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2016 Gibson Flying V Custom Shop Standard Sunburst

Price: $6099
US Price: US $4857.05
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 22-06-2017
S/N: CS 600644, built at the Gibson Nashville Custom Shop during 2016.
Now this is a treat - a brand new Gibson Custom Shop Flying V Standard in Washed Cherry sunburst! Built during 2016 at the Gibson Nashville Custom Shop.


The Custom Shop Flying V Standard differs from the original, groundbreaking 1958 model in a number of ways. It has a bound flame maple cap over a one-piece mahogany body, and a full set of volume and tone controls but no pickguard. It's a stunning take on the design.


This guitar is new with full warranty and comes with the original hardshell case.


Note on Dating - we used the Custom Shop serial number breakdown. Here the serial is CS 600644, with the CS being Custom Shop. The first digit, 6, is the year, so it's 2016. The second digit is the factory ID and 0 is Nashville (Memphis is 5). The remaining digits are the production number.


Read more about the Gibson Custom Shop Flying V Standard at the Gibson Guitars website!

2017 Republic Highway 61 Cutaway Resophonic Guitar

Price: $1089
US Price: US $867.25
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 22-06-2017
S/N: Varies as new, this is 06909.
We've just received a new Republic Highway 61, featuring a smaller steel body with cutaway and a single resonator cone. These guitars are great for blues bottleneck styles at an affordable price.


The Republic Highway 61 has a single resonator, 12 inch wide body - around the size of a Les Paul, and has a 22 inch scale length with 1 13/16 inch nut width. The body sports lattice soundholes like those on a Tricone model, so there's lots of space for air to move. These sound good, and the smaller size makes them a lot of fun, and easier to play. A hardshell case is included.

2017 Republic Tricone Style 200 Resophonic Guitar

Price: $1149
US Price: US $915.03
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 22-06-2017
S/N: Varies as new, this is 06431.
The Republic Tricone Style 200 is a reproduction of the original 1920s National tricone, built as the guitarist's entry into the volume wars. At the time, acoustic guitars couldn't be heard over the banjos and woodwinds common in musical groups.


We've just received a shipment of new Republics, including this Style 200. It plays well and has that early resophonic growl, and it can definitely be heard - it's not subtle. The Style 200 features a steel body with three six inch resonator cones, and a 12-fret mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. The scale length is 25.5 inches and the nut width 1 7/8 inches. As a round-neck model, it's an excellent entry point into the vintage style resophonic world. A hardshell case is included.

2017 Paul Beard R-Model Maple Squareneck Resophonic Euro Spec

Price: $4590
US Price: US $3655.33
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 21-06-2017
S/N: 110297, built during 2017 at the Paul Beard shop in Hagerstown, Maryland.
We've just received a new Paul Beard R-Model Maple squareneck! It's a real beauty, has the Jerry Douglas pickup already installed. As a new development, this model now conforms to European requirements so it's easy to cross borders with while touring internationally.


The Beard R-Model is normally built with mahogany but we custom order it with flamed maple to add crispness and clarity to the tone, not to mention the dramatic visual effect of the maple.


Read our original feature on the Beard R-Model Maple here!


Visit the Paul Beard site to learn more about the Beard R Model guitar!

1985 Bond Electraglide Carbon Fibre Guitar

Price: $1600
US Price: US $1274.19
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 20-06-2017
S/N: 00880, built likely in 1985 at the Bond shop in Muir of Ord, Scotland.
The Bond Electraglide is a rare and historically notable instrument. Built during 1984 and 1985 at the Muir of Ord in northern Scotland, it was one of the first carbon fibre electrics. Aside from the carbon fibre body, it featured a stepped phenolic rather than a traditional fretboard, and a fully active electronic control circuit requiring a separate off-guitar power supply. The pickups are single coil units and the volume controls are rocker switches, with LED level readouts facing the player. About 1400 Electraglides were built, and the company closed in 1986. Andrew Bond died in 1999.


The Bond Electraglide was never common but can be heard on a number of recordings. Notably, it appears in a number of places on the U2 album 'Joshua Tree'.


This Bond Electraglide was built early in the second half of production, as number 880. It is in good working condition, but the 'frets' have worn somewhat. The original hardshell Bond case is included.

1966 Gibson ES-335 TD Sunbust with Bigsby

Price: $6500
US Price: US $5176.40
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 15-06-2017
S/N: 847104, built during 1966 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Gibson ES-335 was a groundbreaking instrument when it was introduced in 1958 and brought together the tonal character of archtop guitars and the feedback resistance modern stages needed.


This Gibson ES-335 dates to 1966, and is in largely original condition, with the notable exception of a gold Bigsby B7 tailpiece replacing the original trapeze. The pickups and tuners are original, and the pot codes date them to 1966. The original nitrocellulose lacquer finish is in good condition, with some wear hear and there; there is a bit of chipping and natural lacquer checking. A period Gibson hardshell case is included.

1994 Fender Custom Shop Telecaster 1963 NOS Candy Apple Red

Price: $2000
US Price: US $1592.74
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Consignment
Date Listed: 20-06-2017
S/N: CN94714, built during 1994 at the Fender Custom Shopin Corona, California.
The Fender Custom Shop Telecaster 1963 NOS is a reproduction of one of the classic American workhorse guitars, after it gained a rosewood fingerboard. The NOS designation means New Old Stock, and refers to the finish - as if you'd gone back in time, bought the guitar, and brought it back without it aging in any way. Finishes do degrade over time, and the 'Closet Classic' versions show natural finish breakdown and oxidization.


This Custom Shop example dates to 1994 and reproduces, for the most part, the Telecaster 1963 with rosewood fingerboard and custom Candy Apple Red finish. The frets are larger than would have been the used in 1963 and suit modern player's tastes and the reality of fret wear. The frets here have light to moderate wear, and the guitar plays well and cleanly. At this point, necks profiles started to become less bulky and more C-shaped compared to 1950's models, and to my taste are the most comfortable. The finish has experienced a few dings and marks, with the most noticeable a circular chip on the back. The original brown hardshell case is included.

2017 C. F. Martin GP14F Cutaway Custom Shop Guitar

Price: $5019
US Price: US $3996.97
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 05-06-2017
S/N: Serial 2021550 Custom ordered by Grant MacNeill and built during 2017 at the Martin shop in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
During my recent Martin factory tour I was offered my choice of 14 select pre-built Martin Custom Shop guitars. I chose two unique one-of-a-kind guitars that really took my fancy.


These guitars are creations of the 3 Master Luthiers in the Custom Shop, specifically put together for for our dealer-Facotry-Custom-Shop-Tour. They refect their personal favourite woods and bracing patterns - personal favourites based on their vast experience at Martin Guitars.


I knew that I could not possibly go wrong choosing any of the guitars offered. That said, two made an immediate impression and now that I have them here at the shop, I remain very pleased with my choices. Martin GP14 FCtwy, Custom Build #2865324


For my second guitar I was looking for a solid working musicians’ guitar that would offer studio grade balance and tone, volume for solo playing and a superb pickup system.


The GP14 was the ideal choice and to get one actually built by one of the Master Luthiers in the Custom Shop, PLUS the new VT Enhance pickup was an oportunity not to be missed. For this Canadian Dealer Factory tour, the Custom Shop offered three GP14 guitars as examples to demonstate the new Custom Fishman Aura VT Enhance pickup system.


Tasting notes on the Martin GP14 FCtwy:


Loud and full bass with clear trebles, lots of note separation with rich harmonic complexity. Impossible to 'overdrive' this top no matter how hard one attacks. The guitar has already 'opened up' nicely and sounds like a guitar that has 1000 hours of playing on it though at best it has been played so far perhaps 10 minutes.


For fingerstyle it is clear and retains the full bass response even when played very lightly. This guitar offers the best of both worlds to players who switch between fingerstyle and flat picking. And the Low Oval Performance neck with the 1 ¾ nut is a dream to play.


The back-story on the Fishmand VT Enhance system: It’s no secret while transducer (piezo) systems have been in use for decades, the quest for the most accurate reproduction remains as urgent as ever. Pickups still rely on EQ tone-shaping preamps to mold the signal into a more sonically acceptable form. While Fishman pickups offer a great acoustic sound; first time - every time. But we never claim that it 'sounds exactly like the guitar'. Up until now, to avoid the more 'generic' tone of a pickup one must use a studio-grade microphone.


The Martin Custom Shop challenged Fishman to take their Aura Technology to the next level and they now offer a service whereby they create a true 'mirror image' representation. The same sound -- not just a representation.


The individual guitar is sent to Fishman’s Studio in Andover Maine. For the Martin GP14 FCtwy, a Neumann KM84 small diaphrgm, condensor mic was used to capture a true image of the guitar.


The Fishman engineers are able to deliver 'The Martin Sound' of this specific guitar, replicating the nuances captured by a premium microphone in the controlled environment of a studio.


The Fishman engineer takes the guitar through a very sophisticated recording and mix-down session to capture the unique 'sonic signature'. It’s a time-consuming and expensive process that can’t be rushed. Each instrument 'image' is determined by elements of guitar construction, scale length and other factors through the top-shelf microphone listening to this instrument. There are no shortcuts!


This process allows select Martin guitars to deliver the most lifelike performance under any live circumstance - the most lifelike reproduction of the guitars' true voice.


Martin now offers individualized Fishman Aura Imaging as a Custom Shop Option to any enthusiast. While this option comes with a premium cost of $1749 Canadian, the process yields one of the most individualized custom creations we’re able to place in a players hands. This service is now available for any Martin Custom Shop guitar on request.


Now for the really sweet part: for the purposes of my Dealer factory Custom Shop tour, this special service was offered a no extra cost !!


Price with pickup $ 5019


Grant MacNeill, The Twelfth Fret


Read the entire Custom Build report here

2017 C. F. Martin 0014F Cutaway Custom Shop Guitar

Price: $4729
US Price: US $3766.03
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Date Listed: 05-06-2017
S/N: Serial 1972142 built 2017 custom ordered by Grant MacNeill and built at the Martin Custom Shop in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
During my recent Martin factory tour I was offered my choice of 14 select pre-built Martin Custom Shop guitars. I chose two unique one-of-a-kind guitars that really took my fancy.


These guitars are creations of the 3 Master Luthiers in the Custom Shop, specifically put together for for our dealer-Facotry-Custom-Shop-Tour. They refect their personal favourite woods and bracing patterns - personal favourites based on their vast experience at Martin Guitars.


I knew that I could not possibly go wrong choosing any of the guitars offered. That said, two made an immediate impression and now that I have them here at the shop, I remain very pleased with my choices.


Martin 0014F, Custom Build #273884


This feather light mahogany 00 has the acoustic responsiveness of an early 50s 00-18 but fitted with a contemporary Performing Artist neck profile with 1 ¾ inch nut. So the neck will have a much broader appeal than the historic V necks normally associated with these 'authentic' style guitars


The premium-grade Sitka top is Martin Custom Shop VTS Spruce (Vintage Tone System); very light ¼ inch scallop-braced to insure full bass and responsive, clear trebles. The top is finished in an ultra thin 'Toasted burst' finish that reminds me of many 60 year old faded sunburst finishes I’ve seen.


I feel the genuine Honduras mahogany vibrate against my body as I play. It feels like a purring cat in your lap (but without the claws). And the 00 size body suits my 5 foot 8 inch stature to a T -- very comfortable to sit with.


The guitar offers a nicely balanced response for fingerstyle from light through heavy right handed attack, but unsually I don’t find I overpower the top when I play with an aggressive, hard flat picking right hand attack. It retains a nicely balanced and clear tone at higher volumes. This guitar would really shine in a recording studio environment.


Here is a link to the actual Build Quote which makes for a very interesting read!


Price $4729 Canadian with case


Note: Custom Shop guitars now come with a lovely little handbook with explansive detail on care and maintenance plus a second for service records and special performance records.