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Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

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Listed: 16/01/2018

Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

The Hofner Violin Bass first appeared in public during 1956, and Hofner’s intent was to encourage double bass players in beat and jazz groups to shift to electric. In many ways, this intention was similar to Leo Fender’s in introducing the Precision Bass in 1951. The benefits were immediately apparent and these new electric basses started appearing on stages, especially in early rock groups.

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Ibanez SS300-DVS ArtStar Archtop Electric Guitar, 2016

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Listed: 16/01/2018

Ibanez SS300-DVS ArtStar Archtop Electric Guitar, 2016

Ibanez produces a wide range of guitars, from entry level to full blown professional performance models, and the SS300 DVS archtop electric aims to the accomplished amateur jazz guitarist market. The SS300 gets good reviews on jazz guitar websites, where it’s recognised as very well made, well set up, and excellent value for price.

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Gibson ES-335 Figured Top Vintage Burst, 1998

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Gibson ES-335 Figured Top Vintage Burst, 1998

This lovely Gibson ES-335 dates to November 16th, 1998 and sports a classic Vintage Burst finish. It is in largely original condition though it has been refretted with Stainless Steel fretwire – this should last a very long time.

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Warwick Thumb BO Bolt On Fretless 5 String Bass Guitar, 2002

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Warwick Thumb BO Bolt On Fretless 5 String Bass Guitar, 2002

Made in Germany at the Warwick shop in Markneukirchen, Germany and dating to July 2, 2002, this Warwick Thumb BO is a fretless 5-string bass made of Ovangkol with a curved body and oiled finish. It features black hardware, active electronics, and a solid 5-saddle bridge.

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VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

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Listed: 15/01/2018

VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

Coming to you straight from the 60’s, here’s a vintage 30 inch scale, solid body Vox V232 Violin Bass, made by EKO in Italy during 1966! In reaction to the popularity of the Hofner Beatle Bass but wanting to reduce feedback, Vox had these solid-body basses made and they were produced only during 1966.

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Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, 1969

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, 1969

Here we have an Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass Fretless Bass, built in 1969 likely at the Ampeg facility in Linden, New Jersey. It’s a full 34 inch scale with 1 9/16 nut width, and weights in at 10.34 pounds – this weight is one of the drawbacks of the body material. The neck is maple with a flat-sawn Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, which at the time was very commonly used on quality instruments. There is some wear to the covering of the pickup, and the body has some light scratching, as expected for an instrument of this age. It appears to be in original condition, with an extra washer added to support the output jack – this is always a vulnerable area.

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Larrivee LV-03R Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 2012

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Larrivee LV-03R Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 2012

The Larrivee LV-03R Steel String Acoustic Guitar is part of the Recording series, and uses the traditional Larrivee L body, drawn from the proportions of the Hauser style classical guitar. This gives it a very reliable, even tonal representation throughout the spectrum and plenty of volume when requested. The cutaway definitely adds to the upper fret accessibility. This example dates to October 29, 2012 and was built at the old Larrivee plant in Victoria, BC. It features a Sitka Spruce top, with Indian Rosewood used for the sides, back, headplate and bridge plate, and the body is bound with map.

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Burns Bison Bass Red, 2012

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Listed: 14/01/2018

Burns Bison Bass Red, 2012

The Burns Bison Bass was a favourite among session musicians in the Sixties due to its long scale and a very wide range of tones, including the famous Wild Dog setting. Originally built from 1964 to 1965, the Bison Bass has an unmistakable look with its large horned body. Originally issued using the typical Burns scroll headstock, it now uses a more standard 4-a side Fender-esque headstock.
The Burns company was restarted by Barry Gibson in the late 1990s and has been producing reissues of the earlier Burns designs. This Bison Bass dates to 2012 and was built in Korea at a high-quality plant.

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Kohno No.15 Brazilian Rosewood Classical Guitar, 1974

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Listed: 14/01/2018

Kohno No.15 Brazilian Rosewood Classical Guitar, 1974

Here we have a Kohno No.15 Brazilian Rosewood Classical Guitar, built using a Spruce top paired with Brazilian Rosewood for the back, sides, headplate and bridge. The neck is Spanish Cedar, reinforced with ebony strips, and has an ebony fingerboard. The basic construction follows the traditional Spanish method, inserting the sides into slots in the heel. Proportions are for a concert grade instrument, 650mm scale length and 52mm nut width. Typically, it has no serial number but is dated to 1974.

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Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, 1984

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Listed: 13/01/2018

Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, 1984

Here we have a Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, dating to 1984 and built at the Steinberger shop in Newburgh, New York. It uses the unmistakable headless design based on the L2 and is made of graphite reinforced epoxy with some plastic components (the top). The pickups are by EMG. It is in overall very good, original condition though – as is common with these instruments – the plug-in leg rest is missing. Fret wear is minor and it’s very comfortable to play, with a tight focused tone even acoustically. 
Ned Steinberger came from a fine arts background, focusing on sculpture, to create highly influential instruments, particularly the headless guitar and bass.

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Rickenbacker Electro Model NS Lap Steel, 1948

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Listed: 13/01/2018

Rickenbacker Electro Model NS Lap Steel, 1948

The Rickenbacker lap steel was possibly the very first successful electric guitar put into larger scale production, but Rickenbacker’s influence goes back to the early National days. Adolph Rickenbacker – then spelled Richenbacher – had a tool and die shop near National, and was contracted to produce metal bodies and resonator cones for National guitars, ukuleles and mandolins.

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William Laskin 12 String Acoustic Guitar, 1989

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Listed: 15/01/2018

William Laskin 12 String Acoustic Guitar, 1989

This William Laskin 12 string acoustic guitar dates to 1989 and was built in his shop in Toronto, Canada. It features a 16 inch wide non-cutaway body using Sitka Spruce for the top, Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, bridge plate and headplate, with Mahogany for the neck and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The body binding is maple, with grained ivoroid binding for the fingerboard. The nut and saddle are bone, and the tuners are Schaller M6 mini units, enclosed with chrome plating. An under-saddle passive pickup has been installed and is wired directly to an endpin jack. William Laskin is one of the world’s premiere luthiers and is highly respected for his construction and inlay skills, as well as his abilities as a performer and promoter.

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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

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 Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier 2×10 Blackface, 1965

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Listed: 15/12/2017

Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier 2x10 Blackface, 1965

The Fender Vibrolux Reverb appeared in 1963 as part of Fender’s revamp of its amplifier lineup, with nearly all models getting Reverb and Tremolo circuits if they didn’t already have them.

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Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier 2×12 Blackface, 1965

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Listed: 15/12/2017

Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier 2x12 Blackface, 1965

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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Victoria 20112-T Tweed Tube Amplifier, 2000

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Victoria 20112-T Tweed Tube Amplifier, 2000

Today we’re looking at a Victoria 20112-T Tweed tube amplifier, based on the classic narrow panel 5E3 Deluxe amp built between 1955 and 1960. These amps are ideal for blues-based styles in small to medium venues or feeding a microphone in a studio setting.

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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

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1997 Fender Super Amp 4x10

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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Vox MV50 50 Watt Amplifiers

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Listed: 05/06/2017

Vox MV50 50 Watt Amplifiers

We’ve been waiting for the new Vox MV50 amps since they appeared at last winter’s NAMM show. They’ve arrived and they are impressive!

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Demeter MB-2 Midboost – Fat Control

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Listed: 25/05/2017

Demeter MB-2 Midboost - Fat Control

The Demeter MB-2 Midboost/Fat Control is back in stock! For guitar players looking to add depth, warmth and some extra punch, a midbooster can be perfect.

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2014 Louis Electric KR12 Combo Amplifier

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Listed: 24/05/2017

2014 Louis Electric KR12 Combo Amplifier

Louis Electric is run by Louis Rosano, who has been designing and hand building amps for over 20 years, with a who’s who client list.

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1969 Fender Pro Reverb Amplifier REDUCED

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Listed: 21/03/2017

1969 Fender Pro Reverb Amplifier  REDUCED

Built from 1965 to 1982, the Fender Pro Reverb amp originally pushed 40 tube watts (70 watts after 1976) out of a pair of 12 inch speakers.

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