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Mad Professor CS-40 Head !   Impossibly Rare!

Mad Professor CS-40 Head ! Impossibly Rare!

OH the Unicorn has been found!   Impossibly rare Mad Professor CS-40 Head.  LITERALLY THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF HEADS!   Super clean from a smoke free environment with Manual and original shipping crate.

These heads are collector coveted because you can run almost any type of tube in them easily.  The knobs are so incredibly interactive that you can almost never run out of new unique tones to dial in.  I’ve owned several and they are hauntingly great amps.  Achieve monster tones at super low volumes too.

These are out of production because they were so expensive to product and export.  Get this one and you will likely be able to sell so many other pedals and amps because you will find they are unneccessary.

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Danocaster Freaking Dano TELE : Just 6lb-6oz

Early (YES the desirable “Freakin Dano” era!) DANOCASTER TELE!   WEIGHING JUST 6LB-6oz!  Wonderful Freaking Guitar!  Teles rock….DANO teles are the choice of those who are in the know and who understand value in the marketplace.

SEE COMPLETE SPEC / CONDITION SHEET in the 3RD PICTURE

Fralin pickups, WOW neck .85″ – .95″, Alder Body, Factory Relic.  The only issue of note is the body appears to have the faint image of a removed sticker (seen only in the right light).  You can probably scrub this off but we didn’t want to mess with it…we try to be full disclosure.

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Gustavsson Fullerblaster – Braz RW / 7lb-5oz!

Gustavsson Guitars are considered by many to be the top of the food chain for modern boutique instruments.  THIS is a Fender lover’s LP junior!  So many Tele lovers want that LP Junior GROWL…this is a Mahogany Bodied guitar with a screaming Wolfetone set of pickups.  You capture that wall-of-sound growl of the LP Junior in a playable Tele format!    Just 7lb-5oz.  Hand Created!

SEE COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

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2018 Nacho Banos – 1949 Prototype II Style Tele

2018 Nacho Banos Tele – This is the coveted “007” Serial Number 1949 Prototype II Style!  Unique Construction including 100+ Year Old Oregon Pine into a 4-piece Body with Hollow Chambers….this construction follows the original Fender 1949 Pattern.  Who better to build this than THE living expert on Blackguards.  Just 5lb-15oz!   I know…..if only it were 5lb-14oz….search on comrade…

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Excellent Condition with Original Case, Cert, Letter & Pouch.  The P90 SCREAMS when full out but cleans up to that perfect snappy tele tone when you roll down the volume.  Easy to dial in the perfect amount of rasp with this guitar.  Truly a simple does it all piece!

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Nacho Banos Nachocaster Tele : Just 6lb-10oz

2015 Nacho Banos Blackguard Telecaster!  JUST 6lb-10oz!  Excellent Condition from a smoke free, gig free environment.  This one just has THE perfect balance of warmth and spank.   We’ve had more than probably any dealer so let us help you find THE right one for YOU.

SEE COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET IN 3rd PICTURE.

Comes complete with Original Case, Cert, Pouch and even a never-before-seen build picture deck!  Pickups are Nacho wound.  Neck profile is a D-profile .84″ – 1.02″.

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Knaggs PRE-PRODUCTION Choptank SERIAL #1

Pre-Production KNAGGS Serial #1 Choptank!  This is as collectible as it gets.  When Knaggs Guitars was getting off the ground they went to a few good PRS customers and offered their Serial #1 quietly.  The monies were used to fund the startup of the company.

NECK is 1-piece of African BLACKWOOD!  You simply can’t find a guitar with these specs today.  And think about what went into the build and care of each specimen.

THIS is probably the HOTTEST of the bunch.  MINT Collector Owned since day one.  Original purchase price in 2010 was $10k firm (no discounts) and it has been stored in a smoke free environment since.  This has not been around the block.  Think of what a PRS Serial #1 is worth.  You can get this for less than the price of a stamped out PRS Private Stock.    You can see the Specs in the Certificate of Authenticity.

Yes it comes with the hardshell case. No mods.  Conspiracy theorists look elsewhere.

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Knaggs PRE-PRODUCTION Serial #1 Chena ! Collector Mint!

Pre-Production KNAGGS Serial #1 Chena!  This is as collectible as it gets.  When Knaggs Guitars was getting off the ground they went to a few good PRS customers and offered their Serial #1 quietly.  The monies were used to fund the startup of the company.

THIS is probably the HOTTEST of the bunch.  MINT Collector Owned since day one.  Original purchase price in 2010 was $10k firm (no discounts) and it has been stored in a smoke free environment since.  This has not been around the block.  Think of what a PRS Serial #1 is worth.  You can get this for less than the price of a stamped out PRS Private Stock.    You can see the Specs in the Certificate of Authenticity.

Yes it comes with the hardshell case. No mods.  Conspiracy theorists look elsewhere.

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Lil’ Walter Standard 50

Lil’ Walter Standard 50

WOW amp alert!  Simplicity is KING but don’t let the lack of switches fool you…this amp is SUPER interactive.  Every little turn of the knob results in changes.  Things work TOGETHER so you end up with SOOOOOOO many variations of chewy tone……mmmm….you will ditch your complex system….and opt into simple!

This head LOVES different speakers from vintage to modern.  We ran it through everything from Celestion 15s to 65w to Fanes.  WOW.  Also it was so much fun to play we put a ton of different pedals through it and this thing just eats up pedals with LOVE….think of it as a weighted blanket of amps….hugggggs you.

Smoke free former home.  Low hours.  Priced to move.  What’s not to like!  Give it a whirl and it’s a low risk item because you can always pop it back on Reverb or an internet forum and liquify it if it’s not to your liking. Why buy new when you have this clean amp from THE trusted source!

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1994 MATCHLESS SC-30

1994 MATCHLESS SC-30

Early Matchless SC-30s are a benchmark of the Boutique Gear WORLD. They are the Lentz Strat/Tele or Murphy LP of amps.  Standards against which all else are judged.  Back when the company first went out of business I accumulated walls and walls of every variety of Matchless I could find.   I can safely say I’ve owned as many as most people have ever seen.   The SC-30 is the variety that stands out among all the models.

They have a certain girth that Vox and Bruno and the new entrants just can’t capture.  These things just freaking deliver.  I have had this in my collection because it’s just the amp I SHOULD be playing….so often we gravitate toward the amp/guitar we are guilted into playing because of peer pressure.  THIS is the amp that sounds best.  Period.

So pony up and get a clean smoke free version that was in a studio where it made music.  The studio is renowned for selecting amazing gear…this is no exception.

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Gil Yaron 2013 Singlecut : WOW Balance of tonal frequencies!

Oh and the love of LP Style Guitars….so often the photograph oh so well only to be tonal compromises in your hand.  Like the childhood fable….some are too bassy….some are too thin…almost impossible to find one that’s JUUUUSSSTTTTT RIGHT…especially before it evaporates.   THIS YARON is just such a bowl of porridge.   Beautiful warmth from the woods and master build level.   Abundant and present Midrange that works incredibly well with every variety of amp (and modeler) without overpowering those frequencies.   A bottom end that somehow has both snap and fullness without being tubby.  High end that blooms and remains full without making you cringe.

EVERY Yaron sounds VERY different.  I scour the world looking for cool guitars with the sole purpose of matching you to the one of your dreams.  Notice how we describe the tone of our guitars FIRST.  We don’t ask you what you want in a guitar then toss out variations of what you want to hear.  We also never go with the old ‘it sounds like a buuuuuurrrrrssssttttttttt mannnnnnnnn”.

Check out the specs and condition sheet for all the details.  We welcome thoughful trade offers and move a lot of guitars because we are easy to work with…..dummies?…no…we probably won’t fall for the 12U pickoff moves….but we will entertain fair trades and offer values typically in excess of what other dealers will.

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1987 PRS Custom 24 – High Grade “Player’s Condition”

1987 PRS Custom 24 that is a true high grade “Player’s Grade”.  NO breaks just honest wear and changes to enhance the tone & playability.   Priced to move for someone that wants a piece that is ready to enjoy without fear.

SEE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN 3rd PICTURE for details like weight, case, etc!

First off, you can see in the pictures that there is wear on the guitar throughout; however the frets are fine with no grooves.   It’s a classic 10′ guitar that looks great from a small distance (we used to call women 9-irons cuz they looked great from 110 yards out).

Second, the pickups have been upgraded to Railhammers…YEAH a HUGE upgrade from the pencil thin tone of the originals…NO the originals are gone and I don’t know where they are (why do people ask…do they think I am penpals with them?).  The wiring has also been modified.

You play this piece and you will thank the owner who modded it.  The owner was a hugely talented local player who is highly regarded as one of the midatlantic’s best.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop MURPHY Aged & Painted ’59 LP – Wildwood Ltd Ed

Can you say WOW.  This Murhpy Aged & Painted ’59 has the IT baby.  I have 2 in stock so I can compare.  This has that springy lush 3D snappy clean on pushed tone.  This is the type of tonal quality that I look for when designating a piece as a ‘top 10 percenter”.    NOT dark.  NOT mush.  NOT farty bottom.  NOT thin and empty.  It just plays perfectly with every one of the amps in our library from the ’73 Marshall 20w to the Bogner Uber to the ’66 Deluxe Reverb to the ’57 Bassman.  It is what I like to call the “Universal Donor” of guitars because it doesn’t just go well with one amp.

SEE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN THE 3rd PICTURE:  That includes:

  • WEIGHT
  • CONDITION
  • SPECS
  • YES IT HAS THE ORIG AGED BROWN ‘WILDWOOD SPEC EMBLEM CASE’
  • YES IT HAS THE CASE CANDY & CERT
  • YES IT HAS THE CONTROL COVERS WITH LOGO (IN CASE)
  • NO IT HAS NO REPAIRS
  • NO IT DOES NOT SMELL LIKE SMOKE
  • ONE OWNER

I remember years ago reading that Jimmy Page would go into music stores and try a zillion guitars….each through a zillion amps…THEN he would find a magical match and purchase the pair.  It always stuck with me….and since then I’ve searched for guitars that are Universal Donors….THIS is such a piece…..Jimmy…where are you!?

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1956 Gibson LP Special :  Fresh GORD MILLER Refin

1956 Gibson LP Special : Fresh GORD MILLER Refin

If you are like me you look for value in the marketplace.  For my money, player grade vintage is a great investment as long as you KNOW what you are getting AND the piece is priced for the known flaws.  THIS is such a piece.  Consider the following:

1956 Gibson Les Paul Special.  Here are the details:

  • NO HEADSTOCK BREAK or REPAIRS!
  • 2017 Refin in Aged TV Yellow Nitro (old previous refin was cherry and in some areas you can see it has come through.
  • Refin done by GORD MILLER who is highly regarded in vintage Gibson restoration.
  • Refret by Mark Kane (North Carolina)
  • ORIGINAL PICKUPS
  • Hardware & Plastic are Montreux (replaced during refin)
  • 6lb-14oz
  • Reissue Tuners
  • Recent LP Style Pink Lined Hard Case
  • Only ‘unexplained’ area is shown near neck pocket. Seems like something is up under the finish in one rectangular shaped spot.

Simple..  You get the old wood and old pickups.  Nitro finish and fresh playable frets.  Save thousands and enjoy the piece.  We acquired this from the owner who had the work done.  This hasn’t floated around.

Sold “AS IS” so ask your questions now.  If you are going to nitpick every aspect of this then offer me $12 and want overnight shipping then perhaps you like not being responded to…LOL.

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Carson Hess “Danny Gatton” Tele Replica!

Hailed by those in the know as ‘the next Nacho Banos’, Carson Hess crafts magnificent Telecasters.  This is a hybrid because a customer ordered a Carson Hess “Danny Gatton” Body then the customer supplied an Allparts Neck.  Now, for those of you who don’t already know this…almost no builder sits with a log and carves out Tele necks.  Most use purchased parts from trusted sources such as Allparts.  I don’t consider this a big deal at all.

SEE COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

The guitar features a 1-piece ASH Body and 1-Piece Maple Neck.  Masterfully crafted to replicate Dany Gatton’s trusted workhorse.  The neck is a wonderful .855″ – .98″ C proifile.  Hand wound pickups.  Factory Aging.  Just a super steal of a guitar for someone tired of the well worn ‘starter’ Fenders in this price range.

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James Trussart Steelcaster Deluxe – USED IN PROMOTIONAL ADVERTISEMENT!

Ahhh the early days of boutique guitars.  Remember paging through the latest magazines……who read the articles….much like Penthouse we liked the damn PICTURES….the ads….the action was in the margins of those magazines.  This is where we discovered the latest in cool.  The stuff not found in your local boring store.  I literally remember seeing THIS very ad (the one that this guitar is featured in) and wishing I could try a Trussart.

Think about it…luthiers send their finest gear to NAMM and they use their signature products in ads.  This 2007 Steelcaster Deluxe is the type of instrument that put James Trussart on the map LITERALLY.  It is collector clean.  Most would call it mint condition.

SEE THE 3rd PICTURE FOR A COMPLETE OVERVIEW OF SPECS & CONDITION.

This piece comes with the Original Hardshell Case, Certificate of Authenticity and even the unsigned Warranty Card.  It is from a smoke free environment.  Collectors are scooping up early Trussarts and poster children like this are certain to find homes in a vault.

This is priced right on top of run-of-the-mill Trussarts. Grab one with a provenance!  Get it from THE trusted source for boutique gear.  For over 13 years we have served THOUSANDS of clients.  Why take a chance dealing with some random? 

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Collings I35 Deluxe w BRAZ RW BOARD & Upgraded Binding

Collector Alert.  BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD early Collings I35 Deluxe in Excellent Condition from a smoke free home use environment.  These early Collings Guitars put their electrics on the map.  They are a step above current offerings.  For example, this piece has FACTORY UPGRADED BINDINGS WITH PURFLING.

Of course it comes with the ORIGINAL HARD CASE (they were not using Ameritage at that time).  Weighs just 6lb-12oz.   The neck is a wonderful .88″ – .99″ which is pretty much right on a ’59 LP or 59 ES-335 plus or minus an amoeba.

SEE THE COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE.

Just a world class piece awaiting a new home.  Save dough on a guitar that some would grade Mint.   Why buy new?  Buy from THE trusted source for boutique gear.  For over 13 years, PrimeGuitars has supplied THOUSANDS of satisfied buyers with top quality, as described (or better) instruments.   Don’t trust your hard earned money to some random….you have been warned….

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Gil Yaron Singlecut ’59 – Iced Tea Burst with Light Aging

Ok you like FAT sounding Les Pauls…you talk a mean game but have you ever owned one (insert your diatribe about all the guitars you’ve owned…then the “BUT THAT ONE WEIGHED 12lbs”…or “but THAT ONE had a shitty top” or “but THAT ONE…..”…you get my drift…let’s face it…you wouldn’t be trolling my site if you didn’t secretly want a LP to end all LP searches.  That’s why we (well, actually it’s just ‘me’ but I try to project that “we” are a huge store…nah, just a lonely guy and his faithful dog.

Ok, back to our story.  This Yaron is particularly fat and lush sounding.  They all sound quite different.  I’d say this is a standout because of how clean yet inherently full/warm the notes are.  You will definitely hear it and FEEL it.

SEE THE COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET FOR ALL THE INFO YOUR LITTLE HEART DESIRES.

And in your quest to ‘rule this out” let me help you NOT do that.  WEIGHT…just 8lb-5oz….damn……ahh ah ah…..TOP…look at it from every angle….I even inserted pictures from the original owner from the build….hmmm….BOARD?….Brazilian.   This is typically when guys dig deeeeep down into the conspiracy theorist journal and pull out the show stopper question…CASE?….original hard case.    I mean who ever didn’t buy a Yaron because of the f’n case?…seriously?….and no I will not send you a picture of it…it’s his typical hard case.  Sturdy……Form Fit….you are not playing the case bro….if you ask for a picture then you’re a picture collector destined to vanish…we dealers know that …and now you know that we know.

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Gil Yaron Singlecut ’59 – Gil’s Personal Guitar

Mighty fine day ’round these parts when a Yaron hits the runway….and a virtual cornucopia of euphoria when it turns out to have been Gil’s PERSONAL Guitar AND an early build from 2011!   This piece is loaded up with all his goodies.  PRE-1970 Brazilian Board.  Paper-in-oil BB Caps!  Correct 50s GY Tuner Tips.  NOS Wire.  Straight grain 1-piece Mahogany Back.  Check out that top…you can see the flame from every angle.   And the weight is a perfect 8lb-4oz.  Tonally it is a Tele-on-Steroids for those who seek such a piece.  Certainly as good sounding a LP or YARON as we’ve had ’round these parts.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE 3rd PICTURE.

The neck profile is a perfect .89″ -to- .98″ “C”.  The pickups are Gil’s AL4 (8.5k) Bridge & AL5L (7.3k) Neck.  Light factory aging and even has CITIES papers (not that they will be needed much longer because of the repeal of the requirements for us G’tar guys.

If you have a LOT of guitars and in particular a LOT of humbucker guitars…why not consolidate into a choice piece.  Look…we’d love to pile on your gear…but the guys we deal with most are folks who ultimately pare down the nuance of vanilla and get into WORLD CLASS….here is your shot.

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Tom Anderson DROP TOP w Braz Board & Piezo LR Baggs X-Trem

Looking for a single guitar that can cover all the ground you need?  Something you won’t mind playing and maybe dinging?  THIS TOM ANDERSON DROP TOP is answering your wishes!

You can see all the Specs & Condition in the 3rd Picture

Wonderful example of a timeless Tom Anderson that will take you as far as your musical needs dictate.  Need an acoustic?…this has the LR Baggs X-Trem Piezo.   Need coil splits?…sure!  Strat sounds?  Sure!  Hum sounds neck or bridge?….sure.  Light weight?….Yup!

BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD TOO!  WOW!

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Mario Martin Stratocaster – WOW Neck – Cert/Build Sheet/Case Included

Mario Martin is THE new ‘go to’ sub-$3k New Fender Style Guitar.  New they are a tremendous value.  They sell out like hotcakes and people adore them.  USED and in a condition like ours….total deal.  You simply can’t find a better value for your dollar than a used Mario Martin that is sub-2K and clean.

SEE ALL THE SPECS/CONDITION IN THE 3rd PICTURE.

This guitar comes with the Certificate of Authenticity, Original Case and the Build Sheet.  Fralin Hot pickups.  Nitro Finish.  Medium/Light Relic.  Nice C profile neck measuring .86″ – .93 which is a bit larger than a typical fender but a tad smaller than a ’59 LP (without being a thin skinny 60).

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Ronin Badmoon – Pinecrest Green over Master Grade Reclaimed Old Growth REDWOOD

Oh boy!  Ronin Guitars has ceased production and we have a mother load here at PrimeGuitars!  We BELIEVE in the products we carry…we loved Ronins when we first found them used….LOVED them again when we became their only dealer…and love them still when we can only acquire them used.  And the Badmoon is one of the most expressive instruments available anywhere.  Hand crafted one at a time.  Hand shaped necks.  Hand carved tops.  Personally selected woods and components.  The binding alone takes almost as long to set as it takes to create most other guitars.

YOU CAN SEE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN THE 3RD PICRTURE.

The body consists of their upgraded MASTER GRADE SOGR (Reclaimed Old Redwood).  This wood is the top of the food chain and is typically a huge upcharge.

This piece is from a smoke free environment. It weighs just 6lb-4oz and plays perfectly sitting or standing.  It comes with its original Case & Cert.  Pinecrest Green that is a silverish color in person with a tint of greenish.  Super unique.

The neck is a V-to-C that Ronin uses a LOT.  It measures .89″ – .94″.  1-11/16 Width and Stew Mac 154 Frets which are Med/Lg.  Factory Aging (light), Nitro Finish and Clay Dots.

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Ronin Betty – the tonally most additive Tele you an acquire

Teles are HOT ….been hot…always were hot….if you’re like most Tele guys you have several…many…a library of teles.  What you lack is a Ronin Betty.  Why?   Because they are the most additive guitar TONALLY of any we have encountered…period.

SEE ALL THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE 3rd PICTURE 

Think of the proprietary Foil Pickup.  Not just some pickup with a screen cover….it’s a whole unique voice.  Put it this way…if you have a studio you invest more in mics than guitars…your pickup is your guitar’s mic….THIS MIC/PICKUP is SO unique.  Stringy, open, complex.  SO much information comes.  The neck can sound as much like bridge as it can a traditional neck pickup.  VERY responsive to tone knob changes too.  OH and the Redwood sounds like a brighter more Tele-like Les Paul….so THAT is why you NEED a Ronin Betty.

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Ronin Mirari with Master Grade Redwood – Made for ME (personal guitar)

2016 Ronin Mirari in custom 1-off Aqua Flake Sparkle!  This guitar was originally made for ME when I was the world’s only Authorized Ronin Dealer.   We loaded this with upgrades and features.  John & Izzy outdid themselves to create the ultimate Ronin.   Pretty sure we achieved that goal.

For the body, John selected his special low availability Master Grade Old Growth Recovered Redwood (aka SOGR).  He used a 1-piece Honduran Mahogany Neck and carved a perfect “C” .89 – .95 profile for me.   The width is 1-11/16 and the frets are Med/Lg “154” size for those who want exact specs/type.  The weight is perfect at 7lb-12oz and it is balanced and comfortable sitting or standing.

The pickups were a unique set of High Output Foilbuckers and they have more oomph and warmth than the traditional Foilbuckers.   Of course you can split the coils on these.   12″ Radius, Hipshot Tuners, 25.5″ Scale.

The finish just wows me to this day.  I am a sucker for a blue guitar. THIS blue is so perfect that it is edible.  The matching headstock is a great balance with the dark Rosewood Board.  The guard is hand-crafted aluminum.  Clay dots on the board…old school.  Thin nitro finish.  Just a guitar that you dream about…and it came true!

I have to say tonally this is in the top 10-percent of Ronins we had at the shop.  One of my favorites because it’s large and warm tonally.

You can see the complete specs & detailed condition in the 3rd picture.

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2008 Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 ’59 Tele – BRAZILIAN RW BOARD

Let’s face it…Wildwood gets pretty damn ‘pick of the litter’ quality from the Fender Custom Shop.  AND…the EARLY Wildwood series guitars are the most highly sought after because they were truly a huge step up from others in that period.  THIS 2008 Excellent Condition WW10 ’59 Tele is no exception. It features a BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.

We have taken the time to create a Spec/Condition Sheet for this (and every listing for our store).  It can be found in the 3rd Picture.  Why don’t other dealers provide such transparency?…..that’s why for over 13 years Prime Guitars has been the choice for thousands of buyers of used high end guitars (new too of course).

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