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Chad Underwood Strat w RON ELLIS PICKUPS

Impossibly rare Chad Underwood Logo Strat.  This piece is in Excellent Nonsoking condition and comes with its original hardshell case.  THIS IS FROM THE RON ELLIS PICKUP ERA ($1000 value)….comes with a set of 50/60s Ellis Pickups Factory Installed (note some Underwoods are less expsensive if they have other pickups but Ellis are worth it).

Think of this….Nachocaster & Underwood both are factory aged guitars that use third-party bodies/necks.  Both use Ron Ellis Pickups.  One sells used for $5750 and the other $3k less.  You tell me which is the better value?   Oh by the way….my personal strat…an Underwood with Ron Ellis pickups (and you can go to my site and see the hundreds of high end strats I get and could have kept).

Other specs & detailed condition can be found in the pictures where I prepare a sheet for each guitar I sell.  Here are highlights:

  • Alder Body
  • 7lb-6oz
  • C/D Neck .84″ – .96″
  • 1.64″ Nut Width
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 5-Way
  • Medium Frets
  • Kluson Style Tuners
  • Rosewood Board & Maple Neck
  • Factory Simulated Aging
  • Ron Ellis 50/60s Pickups
  • NOS Cap
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Detemple Esquire – Custom Order

There is a guy who is known for his iimmense knowledge of vacuum tubes & vintage LP Juniors.  His name is Gregg Levy.  If you want tubes, Hi-Test (Gregg’s store) is the one you want to try.  He will help you select just THE tube for the tone you need in your vintage amp.  At one point, Gregg was “the” Trainwreck & LP Jr guy too.   This particular guitar was custom ordered by Mr L with the idea of being close to a LP Jr in growl.  The pickup, to my ears, is the most big so9unding snarliest of any Detemple I’ve had (and I’m up to almost 50).  HUGE sounding!

BUT what I freaking LOVE about this guitar are 2 additional features.  1) The neck profile is a much friendlier depth than a typical Detemple ‘bat”.  2) the Tone is QUACKY if you turn down the volume.  Not sure how else to say this but it’s just the quackiest Tele I’ve ever played.  I freaking LOVE it.  This is DEFINITELY the most UNIQUE Detemple tonally that I’ve played.  I just can’t get enough of it.

Now you can get all the Specs & Condition overview if you page through the pictures & find my SHEET.  Because you thirst for knowledge here is a summary of the sumamary…

  • 1 Piece uniquely figured Ash Body
  • 1 Piece Flamed Maple Neck
  • Soft V .90″ – .92″ Profile
  • Just 6lb-14oz
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Open Tuners
  • Med/Lg Frets
  • Satin Neck Finish
  • Titanium Parts (outlined in sheet)
  • Some wear outlined in Spec Sheet (in pictures)
  • Original Hard Case
  • Custom Pickup
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Brian Monty – Custom Bluesmaster w Braz Board & OX4

Custom ordered Brian Monty Carved Top LP Style Guitar dubbed a “Bluesmaster”. These are created one at a time by one of the most respected luthiers around.  People trust Brian to work on their Bursts (and have for decades).  This guitar is completely custom and is a one-owner piece from a nonsmoking environment.   This cost the original owner $5k new.  Save a ton!

You can find a SHEET with all the Specs & Condition in the PICTURES but I know you’re anxious to find out more so here are some teasers:

  • Mahogany Body & Figured Maple Top (Carved Top)
  • Mahogany Neck
  • OX4 Ed King Pickups
  • CTS Pots
  • Sprague Caps
  • C Profile Neck
  • Grover Tuners
  • 12″ Radius
  • NO Fret Wear
  • Just 8lbs-even
  • Original Hard Case
  • Couple of surface dings (See Spec Sheet in Pictures)


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Don Grosh ’59 Spec Korina/Braz RW Wildwood Ltd Ed Set Neck

Don Grosh ’59 Spec Wildwood Korina Ltd #2 of 4.  This collectible masterpiece is hand crafted.  This was one of a special run made for Wildwood Guitars (great shop btw).  It is loaded with every upgrade you can put into an instrument.  the condition is nearly flawless.  The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment.

You can spend a LOT more and NOT get anywhere near the quality, playability and tone of a Grosh.  For 1/2 the price of the fancy schmancy brands or less than a stamped out Gibson you get a guitar with monster specs and a tone/quality that will make you swear off the others.

All the Specs & Detailed condition can be found in the pictures.  Here is a preview:

  • BRAZILIAN Rosewood Board (with Cities documents!)
  • Old stock special woods imported from Greece
  • Embroidered Logo Case (hardshell form fit)
  • Medium 6150 Frets
  • Med Lg Roundback “C” Profile Neck .85″ – .95″
  • NO fretwear
  • Almost impossible to find any wear on this one.
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Chad Underwood Strat w Ron Ellis Pickups

Impossibly rare Chad Underwood Logo Strat.  This piece is in Excellent Nonsoking condition and comes with its original hardshell case.  THIS IS FROM THE RON ELLIS PICKUP ERA ($1000 value)….comes with a set of Mid-60s Ellis Pickups Factory Installed (note some Underwoods are less expsensive if they have other pickups but Ellis are worth it).

Think of this….Nachocaster & Underwood both are factory aged guitars that use third-party bodies/necks.  Both use Ron Ellis Pickups.  One sells used for $5750 and the other $3k less.  You tell me which is the better value?   Oh by the way….my personal strat…an Underwood with Ron Ellis pickups (and you can go to my site and see the hundreds of high end strats I get and could have kept).

Other specs & detailed condition can be found in the pictures where I prepare a sheet for each guitar I sell.  Here are highlights:

  • Alder Body
  • 7lb-9oz
  • C/D Neck .85″ – .97″
  • No fretwear.
  • 1.64″ Nut Width
  • 9.5″ Radius
  • 5-Way
  • Medium Frets
  • Kluson Style Tuners
  • Rosewood Board & Maple Neck
  • Factory Simulated Aging
  • Ron Ellis Mid-60s Pickups
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2017 Fender Cust Shop MICHAEL STEVENS Founders Ed Esquire

I’ve been a dealer for 10 years.  Michael Stevens has become near and dear to my heart.  He handbuilds guitars from his small shop in TX.  I was thrilled when Fender honored him with his own Signature Guitar during their 2017 promotion for Founders of the Custom Shop.  As you probably know, Michael was a co-founder of the Custom Shop and responsible for the rebirth of Fender as a quality product.

I acquired this piece from its original owner.  It is in Mint “-” Condition.  I can’t find anything wrong with it but call it a “-” to protect myself from your electron microscope.   I just love this piece.  IT is loaded with features and the artistic flair that Michael is known for.   For example, the pickup is slanted so that the Low E has a tighter tone vs a traditiional T style.  The neck is made of Birdseye Maple with a fantastic Birdseye Maple Board….not that cheap ‘couple tossed in birdseye’ crap.  This is loaded.  YOu can save $2000 vs. what dealers are getting for these…and this could pass for new.

The guitar ships in its original hard Fender case and YES it comes with the special SECOND CASE included with the package.  I even have the original shipping box. The guitar is from a nonsmoking environment so collectors can be confident.

I have outlined all the specs in the Pictures (See the SPEC/COndition Sheet There).  I know you won’t (LOL) so here they are again:

  • Neck:  1-Piece Birdseye Maple (Highly Figured)
  • Board:  Birdseye Maple Cap (Highly Figured)
  • Frets:   Med/Large (see manufacturer’s specs for exact details)
  • Fretwear:  None
  • Dings:  None
  • Repairs:  None
  • Nut Width:  1-11/16″
  • Weight:  8lb-3oz
  • Radius:  9.5″
  • Switching:   3-Way (voiced to vintage specs by factory…see factory specs)
  • Body:  Ash  (1-Piece)
  • Case Candy INCLUDED
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Ronin Mirari – BRAND NEW – Custom BLUE SPARKLE w Matching Headstock

BRAND NEW Ronin Mirari!  This was custom made for me when I was Ronin’s only dealer.  I kept it in strorage and just can’t bear to let this beauty sit unenjoyed.  I custom ordered the guitar with Sparkle Blue Nitro Paint & Matching Headstock!  The only other one was done for me but a great customer saw it and needed it so I went back on the list and got myself another.

Current wait times are….forever…because they are no longer taking custom orders.  And if they do these fine gentlemen put their hearts and souls into each guitar. They take a long time.  They only have one paint person because they only trust their work to their expert.  So sometimes thing can get backed up in paint despite everyone’s best intentions.  Avoid all that and get the guitar of your dreams in a few days.



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Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp!  Impossibly Rare

Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp! Impossibly Rare

Straight from my personal collection.  Impossibly rare Van Weelden GAINLAND Preamp!  YES this is the one that everyone talks about.  This is extremely clean and nonsmoking with no issues.   VERY minimal use in my nonsmoking home studio.  Organic Brown Sound to harder tones.  CLeans up extremely well as you play with guitar volume.

Not much I can tell you that isn’t already written. If you’re looking at this you know this is much more coveted than the mesa or bogner or soldano stuff.

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Collings 290 – MINT

Recent Collings 290 in MINT nonsmoking condition with Ameritage Case & Unsigned Warranty Card.  SO CLEAN IT STILL HAS PLASTIC ON THE GUARD (that is not funny stuff on the guard…it is plastic).

Fantastic resonant Collings quality on a guitar that could pass for new…and you save some serious cash (and STILL have the Warranty Card if that will work cool).

I A/B’d this vs. my vintage Jrs and found it has much better playability.  The pickup really offers the ‘spitting nails’ tone when full out but cleans up to that perfect Tele sort of snap when the volume is rolled down.  Hell, I even toyed with tossing in a vintage 50s P90 (you can get them for about $400) just to see the difference….but alas I wanted to resell a pristine instrument.

Ok SPECS ARE IN THE PICTURES WHERE YOU WILL SEE THEM IN THE SHEET…but I know you won’t loook there so I’ll save you the email saying only “weight”….next time I get that I am gunna say “230lbs down a few from a week ago”.   Specs here they are:

  • Year:  I believe 2017 but not certain.  If this is important to you then I recommend contacting the factory.
  • Weight 7lb-2oz
  • Case: Original Ameritage Hardshell Form Fit
  • Fretwear:  None
  • Woods:  Mahogany Neck & Body (1-Piece)
  • Board:  Rosewood
  • Radius:  12
  • Dings:  None
  • Nut Width:  1-11/16″
  • Pickup P90 (Original I believe Lollar but see factory specs for actual)


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Welagen “Trainwreck” EL34 w Hybrid NOS Transformer/Cap Option & Master Vol

Welagen “Trainwreck” EL34 w Hybrid NOS Transformer/Cap Option & Master Vol

Welagen “Trainwreck” Style EL34 head in excellent nonsmoking condition.  This head has the ‘Hybrid” build option including NOS Spec Ken Fischer Transformers and NOS Caps (I believe).  Not 100% on everything that the Hybrid option entails but if you are I encourage you to reach out to the builder with questions.

I have owned real Wrecks and can tell you this amp captures THE DNA of what a Wreck does…blooming full notes….organic…and cleaning up extremely well with the volume of your guitar.  I find this head can be dialed in for a little more modern tone if you care to achieve that.  Also loves different speaker cabs and speakers.   You can really fine tune the tone by simply messing with things you already own.


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Bludotone 70s 100w  7981A Tubes & NOS Parts

Bludotone 70s 100w 7981A Tubes & NOS Parts

Bludotone 70’s Style Dumblesque head & footswitch.  There is a long leadtime for these coveted amps because they are the hottest catch in the boutique world.

Brandon confirmed that this is a 70s Voicing with NOS Parts. There is a DEEP switch rather than a MID boost.  The footswitch allows FET and PRE functions.

This amp is in excellent nonsmoking condition and appears to have original tubes including the Philips ECG Power Tubes 7981A.

The amp works as it should and comes with its original footswitch.  Overall extremely clean with maybe a tiny nick or two if you search hard.

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Don Grosh – Electrajet CUSTOM

2013 Don Grosh ElectraJet CUSTOM.  This nonsmoking Alder Bodied/Maple Neck/Rosewood Board workhorse features 3 of Don’s G-90 Pickups.  Think Strat with OOMPH if you want it.  Cleans up to typical strat with roll-off of volume but turn up the volume and get that natural clean boost without the pedal.

The features, specs and condition are well documented if you see the PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.  The major points of note are that this is in VG/Player’s Condition.  It has more surface wear and dings than my typical guitar.  Not beat up but not clean.  There is a Tremol-No Installed and the backplate is in the case.  The Neck is a 50s Carve Soft-V-to-C .85″-95″ which is also unique for Grosh’s I’ve seen.

Great guitar you can afford and not worry about putting some honest wear on.

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Don Grosh SUPER JET – Transparent Denim

Don Grosh SUPER JET extremely limited production of their showpiece grade guitars.   This instrument is loaded with upgrades such as a top notch Quilt Maple Top, Madagascar Rosewood Board & Black Headstock.  The color is one of my all-time favorites and it’s named Transparent Denim.  It looks 3D and the figuring changes depending upon the angles and lights in which it is viewed.

Specs are all outlined in the PICTURES – SEE OUR SPEC/CONDITION SHEET.

Overall condition Excellent. YES, it has the original hardshell form-fit case & Cert.  No Fretwear to speak of.  BLOWN ’59 Pickups (splittable).  Medium Roundback “C” neck profile .83″ – .93″.  1-5/8″ Width and 6150 Medium Frets.  Just 7lb-12oz.

The prices of new Grosh Guitars have risen to the point where buying used in this condition represents one of the best values in the guitar marktet.

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Don Grosh TurboJet Limited Ed #5-of-10

This is one VERY special Don Grosh.  Extremely Limited Production 2009 “TurboJet” #5 of just 10 made.  This series represented the finest that Don’s team could produce.  The woods, components & even the custom embroidered case.

This specimen is in Excellent Nonsmoking Condition and comes with the original Form Fit G&G Hardshell embroidered “Ltd Ed” Case & Build Sheet/Cert.   The top is simply as good as I have ever seen on a Grosh.   The fretboard is MADAGASCAR rosewood.  The finish is a thin satin lacquer.  The weight is perfect at just 7lb-4oz.

The guitar has a Med/Lg Roundback “C” Profile which measures .85″ – .95″.  10″ Radius, 6150 Medium Frets (with no wear), 25.5″ Scale and a 1-5/8″ Width at the nut.  Grosh G4 Humbuckers (non-splitting).

Very hard to find wear on this piece but we’ll grade it as Excellent just to be conservative.


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2016 Echopark El Cabillo CASE STUDY

I’ve had about a dozen Echoparks and THIS is the best so far.  What I love is the how light this one is and how it just sounds slightly more alive and more zingy than the others I’ve had.  It just plays SO well.  I find myself able to do things cleanly that I always mess up.   New this was over $7500.   It is in Near Mint condition and comes with it’s original hard case & Cert.

The neck on this guitar is a Med-Rounded (as specified in the included spec sheet).  Typically EP necks can be quite large….if you want a ‘large’ but not ‘ginormous’ neck then don’t sleep on this guitar.  The shape is a wonderful V-to-C with a 12″ Radius and 1-11/16″ Width.  The Frets at Jescar 9055.  The Tuners are Open Back Grover “Pre-War”.

The weight is just 7lb-5oz.  The Body is 1-piece OLD Honduran QUARTER SAWN Mahogany.   The Firebird pickup is freaking the perfect balance between P90-and-Hum.   I believe this is one of the few EPs with an uncovered bridge pickup.  Maybe that’s why it’s slightly more zingy?

Couple of other things of note.  Pots are CTS and the finish is Nitro (of course.


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SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” 6L6 Tubeless OD

SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” 6L6 Tubeless OD

Impossibly Rare  SAKASHTA “Smoky Signal” Tubeless Extreme Tuned OD Pedal.  This is the unfindable 6L6 Version.  These pedals allow you to dial in a transparent overdrive that plays perfectly with virtually any amp.  The tone is organic and you feel it becoome part of the amp rather than bolted on fizz-generator.  NO it does NOT come with a power supply but takes a standard one.

I have one in my personal collection and it isn’t going anywhere.  I only have a Smoky Signal, Vintage TS808 and a Gold Klon.  I only keep the best and I’ve had literally hundreds of overdrives.

You may never see one of these again.  Toku’s guitars sell for upwards of $40k.  his pickups sell for ungodly sums.  Grab one of the last pieces of Toku’s legacy.

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DeTemple ’56 Strat

One of the lightest DT S Guitars I’ve had at just 7lb-2oz.  This nonsmoking piece is LOADED with titanium.  I believe the Saddles, Block & Backplate are titanium (best guess no promises gents).  Not certain on the truss rod.   This one is alive and has that jangly tone Hendrix lovers crave.   A wonderful V-to-C larger neck profile.  1-piece neck & 1-piece body of course.  These are hand cut to perfection.

In terms of wear, the seller represented it to me as “mint”…I go through these a bit more carefully.  I grade it as Excellent.  VERY light strum surface swirls on the guard.  Maybe one or two very small tiny surface indents (NO not in wood).  The only thing of note is there appears to be some color bleed from the case fur to the finish where there are contact points.  You could really almost miss it if you didn’t look closely.  Nothing on the front.  Just the sides and a touch on the back.  I have discounted the guitar accordingly.


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PRS Swamp Ash Special

Perhaps my favorite PRS Guitar is the simplest.  The Swamp Ash Special is a bargain in the world of glitz and lipsticked pigs.  Simple, basic and utilitarian.  Time proven woods and road tested format.  This is the one guitar you want to own if you needed flexibility and tone/playability in an affordable gig-worthy package.

This guitar is nonsmoking and clean overall.  I consider it ‘high level player grade’ because it has more wear than my typical inventory.  If you look at the Pictures you will find a SPEC & CONDITION sheet that attempts to show you in reasonable detail what the wear is.  Obviously I can’t find every slight ding but I can tell you I put more time into my condition reports than any seller on the planet that I’ve found.

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2015 Ronin Palus Mourn w FOILBUCKERS

Custom 1-off Ronin made by John & Izzy as a spec piece to demonstrate their craftsmanship and artistic flair.  I was their only Authorized Dealer and took delivery of this new.  One of my favorite all time guitars.   Light weight 8lb-3oz Mahogany/Maple carved top with contoured back for comfort.   Body & Neck bound.  Medium/Jumbo Frets (Stew Mac 154 in case you want to get specific).

The neck carve is a very familiar 59 LP-type “C” shape.  The guitar has the NOS Cap upgrade.  The Ronin Foilbuckers are simply amazing.  You think this piece should sound woofy and tubby like a LP.  In reality it is CLEAR and almost like an amplified acoustic guitar-meets Tele – meets Gretsch – meets P90.  If you are a LP fan but want something quite additive to your collection….then this is the guitar for you.

Just check out that beautiful neck joint.  This piece is lightly aged from the factory.  Very hard to determine if there were any user-generated ages (lol) but I don’t want to have NASA go over the pictures to map each from the original photo to now so we will just go with “Excellent” as the condition.  For those who crave a complete Spec & Condition rundown please see the PICTURES for a spec sheet.2015

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2016 Thorn “Bullitt” Ltd Edition – Korina w PROTO Pickups

2016 Thorn Ltd “Bullet” SoCal.  This unique piece features a custom “Shotgun Shell” inlay.  The body & neck are both Korina.  Check out the custom licence plate back plate!  This guitar is a tribute to Steve McQueen’s famous car from the movies.

The guitar weighs just 7lb-7oz and is in Excellent Condition and of course comes with its original harshell G&G Case, Tag & Spec Sheet.   The pickups are PROTOTYPE CC90s.   The neck is a comfortable C measuring .84-.94″.  The board is Ebony, the radius 10 and the scale 25.5″.  The frets are 6150 and the nut width 1-11/16″.   The custom Highland Green finish is of course Nitro. The instrument is tastefully aged.

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2006 PRS Modern Eagle Brazilian NECK

2006 PRS Modern Eagle BRAZILIAN.  This Mint “-” Condition collectible comes complete with the Suede Original Hardshell Formfit Case, Tag, Unsigned Warranty Card and Brochure/Candy.   It is from a nonsmoking environment and was not gigged.  You would be hard pressed to find any flaws on this one.

BRAZLIIAN ROSEWOOD NECK & BOARD.  Weighs just 8lb-4oz.  No Fretwear, No dings, No stories.  Collector Quality.  These are increasing in value and the clean ones are being grabbed.  Think of how much just a Braz board increases the value on a stamped out Gibson.  Now wonder what a guitar with a solid Braz neck will be worth down the line.


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2015 Thorn Grantura Semi – Luthier’s Spec

2015 Ron Thorn GRANTURA Luthier’s Spec Semi-Hollow.   This is in Near Mint nonsmoking ungigged condition.  ANY GLARE YOU SEE IS JUST LIGHTING AND NOT WEAR.  The guitar comes complete with the factory build sheet and Certificate of Authenticity.  Of course the Thorn comes with its original hardshell form fit case.

This piece is spectacular and smells new.  It features:

  • Arcane Thorn SL1 Pickups
  • Tone Pros Bridge
  • Weighs just 7lb-2oz
  • 6150 Medium Frets
  • Med/Fat C Neck .86-.96″
  • Maple & Spruce Center Block
  • 24.75″ Scale & 12″ Radius
  • Kluson Tuners
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width
  • Full Maple Laminate Body
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Lentz RESERVE Hyde Park Double Bound Tele

Lentz Reserve HYDE PARK Double Bound Tele.  This masterpiece was hand created as the Lentz “Top Of The Line” Offering.  It is in from a nonsmoking environment and was not gigged.  Graded as Mint “-“/Exc “+” with almost no wear except for those faint strum marks on the pickguard (that almost every guitar has).

SEE THE PICTURES FOR A COMPLETE SPEC/CONDITION SHEET with all the details you are interested in.

This piece is finished in a thin Nitro lacquer.  The woods are hand selected 25-year cabinet aged.  The 1 piece neck is UBER Flame Maple and has NO CAP for the board (meaning the board IS the neck).  The pickups are custom wound for each instrument.  The guitar features NOS Caps under the hood.  Tone Pros bridge.  Gotoh Tunres.  G&G Hardshell Case all included.

I often say LENTZ guitars are THE standard for the boutique market.  
You can search high and low but there isn’t likely another boutique maker on the planet with such universally high marks from users. Lentz guitars have stood the test of time.  THIS is the top of the line for Lentz so just imagine how amazing it is.

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2017 Nik Huber KRAUTSTER 2

Virtually unplayed 2017 Nik Huber KRAUTSTER II in Custom Worn Petrol Blue finish.  This guitar has a custom ordered 1-piece body and a KILLER FLAME MAPLE NECK.  It comes from a nonsmoking home collection and was not gigged.  The included Certificate of Authenticity says it was completed in June 2017.   The guitar comes complete with the original hardshell case & Certificate/Package.


This particular K2 is just 7lbs and Coil Splitting for the Krautster B Humber in the bridge position.  The neck pickup is a P90-N.


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Trainwreck Low Power ROCKET 18w : 2015

Trainwreck Low Power ROCKET 18w : 2015

FINALLY a genuine Trainwreck that won’t peel your face off.  This is a custom JM Trainwreck from 2015.  This is a low-power Rocket.  Featuring 2-EL84s in the power section (vs. 4 in the full-on Rocket) this little animal captures ALL the essence of what makes a Trainwreck second to none.  First off, you get thick sustaining notes on the verge of feedback.  Second, the amp cleans up by simply rolling back the guitar volume.  This amp has amazing chimes and doesn’t get flabby when opened up.  The sweet spot for this amp is 12 -to- 2 on the volume.  The controls are extremely interactive and work together to sculp your tone.

The amp is extremely responsive to different brands of tubes & speakers.  It is also equally dynamic with LP, Strat or Teles.  If you love a 1-12 or 2-212 this is the head for you.  I also had it powering my 4-12 Vintage Marshall with no problem.

There are lots of imitations but NOTHING like a genuine Wreck.  JM is a master of his craft and has carried on the legacy with pride.  Grab this rare head before it’s gone into a collection and you email me ‘ahhh will the seller part with it”. Cosmetically it just has some surface scratches on the cab.

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