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The Twelfth Fret's Most Recent Instrument Arrivals

C. F. Martin M-36 Steel String Guitar, 2018

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Listed: 25/05/2018

C. F. Martin M-36 Steel String Guitar, 2018

The Martin M-36 uses the fairly new ‘M Body’ design, which using Martin’s ‘O’ sizing is an OOOO, or quadruple O size. Outside of the D Dreadnought and J Jumbo models, this is the largest body Martin uses and it provides a full, even tone with lots of volume.

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Washburn Soprano Ukulele by Lyon and Healy, 1920s

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Listed: 24/05/2018

Washburn Soprano Ukulele by Lyon and Healy, 1920s

Here’s a treat – a Washburn Soprano Ukulele, built by Lyon & Healy during the 1920s in Chicago, Illinois and in very nice condition with the original canvas trap-door case. 

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Relish Swiss Mary Wood Bloody Solidbody Guitar, 2018

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Listed: 23/05/2018

Relish Swiss Mary Wood Bloody Solidbody Guitar, 2018

Fairly new on the scene, Relish Swiss guitars are designed built in Switzerland, a little northwest of Lucerne. They are innovative in both design and choice of non-traditional materials and assembly methods.

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Peter Hopkins Tessa Nova Archtop Electric Guitar Red, 2009

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Listed: 22/05/2018

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.

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Ibanez AZ2402 Prestige Solidbody Electric Tri Fade Burst Flat, 2018

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Listed: 18/05/2018

Ibanez AZ2402 Prestige Solidbody Electric Tri Fade Burst Flat, 2018

The Ibanez AZ2402, part of the new AZ line, again demonstrates the progression of Ibanez towards top quality instruments. This professional-grade guitar, built at the Fuju-Gen plant, features a contoured Alder body, Roasted Maple neck, with Gotoh and Seymour Duncan hardware.

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Gibson SJ Square Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar, 1972

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Listed: 17/05/2018

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.

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

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Listed: 17/05/2018

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.

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

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Listed: 16/05/2018

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.

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Fender Precision Bass Black Refinish, 1959

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Listed: 16/05/2018

Fender Precision Bass Black Refinish, 1959

Leo Fender’s Precision Bass broke new ground in a number of ways, and it can be argued that it changed the way music is presented to audiences. Compared to acoustic archtop basses, the P-Bass is very portable, can work at any volume without feedback, and can provide pitch with precision. Indeed, the very idea of adding frets to a bass was radical and suddenly anyone could play in tune.

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Les Paul Standard Double Cutaway Limited ‘Ocean Water’ Blue, 2016

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Listed: 15/05/2018

Les Paul Standard Double Cutaway Limited 'Ocean Water' Blue, 2016

The nicely flamed top of the Les Paul Standard Double Cut uses a translucent, ‘Ocean Water’ blue finish that’s almost turquoise. The rest of the body and neck are a dark, midnight blue that’s nearly opaque. Hardware is chrome, including Grover locking tuners that make restringing a breeze, tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece. The pickups are open-coil zebra humbuckers with a simplified wiring scheme – pickup selector, master volume and master tone. Schaller Strap-Locks are installed.

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Michael A Lewis ‘Le Petite Rougette’ Archtop Guitar Red, 2009

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Listed: 10/05/2018

Michael A Lewis 'Le Petite Rougette' Archtop Guitar Red, 2009

Michael A Lewis builds very high quality archtop guitars and mandolins in his Grass Valley, California workshop. For a time, Lewis built authorized replicas of D’Angelico instruments though this arrangement has come to an end. He builds largely to order, though some instruments are available from stock. Built for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show as part of the ‘Red Collection’, this Michael A Lewis ‘Le Petite Rougette’ archtop is an excellent illustration of Lewis’s skill. Fully acoustic with an Bartolini jazz pickup mounted to the fingerboard and pickup, this guitar is in excellent condition.

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Linda Manzer Cutaway Steel String Guitar Natural 1980

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Listed: 10/05/2018

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.

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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

Henriksen JazzAmp 310 Guitar Amplifier

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Henriksen JazzAmp 310 Guitar Amplifier

The Henriksen JazzAmp 310 is one of two available 120 watt JazzAmp models – the 310 seen here with a 10 inch speaker, and the 312 with a 12. As the JazzAmp name suggests, these excellent amplifiers are intended for working jazz guitarists and are the result of the work of the late Bud Henricksen and his son Peter. The JazzAmp line has been delivering quality tone in a reliable, portable package since 2005.       Weighing in at

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Mesa Boogie Road King 2×12 Tube Amplfier Combo, 2002

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Listed: 11/04/2018

Mesa Boogie Road King 2x12 Tube Amplfier Combo, 2002

The Mesa Boogie Road King, here in a 2×12 combo version, is an extremely capable and versatile amp, with four channels, two effects loops and 120 watts of power. This is not a bedroom amp! The Road King is designed to give the working guitarist a wide array of tones that can be readily tailored to the needs of the tune and venue. The four preamp sections can be mated with any of five (!) power amp sections, using EL34 or 6L6 tubes.

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VHT Special 6 Ultra Combo Amplifier, 2010

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Listed: 08/04/2018

VHT Special 6 Ultra Combo Amplifier, 2010

The VHT Special 6 Ultra is a six-watt hand-wired tube amplfier, intended to deliver quality tube tones at an affordable price. These VHT amps are hand wired to deliberately provide a platform for modification.

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Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60H Head and 2×12 Cabinet, 2007

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Listed: 08/04/2018

Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60H Head and 2x12 Cabinet, 2007

The VHT Deliverance 60H is a hand built professional grade tube amp made in the USA, designed by Steven Fryette. This example dates to 2007, before the VHT name was sold to AXL, and was built by Fryette in his Burbank, California shop. It includes an 212FB-P50E 2×12, stereo closed-back speaker cabinet with a pair of custom Eminence P50E speakers.

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Henriksen The Bud Guitar Amplifier

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Henriksen The Bud Guitar Amplifier

Henriksen The Bud guitar amplifier is without question the smallest, truly gigable guitar amplifier on the market with unmatched tone quality! You won’t believe the volume and tone coming from either your electric or acoustic guitar, or any stringed instrument a MUST HAVE piece of gear for the working musician.

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Fender Tremolux Amplifier Head with 2×10 Cabinet Blonde 1964

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Listed: 22/02/2018

Fender Tremolux Amplifier Head with 2x10 Cabinet Blonde 1964

The Fender Tremolux amp was built for 11 years, from 1955 to 1966. In 1960, Fender revamped its line, increasing power output, and several higher-output models were split into two pieces, head and cabinet. These new versions also sported a Tolex covering instead of Tweed.

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Egnater Tweaker 15 Combo Amplifier, 2010

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Egnater Tweaker 15 Combo Amplifier, 2010

The Egnater Tweaker 112 15 watt amp is an ultra compact and amazingly versatile all-tube combo that offers a unique and sophisticated tone with seemingly endless tonal variations via the on-board “Tweaker” selector switches.

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Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier 2×12 Blackface, 1965 (REDUCED)

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Listed: 15/12/2017

Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier 2x12 Blackface, 1965 (REDUCED)

A few amps, like the Fender Twin Reverb, have become standard pieces of gear because they are reliable, predictable, and just do the job very well. You can see Twin Reverbs on stages of almost any player at any level, where clear, clean tone has to fill a largish space.

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Henriksen JazzAmp 312 Guitar Amplifier

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Listed: 14/12/2017

Henriksen JazzAmp 312 Guitar Amplifier

The Henricksen JazzAmp is available in two models – the 312 seen here with a 12 inch speaker, and the 310 with a 10. Both deliver 120 watts.

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Henriksen Bud Jazz Guitar Amplifier

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Listed: 14/12/2017

Henriksen Bud Jazz Guitar Amplifier

The Henricksen Bud jazz guitar amp is an exceptional amp, the culmination of work by the late Bud Henricksen in designing tools specifically for Jazz guitarists.

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2014 Louis Electric KR12 Tube Amplifier

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Listed: 15/08/2017

2014 Louis Electric KR12 Tube Amplifier

The Louis Electric KR12 design is drawn from the amp built for and used by Hubert Sumlin, who for years was Howlin Wolf’s guitarist.

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1997 Fender Super Amp 4×10 (REDUCED)

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1997 Fender Super Amp 4x10 (REDUCED)

The Fender Super Amp has been built in a number of versions over the years, starting as 20 watts in 1946 and finally up to 60 watts.

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