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Chapin Strata-houla

Chapin Strata-houla

Impossibly rare Chapin Strata-Houla with a unique combination of woods.  For those in the know, Bill Chapins guitars are highly sought after.  Each one was painstakingly created by a luthier…not stamped out.  No two are the same.  These rarely resurface from collections because they in the hands of folks who have tried everything under the sun and realize CHAPINS represent fight well above their weight.

This instrument is in Excellent Condition and is from a nonsmoking environment. Fresh strings and setup from prior owner.   Here are the Specs:

  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck C Profile .835″-.935″
  • Ebony Board
  • 12 Radius
  • 1.65″ Width
  • Med/Lg Frets (uncertain of excatly which variety)
  • Just 8lb-8oz
  • No foreswear
  • Original Hardshell Case
  • 5-Way
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • K-style tuners
  • Black Dog (Chapin) custom pickups:  VRO in neck & PROTO #3 in Bridge

Hard to find many flaws on this but I am certain you will try so we will grade it as Excellent to save you the hassle of bickering LOL.

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2018 Germino Club 40

2018 Germino Club 40

Germino Club 40 made in April 2018.  One owner lived in a nonsmoking environment.  Super clean and sounds amazing.  Couple of questions I’ll get out of the way.

About the amp:

  • No TUBE/SS Rectifier Option

Questions I will laugh at …and you will too unless you were going to ask them..then you will run to your nearest internet forum and say what a dick I am:

  • I will NOT take chassis pictures so that you can “determine the originality” (i.e., copy the circuit).
  • I will not weigh the amp
  • I will not measure the amp
  • I will not weigh or measure or photograph the tubes
  • I will not test each or any component of the circuit.
  • YES the amp works.
  • Why am I selling it?…well…we are a STORE and we SELL GEAR.
  • I will not pull every home security camera film from here to timbuck two in order to assure you the amp lived in a perfectly climately controlled environment with humidty of 36.6% so that you don’t get any tube drift or corrosion in the pots which could lead to maintenance (and we all know you want to use YOUR guy at $950 a minute).
  • I will not cover you to re-bias the amp OR for any maintenance you feel the need to do on a one year old babied amp.
  • I will not entertain trades
  • I will not check out 327 types of shipping options so that you can save $4 and cost me 12 hours.
  • I will not do a video, sound or even Tarot Card reading on this.
  • I will not verify through affidavit that the prior owner ran it through the correct voltage from his outlet.
  • I will not warranty the item because you do not like how it sounds.
  • I will not offer you an approval period
  • I will not accept a return.
  • I will not blacklight the item
  • phew that was healthy….
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James Tyler USA Studio Elite “Burning Water Y2K”

James Tyler USA studio Elite “Burning Water Y2K” with Original Case, Original Bill of Sale & Trem Bar.  From a nonsmoking environment.  This piece has a Mamywo Body and it weights in at just 6lb-15oz.  Virtual Vintage pickups (singles) and a Duncan Jeff Beck in the Bridge.  I have to say I’ve had around 50 Tylers nad the Virtual Vintage are probably my favorite in the single positions.  VERY large and full sounding.  Factory Midboost and a C profile neck measuring .854″ – .986″.


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James Tyler USA – Studio Elite HD

Oh how we love James Tyler Guitars….resonant…those necks….you just want to hold them.  Toneful….SUPER diverse tones available….really the ONE guitar for someone who can have/take only one.  BUT we know that’s not you…you have LOTS of guitars….so get this one and you will quickly start to realize that maybe you can get rid of others ….it is subtraction through addition (you see)….you get a guitar that is world class AND flexible….you then realize you can get rid of a couple that are not as nice… can tell your wife that you are SAVING money by spending…just doing it in reverse…you see!

This is SUPER light weight at just 6lb-07oz (likely chambered).  Standard /59 C profile neck .845″-.975″.  Factory Midboost (a MUST on Tylers).  Stingray 500 Single Coils & a California Special in the bridge.  Mamywo & QUILTED MAPLE Body.  Nonsmoking and YES it has the TREM BAR, ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE (GREY) and CERT AND TOOLS (I know you would pass on this if it didn’t have the tools…but not before you emailed “tools????????”….or called and said “Tools????????”.  Don’t be a tool…don’t ask about them.  And don’t go run to the internet and say ‘Ahhh you would think for $4k the guitar would come with tools”….and don’t then try to force a return because “you didn’t disclose that it didn’t have the tools”….your plans are foiled because…>THIS HAS THE TOOLS!!!


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McNaught VSC Vintage Single Cut – Set Through Neck

McNaught VSC “Vintage Single Cut” in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Certificate of Authenticity.  I sold this many years ago to a collector; recently he decided to pare his holdings (and thankfully thought of me).  Excellent Condition and really only has tarnishing on the pickups covers.


This guitar weighs in at just 8lb-4oz.  The neck is a wonderful ’59ish LP shape C that measures .915″ – 1.015″.  The Rio Grande pickups are SUPER FAT in this guitar.   The fretboard is Rosewood but I seem to recall it is Brazilian (won’t promise).

Grab a time tested guitar that sells used for a HUGE bargain vs. almost anything else you can find.  Why spend thousands more on a stamped out instrument when you can have something that was lovingly cared for and expertly built.  Luthiers like David McNaught have access to small lots of choice woods that the big guys can’t bother with.  This piece was constructed from such a stash. 

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2012 New Orleans VOODOO CUSTOM

2012 New Orleans Voodoo Custom in EXCELLENT Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case (Form Fit).

These guitars are handmade one-at-a-time by a luthier who personally selects each and every piece of wood.  No two are alike; each is a personal expression of art meets functionality.


THIS IS MY 2019 VALUE PICK OF THE YEAR.  Tonally this piece hangs with virtually anything in my inventory.  We have been doing this 11years with over 2200 positive feedbacks…our entire business is boutique guitars and amps.

For under $3k you can get a NECK THROUGH guitar. Made of Burled Maple & Black Korina.  Tone-Pros Bridge.  Great weight of 8.75 pounds.  Tonally it is FAT sounding and retains that snap and clarity I look for when I recommend an instrument.
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Trainwreck Express 2016 – Genuine Trainwreck

Trainwreck Express 2016 – Genuine Trainwreck

I have owned several of Kenny Fischer’s original amps.  I have played many more. I have owned a lot of the JM Trainwreck modern production (such as this).  I can tell you first hand that JM, as Kenny’s apprentice, picks RIGHT up where Kenny left off.

20+ years ago I spent hours upon hours on the phone with Kenny.  He was generous with his time and always full of teachings.  I miss our calls and the CDs we would send each other with cool bands and guitar tones.  At times during our calls Kenny would tell me his friend John Mark was there helping him.  Through Kenny, I came to know John.  I can tell you John knows tone.  He knows speakers.  He knows tubes.  He knows amps.  He is painstaking in his component to component testing.  He tests a zillion tubes in each position of each amp.  He is tireless in nailing the feel, tone and flexibility in each amp.

This is a 2016 JM Trainwreck Express (YES it is a Genuine Trainwreck as Kenny’s family has annointed JM as the successor to the business).   JM has access to Kenny’s stash of everything.

This Express, Angel, is loaded with carefully selected NOS tubes.  The amp has low hours. It comes with a D2F padded cover & the manual.  The tone is freaking AWESOME.  It has that characteristic fatness and sustain blooming into each note musically.  It cleans up simply by turning down your guitar’s volume.  These are not amps to turn to 10.  The sweet spot is between 10 and 2.  The knobs are interactive and allow you to tweak easily.  The amp LOVES different speakers.   I tried it through a host of modern and vintage cones and cabs.

Compared to a Marshall…there is no comparison.  A Wreck is FAT and FULL and Throaty but not overkill.  It just allows you to play and it fills in behind you.  There is no coaxing a note to sustain.  There is no need for pedals.  This amp will make you a better player because it will allow you to focus on what your hands should do next…not on coaxing out what should be (and is not) from other amps.

Grab a classic and put an end to your endless amp search.

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Deusenberg DOOZY ONE  Combo 1-12

Deusenberg DOOZY ONE Combo 1-12

Duesenberg Doozy 1-12″ Combo.   VERY cool and versatile amp that really gets you to almost any territory.  This thing loves pedals.  I had a blast testing it out for the store.  I kept swapping guitars and found it just kills w Teles, Strats AND Hums.

Overall clean but has some surface wear and one spot where the wood has some slight damage.  See photos.  Want an affordable amp that is a steal used?  This is it!

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Germino Club 40 w Master Vol & SS/Tube Rectifier Option

Germino Club 40 w Master Vol & SS/Tube Rectifier Option

COOL as Fuq WHITE Germino Club 40 in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  This features a Master Volume AND the switch that allows you to get either Tube OR Solid State Rectifier tones.  Loaded with features and well taken care of.  I have a great customer (and dear friend) who loves Germino amps.  This one he RAVED about.   Why spend $5k for a vintage amp that will be hit-or-miss and likely loaded with someone elses cheap soldering jobs.

This one has had no repairs and no mods.  Just the amp you want at a price MUCH less than retail.  PrimeGuitars is a store that has been in business 11 years featuring clean high end gear.  We are not just some random who is going to dump his problem off on you.  We pack well and ship promptly.

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Hi-Tone DG50 – Near Mint Condition

Hi-Tone DG50 – Near Mint Condition

Hi-Tone DG50 Head in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition!  This was made for a celeb as a backup to another he was using…it sat in a storage room and was virtually unplayed.  I received it as part of a trade-in.  The amp smells new.  I tried it next to my early 1970s 50w Hiwatt and can’t tell the difference.  This is so tight and punchy.  You can dial in amazing cleans or just that perfect crunch you crave.

This has the DG Mod meaning both channels are blended if you plug into the topmost input.  I LOVE this feature.

Amp has one teenie tiny little nick that keeps it from being mint.


Also…don’t be misled by what some say…these heads LOVE cabs with Celestion speakers (old or new).  In fact, I actually prefer them because it gets to Marshall territory and really adds a whole new dimension to the Hiwatt thing.
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2017 Echopark ’59 Deluxe – Long Tenon – 6lb:05oz

2017 Echopark ’59 Deluxe.  We are Authorized Echopark Dealers and love to get them new or used.  This is clean, second hand and in Excellent Condition with Certificate of Authenticity & Original Hardshell Case.  Like all our instruments this is from a nonsmoking environment.  There are no modifications or repairs.


Here is a summary but please see the sheet (pic 3) for all the details:

  • 2017
  • 1-Piece Mahogany Body
  • 1-Piece Mahogany Neck FULL TENON
  • Arcane Custom PIckups
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Original Hardshell Case
  • Just 6lb-5oz
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Macassar Rosewood Fretboard
  • Medium ’59 Neck .895″ – 1.035″
  • Factory Aging
  • No fretwear
  • No mods or repairs

Why do we love this model?  Well if you’ve ever had a vintage Gibson you are always fighting that cardboard deadish tone that many have.  You also have to always wonder if it’s one of those with undisclosed issues…and of course you wil find out when you go to sell it.  Gabriel is the luthier to the stars because people LOVE the fact that he worked out the kinks from the vintage guitars while maintaining the quality and mojo.

This one has CLARITY….it has SNAP along with the OOOMPH.  We have stocked SOOOOOOO many other hand made brands and THIS is the one to consider if you want that vintage vibe.   New this would cost mid-$5ks and the wait is REALLY long.   Grab this super clean one for less than dealer cost would have been..

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Gibson Custom Shop MURPHY 50th Ann ’58RI Limited Ed – Collector Clean

BIG BIG BIG sounding Les Paul alert.  FAT HUGE WOW.  This one sticks out folks. As a store specializing in boutique gear we (well it’s just me so “I”) see hundreds of the finest guitars around.   THIS sticks out as a FAT FULL WOW guitar!

What do we have?  A collector clean 2008 Gibson Custom Shop.  It is a Murphy Aged 50th Ann 1958 RI Les Paul.  This is a Limited Edition version.  The CERT DOES SAY MURPHY AGED.  IT comes complete with the Original BLACK hardshell Gibson Case.  Of course it has the Certificate of Authenticity, Tags and Unsigned Warranty Card.  This is from a collector nonsmoking environment.  It has zero mods and no repairs.  See our feedback and buy with confidence.


Remember when you purchase from PrimeGuitars you are dealing with the only store in the world that takes the time to prepare a detailed Spec/Condition Sheet.  Other guys say “clean” but we have all been burnt by serious undisclosed issues.  I’m not promising this will pass an electron microscope test…but it is reviewed across a LOT of fronts to ensure you don’t open the case and say ‘WTF is this”.

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2010 Gibson Custom Shop GOLD BOOK 1960 LP RI (Ltd Edition) 50th Anniversary

Super Rare GOLD BOOK Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 RI Les Paul.  This is in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition (check the feedback for my store and buy with confidence).  It comes complete with the coveted GOLD BOOK Certificate of Authenticity, Tags and Unsigned Warranty Card.  Of course, it comes with the Black Gibson Form Fit Case (original of course).

This was part of an extremely limited edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1960 LP.  The neck on this is damn full and not skinny to my feel.  People say there are several variations of the 1960 neck and that some are more like 59s (closer to them)…this might very well be the case in this example.


The weight is a perfect 8.5 pounds (8lb-9oz to be exact).  It features the original pickups and the guitar is unmolested with no mods and no repairs.  It is hard to find any flaws on this because it was owned by a collector and barely touched. We grade it as Excellent to avoid any disappointments.   The color on this is Sunset Tea Burst.

The customer who traded this in is known for grabbing a LOT of Les Pauls that he hand selects for his collection.  This will not disappoint.   Super sounding guitar and the color/flame is just breathtaking.

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Gibson Custom Shop R9 2013 – Near Mint

OOOh when you find THE perfect Lemon finished R9…c’mon does it get better than this!?  I mean then you consider this one is Mint “-” Condition from a nonsmoking collector environment…’re reaching for the BUY button huh…Well but you have more questions….conspiracy theories circle ….so here are the facts you crave…


Summary of Specs:

  • 8lb-7oz
  • 2013 Gibson Custom Shop
  • Original Hardshell Case (Brown for those who always ask then vanish)
  • CERT / TAGS/ Unsigned Warranty Card
  • Extra Conrol Cover in CASE
  • Some finish bleed into binding (typical)
  • No fret wear
  • No noticeable dings or repairs or dents
  • No modifications
  • Collector Owned
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Teuffel Tesla Classic

2011 Teuffel Tesla Classic in Sapphire Blue with Original Hardshell Case!  This even comes with a padded extra case as well!   The instrument was home-use only and is from a nonsmoking environment.  As a store specializing in high end boutique gear I consider Teuffels to be the pinncale of modern creation.  They are ergonomic and toneful and works of art.  They take over where Kleins were and take things to an entire new level or functional form.  Tonally they are a nuance player’s dream because they are super responsive to finger and pick dynamics.

Just look at the heavily birdseyed neck on this one.  Play with the 3 custom buttons that allow you to have a TON of fun….if you like a Ronin with a Torniculator then you will LOVE this.   These guitars sound wonderful through vintage amps, modern amps AND modeling amps.  I simply can’t find a bad sound out of it.  The neck has that bubbly tone with some nice snap.  The bridge pickup has a musical growl yet retains all the clarity when you take things up a notch with gain.

Any style of player will adore this Teuffel Tesla Classic.  Light, ergonimic, easy to play, easy to carry, and tuneful. What more can you ask for?


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Chad Underwood STRAT – Celeb Owned

Chad Underwood is THE guy for strats.  PRS himself has an Underwood.  Chad knows how to get that mojo into each of his creations.  These are impossible to get new.  Used they are few and far between.  This was created by Chad for one of his celeb clients (buyer will receive information after paying) so you know this is an example of his finest efforts.

The best part about Chad’s guitars is that they have not caught fire pricewise yet. When you can find one they are still less than stamped out crap.  Think of this…I am a dealer specializing in the highest end of the boutique guitar market.  My only strat….the ONLY strat I have despite doing this for 11 years ….a Chad Underwood that looks and feels JUST like this one.   What does that tell you?…I can keep anything I want.

This one is from a nonsmoking environment.  IT has a G&G Hardshell Case.  The prior owner swapped the pickup covers to aged (they look MUCH better than the originals).


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2010 James Tyler USA Classic in FUNKY Carmel Cappuccino Shmear!  Extremely resonant instrument that gets both the Strat and LP tones with ease.  If you want ONE guitar then this is it.  I’ve had 50 Tylers and they are all special.  This one has a certain fatness i’ve not encountered often.  It is freaking BIG sounding.


Of course like all my guitars this comes from a smoke free environment.  It has the Original Hardshell Case & Spec Sheet.  Here are some other features:

  • Alder body
  • 7lb-08oz (SOLID)
  • Quartersawn Maple Neck
  • Indian Rosewood Board
  • .110″ x .055″ Frets
  • 1-5/8″ Nut
  • 9.5″ – 12″ Compound Radius
  • Standard ’59 C Profile Neck .845″ – .975″
  • JTS 5500 Single Coil Pickups & Sudebaker in Bridge
  • 5 Way
  • Trem with upgraded Raw Vintage Saddles
  • Pots changed by my tech
  • Prior Owner Sanded Off Part of the TYLER logo…not sure why but it’s no big deal and if you really cared you could get Tyler to pop a new one on.
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Scala Backbone in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Case.  This instrument features the coveted CF “Compression Free System”.  If you want the top of the line Super Strat then this is it.  Don’t settle for a stamped out guitar when you can have a one-off hand crafted masterpiece.


I’ve had a LOT of Scala Guitars and this is probably amongst my favorites. The guitar vibrates in your hand and it just plays SOOOOOO easily.  The contours are wonderful and the piece just sits perfectly against your body standing or sitting.

Here are some features:

  • Swamp Ash Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Heavy Frets
  • 1-5/8″ Width
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 12″ Radius
  • D Profile Neck
  • CF Compression Free System
  • Arcane Phil X Pickups
  • Original Hardshell Case
  • 5-way
  • 7lb-09oz
  • SLAB Rosewood Board
  • Luthier Aged
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Tom Anderson ATOM – Unique Finish!

2006 Tom Anderson ATOM in what I believe might just be their coolest color to date.  This is finished in SHEER GOLD which is like a natural finish with a slight gold sparkle overlay.  Even the back of the guitar has a subtle sparkle in the right lights.  Very fresh indeed!  This guitar is from a Nonsmoking Environment and features its Original Hardshell Case.

I grade it as Excellent and you can see the 3rd picture for complete specs & a detailed condition.

Some features include:

  • 03-08-06P Build Date
  • Flame Maple Top & Mahogany Back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 12″ Radius
  • Indian Rosewood Board
  • M1/M1/H2 Pickups
  • 5 way with coil split
  • Just 7lb-03oz.
  • Heavy Frets
  • Comes with matching Tom Anderson Strap (tan)
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Vintage Sound 22sc :   1-12″ Combo

Vintage Sound 22sc : 1-12″ Combo

2016 Vintage Sound 22sc Combo.  Let me just tell you…I have a library of vintage amps that I use to get a sense of the guitars that come through my store.  This little amp is simple addictive.  Fat notes.  A perfect grind.  Flexibility.  You can dial back to a sparkling clean just with your guitar volume.   I feel so stupid for saying this but I can’t think of one good reason why I don’t just keep this.  i would use it every day.

You can spend more.  You can read and stress and hope and worry…or you can just simply listen to someone who has done all that for you.

This is super clean.  It has an ostrich type finish and a it has a few very tiny scuffs.  Nonsmoking and original tubes etc.  Comes only with what you see here.

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2018 Germino Classic 45

2018 Germino Classic 45

Germino Classic 45 from 06/2018 in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition.  Low hours and from a nonsmoking environment.   YES it comes with the power cable (LOL…I mean would you seriously not buy it if it didn’t).

Fantastic old world tone in an affordable format with modern reliability.  Save a bundle on an amp that is a few months old with no mods and no repairs.

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Impossibly rare Pete Cornish SUPER FLANGER complete with original box & instructions.  YES IT HAS THE POWER CORD just not pictured.

I’ve had every major effect in the universe and the Pete Cornish Flanger is THE one to get BY FAR.  It can even get those Chorus sounds so you probably don’t need a chorus either.  Warm and lush with a transparency yet organic tone that is not duplicated by anything.  If you have tens of thousands of dollars invested in the best gear then step up and grab the BEST effects…THIS is a hall of fame piece.

UNBROKEN SEALS and nonsmoking environment.  These rarely pop up so grab it while you can.  Please no ‘what will you take’ emails….there is a Make Offer button so please use that.

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2018 SIGGI BRAUN Icarus – As New

If you like craftsmanship and you want a guitar that is a STEAL then try a Siggi Braun.  I’ve had several and they vibrate in your hands like almost nothing I’ve experienced.   Structural efficiency is evident in this instrument.  The strings are alive and the guitar naturally pushes your amp by translating energy through the chain.

This is priced to move but it is worth several times its asking price.  Consider the 5-Piece Neck of Maple & Walnut.  RThe Medium Heavy Stainless Frets.  Custom Pickups “Siggis Favorite XL” set.  Korina Body with a satin Dracary Burst that is the best color/finish I’ve seen in years.

The whole instrument weighs in at just 7lb-01oz and of course comes with it’s original hardshell case.  This piece was Brand New and acquired from an Authorized Dealer. I am selling it as Mint because I’m not an Authorized Dealer but know that our store instruments are kept in a humidity controlled vault.  We are an internet only dealer so our instruments are not played by every Saturday afternoon drop in looking to ‘check out’ some gear.


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2017 Dantzig Tulsa – KORINA & Flame Maple! Brazilian RW Board

KORINA! ! ! ! !  Oh my..what we have here is a 1-off KORINA Neck & Body (Flame Maple Carved Top) Masterpiece Hand Created by a Master Luthier.  Excellent “+” Condition including Original Hardshell Case.  Nonsmoking and Unmolested with the exception of 1 changed knob.  Almost impossible to find any flaws on this one.  SEE PICTURES FOR COMPLETE SPEC & CONDITION SHEET.

Oh did you see….BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD BOARD.  Wonderful neck carve of .905″ – .975″.  Hand Rubbed Violin thin finish.  The whole guitar weighs just 8lbs.   Mr Dantzig used NOS 2007 Lollar Imperial Piickups stock in this piece.  These were from when Jason Lollar was a little known shop and his pickups from that era really ARE better.

This has snap and growl that you wish you could get from your Tele.  Think of a Super Tele with Gibson Playability (it doesn’t fight you).

Can’t say enough about this.  Save serious dough vs. new on a guitar many would sell as new.

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Collings CL Deluxe

Beautiful unmolested 2013 Collings CL Deluxe complete with Ameritage Hardshell Case & Unsigned Warranty Card.  This has seen extremely light play and has lived in a nonsmoking environment.  YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLETE SPECS & CONDITION IN THE PICTURES.

This baby features a 1-Piece Honduran Mahogany Body & a PREMIUM Flame Maple Top (finished in Iced Tea).  Medium Frets (standard on this model) and a 24-7/8″ Scale with a 1-11/16″ Width.   The Medium-Fat C measures .86″ – 1.01″ and the fretboard is MADAGASCAR ROSEWOOD.

The weight of this beauty is just 8lb-5oz. The pickups are LOLLAR as one would expect.  Buy with confidence.  I am a store in my 11th year and sell nothing but high end CLEAN boutique gear.

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