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Gibson SJ Square Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar, 1972

Gibson SJ Square Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar, 1972

The Gibson SJ, or Southern Jumbo, appeared in 1942 as a slope or round-shouldered dreadnought guitar, and in 1964 adopted the square-shouldered shape commonly used by other prominent builders, like Martin. Current SJ versions have gone back to the original, vintage forms. The SJ was also marketed after 1956 with a natural finish top, as the Country Western model.

Price: $1350 CAD
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Reduced! Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 1962

Reduced! Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 1962

This Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst is in clean condition and plays quite well. It appears to have been recently refretted, which included cleaning up the rosewood fingerboard. There are a few minor spot touch ups on the neck to fill dents. These were done competently and probably at the same time as the refret. There is also a colour touchp on the top at the lower treble bout edge, a bit of fill on a finger wear area between the pickguard edge and the bridge, and a touchup of some pick marks below the bass side soundhole.

Price: $3900 CAD
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Linda Manzer Cutaway Steel String Guitar Natural 1980

Linda Manzer Cutaway Steel String Guitar Natural 1980

Here we are looking at a Linda Manzer cutaway steel string acoustic built during 1980 in Toronto. It features a concert body using Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate, Mahogany for the neck and Ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard. The nut and saddle are bone. Schaller tuning machines with ebony buttons are installed at the head, and a K&K pickup set has been installed to an endpin jack. This example features Abalone for the rosette and position markers – a mix of dots and a leaflet with stem. The top has a small thin clear plastic tap plate, an excellent idea that protects the top without hiding it.

Price: $7999.99 CAD
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C. F. Martin D-18 Dreadnought, 1971

C. F. Martin D-18 Dreadnought, 1971

The Martin D-18 has been an iconic, workhorse guitar for decades, used by countless musicians of all skill levels. Its pairing of Spruce and Mahogany for the dreadnought body provide snap, sparkle and definition to a powerful tone. Introduced in 1931 with a 12 fret neck that was extended to 14 frets in 1934, the D-18 has been in constant production.
Here we have a 1971 vintage Martin D-18. It has definitely been used as intended and over the decades, it has experienced the usual wear and stresses. The finish is nicely checked and has the lovely patina

Price: $2150 CAD
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Gibson Country Western Model SJ Natural, 1956

Gibson Country Western Model SJ Natural, 1956

This Gibson Country Western was built during the model’s first year, and is in good playing order. It has had some repairs – it is 62 years old, after all – including some cleated top cracks and over-sprayed finish. The tuners have been replaced with new vintage-style models, and work well. As is typical, the pickguard is lifting a bit. Under the bridge, a sub-plate has been added to the bridge plate due to normal wear. The top is spruce, the back, sides and neck are mahogany, and the fingerboard and bridge are rosewood. The fingerboard is bound and has dual-parallellogram position markers, as an ‘upgrade’ from more basic models like th J-45.

Price: $4599.99 CAD
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C. F. Martin D12-18 Twelve String Guitar, 1977

C. F. Martin D12-18 Twelve String Guitar, 1977

Built from 1973 until 1995, the Martin D12-18 is the twelve string version of Martin’s iconic 14-fret mahogany dreadnought guitar. Its current closest equivalent is the D12-28, using Rosewood for the back and sides.

Price: $1950 CAD
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