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Callaham Strat – TransBlonde and WOW Tone

Impossibly rare Callaham Strat in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case.  I’ve owned dozens of Callahams….this particular one has that 1963 Strat tone NAILED.  It just has chime like an old school music box.  This one sustains and sounds so good it almost stayed in my collection (and I have one strat).

The neck on this Callaham is a hand shaped, flame 1-piece maple neck with a Soft-V-to-C Profile measuring .87″ – .97″.  The Body is a beautiful 1-piece ash with a thin nitro finish.  The neck has a 9.5 radius and 1.65″ Nut Width.   SUPER comfy satin finish on the neck and you have to LOVE the build quality of a Callaham.  They are as close to a D’Pergo as I have found.

I owned the other trans-white Callaham on the market and this sounds much more alive than the other one.

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2018 James Tyler Studio Elite HD

2018 James Tyler Studio Elite HD in SUPER COOL Barn Finish.  This nonsmoking guitar comes with its original hardshell case and Cert.  It is a Swamp Ash body with a Quartersawn Maple Neck.  This particular Tyler is FAT sounding like THICK…and let’s face it all Tylers sound great but they’re all different.

Standard ’59 Neck C-profile measuring .845″ – .975″.  The nut is 1-5/8″ and the frets are the typical Tyler Large frets.  You can see all the specs and a detailed condition sheet in the PICTURES.  

I think the untold story of Tylers is that they are probably the BEST sounding guitars through modeling amps like a Kemper or Fractal.   They just come alive…I played this one through my Axe3 and it was magic.

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2015 Ronin Mirari – OUT OF PRODUCTION (Unobtainable)

Ahhh Ronin Guitars….what can I say that I haven’t already said.  They TRULY are ADDITIVE to any collection.  The proprietary foil pickups are so unlke anything you’ve heard.  Very open and convey SO much sonic information in a musical way.  They play extremely well with gainy amps too which is something one might not assume…so now you can assume…ok..

This one is a clean, nonsmoking specimen weighing just 7lb-03oz.  Of course it comes with its original hardshell case and Cert.  It has CTS Pots and NOS Paper In Oil Caps.  The Neck is a wonderful C shaped .905″ – .935″.   The nut width is 1-11/16″.  OH in case you’re wondering what those little buttons are near the control knobs….they allow COIL SPLITTING.  Imagine all the combinations of tones when you run in that middle position and add part neck with full bridge …you get the picture.  The result is a Swiss Army Knife of tones that will turn any mix into a fresh cut….wow what a pun.

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Ronins are not currently made so the only way to obtain one is from a dealer.  I was Ronin’s only stocking dealer and sold over 40 of these guitars.  They are amazing instruments that should become collectible in short order.

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2018 Nacho Banos 1950s Bigsby Blackguard

Oh I have to tell you THIS is a fun fun fun guitar that makes me want to take up new genres of music.  MAN I NEVER had a bigsby tele and I am SOLD on this.  First off they still retain all the tele snap you want PLUS you get this extremely stable trem that makes you want to trem out your tele licks.  I mean it really makes you want to experiment.  Just a WOW piece that I’ll be sad to move along.

This one has a wonderful nice Soft V neck with a profile of .89″ – 1.01″.   The pickups are Nachos own and NO I can not tell the difference from the Ron Ellis…and my personal Nacho doesn’t even have Ron’s pickups so there.  This nonsmoking piece is complete with the original hardshell case and cert/cd.

So happy to have this in my stable. It will certainly sell quickly.

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2017 James Tyler Studio Elite HD – Burning Water

I go out of my way to acquire James Tyler Guitars….they should make me a dealer because I’ve sold a zillion of them but I don’t have a storefront so alas I am but a jobber in their eyes.  The COOL fact about Tylers is they sound probably as good as any guitar I’ve tried when played through modeling technology such as an Axe-fx.  Lots of guitars sound wonderful through amps then lousy through a Kemper or Fractal….NOT James Tylers.   This one has a perfect airiness to the single coils while that hum has some girth and snarl.

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This one has a solid Mamywo Body and the guitar weighs in a just 7lb-1 ounce.  The Neck is 1-piece Quartersawn Maple satin finish with a Standard ’59 (.845″ – .975″) profile.  Compound Radius, Heavy Frets and a 1-5/8″ Nut.  The PIckups are JTS 5500 Singles and a SUPER in the bridge.  I happen to love the G2TS Trem because it’s comfortable and has super fine adjustments while staying in tune.  How do they do that?

Of course this comes with the Cert & LOGO hardshell original case (AND YES THE F’n TREM BAR)

Sorry I won’t take pictures outside in the natural daylight…unless you can prove to me you’re playing the next US Festival and need to mix well with the spring air.

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Mark Kane 100w ODS Robben Ford Circuit w Buffered Effects Box – BRAND NEW w WARRANTY

Mark Kane 100w ODS Robben Ford Circuit w Buffered Effects Box – BRAND NEW w WARRANTY

IN STOCK!  Authorized Dealer!  Brand New w Warranty & Includes TWO free Revoicings (buyer pays shipping both ways) as part of Warranty.  I am North America’s ONLY Authorized MARK KANE DEALER.

100w 6L6 Mark Kane D-Style Head INCLUDING “Dumbleator” (buffered effects loop).  AVOID THE WAIT.   This was just completed for me by Mark and it is wired to the most popular RF Robben Ford circuit.

If you know D-style amps you know that Mark Kane is considered THE expert.  He doesn’t build amps from schematics found on the net. Mark has been inside these amps for a lifetime and understands what makes the D sound so special.

Remember, creating an amp is like making a masterpiece painting.  There is no paint-by-numbers solution.  Components must be specially selected….one at a time.  It is a painstaking process.  Mark has proven time and time again to be the amp of choice for those in the know.  Typically they are only available by custom order.  I ordered these for my inventory.

I HAVE TWO IN STOCK.

PRICE IS FIRM TO RESPECT MARK’S PRICING – PLEASE NO OFFERS

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1968 Marshall Cab w/ Celestion Greenbacks 4-12″  THE ONE!

1968 Marshall Cab w/ Celestion Greenbacks 4-12″ THE ONE!

A lovely piece from my personal collection!  I tried so hard to find a clean 1968 Marshall 4-12 with original speakers…..found this one and it’s been one of my ‘g0-to’ cabs for testing gear and consulting with customers about how a guitar will sound through X-rig.  I maintain a library of standard vintage and modern gear for this purpose.

Sadly, I found this is being used less than I can justify for just how cool it is.   The tolex and handles and wheels/castors look original.  I am never certain about the logo so use your own judgement on that.  The speakers date to 1968 but I didn’t live with this night and day for 50 years so my best guess is they are original to the cab (I bought it as such and it was represented to me as original).  The only real thing I can find is ONE of the speakers is a recone.   I promise you won’t be able to tell because it sounds like the others….and NO I won’t pull the speakers and take pictures of every cone.

The cab is simply gorgeous sounding.  You really just can’t replicate the sound of old celestions in an old Marshall Cab.  The word “organic” doesn’t begin to describe how edible the tone is.

This piece is sold as-is because I really don’t want to get into a post-purchase renegotiation over every screw.  I have a ton of detailed pictures so use them and realize this is not a museum piece but a really clean example.

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1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Vintage Blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb combo in VG Condition.  This is a wonderful sounding amp and is affordable.

So here is what I am not…and that is a vintage amp expert.  I will provide a zillion pictures and the best info I have…aside from that you have to use your judgement. Now, I have this priced extremely fairly to reflect the fact that it has some reversed mods and changes.

To the best of my ability to date it appears this is PRIMARILY a 1967 amp.  If it isn’t then too bad LOL.  The speakers were freshly reconed by Neal’s Speakers (by me) and there are a few test minutes on the new speakers.  I have included pictures of the iron and circuit.  It appears that one one of the Transformers is a 1968 (vs. 1967 for the other pieces of iron).  Not sure when, how, where or by whom it was done.

Aside from that again use your own detective work and judgement.

I do not want to get into the ‘this screw was changed and you didn’t disclose it so you owe me $4000 even though (I paid $2300) syndrome. Funny how people try to use that old trick…I have a great email from a guy who sent me a detailed list of all the restoration work a clearly disclosed recovered/jacked up tweed deluxe would require….down to the freaking face plate nails….I seriously want to start a page for “Hall of Fame Assclowns” and post stuff like this.   I mean it is some original humor like you can’t make this stuff up.

Anyway, don’t end up on my Wall of Shame…do your own homework and man up with this great amp.  Sold As-Is with respect to cosmetics and originality but I do promise it works.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul RI VOS

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI VOS in Near Mint Condition with Cert & Original Hard Case/Tags/Unsigned Warranty Card.  From a nonsmoking home environment.  Barely played and then traded to me because I’m a store and that’s what we do here.

The weight is a perfect 8lb-06oz.  This LP has the VOS finish.  No fretware.  NO repairs or issues that stand out.  I try to detail the wear on all my guitars and this just has some light tough wear that I can’t even describe or photograph.  Many use the term “showroom new” to describe an instrument that has been played but not dinged or damaged….might be the right term for this one.

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul RI VOS 1-of-2

2018 Gibson Custom Shop ’59RI VOS in Near Mint Condition with Cert & Original Hard Case/Tags/Unsigned Warranty Card.  From a nonsmoking home environment.  Barely played and then traded to me because I’m a store and that’s what we do here.

The weight is a perfect 8lb-06oz.  This LP has the VOS finish.  No fretware.  NO repairs or issues that stand out.  I try to detail the wear on all my guitars and this just has some light tough wear that I can’t even describe or photograph.  Many use the term “showroom new” to describe an instrument that has been played but not dinged or damaged….might be the right term for this one.

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2014 LENTZ Reserve Hyde Park Tele

PLEASE READ LISTING THOROUGHLY

Here we have a fantastic Lentz RESERVE (Their top-of-the-line) Hyde Park Tele from 2014 production.  These are hand crafted wtih the finest woods available to the Lentz team.  You typically see these used for $5500 or more.

This guitar weights just 6lb-9oz and comes with the Original Hardshell Case .

This particular guitar had a mod that some will love and some will not….the owner had the neck shaved down and refinished (slight checking included) to a .77″-.85″ D-profile.  NO, Lentz did not do the reshaping nor did they do the refinishing.  I feel this is a FANTASTIC opportunity for someone to grab a Lentz that fits THEM because typical Lentz necks are quite large.  Another option is to purchase this and have Lentz make you another neck.  Any way you go the price is ALREADY DISCOUNTED FOR THE CHANGES SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND BEFORE OFFERING ME $2k saying “Guitar has mods”….you will be ignored.

Also, the pickups and wiring/pots/knobs have been changed.  The pickups are now Lindy Fralin that Callaham Guitars cryo-treated.   ORIGINAL PICKUPS AND WIRING/POTS IN CASE.

I was told all work was done by a fancy schmancy tech in Nashville…but I have no way of proving this.  I must say it DOES sound fantastic and the player who owned it supposedly was a name in town who played with many famous folks.

You can see the rest of the Specs & Condition in the PICTURES

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2018 Wysocki Tele – Brand New – WOW Aged Woods from Special Stash

Brand New LARRY WYSOCKI Telecaster!  2018 just off the bench. I am an Authorized Dealer and this comes with a full factory Warranty.  This particular guitar features woods that Larry had stashed for a personal guitar.  Like all builders, Larry got to the point of saying “eh, I’ll build myself another at some point” so he made thsi one available to me.

Larry is a luthier to the stars as well as THE ‘Go To” guy for woods for nearly every major luthier especially those who create acoustics and need the best woods on the planet.  Larry has been collecting, studying, teaching about and dealing woods for over 50-years.  If you order a $20k Greenfield or Manzer likely they will source woods from Larry.  So when you can get a guitar made from woods he saved for himself…you do the math.

Only a handful of Wysocki Guitars are made each year (around a dozen). The current backlog is well over a year even if I wanted to order something.  This particular one weighs just 6lb-07oz and has an Old Growth Recovered 1-piece Ash 60-year Old Air Dried Body.   The neck is a 1-piece 150+ Year old Old Growth Recovered Maple specimen.  The board is 80+ year old Aged Brazilian (SEE PICS).  The pickups are hand selected Rolph Tele Style and Larry selected them to work with this particular guitar.

Tonally…well to date I’ve sold EVERY Wysocki I’ve gotten in…often to regular customers who own Detemple & D’Pergo…the verdice…universally my clients tell me they like the Wysocki best.  Look at it this way….a D’Pergo with aged wood that is NOT in the same category as these…well those D’Pergos can fetch $15k-$19k new….so a Wysocki is a bargain and less than 50% of that price.  Now consider people in the know say they are better sounding and playing….and you get the reason these are selling like hotcakes.

The specs are “Herrington Specs” for John Herrington (Steely Dan) who plays Wysockis.  You can see all the specs if you look for my SHEET IN THE PICTURES.

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Lentz HSL

2006 Lentz HSL in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition with Original Hardshell Case.  This comes with the original Build Sheet too!  This is an amazingly fresh take on a classic.

Weighing in at just 7lb-01oz this Ash Bodied (1-piece) & 1-Piece Maple Neck guitar is a thing of beauty.  The thin nitro finish over the 2-tone Sunburst Finish.   The Soft V .92″ Neck.  The Lentz wound L90 neck pickup and B’Kaster Bridge pickups are PERFECT for these woods.

I’ve said many times that Lentz guitars are THE standard for modern boutique guitars.  Yeah there are some better and some worse but a Lentz should be THE poster child for the reason to step out of Fender world.

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2018 Nacho Banos STRATOCASTER

2018 Nacho Banos Mid-50s Strat in Mint “-” Condition with Original Hardshell Case & Paperwork/CD.  These are the top of the food chain of modern production aged F-style guitars.  The Teles are rare….strats….almost impossible to find.   This one is just a few months old from a nonsmoking environment.

SEE THE SPECS/CONDITION SHEET IN THE 3rd PICTURE

I own a Nacho for my collection and I can own ANYTHING.  They just capture that vintage feel and tone like nothing I’ve experienced (and I carry every top modern brand and have had pristine examples of vintage).

This Strat features an ASH body with a 1-piece Maple Neck.  The neck is fretted with Med/Heavy frets (his 95/47).    The width is 1.65″ and the radius is 9.5″.  The Neck is a Medium-V measuring .87″-.995″.   You will LOVE how broken in this piece feels without seeming cheesy or over-done.

COUPLE OF NOTES:  1. The backplate and screws are in the case.  2. YES the trem bar is in the case.  3.  NO this does not include the hardcover book

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Sakashta NouPaul

Sakashta NouPaul

The Sakashta Noupaul is the pinnacle of modern boutique guitars.   Just listen to Robben Ford’s “Tribute” work for a taste of what this model can sound like. Expertly built by the master himself.  Hand carved.  Unique features such as an inset brass block and rear load.  The sustain and note fullness on this piece are unequaled by anything.  The plain strings sound wound…that’s how fat this is.

Combined the craftsmanship with a set of custom wound pickups and you have THE best electric guitar I’ve played.  Words simply can not capture just the musical voicing achieved by Mr Sakashta in this instrument.  Every note sounds like it is from the most lucious piano you have ever heard.  Every note sustains and sings.  Chords offer the most beautiful collaboration of individual notes harmonizing.

Sadly there will be no more of these; they are available every couple of years in the used market.  This is a piece for someone who is ready to stop spliting hairs amongst their 12 LPs and get ONE guitar that outdoes the best of each combined.  It is funny to me how many folks I meet with dozens upon dozens of NICE guitars but nothing in the “Hall of Fame” category.   THIS , my friends, is a Hall-of-Fame piece that isn’t just for show or bragging rights.  You would pick it out of a lineup each and every time because it’s simply hauntingly beautiful sounding.

This piece will not last long.  The last 2 sold in days.  Cash only on this piece.

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Matchless TV-1 w Case

Matchless TV-1 w Case

Original series MATCHLESS TV-1 Trem/Vibrato unit. This tube driven masterpiece is sought after because it’s the best ever produced.  Hand created and in excellent nonsmoking ungigged condition fresh from a collection.

This is the rack mount version and it comes with a suede rack case as a free gift.  Comes only with what you see here (EXCEPT IT DOES HAVE A POWER CORD).  Works and sounds wonderful!  Don’t waste your time on crappy pedals when you can have the most 3D glorious Trem/Vibrato available anywhere.

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Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD  –  EL34 Version

Sakashta SMOKY SIGNAL Tubeless OD – EL34 Version

Sakashta “Smoky Signal” Tubeless OD pedal!  This is the EL34 version.

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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2017 Nachocaster Tele : 6lb-7oz

1-Owner Nacho Banos “Nachocaster” Tele.  These are THE go-to guitar as of late and are rarely available.  Luckily, I scour the universe and smell them before they are dragged through every gear enthusiast site around.

This 1-piece Ash body guitar weighs in at JUST 6lb-7ounces.  The neck is 1.65″ and the radius is 9.5″.  The neck profile is a vintage V with a .87′-1.01″ measurement.  Frets are medium.  Pickups are Broaccaster type:  Bridge 9.34k & Neck 6.81k.  Of course the guitar has a nitro finish.

Guitars this fantastic do not last long on the open market.  You can get on the list…sure….wait like I used to forever….then when you email about one you want (2 min after you get the email) the one you wanted is somehow sold….OR…you can get this one in a couple of days…..your choice Paco.

This beauty is an incredibly rare 2-tone sunburst with heavy aging.  It was purchased new and is dated Dec 2017.  Ungigged home use only.  Comes of course with the orignal case (looks perfect but one latch seems funky….you’ll have to live with it or replace the latch).  Also included are the Certificate, Ashtray Cover, CD and a couple tiny other items.

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1967 Marshall JMP – Original & Just Serviced

1967 Marshall JMP – Original & Just Serviced

Vintage 1967 Marshall JMP head in VG Condition.  I’m sure most would grade this example higher for condition because as you can see it is clean.  I’ll go with VG and let the pictures do the talking.

I’ll start by saying I am not a vintage expert.  I purchased it and was told it had original tolex & iron….my tech confirmed this.  Not certain about the logo but believe it to be original (not promising).  You can see some of the screws have been replaced.  It has had maintenance and recently my tech replaced the plug socket because those old ones just become very unstable and we don’t want to risk anything with a prime example of a vintage amp.

Really amazing amp.  Some folks like to crank every knob all the way up and let ‘er rip.  Some like to mess with the dials until they get just the right woody tone and sustain.  What I can tell you is try EVERYTHING on this amp.  I mean plug into the low input and crank it…WOW….then the high output and turn 1/2 way…also a WOW.   Turn the Treble and Presence up and get that freaking searing Marshall crush.   Dial back the tone controls and you get the organic edible lush thickness.

Just realize this is an instrument.  Try lots of settings.  You will find endless inspiration here.  Jump the channels….try them unjumped.  No one setting is ‘it’ with this particular amp.  You can literally reinvent yourself with it.

Sadly I am moving in a different direction so after much self doubt I realize this belongs in the hands of someone who will enjoy it regularly.  Oh let me tell you …it LOVES different types of preamp tubes…try LOTS and get more different tones.  Also….you will just smile at the way it handles different cabs and speakers.  Again, like a whole new amp every time.  Lastly….if you like a few pedals this will also be a platform that allows them to work lovingly WITH the amp and not fight it.

Have to say there is a reason these 1967s are particularly sought after.  Think about it…for about the same price (maybe a bit more) of a modern copy….you can have a 1967 Marshall JMP.

Think it’s too loud?….it doesn’t say 50 on it anywhere does it.  Never promised 50 watts.  These are just not as loud as people think they will be.  They are not. My tech says most are in the mid-30 watt territory.

If you believe certain things are meant to be cared after…then this is your chance to participate in caretaking for a historic piece.  Your turn.  It is set from ,my tech and ready to serve you well.

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Germino Lead 55 :  SS/Tube Rectifier Option  – Aug 2018 Build

Germino Lead 55 : SS/Tube Rectifier Option – Aug 2018 Build

Germino Lead 55 head that is dated August 2018.  Home nonsmoking use.  Near Mint Condition but I will call it EXCELLENT to avoid you sending a camera bot into the circuit to determine if clean power was run through it.

YES this has the SOLID STATE/TUBE RECTIFIER SWITCH INSIDE.  NO, I will not pull the chassis to take a picture of it (I mean do you think I am lying here?).

Original Factory Tubes.  No repairs.  Sounds freaking amazing!  No I will not take gut shots LOL.

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2017 Carr Mercury V 1-12″ Combo

2017 Carr Mercury V 1-12″ Combo

Carr Mercury V combo in Near Mint Nonsmoking Home Use Condition.  Comes with Manual & Original Shipping Carton.   Smells new.  Virtually unplayed condition.  I can’t find any flaws but I’m sure you will get out the electron microscope so I’ll grade it as Excellent to spare you the call to Reverb bitching about how the head of one screw had dust in it.

SUPER flexible amp that covers SO much ground in a light package.

So given that you love my sense of humor…here are some other fun rules for you to laugh at…..all fees prepaid via paypal and applied toward purchase price if you decide to get it.

  • $50 fee to weigh the amp (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $50 fee to measure the amp (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $50 fee to take picture of the serial number (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $100 fee to take pictures in natural sunlight (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $500 fee to take video and audio clip of it being played (prepaid via PayPal)
  • $1 million fee (not applied toward purchase) for gut shots
  • $50 fee to answer “how did you get the amp”….I mean let’s assume I stole it (which is what the question implies) do you think I would say ‘ahhh damn mannnnnn you caught me”)
  • $200 fee to take picture of it with me holding a copy of today’s newspaper
  • $100 fee to answer ‘which version of the Carr V is this”
  • $50 to consider your lame trade
  • $100 if you want to ask me to compare it to every amp ever made
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Gil Yaron “Gilyaron” Singlecut

First off…let me say YES THE HEADSTOCK SHAPE IS FROM THE FACTORY & NOT “MODDED” By the original owner.

My lucky day is pretty much anytime the UPS or Fed Ex guy arrives (which is almost daily).  But TODAY it was an extra giddy up day!   Got this ‘Gilyaron’ logo Gil Yaron and it’s in Near Mint Condition with original hard form fit case (of course).   Can I just tell you these are the top of the LP Food Chain if you are looking for that traditional look/feel/tone.  There REALLY is a difference.  I’ve had the Gibsons…Gibsons modded with every pickup available….but the Yarons are something special.  Ask yourself why they are almost never for resale?….and now he isn’t making them because…well let’s just say he was asked once nicely to stop.

This one weighs in at just 8lb-1oz.  Light Factory aging.  Brazilian Board.  C-Neck Profile of .89″-.1.01″.  No fretwear. No mods & no repairs.  Smells new.

The finish on this is so thin it feels like you’re touching the wood.  Not that Gibson plasticized feel…..even when Gibson tries to finish a guitar like the old ones…well they just don’t.

Now like all handmade instruments, this one sounds different from every other one.  They can vary quite a lot.  SO, contact me…let me know the main amp you’re going to use and type of music.  Let me help you understand what the tone of this guitar will sound like in a similar format.  I’ve been doing this sort of consulative sale for 10 years.  It is a different experience.  Don’t kid yourself by saying ‘I’m sure they are all nice”…….yeah they are…but this is a very expensive instrument….why not work with someone who places instruments consultatively.

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Gil Yaron – Singlecut “Gilyaron” faded Cherry

First off…let me say YES THE HEADSTOCK SHAPE IS FROM THE FACTORY & NOT “MODDED” By the original owner.

My lucky day is pretty much anytime the UPS or Fed Ex guy arrives (which is almost daily).  But TODAY it was an extra giddy up day!   Got this ‘Gilyaron’ logo Gil Yaron and it’s in Near Mint Condition with original hard form fit case (of course).   Can I just tell you these are the top of the LP Food Chain if you are looking for that traditional look/feel/tone.  There REALLY is a difference.  I’ve had the Gibsons…Gibsons modded with every pickup available….but the Yarons are something special.  Ask yourself why they are almost never for resale?….and now he isn’t making them because…well let’s just say he was asked once nicely to stop.

This one weighs in at just 8lb-4oz.  Light Factory aging.  Brazilian Board.  C-Neck Profile of .895″-.968″.  No fretwear. No mods & no repairs.  Smells new.

The finish on this is so thin it feels like you’re touching the wood.  Not that Gibson plasticized feel…..even when Gibson tries to finish a guitar like the old ones…well they just don’t.

Now like all handmade instruments, this one sounds different from every other one.  They can vary quite a lot.  SO, contact me…let me know the main amp you’re going to use and type of music.  Let me help you understand what the tone of this guitar will sound like in a similar format.  I’ve been doing this sort of consulative sale for 10 years.  It is a different experience.  Don’t kid yourself by saying ‘I’m sure they are all nice”…….yeah they are…but this is a very expensive instrument….why not work with someone who places instruments consultatively.

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1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb w JBL 10s

1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb w JBL 10s

So what we have here is a cool amp….a totally different flavor of Vibrolux Reverb.  Let me start by saying NO it is NOT a bright sounding amp.  It is actually very clear sounding.  Maybe you will have to actually LISTEN when you turn the tone knobs (rather than using your favorite settings….)…poor you…imagine that …using your ears.   But I found it was very VERY beautiful sounding to the point where my amp tech even noted it was a fantastic sounding example.

So here is what I am not…and that is a vintage amp expert.  I will provide a zillion pictures and the best info I have…aside from that you have to use your judgement. Now, I have this priced extremely fairly to reflect the fact that it has some reversed mods and changes.

To the best of my ability to date it appears this is a 1965 amp.  If it isn’t then too bad LOL.  The legs were obviously added….go ahead..aske me who did that…like the amp talks or something.  The speakers are obviously after-market & again of unknown origin.  I have included pictures of the iron and circuit.  I do know my tech returned a few mods (I think it had a master vol at one point) back to stock for me.  Aside from that again use your own detective work and judgement.

The verb is great.  The tubes are mostly brand new except the vintage 12at7.  Just an amp I took 0n trade that has to go cheap to make room.

I do not want to get into the ‘this screw was changed and you didn’t disclose it so you owe me $4000 even though (I paid $2300) syndrome. Funny how people try to use that old trick…I have a great email from a guy who sent me a detailed list of all the restoration work a clearly disclosed recovered/jacked up tweed deluxe would require….down to the freaking face plate nails….I seriously want to start a page for “Hall of Fame Assclowns” and post stuff like this.   I mean it is some original humor like you can’t make this stuff up.

Anyway, don’t end up on my Wall of Shame…do your own homework and man up with this great amp.

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Detemple Strat – THIS one has some upper echelon tone!

And sometimes men must make choices that others would not…..this guitar is such a case.  Heralded by me as a ‘top Detemple tonally’ guitar, this one was sold to a great friend/customer….fast forward and this gentleman decided to pursue more acoustic play…while I pleaded with him not to part with this he decided it had to be….so he loses an irriplacable guitar and you gain a chance to acquire it.

I have had a huge percentage of Detemples’ production (nice use of apostrophe there huh…kid’s SAT prep paying off).   They all sound different.  I love this one because it has that Jangle while maintaining the fatness we all crave.  Super super super alive guitar that is wicked fun to play.

Along the way someone took the finish off the back of the neck & now it has a ‘satin’ feel.  SUPER smooth and fast.  I happen to LOVE this feel.  The neck is a nice large typical Detemple Soft-V at .91″ to .95″.    The weight is a great 7lb-7oz.  You will find some titanium parts on this one.  A bit of wear outlined in the Spec/Condition sheet but overall a nice nonsmoking instrument with original hard case.

I’ve discounted this one for the wear/neck finish removal…but I should charge a premium because I like the feel of this one so much better.

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