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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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Ronin MIRARI – Fiesta RED

Nothing adds to your tonal arsenal like a Ronin Mirari.   The pickups are so unique……not just a humbucker with an old screen over them.  They are uniquely engineered to harness the sound of your strings as they interact with the body & neck.   Ronin uses SOGR : OLD RECOVERED REDWOOD from their private forest.  The neck is a 1-piece Ribbon Grain SAPELLE.  The combination of select woods & pickups custom designed FOR these woods yields a tone that simply put…addicts you.

We are proud to be the world’s #1 dealer of Ronins Used & New.  You can deal with confidence because we have a track record for supplying instruments that are as good or BETTER than described.

We are the ONLY dealer to provide a detailed Spec & Condition Sheet (SEE 3rd PICTURE) outlining everything about our instruments.

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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.

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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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Danocaster Jazzmaster – Early “F” Headstock Logo

Supra-Cool! Danocaster F-headstock Logo Era JAZZMASTER.  This one has a NICE neck profile measuring .885″ – .99″ and some mighty fine pickups that almost read your mind with the nuance they create.  Dig in or lay off this is like a $15k bicycle that awaits your energy and reacts in thousandths of a second.

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

With Danocaster ceasing production, opportunities are few to acquire fairly priced examples.  Snag this custom color early one.  If any continue to appreciate in value surely the early ones will.

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James Tyler USA Classic – Owned by Clint Black

Any chance you can get a guitar used or with a celebrity, my advice is to grab it.  Especially if the piece was used in performances or recordings and not just some paperweight they possessed.  THIS James Tyler USA is an early one and has DOCUMENTATION FROM CLINT BLACK (included with sale to new buyer) stating that it was used on stage with him for a long time.

The guitar has had some changes along the way and the pictures show how the electronics have been altered to accommodate the pro tastes.  You can easily swap it back to stock…but WHY…obviously it was done with good intention and the result thrilled audiences worldwide for hundreds and hundreds of shows.

You can see the complete specs & detailed pictures.  Take your time and absorb.  Sold as-is.  I’ll do my best to explain what I have here but I am not an expert in all aspects of wiring so you will have to use your eyes on that front.

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2019 Brian Monty BLUESMASTER w OX4 pickups

2019, that’s right 2019 Brian Monty Bluesmaster.  Custom ordered by a loyal customer of Brian’s…guy who has had at least 6 Monty Guitars.  This one has OX4 pickups and let me tell you it has THAT LP THICK Tone you have dreamed of.  I just put a set of OX4 pickups in my personal humbucker LP-style guitar and after all I have tried THEY are staying.

What a beautiful playing and sounding instrument.  The thin nitro is almost naked to the touch.  Tonally you will select this over almost any current production instrument.  It is THAT good and a bargain used (let alone new).   Vintage Guitar Mag reviewed Monty Guitars and loved them……….if you are not up on them you should be.  Build by 1 person….all by hand.

You can find ALL the SPECS & DETAILED CONDITION IN THE 3rd PICTURE..but here is a summary of the summary:

  • Just 7lb-6oz (yes it is chambered like virtually every Monty).
  • Original Hard Case
  • Callaham Bridge
  • Grover Tuners
  • C-Shaped Neck .89″ – .97″
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • LP Scale
  • 12″ Radius
  • Indian Rosewood Board
  • Tiny bits of wear as described in spec/condition sheet.
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Suhr FRETLESS BASS – Custom Ordered

Impossibly Rare CUSTOM ORDERED SUHR FRETLESS Bass!  Excellent Condition from Smoke Free Environment with Original Hardshell Case.  Grab this because the chance of finding another are slim-to-none.

Specs confirmed with the Suhr Factory:

  • Weight 9lb-8oz
  • Model:  Classic J – Right Hand
  • Body Wood:  Alder, 2-Piece
  • Body Contours:  Arm & Tummy
  • Chambering:  None
  • Body Finish:  Gloss
  • Input Jacks:  Side Jack, Chrome
  • Bridge:  Badass Bridge II Chrome
  • Rear Routed for Electronics
  • 1.52″ Width (measured by Primeguitars)
  • 34.25″ Scale
  • Classic J Humphrey Pickups
  • Volume, Pan, ACTIVE 2-BAND EQ
  • 7.25″ Radius with STANDARD ROLL
  • INDIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD
  • Fretmarkers & Clay Side Dots
  • Hipshot Tuning Gears
  • Satin finish back of neck
  • GLOSS finish on fretboard
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Brian Monty Bluesmaster – Reviewed in Vintage Guitar Magazine

Brian Monty Bluesmaster in Excellent “-“/VG”+” Condition.   This is from a nonsmoking environment andhas no major issues but some play wear outlined in the Spec/Condition Sheet (Please see pictures for the Sheet).

The key to this instrument is how woody it sounds. Brian makes each guitar himself and uses select hand chosen woods.  He finishes each in a thin nitro to allow the woods to breath and the tone to flow.  I am aware that Brian is the subject of an article in Vintage Guitar Magazine because his work is renowned amongst those who search for modern masterpieces.

Couple of key features on this one:

  • C Neck Profile .88″ – .95″
  • No Fretwear
  • Some nicks and wear detailed in pictures and/or the spec sheet
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2011 Baker B3 Fire

Baker B3 Fire with upgraded KINMAN Noiseless P90s!  From Smoke Free Environment.  Comes with Orange Form Fit plush caase & Build Sheet/Tags/tools.   Super resonant and exciting guitar to play.  Fat full tones.

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

Buy from the trusted source for boutique gear.  For over 13 years we have supplied thousands of buyers with clean, unique instruments.   We shop the world so you don’t have to….read our reviews and have confidence…or take your chances with some ‘random’

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2006 Gustavsson Bluesmaster Custom ’59

Cream of the crop alert.  Gustavsson Bluesmasters have stood the test of time.  Rarely offered for sale.  Early examples such as this are THE ones most sought after.  This is a 2006…just a few dozen into the production of Bluesmasters.  As a point of reference, asking price on 2003s are almost 30% higher than this one.

This JG weights just 8lb-4oz.  1-piece Mahogany Back.  .895″ – .998″  “C” Profile Neck.  BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD Board.  AMERITAGE CASE (likely upgraded).  From a smoke free environment.  Excellent Condition.

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Ronin PHOENIX (Limited Run)

OH MY MY….this is a 1-off that will satisfy your itch for cool AND additive!   Recent Ronin Limited Run PHOENIX.  Start with Old Growth Recovered Redwood!  Add Ronin’s proprietary Single Foil pickups that are OPEN and produce SO MUCH INFORMATION.  Look at the BLOODWOOD Board and Pickguard on this.  NITRO finish.  Completely hand crafted.  Original Case & Cert.  JUST 6lbs-2oz.

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The thing about a Ronin is they are THE most additive guitar tonally to your collection.  They sound like nothing you have or have had.  AND each one is so unique that when one pops up…you need to snag it because they’re not done in like runs. You are unlikely to find another like it again.

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Ronin Badmoon – Just 5lb-6oz

One of the most labor intensive guitars created today…actually they are NOT being created because Ronin ceased operations…so THIS is one of your only opportunities to grab a labor of love.  The Badmoon is a masterpiece.  We have sold more Ronins than any dealer on the planet…and we can attest to the fact that we have sold more Ronins to Celebrities than ANY other brand.

This weighs just 5lb-6oz.   MASTER Grade Recovered OLD GROWTH Redwood Body and Honduran Mahogany Neck.  Clay Dots.  Wonderful “C” Profile neck with a familiar profile.   Multi-ply ivroid binding that takes HOURS to install.

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Tonally you won’t find a more additive piece of equipment…period.  Ronin’s pickups are not just screen-door covered humbuckers…they are unique and inredibly DIFFERENT from anything else you have ever heard.

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