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just in Gibson Les Paul Gold-Top 30th Anniversary 1982-83 - '43-45 banner-logo Gibson L-50

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Nov 29th update: A very nice Les Paul 30th Anniversary - The war-time L-50 is on line. See the updates in the collection section.

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single frauen in new york valign="top" width="82%"> GUILD CE 100-D, 1964 sunburst. 
Fine electric archtop with pointed single cutaway. Exceptionally fine conditions for a 40 year-old instrument, really "near mint". Only visible sign of single frauen in new york time: light "stress" finish cracks in the neck-joint area, which by the way is perfectly stable and structurally solid with no issues at all. No touch-ups, no heavy dings, no checking. Laminated maple body, rosewood bridge and pearl-block inlaid fingerboard, original Grover Sta-Tites,  chesterfield headstock inlay. This model was conceived as a reply to the ES 175, but its early Guild humbuckers give a strong and distinctive personality. Great jazz and blues guitar, all original including the frets. 
Non original hardshell case, solid and almost new.
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Ain't she pretty? Another great '50s Stratocaster with all the early features, 100% original and with a killer sound. 
Figured ash body, two-tone sunburst finish, maple neck and bakelite parts. The body is dated March 1956, has a very deep contour which makes it light and comfortable. The original finish has lots of checking and wear on both sides, showing the beautiful figure in the wood. The neck, dated May '56, still has the "clubby" pre-V shape typical of '55; it has some wear and original nut and frets. 
The Spaghetti logo on the headstock is in great shape, and next to the original round string-retainer there is another hole, professionally plugged and touched-up, from some mysterious "thing" once screwed to the headstock; whatever it was, it's out of the strings line, in a position which makes meaningless another string-retainer, so I have no explaination for it. The original tuners are still stamped Pat. Appld. but, compared to the '55 "no-lines" they have again the single-line stamped Kluson Deluxe words.
All original hardware. The black-bottom pickups fixed to the single-ply pickguard have the original bakelite covers, two of which are broken from playing wear. Also the tone and volume knobs and the trem-arm and switch tips are made of bakelite. The original circuitry shows potentiometers date February '56, paper capacitor, intact solder-joints, three way CRL selector switch and Switchcraft jack-socket.
The fingerboard shows some wear, but the frets are still in decent condition with lots of room for bending and a nice and easy action. The sound is great, hot and well-balanced, with the right amount of grit you'll expect from a '50s maple-neck Strat. 
This exceptional guitar comes with its beautiful tweed hardshell case, strong and original, with all of its latches and hinges perfectly working.




This guitar in back in our collection, after leaving in 2003. We have 53 new pictures online, but the old ones can still be seen .

Another wonderful Pre-CBS Strat, with an incredible flamed maple neck with brazilian rosewood board and clay dots. Perfect Spaghetti logo, small headstock with a very beautiful figured wood,  Kluson Deluxe "double line" tuners, "L" serial number. 
Neck date is September 1964, pots date is 28th week of '64. This guitar, besides its striking beauty and great sound, has some transitional peculiarities: its three pickups are all dated Oct 15th '64, but one is an old-style black-bottom with yellow stamped date, the middle one is an early grey-bottom frau sucht mann winterthur with the same yellow stamp (and that's the first time I see a grey-bottom pickup with the yellow stamped date), and the third one is a grey-bottom with the same date, but penciled instead... a perfect transition from black-bottom to grey. 
Another almost-transitional feature is the pickguard, one of the earliest white guards introduced in late '64,  instead of the green one more commonly associated with Spaghetti Logo and clay dots. This white plastic guard is surely original and a bit warped but still in good shape, with the usual crack next to the neck pickup screws. All the other plastic parts are also original and in good shape. Gorgeous sunburst finish in excellent condition, just some belt-buckle wear and fading of the red beneath the right arm, and a few scratches and dings on the body edges (all shown in pictures), but I'd conservatively rate this guitar's condition as an Excellent plus.
All the hardware is original, with some rust on the bridge saddles. The Klusons are in excellent working order and look great, no hidden flaws or holes whatsoever. Probably the guitar has been refretted and the nut has been replaced. The three-way switch currently installed is new (but with the old original tip), but the original one is in the case, it's broken and I don't know if it can be fixed - but I think it's not impossible. Everything else is 100% original, including pots, screws, knobs, tremolo arm, bridge and saddles, spring-cover on the back. 
The body is made of light alder, deeply contoured. The flamed neck makes this old Strat really special. Not only it looks great, but it also has easy action and playability and a very comfortable profile. All the pickups work great and the guitar has the sound that gives pre-CBS Strats their legendary status.
Original Fender case in black tolex, correct for the year but probably made for a Jazzmaster (it's slightly larger and with a square-sized pocket).

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Black finish, 100% original. Neck date October 72, pots date 46th week of '71, grey bottom 'staggered' pickups dated 1972 (2312). Light alder body, three-bolt and 'tilt-neck adjustment' maple neck, large headstock with black logo. Black is one of the most sought-after custom colors, since Jimi Hendrix often used black Strats with large headstocks.
The finish is original and in good conditions, with some checking and heavy wear on the back, which goes down to the wood. The body front is very clean. The wear-pattern and a small additional plugged hole from another strap-button on the lower horn, reveal  that the previous owner was left-handed and used the guitar upside-down, à la Hendrix. 
All the parts are original: bridge, tuners, circuitry, staggered-pole pickups, potentiometers, three-way selector switch, plastic parts, etc.  Custom color's rarity, light weight and sound make of this guitar a winner.

Excellent action, smooth and easy maple fretboard with frets in good condition. Pickups have a loud output and are well balanced, and give the guitar a hot and clear sound. 
Bridge and spring covers are missing. The guitar comes with its original black tolex hardshell case with Fender logo.




Sunburst.  A super clean example of a late-70s Stratocaster in exceptionally fine conditions. Figured-ash body with brown sunburst finish and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard (and skunk-stripe on the back). Black plastic parts, typical of the period.
The guitar is completely original. It has a 1979 serial number and the grey-bottom pickups are dated 1979 and 1980, so the instrument must have been shipped early in 1980. No other date is visible, neither on the neck base (the stamp has faded and can't be read anymore) nor on the potentiometers (the date is hidden by the solder-joints). This Strat has all-original hardware and circuitry features, with three-bolts neckplate, tilt-neck adjustment, "F" tuners, truss-rod "bullet" on the front of the headstock, etc.
Very nice look, the body has a beautiful finish and wood-grain. The weight is acceptable if compared to other ash-bodied Strats from the same era. Everythings works fine. Smooth action, frets and fretboard are in excellent shape. The guitar comes with its original hardshell case, which in perfect conditions as well.




FENDER "Fullerton" STRATOCASTER 62 Vintage Reissue LAKE PLACID BLUE , 1983  
Another great Fullerton-era Stratocaster, in perfect and all-original conditions, in one of the rarest and most sought-after custom finishes: Lake Placid Blue. This 62-style reissue has a very nice rosewood board over a lightly figured maple-neck. 
Neck date is Jan 27th 1983 and pots are dated 26th week of '82. So it comes from the early months of the second year of production and has all the most desirable features.
The guitar is exceptionally light, thanks to a very deep and accurately shaped contour, one of the features that have made these instruments gain the "legend" status among collectors and players alike. We'll let the pictures speak: each and every detail is shown in the 62 dedicated photos: the black-bottom pickups, the body routings, the electric circuitry and parts, the three-spoke knobs, the bridge with "Fender"-stamped saddles, the Kluson-style tuners. The Lake Placid Blue finish is in exceptionally fine conditions, unfaded, the only flaw being a tiny nick on the top, less than one millimeter wide.
Very nice neck-feel and low action, frets are almost new and sound is great.
This super clean Fullerton Strat comes with its original tweed hardshell case, a little worn on the top, complete with its key. The guitar still has all its covers, vibrato arm and even the original Fullerton, California instruction manual.



FENDER "Fullerton" TELECASTER 52 Vintage Reissue, 1982 
The "Fullerton" collectors and players will love this one: a very clean and all-original example of an early '82 Fullerton-Tele, complete with ALL the accessories and papers, just like the day the guitar first left the shop in Turin, Italy, where it was originally sold over thirty years ago.
The figured-ash body is finished in the classic "butterscotch" color, which shows only minimal traces of wear, mostly on the back. The neck is made of solid maple and has original frets and nut with almost no wear. Not too heavy, great sound and easy action. 
The guitar comes from the earliest Fullerton era: it has a very low serial number, neck is dated 1982 but month is not clearly readable, pots are dated 31st week of 1981 and the Certificate of Authenticity signed by former Fender's CEO William C. Schultz reports April 14th 1982 as official production date.
Everything is 100% original: even the electric circuitry is still factory-wired in the old '50s style, but in the original tweed hardsell case case you'll find the mod-kit with both the potentiometer and the capacitor for the conversion to a more familiar '60s scheme. Among the other papers and case candys, you'll find also the optional 6-saddle bridge offered as a replacement for the old-style 3-saddle unit, the warranty card, the case keys and the hex-keys for the guitar's adjustments... and even the original jack cable!
It's really rare to find such guitars complete with all this stuff. A great find, an affordable Tele for the real musician and discerning collector, a solid investment and a terrific player.



Blond. Very nice mid-60s typical transitional Telecaster: Excellent condition, all original, with an exceptionally fine Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. Transition Logo shows some wear but is clean enough. Original Kluson Deluxe "double-line" tuners, pearl dots.
Neck date is July 1966, pots date is 42nd week of 1965. All original pickups and electronics, bridge pickup has its pencilled date hidden by the usual masking tape but is untouched and clearly original (we have completely disassembled it looking for the written date, as you can see from the pictures). Typical mid-late '60s wiring, with volume and tone controls always working, both in individual and double pickup selections, and you can see the small.001 MFD capacitor at the volume pot.
All original hardware: bridge with threaded saddles, Kluson tuners, knobs, nut, daka-ware switch tip, pickguard, etc.
The fingerboard is made of exceptionally beautiful Brazilian rosewood and is in excellent shape.
Normal playing wear, mostly on body edges and back of neck, no belt-buckle wear, some light checking, heavier on the headstock. A few dings on the lower body edge go down to the wood. On the headstock there is a small plugged-hole from a second string retainer, now removed and touched-up. It's the only real flaw of this exceptional guitar and we have tried to show this in detail in the pictures below.
Great sounding, great-playing problem-free Telecaster, in really very fine conditions. The neck is straight and the frets are ok. Loud and aggressive sound.
The guitar comes with its very clean original hardshell case, covered with black-tolex and with the '66-style "no-underline" Fender logo.




Sunburst, a typical Jazzmaster from the transitional era which goes from late '65 to early 1966: all these Jazzmasters - and Jaguars - have the unique combination of a dot-inlaid fingerboard with a white plastic binding. Until then, all the fretboards were unbound, and after mid-66 the dots were replaced by large blocks. 
This nice guitar is 100% original. The neck is dated October 1965 and the pots are dated '64 and '65. The serial number on the " F" neckplate could be either late 1965 or early '66, but every detail indicates the first as more reliable dating.
The guitar's peculiar circuitry has a slide- switch on the upper horn, which can select either the standard controls (master tone and volume) or a preset warmer "rhythm" sound with two thumbwheel controls for tone and volume. The pickups are the classic large and flat single-coils. Not a single screw has ever been changed. Not a single solder-joint has ever been touched.
The chrome hardware consists of the typical Jaguar/ Jazzmaster floating tremolo with original vibrato arm, the original bridge with threaded metal saddles with metal cover, original Kluson Deluxe "double-line" tuners. No modification whatsoever, no hidden nor visible holes.
The asymmetrical body is made of light alder, the bound neck is made of maple and has a beautiful brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl dots, the pickguard is made of multy-ply tortoise plastic. The nice sunburst finish is in great shape, with some fading to the red due to the exposure to sunlight, as shown by the comparison with the areas hidden by the pickguard and with another area covered by a sticker (now removed) whose shape can still be seen just for the absence of fading of the red in the three-tone sunburst color. There is some belt-buckle wear on the back, but all in all the guitar is in really excellent conditions.
The fretboard is one of the last made of Brazilian rosewood, whose exquisite grain adds a classy touch. Frets, neck angle and action are ok, thanks also to the two original paper shims, so common in '60s Fenders neck pockets! The guitar sounds great, loud and powerful, especially in the standard circuitry setting.
The case is the original hardhell covered with black tolex, still '65 without the Fender logo, with some trace of wear but still strong and solid.




FENDER JAGUAR, Blond Custom Color, 1963-64 
We are very proud to offer this beautiful and very rare pre-CBS custom-color Fender Jaguar, 100% original, built between late 1963 and early '64.
Potentiometers are dated 48th week of '63, neck is dated January 1964, "L" serial number. An exceptional guitar, made even more precious by an original see-through blond finish over a nicely-grained ash body. Maple neck, beautiful brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay-dots. The nitrate tortoise pickguard is intact and perfectly matches the body's finish, for one of the most classic and beloved looks in Fender's aesthetics. The tuners are the original Kluson Deluxe "single-line" units and work fine. The bridge is complete with the Fender mute and the chrome-plated cover, the floating-tremolo still has its original arm. The electric circuitry is untouched and all the solder-joints at pots, pickups, jack and switches are intact.
A clean and original guitar: it has only been refretted and a new nut has been installed, in order to restore the guitar's perfect playability. A very professional job with correct specs and materials, and this is the only work ever done on the guitar during its long life.  The body shows moderate playing wear and there's a very small ding on the neck, but the overall conditions are really excellent. Everything works as it's supposed to do, the guitar is a joy to play and sounds great.
It comes with its gorgeous original brown-tolex hardshell case, rarely seen with a Jaguar from late '63 when the most common match was the white-tolex model, which adds another rare touch to a beautiful and precious vintage Fender guitar.




FENDER MUSTANG, Daphne Blue, 1965
A highly desirable Mustang with full pre-CBS specs (Kluson tuners, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, clay-dots) with the most sought-after of the three standard finishes: Daphne Blue.
This guitar is ALL ORIGINAL and in very fine conditions, complete with original hardshell case, original jack cable and vibrato arm. Just perfect!
The model was introduced by Fender in August 1964 and this guitar was built during the first year of production: its neck is dated January 1965, pots are dated 20th week of '65, grey-bottom pickups are dated May 18th and 19th, 1965. The beautiful fingerboard has frets in excellent conditions, nice action and playabilty. This Mustang has been very well cared-for and its original Daphne Blue finish shows just a few traces of wear, mostly on the lower part of the body. Almost no oxidation on the metal parts, no breaks and no shrinkage on the plastic ones. Pickups, potentiometers and switches are all working fine: a really solid guitar in "collector's condition".
By the end of 1965 Fender started to replace the Kluson Deluxe tuners with the "F" model, but this guitar still has its original set of plastic-button double-line Klusons, never single frauen in new york replaced and in good working order. The old-style clay-dots, instead of the pearl ones, are typical of the earliest Mustangs and are a distinctive sign of the pre-CBS Fender era.
The original hardshell case is in very fine shape, its only flaw being a red stain on the top which can be removed by a new owner more patient than me. Features, sound, conditions, originality and production-year, make of this guitar THE Mustang to have!





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GIBSON L-50 banner-logo, 1943-45

Among Gibson guitars, the L-50 boasts a long history, with the same model's name given to radically different instruments for both typology and construction: from round sound-hole to f-holes, from flat to arched back, from smaller to larger body-size, the L-50 stands in an intermediate position between the cheaper student-grade models and the more expensive professional guitars. Built during World War II, this guitar embodies the most prestigious version of the model, with a 100% solid-wood construction with carved-spruce top and carved-maple back, one-piece mahogany neck with truss-rod, and rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
The headstock shows the silkscreened "banner logo" typical of the period, with the "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" motto. War-time guitars are often characterized by features imposed more by the hard times than by marketing or construction choices, so they often show unusual solutions - and not necessarily negative ones. This L-50 still has the correct metal trapeze tailpiece, without the wooden cross-bar usually found on war-time models due to metal shortage, but what's more surprising is the high-quality wood used for the back of the body. The heavily flamed maple, although not carefully "bookmatched", is stunning. At the same time, the total width of the two halves was not enough to reach the 16" of the body, so we see two more stripes of maple added at both sides of the lower bout. Yes, we'd never see that on an L-5, an L-7 or any other professional-grade instrument, but such solution must have been considered good enough for a "war-time" L-50.

Another "cheaper" solution which differs from the higher-grade Gibson archtops is the neck-body joint: the fingerboard extension is not elevated from the top of the guitar, but glued to it instead, which reduces a bit the vibrating area of the sound-board. The guitars of this intermediate-grade have no serial number, so we can tell the year of production by its specs, such as the logo. Through the f-hole we can see the ink-written name of the original owner, a H.G. Lawrence who purchased the guitar in the '40s in Claremont, New Hampshire, at Bush Music Studio: a shop's label is glued both to the back of the headstock and the hardshell case. Such detail reveals that the latter, although originally produced for a Vega archtop, has always been with this guitar since it first left the shop.
All the hardware is original, from the tortoise-plastic pickguard to the riveted-rod individual Kluson tuners, to the pre-compensated rosewood bridge. The finish is completely original, with a beautiful sunburst on the top and darker back, sides and neck. It's in great shape, with lots of nice checking and a few traces of playing wear. This guitar sounds really great, and can proudly stand any competition against a top-of-the-line archtop. Beautiful fretboard, perfect intonation and easy action. Sound, playability, beauty and rarity make of this L-50 a cheaper but classy alternative to the more expensive Gibson archtops. It comes with a certificate of originality signed by George Gruhn, who has personally inspected he guitar in 2004.




100% original guitar, the simplest and baddest of the Les Pauls. I was adding "the cheapest" but that was a long, long time ago. Introduced as "entry-level" Les Paul, the Junior offered to the young guitarist the classic Gibson quality at an affordable price, with a simple but solid construction and single-pickup circuitry.
The single-cutaway slab body is made of one piece of mahogany, and the flat top has a beautiful sunburst shading, which has lightly faded through the years (see the picture without the pickguard). 1958 is the last year of the single-cutaway version, the most sought-after by collectors and players alike. The neck, firmly glued to the body, is one-piece of mahogany and has a dark brazilian fretboard with dot inlays. It's fantastic, a thick but comfortable '58 neck. The headstock front has the silkscreened Gibson logo and model's name, and is equipped with the original Kluson Deluxe single-line tuners, with original oval plastic buttons.
The top has a thick black-plastic pickguard with only three screws, original and with no breaks, original volume and tone knobs and the single P-90 pickup with plastic dog-ear cover. This original pickup is powerful and aggressive, and gives the guitar its unmistakable r&r voice! The bridge is the wrap-around bridge/tailpiece combination, with the strings wrapped over the aluminum bar, which is bolt to the top, and factory-angled for intonation, but a  finer adjustment can be achieved via two hex screws on its sides. This simple but effective device adds sustain and character to the guitar's sound.
The back shows a nicely grained-mahogany and the pots cavity shows original pots and the "bumble-bee" capacitor made by Sprague.
This Junior has lots of beautiful checking, some body-edge wear and a few heavier marks on the back. However it is in overall excellent conditions, well-kept, very solid and all original, with an exceptional sound and a dream neck, and that special street-warrior look that adds so much to the Junior's appeal.  
Its only flaw is the brand new and perfectly fitting SKB hardshell case. Of course we were hoping to find its old "gator-case" but... that's ok anyway!



The SG version of the Les Paul Junior, featuring the typical pre-compensated wrap-around bridge and the single black-plastic dog-ear P90. Les Paul’s signature is here still on the headstock, from which it will be dropped shortly after, leaving the guitar only the SG name.
Body and neck are mahogany, mother-of-pearl dot inlays on a rosewood fingerboard, silkscreened gold Gibson logo.
The guitar is in very good condition, sporting all its original parts, except for the tone cap. Pots are both marked 32nd week of 1962. All plastic parts are in good condition (knobs, pickguard). The guitar has had a few parts replaced over the years, but the original parts were fortunately kept and later reinstalled. In particular, the single-line 3x3 Kluson tuners had been replaced with individual Kluson-type ones. Reinstalling the original tuners has covered every sign of the others, with the exception of a tiny mark at the body end of each of the tuner’s plates, as clearly shown in the pics below. The front of the headstock shows a touch-up spot near one of the tuner’s bushings.
The second mod the guitar had undergone was the replacement of the pickup. In fact, as can be seen by removing the now-reinstalled original P90, there is a slight widening and deepening of the pickup cavity, made to fit a humbucker. This reshaping is totally hidden by the original cover of the P90 in place, the only signs being two barely visible plugged screw-holes for the humbucker’s mounting ring, on the side between the P90 and the bridge. The pics show all this in detail.
This SG Les Paul is extraordinarily light, perfect as regards both luthiery and electronics, with a really great sounding pickup. The neck-body joint, a typical weak point on this model, is here perfectly sturdy and solid. Action is perfect, making for really easy playing. The rosewood fingerboard shows some wear, but this can not be felt, thanks to the frets in great condition. Finish is in good overall condition, with the cherry red still rather bright on the body, only slightly faded on the neck, and no worn-through areas. A few dings and bumps, the most evident of which is on the back edge by the control cavity, as shown in one of the last pics.
As one may guess from the pics and the history these tell us, this guitar belonged to a "real" musician, for whom the quest for the sound came before the obsession of having to keep an instrument in its original condition. This said, here all the parts were wisely kept, in times when the concept of "vintage" applied to guitars was yet to come, and often replaced parts simply got tossed. This mindfulness has allowed to get the guitar back to its original condition. Every inch of this guitar screams "live performance": buy it to play it, not to hang it on a wall, and be sure you will be taking home a guitar that is "right", sound and original, spending 30% less than what you would for an identical but "mint" one but which, make no mistake, would not play like this baby.
The guitar lacks its original HC, but will ship in a good quality Gibson gig-bag, and expertly packed.




This version of the SG Standard was produced only for two years and was launched on the market in 1971 with the name of SG Deluxe, in order to emphasize a parallelism with the Les Paul line. However it was an atypical design, which kept the same woods as the Standard - and the same twin- humbucker circuitry as well (both pickups had the embossed logo on their covers). All the electronics were installed on a large semi-circular plastic plate. The guitar you see here is a very fine example of the model: as you can see, the hardware includes a modern Tune-O-Matic "Nashville" bridge and Grover tuners with the double brand Grover/Gibson. Gibson brand appears also on the Bigsby-style vibrato tailpiece. The body is entirely made of mahogany, just like the three-piece neck, in the tradition of the SG line. 
This guitar is in excellent and 100% original condition. The four potentiometers are dated March '72. There is some light playing wear both on body and neck, some re-soldering trace in the pickup covers, a good refret job with larger jumbo frets, a rubber-foam pad inserted under the bridge pickup. This Deluxe is in overall great conditions, solid, and professionally set-up, plays and sounds great and has always been kept with care. A quite rare version of the SG with a classic sound and a different look, which comes with a non-original hardshell case.



Ice-Tea Sunburst. From the McCarty era, Gibson Company's Golden Age, we bring to you this gorgeous thinline, with an Ice-Tea colored top in the typical mid-60s style. It's a lighter sunburst which goes from yellow to a reddish brown, but not so red like the cherry-sunburst.
Well, you'll probably already know the model: the laminated maple body has the same shape and thickness as the 335, but it's completely hollow, without the maple-block inside. So it's a thinline hollow-body, a very lighter instrument if compared to the semi-solid thinlines. 
There are many details that set this guitar apart from the later version of the 330, of which one example is shown below: the single-piece mahogany neck joins the body at the 16th fret (instead of the 19th), the neck-headstock angle is 17° (it is  14° on post-65 Gibsons), the nickel plated tune-o-matic bridge still has metal saddles and the old ABR-1 marking, the knobs are the old-style "reflectors". The other specs are the same: two P90 pickups with metal covers, Kluson Deluxe double-line tuners with plastic oval button, brazilian rosewood fretboard with block inlays, pearl logo, trapeze tailpiece.
As all the pictures show, it is a very clean, 100% original guitar in excellent conditions. The finish is in great shape, with some nice checking and some belt-buckle wear on the back. Excellent playability, beautiful loud and aggressive voice  with the classic P90 attack. A very well-built, well-kept instrument.
It comes with a later ('70s) original Gibson case, perfectly fitting and in good condition.




. Sunburst. It's the second version of the 330 with the neck/body joint at the 19th fret just like the 335s. This feature gives these guitars a more familiar look and a much better playability with full access to all the fretboard, unlike early 330s which had shorter necks with the pickups located in the middle of the body.  This late 60s version looks very similar to the 335 but is a very different instrument due to the completely hollow thinline body with no maple block inside and the two P90 pickups instead of the humbuckers. The P90 covers are chrome-plated, even though they look black in the pictures (only a reflection). Maple body, mahogany one-piece neck, rosewood fretboard with binding and block markers, headstock with no crown inlay and old-style pre-pantograph pearl Gibson logo - full '60s-style. All original parts: pickups, knobs, trapeze tailpiece, tune-o-matic ABR-1 with nylon saddles, Kluson double-line tuners with oval plastic button. The top has a gorgeous sunburst finish, while the back is dark walnut like all the 330s of the same period.
The guitar is in excellent conditions and completely original, with a nice fretboard and great action, aggressive sound and well balanced pickups. The only flaw we see is a very small plugged hole from a strap-button screw on the upper shoulder (in a very stratocasterian position), but it's a very minor flaw and almost invisible. The guitar comes with a non-original, good-quality hardshell case.
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GIBSON ES 355 TD-SV, 1966
Cherry Red, a very special guitar that I know quite well: "Cindy Lou" has been my main guitar for many years, I even dedicated a song to her. It's the classic Stereo-Varitone version of the top-of-the-line among Gibson thinlines, which differs from the 335 for the multi-ply binding, the ebony fretboard with large mother-of-pearl inlays, the gold-plated hardware and the vibrato tailpiece. The cherry red finish was standard for the model since its introduction in 1958.
Cindy has all the typical features of mid-60s 355s: laminated maple body, one-piece mahogany neck, lyre-engraved Vibrola Deluxe tailpiece, tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles and Grover Roto-matic tuners. The guitar is ALL original. Both pickups are "patent-number" humbuckers, with covers never dissoldered. The only modifications were required by myself and made by luthier Salvatore Mancuso () in 1995: a complete refret job, masterfully executed without cutting the binding edges, and a small rod which anchors the tortoise pickguard to the pickup ring to keep it from warping.... a solution that has stood the test of time... after 17 years, the guard is back to its "flat" condition.
The guitar is in excellent shape, with a beautifully unfaded cherry color. The original hardware has lost some of its gold-plating, which is gone from the pickup covers and heavily worn on the vibrato plate and the tuners. The original stereo-varitone circuitry is untouched, with the "choke" typical of the 355 and 345 wiring. This instrument has exceptional sound and playability. What a thrill to hold her again in my arms... she's looking for a new home and I hope she'll find a new loving owner, because that's what Cindy Lou deserves. Original black/yellow hardshell case, quite worn but in good conditions.




. Sunburst. Antoher gorgeous 335, in 100% original condition. Rare flamed maple top. Thinline semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck, brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Typical features introduced in 1967, such as the "top-hat", Fender amp-style control knobs; patent number tune-o-matic bridge with metal saddles instead of nylon; thinner five-ply plastic pickguard.
The hardware is all original, chrome plated and in excellent condition: trapeze tailpiece, Kluson Deluxe double-line/double-ring tuners, two  Patent-Number humbucking pickups, never touched or altered, with covers never removed. We have tried to take pictures of the hidden side of both units, but one screw of the bridge pickup was so rusty that we could not take it off, so we did our best trying to show the black decal inside without forcing and damaging the plastic ring. However, the decal is there and all the solderings are untouched.
The beautiful sunburst finish is in overall very good conditions, with some weather checking, a few dings here and there and not too much playing wear. It's quite rare to find such a beautiful flamed top on a vintage '60s 335, so we were really pleasantly surprised... 'Burst finish, sweet checking and flames, what a nice vintage combination! Straight neck with not too much wear, easy action, comfortable profile and width, good frets and nicely darkened rosewood board.
This fantastic 335 has a great bluesy sound, loud, aggressive, warm and powerful.  
It comes with its original semi-hard case (half-way between the hardshell and the soft cases offered at that time) with brass Gibson plate, in excellent, solid condition.



How about another 335? Well, how could we let her go? The beauty of the woods and the sunburst finish, the warm and powerful sound, the magic neck profile, the perfect originality of every part and the exceptionally fine conditions immediatlely conquered us!
This guitar has all the typical specs of the 1967 - early '68 models, with a one-piece mahogany neck, tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles and a very comfortable neck with a beautiful fretboard made of Brazilian rosewood. The body has a mild-figured maple top and an even more beautifully figured maple back, with both mild flames and bird's eye. From this point of view, 1968 is a very special year, as you can also see from the other '68 thinlines in our list, both guitars and basses.
Everything is 100% original: chrome hardware includes the trapeze tailpiece, the tune-o-matic bridge and the Kluson "double line - double ring" tuners. The two humbucking pickups with Patent Number label are absolutely original and untouched, with intact cover solderings. The knobs are the "witch-hat" style, the fretboard has pearloid block inlays, and both the Gibson logo and the crown inlay on the headstock are of real mother of pearl. Not a single screw has ever been changed.
The guitar is very light, frets and fingerboard are in great shape, the sound is the great '60s Gibson 335's sound: the one you have heard a million times from your old blues records, but also one of the most versatile sounds of all the elctric guitars. There's not one style that makes a semi-hollowbody Gibson feel out of place, and this guitar is no exception! It's ready to play, with no need of any adjustment, and is - plainly - gorgeous.
It comes with a beautiful Gibson hardshell case, probably from the '80s, in excellent condition and very solid.



GIBSON ES 345 TDC, 1968
Cherry red. One of the greatest Blues Machines. Born in 1959 as a stereo version of the 335, the 345 has a special circuitry featuring the Varitone rotary switch for five capacitor-filtered sounds and bypass (signal first goes through a choke visible through the bridge pickup cavity, and then reaches the Varitone), and can be used with two separate amps via an Y cable, or with a single amp with a stereo-to-mono cable. 
Other special features include gold-plated hardware, triple layer top binding and double parallelogram fretboard inlays.
The guitar you see here was built in 1968. It is completely original and in exceptionally fine conditions. It has a very beautiful see-through cherry finish with gorgeous wood-grain showing through, with normal amount of checking but with no heavy dings and no belt buckle wear. Beautiful one-piece mahogany neck and easy-playing rosewood fretboard, wide enough for easy bending. Only the gold-plating wear (especially on pickup covers) reveals that this guitar didn't leave the factory one or two years ago.
Original pat. # tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles and retaining wire, original and untouched humbucker pickups with Patent Number label, original Kluson Deluxe double-line tuners.
This instrument has all the mid- '60s features: trapeze tailpiece, pre-pantograph pearl Gibson logo, 'top-hat' knobs. Beautiful deep red color, a little darker than early '60s bright cherry. All the electronics work great. The sound is the beloved voice of the Electric Blues, with long, singing, sustaining notes, with a fair amount of badness provided by the bridge pickup. 
This ES 345 comes with an original Gibson hardshell case with logo, which in my opinion is from 1970 or '71: of course I cannot guarantee it was originally sold with the guitar, but is correct for the model and perfectly fitting. The original marijuana-made decorations on the top of the case have been removed by its last owner. The original Gibson care and maintenance booklet is included.



A true "workhorse" of the '70s musician, the Deluxe has kept alive the Les Paul sound and look through the most difficult years of the US guitar industry, keeping quality standards high enough to be still considered a classic. Among all the Deluxes, the Gold Top version is the all-time favorite and we are pleased to have one in our collection.
Built in 1975, this guitar is a typical mid-70s Deluxe with a "sandwich" mahogany body and a maple top; the neck is made of three pieces of maple and has a rosewood fretboard. The guitar is all-original except for newer Gibson Deluxe tuners, which have replaced the original Gibson-by-Kluson units, after another set of Grover had been used with no visible sign or additional screw-holes. This is a very minor issue, since there is no visible trace of other tuners and the re-installation of a correct original set will bring back the guitar to its fully original condition. The neck has a very nice and comfortable profile, not too fat and not too narrow, I would describe it as a wide-flat neck reminding me of a 1960 shape.  
The gold finish is in more than excellent condition, without the greenish worn areas commonly seen on these instruments. Accordingly, the mahogany back is also beautiful and in great shape. Except for the above mentioned tuners, all the hardware is original: tune-o-matic Nashville bridge, stop-bar, "metal-cap" control knobs (one was broken and has been carefully repaired). The original circuitry includes the mini-humbucker pickups; as often found on '75 Deluxes, one has the old-style black label while the other one has the impressed patent number. The latter has also an ink-stamped date, october 31st 1975. Another 1975 date (september 9th) is stamped inside of the pots cavity and all the 4 original pots are dated 35th week of 1975.  
The back of the headstock has the impressed '2' which was given to the "factory second" guitars, usually for minor finish flaws that, as is the case with this guitar, today are undetectable. 
The guitar is really beautiful, in great condition and plays/sounds great, and comes with its nice and original black hardshell case.




The Gold-Top 30th Anniversary belongs to an interesting page of Gibson's history: the first "serious" attempt at producing new Les Pauls by following the correct path of the model's tradition. The new Limited Editions such as the Heritage 80 or this gold-top version were all equipped with the humbuckers designed by Tim Shaw, great-sounding units that have already reached the status of "classics".
By the way, it should be pointed out that, although online-forums and online-"experts" often call "Shaw" every Gibson humbucker built in the early '80s, the only REAL "Shaws" are the ones with the numbers 137 (neck pickup) and 138 (bridge) stamped on their back, with other numbers identifying year and month. Each and every Heritage 80 and 30th Anniversary we have had in our hands feature such pickup stamps, since august 1980. In this guitar, a december '82 date is stamped on the pickups, and a 1982 date is also shown on the potentiometers, which are original like all the parts of the electric circuitry.
This Les Paul screams "classic" also in its construcion: one-piece mahogany body with maple top, one-piece mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, gold finish on the top and Kluson-style unmarked double-ring tuners. Like the pickups, also the hardware is more '57 than '52-inspired, with the typical stop-bar and ABR tune-o-matic bridge. This choice led to a very successful model, which inspite of its rarity, today is highly regarded by collectors and players alike, for its great sound, classic look and exceptional playability.
The guitar is 100% original and in exceptionally fine conditions. The serial number's code for the model differs from the regular poduction line, starting with a letter which identifies the year: this instrument was shipped in early 1983, and all of its parts were completed and dated within december 1982.  It comes with a nice, tweed-covered hardshell case, not the original but a very good one.






We welcome back this gorgeous guitar after a complete binding restoration. The job was done by luthier   using exactly the same material, dimentions and colour of the original. Now the guitar is perfectly playable and we have taken many new pictures.
While on the vintage market you see a lot of late and post-64 Country Gentlemen, it is very difficult to find late '63 or early '64 guitars with ALL the features of George Harrison's second Gent, one of his trademak guitars, used on many Beatles appearances and recordings, among them the milestone Ed Sullivan Show USA appearance of February '64. After that show, Gretsch was pressed by public's demand to increase the production of Country Gentlemen. Unfortunately, in spite of production increase and sales boom, the new Gents were radically different guitars from George's original.
This wonderful early '64 Gent has ALL the right features: two FilterTron pickups (not one FilterTron and one SuperTron), double mutes with red felts (not the black-felt mutes, and obviously not the later single mute), Grover Imperial tuners (not the later "Kidney-Button"), plain pickguard with Gretsch logo (without model's name), serial number and model's name on the gold placque on the headstock front (and not stamped on the headstock back).
All the parts are original, and the guitar is in overall excellent shape. The neck is straight, solid, with easy and low action. Its finish is checked along the middle-line, where the two parts are glued together, but there is no crack in the wood underneath. The finish is in overall good conditions with some playing-wear on the neck and the usual signs of wear of a well-used but non-abused guitar. Some spots show more checking, like the headstock front and the lower bass-bout. There is the typical damage to the finish beneath the back-pad which covers the back cover-plate, caused by contact between finish and backpad's plastic, but this is completely invisible when the back pad is in place. All the gold-plated parts are quite worn and there is some rust on the switch tips.
It comes with a beautiful, near mint and original hardshell case, even complete with its case-key!
The guitar has a fine sound, plays well and all the electronics work properly... and it's gorgeous! With the 6120 and the White Falcon, the Harrison-style Country Gentleman is the most sought-after Gretsch archtop on the vintage market.




Natural. Exceptionally rare guitar. Besides all the standard features of the 6193 model for 1960 (two Filtertrons, two volumes + master knobs, tone and pickup selector switches, Grover Imperial stairstep tuners, "space-roller" bridge, etc.) this guitar has many rare appointments. 
First, a laminated spruce top instead of the usually-seen maple. Laminated five-piece neck (maple and prob. mahogany), just like the
from the same year you see in our private collection
, only 110 digits away from this one's serial number. The body is made of highly flamed maple, absolutely gorgeous. And most of all, there is a detail we have never encountered on a Country Club: the "sound post" inside of the body, typical of single-cut 6120s, early Tennesseans and a few Anniversarys, like the '59 you see in the archive section of the list. The sound post connects top and back, giving the guitar a greater rigidity, to avoid feedback problems when played really loud. Another interesting feature: FilterTrons are one "Patent Applied For" (PAF) and one Patent Number, not uncommon for 1960, when both types of cover were used. 
G-cutout tailpiece, "neo-classic" ebony fretboard with thumbprint inlays, G/arrow knobs. Every part is 100% original, in excellent plus condition. No heavy dings, no heavy wear. The only cosmetical flaws are a heavy gold-plating wear of the hardware, almost gone from knobs,  switches, pickup covers, and a small piece of binding missing from the headstock front. The binding deterioration, so common on '60 Gretsches, was becoming a real problem on the guitar's body, since it just could not be stopped in any way. So, instead of keeping on touching it up by replacing the damaged pieces one at a time, we have chosen to ask our luthier Salvatore Mancuso to complety restore it. The restoration job is just perfect, since Mancuso has used exactly the same material, dimentions and colour of the original binding. 
More rare details make of this guitar a true "collector's item": inside of the clean original hardshell case you'll find also the original Gretsch Warranty Card and the "OK Card" control tag, bearing both the guitar's serial number. Rare and interesting indeed!
All in all, an exceptional guitar, rare and beautiful, with the same sound and circuitry of period's 6120s, but with an unique look and personality, with a great natural blond finish and a fantastic flamed maple body.



GRETSCH 6119 Chet Atkins TENNESSEAN, 1960. Introduced inl 1958 as the budget model in the Chet Atkins line, the Tennessean mod. 6119 is a killer rock & roll machine: a basic circuitry with a single FilterTron (in this case a Pat. App. For) pickup,  a graceful single-cutaway shape, a flashy red finish, a Bigsby. Few guitars have such a strong personality. The later Hi-Lo Tron version which replaced it was totally different from the original design. 
From a structural point of view, a 6119 from '60 is very similar to a 6120 from the same period. Both the neck and the body, thinner than a regular full-bodied archtop, are made of maple, and through the f-holes you can see the "sound-post", the rigid bracing system which connects the top to the back, conceived to reduce unwanted top vibration and feedback for louder electric volume.
Other features similar to the 6120 are the oval-button Grover tuners, the straight-bar bridge, the zero.fret, the 'neoclassic' fingerboard with 'thumbprint' inlays, the Gretsch By Bigsby vibrato, the "signpost logo" with Atkins signature on the plastic pickguard, which is black on the Tennessean and gold on the 6120. Less hardware, with only one pickup, one volume and one tone selector switch, also means a lighter instrument, with a lot of acoustic resonance, in spite of the soud-post inside. Unbound rosewood fretboard. The neck-body joint shows the typical neck-dowel in the cutaway.
The guitar is ALL original. Pickup and circuitry are untouched. FilterTron's cover still has the Pat. Applied For (P.A.F.) stamp. All the chrome plated parts are in almost perfect conditions, while the nickel-plated brass tuners show more wear. The strong red finish is in excellent shape with light checking, and only the neck shows heavy playing wear, as pictures clearly show. The neck is straight and solid, with some hairline finish cracks in the neck-heel area, but no signs of structural issues. Binding in good conditions.
Beautiful sound, loud and aggressive, with the legendary FilterTron attack. Perfect action and frets in good conditions. The guitar has its original hardshell case - a little too deep, as always happens with these early thinner guitars, but beautiful and solid.
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GRETSCH 6119 Chet Atkins TENNESSEAN, 1962
One of the earliest 'electrotone-body' Tennesseans, semiacoustic thin hollowbody with fake f-holes: only the earliest examples like this one feature 'unbound' fake Fs!
The new version Tennessean had two single coil Hi-Lo Tron  pickups, whose volume is controlled by two single potentiometers on the lower bout, plus one master volume on the cutaway bout. Two switches on the higher bout select pickups and tone, and a third switch near the knobs works as 'stand-by', to turn off the guitar without disconnecting the amp. Laminated maple body, finished in a see-through mahogany red, brighter on the top, with very nice wood grain showing through. Just like the single-pickup version, the neck joint features the typical neck-dowel. Rosewood fretboard has zero.fret and 'thumbprint' inlays. Chrome hardware is the same type found on earlier version 6119 (and 6120):  G-Arrow knobs, large straight-bar bridge with ebony base (it will have a smaller bar in later years), original V-Cutout "Gretsch by Bigsby" vibrato, Grover Sta-Tite tuners with oval buttons.
Excellent Plus condition: as rarely found on Gretsches, binding is in perfect conditions; issue-free straight and solid neck; perfect action, electronics work fine. Finish is in excellent shape, with some checking but with no heavy signs of wear.  The only flaw, clearly shown in the pictures, is some damage in the finish at the base of the headstock caused by a wall-hanger - I think we can do something to make it look better (light sanding and buffing) but it won't completely disappear. On the flip-side of the original pickguard the old owner has added a decorative scroll, which can be removed by spraying a new coating of silver lacquer: we have chosen to leave it, since it is part of the guitar's history and doesn't affect originality in any way.  
Great-sounding guitar, very light and well-built.  George Harrison used this model with the Beatles: his was a '63, I think, without the metal placque on the headstock front just like this one but with white binding on the fake f-holes. The guitar comes with its original hardshell case, a little too large inside like all G cases of the period, but very nice and solid.




one of Martin's classics, the mahogany-body dreadnought.  Clear and powerful sound, loud volume, deep basses. Back and side woods show a beautiful figure, and the guitar is in overall excellent condition. A stabilized hairline crack in one side (Martin factory installed small mahogany diamonds inside of the rim, see detail 4), and top's finish shows a few  hairline cracks due to wood's movement through the years (see details from 1 to 3). The top has the typical 'S' shape, higher from the bridge to the bottom, lower between the bridge and the soundhole, and is very solid and stable. Perfect action, solid and light guitar. Original Grover Rotomatic tuners, like all Martins of the period. A fine yet simple instrument, with its original hardshell case. 
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. Mapleglo (natural) finish. A 40 year old guitar in unbelievable conditions, near mint and 100% original. Among regular-scale Rickenbacker thinlines, the 330 was the standard-feature model, with unbound clear-coated rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, and unbound slash soundhole and body.  As suggested by the final 0 in the model's name, the 330 had the regular chrome-plated R tailpiece instead of the vibrato. The body has the typical half-moon double cutaway shape, with sharp edges. 
The two-level, white plastic pickguard has all the controls in the lower part: individual tone and volume, pickup selector and tone-blender, the fifth small knob which mixes to the selected pickup's sound the signal of the un-selected one. The pickups are two classic  "toaster" units.
The beautiful see-through natural finish reveals the gorgeous maple wood. The neck is three-piece laminated (maple-mahogany-maple), and two more mahogany wings are added on the headstock. Orignal individual Kluson Deluxe double-line tuners. The thick rosewood fretboard shows a little wear in the clear finish, and has a darker color in the 12th fret area, due to the natural color of the wood rather than to playing wear. All original harware and circuitry. Pots are dated 33th week of '66, while the serial number on the metal jack-plate has a September '66 production code. 
Exceptionally fine conditions, only almost invisible signs on the back, just as if the guitar has left the shop 4 months ago, and not 40 years. I'ts impossible to find '60s guitars in this condition, and we were lucky enough to find two from the same owner. This gorgeous 330 comes with a nice Rickenbacker modern hardshell case, the correct reproduction case sold with all the vintage reissue models.



. Natural Mapleglo finish. Mint and 100% original conditions! How many times have you heard us call "mint" a guitar? This one is over 40 years old and looks like it has left the shop a few weeks ago. In the Rickenbacker line, the 365 was one of the deluxe models, with bound rosewood fretboard with triangular "crushed pearl" inlays, bound slash sound-hole, "checkered binding" on the back side of the body. Basically, the 365 was the vibrato version of the 360 model. The tailpiece is the classic '60s "Ac-cent" chrome plated vibrato. The graceful half-moon shape of the body was changed around 1965 with rounded body edges, and for a few years both version were marketed at the same time.
Among the best looking features of the Rickenbacker's design there are the single slash sound-hole and the two-level white pickguard. On the guard's lower side, there are five control knobs and the pickup selector switch. This is the classic Ric's control scheme, which adds to the regular individual volume and tone controls the new (and often misunderstood even by famous Ric users) "blender knob", conceived to gradually mix-in sounds from the unselected pickup to the selected unit's voice. The pickups are the typical "toaster" units, so closely associated to the look and sound of the '60s Rickenbackers. The large jack-plate has two sockets for the stereo Rick-O-Sound effect, with the signal of each pickup sent to a different amplifier, but you can use the guitar with a stadnard single jack.
The clear Mapleglo finish enhances the beauty of the maple of the body. Maple is also used for the neck, with a darker central mahogany large laminated stripe. Two more darker mahogany wings are added on the heastock. The tuning machines are original Kluson Deluxe double-lines. All original hardware and circuitry, with pots dated 40th week of '66. The serial number is from December of the same year. 
Absolutley perfect "museum quality" conditions, only a very few minor signs on the back, almost invisible and impossible to show in the pictures. You'll never seen another one in this condition. It comes with its original hardshell case in silver tolex, in excellent condition.



(for RIC lapsteels see the section)


NATIONAL STYLE 0, 1933, from my . Featured on italian magazine Guitar Club June 2004 issue, pages 76-77. Nickel plated brass body with sanded hawaiian scenes, 12 fret round neck. The nicest version of the Style 0, the one with the  'rolled-in f-holes' and the ribbed cover-plate. Structurally solid, this guitar is in excellent conditions both in function and look and has the typical loud and sweet sound of brass-bodied Nationals. Perfect ebony fretboard with pearl dots and new frets. Original and well preserved logo. Original cone. On the flip-side of the cover-plate somebody etched "WS AUG 1934", maybe the original owner.
Many pictures online: we have tried to document beauty and originality, but also the flaws: a dent on the lower body rim (
); the bridge cover re-soldered to the cover plate (); the replaced binding on the treble-side of the fretboard (); the back of neck probably sanded to wood and then oversprayed () with a non-original strap button and a hole from another button now removed (). Tuners: these are Klusons, and rivets instead of screws reveal they are from the late '30s or early '40s, so they are not the ones originally installed; probably the guitar has been used for a while as a straight hawaiian lap-guitar, as a string-raiser mark behind the nut suggests, and tuners were reversed upside down with the buttons towards the headstock front for an easier access: now they are in the correct position and there is a small hole visible right above the plate from the old reverse position (see ).
You know we love to describe avery flaw with the greatest care... but now let's talk about how beautiful and rare this guitar is! Nickel is shiny, sanded drawings are clear, sound is fantastic, conditions are stunning for its age. 
Sorry, no case at the moment, we hope to locate one soon.

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Among the early Kramer models produced after the end of the partenership between Gary Kramer and Travis Bean, the DMZ Custom line directly inherits Bean's innovative ideas. The aluminum neck is the most evident trace of Travis Bean projects. Two maple inserts, however, give to the neck a more familiar wood feel, while keeping metal's sustain and crushproof-ness. Even more flashy is the forked headstock, built in one piece with the neck, where the use of aluminum stands out also as an aesthetic choice. Aluminum is also used for the dots in the Ebonol-made fingerboard, another innovative solution for such an innovative guitar.
The DMZs offer several options of Di Marzio pickups. The "3000" you see here is equipped with three single-coil SDS units, wired in the typical scheme of a Strat, with pickguad-mounted 5-way selector switch and jack socket. The guitar's body is all made of maple and the instrument is not feather-weight, consistently with the trend of a time when the dubious equation weight/sustain was quite popular.  
The guitar plays effortlessly and sounds like a supercharged Stratocaster. It is 100% original and in excellent conditions except for a small crack in the pickguard between pickup and bridge. An interesting mix of tradition and innovation, built in the most difficult time for American guitar industry - when all the major makers built their all-time worst instruments. Early Kramers used to match quality and marketing strategy, in keeping with the musical trends and building good guitars that "picture an era" much better than other well-known names. 
This DMZ 3000 has no case, but comes with the original Kramer shipping box, labeled by Kramer's import agent for Italy, Meazzi. For the musician who wants to widen his sound options, and a wisw choice for the collector who is looking for the new frontiers of vintage guitar collecting.



HOFNER 468 ARCHTOP "Committee", 1963-65. The 468 model was the european cousin of the UK-market Committee, which differed from the Selmer-distributed version for the headstock and fretboard inlays. After the 470 model (the Golden) the 468 was the best Hofner electric archtop.
The guitar you see here was built between 1963 and 1965, as we can tell from the small-surround "staple" pickups and the rare 4-knob and NO selector switch control scheme, more common on the UK version. 
Spruce top, gorgeous birds-eye maple back and sides. With a different name on the headstock (... starting with G) a guitar with such beautiful woods would cost 15.000 euros! Five-piece neck, nice bound rectangular pearl/rosewood fretboard inlays. Beautiful back decoration, typical of higher level Hofners, and multi-layer pearloid body binding. 
This guitar is very solid, has easy action, no neckset issues, and electronics and tuners work great. Very light and accurate construction. It is fitted with a non original bridge, and the pickguard and the original case are missing. Excellent condition, and the great Hofner "alternative" sound.

A very special thank you to Steve Russell of , a nice website dedicated to vintage Hofner guitars and basses whcih you'll surely like!





sunburst, 100% original. Another JB in unbelievable conditions, shipped to us through a time machine.  
Perfect  sunburst finish, almost new on the top, with no blet-buckle wear on the back and only a few body-edge wear signs.  Tortoise plastic pickguard with no cracks, finger-rest in the old-style lower position, 4-bolt neck plate, bound rosewood fretboard with large block markers, light alder body. 
The light green stamp which replaced the neck date in the '69-'71 period is not clearly visible, but many elements unmistakably identify this bass as a '71: pots are all dated 16th week of '71, grey-bottom pickups are stamped 2311 = 1971. The neck itself, once disassembled and tipped-over, clearly reveals the mirror image of the body's neck-pocket paint. It is an untouched, un-altered, perfectly original bass.
From a functional point of view, this is a great instrument: very light, with a fantastic action, a straight neck, a huge sound with two powerful pickups, 100% gig-ready. From an aesthetic point of view it is  near-mint, in the "Real Vintage acceptation" of the word, which is the "mint" of 99% of the other shops. 
Its beauty is completed by the original chrome covers (bridge cover still has the rubber foam mute) and the beautiful original black tolex case with Fender logo. 




White. One of the favorites of the bass players from all around the world, in the rare white version with black binding and pickguard, in exceptionally fine and 100% original condition. With the only exception of a newer screw at the E-string tuner, it is exactly in the same condition it was when it left Rickenbacker factory in May 1976. Both truss rods works fine, the action is great and the original frets are in very good shape. All the pots are dated 1975 and 1976 and the Rick-O-Sound circuitry with the double jack socket is absolutely original, including the capacitors and, of course, the pickups.
Same as the hardware: bridge, saddles, tuners, knobs, everything is original. When you find an instrument in such condition, there's not really need to say much: just perfect. The traces of playing wear are minimal, the neck is straight with almost no wear. The bridge pickup-cover is missing.
If you are looking for the classic Rickenbacker sound, a mainstay in the musical palette of any rock bassist, here you have a really fine instrument. It comes with a beautiful skin-covered hardhell case.




, sunburst, 100% original. Very beautiful and in exceptionally fine conditions. The only trace of wear is the sign of the right hand next to the pickup cover. The first owner was a well known italian bass player who bought it new in 1969, palyed it for a long time with love and respect, before selling it to the man who gave it to us. The original owner wrote his name and birth date inside of the f-hole, with the date of may '69 when probably he purchased the bass; unfortunately to do so he removed the orange oval label, but the serial number is clearly readable on the headstock and it classifies the instrument as a 1968. A very unusual feature for the times is the exceptionally flamed maple top! Really attractive and rare.... 
The EB-2 was the bass in the thinline serie (335, 345, 355), of which it shared the symmetrical double cutaway design and the semi-solid construction with a thin hollow body with a solid maple central block. Two controls, one humbucker pickup with metal cover, "baritone switch" to cut-off some frequencies. Bridge with typical-for-the-period nylon saddles, complete with its chrome cover. Original laminated pickguard, and all parts are correct and original. A beautiful instrument with a fantastic look, in great shape and with an excellent action and a great sound, a valid alternative to the Fender bass sound, thanks to the shorter scale and the semi-hollow body. The non-original case is very well made and perfectly fitting, since it was professioanlly custom-built for this particular instrument.
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, 1946, Bakelite body, horseshoe pickup, a classic among first-generation Lapsteels, very attractive and fine-sounding...Loud! Absolutely perfect condition! Sold with steel-bar slide and original tweed hardshell case.



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  • Klusons for Gibson

KLUSON DELUXE "NO-LINE" for GIBSON LES PAUL JUNIOR etc, 1953-57. Rare complete set of original No-Line Klusons, with no model's name and no patent number, as produced from 1953 to late '56.  All original and in good working order. It has some rust and the original buttons have shrunk, but are still solid and functional. No bushings. As used on many models, such as the early Les Paul Juniors.



KLUSON DELUXE SINGLE-LINE/SINGLE-RING GOLD TUNER Very rare original tuner used by Gibson from 1957 to 1961 on models such as the Flying V, the ES 345 stereo, the ES 350T. PLEASE NOTE, not a complete set but only ONE single tuner, bass side. Original single-ring tulip button, plastic not shrunk, absolutely intact. Tuner cover has Kluson Deluxe stamped on a single vertical line and D-169400 patent number on the flip-side. 

KLUSON DELUXE SINGLE-LINE/SINGLE-RING GOLD TUNER Very rare original tuner used by Gibson from 1957 to 1961 on models such as the Flying V, the ES 345 stereo, the ES 350T. PLEASE NOTE, not a complete set but only ONE single tuner, bass side. Original single-ring tulip button, plastic has some sign of shrinkage but is very solid and functional. Tuner cover has Kluson Deluxe stamped on a single vertical line and D-169400 patent number on the flip-side. 
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KLUSON DELUXE SINGLE-LINE/SINGLE-RING GOLD TUNER Very rare original tuner used by Gibson from 1957 to 1961 on models such as the Flying V, the ES 345 stereo, the ES 350T. PLEASE NOTE, not a complete set but only ONE single tuner, treble side. Original single-ring tulip button, plastic has some sign of shrinkage (heavier than the one shown above) but is still solid and functional. Tuner cover has Kluson Deluxe stamped on a single vertical line and D-169400 patent number on the flip-side. 

KLUSON DELUXE SINGLE-LINE/SINGLE-RING TUNERS Two very rare original tuner used by Gibson from 1957 to 1961 on models such as the Flying V, the ES 345 stereo, the ES 350T. PLEASE NOTE, not a complete set but only TWO single tuners, treble side. Original single-ring tulip buttons have shrunk and are completely lost, so they need to be replaced (excellent reproductions are available on the market). Gears work fine. Tuner covers have Kluson Deluxe stamped on a single vertical line and D-169400 patent number on the flip-side. 
   80 each

'50s - '60s. Four original bushing for Kluson tuners, as found on '50s and '60s guitars.  Gold plating, worn on the upper ring. We can sell them individually. Another pic below:
   15 each 

  • Klusons for Fender

KLUSON DELUXE "DOUBLE-LINE" TUNERS for FENDER,  1964-67COMPLETE SET of original Kluson Deluxe tuners as used in the mid-sixties (64-67) Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters. Patent # D-169400 on the flip-side, and "Kluson Deluxe" stamped on two separate lines on the cover. Complete with original bushings and screws!!!  Still shiny, more than excellent condition. Sold as a SET only.



KLUSON DELUXE "DOUBLE-LINE" TUNERS for FENDER,  1964-67Another COMPLETE SET of original Kluson Deluxe tuners as used in the mid-sixties (64-67) Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters. Patent # D-169400 on the flip-side, and "Kluson Deluxe" stamped on two separate lines on the cover. Complete with original bushings and screws!!!  Excellent condition. Sold as a SET only.



KLUSON DELUXE "DOUBLE-LINE" TUNERS for FENDER,  1964-67. For Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Jazzmaster. Patent n. D-169400. Five tuners in good working order, not a complete set but 5 middle position tuners (good for B-G-D-A strings, no E string tuners).  Another photo here:      70 each 

  • More Klusons and Grovers and misc. tuners

GROVER IMPERIAL Tuner SET, chrome, '50s-60s, for GRETSCH, GIBSON, D'ANGELICO etc . Very rare, complete and original set of Imperial tuners with 'stair-step' art-déco buttons. The Imperials were used on all the high-end archtops, both acoustic and electric.  Fantastic look and perfect action. This very complete set includes the original box, all the 12 original screws and the six original bushings, which are made of two parts with a smaller bushing housed into a larger one, for perfect fitting to any size of hole. This set is completely different from later ones built in the mid-late 60s and in later decades. It still has the larger gear-housing, and each tuner can be easily dis-assembled to be used as right or left. The Imperial pictured on the box label, however, is of the later type and that makes me think of the second-half of the 60s as production and shipping date of this set, although the tuners are absolutely identical to '50s specs. Perfect conditions, really rare and gorgeous.
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GROVER IMPERIAL Tuner SET, chrome, '50s-60s, for GRETSCH, GIBSON, D'ANGELICO etc . Oh my, another one! All original set in perfect conditions! See the above listings for model's description and details. Everytime we find one of these we buy it right away... so nice, so rare. This one comes with the 6 original bushings and is just perfect. Sold as a set only.
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KLUSON DELUXE "DOUBLE-LINE" TUNER, 1964-69. Double line housing, NOT split shaft, plastic button. Similar to a Mustang tuner but with a solid shaft. Low E. To be honest, I don't know what guitar it fits. Another photo here:      15  

KLUSON DELUXE "SINGLE-LINE" TUNERS for BASS,  1957-65COMPLETE SET of original Kluson Deluxes  with the same D-169400 patent number, with the original 4 bushings. Looks like a guitar's set on steroids, with oversized tulip-buttons and shafts. Works and looks great, one button shaft is slightly bent but works OK. Great for restoring your late 50s-mid 60s bass! Sold as a set only.    150 set

gold, two available (bass-side), sold as a pair only. Original vintage tuners, a very popular model installed on many Guilds, Gretsches, Martins and Gibsons. One has chipped ends of its fixing plate, to make it look more like a '30s StaTite. Cosmetically and functionally they are in great shape.    40 the pair

GROVER 'KIDNEY-BUTTONS' for GRETSCH, '60s, gold. We have SEVEN available, but please note that these are NOT COMPLETE TUNERS, but only buttons with sleeves, exactly the parts you see in the picture. Gold plating worn on six buttons, excellent on the other one, in good shape on the sleeves. We can sell them separately for 12 each, or as a set for 60.  

for PARTS only we accept

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A rare and original Gretsch hardshell case from the Sixties, correct for many electric and acoustic deep-body archtop models such as 6120, Country Club, Streamliner, New Yorker, Single Anniversary & Double Anniversary, 1st version Tennessean, etc.Structurally, the case is in excellent condtions, with solid and fully working hinges, latches and handle. There is some wear on top, back and sides, and in a few spots and along the edges the wood shows through the torn grey covering. Inside, the lining shows some wear too and is ripped-off in the lower side.
Nonetheless, it is a very beautiful, solid and functional case, which will protect your vintage Gretsch while greatly increasing its value.
It will not fit thin-lines and 17" or wider models such as Country Gentleman and White Falcon. 
Dimentions (inside): max width cm 42 (16.5"), length cm 110 (43.3"), depth cm 10 (4").


knobs, neckplates, switch tips, strap buttons and other hardware

What a nice find: a small batch of New Old Stock original "top-hat" switch tips for  Fender Telecaster, Daka-Ware brand, never used. Absolutely perfect, n.o.s. condition. This model was used from 1956 through all the '60s until the '70s. It has the Daka-Ware brand with patent number. Four switch-tips available: we sell them 40 euros each, or 140 euros for the 4-piece batch.



FENDER TELECASTER Daka-Ware "Top Hat" switch tips, 1956-'60s-'70s
What a nice find: a small batch of New Old Stock original "top-hat" switch tips for  Fender Telecaster, Daka-Ware brand, never used. Absolutely perfect, n.o.s. condition. This model was used from 1956 through all the '60s until the '70s. It has the Daka-Ware brand with patent number. Four switch-tips available: we sell them 40 euros each, or 140 euros for the 4-piece batch.


  original vintage Fender part in excellent condition. L serial number, which indicates 1965, complete with the 4 threaded bolts:

GIBSON GOLD "REFLECTOR" KNOBS, 1959-1970, three single knobs sold individually.  Two have "volume" in the silver insert on top, one has "tone". As you can see in the pictures, one of the two 'volumes' has a cracked edge, but is fully functional (the one on the left side in the pic).
These knobs are a milestone in '60s Gibson hardware, used until 1967 on many models: ES 335, L-5 and  Super 400 CES, ES 5 Switchmaster, ES 175, and many more, and until early 70s on Les Paul Deluxe... and were also used on many Epiphones. November 2007 update: only two left,
please write for details.
  75 each

the damaged one is 50 euros

. Reissue of the classic '50s and '60s knobs, very faithful reproductions made of chrome-plated brass. Brand new, never used. Two available, can be sold separately. Please note: only one left.    20 each

GRETSCH STRAP KNOBS, original '50s-'60s vintage Trhee original Gretsch strap knobs. Two (A-B) are gold plated, one (C) is chrome. The gold ones show some oxidation. Only two available, please call for details.



Logo, on a metal plate, for italian vintage guitars from the '60s. 


GIBSON PICKGUARD BRACKET for ARCHTOP, nickel. Original vintage bracket, complete with screw and threaded rod. Nickel plating makes it perfect for all the archtops built by Gibson before 1966. Please note: thinlines have smaller brackets, so this one is not correct for 335-style guitars. 
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bridges & tailpieces

GIBSON Rosewood BRIDGES FOR ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC ARCHTOPS, 1937-1952. It's the single-foot base model (not the later one with two feet) with the precompensated saddle, made of brazilian rosewood, both complete with brass hardware and in excellent conditions. Used from the mid-'30s to the early 50s on all the Gibson archtops (L-5, L-7, L-12, ES-300, ES-350, ES-5, ES-175, etc. etc.). ONLY ONE AVAILABLE.
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  chrome, original vintage Gibson part in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Complete with threaded posts and thumbwheels, metal saddles and adjustment screws with retaining wire. It can be installed either on the top of Gibson solid-bodies and thinlines, or on the rosewood archtop bridge base. More pictures below:
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  chrome, original vintage Gibson part in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Complete with metal saddles and adjustment screws with retaining wire. It can be installed either on the top of Gibson solid-bodies and thinlines, or on the rosewood archtop bridge base. More pictures below:
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  chrome, original vintage Gibson part in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Complete with metal saddles and adjustment screws. The retaining wire is missing. It can be installed either on the top of Gibson solid-bodies and thinlines, or on the rosewood archtop bridge base. More pictures below:

  chrome, original vintage Gibson part in good condition. Only the bridge block with one adjustment screw and one saddle. No retaining wire, no posts. More pictures below:

GIBSON BRIDGE/TAILPIECE FOR SG - LES PAUL JUNIOR  '60s, "wrap around" with compensated saddle, introduced in 1961 on Les Paul/SG Junior and Special and used on SG Jr and Special and Melody Maker through all the '60s. More pictures below:



aluminum. Original, it's the type often associated with Bigsby vibrato system, and often used by many US brands. 



GRETSCH SPACE-ROLLER BRIDGE ORIGINAL TAG, '60s Only the rare original 'tag', not a complete bridge! This unit came with many Gretsch models (Anniversary, DuoJet, Jet Firebird, White Falcon and many, many more).     50 


pickups,pickups, pots, electronics

GRETSCH FILTERTRON PICKUP, '50s-'60s, gold Very rare original Filter-Tron pickup, the classic Gretsch humbucker introduced in the late '50s. This version with gold cover and pole-pieces was used on high-end models such as the 6120 (and later the Nashville), the Country Gentleman, the Country Club, the White Falcon, the Jet Firebird, etc.  All original, never rewound, never modified. Currently there are small pieces of wood under the magnet for a better height adjustment on the guitar where it was installed, but they can be easily removed Complete with original gold screws. It works fine and sounds great. Cover's gold plating is worn. More pictures here:



GRETSCH FILTERTRON PICKUP COVERS, gold. Perfect reproductions of the original FilterTron pickup covers, complete with patent number. Brand new condition, two available. In the picture you see them next to the original vintage parts.    25 each.

  Original, circa 1964-65 metal plate with the three switches for pickup selection and more tonal options. Complete with original switches, original capacitor and mounting screws. More pics below:

  original metal plate (circa 1964-65) with "rhythm circuitry" selector and two rotary switches. Complete with all original plastic parts, pots and capacitors, three mounting screws and original cloth wire. More pics below:

vintage ads and pictures

Rare original 1964 vintage b/w ad from the "You won't part with yours either" campaign launched by Fender's Bob Perine in the early '60s. Very nice picture of the skydiver with the pre CBS Jazzmaster guitar! On the flip-side, another rare vintage Gibson ad with Tony Mottola playing a ES-355 Stereo.  Excellent condition. Original ad, not a reprint. The flip-side is visible here:      40 

, Rare original b/w ad from a 1963 "Down Beat". Another great piece from the "You won't part with yours either" pre-CBS campaign, conceived by Bob Perine. A boy and a girl sitting in their car in front of a drive-in screen... and between them a Stratocaster - yesterday like today! Excellent condition. Original ad, not a reprint.    40

FENDER "Most Imitated Guitars Ad", Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Jazz Bass, Stratocaster, 1963, Rare original Fender ad, black and white, from a November '63 "Down Beat". One of the rarest and most sought-after Fender ads. The picture shows several pre-CBS models with all their features and patents shown on the right column. Original ad in excellent condition, not a reprint.



CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN picture, 1948 b/n, reproduction, Digital reprint of a nice b/w picture of the late great guitar player in the early years of his career, with a rare Gibson ES-350 Premier at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, 1948.     15




In this section you'll find many of the finest guitars offered by Real Vintage in the past: each link leads to a page where you'll see the pictures of these great guitars. ALL the guitars you see in this section of the list are already SOLD, we keep them online only to provide an useful service to all the Vintage Guitar commnity, because there are thousands of detailed pictures you can use as a reference. Please note that you cannot use these on other websites, unless you ask our permission first.

FENDER STRATOCASTER, slab board 195 GIBSON ES 350 N, 1949
FENDER STRATOCASTER, slab board 1960 GIBSON ES 350, 1949
FENDER STRATOCASTER, slab board 1960 GIBSON ES 225 TCD, 1957
GIBSON ES 175, 1953
FENDER STRATOCASTER, sep. 1965 GIBSON L-5 CES Master Model, 1990
FENDER STRATOCASTER, dec. 1965 large head GIBSON SUPER 400 CES, 1970
FENDER STRATOCASTER, jan. 1966 GIBSON ES-5 Prototype, 1949
FENDER STRATOCASTER, 1972, Olympic White GIBSON ES-5, 1953
FENDER STRATOCASTER, 1974, Candy Apple Red GIBSON V-2, 1980
FENDER STRATOCASTER 62 Vintage Reissue Fullerton, 1982 GIBSON J 200, 1961
FENDER STRATOCASTER 57 Vintage Reissue Fullerton, 1983 GIBSON J 200, 1969
FENDER STRATOCASTER 57 Vintage Reissue Fullerton, 1983 black GIBSON J 200, 1973
FENDER STRATOCASTER Mary Kaye Reissue, 1987
FENDER STRATOCASTER Mary Kaye Reissue, 1987 GIBSON ES 125 TCD, 1965
FENDER STRATOCASTER 40th Anniversary, 1994
FENDER ESQUIRE, slab-board 1959 GRETSCH 6120, 1961 Single Cutaway
FENDER TELECASTER, 1966, Candy Apple Red GRETSCH 6120, 1962
FENDER TELECASTER maple cap, 1967 GRETSCH 6120, 1964
FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM,1967                               GRETSCH 6120, 1964
FENDER TELECASTER, 1968, Sunburst custom color GRETSCH 6120 NASHVILLE, 1972
FENDER JAGUAR Dakota Red w/m.hdstock, 1965 GRETSCH 6119 TENNESSEAN, 1959
FENDER JAGUAR Fiesta Red, 1966
FENDER JAZZMASTER Fiesta Red, gold hware, 1964 GRETSCH 6119 TENNESSEAN, 1967 Custom
FENDER MUSTANG, 1966 Daphne Blue MARTIN D-18, 1963
GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD, 1960 MARTIN D-28, 1977 sunburst
GIBSON LES PAUL SPECIAL, 1961 MARTIN 000-28 Eric Clapton, 1997
GIBSON LES PAUL GOLD TOP 30th Anniv. 1983 IBANEZ JEM DNA Steve Vai, 2000
GIBSON LES PAUL GOLD TOP 30th Anniv. 1983 VOX MARK VI, 1964-67
GIBSON SG STANDARD, 1968 HOFNER 468 ARCHTOP "Committee", 1963-65
HOFNER 500/1 'Beatle' BASS, 1965
slab-board, stacked-knobs
GIBSON ES 335, 1966 cherry FENDER JAZZ BASS, 1965
GIBSON ES 335, 1966 cherry FENDER JAZZ BASS, 1968-69
GIBSON ES 335 Sparkling Burgundy, 1966 FENDER JAZZ BASS, 1973
GIBSON ES 335, 1967 cherry FENDER PRECISION BASS, Blond custom color, 1963
GIBSON ES 335, 1967 sunburst  FENDER PRECISION BASS, 1966
sunburst FENDER PRECISION BASS 'Slab-Body', 1967
GIBSON ES 335, 1968 cherry FENDER PRECISION BASS, 1972
GIBSON ES 335, 1972 cherry  
GIBSON ES 335 DOT Custom Shop Ed., 1984  


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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse (German for "special class", abbreviated as "S-Klasse"), is a series of luxury produced by the German automaker, a division of German company. The S-Class designation for top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz models was officially introduced in 1972 with the, and has remained in use ever since.


The S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems (such as the first seatbelt ). The S-Class has ranked as the world's best-selling luxury sedan, and its latest generation, the W222 S-Class, premiered in 2013. As in previous iterations, the W221 S-Class is sold in standard and long-wheelbase versions;,,,, and powertrains are offered. All models built in Mexico or sold in the United States are only available in long wheelbase.

In automotive terms, Sonderklasse refers to "a specially outfitted car." Although used colloquially for decades,[] following its official application in 1972, six generations of officially named S-Klasse sedans have been produced. Previous two-door coupe models of the S-Class were known as SEC and later S-Coupe. In 1998 the S-Class coupe was spun off in a separate line as the, however as of June 2014, it has been re-designated as the for the 2015 model year, doing away with the CL-Class. In 2016, the S-Class Cabriolet, internally named A217, was introduced with three variants: the S 550 Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet with 4Matic, and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet. The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, based on the S 65 Cabriolet, was announced in 2016.


Model nomenclature[]

In 1993, when the was introduced as C-Class, the traditional naming convention (numbers, plus letters) was reversed, with a leading letter identifying the line (As of late 2017, A, B, C, CLA, CLS, E, G, GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS, S, SL, SLC, V and X are in active use). From then on, the long-wheelbase models (formerly "SEL") and the regular-length models (formerly "SE") are both labeled with the prefix of "S" regardless of length. For example, both 500SE and 500SEL are now labeled as S500/S500L, with fuel injection being standard by now anyway. The W221 S-Class has been available in four trim levels; the numbers are given in ascending order to denote more upscale models (e.g. S500 (S550 for US)/S600/S63 AMG/S65 AMG etc.). In official Mercedes-Benz publications and on vehicle nameplates, a space between the letter and numbers is customary (e.g. S 600).

Predecessor models[]

"Ponton" (1954)[]

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The W180 line debuted in 1954, and is the first lineup of "Ponton" models retroactively associated with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The W180 featured six-cylinder sedan, coupé, and convertible models, and was produced until 1957. The later W128 lineup, introduced in the mid-to-late 1950s, was the last to be associated with the "Ponton" name. It featured the 220a, 219 (W105), 220S, and 220SE models (sedan, coupé, and cabriolet) powered by a, and came to ten. The "" designation referred to, a stylistic feature on the W180/W128 models.

A 1950s W180 Ponton

The "Ponton" lineup included four- and six-cylinder models, but only the six-cylinder W180 and W128 lines are considered part of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class chronology, as they were the most powerful "Ponton" versions available. Both "Ponton" models were Mercedes' first without a conventional frame, using a unitized body/frame construction.

"Fintail" (1959)[]

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Mercedes-Benz 230S (Belgium)

Mercedes Benz (: Heckflosse) is an informal nickname given to Mercedes Benz vehicles notable for the presence of tailfins. Though never officially designated as such - Mercedes-Benz claimed they were functional and designated them Peilstege ("sight lines"), assisting to mark the end of the car in the rear view mirror. The Fintail series replaced the Ponton series.

The exterior was designed for the European and North American markets. The W111 was a code given to its top-range vehicles, including four-door sedans, produced from 1959 to 1968, and two-door coupes and cabriolets from 1961 to 1971. The W111, was initially attributed only to six-cylinder cars with 2.2-litre engines. The luxury version with big-block 3-litre engines were given the chassis code W112. The entry-level vehicles with four-cylinder engines were called W110. All three versions W110, W111, and W112, in both two- and four-door bodies, were built on an identical chassis.

W108 (1965)[]

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Mercedes-Benz 280 S

The updated and larger / model lines were introduced in 1965. The squarish W108 line included the M129 engine powered 250S, 250SE, 280S 280SE and 280SEL. In 1968 the borrowed the 6-litre V8 from the W100 600 Pullman to offer a truly high-performance luxury sedan.

During this period, the designation S (for "Sedan") was used for standard carburated short-wheelbase models; an E (for "Einspritzung", German for fuel-injection) was added to the 250SE, 280SE and 300SE. Long-wheelbase models gained an L (for "Lang", German for "long"), reflecting an extra 10 centimeters added in the rear passenger compartment. Since the advent of the W108 series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always included two wheelbase lengths, although not all wheelbases are sold in every country.

The more powerful 300SE and 300SEL models were classified as the W109 chassis, with front and rear air suspension (rather than the coil spring based W108 rear suspension), and available burl walnut interior trim, automatic transmission, and power windows.

Late 1960s W108 line

In 1968, the W108 line dropped the 250SE in favor of the larger-engined 280S and 280SEL; the 250S remained as an entry model until 1969; the 300SE/SEL yielded their 3.0 litre inline-6 for the intermediate SL type (W113) 2.8 litre engine, and were later offered with a 3.5-litre V8 engine (in both the SE and SEL form, not in the U.S.) and 4.5-litre (U.S. only) and 6.3-litre V8 engines (in the SEL model only). The W108/109 lines, which eventually supplanted the W111 lines, were never available with four-cylinder engines.

First generation (1972–1980)[]

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In 1972, Mercedes-Benz introduced the line, the first to be officially called the S-Class. Produced from 1972 through 1980, the W116 series featured a four-wheel and. The 280, 350, and 450 (4.5L version) models featured SE and SEL versions. Production of the W116 totaled 473,035 units. This was a groundbreaking sedan for Mercedes-Benz, and for the first time in the company history, the car had an obvious, blatant and outward emphasis on safety placed above a pure styling viewpoint. The overall design incorporated numerous safety features developed from the "safety research vehicles" in the mid-to-late 1960s to the very early 1970s.

These safety features were all newly introduced passenger-car "firsts" on a production vehicle: padded door trim around the windows, heavily padded steering wheel (later to be replaced by an airbag with the Mercedes-Benz abbreviation of SRS standing for the English-language term Supplemental Restraint System), more comprehensive safety padding on the dashboard and around the interior, dual asymmetric windshield wipers, headrests with a center depression to locate the occupant's head in a more central position during a rear impact, a rain-water management system to improve visibility consisting of deep channels on both sides of the windshield and flowing into deeply channeled rain gutters, including similar designs on the side mirrors, rounded body shapes along the edges, such as the tops of the front fenders, etc., designed to ameliorate pedestrian injuries, ribbed rear taillamp lenses which would remain clearer of dirt on the recessed areas, an easy-to-access first aid kit stowed in a recessed compartment on the rear parcel shelf prominently labeled with the universally recognized "cross" symbol which represents "first aid", and several other subtle safety features related to both active and passive safety. The Mercedes Benz S-Class is a classic chauffeur driven car, and has frequently been used as standard by car hire companies. It is comfortable and safe as well as elegant looking; ideal for drives across the countryside or high class transport on a night out.

The W116 models were large. The W116 was larger on the outside than the


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1.     Agile Harm 3 Solid Archtop,  (), (), (), ().  If you're looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn't get any lower than this baby.  Excellent value and quality that's typical of Korea today.  This 2011 model was only made in one small run so there aren't many of these around - most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that's no longer available. It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat 13.7" radius, three good sounding humbuckers, Grover 18:1 tuners, vintage cream colored binding on body-neck-headstock, 3-ply tortoise pickguard, 3 volume and 3 tone controls, 1 5/8" nut, 13.25" lower bout.  The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal.  I got an email from Rondo regarding this guitar where they confirmed it was a limited model with a price of $379.  This one's in dead mint condition and for $299, I'll throw in a gigbag. 

2.     -- THE ULTIMATE GUITAR FOR THE B.C. RICH COLLECTOR: (Bernie Sr's. Last Guitar), (). More pics and full description at this link:. Owned by Martin Miranda, my world-class tech, who was a close friend of Bernie and this was the last guitar that Bernie ever built, albeit not quite finished, and he was working on it the very day of his untimely passing. Click the link for a full description and feel free to email Martin Miranda directly at the address on the page.

3.     B.C. Rich Kerry King King V with Kahler Tremolo - EMG-KFK Upgrade, (), (), (). A killer metal axe with cool looks with Tribal graphics, Widow headstock, and beveled edges which catch light and give it a very 3D look on stage. The main attraction of this axe, however, is one major upgrade in the tone dept. - a brand new EMG-KFK Kerry King set () which includes an EMG81, EMG85, and a PA2 20dB gain booster switch. Now this guitar sounds as bad-ass as it looks. Features include basswood body with bolt-on Canadian hard rock maple neck, die-cast Rich tuners, master volume and tone with 3-way selector (plus added boost switch), KKV inlay at the 12th fret, 24 jumbo frets, locking Floyd Rose style nut, excellent quality Kahler-X tremolo that's very similar to the older Kahler Pro. Originally this model had two volume controls but one of them was sacrificed to make way for the boost switch. You won't miss it. This model sells new for $469 and the EMG-KFK is another $240 - and with $60 labor you're at $769. It's offered in immaculate condition for just $539(SOLD-William 9/13/17) and I'm adding a matching for free. If you're going to be on the road and want some excellent protection, here's a nice Coffin Universal Extreme case (), which sells new for $149 - for just $85 with the purchase of this guitar.

4.    , (). Most affordable model in the i-Series but an exceptional import in its own right. Has the same Brian Moore signature looks including sculpted headstock, sleek contoured body, and unique rear output jack of the higher end models. When BM went in search of factories to do their imports they did it right and the quality rivals some US makers in my opinion. The i81 features bolt-on neck, mahogany body with beautifully bookmatched flamed maple top, classic " iM" Alnico humbuckers, and "iM" precision tuners. All include a superb quality These guitars will be shipped with optimum setup, better than your local store or online superstore and are available in the following: Charcoal flametop, List $595, Sale $325 Cinnamon flametop, List $595, Sale $325 Tuquoise flametop, List $595, Sale $325

5.    , (), (). Carvin remains one of the best buys on the USA guitars - especially on the used market. They're quality is top-notch but as Carvin sells directly to the public there is no retail store to take a bite of the profit. This one comes in a high gloss black finish with features that include construction, dual Carvin humbuckers, Carvin/Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, graphite nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Ebony fretboard with block inlays, active electronics with easy access battery door on back, indestructible stainless steel frets, and Schaller locking strap pins. The in this one include the normal 3-way selector plus mini switches for coil splitting and in/out phase for each pickup. Excellent playability and endless choice of tones. At $529, this is a great buy on a USA neck-thru guitar. Includes free gigbag or substitute used a hardshell case available for $55.

6.    , 1990, features a nice sounding set of pickups with a Charvel Ceramic Plus in the bridge and a Carvel high-gain single coil size stacked humbucker in the neck. These are high output pickups but the tone isn't at all harsh to my ears. Also has a Floyd-licensed tremolo system with fine tuners. Has one mod that bears mentioning - someone and replaced with a plastic cover. Not necessarily a bad thing unless you like to do dive bombs. Overall this guitar is in very nice shape with a near perfect finish that shines like new. Frets are near perfect and it has an excellent setup. Compare this to the Chinese guitars you can get for $200 today and this is an excellent value at $175.

7.     ca. 1985 Carruthers Strat aka S6, (), (), (), (), (), (), (), ().  Fantastic early model boutique guitar from John Carruthers, whose bio reads like a who's-who of modern guitar manufacture.  He has built and/or designed guitars for Yamaha, Fender, Taylor, Musicman, G&L, and Ibanez, and countless big name players, as well as writing columns for Guitar Player mag.  He maintained his Venice Beach, CA factory for 30 years, before moving to a larger place in Camarrilo, CA.  Not knowing a lot about Carruthers' guitars, I sent John some pics and called him to pick his brain.  He said this was typical of the guitars he was building in the mid-80's and that it was probably around an '85 model.  He said it appeared to be original other than the pickups, and that it would have sold for around $1800, which equates to nearly $4K in 2012 dollars.   This isn't your cookie cutter maple-necked alder body Strat.  It features a one-piece solid mahogany body and one-piece solid rosewood neck with a 25 1/2 scale and 24 medium jumbo frets.  The body features a deeply sculpted cutaway on the treble side to make it easier to reach the high notes.  I've seen this type of sculpt on a number of other boutique guitars from the 90's and on, but this is the earliest use I've seen.  Hardware is Gotoh, all black, with a vintage tremolo with bent steel saddles, and locking tuners with a low profile that doesn't require use of a string tree.  John couldn't be sure what original pickups were, although he did say that the HSH was proper, but I'm guessing EMG's since you can see two small holes in the back cover which have the same spacing as a 9V battery clip mount.  I have some old EMG's we can install but the guitar sounds so sweet as outfitted, I'd be reluctant to mess with something that sounds so good.  It currently has a Gibson PAF (probably a 490R) in the neck, Kent Armstrong Hot Single Coil Strat in the middle, and a DiMarzio DP155 Tone Zone in the bridge.  If desired, we can swap out to an HSH set of Duncans for a small upcharge.  Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age with the only real flaws being a few small areas of the thin Nitro finish have flaked off, but we are going to touch them up prior to shipping and the guitar will ship in excellent condition.  When you pick this guitar up you know you're holding a quality instrument, almost before you even strum the first chord.  It just has that vibe.  Set up is superb with low action, no dead spots, and excellent sustain.  It has a very warm sound, typical of mahogany, with a faster attack, thanks to the rosewood neck.  For a guitar that would cost $4K new today, it's a sweet deal on a quality guitar at $1099.  Includes a wood/tolex case from the era, probably original to the guitar.

8.    , (), (), (). I just got in a few of these for the holidays. If you've got a young player, not quite ready for a full scale instrument, but you want to buy a *real* guitar rather than a toy at the department store, this is an excellent choice. The quality is equally on par with Fender's Squier series with good quality electronics and hardware and after Martin does his magic on them, they set-up with very comfortable action, which is imperative for beginners. If a guitar is difficult to play, it's not going to get played. At 22.5" scale length (distance from bridge to the nut), it's 2"-3" shorter than a full scale, just enough to make it easy to get around on but nothing that they're going to grow out of in a few months. With a list price of $249, in my opinion this is an excellent buy on a "real" guitar at just $149 which includes a pro setup prior to shipping. Comes in pink with white accents.

9.     Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway - Humbucker and Dolphin Headstock, (), (), (). Unplayed, immaculate, and better than new. One of the current models from Dano, who in recent years has been manufacturing one or two models, and then moving onto the next project. This is the 2nd go-around on this model, patterned after the '56 U-2, which was Dano's first production run in the late 90's, after a break of around 3 decades. This one differs from the earlier reissue in a few ways, most obviously the "Dolphin" headstock instead of the Coke bottle. Other changes include two lipstick pickups in the bridge, essentially a humbucker, as well as Kluson style tuners. With the humbucker-wired lipsticks in the bridge, this model is more versatile and especially good for garage/punk, in addition to any of the previous tones, which have been used impressively by players as diverse as Jimmy Page and Dave Matthews. The basic construction is good ol' Dano all the way, beautiful in its simplicity, with a hardboard/plywood construction with a solid center core and tape "binding" to cover the seam; metal base bridge with notches that hold the ball-end strings, topped off with a rosewood saddle; 5-screw neck attachment; easy access control plate on back; and pickup height adjustment on back. Other features include white knobs on dual concentric tone and volume controls, 3-way selector, a matching "seal" pickguard, double acting truss rod, flat 14" radius, 25" scale, 21 frets, C-shaped neck. Out of the box these are not great playing guitars, with high action, noisy pots, and rough feeling frets. After Martin gave this guitar the attention it deserves, polishing the frets, lubricating the fretboard, setting the action, dressing the fret ends, and cleaning the electronics, they play fantastic, just like the old mail-order guitars they're patterned after. They sell online for $349 but why not get one of these, with a great setup and much-needed quality control, for $329, including shipping. (Hold one-Chuck L; one more available)

10. , (), (), (). Another great 1st Reissue, this one finished in the classic copper finish. Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, with a run of a year or two. Specs include: hollowbody design with Masonite top and bottom with plywood frame, 25" scale, 21 large frets, original style "Lipstick" pickups with chrome-plated brass frame and original formula 50's style Alnico magnets, stacked pots with volume/tone for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector, original style rosewood saddle and die-cast chrome bridge, aluminum nut, and clear pickguard with "D" logo. These Dano's are every bit as good as the original 50's Dano/Silvertone models and one of the best values on the market, used by garage bands and even pro's like Dave Matthews. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets them on his bench, they play with the ease of very expensive guitars - his setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for something a little bit different for a signature tone, or simply want to add a guitar to your arsenal that has loads of cool vibe and a unique tone, here's a really nice one. Cosmetically, very clean with no major flaws. A really nice U-2 for $279.

11. , (), (), (). Finished in desirable Limo Black and features a few upgrades including excellent quality Gotoh tuners, metal saddles that are individually adjustable instead of the wood block, and a piezo pickup controlled by a mini 3-way switch (piezo only, piezo and lipstick pickups, lipstick pickups only). The single coil lipstick pickups are controlled by the regular 3-way switch with stacked volume/tone knobs to give full control to both pickups. The piezo system isn't really an acoustic tone, but it does add a lot of body to the sound, especially in the middle position, when combined with the magnetic pickups. To me it sounds just like a vintage hollowbody, like an old ES-125T. I last had this guitar a few years ago and it appears as though it was unplayed since it was last in my hands. Finish has all the luster of a new model and frets are perfect. These Dano's are every bit as good as the original 50's Dano/Silvertone models and one of the best values on the market. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets a hold of them, nothing plays like them. His setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for a great U-2, with some very smart upgrades, this one is only $50 more than market price on a stock one. $349.

12. , (), (), (), (). Finished in the most popular Dano color, Limo Black, probably due to Page's DC being black. Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, with a run of a year or two. After several 60's models, they're building a '56 again, but they're Chinese made and there are various feature changes, none of which are dual lipstick pickups with a Coke bottle headstock. The last generation models had only single volume and tone, rather than stacked pots, and other models went to steel saddles rather than the original rosewood bridge, which makes these early Korean models the most historically accurate reissues ever built. These Dano's are every bit as good as the original 50's Dano/Silvertone models and one of the best values on the market, used by garage bands and even pro's like Dave Matthews. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets them on his bench, they play with the ease of very expensive guitars - his setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for a great U-2, this one is near flawless, without an scratches or fret wear. A great U-2 for $309, or add Dano faux tweed gigbag () for $25.

13.  Dean ML '79 Buddy Blaze Limited Edition, (), (), (), (), (), (), (.). Dean Guitars teamed up with Legendary Guitar Builder Buddy Blaze (original builder for the Kramer Nightswan) for a unique take on the ML shape. Buddy designed Dimebag Darrell's first Dean ML, and this new Buddy Blaze Signature guitar expands on the original "Dean from Hell" that Dime loved. The extra neck angle on this guitar gives it a very comfortable feel and allows for a top mounted Floyd Rose. Buddy Blaze also helped design the "Blaze Bucker" Bridge Pickup for massive sustain and tone. Loaded with quality components and built with Blaze's design elements, most notably the "chrome flame" graphic, floating (side to side) Blaze inlays, top-mounted Floyd Rose tremolo, and his signature middle and bridge pickup positions (i.e. not neck and bridge) loaded with custom wound Dean DMT pickups (USA Dean DMT "Blaze Bucker" bridge and USA Dean DMT "Baker Act" middle). Other appointments mahogany top and body, 24 3/4" scale, set mahogany neck with 3° neck angle, Floyd Rose Original tremolo, custom ascending flame mother-of-pearl inlays on a 2 octave fretboard attached to a pitched neck, black hardware, Grover tuners, and a classic V-shaped headstock. Production was limited to 300 electric guitars and each includes a certificate of authenticity and a hardshell Dean guitar case. For the history of this model, for Dean's site and for full specs. With such a low production number, most dealers sold out quickly but there are still a few on the web selling for $999, 40% off the $1625 list price. I came across a few, first quality and unplayed, selling for well over 50% off, just $750, including a killer in-house set up, Dean case, certificate, etc. (Note: I have two Buddy Blaze USA "Shredder" models in stock, with graphic and lightning storm graphic)

14. , (), (), (), (), (). The Deceiver F (Floyd Rose), combines great looks, quality tone, and unique design features in a well-made guitar that, remarkably, retails for under a grand. It's tone-sustaining mahogany body is finished in high-gloss black with a set-in mahogany neck capped off with 24 jumbo frets and ebony fingerboard, complete with striking pearl Deceiver inlays. It features a 24-3/4" scale which is great for bends and sweeping arpeggios. Other features include arched top, belly cut on back, 3/side Grover tuners with Dean headstock design with a winged "Dean" logo, multi-ply body binding, USA Dean DMT Time Capsule neck humbucker and a USA Dean DMT Baker Act humbucker in the bridge, black nickel hardware including a real (not licensed) Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge and Grover tuning machines. One really nice design features is the cutaway area and heel (as shown above), which provides superior access to the upper frets. of a Deceiver F in action. These play okay right out of the box but once Martin does his thing to the set up, they play like guitars costing 3X the price. Retail price on this model is $942, but I have it brand new and unplayed, other than our in-house set-up, for around 55% off list, $429.

15.  - Black or Candy Apple Red, (), (). Personally designed by the late, great Dimebag Darrell in 2004 before his untimely passing. By this year Dimebag had returned to Dean and had begun work on several signature models with this Razorback V being one of his final contributions. It cuts a figure much like the time-tested Flying V, only more dangerous looking with a few more jagged edges and actually more comfortable with the addition to sleek body bevels. The Razorback V features a mahogany neck and body, a rosewood fretboard with a super flat 16" radius, and a very comfortably contoured neck heel () which allows very easy access to the upper frets. Pickups are a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup at the bridge with a Dean humbucker in the neck with the edges taped down, Dimebag style. The neck is a radical departure from rock/metal axes, traditionally outfitted with a very thin profile. The neck on this model is quite substantial, with a rounded-V profile that feels a lot like a '56 Strat. Quality hardware with Grover tuners and a recessed, double-locking licensed Floyd Rose tremolo () keeps it in tune perfectly. Controls are straight ahead 3-way selector with master tone and volume, with easy grip circles on the volume. With a list of $1550, these were selling for $999 but I have a few in stock, never retailed, first quality, and perfect, for 55% off list, $697. With a pro in-house setup, these guitars are an incredible value for the money. Includes and comes in gloss black finish or Candy Apple Red metallic.

16. , An incredible guitar that's a fitting tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, with excellent quality and top-notch features including flame maple top, a mahogany body with a set-in mahogany neck, a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo bridge system, and the classic with a screened collage of Dimebag. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard, cream body and neck binding, a vintage Brazilliaburst finish, Dimebag Traction knobs, a Dimebag Quad image sticker on the body, and a Dimebucker Treble pickup (bridge position). Killer setup, killer tone, a super axe all around. For complete details, check out. Between Dean and Washburn there have been a lot of Dimebag models released and it's somewhat confusing to many customers. Having had most of them I can attest that the best of the lot are the Korean set-neck models, and that this is the best of the lot. Even the case is superior, with a very heavy rather than the newer&cheaper lightweight Chinese case. List price on new is $1539, selling everywhere for $999, but this one was collector owned and offered in mint condition for just $699.

17. , (). as new, excellent Korean model and DeArmond's (read on) last tribute to the Guild line, namely the Guild S-100 Polara, Guild's answer to the Gibson SG. Although most of the Korean set neck DeArmonds, as well as the bolt-on Indonesia models, were discontinued by 2002, the S-73 lived on a few more years, although rebranded with the Squier brand. Since Fender owned both names, I guess it only make sense to rebrand it rather than have a DeArmond catalog with only one line in it. It was made in the same factory, by the same people, as the DeArmonds which preceded it, it just has a different name. As with the Guild it copied, the S-73 is a double cutaway "solid premium mahogany" guitar with a slightly asymmetrical double-cutaway design, and set mahogany neck. The rosewood fingerboard has jumbo nickel silver frets and newly designed block inlays, and a 24 3/4" scale length. This guitar features two very good sounding Seymour Duncan-designed humbuckers, which are among the best import pickups I've heard. List price on these was $726.99 but this one is dead mint with plastic still on the pickguard and back plate and nicely priced for a quality Korean "DeArmond" at just $279(HOLD-John P). We possibly have a pair of chrome covers we can install for $30 total, if you want more of a Polara look. Add a nice tolex hardshell case for $65.

18. , (), (), (), (). Very unique guitar in terms of looks and design, totally hand-crafted in USA in very low numbers. I think this builder has only made a handful of guitars and the hand-built aspect is very obvious, definitely no CNC machines used on this guitar. The body shape is unique, sort of a highly exaggerated Tele style, except with rounded edges. It features a center second of quilted maple, with mahogany wings, with a set-in poplar neck with ironwood fretboard. Pickups are a Gibson humbucker in the bridge, with a P100 stacked P90 style in the neck. A striking headstock, which combined with the billowy body, bring to mind Prince's Cloud guitar, or something of that ilk, in fact I think this guitar would look great with an off-white or yellow finish. Tuners are Grovers. This guitar is the very one pictured on Denyle's site (4th one down) and you'll notice it had a different tailpiece at one time (). Some time before it got to me the unusual tailpiece and bridge were changed to a stop bar/tuneomatic. If you look closely you'll see telltale signs of the earlier hardware but it's not very noticeable. If you're looking for something truly unique and appreciate the quaintness of a small builder, this one is priced around 1/2 of the original price at $850.

19. , (), (), (), (), (). Eastwood has come on strong in a relatively short period of time, resurrecting classic models from past decades, but not your Gibsons and Fenders, but models by Harmony, Supro, Airlines, etc., basically cool American guitars which were always B-level on the vintage guitar market. The GP is a recreation of the very rare Ovation Ultra GP, first released in 1984. Only 400 of the original Ultra GP were ever produced before being discontinued, primarily due to the price which was higher than a Gibson Les Paul from the same year. This model was made in Korea and is an excellent quality import. Features include Mahogany body with a flamed maple veneer and contoured top, mahogany set-neck, rosewood fretboard with block markers, 24 3/4", 1 11/16", dual Super-2 humbuckers (patterned after DiMarzio Super-2), unique 5-way adjustable wraparound bridge, and multi-ply binding on the body, neck, and headstock. Click here for around 25 reviews where the GP scored a remarkable 9.7 overall at Harmony-Central. If you can't afford (or find) and original Ultra GP at $3K and up, here's an excellent alternative. These are $699 new but this one's flawless and nicely priced at $499.

20.  Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling JP50 John Petrucci, (), (), (), (), (), (). Great feeling guitar with quality tone, Petrucci vibe, with a few mods. The first thing you'll notice is the finish. The logo has been removed from the headstock - the body, which is factory satin finish, has been lightly buffed out to a semi-gloss finish (compare to headstock in first pic above). Don't let the logo scare you though, this guitar is guaranteed to be 100% first quality JP50. The neck pickup has been replaced with a DiMarzio "Humbucker from Hell", which is bright and glassy sounding, along the lines of a Strat, with a vintage, medium output. It's paired perfectly with the stock G&B bridge humbucker as both have similar output while being distinctly different in tone. G&B are Korean pickups and the choice of the better imports such as PRS SE's. A trem stop has been installed, allowing for down pressure only, EVH style, with advantages such as tuning stability during string bends and string breakage. It can be preset for zero up-pull, 1/2 step, whole step, etc., or easily removed if you're not into it. The JP-50 is a rather unique, we made guitar, The neck and headstock () are one, meaning no scarf joint, which is more expensive to manufacture but adds stability and avoids potential separation. This guitar has a great feeling 24-fret neck that's thin with very sight shoulders, very easy to get your hand around. Stock features include Basswood body with custom deep forearm contour, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, reverse controls (3-way closest to your picking hand), Locking Tuners, 24 medium-jumbo frets, Sterling Modern Recess Tremolo with a really solid block, 25.5" scale, 5-bolt Music Man-designed neck joint, 1.65" (42mm) nut width, and Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment. A stock JP50 is running $545 and it's one of the better Asian guitars at that price. If you can live without a Sterling logo, this has some tasteful upgrades and superb playability, in excellent condition, all for $350. Includes gigbag.

21.  1988 ESP M-I Custom w/Graphic Finish, (), (), (), (), (), (), ().  Real (non-Ltd) ESP's are getting very hard to find, and with the cost of a new bolt-on M-II Standard now at around $1700, none of them are cheap and even clean, original 80's/90's models are fetching $1K.  It's been so long since I've had a Custom (neck-through) that I can't remember the last one I had - plus a cool color and custom shop graphic, make it a very rare and desirable model.  This guitar is of interest to both guitar collectors, and comic book collectors, as it has a graphic based on the Nov. '86 issue of the DC Comic "Watchmen" (No. 3/12) entitled "Fallout shelter" aka "allout helter".  An original copy of the comic book is included with the guitar.  Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no actual player's wear, but we did touch up a few cosmetic flaws (shown here), including a small finish chip around the jack and on the tip of the headstock, an 1/8" chip under the "T" graphic, and a small finish flake in the logo.  Color match is near perfect and the areas were clear coated after the touch up.  Features of the M-I Custom include alder body with through body maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fretboard with offset pearl block inlays, logo block at 12th fret, headstock painted to match body, chrome hardware, 6/side ESP tuners, bound neck, bound headstock, double-locking tremolo with locking nut, single humbucker with coil tap.  A few thoughtful mods were done which include a Floyd Rose replaces the ESP tremolo, Duncan humbucker replaces the ESP pickup, and a push-pull tone pot replaces the coil tap switch.  For the player, it's a fantastic playing guitar with low action and a fast feel all over the neck.  The cutaway is beveled in a way that allows easy access to the upper frets.  It's in beautiful shape and presents itself very nicely, with no pick or buckle scratches, and the only flaws noted above.  For less money than a new bolt-on M-II Standard in a standard finish, you can get this neck-thru model in a very cool graphic which at 25 years is officially vintage.  $1599 includes a quality Canadian TKL Tolex case and trem arm, as well as the original Watchman "allout helter" issue.  

22. , () (), (), () () (), () (), (). Here's one for the collector! Stunning one-off with killer factory graphics on front, back, and headstock, with an eagle in flight covering most of the top with blue sky and white clouds surrounding it on the back and headstock. This immaculately finished axe was used at the ESP booth at trade shows. The paint job goes through the pickups without interruption () and when viewed from the front it's hard to tell that the guitar even has pickups. This guitar is in collector's condition with scratches on the body, hardware has no pitting -recessed has no pitting or discoloration. What a wonderful guitar for the collection; a real stunner, and it plays as nice as it looks. I haven't been inside to see what the pickups are but they're both humbuckers and it sounds excellent. Features a carved top Horizon body with deep cut, beveled treble cutaway for easy access to the top frets. Neck is a medium profile with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, cream binding on headstock and neck, black oblong side markers, Gotoh tuners, and Schaller strap pins. Some of you might remember this guitar - I actually owned it in 2006. After the sale my customer received a letter from ESP as well as the original ESP catalog. It's been very lightly played since that time but remains in very near mint condition. If the guitar isn't cool enough, this one includes some exciting case candy including original ESP 3-page fold out ESP Custom catalog with this guitar on the cover, a letter of certification from ESP, ESP bumper sticker, and George Lynch postcard and sticker. Also included is the G&G tweed case in excellent condition other than a very light discolored spot on the top. When I last posted it, new Custom Horizons with flamed tops listed for $4500, selling discounted to $3300. This doesn't have a flame top but it has a top that's 10X more stunning, and at $2099 you'll have a piece of ESP history that would be the centerpiece of your ESP, or graphic guitars, collection - but it's priced well enough that you can make this one killer gigging axe. Just be gentle with it is all I ask.

23.  ESP Mirage Deluxe 48th Street - Cadillac Tailfin & Fishnet Legs Graphic, (), (), (), (), (), (), (fretboard). Girls, cars, and guitars; they just go together as evidenced by this super cool airbrush graphic of some fishnet-clad legs sitting atop a 50's Cadillac tailfin. Specs are the same as the Snakeskin above with a few differences - bridge pickup is the ESP dual rail, fretboard is rosewood, tremolo is recessed, and the trem cover plate is recessed. Other than that, its the same super nice axe from the 48th Street custom shop. The fretboard on this one is some beautiful rosewood that has much of the color and figuring of Brazilian. Like all the airbrushed guitars from this era, this body is literally a work of art and hand-painted by a true artist in his/her own right. Like the snake skin above, this guitar has seen very little use and exhibits no player's wear. The only noteworthy flaw are a few lacquer cracks beside the tremolo () which only bear mentioning because the guitar is otherwise in such pristine condition. Highly recommended for the ESP collector, collector of graphic finishes, or better yet and pro player since this guitar plays fantastic with action that's built to shred and quality tone. With a new Mirage II in black running around $1700 new, here's a much more rare custom shop model in a super cool and sexy graphic, for just $1099. Includes top quality ESP case with black tolex with silver logo, leather ends, and plush interior.

24. , (), (). Not an especially rare model, but an extremely rare series, commissioned for Daddy's Junky Music, probably the country's #1 dealer in used gear, around 25 years ago. I called Daddy's corporate office to get the rundown on this model and spoke to Chris, who was actually around when these guitars were built. The story goes like this: In the early 80's, ESP had very few dealers in the USA and they were hot to increase their distribution stateside. At a NAMM show a fellow named "Toschi" from ESP approached Daddy's and Daddy's placed a fairly large order. According to Chris, he thought that there were probably 50 or so, but no more than 100 of the entire series, which were essentially ESP's 400-Series, ESP's vintage line, with a special "Daddy's Series" logo. They came in various finishes and appointments, with this one being Olympic white with black and white plastic parts. It's a well made guitar, typical of Japan quality in the 80's, with good quality woods, hardware, and electronics. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a Duncan Quarter Pounder () - middle and neck are regular stag pole vintage style. Pots are the full size Japan pots; switch is the vintage style blade,. This guitar is in extremely clean condition with no scratches to on the body or neck; frets are 98%, almost new. The only noteworthy flaws are some natural relic'ing to the nickel bridge and some of the pickguard screws,. The rarity of a Daddy's Series may only appeal to a handful of players, but it's an interesting story, and one that has little to no web documentation. Thanks to Chris from Daddy's corporate headquarters for his help. Rarity aside, this is a very good quality Japan S-style in superb condition - for $550. Includes gigbag.

25. , (), (), ().  Killer Viper with in super clean condition, upgraded with a killer pair of DiMarzio humbuckers.  Installed are a DP207 Drop Sonic in the neck and a DP100 Super Distortion in the bridge, an excellent combination.  Although common practice is to use the 207 in the bridge position, it has an excellent treble response which keeps it from getting muddy like a lot of pickups in the neck position.  With the super high output of the 100, you need a powerful pickup in the neck and the 207 matches it well.  In addition, it is capable of a multitude of wiring schemes, with a total of 5 combinations for the neck pickup alone.  The Viper 301 is built with quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are coming out of Korea these days.  The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like a Gibson SG, except slightly thicker, and the upper horn is slightly longer, with an offset waist, rather than symmetrical like the SG.   It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, bound neck with 24 3/4" scale, and beveled body edges.  Other features include 24 medium jumbo frets, set-neck design with 3-piece mahogany neck for increased stability and strength, rosewood fretboard with "flag" pearloid inlays, pearloid model name inlay at 12th fret, Eclipse headstock, bound headstock, and black hardware.  The all-black look, without a pickguard, is both elegant, and very much rock and roll.  It received 4.5 out of 5 stars at Audiofanzine ().  Phased out a few years ago, the Viper 301 sold for $450-$539 ($769 list) with the stock passive EMG-Hz pickups, but this one's in beautiful shape and, with a much better set of pickups, is a sweet deal at just $350, with gigbag, or $25 more for hardshell case.  

26. , (), (), (), (). Want to try switching to a 7-string without paying a big chunk of change? This M-107 is an exceptionally nice player with quality tone out of these LTD 7 humbuckers. This one was obviously a closet queen that looks like it was played for a few weeks and then stashed away for 13 years. Made only one year, which the Bluebook says was 2000 but the serial on this one is '99. It also feature a black gloss finish which I think is unusual since most of these were satin finishes. Features include offset double cutaway basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 22 extra-jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, model name at the 12th fret, reverse headstock, hardtail bridge, strings thru body for enhanced sustain, dual humbucker LTD 7 pickups, volume-tone knobs, three-way switch, and black hardware. 7-Strings were once the choice of many jazz players but in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai and following shortly the "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 the defining tone of their band's sound. This model carried a list price of $499 over a decade a ago and in exceptionally nice condition with a killer setup, is an excellent value on a well-made 7-string at just $279.

27. , (), (), ( ). Killer Viper with factory EMG's, again in super clean condition. The only real flaw is a tiny hole (pic here) where apparently somebody was going to move the strap pin. We can plug and refinish the area for $20 if desired. The 400 is the top of the line in the Ltd Viper series, with top quality features and quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are being built in Korea these days. The Ltd line was originally conceived to be a less expensive alternative to ESP's Japan-made guitars. It's been my opinion that they're every bit as good as their ESP counterparts and I actually have found them to be better built guitars on the whole. Their shortcomings were electronics and hardware that weren't quite as good...but Viper 400 is certainly an exception. Starting with a set of active EMG-81/85 pickups, Grover tuners, and an Earvana nut that makes the intonation much closer than a standard nut. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like an SG, except slightly thicker and the upper horn is slightly longer, rather than symmetrical like the SG. It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, and beveled body edges. ESP left off the pickguard and used black hardware which give it a more elegant look. Phased out earlier this year, the Viper 400 sold for $599 but this one's in beautiful shape and just $439 with a new $70 Guardian Featherlight (canvas over foam) case - or just $399 with a used gigbag. This is a killer playing guitar and like the EC-1000, definitely good enough for pro use.

28. , (), (), (). Fine example of the upscale Korean guitars hitting the market the past decade. While the majority of imports have moved to China, Korean guitars offer superior woods and finer craftsmanship overall - and in the case of this EC-400, quality hardware and electronics as well. At the request of customers, we upgrade the pickups on many cheaper guitars, which provides them pro quality tone, at around 1/4 the price of a comparable USA model. The EC-400AT comes from the factory with quality pickups, namely the popular Seymour Duncan JB bridge and '59 neck. Other upscale features include an Earvana compensated nut for perfect intonation, Grover mini-tuners which have a lower mass and overall superior to the common 18:1 Grovers, nicely appointed with cream binding on body, neck, and headstock; flag fretboard inlays, and model name at the 12th fret. The warm, fat tone comes via a solid mahogany body with arched top and Florentine cutaway, plus mahogany neck - 3-piece for stability, Gibson scale (24 3/4"), Tuneomatic bridge/stop tailpiece, 22 extra jumbo frets, and high gloss black finish. The set up on this guitar is spectacular; low action and no fretting out, with a quality tone that's good enough for professional use. In fact, this guitar needs no upgrades to be ready for the stage. ESP built some of the best quality Japanese imports, and when they launched the Ltd line years ago they found a factory that would be comparable quality guitars in Korea. It is, quite simply, 90% as good as a Gibson LP, at a fraction of the cost. These sold in stores for $599 but this used one is super clean and just $379(HOLD-Jeff, local 3/30).

29. , (), (), (), (), (). Extremely cool Fernandes with killer looks, tone, and playability. It's designed for the player who loves traditional feel combined with cutting edge tone and looks. The neck carve is extremely comfortable and the cutting edge body and headstock styling are so eye-catching that you're certain to get comments from anyone who hasn't seen one of thee before. This thing isn't looks only though, with real-deal Seymour Duncans and quality hardware. This guitar features Seymour's personal favorite in pickup combinations: The SH4 JB (the world's most popular pickup) and the SH2N Jazz neck, with the simplest of controls: master volume, master tone, 3-way selector. It also features a bound mahogany body, bound neck, bound headstock, and split trapezoid inlays that look similar - but cooler - than the traditional inlays from the traditional LP style Endorsers of this cool axe include Dave Navarro {Jane's Addiction and husband of Carmen Elektra :) }, Steve Stevens, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) and Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie).Plays great well and very clean condition. This model comes in figured tops as well and white, but there's something both heavy and elegant looking on a gloss black guitar with black hardware. It also features the Ravelle signature pickguard with holes in it, again, to set apart from a traditional LP. The pickguard comes uninstalled from the factory but we can drill screw holes and attach and no cost if desired. Any flaws you may see in the pics are mere reflections - this baby is perfect - with plastic still on the back covers and not a hint of player's wear. Really nice guitar in perfect condition for $499(HOLD-Kerry M 5/3) with gigbag, or $55 more to substitute hardshell case such as.

30. , (), (), (). I really love Godins. Whether acoustic or electric, every one we've had has been an excellent quality guitar in all regards and probably the best value in a North American guitar (built in USA from Canadian parts). The SD features a Gibson scale (24 3/4") for easy string bends, but with the maple body and maple neck, is a lot brighter sounding than a Gibson. Features include vintage-style tremolo, die-cast tuners, great sounding Godin HSH pickups, 1 11/16" nut width, and nicely contoured maple body and a flat 12" fretboard radius. Excellent set up and overall nice shape other than some light scratches and finish impressions but nothing through the clear coat; around an 8.5 overall. For overall quality and tone, this guitar is hard to beat at $399, including a gigbag, or $459 with a nice Godin case ().

31. , (), (), (), (). Godin's offer top quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices. Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator. It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. for a review by and here for Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.4 overall. One of my personal gripes with the stock Radiator is the lack of a pickup selector. Godin opts to skip the 3-way switch relying instead on individual volume knobs but if you want to go from bridge to neck quickly, forget it, you have to turn down the bridge knob and then turn up the neck knob. This guitar now has a CTS 3-way switch installed. More noteworthy, it has the entire electronics package from a Clapton/Buddy Guy Strat installed: volume, TBX control, and mid-boost knob - plus the circuit board. The 12dB TBX boost makes the pickups sound more like humbuckers, while the mid-boost (25dB!) adds a thick, rich tone that makes the guitar stand out in the mix. Cosmetically, knobs have been changed to a larger amp style knob, more accurate for fine-tuning settings, and the automotive type logo has been removed from the body. Stock features include chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, rock maple neck with maple fretboard, flat 12" radius, shorter 24 3/4" scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, Low-Noise Godin-Design single-coil pickups, Black Onyx finish. The single coil pickups sound very good and they're fairly quiet (Godin calls them "low noise") but keep in mind if you use the mid-boost they're not going to be as quiet if you use a higher gain amp setting. If you boost the mids by 12dB, keep in mind that you're also boosting the noise by 12dB. If you want the stock sound of the guitar, just put the TBX in the middle (center is detented) and roll the mid-boost knob all the way back. You probably won't use the mid boost all the time but it's easy to get hooked on the fat, harmonically rich sound and may find yourself using at least some boost on all your songs. Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck. This guitar is 3X more versatile than a stock model and it's easily good enough for professional use. It's rare that you come across a proline guitar for $449.

32. , USA, excellent tone via humbucker and two singles, Schaller deluxe tremolo block, Grover tuners, nice trans-blue finish on a body that’s somewhat reminiscent of a Jaguar, excellent player and nice tone, the G-Series Godins are excellent quality and when you buy used they're perhaps the best bargains on the market, $275

33.  1985 Greco Device JJ-R1 - Jackson Strat Copy, (), (), (), (  ).  A shredder's dream guitar with action so low it makes you laugh like a small child.  Excellent Japan model that was made for Japan distribution and not imported from what I find.  These came in two models, apparently identical except for sharktooth inlays on the JJ-F1, plus they made them in an HH configuration, and lastly, a bass.  This one's a very cool color, Salmon Pink, which was a Fender custom color back in the 60's.  The body is a dead knockoff of a San Dimas era Jackson with an identical small control plate and identical contours.  Features real Kahler tremolo and excellent sounding pickups.  According to the catalog, I would guess the bridge pickup is a Jackson USA while the neck and middle are likely Greco.  They're Duncan Quarter-Pounder style with large pole pieces, plus they have a brass band around the sides, same as the catalog pics.  All three pickups sound very good.  Controls and knob layout is Jackson all the way, with volume and tone mounted straight across, with 3 mini-toggles which activate: single coil - off - humbucker.  Bound 24-fret neck feels great and is thinner at the nut that most metal axes.  Also features black hardware, Grover tuners, and football output jack which is another Jackson touch.  I would hold this guitar up against any USA made during this time and, trust me, the action is as low as it gets.  It's in extremely clean, collector's condition, with no flaws of note.  A sweet metal axe that's a rare find in the USA, for $499.   You can add form-fitting Charvel for $35 with 3 of 4 latches intact.  

34. , (), (), (). "As new" condition. Now that Gretsch has the Chet Atkins name again they've revamped almost their entire line. This Chet Atkins Solidbody is one of the new models. Loaded with Gretsch Western vibe, from the iconic "G" brand, to the cactus and steer inlays, to the leather studded binding - everything you love about the original 6120 in a solid body form. Features include semi-hollow mahogany body, arched laminated maple top, 1-piece mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with aged inlays of wide-block pearl cactus, steer heads & fences, 1-11/16" nut width, 24.6" scale, Western style tooled leather side-body trim accented with aged furniture tacks, "G" brand on body, inlaid aged pearloid steer head & Gretsch logo on headstock, 2 DynaSonic single coil pickups, 3-way toggle switch, 2 volume, 1 tone & master volume controls, arrow knobs, Bigsby B3GBVN tremolo tailpiece, Grover vintage style Sta-Tite tuners, Bigsby compensated bridge, and gold hardware. Sells on line for $2500 ($3575 list) but this one is flawless, new in the box condition with a killer setup for just $1875(HOLD-Rob C 2/20/12). Includes vintage style, also with, with velvet lining and Gretsch banner inside, as certificate, tags, manuals, etc.

35.  1979 Gretsch Beast BST-1000 with Upgrades, (), (), (), (), (), ( (). Features include single-cutaway solid mahogany body, finished in "Red Mahogany"; two-piece bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard; 24 large frets; pearl dot inlays; zero-frets; vertical black T-top logo; 24-3/4" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, 1-1/2" body thickness; 3-ply large pickguard. Originally a hard tail model, this one has an added Kahler tremolo and string clamp. To say that this was a pro mod is an understatement, this one was modified by John Suhr (signed in the trem cavity) so you know it was done cleanly and precisely. One other upgrade, and it's significant, the original Gretsch pickups (with odd Phillips head pole pieces) have been replaced with a very old pair of DiMarzio Super Distortions. It was a very tone-enhancing change since stock Beast pickups are pretty unremarkable. It's a very comfortable guitar to play with nicely rounded edges, deep treble cutaway, and the neck cut low into the body - much like a PRS bolt-on - which allows the neck plane to be closer to the plane of the body. Very nice player with comfortable action and nicely dressed frets without any deep wear spots. The tone is fat and powerful, suitable for a number of styles. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age other than a spot on the back where the clear coat is worn through but this is a very thin nitro finish so it's going to wear easily. Very affordable vintage USA Gretsch that's good enough for the pro player. $550 includes gigbag.

36.  , (), (), (), (), ().  For the player who wants the lowest possible action without spending a lot, this would be my recommendation.  Action is very low at the nut and stays close to the fretboard all the way up the neck.  For playability, this one is as nice as most USA Hamers.  This is an excellent example of the quality coming out of Korea in the late 90's.  While I think they were mediocre a decade earlier, by '97 the Korean factories were putting out guitars that rivaled Japan production.  Hamer moved this series to China in the 00's but if you can find these older models, it's definitely worth the hunt.  If you want to sink another $135 into it, we can drop in a set of Duncans but these Duncan Designed humbuckers, which are likely HB103 treb and bass, are highly regarded and sound better than most.  Cosmetically, it's not a near mint piece with light scratches, a small paint chip on the headstock shown above, and strap pin is currently located at the end of the upper horn but we can change to one of two previous locations, which have been plugged and lightly finished, if desired  ().  You'll note the headstock pic above with a "used" stamp, which means that this was a cosmetic second for reasons that are impossible to tell once a guitar gets a few scratches on it.  For a player on a budget, if you don't mind a guitar with a few cosmetic flaws, I guarantee you'll love the tone, feel, and playability.  Includes hardshell case for $319 or $279 with gigbag.  

37.  1996 Hamer USA Artist (Studio) GATASO, (), (), (). A real stunner in Honey finish - solid maple top with beautiful flame in beautiful condition.The Artist Studio features an offset double cutaway mahogany body with sound chamber, carved bookmatched solid maple top, mahogany neck, single f-hole, 22-fret neck, Wilkinson hardtail wraparound bridge, Schaller tuners, and a great pair of pickups - Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. Extremely clean condition with the worst flaw being a little milky clear coat on the edge of the fretboard, which is a common flaw on Hamers but overall a solid 9. List on a new Artist Studio is $3300, street priced at over $2300, which makes this a pretty good value at $1350. Includes.

38. , (), (), (), (), (), (). New, an unplayed, first quality Hofner. We have a few of these in stock and feel that they're one of the most unique semi-hollowbody guitars made. It's super lightweight, at around 6.3 lbs., and its small LP style body isn't ungainly like most of the typical archtop semi-hollows. With the new CT Club Hofner resurrected one of their classic vintage models and a proud history that included John Lennon () and George Harrison as players of their Club 40 in ca. '59, and a Club 50 they shared in the mid-60's. Other noteworthy players of Club series include Jimi Hendrix (Club 50 ca. '59), Richie Blackmore (second guitar he owned), David Gilmour (Club 60 in '63; another 60 in the 80's), and a number of the UK's hottest players in the 50's and 60's. If you're used to semi-hollowbodys that have feedback problems, worry not. The small body, lack of f-holes, sustain block, and mini-humbuckers combine to make this guitar no more susceptible to feedback than a Les Paul. Crank up the gain as high as you want, no problem. This guitar will perform great for nearly any type of music, and especially jazz and jump, although it's probably not the best choice for super heavy metal. It has excellent volume when strummed acoustically, and this open sound is also noticeable when amplified. Features of the CT Club include: single cutaway maple body with flamed maple veneer on back and sides, spruce top, semi-hollow construction with modern sustain block, 3-piece maple neck with 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid dot inlays, 24-3/4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, pearloid Hofner logo & floral design peghead inlay, a pair of Hofner "Diamond" pickups, classic adjustable metal bridge installed - plus vintage style Hofner wooden bridge included, trapeze tailpiece, pearloid pickguard & control plate, sealed tuning machines and, surprisingly, nickel hardware. Controls include separate volume controls for each pickup (i.e. "bass" pickup and "treble" pickup), treble & bass pickup slider switches turn on/off one or both pickups, uses a "Rhythm/Solo" switch in lieu of a tone pot, with the Rhythm position having the highs rolled off a tad. These are getting hard to find. The few sites that discount them heavily off their $999 list have them on back order, some until July. The only sites that actually have them in stock are selling at $699. I have a few of these in stock, set up better than factory and untouched, except for my tech, and a great buy at $439.(HOLD 1-Blaine, other available)

39. , (), (), (). With all the glitz and gaudiness of the 60's Italian classics, Italia has filled a niche market building guitars with unique looks but also quality parts and tonewoods. The Modena features three Wilkinson mini-humbuckers controlled by a blade pickup selector, master volume, master tone, and an additional volume that controls only the front pickup which allows you to fade it in or out, yielding 7 pickup combinations. Other features include quality Gotoh tuners with pearloid buttons, Wilkinson vibrola, Tuneomatic bridge with roller action to reduce friction and keep the tuning stable during tremolo use, 25.5" scale, agathis body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard. What really strikes you about this guitar is killer looks, with a green sparkle that really pops under lights, with mother of toilet seat back, pickguard, and back of the neck. It also has a cool ridge around the edge of the guitar that's somewhat like a German carve. These pickups sound great and with seven combinations you can dial in a good sound for nearly any style of music. The tremolo is very smooth, sort of like a Bigsby as far as touch is concerned. It's hard to beat this guitar for quality of construction and, even more, absolute killer looks. All this with a killer set up for $399.

40.  1986 Jackson Strat - Red Flake w/Matching Headstock, (), (), (), (), (). Another beautiful older Custom Shop Jackson from early Ontario production - San Dimas neckplate and the body still has the smaller San Dimas control route on back. This one is finished in a perfect red metal flake with matching headstock, which looks great with the gold Kahler Pro tremolo. Pickups are Seymour Duncan Live Wires, all of which are humbuckers and all are high output, active pickups. It's equipped with individual pickup switches to allow any combination including neck and bridge and all 3. Other controls are simply a volume control. This guitar is super clean with no finish chips or deep scratches, only some fine scratches, most of which will go away when we buff it out. The neck has a thick slab of rosewood, medium jumbo frets, and a sealer coat on back. Set up is fantastic with low action and no fretting out and overall this is one of the cleaner 80's Jacksons I've had in while. Like the yellow '86 Dinky I posted a few weeks ago, this is definitely a good one for the collection, especially with the older style body which makes it more of a "vintage" Jackson than guitars that followed shortly thereafter. Whether you're a collector or player, you can't go wrong with this one. $1099(HOLD-Stephen L 7/7/17) includes era-correct Jackson chainsaw case with a respectable 3 out of 4 latches intact - or a newer Jackson case.

41. , (), (), (), (). Very cool old Jackson in incredibly nice shape, especially for 23 years old. San Dimas neckplate but the only actual San Dimas models were serials below 1506. Back in this era these were all custom shop guitars, built to order. I remember a form that customers (dealers included) would fill out, specifying pickups, graphics, tremolo, inlays, etc., and many months later the guitar would arrive at the dealership just as ordered. This one is nicely outfitted with a German-made Jackson/Floyd made by Schaller (mod. JT-590) which was identical to a "regular" Floyd Rose, which was also made by Schaller Germany, and, in fact, all parts are interchangeable except the locking bolts (). The JT-590 is considered far superior to the Jackson TT-6 and, for most, better than the Kahler Pro, but that's a matter of taste. Pickups are all Jackson humbuckers which, I believe, are the J-50BC in the bridge with a pair of J-200 bi-level humbuckers in the middle and neck. Controls are the usual 5-way selector, mini two-way switch to split the bridge pickup, master volume, master tone, PLUS Jackson's great mid-boost circuit controlled by the 3rd knob. This mid-boost fattens up the sound incredibly and you'll likely want to keep it cranked up most of the time. This one is finished in black with a very metal-looking skull&crossbones graphic, one of many dozens of graphics offered by Jackson back in the day. This guitar has obviously seen very little use as evidenced by the near perfect frets, intact lettering on the pickups, and almost no discoloration to the Floyd. It plays wonderfully, with low action and very sleek oil-finished neck. There are no buckle scratches, only some fine pick scratches, most if not all we'll buff out prior to shipping. The only flaw is minor, and it's a small finish ding on the back of the neck which we can fill at no cost. These are nit pick issues and anyone would agree that this guitar is in beautiful shape. This guitar was made while Grover Jackson still owned the company and, thus, much more desirable than the later Ontario guitars. At $1050 it's just slightly more than the "American" San Dimas reissues but has a pedigree that guarantees that it will be a valuable axe for years to come. Includes hardshell case, tolex with leather ends and white piping. It's supposed to be original to the guitar but I don't believe it to be a Jackson case.

42.  , (), (), (), (), (), (), (), (), (), ().  Kammerer, made in his shop in Iowa, builds very unique, high quality guitars.  According to his site, he has "built over 350 guitars...and hundreds of necks for other companies that don't want to be mentioned as they "Hand Build" their instruments.  These are unique guitars, primarily with his patented neck attachment system, and with a body that's very thin at the edge, beveled to a regular thickness at the center, sort of like an Ibanez Sabre body.  His patented neck attachment system maximizes transfer of energy between the neck and body.  What looks like a 2-screw attachment is actually just 2 screws that hold the neckplate in place - the actual attachment uses 4 machine screws, with brass inserts in the neck.  Two additional pins in the body prevent any shifting of the neck.  With this system you don't need a lot of wood around the neck for strength, which allows is a very narrow heel that's very rounded, allowing for the utmost comfort playing in the upper register.  It's an ingenious system, much more expensive to manufacture than a Strat style with 4 wood screws, but the results are worth it.  The neck and headstock are the same piece of maple (i.e. no scarf joint), with the headstock being on a different plane to obtain the angle over the nut.  Again, more expensive but an effective and sturdy design.  Feel the headstock while you strum a chord and you can feel just how lively the neck vibrates.  His bodies are also unique in that parts are all recessed - back plate, output jack, and neckplate are all recessed into the body, precisely, for a perfect fit.  Just as precise is the fret work, with perfectly pressed frets, cut to exact fit, with no tang visible at the end of the fret (shown here).  Other features include maple body with gloss finish, abalone bow-tie fretboard inlays, 24-fret rosewood fretboard, Duncan pickups with a Duncan Custom neck and a Pearly Gates bridge, black hardware.  The body is two-piece but not the usual bookmatched variety:  it's a one-piece top, sandwiched to a one-piece back, and chambered inside.  Unlike some other boutique builders, Kammerer proudly uses a CNC machine in manufacturing his guitars, just like PRS or any other large company.  If you insist on a body and neck cut with a band saw, that's fine, but those guitars are usually around twice the $1750 base price of a Kammerer.  He builds guitars to order, but the Scorpius seems to be the starting point.  Although this guitar has been played and there's some moderate player's wear, there aren't any major flaws and the frets are perfect.  It has superb action, excellent tone, and is quite lightweight.  Own this one for 1/2 the price of a new one at just $875.  Includes the original case.  Note:  I also have a mint "", one of only two made, for $1399.   

43. , (), (), (), (). Model K-332 in nice condition; plays as good as it looks. Vanguards went through various design changes, almost yearly, and this is one of the cooler ones with beveled body edges and a headstock with sort of a German carve on top - flat on back. It also has matching pickup covers and bridge cover (back in the mid-60's they tried everything!). This model came in a single pickup version (K-331) and this two pickup K-332. These pickups have a nice mellow vintage tone, slightly lower output than a 60's Strat, and more balanced without the Strat's harshness. Overall nice shape for 46 years - top is super clean, back is in nice shape, but there are some finish dings around the edges () and it's all original except for one replaced fret (). Speaking of frets, Kay used brass frets which adds to the overall wackiness of these cool guitars which do tend to wear more quickly than nickel/silver frets. This one has a very recent fret dressing so there are no dishes in the frets but the next time they wear down it will likely want to have a refret. Old Kays are hit or miss as far as playability - this one is fantastic. With a perfectly straight neck and perfect neck angle, it sets up with low action from the 1st fret to the 19th. I remember 10 years ago when you could pick up old Kay's, Harmony's, Silvertone's, etc., for $100-$200 but in recent years they've increasingly gotten the respect they deserve. For a great player like this, it's still an excellent value in a vintage American guitar at $425.

44.  ramer Jersey Star "Player" - Richie Sambora Tribute, (), ( ), (), (), (), ().  Player's special on a fantastic Jersey Star that's seen very little use, but encountered an accident.  This is the ca. '04  reproduction of the 80's Kramer's Richie Sambora Signature Model, and was offered from Kramer/Music Yo's "USA Collection" (Do not compare to some recent cheaply built Chinese JS models selling new for $300).  As the original Kramer factory closed down long ago, this model was developed and built from the ground up, with special thanks to Mike at and John Montaperto for their insight in designing this guitar.  Richie was under contract with other manufacturers and didn't officially endorse this model, thus the Jersey Star designation and "JS" truss rod cover rather than the original "RS" truss rod cover.  All other major specs are pretty much identical to the original including quality hardware (), all gold, with a real Floyd Rose tremolo, Schaller tuners, and Schaller straplocks.  Pickups are specially designed for this guitar with a JS-90R in the neck and a pair of JS-91T's in the middle and neck.  For a good review of this guitar here's a like to VintageKramer (link here), where Mike states that this series is better than the original 80's model.  No scratches, no fret or fretboard wear, clean gold hardware, etc., but it did experience the boo-boo to the headstock.  Nine years ago these were always on back order at Music Yo, and although the new cost was $1022, enterprising individuals would buy them strictly for resale, fetching $100s more from impatient customers.  This particular example has seen very little playing time with no extraneous pick/button scratches.  Headstock has been repaired and there's a relatively small ding on the body, both shown in the pics above.  The headstock appears to be very solid, with no wood missing, and since there's a locking nut it's not a high stress area with the nut clamped down.  I got this without case and I'll offer it without the case for $550, or include a new Roadrunner molded case for $599.  It plays superbly and has excellent sustain and one of the better overall tones I've coaxed out of a Kramer.  

45.   1986 Kramer American Pacer Custom - Flip Flop Red, (), (), (), (), (). Another beautiful Pacer in time capsule condition. I just sold the flip-flop blue '86 and right on the heels comes this one in Flip-Flop Red, which, depending on the viewing angle, can appear red, purple, or pink, clearly visible in the pics above. This is a true "under the bed" guitar with virtually no player's wear, and the only flaw are a few very minor impressions, the worst of which is (), which are only visible from the right angle. No buckle/button scratches or pick scratches, frets are clean, headstock is clean, just a near perfect example of an ESP-era Kramer American. Features include non-recessed original Floyd Rose, Jackson-style sharp body edges, cannon output jack, Gotoh tuners with set screws straight down the side (never had any other tuners installed), droopy/pointy headstock, and 3-pc. maple neck with rosewood board. Pickups are an angled Duncan JB in the bridge with Duncan Vintage Staggered in the middle and neck, controlled by three mini on/off switches and a single volume knob, pretty much the simplicity of a Baretta in a 3-pickup version. This was one of my dream guitars back in the day but, alas, I was making $3.25/hr. and we sold these new in '86 for $799, basically around $2K by today's standards. Not just great looks, this baby has a great setup with very comfortable action, no problem bends, and the Floyd stays in tune perfectly. In this condition and this color, this is an excellent buy for the collector, or player, for $699. Includes new TKL case that's the same model as the mid-line Kramer case from the 80's.

46. , (), (), (), (), (). Fairly rare model from Kramer, in common red stain finish, commemorating the significant contribution Floyd made to the incredible success of the young Kramer company. I don't know if Floyd designed this himself, I have a feeling he did, but it's basically a Pacer Imperial with a different body. Overall pretty nice vintage shape cosmetically with only one area through the finish (on back of neck), all other flaws are in the clear coat only and not through to the wood - worst flaws are. There is also some wear on the edge of the fretboard as well as a few finish check lines. This guitar came in with horrible action and intermittent electronics. Again, Martin did his magic and turned this into a shredder's dream. The action is insanely low, with just a hint of string buzz audible only acoustically, or we can raise to factory specs if that's your preference without any buzz. I wouldn't touch a thing since right now this guitar seems like it plays itself. The neck isn't one of the thinner ones that appeared in '84 or so, but fairly substantial. Other features include: Classic (chicken beak) headstock with Floyd Rose signature logo, original model non-recessed Floyd Rose tremolo and locking nut, Schaller humbuckers with 2 volume and master tone, gold Gotoh tuners with rounded buttons (aka "San Dimas" tuner) and straight mounted set screws, and brass "large head" strap pins. This guitar appears all original, with the exception of missing one of the back plates (repro's available at minimal cost). This is sort of an oddball guitar in the Kramer line but it's small body and light weight make it a joy to play. It's not clean enough for collectors of near mint examples for others, a killer player in nice vintage condition. These are hard to come by - first one I've had in 5 years - and a quality real American Kramer for $679. I got this without a case or bag but will include a free gigbag or a used hardshell case for $59.

47. , (), (). Almost identical to one that sold last month; very cool ESP-made Kramer. Players who know about these guitars don't let the Focus name scare them. They're quality Japan-made Kramers - just like the "Kramer Americans" that followed a few years later. Unlike the ones a year or two earlier that features a Floyd Rose without fine tuners (what a fiasco), Floyd had it nailed by the time this one was built and with the addition of fine tuners, the "Original" Floyd made it's debut. This double-locking Floyd Rose is the same model found on the Pacer series from this era and became the standard by which all other locking tremolos were measured. This one's in very clean shape ( and works great. These are good sounding pickups, some of the best you'll find on an import, controlled by a 5-way blade and mini-toggle to split the bridge humbucker. You get anything from Strat tones to fat metal tones and it sounds very good on every setting. Nice shape, with a killer setup and every bit as good as the "Kramer Americans" (where were ESP Japan guitars) which followed. Priced at $429 with original Kramer case. If preferred, we can substitute an "Kramer American" pointy headstock neck for $175 more, with trade of old neck covering the labor and set up.

48. , nicely flamed maple top, set neck design and a very cool sculpted heel that allows easier access than any other LP I've played. Gold hardware, good sounding humbuckers, and absolutely new condition with protective film still on the plastic and a nice playing guitar for $199.

49. . Now includes Digital Interface cable ($39), XT Live gigbag ($49), 1/4" stereo guitar cable and USB cable. When you combine a Variax with a POD XT Live, you have one of the most powerful backline or studio setups imaginable. Save big time on this setup - $898 takes it all. Here's what you get:
, (), (), (), (), (). Before Fender's VG Strat there was the Variax which beats the VG in terms of versatility and a rather convincing modeling tone but the Variax takes it 10 steps further with loads more guitar models and tuning options. It's like having 25 guitars in one! For a complete listing, click here for Line 6 site. For many of us setting up for a gig means lugging at least two electrics and probably a 12-string and an acoustic. Imagine a single guitar that plays fantastically, that can cover all the bases. Ladies and Gents, the Variax. With a seeming endless variety of sounds from classic acoustic and electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo - plus without magnetic pickups, your notes come out crystal clear without any noise whatsoever. Variax also allows you to plug into a computer and customize your tone or apply alternate tunings to any of the 25 presets. Line 6's exclusive Variax Workbench software lets you fine-tune all the details of each tone, or change your tuning to Open G, DADGAD, D-MODAL, Drop-D, or any tuning you can imagine, without ever needing a tuner. It also integrates seamlessly with POD XT Live and Vetta II - not only powering the guitar but also letting you control the entire signal chain right at your feet (also runs on batteries or optional phantom adapter). Other features include Comfort-contoured basswood body, one piece maple neck, 22 medium profile frets, 25 1/2" scale, 9.5" fingerboard radius, custom L.R. Baggs tremolo bridge, standard 1/4" guitar output jack plus digital I/O jack for PODXT Live, POD X3 Live, Vetta II, and Workbench connectivity, volume and tone controls. This is a very impressive sounding guitar, especially at an $1119 list price. This used one is in beautiful condition and is the original Korean model (later models were Chinese). It plays exceptionally well, and incredibly powerful guitar. Includes one of the best gigbags made. Also with this package you get the with. Works great with any guitar and especially the Variax where it unleashes all the power and convenience. There are so many features on this unit, I won't even try, but tour the POD XT Live page () to get a full rundown on this amazing unit. It's an uncomplicated, gig-ready tone machine that’s portable and adaptable to different real world stage and recording environments. Can be used as the ultimate multi-effects pedal in front of any guitar amp, as a complete direct PA solution, or as the world-standard guitar recording workhorse in the studio. Includes 84 "must have" stomp box and studio effects models, 36 amp models, 24 cabinet models, and loads more features. Click here to read or download manual. Again, this package includes all required and optional cables, POD power supply, copies of manuals, gigbag for each, plus a quality leather strap, all for $898.

50. , (), (), (). Super nice Korean import. I think this is only the second Kelly I've had but I'm really impressed with the quality which is just one more example of how far Korean quality has come in the past 10 years. The Patriot is MK's LP style guitar with set-neck construction, carved top, dual humbuckers, single cutaway, 3/side headstock, dual volume and tone controls with a 3-way selector on the upper bout, and multi-ply binding on the body and headstock, and bound neck. Unlike a stock LP, the Patriot Hot Rod features push/pull knobs on both of the tone controls to either - or both - humbuckers. There are some more obvious departures, most notably a very unique and comfortable neck joint that makes playing upper notes easier, strings-thru-body rather than a stopbar tailpiece - which serves to enhance the sustain. The Hot Rod model also features some cool cosmetic enhancements - an abalone "flame" fretboard inlay in the lower frets as well as a "Sonic Art Bridge", also flame-shaped, which adds additional mass and it's increased bridge-to-body contact improves tone and resonance. It features all-mahogany construction for a fat, warm tone, which I'm beginning to favor over a maple cap. If you haven't tried PAF's on an all-mahogany guitar, you should give it a try. This guitar plays beautifully with low action and no fretting out, perfectly finished fret ends, and remarkably nice tone for a guitar that sells new for under $500. The stock PAF style pickups are fat, quiet, and warm sounding, plus the addition of the two coil splitters gives you an excellent selection of single-coil and humbucker tones - 6 tones in all. Finished in black Satin with lots of chrome hardware, this guitar is a definite eye catcher. When you combine playability, tone, looks, and overall quality, few guitars can touch this guitar at this price - just $379 AND includes free gigbag.

51. , (), (), (), (). Serial #19. One of the best Junior/Special guitars I've ever played, including many 50's single cuts and other boutique makers. Among current builders I would rate him as fine as any I've had, and although they're not cheap, they're comparably priced to Historic Series, which is remarkable for a guitar that is 100% hand made. Everything to do with the body and neck is hand built in his shop - no CNC machines, no "jobbing out" of necks and each neck is hand sanded and shaped to his specs, truss rods and even truss rod nuts are made by hand in his shop. He still uses Nitro finishes, again sprayed right in his shop. I can't tell you how many "boutique" builders have had their necks made by La Si Do; send out their bodies for finishing; etc., or are 100% CNC built with little to no craftsmanship built into the guitar. When you buy a Monty, you're paying for a hand-made guitar. Monty (site link) build around 9 different models, all of which are classic designs which have stood the test of time. The Rockmaster, for instance 50's Les Paul Junior and comes in a I or II model, the latter having two pickups. Specs include: solid Korina body, '59 shape Korina neck with rosewood board, P90 pickups - Peter Florence Voodoo's installed on this one, Tobacco Sunburst nitro finish, Kluson Deluxe style vintage tuners, birch headstock overlay, mother of pearl logo and inlay, 6105 fret wire, 12" fretboard radius, 1 11/16" nut width, CTS 500K linear taper pots, Switchcraft toggle switch and jack, and ABR1 bridge with stop tailpiece. Look at the finish detail pic above. It is dead on like an original ca. '57 Junior, totally opaque, with just the right amount feathering and even the tiny brown specs in the yellow. It looks like a genuine NOS 50s model. I am a Junior/Special nut and regardless of the model, mahogany and P90s are the perfect marriage of wood and electronics. I love the warmth, sustain, fatness, and the chameleon-like ability to sound like single coils or humbuckers depending on your playing style. The only improvement I would make has been taken care of on this model - with it's 25.5" scale rather than the usual 24.75"; and I guess Korina would be my choice over Mahogany so that's taken care of as well. I know it sounds trite, and possibly even hard to understand, but playing this guitar feels like "home." The vibe, the feel, and especially the tone, I find very relaxing and allow me to express myself completely and quite easily. The are as good as any I've played. There are plenty of threads on forums about these fine guitars and here's one from The Gear Page that also includes threads to other discussions of them (). This beautiful Rockmaster has barely been played and is near flawless with no wear of cosmetic issues to speak of. It's as clean as it looks in the pics. The last pricing I found on a new Rockmaster II was a 2008 price of $2900 at Destroy All Guitars in NC. I like to price clean examples at a nice even number so here you go, $1000 less than new. $1900 includes a LP style tolex case or $1939 includes new flight case pictured, aluminum plush lined with ATA recessed twist lock latches.

52. , (), ( headstock). The PM10 delivers the first new shape in the Parker line-up since the Parker Fly was first introduced in the mid-90's and is basically the same silhouette as the USA Fly Mojo Single Cut (). PM10 is a single cutaway design with a solid one-piece mahogany body and mahogany set neck, outfitted with a pair of custom wound Parker Stinger Alnico humbuckers, controlled by a 3-way selector plus push/pull pots on both the volume and tone knobs. Other features include 25.5" scale, 1.65" nut width, Ebony fretboard with nickel/silver frets, 10-13" compound radius neck, "fat" neck profile that's similar to PRS wide-fat, and Grover tuners with 18:1 ratio. This is a lightweight guitar at just 7 lbs. and is ergonomically and well-engineered guitar, perfect for playing multiple sets with minimal fatigue. The set-up is fantastic and it's one of the nicer guitars you'll find in the under $1K list price range. With a list of $799, this model sells new for $559 and is one of the better made imports at that price. This beautiful used one is just $375 and includes a quality gigbag.

53. , Good quality Strat copy in nice shape, nice set-up and highly recommended for a beginner - or skilled player who wants a good playing 2nd guitar, $145.

54. , (), ( ). See the T-60 above some background on the T-series. The T-30 is more of a scaled down model, with simpler electronics and hardware, and an ash body with only a sealer coat. The quality of construction however was as good as the T-60 and this is a well made guitar and one of the biggest bargains on the used/vintage market. Features a trio of single coil pickups with standard 5-way selector, master volume, and master tone. The bridge is an effective but simple compensated bar and like a Les Paul Jr. is adjustable forward and back - up and down. Tuners are Klusons style Peavey "Truelock". It features a tilt-adjust neck attachment to easily set the neck angle. It has a thin and comfortable neck with an excellent setup and, as you might expect, very much a Strat tone. Includes the original and in my opinion a steal on a 24-year-old USA guitar at $399.

55. , (), (), (), (), (), (Vintage Rails/bridge), ( (). Peter Rahbek builds fine guitars in his native Denmark, where Rahbeck guitars are the choice of pros from his country. From what I gather, his shop can be considered sort of the Tom Anderson of Denmark, in fact his new headstock resembles Anderson, and Suhr for that matter. He offers three standard models, with enough custom options to make every guitar as unique as you'd like it to be. He offers this COS-T, (short for "Cozmic" Tele), as well a Standard (Strat) and Classic. His guitars aren't cheap but considering that they're *genuinely* hand-made, informed players won't feel like they're over priced. One look at this one and you think "Esquire", but it's so much more. One thing that really sets it apart from traditional Fenders is Rahbek's neck joint which is considerably deeper than a Fender and beveled to be very thin where your hand comes around. You won't find a Tele that's easier to play in the upper register. Also, they went with neck screws recessed into the body, rather than through a neckplate, with a greater distance between the screws to increase stability. One of my favorite features as far as maintenance is concerned, is the truss rod adjustment, a wheel style located at the base of the neck (Musicman style) which adjusts with any small bar or steel pin and doesn't require you to gash up the body trying to squeeze and Allen wrench into the adjustment screw. Features include lightweight swamp ash body, quartersawn maple neck with medium depth, nicely rounded in back with a 9.5" radius, stainless steel frets, and staggered Gotoh locking tuners that retain the vintage look from the front. Switching is currently set up vintage style: (1) tone control out of circuit, (2) tone control adjustable, and (3) tone control turned all the way back, utilizing 3 capacitors for a dark (aka mud) tone. The installed Duncan is a 4-conductor so it can be wired single coil-humbucker-out of phase. Stock pickup is a Lindy Fralin Blues Special, which is included in the case, as well as a Duncan Vintage Rails humbucker currently installed. This guitar hasn't seen much playing time, fret are near perfect and cosmetically it's in excellent condition with only very minor flaws. It has had the bridge replaced which left three small holes barely visible (see here). Some builders don't favor the vintage bridge, believing that it makes the pickup more harmonic and prone to squealing. The Wilkinson bridge that's installed is a good compromise between vintage and modern. It retains the back half of the traditional bridge but doesn't surround the pickup, therefore eliminating the shortcomings of the vintage bridge. The brass saddles are compensated for more accurate intonation. If you want a vintage style bridge and/or want to cover up the holes, we can swap out the bridge to a Fender-stamped or identical vintage aftermarket bridge. for links to in-depth reviews by Vintage Guitar and other magazines. As I mentioned, Rahbeks aren't cheap and their line runs around $2700 to $3500, but compared to other small companies with very little hand-craftsmanship, they're worth the money. This guitar is a fantastic player with a well-chosen resonant piece of ash, perfectly dressed and seated frets, and immaculately constructed. I feel it's an excellent *value* for $1599.

56.  2005 Reverend Jetstream HB-FM w/Tremolo, (), (), (), (), (). Reverend has built great guitars for around a decade and like their entire line of guitars, amps, and effects, they have been one company that has proven that great gear need not cost great money. It's hard to find fault with their gear and the only problem they've ever had were periods where dealers were out of stock. The Jetstream HB-FM (humbuckers, flamed maple) is a good example: immaculately constructed, superb playability, and quality tone. It features a solid Mahogany body with a real maple cap, covered with a flamed maple veneer. The tone of the Korina and maple is warm, with a nice high end snap on the attack. Other features include: body binding, dual Reverend humbuckers with output/tone calibrated for each position, maple neck with amber tint, dual action truss rod, bound rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, flat 12" radius, 22 jumbo frets, medium oval neck shape, 1 21/32" graphite nut, Wilkinson tremolo, custom volume and tone pots with Reverend's "contour" control. The contour control allows you to add bass for fatter tones, or back it off for twangy tones which resemble single coils. Click here for a YouTube demo by Guitar World and for a demo that focuses on the contour control. Reverend is a little known secret, although highly cherished by a cadre of Reverend fanatics who know what great products they are. This guitar is in beautiful condition, with virtually no wear at all, and plays superbly. If you haven't tried a Reverend, I can highly recommend this one - or a Manta-Ray HB-FM (semi-hollow) that I also have in stock. I don't think Reverend offers the trem any longer on this model but the Wilkinson stays in tune very well and makes it more appealing to many players. $650(HOLD-Matt T 1/25/18) for this one. Includes a nice Ultra-lite case which has the stiffness of a hardshell but the convenience of a gigbag with both shoulder strap and handle straps.

57. , (), (), (), (), (). This wonderful old Ricky, built of Bakelite, was made the first year following the War and is in very good vintage condition, appearing all original except for one mis-matching tuner which I believe is the original one. It sounds excellent with strong output, original electronics perform flawlessly with no scratchiness in the volume or tone pot. Some finish wear and chips on the ivory painted metal plates. Serial B8-192. The B6 was made in Los Angeles, California with a molded bakelite body and neck. Overall length is 30 in, 9 3/8 in. wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. deep at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. and nut width is 2 1/4 in. Original red-lined case is in nice vintage condition with all latches and hinges intact. This is a wonderful working instrument and an iconic piece of Rick history for $799.

58.  SX EVH Wolfgang/Axis Copy w/Upgrades, (), (), (), (), (). Here's what you do when you happen across an excellent playing import that's just a few parts away from being a pro quality axe. First you throw away the no-name Asian humbuckers and replace them with a pair of Seymour Duncans (Duncan Distortion bridge and neck). And because a good sounding guitar is wasted if it's out of tune, you replace the generic die cast tuners with a quality set of locking Sperzels. Over $200 worth of upgrades in parts alone, but it transformed a mediocre guitar into one that's good enough to take to a gig. Features include 4+2 headstock, quilted maple top with matching headstock, maple neck with truss rod adjustment wheel at the base of the neck, locking tremolo and nut, bound body and neck, 3-way pickup selector with only a single volume control. This guitar has seen very little use and is in near pristine condition with no fret wear or scratches, and plastic film still on control cover. This guitar was worth sinking some money into and I'm glad to offer it at a price that's reasonable these quality upgrades, just $329(HOLD-Rene 12/2) with gigbag.

59. , (), (), (), (). Not for everybody, but for players who want to venture into an even lower register than a 7-string, the Damien Elite-8 gives you the low B string of a 7 - and an even lower F#, allowing it to play both in the standard guitar register (1st - 6th strings), but almost an octave lower as well. In fact, with a custom set of strings you can use Baritone tuning, with extra high 1st and 2nd strings. Long before metal players discovered the dark tones of an extended low range, jazz and classical players used 8-string guitars, usually adding a lower A and a higher A. In recent years, heavy bands such as GWAR, Ihsahn, Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Deftones, Stations, and Triumphant Return, have used it for a distinct signature sound. The Damien Elite-8 is a quality made Korean guitar that's engineered with a long 26-1/2" scale length to accommodate the lower tuning, fitted with a Schecter CTM-8 fixed bridge for maximum stability and sustain. This is a quality import and in addition to the Schecter bridge, it features quality Grover tuners and a pair of EMG-808 active humbuckers which are powerful and totally silent, which is important if you're using high-gain settings on your amps or distortion pedals. It's nicely appointed with intricate stained cross inlays, multi-ply fretboard and body binding, and black chrome hardware. It also features a double-cutaway Construction: double-cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard, Graph Tech graphite nut to reduce friction, with a simple master tone and volume, with a 3-way switch. Sells new at America's superstore or online affiliate for $629 ($899 list), which is a fair price for a quality Korean with EMG's and quality hardware. This one is in immaculate condition and after Martin did his magic, a killer player for an 8, and just $429.

60. , (), ( headstock), (), There is a growing following for 7-string guitars. Once the choice of many jazz players, in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai, "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 a huge part of their band's sound. The A-7 features some very unique contours and a distinct headstock which give this guitar a look all its own. Unlike most of the Diamond Series line, which is built in Korea, I read that this model was built in Mexico, with final inspection and setup done in the USA. The quality control on this line is undoubtedly high as I've had dozens of Diamond Series, usually the Classic or "C" series, and every one set up extremely well with zero issues. The A-7 Plus features a mahogany body for a warm & fat tone, complimented perfectly by a set of Duncan Designed pickups which were custom-wound to fit this model. I've been very impressed with the Duncan-Designed HB-103 pickups used on most 6-strings and these appear to be of equal quality. Other features include 6/1 headstock, maple neck with rosewood board, diamond inlays, 25.5" scale, 24 extra jumbo frets, licensed low-profile Floyd Rose built to specs of the Floyd Rose Pro, Grover tuners, black hardware, 3-way selector with master volume and tone with large radio-style knobs. Although discontinued, the retail price on this model was $899 but this one is immaculate with plastic still on the back plates and could be sold as new - for $350. Add a quality Schecter wedge-shaped gigbag for $22 () if desired.

61. , (), (), (), (string-thru body). We've been very impressed with these higher-end Diamond Series and this is another of these killer imports with drop dead looks, quality construction and parts, excellent tone, and perfect setup. Features include Violin sunburst finish, flamed maple top over Mahogany body, set neck design with mahogany neck, Abalone and pearl "Vector" fretboard inlays, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed HB102 humbuckers controlled by volume and tone with push/pull pot for single coil/humbucker tones, jumbo frets, Tonepros TOM bridge with strings thru body, and cream binding all around - headstock, neck, and body. The top is beautifully carved with a sharp arch, as well recessed knobs and switch. This guitar feels, looks, and plays like a guitar that costs well over its list price of $869. Sells new for $599 but this one has barely been played with no discernable wear of any kind and is a smoking deal at $450 with a setup that's guaranteed to please.Includes used gigbag - used C-1 case () available for $39 in good condition other than one corner took a hit and tape covers damage.

62. , (), (), (), (). This is one stunning guitar. From the perfectly bookmatched flamed maple top, to the flamed maple binding, to the intricate vine of life inlay, to the gold hardware, it's a definite head turner. Thankfully Schecter engineers quality components into their guitars so they're just not works of art and this one has quality parts in addition to great cosmetics. Starting with a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with a JB Bridge and SH-2N Jazz neck, you're guaranteed quality tone and a good variety of tones as well. Hardware is top notch as well, with a TonePros locking bridge and quality Grover tuners in brushed gold. From a design aspect, it's made for excellent sustain with a neck-thru design of Maple with Mahogany wings, strings-through body for good string to wood transfer, and the area where the neck joins the body is nicely beveled to make playing the upper frets a breeze. Other features include 24 jumbo frets, slightly substantial maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, creme fretboard binding, 25-1/2" scale, and Schecter locking tuners. I'm not sure what they call this finish but it's a dark tortoise shell, although the official name might be Antique Amber. Regardless, it's stained in such a way that the figured maple is very pronounced, which isn't always easy on darker stains. For over 100 ratings where it scored an overall 9.4 out of 10, click here for Harmony Central. This guitar plays superbly and sounds as good as it plays. With the quality of the high-end Korean guitars, players can finally get a top-notch guitar for well under a grand. A new C-1 Classic is running $799 without gigbag ($1119 list) but this one is virtually flawless and a smoking deal for the intermediate to advanced player at just $599(HOLD-Steve 2/28).

63. , (), ( ), (), (). Still another one of these fine Korean C-1 series, the C-1 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Piezo Pickup. For me this guitar had an immediate vibe of the PRS Hollowbody with its dual F-holes, and slightly thick body that's 2" on the edge to around 2.5" at the center of the body. The first thing you'll notice, as soon as you see it, is the perfectly bookmatched quilted maple top, finished in vintage sunburst - absolutely stunning in person. Neck is a fast and comfortable 3-piece Mahogany set into the body with a unique sculpted heal-joint, allowing for easy playing access to the upper register. With a pair of very good sounding Duncan Designed HB-103 humbuckers, plus a quality RMC piezo bridge, with your choice of summed or split output, this guitar is capable of many, many tones. You'll first think jazz or blues with the hollowbody design, but this guitar was engineered to be feedback resistant and despite using the highest gain settings on my practice amp, I didn't get a hint of feedback. Just pure quality tone. Like it's electric sound, the RMC piezo does a good job of delivering acoustic tone which for many players means one less guitar to lug to gigs. Features include: Quilted maple top on bound mahogany body with traditional F-holes, split crown pearloid fretboard inlays, 25-1/2" mahogany neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, TonePros bridge, Duncan-Designed HB-103 humbuckers, RMC Piezo pickup system, Mixed or separate signal operation, Quilted maple top, Bound mahogany body, 25-1/2" scale, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, and TonePros bridge. This guitar plays perfectly with nice low action and no fretting out. For looks, versatility, and tone, it's hard to beat this model. It's remarkable that Schecter could build a guitar with these features for just a $999 list, without gigbag. This used one is immaculate and one nice hollowbody for $550.Includes well-padded Schecter gigbag and optional stereo cable for running into separate electric and acoustic amps.

64.  2008 Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR and 2008 Schecter Classic C-1 – NOTE – HELLRAISER SOLD. New, old stock, and immaculate. Schecter's high-end C-1 Series with upscale appointments like quilted maple top, real Duncan pickups and Tonepros bridge (Classic) and EMG Active 81/89 and Original Floyd Rose bridge (Hellraiser FR) - both are neck-thru models with stunning Abalone appointments. Along with PRS and Brian Moore, these are the finest Korean imports on the market in my opinion. If purchased separately, the top-quality hardware and electronics alone on these guitars would run you $400-$500. Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR front/back, ( headstock), ( ), ( ). A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and looks, at an incredible price. The C-1 FR Hellraiser features high-end EMG active pickups (EMG81TW and EMG89), both with coil split via dual volume knobs; an Original Floyd Rose tremolo with original Floyd locking nut; stunning Abalone inlay along the entire edge of the top; Abalone bound headstock; Abalone Gothic Cross inlays, black chrome hardware, neck-thru design with "ultra access" design for easy playing to the top frets, 24 extra jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, mahogany body with 3-piece mahogany neck-thru. For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality hardware and EMG's, the Hellraiser C-1 FR retails at a remarkable $1299, currently clearance priced online at $899. Better still, this one has never been retailed and is immaculate, with our killer in-house setup, for just $729.Includes used gigbag - used C-1 case () available for $39 in good condition other than one corner took a hit and tape covers damage.

65. , (), (), (). We've been very impressed with these higher-end Diamond Series and this is another of these killer imports with drop dead looks, quality construction and parts, excellent tone, and perfect setup. Features include Violin sunburst finish, flamed maple top over Mahogany body, set neck design with mahogany neck, Abalone and pearl "Vector" fretboard inlays, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed HB102 humbuckers controlled by volume and tone with push/pull pot for single coil/humbucker tones, jumbo frets, Tonepros Tuneomatic bridge with strings thru body, and cream binding all around - headstock, neck, and body. The top is beautifully carved with a sharp arch, as well recessed knobs and switch. This guitar feels, looks, and plays like a guitar that costs well over its list price of $869. Sells new for $599 but this one has barely been played, has one of the nicest tops you'll see on these, and is a smoking deal at $399 with a setup that's guaranteed to please.

66. , 2001, Electric Blue, body very similar to my USA Sunset Classic with sleek lines and carved top, features straight-ahead setup with dual humbuckers, 3-way switch, tone, volume, stop-bar with tune-o-matic bridge, mint condition with plastic still on back plate, quality Grover tuners, looks-sound-plays great, looks identical to the ESP Ltd H-100 above, list price in '01 was $469 but this used one is perfect with nice setup and just $225.

67. , another Diamond Series and features the same body shape and headstock of the C1+ above, in a scaled down, more basic model. Advertised as a great metal axe, I can easily recommend this to any entry-level or intermediate metal head. Excellent setup, good pickups, and killer looks in a gloss black with carved top. With a list of $499, this one's like new but the price isn't - just $239.


68.  Life size with his signature Silvertone guitars. Original dealer display and great for you Kiss fans. $79

69.  and other Collectors: After years with Ibanez and later Washburn, Paul Stanley has signed with Silvertone (dist by Samick) for manufacture of his signature model guitars. I have a very limited selection of the entire line of electrics which are two different set-neck models and two bolt-ons. The bolt-on's feature Agathis bodies with sculpted Maple necks, 14" flat radius fretboard, dual high-output humbuckers, and die-cast tuners. The set-necks feature sculpted Mahogany necks set into Agathis bodies, 14" flat radius fretboard, Grover tuners, and Seymour Duncan-Designed humbuckers. I wouldn't waste your time or mine by posting them at normal store prices. Very limited quantity so grab one quick.

70. , List $499, Sale $209(SOLD-KRIS 10/3)

71. , List $699, Sale $362

72. , List $399, Sale $199

73. , List $699, Sale $SOLD

74. , ( ), (), ( detail). Only the second Switch I've had and like the last one, very impressive guitar for the money. Switch uses alternative materials in building their guitars, namely a Vibracell® body and neck, which is a synthetic material that has tonal properties that, to me, are extremely similar to wood. They're not the first company to experiment and I remember the original Dan Armstrong Plexiglas bodies as far back as the 60's. The Stealth, whether intentional or not, has a vibe very much like a Parker, specifically, the. Features include a pair of Switch humbuckers, bi-level headstock with Grover tuners, nicely beveled body - especially in the cutaway areas. The guitar is also beveled around the entire body, providing a thin, comfortable edge, contoured to a regular thickness toward the middle. Electronics are simple with a volume, tone, and 3-way. Finish is a charcoal metallic. Nice playing guitar with good tone and for a set-neck axe, a good value at $239.

75. , (), (), (). True museum piece - as clean as it looks in the pics. So many of these old Teisco and Teisco Del Ray guitars are beaters that it's very unusual to come across one that's in pristine condition, especially one without any finish checking. For many players in the 60's, this was their first guitar and since so many were sold to kids, and the fact that they weren't very expensive, most did not receive the care of a fine musical instrument, rather, they were treated as a toy that Junior outgrew and they went out in the shed with the chemistry set and Chutes and Ladders game. Teisco was one of many Japan factories that flourished during the guitar boom of the 60's. Unlike many others, they tended to use their own designs rather than building copies. Most of their guitars before this year featured a 4+2 headstock, for instance, and they had some very unusual body shapes. This one is referred to as the "Tulip" body, due to its resemblance to the flower. Beginning the year after this one was built, Teisco jumped on the bandwagon and began building more and more copies, and most of their unique shapes went away. I've come across many old Teisco's which were horrible players and since they don't have an adjustable truss rod, most were relegated to becoming slide guitars. That is not the case with this one. The action is very comfortable throughout the fretboard. With its single toaster style pickup, located in the middle position, it has a rather mellow tone that sounds like a cross between a Jazzmaster neck and Strat middle pickup. Dating Teisco's is ambiguous, but the Teisco (without the "Del Ray"), the tulip body in an E-110, and the 6/side headstock, pretty much puts it at a '69. There are a few good web sites on Teisco's, on Facebook with links to old catalogs and called Teisco Twangers. If you're a collector of guitars in the finest condition, or simply want a cool, feather weight guitar that's fun to play, this one's hard to beat for $225.

76. , (), (), (), (). A shredder's delight at a remarkable price. I don't know they do it, but TTM imports their parts but then custom builds their guitars in the USA and puts them out on the street at prices that are comparable to regular imports. You can custom order any parts your heart desires - it all depends on how much you want to spend. This guitar is stock with perhaps the top being the only upgrade, but you can order this same guitar with Sperzel tuners, Wilkinson trem, EMG's, etc. This model, and the brand in general, is aimed at hard rockers - the harder the better - and the have a client list of some very big name shedders. Beautiful looks, with a perfectly bookmatched quilted maple veneer over a bound basswood body, it features a pair of very hot humbuckers that actually sound very good, 5-way pickup selector, 24 medium jumbo frets, bound maple neck with rosewood board, fretboard inlays that spell D-E-V-A-S-T-A-T-O-R, reverse headstock, and Wilkinson tuners. The fit and finish on this guitar is excellent. Check out the neck fit (), which is as tight as a set neck. You couldn't fit a cat hair between the body and neck. Click here for a few reviews from and for a good YouTube demo, to see a young dude absolutely wailing away on his Devastator. Is this guitar as good as a USA Jackson? No, but it's 80% as good - and at 25% of the price. I would love to try out one of their more upgraded models but for the money, you're not going to beat this for a very heavy metal axe. Just $399 for a guitar that was actually built in America. Amazing.


I just got in 3 models of some of the best vintage style guitars I've seen for the money. They arrived with a very good setup, the fit and finish is excellent, and they are made with quality hardware and electronics including a Wilkinson vintage style tremolo with "pop-in" trem arm and Allen-screw tightness adjustment, Sperzel USA locking tuners, and TTM's own Palladium Series pickups. All of these are HSS which gives you a very fat humbucker tone on position 5, or the traditional Strat tones on positions 1-4. These are supposedly made in the USA but I don't know the details. My take is that these are likely Korean bodies and necks, assembled and perhaps finished in the USA but I don't know this to be a fact. I only know that they bury all of the competition in the under-$500 price range AND these also come with a nice quality Canadian made case, instead of a cheap-o Chinese case or flimsy gigbag. Right now I only have one of each but depending on response, I might be getting in a freight shipment of 25-30 more pieces. Read more about the Slayer and TTM at TTM's Site Here. Currently in stock are:

77. , Olympic White with Rosewood Board, (), (), (), (). $399 with case.

78. , 3-tone Sunburst with gold hardware and Maple Board, (), (), (), (). $449 with case.

79. , Red Quilt top with Rosewood Board, (), (), (), (), () $449 with case.

80.  1985 Tokai JSX-75 Super Edition Jackson Style, (), (), (), (). Great playing Japan-made Tokai with the flavor of an '85 San Dimas era Jackson including small control cavity. Finished head to toe in pearl pink, it's an outstanding player and the stock pickups sound good. Features include 2-piece contoured alder body, one-piece hard rock maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, 22 wide frets, Tokai neck contour which is a well-rounded C-shape with small shoulders, 2 single coil and 1 humbucker T.A.R. (Tokai Advanced Reproduction) pickups without exposed poles on the single coils, 3 mini pickup switches which allow any combination, no pickguard, Ayers Rocker III tremolo with fine tuners, lightning bolt fretboard inlays with black side markers, pink pearl finish with matching neck and headstock, Tokai deluxe vintage tuners, black hardware, football output jack, pointy non-angled headstock, and San Dimas style control route with shielded control cover (). Overall this guitar is in nice shape for its age with no cracks or serious issues and just some minor flaws including shown here - a small finish touch-up near the output jack, some light clearcoat scratches on back, a small rub on the headstock tip, and other very minor finish imperfections. Not clean enough for the collector types but for a player - this thing plays great, with low action and no fret outs on bends. Although it's missing parts in the locking nut, it's a rather primitive system and would better be used like a vintage tremolo, i.e. without a locking device on the headstock. It stays in tune very well when used like a vintage Strat with down push; doesn't stay in tune as well with up-pull. These Japan made Tokai's are very highly regarded and are excellent utility instruments. For tone and playability, it's hard to beat at $339

81.  Unique Mahogany Body Style Custom Made Strat Head, (). For the player who wants something truly unique...this is a one-off Custom made guitar. Very unique looks, top-notch parts, and quality woods. The body style is a cross between a Les Paul Single Cutaway, although with a much rounder upper bout and deep & pointy cutaway - while the lower bout is something straight out of the builder's imagination - there really isn't a comparison that I'm aware of. The neck appears to be custom built as well and is perfectly straight, featuring a rosewood board and Strat headstock. Please note that we relocated the string tree to the traditional position and plugged the small hole where it is located in the pics. Excellent electronics all around with a cool blend of Fender, Les Paul, and acoustic. are a DiMarzio DP-181 Fast Track in the bridge, Gibson PAF in the neck, and a Fishman for acoustic tones. Switches are 3-way selector for the magnetic pickups on the upper bout, 3-way mini-toggle near the knobs to select magnetic - magnetic and piezo - piezo alone. Control knobs are master volume, master tone, and Piezo volume (white knob). Body is one-piece mahogany (end view) which yields a very warm and full tone. Control cavity is shielded, neatly wired, and contains the circuit board for the Fishman system and 9V battery (). Output jack is conveniently located out of the way, in the cutout area at the end of the body which also features a bird in flight Abalone inlay (). This is a great playing guitar and should appeal to players who want a lot of versatility but, especially, want to strap on something that's truly unique and a hand-built one-of-a-kind instrument with top quality components. Very cool piece for $750.

82.Warmoth DIY Special:

Fender Strat Style DIY Warmoth Strat -Warmoth and all top notch parts--all brand new--including everything you'll need down to the last screw. Warmoth Body () is Swamp Ash with nicely flamed koa top, routed for dual hums and 2-point fulcrum tremolo. Neck () is Warmoth's Conversion Neck, which can be used on any body which will automatically be "converted" to Gibson scale (24 3/4"). You'll notice better ease of play, more dramatic bends, and difficult chord shapes are easier to finger. You'll also notice an unusual headstock, originally a Strat, but at the request of the owner Martin carved it down to be something truly unique. For the remaining components (click to enlarge) you have a pair of DiMarzio's (PAF Pro and Steve's Special), Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, and choice of Sperzel locking or Steinberger "Banjo" type tuners - plus every other part needed to complete the project including stacked CTS pots with stacked knobs so you can have dual volume and tone with just two pots for a cleaner look, control plate, tremolo cavity plate, neckplate with plastic base, humbucker rings, 5-way switch, and football output jack. Not shown but included are all the little screws you'll need to complete the project. Original owner had this entire project designed and over the course of a few months assembled all the parts. By the time he had assembled all the parts, his interest had changed and he sold this entire "kit" to finance his new guitar. If you have the mechanical ability of the average 12-year-old, and some simple soldering skills, this will be an easy project to complete and in the end you'll have one extremely nice, high-end guitar. He has over $1200 invested in these parts and this is a steal at $699. If you really want to go over the top, substitute with this for just $125 more.

83. , Excellent quality rock/metal axe with all the necessary features from the metal days including an excellent quality licensed Floyd Rose, thin profile with flat fretboard radius, HSS Washburn pickups, volume and tone with push/pull pot, and 5-way selector.  Nuno Bettencourt endorsed the Chicago Series KC line back in the early 90's before Washburn developed his N4 signature model.  The body is extremely comfortable with contours in the cutaways to allow easier access to the upper frets.  Setup is great, with the low action these guitars are famous for, stays in tune perfectly during whammying, and it has a versatile selection of quality tones.  This model got incredible reviews on Harmony Central (click here), where it scored an impressive 9.3 overall rating.  Not a cheap guitar back in the day and when you play it you'll note the quality.  Several small paint touch up's here and there, but the frets are perfect and it's seen little actual playing time.  One of the great values on a rock/metal guitar for just $299.

84.  2002 Washburn Tabu TB-400, (front/back), (headstock), (3/4 view), (Floyd-licensed trem), (heel). This is a killer axe. Excellent quality Korean import and from what I recall, these were a Mars Music exclusive. Martin used to be the repair manager at Mars and I'll try to verify with him. The Tabu is very much a copy of the Gibson Les Paul DC, with similar body shape and contours, dual humbuckers, dual volume/tone controls with 3-way selector, bound body, bound neck with dot inlays, and 3+3 headstock with binding. It was designed with a very small rounded heel that makes playing in the upper register a breeze. Other features include 24-fret neck with 24 3/4" scale, Grover 18:1 tuners, black chrome hardware, silver finish with gloss lacquer, special inlay at 12th fret, medium frets, Washburn Head Hunter EL921 and EL923 humbuckers. The set up on this guitar is fantastic - low action fans will love it - and the stock pickups sound very good with a bright, articulate bridge pickup and a very warm and fat neck pickup. The tremolo is a Floyd-licensed double-locking type that's a copy of the Floyd Pro, low profile and recessed. It stays in tune perfectly. This guitar appears to have seen no playing time with zero scratches anywhere, perfect frets, and plastic still on the back plates. The only flaw is some slight discoloration to the Floyd plating, overall a 9.9. This is definitely one of the better Korean models I've had and that's saying a lot considering the high quality of Korean imports in the past decade. It's very comfortable to play and for a "nearly new" guitar, a sweet deal at $399. Add a nice SKB Freedom case for $49 if desired.

85.  Washburn Dime 32 Camo, signature model 2004, for the late, great Dimebag Darrell (RIP) and features Limited Edition Camo finish, strings thru body tuning, good quality Washburn WB630 pickups, Grover 18:1 tuners, and jumbo frets. This isn't your $2K custom shop model but for the price, it's an excellent playing guitar with nice tone and solid Metal vibe - a nice tribute to Dime for a nice price. List was $599 on these but this one is like new and includes original Camo padded gigbag for just $325.

86.  Windsong WSLP-300 Les Paul Copy, (front/back), ( headstock). Although this is a 2002 model, it's actually NOS and flawless condition. This guitar is an excellent quality Korean model, made in the same factory that Epiphone was using at the time. Most of you may not be familiar with Windsong, but a local store, Burnt Hill Music, was the sole importer of them. They offer classic Gibson/Epi styles, built with the quality of the Korean Epi's, before they moved to China. The WSLP-300 is Windsong's equivalent to the LP Standard Plus, with identical cosmetic features such as binding and inlays, electronics, and hardware - while there is a slight difference in silhouette with the Windsong having a slightly wider waist and a tiny cutaway on the bass side, where the Les Paul goes straight across. Woods are alder body with a flamed maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard, with a gloss finish all around and nicely flamed maple as well as an attractive abalone strip on the headstock. This guitar sold new for $520 (click here for price and specs) which is slightly less than Epi's Les Paul Standard Plus. I guarantee that the quality of this guitar is identical to a 2002 Epi and, further, that it has an absolute killer setup with very low action from the nut to the top fret. For $100's less than a new Chinese Les Paul Standard Plus you can have this lovely Korean Windsong; just $329. Includes gigbag.

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