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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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Gibson Les Paul Classic Vintage Sunburst, 2008

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Listed: 12/01/2018

Gibson Les Paul Classic Vintage Sunburst, 2008

The Gibson Les Paul Classic Vintage has been produced over several periods – from 1990 to 1998, then from 2000 to 2008, and currently since 2014. For this example, the model features a weight-relieved or partially chambered body, nicely figured top and a bound headstock. This example dates to a fairly warm Thursday, September 4th, 2008 and was built at the Gibson plant in Nashville, Tennessee. It features a nicely flamed maple top with a dark vintage sunburst finish in gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, and the standard Les Paul construction of mahogany body and neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. The head is also bound, a feature otherwise generally found only on the Les Paul Custom. Specific to this model, there are custom routes placed strategically in the body to reduce weight and provide resonance.

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Breedlove Quartz A-Style Mandolin Sunburst, 2002

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Listed: 12/01/2018

Breedlove Quartz A-Style Mandolin Sunburst, 2002

Here we have a Breedlove Quartz A-Style mandolin dating to 2002 and built at the Breedlove shop in Bend, Oregon. The A-Style body design is sometimes referred to as a ‘teardrop’, and dates to the late 1890’s and was one of the radical innovations made by Orville Gibson, bringing violin-family construction techniques into the mandolin and guitar world. This instrument uses a solid, carved spruce top and maple back and sides. It’s in overall quite good condition for its age, with minor fret and finish wear. A Fishman bridge pickup has been installed with and endpin jack.

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Larrivee L-09 Steel String Acoustic Guitar 1978

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Listed: 12/01/2018

Larrivee L-09 Steel String Acoustic Guitar 1978

Dating to 1978 and built at the Jean Larrivee’s shop in Victoria, BC following his move from Toronto, Ontario, this Larrivee L-09 Steel String Acoustic Guitar is in overall good condition with moderate play wear. This version uses a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back, sides and headplate, mahogany neck and ebony for the bridge and grained-ivoroid bound fingerboard. Tuners are Grover Imperial models, and the nut and saddle are bone. The scale length is 25.5 inches 04 647.7mm and the nut width is 1.73 inches or 44mm.

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Kanilea K-1C Koa Concert Ukulele 2015

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Listed: 23/10/2017

Kanilea K-1C Koa Concert Ukulele 2015

Here’s a very nice Koa Concert Ukulele from Kanile’a, run by master luthier Joseph Souza in Kane`ohe, Hawaii. These are very well made, professional grade instruments.

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National Reso-Phonic Maple Concert Ukulele

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National Reso-Phonic Maple Concert Ukulele

The National Reso-Phonic Maple Concert Ukulele is one of the instruments that deliver these subtleties. It is built to National’s usual quality standards with figured maple for all wooden parts except the rosewood fingerboard. The faux tortoise binding and headplate go very well with the three-tone satin sunburst finish. For hardware, it has a 5.875 inch hand-spun resonator, black planetary geared tuners, bone nut and maple biscuit and saddle. As a concert ukulele, it has a 15 inch scale length and a 1.375 inch nut width.

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