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Gibson ES-339 Thinline Custom Shop Cherry, 2008

Gibson ES-339 Thinline Custom Shop Cherry, 2008

The Gibson ES-339 was a hit from its introduction in 2007 using the concept and classic lines of the ES-335, but with a scaled down body. All of the other features line up between the two models.

Price: $2000 CAD
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Gibson Byrdland Thinline Archtop Electric Natural, 1991

Gibson Byrdland Thinline Archtop Electric Natural, 1991

The Gibson Byrdland thinline archtop electric appeared in 1955 and represents a functional adaptation to traditional archtop electrics. Two top Nashville session players, Billy Byrd and Hank Garland were approached by the Gibson president, Ted McCarty for ideas on new products. As busy players, Byrd and Garland wanted a shorter scale length of 23.5 inches to allow complex, extended chord shapes.

Price: $7750 CAD
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Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean Thinline Archtop Burgundy, 1997

Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean Thinline Archtop Burgundy, 1997

The late, great Chet Atkins was closely associated with Gretsch guitars, but after Gretsch closed Gibson sought his endorsement and a number of Gibson Chet Atkins models appeared, including the Chet Tennessean, built from 1990 to 2005 in Nashville.

Price: $1650 CAD
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‼Reduced‼ Gibson ES-Les Paul Alex Lifeson Signature Artist Proof #2 White, 2017

‼Reduced‼  Gibson ES-Les Paul Alex Lifeson Signature Artist Proof #2 White, 2017

he Gibson ES-Les Paul Alex Lifeson Artist Proof #2 is the second of three production proof models built, before the design went to the regular line. All three of these guitars were personally approved by Alex Lifeson.  Alex Lifeson is one of the most recognised rock guitarists, having spent his career with his band Rush. I am reminded of my high school days, seeing Rush perform in the school cafeteria on a stage made of folded tables; this was a long time ago and shows how dedicated Rush has been to working hard.

Price: $9999.99 CAD
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‼Reduced‼ Gibson ES-5 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1949

‼Reduced‼ Gibson ES-5 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1949

The Gibson ES-5 appeared in 1949 and was the first ES – Electric Spanish – guitar with three pickups.   Originally equipped only with rotary pots for volume and tone controls, this model was revised in 1955 as the ES-5 Switchmaster.     Using a full size cutaway archtop body made with maple laminates for feedback rejection, the original ES-5 had individual volume controls and one master tone control.   Depending on the pot rotation, you could have all three pickups at any blend level. 

Price: $8999.99 CAD
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Peter Hopkins Tessa Nova Archtop Electric Guitar Red, 2009

Peter Hopkins Tessa Nova Archtop Electric Guitar Red, 2009

This Peter Hopkins Tessa Nova archtop electric was built as part of the ‘Red Collection’ for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show. A full body archtop with floating Kent Armstrong pickup, it’s built with spectacularly figured Big Leaf Maple and Sitka Spruce.

Price: $6999.99 CAD
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