounding.  Think of how you have to try 14 LPs to find one ‘ok’ one…not so with Myka.  THAT my friends is the sign of a true luthier.

Well I won’t bore you here with all the specs…you can use your pretty little eyes and see them on the attached sheet.

Always willing to trade or buy outright so give me a shot at your business (especially when the guy you got it from ducks your calls).

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2016 LSL T-Bone – Brand New Authorized Dealer

As the saying goes some things are bound to turn out the way they were meant to turn out despite your best efforts to the contrary….is that a saying?  Well LSL makes a lot of aged instruments…beautiful hand crafted…they don’t buy pre-made bodies and necks like the ‘TGP Flavor of the Week” pieces.  Lance makes them himself.  Well he likes to age guitars.    This one…he decided…”nah let’s leave it pristine”.  Well the mojo gods were not in agreement and there was a teeny tiny little “o” sized surface ding acquired before shipping.  SO the guitar is sold as “NEW” but at a steep discount due to ‘shop wear”.   But the story continues…

I received the guitar and during the photo process I accidentally dropped a tool on the back.  The result is 3 little surface dings.  SO more discounting.   If only the guitar had been aged from the factory (probably would have cost more) nobody would have been any the wiser.  BUT now you win!

(did you see they were just named one of the TOP 4 “Under The Radar Builders by Guitar World?  )

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2012 Gibson Custom Shop Chambered R8 VOS LP

2012 Gibson Custom Shop Chambered LP VOS R8 in Excellent Nonsmoking condition.  This was owned by an artist and selected by him personally (in my mind that gives it a ‘cut above’ cache).  It was lovingly cared for and comes with the Certificate of Authenticity, Tag & Unsigned Warranty Card.   Of course there is the Original Hardshell Case.

The top on this ’58 VOS is particularly special.  It has a lot of subtle figuring along with the pronounced visible grain. Tonally it is a very nice guitar because it’s not dark or mushy as we all know these can often be.

Please refer to the attached spec/condition sheet for all the facts your little Jeopardy-loving mind crave.

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2014 Gibson Custom Shop Nashville ’63 ES-335

Just traded-in by original owner (and really great guy …I’m such a suckup).  2014 Gibson Custom Shop NASHVILLE ’63 ES-335 with Block Inlay.  Nonsmoking and home use only.  Very difficult to find any wear on this one except some very light contact swirls on the pickguard.

This beauty smells new and comes with the Certificate of Authenticity & Unsigned Warranty Card.   The Original Hard Form Fit case is included with the guitar.

Specs are all listed on the attached sheet…but the highlights are a perfect 8lb weight.  I can’t find any fretwear.  It is stock with no mods or repairs.  Conspiracy theorists look elsewhere.

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2015 Fender Masterbuild CRUZ 1960 S Relic

2015 Fender Masterbuilt CRUZ 1960 Strat Relic in Excellent nonsmoking condition.  I can’t find any owner-related wear on this one but I’m sure someone will get out the jeweler lupe so we’ll grade it as Exc.   Boy Fender Masterbuilt has come a long way.  This era of production is the highest level I’ve seen since the 90s Page/Stevens Guitars.   I can see why there is such demand for John Cruz pieces.

This Alder Strat weighs in at 7lb-9oz and comes with the original hard G&G case, “Cruz Tools”, CERT (of course) and tags. The nut width is 1-11/16″. The neck is a familiar 60 “D” profile. There is no fretwear on this guitar.  9.5″ Radius makes it familiar feeling.

Something special about Cruz guitars.  This has the unplugged acoustic vibrance that we all use as a test of greatness.  The low E (my test) is clear and ringing.  This almost got squirreled away in my collection…and those who know me know I keep very little.   I’d say it’s one of the best Fender Strats I’ve had in quite some time.

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2013 Fano JM6

2013 Fano JM6 in luscious Candy Apple Red!   The Fralin P90s sound raw when run full out…turn down the volume and they clean up to a warm purr.  Compound 7.25″-to-9.5″ Radius and an Early 60s .83″-.92″ Profile make this guitar familiar feeling to anyone who has played a F-style.

Just 7lb-8oz of Alder Body/Maple Neck greatness.  The instrument is nonsmoking and comes with the tag, build sheet and Original Hard G&G Brand Case.   I just love the look of the Gold Aluminum Pickguard on the Candy Apple finish.

 

As always see the complete Specs & Condition on the attached sheet…then email your regular dealer and ask him for details on theirs…and listen to crickets (if they even get back to you in less than 3 days) …followed by..”ahh…it’s ahhh….ummm it’s clean mannnnnnnnn”

 

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D Anderson “Steve Morse” 1-Off Custom

Another unique hand crafted luthier creation just out of a collection.  This guitar was created as a commission piece by D Anderson.  Mr Anderson may not be a household name, but he was Bill Moll’s apprecntice.  I’ve had other D Anderson pieces and his skill across the spectrum (Archtop to rocker) tells you that he simply understands how to create a musical instrument.  These are not toys.  These are not wall hangers that photograph easily but play/sound terrible.  These are instruments created to resonate and produce soulful tones…they deliver.

This piece is loaded with features so read carefully:

  • Solid ROSEWOOD NECK
  • Contoured Mahogany Body
  • Skyway top mounted trem
  • Offset “C” Neck Profile
  • Lollar Humbuckers
  • Multi-switching allows you to achieve a myriad of tones
  • Locking Tuners
  • 12″ Radius
  • Med/Jumbo Frets with no wear.
  • Nonsmoking condition
  • 24.75″ Scale
  • 1-5/8″ Width
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2002 Conklin Sidewinder – Custom Order

Another classic from the vault of a prominent collector.  This 2002 Conklin was a hand created custom 1-off piece.  It features a carved top and back.  The instrument is 2.25″ thick at the body and this produces rich full organic woody tones.  The Neck is a 3-piece maple laminate.  The body is Mahogany & Curly Maple.  Every detail is thought out and skillfully incorporated.  These guitars are built like a Bentley…it is hard to imagine how something so hand crafted can be so perfect.

Other features include:

  • Custom Form Fit Padded Soft Case
  • 1.7″ Nut Width
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 24 Frets
  • Build Sheet included
  • Tilt back Conklin headstock
  • Strap locks included
  • Heavy frets with no wear
  • 12″ Radius
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Piezo System
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