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Brian Monty BLUESMASTER 2015

2015 Brian Monty “Bluesmaster” in Excellent “-” Condition.  This one-owner hand carved masterpiece weighs just 8lb-11oz.  It features a hand carved BIRCH TOP & Hand shaped Mahogany Body & Neck.  Check out the grain on the BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.

The neck profile is a wonderful “C” that measures .87″-.96″.  The frets are typical LP style and the scale/width and such are typical LP.  The pickups are Peter Florence Voodoo ’59s (non splitting) which I happen to love because of how open they sound.

The guitar features very light aging and a hand sprayed Dark Cherry finish in thin NITRO.  There is some prior-owner wear on the instrument most notably some finish edge wear on one edge due to a strap contact point.

If you have experienced Brian Monty’s work you know you just can’t touch this kind of quality and craftsmanship in a GIbson at any price…let alone this price.  New, these guitars are bargains…USED they are absolute MUST tries.

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Michael Stevens LJ Goldtop PROTO

What we have here is one of the single best guitars I’ve owned (of the thousands).  It was made FOR me in 2007 by Michael Stevens (founder of Fender Custom Shop) in his TX workshop.  It is a Prototype for a singlecut trem model.  It is absolutely the most musical sounding singlecut I’ve played.  This guitar is not to be confused with the team built ‘Fender’ production models that came much earlier.  This is a true MICHAEL piece.

For those who follow at home, I’ve sold 28 Stevens guitars.  I have vast experience with them and can help you determine if the tonal aspects of this one meet your needs.  I can tell you these others won’t hit the market anytime soon and are typically locked away in collections (I put them there..I know).   This is a unique opportunity to get one at a discount vs. the price new.

Again, this is hand crafted with hand shaped Honduran Mahogany Soft V Neck with a .88-1.02″ Depth.  Just look at the perfect TV finish on the back of this guitar.  Michael did this himself..it’s not outsourced like so many other ‘builders’.  The board is a beautiful Brazilian Rosewood...again this is good wood not some leftovers that pass as BRW.  The headstock overlay is also Brazilian Rosewood.  The back of the guitar has a wonderful body contour that makes playing the instrument SO easy sitting or standing.   Speaking of comfort, this one weighs in at a perfect 8lb-10oz.

This masterpiece is a tyipical LP Scale.  The frets are a tallish-medium size & the neck is 1.70″ in Width.  12″ Radius and Sperzel Locking Tuners (replaced tips).  The pickups are not original, I replaced the Lollars with Peter Florence Voodoo 59s (Non-splitting) because I find them more open and clear.  Of course the guitar is hand finished in a vintage GOLDTOP with fantastic binding and hand painted knobs.  I had Michael add a PRS Sweet Switch to the volume (pull to engage) to add a touch of warmth when needed.  I love this mod feature.

Speaking of features, let’s discuss the Trem.  It’s called a Skyway.  Why did I select it?….simple.  It is TOP MOUNTED.  Look at the back of the guitar…no wood is missing. Just a touch of wood needs to be removed from the top in order to fit a guitar with one of these.  NO spring noise.  ALSO, it feels and acts like a fixed bridge.  THE most comfortable bridge to rest your palm on…hands down.  If you are not a trem guy…no issue…it won’t come into play.  If you ARE a trem guy then a SKYWAY is SMOOTH and even.  It’s not clunky and choppy.  You can bend down and slightly up with ease and precision.  VERY innovative and many of the major boutique builders used them at one point before they became impossible to procure.

You can see the conditiion is VG+ with just touches of wear here and there.  The guitar comes complete with the original hardshell case.  It has lived in nonsmoking environments.

YOU CAN SEE A DETAILED CONDITION REPORT IN THE PICTURES.

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Scala Underdog “Vent Top” 2013

2013 Scala Underdog “Vent Top” with Bare Knuckles Pickups!   This handcrafted masterpiece features a unique top venting that allows the organic tone to resonate and mix.  Tiny little ‘vents’ are created along the top edge where the top fits into the body.  The result is a LP with the effect of a 20%-ES335 tone added.   VERY Unique.

These guitars have SOUL and STLE.  It features a Long Tenon neck joint to create the utmost in resonance and string energy transfer.  It weights in at just 7lb-9oz.   The neck is a perfect (for me anyway) “C” profile with .90-.99″ Measurements.

Of couse it comes with its OHSC & Certificate of Authenticity.  Nonsmoking prior home.  1-11/16 Nut & Med/Jumbo Frets.

YOU CAN SEE THE REST OF THE SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE PICTURES WHERE I INCLUDED A SHEET 

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Timbuckers – Set of 2 Humbuckers

Timbuckers – Set of 2 Humbuckers

Pair of TIMBUCKERS (Tim White) humbuckers.  Impossibly rare.  Rare set with covers.  Not certain what the coil colors are and not going to take covers off to find out so consider it a mystery that only you can solve!

These are out of production.  They won’t last long so grab them for your stash.  Work as they should.

FAQS:

  • I will not weigh them
  • I will not measure them with an electron caliper set
  • I will not test the covers for their 1927 steel content
  • I will not provide xrays
  • I will not measure the depth of the screw inserts
  • I will not take pictures in natural sunlight
  • I will not compare them to every pickup you have ever head of only to have you buy the absolute shittiest set in the batch (from someone else)
  • I do not care what your friend said about ACME brand being better
  • I do not want to trade for your set of Squier Strat pickups that sound really killer
  • I will not pull a ToneQuest Report trick and say ‘decided not to sell” after you pay…then relist at a higher price
  • I will not text you a picture of me holding them in front of today’s newspaper
  • I will not answer the question “if they’re so great why are you selling them”
  • I will not do an Ancestry.com study of every prior inch these have traveled since they were created
  • I will not measure the humidity in the room in which they are stored
  • I will not triple box and seal with non-GMO glue because once upon a time you had an issue with some hot sauce you got from Uganda.
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Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD  –  EL84 Version

Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD – EL84 Version

Sakashta “Smoky Signal” Tubeless OD pedal & original box!  This is the EL84 version. I’ve had all 3 versions and kept this because it adds clarity and a touch of high end; I found the other two versions were slightly darker tonally…this worked MUCH better with my Marshalls.

I’ve literally had many hundreds of pedals through my store.  I always try them out because it’s a blast.  I maintain a library of old amps & guitars to test things with.  I can tell you I have 3 OD pedals (this is the 3rd)….Klon, TS808 and this.  This gets you from gritty to punchy.  The dial on the left side of the pedal is the most useful of almost any dial on any pedal.  It is almost like focusing a lens on a camera.  The knob allows you to dial in just the right amount of grit vs. od.  Think of it like perfectly biasing a tube amp or intonating a guitar.  It isn’t so much a gain knob as it is a continuum of power tube distortion to preamp.

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

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

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Homestead 50 Combo – 2017  2-12″ Version

Homestead 50 Combo – 2017 2-12″ Version

Homestead Amps are handmade in Pennsylvania by a deciple/apprentice of Cesar Diaz.  This amp is handwired and each component selected by the builder to voice it to perfection. Even the speakers were selected by the builder to allow the organic tone of the amp to be recreated in any room.

This amp is a simple platform LOADED with features.  The volumes and tone knobs are pull-enabled to activate different voicings …from looser and more vintage to tighter and more modern.  There is a Master Volume AND a 1/2 Power Switch.  You can dial this up to amazing tones in an apt or use it on stage.

I had a hard time getting a bad sound out of this.  It literally loved every guitar I put through it from P90s to Tele to Hums to Strat….vintage to modern.

This is 6L6 loaded.  It is a one-owner piece from a nonsmoking environment.  The owner literally went and worked with the builder to get this one perfect during the build process.  It was a true custom build.  There are no mods or repairs.  It has a couple of very tiny covering nicks but is otherwise very clean.

YES IT COMES WITH THE FOOTSWITCH (not pictured but it DOES come with the switch).

New this is $3800…save some real dough on an amp that was only sold because the owner found out he was going to be a dad….ahhhhh….

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Suhr Classic ’56 BIG V NECK .88″ – .98″

Recent John Suhr (Serial 7220 if you can decipher date) SUHR CLASSIC in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  Sought after boutique guitar in and of itself BUT THIS ONE has FEATURES not found in all Suhr Classics:

  • 1-Piece Neck
  • Medium Stainless Frets
  • Maple Board (NO CAP)
  • ’56 BIG V NECK .88″-.98″
  • Thin Skin Finish
  • SSC Pickups
  • SWAMP ASH BODY (many ‘paint’ finishes are Alder)
  • V54 Pickups
  • Build Sheet included
  • Comes w G&G Hardshell Fender Silver Logo Case (seller must have mixed cases up …this is way better than the Suhr case).
  • BACK PLATE/SCREWS & TREM BAR IN CASE

You can see a detailed Spec/Condition sheet if you page through the PICTURES.  Great instrument and you save some loot. That’s why PrimeGuitars.com is so beloved in the world of instruments…ahhh I am LOVED.

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2007 Gibson Historic ’58RI VOS

2007 Gibson HIstoric 1958 Les Paul RI VOS.  I have had lots of LPS but this one sounds totally together with a bottom end that has snap (not mush) and integrates perfectly with the mids and highs.  Excellent “-” Nonsmoking Condition with the Original Gibson Hardshell Case and Cert & Case Candy/Tags.    Love the tasteful top and beautiful Cherry Sunburst finish.

This guitar was equally happy through a vintage blackface Fender Deluxe or a Bogner Twin Jet.  Tonally it is rare that I find a modern LP smooth and not harsh…this is one of the rare ones.  Perhaps it was the Burstbucker 2 & 3 pickups I had installed in it to replace the aftermarket “improvements’ that were in it?   Not sure but whatever the reason this is that one that people search for.

You can find all the Specs & a detailed condition report in the PICTURES.  Grab this wonderful Gibson from a reputable dealer with a proven track record of delivering quality ‘as advertised’ products.   High end boutique guitars & amps is all we do.  Always buying so remember us if you ever want to consolidate your hoard.

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Rick Kelly “Danelectro” Style

Impossibly Rare RICK KELLY (Carmine Street) Danelectro-style guitar!  These were created in limited quantiies in the 1990s and rarely come up for resale.  I’ve had other builders’ variations on this theme and this one sticks out.

Very Good overall condition with some wear spots and nicks that are outlined in the Spec/Condition Sheet (SEE PICTURES – IT IS LOCATED THERE).  From a nonsmoking envnironment.

The Lipstick Pickups are amazing.  The 5-way slector allows you to really get a unique Strat-type tone.  The pickups stay nice and clean making them really perfect for effects use or recording.  The body is a Poplar core with Laminate.  Maple Neck.  10″ Radius.  25.5″ Scale & 1-11/16″ width.  VERY easy to play.

Weighs just 6lb-14oz.  Comes with a hard case (not sure if it’s original).  Wonderful luithier created instrument for the price of what?…what else can you get for this price?….exactly.

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2017 Knaggs SSC Tier-2 “Steve Stevens”

2017 Knaggs Steve Stevens Tier 2 formally called the SSC-T2 for those lusting for labels.  Excellent Condition from a 1-owner nonsmoking home. Comes complete with the Original Hardshell formfit case, Cert & Tags.    Completely stock including the Bare Knuckles SSC pickups which are OUTSTANDING.  They are just so perfect for this instrument.  Not brittle like Gibsons can get.  This is such a modern take on a classic singlecut style.  Hard to put a Steve Stevens model down.

You can find all the Specs & detailed Condition in the PICTURES (See 3rd Picture).  Save THOUSANDS on a guitar that’s a few months old.   Betcha most brick & mortar stores would pass this off as ‘new’.

NOTE any reflections you see in the pictures are just that….REFLECTIONS…please no emails asking about this…

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2017 Red Rocket “Dark Matter” Prototype

2017 Red Rocket “Dark Matter” Prototype!  Stunning KOA Top over Mahogany Body.  The woods in this hand created guitar are simply never found in this price range.   The design is a brand new one & this particular piece is THE Prototype!   It is loaded with features…but any guitar can have stats…THIS one delivers TONALLY AND IN PLAYABILITY.   You will find this Red Rocket can hang with guitars costing 2-3x as muchl.  It has the fundamental note and clarity along with a little something springy extra in the sound that gives it the ‘wow’ factor that I look for.

Here are Specs because I know you’re dying to dig in….but also know there is a whole sheet with them (and a detailed condition) in the pictures:

  • Body:   Chambered Mahogany & KOA Top
  • Neck:  3-piece ROASTED
  • Weight:  7lb-2oz
  • Board:  Dark South American Rosewood
  • Pickups:  OX4
  • Bridge:  Schaller Hannes
  • Frets:  Medium Stainless
  • Nut Width:  1-11/16″
  • Radius:  12″
  • Tuners:  Hipshot Open
  • Neck Profile:  “C”  .87 – .95 (Satin Finish)
  • Truss Rods:  TWO Carbon Fiber
  • Arm Contour on Top
  • Mono Soft Case
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Detemple Tele – RARE HUM NECK PU

Ahhh yes…a Unicorn here folks.  Custom Detemple Tele with a Mini-Humbucker in the neck position.  This is the first like this I’ve had (and I’ve had over 50 Detemples).  I specialize in the hardest to find boutique guitars….Lentz…D’Pergo..Detemple….Wysocki….and the others (F-style).   Detemples are the ones I love most….why?….OVERTONES.  Simple.  They have amazing overtones.  Every one of these brands is excellent in their own ways.  I am uniquely positioned to share my experience with you.  I maintain a library of vintage and modern classic amps to allow real world comparisons of guitars to what you will experience.

THIS Detemple is simply a keeper.  TOTALLY custom.  Mike did a rare neck route for a humbucker and installed a Phoenix Firebird pickup (SOUNDS AMAZING alone & in position 2 w the bridge).  Nice warm with highs that come through with snap.  The body is a featherweight 1-piece ash ($350 upcharge in 2012).   The entire guitar weighs just 7lb-3oz which is one of the lowest weight Detemples I’ve had.

The COLOR is a sick Pablo Blue which is sort of like trans-seafoam-meets-turquoise.  AND, Mike created a painted binding in contrasting cream color.  ALSO the headstock is in matching colors!.   The neck is a Satin Finished 1-pieece Flame Maple jobber with Medium Frets, 1-11/16″ Width, 9.5″ Radius & 510 Open Tuners.   The Carve is a Soft V-to-C with a .91-.97″ Depth.   No fretwear and smooth fret ends.

The guitar comes with its custom G&G Hardshell Faux Alligator Case.  It is from a nonsmoking home nad was lovingly cared for.  The ony real issue you have to get comforable with is that the lacquer checked on the body.  I’ve had several Detemples check because the finish is very thin.  From a few feet away you can’t tell.  If you wanted to, you could go all out and have someone relic it or check it more.  I love it as it is because it has just that touch of relic look wise but without the scrapes and dirt.

New this guitar would run in the $9ks.  You can save some money AND get a guitar that you KNOW sounds like X (I can help wtih this) becuase they all sound different…I have spoken….close the curtain now.

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THORN GT-098 Black Limba & KOA

Custom RON THORN GT-098 in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell G&G Case.   One owner piece.  The original selected the woods for this guitar that he ordered directly.  We have had a lot of Thorns and they are extremely consistent sounding.  Aesthetically, they are almost always different….so if you see one that speaks to you GRAB IT knowing that you won’t get a dud.

All the Specs & Condition can be found in our proprietary sheet IN THE PICTURES.  Below are some highlights for those who can’t wait:

  • Weight:  8lb-0oz
  • Woods:   Black Limba Body w KOA TOP & Black Limba Neck
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • Ron Thorn Pickups
  • 12″ Radius
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • TREM BAR IN CASE
  • Just a slight finish scrape under the headstock (shown in pictures)
  • C Neck .86″-.94″
  • No Fretwear
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2012 Artinger Semi-Hollow – Just 6lb-10oz!

Matt Artinger Custom Semi-Hollow in Faded Denim.  This one weighs JUST 6lb-10oz!   It is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent Condition.  Matt creates unique gutiars 1-at-a-time.  You rarely see the same piece twice, so if it calls your name…GRAB IT…because you won’t likely see it again (or one like it).

Here are the specs:

  • Center-block Semi-Hollow
  • Original hardshell Ameritage Case
  • 6lb-10oz
  • Electric City “Liberator” PIckups
  • 3-Way (no coil splitting)
  • Ebony Board
  • 12 Radius
  • .83-.88 Neck
  • 25″ Scale
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • Mahogany/Flame Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Just a slight tough of fretwear in the early frets.  VERY slight.
  • Excellent Condition w no mods or repairs.
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Mario Martin “Guitar Mill” SERPANTINE NAMM – Just 5 lbs!

So you want fun?…I mean a guitar that will freaking rock.  LIke a LP Junior with SNAP and Tele-like clarity?  THIS is the guitar you lust after.  IT might be a desert island guitar if you had a really limited budget….or a guitar to play out if you want awesome quality and don’t want to wreck your pride and joy.  Whatever your needs…this one is additive to your situation.

Need light weight?  How about 5lb-00oz….yeah….5 pounds even pal.

Need quality?  How about TV Jones Powertron Pickup with that snarl and clarity

Need a nice large neck too!?    How about a Soft V 1-piece Flame Maple Neck with a .92″ – 1.00″ Depth and Dunlop 6105 Frets, 9.5″ Radius, and 1.65″ Width.

Need a guitar with some pre-existing wear to ‘free your soul’ to actually play it!?  This is it.  It has some dings & this’s and thats….all outlined in the pictures AND IN THE SPEC SHEET (Located conveniently in the Pictures).

I just can’t find a reason NOT to like it.  I wish I weren’t such a talentless snob or I’d keep it in my collection.  I mean this thing sounds fat but not dark or mushy.  I freaking SHOULD keep it as my ‘play out’ guitar….except I hate crowds and have stage fright….so it would be another wall ornament.  It deserves a better life.  It does…BE THAT LIFE

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WYSOCKI Tele : Old Growth Woods – Hand Carved – 6 lb-13oz

Larry Wysocki has been THE Go-To guy for luthier woods….for 50 years.  ALL the top bulders of acoustics and electrics source their custom guitar woods from Larry.  He is a world renowned expert on woods, tone and process.   Larry occasionally makes guitars by hand…himself…one at a time…cuts the necks…tap tunes the woods to find the perfect match….shapes the bodies.  Larry is ALSO a leading expert on ergonomics.  His guitars incorporate subtle improvements on classic themes that actually help you play better….because they sit better & fit better.

This circa 2011 Masterpiece is from the original owner.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and just went back through Larry who checked it over and set it up.  It is in EXCELLENT condition.  I carry the best modern boutique guitars….this TELE is one of my top 10 F-style builds that I’ve seen.  The finish is thin and sunken lightly into the hand selected 1-piece Ash Body.   The 1-Piece Birdseye Maple neck is ‘sinker’ wood that is what a D’Pergo would charge 2x for.

Let me ask you…if Larry Wysocki has one of the world’s finest wood supplies…do you think he chose good woods for his own builds?….you betcha.   Larry has an entire library of new Rolph pickups from which he selects in order to find JUST the right match.  These Rolphs are super clear and allow your playing nuances to shine through.  VERY open and play nicely with your amp and LOVE effects.  NOT an overpowering guitar tone….very much reflects the tones of the woods allowing you to hear what you paid for.  New this is $8500.   VERY rarely available new or used.  You can find all the Specs & a Detailed Condition Sheet in the PICTURES but here is a tease:

  • Weight:    6lb-13oz
  • Body:    1-Piece Old Growth Ash 45-Year Air Dried
  • Neck:   150yr old 1 Piece Birdseye Maple “Sinker” Lake Recovered Old Growth Wood
  • Frets:    Medium/Large
  • Pickups:   Rolph
  • Radius:    12
  • Width:    1.65″
  • Neck Profile:    C   .85″ – .95″
  • 80+ Year Old Slab BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD – hand selected
  • NITRO finish
  • Original Hard G&G Case
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WYSOCKI Strat – Hand Selected Old Growth Woods – Hand crafted

Larry Wysocki has been THE Go-To guy for luthier woods….for 50 years.  ALL the top bulders of acoustics and electrics source their custom guitar woods from Larry.  He is a world renowned expert on woods, tone and process.   Larry occasionally makes guitars by hand…himself…one at a time…cuts the necks…tap tunes the woods to find the perfect match….shapes the bodies.  Larry is ALSO a leading expert on ergonomics.  His guitars incorporate subtle improvements on classic themes that actually help you play better….because they sit better & fit better.

This circa 2011 Masterpiece is from the original owner.  It is from a nonsmoking environment and just went back through Larry who checked it over and set it up.  It is in EXCELLENT condition.  I carry the best modern boutique guitars….this is one of my top 10 F-style builds that I’ve seen.  The finish is thin and sunken lightly into the hand selected 1-piece Ash Body.   The 1-Piece Birdseye Maple neck is ‘sinker’ wood that is what a D’Pergo would charge 2x for.

Let me ask you…if Larry Wysocki has one of the world’s finest wood supplies…do you think he chose good woods for his own builds?….you betcha.   Larry has an entire library of new Rolph pickups from which he selects in order to find JUST the right match.  These Rolphs are super clear and allow your playing nuances to shine through.  VERY open and play nicely with your amp and LOVE effects.  NOT an overpowering guitar tone….very much reflects the tones of the woods allowing you to hear what you paid for.  New this is $8500.   VERY rarely available new or used.  You can find all the Specs & a Detailed Condition Sheet in the PICTURES but here is a tease:

  • Weight:    7lb-01oz
  • Body:  1-Piece Ash Old Growth (tap tuned – hand cut – special stash)
  • Neck:  1-Piece Birdseye Old Growth “Sinker” wood recovered from lake.
  • Frets:   Medium
  • Pickups:  Rolph
  • Radius:   10
  • Width:   1-11/16″
  • Neck Profile:    “C”  .83″ – .95″
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD – hand selected
  • NITRO finish
  • Original Hard G&G Case
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2016 Gretsch G6120TFM – Players Edition Nashville

2016 Gretsch G6120TFM in classic Orange.  Of course this piece comes with its original Hardshell Form Fit Case & Certificate of Authenticity & Warranty Card & Tags.  This instrument is from a nonsmoking environment and is in Excellent Condition.  Many would grade this as Mint but I don’t want any extra cirriculars once you get it so I’ll be conservative.

Here are the features.  Of course you can see many more details in my Spec/Condition sheet located amongst the pictures:

  • Weight:  7lb-11oz
  • PIckups:  Filtertron
  • Fretwear:  NONE
  • Board:  Ebony
  • Nut:  1-11/16″
  • Scale:  24.625″
  • Radius:  12

Classic instrument for the price of a stamped out S-or-T style copy.  Why not try something that will make you expand your musical direction.

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Collings CL Deluxe – Monster Quilt

Collings CL Deluxe in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition w original Ameritage Hardshell Form-fit case & Unsigned Warranty Card.   This beauty weighs just 8lbs-1oz.  MONSTER QUILT Top.  The guitar is overall clean but as you will see in the Spec/Condition Sheet (See pictures) there are a few spots of surface wear that are noted.

Here are the details for those who lust for facts:

  • Year:  Recent – Serial Number Cl13692 idf you want to research the exact year.
  • Weight:  8lb-01oz
  • Pickups:  Lollar Imperial (Standard Wind)
  • Case: Original Ameritage
  • Paperwork:  Unsigned Warranty/Registration
  • Fretwear:  None
  • Binding: Neck & Body
  • Other Specs:  Factory

Wonderful instrument that is priced right.

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2017 Gibson Custom Shop Wildwood Ltd 59RI BRAZILIAN VOS : Just 7lb-14oz!

2017 Gibson Custom Shop WILDWOOD BRAZILIAN Ltd Ed 59RI VOS.  That’s a lot of words to describe the hottest LP on the market!   Paperwork dated 11-28-17 so this baby is barely 4 months old.   WEIGHS JUST 7lb-14oz.  Look at the top on this!  Extremely limited run.  The best ones sold out quickly.  I can barely find anything wrong with this piece but will list it as Excellent Condition to avoid the folks who will.

Specs & Detailed Condition can be found in our sheet (see pictures).  For those too busy to click on them…:

  • Dated Nov 2017
  • Weighs Just 7lb-14oz
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Light Factory Aging
  • Original Hardshell Case & Case Candy
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • No fretwear
  • No repairs or mods

Grab this as it’s almost certain to become collectible (see the pre-2003s that are not built as well and how much they go for).

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Callaham Strat – 2011 Exc Condition

Impossibly Rare 2011 Callaham S-model.  These handcrafted guitars are now out-of-production because Bill (who is a great guy and helped me recently) focuses on hardware now.   This 1-owner, nonsmoking instrument comes with its original G&G Hardshell Case.  This is the lightest Callaham i’ve had (and I’ve had a dozen) at just 7lb-8oz.    Here are the other specs:

  • See Pictures for a complete condition/spec report
  • Weight:  7lb-8oz
  • Body:  Ash
  • Neck:  1-piece Flame Maple
  • Width:  1.66″
  • Radius:  9.5″
  • Profile:  Soft-V-to-C  .91″-.99″
  • Neck Finish:  Satin
  • Pickups:  Callaham
  • Controls:  5-way, Blender
  • Slight top discoloration from light contact

Callaham Amps & Guitars have stood the test of time.  See why Japanese collectors scoop these up and hoard them.  I’ve had all the major and minor boutique brands….Callaham is a bellweather.

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2016 Nacho Banos “Nachocaster” Tele 10k Bridge PU!

I try to carry the hard to find gear…the stuff you hear about then say “ok let me find it” only to determine you have to get on some waitlist and be worn out by the time your number comes up.   I myself tried to acquire Nachos via the ‘Available” list…only to find out most are pre-sold.  Also there is a nice aspect of getting one from me…the fact I’ve now had more than most people (and often several at once).  I can tell you what it will sound like so that you don’t get a bright ‘country’ one if you want that rich midrangey one…or that raspy rocker.  Also, I maintain a library of vintage and modern reference amps so that I can try the instrument through something that is close to what you’re using.

This Nacho is spectacular!  Here are the specs (You can find them all by looking in the pictures for a complete SHEET).

  • Just 6lb-7 ounces
  • Ron Ellis Pickups (6.65k neck & 10.06k Bridge)
  • Comes ONLY with what you see here PLUS CASE.
  • Original Hardshell Case Included
  • Middle Position is both pickups acting as a Humbucker
  • Medium Frets
  • D Neck Profile
  • No Fretwear.
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2017 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

Impossibly Rare:   2017 Nacho Banos STRAT Style!   Weighs JUST 6lb-14oz!  Comes stock with Ron Ellis Pickups..  Nitro Finish.  Resonant and full tonally.  I recently hosted a longtime customer who works for a large Japanese dealer…they asked to try some of the Nachos that I had in stock.  Their smiles are etched in my minds. You can try a lot of guitars…..you can read a lot about things…you can spec things that should (in theory) win the Stanley Cup (unlike the Caps)…but at the end of the day a S or T has a certain Mojo…builders either have it or they don’t.

To my ears, the characteristic of a Nacho tonally is that it sounds ever so slightly aged while retaining that almost ‘kettle drum’ percussiveness in the highs.  I can’t describe it any other way because a vintage guitar (a good one) has highs that are not piercingly bright.   Nacho somehow captured the essence of what makes a vintage guitar sound so unmistakable….but he did it while solving age old problems associated with vintage pieces (fretting out blah blah).

This one features the following: SEE SPEC SHEET ATTACHED IN PICTURES FOR ALL THE DETAILS:

  • 1 Piece Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Maple Neck
  • 6105 Frets
  • 1.64″ Width
  • “D” Profile .85″ – 1.02″
  • No Fretwear
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • YES the TREM ARM IS INCLUDED
  • YES THE BACKPLATE IS IN CASE
  • Pickups read 5.8k, 5.97k, 6.24k
  • Nitro Finish
  • Anodized Aluminum Guard
  • Cert, Build Sheet, CD & Pouch included.
  • Original Hard Case
  • Nonsmoking
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Don Grosh Retro Classic Vintage “Tele-Gib”

Don Grosh “Tele-Gib” format called the Retro Classic Vintage T.  This one is in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Cert.

If you are sick of overpaying for mediocre guitars step UP to a Don Grosh and see what the smart money already knows.  New they are deals….USED in this condition they are STEALS.   What’s your downside risk here?…maybe couple hundred if you decide to sell it down the road?….compare that with most other guitars and this becomes a must have.

I know you have questions and LOTS of them so I prepared a detailed SPEC & Condition Sheet that lives with the pictures.  BUT I also konw you stopped reading by now so here is a summary:

  • Ash Body
  • Contoured Back
  • 1-Piece Maple Neck
  • Grosh SMALL BLOCK Pickups
  • 7lb-13oz
  • Locking Kluson Tuners
  • 1-5/8″ Width
  • 10″ Radius
  • 50s “V to C” Profile .85″ to .95″
  • Original Hard Case – Form Fit
  • Certificate of Authenticity Included
  • 6150 Medium Frets
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Don Grosh Set Neck w Brazilian RW Board & P90s

Don Grosh Set Neck with Brazilian Rosewood Board & a Custom Route for a Vol/Tone configuration.  This 1-off is a masterpiece of handmade excellence in a world of stamped out overpriced gear.  New these are upwards of $6k with a long wait.  This one is 1/2 that and in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Cert.

If you are sick of overpaying for mediocre guitars step UP to a Don Grosh and see what the smart money already knows.  New they are deals….USED in this condition they are STEALS.   What’s your downside risk here?…maybe couple hundred if you decide to sell it down the road?….compare that with most other guitars and this becomes a must have.

I know you have questions and LOTS of them so I prepared a detailed SPEC & Condition Sheet that lives with the pictures.  BUT I also konw you stopped reading by now so here is a summary:

  • Mahogany Body & Flame Maple Top
  • Carved Top
  • Mahogany Neck w a Med/Roundback “C” Profile
  • BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Grover Tuners
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 12″ Radius
  • 7lb-4oz (Chambered)
  • Original Hard Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity Included
  • Fralin P90 Pickups
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