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Kay K5920 Single Pickup Thinline Bass Sunburst, 1962

Kay K5920 Single Pickup Thinline Bass Sunburst, 1962

The Kay K5920 Speed Demon hollowbody electric bass was one of the Kay company’s many instruments aimed at beginner to semi-pro players. In the late 1950’s when these basses appeared, advertising campaigns were still focused on convincing upright bass players to switch to electric. Kay guitars and basses were frequently found in the hands of Blues artists.

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Price: $1,850.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean Wine Red, 1996

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean Wine Red, 1996

The late, great Chet Atkins was closely associated with Gretsch guitars, but after Gretsch closed models like the Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean appeared. The Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean is a single cutaway, thinline archtop electric, with a solid center block to deter feedback. This was a feature that Chet had long sought from Gretsch, and the closest they would come to that was the late 1950’s Trestle bracing. In structure, this model has many similarities to Gibson ES thinline semi-hollows.

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Price: $4,300.00 CAD $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson ES-137 Thinline BlueBurst, 2006

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson ES-137 Thinline BlueBurst, 2006

Introduced in Nashville during 2002, the Gibson ES-137 thinline is intended to combine two of Gibson’s most successful designs – the resonance of the thinline archtop ES models, and the solidity of the Les Paul classic. However, this instrument is thicker than a thinline model, and uses mahogany instead of maple for the center block. Bringing together the Florentine cutaway, arch top body with the solid mahogany center block, and using most of the hardware from a Les Paul including the pickups, tune-a-matic bridge and stop tailpiece, the ES-137 thinline is a very versatile guitar.

Used
Price: $3,250.00 CAD $3,750.00 CAD
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Epiphone Supernova Manchester Blue, 2005

Epiphone Supernova Manchester Blue, 2005

Influenced heavily by the Sheraton used by Noel Gallagher in Oasis, the Epiphone Supernova was built from 1997 to 2005, with a signature pickguard and features making it the Noel Gallagher Supernova. It was available in a variety of finishes including the Manchester Blue seen here, and a custom Union Jack graphic.

Used
Price: $1,650.00 CAD
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Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Natural, 2020

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Natural, 2020

The Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster blends magnetic and piezo pickup technologies into a semi-acoustic package designed to be extremely versatile at stage volumes. Here we’re looking at a lightly used Acoustasonic Stratocaster, built during 2020 in Corona, CA and sporting the natural finish option. 

Used
Price: $1,999.99 CAD
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Gibson Johnny A Signature Custom Shop Sunburst, 2012

Gibson Johnny A Signature Custom Shop Sunburst, 2012

The Gibson Johnny A Signature model was built from 2004 to 2013, using a heavily routed one piece Mahogany Back / Side unit and Maple top, similar in construction and size to the CS-336. It’s not completely hollow, but has supports under the bridge and Bigsby B7. Johnny A has been a highly respected guitarist since the 1970s and has played and led many prominent bands – some his own, others not, like the J. Geils Band and in 2015, joined the Yardbirds.

Used
Price: $6,000.00 CAD
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Godin A6 Ultra Cognac Burst HG 2020

Godin A6 Ultra Cognac Burst HG 2020

This is a very nice Godin A6 Ultra in a high-gloss Cognac Burst, built during April 2020 in Quebec and featuring both a humbucker and piezo pickups. The Godin A6 Ultra, like the very versatile and successful Multiac series, draws from the 1981 – 1995 Gibson Chet Atkins CEC (Cutaway Electric Classical) and 1987 – 2006 SST (Solidbody Steel String) designs.

Used
Price: $1,200.00 CAD
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Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Currently named the ‘Tennessee Rose’, the Gretsch Tennessean 6119 first appeared in 1958, and for 1961 gained the closed, thin ElectroTone body. Chet Atkins had been urging Gretsch to take steps to reduce feedback on their hollowbody designs, especially after Gibson introduced the center-block ES335 in 1958.

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Price: $3,250.00 CAD
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Gretsch G6122TG Country Gentleman Player’s Edition Walnut, 2016

Gretsch G6122TG Country Gentleman Player's Edition Walnut, 2016

The Gretsch G6122TG Country Gentleman Player’s Edition is the latest version of this classic updated with locking tuners, pinned bridge and string-through Bigsby. But there’s more to the updates – the neck joint was re-engineered to reduce the size of the neck block and comfortably increase upper fret access.   This change alone is a huge improvement in playability, making an already great design even better!

Used
Price: $3,200.00 CAD
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Gibson Midtown Custom Ebony, 2014

Gibson Midtown Custom Ebony, 2014

The Gibson Midtown Custom was introduced in 2011 and built until perhaps 2015 as a thin, chambered flat top ES style model. Though it resembles the ES-336 or 339 models, the Midtown line – Standard and Custom – uses a chambered Mahogany body back with a flat Maple cap.

Used
Price: $2,299.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Guild Starfire III Thinline Cherry Red, 1964

⚌Reduced‼  Guild Starfire III Thinline Cherry Red, 1964

The Guild Starfire III Thinline first appeared in 1960, as a single-cutaway, thin but fully hollow archtop, with a Bigsby tailpiece – the Starfire II was the same guitar but with the Guild harp tailpiece. It was available with either maple or mahogany laminate body.

Vintage
Price: $1,999.99 CAD $2,150.00 CAD
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Rickenbacker Roger McGuinn Limited Edition 370/12 Mapleglo, 1989

Rickenbacker Roger McGuinn Limited Edition 370/12 Mapleglo, 1989

The Rickenbacker Roger McGuinn Limited Edition 370/12 is based on the classic model used on a number of influential recordings.

Used
Price: $9,950.00 CAD
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Gibson Memphis ESDT-335 Figured Natural, 2012

Gibson Memphis ESDT-335 Figured Natural, 2012

Here’s a very nicely figured and very good condition Gibson Memphis ESDT-335 in gloss natural finish, dated to Jul 11 2012 at the now-closed Gibson Memphis plant. The Gibson Memphis ESDT-335 is a slight variation on the standard ES-335, with the ‘ES’ standing as always for ‘Electric Spanish’. ‘Spanish’ refers to how the guitar is held and played, with one of the few other primary designations being ‘EH’ for ‘Electric Hawaiian’.

Used
Price: $4,299.99 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Introduced during 1973 and built until 1979 – the Norlin era – the Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, is a rarity, and as a guitar has never been re-issued in any form. We have seen in-person one other example, during the 1980s, in The Twelfth Fret repair shop. Approximately 1,400 Gold Top models were built, and under 100 in Sunburst. It was also available as a bass. This model uses the construction of an ES-335, but its asymmetrical body has approximately the top half of a 335 and the bottom half of a Les Paul.

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Price: $6,000.00 CAD
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Gibson Memphis ES-339 Thinline Electric Cherry Red, 2013

Gibson Memphis ES-339 Thinline Electric Cherry Red, 2013

The Gibson Memphis ES-339 was built from 2007 until the Gibson Memphis plant closed in 2019, and the 339 is now built in Nashville with some small changes. In 1996, Gibson launched the short-lived ES-336, a scaled-down version of the classic ES-335. This model retained the key playability elements of the 335 in terms of scale length, fingerboard width and hardware selection.

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD
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Gibson CS-336 P Compact Thinline Sunburst, 2004

Gibson CS-336 P Compact Thinline Sunburst, 2004

The Gibson CS-336 P is a plain-top version of the CS-336, which replaced the ES-336 (introduced in 1996)in 2001. The name change also indicated construction changes. The back, sides and body supports of the CS-336 is carved from a Mahogany blank, and a carved Maple top is placed on top.

Used
Price: $4,750.00 CAD
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Harrison GB Custom Sapele Pomelle, 2013

Harrison GB Custom Sapele Pomelle, 2013

Here we have a very nice Harrison GB Custom with Sapele Pomelle top, built at Douglas Harrison’s shop in Toronto Canada during 2013.  Originally the outgrowth of a guitar custom built for the late Gary Benson, a well known Toronto jazz guitarist and educator, the Harrison GB has proven itself popular with an increasing number of players – including Harrison himself at his own gigs!

Used
Price: $4,250.00 CAD
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Harmony Comet Electric Guitar, Trans Red

Harmony Comet Electric Guitar, Trans Red

The Harmony Comet Semi-Hollowbody in Trans Red represents the very first semi-hollow electric guitar in our lineup of cherished musical instruments, inspired by the original Harmony H72 of the ’60s. This double cutaway guitar has an immaculately carved genuine mahogany top and back for warm, well-rounded and acoustic-like tone. The addition of a center block minimizes feedback, and the long-tenon set neck construction increases sustain.

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Price: $1,999.00 CAD
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Eastman T59 V Thinline Archtop Electric Antique Varnish

Eastman T59 V Thinline Archtop Electric Antique Varnish

The Eastman T59 V is a take on one of the most successful and influential of Ted McCarty’s innovations, the thinline, semi-hollow archtop electric guitar. Around 1957, Gibson was looking to update its product line to address a number of issues, one of which was the rise in amplified stage volumes causing feedback. While the engineering team is credited with most of the design, it was apparently president Ted McCarty’s idea to put a solid Maple block through the center of the guitar.

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Price: $2,279.00 CAD
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Hofner Gold Label Club Bass NOS Red, 2015

Hofner Gold Label Club Bass NOS Red, 2015

Here’ s a new, old stock 2015 Hofner Gold Label Club Bass in solid red! The Club Bass is also known as the 500/2 – the 500/1 is the iconic violin shaped ‘Beatle Bass’. This is a ‘Gold Label’ model, one of a limited edition in custom colour. These models are built at the primary Hofner plant in Hagenau, Bavaria and are not always easy to find available for sale.

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Price: $4,200.00 CAD
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Gibson ES-275 Thinline Archtop Cherry, 2016

Gibson ES-275 Thinline Archtop Cherry, 2016

Here’s something rare and discontinued from the now-closed Memphis plant, the Gibson ES-275 thin hollow body archtop in classic cherry lacquer. The Gibson ES-275 was new for 2016 and The Twelfth Fret received and sold one of the few in Canada. It’s a fully hollow, laminate maple body with a pair of longitudinal braces and f-holes. The neck is mahogany with rosewood fingerboard.

Used
Price: $5,250.00 CAD
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Gibson ES-350T Thinline Archtop Electric Wine Red, 1978

Gibson ES-350T Thinline Archtop Electric Wine Red, 1978

The Gibson ES-350T (or ES-350TD to the early 1960s) is a thin-bodied, single cutaway fully hollow archtop electric built from 1955 to 1963 with a 23.5 inch scale length, and from 1977 to 1993 with a 25.5 inch scale. It started as the full-bodied, single-cutaway, 25.5 inch scale length single P-90 ES-350 Premiere in 1947. The ES-350 models were used by a number of top artists in the 1950s, most notably Chuck Berry. At introduction in 1955, the Gibson ES-350T shared several things with the also-new Byrdland, particularly the 23.5 inch scale length.

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Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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Collings I35DLXS Thinline Custom Single Pickup Cherry, 2008

Collings I35DLXS Thinline Custom Single Pickup Cherry, 2008

Here’s a real beauty – a Collings I35DLXS Thinline Custom with a carved, solid Flame Maple top and single Lollar Imperial pickup in the neck position. This  wonderful example was originally custom ordered through The Twelfth Fret during 2008, and has been used professionally. An interesting note about its use and condition is that  it’s really only been used in a seated position. Collings supplied a pair of strap pins, which are in the Ameritage case, but as part of the custom order did not drill holes for them or install them.  

Used
Price: $5,750.00 CAD
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Eastman Romeo SC Thinline Archtop Electric, Red Burst

Eastman Romeo SC Thinline Archtop Electric, Red Burst

The Eastman Romeo SC is a new limited edition thinline and largely hollow archtop electric design by Otto D’Ambrosio at the Eastman Custom Shop in California. Intended as an imagining of what ‘The Telecaster of the Archtop World’ would be, the Romeo started with defining its balance and player’s hand positions. The body is fairly small at 14.75 inches across, and the ‘Single Cut’ design gives plenty of access to the fretboard.

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Price: $2,530.00 CAD
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Alhambra 5PCT E2 Thinline Crossover Classical Guitar

Alhambra 5PCT E2 Thinline Crossover Classical Guitar

Part of the Conservatory line intended for serious students, the Alhambra 5PCT cutaway classical guitar verges into the area of ‘Crossover’ models, meant to make nylon string tone and responsiveness available to players in non-classical musical contexts.  This model is based on the popular Alhambra 5P Conservatory Series Concert Classical guitar. Several factors help define the ‘Crossover’ models. Typically, the body has a cutaway and is thinner, and there’s a recognition that the guitar will be amplified. The thinner body reduced feedback, and the pickup and preamp help restore fullness.

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Price: $1,849.00 CAD
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Passing Through- 2016 Douglas Harrison GB Custom Archtop Guitar

Passing Through- 2016 Douglas Harrison GB Custom Archtop Guitar

This brand-new Douglas Harrison GB Custom thinline, chambered archtop guitar is just passing through, and we had to show it off.

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