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2002 Pedro de Miguel Flamenco Blanca Guitar

Price: $5100
US Price: US $4061.48
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 23-01-2017
S/N: 91-184 Anos 2002, built in Madrid, Spain.
Pedro de Miguel refers to Pedro Perez and Miguel Rodriguez, who entered apprenticeship at the Ramirez shop in Madrid, Spain, eventually becoming master craftsmen working with Jose Ramirez III.

In 1991, Pedro and Miguel established their own workshop. Their hand built instruments are sought after by top flamenco artists, and they also offer a line of guitars built to their specifications.

Sadly, Pedro Perez passed away in 2008, but the shop continues at Calle Amor de Dios 13, or Love of God, near the center for Flamenco and Spanish dance.

Here we have a 2002 Pedro de Miguel Flamenco Blanca guitar. It is built in a mostly traditional manner, with the Spanish heel construction where the sides slot into the neck. However, it does not use traditional Flamenco pegs, but standard angled classical tuners, and this is a very practical improvement. The top is Cedar with some play wear, and tap plates are installed. The sides and back are Cypress, the traditional wood for Flamenco Blanca guitars. They are in very good condition . The neck is Spanish cedar, with ebony fingerboard, and the bridge and headplate are rosewood. The action is currently at 7.5/64ths inch, and could be lowered further.

A well worn Everest hardshell arch-top case is included.

Click here to visit Pedro de Miguel's website (in Spanish)

1980 Ramirez 1a Classical Guitar

Price: $4950
US Price: US $3942.02
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 20-01-2017
S/N: 14885, top stamped #19. Built during 1980 at the Ramirez shop in Madrid, Spain.
The Ramirez 1a has been at the top of the concert classical guitar range since its introduction in the 1960s. This example dates to 1980, and bears a builder's stamp on the inside top. The stamp is '19', the number used by Julian Moraga Rodriques.

The Ramirez 1a, now known as the 'Tradicional', is built with a German spruce or, in this case, red cedar top and Indian Rosewood back, sides, bridge and headplate, Spanish cedar neck and ebony fingerboard. The scale length has varied over the years; currently it is 650mm but in this case, the scale is 665mm. The longer scale length increases the string tension and the guitar volume.

This 1980 Ramirez Model 1a is in very good condition with no history of repairs. There are some expected wear marks, likely from fingernails, on the top. The action is presently set to 8/64ths treble to 8.5/64ths bass, a standard concert action. Scale length is 665mm and the nut width is 52mm. A deluxe archtop Everest hard shell case is included.

Visit the Guitarras Ramirez website to learn more about the current Model 1a, also know as the Traditional.

1979 David Wren Concert Cutaway Steel String Guitar

Price: $3800
US Price: US $3026.20
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Date Listed: 19-01-2017
S/N: N/A, built during 1979 at David Wren's shop in Toronto, Ontario.
David Wren worked for Jean Larrivee along with other highly respected builders like Grit Laskin and Serge deJonge, before moving out on his own.

This David Wren Concert Cutaway dates to 1979 and was built at David's shop in Toronto, Ontario. It features a spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides, with mahogany neck and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The headstock inlay is of a woman in a canoe. A K&K pickup is installed.

It's been played a lot over the years, and has been maintained in our shop, with a neck reset, bridge replacement, fret dress and a top crack repair. It plays very well and has a clear, clean, crisp well, balanced tone and nicely articulated response. The original hardshell case is included.

2012 Fender Jaguar Special Edition Thinline Electric Guitar

Price: $1096
US Price: US $872.82
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 18-01-2017
S/N: U064925, made for Fender Japan at the Fuji-Gen plant for the 2012 model year.
Cool and pretty rare - 250 were built - the Fender Jaguar Special Edition Thinline was put together by Fender Japan for the 2012 model year. Except for the thinline body, it hews pretty closely to the original Fender Jaguar concept.

This example is in excellent original condition though a Mastery bridge - a definite improvement - has been added, and the original part is in the gig bag case.

1976 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Sunburst

Price: $3450
US Price: US $2747.47
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Date Listed: 18-01-2017
Weight: 10.2 lbs
S/N: 00 130797, built during 1976 at either the Kalamazoo Michigan or Nashville Tennessee plants.
The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe first appeared in 1969, influenced heavily by parts Gibson had on hand. Using the P-90 routing patterns and 'New Yorker' style mini-humbuckers, the Les Paul Deluxe originally carried the 'gold top' finish but into the 1970's received sunburst finishes.

This example dates to 1976 and it's uncertain whether it was built in the old plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan or the new plant in Nashville, Tennessee. It's been used as intended, so there is moderate wear to the finish on the back, and moderate fret wear. The original tuners were replaced with Gibson Deluxe 'keystone' models, leaving open screw holes behind. Otherwise, it looks and plays great! The original hardshell case is included.

1972 Fender Stratocaster Natural Finish

Price: $3999.99
US Price: US $3185.47
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Date Listed: 18-01-2017
S/N: 356119, built during 1972 at the Fender plant in Fullerton, California USA.
Here's a very nice, all original 1972 Fender Stratocaster in natural finish. At this point, the Micro-Tilt neck adjustment had just been introduced. Aside from visual changes like the larger headstock and the availability of a rosewood fingerboard, the Micro-Tilt was the first major change to the Stratocaster since its introduction, and Leo Fender's last major contribution to the design.

The Fender Micro-Tilt addressed a problem ovelooked in the original Fender bolt-on neck design. For a host of reasons, it's frequently necessary to change the neck angle (or pitch, or tilt) on a guitar. On the original Fender design, doing this required loosening the strings, removing the four neck bolts, inserting or removing shims, reassembling the guitar and repeating till the adjustment was correct.

With the Fender Micro-Tilt, there were only three bolts on a triangular plate with one hole for a set screw. Inside the neck cavity there is a small metal plate, tapped for the set screw while the neck itself got a small metal plate for the set screw to push against. All that's needed to adjust the neck angle is to loosen the third bolt, turn the set scre with an allen key, and retighten the bolt. It's not even necessary to loosen the strings, so it's much faster and easier to quickly adjust the guitar's action. Final adjustments are done with the saddles on the bridge itself. The Fender Micro-Tilt was a dramatic improvement in the ability to service these instruments, and is still in use though many current implementations use four bolts again, for neck stability.

This example of a natural finish Fender Stratocaster with maple fingerboard was built during 1972 in the Fender Fullerton, Califonia plant. It is in all original condition, though I suspect that the spring for the original 3-position switch has been removed - this was a common tweak that made the two 'extra' switch positions available. (The only difference between 3 and 5 way switches is the punching of two detents in the swtich housing). There is some finish damage along the bottom edge near the strap pin, and wear at the treble edge of the fingerboard around frets 3 - 6. The original hardshell case is included.

Here's an interesting article on the Fender website discussing the Fender Stratocaster in the 1970's.

1937 Gibson L-12 Archtop Guitar

Price: $4500
US Price: US $3583.66
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Date Listed: 17-01-2017
S/N: 94246, built during 1937 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Introduced in 1930, the Gibson L-12 archtop guitar became a workhorse for many big-band guitarists in the days before amplification became common and required. Originally using a 16-inch wide body, in 1935 the body grew to 17 inches, and between 1935 and 1939 the top carried an X brace.

This lovely example of the Gibson L-12 was built during 1937 at the historic Kalamazoo, Michigan plant. It is in overall good condition with expected lacquer checking, but it has no damage and no repairs. Mostly original, the pickguard appears to be a later addition with original binding added. The original case has long ago disappeared, but we can supply a new case.

1976 Gibson ES-335 TD Thinline Archtop Electric Guitar, Black

Price: $4451
US Price: US $3544.64
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 12-01-2017
S/N: 00 108892, built during 1976 in Kalamazoo Michigan or Nashville Tennessee.
Here's a nice Gibson ES-335 TD thinline archtop electric guitar in black, from 1976 when a coil tap switch was standard equipment. This guitar was built in either Kalamazoo or Nashville; at this point Gibson was far into the move to Nashville but some production still took place in Kalamazoo. If it was built in Kalamazoo, it's one of the last.

This guitar is in almost original condition - the original Gibson tuners have been replaced with Schaller models. The frets are original and are fairly low, which was common practice at the time, but they do not show a lot of string wear. There is one finish chip on the back of the neck near the 4th fret, but otherwise the neck finish does not show a lot of wear. On the body, the finish is checking (a natural cracking process) and there's slight flaking on the back near the bass side waist. The original hardshell case is included.

Duesenberg Paloma Solidbody Electric Guitar, Narvik Blue

Price: $3109
US Price: US $2475.91
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 12-01-2017
S/N: Varies as new, this is 162548, built during 2016 in Hannover, Germany.
The Duesenberg Paloma is a solidbody, three pickup, 22 fret electric guitar, featuring an alder body, short Duesenberg Radiator Tremola and a set neck with a 648mm scale.

The Duesenberg Paloma is for those who seek ultimate flexibility. The three pickup layout features a Grand Vintage Humbucker and two matched Duesenberg Singlecoils, Pearlito and AlnicoBlade. These offer a wide variety of sounds for any situation. The four pickup combinations are accessible through a new 4-Way rotary switch. All of that is topped off by the premium Radiator Tremola, deluxe Diamond fretboard inlays and a beautifully shaped body contour.

All Duesenberg instruments are fitted with custom branded hardware. The fretboards are carefully pleked and finished by hand for optimum playability and the smooth feel.

The Paloma is available in Red-Sparkle and Narvik Blue.

Visit the Duesenberg website to learn more about the Duesenberg Paloma electric!