Why Prime Guitars?

Prime Guitars offers serious gear lovers with personalized service and expert consultative advice.

When you contact Prime Guitars, you will get ME, Jim Pallotta, the owner and sole employee. I have personally played, owned and sold dozens of each of the hardest to find pieces (Detemple, D’Pergo, Gustavsson, Stevens, etc).

Let me help you compare and contrast your target instrument vs. others you have enjoyed. Together we can find just the right piece to fit your collection. I specialize in collection upgrades and consolidations.


I have been doing business with Jim (Pallotta) since 2002 with nothing but the best results. Jim has purchased new guitars from DeTemple Guitars and has also been a buyer for many previously owned DeTemple guitars. Jim has always been one of our biggest fans and has had nothing but the nicest things to say about our instruments.

If you or any of your friends are thinking of doing business with Jim, please know that you are dealing with a real straight shooter, very knowledgeable dealer in fine fretted instruments and someone you can trust to give a fair deal and honest price.

– Michael DeTemple
DeTemple Guitars

” I bought a guitar from Tradarama/Prime Guitars and found them to be very fair with my purchase. My takeaway from my experience with them was that it was easy and a pleasure!”

– Eddie Martinez (Mick Jagger, Robert Palmer, too many to list…a legend)

“Generally one feels a bit at-risk when buying an unseen guitar on-line. From my dealings with Jim at Prime Guitars, I feel total confidence in both his descriptions of what he is selling, as well as complete certainty of his honest, honor, and policy of backing up whatever he says.”

– Henry Kaiser

Dear Jim &
I have been a guitar player for 20 years… becoming guitarist of the year when I was just twelve years old!   Taught by Guthrie Govan at this young age! Playing in front the likes of Steve Vai, Brian May, Eric Clapton!  And recently done an EP with the legendary Dann Huff! My whole life I have chased tone and feel and have been a huge Allan Holdsworth admirer for years, in which i found my self on the headless steinbeger path 🙂 and wanted a bill Delap guitar for many years! I spoke with bill for countless years.  But sadly i did not acquire what I set out to achieve! thank god for jim and prime guitars I now own one!

Thanks to there fine array of rare beautiful boutique instruments!
And to the wonderful customer service!!!  Thank you Jim U made me very Happy 🙂

MARK BASS (Bass Brothers, Semifinalists on The Voice)


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