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Bourgeois Slope D Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2003

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Listed: 08/02/2018

Bourgeois Slope D Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2003

Bourgeois guitars also tend to have relatively high neck angles, so there is more saddles exposed. In the short term, this means a bit more volume from the steeper angle of the string back to the pin. In the long term, it means that the guitar isn’t likely to need a neck reset for quite some time. Most steel string guitars will over time require a reset, and this can be an expensive proposition. Bourgeois seems to be taking a longer view with the higher angle.

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C. F. Martin 000-45 Steel String Guitar, 1942

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Listed: 06/02/2018

C. F. Martin 000-45 Steel String Guitar, 1942

In terms of provenance, this guitar has had three owners and was used in a popular band during the 1950s. It has had an amount of work over the decades, some of it significant. One side appears to have been replaced, and the top has had a section replaced. This work was done very cleanly and may have been performed by Martin at their factory, though they have no record of it. Recently, in our shop, it has been refretted, had the first-position mother of pearl snowflake marker replaced, and received a full set up. It plays very well, and has a full, rich, even tone. The tonal nature of Brazilian Rosewood (denser than Indian) is evident in an slight added clarity.

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Jackson SL3MG Neck-Through Electric Green Swirl, 2011

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Listed: 05/02/2018

Jackson SL3MG Neck-Through Electric Green Swirl, 2011

The Jackson SL3MG uses the ‘Super Strat’ concept, with a Floyd Rose locking trem system, and a pair of humbuckers. The scale length is a full 25.5 inches (648mm), and the nut width 1.6875 inches (43mm). This example is a Jackson SL3MG in Green Swirl finish, built during 2011 and in excellent condition in every respect. Originally, it came with EMG pickups but these have been replaced. The neck pickup is now a DiMarzio Evolution, and the bridge a DiMarzio Double Whammy. The original pickups are not included.

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Taylor Baritone-6 CW Acoustic Guitar, 2006

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Listed: 05/02/2018

Taylor Baritone-6 CW Acoustic Guitar, 2006

Taylor baritone guitars are designed for playing in a lower register with normal string tension, thanks to a longer 27-inch scale length. Tuned to B (B E A D F# B), the deeper acoustic tone is voiced with the GS body shape and a wood combination of either Indian rosewood or mahogany with Sitka spruce. The deeper tonal voice will appeal to singer-songwriters and other players who favor playing in a lower register. The baritone also blends well with other instruments, adding a different sonic texture to create a rich, ensemble sound.

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Ramirez 1a Especial Classical Guitar, 1993

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Listed: 05/02/2018

Ramirez 1a Especial Classical Guitar, 1993

The Ramirez 1a Especial model was conceived by the late José Ramirez IV for those looking for a more modern sound with a less robust bass than the original Ramirez 1a (now called the 1a Traditional, or in the Spanish spelling 1a Tradicional).

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Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Classic 4 Bass Black 2012

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Listed: 01/02/2018

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Classic 4 Bass Black 2012

The Stingray tone hews close to the original with an ash body, 2 band EQ and a Music Man Alnico pickup.

Here we are looking at a Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Classic 4 string bass with an ash body finished in gloss black, and clear gloss finish maple neck. As with most modern professional grade basses, this has a full 34 inch scale length. Nut width is a comfortable 1.7 inch and the weight overall is just under 9.5 pounds.
This bass is in great condition with just a few small scuffs, and is well set up. The original hard shell case is included.

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Kay Pro K172 B Thinline Archtop Electric Guitar Honey Blonde, 1956

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Listed: 31/01/2018

Kay Pro K172 B Thinline Archtop Electric Guitar Honey Blonde, 1956

Here is a real treat – a mid 1950’s Kay Pro K172-B thinline archtop electric guitar in a relatively rare blonde finish. During the 1950’s the electric guitar became increasingly popular and manufacturers like Kay stepped up to satisfy booming demand. The Kay Pro K172 B is largely maple. The top and back are nicely figured maple laminate pressed into an arched contour and the sides are the same material. The neck is solid maple, one piece, with bound rosewood fingerboard. The bridge and headplate are also rosewood. Interestingly, the block position markers are Mother of Pearl, not plastic.

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Alhambra Flamenco Guitar Model 2F

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Listed: 31/01/2018

Alhambra Flamenco Guitar Model 2F

The Twelfth Fret is very pleased to carry a wide range of quality instruments from Alhambra in Spain, ranging from beginner to professional concert grade. Their entry to the world of Flamenco is the model 2F. The Alhambra Model 2F Flamenco guitar features a Solid Red Cedar top, with Sycamore for the sides and back. The neck is Mahogany with a fingerboard of Indian Rosewood. The body is bound on the top and back, and good quality nickel plated tuning machines are installed. A hard-shell Everest case, made in Canada, is included.

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Alhambra Classical Guitar Model Z-Nature

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Listed: 31/01/2018

Alhambra Classical Guitar Model Z-Nature

The Twelfth Fret is very pleased to carry a wide range of quality instruments from Alhambra in Spain, ranging from beginner to professional concert grade. At the beginner level is the Z-Nature. The Alhambra Z-Nature guitar is an instrument for beginners, very good quality and very affordable. In this model, the steps of the manufacturing process have been reduced, as well as its overall cost of production while keeping the recognized quality of Alhambra guitars. In addition, it is important to note that the Alhambra Z-Nature, like the rest of the range of Alhambra instruments, is completely made in Spain.

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Rickenbacker Model 360/12C63 12 String Electric FireGlo 2014

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Listed: 30/01/2018

Rickenbacker Model 360/12C63 12 String Electric FireGlo 2014

The Rickenbacker Model 360/12C63 12 String Electric FireGlo is based on the original 1963 specifications of the most recognizable 12-string guitar, made famous by George Harrison. It sports a double-bound version of what is now the ‘330’ style body and the early FireGlo sunburst shaded finish. Toaster-top vintage style pickups, trapeze tailpiece and Rickenbacker’s unique compact headstock, this is as close as most can get to that 60’s tone.

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Edgar Monch Classical Guitar, 1968

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Listed: 30/01/2018

Edgar Monch Classical Guitar, 1968

Edgar Monch was one of the more important classical guitar builders from Munich, the other being Hermann Hauser. Monch lived for some time in Toronto where he was also a highly influential teacher for many 1960’s and 1970’s Canadian luthiers including Jean Larrivee. This Edgar Monch Classical Guitar is built in the traditional Spanish ‘slipper heel’ design, with the sides tied into the neck block. The top is Spruce, the sides, back, headplate and bridge are Indian Rosewood. The neck is Mahogany with an Ebony fingerboard.

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Sergei de Jonge 630mm Classical Guitar, 2007

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Listed: 29/01/2018

Sergei de Jonge 630mm Classical Guitar, 2007

This classical guitar was built during 2007 at the current de Jonge shop in Chelsea, Quebec. It is a smaller scale model, with 630mm scale length and 50mm nut. The top is lattice-braced Spruce, and the sides, back, headplate and bridge are Indian Rosewood. The neck is Mahogany with an Ebony fingerboard. Tuners are Gotoh models, satin gold plated with marbled plastic buttons. There is one dot position marker on the fingerboard bass edge, at the 7th fret. The neck is not attached in the traditional Spanish style, where it is mated to the sides, but instead there is some sort of tenon or dovetail joint.

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